You have access to all the power you need You just gotta be sure to plug in Connect to the source of your power It’s available to you even if you’re shut in
Like a mighty wave or hurricane Power can evoke awe or cause destruction What’s the source of your power? There’s a ready source… what’s your deduction?
I bet you know where I’m going With this line of reasoning. Yup, the power I have in mind Is filled with the best spiritual seasoning!
“And they were filled with the Holy Spirit…”
In yesterday’s Mornings With Jesus devotional comments by Karen Sargent, she shared an experience she had with power cords. She was preparing for a presentation using various technology. Thinking she might need an extension cord, she added it to her equipment. However, after setting everything up, she realized she didn’t have the part she needed. Sargent wrote,
“… There was a problem. In one hand I held a three-prong plug on my laptop cord. In the other, a two-prong plugin. I checked the projector cord. Three prongs. Without the ability to tap into the electrical source… my technology was useless. I couldn’t power up.”
Sargent extrapolated, “That wasn’t the first time I’d failed to tap into a power source. Sometimes I function on two-prong faith. I know Jesus can do anything… And through Christ who strengthens me, I can do all things (Philippians 4:13). But how often do I connect to the power of the Holy Spirit, the mighty third prong?”
Karen Sargent’s message spoke to me. Yesterday friends helped us install Our Christmas tree here at home – Tucked in along the north-east wall.
We plugged the lights in after A lot of struggle to assemble it. Look closely at the lights there A section is missing … do I resemble it?
Do I lack a portion of my power Because I’m not plugged in totally? The message hit me with a jolt. It fit my plight anecdotally!
Karen Sargent ended her reflections with these thoughts:
“After His resurrection, Jesus breathed on the disciples and said, ‘Receive ye the Holy Spirit’ (John 20:22). But it wasn’t until Jesus ascended into heaven that the Holy Spirit empowered them. Unlike that useless extension cord… the ultimate power source, The Holy Spirit, is always on hand.”
What stops you from plugging in?
Sargent invited her readers to “Ask Jesus to reveal what being empowered by the Holy Spirit would look like in your life.”
Enjoy the most awe-inspiring Christmas season ever as you fill yourself with the Holy Spirit.
And let Him provide you with the strength you need to reach out in love to all those you connect with.
Calling All Sinners!! Yup, my friends – that’s me. Yesterday I really screwed up; Of course, not intentionally.
We sinners never mean to Cross over the kindness line Into lack of compassion. We don’t commit sin by design!
So when we sinners mess up, As God knows we always do, How do we learn to forgive ourselves? Does this happen, my friend, to you?
Yesterday’s “Today in the Word” by the Moody Bible Institute, dealt with this subject right when I needed it most. The scripture for the day was:
“For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
What do I need to let go of? What did I do that was so bad? I made Bob feel like a burden Instead of making him feel glad.
I was mad that he left me At the church without a word. He was that mad that I left him. Now, isn’t that absurd?
It’s all about communication. Yes, I know, he should have said “Hey Honey, let’s go home now,” But he just left instead.
Yup, we butted heads over The slightest misunderstanding. I found another way home. Oops… that was a crash landing!
He’d only gone to the post office And then he came back to get me. I didn’t know where he had gone And his absence really upset me.
Earlier he had wanted some help On a simple music interpretation task. I was in the middle of something else And irritably made him sorry he’d asked.
Today we’re back to talking In civilian tones to each other. Yesterday’s behind us; we’ll forget How we rankled one another.
But making peace ain’t easy When you’ve crossed the kindness line. We hate to admit we’re wrong. But repentance helps us align.
Align our will to our loving call To be responsive to each need Expressed by those around us. That’s our call, our mission. Agreed?
“Let love be genuine, Abhor what is evil; Hold fast to what is good.”
In my devotional yesterday, “All God’s Creatures” by Guideposts, the writer, Jerusha Agen, reminded me of the importance that unconditional love be exhibited. She wrote about “Simon’s Love” telling about a cat who acted like a dog.
Jerusha’s favorite pet had died. It was the first time in her life She was without a dog to cuddle. But her cat took away the strife.
Her cat started acting like a dog, Meeting her at the door when she got home, And sitting in her lap to comfort her. Letting her brush him with a comb!
Her cat, Simon, knew to mourn with her. Simon seemed to know what she needed. In grief, Jerushah had been neglecting him, But Simon forgave that sin; with joy conceded.
“Rejoice and mourn with others, According to what they need,” Jerusha wrote to her readers. Ask Bob for forgiveness – with speed!
I’ll ask God to help me be more Loving and responsive to Bob. Help me with my impatience, Lord. Help me show genuine love to my heart-throb!
Here’s my heart-throb when I met him He was in the army at the time. Happy Veteran’s Day on Saturday. Ours is a long-term love sublime.
That doesn’t mean we don’t argue Or make each other mad at times. But, God tells us sinners to forgive… Just as He does – ALWAYS, not just sometimes!
