Saturday, May 18, 2019

Does God promise not to give us more than we can handle?


I've heard it said many times that God promises not to give us more than we can handle. It's often preceded by the words, "In the Bible it says". So, I've unsuccessfully tried to find a verse that says that. If you know of such a verse, please let me know. The Bible does say in 1 Corinthians 10:13,
"No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it." But it seems to me that this verse is talking specifically about temptation. It is saying that God always provides a way of escape out of temptation.  (Join me for the rest of this post on Sunday, May 19th, at Woman to Woman Ministries, where each Sunday I share a bit of Sunday Soul Food!)

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Saturday, May 11, 2019

By grace...


I have always loved Jesus. From my earliest memories He was very real to me. I was so young that I can't remember the first time that I asked Him to forgive me of my sins and to come into my heart. I do remember asking Him into my heart repeatedly whenever I felt that I had done something wrong or when there was an "altar call" at church or a question of "who wants to give their heart to Jesus?" in Sunday School class. My sensitive spirit, tender conscience, and the lack of teaching on assurance of salvation in the churches we attended contributed to this. I also didn't fully understand salvation by grace. When I failed at being good enough, I'd just go back to square one and get saved again!

In spite of my lack of full understanding, Jesus and I had a strong friendship. You've heard of children having invisible friends?  When my best friend moved across town and no longer walked to school with me, I used to imagine Jesus walking to school with me instead. I guess you could say that Jesus was my invisible friend. He was also my confidant. Things between Mama and Daddy weren't good, and while I sensed it more than understood it, I would lay in bed at night and talk to Jesus about all my worries and fears.

When I was in fourth grade Daddy left Mama and us kids. Shortly afterward, we began to attend a a little church in the next town over. That church became our support system. They loved our little broken family into wholeness. I could go on and on about various milestones in my relationship with Christ that happened in the following years, but perhaps the most significant one happened when I was about sixteen years old.(Join me for the rest of this post on Sunday, May 12th, at Woman to Woman Ministries, where each Sunday I share a bit of Sunday Soul Food!)

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Monday, May 6, 2019

Weekly Gratitude Journal...


Being blessed, seeing life through the lens of gratitude and thanksgiving, doesn't mean that life is always a bed of roses. Difficulty and blessing are present in our life simultaneously. Having a mindset that looks for the blessings even while living in the midst of difficulty, in my opinion, makes the hard times bearable. Seeing God's goodness in the middle of our mess reminds us that He's right there, in the middle of our mess with us. Thank God for that! 

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Since 2009 I've been counting my blessings thanks to the prompting of Ann Voskamp.
 I continue to count my thanks, 
piling up gratitude day by day in my journal.
(and capturing some of my blessings via my camera or iPhone)

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4-29-19-
-my Papa God's love for me
-God's provision
-a walk with youngest grandson around my hometown
-and ice cream treat and a sunny afternoon at the park after I picked our two middle granddaughters up from school

-early to bed 

4-30-19-
-tea with friends
-feeling 100% better after fighting a bit of a cold
-a good walk with a friend
-ministry friends to share with

5-1-19-
-May Day!
-sleeping with the window open and waking up to birdsong
-picking up our middle grandson from pre-school for my daughter 
and spending some time with my little buddy

5-2-19-
-the treat of a fresh haircut and pedicure
-a bouquet of white tulips
-catching up on the phone with a friend who's been out of town
-praying with my friend who's having surgery tomorrow
-a phone chat with my granddaughter
-a great time of prayer at church

5-3-19-
-Friday date day!
-a beautiful day for lunch outside by the river
-my friend's surgery went well

5-4-19-
-praying with some of our leader's wives
-a walk and talk with a friend
-reading Philippians and Colossians in The Message

5-5-19-
-God's strength 
-steak on the grill after church
-a visit to the lilac garden with a friend

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Saturday, May 4, 2019

More of Jesus...


It starts the minute I wake up. My mind starts telling me the things that I need. "I need coffee. I need peace and quiet. I need more help or more attention or more affection or I need to be left alone. I need more money. I need a vacation."
This morning I had an unusual experience. I was praying while I was tidying the house in preparation for a time of tea, muffins and prayer with some leaders' wives from our church. Suddenly I heard, not with my ears but in my inner being, the words, "Wherever there's a lack, I will fill the gap." I knew God was speaking to me. I immediately thought of myself, and many others in my life, who look to something or someone other than Christ to fill up areas in my/their life where there is a lack. There can be a multitude of ways that we feel and experience lack, and a multitude of ways we try to fill up our own emptiness. (Join me for the rest of this post on Sunday, May 5th, at Woman to Woman Ministries, where each Sunday I share a bit of Sunday Soul Food!)

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Crystal Twaddell