It seems like only a few days ago that we were celebrating Mother’s Day and I wish I had the words to tell each of the women in the church how important you are to your family and to the church. Like your immediate family the church does not always tell you how much we appreciate your service and dedication to the church. No matter how the church honors you today, I do not think that it will express the true gratitude we feel for you in our hearts. It will just plainly not be enough recognition for your service to your family and the church. God has honored you with one of the greatest gifts given to mankind, the ability to bear children in the image of God. This gift is closely behind the gift of salvation through Jesus Christ or even the gift of life itself. God himself tells us the price on your service to your husband, family, and fellow man is far greater than precious jewels. With all this said, I would like to make a feeble attempt to thank you on behalf of the church for your love and service to everyone. THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS.
For our grandson’s first birthday I made him a leather covered Bible; that was two years ago. This past weekend was Connor’s third birthday and on Sunday he took, for the first time, his Bible to church with him. He thought it was the best thing of the weekend and kept repeating “my Bible; Pap made Bible for me.”. I was really touched by how Connor loved that Bible. It was very cute to see him carrying it all over the place, looking at the tooling I’d done on it, and leafing through the pages. And add in the sense of pride I got because he understand that I had made it specially for him and, well, it was some thing I’ll never forget.
This made me think about how our Heavenly Father must feel when we spend time in and appreciate His Word. He gave us the precious gift of His inspired Word to guide us and to teach us all we need to know to be reconciled to Him and live this life in the center of His will. We should have the same childlike enthusiasm for that precious gift as Connor showed for his first Bible. And we should hope and pray for ourselves and our families that we never loose it.
Romans 5:18 Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.
The other day I received an email about the healthcare debate. The writer obviously disagrees with the whole idea saying:
“Let me get this straight: We’re going to be “gifted” with a health care plan we are forced to purchase and fined if we don’t?”
While healthcare or politics are not the subject of this email the author quoted above brings up one good point: If you have go pay for something it isn’t a gift.
In today’s verse Paul tells us that our salvation is a free gift. The Bible clearly teaches that we are saved by God’s grace, nothing of ourselves (Ephesians 2:8-9).
We cannot earn salvation; we don’t deserve it to begin with. We cannot pay for it; Christ Jesus has already done that. It is open to all who will receive it through and by Jesus. But we have to be open to the Gospel and receive the gift; there’s no other way (John 10:9; Acts 4:12).]
Matthew 25:28 Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents. (The whole parable can be read here http://is.gd/g2t97)
Yesterday I spoke about how by not being obedient to God’s will we might cause a brother or sister to also not follow in His will. Today another thought came to mind that I wanted to share.
While we can choose to not do God’s will, which could effect another’s life, too, our disobedience will not thwart God’s sovereign plan. In the parable of the talents I believe this well illustrated: God will pass us over and give to another our duty if we insist on not following Him.
For years I just figured that the talents in the parable, which represent our God-given talents and gifts, were some sort of coin. In fact, they are actually very large “chunks” of precious metal. Depending on the exact type of talent and the material they are made of, in today’s value one would be worth $5-6 million; hardly a coin! Obviously the Lord considers the gifts and talents He’s given us valuable. The question is, do we value them as much as He intends for us to?
This is the first item I’ve made for myself, other than a key fob. I am using a kit to make it, rather than cutting the pieces from a pattern as I like to do. The reason for this is that I don’t have any nice thin leather on hand. The kit doesn’t align as it should, a common problem with kits. So I’ll need to trim and punch some new holes to assemble it.
At this point the outside of the wallet is carved and tooled. It has also been conditioned with neetsfoot oil. It needs to be stained or antiqued still; I’ve not decided for sure how I’m going to finish it. After I do that it will need sealed.
More information and photos to come as the project proceeds.
Each morning when I wake, weather permitting, I head out onto the deck to enjoy my morning coffee. I also use this time to write in my prayer journal. Most mornings I’m very aware of my surroundings, the activities of the wildlife in and around my yard, the feel of the cool morning air on my skin, etc.
The past few days I’ve been far less aware of these things. Perhaps from stress that creeps in on me or for the lack of quality sleep, the reasons why aren’t the key, the missing out on these things is my point.
This morning was cool for this time of year. The sky was gray and cloud filled. And there was a distinct dampness to the air. It would not be what I’d generally call the start to a perfect day. However, I was keenly aware of everything this morning.
The color of the sky seemed so vivid, especially given it was gray not blue. The trees and grass were well defined, oddly so since there was nary a ray of sunshine penetrating the thick cloud deck. And the few animals that were out and about, mostly small birds and a lone squirrel, caught my eye with every move they made.
I didn’t feel or sleep particularly well so I wouldn’t think that I’d be so caught up in this less than extraordinary morning. But I soon realized that I was missing the point; everyday that God gives us is an extraordinary day!
We need but to look around us and listen to the melody of nature to know the wonderous works of His mighty hand. The Lord was reminding me that everyday is extraordinary and that I should treasure the gift no matter the weather, day of week, month of the year or the way my body feels. It is a blessing to just be able to take in the wonders He has made and graciously given me another opportunity to enjoy.