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Family Reunion September 2014

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

"Trey Tuesday" - June 30, 2015

Hey you!

Sometimes God speaks in a whisper (I Kings 19:12)
Sometimes He speaks through His Holy Spirit (2 Peter 1:21)
Sometimes God speaks through Jesus (John 10:32)
Don't you wish God very clearly spoke to us like that personally? 
He does!  God speaks directly to:  Y-O-U! Yes, You!  :)

You won't find your name written in God's direct words to you, but if you remember anything from your grammar lessons you will find His direction implied there: 

"(YOU) Come, follow me," Jesus said Matthew 4:19
"(YOU) Be transformed"  Romans 12:2
"(YOU) Keep my commandments”  John 14:15
(YOU) Rejoice, and be exceeding glad"  Matthew 5:11

When life's circumstances leave you confused, upset, disappointed or wandering for direction, open your Bible and find God speaking directly to you!  :)

What is He saying to YOU today?

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

"Trey Tuesday" - June 23, 2015

Nice Try!

We try so hard at being good and doing good and looking good...yet we all fall short.
Imagine facing God with our lame attempts at being "good enough" to deserve His favor.
Would you present God with your sports car?
Your diamond ring?
Keys to your home?
Your college degree?
Your IRA?
Your week's paid vacation?

Even in the Bible, people tried to "do it all."
A rich, young ruler tried his best...HIS impress Jesus with his outstanding track record of goodness.  What was Jesus' reaction?
"Jesus looked at him and loved him."  Mark 10:21
Wow!  When was the last time you gave love and compassion when someone totally missed the mark?
When was the last time your coach, parent, boss, spouse offered you that much grace and love when you tried but failed?
Just by His look, Jesus loved that young man.

You may not be called to give your first born Son...
You may not be called to give your second born son....
Yet each one of us is called to give...our all...
Jesus is waiting - with love.

"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength."   Mark 12:30

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

"Trey Tuesday" - June 16, 2015

Google It?

Look it up!
How many times a day do you think, hear, or say those words?
And then you faithfully proceed to your electronic device and Google the topic.
Need a recipe?  Look it up!
Want to find the latest celebrity gossip?  Look it up!
Wondering about the ballgame score?  Look it up!
Need marriage advice?........(screeching sound!)....
Do NOT look it up!  FIRST - LOOK Up!
Worried about your health?  Look Up!
Seeking wisdom about dating or college?  Look Up!
Afraid you might be replaced at work?  Look Up!

As one of the doting aunts of Trey, I spent many hours "looking up" Trey's condition and treatments.  It felt good to "do" something about Trey's diagnosis.  Google, however, never ever ever replaced, "Looking Up!"  Our help and strength and guidance and comfort and wisdom and hope were (and still are!) found in believing and following God and His Word!  Google is a wonderful tool, but it is no substitute for searching the Maker of Heaven and Earth for help!  :)

"I lift up my eyes to the mountains—

where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot slip—
He who watches over you will not slumber;
indeed, He who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord watches over you—
the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.

The Lord will keep you from all harm—
He will watch over your life;
the Lord will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore."  Psalm 121

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

"Trey Tuesday" - June 9, 2015

Opposite Day Anyone?

Typically we read the Bible for the Truths that are written.
"God is love."  I John 4:16
Pretty straight forward, right?
Have you ever considered the opposite of that verse?
Jewelry is love.
Front row baseball tickets for Father's Day is love.
Our cluttered and busy lives muddy the clear waters of God's intended Truths.

If God tells us "give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus."  I Thessalonians 5:18 then that is the Truth!
The opposite is NOT the Truth:  give thanks only in some circumstances, you know, the circumstances that are safe and easy and those that go your way!

Try looking at the opposite perspective of a few verses to see God's Truths, God's point of view, more clearly!
2 Timothy 1:7 "God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and a sound mind."
If God has not given us fear, then the enemy or the world has.
God has given us power and love and a sound mind.  The latest miracle cream/tip/app most certainly hasn't!

As I sit at my computer and look at Trey's sweet smile in his school picture I thank God for His absolute 100% Truth of John 3:16,
"For God so loved the world that He gave His One and Only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life."

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

"Trey Tuesday" - June 2, 2015

Where's My Comforter!?

Anyone a little chilly right now?
A little lonely?
What kind of comforter are you seeking?
Where do you find comfort in your time(s) of need?

Psalm 119 is filled with God offering us direction and comfort through His Word.

Wherever you are, whatever you are feeling, measure your situation against Psalm 119.  When life doesn't make sense and your circumstances don't measure up with your calendar, before you get mixed up turning to all the comforters the world has to offer, find comfort and hope in the Author of Life!  :)

"Remember Your Word to Your servant,for You have given me hope.
My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life."  Psalm 119:49-50