God Pitied Every Mourn Of Four Generations Of Prayers

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A Mother’s Prayers

Miraculously all abnormalities had disappeared.  What welcomed news the doctors had presented my mother, Dorothy, on that cold winter’s day in 1945.  No, it was not the first time she had heard this news.  For past occasions were too numerous to count when she and her prayer band of girl friends had gone down on their knees to ask the Lord to spare her second child, nicknamed Snooky, from a serious illness.  Me!

Yes, you guessed it.  This is another blog on how God miraculously healed me when I was a child and his grace and mercy was retold to me later in life by my praying and devoted mother.  During my 70+ years of life, I can truthfully say that God has always pitied my family and answered the prayers of my mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

I believe I initially inherited my weak genes from my paternal Grandmother Novella.  She too, was a sickly child at birth.  Often, when I was a teenager, she would sit me down to retell her own stories of how the Good Lord had healed her of a debilitating sickness.

I will forever remember the story she told me in the summer of 1955.  That year I was an inquisitive sixteen-year-old woman-child.  My mind told me to do the unthinkable; question grandmother about her physical appearance.  So, somehow I mustered up enough courage to ask, “Grandmother, why do you have one big leg and one little leg?”

Now you’ve done it, Snooky!  You’ve struck a nerve!

Granny and I had just started to prepare dinner in the kitchen when surprisingly, grandmother took two giant steps towards me, threshed out her broad right hand and caught me under my left armpit.  Sternly, she marched me pass the cooking stove and into the parlor.  My feet were hardly touching the ground.  There she plopped me down on the ruby-red settee and proceeded to wipe her hands on her floral apron.

As she stared at me with probing eyes, I noticed they were beginning to fill with tears.  Trembling, I sat stiffly on the edge of the sofa seat with my head humbly bowed, knowing that no one came into grandmother’s precious parlor uninvited.  Oh, how I wished I could have retracted my imposing question, which seemed to conjure up such vivid and emotional images for grandmother.

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Grandmother had composed herself and she was more relaxed.

As grandmother paced back and forth, biding her time, ringing her hands, composing her thoughts she abruptly turned towards me with this admonishment:  “So you want to know why I have ‘one big leg and one little leg,’ do you?”  Well, young lady, you just sit right there and listen.  But by now, her tone of voice was cracking and much softer and somehow filled with more empathy.

My body began to relax.  I could tell by grandmother’s monologue that in spite of everything else, I was in for a real treat.  She was about to tell me one of her childhood secrets; things she had not even shared with her own seven kids; and I would be the first among her twenty-three grandchildren who would be privileged to know.  Grandmother Novella began her tale like this:

Spoken in Grandmother’s broken dialect.

My muther who was your great grandmuther, whom everybody called Big Momma Laura, had a difficult pregnancy when she carried me.  Furthermore, she experienced  complications at my birth because when born, my right leg was drawn back and locked at my buttocks.  The mid wife could not get it to come down, so she left it ‘lone.  At the age of five I learned to use crutches.  Until then, I crawled everywhere I went.

Since I could not run and play like the rest of the choorun’ broke Big Momma Laura’s heart.  So one day, out of desperation, Big Momma summoned all the neighborhood church sistahs to our house for a special prayer meetin’.  Someone suggested they take me out back behind the house.  There they placed me underneath a number two wash tub.  The church sistahs circled the tub and began to sing and chant their praises to the Lord.   They feverishly cried out to God for about thirty minutes.  Now all the while, I was curled up under the tub.  I remember experiencing a heat build-up under there.

Finally, the chanting stopped and someone lifted the tub.  To my surprise, I saw uninvited peoples from the neighborhood lurking behind trees and bushes.  Also their curious chooruns were laughing and taunting us.  We all just ignored them.

Big Momma helped me to stand on my one good leg.  Another lady took hold of my bent up leg and attempted to lower it to the ground.  My leg joints cracked and popped, but finally that ole stubborn leg came down.  Someone slipped my crutches under my arms and I began to hobble around the backyard while using both feet.

All of the church folks broke out shouting and dancing.  The younger women lifted their long skirts ever-so-lightly, moving their feet to a syncopated rhythm of hand clapping which was provided by the older women.

The choorun’ danced in circles around us in groups of threes and fours imitating the vocal praises of their peers.  I threw my head back and witnessed the clouds playing tag with one another.  My ears recorded the whistling of the trees and the chirping of the birds.  The entire backyard burst into an atmosphere of holy ecstasy. 

