No difference!

What do you see?

I see innocent love for a friend. A friend they don’t even know. A friend who, to them, are no different!

After just a few minutes of being at the splash pad, both my girls made quick friends with several kids. It seems that age and race aren’t an issue. So, where did it start being an issue? Will I be able to influence my girls so they continue to see no difference or will the world’s influence get them?

Can they continue to just love the love that John speaks of?

John 13:34-35 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

There are many more scriptures that speak of how we should love each other. As we age, we loose the innocence, we are influenced by the world, it’s impossible to stop. Heck! I influence my girls, that’s just how it goes. But regardless of age, race, gender or religion (or lack there of), that group of new friends, that group of old friends, our neighbors are still just imperfect people, trying to find their way in this world just like me, just like my girls. So can we put influences aside and just love.

Lord protect my girls. Protect all my grands. Protect this world from ugliness. Amen!

Where would I be?

Without Him? Lost!

I was talking to my daughter in law the other day about some circumstances in my life at this moment and she asked me what was next. You know I didn’t even have to think, which was a little surprising to me, but my response was, “I’m not sure but I’m positive it will be better”.

That would not have been my answer 30 years ago when I found myself newly divorced. That would not have been my answer 18 years ago with a sick child and a wayward child. Not 13 years ago when there was a real possibility of finding myself alone again. And surely, you’d say, how about 7 years ago as we move away from everything and everyone I knew, including our children, to move to a new state. Nope not even 7 years ago. And actually several since then. But now, my answer is, “I’m not sure but I’m positive it will be better”.

I can say that with surety because I lived through 30 years ago, 18 years ago, 13 years ago and even 7 years ago to find myself better than then. At the time I wouldn’t have thought it possible, but with HIM everything is possible.

Psalm 18:16 He reached down from heaven and took me and drew me out of my great trials. He rescued me from deep waters.

I just found a new life song. One that creates huge tears to well up in my eyes. Because today, I can say, that He rescued me with faith that he will also rescue me now.

Life rarely ever throws at you what you expect. And life, although has some of the most glorious times, also can have some of the hardest. But in this life, God has never gave up on me and always fought my battles for me.

To Him I am grateful! Amen!

5

#fmf

Well, today proves that you can never be too old to learn something! My participation in Five Minute Friday writings (even though I rarely ever do it on Friday and rarely stay under 5 mins) has challenged me to seek out more information, searching through scripture to find the meaning and understanding of things more deeply. That is never a bad thing!

Immediately when I saw the prompt to be “5”, my mind jumped to the number of grands I have. 5 wonderful and beautiful blessings that God has given me. 5 new little people who challenge me to be a better version of me. 5 creations that God has placed on this earth for me to influence. 5 of His children, with individual personalities, which makes it exciting when dealing with them. Much like dealing with the rest of the world, except with more responsibility. 5 reasons to be Thankful each new day!

In my search for the meaning of 5, I found several interesting things. I’m not going to credit them all to be true or scriptural but I’ll share some of them with you and you can study for yourself. So here we go…..

  • The number 5 symbolizes God’s grace, goodness and favor toward humans and is mentioned 318 times in Scripture.
  • Five is the number of grace, and multiplied by itself, which is 25, is ‘grace upon grace’ (John 1:16).  
  • The Ten Commandments contains two sets of 5 commandments. The first five commandments are related to our treatment and relationship with God, and the last five concern our relationship with others humans.
  • There are 5 primary types of offerings God commanded Israel to bring to him. They are the Burnt Offering (Leviticus 1; 8:18 – 21; 16:24), Sin (Leviticus 4; 16:3 – 22), Trespass (Leviticus 5:14 – 19; 6:1 – 7; 7:1 – 6), Grain (Leviticus 2) and Peace Offering (Leviticus 3; 7:11- 34).
  • The Book of Psalms is divided into 5 major sections. Section 1 (Psalm 1 to 41) refers to the Passover, Israel’s beginning, and the start of the God’s plan of salvation that centers around Christ. Section 2 (42 to 72) sings about a unified Israel in the land and pictures the creation of the New Testament Church. And the others for you to find.
  • We have 5 senses, 5 toes and 5 fingers.
  • According to the Bible, there are 5 big mysteries in this world, which are represented as the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit, the Creation and the Redemption.
  • The 5th book of the Bible, called Deuteronomy, is dedicated to God’s grace.

I think that will keep you busy for a while. But to my surprise the #5 has significance!

John 1:16  Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given.

In my life 5 has great significance for many reasons. The greatest for me here on this earth are my 5 grands! And as it says in John 1:16, “Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given”.

The grace that I have today with my grands is on top of the abundant grace that He has given me throughout my life and will continue to give me until the end of my day. Not deserved but freely given.

So today Lord, I am grateful for 5. My 5 lovelies, my 5 grands. And I ask that you wrap your loving arms around them for all of their days. Amen!

Life

Life: the existence of an individual human being

And I have had almost 58 years of that!

And I’m learning to cherish each moment instead of dreaming of the tomorrows.

Genesis 1:26 Then God said, “Let us make a man—someone like ourselves, to be the master of all life upon the earth and in the skies and in the seas.” (TLB)

He created me, someone like Him, to be the master of all life! Not to master over it but to really live in it! Not to control it but to love Him so much that I would cherish all of it as it comes. Not to run away from it but to run towards all that He brings in it. I’ve been guilty of trying to be master over it, control it and at times run from it.

I love the image of the mountains with the land so green and lush, beaming with life. Elevation with hills and valleys, highs and lows, rolling here and there. Where there is fog in the valleys making it hard to see where to go as the fog lifts the higher you get. And skies clear, ready to open up into beautiful fluffy clouds and bright shining sun (SON). Life is much like this!

My life has been and still can be much like this. But I’m learning! Learning to breath slowly in the valleys. Reaching out for His hand to lead me through the fog, Guiding me up to the highest peak. I have not always walked this path with understanding that He was always with me. Hence the reason for believing that I could master it, control it and even run from it.

John 14:6  Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (ESV)

After many years of clawing my nails into the dirt and multiple scrapped knees, I have learned, I must rest in Jesus. He is the one who will lead me to the highest place, heaven, where I will be with my Father in eternity. The place where this life that I live each day is meant to end.

But until then, how am I going to live this life?

Romans 12:2  Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. (ESV)

Am I going to allow the world to form me into who it thinks I am or am I going to live this one life, the life HE gave me, seeking Him. Living this one life asking Him to mold me and show me who He created me to be. Loving as He has loved me, showing grace to others as He has shown me grace. Even in my sin He shows grace to me, when I don’t deserve it. I sin each day, yet I love Him but my human desires get in my way. And for those who don’t know or understand Him, I will show mercy for them, just as He showed mercy for my so many years before my birth and still shows mercy on me. I will live this one life each moment as if the next moment I could be with Him.

Lord, as I walk the hills and valleys of my life, I look to You to show me my next step. Walk with me, hold my hand and carry me when I need it so that I have the strength to live this life for You. Amen!