BUSY IS GOOD…ISN’T IT? May, 2019
Is it just me or does everyone feel a little overwhelmed during the month of May? From May Day, the first day, to Memorial Day, last of the month, there is so much going on.
When I was elementary-school-age, Mom let my sisters and me pick Her Lily of the Valley to put on the neighbors’ porches, knock on the door, then run and hide (usually in plain sight) so we could watch them find the flowers and exclaim surprise and pretend they had no idea who had brought their gift. We always felt delight with having “fooled” Mrs. White or Miss Eva or the Pearsons.
As we grew older. we naturally got caught up with writing and turning in the last book report or essay and cramming for finals and preparing for graduation.
Between May Day and Memorial Day there is also Mother’s Day. That means bouquets, dinner, and cards for Mom. The best gift for our mother was doing dishes after Mom’s special dinner of grilled cheese and tomato soup.
On May 31st, it was a family tradition to go to the cemetery and place flowers by the tombstones of departed relatives even though they were not necessarily war veterans.
Whew! So much going on in May—not to mention cleaning the flowerbeds, fertilizing the lawn, planting the annuals and rototilling the vegetable garden—busy!
Yep. Busy is a four-letter word!
Consider this: busy means life—another four-letter word—is in progress.
Sing, pray. Read rest. Give take. Walk, wait, grin, dine, rest. Wake work, sing. rest. Live, weep, heal. Play, move, yell. Live, life, busy! GOOD.
Caution: Over committing is not busy—it is chaos, frustration and hazardous to your health and your enthusiasm. Stay busy but use your God-given wisdom. Learn to say “no” to your self-imposed exasperation.
COMMIT YOUR ACTIONS TO THE LORD, AND YOUR PLANS WILL SUCCEED. Proverbs 16:3ANGEL SPEAK

April 2019

Have you ever heard someone say, “They have the voice of an angel”?
That statement usually refers to a singer’s voice but I venture to say that person has probably never heard Angel Speak. Few of us know how an angel’s voice sounds.
Dr. Luke records numerous times in the books of Luke and Acts where angels appeared to people and gave messages of hope and/or promise of coming events.
Luke 1:11-20–The angel Gabriel appears to Zacharias, the priest as he was presenting an offering on the Altar of Incense in the Temple. He promised Zacharias and his elderly wife, Elizabeth a child. This promise was fulfilled.
Luke 1:28-38—An angel appears to Mary proclaiming that she would bear a son who would be the Savior. She accepted the mission and the angel’s declaration was accomplished over the next thirty-three years.
Luke 2:8-20—Angels startled some shepherds in the middle of the night to tell them that Jesus had been born and where to find him. When the shepherds investigated, they discovered that the message they had heard was true and the details were accurate. They were so impressed that they went about spreading the news they had been given by the Heavenly Messengers. Again, angels spoke and their words proved true.
Luke 24:4-9—Two angels appeared to the women that had gone to the tomb to anoint Jesus’ body for final burial. They reminded the women of Jesus’ own words that he must die but that He would rise. Only then did the women remember how he had spoken and now understood the full meaning of his words. The facts as the angels reported were true and accurate. All they declared had happened just as they said.

Acts1:9-12—After the death and resurrection of Jesus, he spent time with the disciples encouraging and educating them regarding things to come. Now it was time to return to the Father. As Jesus ascended into the sky, the clouds hid him from the eyes of his followers. Still, they were transfixed and remained watching to see if they would get just one more glimpse of their Teacher. As they stared into space two angels asked them why they were just standing there gazing at the clouds. Then they confirmed Jesus’ own words, “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back again and I will take you to Myself, so that where I am you may be also.” (John 14:3 AMP). The angels stated that Jesus would come again in similar fashion as he disappeared.
Question: If all the Angel Speak that is recorded in the Bible came about as they had proclaimed it would, do I have any doubt that the final proclamation given to the disciples about the Savior’s return is also to be believed? Although I have never personally heard an angel speak, I trust the Bible’s record and I trust the witness of the Holy Spirit to my spirit and I am eagerly watching the clouds.
He is risen as He said. He is coming again—as he said.
 
