Which Came First?

Genesis 1:24-25 And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: livestock, creatures that move along the ground, and wild animals, each according to its kind.” And it was so. God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.

These baby chicks were hatched on Wednesday and arrived at our farm on Thursday. I am amazed at the instincts of baby animals. I lifted each chick from their box to dipped their tiny beak in the water dish. Within minutes they are eating and drinking as they explored their new habitat. They don’t have a mama to teach them, they just know.

God created all living creatures, and it was good. It is still good! These soft little fluff ball chicks are a miracle. I could listen to their little peeps all day long as they communicate with one another and run from one end of their home to the other. Every morning they are a little bigger and stronger. By August they will be laying eggs, and the circle will continue.

God created an incredible world for our enjoyment. What makes you stop and think, that is amazing? What brings you joy, peace and comfort? Thank God for that!

Prices

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.

Pricing antiques can be a tricky job. I try to keep up on pricing when I first purchase a piece for resale. At times, my pile grows quite large causing me to go back in my records to check the purchase price. The purchase price is the starting point for pricing for resale. Ordinary items are easy, but the unique pieces require a little more research.

You have been bought at a price. A very steep price. You are no ordinary person, but no more research is needed to find your value. Jesus paid it all. You are loved that much! Jesus gave everything for you. He died on a cross that you might have eternal life. You, my friend are special. You are a child of God!

I will continue to research the value of antiques to price for our upcoming sales, but I will never question the value of a person. Jesus died for all people. We are priceless in His eyes.

A Muddy Mess

John 9:1-11 As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life. As long as it is day, we must do the work of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” Having said this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes. “Go” he told him, “wash in the Pool of Siloam” (this word means Sent). So the man went and washed, and came home seeing.

Springtime on the farm is a challenge to say the least. Of course I love the warmer temperatures and melting snow. But along with those, come a muddy mess in our yard. We have puddles of mud everywhere! I keep a pair of mud boots by the door because I can’t go outside without them. My vehicle is filthy, and letting the do out to go potty is a whole thing. She needs to be wiped down with a towel sitting next to my boots every time she comes back into the house. Unless she needs a full on bath.

Jesus made mud from dirt and saliva. He took what I look at as a mess and performed a miracle. This can only be the work of Jesus. The one who can heal the blind with mud. How is Jesus working through the messy parts of your life? Never give up on the miracles.

Springtime and mud bring hope. Hope for seeing more clearly as the grass turns green and the flowers begin to bloom. Hope for a wonderful life walking with Jesus, no matter what mess we may find ourselves.

Eye On You

2 Chronicles 20:12 We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon you.

Have you ever been in a spot where it is hard to move? You become overwhelmed with your choices and it is difficult to take even one more step? That is exactly how I felt this past week.

I went in for my annual mammogram, which was no big deal until I received the call from the Woman’s Health Center. The radiologist wanted more images because he was concerned about a couple areas….. I was on my way to an estate sale to pick for our upcoming spring barn sale when I got the call. Junkin’ is one of my favorite things to do, but when I stepped into the sale, I couldn’t concentrate on the great items for sale. All that kept running through my mind were the words “dense tissue, masses, ultrasound”. After making a loop through the sale, I left with nothing. As I drove home, I prayed through the tears. By the time I reached my driveway, God had changed my view. I was no longer focused on the masses in my breast, but I was focused on Jesus. My circumstances may change drastically in the next few days, but Jesus remains the same today and forever.

After more images were taken, I was scheduled for a biopsy of the two masses. Neither of which were cancer! Even when I don’t know how to move forward, my focus remains on God…. He is good!

Two Are Better

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up! Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.

Happy Valentines Day! The day we celebrate the love in our lives. This day wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t recognize the love of my life. I don’t know where I would be without him. I love doing life with him. He has lifted me up more times than I can count and has been keeping me warm for going on 37 years. He is an incredible man. But, it is the third strand in our relationship that keeps it strong. From the beginning, God has wrapped himself in our daily lives making it impossible for anyone to break our cord of love.

Two are better, but three is best. May God be the strength that binds your relationships together today as we celebrate love, and every day after that……

Happy Valentines Day! God Bless You

A Push

Isaiah 58:11 The Lord will guide you always.

