Embracing What God Arranges

June 20, 2019: Galatians 2, 3.


Galatians 3:11, “…The person who lives in right relationship with God does it by embracing what God arranges for him.” The Message

Using Excel, I typed out all the steps to organizing the basement. I prioritized my list and let Excel sort it.

I remembered there was on “under-the-bed” storage container without a lid. It fit under the dining room table. I could place our luggage in it. That would protect the luggage if the basement flooded.

God arranged the lidless storage container for me years ago. I almost gave it away.

It’s easy to embrace what God arranges when it helps me. It’s harder to realize God arranges everything!

Do I embrace the difficult things? No matter what, God promises to work everything for my good, see Romans 8:28.

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Stay on Good Terms with Each Other

June 19, 2019: Hebrews 13; Acts 14; Galatians 1.


Hebrews 13:1, “Stay on good terms with each other, held together by love.” The Message

Two regular workers at the E3 Cafe were sick. I sent a message to a lady who sometimes helps out. Her son was sick!

It was time for me to go to play and Sarah was the only other worker there! David walked in to take me to the main building. I took the keys and…

…volunteered him to serve!

They had a cooler of free lemonade. One middle schooler asked for 2 glasses.

David quipped, “I don’t know. Are you driving?”

A few minutes later, more volunteers showed up. They let David come up to the regular service.

It was “Float Night” at E3. David came back with me after worship to help.

“Move that hot fryer to the other counter.”

“The ice cream is frozen solid. Can you help scoop?”

“Can you lift that fryer? I want to wash the cookie sheet underneath it.”

(He came in handy!)

Sarah and I had the last 2 floats. I finished off the last of the grape soda. It barely covered the ice cream. I added the last of the orange soda and then topped it off with Cherry 7-Up. It looked like marble and tasted like Fruity Pebbles! It wasn’t bad.

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Faith is the Firm Foundation

June 18, 2019: Hebrews 11, 12.


Hebrews 11:1, “The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living.” The Message

Faith makes life worth living.

Hebrews 11:25, “He chose a hard life with God’s people, rather than an opportunistic soft life…” The Message

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Hebrews 12:1, 2, “…It means we had better get on with it. Strip down, start running – and never quit! … (2) Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how He did it. Because He never lost sight of where He was headed – that exhilarating finish in and with God – He could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. …” The Message

Learning to put up with anything is an area I need to work on. (Sigh.)

Hebrews 12:4, “In this all-out match against sin, others have suffered far worse than you, to say nothing of what Jesus went through – all that bloodshed! So, don’t feel sorry for yourself.” The Message

No self-pity – another area!

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Let Them Go with A Smile

June 17, 2019: Hebrews 9, 10.


I woke up in a Benadryl fog. My depth perception is way off. I tried putting on mascara and swept the wand over my eyeball.

After breakfast, I was putting food on the bottom shelf of the refrigerator and whacked my head on the freezer handle – twice! The second time, I had to put an ice pack on the bump!

I kept going over a conversation from yesterday.

“Hey, we should set up the canopy.”

“We can’t.”

“Why not?”

“I got rid of it.”

What! I couldn’t believe it. It just disappeared like the volleyball poles and net and the soccer goal. When I bought those, I planned on using them with my future grandchildren and now I find they are just gone!

Hebrews 10:34, “…If some enemies broke in and seized your goods, you let them go with a smile, knowing they couldn’t touch your real treasure.” The Message

Obviously, I’m not there yet. (Sigh.)

Later, he said he wasn’t sure where it was. It’s probably in the shed – in plain sight.

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