Wednesday, March 29, 2017

March 29, 2017 at 09:17AM

This morning it is raining again. Last night the windshield wipers quit working on the car Nathaniel drives to work, so today I need to figure out what to do about that. Until then I guess I will be playing taxi again for him.

Last night I did not feel very good. This morning I feel better, but still not sure if I am fighting something off. I will decide later if I should go play Skip-bo with my elderly lady friend or not. Wouldn't want to make her sick if I feel like I'm getting something. We'll see. Also, a lot depends on what happens with the car issue. 

I've been reading Luke and copying down each verse as I go. I am now in chapter 3. I'm just staying ahead of our pastor who is preaching through Luke. I love this method of Bible reading/copying because it slows me down so I really have to look at what I am reading and think about it. 

I've been mulling over the story of Korah from Sunday School in Walla Walla this past Sunday. I never thought about the fact that his family was not swallowed up in the earth for rebellion, but families of the others who rebelled against Moses were. Later the sons of Korah went on to write a number of the Psalms.

Korah' rebellion involved not being content with the job God had given him...that of being a doorkeeper for the house of God. He wanted to be a priest and led a rebellion among the doorkeepers, which didn't end well. Those who rebelled were swallowed up by the earth. 

Korah' sons apparently did not rebel, because they lived and wrote some Psalms. Psalm 84:10 is one of them. "Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked." It certainly gives more meaning to that verse, knowing that their dad led a rebellion because he didn't like being a doorkeeper. 

It makes me think about what God has given me to do as a housewife and mom. How often do I grumble about things that irritate me about my position? Discontentment is a sin against God. It's the same sin Korah committed. That's serious. The "court" God has put me in to keep is God's doing. I should rather be a "doorkeeper" in this court than dwelling in the tents of the wicked (discontented). I hope God will bring this to my memory the next I am grumbling in my heart about things I have to do in my God-given position.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Devotional: Listening and Asking Questions

But sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence;

1 Peter 3:15

I love how God confirms and reminds me of the truth of His Word. This last Sunday I was in Walla Walla and visited Trinity Baptist Church with my mother. The sermon was part of a series on sharing our faith with others.  The verse above was the springboard for the sermon.  

The pastor emphasized how that we need to deal with unbelievers with gentleness and respect if we expect to be able to make an impact on their lives for Christ.  He went on to talk about what that looks like.  

One way that we can show gentleness and respect (reverence) is to really listen to them. We need to listen and ask thoughtful questions and listen some more. He said that jumping in to correct every little bit of wrong theology in their thinking is not treating them with gentleness and respect and will only shut them down so they won't want to listen to anything we have to say.  

So this morning I am reading in Luke 2 and I'm at the part where Jesus' parents have lost him and they went back to search for him in Jerusalem. He was found at the temple among the teachers.

Then, after three days they found Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both listening to them and asking them questions. And all who heard Him were amazed at His understanding and His answers. Luke 2:46-47

What was Jesus doing? In verse 45 he is both listening and asking questions. Jesus spent three days listening and asking questions, not correcting their theology, but listening and asking questions.

 What was the result? When it came time for Him to answer them on their questions and perhaps correct some theology, they were amazed at His understanding and His answers. They stuck around long enough to hear Him out most likely because He took the time to listen to them and ask questions.

Of course, we know that later, these teachers were not happy with Jesus' teaching as his ministry developed, but that is a risk we take when we share the Gospel with people. My main point is that He started out showing them gentleness and respect by listening and asking questions, gaining enough trust that they were willing to hear Him out at that point.

It amazes me how many times I will hear a sermon on the radio, read something in a book, hear a sermon at church and read my daily Bible reading and find confirmation of the truth  of what I had heard or read elsewhere.  Many times, on the way to church, the radio preacher will say something and then that very thing is confirmed to us in the sermon. It's uncanny how that works. God is always amazing me. I think He knows I need to hear it from two or three sources in order for it to really sink in.

Listen....really listen. Ask questions. Listen some more. Ask more questions. Listen again...then when the time is right, talk about the claims of Jesus Christ.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Devotional: Praying for Strangers

Ephesians 6:18

With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints,

She sat on the couch in the breakfast room of the motel coloring in one of those adult coloring books as she waited for her husband's meeting to end.  

