Another great devotional from Bible Gateway NIV devotionals for moms. 🙂
Listen to the Stones
Additional Scripture Readings: Proverbs 1:5
When Jesus made his triumphal entry into Jerusalem, crowds cheered, “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!” (Luke 19:38). The Pharisees ordered Jesus to tell the disciples to be quiet. Jesus replied, “If they keep quiet, the stones will cry out” (Luke 19:40). Surely Jesus meant that the good news of his coming was so overwhelming that, if human voices failed, the most ordinary, inanimate objects of the earth would have to shout his praise.
In the same way, if we miss God in the big picture, he will be sure to make himself known in the plain, the small and the near. The ordinary stones of our lives are ready to tell us something important. They praise a God who is ever-present. They bless the name of a God who cares.
Like the unexpected note that picks up our spirits. Or the nearby parking space when we’re in a hurry with a baby and toddler in tow. Or the hug from a friend that says, “I understand.”
In life’s tough times, evidence of God’s care may seem to evaporate. But his presence in daily moments is there nonetheless—if we’ll just listen to the stones.
I was listening to the radio last week when the dj mentioned that Frozen was the only Oscar nominated film he had seen this year. It made me smile, because I may just be in the same boat. I am a fan of the movie Frozen, but moreover I am a fan of the soundtrack. I enjoy playing the songs for my kids, because I like them myself.
I think music touches us all a bit differently. The one song from the soundtrack, “Let it Go” is probably my favorite. And…the more I listen to it, the more I relate it to my relationship with God. Elsa (one of the princesses in the movie) is born with a special gift or curse, depending on how it is used. Her parents told her to keep it hidden, so she was isolated and afraid of letting others see who she really was. She gains a bit of freedom in the movie and sings about how she can finally let her whole self show, she can be herself and she doesn’t have to be perfect anymore. I see this as an excellent teaching moment for kids. We all have been given gifts and we all have faults. We can try to be perfect, work very hard at it, but we cannot do it on our own. Only with God can we truly let ourselves go, be who He wants us to be, figure out how to rely on Him instead of trying to be perfect. No, we should not go on sinning simply to get more grace, but we can show Him our scars, our faults and our attempts at being perfect. We can rely on Him for everything, stop hiding who we are and let it go. A long time ago a friend told me to “Let Go and Let God.” I think that applies well here and in life.
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.
The other day I was with a group of people. The group was a mix of Christians and non – Christians. One of the Christians in the group is quite outspoken and opinionated. This person likes to have attention and isn’t too concerned if anyone is offended. Another person in the group quietly takes it all in, as in many other areas of life, but then is quick to make little snide comments about certain situations or people. They are unheard by most and I am sure there are a number of thoughts for every comment that comes out. Neither is better than the other. They are both sinning, one quietly and one outspokenly. And guess what? So am I by judging them instead of looking at myself instead of them.
Christians sin. We are no better than anyone else in the world. But we love and believe in a Lord and Savior who forgives us; who died for us knowing every horrible thing we would do in our lives.
There are some Christians who come across as judgmental and hopefully their intentions are good. If you are a Christian and believe in heaven and hell, the last thing you want is for anyone to live in hell for eternity. So sometimes we try to “help” others come to Christ in a misguided way. We aren’t perfect. We love all people, whether or not they sin, because we know we are sinners. We know we are lost without Christ. We know we are saved and going to Heaven and just want as many people to come with us as possible.
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.
So I am pretty sure that gluten presents a problem to my body. But I am still in the stage of determining to what extent. I did get a celiac test a year or 2 ago and was cleared. So…for all of you who suffer from gluten issues, please lend your advice. The internet offers a lot of information and a lot of contradictory information. I will be making an appointment with my dr, but in the meantime…help…please. 🙂
* Differences in wheat allergies, gluten intolerance, gluten sensitivity, etc?
* lunchmeat ok or no?
* greek yogurt ok or no?
* should I assume everything is not safe if it doesn’t specify that it is gluten free?
* do itchy ears, throat, eyes etc line up with internal belly issues?…I seem to have both…
* is it possibly I have nothing wrong with me per se…it is just that gluten is not healthy for anyone and I am noticing it more since I have avoided it for some time?
* is there a non-fancy, very basic, mostly whole food diet plan I can follow day to day for awhile…?
Any advice is appreciated,
Please join me today in praying for the enormous number of babies who are aborted each day. Please join me in praying for their parents who are facing things many of us cannot imagine. Please join me in praying for EACH life everywhere in this world…the blessed, the poor, the wicked, the homeless, the tortured, the abused, the hurting, the dying, the living. Pray that we may be able to show them God’s light and love. We are able to help every person without enabling them. We are able to LOVE every person despite their decisions. There are a lot of people I love who do not make choices I love. There are a lot of people who love me that do not love the choices I make. We need to love as God loves us. Love with His heart, His gentleness, His forgiveness. I am not saying we compromise our beliefs, but Jesus was and is a friend of sinners, and we are all sinners. The least we can do is honor Him by reaching out to others with His love.
PLEASE PRAY that the world may see each life, whether born or unborn, as a life that is made from God, a life full of potential, a life worth living.
‘Do not fear, for I am with you; do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’