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Do you feel froggy?

Years ago I helped my grandmother with a garage sale. While we were sitting in the driveway in lawn chairs waiting for people to drive by and be enticed to stop and buy her surplus stuff, I picked up a paperback from one of the boxes. I wish I could tell you the name of the book but it escapes me. What has stuck with me was a wonderful example of such bad writing that even 30 years later I can quote it. “He jumped up naked as a frog!”

Now this in and of itself might fade from most memories but unfortunately somewhere along my journey it got attached to another piece of creative wordsmithing and together they wander through my mind at random occasions.  Today being February 29th they came quickly to the fore front and have now been passed to you.

“He jumped up naked as a frog”.

“If you feel froggy, jump!”

 

 

 

Not sure what prompts a frog to jump. But somewhere in that little amphibian mind the idea that where he is is not where he wants to be unleashes the power stored on those little green legs and his whole body is propelled through the air or the water and with the possibility of an agile graceful safe landing he soars if only for a moment.

 

Given an extra day this year it just seems fitting to ask you, do you feel froggy?

Where Are You?

First question we have from God. Where are you?

One of the first questions I call out in the morning when I get up. Where are you?

One of the first questions we ask when our loved ones call on their cell phone. Where are you?

A question I heard repeated several times in the message from Sheila Walsh on Saturday at the Women of Faith One Day event. Where are you?

For the past month, a question my readers might have asked if they stopped by for a quick visit. Where are you?

Adam’s answer was “I heard your voice and was afraid because I was naked and hid myself.”

My husband’s answer is “I’m here in my office” or “I’m in the family room”.

My daughter’s answers vary widely but are generally exactly where I expect her to be.

My answer on Saturday was ” right where God wanted me to be”.

My answer to my readers is “I’m here. I’ve just been working on a special book project and all my energy and creativity have gone into it the past month.”

I am compiling a history of our family with the foundation being the log cabin built for my husband’s great-grandmother 80 years ago. We are having a celebration Memorial Day weekend and the deadline to get the book done is closing in fast. The photos and stories of six generations take a while to organize and collect.

So I will be catching up on the questions as best I can but today I leave you with this one….

Where are you?

Does your elevator go all the way to the top floor?

The doors open and you step inside. As you look for the button to signal the floor you want you notice one button has a key slot next to it. With your choice already selected and the doors sliding closed you wonder what could be on the floor that is secured by a key.

 

 

If you are in an office building the directory in the lobby might list the name of the top floor business. Are they your competitors? Do they offer better service or product than the company you are in the building to see? How do they expect to get customers if access is under lock and key? How do you get to be one of their customers? Just what are they selling up there?

 

 

 

Maybe it’s a residential building or a hotel you are visiting on vacation. Wouldn’t you just love to get a glimpse of how “the other half live”? If it’s your building maybe you’ve ridden in the elevator many times with the upstairs neighbor. After all they would have to go past your floor on the way down to get out of the building. How tempted are you to push the button just on the off-chance it would take you straight to the top?

 

Arriving at your floor you double-check to see if you have locked your keys in the car. No, there they are. You will be able to get on with your day. You have the keys to your life securely in hand. Funny how you never figured out what the key was on the fob your grandfather gave you. Never made sense  to you that it has the single letter P engraved in it. Makes a nice memento of the old guy though.

 

The doors slide open and as you walk down the hall you wonder if the P could stand for Possibilities.

 

You already have the key. Does your elevator go all the way to the top floor?

Are you a good friend?

This may seem like a no brainer. You may quickly think, “Of course I am”.

But are you really?

Do you call your friends to talk or to listen?

Do you trust them with what matters to your heart?

Do you let them help you with the big stuff?

Can they tell you the truth? No, really tell you the truth?

Can people trust you with their heart?

On my worst day can you still

see the best in me?

When you hurt my feelings does it

break your heart?

Social media has taken the

meaning out of the word friend.

It’s turned it into a tally mark in a

cyber popularity contest.

I found this poem today and thought it was worth sharing.

A True Friend
A true friend is the one who picks you up when you fall
A true friend is one that won’t lie
A true friend is there when you call
A true friend is there when you want to die
A true friend knows just what to say
A true friend won’t care what other people think
A true friend will help you find your way
A true friend will make sure you don’t sink
A true friend will help you choose your path
A true friend will know when something is wrong
A true friend has to sometimes face your wrath
A true friend makes you feel like you belong
A true friend
by Ashley Reese

So take a long look in the mirror. Are you a good friend? 

What are you drinking?

This morning I realized I have beverages that go with certain activities.  When I first wake up in the morning and when I am working in my office, a large cup of coffee is close at hand. When I am reading or journaling or writing, a hot cup of tea is close by. It often gets cold before it gets finished because I get so wrapped up in what I’m focused on. Dinner is often accompanied by a glass of good wine. I find it slows down the whole dinner time and the focus shifts from eating to dinning. Fast food gets washed down with a Diet Coke. Diet Pepsi if I have the choice. 

But…when I fire up my Logos program and

dig into the Word it is water.

A large wine glass full of

clear cold water that I want.

As a deer pants for water….

What are you doing today?

What are you drinking?

What are you longing for? 

