Sunday, September 27, 2015

You Are Not a Runner Up!

A few weeks ago my family and I watched the last few minutes of the Miss America pageant, tuning in just in time to catch the selection of the finalists, their interviews, and the crowning of the new Miss America.  Those final moments brought back memories of two pageants I had participated in many years before. Not only was I not a runner up in either pageant, I didn't even place.  I was never "pageant material," and I knew it.  Still it was fun to be in those competitions, make new friends, and learn some valuable life lessons.

The morning after the Miss America pageant I realized that I am not a runner up in the eyes of God.  Neither are you!  Uniquely created by our loving heavenly Father, you are the apple of his eye and you are engraved on the palm of his hands (Isaiah 49:16).  He knows the number of hairs on your head (Matthew 10:30) and holds your tears in his bottle (Psalm 56:8).  He is intimately acquainted with all your ways and numbered every one of your days before they came to be (Psalm 139:16).  You are a co-heir with the Prince of Peace, Christ himself (Romans 8:17).  You are royal not by birth, but by his atoning blood, shed on the cross for you.

Never feel you don't measure up or that you can't compete.  Be confident in the God who not only created you but also sacrificed his only son so that you might one day reign with him.

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Saturday, September 26, 2015

The Thing About September

They say that the older you get the faster time flies.  The thing about September is that it is never long enough.  As the days get shorter the world somehow seems to turn a little faster, and I am never ready for the change.

This September has passed especially quickly.  In fact, I apparently missed an entire week because I failed to change the date when preparing our worship bulletin for the first Sunday of the month.  I repeated the last Sunday in August and confused a handful of folks who noticed!  You would think that since I manage the church calendar and juggle my own I would manage to keep dates straight.  Not so!

My daughter didn't begin her school year until after Labor Day and has just concluded her third week. She has completed 1/12th of her school year already, even though it seems she just started yesterday.

Tomorrow is the last Sunday of the month.  October is lurking just around the corner like a black cat waiting to pounce on an unsuspecting victim.  (Nothing against black cats -- I just associate them with Halloween.)  I haven't seen Christmas candy on store shelves yet, but you can bet there are boxes and boxes in the stock room at Wal-Mart.

Have you finished your Christmas shopping yet?  Better will be here before you know it!  If you are buying for me, I've been a very good girl!

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Friday, September 11, 2015

The Best Choice

"Martha, Martha," the Lord answered, "you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed.  Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her (Luke 10:41-42, NIV).
Most of us would agree that life is a journey and that the choices we make along the way have a far greater impact than we could ever imagine.  When I consider some of the choices I have made along the way it is a wonder that I'm even here.

Thirty years ago I was a single, upwardly-mobile career woman looking for love in all the wrong places and making choices that nearly cost me my life.  Despite having been raised in church and receiving Christ as a teenager I was clueless about faith and what it meant to be a Christian.  I thought it was enough to be saved and assured of an eternal home in heaven, and that it was up to me, not God, to handle all the details of my life on this earth.  Boy, was I wrong!

One evening I came to the realization that all the efforts I had made to be happy, successful, and good had left me unsatisfied and empty.  I found myself faced with a choice -- to either continue living in self-destruct mode or surrender my life to the Lord who had saved me many years before.  Like Mary, I chose Jesus that day, and it was a choice I have never regretted.

I know that I may face the loss of many things in this life -- loved ones, health, or even my freedom -- but I will never lose Jesus or the joy of having a personal relationship with Him.
Jesus, thank You for saving me from myself and proving to me over and over that You are more than enough for me.  Choosing to walk with You in full surrender is the best decision I ever made!
Thought for the Day:  Surrendering to Jesus is the best choice we can ever make, a choice with no regrets!

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