Get Along Just Fine with Each Other

June 6, 2019: Jeremiah 30-31.

 

I admit it…I didn’t get much sleep…and I struggled to remember one song. I was beating myself up about not playing well as I drove back to the E3 youth building.

I turn everything on and start the popcorn popper before church. Other team members take over and David takes me up the hill to practice and play for the adult service.

Then I drive back down the hill and help in the cafe. After their teaching time is either a game or a special food night. (“Build Your Own Burrito” anyone?)

It was my first time volunteering in the cafe. They had a “Leaders vs. Students” game in the indoor, caged, basketball court – complete with play by play. It was louder than a heavyweight championship boxing match!

I decided serving would be easier than cooking. I was wrong.

I couldn’t hear over the game, (too many years sitting next to the drums), and many kids had to repeat their request. I didn’t know there were 10 different kinds of Mt. Dew!

I would ask:

  • What color?
  • What shelf?
  • Can you point to it?

And they stock all of the other soda pops, (YooHoo, anyone?), plus tea, water, and a few flavors of Gatorade.

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The next week, I stocked the warmer. There were 3 cooks frying: corn dogs, chicken nuggets, mozzarella sticks, and French fries. I carried them to the warmer as they ran out. Another cook was making smoothies…one after another…using 2 blenders to keep up!

Everyone pitches in wherever they are needed. The servers will man the scoops on “Build Your Own Sundae” night and the cooks will cover the counter when the servers are outside on “Grill Night.”

Some nights members from the hospitality team will cook or serve when the cafe is shorthanded. No matter which team we normally serve in, (adult worship team for me), we all work together to feed those hungry teenagers.

I swear some of them are hollow!

Jeremiah 31:24, “All Judah’s people, whether in town or country, will get along just fine with each other.” The Message

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…Has Waged War Against Us

June 5, 2019: Jeremiah 21, 34, 37.

 

It was the first day of Candi’s vacation. She is the team leader of the youth cafe. She asked me to sub for a team member whose children are playing ball.

I ride to church with Derek who serves on the worship team. We went fifteen minutes earlier than normal. He had his guitar, snare drum, cymbals, and sticks bag. I offered to carry his guitar.

He stopped at the information desk and I continued on to the sanctuary. I ran into Sarah.

Seriously, I almost mowed her over.

Sarah works in the office and thought she was alone in the building. She had just turned out the lights and was trucking around the corner…and there I was.

I scared her half to death.

After apologizing, and promising to sing the next time I entered the darkened building, I took the guitar to the platform. Then I unlocked the cafe and started down my mental list:

  • Turn on the exhaust fan.
  • Turn on the tall oven.
  • Turn on light in the pop cooler.
  • Get the popcorn machine parts out of the dish drain.
  • Assemble them in the machine…

About that time Robin arrived. I walked her through what I had already done. I showed her how to make popcorn. Then we put pizza and French fries in the tall oven. I plugged in the fryers and loaded up the pop cooler.

The popcorn was just finishing when Mel arrived. Mel flipped the kettle to show Robin how to unload the popcorn. Then she grabbed the mozzarella sticks and popcorn chicken.

“I thought we decided to use the lower ovens.”

Oops. I forgot. We did discuss that at the team meeting. It was there Pastor Monte reminded us that Satan’s strategy is to break teams apart. He is waging a war against us.

Jeremiah 21:2, “…has waged war against us. Pray to God for us. Ask Him for help. …” The Message

When things go wrong on a team, we need to remember we are fighting Satan – not each other.

(Yes, Mel still loves me.)

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Make Your Tongue Stick to the Roof of Your Mouth

June 4, 2019: Ezekiel 1-3.

 

I started reading Ezekiel and I can totally relate to him. He went through a season when he couldn’t leave his house.

Ezekiel 3:25, “And then something odd: ‘Son of Man: They’ll tie you hand and foot with ropes so you can’t leave the house.'” The Message

I was housebound every fall starting in 2004. I stepped down from my job in 2007 and was totally housebound by 2008.

In 2011, my immunity was so low, (thanks to Prednisone), that I got sick all the time. The doctor decided I should leave the house once a week for a few hours to build it back up.

I’m able to leave the house three times a week for a few hours now. I recently agreed to help in the youth cafe over the summer during church. We had a team meeting last night.

After the meeting, Pastor Monte told a story about me. The first time he came to the Fairfield satellite, he sang and played a Christmas song.

I was sitting in the front row. He heard me lean over and say to David, “That was the third key change.”

Yikes! He heard me? How embarrassing! Sometimes, I wish God would close my mouth and only open it when He had something to say.

That’s exactly what He did for Ezekiel.

