A Taste

I am writing from recall from early morning – 3:00 ish.  The Little One had stirred hungry. So, I fetched him from his crib and while he gulped down eight ounces of formula snug between us, love and blessings carassed my thoughts.

Thoughts of the difference from now and then. Thoughts of how I didn’t know. Thoughts I wasn’t then and grateful to be now. Thank You, LORD GOD. Not that I got to but I get to.

I get to be free. I get to be kind. I get to be patient. I get to be grateful. I get to be happy. I get to overcome me!. I get to love you!

Nothing about this Jesus Life is I GOT TO. It’s all I GET TO! It’s Freedom. This is what freedom in Christ in this moment feels like. I get to love this baby. I get to hear him drink in noursishment. I get to desire the sincere milk of the Word.  See 1 Peter 2:2-4. I get to snuggle with this little package of love. I get to. A life of I get to. It’s a taste of Heaven on earth!

I GET TO! Got it? Good. 🙂

Not A Word – How Rude!

21 Now Yeshua left from there and went away to the region of Tyre and Sidon. 22 And behold, a Canaanite woman from that district came out and started shouting, “Have mercy on me, O Master, Ben-David! My daughter is severely tormented by a demon.” 23 But He did not answer her a word.  . . . source

A Canaanite woman! If you are familiar with Biblical history, you know something of what that means!
For insight click HERE.

But He did not answer her a word.

How rude is that! Even if she thought it, she did not back away; what she desired was much too important.

How many of us know JESUS was and is never rude?
How many of us have conducted our thoughts down avenues that would defy that?  Shall we read on?

. . . And when His disciples came, they were urging Him, saying, “Send her away, because she keeps shouting at us.”

It would appear the Disciples thought she was rude. Send her away they said, she’s persistent and loud.
How many of us know some things are so important and so dear to us that persistent and loud are necessary?

Let’s read on.

24 But He responded, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”

Hmm. Interesting response. 

25 So she came and got down on her knees before Him, saying, “Master, help me!”

Wow! Moved right into that conversation, didn’t she?
She’s one bold woman! Desperation can do that.
I think JESUS likes bold. So what does He say to her?

26 And answering, He said, “It’s not right to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.”

 Oh my, she could have been really offended by that. Or perhaps not.
When we want GOD’s attention we just might need to acknowledge where we are and who we are even if it smarts a bit in the beginning.
You see, I figure being a Canaanite she was well familiar with that dog label.

Let’s read on.

27 But she said, “Yes, Master, but even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.”

And here it is. The key to it all! Yes, LORD, I am outside the commonwealth of Israel, yes I am a sinner, undone and unclean BUT You are GOD and You are good and I trust You.

And then He said!

28 Then answering, Yeshua said to her, “O woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish.” And her daughter was healed in that very hour.

What if this woman had been offended at JESUS for His not a word?
What if she had just walked away?
What if she had not pursued Him?
What if she had fallen prey to thinking He was just another rude man?

It was a test. A test she passed.
He knew she would.
But she didn’t. She needed to walk out her fresh faith in the GOD MAN, she needed to know in practice that her faith was well placed.

Next time we do get not a word, I hope we will remember this humble yet bold woman and the GOD-MAN who loves her and us.

Love, Kathie 

Revisited 12.30.2022


8 Adonai is good, and he is fair; . . .   [source].

If the Text said no more than that, that would be enough to hear on some days, wouldn’t it?!  

But it says more and that is good, very good. Because you see some days my soul, my emotions, I’m just being honest here, doesn’t feel like He is fair or good. Pure evil of me, but truth is truth.  Shall we read on?

Adonai is good, and he is fair;
this is why he teaches sinners the way [to live],
leads the humble to do what is right
and teaches the humble [to live] his way.
10 All Adonai’s paths are grace and truth
to those who keep his covenant and instructions.
11 For the sake of your name, Adonai,
forgive my wickedness, great though it is. [source]

Remember I just confessed some days my emotions act like GOD isn’t good or fair? This Psalms tells me why. This Psalms tells me that ABBA’s paths, all the ways He leads me, all the occurrences He allows in my life, all the not quick and not easy inconveniences I encounter are grace and truth for me. All of it is designed to impart His Grace and His Truth to me. And when I don’t see it that way; when I don’t call the not quick and not easy inconveniences in my day as opportunities of grace and truth, the fault does not lie with ABBA. It lies with me. It is because for that moment, that space of time, I am not keeping up my end of the bargain. I have broken covenant or I have refused His instructions. It’s as painfully simple as that.