At the conclusion of Grandmother Novella’s story she was on her knees beside me at the edge of the settee.  We were both crying.  But I remember grandmother laughing between her tears as she said; “Even though I grew up with one big leg and one little leg, I still managed to get the most handsome boy in the neighborhood to marry me.”

A great awaking:  Knowing God as a healer for myself!

I will never forget that day when grandmother shared that miraculous healing story with me because it literally changed my life.  You will recall in the beginning of  this story, I said I was a sickly child.  Well, one of my adolescence illnesses was I suffered with severe migraine headaches.  One evening, about three weeks after my experience with granny, I was at my own house in bed with a bad migraine.  As I lay there my thoughts were on her story.  I had never in my life dared to converse with God for anything as special as did my Great Grandmother Laura.  My mundane prayer life consisted of rapidly reciting the Lord’s Prayer at bedtime.  But that night, I carefully slipped out of bed and onto my knees.  I closed my eyes, folded my hands and began to pray…to earnestly pray.

Just when I began to retell granny’s story to the Lord with the intent to ask Him to heal me like He had blessed her Somebody turned on my bedroom light.  Or so I thought!  My eyes were still closed, but I could see a bright glow all around me.  I stopped praying and remained very still.  Somebody was definitely in my room and approaching me.  The sensation felt like a warm beam moving closer and closer.  Soon that ‘Somebody‘ passed over me and went out the door.

In amazement, I buried my face in my hands and wept uncontrollably.  Soon I realized I was drenched in perspiration from my head to my toes.  I stood up to examine myself and discovered that my head was no longer hurting.  I shook my upper body violently from side to side.  My migraine was gone!  Jesus had healed me just like He did Grandmother Novella!  And the best part was I had not even finished praying my prayer to Him.  Hallelujah!!!

Oh, how I longed for a repeated jubilant performance of what took place over three generations ago.  How my daddy’s mother, Grandmother Novella, Great Grandmother Laura and their friends had celebrated God’s goodness and mercy.  How I ached to praise God in that frantic holy frenzy, representing a fourth generation of praise.

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An example of crusaders praising God with uplifted hands.

Very seldom do Christians think about clicking their heels, twirling in circles or running in place when they praise the Lord.  Yet, the Bible records numerous occasions where people as well as inanimate objects even worshipped Him.  Trees clapped their hands; mountains skipped; hearts trembled; the Sons of God shouted; Enoch walked; the earth quaked; David sang and Mary Magdalene kissed Him.  All of these recorded actions contributed joyful noises unto the Lord who heals you.

So why shouldn’t I?  All I knew to do to demonstrate my joy was to search the biblical scriptures in a feeble effort to find just the right words to commune with Him.  That night I rested in the audible reading of Psalms 66.  Miraculously all abnormalities had disappeared.  I vowed that night to forever continue to have Conversations With God Using Scripture.

Scripture Lesson:   “Sing to the Lord, all the earth!  Sing of his glorious name!  Tell the world how wonderful he is.  How awe-inspiring are your deeds, O God!  How great your power!   No wonder your enemies surrender!  All the earth shall worship you and sing of your glories.  Come see the glorious things God has done.  What marvelous miracles happen to his people!”   Psalm 66 1:1-5  Living Bible

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God’s Perfect Gift Of Understanding

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God’s Perfect Gift of Understanding All Tied Up With A Red Ribbon

We have all just gone through a season of giving and making new resolutions.  No doubt you made a concerted effort to give God ‘a present’ for the bountiful blessings you received last year and your ability (with his help) to ‘almost’ keep those resolutions you vowed in 2018.

Well, after you have counted your blessings and named them one by one, please take a pencil and paper and specifically write down the ‘gifts’ you gave to God for all of his input in the mix.  I can guarantee you, you did not out give him.  Nor was whatever gift(s) you gave him as surprising and original as his gift to you.

Let me share with you the gift God gave me.  It was awesome.  And I did not realize my gift until I started to write this blog post for you this week.

As I reviewed the materials I posted in the last two blogs I said to God these words; “I guess you are through talking to me about the mystical signs on the dollar bill and the 13 five pointed stars above the eagle’s head; now for this week, what do I need to blog about?”  Immediately, God responded with scripture:

My God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ                           Jesus.”      Philippians 4:19

I also knew where to find the method or attitude that is required of us when we fellowship or ‘give back’ to the Lord.  In Micah 6:8 we find:

“He has showed you, O man, what is good.  And what does the Lord require of you?  To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”

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Why have I frozen.  Speak, Lord.

