Romans 3:23, 5:8, 10:9-13

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Colossians 3:8

My son, Ethan, read White Fang by Jack London.  There was an ironic character named Beauty Smith who didn’t have beautiful traits.  Beauty Smith was greedy, quarrelsome, and cruel.  Beauty Smith subjected the wolf, White Fang, to dog fights for money.  He argued over the sale of White Fang, and kicked White Fang who was already succumbing to a bulldog’s grip on his throat.

No, Beauty Smith was not a beautiful character.  Beauty Smith was a character with extreme negative traits in a book of fiction, but there are real people who have similar negative traits.  Some people fly into a rage in a domestic situation, or maybe on the road.  The author of Colossians says that we need to get rid of anger, rage, etc.

Imagine that you don’t know it, but an author decides to randomly use you as a character in a book.  What would they choose to name you?  What traits would they give you?  Would the readers think of you as a protagonist or an antagonist?  Even though the chance of that happening is slim, we can’t forget that people watch our lives and make conclusions.

 

Exodus 8-10

In taking a closer look at the 10 plagues on Egypt, I noticed that 4/10 or 2/5 of them involved wild creatures.  God used frogs, gnats, flies and locusts to show His power against Pharaoh, so Pharaoh would let His people go.

After Pharaoh didn’t release God’s people from slavery, God made frogs go onto his bed and onto him.  God made gnats get on men.  God made flies get on Pharaoh and made locusts eat all the plants and remaining fruit.

I like to imagine Pharaoh in a rage yelling, “I’ve had frogs on my feet, gnats on my nose, flies on my face and locusts came from nowhere and ate my lunch!  This is the stuff of nightmares!”  Then, Moses would try hard not to laugh.

 

Revelation 22:1

My kids, Emily and Ethan, were working on an exercise in a vocabulary workbook, and they were supposed to determine if the test word was being used correctly or incorrectly.  The sentence read, “There are hundreds of thousands of SEAMEN in the U. S. Air Force.”  They quickly said it was wrong and we laughed about there being no sea in the sky.

Later, I entertained the thought of a sea in the sky.  My thoughts drifted to Heaven, and I remembered there is a river there.  Revelation 22:1 says,”…pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.”

So although there’s no sea in the sky, there’s a river in the sky.  God is so awesome!

Philippians 4:13

This is a different post.  I want to share a big change in my personal life.  After much prayer, I feel that God wants me to encourage others not only here at BBF, but also as a cartoonist.  Someone asked me if I plan on using my faith in the comic, Awesome Opossum, and I said that although it’s mostly just innocent humor,  I do plan on mentioning God from time to time.  I’m new at this, so it might take awhile to get traction on the web.  If you want to check it out, the comic is at facebook.com/awesomeopossumcomic

I believe God will give me and my family strength to do this little business.  May God give you the strength you need to complete the task(s) He gives you.

Ephesians 3:20, John 3:16, Psalm 119:11, Matthew 19:26b

I keep a prayer journal and read one of my 2017 comments.  A verse, Ephesians 3:20, had come up in Vacation Bible School, an Experiencing God study, and in Bible Gateway’s verse of the day.  Since the same verse came to my attention in three different ways in a short time, I took that to mean that the Holy Spirit was communicating the importance of that verse.  We decided to memorize Ephesians 3:20 and did so.

Time passed, and one of the kids’ grandpas passed away.  Before he died, he expressed that he hoped we would all memorize Scripture.  Then, our pastor’s message was about the importance of Scripture memorization.  We now have Scripture up and throughout our home and we’re memorizing Scripture.

The Holy Spirit had to remind us to memorize Scripture.  If you’ve been actively memorizing Scripture, good job!  If not, you might want to get started before the Holy Spirit has to remind you.

Psalm 103:2

Every Sunday, at the end of the church service, the overhead screen says, “Have a good week” as everyone prepares to leave.  Last week, after the service, someone asked me an unexpected question.  A new woman in the congregation asked, “Will you have a good week?”  How would you respond to that?  I just said, “Yes, I think I will.”  The reason I said that is because I’m in the habit of thanking God for the good He does.  I try hard not to forget how He blesses.  How about this week?  Do I think I’ll have a good week?  Yes, I think I will.

 

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2 Samuel 22, 21:15-17a

I read about a battle between Israel and the Philistines.  David was exhausted and a Philistine named, Ishbi-Benob,  wanted to kill him.  Then Abishai came forward and killed the Philistine.  I believe God used Abishai to rescue David.  David was a thankful man and sang in celebration after God helped him many times.

God rescued me on May 21, 2009.  I was driving on Bever Avenue, a busy street, when someone ran a stop sign and headed for the left front of the car.  I was forced to swerve immediately to the right onto a side street, and unfortunately, there was a car at a stop sign there, right in my path.  I braced for the impact as my tires screeched, but instead, our car just straightened out and seemed to float.  Shaken, I drove slowly and found a place to park and checked out the car.  There weren’t any scratches and I wasn’t injured!

I believe God sent an angel to pick up our car.  Thanks be to God, my rescuer!  God helps me in many ways, but the heavenly help on Bever Avenue that afternoon stands out.  Every year now when I put up a new calendar, I record on May 21st the words, “Heavenly help on Bever Ave.” so I can remember what God did for me.

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Genesis 49:29-50:14

How do you observe Memorial Day?  Maybe you attend a patriotic event, get out the grill, and/or visit the grave sites of loved ones.  I think we should also remember Bible characters on Memorial Day.  Many can’t arrange to see the burial sites of various Biblical characters, but we can remember them and ponder each legacy.

If the first Biblical character you think of is Abraham, here is a photo of where he, Sarah, Isaac, Rebekah, Jacob and Leah are thought to be buried:

Cave of the Patriarchs

“Cave of the Patriarchs,” Hebron (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

If you plan on traveling soon, or are traveling, I hope you have a safe trip.  Also, if you’re grieving over the loss of a loved one , may you find comfort from God, our loving Heavenly Father.  He took care of the above-mentioned Bible characters so long ago, and He can take care of you.

Galatians 6:9

There is a history to the line of bushes beyond our yard.  Originally, they were meticulously cared for.  The beauty of the prolific white blooms was breathtaking.  Then, they weren’t cared for when others moved there.  Water bottles, snack bags and other trash settled around the bushes.  The residents repeatedly pushed their way through the strong bushes, eventually revealing heavily trodden ground and a break in the bush line.  The bush line also became an unintentional basketball player receiving countless rebounds and passes.  Often the ball was left on the branches of the bushes.  I wondered if the bush line would be able to bloom.  This morning in May, the bush line looked weak and spindly, but there were blooms.  The white blooms were scattered and fewer, but they were there!

Despite mistreatment, that bush line was able to produce good blooms.  The bush line was barely blooming, but it’s like it didn’t give up.

Keep on doing good!  Don’t give up!

Proverbs 22:6

My mom has been a Christian since she was a child.  Then, she witnessed the moment I asked for Jesus to come into my heart when I was a child on top of our swing set.  As I grew, she’d pray with me, which meant a lot.  Now, I have witnessed the salvation of my kids and I pray with them.  The wisdom in Proverbs about training children in the Christian way stands.  My mom hasn’t departed from her Christian childhood training and I haven’t departed from my Christian childhood training.  And I trust God will help my kids continue to follow the Christian way.

 

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