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The G”love” Solution

by Debbie on March 9, 2018

A sign? No I didn't ask for one. I just simply prayed a simple prayer. And the answer "came"!

With the weekend here I knew my flower garden needed some attention but boy my back was not looking forward to the task.

It would have been so easy to just put it off. But a sign showed up on my den floor and I knew it was time to go to work.

Let me explain.

Friday evening after work, my husband Mike was showing me all the things he hoped to accomplish on Saturday in our yard.

His mind was on trimming overgrown bushes.

As I stood in front of our flower garden in the front of our home, all I saw was massive pine straw with dry, dead leaves and weeds mixed in. I knew the gardner needed to get to work. I just happen to be the gardner, but my back was saying, "No, don't do that"!

And my husband was saying, just leave it like it is.
He didn't see the need to remove the dead dried leaves and weeds and old pine straw.

We agreed to disagree on that one.

Saturday morning came and I was in my most favorite place..having my "quiet time" with the Lord. Mike was in the kitchen making his wonderful smoked tuna dip. I heard him say from the kitchen, "Where did this glove come from?"

Of course I had no idea what he was talking about, so he brought the glove to me and told me it was laying on the floor next to the cats food. I just laughed and knew it was an answer to my prayer that I had prayed a few minutes earlier.

My prayer was, "Lord, do I need to work in the flower garden today"?

I had my answer! And I even had a glove to protect my hand.

Let me explain where this glove came from though.

A few weeks ago, Mike and our wonderful neighbor Tom took on a project to lift the cover on our boat so that water would drain off of it and not collect on the boat cover. It included PVC pipe and putting their brains to work.

They were having a problem keeping one of the PVC structures in place and Tom suggested they needed something to keep it from slipping. Mike took a look in his work shop and found one of my garden gloves that had rubber on one side of the glove.

He brought it out to Tom so proudly and they put their plan in place. It seemed to be the ticket and they both were satisfied with the solution.

Did I mention that a couple of our cats, Layla and Jack love to visit the boat and go "undercover"? Well they do and sometimes we see Layla sound a sleep while "undercover". We even joked about naming the boat, "Layla's Yacht".

Back to the glove.

Not many days after the men folk came up with the glove solution, I went to do some work in the yard and needed my gloves. Of course when I went to get them, I only found one. I thought that to be very strange and asked my husband if he knew anything about it and to my surprise, I got to hear the "glove solution" story.

Well, somehow I knew that I might need extra gloves this year for yard work, so I had purchased a three pack deal when I last bought gloves.

All the gloves looked the same, so I just went and brought out a brand new pair. I might mention that I didn't store them in his work shop anymore but in the car garage in a plastic container. No more disappearing gloves, right?

So on with the story...

I knew God was saying, yep, you need to work in the front flower garden today. So when I finally got started, I went to Mike's shop to retrieve the lonely glove whose partner had been taken from it for a great reason. Right?

Well apparently one of the cats...I am thinking Jack, because he loves
to carry things around and he loves when we work in the yard, brought it off the boat and into the house.

Yep, there was my "sign", that I hadn't even asked for. But by now Mike knew it was a sign as well, that I needed to get rid of those weeds, old straw and dried up leaves.

Okay, so why tell this long glove story?

Gloves have to be put on in order to protect or help us with whatever we need them for...gardening, golf, baseball, and even beauty pageants.

Earlier in my "favorite chair time", a Face Book friend (Pam Nevins) had posted a picture of a beautiful lapel pin that had the word love on it.

She related the following scripture to her new lapel pin. She said she made the lapel pin as a reminder (sign) to put on love.

Colossians 3:14

And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

I commented to Pam that I would love to have one of her love pins to put on to remind me to put on love.

Okay, so how does the glove thing and this lapel pin relate?

I had to get up from my comfy "favorite chair time" and put the glove on that my kitty so obediently brought off the boat.

And we as Christians have to get out of our comfortable place of just loving when it is easy.

We have to put on love everyday. God is love and when we put love on everyday, we are putting God on and wearing love (God) in a way that others see Him and not us.

Let me share the few verses in Colossians 3 that came before verse 14:

Colossians 3:12-13

Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.

What a loving God to move the mind of a kitty to bring a g"love" for me to put on, and to use it as a sign to say, Yes to my prayer, of "should I"?

What a loving God to provide a friend to post a beautiful lapel pin (a sign) to inspire us all to put on love.

