Who Do You Say That I Am?

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Questions are good.  They make me think, make me stop and form thoughts about what it is I believe, and try to answer the best I can.  Jesus asked Peter, one of his followers, a question.  “But what about you?  Who do you say that I am?”  It doesn’t say how long it took Peter to think about his answer, but he responded with, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

When soldiers came to arrest Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane, He asked them, “Who is it you want?”  They responded, “Jesus of Nazareth.”  When he said, “I am he,” the soldiers drew back and fell down to the ground.  Why?  The power of his words, the truth of who Jesus really was, left them unable to stand.

When Jesus stood before the chief priests and teachers, they asked Him, “Are you then the Son of God?”  Jesus replied, “You are right in saying I am.”

The question for me, for you, is still the same.  “Who do you say that I am?”  Your answer makes all the difference.  Because in Jesus there is hope, there is life.  “The gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”  ~Romans 6:23

Take the time to stop, think, answer the question.  Jesus is waiting for your answer.  Blessings, Lisa

 

You Matter

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“We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean.  But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.”

–Mother Teresa

In case you ever wondered, you matter, a lot.  The wonderful God who created you, also loves you with an everlasting love.  He knows you better than anyone else, will never ever leave you, and has a specific plan for your life.  If you’re still doubting, check it out. 🙂  Psalm 139, Jeremiah 29:11-13, John 3:16, Joshua 1:5.  Have a wonderful day!  Slainte, Lisa

Flawed But Beautiful

The two dogwood trees have flaws.  There are hollow spots in the trunk, yet the trees are still blooming, producing leaves.  They are still beautiful.  They still provide wonderful shade while I’m waiting for Amy to get off the bus; one of them has a bird’s nest nestled in the branches.

Yesterday, I talked briefly with an older gentleman sitting on a bench outside Walmart as I was leaving.  We talked about the sun coming back out and other weather-related discussion.  I noticed a cast on his arm, and asked if he had broken it.  He told me of trouble he had had with his skin as he was aging, and said, “I looked in the mirror this morning and almost broke it.”  He laughed halfheartedly, but I said, “We all see things in the mirror that we don’t like sometime, but I think you look great.”  He smiled and we said goodbye.

Flawed but still beautiful.  We all have our things, things we would change or fix or erase or improve.  But our God sees us as His creations, beautiful children that He has made and that He loves.  He can still use us, despite our flaws, hollow spots,  failings.  Thank goodness.    Have a beautiful autumn weekend.  Slainte, Lisa

“I can do everything through him who gives me strength.”  (Philippians 4: 13)

“He has made everything beautiful in its time.”  (Ecclesiastes 3:11)