Ezekiel 3:26-27, “I’ll make your tongue stick to the roof of your mouth so you won’t be able to talk and tell the people what they’re doing wrong, even though they are a bunch of rebels. (27) But when the time is ripe, I’ll free your tongue…” The Message

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The Harder You Work

June 3, 2019: Jeremiah 51.

 

Hi! My name is Pamela and I’m a workaholic.

I woke up at 4:45 p.m. and started studying – even though I had less than 7 hours of sleep.

After studying for an hour, I:

  • Had devotions.
  • Made the bed.
  • Researched a free photoshop program.
  • Wrote a friend.
  • Wrote a Graduation Card and a Sympathy Card.
  • Balanced the checkbook.
  • Washed 2 loads of laundry.
  • Cleaned the kitchen and both bathrooms.
  • Labeled and froze a container of milk.
  • Decluttered one desk.
  • Exercised.
  • Painted the trim on my cheerleading letter. (Instagram photo later.)
  • Updated my food inventory.

After lunch I:

  • Put away the Mother’s Day dishes, ribbons, flowers, pearls, and candles.
  • Wrapped lace from the wreath back on the spool.
  • Mended.
  • Sewed the collar down on a flyaway cardigan.
  • Dug out one of Derek’s Tees to embroider for his quilt.
  • Published a post.
  • Practiced for Wednesday’s service.
  • Worked on the “2020 Relevant Bible Reading Guide.”
  • Measured the wall area at the end of the hall for a new photo gallery.
  • Cut out graph paper rectangles the size of the pictures I would use.
  • Arranged them on paper until I was satisfied.

After supper I:

  • Went to Mom’s and David cleaned out her gutters.
  • Pinned the 3 layers of Laura’s quilt together on the living room floor.
  • Embroidered a letter on Derek’s Tee for his quilt.
  • Looked in Mom’s basement to see where the water is coming in.
  • Came home and went to bed.

Please tell me I am not alone. Are there any other workaholics out there?

Jeremiah 51:58, “…The harder you work at this empty life, the less you are…” The Message

Ouch!

Many self-help books recommend sleeping for 6 or 7 hours. I can’t do that all of the time. I get grouchy!

My verse showed me that I need to sleep in tomorrow! A sleep-debt is a real thing. How many hours of sleep do you get each night?

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Listen Closely

June 1, 2019: Daniel 4; Jeremiah 27.

 

After I wrote “God Solves All Mysteries,” I had a wild idea. Maybe I should answer other people’s questions.

Daniel 4:37, “And that’s why I’m singing – I, Nebuchadnezzar – singing and praising the King of Heaven: ‘Everything He does is right and He does it the right way. He knows how to turn a proud person into a humble man or woman.'” The Message

Maybe not.

I think I’ll stick to sharing the journal of my walk through the Bible. 😉

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June 2, 2019: Jeremiah 28, 50.

 

“When you halt between 2 opinions, you 1) Make excuses, 2) Avoid prayer, and 3) Rationalize. …Sometimes, silence is golden, and sometimes, it’s just yellow.”

“Faith to Make up Your Mind,” Pastor Monte Knudsen, 6-2-19

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Jeremiah 28:7, “But listen to Me, listen closely. Listen to what I tell both you and all the people…” The Message

Once my mind is made up, God offers all sorts of help.

Proverbs 2:9-13, “So now you can pick out what’s true and fair, find all the good trails!

(10) Lady Wisdom will be your close friend, and Brother Knowledge your pleasant companion.

(11) Good Sense will scout ahead for danger. Insight will keep an eye out for you.

(12) They’ll keep you from making wrong turns,

(13) or following the bad directions of those who are lost themselves…” The Message

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God Solves All Mysteries

May 31, 2019: Daniel 2-3.

 

Daniel 3:25, “‘Look!’ Nebuchadnezzar shouted. ‘I see four men, unbound, walking around in the fire unharmed! And the fourth looks like a God!'” The Message

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David: “I’ve always wondered why King Nebuchadnezzar thought the fourth man in the fire was a God?”

Me: “He was brighter than the fire.”

(As I walked down the hall, I pondered, “Now, how did I know that? I’ve never heard it in a sermon or remember reading it. I’ve quickly answered questions before and been wrong! What does the Bible say?”)

Matthew described what Jesus looked like when He was transfigured. Peter, James, and John were witnesses.

Matthew 17:2, “As the men watched, Jesus’ appearance was transformed so that His face shown like the sun, and His clothes became as white as light.” The Message

(See: Mark 9:2-8; Luke 9:28-36; and 2 Peter 1:16-18.)

Ezekiel saw God in a vision. He described Him in Chapter 1.

