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6/12/21 - Lemons vs. Brussels Sprouts

My sister gave me a Charlie Brown & Peanuts Gang perpetual calendar for my birthday.  Every day presents a cute comic strip or single comic scene.  Earlier this week, Charlie Brown and Lucy were having a discussion: “They say if life gives you lemons, you should make lemonade.  What if life gives you brussels sprouts?” 

As if on que, the very next day, life gave us brussells sprouts, and neither one of us like them!  Now, there are some other vegetables that I dislike even more (please don’t ever serve me beets or cooked spinach!) but I have yet to find anything that can make brussels sprouts palatable – unlike lemons, sugar and water just can’t improve their taste!

To be sure, brussels sprouts do have health benefits but does that mean I have to partake of them?  Yes, sometimes I do, and this week was declared a brussels sprouts week as God had ordained some character building for us through an unpleasant trial.  It has been especially unpleasant because it involves people within the body of Christ.

5/30/21 - Consider the Ants

When I was a young girl, my brother had an ant farm which was basically sand between two sheets of clear plastic so we could watch the ants build their home & see their eggs hatch, etc.  It was fun to watch the whole process develop as they were diligent, productive and resourceful.

Last spring, we decided it was time to do some maintenance work on our sand-packed brick patio.  We pressure washed it to remove moss that had built up as well as much of the old sand between the bricks.   We then began determining which bricks needed to be replaced prior to sweeping in new sand over the entire patio surface to refill the gaps between the bricks. 

As you might imagine, lifting out bricks revealed ants scurrying for safety from the giant humans who were uncovering their dwellings.  At one point, I lifted a brick only to discover an ant nursery.  I watched in awe of these tiny creatures as it looked like the whole colony was rushing to move their precious, unhatched eggs out of harm’s way.  They knew they were supposed to protect their unborn babies, and it never even occurred to them to abandon their eggs in order to save themselves.  They worked as a unified team with a single purpose, and it was amazing to watch!

4/20/21 Surviving & Thriving 

I had known the young woman sitting beside me at the radio program since she was a toddler.  Now she was a wife & mom of 3 boys and lived in rural western Alaska.  She and her husband were on deputation in the lower 48 states to visit their supporters and minister as the Lord opened doors of opportunity.  They are a part of MARC (Mission Aviation Repair Center), and they hesitantly agreed to join us recently on the radio.  We interviewed them so our listeners could hear about their testimonies as well as the ministry of MARC and their function within that organization. 

5/13/21 – Pray the Word!

God’s Word will not return to Him void.  According to Isaiah 55:11, the Word of God accomplishes the purpose for which He sent it.

Over the years, I have talked with many people who, with desperation or hopelessness in their voices, have said, ‘I just don’t know how to pray for him/her anymore!’  Haven’t we all been frustrated at some point, not seeing results and not even sure how to pray according to God’s will?  Or, worse yet, perhaps we have stopped praying for someone out of hopelessness.

4/9/21 God's Redeeming Power

“For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:6

Once a year, I read through the book of Acts.  As I was finishing Chapter 9 this morning, I was freshly reminded of God’s amazing redemptive work that He continues to complete in the life of every believer.  “Peter sent them all out and knelt down and prayed, and turning to the body, he said, ”Tabitha, arise.”  And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter, she sat up.  And he gave her his hand and raised her up; and calling the saints and widows, he presented her alive.” Acts 9:40-41.