Monthly Archives: December 2014

Can You Hear Me Now?

Remember the AT&T commercial several years ago before there were cell phone towers everywhere?  It showed people walking around on their cell phone without AT&T service down on the ground or holding their phone way up in the air trying to get signal saying, “can you hear me now?  can you hear me now?”

It got to be kind of a funny little saying after a while but as more towers and satellites went up in to the air, cell phone coverage became very wide-spread.

Thank goodness we do not need a cell tower for the Lord to hear us.

In II Chronicles 7:14 God says “if my people who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will HEAR from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. ”

David cries out to God in Psalm 86: 6-7:  “Hear my prayer, O Lord; listen to my cry for mercy.  In the day of my trouble I will call to you, for you will answer me.”

God hears our prayers.  He always answers.  Sometimes it may be “yes”.  Sometimes it may be “no.”  And sometimes it may be “wait a while.”  But He can always HEAR us.

What about the other way around?  He may be calling YOU to do something for Him.  He may have asked time and again and you are ignoring Him.  He is saying “Can you hear me now”?  If so, I encourage you today to answer “Yes, I can hear you now”.

Oh The Tangled Lights We Weave

A few weeks ago I was putting up the Christmas lights on my bushes.  I have those net lights and I try to keep them somewhat “untangled” during the year by hanging them from nails in the garage or attic to keep them straight.  Well as I took them down and went to place them on the bushes, they got tangled and it was very frustrating trying to get them sorted out.  Finally, I did get them untangled and got all of the shrubs covered with the net lighting.

Then I went to connect them to extension cords and guess what?  The extension cords were all tangled up as well.  I was getting very frustrated and after about 15 minutes of wrestling with green extension cords, I finally was able to get the lights connected, the extension cords plugged into the outlets and WAH LAH…….beautiful colorful Christmas lights!!  The frustration was worth the end result of the decoration.

It reminds me of the difficulties in my life.  Like when the lights are taken down, I find my life in order and planned and things stored away nice and neat and hung correctly so that no tangles occur.   Then before I know it, I get caught up in sin and selfishness and find that I have made a tangled mess of things on my own.  I tug and pull and try my way to get things to work and get untangled, when what I really need is a little patience and some assistance from the One who knows how to get me untangled.

When I focus on the Lord, I realize that no matter how big of a tangled mess I make of things, He is always right there to help me sort it out and put me back on the right track and make a beautiful creation of what was once a tangled mess.

When you get stressed or tangled, stop, take your time, pray, and get plugged into the power source – the Almighty God.  Then……..You will shine BEAUTIFULLY!

 

We Play Like We Practice

An NFL quarterback was benched recently due to his lack of performance on the field. The backup quarterback became the starter. When asked about the reason for the change, the coach replied that it wasn’t an easy change and the original starter was very upset but the coach was glad the quarterback was upset. He said, “this will make him work harder to get his position back”.

Sometimes we play like we practice and if we don’t practice hard and take it seriously, everyone can see the results of our lack of effort and we come up short.

In the game of life, we must practice to be like Christ so that we can be good witnesses for Him. If we don’t read our Bible, pray regularly, attend worship, work on our relationship with Jesus and strive to live Christ-like, then our everyday life will be what we practice – no real connection to the Lord and a life that is lacking peace.  But if we do those things then we will have a life full of blessings from the Lord and a peace that is hard to describe.

So ask yourself – what do I practice every day? Do I practice love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control? Or do I practice impatience, anger, hate and selfishness?

Galatians 5:22-23 says the fruits of the spirit are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.  When we practice our Christian lifestyle each day, the fruits will be evident to those we come in contact with.

When I used to play the piano for our choir program at Christmas time, I would practice and practice so I could present as flawless a piano accompaniment as possible. If I chose to slack off on the practice time, it would inevitably show during the program. I played like I practiced.  Just like the NFL quarterback.

We need to remember that we want to be the best Christian we can be and if we do not practice the things that bring forth the fruits of the spirit listed above, then we are practicing things that will make us a backup player.  We don’t want to be the backup……….we want to be a valuable player on the team………we want to be God’s starter………a starter who portrays love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

Now hand me the football………..I’m ready to get started.

Pennies From Heaven

How many times have you gone to the grocery store and the amount came up some dollar amount and 99 cents and you gave them the cash, they returned the penny and you put it in the “penny holder” by the cash register?  Or you took the penny and threw it in the bottom of your purse or left it lay on the counter?

If we are walking down the street and see a penny we don’t usually stop and pick it up, but if it was a quarter, we sprint to get it.  We discard pennies in a jar because they are only worth one cent.

But how valuable is that one cent when our McDonald’s order is $5.01 and we don’t have any change?  We sure wish we had that penny that we threw in the jar or in the discard dish at the grocery store.

It’s a good thing God doesn’t put those dollar values on us because we are all different.  Some of us do small things like a penny; others do big things like a quarter.  Some of us look polished like a silver dollar; others are more faded like a nickle that has exchanged hands many times over the years.  But God sees the value in each of us.  He doesn’t discard us because we are small.  God looks at the heart.  He values every person the same – no matter how big or small, short or tall, male or female.  He looks at every person as the most valuable coin in the piggy bank.

We should do the same.   God loves us all and we should also love one another.  In  John 13:34-35 Jesus said,  ” A new command I give you.  Love one another.  As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know you are my disciples, if you love one another”.

So the next time you see a penny, think about how valuable it is.  Think about how God values every person in this big piggy bank of a world.  I think He may just send down pennies from heaven as our reminder at just the right time.