MY LITTLE ADVENTURE WITH GOD…

Last week, one of our cars broke down, so we’ve been down to one vehicle.  That means I have to put on my chauffeur hat, and take hubby to work, (in Commerce City-east) take our son to school, (on the west side of town) in the a.m. and then do it all over again in the p.m.

For those of you who don’t know me personally, I must admit this is quite a feat for me!  I don’t drive all that much anymore, so I am frazzled by the time I’m back from this harrowing ordeal!  LOL!

So…Here’s what happened on Friday last week…

I could almost hear God say, “You need to trust Me!  I’ve got you!”  But, instead of trusting Him, I began to lean on my own understanding-which isn’t too proficient might I add.  Am I alone in this boat?  I don’t think so! 🙂

I kept fretting because the car I drive is old and worn out.  The brakes need repairing,  the check engine light is always on, etc.  A few weeks ago, it wouldn’t go into reverse…and now it is having trouble going into drive!  So….I fret!

I got my husband to work, and my son to school just fine.  No incidents.  So, in the afternoon, I went to pick up my son from school.  I was stopped at a light, and when it turned green, I stepped on the gas…and nothing happened.  Folks were honking at me, racing around me, flipping me off and cursing!  I threw my hands up in the air and said sorry…but it didn’t seem to help the rage they were feeling.

I began to pray, “Jesus!  Please help me at least get to the side of the road!”  Now, keep in mind…I’m 66, alone, not strong enough to push my car out of traffic, and…and this is a BIG AND…I only have $5.00 and some change in my purse.  Not enough for a cab, or a Uber or Lyft!

Well, to make a LONG story short, God got it started.  It did the same thing two more times, and completely died on me once before I got to the school.  I called my husband and he told me to find and Auto Zone and ask for transmission fluid.  I finally found one! I went in and told the guy what I needed.  He went and got it for me…but it was $7.49 plus tax….  The look on my face must have been that of desperation as I said, “Oh God!  I only have $5.00 and some change…don’t you have anything cheaper?”  The guy didn’t say a word.  He just cancelled it out, and rung it up to $4.99 plus tax.  I saw the total and exclaimed, “Oh thank You Jesus!”  The guy just smiled and patted me on the shoulder as I began to blubber.

We went back on Saturday to look for this kind “angel” and thank him.  When we did, and tried to pay the difference, he said, “No need…it was from the heart!”

Wow!  I saw the hands and feet of Jesus that day!  When we let God work through us, we have no idea what kind of impact we make on those around us!

Let God use you today to help someone.  Be and “angel”.  Be His hands and feet.  Be kind and compassionate.  BE JESUS WITH SKIN ON!

Anita

DOES YOUR BATTERY NEED RECHARGING?

 “Bad company corrupts good character.” -1 Corinthians 15:33   

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I am always reminded of this verse when I hang out with my ‘old’ crowd.  I’m not saying they are bad folks…they just don’t KNOW the Lord.  They have a different master than I do.  And, I’m not saying I’m perfect…because I’m far from it!

For me, when the forces of darkness, (satan and his imps)  seem to out-number the force of Light, (Jesus) I find myself falling back into my old ways.  I am ashamed to admit it, but I hear myself spewing forth cursing and bitterness, find myself laughing at ungodly jokes…just pretty much joining in, and being part of the crowd.  Why?  I forgot to put on all my armor!

But…the Bible says that we as Believers are to be a beacon of Light.  We are to be a “peculiar” people.  That means, don’t blend in…stand out!  Folks are supposed to see a difference in us.  That difference will cause curiosity.  IF we show them something different…love instead of hate…joy instead of depression…peace instead of turmoil, they will want to know what we have, and how we obtained it!  Then we can share the Gospel with them!

I am appalled at myself when I fall back into my ‘old’ ways!    I’m sure my old friends are surprised as well when they hear me talk like I used to, or see me do the things I used to do; for when I was first saved, I witnessed to them, and they saw something different in me…a change.

So…does that mean we are not to ever be with the ‘old’ crowd?

NO!  It means we are to be with them…but we need to be sure and put on all of our armor before we go…for it will be a battle of Good against evil!  We need to be a bright light to the world…not a dim candle!  So, suit up and get ready for war!  Show those poor lost souls on the battlefield of life the way to salvation!

BE A LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS!

SHINE!

