The Colander

I am about to tell off on myself. Risky. But here goes.

Cooked pasta drained in a colander. IMG_0712

Have you ever noticed the starch left behind takes a little more pressure to clean than some other residues? I noticed. Profoundly so today.

Water was hot and sudsy and I was set on moving quickly. Colander in hand, quick rub, set in the draining basket, oops missed a spot. Back in the water, another quick wipe, back in the basket and what! I blurted aloud, “You’re about to make me mad!” Simultaneously the word board of my mind read: “No. That would be YOUR choice (not the colander’s).” 

 I smiled. Gave Him praise and felt much-loved. 

21 Your ears will hear a word behind you, “This is the way, walk in it,” whenever you turn to the right or to the left. via Isaiah 30:21 NASB;CJB – Your ears will hear a word behind you, – Bible Gateway.  Isaiah 30:21

 

A long weekend coming up – enjoy and give thanks. 

Day 241 of 2014, a day to give Thanks.

Kathie

Or More

I’m considering people today.  They are amazing, you know.

Just think about someone you know; a family member perhaps. What they like; what they don’t; what they are good at; what just turns their stomach. Like, some just adore babies, anybody’s baby; just get a baby within sight and they are drawn to that little one like a magnet to a skillet. Or perhaps not. Perhaps another says I wouldn’t take a million dollars for any one of my children but I wouldn’t give you a nickel for another one. Seriously. It’s been said.

People are amazing! So individual. So different. The Great Designer laid out a pattern to join cells, organs, circulatory systems, bones, muscles, tissue, DNA; following the same pattern for each and every unique human specimen – no two exactly alike; unless you consider this: each and every model must have oxygen, water, food and love or it will die.

So when I consider people, their likes, their dislikes, their habits, everything that makes them who they are – so different from me. They need just what I need: oxygen, water, food, (oh yeah, clothes and a place to live are pretty much a necessity too) and love.  And the greatest of these is love.

So here’s what I’m thinking.
Oxygen. Perhaps I will not be called upon often to share my supply with another but could I not somehow offer a prayer or more for One laboring to breathe?
Water. Such a precious thing. Those of us with an abundant supply could be moved to help those lacking this vital necessity. Perhaps we could start with thanksgiving as we turn on the faucet and that clean, clear, life-sustaining supply wets our toothbrushes. Perhaps our thanks will inspire us to pray (or more) for water for those so thirsty. 
Food. Oh my goodness. How do I even broach this? Could I open my frig and my pantry and give thanks? Could I contribute to a food pantry? 
Love. God is love the Bible says. Do I have love? Do I dwell in love? 

15 Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food, 16 and someone says to him, “Shalom! Keep warm and eat hearty!” without giving him what he needs, what good does it do? via James 2 KJV;CJB – My brethren, have not the faith of our – Bible Gateway.
17 If someone has worldly possessions and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how can he be loving God? 18 Children, let us love not with words and talk, but with actions and in reality! via 1 John 3 KJV;CJB – Behold, what manner of love the Father – Bible Gateway.

I have to tell you my Friends, I stepped into this one; and with His help and His grace I am ready for Him to enable me to walk in it.

Thank you for listening.

Day 240 of 2014, a day to give Thanks.

Kathie

ABBA, I had no idea when we began this that we were going here but now that we are here, I pray for Your grace, conviction, direction, discernment, wisdom, resources, determination and most of all Your love to walk it out for Your glory.  Hold my feet to the fire I pray in YESHUA’s holy name. 

Little g

May the God of hope.

And right there I stopped as I was reading Romans 15:13 to open my New Post window because I had to write to us. 

God of hope. 

He is the only God in whom is hope. He is the only God period. But you and I have lived long enough and have viewed enough media that we have seen other little g gods and in them is no hope. 

How could you and I be so blessed to KNOW this God of hope? Amazing privilege! 

And so today. May the God of hope fill YOU (and me) with all joy and peace (how?) as you (and I) believe in Him (why?) so that you (and I) may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (source)

Overflow with hope!

I wonder what that would look like in me? What does it look like in you?

ABBA, make it so today. HOLY SPIRIT, move us, inspire us, lead us to trust You so the joy of Yeshua (Jesus) will overflow in us, in our homes, in our work places, in heavy traffic, in long lines, with tired cashiers, willfully turned wrong children, media stories, taxes, healthcare and all other experiences and places we travel this day. 

13 May God, the source of hope, fill you completely with joy and shalom as you continue trusting, so that by the power of the Ruach HaKodesh you may overflow with hope. via Romans 15:13 HCSB;CJB – Now may the God of hope fill you with – Bible Gateway.  Romans 15:13 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

Day 239 of 2014, a day to give Thanks.

Kathie

Blot and Spots Continued

So did you mull it over?

The Blot, I mean.

Is there a one dark blot that leads to the many other spots Charlotte Elliot lyric-ed about? If you missed that post, click HERE to read it.

I think there is.

And do you know what I think it is?

Unbelief.

Yeah. Unbelief. I think, unbelief is what keeps people lost.

So what do people not believe?

Perhaps they don’t believe that Jesus (Yeshua) is. Is the Son of God. Is the Savior of the World. Is the only way to be saved. Or. Perhaps they don’t believe they need to be saved; perhaps they don’t believe they are hell deserving sinners. (Romans 6:23) (John 14:6).

Either one of those two things alone will keep one lost and all those spots caused by the blot keep mounting. Is there anything more tragic? And is there anything more surely avoidable than being lost?

But that song Just as I am doesn’t stop speaking to me this side of Salvation. I can still be guilty of unbelief and I can still mount up some spots. I NEED regular and often foot washings. (John 13:6-11) How about you?

Do you know what else I think? I think unbelief is what causes my need for foot washings. Yeah. I really do. Because if I wholly got my heart convinced of the depravity that disobedience is, I’d disobey less. But as I said recently – it’s a process. It’s like I heard a man say many years ago: I am not sinless, but I do sin less than I used to. I say that too now. It’s good that I am making progress in the process.  Probably others think so too.   🙂

So let us be encouraged. The Blood of our Savior washed us cleaned from all our sins the day we said Yes to Him for Salvation and every day after He keeps on washing us clean. That’s just how He is! So I’ll keep going to Him moment by moment Just as I am. I hope you will too.

Thank you for listening, Dear Friends.

Day 238 of 2014, a day to give Thanks.

Kathie