Posted by: Anne | July 15, 2017

What “all things”? What “good”?

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” —Romans 9:28

Do all things work together for good?

All things are not good. It would be mockery to say that they are. The death of a child is not good. Cancer is not good, drug addiction is not good, war is not good, blasphemy is not good.

But the Bible says, “We know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” In the chemistry of the cross God takes things that, in and of themselves, are bad, and He puts them together, much as a chemist might take chemicals that, in and of themselves, may be deleterious and mixes them to make a medicine that brings healing.

[For example,] many of us have some salt with our meals. Table salt is made up of both sodium and chloride. By itself, sodium is a deadly poison, and so is chloride. Put them together, and you have table salt. Salt flavors food, and a certain amount of salt is necessary for health and life. We cannot live without some salt in our systems.

God can take things that are bad and put them in the crucible of His wisdom and love. He works all things together for good, and He gives us the glorious, wonderful promise that He will do so.

Read the full article at the source:
https://billygraham.org/story/do-all-things-work-together-for-good/

Posted by: Anne | July 8, 2017

the wait is not wasted

“The work that God does in us when we wait is usually more important than the thing for which we wait!” ― Erwin W. Lutzer, When You’ve Been Wronged: Moving From Bitterness to Forgiveness

Posted by: Anne | July 1, 2017

free indeed

“The Bible teaches that God is completely in control of what happens in history and yet he exercises that control in such a way that human beings are responsible for their freely chosen actions and the results of those actions. Human freedom and God’s direction of historical events are therefore completely compatible. To put it most practically and vividly — if a man robs a bank, that moral evil is fully his responsibility, though it also is part of God’s plan.

…God’s plan works through our choices, not around or despite them.”

~ Timothy Keller, Walking with God through Pain and Suffering

Read more:
https://www.christianquotes.info/quotes-by-topic/quotes-about-freedom/

“We have freedom now, because Christ made us free. So stand strong in that freedom. Don’t go back into slavery again.” ~ Galatians 5:1 (ERV)

Posted by: Anne | June 24, 2017

A Little Closer

“A Little Closer”
by Group 1 Crew

If you opened my heart
You’d see I don’t have it all together
If you took me apart
You’d see the worst of me wants to get better
But you’re changing me, piece by piece
Into who you’re really callin me to be

[Chorus:]
There’s a beauty and beast inside of me
Who I am fighting who I wanna be
But through the rise and falls
The roller coaster
I, I, I get a little closer
Like a child walking in their father’s shoes
I just wanna look a little more like you
Everyday’s another step forward
I, I get a little closer

I, I get a little closer [x2]

Lord, I know that it’s true
You’re gonna finish this work you started
Even when I don’t know and it’s moving so slow
Even when I feel nothing but broken hearted
But you’re changing me, piece by piece
Into who I know that I am gonna to be

[Chorus]

I, I get a little closer [x4]

All my days
Every breath I take
Won’t you make me, shape me, into who you are

[Chorus]

I, I get a little closer [x8]


Hear the song and see the lyrics at YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Y8zBiK4o30

Lyrics were found here:
www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/group1crew/alittlecloser.html

Group 1 Crew’s website:
www.group1crew.com

Posted by: Anne | June 17, 2017

lessons learned from dad

“I believe that what we become depends on what our fathers teach us at odd moments, when they aren’t trying to teach us. We are formed by little scraps of wisdom.” – Umberto Eco, Foucault’s Pendulum

Posted by: Anne | June 10, 2017

start where you are

We may view God as some patriarchal boss, which is just not the character of God. He’s endlessly dimensional and wants you, where you’re at, right now. My pastor used to say, “We cannot meet God where we wish we were. We either cry out to Him from the place we find ourselves or we will not cry out at all.”

Like any relationship… the darkest and most honest times often lead to deeper levels of love and trust.

Read the full article at the source:
www.relevantmagazine.com/god/practical-faith/what-if-god-says-no

Posted by: Anne | June 3, 2017

a place to start

“If you have a tough childhood, you can live the rest of your life in reaction to it.

It’s understandable. Childhood may be a relatively short time, years ago, but it is a ‘formative’ time, after all.

But you know what? If you’re humble, it’s not the ONLY formative time. Humble people get a second chance at childhood. (And a third. And a fourth…)

If you’re humble, God will always be forming you.

And as tough as your childhood may have been, it’s not the last word, just one of the first ones.”

~ Brant Hansen, BrantHansen.com

Posted by: Anne | May 27, 2017

wise anger?

“Anybody can become angry – that is easy. However, to be angry with the right person, to the right degree, at the right time, for the right purpose, and in the right way – that requires wisdom.” ~ Aristotle

Posted by: Anne | May 20, 2017

lesson learned: we still have much to learn!

Did you know… sometimes there IS a method to the madness?

During a conversation about my days as a waitress, my office co-worker asked if we had been allowed to take home food that hadn’t been sold at the end of the day. I replied that we weren’t, and this – somewhat surprisingly – irritated OfficeMate, who began to rant that he couldn’t see any harm in it, when that food was just going to be thrown away.

I could have joined him in his indignation, but I’d been told the reasoning behind this decision. I shared it with him: previously, the restaurant had allowed people to take the leftovers home, but the policy was changed after some cooks began deliberately making too much.

At that, my co-worker could (finally) see the other side.

Lesson Learned: Other people probably have their reasons — even if I can’t fathom what they are.

Posted by: Anne | May 13, 2017

lessons learned from mom

“This is what we do, my mother’s life said. We find ourselves in the sacrifices we make.”
– Cammie McGovern, Neighborhood Watch

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