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Christian Blog thankfulness

Too Many Coats

When the weather starts to turn cold it happens –the students at my elementary school start losing their coats and hoodies. Most of the time it’s innocent enough; kids get too hot on the playground, or in the gym, and the coats come off. Sometimes they remember to pick them up. Sometimes they don’t.

The photo above is the result of 90 minutes of work by yours truly. There are about 120 winter garments on the rack, plus a large trash bag full.

Not all of these articles of clothing come from discount stores. I found two “The North Face” jackets and one “Columbia,” plus several name brand hoodies. Some of these retail for over $100 new.

Sometimes, despite our best efforts to return them, we end up with a couple of hundred coats at the end of the school year.

2021 unclaimed coats donated to charity.

I’m not saying our kids are unthankful. Unthoughtful is more like it. They have plenty of clothes, so they don’t miss a coat or two, or even three.

The longer I hung up left behind coats and hoodies, the more irritated I became. I thought of my blogger friend Matt, from jesusluvsall, who helps refugees–many from war-torn countries. Surely more of them would be grateful for a good coat. I was tempted to push the whole rack into my van and drive to Nebraska

Give thanks no matter what happens. God wants you to thank Him because you believe in Christ Jesus.

1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NIRV)

Kind reader, I’m not unthankful for what I have. Unthoughtful is more like it. I seldom consider the fact that I have seven coats, while my Ukrainian neighbor is grateful for just one.

Thoughtful thankfulness; that’s a good description of gratitude.

🙏❤️

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Christian Blog interpersonal conflict

What Was That Again?

Have you ever misread the message on a tee shirt or bumper sticker? The fancy name for this is malapropism–when an incorrect word is used in a sentence that sounds like the correct word but means something completely different.

A couple of months back, tensions boiled over at my workplace. I will shamelessly put a link to my post about it here. 😊 Anyway, a few days after a rather contentious committee meeting, a message on a student’s tee shirt caught my eye.

“Your Enemy is Your Currency”

My immediate thought was, “Yes! This difficult time can drive me straight into God’s arms–if I let it.

The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.

Proverbs 18:10 (NIV)

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

James 4:7 (KJV)

After class was over, students came filing out of my classroom. I got a closer look at the tee shirt. It actually said, “Your Energy is Your Currency.” Oh well. No worries. I knew God sent me a heavenly text message.

All day long I’d been awfulizing about a storm of interpersonal conflict. The words, “I can’t win” were stuck on auto repeat in my mind. The Lord’s message was, “David, let go of the rope and spend some time with me. I never lose.”

Men may misjudge your aim.

Think they have cause to blame.

Say you are wrong; go your quiet way.

Christ is the judge, not they.

Fear not, be strong!

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Kind reader, when God said, “I’ll never leave you or forsake you,” He meant it. Nothing can separate you from His love. Thank you for reading. 🙏❤️


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Christian Blog redemption

Lord, Let Your Light Shine!

Even a casual Christian glance at the state of our world today can cause despair. I find myself asking, along with King David, “When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do?” Psalm 11:3 (NIV)

You can tell by my title where this is headed. The Psalmist answers his own question soon enough:

For with you is the fountain of life, in your light we see light.

Psalm 36:9 (NIV)

This particular verse brings to mind the story of Christ meeting a Samaritan women at the town well. She thinks he needs a drink, but He offers her the bottomless fountain of eternal life.

Then there’s Zacchaeus, a hated tax collector who has lots of money and possessions but is missing the light of God in his life. Everything changes when Jesus invites Himself over to the despised man’s house.

My point is, God’s light can transform anyone and anything before we can blink. Few people wanted a relationship with the two folks mentioned above, but Jesus did.

Kind reader, is there someone in your life whom you fear is beyond redemption? Perhaps they are not. Please join me in prayer: 🙏 Lord, let Your light shine!❤️

Our Heavenly Father brightens lives, too! Thank you for reading. 🙏❤️ prayers and love.


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