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Monday, February 27, 2017

Setting Records in Houston



Down in Houston, we're setting records for February. Ugh.

I dread summer. Looks like it may be one of the hottest on record.

Mother Nature forgot to tell Houston that spring doesn't come until March 20.

Oops! Dear old Mother Nature goofed.

Even though they are early, the azaleas are beautiful







Saturday, February 25, 2017

He Got My Goat


Anyone ever get your goat?

Funny expression, isn't it?

To make someone annoyed or angry: 

“Gavin may seem unflappable, but know 
a way to get his goat.” This expression comes from a tradition in horseracing. Thought to have a calming effect on high-strung thoroughbreds, agoat was placed in the horse's stall on the night before the 
race.Unscrupulous opponents would then steal the goat in an effort to upset thehorse and cause it to lose the race."

Quote From the
 http://www.dictionary.com/browse/get-someone-s-goat

So anyone angry today? Gay raises her hand. Well, frustrated is more like it. Frustrated over events and people I can't control and don't know what to do about.

Sigh.

Wouldn't it be easy if like was filled with sweet, docile sheep like the one above and not silly goats? I can't imagine a goat calming a racehorse. Goats butt their heads against things and cause anger.

My goat has gone missing today. 

If you find him, please let me know. I'll go get him and bring him home. I'll lend him to someone with horses.


Friday, February 24, 2017

God Can Touch You


"You don't believe in God doesn't mean He doesn't believe in you." Jody Picoult from the novel, The StoryTeller

I enjoy Jodi Picoult's books. Most of them anyway. The Storyteller was one I liked and didn't like, but I'll never forget it.

In the novel from Picoult, we learn the tragic story of a Jewish family and two German officers who tortured them.

This quote stayed in my mind, and I wanted to share it with you. "You don't believe in God doesn't mean He doesn't believe in you." 

That remark hit home. Long before we recognize God, He already knows who we are. Have you read Psalm 139? No?  It's a great read. Try it. Even if we never want a relationship with Him, he knows us and desires us to love Him as He does us.

Hard to accept, isn't it? I mean after all, He's God and we're...well, we're not. We're mere humans who mess up big time. Why would a perfect God want a relationship with a mess like us?

Pure love.  That's the simple answer.

And it's one I'm grateful for.


Thursday, February 23, 2017

This Guy Needs Help


Ever get tired of carrying a burden and wished someone would help?

Are you carrying a load and you don't know where you're going with it?

Will you ever get rid of it, or will you carry it forever?

Can't put it down to rest? Even for a day or two?

Jesus promises rest if we call on Him and trust Him to take care of our burdens.

Look at this beast of burden. He's on his knees.

How about you?  Been there lately? This camel rests. He's tied up. Not free. The next leg of the journey is difficult. But he's planning to get up and go, humps and all.

Good lesson, right?

Let's kneel and rest a few moments. Like the camel, we may get back up to carry a load, but the rest will do us good.  
God may not take away my burden, 
but I can rest in Him as I carry it. 

                                               FAITH AND HUMOR

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Walking and Talking


As we think about Naomi and Ruth taking that 30-40 mile road from Moab to Bethlehem, what did they walk and talk about?

Ruth must have asked, "what's it like there? Will your people accept me? Any idea where we will live? What will we eat? Does my clothes look okay?"

Ruth was walking into the unknown. 
Courage joined her faith for the journey.

She had no idea that one day
 she would be King David's grandmother.

She was clueless  that she'd be an ancestor to Jesus.

Hang tight. God blesses faith and courage.

Don't you know Ruth was and continues to be surprised?

We may not know how wide reaching our influence is until our earthly road takes us to heaven. Our deeds and actions will bring results far into the future that we'll never see down here.





Saturday, February 18, 2017

What's Up Ahead?


When Ruth began her journey with Naomi to a foreign country, she had no clue what was up ahead. So why did she leave the familiar and branch out into the unknown?

1. Love for her mother-in-law. 
The obvious reason is love. Marches for women's rights hadn't begun back in those days. Such a thought would never cross a female's mind. Social Security and Medicare didn't exist either. Men in the family were to take care of the widows and orphans. Naomi had no husband and no sons. Naomi had a faithful, loving daughter-in-law who shouldered the responsibilities. Ruth was willing to take on duties that should have belonged to her husband. She loved Naomi.


 Hmmm. She sounds like a modern lady, right? Many women these days are assuming men's responsibilities. Is that good or bad? Remember, Ruth wouldn't have stepped in if she'd had a husband.


2. Faith in her new God.
Ruth's previous Moab god, Chemosh, was not real. Through the testimony of Ruth's new family, Ruth came to believe in the One and Only God.  In Ruth 1:16, she tells Naomi, "Your people will be my people and your God my God."

Wow! What did Ruth see in this Jewish family that made her want what they had?


Would your lifestyle 
bring someone to your faith? Do you have someone willing to give up parents, country, and privilege to move away with you?

3. The Commitment is Certain. The Decision made.
Ruth tells Naomi, "Where you die, I will die. Where you are buried, I will be buried"

In other words, Ruth says to Naomi,
"I'm not going back. I'm staying."

FAITH MOVES FORWARD. NEVER BACKWARD.

Hebrews: 11:1 says "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." KJV.




Ruth hoped and had faith in God that she and He could take care of Naomi. Even though Ruth couldn't see around the bend in the road, or what was over the mountains, her faith kept her plodding forward. One step at a time. Doing what she needed to do. 

Ruth set a good example for us, didn't she?
Take heart dear woman or man of God. Even if you don't know how to get across the hardship, God already knows.

As we study Ruth. We'll soon see how God rewarded Ruth's faith.

Friday, February 17, 2017

That Lonely Road


So Ruth set off with Naomi on a lonely road. They walked for miles and days, not knowing what might be waiting for them around the bend. The ladies knew heartache. Both were widows.

Naomi, the older of the two, had experienced more than her share of sadness. While she lived in Judah, she, her hubby, and two sons experienced a famine. Hunger drove them to leave family and friends and head to greener pastures. They traveled east to Moab. 



How hard would it be to pick up
 and leave for parts unknown? 
You're hungry. 
No job.
Homeless. Searching. 
Scared out of your mind. 

Would Naomi have left Judah if she'd known her hubby and two sons would die in Moab? I doubt it, but since we can't see into the future, we make decisions based on current circumstances.

Two daughters-in-law chose to return with Naomi. All three started out on that lonely road to Bethlehem.  Somewhere along the way, Naomi insisted the two young women go back to their mother's house and worship Chemosh, the god of the Moabites. Not much is known about this god, but he was supposed to give protection. Ha! He hadn't protected these three women, had he? Truth be told, he couldn't. He wasn't real.


At this point in the story, we might say the same thing about the One and True and Only God. Why didn't He protect the ladies from heartache? Why didn't He give them a better life instead of a bitter one? 

He had great plans for Naomi and Ruth, but they must experience the bad stuff to get to the good stuff.

To understand the outcome, we must wait for the author to write, "The End." Okay, back to the story.

Naomi insisted these two young women return home. Her pleading caused them to make a choice.  One turned around on the road to return to the familiar and one chose to go forward into the unknown.


Orpah kissed her mother-in-law, wept, and waved goodbye. I wonder what God had planned for her had she stayed with Naomi. We all make choices, and sometimes our choice causes us to miss God's blessing. Ruth trudged on in faith.

Yes, the road is difficult and decisions can be hard. Hang in there. Stay focused. God has good stuff headed your way. Let's see what happens to Ruth.