Coffee & Cookies

A Satisfied Spirit

coffee and a good bookWhenever I am reading or studying the Word you will always find me with a cup fresh coffee in hand.  Often that includes cookies.  It just might be that I am the original cookie monster.  I would rather have a cookie (Yeah, like I can stop at just one) or two with a great cup of coffee or tea than any other treat.

My husband’s mother, who is now in Heaven, made sure that her cookie jar was happy cookalways full.  She was always ready with a quick snack and a cup of coffee when we visited or when the grand-kids came by on their way home from school.  Just because that’s how she was. I think she may have been the ultimate Proverbs 31 woman.  I’m sharing one of my favorites from her recipe box, with a few adjustments because I cannot tolerate wheat and I try to stay away…

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Shades of the Same Color

When are we going to learn? When will we stop characterizing people by what we perceive as the color of their skin? God never intended this when He created us. We are all simply shades of one color.

There are as many as 250 shades of brown. They encompass all the ways God uses them in nature. The color is perceived as stable, safe, traditional, and conservative (from https://simplicable.com/new/brown-color). Add to that 30 shades of beige, all the combinations of those, and the possibilities are almost endless.

Where am I going with this? I’m tired of all the violence and drama related to the color of our skin. Consider this list of Not All…

  • NOT ALL whites are racist
  • NOT ALL blacks are thugs
  • NOT ALL people are perfect
  • NOT ALL cops are brutal
  • NOT ALL Christians are judgemental
  • NOT ALL gun owners are evil
  • NOT ALL Middle Eastern people are terrorists

What does God think of all this? Check out these verses.

Then Peter began to speak: “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right. Acts 10:34-35

There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. Galatians 3:28 

And they sang a new song, saying:

Mandisa and Toby Mac say this so well in We All Bleed The Same

Here’s an additional thought… Black and white are not colors. Just sayin’ ………….

 

 

  Make every effort to live in peace with everyone. Hebrews 12:14

Blessings to you and yours!

Marie

Whispers On The Breeze

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Misty morning’s soft caress,

Sunlight through the trees.

Songbird singing in the air,

Whispers on the breeze.

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Each new morning is a new opportunity

to improve upon yesterday,

while hoping for tomorrow.  

 

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A Prayer For Today

Abba, Father,

You know me! You know what I’m doing, how I’m doing, what I’m thinking, you know every minute of every day.

You know I don’t, can’t, tolerate evil. Especially those who lie, manipulate, and control. Grant me a discerning frame of mind, the ability to recognize sin in both my life and the world around me. Give me patience and a clear mind in all of today’s challenges and situations.

Let my love for You grow and deepen. Keep me humble and always mindful of Your grace and forgiveness.

Show me where You are working and let me join You there.

Strengthen, guide, and protect me, my family, friends, government leaders and all who are in harms way.

Make it so because of Jesus and in His Great Name!

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Blessings to you and yours!

Marie

 

 

 

 

Actions Speak Louder Than Words

And the King will answer them, I assure you: Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of Mine, you did for Me.  Matthew 25:40

Unto the least of theseWhat are you doing with the resources God has given?  Who do you know that needs a loaf of bread or a dozen eggs?  Do your words and actions model the example of Jesus?

These kinds of questions are so convicting for me that I already feel the need to get on my knees.

Are we giving a cup of water (or food, or clothing, or help) when one who does not have it shows the need?  Or are we sending them away with a hug and the thought that we have problems and needs too?  They may not ask, but when we see the need we must act upon it.   We really do show our commitment to our LORD through our actions.  Can we even imagine the surge of New Believers if  our relationship with Jesus is evident in all our thoughts, words, and actions?

Applying ourselves to a way of life  that shares our faith and our resources regularly with those around us is one way to reach the non-Believer.   Caring about others goes a long way toward saying and showing that we really are who God says we are.

There is an additional page on this blog called Lifestyle Evangelism where there are suggestions for caring, sharing, and reaching out to everyone around us.  We are commanded to reach and teach the lost but we must also remember those who are found.  Everyone needs a helping hand sometimes.  Be the one to give it!

Take the time – TODAY!

Edited and reposted from a previous article.