Wednesday Hodgepodge

I am joining in on what is called “Wednesday Hodgepodge.”   I have a friend who has been doing this for a while and I just love reading her answers to the weekly questions that are asked.  I always love reading her answers to such thought provoking questions.  I just had to give it a whirl.  I may regret it, but we will see what happens.

So here we go, my first attempt at the hodgepodge of intriguing questions:  (I’m a bit nervous!)

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1. What’s the last thing you did that someone else thought was super?

Wow, what a question!  I really have to think about this one.  Maybe I haven’t done anything super because I honestly can’t think of an answer.  I think I just blew my first chance at answering the questions.

2. The last thing you ate that tasted superb?

I took our sweet little granddaughter to lunch a few days ago while in the Texas Hill Country.  We ate at the country club dining room.  They have excellent food.  I ordered the salmon and it was so good.  The sauce that was on it mixed with the rice and snow peas was delicious.  I felt a bit healthy after I finished.  We then decided to order the chocolate mousse cake and share!  Double delicious!

3. Supersensitive, superstitious, superwoman, superambitious, supercilious, supervisor, superficial…pick a super word from the list and tell us how it relates to your life in some way recently or currently.

I tend to be supersensitive in a few areas, but lately it seems when I read stories of trafficked children and missing children, I get very bothered and want to do something about it.  I try to make others aware as much as I can about the dangers and what is going on in our country.  I love the work that Shared Hope, Operation Rescue and Missing and Exploited Children are doing.  I will do all I can to bring awareness to this issue and how we can fight such evil.

4. Do you love easily? If you’re comfortable doing so, explain why you think that is.

I would love to think that I do.  After thinking about it, I’m thinking I really don’t.  My father left when I was 12 and he didn’t have much to do with me at all.  I think that left a huge scar in feeling rejected.  When we are rejected when we are young, it causes us to distrust others.  Later on in my life and while serving in full time ministry alongside my husband, I saw the not so good side of some people.  Those feelings of distrust came back.  I have a tendency to not get too close to people until I feel very comfortable.  I feel that I have a strong sense of discernment and I can read people pretty well.  I know when I see phoniness or dishonesty and it prevents me from loving someone easily.  Forgiveness is something I am constantly working on.  Only because of Christ I am where I am today.

5. Valentine’s Day lands on a Tuesday this year. Will you mark the day in some way? If you’re celebrating with a dinner out somewhere will it be on Tuesday or will you celebrate over the weekend?

I’m sure it will be on Tuesday.  My Jim and I like to go to dinner a bit early in order to beat the crowd.  I always look for the perfect card and little gift to give him. It’s always special to see the card he gives me because I know he is very particular about what a card says.   I love Valentine’s Day!  I always think that I will cook a special dinner but then the closer it gets, I would rather go out to dinner instead of cook.  Maybe someday, though.

6. What’s something you are loving right now?

I love to think on the mighty way that God has blessed me and my family.  When I look back to where I came from and then look at how far He has brought me, it’s hard for me to be thankful enough.  I am a blessed girl and oh how I love that!  I don’t take anything for granted.

7 Write a three word (or less) phrase you’d like to see on a Valentine candy heart.

“You Are Loved!”

8. Insert your own random thought here.

When I was 14, I asked Jesus into my life after hearing a message by Billy Graham.  It was in February of 1974.  He was preaching on John 3:16,

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”

I had faith that, yes, there is a God and His son is Jesus Christ and He died on the cross for my sin.  I so needed a Savior.  I put all my trust in Him and I have never looked back.  I gained a Heavenly Daddy that day and for this I am truly thankful!

I only wish everyone would know this type of love and would have the peace of knowing in a true and living God.

Well, I did it!  What thought provoking questions.  I will see you next Wednesday for Hodge Podge Wednesday.

Do You Have Love?

 

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love….” Galatians 5:22

In this passage the word love is speaking of an Agape Love, (unselfish commitment) which is God’s love. When you have God’s love in your life, it will bubble out in every situation. Yes, even the not so pleasant events of life. This love will give you a joy and a peace within! People around you will see it, feel it and know it!. Some may find it hard to comprehend and understand why you have the love that you do.

The world’s love is conditional. God’s love is infinite and unconditional. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16   Have you stopped and really pondered that? God’s love is so vast and overflowing! He chose to give His Son to save the world. He gave His Son to save you and me!

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I was 14 when I learned of God’s love for me! I made Him Lord of my life and have never looked back. I’m truly grateful!

 

When we read in I Corinthians 13:1-13, we find a listing of what this type of love is.

Love:

Is longsuffering

Is kind

Is not jealous

Is not boastful

Is not arrogant

Is not rude

Is not selfish

Is not resentful

Does not think evil

Rejoices in truth

Bears all things

Believes all things

Hopes all things

Endures all things.

How are you doing in the love department?

If you are like me, you have some failings. Have you heard the saying, “God loves you just where you are, but…He loves you too much to leave you where you are.” The first step is to spend time talking to God about it.   If you are struggling with one or more of the things listed in the I Corinthians 13:1-13, don’t say, “oh, that’s just how I am!” or “you just don’t understand what I’ve been through!”   If you have made Christ your Lord and Savior, love will be evident.

So many times, we see people ministering to others and yet their family members are left with something other than God’s love. Don’t let that be you. Begin with your family. Do they see God’s love in you? If God’s love is real in your life, your family and those closest to you should be the first to notice!

Tomorrow we will talk about the next fruit; joy!

In the mean time:

*Work on memorizing Galatians 5:22-23

*Read I Corinthians 13:1-13

*Read John 3:16

*Join me in searching our hearts, confessing our sin of not showing God’s love to the world, which includes those closest to us…our family members.

If you are reading this and you have never trusted Christ as your Savior, you have come to the right place. As you read previously; God loves you so much that He gave His Son to die for you, to save you from the depths of hell. He wants you to live eternally in Heaven with Him someday. Just bow your head and pray this simple prayer:

Dear Lord Jesus,

I do believe You are the Son of God and that You died on the cross to pay the penalty for my sin.

I invite you to come into my life, forgive my sin, and make me a part of the family of God. Come into my life and take control of it.

Thank you for Your gift of eternal life and for Your Holy Spirit, who has come to live in me.

I ask this in Jesus’ name.

Amen!

If you prayed this prayer, I am so excited for you and I would love to hear from you!

See you tomorrow!