Tag Archive | Jeremiah 29:11

Famous Lines From Movies, “It’s time to let go…”

I love that scene.  It perfectly illustrates this verse, which, coincidentally, was  insight gained in the belly of a big fish:

“Those who cling to worthless idols forfeit the grace that could be theirs.” Jonah 2:9

Remember Jonah?  He tried to run away from God and — gulp! — into the belly of a big fish went Jonah for a few humbling days.

Sometimes our best insight comes in the dark.

What worthless idols are you clinging to?  Maybe you should listen to Dory and Jonah — “Let go!”

"It's time to let go!" click pic for source

 

Let’s pray:

Father, thank you for speaking to us, even through cartoons.  🙂

I would like to let go now of these worthless idols:______________________________.  

I’d like to take a leap of faith and fall back into your arms.  It’s safe there.  I know You have a plan.

In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen!

“For I know the plans I have for you”, declares the Lord.  “plans for your welfare, and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.”  Jeremiah 29:11

Hanging around in the dark?  Click the pic below to meet someone worth clinging to.

"Hang in there!" see pic source below

“Hang in there!” source:      http://bitchslapmrng.files.wordpress.com/2011/04/hang-in-there.jpg

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The Super Bowl Ball: It’s Official!

AP Photo, Wilson Sporting Goods Football Factory; Ada, OH

As the crowd cheers and the confetti flies, its easy to overlook one of the most important players in this year’s Super Bowl:  the football.   

The Colts and the Saints didn’t just pick up their favorite balls from the local Walmart in Miami on their way to the game.

Noooo, the official Super Bowl balls have been carefully stitched together at The Wilson Sporting Goods Factory in Ada Ohio since the Green Bay Packers tromped the Kansas City Chiefs, 35 to 10, at the first Super Bowl game in Los Angeles in 1966. The football’s measurements have to be just so, “28 inches end to end, 21 inches around the middle, and weigh between 14 and 15 ounces”.**  No more, no less.

Wanna see how it’s done?

So, if the ball says Wilson, the NFL knows they can trust it.  In the same way, we can trust in the name of the Lord our God:

“Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.” Psalm 9:10

And just as Wilson knows footballs, God knows people and sews them together with skill and love.  See?

“For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb.  I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well.”  Psalm 139:13-14

And, just like the players huddle together to form the best plan for their ball, God has formed the best plans for us:

“For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.”  Jeremiah 29:11

The Football’s prayer:  (highlighted words/phrases are links to the verses we’ll be praying.  If you like one, in particular, you can click on it and copy it down to “store it in your locker” [Ps. 119:11] for future play. 🙂 Same for the verses above. ) Let’s pray:

“Oh, Father in heaven, you are the best coach there is.  Better than Vince Lombardi, who lead his team to win the first Super Bowl in ’66.  You have the BEST plays.  Help me to follow your lead and trust that in your hands is a safe place to be.  Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.  In Jesus’ name, AMEN!”

Do you know The Coach ?  Click on the pic below to be introduced:

Vince Lombardi, Time Magazine cover, "The Sport of the 60's"

What do you think?  Got any thoughts to add to this post?  Comment below…

** ball facts from Journal Star, 2/7/2010, front page

Turkey Talk

Turkey Hand” If you stand in the meat section at the grocery store long enough, you start to get mad at turkeys.  There’s turkey ham, turkey bologna, turkey pastromi…Some one needs to tell the turkey, man, just be yourself.” ~~ Mitch Hedberg, comedian

We’ve  been seeing a lot of turkeys in our yard lately, but I like them.  Turkeys passing by

In fact, I just looked out the window and spied a group of them on the front lawn.   “Wow!” I commented whistfully, “We live in a nature preserve.  Aren’t we lucky?”  To which my son replied, “Wish I had a gun.”  😦 

Benjamin Franklin agreed with me, though, turkey-wise.  In fact, he wanted them for our national emblem —  “For the Truth the Turkey is in Comparison [to the Bald Eagle] a much more respectable Bird, and withal a true original Native of America . . . He is besides, though a little vain & silly, a Bird of Courage, and would not hesitate to attack a Grenadier of the British Guards who should presume to invade his Farm Yard with a red Coat on.” *

Why all this turkey-talk?  Because, although they eat bugs and roost in trees, there is something about the turkey that I particularly admire and want to imitate — they’re regular and dependable.  They eat at about the same time morning and afternoon every day and fly up into the trees to sleep at about the same time every night. I could use some of that (the regularity, that is, not the tree-sleeping, or the bug-eating.)

I can just hear Mr. Franklin again as I type this: “Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.” 

 Hmmm, I would change that a bit (just a bit, Ben.  Don’t look so frowny.) —

 “Early to bed, early to rise, [and quick to read the Bible] makes a man [or woman] healthy, wealthy, and wise.”  And one should have the habit of doing what is read in the Bible, too, not just reading it.   Yup, that would chase the enemy of our souls out of the yard, red-coat and all!

turkey and deer

“Blessed is the man who listens to me, Watching daily at my gates, Waiting at my doorposts.” Proverbs 8:24

The Gobbler’s Prayer:  (click on the verse references to read the verses)Thank you, Father, that you love me and want good things for me (Jeremiah 29:11).  Help me to love you, too,  and help me to have good habits, like  “roosting” at regular times and gobbling up your Word. (Jeremiah 15:16) Daily!  In Jesus’ name, amen.

 

 *Famous Quotes/Famous Sayings