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Time

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“…redeeming the time…” ~Ephesians 5:16 (NKJV)

Of all the many things we might ask for, time is the one thing we need more of. The adage that, “time and tide wait for no man” seems to ring true when we are racing the clock to meet a deadline, or we would have more time to enjoy the things of life.

I have discovered that time is not one of those things that is renewable: when it’s gone, it’s gone . . . lost to all eternity. I also note that some are good managers of time and others not so much. We too often waste the time we have, only to regret it later at some point. Could we ever be taught to “redeem the time” effectively? I don’t think so. There are so many demands on what time we do have that it becomes only a matter of prioritizing.

There are a couple of occasions that time seems to slow to a snail’s pace: when we are waiting on God to answer prayer or in our desire to grow spiritually. We are so used to an “instant” society, where things happen at warp speed that we find it difficult waiting for the proper time for His response to our situations. Waiting is not something we do so very well.

We tend to forget that God works from an eternal perspective. So we sometimes think we are losing ground if He doesn’t move us along in our spiritual walk or answering our prayers in a timely fashion. God doesn’t seem to get in a hurry. Why should He be? He is not constrained by time. God is the Master at ‘perfect timing.’ One of my favorite expressions is, “timing is everything.” I think it’s so with our Heavenly Father, as well.

George Goodman wrote: “Fruit ripens slowly; days of sunshine and days of storm each add their share. Blessing will succeed blessing and storm follow storm before the fruit is full grown or comes to maturity.”

When we get exasperated because spiritual things are not happening at the pace we think they ought, it’s time to stop and reflect on whom we look to for our deliverance. God says in many places in Scripture that, “He will never leave us nor forsake us”; I think it’s safe to say, nor will He fail us. He knows what we need when we need it.

Take time today to reflect on the majesty of our God. It will calm your fears and reassure you.

Blessings,

Pastor John Roberts

Pastor-John

Please welcome our Sunday morning contributing writer, Pastor John Roberts. John is the pastor of New Hope Fellowship in the great Northwest where he resides with his wife of 46 years. 

 

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How To Find Peace When The Fires Rage

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As the worst fires in our state’s history rage a little too close to home, one cannot help but wonder about the what if’s. 

While I am choosing faith over fear, I cannot help but think practically about what we would do should evacuation, or God forbid, the loss of land, home, or property become a reality for us.

I wrote recently about How Everything Can Change In A Moment (click the highlighted link to read that post).

My thoughts were about taking the time to appreciate the people in your life as we never know what tomorrow holds. Everything we know about life can change in one brief moment.

Thinking about what tangible items I would take with me enabled me to ponder the idea that as long as my family (and pets!) are safe and secure, everything else is just, well, stuff.

Don’t get me wrong – I like my stuff. The things that I own bless my life in many ways. My kindle allows me to curl up on the couch after a long day with my Bible or another great book. My computer and phone allow me to blog, learn new things, and communicate with family and friends. The food in my kitchen keeps my belly full and my family from having to deal with a cranky mama. The clothing I own keeps me warm. I could go on, but you get my point.

The thought of everything we own becoming a heap of ashes as a fire rages though our home is unsettling, but the peace of God reminds me of what is truly important in life. After all, it’s just stuff. 

As with most things in life, when I find myself in the midst of stressful circumstances, I try to see them from an eternal perspective. When I view this through the lens of eternity, I realize that I came into this world with nothing and I can take nothing with me when I leave. (1 Timothy 6:7)

You see, I have all that I need in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19)

So, while planning and preparation are important, I must let peace triumph.

Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. ~John 14:27

These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” ~John 16:33

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.                   ~Philippians 4:6-7

And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. ~Colossians 3:15

Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace always in every way. The Lord be with you all. ~1Thessalonians 3:16

Today I needed the reminder that while I cannot control my circumstances, I can choose fear or faith. I can choose peace over panic. I can choose Him.

*To those of you who have lost your homes, I, in no way, mean to undermine your loss. I have no idea what it is like to walk in your shoes. I am just trying to remind us all that we have a choice in how we choose to view our circumstances. Our attitudes are half of the battle. Please know that you are in our prayers.

All Scripture verses come from the New King James Version.

What do you think? How have you learned to choose peace when the fires rage?

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Blessings

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A dear friend, missionary, and fellow blogger shared recently a post she, too, called BLESSINGS. (You can click on the highlighted text to visit her site.)

Bonnie wrote about how much the word “bless” is used and she began to “ponder what does BLESS really mean to me.” She not only shared a few of her thoughts, but encouraged her readers to do the same.

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What To Do With The Garlic Scapes In Your Kitchen

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I first tried Garlic Scapes earlier this year when my friend shared a jar she had pickled from her garden. (Thanks, Aemi!) Until then, I had never even heard of them.

Just a few weeks ago, my sweet friend and neighbor brought me a bag of them that she had purchased from the Farmer’s Market. (Thank you, Cheryl!)

