Most centipedes do not have one hundred feet.Some have only 30.
Daylight saving time was actually the brainchild of Benjamin Franklin.
A group of bears is a sloth; a group of caterpillars is an army; a group of elks is a gang; a group of jellyfish is a smack; a group of rattlesnakes is a rhumba.
When a fish is taken out of water, and exposed only to air, not to oxygen and hydrogen containing water, its gills are unable to control the oxygen intake, the delicate balance cannot be maintained, and the gills inhale a lethal overdose of oxygen. The fish essentially experiences death by "drowning."
TRIVIA - Many people survive by going from one trivial pursuit to the next.The apostle Paul said, "I would prefer to have you eating T-Bone steaks.Instead, you are only able to drink milk."
While living on the surface may be safe, it isn't satisfying.Eventually we need something more than shallow relationships and a life which is punctuated only by simple sentences and elementary textbooks.To grow, we must be nourished by a mature diet of deep friendships and a healthy relationship with God.
GospeLines Prayer:"Heavenly Father, love me as your child, nourish me into spiritual adulthood, and give me strength to walk and not be weary, to run and never faint, to soar as an eagle, and to be like you."Amen and amen.
“Be at rest once more, O my soul, for the Lord has been good to you.For you, O Lord, have delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling, that I may walk before the Lord in the land of the living.”
(Psalm 116:7-9 – NIV)
Several women friends and I often have deep discussions about the various twists and turns our lives have taken.Each of us have chosen and followed different paths, with the same result – we are divorced.
All of us have gained wisdom from those relationships and we know that we are worthy women despite the pain we endured from the sting…
and when the fog clears,
rain will wash away all remains…
and I watch as the tears stream down your face,
cleansing the remnants of past emotions.
it’s funny how one good cry,
like the rain, can revitalize,
as one tries to overcome the powerful
rushing of the sea of life.
love has touched you and
you have felt the sting.
you have bowed before it,
and risen above it and
still you are engulfed.
you have touched his heart
and cried with joy
and now you’re in silence still.
his love is a dying ember,
and you will be alone.
rejoice, set sail again,
for you have been especially blessed.
love has touched you and
you have felt the sting.
cry, cry into the night if it cleanses
after the fog clears, you will again be whole.
love has touched you and
you have felt the sting.
It would be easy to vilify those we shared our lives with, but was it not our choice?Did we think with our heads or hearts?Were we aware that our men were responsible for leading our marriages?Many of us did not.Many of us did not ask God to reveal all that we needed to know about our potential mate - not knowing to ask whether we were equally yoked or not.
For me, it seems that it’s the same script being repeated, just with different characters.That is often what happens when one relies on their own understanding, rather than leaning on God.We made our decision and called it love.
GospeLines Prayer:Father, I have been so disappointed knowing that my marriages have failed.In my humanness, I had different expectations based on my dreams.I would imagine that You have also been disappointed with me.I haven’t always heeded Your call.I haven’t always been the unique being you created, since I have tried to conform to the world’s expectations.And, I’ve definitely been guilty of compartmentalizing You.How foolish of me!!!
How much I have grown and learned to come to You to provide all of my needs.Admittedly, I am still adjusting to my new life and Your plans for it.Thank You Lord, for all of the bounty…
With my eyes stayed on You, I’m coming in from the rain and crying tears of joy.
In His Love,
≈ Devotional for Wednesday, August 20, 2008
In Palestine the shepherd was totally responsible for the sheep.If tragedy struck the flock he had to produce some kind of proof that it was not his fault.
Amos speaks of rescuing two legs or a piece of an ear from the lion's mouth as a witness (Amos 3:12).It was the most natural thing for a shepherd to risk his life for his sheep, just as Jesus not only risked His life but gave it for those He loves.
What wondrous love!
Seldom are we called upon to stand in harm’s way to guard the life of another.We rightly applaud firemen, policemen, soldiers and many others who daily stand between us and danger.In our eyes they are brave heroes who are never paid enough for their protective services.They are called upon to walk through the inferno of our hellish society because it is their job to do it.Whatever motivates one of these to willingly make such a sacrifice, I doubt that it is love for the individual they are protecting at that very moment.There is no time to think about the person they are saving.They react because of the vast amount of training and preparation they have done to meet the demands of that one dangerous moment, without any thought to their own personal safety.God bless them all!
When Jesus was stretched out on the cross, as the spikes were cruelly driven into his feet and hands, He had not trained for that moment.There were no mock drills which would have prepared Him for that.How was He able to give so much?How could His Father allow Him to suffer such painful indignities, and ultimately become our fallen Shepherd who died while protecting His sheep?
It was because He looked out across the span of eternity, saw each one of His chosen ones, and loved me… and you so much that He was unwilling to allow Himself to be rescued.It was the only way for Him to provide an escape for His sheep.Thieves had broken into the fold; murderers had planned an attack upon my soul and yours, so that there was no other way but that He willingly gives up His own life to save ours.That’s what good shepherds do.