 Just after I had finished typing the last word in the scripture above, I sat staring at the computer.  I said to myself, why have I frozen.  Speak Lord, thy servant is listening.  Immediately, I began to recall last week’s blog about the number 5 and its numerology meaning.  The number 5 represents God’s divine grace, mercy, goodness and favor toward humans.

And guess what!  Those two scriptures that the Lord had put into my psychic were a biblical numerology of the number 5!!

Now, in biblical numerology, single numbers can be a conglomerate of several numbers.  For example, 4 + 1 + 9 = 14, and 1 + 4 = 5.  God’s Grace!

Look again at Philippians 4:19.  It actually equals the biblical numerology number 5.

The next example is, 6 + 8 = 14, and again 1 + 4 = 5.  God’s Grace!

Look again at Micah 6:8.  It, too, actually equals the biblical numerology number 5.

You see, if you lean not unto your own understanding, but lean on God’s understanding, he will reveal to you the secrets of his knowledge and his wisdom.  He will also reveal his gifts to you.  What do you understand about the 23 Psalms?  (Exactly,..2 + 3 = 5.  And the 23rd Psalms is full of God’s grace, mercy, goodness and favor towards humankind.)

If you search your own biblical knowledge, I am sure you can come up with a number of scriptures that add up to the numerology number 5 and that depict God’s grace towards humans.  And don’t forget our extremities: 5 fingers per hand, 5 toes per foot, 5 senses, etc.  The biological creation of man was no accident either, folks.

What a blessed Christmas and New Year’s Gift I received from my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  He constantly shows me just how much He loves me through His word.  I love to have conversations with Him using scripture, and like Enoch, walk with Him in the cool of the day.

God’s final surprise for me was when he reminded me of John 3:16.  He said, My child, I leave you with a two-fold double whammy.  3 + 1 + 6 = 10 and 1 + 0 = 1 (God).  When I allowed my Only Begotten Son to come to earth  for 32 years, 3 + 2 = 5, to deliver you from death, hell and the grave, those two fetes alone represented my Grace and Mercy BIG TIME!!!!!

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Oh yah and Amen!!  You Rock, God!!!

Scripture Lesson:  And they remembered that God was their rock, and the Most High God their Redeemer.  Psalms 78:35 (7+8+3+5=23 or 2+3=5)

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God: My BFF

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  Hello God, our Beloved. Your beloveds are sending You a selfie.  Be sure to comment and reciprocate.  Thanks 

Who among us have not declared in so many words this expression;  “God Is My Best Friend Forever”.  Or, if you are a man, you might have said; “God Is My Co-Pilot”.  Or if you are a sentimentalist perhaps you declared; “Jesus Is All The World To Me.”

Oh, how inspirational to hear those unabridged words proclaimed by persons who love the Lord.  But, do they, really love the Lord?  Do they not only talk the talk, but also walk the walk?  Will God respond back to them in the same vernacular?  What I want to know is this…Is everybody on the same page?

Well, there is a very interesting story in the Bible where ten people who were all headed in the same direction, with the same goal in mind, thought they were going to meet up with their BFF, but only five were successful in doing so.

Check out the following parable:

(1) Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. (2) And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. (3) They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: (4) But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. (5) While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. (6) And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. (7) Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. (8) And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. (9) But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. (10) And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut. (11) Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. (12) But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not. (13) Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh. (Matthew 25:1-13)

Question:  What in the world were the five foolish virgins thinking?

I asked God that question in my prayer time.  You see, I love to converse with Him on His own terms.  He often doesn’t answer me right away, but He is always on time.  In this incident, I was actually researching more information on the mysteries of the design of the one dollar bill…that part about the cluster of the 13 five-pointed star arrangement just above the head of the eagle, when ‘Google’ took me to the story of the ten virgins in Scripture.