Anita

RENEWING MY VOWS…

We just got home from attending a wedding renewal of vows of our dear friends, Tomas and Camille Cordova.  They have been married for 18 years, and wanted to publicly announce their still abiding love for one another, and make their commitment known to friends and family.  What a beautiful picture!

It reminded me of the time when Jesus found me forty-nine years ago, and made me His bride.  I tell people often about all He’s done for me in these past years, but today…I want to re-announce, and reaffirm  my undying love for Him!  I want to re-commit my life, my will, my emotions…all that I am to Him.  After all, He is the best thing that has ever happened to me!

If you don’t know Him yet, I hope you will soon!  He’ll never leave you.  He always forgives.  And He will love you ALWAYS!  Look at Job 5:8 “If I were in your shoes, I’d go straight to God,  I’d throw myself on the mercy of God.  After all, he’s famous for great and unexpected acts; there’s no end to his surprises. ”  -The Message

I love you Jesus!  Now and for always!

anita

“DON’T WORRY ‘BOUT A THING…”

Here’s a thought for the day worth pondering…

MAKE PRAYER YOUR FIRST PRIORITY INSTEAD OF YOUR LAST RESORT! -Our Daily Bread

Got a lot going on today?  Things you can’t seem to handle?  Call out to Jesus in prayer, and let Him take care of everything.  Then, sit back and to quote Bob Marley….  “Don’t worry ’bout a thing!  Every little thing’s gonna be alright!”

anita

“… ask the birds of the sky…”

“But ask the animals, and they will teach you,
    or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you;
or speak to the earth, and it will teach you,
    or let the fish in the sea inform you.
Which of all these does not know
    that the hand of the Lord has done this?
10 In his hand is the life of every creature
    and the breath of all mankind. -Job 12:7-10

When I read the above passage this morning, it brought to remembrance a poem I wrote back in 2008 called, The Starlings Song.  Take a look…

Oh bird of black

And midnight blue,

This song you sing…

Who is it to?

 

This sweet refrain,

In boughs a swaying…

What are the words?

What are you saying?

 

At times, I’m sure

It’s to your kin,

To let them know

Just how you’ve been;

 

But when I see 

You all alone…

Your mighty voice,

Raised up in tone,

 

And singing, though

Your heart would burst

To One, unseen…

A glorious verse;

 

It’s like a prayer…

More than a song

When in duet,

Dove coos along;

 

And both,  with voices

Raised divine,

God bends His ear

And for a time,

 

Turns His attention…

His full gaze,

And hears Creation 

Sing in praise!

Anita Mondragon -April 2008

 

 

 

A POWERFUL SERMON…FROM A LITTLE MAN

i BLOGGED THIS TWO YEARS AGO, BUT THOUGHT IT WORTH BLOGGING AGAIN. REMEMBER….CHILDREN LIVE WHAT THEY LEARN FROM US. BE A GOOD EXAMPLE! -anita

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A couple of months back, we were on our way to church.  Traffic was horrible…almost bumper to bumper, so it was easy for me to read the bumper stickers on the  cars in front of us.  One was plastered with New Age messages, urging its readers to “Worship the Goddess.”  As we finally were able to pass this car, I noticed that the driver was a lady much older than myself.  I was thinking…and as is often the case, my mouth went into gear before assessing the weight of my words.   I said aloud, “That lady’s older than I am!  You’d think she’d have some sense by now!  What a stupid lady!”

My eight year old son was sitting in the back seat, taking it all in.  I believe God must have tapped him on the shoulder, for suddenly, he became a knowledgeable orator. He only spoke fifteen words in his sermonette to…

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TRUST…AND BE STILL!

Trust in Him at all times,,,,  God is a refuge for us. – Psalm 62:8

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“Oh the rest of simply trusting;

Yielding to my Father’s will,

In His loving arms enfolded,

Just to trust Him and be still! -Unknown

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Are you having a tough time today?  A serious problem you can’t fix?  Does everything seem to be beyond your control?…..   TRUST GOD TO TAKE CARE OF IT!

Anita

What’s in your alabaster box?

 Cast all your care upon him; for he cares for you. -1Peter 5:7

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Remember the story of Mary Magdalene in the Bible?  ….

Jesus was invited to the home of Simon the Pharisee for dinner.  He no doubt wanted to show Jesus how religious and ‘pure’ he was.  He didn’t invite Jesus to his home because he wanted His presence…it was so that he could later boast to his friends that Jesus had been his guest for dinner.