A  woman walked in talking on a cell phone and took a seat at a corner table. She was talking, with urgency, about her husband who had had some health episodes of recent and telling the person on the other end how it has changed his personality.  He wouldn't go near his motorcycle, he was filled with anxiety, he had episodes of imbalance, he had lost 40 lbs and the list went on and on.  She described how he had had an MRI but it showed nothing.  They were clearly at wits end to know where to turn and what to do next.  Then she went on to talk about the emotional toll it was taking on her and how it was beginning to affect his pastoral ministry.

The woman on the couch continued to color in her adult coloring book, but listened to the conversation of the woman in the corner.  She silently began to pray for her and the situation she was in.  She prayed for her to find guidance and comfort in her difficulties and for her husband to also find comfort and healing.

It was time for the woman on the couch to put her things away and leave, but before she did, she got out a small piece of paper and scribbled a message to the woman on the phone.  She wrote, "I just prayed for you." and she signed her name.  She walked over and set the paper on the table in front of the woman and turned to leave.  As she looked back, the woman was smiling at her with misty eyes as it had encouraged her to know that someone whom she had never met was praying for her.

The above story is a true story.  It illustrates how we can be a blessing to hurting people we don't even know.  It only requires that we be alert to the conversations and things going on around us, so we know how to pray for the people involved.  I would like to challenge you when you are out and about to notice who is around you.  Pray for them.  If God leads you to write a quick note like the woman in the story above, do so.  You never know how it might encourage them.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

March 13, 2017

I was surprised by this in my reading today:
“"Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased."”
‭‭Luke‬ ‭2:14‬ ‭NASB‬‬
I had always heard it "...and on earth peace, good will toward men." I never understood it because as far as I can see, there will never be peace on this earth. And Jesus said He didn't come to bring peace, but a sword.
When I saw this, I'm thinking, "Whoa! What's this?" So I went to the Greek interlinear and there it was.
This puts a whole new meaning to this and makes so much more sense. It's peace among those who God is pleased with. In other words, peace among His chosen ones.

Devotional: Asking the Obvious

"Mary said to the angel, "How can this be, since I am a virgin?""
‭‭Luke‬ ‭1:34‬ ‭NASB‬‬

When the angel said that Mary would be with child, she asked the obvious. "How can this be, since I am a virgin?"  The angel didn't reprimand her for asking a question about something that was obvious  to her. He just explained how it would be, and she believed Him.

I've often heard it said that we shouldn't question God.  But Mary questions God.  Mary asks what is obvious to her.  After all, how could she be found with child when she isn't married and not promiscuous? She wasn't asking in a scoffing, unbelieving way, but rather in curious innocence as to how this would happen. The angel explained it to her and she accepted it.  It's all in how we question that makes questioning God right or wrong.

How often do we go to God's Word and read something that speaks directly to our situation and instead of being like Mary, asking the obvious in innocence, and accepting what God has said, we think, "Yeah right. How is that ever going to work out?"

Here is an example I'm dealing with.  My daughter has some big changes coming in her life  come July, and in November or December, will be moving to her assigned apprenticeship. We do not know where this will be or how far she will have to move.  She has never lived on her own, is small for her age and I worry about her safety.  But God says,

 And which of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life’s span?  If then you cannot do even a very little thing, why do you worry about other matters?                  Luke 12:25- 26 
Basically, God tells me that I can't change a thing with my worrying, and yet I lay awake at night brooding over what might happen to her in the big city all alone in the winter.  I am asking the obvious.  "How can You send her to a strange, potentially unsafe place and keep her safe?"  God has showed me many times in His Word that I am not supposed to worry.  But my questions of Him aren't so much in innocence but in unbelief.  This is where I need to be more like Mary and just bow to His Word and accept it.  He knows how to protect her if that is His will, and if something else is in His plan, He will use it for His glory.  My worrying and laying awake at night won't keep her any safer then if I just simply trusted God.  All it does is rob last night my sleep and steal today's joy.

So how do you question God about the obvious?  Is it in humble curiosity, trusting God's answer, or do you question in unbelief, not truly trusting Him?  Questioning God is not wrong, it's all in how we ask the questions that make it right or wrong.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

March 12, 2017 at 09:00PM

I heard the following idea on the Dennis Prager show. He said that when we look forward to an event we often have expectations of what it will be like. Then when the actual event arrives, we are disappointed because it didn't meet our expectations. 

To counter this, he says we should live in the moment and not have any expectations for how a coming event will be. This way we have less to be disappointed about. 

