Gem Hues – Amber, Flame, Emerald

In the ’80’s, our home had wall-to-wall gray carpet in all the rooms. (Gray and pink were trendy.) The bathroom and kitchen had the original white linoleum. We replaced the carpets in the living room and hall.

The carpet in my office has a basketball court, drawn on it in permanent marker. No, our daughter did not do that. But she left a golf ball sized hole in the center of the room.

We replaced the linoleum in the kitchen with laminate. And put linoleum squares in the bathroom. Later, some pieces popped up and cracked and mold developed.

I removed the damaged pieces and the nails in the sub-floor that worked loose. I glued them back down and spread grout over the entire floor.

The mold is back.

I don’t particularly care for my floors but I don’t compare them to magazines. As my chair rolls over that hole, I think of John and Jenny Maxwell.

The Maxwell’s attended Elim Bible Institute with my parents. They served in Kenya for over 40 years.

Many Christians in Africa do not have floors. One tribe mixes blood and urine to put on their dirt floors. It is the only way to keep the bugs away.

On Fridays, I pray over our personal requests and finances. I pray for wisdom, understanding, and revelation knowledge, (James 1:5). I ask Him to show us, lead us, and teach us, (Proverbs 25:45). Then I list my needs, wants, and desires. One item on my list is – hardwood floors!

I end the prayer like Priscilla Shirer does, “And if you have a better plan – do that.” I know I can trust God. Whatever he provides will be gorgeous!

Revelation 4:2-3, “A Throne set in Heaven with One seated on the Throne, (3) suffused in gem hues of amber and flame with a nimbus of emerald.” The Message

A nimbus is a luminous cloud or a halo surrounding a supernatural being. Artists paint a white halo around the head of Jesus. But this verse shows us God has yellows and reds with a green halo. He is not boring. He is Beauty.

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