Tuesday, October 31, 2023
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This beautiful tradition, rooted in the experiences of the early American settlers, particularly the Pilgrims, has been a constant source of inspiration for us. It's a story of resilience, unwavering faith, and, above all, the transformative power of gratitude. Each kernel symbolizes a unique facet of this powerful tale, and over the years, we've delved deep into the significance of each.
Saturday, October 28, 2023
The Story of the 5 Kernels
The story of the "Five Kernels of Corn" takes us back to a challenging time in American history when the Pilgrims, having survived a harsh winter, faced a bountiful harvest due to the help of the Native Americans. In an act of gratitude, each person was given only five kernels of corn to sustain them through a day. It's a stark reminder of the scarcity they endured and a testament to their resilience. Despite their hardships, the Pilgrims gathered for their Thanksgiving feast and reflected on their blessings, choosing to be thankful for the simple gift of those five kernels.
While this story may seem simple, it carries a profound message of gratitude. The Pilgrims understood that thankfulness is not solely about the abundance of blessings but rather about the attitude with which we receive and appreciate what we have. They recognized the importance of being content and grateful, even in times of scarcity and adversity. It's a lesson that resonates with us today, reminding us to cultivate gratitude not just for our abundance but also for the simple joys, the acts of kindness, and the support we receive.
As we consider the story of the "Five Kernels of Corn," let it inspire us to be thankful in every circumstance. Just as the Pilgrims found gratitude in their meager sustenance, may we find reasons to be thankful even in the face of challenges. Let's take a moment to reflect on our own lives. What are the "kernels" in our lives, the simple blessings that we may sometimes overlook? Whether it's a smile from a friend, the warmth of a cozy home, or the gift of a new day, let's remember that gratitude can transform our perspective and bring contentment.
In the spirit of gratitude, may we carry the essence of the "Five Kernels of Corn" with us into our day. Let's be thankful not just for the abundance but for the very breath we breathe. As we continue our journey this week, exploring each individual kernel and its unique significance, let us begin with a heart full of thankfulness, inspired by the resilience of those who came before us. Gratitude, as the Pilgrims knew, is the key to a joyful heart, regardless of our circumstances.
Friday, October 27, 2023
Blessed be Asher with children;Let him be acceptable unto his brethren,And let him dip his foot in oil.Thy bars shall be iron and brass;And as thy days, so shall thy strength be.There is none like unto God, O Jeshurun,Who rideth upon the heavens for thy help,And in his excellency on the skies.The eternal God is thy dwelling-place,And underneath are the everlasting arms.And he thrust out the enemy from before thee,And said, Destroy.And Israel dwelleth in safety,The fountain of Jacob alone,In a land of grain and new wine;Yea, his heavens drop down dew.Happy art thou, O Israel:Who is like unto thee, a people saved by Jehovah,The shield of thy help,And the sword of thy excellency!And thine enemies shall submit themselves unto thee;And thou shalt tread upon their high places.
Thursday, October 26, 2023
Wednesday, October 25, 2023
"..but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." Isaiah 40:31 (NIV)What a wonderful verse! So much hope! Often quoted, it is clung to in times of difficulty. And well it should be. It turns our thoughts upward and reminds us that it is the Lord that will renew our strength. We get so tired here. Life is hard. Some days it seems that around every corner is another hurtle that must be conquered and we wonder each time how we are going to make our way over it.
I love that we are given the example of an eagle. Majestic in appearance, eagles are admired for their beauty, grace and strength. But did you ever wonder how the eagle would describe life? As wild animals they must face the elements of nature every minute of their lives. They must toil for each morsel of food, fight for territory, defend their nests and their young and defend themselves against predators, if and when they are encountered. To me, this sounds like a hard life.
There is so much more to these beautiful birds than what we see as spectators. That the scriptures use them to give us hope is quite meaningful. If I were to add my own paraphrase, this verse would go something like this, "..those who hope in the Creator God, will renew their strength and be able to carry on just like the eagle soars even when its day has been full of toil and woe; they will run and not grow weary because the Lord will continue to strengthen them through each and every painful step and they will walk in confidence, leaning on Him to keep them on their feet."
What is wearing you down today? I urge you to look up and to grab the hand of the Almighty. Allow Him to use the examples in nature to reassure you that He is in control. For, if He can be the wind beneath the wings of a weary eagle, then just think what He can and will do for us. God bless you.
Tuesday, October 24, 2023
Monday, October 23, 2023
Greetings, friends! Join us this week as we begin a heartwarming journey into the story of the "Five Kernels of Corn." This cherished tradition, rooted in gratitude, is a testament to the resilience and faith of the early American settlers. In the coming days, we'll explore the profound importance of these kernels and their connection to our upcoming Sunday messages. Your support is instrumental in sharing this message of gratitude, so please consider contributing to our ministry through 'Buy me a coffee.' Let's embark on this journey together!
Sunday, October 22, 2023
Father God, we bow our heads in humble gratitude for the message we've explored today. Thank you for the reminder that Your existence is certain, unwavering, and foundational to our faith. As we go about our lives, may we stand firm in the assurance of Your presence and Your love. Grant us the wisdom to embrace doubt as a steppingstone to deeper faith, and the strength to practice faith-building disciplines. We place our trust in You, the God who exists and loves us more deeply than words can express. In the name of Your Son, Jesus Christ, we offer this prayer. Amen.
