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Faith & Family

Faith is a vital role in the family unit. It draws us together. Holds us tight. Binds us with the ties of God. Keeping faith in our families secures the values of Christ are embedded in our children



God Sprinkles

It was a cold, fall night when my family and I finally saw it.

From their sleeping bags on the patio in our backyard, my husband and two girls had upturned faces and eyes to the sky. I looked up into the starry blackness from my place on a chair beside them, hugging my blanket tightly around me. We had been watching for a predicted meteor shower for more than an hour. It was getting late, and we were about to give up and go inside when we simultaneously witnessed the most spectacular burst of white trail across the expanse of darkness. It was an awesome display of God’s beautiful handiwork.

James reminds us that all good things come from God.

Before we went outside to look at the meteor shower, a friend called and offered much needed encouragement to my aching soul. Earlier that day, I had gotten an email explaining that a piece of writing I had submitted seven months ago—and had given up on—was going to be published. I call those moments, God sprinkles. They brighten our lives the way sprinkles liven up a cake … the way a meteor lights the sky.

With all of the struggles we face in a fallen world, it’s a blessing when God displays His love and care for us in unexpected ways that strengthen our faith and motivate us to keep running this race called life.

Thank Abba-Daddy for the “sprinkles” He showers on you and for the gifts He gives His children.

Bless us, Lord, with grateful hearts and eyes to see Your goodness.

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Keep a Calm Heart

Sometimes, the Lord works in mysterious ways.

Four times I suffered nervous breakdowns. The first one brought me to the end of myself. I had no place to look but up. When I did, the Spirit of God spoke to me and I came to Christ.

I prayed for four years but received no answer. I thought, I’ll just have to do the best I can. God has given up on me. Perhaps, the Lord can use me in a Spanish work. I had studied Spanish and believed I would learn more if I worked with the Spanish people.

However, God had a different plan. A missionary to the Navajo Indians preached at my church.

“What about working with the Navajo?” he asked.

I said, “I’m not called to the Navajo.”

Later, he returned to my church and asked me to visit his mission field. The Lord took away my excuses while there, and I learned to love the Navajo. I even met my husband there.

After sixteen years, the Lord took my husband to heaven. But God captured my heart and gave me calm in a difficult situation. After my beloved’s death, God gave me a work to do for Him: writing, something I love to do.

God permits hard things into our lives. Sometimes, He gives us a glimpse of His purpose. He comforted me in my loss and showed me a glimpse of His plan.

God wants to give us peace when our hearts experience turmoil. When we trust Him with our problems, He gives us calm and rest, not spiritual heart trouble.

Let God give you a peaceful and calm heart in your time of trouble. 

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Too Many Heartaches

I believe the cashier glanced at the small cross pin on my sweater and assumed I was a Christian

As I laid the decorated birthday cake on the check-out counter, I told the friendly cashier it was for my neighbor’s ninety-second birthday. He looked at me sadly and said, “I pray to the good Lord that he won’t let me live past my fifty-fifth birthday. I’ve had too many heartaches in my life.”

I reminded him that, despite the fact there are heartaches in Christians’ lives, our Lord gives us joy. But he replied, “There have been far more heartaches than joys.” I felt sad for him. He seemed so unhappy.

There was a grey period when it seemed everything I knew had been destroyed. My husband of twenty-seven years had run off in the night with a young married woman from our church. I was left alone in a parsonage several miles from my home. Rain poured outside the window as I stood pondering my future. Then, the rain slowly turned into a drizzle. As I glanced out the window, a beautiful rainbow appeared. Where the clouds had been dark and threatening shortly before, the sun now streamed through the darkness and revealed its encouraging light.

God reminded me of the promise He made to Noah about sending the rainbow (Genesis 9:11-16). I knew this rainbow was His encouragement to me. No matter what happened in my future, I would not be alone. God would walk with me through the good and the bad. 

Sometimes the heartaches, illnesses, and pains of life seem to outweigh the joys of living. All of us, whatever our age, experience those valley days when the dark clouds of despair pour rain upon us, and we feel alone.

But God’s promise to Jeremiah still holds true: ”For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11). This promise has proven true through the thirty years since my husband left, and I pray it will hold true for the cashier and for you too.

Let God fulfill this promise in your life so He can turn your heartaches into joys. 

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Sinful Consequences Taste Bad

When my daughter and I sampled the cookies, we looked at each other with furrowed brows and screwed-up noses.

“Mom, these taste funny,” she said.

I agreed.

I had baked a double batch of pumpkin-chocolate-chip cookies to share with the women in my Bible study. A fall favorite. I took another bite just to see if the bad taste was my imagination. Nope. There was definitely something off. But I couldn’t put my finger on what it was.

I looked over the recipe, one I’d used many times before. I was almost certain I had used all the right ingredients—until looking in the spice cabinet. There, staring me in the eye, was the spice cumin in the spot where cinnamon usually sat. I laughed.

“I used cumin instead of cinnamon,” I said.

“How could you mistake cumin for cinnamon?” my daughter asked. “They’re two completely different spices.” 

I showed her the two bottles. Their labels were alike, their colors were similar, and in my haste of gathering all the ingredients, I had grabbed the wrong spice. I had made a mistake—a mistake that left a bad taste in my mouth. A mistake I won’t make again.

My mistake was a great analogy for sin and its consequences. The consequences of our sinful choices tend to leave a bad taste in our lives. Consequences can teach us to avoid the same sin the next time it stares us in the face so we will say, “You can bet I won’t do that again!”

Consequences aren’t necessarily bad. They can—and should—lead us to make better choices. Righteous choices, which lead to godly and holy behavior.

If you have committed a sin and have a sour taste in your life, confess it to the Lord and learn from the consequences. Then savor the sweetness of God’s unfailing forgiveness.

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Discover Your Real Identity

The world's identity system is broken and empty.

According to the world’s philosophy, our identity is based on physical appearance, wealth, education, skin color, religion, sexual preference, clothes, and cars—leading nowhere but to dead ends and disappointment. When we come to Christ by faith, we are set free from the world's identity system and can be the person God intended.  

Even the family God allowed us to grow up in—whether healthy or filled with pain and brokenness—no longer has to define our identity. We take on a fresh, new identity when we place our faith in Christ. All the amazing gifts and talents God put in us when He created us—along with our experiences—can be used in God's plan to give us a life of purpose, meaning, hope, and eternal peace.    

When we come to God the Father for forgiveness of our sins through faith in Christ and His completed work on Calvary’s cross, a transformation takes place. At that moment, God the Father—through His indescribable love and amazing grace—forgives us, and God the Holy Spirit moves in. From that moment, we can experience God every day as we allow Him to lead and direct our lives.  

With God directing our life, we can discover our real identity—a discovery that’s impossible apart from faith in Christ. Everything else is broken and fading away. 

If you have placed your faith in Christ, decide today to live fully in your identity in Him. Don't allow the world to lead you. Listen to God who lives in you and is leading you. 

If you haven’t claimed your real identity, do it today. 

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