I couldn't help but turn this around to events we are not happy about. Sometimes I "look forward" to these events and brood on all that might go wrong. Then when the actual event arrives, I find I have worried and fretted for nothing because things turn out better than I thought. 

So I guess it's a matter of finding balance. It's not letting myself get all excited with big expectations that might not be met and not getting stressed out and worried over all that might go wrong with events I'm not looking forward too. 

It's keeping my expectations turned toward God while casting all my worries on Him. That is the secret to peace and contentment.

Friday, March 10, 2017

March 10, 2017 at 06:59PM

This is a test post. I'm testing If this then that app with Blogger.

Lessons from My Dogs

This thought is not original to me.  I got it from a Facebook friend.  In the picture above you see DJ giving me a really dirty look.  He is jealous because Daisy, our geriatric Pug is getting extra helpings of tasty canned dog food along with scrambled eggs and chicken.  He thinks he should be treated equally, but we aren't doing that because we don't want him to get fat.

The lesson is this.  What if as Christians, we saw the wonderful spiritual growth and relationship our friend has with Christ, and we wanted that for ourselves and pursued it like my dog wanted that food for himself? What if we all had a person like that in our lives and pursued holiness like him or her?  

What if we were that example?  What if we pursued holiness with passion and others wanted what we have in Christ?  My dog only wanted equal treatment, but if we pursue Christ and His holiness, we will get equal treatment in terms of spiritual benefit and growth.  Think about it.

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Healthy Tea for Your Body and Mind

This morning I was thinking about my morning tea ritual.  Each morning I make two teas to promote good health.  I'd like to share them with you.

Green Tea with coconut oil  is my favorite tea.  I drink about 15 oz of green tea every morning.  Green tea seems to clear my mind of those pesky morning cobwebs and gets me started on my day right.  I couple it with my Bible reading.  It's the perfect combination for a good start on the day.

Green tea has a lot of benefits. WebMD lists the following:
  • improve blood flow and lower cholesterol
  • prevent a range of heart-related issues, from high blood pressure to congestive heart failure
  • good for the brain...greater activity in the working-memory area of their brains. Green tea has also been shown to help block the formation of plaques that are linked to Alzheimer's disease.
  • seems to help keep blood sugar stable
  • help protect against the damage a high-fat diet can cause
  • aid healthy cells in all stages of growth
  • There are some clues that green tea may help destroy cancer cells.
  • green tea can provide a calming effect
Coconut Oil in my green tea is wonderful.  It tastes great and moisturizes my lips at the same time.  There are other benefits of coconut oil  too.  
  • resistance to both viruses and bacteria
  • help to fight off yeast, fungus and candida.
  • positively affect our hormones for thyroid and blood-sugar control
  • help improve insulin use within the body
  • increase metabolism, energy and endurance
  • increases digestion
  • helps to absorb fat-soluble vitamins
Pau d' Arco/Ojibwa/Lemon Tea is a combination of two teas & lemon juice.  I will list the benefits of each component separately.

Pau d' Arco Tea is claimed to strengthen the body's immune system and helps the following:
Ojibwa Tea has the same ingredients as Essiac Tea, which is famed for helping people with cancer.

From, I quote the following: Drinking this tea regularly detoxifies the body, thereby strengthening the immune system. It can be used as part of the treatment for the following diseases:
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Arthritis
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Hypoglycemia
Other Health Benefits of Ojibwa Tea
  • Repairs cellular damage from an illness
  • Prevents toxins from getting to brain
  • Reduces stiffness and inflammation in the muscles and bones
  • Boosts blood supply, hence improving your immune system
  • Eliminates heavy metal deposits
  • Improves digestion
Lemon Water 

I add the juice of one lemon to the Pau d' Arco/Ojibwa/Lemon Tea combination.  Lemon has some health benefits too. Dr. Axe says these are the health benefits of lemon:
  • Aids in digestion and detoxification
  • Bumps up the vitamin C quotient
  • Rejuvenates skin and heals the body
  • Helps shed pounds
  • Boosts energy and mood
 I use Stevia concentrate to sweeten my teas.  Here are some benefits of Stevia:
  • ability to regulate blood sugar levels in the body
  • relax the blood vessels, increase urination, and facilitate the elimination of sodium from the body
  • reduce bacterial formation in the mouth
  • antioxidant compounds found in stevia make it an ideal dietary supplement for cancer prevention
So, how do I make my teas, you ask?  I will tell you!

