Ephesians 4:1-2 As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.
This week as I was planting my garden, I was reminded of a sermon story that has stuck with me since I was a high schooler with Pastor Dragt in the pulpit. I would like to share it with you today. It goes something like this……. A farmer was in the field contemplating life and what his calling in life was. So, he started to pray. God please give me a sign so that I know what you want me to do. After finishing his prayer, he looked up to the sky. He saw the clouds clearly form the letters P C. He knew instantly that God was telling him to “Preach Christ”. He sold all of his farming equipment and land. He became a pastor, but his ministry never really took off. When the farmer got to heaven, he asked God about his P C sign in the clouds. God responded that the sign he had given in the clouds meant ‘Plant Corn’ not ‘Preach Christ’.
I used to get so wrapped up in finding God’s will for my life that I became paralyzed trying to choose the perfect path. It took me years to realize that God doesn’t care what profession I choose. Doing the will of God has nothing to do with my vocation. It has everything to do with loving Him and sharing his love with others. Praise God, wherever you are planted.
Ephesians 3:16-19 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
Dear friends in Christ…. I pray that your roots grow deep. That no matter how harsh the winter storms may be, you continue to bloom every spring. May your established love be unwavering in times of darkness. And may you never forget the unconditional unfailing love God has for you.
1 Corinthians 3:6-7 I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God made it grow.
Springtime is garden time. In the past I have frequented the local farmers market to supply our family with fresh grown vegetables throughout the summer. Since we live on a farm with plenty of space, I decided this year to try my hand at raising my own vegetables. Last Sunday (just one week ago) I planted seeds in dirt. This week, I have beautiful plants sprouted and growing. Each seed is a miracle. I planted it in the dirt, watered it, but God made it grow.
We are called to plant the seed of Jesus in the lives of people. We are called to water the seed of Jesus in the lives of people. That is all. God will make it grow. Each life is a miracle.
I planted 13 different types of seeds. Of those, 9 have sprouted. The cucumbers are the tallest and growing the fastest. Several others are just poking through the dirt, while 4 types haven’t made it up at all yet. I planted the seeds on the same day, and placed them in the same warm spot to grow. But they grew at different rates. We all develop at different rates. Don’t rush God. He will grow the seeds that are planted in his perfect timing.
Luke 15:4-7 Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Does he not leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, “Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.” I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.
I found her! We sorted through roughly 60 lambs to find this little ewe to begin my fiber flock. She wasn’t the biggest or fastest, but I love her. There was just something in her eyes when she looked at me. We are busy preparing a warm safe place for her in our barn while she grows stronger, is weaned and ready to leave the world she knows.
Jesus has chosen you to be a part of his flock. Run to him! There is rejoicing in heaven over you. He is preparing a warm safe place just for you. You are loved!
I think about my little ewe lamb every day as I wait anxiously for her to come home to our farm. (I am sure my upcoming blogs will be filled with lamb pictures) Have a great week. God Bless You
Mark 16 When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome brought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus’ body. Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb and they asked each other, “Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?” But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed. “Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter, “He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.” Trembling and bewildered, the women went out and fled from the tomb. They said nothing to anyone, because they were afraid. When Jesus rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of who he had driven seven demons. She went and told those who had been with him and who were mourning and weeping. When they heard that Jesus was alive and that she had seen him, they did not believe it. Afterward Jesus appeared in a different form to two of them while they were walking in the country. These returned and reported it to the rest; but they did not believe them either. Later Jesus appeared to the Eleven as they were eating; he rebuked them, for their lack of faith and their stubborn refusal to believe those who had seen him after he had risen. He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up sakes with their hands: and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.” After the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, he was taken up into heaven, and he sat at the right hand of God. Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed his word by the signs that accompanied it.
He is risen. He is risen indeed! God has rolled the stone away for Jesus. He can not be confined. God will roll the stone away that may be blocking your path if you believe. With God, nothing is impossible. Go into all the world to share the Good News of Jesus. HE IS RISEN. HE IS RISEN INDEED!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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