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Humility–A Powerful Weapon

Jesus stopped and ordered the man to be brought to him. When he came near, Jesus asked him, “What do you want me to do for you?” “Lord, I want to see,” he replied. (Luke 18:40-41)

Girl and Bug 2During her toddler years, my granddaughter had a condition known as low muscle tone, which made some activities at the playground a little difficult. But it never stopped her from playing with other children. When they climbed to a higher level on the jungle gym, she simply called out for help. It made no difference if she knew the other children or not. She admitted freely that she couldn’t manage without assistance.

The others came to her aid without hesitation. Some stood behind her and pushed. Others grabbed her arms and pulled. Each time, she ended up on the same platform as her friends, and they resumed their game.

Sydney knew her needs and limitations, but …

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Next week, we will consider another blind man who Jesus gave physical sight and later sought out to offer spiritual sight. In preparation, study John 9.

See you in a twinkling,
Brenda K. Hendricks

The Gift of Perseverance

Advent 2014

Day 24

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. (James 1:2-4)

During my darkest hours of oppression, I learned the meaning of perseverance. Through my thoughts, the enemy tore at the very core of my faith, my purpose, and my self-worth. At first, I had no control over the negative input. He hammered me continuously with all the wrong I’d done throughout my life. He told me I was unlovable and worthless. But somehow within that flood of lies, the Lord spoke the truth. He said He loved me with an everlasting love; with loving kindness He had drawn me to Him (Jeremiah 31:3). The Lord said He had plans for me and would give me hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11). He told me the truth would set me free (John 8:32). And it did. However …

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Tomorrow, we’ll consider the gift of amazement. Prepare by reading and meditating on John 20:11-18.

See you in a twinkling,

Brenda K. Hendricks

The Gift of Compassion

Advent 2014

Day 10 

 

When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. (Matthew 9:36)

 

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However, that is not always the case. Last week, she had to have a lubricating shot in her knee. The doctor refused to give her a shot to numb the area. He insisted he could do the procedure painlessly despite my warnings of my mother’s previous reaction. He showed little compassion and repeatedly commented that the shot couldn’t possibly hurt “that much.” Meanwhile, my mother squeezed my hand until it throbbed.

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Tomorrow, we’ll take a look at the Gift of Trust. Prepare by reading and meditating on John 6:16-24

See you in a twinkling,

Brenda K. Hendricks

The Journey

Advent 2014

Day 5

So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David.  He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him was expecting a child. (Luke 2:4-5)

Joseph's SongSo Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him was expecting a child. (Luke 2:4-5)
I enjoy traveling, especially when someone else does the driving. Being a passenger is far less stressful. I like to watch the scenery, wonder where everyone is headed, and track our progress on a roadmap … when I’m not sleeping that is. Riding in a car makes me drowsy. I can nod off coming home from getting groceries. So most trips for me are pleasurable and restful.
How pleasurable and restful do you think Mary’s trip to Bethlehem was? I enjoy traveling, especially when someone else does the driving. Being a passenger is far less stressful. I like to watch the scenery, wonder where everyone is headed, and track our progress on a roadmap … when I’m not sleeping that is. Riding in a car makes me drowsy. I can nod off coming home from getting groceries. So most trips for me are pleasurable and restful.

How pleasurable and restful do you think Mary’s trip to Bethlehem was?

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Tomorrow, we’ll travel to Bethlehem with Mary and Joseph. You can prepare for the journey by reading and mediating on Luke 2:8-20.

See you in a twinkling,

Brenda

P. S. I didn’t forget about the painting. Today’s meditation didn’t render itself well as part of the painting for this week. I’ll add something tomorrow. Blessings.

Re-patterning Thoughts for Thanksgiving

 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. (Romans 12:2)

 

Thanksgiving comes from the heart

Thanksgiving comes from the heart

Years ago, a woman in our area suffered severe brain damage. Although paralyzed, she had a choice—fight against those prepared to combat the problem or fight with them to achieve the goal. She chose the latter, and her fight became theirs. Around the clock, volunteers worked the victim’s arms and legs in an attempt to “re-pattern” her brain to command her limbs to function.

It might seem ludicrous to think that the woman could have chosen to fight against those who came to help her. However, many people do just that in the face of one-way-out situations.

Paul remains one of the strongest examples we have of someone who fought against the only One who could help him. In Acts chapter 9, we find Saul of Tarsus, aka Paul, traveling to Damascus with the intentions of persecuting Christians there. The appearance of Jesus blinded Paul, putting him in a one-way-out situation. For three days, Jesus “re-patterned” Paul’s mind until Paul surrendered, his spirit joined the fight for Christ, and his sight was restored.

Like Paul, we have a choice to make: join Christ who is prepared to “re-pattern” us for His good purpose, or fight against Him and lose our very soul. If we choose Jesus, our fight becomes His. It takes infinite wisdom, loving patience, and never-ending perseverance for the LORD to “re-pattern” our minds to enable us to function according to His will. While He works on us, our sole duty is to fight with Him and not against Him. As we surrender our will to His, we find improvements that initiate thanksgiving.

Treasure what is valuable to God

Honor God’s laws

Abounding love for others

Nearness to God “re-patterns” our lives

Knowledge of Jesus Christ brings joy

Sincerity promotes Jesus Christ

Gratitude enables us to please God

Insight from God reveals our need for a Savior

Values change as we grow in His grace

Innocence, which was lost at the fall of man, is restored

Necessities, the absolute essentials become clearer

Genuineness accompanies our words and deeds

May our hearts be filled with thanksgiving this holiday season.

See you in a twinkling,

Brenda K. Hendricks

S is for Stand

…Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery (Galatians 5:1 NIV).

Reflect on Christ, not self

Reflect on Christ, not self

Stand! Stand firm, even! Seems like a contradiction to last week’s thought to navigate—to move forward toward the goal. Yet, we are called to stand and become immovable in our convictions.

In the beginning of this series, we talked about the renewing of our minds, getting a fresh outlook on our lives and how God wants us to live. We moved on to endurance, strength, and optimism, while implementing loyalty to ourselves and to our Lord with clearer understanding of our constitution. We discovered most permanent and worthwhile changes take time. The importance of our task motivated us to explore the options available, which help us navigate through the obstacles we encounter along the way.

I’m sure after three months of working on our resolutions…

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Next Week:

We’ll begin a new study on spiritual warfare. Prepare by reading and thinking about Ephesians 6:12.

See you in a twinkling,

Brenda K. Hendricks

 

U is for Understanding

Do not be like the horse or the mule, which have no understanding but must be controlled by bit and bridle or they will not come to you (Psalm 32:9 NIV).

Don't be like a horse... Psalm 32:9

Don’t be like a horse… Psalm 32:9

Hind-sight is always better than foresight, so the saying goes. Unfortunately that little cliché carries a lot of truth. We learn more through experience than through advice from other people. Our personal encounters with different situations activate a deeper understanding.

Case in point:

Experiences Drives a Deeper Understanding

Experiences Drives a Deeper Understanding

When I was learning to drive (many years ago) I was told by my father, mother, older siblings, and drivers-ed teacher not to go around sharp turns too fast. If you do…read more

Next Week:

T is for Time. Prepare by reading and thinking about 1 Peter 5:6-11

See you in a twinkling,

Brenda K. Hendricks