W. M. Thompson writes in The Land and the Book:"A poor faithful fellow last spring... instead of fleeing, actually fought three Bedouin robbers until he was hacked to pieces with their khanjars, and died among the sheep he was defending."The true shepherd not only risked his life, he never hesitated to lay down his life for his sheep.
"I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me...just as the Father knows me and I know the Father... and I lay down my life for the sheep."
GospeLines Prayer:"Wonderful Shepherd!You loved me so much that you stood between me and certain death, allowing my penalty for sin to be slain by your self-sacrifice.May your courageous act not be wasted on me for a moment!I praise you day and night for your limitless love."Amen and amen!
What’s in a name?When you hear of a town called New Baltimore; do you ever wonder about (old) Baltimore?Were the ancestors of Judy Baker really bakers?What unspoken messages do names communicate?
Most of us have heard some or all of the many names of God (1) since we were children.We all recognize Adonai, Jehovah and Shalom; many of us recognize Elohim and Jireh; a few may recognize more.We recognize the words; but, do we understand their meaning?
The writers of the Old Testament struggled to “name” God.Although they used three distinct names in an effort to communicate the character of our Creator(2), they frequently used additional words – modifiers – to explain or give a better and more complete image of our Lord.
They did this to help the reader (and themselves) get a better image of the God they served.The Hebrew might say “Jehovah-Shalom” (The Lord our Peace) instead of just “The Lord.”
What if we began trying to describe Him rather than just saying His name?
Maybe we would do well to mimic the Hebrews of old and really try to recognize and describe the characteristics of our God – especially when we pray.Try it for a week or two and see if His light within you doesn’t get a lot brighter…
GospeLines Prayer:Our Sovereign, Most High, Eternal and Everlasting Lord and God, You are always present in our lives.You are our Maker, our Creator, our Provider and our Healer.Shepherd us Lord in the ways of holiness - Sanctify us.We worship You and give You praise.You are our Banner – our sign to the world that we are Your children.Lord of Hosts, we thank you for the Peace you have given us and for our Righteousness – bought with the blood of your only begotten Son, Jesus, our Messiah.You Lord are Sufficient for all our needs.
If you had been in Galveston, TX the summer of 2005, you might have seen a new twist to the WWJD question (What would Jesus do?).Scrawled on the plywood which covered the windows of a beach house were both the question as well as the answer.
A Bermuda Beach homeowner spray-painted his answer to this much-repeated question in the area prior to Hurricane Rita’s landfall.“What would Jesus do?EVACUATE!” the sign said.
Christians struggle with that issue, especially in the face of impending danger.
What are our options when we get the breath knocked out of us and we feel that we are going down for the count of ten?Here we lie, bloodied and bruised from the battle, left behind in the heap of our own misery.You and I have been there before and will probably find ourselves in that predicament again one day.Maybe it will come from a well-meaning, albeit judgmental Christian who knows all the answers and has decided that you cannot consult the Father without their input.You know who I mean; they wear the robe of self-righteousness proudly, and walk around with a two-by-four projecting from their eye while magnifying the speck you have in your eye.
Sooner or later, every Christian who is doing what Jesus has called him to do is going to feel the agony of defeat.Not everyone to whom we witness is going to receive us well.In fact, there will be times when we are subjected to cruel words and hateful stares.We will be ostracized at work and in our families because of our faith.Loneliness will become common place and the only one who will stand beside us is the Holy Spirit.When that time comes and we are flat on our spiritual backside’s looking up at the world, we will have a decision to make.Do we stay down, do we get up and run, or do we get up and fight?
What would Jesus do?What DID He say to His disciples?
In Matthew 10, Jesus instructed His disciples to evangelize, but His instructions also came with a warning to beware of evil men.“If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, shake the dust off your feet when you leave that home or town” (v. 14).Beloved, there is a time for running away from a problem that is too big to confront right now.We are directed to be smart and uncompromising in our approach to spreading the gospel.
Jesus said it like this, “I am sending you out like sheep among wolves.Therefore, be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.” (v. 16)What does this mean?A Christian is to be like a snake?Like a dove?Huh?
The serpent is viewed to be shrewd, the embodiment of intellect.To the Christian, this translates that we are to use insight, common sense and wisdom to do what is right.A serious attempt should be made to always discover the best way to achieve the highest goal, without taking unnecessary risks.Is this the best way to handle this problem or is there a better way?
And we are to be as innocent as a dove.In everything, we are to be as pure and gracious and gentle as a dove.It symbolizes that we are uncompromising toward evil, led by the grace and power of the Holy Spirit in our dealings with people.We are not to naively entrust ourselves to men, but it is our duty to avoid angry confrontations while praying for the grace of God to give us the right words to say in difficult situations.
In the face of danger, it is sometimes appropriate to evacuate rather than fight.Pray that God will give us the wisdom to discern the better course of action the next time we are confronted with evil.Amen and amen.