Green tea doesn't like boiling water.  It ruins the taste and makes it bitter.  I use a hot pot that swirls the water as it heats but does not boil it.  It makes the water nice and hot but not enough to turn the green tea bitter.  You could achieve the same results by boiling your water and then letting it sit for about 20 minutes or you could heat the water in a microwave just long enough to make it hot but not boil.  Many like to steep the tea bag for about 5 minutes and remove it.  I personally like to leave the tea bag in my cup the whole time. However you choose to do your water, just don't put boiling water over your green tea.

Before I add my water to my cup, I put in the tea bag, the stevia (follow directions carefully on whatever form of stevia you use as too much doesn't taste good) and add a teaspoon of coconut oil.  I use a 16 oz mug.  Enjoy!

Pau d' Arco/Ojibwa/Lemon Tea is a little more complicated to make than my green tea.  I use a 32 oz glass tea pot.  I have a large tea strainer that fits in the top of it.  
I bought the tea strainer from Amazon.  The pot was given to me as a gift and was bought locally. I use boiling water for this tea.  I start the water and while I wait for it to boil, I add one Ojibwa tea bag (sometimes I use two) to the pot.  I also add four scoops of Stevia white concentrate.  Then I cut an organic lemon in half and juice it into a jar with a small strainer to catch the seeds and pulp. Then I put three to four fingers full of  Pau d' Arco bark in the tea strainer. 

I pour the boiling water over the bark and then add the lemon juice to the pot.  I let that steep for 20 minutes.  If you want stronger tea with stronger health benefits, it's recommended to gently boil the bark for 20 minutes, however, the other method works fine for me.  

I try to drink one 16 oz mug of Green Tea and the entire tea pot of Pau d' Arco/Ojibwa/Lemon Tea tea every day. 

So there you have it!  Two teas packed with health benefits for you to try! Drink to your health!

Monday, March 06, 2017

Devotional: Letting Our Adult Children Go

And the child continued to grow and to become strong in spirit, and he lived in the deserts until the day of his public appearance to Israel.

The Child continued to grow and become strong, increasing in wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him.

Lately, I've been struggling with the idea of my daughter leaving home to travel to who knows where and live alone in the big world when it is time for her apprenticeship to start in November. I have worried over her safety when she goes off hiking and camping.  This business of her growing up, becoming independent and moving away is hard.  Letting go is hard.

There have been some radio programs on this topic lately that I've heard snippets of, when I was out driving in the evening to pick up my son from work.  These programs were on this very topic of letting our adult children go, pulling back, not offering as much advice, keeping our mouth shut when they come in at all hours of the night and just putting them in God's keeping and care.

In my Bible reading in Luke, here are two verses, one is about John the Baptist and the other about Jesus.  I don't know if John lived in the deserts with his parents.  I kind of have a feeling he went off alone and it was during this time that he continued to grow and became strong in spirit.  I'm guessing his mom and dad must have worried for his safety while he was gone, but they knew that John was blessed by God and God had big plans for him to be the forerunner of Christ. 

It was the desert experience that most likely caused John to grow and be strong in spirit.  I need to trust that when my daughter leaves home to go to a strange city to live for six months that God will use this "desert" experience of being alone in a strange place for her spiritual good.

Jesus, in Luke 2, grew and became strong, increasing in wisdom and the grace of God was upon Him. Isn't that what we all want for our children?  She has grown up, she has gained wisdom and she has a strong faith in God.  What more could I want?  

This business of parenting is not for the faint of heart.  I thought once they reached adulthood, my job was done and it would be smooth sailing after that.  I was not prepared for the motherly protective instinct to kick in.  This is MY PROBLEM.  I must pull back, let God take over, pray for my children daily, and STOP WORRYING about them. God knows what His plan is for each of their futures. Can I trust His plan? Can you trust His plan?

Monday, February 27, 2017

Devotional: Blessed is She Who Believed What the Lord Said

Luke 1:45 And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what had been spoken to her by the Lord.”

Mary had been told by the angel Gabriel,  “Do not be afraid, Mary; for you have found favor with God.  And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name Him Jesus.  He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David; and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom will have no end.”  Her response, after asking how this could be since she was a virgin, was,  “Behold, the bondslave of the Lord; may it be done to me according to your word.”

When Mary went to visit Elizabeth, Elizabeth said, "Blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what had been spoken to her by the Lord.”