Today I’d like to share with you what Garlic Scapes are and a few ways in which you can use them. If you grow your own garlic, you will be able to use a part of your plant that you may have previously thrown away. If you come across these at the Farmer’s Market or in your CSA box, you will know exactly what to do with them.

What is a Garlic Scape? Continue reading →

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What Is Worship?

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“Give unto the LORD, O you mighty ones, 

Give unto the LORD glory and strength.

Give unto the LORD the glory due to His name;

Worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.”  ~Psalm 29:1-2 (NKJV)

When I was a kid, I used to love lying down on the front lawn looking up at the stars. I am sure you probably did, too. At the time they were just a wonderful curiosity to me. I had no concept of how they got there, or even why. I just thought they were magnificent to admire. Continue reading →

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Waiting For Power

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I hope that you have enjoyed this week of Vacation Bible School for grown-ups.

If you are just joining us, you can read the posts from earlier in the week – How Great Is My Faith?, The Result of Great Forgiveness, A Spiritual Rebirth, and The Importance Of Sharing Our Faith.

Today is our last day of VBS with the kids. It has been an exhausting, rewarding, challenging, and blessed week. I am so thankful to God for the opportunity for our community to come together to teach and encourage these children in their faith. I pray that you, too, have been blessed by what you have read here this week.

Today’s lesson comes from Acts 1:1-11. Our focus is that more than just telling others about Christ with our mouths; we need to show His love to others with our lives. Continue reading →

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The Importance of Sharing Our Faith

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A Spiritual Rebirth

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The Result of Great Forgiveness

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This week we are looking at the idea that Vacation Bible School isn’t just for kids.

While the program is catered to them, specifically, I believe that God has just as much to teach us. Here is how I put it yesterday:  “While I don’t usually stumble upon brand new information while preparing to teach VBS, I am always humbled by the fact that though my head may know all of this stuff, my heart needs to ponder it yet again.” If you missed that post, you can read it here – How Great Is My Faith?

While yesterday’s subject was faith, today’s subject is LOVE.

My Bible titles Luke Chapter 7 as “A Sinful Woman Forgiven”. The lesson of this story is simple, yet profound: the result of great forgiveness is great love. Continue reading →

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How Great Is My Faith?

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Vacation Bible School isn’t just for kids.

As I was preparing for my 9th VBS this week, I was once again reminded that every year I start out with the perspective that I will be teaching the children about God. Each year, I am reminded that while I may be teaching the kids about God, God is teaching me more about Him.

I take many weeks to read the Scriptures, the material, to plan, and to pray. Every time, I am reminded that I need these lessons just as much as the kids do. There will be some children who will hear these truths for the first time. There will be others who know the stories, but their faith will be strengthened.

While I don’t usually stumble upon brand new information while preparing to teach VBS, I am always humbled by the fact that though my head may know all of this stuff, my heart needs to ponder it yet again. Continue reading →

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Hang In There!

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“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.” ~Ephesians 6:10 (NKJV)

Charles Haddon Spurgeon was a 19th century Baptist preacher in England. He had the ability to take one or two verses of Scripture and expound on them at great length. He was called the “Prince of Preachers” for this very reason, I suspect. I have heard that he was able to sit at his desk on Saturday evening and write out his sermon for the next day. I have read a number of those sermons, and I can tell you that they are quite eloquent and meaningful. I am not so gifted.

Nevertheless, since I have sort of appointed myself your spiritual encourager, I thought this one verse was chocked full of encouragement that could keep you going. While I admit that the title to today’s morning offering is not very spiritual, you can identify with it, I hope. Continue reading →

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How I Prep My Kitchen For A Busy Week

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Today I’d like to share a simple tip with you.

You see, I have been planning the last few weeks knowing that next week will be a busy one for me. I am not used to having to leave the house everyday (I know – I’m quite spoiled!). Next week, however, I will be teaching Monday through Friday at our community Vacation Bible School.

It is such a rewarding time, but it is also quite tiring. The kids and I will arrive home each day tired, hot, and hungry. Hubby will be eagerly awaiting our arrival (and lunch!).

I will need to prep for the next day’s teaching, as well as make dinner and all the other tasks I never seem to have the time to accomplish in a day. I need to do something to make my week easier. Continue reading →

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I Am Not A Gentile

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I had just had one of those precious moments with God. You know, the kind where He whispers something to your spirit? A few familiar words where He reminds you of something so simple, but so profound that you will never be the same?

I had just had one of those moments and I was moved to tears not because He revealed something to me that I didn’t already know, but because He allowed me to experience it to the depths of my soul. I was living in a moment where He was changing me with His love and I was in awe because I was aware of the work He was doing in me and for me in that very moment. Continue reading →

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Multi-Grain Apple Cinnamon Waffles

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After sharing my recipe for the The Best Buttery, Caramel-ly Pancake Sauce EVER, I thought I’d give you a delicious recipe on which to pour that decadent sauce.

