Saturday, January 24, 2015

Scripture and a Snapshot ~~1/25/2015


  
He shall live within God’s circle of blessing, and his children shall inherit the earth.  
Psalm 25:13

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Thursday, January 1, 2015

Cow Trails (It's Time to Focus)

Driving to Atlanta for a business meeting with my hubby a couple of weeks ago, I noticed pasture after pasture of cows--nothing really extraordinary for southern interstates.  But what I observed were all the cow trails in those pastures, and more specifically, how the bovine creatures on those trails were following behind one another, heads down, mindlessly trodding along. 



What causes this? What is their instinct's purpose  for this behavior? I really don't know, except for maybe safety in numbers.  I asked the cows, but they were tight-lipped . . .




I think sometimes we as humans also need to stay on a narrow path, especially when it comes to following after worldly things which can so easily distract us from our eternal goals.  And following after the familiar can be good if your Leader is Jehovah Jireh (the God who provides) and you know for sure you're on the right path.  "Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it." [Matt 7:13]

But other times, God is calling us to get off that mindless trail of following after the crowd. Even if you recognize the backsides of those in front of you, God may be calling you stop smelling that um, kaka, and move on with His purpose for you!!  In order to have the confidence to that, we have to be listening and we have to be looking UP!  

Here's what God has taught me lately, and hopefully with His grace, I can actually remember to apply it on a daily basis:

1) Be Wise--stay close to Him, listen for His voice. Sometimes it's a shout, but usually it's a whisper. 

2) Not Everything That Glitters is Gold---Boy howdy, y'all. Satan absolutely loves to disguise himself as light, all shiny and glittery.  If your head is down or focused on the backside in front of you, you may not recognize the wolf inside that sheep's clothing. 

3)  Prepare Your Children and Your Loved Ones--- Here's another tough one to swallow sometimes when we're out on the "mission" field of life.  Not only do we have to be aware for our own good, but there are those around us who need us to guide them off that cow trail, because God is counting on us to be leaders.  It's not easy, but it is so rewarding and so worth the hard work. 

4) Listen, Focus, and Listen Some More----Have I said that yet? Because you really can't stay on social media or on your phone and continue rushing around all day and still expect to hear God's voice.  You seriously have to be disciplined long enough to dive into His word. Get a devotional that helps you focus, but don't just read it; take time to research and read the accompanying verses in the Bible.  Then take time to write down a few of your praises and a lot of your prayers.   Or don't. Just keep doing what you're doing. But don't expect great results unless you're willing to do the hard work! We have to be different than the world! We have to get off those muddy cow trails and pull ourselves out of the miry clay! 

Okay, that's your 2015 Pep Talk! Now, 'git along little doggies! 







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The Bible Amigos: Five Loaves, Two Fish, and One Big Hat {A Review}

I love being able to have the chance to review a book for the younger set! My youngest child is in the 6th grade, but my grandson is only three years old, and he loved this offering from Barbour Publishing--The Bible Amigos: Five Loaves, Two Fish, and One Big Hat by author and illustrator Frank Fraser.  Mr. Fraser has worked on children's shows for PBS, Sprout, and more, and you can tell, because his illustrations are very endearing and appealing. My grandson was hooked!

Bible Amigos, preschool Bible stories

This precious book follows Walla (a koala), Donk (a donkey), and Edge (a hedgehog) on their adventures as the "Bible Amigos."  Five Loaves is one of two Bible Amigos adventures (be sure and check out Jonah and the Bear as well).  With a huge gust of wind which brings the big Bible in and signals their new fun is about to begin, the amigos hop aboard and wait to see where God needs them. 


"Bible Amigos, go, go, go!"  

Bible Amigos, preschool Bible stories


Their adventure takes them across the world to help Jorge and his father rebuild a broken bridge, in order to help the children stranded on one side.  Wondering how he can help and feeling very small and insignificant, Jorge's new friends Walla, Donk, and Edge seek the answer in God's word. 


"If you're really, honestly looking for answers, God kinda makes 'em pop out at you." 

 Isn't that the truth? That is my favorite line from the whole story!

The Bible Amigos use the parable of five loaves and two fish to teach Jorge about how even small children can contribute when a crisis arises.  As Jorge calls out to Jesus to help him understand how he can be a help with the broken bridge situation, God shows him the exact thing to do to make a difference.  

Bible Amigos, preschool Bible stories

Grab your little ones (recommended ages 3 - 7) and then grab this book to read to them! It is so precious---just the right length for short attention spans, with a very sweet and very understandable message for littles. As a bonus, the story is beautifully framed for adults to glean wisdom as well. 


"It is better to give a little something with love, than a whole lot of nothing."  

Sometimes our children need to hear this, and sometimes they need to know that even little things can be used by God to do big things.  

The details:

The Bible Amigos: Five Loaves, Two Fish, and One Big Hat is a beautifully illustrated hardback book which can be purchased for only $5.99 from the Barbour Publishing website or from Amazon for $7.99.  


Bible Amigos, preschool Bible stories


 Disclaimer: Per FCC regulations, I disclose I was asked to review this title from Barbour Publishing in exchange for my honest opinion and blog post. No other compensation was received. 



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