A writer's blog of short stories, hopefully through them you will become aware of the gentle inner voice of God speaking through a rose or the simple activities of every day, such as playing with your grandchildren. His voice is everywhere. We just need to slow down and listen. When we do, He will heal our deepest hurts and set us on His path to becoming the person He created us to be.
Building Blocks and Stepping Stones (Day 1 from Cleansing Thoughts)
WHEN MY GRANDSON WAS THREE, every time he came over to spend the day with me, the first thing he wanted to do was get out the building blocks. "Grandma, build a house," he would say, and for the next several hours, we would build one house after another. Om the other hand, his little sister, almost two, had quite a time with the obstacle course created by the spilled blocks. I watched her very carefully trying to get through the maze of blocks, stumbling over even the smallest in her path. He would get mad, and the whole process would start all over again. It was only when he convinced his sister to sit down and help him build that the first house was completed. The three of us sat there for a very long time building houses until there were no more blocks to use. All around us were several little houses, but it was impossible to move without knocking them down! Then Grandpa came in, and the small city of blockhouses we had spent hours building came tumbling down.
When the house was quiet again, after the grandkids had gone home and everyone was sleeping, I would stand there looking around the empty room. The laughter that had filled this place just hours before now only filled my heart. All the blocks had been picked up, or at least I thought so until I stepped on one as I walked through the darkened room, OUCH will I ever learn to double-check that I found them all! As I sat in my chair I would start run the day events through my mind and suddenly start to laugh as I remembered how quickly our building project had been sacrificed when Grandpa came home. I thought of my little granddaughter stumbling through the maze of blocks; to her, they were an obstacle, but to her brother, they were of great value and brought hours of pleasure. A smile would come to my face as I remembered watching him convincing her to work with him until their goals became as one, then suddenly, the stumbling stones became building blocks for her as well.
Some of the simplest lessons in life can be learned from observing the everyday things that happen around us. This evening, as I thought of the grandchildren and the blocks, I was reminded that the Word of God tells us that Jesus is both a building block and a stumbling stone. When we believe and put our trust in Him, He becomes the cornerstone of our lives forever supporting us as we build our faith and our walk with Him. The Word says we become "living stones" being built into a "spiritual house." With each block, or stone as it were, we lay is a principle we've learned from God's Word. As we learn to rely upon Him, we grow more blocks to build His house. Precept upon precept, we become a royal priesthood indwelled by the Spirit of the living God. However, the Word goes on to say in 1 Peter 2:8 (Amplified Bible) that to those who disobey Jesus become "a Stone that will cause stumbling and a Rock that will give [men] offense." Disobedience to God and His Word only brings destruction. Like the city of blockhouses, when we reject Him, we are destined to tumble down. Obedience is a vital part of our salvation to all who give heed and obey Him." Yet why do so many Christians, who are to be Christ-like, stumble in their faith? Again, 1 Peter2:8 gives us the answer, "They stumble because they disobey and disbelieve [God's] Word."
As I sit here I can hear the wind howling outside and feel the cold creeping into the night giving us a harsh reminder that the long winter months had arrived. So often writers or artists associate this time of year with negative emotions, but as a gardener, winter is a time of preparation and hope as we plan for the spring gardening season. With that in mind, to me, winter represents our retirement years until the time God calls us home. I had been standing on God’s promise that our latter years were better than our beginning and as time grew closer the hope of what those years would be like became almost alive within my heart, the Bible puts it this, “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy, he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil, or fade--kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the
IT'S THAT TIME OF YEAR when the house is filled with the smell of freshly baked cookies, and in the air is a feeling of excitement as everyone runs around the house gathering up their hidden treasures. One by one they enter the wrapping room filled with boxes, paper, and bows, oh yes we mustn't forget the most sought after items of all, a box filled with everything needed to disguise the item within. As the evening comes to an end, with each one giving a big yawn we head upstairs for a long winter's nap. The chatter of voices from just an hour ago is now silent, so I slipped out of bed to check on the boys. As I pushed open each door I smiled in spite of myself seeing them snug in their beds; undoubtedly with visions of their presents filling their heads. As I gently closed their door I whispered, "Sweet dreams my little ones it won't be long now." Then I slipped down the stairs. In the quiet of the night, I cleaned up all the wrapping mess while ch
THE WORLD DESCRIBES TREASURE AS wealth, such as money, jewels, or precious metals like silver or gold, that has been stored up by an individual. Sometimes, treasure from years past can be found in the depths of the sea by people known as treasure hunters. Some find family treasures in things that have preserved over time and passed down from generation to generation, such as antiques. Today. I learned that treasure is much like beauty; it is in the eyes of the beholder. It was a beautiful summer day, and I decided to have my lunch in the park; It was there I observed life’s treasure hunting. The first to capture my attention were two men, one was younger while the other was nearing retirement age, but their common goal was the same, wealth. As I listened to their conversation, I could tell their purpose for wanting to accumulate this wealth was so that they would be able to fulfill their dreams in life and gain worldly possessions. From their conversation, I knew the older gentl