living on pb & j

Ordinary moms living on Prayer, the Bible, and Jesus!

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We Are Loaded!

Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah. Psalm 68:19

Despite the severe decline in our country, we still are SO blessed to live in America! We truly are rich! We have the gospel…freedom…and so many provisions!

I have been reading a devotional book written by a dear Christian lawyer’s wife. She told the story of herself and her husband having the privilege of visiting the Philipines years ago. As they were walking down the road, she was noticing all the sad looking “homes”…most were huts or lean-tos. She stopped and noticed a woman stomping up and down in a bucket. This dear woman had carried water from a creek in her bucket and THIS is how she was doing her laundry. She did this, not with sadness or a scowl on her face, but a big ‘ole smile!

Many times we feel we have many things to complain and whine about, but do any of us have to carry water and wash our family’s clothes in a bucket? We are LOADED WITH BENEFITS!

And the dear woman using the bucket? Maybe she could smile just because she could walk, or because she had ACCESS to water, or that she had clothes TO wash ….or maybe because Jesus was her Savior!

Many times when we feel ourselves lacking “things”, we have begun to look at others…and have gotten our eyes off the Lord and His benefits. We covet. Sometimes never satisfied.

I daresay all of us have food in our cabinets and refrigerators, but how many times have we looked and said/thought “I don’t see anything I want”, there are those who have to depend on so little to survive…maybe even watch their children starve.

And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.

We may not live in a million $ home. We may not spend $200 on shoes, or $1,000 on a dress, or always have the KIND of food we want, but O my, we are blessed!

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits.

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It Pays to Pray

For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities…Heb. 4:15a

Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. 1 Peter 5:7

The older I get, the more I am realizing the importance of prayer, and how often I have neglected using this wonderful privilege. I have also been seeing many posts on social media concerning prayer.

Recently I have had the honor and blessing of being on the receiving end of the great value of prayer, as 2 more grandsons have trusted Jesus as their Savior. I can’t begin to tell you what a joy to hear the news…having those little ones call their Granddad and me to tell us. I pray for our grandchildren daily that they would be saved. It pays to pray.

Also recently, one of our grandsons was shot in the eye with a plastic pellet. It was very serious as the Dr said he must remain still for a week so as to prevent further bleeding which could cause permanent blindness. Imagine a 5 year old little boy being blind in 1 eye the rest of his life. So with requesting prayer at churches, and social media, there was probably at least 200 people praying for this little boy. A bit over a week later, the Dr said it was totally healed and he was good to go! It pays to pray.

We should pray about everything….nothing is too small. And it’s just so amazing that we have direct access to the One and only True and Holy God. The God Who created the universe. Who created you and me. Who sent His One and only darling Son to this earth to suffer and die for you and me.

So I just encourage you to have a prayer life. It pays to pray.

And it’s not always necessary to get on your knees somewhere. I do have a special place in my home where I pray, but sometimes I pray as I walk. You can pray anywhere…anytime. Keep your heart right and your relationship right with God and have that special relationship with Him. Let Him be your closest, dearest friend. Commune with Him every day.

It pays to pray.

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You ARE Important

For the body is not one member, but many. If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing where were the smelling? But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him. I Cor 12:14-18

There is so much more in this passage…I encourage to finish reading the chapter.

We, as part of the body of Christ, and local church members are so important! There are SO many things involved in the function of a church. There are teachers, talented singers, musicians. There are janitors and those with specialties such as plumbing skills or carpentry skills.

I believe the Lord has a job for all of us to do in our church. You may NOT can carry a tune, but nothing wrong at all with lifting up your voice in praise. You may not have the talent to play an instrument. You may not feel comfortable teaching.

But let me encourage you…if you WANT to be a help in your church, just ask your Pastor what you can do. I promise there is work to be done.

And if nothing else PRAY. Be a PRAYER WORRIER. I think this may be THE most important thing we can do as a church member. Pray for your Pastor and teachers. Pray for your fellow members. Everyone has a burden.

Don’t ever feel unimportant because it seems you’re not “seen in the fore-front”. You ARE important. You ARE missed when you are not in your place in church.

And if you DON’T have a desire to help “carry the load” ….I certainly believe the Lord WANTS you to labor for Him.

You are needed.

You are special.

You are important.