Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Daily Devotional /By Melinda Clements / Perceptions Ministry
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There is an old Chinese proverb that says, "He who asks a question is a fool for five minutes. He who does not ask a question remains a fool forever." There are no dumb questions. The only questions that are dumb are those you never asked.
How many times have we wondered or questioned the way things were and we just stayed quiet and stewed over? Perhaps it is because we are shy or maybe it is because we don't want to appear stupid. Sometimes I have questions even after I have heard the same thing over and over. I guess I'm the kind of person that needs to have a picture drawn in order to truly grasp the situation.
Sometimes I question God. Sometimes I argue with him. Many times I fuss at him to vent my frustration and my fears. The good thing is he lets me rant and rave and fuss and discuss and he waits until I'm spent and then he wants to know if I feel better. Sometimes I do and sometimes I don't.
I always have 20/20 hindsight. I can look back and see how I screwed up or how I hurt someone and I can see how I could have done things differently. I may have been talking when I should have been listening and for whatever reason I missed the concept.
My two children were very different. My daughter always had questions. She wanted to know why and the reasons behind the why. She never minded doing whatever I asked but she wanted to understand the philosophy behind the request. For my son it was pretty much okay and he would do whatever. He didn't care about the reasons why. All of us think about the reasons why. All of us get to the point where we question what is happening and why. All of stew over new concepts but will not ask the questions that will make it clearer and easier to grasp.
God always asks us to step out in faith. That means we rarely know the reasons why or the pertinence of the situation. Dumb questions are those we don't voice, either to ourselves, to others or to God. We can always question God but he reveals things to us in his time alone.
If you have a strong personal relationship with Jesus you will always be wondering why things happen. He will only let you in on the issue when the time is right for you.
I encourage my students to ask questions and seek help for those things they don't understand. God in all his wisdom answers all our questions in due time. Sometimes God says no to our prayers and requests. Sometimes we don't really need to know the answers or reasons. He will reveal to us what will be best for us in the bigger picture. That is what is referred to as "operating in blind faith." Scripture tells us, "faith is believing in things unseen" (Heb. 11:1). Faith is confidence in the reality of the spiritual things of God. If your relationship with God is strong you can question him about anything. That is what "personal" means.
I ask God dumb questions all the time and not once has he boomed at me and said, "Melinda, that is about a stupid question! Where did you come up with that one?" More times than not, with his promptings, I end up answering my own questions. Sometimes I've known the answer all along but just didn't want to admit it. I need God to reassure and nurture me. God is our father and teacher and he encourages wisdom, learning and understanding. He encourages discussion and debate. He encourages stimulating thought processes that result in a bigger and clearer picture. He wants us to grow in grace. Our ability to questions says a lot about our faith and our relationship with the Savior.
Dumb Questions are those that never come out for whatever reason. We can't learn if we don't ask. We can't grow if we squelch the very things that make us wiser. God wants to hear from you. Do that by prayer. Talk to him, discuss with him, learn from him and share him with others. That gives you a very valid and believable witnessing tool.
Remember he loves you and wants what is best for you. You are his work in progress and always remember, "God don't make no junk!"
Be Blessed This Day!
To Those who believe in God no explanation is necessary; to those who do not, no explanation is possible!
May you always fly with eagles, may you always run with wolves and walk the path of the buffalo; most of all may you always be my brothers and sisters in Christ.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
9not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.
I have been listening and singing this song all week. Sing with me.
Here is the song, NEVER LET GO, by Matt Redman:
Here are the lyrics:
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death
Your perfect love is casting out fear
And even when I'm caught in the middle of the storms of this life
I won't turn back
I know You are near
And I will fear no evil
For my God is with me
And if my God is with me
Whom then shall I fear?
Whom then shall I fear?
*** Oh no, You never let go
Through the calm and through the storm
Oh no, You never let go
In every high and every low
Oh no, You never let go
Lord, You never let go of me
And I can see a light that is coming for the heart that holds on
A glorious light beyond all compare
And there will be an end to these troubles
But until that day comes
We'll live to know You here on the earth
Yes, I can see a light that is coming for the heart that holds on
And there will be an end to these troubles
But until that day comes
Still I will praise You, still I will praise You
Saturday, August 22, 2009
One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people.
He said, "My son, the battle is between two wolves inside us all.
"One is Evil - It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.
"The other is Good - It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith."
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: "Which wolf wins?"
The old Cherokee simply replied, "The one you feed."
Monday, August 17, 2009
This is Addie and I in the hallway outside her apartment complex.
I took Addie out to eat to her favorite Mexican Food Restaurant and she insisted on paying. I had a hard time getting her to let me take her picture. I never understook why she and my mother were so obstinate about getting their picture made. I just had to fight her to get this done. They were both such pretty ladies but you couldn't always tell it by their pictures. Anyway, fight I did and after several attempts I finally got a couple without her eyes closed.