I invite you to join me in exploring the assurance of God's existence and what it means for our lives and faith. In a world where doubt and uncertainty can creep in, this message serves as a timely reminder of the unshakable foundation of our beliefs. Together, through the words of Scripture and thoughtful reflection, let's embark on this digital exploration of faith, confidence, and the enduring love of our Creator.
Saturday, October 21, 2023
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Wednesday, October 18, 2023
"Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world." James 4:8 (NLT)
I am one of those people who loves to have a ceiling fan running all the time. The only time it gets turned off is when the temperature outside is dropping therefore dropping the temperature inside enough that leaving it on makes my family members uncomfortable.
Tonight, as I was asking the Lord what to write about, I looked up at the unmoving fan. The blades are coated with the dust that they have collected from the air since the last time they were cleaned. As I was thinking about how desperately the fan needed tending to, the thought crossed my mind that relationships are that way too. When we don't spend time with our loved ones and friends, then a separation can begin. Kind of like the dust that collects on the blades, the happenings of life that occur to each of us build up and steal our attention from where it should be.
Whenever I am asked if I am religious, my answer is always the same. No. I don't have a "religion", I have a relationship. Our Lord is alive, active and personal. He communicates with us through His written Word, Jesus intercedes for us, and the Holy Spirit is dwelling within us. There is nothing that we do, think or say that He is unaware of.
Before our daughter was born, my husband and I worked different shifts. I went to work in the mornings and came home around six o'clock. He left for work in the afternoon and came in late at night when I was often already sleeping. We found that difficult because we didn't have time together to discuss our days or just to enjoy watching a movie together. By the weekend we sometimes had forgotten things that we had wanted to talk about earlier in the week. Because we weren't sharing with each other as often, we didn't feel as close to each other as we had.
That's the way it is with the Lord. We need to spend time with Him, to share our hearts and to seek His forgiveness and direction. We need to hear what He has to say to us by spending time reading our Bibles. When we get so caught up in life that we fail to take the time to be alone with Him, that relationship suffers. Time passes quickly and the enemy is only too happy to continue to provide obstacles that absorb our time and attention.
Today, we have the perfect chance to begin scheduling time to be alone with our Creator. As we look forward to Thanksgiving and Christmas, there is much to remind us of His great love and there will be plenty of opportunities to worship Him and say, "Thank you." The activities of our lives will always be there. Taking a few minutes out of our day for Him will only change things for the better. As we do so, our faith will grow, our joy will increase and our relationship with Him will become something we cherish.
I hope everyone has a blessed week and that you are reminded of how very special you have been created to be. God bless.
Tuesday, October 17, 2023
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Sunday, October 15, 2023
Let us open our hearts and minds to the wonders of God's creation, and may we be inspired to offer our own voices to the chorus of praise that emanates from the heavens. Today, we delve into the magnificence of God's artistry, the language of praise that transcends words, and our role as witnesses to this universal proclamation.
This universal language of praise, witnessed not only on my noon walk but in the daily rhythm of the world, speaks to everyone, regardless of our native tongue or cultural background. It invites us to join in the chorus of adoration for the God who orchestrates this magnificent symphony. So, I encourage you to reflect on your own experiences with the universal language of creation. Consider the moments when you've felt the presence of God through nature, the times when you've been touched by the beauty of a sunrise, a starry night, or the gentle rustling of leaves in the breeze. These moments are a reminder that the heavens declare God's glory without uttering a single word, and they are an invitation to partake in this universal conversation of praise.
In Psalm 19:4, the psalmist reminds us that "their voice goes out to all the earth, their words to the ends of the world." The message of praise, spoken by the heavens and witnessed in the beauty of creation, is not confined to one place or one people. It is a message that transcends borders, cultures, and languages, reaching every corner of our planet.
Consider this truth in the context of the glorious day I spent with my little furry friend, Jack. As we walked under the vast expanse of the sky, I was struck by the idea that the praise offered by creation on that day reached far beyond the boundaries of our immediate surroundings. It resonated with the hearts of people in distant lands, people who may have been experiencing their own moments of awe in the presence of God's creation.
The heavens, the sun, the clouds, the breeze, the very Earth under our feet—all of these elements were testifying to the glory of the Creator. And this testimony extends to all of humanity, inviting us to acknowledge and celebrate God's handiwork. The message of praise proclaimed by the heavens knows no discrimination; it embraces individuals of every race, nation, and background.
As we gather in this virtual sanctuary, we are reminded that the message of God's creation speaks to the ends of the Earth. In our interconnected world, where technology allows us to share and receive messages across continents in an instant, the voice of creation remains a constant, whispering words of adoration to the farthest reaches of the world.
We, as participants in this universal symphony of praise, have a role to play. Our lives, our stories, and our witness become the vehicles through which this message reaches others. Just as my walk with Jack served as a personal encounter with the heavens declaring God's glory, our own experiences with the beauty of creation become the means by which the message of praise is passed on.