But should we love the hard to love and the unlovable too?

Oh Yes, God is saying, put on love! Not just for those who are easy to love but for the hard to love as well. Put on compassion and patience. Bear with each other.

Ugh! That sounds like hard work!

What about my flower garden?

Well...I put on my gloves and went to work. I accomplished a lot but still have more to do. I am thankful that the weeds, old dried leaves and pine straw are on the road in garbage bags to be hauled away soon.

What about my heart? Well I had to do some work there too. I found some roots of bitterness that had to be pulled up and put on the road too. I finished it off with putting on compassion, patience and love to bind them all together.

What about you? Does your heart need some work? Are there some roots of bitterness towards someone that you are still letting live in your heart?

Ephesians 4:31-32

Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

So just as I put on my gloves and got rid of some old ugly stuff and some weeds and roots out of my flower garden, so I had to do in my heart.

The way that we "get rid" of anger and bitterness in our hearts is through confession to God (agreeing with God that we are angry) and then asking him to take
it away and put love in our hearts instead.

Let's pray!

Father in Heaven,
Thank you for the help you give to us to get us headed in the direction that we need to go. We all need beautiful loving hearts, not mean angry hearts that hurt others and destroy relationships. Help us all to put on love each day through prayer. Father we ask that you remove the bitterness and anger that we have let grow and cause trouble in our relationships. We want our hearts to be beautiful and to bloom with all the virtues you have told us to wear. Cleanse our hearts of the anger, resentment, bitterness, and malice that may have been in our hearts for years or just since a very few minutes ago. We ask you to fill our hearts with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control instead. Thank you that love covers a multitude of sins.
Thank you that the work of love that Jesus Christ did on the cross covers our sins. We will walk in love today and not dwell in the anger and resentment of the past. Thank you Father for Jesus and Jesus thank you for the cross. By faith we put on love Let everything we say and do look like you (love).
In your name we pray, Amen

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Fed Up

by Debbie on August 20, 2016

I was awaken this morning by a fuzzy gray paw and a rather demanding one at that. It wasn't just the paw being used to wake me up, there was the claw as well. The paw was touching me but the claw was pressing into my skin.You can bet that my cat Moon is not going to let me sleep in. He has to have his breakfast. Not only does Moon want to have his breakfast but I have 4 others cats that are waiting for breakfast as well.

NO, I am not the crazy cat lady, whoever she is. I am a child of God that loves God's kitty creatures. Every one of my cats have a very special story about being rescued from a not so safe and wonderful life. They were all in need of some TLC. I just happened to be the one that cared enough to help them.

When I don't respond to the touching of the paw/claw in the mornings, you can bet the meowing will soon begin. Very rarely does Moon give up and just let me sleep. This morning as I got up to go feed the fur family, I thought to myself, "I've got to get them fed up."

I began to ponder that particular idiom "fed up". Of course I had to google it, right? Google knows everything, well maybe not everything.

When I googled it, the first thing that came up was about a film called "Fed Up". I read about it and researched it. It was about giving up sugar. They even gave you a challenge to join to get off sugar for 10 days.

Now sugar is something that I am not "fed up" with. Unfortunately sugar is something that I include in my diet everyday. I seem to always have to have something sweet after I eat my main meal. I try to choose something with low fat, low sugar content but never "no sugar" content. How dare anyone suggest that I give up sugar for life or even for 10 days. Ugh! The thought of that makes me very sad. I always look forward to my dessert.

Perhaps it comes from being the daughter of a mother who has always said, " I have to have something sweet to eat after my meal". My mother is currently 95 years old but sometimes acts younger. She is not grossly overweight but has a jolly round figure you might say. She plays Mrs. Santa Claus every year and that roll fits her figure nicely for sure.

Why do I bring this up? I don't really know except perhaps there are things in our lives that we need to be "fed up" with. And being "fed up" with sugar is just one example. Maybe we need to be "fed up" with being unorganized. How about being "fed up" with being late? Or being "fed up" with letting what others think of you control your life? By chance could we just get "fed up" living live our way and decide that it is finally time to try it God's way? What about getting "fed up" with being an angry person who explodes easily about everything?