You can probably relate to my “Faux Pas” – You’ve probably blundered some, too. But, God is calling us sinners: Let love fill the dog-shaped void in you!
Let forgiveness be your guiding star, Since we all forget to be compassionate – ’tis true. I’ll look for ways to show love like Simon. And God’s calling you, my dear sinner, too!!
Yes, I often write about honeybees. Why? Well, if you have been a JanBeek follower for any time at all, you know that my hubby, Bob, is a retired beekeeper. Not just a hobbyist, but a full-time bee guy with as many as 2,000 hives back in the late 1980’s & ’90s and early 2000’s.
Even after retiring here to Montana, he worked for several years with local beekeeping hobbyist, John White. Bees are a part of Bob’s DNA! His dad was a beekeeper and his brother was, too. Now he has three nephews and a grand-nephew keeping bees big time.
So, it was no surprise to me when I received an e-mail today from someone wanting me to post on the topic of honeybees again. She sent me a letter and asked me to put it on my blog. I’m happy to do so. Here it is:
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So, let’s all do our part to protect our honeybees, our trees, and our fresh water, okay? What do you say?
Hugs to you on this Fabulous Friday. I hope you’re staying warm. It’s 15 degrees outside my Ennis home – and snowing.
Oh my what a difference a week can make. Take a look:
Oh my, those images are too large to show the total difference. I need to learn how to post them smaller, but I was trying that side-by-side feature. It’s kinda neat… you can see more of each image by using the middle arrows to slide it left or right. Anyway, you get the idea…
I thought of my son-in-law, Andre’, when I thought of discomfort!
But then I realized, No, not that kind of discomfort!
The scripture that prompted the remark about being uncomfortable is this one:
“The Samaritan woman said to [Jesus], ‘You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?’ (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans).”
John 4:9 (NIV)
Obviously, the woman was uncomfortable talking to Jesus. But Jesus intentionally engaged in conversation with the woman. According to Ericka Loynes, who wrote the commentary for the devotional in Guideposts “Mornings With Jesus,” His intent seemed to be to “change the landscape of the current culture.”
“Embracing change can be difficult,” Loynes went on to write. She acknowledged, “The more often I get out of my comfort zone, the easier it will be to adjust to the changes around me.”
Stepping out may seem scary, but as this meme reminds us, it is imperative if we want to become stronger and grow. So, Loynes ends her commentary by asking the reader to take a faith step: “Ask Jesus to help you get comfortable with being uncomfortable.”
It’s worth thinking about, don’t you think? Like Jesus, who can you step out and talk to today who is not among those you generally hold in conversation?
Try it! Try stepping out of your comfort zone.
There are plenty of folks out there who could use your brand of positivity! Do you see folks who look like they could use some encouragement? Follow Jesus’ example!
You may find some comfort in being uncomfortable. I’m gonna try it. You with me?
Each month our Madison Valley Woman’s Club meets for lunch and a business meeting. My role in the organization is to be their “Inspirational Leader.” As such, I share a message with the ladies – – – and this year I have chosen a selection each month out of my journal titled, “I Can, and I Will… Watch Me!”
Today’s “I Can” message was titled, “I Can Share.” And what I shared was the ideas from a link my friend, Lee, sent me titled “Embrace Values.”
Wearing a $300 or a $3 watch – – They both tell the same time.
Whether they carry a $300 purse or a $3 handbag from the Nearly New – – The amount of money on the inside is the same.
Whether we drive a $150K car or a $30K car, – The road and distance are the same and we get to the same destination.
Whether we drink a bottle of $300 or $10 wine (if we drink it all) – The hangover is the same.
Whether the house we live in is 300 sq. ft. or 30,000 sq. ft, – The loneliness is the same.
You will realize your true happiness does not come from – the material things in this world.
Whether you fly first class or economy, – If the plane goes down – you go with it.
Therefore… I hope you realize – When you have mates, buddies, and old friends, brothers and sisters who you chat with, laugh with, talk and pray with, sing songs with, talk about north, south, east, and west, that is true happiness! And they will share and agree with you on these:
Five Undeniable Facts of Life
Don’t educate your children to be rich, – educate them to be happy so they will know the value of things, not the price.
Best awarded words in London: – Eat your food as your medicine – otherwise you will have to eat your medicine as food.
The ones who love you will never leave you for another – because even if there are 100 reasons to give up, he/she will find one reason to hold on.
There is a big difference between a human being and being human, – only a few really understand it.
You are loved when you are born. You will be loved when you die. – In between, you just have to learn to manage!
NOTE: If you just want to walk fast, walk alone! But if you want to walk far, walk together! – Thank you for walking together with one another here in this, Our Madison Valley!! God bless you!!
Our ladies in the Madison Valley Woman’s Club are those kinds of friends. We are so blessed to have one another to work with, laugh with, meet with, and care for. Thank you, Ladies! I love you!!