Mary was most likely a young adult or maybe even a teenager according to some commentators.  Can you imagine how it would go today if a young adult or late teenager had this encounter with the angel Gabriel?  

"Wait! What? You are going to make me an unwed mother?  I don't even like babies!  That is going to be so inconvenient! No way!  That is not going to happen to me.  Hey, don't leave yet, I want to get a selfie with you so I can post it on Facebook.  My friends are not going to believe this if I don't post a picture on Facebook! Maybe if this really does happen and I get pregnant, at least I can get an abortion, because a baby would be way too inconvenient."

I would like to think that maybe today's young adult would be more mature than that, and that as a Christian, they would not think in those terms.  All imagination aside, though, Mary's response is remarkable.

She believed the Lord and submitted to His will.  She knew it would not be easy.  She was engaged to be married, but not married.  She was a virgin.  She had to break the news to Joseph and trust that he would not dump her and accuse her of unfaithfulness.  She had to endure the stares and disapproving remarks of those who did not believe what she told them about the child she carried.  It was no easy deal. But she believed and submitted to God's will regardless.

Many say they believe in God, but do they believe God as Mary did?  How about you and me?  Sometimes when the going gets tough it's easier to say I believe in God than it is to say I believe God.  God will always stay true to the promises in His Word.  Believe Him.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Devotional: Be Flexible or Be Miserable

Proverbs 16:9 The mind of man plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps.

This verse popped into my mind this morning.  We were scheduled to travel to Kennewick today so my husband could attend a work meeting.  Last night I had carefully planned out what I would take with me to do while I waited out the five hours at the pubic library.  I put together a big thermos of Chai Tea and made my lunch and set my alarms to get up early.

I did not sleep very good, so when the alarm went I wasn't thrilled about getting up, but I did anyway and began looking forward to kicking back at the Kennewick library. Then my husband told me we were not going because he slept lousy.  

At first I was disappointed and annoyed. I got up early for nothing. I had taken the time to plan and pack ahead yesterday.  I was really looking forward to a day "off" from regular household chores and meal prep.  I really do like my Kennewick days for that reason.  So I had to adjust my attitude and my schedule accordingly.  Man plans, but God directs.

So here I am.  Sitting at my computer writing my weekly devotional (which should have been done yesterday, but I was lazy and then went out and had fun with friends instead and then got things ready for the trip).  I'm still trying to shift gears so this day is not wasted.  I don't know why God decided to direct our plans in a different direction, but He did, so I need to roll with it.  

It's so easy when we have made our plans, and God directs our steps in a different direction, to get bent out of shape, especially if we have put some time and effort into our original plan, or if we are really looking forward to what we have planned.  Sometimes I wonder if God changes our plans on us to teach us to be flexible and adjust our attitudes to be more godly?

There is a saying that goes like this:  Be flexible or be miserable.  When I beat my head against what God has directed, it makes me miserable. The key is to make my plans, but hold them loosely so if God directs another way, I do not soak and sour. 

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Things I Love: Ecosens Stainless Steel Tea Infuser

Do you like loose tea?  This is a great tea infuser.  I had trouble with the tea balls because they kept letting loose tea out into my drink.  I have another metal screen tea infuser that is better, but it keeps letting loose tea out as well.  So when my mom sent me an unexpected gift of money for Christmas (about a month late because she had been hospitalized at the holidays), I went on the search for a new tea infuser.

I read reviews to make my purchase decisions.  This tea infuser had the best reviews compared to others Amazon sold.

This is a large infuser, so if you have small cups it might not work for you,  This works in my larger mugs as well as in my glass tea pot.  It has not let any of my loose tea into my drink except for very fine powder, and that doesn't pose a problem at all for me.

I could see myself in the summer time, crushing up berries or other fruit and pouring it into this infuser to make a fruit tea free of pulp.

The silicone ring is removable for washing and is intended to prevent you from burning your fingers when removing the hot lid from the infuser after making your tea.  The lid doubles as a place to set your infuser so that you don't have to have a separate saucer for it to catch the drips.

If you enjoy loose tea, this will be the perfect addition to your tea making supplies.  Perhaps you have a friend who enjoys loose tea?  It would be a great gift.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Devotional: The Comparison Game

Galatians 6: 3 For if anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself. 4 But each one must examine his own work, and then he will have reason for boasting in regard to himself alone, and not in regard to another.