I got to Canyon about 2:30 and got in the car to head home about 5:30. Addie had plans for a game of 88 that night at the Center so I insisted she not cancel since I needed to be on my way home.
Cd's back on and away I headed down Interstate 27. About 10 miles north of Plainview I realize I am about to pass the house where mother, daddy and I lived not long after I graduated from High School. I had moved to Plainview, gone to work for Southwestern Bell Telephone Company where my sister in law Shari worked. I first lived with my sister TiaJuana and her family until my good friend from High School Latrell Stewart joined me at the telephone company and as my room mate in my first apartment. We worked together and lived there for about a year when Latrell decided to marry her High School sweetheart Jack Hysinger. About this time Daddy sold his farm at Vigo Park and bought a small farm north of Plainview about 10 miles.
This is a picture of the house we lived in on that farm. I did not have a car and although I thought I was going to be making so much money I could buy one right away that was not to be the case. I made $50 a week and by the time uncle Sam took his share I didn't have much left after rent, utilities,and groceries. We lived about 2 blocks from work and we walked. After Latrell moved I moved out on the farm with Mother and Daddy and bought myself a 1954 Blue Ford. It was about 1960 when I bought it. Daddy found it and brought it home to me sight unseen and I went to the Credit Union and borrowed the $600.00 to pay him for it. I paid it out every month to the tune of about $75.00 a month. I was so proud of myself and that car. But then, I had to buy gas. After Bud and I got married in 1962 Bud traded that car for a pickup for work. I was so sad to see it go but I got his 1960 model Ford and he couldn't understand why I was sad. I told him, "That's the car I chased you in."
After stopping for a picture of the house I headed to the Cemetary in Plainview after stopping at the Dollar Store for some flowers and flags to put on Mother and Daddy's grave site. I don't get to Plainview very often so when we do we try to go by and make sure the grass and weeds are not growing over it. It is perpetual care but just the same Mother always wanted to go by Tia Juana's space and we did that often when we lived in Plainview. I know they are not there but out of respect it just seems like the thing to do. Mother always loved flowers and Daddy was a patriotic man so I got a flag for him. It is just a memorial and I was reminded of the verse of scripture
1(A)But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came to the tomb bringing the spices which they had prepared.
2And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb,
3but when they entered, they did not find the body of (B)the Lord Jesus.
4While they were perplexed about this, behold, (C)two men suddenly (D)stood near them in dazzling clothing;
5and as the women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, "Why do you seek the living One among the dead?
Now I know this is talking about Jesus...but I'm just saying...why do we go to the cemetery? I guess I go because it makes me feel better. I don't know if they could hear me...but I told them what great parents they had been and how much I loved them. and I felt better.
We always go to check on Shari's mother and daddys' gravesite because they are very close to where mother and daddy are buried. Shari's brother Don is right beside them. I put flowers on their graves too. Shari, this was for you and Sue.
Back in my car and back on the road listening to Andrew Wommack. Maybe this trip was for me and not for Aunt Addie. These teachings just made me realize how far below we Christian walk from the standard that Jesus meant for us to walk. Jesus sent the Holy Spirit in Acts that we might have power.
Acts 1:8But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth."
We talk about the times we are living in and wonder when Jesus will come back to get his people but there is still much to be done.
Acts. 2 16But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;
17And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:
18And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:
19And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke:
20The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and notable day of the Lord come:
21And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.
Jesus left us work to do and He sent us the Holy Spirit to empower us to do that work. I think I better get busy there is work for me to do.
Friday, August 14, 2009
Shari's sister Sue and two of her kids and their children came by to visit this past week. Kelly lives in Houston and Kevin has recently moved to the Dallas area. I believe along with about 10 children. They had a good visit sitting out in the front yard.
Shari and James both said again tonight how blessed they were to have Dirk and his family so near. They are in an out several times a day.
All day I have been singing a song that we learned in Bible School this year. wish I could find it and put it on my blog but the chorus was "The Word of the God is true, We can trust Him, We can trust Him".
Please pray for them especially that they will have the strength and courage to face the days ahead.
HIS WORD IS TRUE AND WE CAN TRUST HIM.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
On Friday Jana and Bruce, Lana and Kellyn drove to Munday so we could take a trip up to Littlefield to see Mary Lu and Billy Tom. It had been a long time since they had been up that way and since Billy Tom is not traveling anymore they knew the only way we could all get together was to all go to Littlefield. On Saturday morning we all headed to Littlefield. Mary Lu and the girls had fixed cold cuts, cantelope and a delicious cake for lunch. We had a great visit all afternoon with Shelly, Sharla, her daughter Kaitlyn , Mary Lu and Billy Tom.
