She was five. Already brave and outgoing. And, like her dad, a type A who never met a stranger. But she tip-toed around water. She was okay walking around in the shallow end wearing her swimmies. Those kept her head above water.
I thought it was time she lost her fear of the water. We moved down to the waist-high area of the pool. I stood in the water a few feet from the edge.
“Jump in, Leah,” I said.
She would have no part of it. She stood on the bank with one of those 5-year-old “No, I’m not going to” defiant objections.
“Oh, come on. Daddy’s right here. I’ll catch you.” I spread my arms wade apart. “I’ll catch you.”
“No! I’ll get water in my nose.”
This war of pleas and objections went on for 10 minutes. She finally worked up the courage to walk to the edge of the pool. “Hold your nose and jump in,” I said. “I’ll catch you. I promise. Just trust me.
She finally held her nose and jumped. I dunked her head under water for two seconds. She survived! She thought jumping into the pool and daddy catching her was a blast!
So, my five-year-old jumped off the edge of the pool and daddy caught her . . .again and again . . .for the next 45 minutes! She never got tired. Daddy did. Or we’d still be at that pool.
Once my daughter learned her daddy would do what he said he would do, she trusted him.
Isn’t that true with our Daddy? When we learn once that we can trust God to do what He says He will do in a circumstance we surrender to Him, isn’t it easier, the next time to trust him with another circumstance or trial or dilemma?
They can’t tell you where the storm will strike, when the storn will strike, or how bad the storm will be. Weather savvy meteoroligists at the TV station draw this wide cone on the screen hedging their bets with their best scientific guesses. It’s called the cone of uncertainty. It’s used to describe where weather experts believe the eye of the storm could possibly travel.
Despite all the sophisticated high-tech weather stuff, their “best” guesses are still uncertain. Continue reading
Beautiful, effective scriptures for meditation all day long Pick one and go!
Meditation is not just for eastern religions as some may assume. As Christians we are instructed to meditate on Gods Word daily. But what does that mean? Meditate? It means that we spend time in stillness, reflecting on what a scripture means or the wonderful things God has done for us with a thankful heart. It’s often during my own meditations that I hear God speaking to my heart most clearly about things I had earlier prayed about. When we fill our minds with Gods Word it becomes very hard for the enemy to get a foothold in our lives.
Meditation brings balance and focus on what is truly important above all else – God the Father. Jesus Christ came to tear the veil that had separated us from having an intimate personal relationship with God and he succeeded. No longer must we seek out an earthly priest in human…
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What powerful imagery. You can be free indeed. You can walk out of your dark, lonely prison today. Let Jesus take your place and set you free once and for all.
“Therefore, if the Son makes you free, you really will be free”
~the Gospel of John, Chapter 8, Verse 36 in the Common English Bible~
Picture someone in chains and shackles in a small prison cell with no hope of ever getting out. Now picture this prisoner as you. Imagine the torment, the solitude, the darkness of this small forgotten cell. Feel the cold cement against your skin. Sense the hopelessness within as you cry out with screams that cannot be heard.
Now, see a man standing at your cell door, not the guard, just a man. He has done nothing wrong, but here he stands, willing to take your place so that you can go free. All you have to do is accept His offer; all you have to do is accept responsibility for the wrong you’ve done; all you have to do is ask Him to…
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Butch Dean is one of my favorite bloggers. I read his posts regularly. This post is just another example of Butch’s gift for conveying his thoughts and words from God in simple-easy to understand words and thoughts. Enjoy.
Diagnosis: Human nature is stuck on itself. It likes big words and big ideas. The presentation of “sophisticated and educated” is important to human nature. Can you see how smart I am? It’s not important that you understand what I say, but that you realize how smart I am using such grand words.
Human nature prides itself on being smart, but manages to do things the hard way. If it was simple once, human nature will complicate it. Human nature was born blind and dumb, yet exists in denial. Human nature is its own worst enemy and is doomed to Eternal death
Though God’s thoughts and ways are different from ours, His words are simple and easy to understand. He has no hidden agenda. He only wants to save you from yourself, from your human nature. He wants to call you His child…to give you Eternal Life. John 3:16
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The body is dust and to dust it will return, but the soul of man will never die.
Many deny that fact. They believe that dead is dead. Their thoughts rise no higher than the grave. They live to themselves and they will die to themselves.
Then, in that first moment after death, they will realize their soul is alive and they are very conscious of this “after death” existence. They will also realize that they have entered eternity without God. For them, eternal hell has begun.
A decision against God in this life is binding after death. Only, in this life, by your own choice, can a decision against God be reversed.
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son; that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
Mel is exactly right. I don’t believe in religion either. I believe in my relationship with Jesus which is both real and personal.