Then an unheard of thing happened…a prostitute showed up…uninvited!  Most of us know the rest of the story….

Mary is so overwhelmed by the presence of Jesus, she lets down her hair, washes His feet with her tears, and dries them with her hair.  Then, she breaks her alabaster box full of precious ointment, and anoints His feet.  Women in that day would save a whole lifetime so they could afford the ointment in the alabaster box.  It was very costly!  We all own an alabaster box.  Our boxes are full of things from the past that we can’t seem to let go of…anger, hurt, resentments….

This action by her causes quite a stir among the prominent men at the party.  Why?  Because in that culture, when a prostitute let her hair down, it was a sign of seduction.  All the men in the room including Simon believed they hadn’t sinned as bad as her…so she was judged by them.  How many of us do the same thing?  We see a drug addict, alcoholic, prostitute, murder…etc, and believe they are worse sinners than us.  God disagrees with this view.  He said “there is NONE righteous…NO…not one!”-Romans 3:10

My question is this:  What’s in your alabaster box?  How many hurts have you stored up over the years?  How many regrets?  How many secrets?  How much hatred?  How much unforgiveness towards those who have hurt you?

When will you stop being concerned about WHO is watching you at altar call time?  When will you unashamedly run into the arms of Jesus and cast all your cares upon Him?

Take a moment, and investigate the inventory of your alabaster box.  Do you need to break it at the feet of Jesus?

Mary Magdalene walked away from the party that day, FORGIVEN OF ALL HER SINS!  You can do the same!  Run into His presence…

Anita

SCARS

Here’s one from Lee.  It’s really good! -anita

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SCARS

 

I read an article recently that brought a reminder rushing back to my mind. The article dealt with the scars in our lives and related our scars to the scars that our Lord Jesus has, even in heaven.

 

The article author, Rebecca Vandoodewaard, emphasizes that “Scars are beautiful things. God made our bodies to heal, so scars are a triumph of health over injury.” I was pleased that she further explains what she means by “beautiful” here: “While we don’t need to pretend that scars are beautiful in themselves, we can treasure the lessons that they give us. They remind us to be humble.”

 

I was particularly moved by this article because I have worn a scar from the top of my breastbone down to my belly for some 22 years now, the result of emergency open-heart surgery. After surgery, the first time I stood before a mirror and looked at that scar, I was completely appalled and ashamed of how my body looked. In God’s wonderful care and grace, however, He quickly changed my thinking. Sometime after the surgery, a new thought came to me: the fact that the scar was there – and I could see it and appreciate it – meant that I was still alive. That God had brought me through that dreadful experience. I then wrote a song that I titled Scars Mean There’s Healing.

 

So I was immediately in tune with the point that Ms. Vandoodewaard was making, upon reading this article. In some sense, yes, a scar is beautiful. And the existence of a scar means that God is at work and is teaching us something: maybe humility, as the author above notes, or maybe patience, self-denial, or contentment. Of course, it might be some time later before these lessons are learned.

 

My song was based on a passage in Deuteronomy, verse 32:39, which I came upon as God worked to open my eyes concerning the surgery and resulting scar. The passage reads, in part: “…It is I (God) who put to death and give life; I have wounded, and it is I who heal….” This passage totally reformed my thoughts about the surgery and my scar—I learned that all of this was in God’s hands. In some way, I felt that God had taken a personal interest in my life and that it was He who touched me and brought healing. Instead of feeling sorry and ashamed for myself, I became thankful for my scar.

 

Ms. Vandoodewaard also reminds us that, in heaven, we will have no scars (Eph 5:27). But many people believe that Jesus does have scars still evident, even in heaven.   “See My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself; touch Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.”  (Luke 26:39)  “[Jesus] showed them (the disciples) both His hands and His side.” (John 20:20) It completely makes sense to me that our Lord would still bear the evidence of His great work on the cross; and why shouldn’t He? The cross and the wounds He received are the symbols of His victory over sin and death. The very basis for our justification.

 

My thinking on this hasn’t changed one bit from when I wrote my song 22 years ago. There’s a line in the song that says, “Jesus has scars and they’re all mine, too.” The lyrical conclusion I reached in that song was this: “I’ve learned that my scars have a beauty you see…For they’re the result of God’s saving me!” My scars constantly remind me of God, while Jesus’ scars remind me of His great love for me and for you. To my mind, that’s a beautiful thought!

Lee Pierce