Daring To Sow The Seeds Of Love

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This morning my son spilled cereal all over the table, floor and my plate. I could tell by his demeanor that he was sorry. Something in me said to take a quiet breath and be careful about how I respond. Part of me wanted to lecture him about being careful and to remind him that he had spilled something the other day. However, I realized what was important in this moment was mercy. We all make mistakes. Period. I was terribly clumsy as a child. Who am I to criticize him?
He quickly started to clean his mess and told me he was sorry. I said, “It was an accident. Just be more careful next time.” I made sure that my tone of voice was non judgmental.
Is it too much to hope that if I sow patience that he will have the same patience for me when my hands are feeble and I drop things? Will I reap his mercy?
I don’t know. But what I do know is that God is continuing to do a fine work in us all. He is teaching me and all His children to be more like Him, even behind closed doors.
I don’t know if I will blow a fuse next time. I hope not! But for now, I rejoice in teaching the next generation what love and patience look like. As the Word says, “We reap what we sow.”

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A Quarter Till Two

img_3973 Marie peeked between her sheer curtains. Colorful, laughing people filled the neighbor’s yard. They carried paper plates, sodas, and chips. Youngsters chased each other with sticks and bugs.  Suddenly, she noticed a large birthday cake glide from inside the house, as if it had wings. It landed on a table before a frail, old woman in a wheel chair.

“One day, people will love me too.” Marie jerked the curtains closed.

She stole a quick glance at her baby girl. Marie’s boyfriend had yelled, ‘It’s me or her!’, more than once. Each time, it nearly broke Marie’s heart.

“God, I know you don’t usually hear from me. But, I need you. I love Cloe but I don’t want to be alone. You have to tell me, now, what to do. I can’t live like this.”

Silence, like a thick wall, sat between her and the Lord. It was just as well. Maybe, she didn’t deserve much from a Holy God.

Someone knocked. Marie quickly wiped her eyes and opened the door.

A young child shoved something into her hands. “Bring the plate back.” He said. His voice was almost lost on the summer breeze, as he scampered across the street to play.

She sighed and slammed the door. There were no answers, just two thick slices of chocolate cake. Right then, she decided to forget about God. He had, obviously, forgotten about her.

A month later, she carried Cloe in one arm and the plate in the other. Sunlight splashed through her neighbor’s window, creating golden streaks across the floor.

“Pull up a chair, suga.” The old woman said.

Marie’s eyes darted to the grandfather clock sitting in the corner of the room. Sweat beaded on her forehead. She was meeting with the adoption agency in less than an hour.

“I can’t stay.” Marie shifted her weight, avoiding eye contact.

“You sure?” the old woman asked.

“Yes, I’m sure.”

“To the extent you love, you receive love.” Old Ms. Clara said.

“Huh?”

The old woman smiled. “The Lord told me to tell you to keep your baby, Honey. He gonna bless you with a real family, like mine.”

The wise woman’s words plunged into the depths of Marie’s soul. Through teary eyes, she glanced at the clock one last time. It was already a quarter till two. But, she didn’t care. God had answered her prayer. Through Cloe, he had given her the perfect gift of love.

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A Life Raft Called Grace

196A lot of believers fail to understand that as children of God, we inherit His blessings and His enemies. One drop of the blood of Christ on our lives causes the sharks to circle. People may gossip, scoff, ridicule, reject us, resent us, sabotage us, or lie about us. It is one of the hardest things about being a child of God. But if we could see clearly into the future, in spite of these shark invested waters, we would know that the blessings always outweigh the struggles. In a life raft called GRACE, God elevates His children to a place of glory. His enemies cannot stop that. Look at what He did for David, Job, Jesus, etc. The list goes on and on.> Psalm 69:1-15

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