I watched a video this morning on comparing oneself to others and the pit falls of doing that.  It reminded me of the verse above. 

While the video had to do with comparing yourself to others and then getting down in the dumps because your life and accomplishments are not equal to or better than theirs or their life is better than yours, the Scripture above is talking about comparing yourself to others and looking at how poorly they are doing in order to pull yourself up by your own bootstraps to establish your own righteousness and/or superiority over them.

As a home-school alumni mom, I look at other people's kids and compare where they are to where mine are and I am tempted to get down in the dumps because my kids don't measure up to what the Jones' kids are doing. This is wrong!  Their kids are different.  They have their own issues that I probably wouldn't want and don't know about.  My kids are right where God wants them at this moment in time.  God knows what he is doing.  So I don't need to get down in the dumps thinking I am a home-school failure.

Then I sometimes swing the other way and compare myself with those who are not strong spiritually or don't hold the same moral values that I do and it's easy to puff myself up and point the finger (figuratively, cause it's not nice to point!) and tell myself how much better I am then they.

Either case is not good.  The balance is off.  I'm either putting myself up too high or pulling myself down too low.  Both gives me an improper view of myself, causes undue stress and is dishonoring to the God who made me. 

The solution is in the meme above.  I need to look into Scripture and compare myself with that.  I need to find where I need improvement, thank God for helping me in areas that I measure up and leave the comparison with others game out of it.

How about you?  Are you struggling with the comparison game?  Don't look out horizontally at others.  Look vertically to God and to His Word.

Monday, February 06, 2017

Devotional: Rejecting God

So, he who rejects this is not rejecting man but the God who gives His Holy Spirit to you. 1 Thessalonians 4:8(NASB)

This morning I was copying Scripture into my Journible.  The verse I started with (and ended with) was the verse above.  The part that caught my attention was the fact that he who rejects this rejects God.  What is the "this" that is being talked about here?
To find that out I had to back up in the chapter to verses 3 and 7.
3. For this is the will of God, your sanctificationthat is, that you abstain from [d]sexual immorality; 7. For God has not called us for the purpose of impurity, but [h]in sanctification.
Go back and read just the yellow highlighted words.

Sexual purity is one area mentioned here that we need to be sanctified in, but if we look at Galatians 5:5:15-21 there is a whole list of areas we need to be sanctified in. I hope you will take the time to look it up.

There are those who say that since we are free from the law, we can do whatever we please.  We can use profanity, watch and do any number of things that are not beneficial to our sanctification because we are free from the law.  I'm not going to discuss the law here.  That's another topic.

The point is that the will of God is that we be sanctified. If we reject the idea of sanctification, then we are in essence rejecting God.  That's pretty heavy stuff.

Here is an example.  Let's say I'm on Facebook and someone says something inflammatory to me in a comment. My first impulse would be to say something snarky back, yet the Holy Spirit within me is telling me not to do it.  Who am I going to yield to?  Will I yield to my fleshly desires and be snarky or will I yield to the prompting of the Holy Spirit to be nice or not say anything at all?  If I do the former, I have rejected God.

We can apply this principle to all kinds of areas of life.  I have to be honest, I don't always respond to situations and people in the way that I know I should and to be blunt, I have rejected God in those circumstances by ignoring what the Holy Spirit would have me to do.  I hope to do better.  I hope this challenges you as well.  God bless you as you allow His Holy Spirit to sanctify you.

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Things I Love:Echo Dot

  I was given an Echo Dot for Christmas.  I doubt that I am utilizing it for all it can do, but I am enjoying this little device.  I use it for my alarm clock each day.  At night I let it read my Kindle book to me. I enjoy the daily briefing where I get the weather report and the news headlines for the day.  I can even add events to my google calendar just by telling it what to add.

I am able to  tell it to read whole chapters from the Bible for me. Our pastor recently started preaching through Luke, so I have it read the chapter he is in on Sundays each day of the week.

Features I don't use much because I already had other ways of doing them, are the reminder feature where you can ask Alexa to add something to your reminder list in the Alexa app and you can ask Alexa to add things to your shopping list within the Alexa app.  I understand you can even tell Alexa to order stuff for you from Amazon.  I am not comfortable with that feature, so I don't use it.

It's a fun little device to play with, but it does take a small learning curve to get it to do what you want it to do all the time.  Go ahead and give it a try.  Amazon is good at taking returns, so if you don't like it you are not stuck.