God & the little girl.

“A young girl is sitting on her grandfather’s lap as he reads her a bedtime story.
From time to time she takes her eyes off the book and reaches up to touch his wrinkled cheek, then she strokes her own cheek then his again.
Finally she speaks up.
“Granddad, “she  says,”did God make you?”
“Yes darling,”the old man replies,” God made me a long time ago.”
“Oh,”the little girl says.
Then after a pause, “Granddad, did God make me too?”
“Yes,indeed poppet,”he says,”God made you just a little while ago.”
After stroking their respective faces again the little girl says,
“God’s getting a whole lot better at it,isn’t he?”
Don’t you just love Children?
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God Set You Apart

God planned and packed you on purpose for his purpose. Heaven’s custom design.

At a moment before moments existed, the sovereign Star Maker resolved, “I will make _____________.” Your name goes in the blank. Then he continued with, “And I will make him/her _________, _________ and _________ and ____________ and __________.”

Fill those blanks with your characteristics. Insightful. Clever. Detail oriented. Restless. And since you are God’s idea, you are a good idea. What God said about Jeremiah, he said about you: “Before I made you in your mother’s womb, I chose you. Before you were born, I set you apart for a special work.”

 Set apart for a special work

Cure for the Common Life

How have your unique characteristics prepared you to do a special work for God?

From Thomas Nelson’s Grace for the Moment: Morning and Evening Devotional [2008] [Max Lucado] Learn more here

Today, be the hands and feet of Jesus.  God Bless, Jay

befriend ~ create belonging in an age of judgement, isolation, and fear – Book Review

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befriend ~ create belonging in an age of judgement, isolation, and fear by Scott Sauls was a joy to read.

Befriend is a beautiful collection of essays that attempt to explore a unique picture of real friendship.  The names and places are changed, but every story is true!  I love that part.  Who doesn’t love a true story that can inspire, lift the spirits, challenge us, better yet, change our lives.

C.S. Lewis said “To love at all is to be vulnerable.”

C.S. Lewis was right.  Real love, real friendship, is vulnerable, risky, costly, and discomforting.  But in this book Sauls reminds us what the Bible says about love.  It is patient and kind.  It does not envy or boast.  It is not arrogant or rude.  It does not demand its own way.  It is not irritable or resentful.  it does not rejoice at wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth.  it bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things.  It never fails.

Befriend will point you towards diverse friendships that can enrich your life as well as those around you.  We’re talking about real friendships, not your Facebook feed, Twitter followers, Instagram groupies.  I’m talking face to face honest, sincere, caring, loving friendships.

I liked that at the end of each chapter there is a Summary, Scripture and To Consider.  An example is chapter 7 Befriend True Friends and Significant Others;

SUMMARY: God puts us in close, covenant relationships as part of our growth.  He promises to finish the good work he has begun in us and to use marriage and close friendship on the process.  This is why we stay committed and don’t give up on each other.

SCRIPTURE: Genesis 2:22-25; Philippians 1:6 Man looks on the outward appearance; but the Lord looks on the heart (1 Samuel 16:7)

TO CONSIDER: When it comes to choosing a close friend or significant other, what criteria do we use?  Which matters most – physical appearance and pedigree, or a humble heart and a well-worn Bible?  Why is it important that the closest people to us also be given permission to challenge us where our character and Christlikeness is lacking?

I encourage you to pick up a copy of Befriend and start on the path to engaging with those who can challenge and enhance our limited perspectives.

I loved the book! I rate it

Five star rating - shiny golden stars

I received a complimentary sample of this book from BuzzPlant for my own honest opinion.

God Bless, Jay

2 Chairs ~ The Secret That Changes Everything – Book Review

featured_image_6d857fe1f63ea6698377e80a4c9f3b032 Chairs – The secret That Changes Everything by Bob Beaudine shows us the importance of engaging God in daily conversations before we do anything else in the morning.

Just before graduating college Beaudine’s mother shared with him “2 Chairs” .  The concept is simple, yet has the power to change your life and your relationship with God.  Beaudine encourages us to find a quiet place and set up 2 chairs.  This could be the kitchen table, family room, den, the porch, even the beach. One chair for you and one chair for God.

She once asked me, “Bob, if there was a one percent chance that God would meet you, would you set up the 2 Chairs?”

There are 3 vital questions that 2 Chairs ask:

  1. Does God know your situation?
  2. Is it too hard for Him to handle?
  3. Does He have a good plan for you?

After addressing these questions Beaudine explains 7 practical steps to help you start your daily encounter with God at your 2 Chairs.

I encourage you to pick up a copy of this book, and next time your dealing with issues in your life, no matter how big or small, pull up a chair and ask God to join you.

I give this book 412stars  I would have given 5 stars except I thought there was a little too much self promoting of the book at the beginning.

I received a complimentary sample of this book from BuzzPlant for my honest opinion.

God Bless, Jay

What Type Of Man Are You?

One type of Christian man trusts that what Jesus teaches is true . . . but only on an intellectual level. This man appreciates a good sermon, but then goes away and lives out the moments of his life in ways that make it indistinguishable from the lives of those who do not trust Jesus at all. This type of man doesn’t trust Jesus with his life, and so lives “like a shrub in the desert” (Jeremiah 17:6). There is another type of man, though, one who chooses to trust the truth of Jesus deeply, authentically, and practically. This type of man lives the moments of his life in ways that are markedly different than they’d be otherwise . . . because of his trust.

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord,
whose trust is the Lord.
He is like a tree planted by water,
that sends out its roots by the stream . . .” (Jeremiah 17:7-8).

 

God Bless, Jay

The lord is my photographer

DSC_0293 copyThe lord is my photographer; He is all that I need.

He shows me the beauty of green meadows; and peaceful streams.

He renews my sight.

He guides me through every assignment, each photo bringing honor to his name.

Even when I photograph in the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for You are my light.

Your grace and mercy protect and comfort me.

You feed my soul as I capture memories of my friends and my enemies.

You honor me by framing my photos in my heart.

My camera bag overflows with blessings.

Surely I will purse God’s beauty all the days of my life,

and my work will dwell in God’s house forever.