Ezekiel 1:27, “From what I could see, from the waist up He looked like burnished bronze and from the waist down a blazing fire. Brightness everywhere!” The Message

“The sun,” “white as light,” “brightness everywhere,” are phrases used to describe God and His son. But I still don’t know how I knew that answer. It was a mystery.

Daniel 2:47, “He said to Daniel, ‘Your God is beyond question the God of all gods, the Master of all kings. And He solves all mysteries, I know, because you’ve solved this mystery.'” The Message

That answer didn’t come from my head knowledge. It came from God in my heart. God knew the answer, I didn’t.

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When You Get Serious About Finding God

May 31, 2019: Jeremiah 29; Psalms 102; Daniel 1.

Driving to worship practice, we saw the flooding is worse. The water is near the base of the bridge. In the fields, it covers the fences. It is creeping up on one house and barn next to the highway.

Jeremiah 29:11, “I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out – plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.” The Message

On the way home, I took pictures and posted them on instagram.com/frugalfishorg. I wished there was something I could do.

There is.

Jeremiah 29:12-14, “When you call on me, when you come and pray to me, I’ll listen.

(13) When you come looking for me, you’ll find me. Yes, when you get serious about finding me and want it more than anything else,

(14) I’ll make sure you won’t be disappointed.’ God’s Decree. ‘I’ll turn things around for you. I’ll bring you back from all the countries into which I drove you’ – God’s Decree – ‘bring you home to the place from which I sent you off into exile. You can count on it.'” The Message

We see Jeremiah 29:11 on plaques and we hold on to that hope. But hoping is not enough.

We need to:

  • Call on God, v. 12.
  • Come to God, v. 12.
  • Pray to God, v. 12.
  • Look for God, v. 13.
  • Get serious about finding God, v. 13.
  • Want God more than anything else, v. 13.

Then God promises to:

  • Not disappoint, v. 14.
  • Turn things around, v.14.
  • Bring us back, v. 14.
  • Bring us home, v. 14.

You can count on it, see Jeremiah 29:14.

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I’ll Keep My Eye on Them

May 29, 2019: Jeremiah 45, 35; 2 Kings 24; Jeremiah 24.

I rode to church with Derek and Rachel. The bridge over the Skunk River concerned me. The fields on both sides are lakes. The corn underneath the water was 3″ high the last time I came through. It’s so sad.

The fields before the first Mt. Pleasant exit were also lakes. The water has almost reached the roadbed.

Jeremiah 46:4, “But God says, ‘Look around. What I’ve built I’m about to wreck, and what I’ve planted I’m about to rip up. And I’m doing it everywhere – all over the whole earth.'” The Message

Even if God wrecks what He’s built, He can build something new.

Even if God rips up what He planted, He can replant again.

Jeremiah 24:6-7, “I’ll keep My eye on them so that their lives are good, and I’ll bring them back to this land. I’ll build them up, not tear them down; I’ll plant them, not uproot them. (7) And I’ll give them a heart to know Me, God. They’ll be My people and I’ll be their God, for they’ll have returned to Me with all their hearts.” The Message

God keeps His eye on us.

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I’m Blacklisted

May 28, 2019: Jeremiah 36, 25.

I joined another group – a Facebook group this time. (When will I ever learn.) I posted a picture David took of a fawn in our “Lily of the Valley” flower bed. Facebook took it down.

Obviously, fawns are offensive.

Jeremiah 36:5, “Then Jeremiah told Baruch, ‘I’m blacklisted. I can’t go into God’s Temple, so you’ll have to go in my place.’ ” The Message

Now, it’s possible they took it down because I shared David’s post of the fawn. They may have felt I didn’t “own” the picture.

Don’t they know the first rule of marriage: “What’s mine is mine and what’s yours is mine?”

I unsubscribed from the group and opened my email. I read all 7 emails from the writer’s group. Now I have to wait until the fall to join. In the last email, I found the cost is $47 a month.

Fall will never come for me!

Blogging is as bad as being in a band. In a band, you put $5,000 worth of equipment in a $500 car to drive 50 miles and make $5. In blogging, you invest thousands to make hundreds – or nothing.

On a brighter note, I got new followers this week – on instagram.com/frugalfishorg/, and the last picture I posted was crooked! Go figure.

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Say Everything

May 27, 2019: Jeremiah 26, 46.

I tied the small Liberty Bell to the bottom of my patriotic wreath. I turned on the lights on the wreath for Memorial Day.

After I finished arranging my patriotic decorations, I took pictures. I posted the wreath on Instagram.com/frugalfishorg/. I was going to tell how I made it and where I got the supplies, but I remembered my verse.

Jeremiah 26:2, “…Say everything I tell you to say to them. Don’t hold anything back.” The Message

Memorial Day honors the soldiers that didn’t come home. That is what I wrote on my post.

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