Archive | October 2010

Great Lines from Movies: Avatar

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In his book, You Were Born for This Bruce Wilkinson tells the story of a Christian business woman, named Lauren, staying at a hotel for a 2-week business trip.

Each day Lauren made a point to say a warm hello to the tiny, Hispanic woman she’d see cleaning about the hotel. Her name was Marta, and her tiny face would light up when Lauren greeted her by name.

On the last day, as Lauren packed up her things for the return trip home, her gaze rested on the beautiful flowers her husband had sent her.  She should give those to Marta, she thought.

The author calls that “a nudge”, and says the Holy Spirit nudges all the time to do nice things for people.

So, Vanessa listened to the “nudge” and presented the flowers to Marta:

“These are for you, ” she told her, holding out the flowers. “God wants you to have them.” Marta gasped…”You don’t understand why this means so much to me, ” she said, her eyes filling with tears. “No one ever notices me. They don’t even say hello. The past two weeks I’ve looked forward to coming to work because I know you see me. And now you show me that God sees me, too.”

This little story reminds me of something in the movie, Avatar. The tall, blue, cat-eyed natives, the Na’vi, would greet each other by saying, “I see you.”

"I see you." Click pic for photo source.

Which reminds me of something I read this morning on the web.  I read that women fear they’ll become “invisible” as they age.  They fear that as their looks fade that they themselves will fade into the background of society.

People will stop “seeing” them. (link for article below)

Ever felt that way?

I have, and, coincidentally, especially as I age!

Well, fortunately for us, there’s always going to be someone who notices us. The same Someone who notices cleaning ladies, and sparrows, will keep an eye on us, too.

 

Photo by Deanne Fortnam. Click pic for source.


“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father.  And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.  So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.”  ~~ Matthew 10:29-31

Chipping Sparrow. Click pic for source.

“Even the sparrow has found a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may have her young– a place near your altar, O Lord Almighty, my King and my God.” ~~ Psalm 84:3




Let’s Pray: Father in Heaven, You are El Roi, the God Who Sees.  You see me.  Oh, may I “see” you, too.  May I pay attention to you.  May I also see what you see, hear what you hear, every day, all around me, in the faces and places I visit.

May I pay attention to your “nudges” to write, call, smile, listen, or serve people.  In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Do you have a personal relationship with the God who sees you and loves you?  Click the pic below for a quick introduction.

"Alison's Eye" Stephen M. Young, photographer.

**5 Things Women Fear Most about Aging**

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World Egg Day!

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(This post would make an egg-cellent childrens devotion, but, like with most stuff for kids,  grown-ups will like it, too!)

What is “World Egg Day”?

“The international event that celebrates…the benefits of eggs and is celebrated in countries all around the world.” ~~ The International Egg Commission

Well, if we’re going to celebrate the benefits of eggs, we need to know what they are, right?

The Benefits of Eggs:

They’re yummy, they’re a cheap source of protein, vitamins A, K, D and E, folate, iron, phosphorus, and zinc. **

They fluff up souffles, thicken puddings, and taste great scrambled, fried, baked or poached. (yum!)

AND, when combined with colored powders, and in the hands of the right artist,  eggs can produce masterpieces like this:

"Christina's World", by Andrew Wyeth, Egg Tempera, click pic for to see more pictures and to learn more about egg tempera on "Egg Tempera.com"

But, one of the things I like BEST about the egg, is what an egg-cellent picture of The Trinity it is.

When you see how all three parts of an egg —  the yolk, white and shell — all come together to form one egg, you can kinda catch a glimpse into the three-in-oneness of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. 

Egg diagram from "Enchanted Learning". Click pic to learn all about "Chicken Egg Development"

So, while we celebrate the egg today, lets also celebrate it’s Creator, too, all 3 of Him!

You can start by reading these 3 Trinity verses from the Bible that are no yolk:

"In the Beginning" by Ron DiCianni, click pic to see more of his paintings

 

Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” ~~ Genesis 1:26

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was with God in the beginning.  Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.”  John 1: 1-3

”The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word.” ~~ Hebrews 1:3

(For a lengthy discussion of the Trinity, and lots more Bible verses look here: http://bible.org/article/trinity-triunity-god)

**Egg facts from the International Egg Commission.

Dream a little Dream…

 

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“There are people who put their dreams in a little box and say, “Yes, I’ve got dreams, of course I’ve got dreams.”  Then they put the box away and bring it out once in awhile to look in it, and yep, they’re still there.” ~~ Erma Bombeck

Look up at the board, class, for a definition.

defer: to put off, delay

Hope deferred (put off, delayed) makes the heart sick.” the Bible says.  Proverbs 13:12

Click the pic below to hear a Mr. Rogers song about living out your dreams.  It’s called, “You’ve Got to Do It.”

"You've Got to Do It." Fred Rogers

What kind of wife, mother, friend, Christian, writer, artist, do I dream of being?  It’s time I opened up a few boxes and did something about it!  How ’bout you?

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Let’s Pray:

Oh, God, my father, my maker, my friend, You made me and formed me. (Psalm 139)  So, you understand completely why I box up some of my dreams and just bring them out every once in awhile to admire them.  I want to “do it”!  Help me to understand what I need to do next and please give me the energy and motivation I need to be the _________ I want to be.  In Jesus’ name, Amen!

**Mr. Rogers picture above from the following website — http://larryfire.files.wordpress.com/2010/06/mr-rogers-wikipedia.jpg