February is right around the corner!My JOY is in the garage and our picked- from-the- forest Christmas tree has been cut in half and recycled into a Valentine tree :) The day we took down JOY and the lights wrapped around another tree Micah wanted to put them on this recycled tree in the pot. So we transferred them from one tree to the next. Then he wanted to put heart decorations on it. So we made heart decorations out of those plastic overhead sheets. Colored them purple and red with Sharpies and hung them on the tree. He loves it!
We are working through the Radical Series in our Bible study. It is very challenging to me personally and convicting... URGENCY Jesus is telling the disciples the harvest is now...not in 4 months. So what is keeping us (me) from being urgent about the harvest?
The Samaritan women went and told all that Jesus had told her...immediately.
The pastor talked about us seeing people as immortals...not just people with a physical body but souls that will live forever...either with Jesus or without. Our challenge to each other was to be watching for those opportunities that God placed in our lives and to actually share HIM.
In Sunday school we are doing a series by Andy Stanley. He talked about the people who have intersected our lives that God used to bring us where we are today. In all our stories we can think back to a relationship/relationships that drew us towards Jesus. Andy asked are we willing to have that awkward conversation...putting our nose in someone else's business because we know the Truth and can be the person who points them to Truth. Are we willing to invest in our co-workers, neighbors, grocery store clerks lives and be urgent about it?? I had the start of that conversation yesterday with my neighbor in the middle of the sidewalk in between her dog running off and the kids running around. She brought it up and I joined in :)
"Our intimacy with God-His highest priority for our lives-determines the impact of our lives."
"It's only through your fellowship and communion with God that you can truly affect other people's lives in a way that lasts eternally." 30 Life Principles by Charles Stanley
John 4- need to read the whole chapter :)
31Meanwhile the disciples were urging Him, saying, "(A)Rabbi, eat."
32But He said to them, "I have food to eat that you do not know about."
33So the (B)disciples were saying to one another, "No one brought Him anything to eat, did he?"
34Jesus said to them, "My food is to (C)do the will of Him who sent Me and to (D)accomplish His work.
35"Do you not say, 'There are yet four months, and then comes the harvest'? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look on the fields, that they are white (E)for harvest.
36"Already he who reaps is receiving (F)wages and is gathering (G)fruit for (H)life eternal; so that he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together.
37"For in this case the saying is true, '(I)One sows and another reaps.'
38"I sent you to reap that for which you have not labored; others have labored and you have entered into their labor."
|Our Quail visitors the other morning|