I believe I ended up at the ten virgins story when I entered the words “5 pointed star” in the Google web browser…you know…’5 wise’ and ‘5 foolish’.  What popped up was an explanation for the number five.  Immediately, I also sensed God’s presence in communicating to me the fact that even though the Founding Fathers were attempting to illustrate that the 13 five pointed stars represented the initial 13 colonies; and the stars represented the celestial; and that the number 5 represented God’s grace, good health and marriage for all those brave souls who migrated to the New World for a new beginning, He had another purpose in mind.   There was no doubt in my mind that the Great Communicator felt that the Bible and not the dollar bill offered a much more penetrating and practical story with the ten virgins seeking marriage to depict humanity’s trek and good fortune into God’s New and Eternal World!!! (*)

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The Five Pointed Star, Designed With Ten ‘Virgin’ Fingers

HALLELUJAH!!!  LET’S TAKE A FEW MINUTES TO EXPLORE THE MESSAGE AND EXPLANATION GOD COMMUNICATED TO ME CONCERNING HIS OFFERING OF A PERFECT MARRIAGE AND HIS PREPARATION FOR A PROSPEROUS AND BRAVE NEW WORLD.

In the first picture above we see that the two best friends declare that they both love God and consider Him to be their best friend forever.  In the Scripture above, we also see that both the five wise and the five foolish virgins are approaching their Bridegroom (BFF) carrying their lamps (based on the Commandments) and expecting their lights (which represents the Law of the Torah) to be acceptable to Him.

“For the commandment is a lamp; and the law (Torah) is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of (eternal) life:”  Proverbs 6:23)

Of course you know that the life of Jesus, who is God incarnate, is our lamp and fulfilled all of God’s commandments.  Jesus is the Light (Torah) of the world.  John 8:12; 9:5

Now, the Scriptures also tell us that five of the virgins were foolish.  This means that even though they had lamps (knew the Commandments) they were not exercising the law (Torah).  Or said in another way, living out the Law; or better yet, on the same page as Jesus.

Now let’s regress to the 13 five pointed stars on the dollar bill.  Notice that the stars are surrounded by brilliance.  Question:  Does your star shine brightly into God’s universe?  Does your life style represent God’s grace, a good healthy and sober life and a marriage-like commitment to God’s Word?

Check yourself.  Make sure you are on the same page as our Lord and Savior least He says in the end;  “Depart from Me.  I never knew you!”

(*) Note:  You realized that God alone is the Master Storyteller.

Scripture Lesson:  “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you…” (Matthew 7:21-23a)

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God Provides Innovative Ways To Spread The Gospel

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       The U.S. Dollar is the most powerful currency in the world

Who doesn’t love money?  Who, in their life time, will not handle or spend money?  Who hasn’t talked about, invested, lost, earned, saved, deposited, exchanged, buried or stole money?  Need I say…Nobody or Everybody!!

Well, who would have thought that God would use the design of the American dollar bill to make it possible to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ.

And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”  Romans 8:28

God did this by first using the intellect of the founding fathers of this nation to commission the design for the Great Seal of America.  As you may know, the Great Seal has infused within its design many magical symbols.  Some historians and others believe that the reasoning for this was because several members of the founding fathers were Freemasons (or of similar persuasions) and subscribed to this school of thought.

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The Great Seal of the United States:  Front and Back Imprints

But I believe that because the Great Seal of America was used as a pattern to design the dollar bill some centuries later, the tradition of using magical symbols to depict the destiny of America was incorporated.  And that’s where God stepped in.

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First, let’s examine the official symbol for the dollar.  As you converse with others about the Good News, your reference comes from Numbers, chapter 21 in the Bible.  The Israelites who began to speak against God were severely punished.  God sent fiery serpents to bit them.  Then God instructed Moses to make a fiery serpent image and place it on a pole.  Anyone who looked upon the pole would be cured.  Later, the design reference for the official symbol for the dollar, included the fact that our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, was placed on a pole and all those who looked upon Him would receive eternal life.

Next, notice the Greek alphabet letter above which means “Omega”…in Christianity it means the end of things.  God is the beginning and ending (Alpha and Omega) of things.  God alone holds the past, present and future for the American nation…NOT George Washington.  Please note that it is Ole George’s portrait that is placed within the image of the Omega alphabet sign on the face of the dollar bill.

On the reverse side of the dollar bill there are 7 words written beneath the two roundels (circles):  “The Great Seal…Of The United States.”  Also, the English word ‘One’ appears 6 times and 1 time in Latin (unum, on the eagle’s upper wing) for a total of 7.  And as you know, the number seven is held extremely sacred in the Christian religion.  Seven denotes the completion and triumph of Spirit (3) over matter (4).

