December 26, 2016 – Gifts
We all like to receive and give gifts. We do it at weddings to help the new couple set up house keeping. We do at Birthdays and Anniversaries as well. We give gifts at Christmas, graduation, and even at funerals to help the family with funeral costs. Sometimes we give a gift just because we love or appreciate someone. A surprise gift will lift the spirits of anyone having a bad day,
I believe that a gift from the heart is much more important than a gift that costs a lot. For years my sisters and I have browsed the thrift stores, looking for those gifts that mean something for the person we are gifting. Often times I have tried to make some of my gifts and found that those were treasured more than anything I could buy.
Paul talks about the gifts of the spirit: 1 Corinthians 12:7 7. Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. 8.To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, 9. to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, 10. to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues. 11. All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.
I can’t count how many times I have heard some confused Christians say that they don’t believe they have any gifts of the spirit. Some feel they are being left out of Gods gifts because they don’t speak in tongues or bring interpretations, but read the above excerpt carefully. If you have faith in Jesus Christ, you already have one of the gifts of the spirit.
There are so many other gifts that we get from God. The gift of love, family, friends, life and more importantly, the gift of Jesus Christ, his only son. Today I am thankful for the gift of Christ for without that gift we would never be forgiven of our sins and have the gift of eternal life.
December 27, 2017 – Calling
Ephesians 4: 11-13 So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, 12.to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13. until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
We are called to do something in life. Paul talks about the calling of people in the ministry. Some are called to be apostles, some prophets, some pastors, some evangelists and some teachers, but everyone who accepts Jesus in their life is called from that minute on to a certain task. It may not be directly associated with the church and some people can have multiple callings.
I worked in several ministries in the church including teaching children’s church, running a bus ministry, working in the food bank, visiting nursing homes with Ken and running the media for praise and worship. I am by no means bragging for I didn’t necessarily feel that I was called to these certain tasks, they just seemed to happen. But I believe that we are all called to show Jesus love and share his message in one form another.
Healers, nurses and doctors, for the most part feel they have been called to their professions because they truly wanted to help people. Teachers and professors want to educate people. Inventors want to create something that will help mankind, and medical researchers want to find the cures for diseases.
There are too many different callings to list them all. Besides the ones listed in Ephesians 4: 11-14, people are not just called to be preachers and teachers. Some are called to work in the area of servitude. Waiting or caring for others, often behind the scenes where no one sees them or actually realizes all that they do.
Nurses aids, hospital technicians, teachers aids, professors assistants, janitors, cooks, cleaning and sanitation people all work behind the scenes, many because they need to earn a living, and others because they feel they want to do something for people but don’t feel called to be in an authoritative or publicly visible position.
Today I am thankful for the different callings of God. I’ve met so many people who not only work in areas to help people, but often teach, preach or work in outreach when they are not working at their jobs.
December 28, 2016 – Relaxing
We live in a constantly moving world. The daily lives of most people is non-stop from morning to night. Those in the work force often work 8-12 hours a day, juggle child care, shopping, bill paying and other necessities in-between their drives to and from work and their lunch hours and breaks.
Many stay-at-home moms not only have meals to prepare, houses to clean, laundry to do but usually take care of the bills, run to the dry cleaners, do the shopping, cart kids to after school events or home school their children.
The young couple with children today don’t have a lot of time for relaxation, until they get those vacation days, and even then many of them are catching up on chores around the house, improvements, repairs and yard work.
Even though I am no longer in the work force, I am considered disabled, it seems like daily life can become very busy. Besides trying to keep up with the house work and laundry, there are trips to the doctors, trips every 48 hours to the hospital for Rich’s medicine, trips to pick up prescriptions, paying bills, grocery shopping and checking in on mom.
Relaxation to me is to be able to stay home for a whole 24 hours, maybe doing some writing like now, or watching some television, really love the old movies and serials. I might do some reading or work on some mending, and during summer months, I go out and spend some time with my container garden. Today I am thankful for these Relaxing days.