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.
Sisters (Day 2, from Cleansing Thoughts)
Just as my sister and I could not stand rightly before each other until Christ stood between us, our forefathers could not stand before God until the shed blood of the animal sacrifice, symbolic of the blood of Christ, made them at one with Him. In the New Testament, we are encouraged not only to be reconciled with God but with our fellowmen. He states if we remain angry with our others or harbor hate against them or continually speak unkindly against them, we are in danger of being judged as harshly, as we are guilty of judging them by our own words and actions. "Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First, be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift" Matthew 5:23-24, NKJV). In the Amplified Bible, the word peace is used for reconciliation.
My sister and I had had not known peace in our relationship for a number of years and were both guilty of judging each other, at times very harshly. Yet in the first part of the message, Jesus stated, "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God" Matthew 5:9, NKJV). When we look at this passage in the Amplified Bible, we learn that to be blessed is to live life with joy and satisfaction in God's favor. I had not experienced that kind of joy, or peace for that matter, in my life. When I came to know the Lord, many things changed for me, but I still found it hard to reach out to my family and found myself restless knowing what I knew God wanted me to do and finding the courage to sept out and do. I realized through this passage that praying wasn't enough. The Word said we are to be makers as well as maintainers, of peace if we truly want to experience the fullness of God's favor. We cannot let the past or the circumstances we might be facing today keep us from the joy and satisfaction of living our life as God would have us to do. The word Christian means to be Christ-like; therefore, if we choose to live our life judging others in this manner, we are only fooling ourselves into believing we are living a Christ-like walk.
My sister and I have had a wonderful relationship for many years no, we share each other's hopes and dreams, as well as, our sorrows and disappointments, and I am so grateful for answered prayers on both
our parts. You see, she was the first of the two of us to come to the Lord, and it was my sister that prayed for me that God answered before He could even hear the ones I offered up for her. We are not just sisters we are best friend and sisters in the Lord! I thank God every day for having her in my life and I can't imagine my life without her.
To illustrate what I am saying let’s look again at the purple loosestrife. It is an invasive wetland perennial plant from Europe and Asia, arriving in North America as early as The 1800s by settlers for their gardens, because of its beautiful purple flower, which can produce thousands of seeds per plant. Later it was highly prized by beekeepers for the flavor produced in honey. Over the years it has spread throughout the United States and Canada causing a serious problem for our wetlands, because of its large dense growth areas it not only chokes out all other wetland plants, it also makes it impossible for many animal species which feed, nest or take cover in wetland plants to enter these dense growth areas. Now to make my point; the use of this plant started out to be innocent, first of all, it was appealing to the eye, being a perennial it would spread on its own. However, many years must have passed before the invasiveness of the plant was even notices let alone became a serious
I like to collect teacups, so when I get the chance I browse through china shops or antique stores to look for them, there is one shop, in particular, I really enjoy browsing through. One afternoon while I was there I saw a Tea-for One set that I just couldn't go home without. It had a pink rose that joined the teapot perfectly to the cup and the handles looked like a fish and it had gold edging. I asked the sales clerk if I could see it, stating how beautiful I thought it was, and then the most amazing thing happened . . . the teacup spoke! I haven't always been a teacup, there was a time all I was was a lump of red clay. My Master took me and rolled me and rolled me, then patted me all over and over again. I didn't like it, and I yelled out at him to leave me alone, but he only smiled and said, "Not Yet." Then I was placed on a spinning wheel, and suddenly I was spinning around and around and around. "Stop!" I cried, "I'm g
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