As I was watering my plants, I noticed how this one had begun growing strangely apart. I realized it’s because the beam in front of it was blocking the sun, so it was stretching to reach the light.
There are so many things in our lives that can block the truth of His light, and we have to adjust and sometimes even fight to be in His presence. He has rescued each of us from darkness, and now we are to share that hope to those around us who do not yet know Him. For we “are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” 1 Peter 2:9 NIV
A local believing friend (J) is offering a parenting class at the center for the second time this Saturday (May 29). She shines brightly with the love of Christ, and we are praying that those who attend will continue to meet with her afterwards. This has been a powerful tool of ministry for her, and we are honored to come alongside our dear friend.
I have never smelled a rose like this large pink one–it had such a wonderful scent that I kept going back to it–I couldn’t get enough.
Recently, I was praying for a dear friend who seemed to be in an impossible situation. I felt so heavy for her, but there was nothing that I could do to help. As I prayed, God reminded me of these verses: 14 “But thanks be to God, who always leads us as captives in Christ’s triumphal procession and uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of him everywhere. 15 For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing.” 2 Corinthians 2:14-15
Sometimes the best and only thing that we can do is be the fragrance of Christ to a hurting friend. That doesn’t require the “right” words or great advice. We just need a willingness to sit with someone in the mess, and to let them sense the love and peace of Christ. Those who are searching for Him won’t be able to get enough of His sweet aroma.
In my recent English lessons I was guiding some of my students through a personality test (DiSC). They had to choose one statement out of four that was most like them, and one that was least like them. While discussing the statements below, one of my students shared very openly how she wished she could choose the last statement as something that was true for her, but the reality was she is not satisfied with her life, she feels like something is missing. I was able to share with her how I once felt that way, and how my relationship with Jesus is what fulfills my life. Please pray for continued opportunities to speak truth & hope among our students, most of whom share the same struggle of not feeling satisfied with their lives.
Recently, I was getting out of the car, and I saw this snail. I started thinking about my perspective and God’s perspective–talk about an object lesson! My view is limited and often obstructed, but God’s is whole and perfect and good. Praising Him today for His perfect plans and His perfect ways!
8“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. 9 “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55: 8-9
Our family was able to get away for a brief, but much needed holiday recently. As I was walking along the beach, I discovered this special message which is basically wishing me a “sunny day.” Though our vacation started out rather rainy, the last two days were full of sunshine, and God used those moments to refill my soul and remind me of His grace & goodness in our lives!
I had a conversation with one of my students this week that has given me pause. As we discussed the names for the Friday before Easter, she said something very profound…she said that “Red Friday” is observed as a time to remember Christ’s death from His perspective–His pain, His suffering, His blood shed. She stated that maybe in the West we have “Good Friday,” because we are focusing not on Christ himself, but on the benefits that we received from His death (and ultimately from His resurrection). I love learning from others’ perspectives, and I’ve been considering her words carefully and prayerfully. Listening is good for the soul!