Friday, November 19, 2010

The Kindness of a Stranger

Yesterday was a doozie of a day! Who says "doozie" anymore? But, it did make you smile, right? Ha!

My day started out with a flat tire! UUGH! 
I was on my way to work and stopped at Walgreens to pick up the latest edition of Weight Watchers magazine because I had thumbed through it at a doctors office and saw some AMAZING recipes! BTW, Weight Watchers and Domino are/were my favorite magazines. Domino was an interior design magazine that stopped printing. Bummer. They do have a book out though (I have talked about it before on my blog...btw, still don't have it...Christmas present for me, anyone? HINT, HINT): 

Back to my! I get sidetracked easily!!! So, I pulled into Walgreens and got the magazine and pulled out and I feel my tire was flat. My Dad was JUST telling me to check my tires! He really does know what he's talking about. He always used to say: "One day you are going to grow up and understand" and I have! Some things are still yet to be understood, but maybe they will come to me!

On Thursdays, Grant is off of work and it's his day to watch Maks so I called him and he was going to have to pack up Maks (he was in a deep sleep and as soon as he was ready to wake up, it was going to be his eating all that to say...not good timing to get Maks out), fix a bottle incase he screamed, and head over to change my tire...and it was cold yesterday. So, I started to clean out my trunk and get the flat out and as I got the flat out a REALLY nice older man (50's, maybe?) decided to help me. I told him my husband had the baby today and was packing him up to come help and he told me to call my husband and tell him to keep the baby inside and out of the nasty weather! Sooo nice!!! And, since I was just standing around looking dumb, he told me to not stand in the cold and sit in the car. It just takes someone that nice to make a crummy thing much better! 

I think I may have mentioned this in the last post...maybe not...but Grant and I are going to try memorizing Romans 5. We are working on verses 1 and 2 now. 

Peace with God Through Faith

1 Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3 More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5 and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. 6 For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For one will scarcely die for a righteous person--though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die-- 8 but God shows his love for us in thatwhile we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. 10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. 11 More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.

The heading for this section in my version is "right with God" and as I was reading it, it kind of renewed in me a thankfulness for what Jesus did for us. It says we have peace with God through Jesus and through him we have access by faith to God. Verse 6 says "When we were unable to help ourselves, at the right time, Christ died for us, although we were living against God". "At the right time" stood out to me. Everything is planned and orchestrated by God in his timing. 

Verse 7 says that very few people will die for someone else (I am paraphrasing big time) but the way that God showed how much he loved us was by giving up his son to die! That's shocking because now, if someone asked me to give up Maksim to save someone else...I honestly don't think I could. It just shows how amazing God is. This parent thing puts a lot of other areas of my life in perspective as well.

And, last but not least, my friend, Candace, and I are going through "Believing God" by Beth Moore and here are a few highlights from the second chapter...this should wet your appetite for wanting to read the book:

Why isn't our present practice of Christianity working, and why don't we see more of God's promises fulfilled?

You and I can be safely tucked in the family of God and have full assurance of heavenly inheritance without ever occupying the land of God's fulfilled promises on earth. We can completely miss our earthly destinies, and our carcasses, too, can fall in the wilderness.

So basically, we would be Christians just getting by...I don't want to do that! I want to make it to my Canaan on the way!

The reason most of our present belief systems aren't working is because they are big on systems and small on belief.

Satan cannot touch God, so he does everything he can to get to His heart by getting to His children. "For whoever touches you touches the apple of his eye" Zech. 2:8

Having believed in Christ, we've been called to continue believing all He came to do and say!!!

Nothing on earth compares to the strength God is willing to interject into lives caught in the act of believing.

Oh,'ve struck a cord again!!! :) 

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