Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Earth Day

What are some ways that we may work to honor God's Creation by caring for our world?  I invite you to visit this  site www.BLESSEDEARTH.org. Once you arrive at this site you will find pratical ways to honor God's Creation in your life. 

As the temperatures increase, I am opening my windows and turning on fans. Limiting the use of air conditioning is one small way to be limit my carbon footprint. 


Monday, April 21, 2014

Monday Musings, Schedules

I begin my day with prayer and Bible study.

 my day ends with prayer.   

“The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.”
Stephen Covey.


In class... I know, I need practice.







Sunday, April 20, 2014

everlasting joy

“The best news of the Christian gospel is that the supremely glorious Creator of the universe has acted in Jesus Christ death and resurrection to remove every obstacle between us and himself so that we may find everlasting joy in seeing and savoring his infinite beauty."
John Piper


Saturday, April 19, 2014

Substitutes

Arriving to water aerobics class Tuesday morning, I see a different lifeguard.   Sitting in the lifeguard stand, I see a person that does not inspire confidence. One glance at our guard, I hope no one in our class will have a medical emergency.  Our guard is dressed for a day at the office instead of guarding a water fitness class.  Students over fifty want a guard dressed to hit the water fast!

Then, Thursday’s exercise class … we had another substitute… our exercise instructor.  Class was so sad. Everyone wanted our regular instructor.  My class has had other substitute instructors; this particular teacher was not very good.

Until this week, I have not given substitutes much thought. Then, this week, I encounter  the word every day.  When I use food as a substitute to stuff my anger.  Or when a family member struggles with drug addition as a substitute for peace.

 It started with the BSF Lecture on Monday evening. Patty, our TL used every day events, to point to an important spiritual truth.

 Substitutionary atonement … Holy Week.  As Christians, we celebrate the significance of the suffering sacrifice of Jesus.  He was the perfect substitute for the sins of the world.  His life fulfilled every prophecy. Miracles, teaching, submission, and obedience were hallmarks of His life. Jesus is the Messiah. 


“For God so love the world that he gave his one and only son that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16  (NIV)

Friday, April 18, 2014

Pet of the week, Bear

Hmm, Bear looks comfortable resting on the sofa.
Sniffing....


As you can tell, Bear enjoys finding a cozy place on furniture. 



Wilma's sweet "Bear" is the pet of the week.  Recently adopted, Bear, lives in a wonderful county home.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

love each other ...

This is a portion of what Jesus said to his disciples at the Passover 
Love each another
Just as I have loved you,
you should love each other.
John 13:34 ( New Living Translation) 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Tax Day

I don’t know one person who thinks they should pay more taxes. Some politicians think other people should pay more taxes, but I don’t think they want to pay more taxes.

As I write this post, this year’s tax deadline is just a few hours away. I am sure that there are people who are crunching numbers, checking their calculations, and preparing to have their taxes postmarked today. Last minute stuff... 

Oh, taxes. And ...

Yes, even Jesus paid taxes.

The following is from the Gospel of Matthew 17: 24 - 27 ( NIV) 

“After Jesus and his disciples arrived in Capernaum, the collectors of the two-drachma temple tax came to Peter and asked, “Doesn’t your teacher pay the temple tax?’

“Yes, he does,” he replied.

When Peter came into the house, Jesus was the first to speak. “What do you think, Simon?” he asked. “From whom do the kings of the earth collect duty and taxes – from their own children or from others?”

“From others,” Peter answered.

“Then the children are exempt,” Jesus said to him. “But so that we may not cause offense go to the lake and throw out your line. Take the first fish you catch; open its mouth and you will find a four-drachma coin. Take it and give it to them for my tax and yours. “



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