trust

Give til it hurts?

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What do you have?

Sometimes God is asking so much of us.  It might be like the widow who uses the last of her flour and oil to feed Elijah.  Or the widow who puts her last 2 cents in the collection basket.  It is really hard to put that much trust in God.  We need to trust that God will give us everything we need.  That happened for the widow Elijah met.  She had enough flour and oil to eat for a year!

Elijah and the Widow

Think about the Our Father the next time you say it.  Do you trust that you will have daily bread?  What can you donate that someone else really needs?

Based on Scriptures for Sunday, November 8, 2015

1 KGS 17:10-16

MK 12:38-44

The bucket

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My grace is sufficient for you and daily bread…
Sometimes I think that my bucket is almost too deep for God to fill with grace. Its not that he doesn’t want to give it to me but maybe I need too much!  How am I going to fill it?
Will God fill up the bucket no matter the size? Of course, He told me He would in Scripture (2Pt 1:3). I think that He tells me in so many other ways, too. My heart seems to know and understand that there is more to it then just the problem of the bucket.
I find it interesting that God would have a bucket list. Teresa Tomeo even wrote a book called God’s Bucket List.
 
Have you every thought about what God desires in his heart, not for Himself, but for you?  What are the things that will bring you happiness and peace?
So what about the bucket? What does your bucket look like? Is it a wooden pail reminiscent of the kind used for a deep well that you might find in the country. Or is it the bucket that is shiny and new, made of metal? Where did the bucket come from and who gave it to me anyway?
If God gave me the bucket wouldn’t it make sense then that He would also give me the desire to fill it up? If he promised that His grace would be sufficient, then He should fill it up! Are we born with a bucket the size the grand canyon? Some days, I am sure that it’s huge! And then I get impatient.  One more lesson in trust.  One more reminder to ask God for my daily bread.
God promised that He has just the right amount to fill all the needs in your bucket. Ask him to fill it up.
But don’t forget to ask him to help you carry it!  Is grace heavy?  I don’t think so.  Grace is a gift from God to make our burdens lighter.
beach_bucketIt’s the stuff I put in the bucket that is heavy.
What’s in your bucket?  What do you want to put in it?  What do you want to take out?
2 cor 12:9-10
Jesus, I trust in you!

Calm the storm…get in the boat!

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Mark’s Gospel this week (the full Reading) is all about healing.  Mark 5:21-43

Phone call

Here are a few pointers you could get:

1) ask.

Don’t be shy.  Definitely a message in this Sunday’s Readings.  What have you got to lose?  Just ask.  Jairus is sure that if he asks, Jesus will cure his daughter.  He knows.  How?

2) stay close enough to Jesus to touch His cloak.

The woman who touches Jesus’ cloak has been ill for 12 years!  Numbers always mean something too.  That’s a whole ‘nother take on this event.  12 usually means 12 tribes, that’s everybody.  That’s just one way to look at it.  Scriptures are deep.  They speak to us personally and as a people of God.  No matter how you look at it, 12 years is a long time!  She had to be desperate to touch Jesus cloak without even asking!  Jesus, of course, knows right away and asks her to come forward.  She falls at his feet and he tells her to be at peace and be well!  Her faith had saved her!  So are you waiting on the sidelines for Jesus to show up and cure you?  Take a step of faith and reach out.  He will make your faith stronger!  Just give Him a chance!  Are you staying in touch?

3) have faith—believe and trust.

Faith involves believing and trusting.  But WHO do you believe in and trust?  Faith is not abstract.  Faith involves more than you.  It involves knowing someone (God/Jesus/Holy Spirit) well enough to know that they won’t let you down.  It takes experience.  That’s relationship.  It’s give and take – on both sides.  So how’s your faith?  Does it show?

So,

Jairus believed his daughter would be healed.  He asked.  He believed and he brought Jesus home.  Sometimes, Jesus is just waiting to say, “Little girl (or my child), I say to you, arise!” Healing comes in many forms:  physical and spiritual.  We just need to ask, trust and invite him in. – Mrs. D

Calm in the Storm…Get in the boat!

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In the midst of the violent storm, Jesus sleeps in the boat and the disciples are afraid.  The disciples ask Jesus, ‘Don’t you care?’ He calms the storm and says, ‘Why are you afraid?’ Mark 4:35-41

So how big is your faith?  Can you trust that Jesus is with you in the storms of your life?

This is one of my favorite Scriptures when I feel like all is lost or a situation is hopeless!  I have recently had a moment where I said to God, “You promised me You would give me what I need when I need it!”  You said that Your grace is sufficient for me! (See 2 Cor 12:1-10)

Over and over again, Jesus says to us, “Why are you worried?  Your faith is so small!”  I think I totally felt like maybe God doesn’t really care.

I have to give the disciples a bit of credit.  Not only were they in the boat (Jesus told them to and they listened), they brought Jesus with them!

There is an important element that brings me back out of my darkness or despair is my friends.  Funny how the disciples are all together in the boat.  That didn’t seem to help.  They needed to go wake Jesus up.  They go to the One who can really help save them.   While that was my ultimate go to – I prayed and talked to God, it was my husband and friends who were Jesus in the flesh for me.  They were the ones who could help me through and give me hope.  This is it!  If we aren’t hope for others, we are not living the way Christ wanted us to.  So check in with your friends, offer some hopeful words and help them carry their burdens.  You might even need to get in the boat!