 

3 Questions from God

I’ve been teaching Genesis again. This is my 5th or 6th time through. Each time I learn more and see more of the heart of God. This time the questions have jumped off the page at me. There are three from God that are very direct and show so much of His heart. Today I wonder how you would answer the questions.

The first two come coupled together. An unmarried pregnant woman running from the life of slavery and two pillars of faith who treated her badly is asked “Where have you come from and where are you going?” (Gen 16:8) Now, I’m pretty confident God knew exactly where Hagar was coming from and had a pretty good idea where she would be going. But so often, when we are in the midst of crisis, it’s critical to get our bearings. Knowing where we’ve come from is vital to deciding where to go and what to do next. If we don’t know how we got where we are how are we to move forward?

“Where are you going?” takes our focus off the road behind us and helps us realize we have choices to make. I have never accepted the excuse “I had no choice” as valid. There are always choices. Joshua broke it down to the most basic, choose life or death. Everyday, we make choices that determine where we are going.

The third may come as a shock. After explaining to God the horrible circumstances she was fleeing from and her plan to keep fleeing, God sent her back to the same circumstances with two things, His name, El Roi and His promise, her son would be the father of nations. So when she finds herself sixteen years later sitting in despair again the question, “What is the matter with you?” may sound a little harsh. Her circumstances didn’t improve during the 16 years she had the name and the promise, but it didn’t change the heart of God, His name or the promise. The same God who protected her for 16 years, who saw her not only in the desert but in the camp, who gave her His promise hadn’t changed.

So today, looking at your circumstances, looking at what you know of His heart, how would you answer…

Where have you come from?

Where are you going?

What is the matter with you?

 

 

From my Inbox

The following was an email I received this morning. With the appropriate permissions and notations I am using my blog today to “forward” it to you.

 

 

What has God already said yes to that you continue to question?  As I pondered this question, I realized that many times I continue to argue my point with God when God has already said yes.  So what is He waiting on?  Why doesn’t He do what He promises immediately?  Could it be that He is waiting for me to believe and to worship?

When the children of Israel were enslaved in Egypt, they cried out to the God of their fathers and the Bible says, “and God knew”.  (Exodus 2:24)  He knew they wanted to be free.  He knew the situation they were in and the oppression they were under, and He knew their deep desire to return to a place where they could serve Him.  And His answer was “Yes!”  They were in fact seeking the will of God and we know that when we seek the will of God His answer to His will is always yes.

So how did it come to be?  God sent them a deliverer.  His name was Moses.  Although Moses was reluctant to fulfill the call on his life, he went to Egypt anyway and shared God”s plan with the elders of Israel.  The people”s response was amazing!  The scripture says, “And the peoplebelieved; and when they heard that the Lord had visited the people of Israel and that He had seen their affliction, they bowed their heads and worshiped.” (Exodus 4:31)  In other words, they hadn”t seen anything change yet.  Their circumstances had not changed one bit.  They were still slaves in Egypt.  But despite the overwhelming odds before them and the very strong opposition that surely awaited them – they choose to believe God and take Him at His word.  They confirmed their complete trust in Him by beginning to worship Him for what they knew He would do.  In fact, they worshiped as though it was already done.

So I ask again, what has God already said yes to in your life?  More importantly, what”s stopping you from believing and worshiping Him?

And this is the confidence that we have toward Him, that if we ask anything according to His will He hears us.  And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of Him.”  (1 John 5:14-15 emphasis mine)

The time is now beloved.  This promise assures us that prayers said in faith according to His will are heard by Him and that we already have what we are requesting.  Let”s have confidence to believe Him and to worship Him today.  Though we may not see it with our natural eyes yet, by faith we can believe it has already been accomplished in the supernatural.  Amen!


Be Blessed!

Mary

Mary Banks

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3 Things to change today

When was the last time you changed your batteries? I mean other than something being totally dead. For months I have walked past our indoor/outdoor thermometer and thought it was broken. This morning I decided to replace the batteries. Low and behold! It works! But this makes me wonder if my carbon monoxide detector and smoke detectors need fresh batteries, too. When was the last time you changed your batteries?

When was the last time you changed your routine? You know, the familiar way you start your morning or end your day. The route you take to and from the same places you’ve always gone. It’s called a routine because you do it the same way over and over. Honestly, can you say what you do the way you do it works for you or is there room for creative improvement?

When was the last time you changed your opinion? I mean really changed your opinion not just changing your mind. We all know how easy it can be to change your mind. “I changed my mind, I’ll have the fish instead of the chicken.” “I’ve changed my mind, I really don’t want to go to that party.” “I’ve changed my mind….” But to change your opinion, well that’s a very different story. That requires admitting on some level that your opinion might not really be as “right” or as accurate as you thought it was. Your evaluation of a person or a situation might have been lacking in information or insight or (gasp) compassion. You might have to make some public statements indicating your opinion has changed, which could open you up to questions and the very real possibility that other people’s opinions could change, too.

You can’t smell carbon monoxide in your home but it can kill you.

You may be comfortable with your routine but if you’re not growing and changing you are dying.

You may have held your opinion for a long time but if you are not willing to reconsider it you may already be dead.

What are you going to change today?

 

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