Enter my Multi-Grain Apple Cinnamon Waffles. This recipe is very versatile and can be adapted with what you have on hand. You can use berries instead of apples and cinnamon. You can even keep them plain, if that’s the way you roll. Use the recipe as a guideline and create your own favorite variety. Continue reading →

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More Than Enough

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 You are faithful, You are Savior

You are more than enough

The lyrics above are part of the song More Than Enough by the Newsboys.

Today, I would like us to ponder the question, Is Jesus really more than enough for us? Theologically speaking, He is more than enough. What I want to consider today is what our hearts and our minds think about the sufficiency of Christ.

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The Best Buttery, Caramel-ly Pancake Sauce EVER!

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A few years ago, I came across this recipe – Tasty Kitchen’s Liquid Gold (Pancake Syrup). You can click on the red text to read the original recipe.

I’ve adapted the original several times over the years until I have, in my opinion, perfected this recipe.

We enjoy this on our pancakes, waffles, scones, cakes, and muffins. It is also delicious on ice cream, popcorn, and in our morning oatmeal. We like dipping apple slices into it for a sweet snack.

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This syrup is so full of buttery goodness that we don’t use any additional butter on our pancakes, waffles, scones, or muffins! Continue reading →

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Help Is Near

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“The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth.” ~Psalm 145:18 (NKJV)

Every Sunday morning in our fellowship, before we begin our worship time, I ask the question: “How may I pray for you this morning?” I do this primarily because the standard question always seems to be, “what are your prayer requests?”

There is, in my mind, a thought that we ought to approach God in prayer with something specific in mind. I say this because I believe, too often, we are just “slinging our prayers toward heaven” in hopes of God hearing and taking pity on us. I am convinced that it’s more about how we ask rather than what we ask. Continue reading →

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How Everything Can Change In A Moment

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One incident. One accident. One illness. One episode. One phone call.

We’ve all experienced a time in life when one moment has changed everything. Though we may get through the original event, we never really see things the same way again.

It has a way of changing us; a way of reminding us that life is short and time is precious. We remember that we forget to tell them they are loved, that they are precious, and that life is beautiful because of them.

I must have needed that reminder.

Just in case you do, too, hold your spouse a little longer the next time you are hugging. Make that phone call to say, “I’m sorry.” Send that card or gift that says, “You’ve blessed my life.” Hold your child’s face, look them in the eye, and tell them all that they mean to you.

‘Cause everything can change in a moment.  Continue reading →

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Joyful, Hopeful, Patient, & Prayerful

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A few years ago, my Sister-In-Law gave me a beautiful postcard that I have kept in my kitchen ever since. It has a picture of a big, bright sunflower and the words found in Romans 12:12, “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer.”

These words have been a source of strength to me over the years as I have read them. It recently occurred to me, however, that perhaps I have become so familiar with these words that I am letting them wash over me, rather than allowing them to really sink in. Come swim with me, will you? Continue reading →

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Christmas In July

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I know… I know… no one wants to think about Christmas in the middle of summer. Hang with me, though, I have a really good reason for mentioning it now.

You see, I’m a planner by nature. I like to plan meals, schedules, budgets, etc. July 1st means that this year is half over already.

That also means that Christmas will be here before we know it. We know it’s coming. It’s the same date each year. Most people, however, find themselves unprepared, financially, when the big day comes.

Speaking of finances, do you know how much we spend on Christmas gifts?

I know your time is valuable, but would you do me a favor? Would you please take 2 minutes and 38 seconds to watch a video? It’s a life changer. It’s a Christmas changer. Go ahead. I’ll wait for ya. Your to-do list is important, but so is this. Continue reading →

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How I Roast 2 Chickens Without Heating Up My Kitchen

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We eat a lot of chicken in this house.

It’s one of the most frugal meat options, especially when you purchase the whole bird. Gone are the days of boneless, skinless, chicken breast being the star of dinner. I use still them, but only occasionally, sparingly, and with much thought.

Costco’s 2-pack of whole chickens cannot be beat when it comes to the price. At around $6 for each bird, it is the most frugal way I know to feed the meat-lovers in my family. When you consider that I can get 2-3 meals and chicken broth from each bird, it is no wonder I cook one a week.

Actually, with this 18 Quart Roaster Oven, I am able to cook 2 at a time without heating up the kitchen. This method saves me both time and money.

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Here’s how I do it: Continue reading →

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Touched By Jesus

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Matthew 8:1-4

This entire chapter is about the healing ministry of Jesus. As you read this Scripture carefully, you will see some marvelous things. Not the least of which a man’s life was altered in two dimensions: physical and spiritual, because he had been touched by Jesus. Continue reading →

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Only A Mountain

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If you’ve been reading my blog, you know how I feel about Christian music. Click here to read my Musings On Music.

This is a song I reach for when I am feeling particularly overwhelmed about any situation that feels too big for me in that moment. While listening to a song certainly doesn’t solve all of my problems, move mountains, or make all of the stress and fear go away, it does change my perspective. Continue reading →

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