Tag Archive: God


Everyday Rainbow

God’s Promise to Noah came with a rainbow.

I remember as a kid, seeing a rainbow in the midst of a storm, or just after, and getting so excited.  At the time I had no idea why. 

It still brings joy to my heart to see a rainbow.  It is as if God painted it in the sky just to say to me,

“I’m here, and I love you!”

But you don’t have to wait for the rain, there are rainbows everywhere, everyday, that God did paint for us, and they can serve as a reminder of all of His promises…

God didn’t promise
Days without pain,
Laughter without sorrow,
Or Sun without rain.
But God did promise
Strenght for the day,
Comfort for the tears,
And a light for the way.
And for all who believe,
In His Kingdom above,
He answers their faith,
With everlasting love.
      – Author Unknown

Coffee and Miracles

I have previously confessed that I am an Addict.

It isn’t easy being an addict, when you have friends in recovery who feel strongly about whatever step they are on. 

Some truly need to give up caffiene because of adverse reactions.  They need to repent of their sins committed while under the influence of caffiene and turn 180 degrees from their addiction.

Others simply need to monitor their intake.  Perhaps a one cup limit, so that they feel they are maintaining the upper hand on their addiction.  You control the caffiene, don’t let the caffiene control you.

Still others may have medical reasons why caffiene is not healthy or safe, such as pregnancy. A doctor may limit you to one cup a day, or tea instead of coffee.

The possiblities are endless why one would choose to give up caffiene, especially coffee.

But when an addict, such as myself, finds herself in the midst of a discussion on the how’s and why’s of giving up caffiene, she would just as soon be watching the grass grow to avoid the conversation.

When I am fully engulfed in my addiction, the last thing I want to hear is a bunch of recovering addicts talking about the freedom they have found.

And then after hearing the testimonies of recovery shared, I walk away asking myself,

“Do I have a problem?”

“Lord are you trying to tell me something here?”

There is no real conviction in my heart about quiting, cut repeated exposure to those who have a conviction can certainly get my mind in overdrive.

Is there a reason for me to quit drinking coffee?”

In my case this question is typically answered with a resounding “NO” and I head into the kitchen to brew my next pot!!!!

Until yesterday!

I was heading to my room,with Tiny Dancer, to make the bed, put away the laundry, etc. etc. and my dear Whistler, poured me a nice fresh cup of coffee and delivered it to my bedside table.

I was hanging up laundry when the idea came to mind, Tiny Dancer can reach that table now, I better move that hot coffee.

Simaltaneously with my thought, she was reaching for the cup.  And as I headed toward her, I saw a full mug of fresh hot coffee fall on her forehead, splashing in her eyes and cascading down her face, torso and right leg.

I ripped off her PJ’s and rushed to the bathroom, soaking  towel with cold water, I began washing her face.

Then it occured to me that I didn’t know if I shoud be wetting a burn.

I called my Pediatrician, and was instructed to hang up immediately and put her in a cold bath to stop the burning of her skin.  Then to call back for further instruction.

I hopped in the tub, with my crying baby and began drenching her in cold water.

After several minutes I wrapped her lightly in a rob, and layed her on my bed to assess the condition of her skin and call the doctor’s offic back.

I was able to describe to the nurse what looked like a severe sunburn, with no blisters, and no open wounds. She said if I were to bring Tiny Dancer in, it would primarily be for my reassurance, and that was up to me.

I asked if it would be prudent to wait and see if anything changed that would prompt me needing that reassurance.  She then asked more questions, assessing the amount of her body that had been burned (which exceeded 10 percent) and asked about her demeanor.

I confidently replied “She seems fine, she is laying on the bed, cuddling her teddy bear”

She said “Hold one moment please”

She returned quickly and began “Now don’t get upset, but I want you to go directly to the ER.”

I gasped “What, we went from seeing my only to reassure me, to let’s get to the ER”

“Yes, we are concerned because she is not in pain, and a surface burn would be stinging and causing more discomfort than she seems to be experiencing.  Now don’t panic, but don’t shower, and don’t get dressed, just get some cold compresses to keep on her in the car, and head directly to the hospital”

She said don’t panic, isn’t that cute?

So I called my husband, Pray and meet me there.  A friend called and as I was walking to the car I shared coffee, body, ER.  She subsequently called two more friends to pray, while my husband was calling a friend of his to pray.

By the time we got to the ER, rougly 25 minutes, my Dear Tiny Dancer had not a mark on her!

I am believing that the Lord miraculously healed that burn!  Praise be to God! 

I believe in miracles, and I saw my dear daughter before getting into the car, and she was burned.  And I saw her at the hospital with no evidence what so ever that she poured hot coffee down her body.

I don’t know if the hospital staff belives in miracles, and if they don’t they probably started a file on me in the psych ward. 

God is good, Tiny Dancer is fine, and if ever there is a reason for me to quit drinking coffee, and join a recovery group, this was it! 

