Acts of Kindness

And be kind to one another, tenderhearted,…
Ephesians 5:32

Life gets so busy! We can do the urgent and run out of time for what we think are “extra things.” Let’s try some actions that others find unexpected and unselfish.

From My Deck

Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good.
Genesis 1:31(NKJV)

I thoroughly enjoy making lists of things “from A to Z.” I’ve recounted attributes of God from A to Z and encouragement from Scripture from A to Z. Once I made a list titled “Have You Ever Felt…” with the answers from A to Z. That was fun.

Recently I was out on our deck, admiring God’s beautiful world from where I sat. Here’s a list of what I saw, heard or smelled “A to Z From My Deck.”

A Living Savior

The twenty-something, pretty, dark-haired girl sweeping the floor at Subway easily smiled back at me when I first smiled at her. I asked, “Where are you from?”

She walked over to our table, then answered, “Morocco, but we moved here when I was little, so I went to school here.”

My next remark was, “So your family must be Muslim.”

“Yes,” she answered, “but I’m not a very good one.”

I responded, “Since you’ve lived here through junior high and high school, surely some Christian teen invited you to church with them.”

Through the Door

A cute, little Carolina wren found his way into our house. I’m sure he flew in innocently, then realized he didn’t know how to get out. Feeling trap, he flew this way and that way, searching for a path to freedom. He landed on picture frames, hitting one over. He perched on top of a cabinet to look for a way of escape.

Seeing the eating nook windows, he headed that way, to what he was sure was the outside. What he thought would be liberty blocked his way and even knocked him backwards.

No Greater Joy

Mother’s Day is Sunday and I am reminded of both my mother and my children. 3 John 4 reads “I have no greater joy than this: to hear that my children are walking in the truth.” (HCSB)

Your mother has no greater joy than knowing you walk in truth, you live for Jesus, you trust Him with your daily life, you know His has a plan for your life and you are conscious of Him in all you do.

His Eye Is on the Sparrow

On my recent return trip from North Carolina, my Dodge Caravan, lovingly dubbed The Giving Thanks Mobile, quit at a rest stop on highway 35 east of Chillicothe, OH. My immediate reaction was “Oh, Lord, what am I going to do? I’m alone, 100 miles from home. Strangers are coming and going.” I sat in my car with the door open contemplating my plight. Four little sparrows flitted and fought over a crumb near my car. I couldn’t help but smile at them. I even told them how cute they were.

Cup of Salvation

I heard Dr. Ron Mitchell at First Baptist Church of Huber Heights say in a sermon, “Christ drank His cup of bitterness that we might drink of the cup of salvation.” I enjoy word pictures so my mind immediately started “spilling” pictures of the word “cup.”

Sunrise Service

He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Matt 28:6 (KJV)

Easter is my favorite day of the year. I know the world explains away the Christian celebration, citing pagan practices of long ago that have evolved to be part of Easter. I consider their renouncement of celebration for our joyful occasion sad and unfortunate. So what if the pagans used eggs as symbols; when I see Easter eggs, I think of the new life inside the shell. Immediately my mind turns to new life in Christ.

Being Passionate About Passion Week

“And they that went before, and they that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna; Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord” Mark 11:9 (KJV)

Oh, how the people that lived during the time Jesus did wanted a King. After all, for three years now he had walked through their towns and villages healing people, touching their lives in unusual ways. Just think of all the mighty acts the folks had seen Jesus perform. He had even calmed the raging sea. He walked on the water of the sea. He spoke with authority, knowing the Scriptures well.

He Feeds Us

I am the LORD thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt: open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it. Psalms 81:10 (KJV)

Walker looks like a baby bird when his cereal and fruit or vegetable comes his way. He opens his mouth as wide as he can, then receives the nourishment with great glee! The food Walker’s sweet mother puts on the spoon and into his mouth gives to Walker vitamns, minerals, proteins, and whatever is needed for him to grow to be healthy and strong.

Washington, DC Observation

Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD;Psalms 33:12 (KJV)

Wednesday through Friday of last week, Don and I were privileged to attend events at the inauguration of President George W. Bush. What an adventure!! As I stood in the cold with hundreds of thousands of people, all facing the United States Capitol, to listen to President George W. Bush give his address to the people of our nation for his second term as the most powerful individual in the world, my heart swelled with pride for the heritage of this country. For that moment I could forget the protestors and rampant sin in our land and think of the many, both past and present, who know the strength of our nation is bestowed from the graciousness of Almighty God.