Lifetime Adventure

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As a young girl, one of my favorite times during the summer was when I spent a week at Girl Scout camp. At the end of the week, I’d sit elbow-to-elbow with my new girl scout buddies in front of an enormous bonfire.  There, we would share our adventures of the week, sing, and also receive any new badges earned too.  It was a bitter sweet moment. Happy that we were with friends and going back home to family. Yet sad, knowing our week of fun and adventure was nearing a close.

Thinking back on this time, brought to mind when Elisha decided to follow the prophet Elijah,  Elisha did something incredible that made it difficult, impossible really, for him to return to his prior occupation of farming.

After going home and having a farewell banquet, Elisha “took a yoke of oxen and slaughtered them” 1 Kings 19:21..  Leaving his way of life, he burned up his plowing equipment. He roasted the freshly butchered meat over the blaze and fed everyone present.  Then “[Elisha] arose and followed Elijah, and became his servant.

Giving ourselves to God, who deserves our devotion, often comes with a price and at times produce moments of difficulty.  Yes, at times, it will mean making difficult decisions about friendships/relationships, employment/finances, and letting go of things that require making changes in our lives.  However, nothing compares with what we gain when we continue on with Jesus Christ.

Jesus said, “Whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.”Matthew 16:25

The Girl scout adventures were great, and I have many fond memories.  Yet, living a life following Jesus Christ is the greatest adventure I’ve ever been on, and the destination will be Heaven for us who choose to follow Him wholeheartedly.

 

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Baseball

Bob and the Lord stood by to observe a baseball game. The Lord’s team was playing Satan’s team. The Lord’s team was at bat, the score was tied zero to zero, and it was the bottom of the 9th inning with two outs. They continued to watch as a batter stepped up to the plate whose name was Love. Love swung at the first pitch and hit a single, because Love never fails.

The next batter was named Faith, who also got a single because Faith works with Love. The next batter up was named Godly wisdom. Satan wound up and threw the first pitch. Godly Wisdom looked it over and let it pass: Ball one. Three more pitches and Godly Wisdom walked, because Godly wisdom never swings at what Satan throws.

The bases were loaded. The Lord then turned to Bob and told him He was now going to bring in His star player. Up to the plate stepped Grace. Bob said “He sure doesn’t look like much!” Satan’s whole team relaxed when they saw Grace.

Thinking he had won the game, Satan wound up and fired his first pitch. To the shock of everyone, Grace hit the ball harder than anyone had ever seen. But Satan was not worried; his center fielder let very few get by. He went up for the ball, but it went right through his glove, hit him on the head and sent him crashing on the ground; then it continued over the fence for a home run!

The Lord’s team won. The Lord then asked Bob if he knew why Love, Faith, and Godly Wisdom could get on base but could not win the game. Bob answered that he did not know why. The Lord explained, “If your love, faith and wisdom had won the game you would think you had done it by yourself. Love, faith and wisdom will get you on base,…but only My Grace can get you home. My Grace is the one thing Satan cannot steal.

-Author Unknown

Baseball Photo: Unknown Source

2 Corinthians 12:9

“And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.”imagesB40VV2F5

Scars For Life

 

Some years ago on a hot summer day in south Florida, a little boy decided to go for a swim in the old swimming hole behind his house. In a hurry to dive into the cool water, he ran out the back door, leaving behind shoes, socks, and shirt as he went. He flew into the water, not realizing that as he swam toward the middle of the lake, an alligator was swimming toward the shore. untitled.png

 

His mother in the house was looking out the window saw the two as they got closer and closer together. In utter fear, she ran toward the water, yelling to her son as loudly as she could. Hearing her voice, the little boy became alarmed and made a U-turn to swim to his mother. It was too late. Just as he reached her, the alligator reached him.

 

From the dock, the mother grabbed her little boy by the arms just as the alligator snatched his legs. That began an incredible tug-of-war between the two. The alligator was much stronger than the mother, but the mother was much too passionate to let go.

 

A farmer happened to drive by, heard her screams, raced from his truck, took aim and shot the alligator. Remarkably, after weeks and weeks in the hospital, the little boy survived. His legs were extremely scarred by the vicious attack of the animal. And, on his arms, were deep scratches where his mother’s fingernails dug into his flesh in her effort to hang on to the son she loved.

 

The newspaper reporter who interviewed the boy after the trauma, asked if he would show him his scars. The boy lifted his pant legs. And then, with obvious pride, he said to the reporter, “But look at my arms. I have great scars on my arms, too. I have them because my Mom wouldn’t let go.” You and I can identify with that little boy. We have scars, too. No, not from an alligator, or anything quite so dramatic. But the scars of a painful past. Some of those scars are unsightly and have caused us deep regret. But, some wounds, my friend, are because God has refused to let go.

 

In the midst of your struggle, He’s been there holding on to you. The Scripture teaches that God loves you. You are a child of God. He wants to protect you and provide for you in every way.