(But I don’t want to rush into any decisions under emotional diress)

Garden Wedding

I like to make observations of how Adam and Eve interacted, even though there isn’t much. 

And there is something I noticed years ago, that I come back to often, and so I am reminding myself of that idea today, while I share. 

The passage of scripture I am thinking of today is from Genesis 2: 15-22

 God took the Man and set him down in the Garden of Eden to work the ground and keep it in order.

  God commanded the Man, “You can eat from any tree in the garden, except from the Tree-of-Knowledge-of-Good-and-Evil. Don’t eat from it. The moment you eat from that tree, you’re dead.”

  God said, “It’s not good for the Man to be alone; I’ll make him a helper, a companion.” So God formed from the dirt of the ground all the animals of the field and all the birds of the air. He brought them to the Man to see what he would name them. Whatever the Man called each living creature, that was its name. The Man named the cattle, named the birds of the air, named the wild animals; but he didn’t find a suitable companion.

 God put the Man into a deep sleep. As he slept he removed one of his ribs and replaced it with flesh. God then used the rib that he had taken from the Man to make Woman and presented her to the Man.

So a recap of the important events:

God puts Adam in the Garden

God tells Adam not to eat from the tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.

God creates women.

The First Garden Wedding ever takes place!

Uhoh, do you see what I see?

Many years ago, when I first began grappling with this idea of submitting to my husband, the Lord showed me this passage in an interesting light.

Adam was there when God layed out the garden rule, but Eve didn’t exist yet, so inorder for Eve to know the rule, Adam had to tell her. 

Inorder for Eve to obey God’s rule, she had to 1) trust that her husband was telling the truth, and 2) be willing to submit to what Adam told her God said.

 Please know that I am not building doctrine here!  I am not attempting to say the only way we can hear from God is by listening and submitting to our husband.  I am certainly not saying that we do not need and have our own relationship with the Lord, in which the Lord speaks to us. (I am going to reindorce that it is neccessary to submit to our own husband!)

I am simply saying, that in this instance, I notice that a simple reading of this text, would indicate to me, that this rule was given to Adam, and passed on by him to Eve.

In this instance, God spoke to Adam, Eve didn’t get to hear from God herself.

I am suggesting, that from the very beginning,in the very first rule spoken by God, that God gave us an example of the importance of order in our marraige, that the husband would be the authority.

Yikes!!!

You mean it wasn’t just Paul’s idea?

Ofcourse we knew it wasn’t Paul’s idea. It’s all God’s plan.

But somehow, seeing it play out in the very first marraige, in the garden of Eden, has an impact on me!

Exhortation: Day

“If one of the unbelioevers invites you to dinner and you ar e disposed to go, eat whatever is set before you  without raising any question on the grounds of conscience. But if someone says to you “this has been offered in sacrafices”, then do not eat it, for the sake of the one who informed you, and for the sake of conscience.  I do not mean your conscience, but his.  For why should my liberty be determined by someone else’s conscience? If I partake with thankfulness, why am I denounced because of that for which I give thanks? So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God”  I Corinthians 10: 27-31

I am exhorted  here by Paul to live by my conscience, not by someone else’s.

My conscience is that still small voice inside me, that alerts me this is right, or, this is wrong, or this is questionable.

My conscience is an awareness from the inside out of the morality of what I am about to do.

James 4:17 “Therefore, the one who knows the right thing to do, and does not do it, to him it is sin.”

 The scripture doesn’t say, to him who thinks that Sally knows that it is the right thing to do.  Or to him who knows that Fred thinks it is the wrong thing to do.

The scripture puts the responsibility on us, as individuals, to know what God has convicted us of, to know what God has taught us, and to live by it!

We can not rely on someone else to be our conscience, nor can we assert ourselves to be someone else’s conscience. 

 

 

Jesus… And…

Exhortation Day 3

I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to another gospel – not that there is one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the on  we preached to you, let him be accursed.  As we have said before, so now I say again If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed”  Gal. 1:6-9

There is no “Jesus and” if the ‘and’ is contrary to the gospel of Christ.

There is no “Jesus and” if the ‘and’ adds to the gospel of Christ because Christ said “it is finished” John 19:30.

We can only know if it is ‘contrary’ or ‘in additon to’ if we know the Gospel of Christ.

We identify Christ as the Messiah based on the fulfillment of Old Testament Prophecy. 

When you open a cookbook, you can pick and choose which recipes you like.  Each one is distinct from the other, a separate entity.

But the Bible is intertwined. One Book expounds on another.  One book explains another, one book confirms another. 

I am familiar with many false teachings that teach the ‘gospel of Christ -and’.  That ‘and’ is clearly contradictory to the Word.  You can’t believe both. 

Tune out the ‘and’ and tune in to God. 

 Read His Word.  Know His Word. Measure all teachings according to His Word.