iBelieve

Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” Mark 9:24

Archive for the category “Jesus”

Son Rise


via Daily Prompt: Identical

I especially love the spring and summer months when I wake up before I hear the first “Good Morning!” tweet from a bird.  Ah, the stillness of the morning.  I light my way with the glow from my cell phone as I tip-toe out of the bedroom toward the kitchen to start my cup of coffee.  My three cats follow me into the kitchen for their first meal of the day.  They stretch their yoga poses while waiting for me to fill their bowls, and I think that I should be doing some stretches too.  But I don’t.

My neighborhood is tightly knit with houses right next to each other.  The height and girth of the trees lining the streets shows the age of the neighborhood.  I love where I live, but it does not offer me a good vantage point to see the rising sun, but I can see the magnificent color display of the sky as the day begins.  I grab my coffee and head into the front room which faces east.  I pull open the curtain like you see in movie theaters and I sit in my favorite chair watching the show God is putting on for me.  I cannot decide if the brilliant magenta is my favorite color or if I prefer the pastel pinks and blues that color the sky.  Each day is a surprise and I love them all.  Breathtaking, always breathtaking.   The beautiful display of color is like an orchestra in the sky, the visual crescendo gradually moving before me.  I break the silence of the morning because I cannot hold back my applause.  God is my favorite artist. 

No other sunrise will be identical to the one I just witnessed.  It blows my mind.  The sun comes up every day, yet no two sunrises will ever look the same.  God has a way of making everything he creates unique.  No two snowflakes are the same.  No two sunrises are the same.  No two people are the same, not even identical twins.

I can only imagine the colors in the sky on the first Easter Morning when Jesus stepped out of the tomb.  The women who raced to the tomb did not even recognize Him standing before them.  It is probably because of the beautiful glow about him along with the glow of the new day sun.

Jesus is a new day for believers.  He is the light of the world.  He is my favorite Son Rise.

Proverbs 4:18

The path of the righteous is like the morning sun, shining ever brighter till the full light of day. 

Whoever Has Ears, Let Them Hear


I used to go to the hair salon and spend an hour to an hour-and-a-half getting my hair colored.  One thing I like about hair stylists is that they are skilled in conversation.  A sign of a good salon is the buzz of conversation going on when the hairdryers are not running.

One particular visit, I was sitting in my chair while my color was processing.  As I flipped through a magazine, I could hear conversations going on from the stylists around me that were working with their clients.  It has nothing to do with eavesdropping or being nosey, salons are set up with chairs next to each other and lined up across the room as well.  My attention was drawn to one certain stylist who was speaking louder than anyone else.  She was telling a joke to her client and I caught the beginning of it and was interested.  This stylist was animated and a captivating storyteller.  If I didn’t know better, I think I was even leaning toward her as she was setting up for a great punchline.  She was talking loud until she got to the punchline.  She practically whispered the punchline in her client’s ear.  The client burst out laughing as did the stylist.

Wait!  That’s not fair!  I think the whole salon was waiting for that punchline and she decided to whisper in her client’s ear?  Ugh!!!

Luke 2:41-50

Every year Jesus’ parent went to Jerusalem for the Festival of the Passover.  When he was twelve years old, they went up to the festival, according to the custom.  After the festival was over, while his parents were returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they were unaware of it. Thinking he was in their company, they traveled on for a day.  Then they began looking for him among their relatives and friends.  When they did not find him, they went back to Jerusalem to look for him.  After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions.  Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers.  When his parents saw him, they were astonished.  His mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us like this?  Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.”  

Why were you searching for me?” he asked.  “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?” But they did not understand what he was saying to them.

I love this account of young Jesus in the temple courts sitting amongst the religious leaders of the day.  He had them captivated with his questions and answers.  He wasn’t there for an hour, he was there for three days.  If Jesus wasn’t recorded as saying, “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?” I would take that as missing the high point of the story.  I apologize for the horrible comparison to that of the punchline to a joke, because knowing what we know about Jesus, this is what he was all about.

My trips to the hair salon have nearly ceased except for the occasional trim.  I am; however, studying more about what Jesus meant when he said, “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?”  This response packs a punch better than anything I have ever heard,  or didn’t hear.

To Be or Not To Be a Friend


I am shy.  I am introverted too.  I am embarrassed to say that it takes me a long time to warm up to people because of these two traits.  However, if an extroverted person is interacting with me, I come out of my shell quickly and I make fast friends with people.  I base friendship on trust, laughter, shared memories, and especially deep conversations regarding uncomfortable topics shared without judgment. One-on-one time is precious time to me. After years of trust, laughter, shared memories, and discussions regarding uncomfortable topics, I considered a certain person one of my best friends. During a discussion after I did something randomly unexpected for them, I said I did it because they are my best friend.

The look on their face told me otherwise.

It was a split second, but I caught it all on the tape I replay in my mind. I saw the furled brow appear as well as the questioning eye squint. Their lips remained pursed together. It was a split second, but that split second was packed with a punch.  

