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Grace-Filled Moments, Like Manna From Heaven

23 May

My daughter Maddie initiated a new morning ritual today, and what a slice of heaven.  She comes over each day with SirCalvin, my youngest grandchild, who I babysit; and then I bring her to work a bit later.  Today our new tradition started in which we sing a worship song with the kids, read a scripture passage, and pray.  Logan prayed a sweet prayer this morning, asking God to help him be a good student next year in 3rd grade and also asking God to bless his awesome 2nd-grade teacher to have a great class next year.

Yesterday my oldest daughter, Nikki, sent me information about an inexpensive talk-to-type product.  I’ve already ordered it, and it will make it possible for me to write without having to use my arthritic fingers.  The cost was under $30!  Based on reviews, it’s bound to be an excellent tool that works very well.  That seems like a miracle blessing to me.

And last week I let go of a job that didn’t pay enough but supplied steady income, when I could press through to complete the work (lately I couldn’t).  I’m so thankful that God replaced what was lost with good pay and plenty of hours.  I wrote my first piece for this employer today, and he was pleased.  God is so good, to supply my needs like this. Oh, and to top it off, this person is literally a top nutritional expert.  I trust that everything I learn will sink in and help me form new personal eating and health habits.

And the loved one I mentioned in Sunday’s post, the one at the bottom of the barrel – I heard from her and she’s climbing her way back up.  Potentially good signs of progress are there.

One of the best moments of the day was after I told Maddie that I was worried I alienated my reading audience with yesterday’s blog post.  She hadn’t read it yet, but I told her about my analogy.  Maddie told me that not to say it was to be guilty of the thing I was writing about – not doing something Jesus-related because of fear of rejection.  Also said she needed the motivation to be bold in her faith, which my blog supplies.

It’s like there’s a pin prick of a hole in heaven, and it’s directly over me.  All this outpouring of grace is even more fun than catching snowflakes on my tongue.

There Have Been, Like, Five or Seven of These Signs From God

11 Mar

On our way to church tonight, 8-year-old Logan was in the back seat chatting and out of nowhere, I heard him say, “I give my friends, like, five chances and that’s it.  But if I really like them a lot I give them seven chances.”

“What do you mean?” I asked.  “Chances to do what?”

“You know, like, if they make me mad or something.  Maybe five chances or seven,” he said.

I didn’t know if he was paying any attention as I explained to him that Jesus taught us that we are supposed to forgive people 70 times 7, which means forgive them every time they do something wrong.  But forgiving people doesn’t mean we have to be their best friend or anything like that.

Then we pulled up to the McDonald’s drive-thru and dropped the conversation.

Soon after we arrived at what may be our new church but we didn’t know that they haven’t kept up with their website.  So there was no service.  The new service times were indicated on the door, however.  But we were all ready to go to church.  So I drove to Lakewood, where church was about to start.  We sat down to a full house just in time to hear Joel Osteen introduce the guest speaker, Bishop T. D. Jakes.

And what did Bishop Jakes proceed to teach?  That we are supposed to forgive 70 times 7!  (I had no clue that Bishop Jakes just released a book about forgiveness and was slated to preach instead of Pastor Osteen—I mean, I intended to attend a different church!)

This kind of affirmation of God is something that I experience on a regular basis, but it’s always especially remarkable when I move in a direction of fresh obedience, which is what going to church tonight was (fresh obedience).

As we left the service and we were walking the long distance toward the car, I asked Logan if he noticed that the preacher spoke about the same thing we talked about on the way to church.  He did, and he repeated some of the things Bishop Jakes had said, such as that we need to let go of our anger before the sun goes down.

Then Logan asked if it’s okay to stay angry at one person about one thing.  I explained that any unforgiveness that we hold in our hearts stops up our relationship with God, like a toilet that won’t flush.  We have to forgive or our hearts get clogged up.  Then we got to the car, and the conversation ended.

But I can still feel the joy of having received God’s affirmation.  Haven’t mentioned it, but I even got to minister tonight!  As we walked toward the church, a woman was leaning on a railing holding an asthma puffer, looking like she was having a very tough time breathing.  I told her I’m a Stephen’s Minister at Lakewood (which I am) and asked to pray with her.  She allowed me to and then proceeded to continue walking on into church  (I held the door as she entered).

I still don’t know what’s going on with Logan and his friends who are making him angry, though.  I’ll ask him more about it tomorrow.

And I wonder if Logan remembers that on several occasions we’ve talked about the Bible between ourselves and then the preacher uses the same scriptures and teaches the same lessons.  It’s really uncanny how many non-coincidences there are with God!