By now, I hope you are experiencing  the joy and excitement one can receive when holding a dollar bill and explaining it’s origin and design to a wayward traveler, family member of friend.  For me, I just want to shout the written words, “In God We Trust”, after I carryout this godly assignment of conversing with Him and others.

The last bit of information I want to leave with you is for you to take a look at the unfinished pyramid.  Examine it closely with a magnifying glass.  Not only is it unfinished, but there is famine vegetation growth in front and plenteousness vegetation at the rear.  This represents the present state of the world now.  And feast and famine will continue to reign until the return of Christ Jesus…the ‘all seeing’ Eye within the tip of the pyramid.

There are many more signs and symbols depicted on the face of the American dollar bill, but those explanations will have to wait until another blog post.  Research and explore the dollar bill for yourself…you just might learn something and be blessed as you have your own conversations with God using Scripture.

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Plant seeds by using innovative ways to spread the Good News!

Scripture Lesson:  Preach the word of God; be prepared in season and out of season; rebuke and encourage–with great patience and careful instructions.  2 Timothy 4:2

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God Walks and Talks With His Own

Did you know that as you walk and talk with God on a daily basis, it will distinguish you from all others?  I found that out a long time ago.  I also found out that without applying faith to the still small inner Voice that occupied my consciousness, I was treading on sinking sand.

Let me explain.  In my early years of conversion to Jesus Christ and His righteousness, I carried into the mix a large suitcase filled with my own way of resolving problems, conflicts, ideas, people, pursuits, etc.  I struggled with the fact if I were putting a ‘Jesus’ label on my actions, why wasn’t anything working out for the good.  I even prayed to God and questioned His ‘responses’.  I was losing so many battles that one day I said…”Really, God!”

It was during that time of defeat (and perhaps my surrendering), that I was led by the Holy Spirit to read Proverbs 4:1-7.  There, it talks about wisdom…God’s Wisdom…not my own.  The verse that stood out for me and has since become my epithet was verse 7.  “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore, get wisdom; and with all thy getting get understanding.”

I thought I knew it all and all I needed was God’s stamp on my ‘indecisiveness’.  That was definitely the wrong ‘understanding’.  In another scripture, God describes how he will test His people to see whether or not they will follow His instructions and not their own.  “Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘I will rain down bread from heaven for you.  The people are to go out each day and gather enough for that day.  In this way I will test them and see whether they [understand and] will follow my instructions.’” Exodus 16:4

The word ‘bread’ in scripture is a reference not only to God’s nourishing provisions of food, but also for God’s providential expression of Truth…God’s Word given to us through the life of Jesus Christ.

As I said earlier, as we walk and talk with God on a daily basis, that is, feast on his daily bread, it will distinguish us from all others in God’s eyes.  I am now standing on solid ground.  Amen!

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Standing on Solid Ground

Scripture Lesson:  “He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God?”  Micah 6:8

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God, In His Wisdom, Chooses Crackpots

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So You Think You’re A Crackpot!…Good!

Did you know that during the past 4,000 years of civilized history, the Chinese have generated numerous proverbs for almost any situation in life.  And one of these proverbs have brought me to my blog post for this week.

Just the other day, while searching my computer files, I ran across an old ‘saved’ file of prose and poetry.  In it I discovered a Chinese proverb about two cracked clay pots that I thought you might like to hear.  Why?  Because subliminally, the conversation message therein had ‘God’ written all over it!

Honestly, I do not know whether its author, Confucius or another ancient sage mystic was inspired by the Holy Spirit when he was meditating and eventually wrote down his proverbial thoughts, but the message in his wisdom of intent is certainly straight from the mind and wisdom of God.

So, included below is some good old Chinese wisdom.  Take a look for yourself and you be the judge to weather or not you see the hand of God.

 

crackedpot orig  An elderly Chinese woman had two large pots, which she carried across her neck.

One of the pots had a crack in it while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water.

At the end of the long walk from the stream to the house, the cracked pot arrived only half full.

For two years this went on daily, with the woman bringing home only one and a half pots of water.

Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments.

But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and miserable that it could only do half of what it had been made to do.

After two years of what it perceived to be bitter failure, it spoke to the woman one day by the stream.

“I am ashamed of myself, because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your house.”

The old woman smiled, “Did you notice that there are flowers on your side of the path but not on the other pot’s side?

That’s because I have always known about your flaw, so I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back, you water them.”

“For two years  I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate the table.  Without you being just the way you are, there would not be this beauty to grace the house.”

