Father in heaven, go before this message and let Your presence be seen first, last and always. In Jesus name, Amen.
Welcome back everyone. This will be just a quick note to keep in touch with you all. I am
still out of town and it’s been a very strange vacation to say the least. You read last week about all the things that were going on. Well there have been things within the things that have been… well… eye opening. Some of it not so good. But in the midst of it, I have been focused on an idea that God impressed me with a few days ago. I posted it on my Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter accounts. It says this… we shouldn’t live our lives afraid like we might die tomorrow, we should live our lives boldly for Christ like we might die tomorrow.
We can’t make everyone happy, we can’t make anyone see us in any other light than what they choose to, we can’t teach anyone anything that they are not willing to learn. What we can do is live boldly for Jesus and leave the results up to Him!
1 Corinthians 10:31 says, “So, whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”
This has been the verse that has struck me in conjunction with the idea of living boldly for Jesus. I was asked to speak at a church in about three weeks and this along with some other thoughts is what I plan to speak on… what God has impressed me to speak on. No matter what we do each day, we should ask ourselves, “will this honor God?”
It’s not an easy question to ask myself. It can be challenging, thought provoking, painful, and many more things I would rather not examine. But it can also show me where I need to spruce up my spiritual life. It can show me where I need to do some repair work on the path I am walking. It can show me how to choose better ways to speak to my family (or anyone) along my journey. No, it’s not always enjoyable, but it is always necessary,
like a surgery that is needed to correct a life-threatening affliction. The surgeon comes in and explains what needs to be done so that you are aware of what he or she will be doing. You obediently disrobe and put on the fashionable hospital gown, kiss your loved ones and say a prayer that all goes well. Knowing this surgery is vital to save your life, you are not likely to tell the attending nurses to stop the gurney as they wheel you into the operating room, because you have changed your mind and decided to just wait and see what happens.
You know there will be pain and healing to be done but the outcome will give you a longer and healthier life with your family. You decide it is totally worth doing right? The surgery God wants to perform will likely cause some discomfort and a change in life style so as not to repeat what brought you to this point in the first place. But it most definitely will save your life… your eternal life!
Ok so this wasn’t such a quick note, I guess I had more to say than I thought. This has been a life altering vacation in many ways. I pray God keeps all the things I’ve learned with me and keeps teaching me. I pray He does the same for you my table family.
I was trying to decide what recipe to give you all this week. Then I heard an ad on the radio talking about Orange Julius, well that’s when it came to me to do that one because, as kids, my friends, Nina and Paula, would make these and Nina’s sister Erin just loved them so she always joined us when we made them. If you missed last week’s post, go ahead and check it out to be caught up on the people I’m referring to…
1 cup milk (whole, 2 percent, or skim)
6 oz. can frozen Orange Juice
½ cup sugar
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 ½ cups ice
Add milk and vanilla together in blender and pulse until combined. Add the frozen OJ, sugar and ice. Blend until ice is chopped. This makes 2 glasses. Pour into clear glass cups and grab a straw. Yummmmm, it’s like a creamsicle. Takes me back to those childhood days.