As I sit here drinking my coffee in my humble, but thoroughly middle class American home, I think of all of those people, Christians in particular, who go through hell and back just they don't fit the mold of their neighborhoods, towns, and countries. Can you imagine being told you cannot remain true to your faith … Continue reading A New Perspective
Galatians 6:9-10 (ESV)9 And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. 10 So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith. It is so easy to become … Continue reading Let Us Not Grow Weary In Doing Good
A major fault of mine when I’m cleaning house is a tendency to get sidetracked by…anything! This morning is a perfect example: I start laundry, sit down a moment to message some people. Washer finishes. I go and switch loads–towels in the dryer, whites in the washer. Come back, get broom to sweep kitchen floor. Realize I still have a Christmas tin that contained popcorn in the corner of the kitchen on the floor. I pick it up and think, “Wow! This would be perfect to put my current yarn project in! I could poke a hole in the plastic part of the lid and voila! Instant yarn holder. Except the Christmas scenes are a bit much. I think I have some shelf lining paper that I could put on the outside to make it pretty. Where is that? Hmmm, I think it’s in the basement storage area.”
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I’m so thankful God loved us enough to send his son Jesus to die on my behalf and yours and yours and yours…and that all God asks in return is that we believe Jesus IS his son, that we confess our sins, that we profess our faith and be baptized for the remission of our sins and the gift of the Holy Spirit. If I were otherwise relying on my own feeble efforts to be a good, decent, human being who always had a kind word and a sunny disposition, I’d be in deep, deep trouble! After we become Christians, or those who profess Christ and try to be more like him every day, the Holy Spirit certainly can help us be better people, but we still have to let him. No matter how hard we try to live in obedience to God and his way, we can’t ever live up to 100%. Heck, I can’t even live up to 50% or 25%.
Anyway, all of that is to say, I appreciate what Bono says here. I guess the only difference is I know who Jesus is. He is God’s son. As Bono says, “that’s the question. And no one can talk you into it or out of it.” Although, I would definitely like to try to talk everyone into it because I know what a positive difference it has made to my earthly life to have Jesus and I believe it will make an eternal positive difference in the end.
Peace and love, Elaine
“It’s a mind-blowing concept that the God who created the Universe might be looking for company, a real relationship with people, but the thing that keeps me on my knees is the difference between Grace and Karma…
You see, at the centre of all religions is the idea of Karma. You know, what you put out comes back to you; an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, or in physics – in physical laws – every action is met by an equal or opposite one. Its clear to me that Karma is at the very heart of the universe. I’m absolutely sure of it.
And yet, along comes this idea called Grace to upend all that “As you reap, so will you sow” stuff. Grace defies reason and logic. Love interrupts, if you like, the consequences of your actions, which in my case is very good news…
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There is no wind,
and the skies are so blue,
as I shovel the deck
and the front sidewalks too.
We’ve been stuck inside,
both in building and thoughts,
it was time to see sun
and get out of the box.
When we stay inside,
of our heads and our homes,
it’s bound to get ugly,
and our thoughts can get glum.
We think to the past,
to those old glory days,
and worry too much
of the future,
which we mightn’t
We need to get sunshine,
Vitamin D, some feel good rays
and fresh air to breathe.
These are good for the soul,
good for our minds,
good for our eyes,
if we don’t go snow-blind.
I feel twenty years younger,
my cheeks are all pink,
my feet are all tingly,
and my eyes are a-sparkle!
I advise for your health,
and much peace of mind,
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Powerful thoughts and words. I’ve realized over the years that the pursuit of more, more, more wasn’t what I wanted. More than anything else in this world, I love Jesus and people and want to help lift the burden of others. I’m a Christian first. I’m also a sinner who needs God’s grace every day and am not afraid to admit that. Without Jesus, I don’t know how I could make it through this life at all. He has been with me in good times, through heartbreaking times, and through every moment of my life. Don’t misunderstand me here, I’m proud to be an American, but what I try to define myself by more exactly is following the example of Jesus and doing whatever He would have me do. There’s a song we used to sing at church and especially when visiting the…
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Source: Are You More American Than Christian? Powerful thoughts and words. I've realized over the years that the pursuit of more, more, more wasn't what I wanted. More than anything else in this world, I love Jesus and people and want to help lift the burden of others. I'm a Christian first. I'm also a … Continue reading Are You More American Than Christian?
Autumn has arrived in beautiful Colorado as well as the northern hemisphere and it is just gorgeous this year! Autumn is my favorite season, I must admit. I love the colors, I love the temperatures cooling down, I love the way the light slants across the sky in a softer manner that seems to make everything look new and different. When I was a child, I looked forward to the beginning of every new school year and the new clothes and shoes we would buy so I could start off the year all sparkly and new. I’m even one of those people who, to this day, loves the smell of pencils and erasers and chalk boards, pens and all kinds of paper, and even the crisp newness of notebooks. Can I make a confession to you? I still buy school supplies when they’re in the stores, on sale, because they’re…
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Forgiveness Forgiveness in the heart, freely given, bitterness let go, is the greatest gift ever given... or received. © D. Elaine Wood-Lane 1/15/12
I wrote this on May 27th while we were in London, but never published it. So much happened today! We were supposed to start a day tour of London today at 8:15. Well! Because Parliament was opening today and the Queen was speaking there (this is the normal and usual way they do it), traffic … Continue reading The Rest of the Day in London! (May 27th writing–never published)