Ouch,That’s My Foot!

For as in one physical body we have many parts (organs, members) and all of these parts do not have the same function or use,So we, numerous as we are, are one body in Christ (the Messiah) and individually we are parts one of another [mutually dependent on one another]. Romans 12:4-5

picture of foot and tackWhen I got saved I did not realize for a long time that I was now part of a great and wonderful Body of Christ. I did not know that when I was hurting and a faithful Christian prayed with me and encouraged me that I was being ministered to by the Body in Christ. But I know it now and that understanding has changed how I look at and relate to my brothers and sisters in Christ. That understanding has made me sensitive to the hurting brothers and sisters at my church, in the community and in the world.

Imagine that you have stepped on a tack. Ouch! That hurts! What happens? First the message goes to the brain. In a nanosecond it starts giving orders to your body. Immediately your leg muscles lift up getting your foot off the floor. Your vocal cords and lungs cause you to yell out. Your hand goes to your foot to remove the tack. Then your other leg takes over and you hop to a chair to assess the damage and get help.

Now imagine that you are going through a crisis of some sort. The message goes to the head – Jesus! Immediately orders are given to the Body. Orders are given to the parts of the Body that are needed to help the situation. Prayers, help, understanding, financial assistance, etc are ordered by the Head – Jesus!

There have been times when the Lord has told me to pray or to give somebody money, food, a phone call, clothes, a hug – once it was art supplies. I got an order from the Head of our Body and I acted quickly. No delay. The Lord does this all the time. When we hurt He acts on our behalf! What a great God we serve!

Jesus is Lord!



Encouraging Ourselves

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David was greatly distressed, for the men spoke of stoning him because the souls of them all were bitterly grieved each man for his sons and daughters. But David encouraged and strengthened  himself in  the Lord 1 Samuel 30:6.

You have probably read about the time when David and his men came home one day to Ziklag to find  that everything and everybody had been carried away by their enemies. David’s men were a mess. They blamed David and wanted to stone him. But David did something different. He encouraged  and strengthened himself in the Lord. Then he went out and the Lord gave him victory. The Lord restored.

How did he do that?

He began to remind himself of all the times the Lord had shone Himself strong on his behalf. [Read more…]


She Said What?!

A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. What you say flows from what is in your heart.  Luke 6:45blog picture women talking

The Lord intends that we use our mouths to bless others. Our mouths are to be used to edify (build up) others, bless them and honor the Lord. But where do all these wonderful words flowing out of our mouths come from? They come from our hearts. That is where our treasury is.  If we are still angry, bitter or resentful towards others that is part of the “treasure” in our hearts. If we are thankful, appreciative and compassionate towards others that will come out too of our “treasure”.

I have a garage that is full of a collection of things that belonged to my husband’s family.  A few of the things there are mine too. There are some good things there, but there are many things that are useless or broken. If you came over you would tell me to keep the good things and get rid of the useless and broken things. You would be right.

Our hearts can be like my garage. Good ideas, thoughts, love and the Word of the Lord can all be in there. But there can be things in there that are useless to us now like old grudges, hurt feelings, bad ideas etc. We know that when we talk long enough, if there is some junk in there, it starts to come out. Been there. Those things need to be thrown out. We want our treasury to be completely beautiful, not a mixed bag of good and bad, so that when we speak – good things come out.

I’m headed out to the garage.

Jesus is Lord!