1 John 3:18 – Little children, we must not love with word or speech, but with truth and action (HCSB)
My husband and I have been blessed to experience the indescribable love of grandchildren. I remember so well being sound asleep when the phone rang in the wee hours one morning, and our son announced those magic words that would forever change my world, “We’re on the way to the hospital. This is it!” Any other time we lived about four hours away, but that night those interstate speed limit signs were just making ridiculous suggestions. I still get teary at the memory of seeing my baby holding his baby for the first time. The moment that red haired boy was born he became Granny’s Precious Darling. Two and a half years later we got the identical call and our precious granddaughter made her entrance. She has a face like her dad, eyes and hair like her mom, and a look that leaves no doubt as to her true feelings about any situation (there is a slight possibility maybe that came from me!). She became known as my Bumble Bee and my husband’s Baby Cakes, and the love I have for these two fascinating gifts from God continuously takes my breath away. We laugh and play together and sometimes share secrets, but if I say loving them is a secret, my precious Bumble Bee will immediately respond, “Everybody already knows that.” 1 John says that love should not be something we say but never show. Do my words as well as my actions show my love for Jesus? Would God respond, “Everybody already knows that.”
Ephesians 4:2 – with all humility and gentleness, with patience, accepting one another in love, (HCSB)
People say all kinds of things to the ones they love, but I never understood the concept of not saying “I’m sorry” to someone you love. There are people who promote the idea you would never purposely hurt the one you love so apologizing is unnecessary. Sometimes love is such a wonderful thing and the person you love is so absolutely perfect you cannot imagine either of you ever doing anything to feel sorry about. What more could you possibly need when you have this embodiment of perfection to love and who loves you back? When I walked so boldly and confidently down the aisle to meet my prince charming, I was 21 and he was 22. We were both so naïve while thinking we were so mature. I went from my parents’ house to my college dorm to a husband. I had never paid my own bills, worked a public job, or cooked a meal. Yet I felt totally confident to stand in front of a church filled with family and friends and make a vow to take care of this cute guy for the rest of my life, no matter what or when or how life came at us. Then he looked me in the eyes and made the same promises to me with no doubt of the bright and blissful future to come. Although we promised “in sickness and in health”, we were too young, healthy, and energized to ever imagine the possibility that one day we would be older, sick, and just plain weary. We would rent our newlywed home, make payments on our cars, and work just to make ends meet, but we promised to support each other forever. Now we look back and laugh at those two foolish people. That man at whom I looked with such awe is not so awesome when I’m picking up his dirty socks. He sometimes says the wrong thing (or nothing at all). He sometimes misses my hints (even though the clues were so obvious). He sometimes has bad breath (and other body odors). There are times when his radiant bride of the wedding day is not such a ray of sunshine either. Time has shown neither of us is perfect, and even though the days may not always be delightful, the years can be.
Philippians 2:4 – Everyone should look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others (HCSB)
Ephesians 4:2 – with all humility and gentleness, with patience, accepting[a] one another in love, (HCSB)
Lord, I’m sitting here sipping my coffee and thinking of what I need to do today. I’m trying to make this cup of coffee last as long as I possibly can because, when I finish it, I need to make a phone call to someone. I try to talk to her on a regular basis, but there are days that I just can’t deal with her negative attitude. She can find something wrong in any given situation. I wish she could find happiness in something, but her only joy is in her misery. Instead of looking on the bright side, she can find the dark corner in any sun filled room! It is always about the woes in her life. She is not the least bit interested in what is going on in my life, or in her neighbor’s life, or in the lives of her family members. She is the personification of the old joke “Enough about me. Let’s talk about you. So…what do you think about ME?” I keep trying to point out all the positives in her life, but she always has a negative. I can almost see You smile and shake Your head. I guess I’m not so different from her sometimes. I tell You what blessings I want, when I want them delivered, and who I want to be blessed. Of course, I should always be the first one blessed! Philippians 2 tells me to not be so absorbed in my own interests but to be aware of the interests of others. A friend’s shirt says “J(Jesus) O(others) Y(you). I saw a sign the other day that said “Joy = Jesus, Only You”. Okay, Lord. I hear You. The children’s song says “the joy of the Lord is my strength”, and Philippians 4 tells me that I can do all things through You. 2 Timothy tells me that You have not given me a spirit of fear but of love. I need to show the love and joy of You in everything I do, even in talking on the phone. One more sip of coffee as I make that call.
Deuteronomy 9:24 -You have been rebellious against the Lord ever since I have known you. (NIV)
2 Chronicles 7:14 – if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. (NIV)
I am drinking my coffee this morning that I made in my new coffee maker. I’m looking over the instruction booklet while I sip, and some of the comments make me laugh. I am instructed to use a cup to catch the hot liquid and not to try to catch it in my hands. Come on, really? I have heard it said that if the company warns against doing it, that someone has done it. You really should not have to tell someone that hands aren’t the best containers for hot liquids. The other day I saw a sign at a railroad crossing that said cars need to yield to oncoming trains. Again………really? Someone needed to be told that in a confrontation between a car and a train, the train will win and the car will definitely lose. Why do people have to be told these things? Why did You have to tell us not to murder other people? Why did You need to tell us not to cheat on the spouse we vowed to stick with through good times and bad? Why did You have to tell us not to take things that don’t belong to us and not to lie about people? Why did You have to tell us to honor our parents, to worship and to rest? Why did You have to preface the ten commandments with reminding people of Your holiness and Your power and protection (Exodus 20)? Why are we still dealing with murder, sexual sin, and fear of our fellow man? Why are we still dealing with parental abuse, churches that are dying from lack of interest, and families being destroyed because of workaholic parents? Once again………REALLY? Oh, Lord, we are sinful people living in a sinful world. In Deuteronomy 9:24 Moses tells the people that they have been rebelling against You since he has known them. Nehemiah 9:16-17 tells about the people becoming arrogant. They not only refused to listen to You but also refused to remember Your wondrous care of them. But verse 19 says it all — because of Your great compassion, You did not abandon them. Lord, I feel that we are living in the Nehemiah 9:16-17 world, but I pray for Your compassion. 2 Chronicles 7:14 tells Your people to humble themselves (not be arrogant), to pray (listen), to turn from evil. Thank You, Lord that You are willing to forgive our sinful ways.