While growing up, I always have pets. Usually cats and dogs. I sometime took care of baby lambs and pigs. But, I do love my kitty cats! My Mother was ok with pets but only if outside or in basement. When cold outside, I bring them inside. I got a litter box for our cats so they stay inside more. If I take care of them, my Mom was happy. Continue reading
There are two accounts in the New Testament where Jesus cursed a fig tree. The curse resulted in the killing of the tree. Why did this happen? In both accounts, Jesus was hungry. He wanted figs! The tree was in leaf, but had no fruit so Jesus cursed the tree and it died. The differences between the two accounts is that in Mark it says it was not the season for fruit, and in Matthew it says the tree withered immediately, not overnight. Continue reading
The Bible has a lot of Promises that God has given us. So wonderful!. It’s especially interesting to learn how Jesus grew while He lived on earth. If Jesus grew that way, then we can grow that way in our faith. Grow in Jesus
Some people may like to pick a verse and memorize it. Or do a “deep dive” [study the verse]. What to do? Choose a verse you like. I choose a verse from Book of Luke.
Luke 2:52 “As Jesus grew taller, he continued to grow in wisdom. God was pleased with him and so were the people who knew him.” (ERV)
I ask myself what this verse mean? I break it down and take each part alone.
- Jesus grew taller, or physically, or healthy.
- Jesus grew in wisdom, and in knowledge.
- Jesus more and more pleased God, or spiritually.
- Jesus also pleased people, and earned their respect.
Jesus grew in all these ways when He lived on earth, so we can grow this way also.
How do I make this verse meaningful to me? For me this verse means:
God wants me to grow physically, so I can be healthy for Him. Right now I am having some problems dealing with cancer, but I want to be as healthy as I can and live for Him.
God wants me to grow in wisdom, to learn things for Him. God wants me to more and more please Him, grow spiritually. God wants me to also please people, by earning their respect.
By memorizing and studying this verse, I find God wants me to learn by growing in Him. Jesus grew physically. He became wise. He pleased God and people liked him. God wants me to be like Jesus. So I can grow in these four ways as Jesus did. All of it is to grow in Him. Grow our faith in Jesus.
Ecclesiastes 3:4 “There is a time to cry, and a time to laugh. There is a time to be sad, and a time to dance from joy.” (EVD)
June has a special day to remember Fathers; June 17, 2018 is Father’s Day. A day to honor and celebrate and remember our fathers. Some of you are fathers. Great! Some of your fathers are still living. Wonderful! What a blessing! Some fathers may have passed away, but they still live in our hearts and memories. They will always be a part of us.
My father enjoyed listening to music. He liked the Lawrence Welk TV show! He listened to polka music on the radio. That was HIS music, and it made him happy. At family weddings, he enjoyed dancing to the polka music. If I was nearby, he would take me as his partner and off we would go! He liked spinning around so fast at times, I almost felt dizzy. I would hold on and when I might start feeling dizzy, he would guide our dance straight so I could get my bearings, before spinning about again. He enjoyed dancing the polka.
I remember one wedding my father and I attended. My mother was not feeling well so she stayed home. Dad and I planned to go to the wedding and reception but not stay long. We were ready to leave, but the music started to play a polka! My Dad wanted to dance! With a twinkle in his eye he grabbed me and away we were dancing. When it came to the polka dance, it was like Dad gotta dance!
It’s always been a favorite memory of mine, dancing the polka with my Dad. I pray you all have fond memories of your Dad as well.
Emotions! Did Jesus have emotions?
Everyone may know the “shortest verse” in the Bible! You may know it and have memorized it since it’s so short! Great!
Where is it found in the Bible? Continue reading
I remember when I was very young, thinking that the bedroom my brother and I shared was huge! It had two beds for us and a big window. Our closet was also huge and there was even a “secret” passageway to our parent’s closet! Wow! But, I’d be the first to admit that perceptions of my boyhood when it came to size of rooms are not the same today as a grown man.
John 14:2 “There are many rooms in my Father’s house. I would not tell you this if it were not true. I am going there to prepare a place for you.” (ERV)
I was curious about the number of rooms for the Father’s house, a.k.a. New Jerusalem or City of God. Why? Jesus promised many rooms would be prepared. I wondered how many believers/rooms would fit? So I converted the Bible’s measurements to modern day’s measurements and then calculated the cubic volume and used New York City as an example for population density. Although I am only speculating, the number I came up with was astounding.
I was fortunate not to be cursed to my face for being deaf or hearing-impaired. Still, I know I require more patience than usual from hearing people. I can’t help it, but because of my hearing loss, I am more aware of and dependent on body language. People may say the right words, but their body language will usually reveal true feelings.
Many years ago when I was young, I was confronted by a hearing person. The boy was a known trouble-maker, and he was looking for trouble. He swore at me, but I was unfazed by his speech. I could see from his body language he did not mean well. But, at that time I did not know any swear words and I stood there puzzled. He was not getting the expected reaction from me. When he found out I did not know, he thought it funny. Because of that, his anger was deflected from me, and I escaped to live another day.