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My New Clowned Friend

I met a clown once. He was at the mall making balloon animals for the kids. While he contorted a squeaky red one into a dog for my son, I noticed six cryptical letters embroidered on his costume–where a name tag would be. “IYQYQR” I said,” What does that mean?” “Oh, you don’t speak “clown-lish,” said the red-nosed jester with a grin. “I…like…you..like…you…are,” he said, pointing to each letter.

My new clowned friend was on to something. He must have heard about the guy who said this:

Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.

Theodore Roosevelt

At the risk of comparing The Almighty to both a clown and our 26th president, I believe God agrees.

The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him;

Psalm 103:8,10,13 (NIV)

Clearly, imperfect humans fall far short of God’s holiness (Romans 3:23). And our creator doesn’t grade on the curve. He could flunk us all. Thankfully, there’s a merciful solution for our predicament.

But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

Romans 5:8 (NIV)

You probably already know these things. So, here’s my somewhat fresh angle: God likes you like you are. You don’t have to DO anything to earn his endearment. Like that clown at the mall, He just likes you. Period.

Squeaky balloon animal, anyone?


Photo by Genaro Servin on Pexels.com https://www.pexels.com/photo/clown-with-green-wig-792764/

This post was first published on June 17, 2019, when I had thirty-seven followers. Fourteen of them were squeaky balloon animals.

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Christian Living courage

Throw Out the Life Line

Early one morning, I went around the corner of the house and walked straight through a large spider web. “Ah, man!” I forgot about my eight-legged friend who sets up shop here every evening–between the rain barrel and rose bush.

As I cleared the cobwebs from my face and hair, I felt her crawl down my neck and onto my shoulder. Sure, it was kinda creepy, but she meant me no harm. In just a few seconds she was gone.

Being a spider lover, I know exactly what she did. After laying down a line of silk on my sleeve, she repelled to the ground faster than a US Army Ranger! Charlotte, she’s a barn spider–like the one in Charlotte’s Web, had an excellent escape plan.

Charlotte looks just like this. 🎶 Isn’t she love-ly? Isn’t she beau-ti-ful?🎶 (source, Wikipedia)

What about you and me? Can we throw out a life line to the Lord? He is certainly able to rescue us. “The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves.” – Zepheniah 3:17a (NIV) But do we have an evacuation plan, in case of danger, to crawl quickly to the ledge and leap into the safety of His arms?

If you faint when under pressure, you have need of courage.

Proverbs 24:10 (TPT)

In other words, hardiness and determination develop by being faithful under pressure. Like the legendary John Wayne said, “Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway. “

Other types of arachnids, like jumping spiders, also lay down a silk safety line–before leaping after their pray. This way, they don’t fall (36 inches😀 to their death) if they miss!

Here are a few favorite scriptures I turn too when in need of braveness:

“Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart, all you who hope in the Lord.”– Psalm 31:24 (NKJV)

“So let us boldly approach God’s throne of grace. Then we will receive mercy. We will find grace to help us when we need it.” — Hebrews 4:16 (NIRV)

“Do not be afraid–I am with you! I am your God–let nothing terrify you! I will make you strong and help you; I will protect you and save you.”– Isaiah 41:10 (GNT)

Please share one of yours if you’d like!


For a story about another (equally freakish) encounter with a spider, please read, https://davidsdailydose.org/2021/03/31/the-spider-on-the-rim/

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Christian Living

The Power of Suggestion

Last week one of my kindergarten music classes played rhythm sticks. I came down the rows afterwards giving each child a squirt of hand sanitizer. One little guy asked, “Is that hypnotizer?” I immediately realized what happened: he substituted a word he’d heard for a term he hadn’t yet mastered.

With a chuckle, I told him it was only hand sanitizer. But I kept thinking about what he said. What if there really was such a thing as hypnotizer in a bottle? I’d give each kid a squirt, and as they rubbed their hands together they’d become open to the power of suggestion.

Me (in a soothing voice): “You will keep your hands and feet to yourselves. You will listen while I am talking. You can wait to got to the bathroom.”

Oh how grand it would be!

Sometimes, when I get my spiritual hands dirty, I wish there was a bottle of heavenly hypnotizer. God gives me a squirt or two. I rub my hands together. And I’m suddenly open to the power of holy suggestion.

God (in a soothing voice): “You will be more patient with the children. You will listen (really listen) to me. You should spend time in coffee shops–like Matt, from jesusluvsall.”

Free will is overrated. “Lord, just tell my subconscious mind what to do and let’s get this over with!” But that’s not how things work in the Kingdom of God. In reality, we’re free to choose our thoughts and behaviors. There are always options: good ones, bad ones and somewhere in between.

There’s no such thing as heavenly hypnotizer. And this is a GOOD thing. Robot Christians would be as inauthentic as puppet children. We are designed to love, listen too and obey God (and fallible humans) by choice.

My favorite “Free to Choose” scripture:

But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.

Joshua 24:15 (NIV)

Today, and every day, may we choose to serve the Lord.

🙏❤️ prayers and love.