Archive for March, 2012

Jesus feeds the four thousand. Did you know he broke bread and fish twice in the bible? Once for the five thousand and then once for the four thousand. Not my first thought, but I was thinking, hmmm; how many times did he do this and it wasn’t mentioned in the bible. Anyhow, onward to the scripture for today…

Scripture
Mark Chapter 8:1-3
During those days another large crowd gathered. Since they had nothing to eat, Jesus called his disciples to him and said, ” I have compassion for these people, they have already been with me three days and have nothing to eat. If I send them home hungry, they will collapse on the way, because some of them have come a long distance.”

Observation
Compassion, Compassion, Compassion! Plus, the Lord our God will see to our needs, all of them. He is concerned for our daily needs, there is nothing to large for him to handle and no need to small to escape his interest. For me this was a double lesson. Its to always remember that God can and will handle all things in my life, but to also be used by him. God didn’t bring down bread from the sky to feed the four thousand (not to say he couldn’t), he used what was around him. I want to let God use me to show compassion to his followers and to the lost. To let his love flow through me.

Application
I am sure you have heard the saying that goes something like, “if its too easy its not worth doing”. There is so much truth in that. For me, it hit home when I realized that if I don’t want to do this (whatever this may be), then that is when I need to do it the most. When God presents the opportunity to show compassion to others, I do not always want to jump in head first, nor do I always trust God completely to take care of every need. I have realized that I must do these things to continue to grow in Christ, I do not want to grow stagnant in my relationship with Jesus Christ. Reading his word and praying to him is not enough, I must also do.

Pray
Lord, please help me to lay my fears, pride, and laziness at your feet. To joyfully go forth and be your hands and feet to the lost in this world. To show them your compassion and love. Help me to remember that the largest to the smallest need is yours, that I can bring them to you. Thank you for answering my prayers, even the tiny one this morning Lord. I love you.

Amen.

Scripture
Mark Ch.7:26-29
The woman was a Greek, born in Syrian Phoenicia. She begged Jesus to drive the demon out of her daughter. “First let the children eat all they want,” he told her, “for it is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to their dogs.” Yes, Lord,” she replied, “but even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.” Then he told her, “For such a reply, you may go; the demon has left your daughter.”

Observation
My first observation was not what God wanted me to see. I honestly didn’t even want to write about these verses. They made me mad. My thoughts were, how dare he refuse a woman help for her child. He didn’t refuse her. He said, “Not now”. My disciples must learn from my knee if they are to go out into the world and preach.

The woman then showed such humility. I have never in my life been that humble.

Application
I fear to pray for things, for fear that God will answer. I obviously need humility, especially after my reaction to the verses in Ch. 7. I need to pray for humility. God for good reason shows us and gives us these characteristics by putting us in situations. This is where the fear comes in, what does He have in store for me. How is he going to teach me humility? But, I can either have fear, or I can seek joy. God showed me that I needed humility, therefore; I need to prepare myself, for hopefully He is going to use me.

Pray
Lord, I fear you. That is the only fear I ever need. With you by me, I have nothing else to fear. Lord, I am not humble. Please show me the way. Help me to find joy in humility.

Amen.

I sit here on my high horse, considering what to say without making too many people mad or upset. Chasing them away with my post. There are a few things in this life that people hands down do not want to discuss or once they began discussing it, they can’t stop. One of those is politics. Therefore, I have only given myself five minutes to write. With that, I may end up not finishing my thoughts.

So, last night I had a discussion with my dearest Geek Adonis, and he told me about a statement that Rick Santorum said dealing with his voting record. He defended his voting record, saying that nowadays he would have to vote no on every single bill to avoid there being any bad in it. Then dad gum it, for goodness sakes vote no! All these bill makers and lobbyists purposefully add that pork fat that is bad, because they know that politicians are more worried about their reputation than they are their character. I am so sick of them all making excuses about why they voted this and why they voted that. If you truly don’t like it, vote no. If enough do it, they will have to rewrite and rewrite until you can finally vote yes. We the people hire you for our best interests, not for your ho hum votes on well this one isn’t too bad.

I am sick of voters putting politicians in office because they are picking the best out of the worst. They don’t want to waste their vote on someone that may not make it.

That is the problem with our politicians and our voters, we are so worried about our reputation and not about what is right.

Five minutes are up! I will now just rant in my head.