It is officially winter in Minnesota. This week we have had snow, blowing and subzero temperatures. Friday morning on my way to work, I got stuck at the end of our driveway. The snowplows had come down our road during the night to bench back the snow, leaving a drift at the end of our driveway. As I was building up momentum to push through the drift, a car was coming down the road. I had to stop before reaching the drift where there just happened to be a patch of ice. After the car passed as I drove forward, I spun on the ice only to move into the wall of snow left from the night before by the snowplow. After several attempts to inch forward and backward, I came to a complete stop. I was stuck just feet in front of a cleared road where cars zoomed by. I called work to let them know I would be a little late. The guys asked “Do you want us to come out and give you a little push?”

It only took Mike minutes to get me out of the drift. I would have sat at the end of the driveway watching others go by all day without his help. Life is not meant to live alone.

Sometimes in life we need a little push. We can find ourselves stuck as others zoom by. Look to Jesus to guide you out of your rut and onto the cleared road again. He has great things planned for you. Accept the push and get moving.

Snow Angel

Psalm 51:1-7 Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. Against you, you only have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you are proved right when you speak and justified when you judge. Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me. Surely you desire truth in the inner parts; you teach me wisdom in the inmost place. Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me and I will be winter than snow.

Snow in Minnesota is a part of winter we take for granted in the great north. And honestly, by February I have had my fill of shoveling, driving on snow packed roads and walking on slippery sidewalks. But when our kids come home from Arizona, they look at snow completely differently. We had a full out blizzard when they were here in December. It was as if we were living in a snow globe, which caused me slow down and look at the true beauty of snow. Each flake is unique and look like crystals from heaven. The freshly fallen snow glistens as it covers the earth in a blanket whiter than any paint I could purchase at the hardware store.

Only God is able to wash the ugly dirty parts of our lives clean. Jesus’ love covers us with a blanket of glistening snow. Trust in Him. He will hold you close as you become his snow angel.

The next time it snows, catch flakes on your mittens and know that God is sending his love as he washes you winter than snow!

R. I.P.

Psalm 100 Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.

My mother-in-law was laid to rest yesterday. We have experienced a week filled with tears and laughter. We have enjoyed sharing Pat stories amongst family and friends. Every story told revolved around her big heart filled with unconditional love for everyone she met. What a legacy this remarkable woman has left for her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. While we are left grieving, heaven is rejoicing. Until we meet again, I will love you always.

Happy New Year

Job 28:23-28 God understands the way to it (wisdom) and he alone knows where it dwells, for he views the ends of the earth and sees everything under the heavens. When he established the force of the wind and measured out the waters, when he made a decree for the rain and a path for the thunderstorm, then he looked at wisdom and appraised it; he confirmed it and tested it. And he said to man, “The fear of the Lord – that is wisdom, and to shun evil is understanding.”

Happy New Year from our home to yours. How did you ring in the new year? I saw people smashing plates, burning notebooks, lighting fireworks and many just going to bed early, hoping to wake to a fresh start in the new year. So many things we took for granted have changed during the pandemic of 2020. We have been forced to change the way we live by slowing down and getting back to the basics of life.

As things begin to transition to our new normal, make wise choices. Choose what is important and leave the rest behind you. May God bless you with love and laughter and grant you wisdom as we coast into 2021.

HOPE 2021

Romans 15:4 For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.

As we roll into 2021 this week, let’s take the time to look back at how 2020 has changed our lives, and the lessons we learned from those “inconveniences”. For sure, we were all forced to slow down, stay at home more and travel differently when we did go out.

Did 2020 draw you closer to Jesus, or did you drift away with no spiritual structured? How did you become creative with your worship? Although I miss the hugs and fellowship of our congregation, I have enjoyed more personal quiet time with Jesus as I read through the Bible in 2020.

What is your hope for 2021? Of course we all hope to loose 10 pounds, but what is your spiritual hope for the upcoming year? Find your hope in the scriptures. God is speaking to you through the encouragement and endurance of His word. If you are looking for an aid for your reading, let me know. I would be happy to send you my book “Walking in the Word, A Daily Journey Through the New Testament” for just $10. God Bless your new year. May it be filled with hope!