But that’s not the amazing part. The amazing part is I am relieved, encouraged, made better reading and believing this! Somehow it soothes my heart. Somehow it feels like love. Somehow I feel better now.  Go figure! 🙂

Must be the miracle of His Grace and Truth applied to a wicked human He has forgiven. Do you know it only feels good and is relatively easy to admit you are a wicked human when you know He is forgiving you and loves you no matter what? What an amazing, awesome GOD He is! 

One more thing before I post. Teaches the humble to live His way. Did you notice it is the humble He teaches to live His way? There’s a reason for that. Probably more than one, but the one that comes to mind in this moment is He teaches the humble because the proud won’t listen. The proud refuse to be taught. The proud won’t learn because in my humble 🙂 opinion, submission is a prerequisite to learning. 

I think I shall chew on this some more.

Day 30 of 2015 – a day to trust and not fear!  ~~~ Kathie

Grace & Truth : A Weekly Christian Link Up

Linking up with Grace & Truth

Fridays, as the LORD allows, will be link up day for me with a new to me Network of Christian Bloggers at 

Grace & Truth : A Weekly Christian Link Up

I hope you will enjoy coming along with me as we visit with them. To kick off my participation I have gone way back into my blogging history to re-post one of my own that I have not read for a long time but I liked it this morning. Hope you enjoy!

3:05 A.M.

Be Prepared. When you ask Father a question, He WILL answer you!! And that question can be something technical, even a concept about web site building that you do not understand; something that try as hard as you may you just cannot figure it out. He may not answer you though when you are sitting at the computer. It may be long after you have closed out the screen, powered-down, and shut off the light. It may be the morning after you have been sleeping soundly but for some reason you are awake a couple hours before the alarm, you get up, stumble into the bathroom and boom… all of a sudden it is perfectly clear! He has answered you! But it’s too early to go test it. So you go back to bed, go back to sleep – smiling!

Yes, when you ask Father a question – He WILL answer you! He may not answer you when you think He should and it may not be in the place you thought He would… certainly not at 3:05 a.m. in the bathroom when your discussion with Him was at the office, two days before. No, that would not be my ideal time or place! But you know what? HE ANSWERED! So who am I to argue with Him?! And yes I have tested it and it worked beautifully!

So, give Him time to get you to the place that you can receive His answer to your question. There is no doubt; He knew the answer to my question from eternity past. Yes, long before computers and web site building programs were given to the mind of men, Father knew all about them, all the answers to all the questions to ever be asked. Why would He wait until 3:05 a.m. to answer me? I don’t know and that one He may not answer until eternity future – no matter. He is my Father and my God and He LOVES ME!

So! Have you asked Him a question He has not answered yet? He will… just as soon as He gets you to your 3:05 a.m. Remember… He is YOUR Father and YOUR God and HE LOVES YOU!

Psalm 143: 1 Hear my prayer, O LORD, give ear to my supplications: in thy faithfulness answer me, and in thy righteousness. (KJV) [source]

Whatever the question – whatever the prayer – whatever the circumstance, remember:

Psalm 69: 12 They who sit in [the city’s] gate talk about me, and I am the song of the drunkards.  
13 But as for me, my prayer is to You, O Lord. At an acceptable and opportune time, O God, in the multitude of Your mercy and the abundance of Your loving-kindness hear me, and in the truth and faithfulness of Your salvation answer me. 
14 Rescue me out of the mire, and let me not sink; let me be delivered from those who hate me and from out of the deep waters. (Amplified Bible) [source]

“True prayer is simply a quiet, sincere, genuine conversation with God. It is a two-way dialogue between friends.” W. Phillip Keller


 Day 16 of 2015 – a day to trust and not fear!  ~~~ Kathie