In the Bible there is the story of a lady who was "fed up". She had been bleeding for 12 years and no doctors or medicines had been able to heal her. She was "fed Up" with bleeding so she made up her mind that she was going to touch the cloak of Jesus. Her story appears in three of the Gospels, Matthew, Mark, and Luke. Her story is worth reading about, I think. So let's see what each of these gospels say about her issue.

Matthew 9:20-22
Just then a woman who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak. She said to herself, "If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed."
Jesus turned and saw her, "Take heart, daughter," he said, "your faith has healed you." And the woman was healed from that moment.

Mark 5:24-34
So Jesus went...and a large crowd followed and pressed around him. And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse. When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, because she thought, "If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed." Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering.
At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, "Who touched my clothes? "You see the people crowding against you," his disciples answered, "and yet you can ask, 'Who touched me?'
But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it. Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth. He said to her, "Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering."

Luke 42-48
As Jesus was on his way, the crowds almost crushed him, And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years, but no one could heal her. She came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak and immediately her bleeding stopped.
"Who touched me?" Jesus asked. When they all denied it, Peter said, "Master the people are crowding and pressing against you."
But Jesus said, "Someone touched me; I know that power has gone out from me." Then the woman, seeing that she could not go unnoticed, came trembling and fell at his feet. In the presence of all the people, she told why she had touched him and how she had been instantly healed. Then he said to her, "Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace."

No doubt each of the gospel writers told her story a little different. Matthew seemed to keep it short and to the point. Mark seemed to give the most detail and Luke kept it middle of the road, you might say. But one thing that stood out to me was the response, that each of them writes, that Jesus gave to the woman with the issue of blood.

For one, Jesus referred to her as "daughter". Next is the fact that he made it clear that it was her faith that healed her.

I love the truth of knowing that I am a "daughter" of the most high King. Jesus is the most high King. What a wonderful privilege that is to me. Can you image how she must have felt? Here she was in a crowd of pushy, pressing people and she was the one that had the faith to touch Jesus. And touch Jesus she did. She touched him so much that he referred to her as daughter.

Daughter of the most high King Jesus, is there something that you are "fed up" with today? What can you do about it? Press into Jesus! Say to yourself, "If I just touch Jesus, I will be healed."

Jesus is no longer with us in physical body form, but he can be touched through our pressing in through prayer. This woman was determined to touch Jesus. Jesus told her it was her faith that healed her. Her faith was in touching Jesus. Our faith should be in touching Jesus as well. When we touch him through our prayers, with our bleeding hearts, he heals us. Don't ever get "fed up" with praying to the one and only one that can truly set you free from your suffering and give you peace.

My cat Moon is persistent in his waking me up in the morning. He touches me with his paw but then he presses in with his claws. Ouch, that hurts! But it gets my attention and I get up and make sure he is "fed up". He then goes away in peace, no longer "suffering". Believe me if Moon doesn't eat when he ask for food, he will let you know he is "suffering". His meows get louder and louder and he never gives up, till I go feed him.

Let your prayers press into the most High King Jesus. Never stop pressing into him. Never get "fed up" with praying and asking and crying out to him. He will eventually be touched and will give you what you need and send you away in peace.

Right now my cat Moon is lying peacefully on my mini trampoline. No he has no intentions of using it for exercise. Trust me, he is just taking a peaceful cat nap for now. He is peaceful because he pressed into me and got what he needed.

Think about what you are "fed up" with in your life. Take those things to Jesus in prayer. Press in until you touch him and he heals you because of your faith in him. Peace will come and you will be set free from your suffering.

Dear King Jesus,
Thank you that I am your daughter and I can come to you and press into you through prayer and touch you and be healed. I am " fed up" with many things in my life right now. Nothing seems to be helping me with these issues. So I bring each one to you and ask that you help me be free from these things that are hindering my life and keeping me from the peace that you desire for me. Here is my "fed up" list: ____________________, ____________________, _______________, ______________________, __________________, ___________________, _____________________,_______________, ___________________, ___________________...
I believe in my heart by faith that you will heal me and set me free from my suffering from these issues and I will be able to go in peace. I thank you in advance for the freedom and healing that is on its way. Send your power out to defeat all of these issues. Thank you Jesus that you are able and willing to do this for me. In your powerful name I pray, Amen.

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Overcoming Division

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Overjoyed
Psalm 30:11-12
You turned my wailing into dancing;
You removed my sackcloth and
Clothed me with joy,
that my heart may sing to you and not be silent.
O Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever.
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