Saturday, March 29, 2014

WHAT WOULD JESUS REALLY DO?

WWJD - What Would Jesus Do? That little acronym made the circles several years ago and you still see it around. But have we really considered What Jesus Would Do?
I can remember the first time I was confronted with loving and reaching out to someone and not be viewed as agreeing or condoning what they did. How to love, show grace and mercy and disagree at the same time.  I believe that is something that has become so misunderstood today by so many.
There are so many issues that we were taught were black and white with no gray or any other color to be considered. I am struggling with some of those issues today as our world is changing before our eyes. But more than the issues themselves is my reaction and response to them.  I have been guilty in the past,  as many of you, in my response because of how we were taught.  As I grow and strive to have the heart of God I have to reevaluate many of these subjects as to how Jesus would really respond.
Love is not only at the center of His response but it is who He is! Love, Grace, Mercy, Justice are all characteristics of Jesus. When the word Justice comes in many instantly take the stance of judgment.  However, is that always what we comes to mind when justice is mentioned today in other matters. Justice means fairness, impartiality, righteousness, honesty and integrity to name just a few synonyms.
But back to the main topic that is confronting me today. To love those you don't agree with and maybe even feel uncomfortable around. If we could only allow God to do the judging, the reviewing, and just get back to doing what He called us to do which is to LOVE. And skip the love the sinner but hate the sin crap and just love. Love the person for being a child of God that He loves as much as He loves you. Let him do the wooing, the convicting, and the changing. He can do a much better job then you, and usually better without your help.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

HEARTS QUILTED IN LOVE

Reading historical novels, when you know the writer has done their research  gives me a tantalizing taste of history. I love history and sure wish teachers knew how to teach it to make it interesting.  THE QUITED HEART by Mona Hodgson is such a book, or a compilation of three novellas.

Each novella tells the story of a quilting circle that is more than just women quilting but a group of women who come together once a week to read the Bible, pray for each other and share each other's heart.

In the first, Dandelions on the Wind, Marin is a young immigrant mail order bride who is losing her sight. She arrives in America at the beginning of the Civil War and her groom, unable to deal with her losing her sight, leaves her and goes to fight.

In the second, Bending Toward the Sun, Emily is the local shopkeepers daughter. Her mother left her and her father and ran off with another man. Her father depends on her to assist him and doesn't want her to be courted.

In, Ripples Along the Shore, Caroline is a widow of the war living with her sister whose husband lost one of his legs fighting and is bitter. She is drawn to a man who fought on the opposing side and leading a wagon train west.

All three of these novellas are intertwined with intrigue, love and friendship. I can't help but wonder if there isn't going to be a fourth as there are a few unresolved issues. I did enjoy them and found it hard to put the book down.


I received The Quilted Heart  free from WaterBrook Publishing for an honest review.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

SECRET RESTITUTION?



   THE SINNERS GARDEN is William Sirls second novel and I think it may be the best, although I did enjoy the first one also.               

Fourteen year old Andy is a bitter young man because of a scar on his face, that he believes his mother caused. His Uncle "Rip", or Gerald Ripley, is an ex-convict because of drug selling and is the only one he trusts. His mother's best friend is Heather a police officer.  Heather joined the police because her father was murdered when she was a teenager, and the case was never solved.

The little town experiences some weird break-ins where the perpetrator leaves gifts instead of taking anything, so the phrase Summer Santa is coined. Who is the Summer Santa? Who murdered Mr. Hart and Heather's dad? What is happening to Andy? What is God doing in this small community? The ending will be a surprise and the book is a very interesting story almost a parable.

William uses some of his own past experiences to frame this narrative. It is a very intriguing story and well worth your time to read it.
 
I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publisher's for an honest review.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

IT IS WHAT IT IS





My life has been an up and down journey these last few years, especially the last 1 1/2 year. I sometimes feel like I'm in a never-ending tunnel and a windy one at that. I can't seem to make any major decisions and when I do if things go a little askew then I second guess myself.

I've been working temp jobs wherever they were located, at either one of my sons or mother-in-law. I've taken a couple of trips out west to see family there. I like not being tied down to a job and being able to pick up and go when I want but I also feel like I need my own place. I am beginning to feel like I've over stayed my welcome and just a little tired of living out of a suitcase.

I did get a permanent full-time job and was going to settle in, however, I was miserable. The job and I weren't a good match and the living situation was not working out as I had hoped. I prayed about it and felt a release so I quit. Now I am unemployed with nothing on the horizon. So of course I'm wondering if I did the right thing. But I just can't believe that I have to work a job where I'm miserable, especially at my age. But then at my age jobs are fewer.

I find myself looking at people who have not served God as faithfully as Lindell and I did, and especially the ones responsible for him losing his last position, and wonder what's up. I know all the cliché's about the righteous and unrighteous etc. but when you're in the middle of it all you do find yourself questioning. You go through all the past and wonder, did we fail somewhere, were we fooling ourselves? I often wonder if we missed it by taking that last position, should we have stayed where we were at the time. But - you can't change the past.

Oh well, it is what it is. All I can do is continue. Continue doing what I know, loving God with all my heart and doing my best to follow Him.