 
MARCH FORTH…OR, NOT!
March, 2019
Years ago I loved it when March 4th fell on a Sunday. I was the Children’s Church “Pastor” and if the first Sunday of March was the fourth, I would take bandanas, wooden spoons and spatulas, dish towels and yarn to church.
We put the bandanas on our heads and called them helmets. The dish towels we tucked into the neck of our shirts like bibs and they were breastplates, the yarn was a sash or belt and the spoons and spatulas were swords. We looked more like pirates (or chefs) than soldiers but we had great imaginations.
Anyway, we put on our armor then we would MARCH FORTH as the date said we should! It was great fun and I hoped that by having to put on the parts of the “armor” would help the kids remember Paul’s admonition to put on the Whole Armor of God.
Interestingly enough, Paul says we need to be armed then stand firm [in your place, fully prepared, immovable, victorious]. So stand firm and hold your ground…(Eph. 6:13-14 Amp.) Huh, he didn’t say anything about marching or engaging the enemy but he made a great deal about standing firm against attacks.
However, in Joshua chapter six, God gave Joshua his marching orders. Joshua was told to gather the soldiers (fighting men) and have them march around Jericho once a day for six days and seven times on the seventh day. They were to shout loudly when the priests blew the ram’s horns then the city’s walls would collapse.
They obeyed and the walls came down as promised. Only then were they allowed to engage the enemy—after the fortifications had been destroyed by God, not the Israelites themselves.
Sometimes we need to be armed and stand alert. Sometimes we will invade enemy territory when God has provided the opening. If we ask for wisdom from our Father, He will give us our MARCHING orders. Trust Him to know when and if He wants us to move. He will let us know when to “MARCH FORTH”…or NOT.
 
Kitty’s Korner
WITH ALL MY HEART
February 2019
What do I know and believe and trust with all my heart?
Lord, I believe with all my heart that
1. You are my creator. I am your image.
2. I believe you are all-powerful.
3. I believe you know everything—even the future.
4. I believe you everywhere simultaneously.
5. I believe you are love. (Not just loving.)
6. I believe the Bible is your GPS, love letter, diary, and textbook preserved to me.
7. I believe that you are not willing for anyone to miss eternal life with you.
8. I believe you came to seek and to save the lost through Calvary.
9. I believe you have given me the Holy Spirit to convict, condition (train), correct and comfort me.
10. I believe you will keep your promise to come again in power and authority and I look forward to having you greet me when I step through the door from this life into a glorious fully alive life with you.
Thank you, thank you, thank you. You are big enough to rule the universe yet small enough to live in me. Amen.
Because I believe these things—and many more as well—I trust my Spiritual, Physical, Mental, Emotional, Financial, Material, Familial, and Relational environments and circumstances into the hands of my Father.
I believe this with all my heart. How about you?
 
 
 

“AND SO IT CAME TO PASS”

(2 Kings 15:12b)

January 2019

 

It has happened. As expected and anticipated, 2018 has made it’s final bow and the curtain has closed on yet another year.

Each December 31st I like to come up with one word that describes the year we have just lived.  For us, because we moved to another city, I proclaim 2018 as the year of CHANGE.  But that change has come about only because of BLESSING.

This year of CHANGE is also a result of many people INVESTING time and energy into our lives.  CHANGE would have been impossible without PLANNING and ACTION.

But, “it has come to pass” that all the PLANNING, BLESSING, INVESTING has PRODUCED CHANGE and ACCOMPLISHMENT.

It’s not working.  I can’t do it!  No single word can describe the largeness of this past 365 days.

Now my task is thinking of a way to define my hopes and desires for the coming year. I do not make resolutions.  I don’t like disappointing myself.  Setting goals and making plans is not the same (to me) as thinking, “I do hereby resolve to…” and then drop the ball at half court or fumble on the 10-yard line.

