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


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What is in your Christian Suitcase?

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Packing before a trip can be very stressful.  When we were missionaries, I remember the days of ten seventy pound suitcases and several bulging carry-ons for our five member family. Oh, the sorting and crunching of things to make it all work. Of course, there were decisions of how much things weigh and which clothes for opposite seasons. What toys to take on the long plane ride for our children? Does everyone have an extra change of clothes? The questions and answers were so many. It took careful planning and thoughtfulness in packing our many suitcases!

In many ways packing our suitcases can be like out daily lives. We rush around doing so many things even really good things.  But, many times we forget to pack our Christian character as we live each day. Do the people we meet on a daily basis see Jesus shining in our lives? It goes way beyond just being polite and smiling. Unsaved people do that very well. It is a genuine gracious caring that is often lacking. It takes time to be open and sensitive to the needs of those around us and especially to those that need so much to know the love of our Savior. But, I am convinced that while Jesus was on earth, He took time with all people who were in His life on any given day. Hopefully, when others see us today and tomorrow they will see mercy, love, compassion, and joy. I so much want others to see that in my life.

What have you packed in your Christian suitcase today?


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Dorcas: A Woman Full of Good Works

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Do you know anyone named Dorcas?  Perhaps you do know someone who is like Dorcas whose story is in Acts 9:36-43. Her story is not very long. It is only eight verses. There is not very much we know about her life, her family, or how she looked. But, the things we do know are amazing and very challenging to each of us. So what do we know?

1. She lived in Joppa and the Bible describes her as “a certain disciple”.  The most important thing ever was that she knew the Lord and depended on Him for her salvation! He was the source of her very unselfish life and all that she did.

2.The next thing the Bible says about her is that she was “full of good works” What a legacy! She picked up her needle and thread and made such a difference sewing garments for the poor and needy. She took seriously the verse in James 1;26-27 that tells us to care for the widows and the orphans. In my mind, I can see her bent over her sewing making a little coat or dress for a child that had a need. Dorcas did all that she could for as many as she could. Her love flowed from a grateful heart for her salvation.

3. Probably one of the most meaningful things about Dorcas is found in a tiny phrase that is given in Acts 9:36. At the very end of the verse the words read “which she did”. What a motivating thought! Dorcas did not just think about what she could do, dream about it, or wish that someday she could do it. No, she just did it! Perhaps, that is how it should work out in our lives too. There are so many things we talk about, but, just never do it. It makes me want to get started right away.

I am just really grateful for the example of Dorcas. She makes such a difference in doing all that she was able to do. We each have different talents, gifts, and abilities. May we be like Dorcas. She was full of good works and she did them.

Do you know anyone named Dorcas?  Perhaps you do know someone who is like Dorcas whose story is in Acts 9:36-43. Her story is not very long. It is only eight verses. There is not very much we know about her life, her family, or how she looked. But, the things we do know are amazing and very challenging to each of us. So what do we know?

1. She lived in Joppa and the Bible describes her as “a certain disciple”.  The most important thing ever was that she knew the Lord and depended on Him for her salvation! He was the source of her very unselfish life and all that she did.

2.The next thing the Bible says about her is that she was “full of good works” What a legacy! She picked up her needle and thread and made such a difference sewing garments for the poor and needy. She took seriously the verse in James 1;26-27 that tells us to care for the widows and the orphans. In my mind, I can see her bent over her sewing making a little coat or dress for a child that had a need. Dorcas did all that she could for as many as she could. Her love flowed from a grateful heart for her salvation.

3. Probably one of the most meaningful things about Dorcas is found in a tiny phrase that is given in Acts 9:36. At the very end of the verse the words read “which she did”. What a motivating thought! Dorcas did not just think about what she could do, dream about it, or wish that someday she could do it. No, she just did it! Perhaps, that is how it should work out in our lives too. There are so many things we talk about, but, just never do it. It makes me want to get started right away.

I am just really grateful for the example of Dorcas. She makes such a difference in doing all that she was able to do. We each have different talents, gifts, and abilities. May we be like Dorcas. She was full of good works and she did them.


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Simply Trusting

 

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Trust in the Lord! This is such a bold,challenging, and encouraging statement! We often hear and may repeat it to others. We mean it with all our hearts and seek to live it. We earnestly teach our children to trust and obey for there is no other way to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey. One definition says that trust means to earnestly hope, and we know that our trust in Jesus is certainly a confident assurance.

We also put our trust in other people. We trust doctors for good medical advice. We trust the airplane pilot to safely land the plane on which we travel. We even trust others to stop at the red light or stop sign. We trust our friends with things held in confidence. Recently, I began to ponder why is it that sometimes it is so hard to trust God? Many times our hearts know the right answers, but we still worry and become anxious. What are some things we can do to be more trusting?

1.We can remember that He is always present with us. What an amazing, glorious thought that is though we forget it and try to plan things ourselves. When we focus on the thought that He is constantly weighing every one of our thoughts, word, and actions, and attitudes, it is very sobering. Yet, knowing this helps us have strength to trust.

2.We can remember to walk by faith and not by sight. Hebrews 11:1 tells us: “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

3.We can remember that it is not our wisdom but in His wisdom alone we can trust. I am so grateful for an all-wise Heavenly Father who will lead us every step of the way.

In closing, there is good news! I once heard that to TRUST is to “TOTALLY REST UPON SCRIPTURAL TRUTH”. Does not that just sound so refreshing. What a relief! We can not carry our burdens, but our great Burden Bearer is able and willing. Did you know that when animals are trained to work for farmers they are yoked together in an amazing way?. There is always a very strong animal that is placed with one that may be weaker. That is a beautiful picture of us being yoked with Jesus. We are weak, but He is strong and loves to bear our burdens. We can fully trust Him!

Simply trusting every day.
Trusting through a stormy way
Even when my faith is small
Trusting Jesus that is all