 

But sometimes we foolishly wade into dangerous situations. The swimming hole of life is filled with peril – and we forget that the enemy is waiting to attack. That’s when the tug-of-war begins – and if you have the scars of His love on your arms be very, very grateful. He did not and will not – let you go. imagesEK9JHZL6

 

– Author Unknown

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The Frog Race

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There was once a bunch of tiny frogs, who arranged a running competition. The goal was to reach the top of a very high tower. A big crowd gathered around the tower to see the race and cheer on the contestants.

The race began…

No one in the crowd really believed that the tiny frogs would reach the top of the tower. They shouted, “Oh, way too difficult!!! They will NEVER make it to the top” and “Not a chance. The tower is too high”.

The tiny frogs began collapsing, one by one except for those who, in a fresh tempo, were climbing higher and higher….

The crowd continued to yell, “It’s too difficult! No one will make it!”

More tiny frogs got tired and gave up… But one continued higher and higher. This one wouldn’t give up! And he reached the top.

Everyone wanted to know how this one frog managed such a great feat.

His secret? This little frog was deaf!!

The wisdom of this story is:

Ignore the pessimism of others. It can take your dreams from you. Stay positive.

-Author Unknown

The Ant And The Contact Lense

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Brenda was a young woman who was invited to go rock climbing. Although she was scared to death, she went with her group to a tremendous granite cliff.

 

In spite of her fear, she put on the gear, took a hold on the rope, and started up the face of that rock. Well, she got to a ledge where she could take a breather. As she was hanging on there, the safety rope snapped against Brenda’s eye and knocked out her contact lens. Well, here she is on a rock ledge, with hundreds of feet below her and hundreds of feet above her. Of course, she looked and looked and looked, hoping it had landed on the ledge, but it just wasn’t there. Here she was, far from home, her sight now blurry. She was desperate and began to get upset, so she prayed to the Lord to help her to find it.

 

When she got to the top, a friend examined her eye and her clothing for the lens, but there was no contact lens to be found. She sat down, despondent, with the rest of the party, waiting for the rest of them to make it up the face of the cliff. She looked out across range after range of mountains, thinking of that Bible verse that says, “The eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth.” She thought, “Lord, You can see all these mountains. You know every stone and leaf, and You know exactly where my contact lens is. Please help me.”

 

Finally, they walked down the trail to the bottom. At the bottom, there was a new party of climbers just starting up the face of the cliff. One of them shouted out, “Hey, you guys! Anybody lost a contact lens?” Well, that would be startling enough, but you know why the climber saw it? An ant was moving slowly across the face of the rock, carrying it.

Brenda told me that her father is a cartoonist. When she told him the incredible story of the ant, the prayer, and the contact lens, he drew a picture of an ant lugging that contact lens with the words, “Lord, I don’t know why You want me to carry this thing. I can’t eat it, and it’s awfully heavy. But if this is what You want me to do, I’ll carry it for You.”

 

I think it would probably do some of us good to occasionally say, “God, I don’t know why you want me to carry this load. I can see no good in it and it’s awfully heavy. But if you want me to carry it, I will.” God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called.

 

-Author Unknown

Life In Abundance

“…The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows)…”

John 10: 10 (AMP)

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Through Jesus coming and giving up His life for us, we can have and enjoy life – to the full. We can have it in abundance. Everything of Christ’s nature is available to us. Every good gift and blessing we can know when we are in relationship with Jesus.

 

The enemy comes and tries to steal it away from us. He tries to bring confusion and unbelief to our minds, and a lack of understanding of God and His ways. For if we truly understand all that God has for us and all we can be in Him, we could do mighty things for God. Satan knows this, so he often attacks us in our minds – bringing doubt and a sense of inadequacy.

But Jesus won the victory through His resurrection and wants to give us life in abundance. Let us today come into all that the Lord has in store for us – and send Satan packing.

God offers us an abundant life
Through our faith and love for Jesus Christ.

© By M.S.Lowndes

 

 

 

Photo: Anneelliott

Lead Me To The Cross

Across the darkened plains of woe

A Voice rings, “God, forgiveimages97Y7JUIG

What they do, how can they know?”

Because He died, I live

The hand that touched and healed the weak

Is pierced with cruel nail

Yet love pours from each word He speaks”

Oh, Father, not my will”

The arms that drew the children near

Are spread in agony

And from his eyes flow holy tears

As Jesus dies for me

Here is the perfect Son of God

Beneath man’s heartless blows

As earth receives redemption’s flood

In colors of the rose

And as the scarlet blood-drops fall

The seed of hope is born

Amazing grace for one and all

From limbs so bruised and torn

Lead me to the blood-stained cross

Pour out my sin and pride

All that I give is counted loss

As I see him who died

Lead me to the arms of love

Where freely He forgives

And seals my place in Heaven above

Because He died, I live!

BECAUSE HE DIED, I LIVE!

~Janet Martin