I am not short of friends, but something triggered me to think about this person lately.  I miss what used to be before I spilled the beans.  Maybe the relationship was not really as strong as I had conjured up in my mind.  I live and I learn.  Some people stay in our lives, and others don’t.  They weren’t my only best friend as there can be more than one based on the shared qualities of the relationship.  I accepted the fact that they had other best friends as we cannot be everything to everyone we meet.   But I was never on their list of best friends.  Perhaps they hit their limit and had no room for me.

Situations like this make me recoil and go back to the shy and introverted person I am deep down.   “Back to the drawing board” I tell myself.  At the proverbial drawing board, I take inventory of who my friends really are.  Who sticks with me through thick and thin?  Who can I call on any time of the day and they answer me?  Who does not judge me and loves me even though they know my sin?  

I can count my absolute best friends on one hand.  And the ultimate best friend is Jesus and he is counted on my heart.  All I learned about being a friend, I learned from Jesus.  He sticks with me through thick and thin, He answers me whenever I call, He does not judge me and loves me even though I sin.  

Thank you, God, for your son Jesus and that I can truly call Him my best friend, forever.  Thank you also for my earthly friends.  May I continue to be there for them through thick and thin, answer whenever they call and never judge them though they sin.

Galatians 5:22-23New International Version (NIV)

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 

God’s Not Dead 2


I just spent a snowy April afternoon Read more…

3 to 1


1 out of 3 Gives
     Matthew 6:26 Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?

1 out of 3 Saves
     John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.

1 out of 3 Dwells within
     John 14:26 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you.

3 out of 3 are 1

image

Dream Wedding


John 2:1-11 (NIV)

On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.”

“Woman,why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.”

His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”

Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons.

Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim.

Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.”

They did so, and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside and said, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.”

What Jesus did here in Cana of Galilee was the first of the signs through which he revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.

No doubt about it, weddings are expensive.  The bride and groom hope to have enough food and drink for their guests to enjoy themselves.  At the wedding at Cana in Galilee, the wine ran out.  With Jesus’ help, water was turned into wine and it was better than the best wine they had already served.

Our local television news station, eightWest, is hosting a Dream Wedding contest.  The winning couple will be awarded $25,000 in gift certificates to be used toward everything they need for a Dream Wedding to be performed on 12-12-12.  The top three couples were revealed on the show today and my friends, Megan and Erik, have been selected!

The viewers have until October 8, 2012 to place their vote online for the winning couple to be revealed on October 10, 2012.  After the couple is selected, the viewers will vote on the dress, the menu and the honeymoon destination as well as a few other wedding details.

Would you please take a moment to look at this website, read the submission that Erik wrote, register your email address and place a vote for Megan and Erik?  I know that Jesus is going to be on their guest list and he is going to be in their lives forever.

Vote for Megan and Erik!!

In Mysterious Ways


Mystery writers fill us with suspense. The pins and needles type of suspense. Who done it? twisted stories that keep the reader at the edge of their seat. There is an expectation for suspense, sprinkled with elements of fear.

How often have you heard, or said, this phrase? “God works in mysterious ways”. What does that mean to you? 

If your spouse, family or friend did something that seemed out of the ordinary, would you say, “My spouse/family/friend works in mysterious ways”.  Probably not as it sounds silly.  Why then do we insert God in the sentence and make it seem alright?

God, the author of our lives, does not want us living as if we sit on pins and needles.  He wrote love, joy, peace and kindness into our life-script.  Take a look into a few passages from the Bible for examples… 

Jeremiah 31:3 
The LORD appeared to us in the past, saying: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness”.

Psalm 30:11
You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy

Psalm 4:8 
In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, LORD, make me dwell in safety.

God, …who loves with an everlasting love, clothes us with joy, draws us with unfailing kindness, and allows us peaceful rest because He is in control…, does nothing “mysterious” in my life.  

Expect a mystery writer to take you down some suspenseful paths, always wondering ‘who done it?’.  As a Christian, I can faithfully point to Jesus on the cross, the one ‘who done it’ so I need not live in fear, and, know the end of the story; eternal life.

At The Height of Instruction


Mark 9:2-7
The Transfiguration

After six days Jesus took Peter, James and John with him and led them up a high mountain, where they were all alone. There he was transfigured before them. His clothes became dazzling white, whiter than anyone in the world could bleach them. And there appeared before them Elijah and Moses, who were talking with Jesus.
Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” (He did not know what to say, they were so frightened.)

Then a cloud appeared and covered them, and a voice came from the cloud: “This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!”

LISTEN TO HIM!

Jesus spoke of love, healing, kindness, gentleness, hope, faith and peace.

shhh!  Jesus has something to say to you.

A Stinky Proposition


Sinners Unite! Read more…

Claimed Baggage


If you cannot pay your bill after a meal in a restaurant, you wash dishes until your debt is paid. Read more…

Post Navigation