Loser! Failure! Freak!
Dear Reader, have those words ever rung in your ears? Maybe they weren't audible, and yet they screamed in your brain. Rejection wears many masks, has endless voices.
What's the biggest prayer you've ever prayed, Dear Reader? Where did the faith come from to empower your prayer?
Did the faith come from previously answered prayers? Or maybe it was a prayer born of desperation.
Once upon a time, I thought I had the job I'd always wanted. I thought I was happy. I thought I was doing what the Lord intended for me.
I was wrong.
Are you a baker, Dear Reader? Not a dessert maker, but one who bakes bread?
Is there anything better than the aroma of bread rising or baking? And don't you love warm, fresh bread with a bit of butter?
Our son, James, is an amazing baker! I love walking in the door when he's been baking rolls or bread. There's something kind of comforting about it.
And Jesus told a fourth parable.
Jesus took a topic his listeners understood, one that affected their everyday life, to share an important lesson. Long before Mazlow developed his hierarchy of needs, Jesus knew to use the basic need of all people (sustenance) to teach a lesson.
If you're a baker, then you may have experienced what happens if the yeast gets too old, or is mixed with liquid that's too hot. Or maybe you're like me, and you simply got too impatient waiting for it to work.
But flour and water alone make paste, not mouth-watering hot rolls. The leavening makes all the difference.
In the same way, God has given us specific instructions (Exodus 20: 1-17) to have the best lives possible. As we patiently work them into every part of our lives, we begin to see the character of God begin to rise within us.
Dear Reader, how have you seen God's character rise within you lately? Is there an area that perhaps has taken more patience, and grace, in order to see evidence of God's hand working in your life?
Not to worry, Dear Reader. God's arms are long, his muscles are strong. and He never runs out of patience when it comes to working the best into and out of His children.
Geology was the last class I took to finish a Bachelor of Science degree. The last, and the only one I nearly failed. Of all the college courses I've taken, rocks held the least attraction.
When I went back to this parable, I had to chuckle. At last, a
Rock that got my attention.
Well, maybe it wasn't exactly a mountain, but it sure wouldn't have moved without Jesus helping out.
Getting ready for our Friends and Family Tea includes lots of cleaning and furniture moving. This year I thought it would be a good idea to move the round oak dining table from the enclosed porch to the dining room for beverages.
Dear Reader...Dear Friend, how good you are! How generous and gracious!
Since sharing that my job had been eliminated for the upcoming school year, you have blessed me more than you can imagine with your gifts of compassion and encouragement. They have calmed and soothed my soul.
I've been doing this for a while now. Like thirty years, more or less. I'm not sure if, or when, my role in the big scheme of things changed.
Michael Hyatt writes about three typical roles: struggler, sherpa, and sage. Do you know what your role is, in the workplace, extended family, etc?
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