"He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field.32 Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.”
Every act of love is a sign that God is present since God is love.
Whenever you love, you are planting a seed that will grow to a bountiful harvest when the time comes.
Every day our minds are a playground for a whole variety of thoughts. We have good thoughts and not so good ones. Sometimes a day is going so well and then doubt creeps in and takes over.
It was the same for Jesus disciples. They were fishermen, craftsmen, businessmen, ordinary men who thought ordinary thoughts.
Their leader, their hero had fallen and though reports of Him being raised from the dead circulated, followers were walking away. They were discouraged, fearful and doubt reigned supreme.
Jerusalem was where it all happened. They started walking away.
But Jesus was alive and He told them not to leave Jerusalem but to wait for something big that was coming their way. (Acts 1:1-11)
How many times have we tried to be patient and wait yet only to let doubts tell us to just move on and to flee from desperate, seemingly impossible situations?
Or how many times have we felt unworthy of good things and let them slip away from us? How many times have we run away from God thinking of how we've messed up and how He couldn't possibly want us back now?
If we choose to walk away from God and our experiences of Him, giving way to fear and doubt, we miss out on what He desires to give us.
The disciples who stayed received the power of the Holy Spirit. They had changed minds and hearts that enabled them to change the course of the whole world.
Do we want everything God wants to give us or are we fearful of it?
During the times we are waiting, we don't sense His nearness to us. We think He isn't coming or He isn't going to do something - I need to.
But these times of waiting are essential to prepare us for His coming. We grow in faith with waiting.
The 11 disciples went up on a mountain and saw the Risen Lord. Despite the unbelievable of a man coming to life again and their seeing Him face to face, the still doubted. (Matthew 28:16-20)
Even when good things happen, we doubt.
Despite doubt, go with God. Despite fear, go with God. Despite sin, go with God. He will bring us from glory to the next.
Do you see the dust on the street? Under your feet!!! Well I wrote a song about that. READ ON...
I received some good news and I'm so excited to share it with you! Just about a week or so ago, I entered some of my original compositions in a songwriting contest. Then I got an e-mail last night telling me that one of my songs was chosen to be included in an album yeyyyyy! Together with 14 other songs it will actually be published AND HEARD. This is huge for me. I don't really care about the honor of being selected. It's the fact that someone will hear it and the message it has. I am not by any means a professional. In fact I can't play a lot of the chord flats but what little chords I can play, you can already make a little song. The recording is really brutally raw (I mean listen hard enough and you'll probably hear the dogs singing / barking with me). It's just me and a guitar. Hopefully the singing is soulful enough and the message is something you will like to hear. This song was born out of prayer and I guess it's just an expression of how overwhelmed I am at who God is and how much He loves us! Thank you Lord! Curious enough? Here's the Sound Cloud link https://soundcloud.com/calej/dust-before-you
So what do you think??? Here are the words...
Please do let me know your thoughts about the song in the comment box below. I will accept ALL your comments and won't get offended. Promise!
The Lord can turn nothing into something, turn lack into abundance. He can make the desires of your heart be filled and your needs fulfilled.
What it takes for us to see his work is generosity of spirit. We need to give him all we have no matter how little so he can use it felt others in need. That little boy was for sure, also hungry but he gave it up for God. God used his life offering for others.
Therefore, give your all to God so He may bless you and others as well.
These days I've been trying to memorize wisdom from scripture. These words from the psalms charmed my heart softly so it was a delight to know that this is an easy verse to remember. Psalm 34:5. Just count the numbers and you've got the verse!
This will be one of my "life verses"!
I like drawing something to remember life verses.
This woman represents my desire to keep looking at God.
To look on His love is a gift. To look on the gift of His life is to experience His mercy. To look on His mercy is a divine grace. To look on the His grace is to have hope. To look on the eternal hope He gives us is joy. To look on the joy of every moment in His presence is to grow in loving Him.
"Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you. Give careful thought to thepaths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways." - Proverbs 4:25-26
We cannot see what is before us unless we look forward. We cannot see what lies ahead without the light of Christ in this darkened world. We are more likely to stumble without the wisdom that comes from His Word.
God made the heavens and the earth, the sun and the moon and the stars.
He made the universe and yet he is concerned with what we do day to day.
He was concerned about whether or not Abraham would follow His command to go up Mt. Moriah to kill his beloved son Isaac.
When Abraham proved to be obedient, God ordered him to stop the killing, telling him it was only a test.
He said to Abraham "...because you acted as you did in not withholding from your beloved son I will bless you abundantly and make your descendants is countless stars of the sky and a sense of the seashore; your descendants to take possession of the gates of their enemies, and in your descendants all the nations of the earth shall find blessing all this because you made my command. - Genesis 22:17-18
Abraham's obedience there on top of a lonely mountain, an event seemingly inconsequential to all other people had a huge significance to God. His obedience brought upon a blessing not just to him but also to his people and generations after him.
He is moved by our response to Him whether it is a yes or a no. Sometimes we don't understand why things happen and why God would allow tragedy to strike. But I am convinced that nothing God allows to happen is without an eternal purpose, and maybe an eternal consequence.
May God remind us this Easter season of how He who was rich in all things and yet poor in only one thing, that He only had one son - did not spare Him to die for us - out of His great love for us! May He find us faithfull! Thank You Lord!
Every year, our family commemorates the Passover on Maundy Thursday. We know that Passover is originally observed by Jews but we are Christians and we remember when Christ, our Passover Lamb sacrificed His life for us so we can share eternal life with Him!
The Jewish commemorate the Israelites journey from the land of Egypt to the promised land. Due to their hard labor and oppression, God heard their cries and brought upon 7 plagues upon the Egyptians just so they would let the Jews go free.
Each Israelite family was to have the blood of a lamb spread over the doors so that the angel of death would "pass over" that home. True enough they were not harmed.
Christians have also "passed" from death to life because Jesus' death has washed clean all our sins!
Take a look at our Jewish plates!
During the meal, we recall how the Israelites fled from Egypt and see their journey symbolized in food!
We dip the bitter herbs (parsley) in salt water to remember the bitter lives of the Israelites in Egypt. We eat haroseth that is a symbol for the mortar for building they needed to make themselves and the unleavened bread the Israelites ate in haste (no time to leaven).
Our prayer leader, Charlie even won the tallit (shawl) and yarmulke (beanie)!
We sang songs of worship and clapped our hands in thanksgiving!
Jesus' death won a great victory for us. His death is our bridge to heaven. It is the only way for us to experience heaven on earth. - To be free from sin and suffering, fear, despair and death (eternal death). Jesus came that we may "pass over" from death to life. Eternal death to eternal life.
Would you want to know more about the Seder meal? Click to http://www.hebrew4christians.com/Holidays/Spring_Holidays/Pesach/H4C_Passover_Seder.pdf