Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Come let us reason together..

I love people...if you know me that is no surprise :) I enjoy days where my life intersects with others; today, although we were home most of the day, we were blessed with a few "intersections":

* Friends delivered warm, homemade gooey cinnamon rolls to us for breakfast! Getting up early, leaving in the cold, with kids in tow -- just to bless us AMAZING! Q's ~ you are welcome to wake us up ANYTIME for this treat!!!! (Ok this was from yesterday but it got our week off to a WONDERFUL start :))

* We were able to bring a meal to a family who just had a baby which was born with spina bifida. (Yes school was a lesson in cooking today :)) They are an amazing family I am blessed to call friends! Watching their love for this little one despite the challenges she will face was inspiring for me! And to know they have another daughter with spina bifida, along with 3 other children reminds me that we all have daily trails and how we decide to handle them is up to us! May our actions reflect God's love and grace and give Him all the glory.

*Also a good friend stopped over who just returned from helping in Haiti, hearing again the extreme struggles so many face reminded me that we are so blessed. So many are searching for hope, for a reason to live, for a God to believe in, may we have the courage to share the good news of Jesus Christ with those who need to hear and may God prepare their hearts to hear!

*The girls were able to play with a friend while her parents went to a fundraiser for a local camp which offers summer camp programs to children of prisoners - another amazing ministry for children who need hope! (and the girls so much enjoyed having a friend over a blessing all the way around!)

God THANK you for using little reminders in my day to show me how much I have to be thankful for! Thank you for the body of believers which encourages me, challenges me and loves me! And thanks for humbling me when need be -- I didn't take a shower today or pick up the house --thinking I wouldn't see anyone!!! today's lesson on pride really hit me!
Thank you for using this season of lent to draw us closer to YOU!

Feasting on God's Word :
Isaiah 1:10-20

10 Hear the word of the LORD, you rulers of Sodom;
listen to the law of our God, you people of Gomorrah!

11 "The multitude of your sacrifices— what are they to me?" says the LORD.
"I have more than enough of burnt offerings, of rams and the fat of fattened animals;
I have no pleasure in the blood of bulls and lambs and goats.

12 When you come to appear before me, who has asked this of you,
this trampling of my courts?

13 Stop bringing meaningless offerings! Your incense is detestable to me.
New Moons, Sabbaths and convocations— I cannot bear your evil assemblies.

14 Your New Moon festivals and your appointed feasts my soul hates.
They have become a burden to me; I am weary of bearing them.

15 When you spread out your hands in prayer, I will hide my eyes from you;
even if you offer many prayers, I will not listen. Your hands are full of blood;

16 wash and make yourselves clean. Take your evil deeds out of my sight!
Stop doing wrong,

17 learn to do right! Seek justice,
the oppressed.
the cause of the fatherless,
the case of the widow.

18 "Come now, let us reason together," says the LORD. "Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow;
though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.

19 If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the best from the land;

20 but if you resist and rebel, you will be devoured by the sword."
For the mouth of the LORD has spoken.

Matthew 23:1-12

1Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples: 2"The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat. 3So you must obey them and do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach. 4They tie up heavy loads and put them on men's shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to lift a finger to move them.

5"Everything they do is done for men to see: They make their phylacteries wide and the tassels on their garments long; 6they love the place of honor at banquets and the most important seats in the synagogues; 7they love to be greeted in the marketplaces and to have men call them 'Rabbi.'

8"But you are not to be called 'Rabbi,' for you have only one Master and you are all brothers. 9And do not call anyone on earth 'father,' for you have one Father, and he is in heaven. 10Nor are you to be called 'teacher,' for you have one Teacher, the Christ. 11The greatest among you will be your servant. 12For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.

I put in bold a few verses from today that really jumped out at me and once again inspired me to CARRY ON.
Blessings on your journey today.

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