SATISFIED

Today is a beautiful reminder of the perfect, free gift from Jesus’ work on the cross and His resurrection.  ALL HAS BEEN SATISFIED.

You need not offer anything but acceptance.

You don’t have to be over that habit, or completely healed.

You don’t have to perform wondrous acts of service.

You need not offer any sacrifice–just the sacrifice of praise to the One who completely loves you right where you are.

Hebrews Chapter 10

But when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, 13 and since that time he waits for his enemies to be made his footstool. 14 For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.

15 The Holy Spirit also testifies to us about this. First he says:

16 “This is the covenant I will make with them
    after that time, says the Lord.
I will put my laws in their hearts,
    and I will write them on their minds.”

17 Then he adds:

“Their sins and lawless acts
    I will remember no more.”

18 And where these have been forgiven, sacrifice for sin is no longer necessary.

Take this Resurrection Sunday to rejoice and remember His love!

YOU ARE REDEEMED!

 

Mrs. Kistner’s Bread

On Sunday, I found myself up in the attic with my daughter of 27 years.  She was gathering items for her new home as wife and mother to our sweet Adelaide Louise.  As we began to go through boxes, she found her old middle school journals. We laughed as she talked about crushes, SOLS, teachers, homework, and friends. Among the middle school drama was this culminating comment on a particular day–

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“…but Mrs. Kistner gave me some of her homemade bread and made everything better”.

If you know me, what did I do next?  Yes…..

…teared up….

“Oh Victoria………”

I thought about my sweet friend and sister in the Lord, Mrs. Kistner, and all our memories working at Chester Middle and Thomas Dale.

God’s love and kindness played out day in and day out over the years counts.  A piece of bread to a child in middle school, a hug, kind words, a listening ear…..

A letter and act of kindness might show up in someone’s attic, but it definitely shows up in your God story–His story played out in your life.

May we practice the kindness of God.

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.  Colossians 3:12

As I am growing older, the memories and the acts of kindness are adding up and overflowing like a waterfall –a cascade of blessings, over and over again.  There is never a day that I am not reminded of the love of friends, family, and Jesus.

Thank you God for using your children to love on each other and for reminding us at just the right time of life events and those who walked with us.  A loaf of bread and a letter in the attic years later reminds us of your faithfulness and how it all is connected and eventually takes us home to eternity.  The pieces add up and paint Your story in us.  May we seek to be an artist of Your love and kindness using our talents and gifts to show your love.

Thank you Mrs. Kistner….

 

These girls have been together since elementary school.  It was great going down memory lane with you in our attic. We love you so much!

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You’ve got about 70 years..

I have enjoyed the options on Netflix.  They have a category for Christian viewing that features the reading of God’s Word.  I cleaned my house listening and watching The Gospel of John.  The other night I began to watch the book of Daniel.  Daniel at a tender, young age was taken from his homeland to live in a pagan world as a captive. His freedom was stripped away, and his faithfulness to God was seemingly shattered. Instead of adhering to the culture, He trusted God and spoke with confidence to leaders and those in authority about His God.  He would not eat their foods, adhere to their practices of idolatry, and He gave God all honor and glory knowing it might cost him his life. Daniel was respectful to those in authority, but he never apologized for loving God. Take the time to watch this trailer to inspire your desire to watch the movie.


Daniel prayed to God for comfort and wept, but He remained faithful.  He encouraged his friends by the reading of the scripture from the prophet Jeremiah.  Jeremiah had warned them that they would be in captivity for 70 years, and the prophecy came true.  His friends reminded Daniel of how long 70 years would be–“We will be old men!”; and they reminded Daniel of how far away they were from home.  “We could be killed!”

Daniel, like Esther, knew that they were spared and in a foreign country for such a time as this.  Instead of a doomsday approach, Daniel embraced his position and encouraged his friends to do the same.  As you continue to watch the movie, or read the scripture, you see how God used the captivity and Daniel’s position to fulfill His purposes.  Daniel and his friends were not in the Bahamas on a vacation–far from it.  They were watched, judged, accused, tested, shamed, thrown in a furnace, and thrown in a lion’s den for dinner. God remained faithful and used their boldness to change the mind and practices of a kingdom.  In fact, the king ultimately honors and accepts the God of Daniel.

 

How do we raise “Daniel” children in this culture?  Most of us will live to at least 70 years old, or by God’s grace longer.  What will we do to live a life of Daniel while “captivated” for 70 years in a world that questions our faith?

“But it is no shame to suffer for being a Christian.  Praise God for the privilege of being called by his name!” I Peter 4:16

I pray that we will rejoice and praise God for the privilege of being called a child of God!  With boldness, respect, and love–worship Jesus, carry His Word in your heart and mind, and know the scriptures.  When and if the time comes that we are tested, His Word will spring forth, and we will courageously proclaim His name.

Resources:

http://billygraham.org/what-we-do/children-youth/dare-to-be-a-daniel/