Littlefield has a new motel across the street so Jana and Bruce and kids stayed there and the kids had fun swimming. They took swimming lessons this summer and even though Hogan is just 4 he could swim across the pool and performed for us swimming back and forth.
Bruce and the kids enjoyed the pool and stayed with Billy Tom while the girls headed to Lubbock to the movie. We went to see "Julia and Julie". It was really good and entertaining.
After the movie we headed to Appleby's for a little "midnight" snack. Left to right: Jana Nelson, Sharla Schaffner, Kellyn Jordan (Lana's daughter) Shelly Grant, Kaitlyn Schaffner (Sharla's daughter) Lana Jordan, Mary Lu and Wilma. I think the people in the restaurant thought we were a little "high"...and we were. High on life and fun with Family. Wish the rest of our family could have been there.
Lana told Shaila we needed one more nose to make the night complete.
On Sunday Mary Lu, Shelly and Sharla again fed us. Fruit, sweet rolls, juice and coffee...more swimming and then lunch. Seems like we always find time for food. So, lunch was chicken spaghetti, garlic bread, salad, and banana pudding. I gained at least 5 lbs.
Shelly's grandchildren Ethan and Aubry and their Mom April came by to say hi and I snapped their picture. They are getting so big and are cute as can be but a bit on the shy side. Wonder where they got that...Not from our side of the family for sure.
We left Littlefield about 1:30 and after a "swing by" The Sonic we drove to Lubbock to visit with Bud's Aunt Foy. She is Granny Hogan's youngest sister who is ten years older than Bud. Foy is now living with her son Bud (which really confused Hogan and Ella) and his wife Sidna. We spent a couple of hours visiting with them and headed back to Munday.
We got home about supper time and decided we had had plenty to eat sooooo guess what? Everyone ask for Poppy's Perfect Popcorn which we are trying to find a way to market. It is the best the family plans to make a million marketing this popcorn. Now, we just need to get the word out to the masses.
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
My grandaughter sent this to me and she is not even married. It is good advice to those considering marriage.
The Man Rules
At last a guy has taken the time to write this all down
Finally , the guys' side of the story.
( I must admit, it's pretty good.)
We always hear " the rules"
From the female side.
Now here are the rules from the male side.
These are our rules!
Please note.. these are all numbered "1 "
1. Men are NOT mind readers.
1. Learn to work the toilet seat.
You're a big girl.
If it's up, put it down.
We need it up, you need it down.
You don't hear us complaining about you leaving it down.
1. Sunday sports
It's like the full moon
or the changing of the tides.
Let it be.
1. Crying is blackmail.
1. Ask for what you want.
Let us be clear on this one:
Subtle hints do not work!
Strong hints do not work!
Obvious hints do not work!
Just say it!
1. Yes and No
are perfectly acceptable answers
to almost every question.
1. Come to us with a problem only if you want help solving it.
That's what we do.
Sympathy is what your girlfriends are for.
1. Anything we said 6 months ago
is inadmissible in an argument.
In fact, all comments
become Null and void after 7 Days.
1. If you think you're fat,
you probably are.
Don't ask us.
1. If something we said
can be interpreted two ways
and one of the ways
makes you sad or angry,
we meant the other one
1. You can either ask us
to do something
Or tell us how you want it done.
If you already know
best how to do it,
just do it yourself.
1. Whenever possible,
Please say whatever you have to say during commercials.
1. Christopher Columbus
did NOT need directions
and neither do we.
1. ALL men see in only 16 colors,
like Windows default settings.
Peach, for example, is a fruit,
not A color.
Pumpkin is also a fruit.
We have no idea what mauve is.
1. If it itches, it will be scratched.
We do that.
1. If we ask what is wrong
and you say "nothing,"
We will act like nothing's wrong.
We know you are lying,
but it is just not worth the hassle.
1. If you ask a question
you don't want an answer to,
Expect an answer
you don't want to hear.
1. When we have to go somewhere, absolutely anything you wear
is fine... Really .
1. Don't ask us
what we're thinking about
unless you are prepared
to discuss such topics
as baseball or golf.
1. You have enough clothes.
1. You have too many shoes.
1. I am in shape.
Round IS a shape!
1. Thank you for reading this.
Yes, I know, I have to sleep on the couch tonight;
But did you know
men really don't mind that?It's like camping.
A former resident and friend came over from Seymour (about 25 miles) to give us instructions. Here is Cindy McWhorter and Brenda Huckabee trying to tell us, "This is serious business".
Sister in laws Shirley and Barbara Bowman. They didn't know the other was coming.
Cindy McWhorter and Brenda Huckabee (We went to church with Brenda and her husband in Plainview about 25 years ago)
Judy Hubbard, Jackie Lowrance, Ronnie Cude, Front row Nancy Harris and Barbara Bowman.
We had about 3 who didn't come and we hope they show up next month.