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A Palm Reader’s Delight!

Have you ever gone to a palm reader?  I don’t know enough about it but years ago you would see them everywhere, especially in tourist towns.  People pay money for someone with a scarf on their head in a dimly lit room with a few candles and some incense burning to tell you your future by looking at the lines on your hand.

I remember when I was younger, people said that if you had lines on the palm of your hand that formed an M you would get married one day.  I’m pretty sure most everyone can make those lines on your palms create an M.

Palm readers would predict the future of the customer and that person would walk out feeling excited and look for ways to show that prediction was true.   If the prediction was that they were going to have good fortune, they may work harder looking for quick money or play the lottery having full confidence it was their turn for fortune.

If the palm reading showed there was trouble brewing in the future, that person walked away sad and worried and was on the lookout for trouble – maybe even creating an issue out of something small thinking the prediction of the palm reader was their fate.

I’m here to tell you that there is only one palm reading we need to concern ourselves with and that is the palm of the Master’s hand.  Isaiah 49:16 says, “See I have engraved you on the palms of my hands.”  I believe this was a prophecy of what was to come with Jesus’s death.

Thomas was the doubter.  He said he would not believe that Jesus was alive unless he could “see the nail marks in his hands and put [my] finger where the nails were.” (John 20:25)

Thomas refused to believe Jesus was alive unless he had proof himself.  When Jesus appeared to the disciples and told Thomas to “put your finger here; see my hands” and Thomas did so and exclaimed “My Lord and my God!”  (John 20:27-28)

Jesus went on to tell Thomas in verse 29, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”  That’s us!!  We don’t get to be palm readers and physically hold the hand of Jesus and feel those nail scars on his hands.  But we get to put our hand in His hand by trusting fully and having the Holy Spirit with us each day in our soul reminding us that His palms are the only ones worth reading!

Lighter Side of Things.

Last night my husband and I were sitting on the patio watching all of the lightning bugs.  It was like a fireworks display.  There were thousands of lightning bugs.  At every second there were lightning bugs flashing in all areas of the darkness.  As we looked across the field it was beautiful, and amazing at the same time, how many tiny little lights were scattered across the way.

Our world today is so dark.  There is so much hatred, sadness, and evil everywhere.  There is corruption and lies and conniving that I just can’t take it anymore.  I want to do something about it but how do we stop corruption?  How do we stop evil acts and liars?  How do we stop hatred and sadness and murders?

We light up our dark world, that’s how!  We may only be a small light like the tiny yellowish green light that is put off by the lightning bugs but when all Christians work together for the good of the Lord, we can be millions of tiny lights that can light up the darkness.  We can be like all of those lightning bugs last night that no matter where we looked there were little lights popping up everywhere!

I was very down yesterday and I think the Lord used those tiny little yellowish lit bugs to teach me a lesson.  All hope is NOT lost.  When there is darkness, don’t settle for sitting in the dark.  Do something to shine your light and light will always penetrate the darkness.

We must work together to shine our light in this dark world.  Who’s with me?

John 8:12 – Jesus said, “I am the light of the world.  Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.”

#MakeADifferenceToday

 

 

Silence the Noise

Have you ever noticed how loud the commercials are when you are watching a television show.  You are engulfed in the show and, always at the favorite part, it goes to a commercial.  The commercials are so much louder than the actual show.

I read one time where the advertisers did that on purpose.  There was a way to make the commercial louder so as to get your attention.  It’s annoying!

But that is how I feel the devil works in our lives.  I am focusing on the Lord, serving Him, worshiping Him, praying and then I get distracted by the noise of the world.  I start to do my devotions and my phone dings……it’s a text message and I probably should just check and see who it is.  Someone could need something.

“It’s my friend sending the latest picture of her new puppy.  Oh how cute that little guy is!!  That reminds me that I need to get more dog food for our dog.  I’ll just open up my Kroger® store app and put that in my cart.

Oh yea.  I also need to get some stuff for the pitch-in at work and the July 4th party at Suzi’s house.  What all was in that recipe I found on Pinterest® yesterday?  Let me flip over to my “recipe file” on my Pinterest app and see what all I need.  I will just go ahead and put those items in my online cart so I don’t forget.

Boy there is anything you ever want to know on this Pinterest app!  What a cute idea to paint Ball jars and put sprigs of holly in them as a centerpiece for a Christmas decoration!  Gee Whiz!  Is it only 6 months until Christmas.  I wonder what I should get my kids this year for Christmas.  And what about my Dad?  I didn’t even know what to get him for Father’s Day little lone Christmas.

And you know, there is that “Christmas in July” sale coming up on that one website where I can get Christmas cards for 50% off.  I wonder how many cards I will need this year?  We are doing that new online directory at church that will help me find addresses for people there so I should probably think about sending some extra cards to those folks at church.

I wonder how an online app for a church directory works?  That’s pretty cool.  Oh shoot!  Speaking of church, I have to get my daily devotions done this morning.  Oh brother!!  I am late for work!  I’ll just do it tonight if I have time or start over again tomorrow.”

It’s exhausting but that is exactly how the devil works and loves to distract us from our quiet time with the Lord or even bigger distractions when we are doing bigger things for the Lord.  Don’t let the noise of the devil distract you from the quiet time and the good things you are doing for God.

When you are focusing on God, silence the noise of the devil.  You know, just point the remote right at him and press mute!  You are in charge of your remote today!  (Hand it over guys….Father’s Day’s over!)

Can’t We Just All Get Along!

Romans 12:18-19 – If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.  Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written:  “It is mine to avenge.  I will repay”  says the Lord.

Can you imagine if everyone lived by this rule?  As far as it depends on you and me – as much as we can possibly do – live at peace with everyone.

WHAT?  But they did this to me!  They said that about me and it wasn’t true!!  They took my money.  They stole my job.  They broke up my marriage.  They were mean to my child.

Yes.  All very good reasons to not want to be friends with someone or hang out with them.  Agreed.  Amen.   YOU.. ARE… RIGHT.  Now……feel better?  BUT Paul says that as far as it depends on each one of us individually we are to live at peace with everyone if at all possible.  And that is so very hard.

How is it possible?  I believe it is only possible by reading verse 19 and believing that  God is in control of everything.  That verse goes on to say that we are not to take revenge ourselves.  We are not to try to pay back the person for the wrong they did but rather to trust God that He is going to make it all right again; that He is going to repay and to avenge.  He can handle it much better than we can.  All we would do is make a bigger mess out of it and build up hatred and anger and allow the devil to get a foothold.

This is a hard one for me but I felt God drawing me to these verses and teaching me to LET IT GO!  With all the hatred in the world and the backstabbing in the political realm (no matter what side you fall on) and the conniving and devious behavior, this verse needs to be shouted from the mountain tops!!

Can  you imagine if everyone would try to live at peace with everyone else?!  Just try.  It doesn’t mean you agree with them or you hang out with them or you go to dinner with them.  It just means that you live at peace – no planning revenge, no hatred, no talking behind their backs or making fun of them – just smiling, being kind, praying for them.

My challenge to myself and to you today is to try to trust God in absolutely everything today and let Him take care of repaying those who are not kind to you or who have harmed and hurt you.  Try very hard to pray for them.  Try very hard to live at peace with everyone.  For one minute say a prayer for every person you come in contact with in that minute and ask God to bless them and help them find salvation if they do not already know Jesus.

I’m looking forward to seeing how this “everybody getting along” thing can look like – even if for a minute as far as it depends on me.