Distractions …July 1 Chat…don’t get distracted & miss it!!

th-7Our Tuesday Night Twitter Chat this coming week will be a chance to look at what distracts us from the transformations the Holy Spirit is leading us into while He redeems the broken pieces of our lives. To see distractions as resistance to God’s leading, of Old Testament Biblical proportion , read about Gideon & God in Judges 6-7  We’ll chat about it on #GodsLoveChats, Tuesday, July 1 , 5pmPDT/8pmEDT

I AM the Vine!

More messages of God’s design for UNITY….We Are ONE!

The vine

am the vineyou are the branches. Whoever abides in me andI in him, he iis that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.

John 15:4-6

What does it mean to “abide”? Many of us are more familiar with the word “abode”. We retire to our abode. It cannotes a place of cozy comfort and safety where we can sleep in peace and safety.

When Jesus invites us to abide with Him, He us using a form of the same word. He invites us to find refuge, comfort, peace, safety, and rest IN him. What a wonderful invitation.  We need only say,”YesLord” to abide IN Him! HALLELUJAH!

We Are ONE: God’s Design for Unity

Tuesday Study #GodsLOveChats 5pmPDT/8pmEDT
Tuesday Study #GodsLOveChats 5pmPDT/8pmEDT

Well here is a concept that God keeps bringing back to me. It is the idea that we are ONE IN GOD! That is a really powerful concept when you start sorting it out.

It occurred to me a few months ago that we keep asking God to fill us? At the same time we wonder if he knows where we are. We also wonder how He could know what is happening with all the millions of believers all over the world.

My conclusion…He doesn’t come INTO us…we enable ourselves to become a part of HIM through our faith in Jesus. The more I have thought about this the more right it seems.

God gives us examples to learn and become more understanding children . The examples are so close we don’t see them. A big one…The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are ONE. We can separate their unique ministries, but we cannot separate THEM.  Because they are ONE.

Jesus tells us in John 3:7 that we are born again in Spirit. We are spirit beings, but we learn and judge by the physical reality of this world. So look at our bodies. They are made of millions of cells. If one of those cells goes bad and begins to infect others …we know it! We find it! Could it be that we are somehow like a cell in the body of God the Father? That would explain how He always knows. He has sensors that alert him…by design… of every need of the millions of us.

I will begin a chat on this topic on Twitter tonight and see what scriptures my learned Bible friends can come up with either to support or contradict this premise.

What do you think? What scriptures come to mind.  I will be back to share what they say #GodsLoveChats Tuesday, 5pmPDT/8pmEDT Join us!!

Heroes’ Prayer

Cheri's painting of Congressional Medal of Honor recipients WWII
Cheri’s painting of Congressional Medal of Honor recipients WWII: “Heroes’ Prayer”

We attended a Baccalaureate ceremony today for my grandson, Tyler, who will graduate #1 in his class on Friday. Not only is he brilliant, but he is GOOD to the core. He loves his family and friends deeply and wants to do good for the world. My nickname for him is Ernest. A more sincere and genuine kid would be hard to find.

We had a time at the ceremony to pray as a family as this passage in Tyler’s life begins and childhood is left behind. I couldn’t help but thank God for the treasure I have in him, and in all my incredible children and grandchildren. God has been so true to His promises and has kept us under His protective wing.

My gratitude is too great for words and made me think also of the timing. It is Memorial Day weekend. We stand free to worship God and raise our children to love Him because 1% of Americans at any given time answer the call to protect liberty. In the process, many make the ultimate sacrifice, giving their lives, often at ages not much older than Tyler.

How many mothers, sisters, brothers, wives, fathers and friends have said their earthly good byes far too early, just so we can take freedom and the rule of law for granted. I shed tears for Americas lost heroic sons and daughters today, while I thank God for mine.

I painted these Congressional Medal of Honor winners a few years ago. They were photographed as they prayed together for their fallen brothers in arms, at the opening of the World War II Memorial. I had never painted the faces of old men before, so it was a challenge. But as one by one I painted these dear men, I came to love each of them and see each line in their faces as lines of goodness recording the pathways of character and courage each one had trod in his life of honor. I call this painting “Heroes’Prayer”

I pray you will take a little time to study each face and find the gratitude and love I developed for them as I placed them on this canvas. They are representatives of a great generation of heroes. Have a Grateful Memorial Day! And if you served our country in the military…THANK YOU!