Moral of the story…

Each of us has their own unique flaw…But it’s the cracks and flaws we each have that make our lives together so very interesting and rewarding.  You’ve just got to take each person for what they are and look for the good in them.

So, to all of my ‘crackpot’ friends, have a great day and remember to smell the flowers on your side of the path.

My final word of Chinese wisdom gleaned from my files: “A man’s faults all conform to his type of mind. Observe his faults and you may know his virtues.”

Do yourself a great big favor and take the time to send this message to all your friends who have a cracked side.  (And only God knows just how many we are!!!)

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Even the color of flowers have meanings, especially Tulips

Scripture Lesson:  “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”  Proverbs 3:5-6

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God Allowed Me To Be Creative And To Set His Word To Poetry

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Ruth, loyal daughter-in-law to Naomi

Sometimes, God allows me to do my own thing when I want to remember or get a better understanding of a particular story in the Bible.  I often look for key words or draw the storyline on paper; like when God is building a wall that specifically describes each right and left turn or the particular distance a character travels and which side of the city he/she decides to settle in.  I’ve learned that by doing this it helps me know in advance whether the construction or trip will bring feast or famine for the laborers or travelers.

This method of study was put into motion while reading just a few short verses in the Book of Ruth.  “In the days when the judges ruled...” was my first clue.  If judges were needed, then God’s people are making poor decisions and everybody is doing as they see fit.  In this case, Naomi’s husband, Elimelek was guilty.  Next, “…there was a famine in the land.”  Now, whenever there is a famine in the land, it indicates that nobody is calling upon the Name of God and/or everybody is disobeying God’s Word.  In other words, nobody is ‘eating’ God’s Word.  So, without saying so, the story is indicating to me that Elimelek did not consult God before making his decision to relocate to Moab.  “So a man from Bethlehem in Judah,…”  why on God’s green earth would a man of God want to leave Bethlehem, which means ‘house of bread’ and go to a place called Moab without praying about it first?  Don’t forget, Moab was the name of Lot’s first-born son by his own daughter!  (Not a good union.)

So, since the Book of Ruth only consisted of four chapters, I decided to set it to rhyme.

                         “Naomi’s Adversities Became Ruth’s University”                                        (A poetic synopsis of Chapter One)

Naomi was an Israelite pilgrim, depicted in the Book of Ruth.  She shared the biblical storyline with a Moabites who came to know Truth.

Naomi, her husband, Elimelek, along with two sickly sons, left their home in Bethlehem-Judah in search of a distant, far away region.

What necessitated this journey?  Why did a famine engulf their land?  Was God punishing His people?  An unruly, stubborn and immoral clan.

Eventually, all arrived safely in Moab, a land situated east of the Dead Sea.  But not long afterwards Elimelek died and what was once four became three.

Now, as the story goes, in due season, sons Mahlon and Chilion married.  One wife was Orpha, the other Ruth.  Still ten years later both women were barren.

Death came calling claiming both boys, just as it had claimed their father.  Alone, Naomi sat to grieve and fret, her comfort:  just two Moabite daughters.

By and by Naomi regained her strength and decided to return to Bethlehem.  The Lord had lifted the famine, and both daughters desired to go with her to give her a hand.

Naomi insisted that they not follow, but return to live with their own kin.  She thanked them for their loyalty and prayed new husbands they’d win.

So Orpha kissed Naomi and said, adieu, but Ruth wept and clung mightily.  Ruth said, “Where you go I will go, your people and your God are mine, too.”

The two ladies arrived at Bethlehem to warm greetings from far and near.  ‘Mara’ was the name Naomi chose to reintroduce herself to her peers.

God had dealt very bitterly by taking her husband and two sons.  She had to bury them down in Moab, she couldn’t bring them home to Judah.

 

So, to my readers, if you have never experimented with this form of learning God’s Word why don’t you give it a try.  It will increase your ability to run ahead of the story and  guess the ending before it happens.  But best of all, our divine Teacher, The Holy Spirit, will began to  trust you with and to anoint you with a better and deeper understanding of God’s Word.  (You may have already noticed God uses a lot of shortcuts in His writings.)

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Just like your Creator…Experiment in learning God’s Word…Be Blessed!

So all you poets out there get started…God is leaving it up to you to make His word plausible and digestible for all peoples.  Remember what the Disciple John said:

Scripture Lesson:  “Jesus did many other things as well.  If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.”   John 21:25

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