Try these on for size!

  • Spotted in an office:  After the coffee break, all staff must empty the coffee pots and stand upside down on the drain board.
  • In a health food store window: Closed due to sickness.
  • On a sign: If you can’t read, you can get help at this address.
  • Overheard:  Return my stolen stepladder or further steps will be taken.
  • News headline: Police now running down jaywalkers.

We faithful tend to be a little gloomy… But the truth is, life is funnier than we allow. Smile and the world smiles with you…

All you saints! Sing your hearts out to God! Thank him to his face! He gets angry once in a while, but across a lifetime there is only love. The nights of crying your eyes out give way to days of laughter.(Psalm 30:4-5, MSG)

Prayer – Father God, help us see the joy in living the life you gave us! Amen

 

 

 

 

 

Whale Tales

James Bartley (1870–1909) is said to have been swallowed whole by a sperm whale. His ship mates found him a few days later in the stomach of that sperm whale (which, it is said, died of constipation!).

Some say this is impossible but it has happened before…

Now the Lord had prepared and appointed a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights. (Jonah 1:17, AMP)

Was ‘the great fish’ in the Book of Jonah a whale?

Does it matter?

No.

It does matter that we believe God’s Word for what it is, the truth.

Some people don’t care to believe that Jonah existed, but he is mentioned in 2 kings 14:25 and Jesus spoke of him in Matthew 12:39-41. In short, Jesus said that no sign shall be given but that of Jonah, three days and nights in the belly of a sea monster… and he added that someone (himself) greater than Jonah is here.

Prayer – Lord, we have decided to take you at your word. Just as Jonah was a sign to the Ninevites, so Jesus is the sign to all nations now. Praise his name! Amen

My House Looks like my Life Feels

Because of a water tank episode, almost all the flooring in my house is being replaced. That sounds lovely doesn’t it. Who wouldn’t want to have new flooring, new desk,new colours, even a new wall paper boarder? Me, that is who.

I sat in the decorating place, picked out the colours and burst into tears because nothing will look like it did when Ron was here. The sales lady cried too. She just lost her mom and so we blubbered in the store together.

All of the fixing started December 27 and day by day my living space gets smaller. First of all the china cabinet contents exploded onto every flat surface. The china cabinet itself sits in front of the living room window. By last night, the TV was unseeable and all the chairs too cluttered to sit on. Stuff surrounds my bed. I have one tiny walking path which I dare not use without a light of some kind.

Do you see what I mean? My house looks as bad as I feel. But there is that one little path through, and that one glimmer of hope and light and that one hand to hold. So Christ and I move through together toward healed house and healed heart.

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Binge On This


Instead of eating…..try these on for size and send me your answers.

1. What book of the Bible mentions a bad baseball player?

2. What occupation did Paul have besides tent making and preaching?

3. What is the first medicine mentioned in the Bible?

4. How did Ruth treat Boaz badly?

5. How do we know that devilled ham existed in Bible times?

If these jokes don’t make you laugh, –well what can I say!

Proverbs 17:22A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones. (KJV)

Prayer: Lord, when you fill our hearts with yourself, what else is there to do but smile and be glad? Amen.

 

That Jabez Prayer

That Jabez prayer keeps popping up in my vision.

1 Chronicles 4:9-10- And Jabez was more honorable than his brothers, and his mother named him Jabez saying, “Because I bore [him] with pain.”  Now Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, “Oh that Thou wouldst bless me indeed, and enlarge my border, and that Thy hand might be with me, and that Thou wouldst keep [me] from harm, that [it] may not pain me!” And God granted him what he requested. (NASB)

Who wouldn’t want this to be real in their life? I want God to bless me and expand my borders, (unless that border is my dress size). I yearn for God to be with me and keep me from pain. I yearn to get through this heavy grief.

I pondered this tiny prayer, seeking to apply it to my circumstances. Pain. What kind of pain do I want to get away from? Why, me, of course, me and my widowhood! I want to get away from my flesh, the part of me that is not God-like.

Jabez was known as Pain and no doubt lived up to his name. Don’t we all?  It’s hard to get free from the stigma of the past. The world watches our label and expects more of the same. When Jabez asked God to keep him from pain, perhaps he too wanted to be free of his label, free to expand beyond being a Pain and free to escape that fleshly part of him that kept him from God.

Maya Angelou is credited with saying- “I’ve learned that even when I have pains I don’t have to be one.” Me too.

Ewe’s Not Fat. Ewe’s Fluffy

Oh don’t we love Luke 15:4?

What man of you, if he has a hundred sheep and should lose one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness (desert) and go after the one that is lost until he finds it?

Christ coming after us…what a great picture. Christ chasing down his sheep, for that is what he calls us. Sheep!

Mark 14:27? Not such a favourite.

Mark 14:27-And Jesus said to them, You will all fall away this night [that is, you will be caused to stumble and will begin to distrust and desert Me], for it stands written, I will strike the Shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered.
Think that is not possible? Oh no, not me! I will follow him wherever he goes!  Ha!

ISTANBUL, Turkey (AP) – First one sheep jumped to its death. Then stunned Turkish shepherds, who had left the herd to graze while they had breakfast, watched as nearly 1,500 others followed, each leaping off the same cliff, Turkish media reported Friday.

In the end, 450 dead animals lay on top of one another in a white pile, the Aksam newspaper said. Those who jumped later were saved as the pile got higher, cushioning the fall, the daily newspaper Aksam reported.

Be sure you know your Leader.  Read and study the  Word of God. Know what truth looks like. Other wise you might follow another sheep…and you might not land on their fluffies.