The future is hidden—unknown. True, but we who place our trust in the one who holds and directs the future have an advantage.  We know we will face disappointments, challenges and uncertain days.  We know that because Jesus himself told us that in this world we would have troubles, trials, testing.  However, He also let us know that because He has taken charge, we can rest in the face of adverse situations.

The Bible tells us: “The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease.  Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.”  (Lam.3:22-23 NLT)

My goal for 2019 is to stay alert to His daily mercy, love and faithfulness.

If I live the next 365 days, one day at a time, worrying less and trusting more; I think I will have been obedient to the words of Jesus when he said, “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.  So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Todays trouble is enough for today.” (Matt 6:333-34 NLT)

Paul, was so confident in his relationship with the Father that he wrote, “I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from Gods love.  Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. (Rom. 8:38 NLT)

So, what shall it be?  LOVED?  PROTECTED?  SECURE? SAFE?

All those words are true and as I think about them, my heart swells and my eyes tear-up because I feel them all.  But I think I will call this the year of TODAY.

Today I am loved. Today I have fresh mercy and grace.  Today my provider is active and alert to my needs. Today He gives my everything I need to live a Godly life. So TODAY I will enjoy Him and the 24 hours of TODAY.

TODAY is the first day of the rest of my life.  Thank you, Lord, for TODAY.

Another year has come and it will also pass.  TODAY is the day the Lord made.

Rejoice.  Be glad in TODAY!

 

 

BORN TO DIE

December 2018

 

When I want to review the details of the birth, death and resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, I go to the Gospel of Luke,

 

Doctor Luke, a physician, appears to have been observant, empathetic, curious and easy to talk with.  In today’s world he might have been a best-selling author known for his skillful investigative journalism.

 

Imagine Dr. Luke sitting down to interview Mary: “Please tell me your story from the beginning.  How did you know your son was the Savior?  How did that make you feel?  Give me every detail.”

 

“Well, an angel visited me and talked with me, giving me the promise that I would have a child.  I was confused as to how that could happen since I was not yet married but he assured me that the Holy Spirit would come and the child would be the Son of God.  I was still uncertain and maybe even anxious.  I had to get away to clear my thoughts so you might say, I ran away from home.  I went to stay with my cousin, Elizabeth, and her husband Zacharias.  He was unable to speak at that time because…well, that’s another story.

 

“When I arrived at their home, Elizabeth met me at the door.  Do you know what she did?  She confirmed the words of the angel! She said, ‘Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.  And how has it happened to me, that the mother of my Lord would come to me?’  Can you believe that?  She called me the mother of her Lord!

 

“Well, that was when I knew with certainty the angel had been real and not imagined.  I was humbled and overwhelmed.  A song that I remember to this day sprang up in my heart and flowed from my lips:  

My soul magnifies and exalts the Lord.

            My spirit rejoices in God my Savior.

 For He has looked favorably upon this maiden

and all generations will count me favored by God.

            He who is mighty has done great things for me.

            Holy is his name.”

 

“There was more but, oh, Dr. Luke, God is so careful and so thorough that He was willing to give me the ability to be totally confident that all the angel said would come about and that He, Almighty God, was in absolute control.”

 

“What about later, Mary?  Were you still confident when you saw your son’s lacerated body and his eyes glazed in pain?  What about then?”

 

“I was never allowed to know the whole story.  I frequently had ‘Ah-hah’ moments as it unfolded chapter by chapter. but I just kept all this in the back of my mind and buried in my heart. I knew God would accomplish his will and fulfill his promise.  Yes, I did question but I had too much evidence to doubt even when the outcome appeared doomed.”

 

Doctor Luke, one thing you must remember and make known through your books:  My Son was born to die for you.  You were born to live for Him.”

 

It’s all there in the Gospel of Luke.  Yes, I did take some literary license and creative liberties but my imagination simply fleshed out the facts.  They are fascinating.  Read them for yourself.

 

Bottom Line—Jesus was born to die for you.  You were born to live for Him!