Monthly Archives: July 2016

Life Cycles of the Washing Machine

The dial on a washing machine indicates settings for which clothing should be washed. There are GENTLE and PERMANENT PRESS.  Some may also have settings for COLOR, WHITE and DARK.

During most weeks we use each of the cycles to get the best clean for our clothes and to help them last longer and look and feel good.

I believe God uses our life in much the same way.

There are days He must treat us GENTLE because we are suffering. His heart breaks when He sees us suffer but just like parents discipline their children and hurt to see the consequences of the children’s actions, God knows that sufferings bring on learning and growth opportunities.

There are other days we feel as though we are being PERMANENTLY PRESSED on all sides. Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 4:8 “we are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.”

He blesses us with days full of COLOR including joy, peace, sunshine and laughter. There are days He allows sin to make us feel DARK and lonely.  But we have the promise and the peace that Jesus washed us WHITE as snow when He died for us.

Yes, we all feel PERMANENTLY PRESSED some days, full of COLOR other days, and DARK some days. But the good news is that we can always feel the GENTLE touch if we seek the sweet presence of God.

Won’t you let Him give you a good cleaning by washing, soaking, rinsing and wringing you with His love today? We will never feel so crisp and clean!!

The Eye of the Storm

Many of you know by now that Natalie Grant is coming to town August 20th.  Ticket sales have not been what we hoped.  You see,  a year ago, I felt God telling me to try to bring Natalie Grant (NG) to town.  I had this strong feeling and then I would tell myself it was impossible.  I looked into it and then the cost just seemed too much.  I let it go.

Several months later, I had this strong urging from the Lord that was almost an audible voice that kept saying “bring Natalie Grant to town.”  The puzzle pieces were all coming together.  I researched and through the work of the Lord we partnered with Hopewell Baptist Church, and only by the grace of God did it work out for her to come.  There is no doubt in my mind she’s supposed to be here.

So as I lay in my bed last night with warm tears flowing and my heart breaking at ticket sales, I wondered if I had heard the Lord wrong.  We have done everything we know to do.  We have walked and driven miles to put up fliers and spread the word.  Tons of emails have gone to churches all over the tri-state and radios, newspapers, Facebook posts, and community events broadcast the event.

As I questioned, I thought of something my friend, Lori from Hopewell, told me this week.  She reminded me of Matthew 8:27 where Jesus calms the storm.  Jesus and His disciples were in a boat and all of a sudden a huge storm came up on the lake and the disciples went and woke up Jesus from a sleep and said, “Lord, save us!  We’re going to drown!”

That’s exactly how I feel.  I can’t breathe.  I’m scared.  I feel like I’m drowning.  But then just as Jesus told the disciples, He whispered to me in the dark of the night “You of little faith why are you so afraid?” The scriptures go on to tell us that He got up and rebuked the winds and waves, and it was completely calm.

I felt His presence last night and I was able to calm down, stop sobbing and get some sleep.  I have no idea how ticket sales will go from here.  But what I do know is that I followed what I felt God calling me to.  I know that He put all the puzzle pieces together to bring NG to southeast Indiana.  And I know that whoever He wants at that event, whether it’s 70 or 700, He won’t fail us.  I cling to Paul’s words in Romans 8:28 – and we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.  I believe it with all my heart.

What storm are you in today?  Do you need to go find Jesus and let Him calm you?

Whack-A-Mole

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Have you ever played this game?  Whack-a-Mole?  You seriously just keep pounding these moles back down into their hole with a big ole hammer and they keep popping their ugly heads up and you have to keep on pounding them back down.  It can be intense, frustrating and a continuous nag until the game time is over and you start a new game!

This reminds me of the devil.  He just keeps popping up in all different directions and from all kinds of places and I don’t know which one he is coming into next and I just keep trying to smack him down and be on the lookout and try to stay one step ahead of him.  It gets intense.  It gets frustrating and he just keeps popping his ugly head up all over the place.  I try to take care of him by myself and then I remember……I HAVE THE BIGGEST HAMMER IN THE WORLD!

Jesus is right there waiting for you to come over and pick Him up and let Him help you “whack the mole” right down into the depths of hell.

Don’t try to handle problems on your own.  Grab the big ole hammer and WHACK A MOLE right down in the hole he came from.  Because in the end…………you win!!

*Reprinted from Bucket Buddies Mission blog from October, 2014.

Junk or Jesus?

A couple of days ago I was out of town and was craving a hometown donut.  Schmidt Bakery in Batesville, Indiana has some of THE BEST donuts I have ever had but not available in North Carolina where I was visiting.

I had yogurt, eggs, English muffins, bananas, blueberry muffins or oatmeal for breakfast each morning.  But nothing was satisfying that craving for a donut.  On our way home, we stopped to get fuel for the vehicle and I even bought a donut from the display inside the gas station.  But after two bites, in the trash it went!  Nothing was satisfying that craving.

So… you guessed it.  On my way to work on Monday, back in the familiar, I stopped at Schmidt Bakery for a donut.  There it was… that savory taste that made my taste buds water.  That sweet taste of the glazed honey bun donut!  I ate that donut and enjoyed every bite and haven’t had to substitute since!  It satisfied the craving.

People today are looking to satisfy their craving for Christ in all kinds of areas.  They are looking for satisfaction and peace in all the wrong places.  We think having more money, shoes, clothes, or shiny things will bring us peace.  Maybe it’s unhealthy relationships that we keep going back to thinking it will get better and yet we are constantly in turmoil.  Maybe we turn to alcohol, drugs, food or even busyness.

The only thing that will satisfy our craving for peace is Christ.  Let’s stop trying everything else like the one-stop-shop-fuel-and-donut place.  Quit wasting time and “calories” and cry out to the only One who can give real peace.  Just say “Jesus” and He will satisfy that void.  Craving junk?  Nope.  Crave Jesus.