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The Best Invitations

I love to be included.  When I was 3-4 years old, some young mothers and babies were sitting on a blanket on the grass between our house and the neighbors’.  I felt left out and was sort of hanging around hoping for an invitation, when one of the ladies said, “Would you like to join us?”  I wasn’t sure what “join” meant so I ran back into the house to ask my mom!

A few days ago I wrote about Jesus’ invitation to four fishermen to COME with him.  That word is one of the most inviting in the Bible. When Jesus utters this invitation, my heart says, “Yes!  I’m coming!”

“Come follow me”—to a life of companionship & discipleship  (Mt. 4:19)

“Come to me all you weary and burdened, and I will give you rest!” (Mt. 11:28)

“Come”—to Peter who asked for an invitation to walk on the water (Mt. 14:29)

“Come you have been blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you!” (Mt. 25:34)

“Come with me privately to a quiet place and rest a little.” (Mk. 6:31)

“Come and see (where I’m staying).”  And they spent the rest of the day      getting acquainted with Jesus Smile.  (Jn. 1:46)

“Come eat breakfast (on the beach).”  (Jn. 21:12)

Can’t you just see Jesus smile, sparkling eyes, and extended hand?  Who could resist an invitation to hang out with the one who loves us more than we could imagine, who made us, watches over us,  gave His life to save ours, knows us inside and out,and keeps on loving us all the more?  Here’s one more:

The spirit and the bride (God’s people) say, “Come!” (Rev. 22:17) 

This is the invitation for all those who hear God’s call and thirst for the eternal life that He is freely offering.  Why not accept?

The Best Invitations

I love to be included.  When I was 3-4 years old, some young mothers and babies were sitting on a blanket on the grass between our house and the neighbors’.  I felt left out and was sort of hanging around hoping for an invitation, when one of the ladies said, “Would you like to join us?”  I wasn’t sure what “join” meant so I ran back into the house to ask my mom!

A few days ago I wrote about Jesus’ invitation to four fishermen to COME with him.  That word is one of the most inviting in the Bible. When Jesus utters this invitation, my heart says, “Yes!  I’m coming!”

“Come follow me”—to a life of companionship & discipleship  (Mt. 4:19)

“Come to me all you weary and burdened, and I will give you rest!” (Mt. 11:28)

“Come”—to Peter who asked for an invitation to walk on the water (Mt. 14:29)

“Come you have been blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you!” (Mt. 25:34)

“Come with me privately to a quiet place and rest a little.” (Mk. 6:31)

“Come and see (where I’m staying).”  And they spent the rest of the day      getting acquainted with Jesus Smile.  (Jn. 1:46)

“Come eat breakfast (on the beach).”  (Jn. 21:12)

Can’t you just see Jesus smile, sparkling eyes, and extended hand?  Who could resist an invitation to hang out with the one who loves us more than we could imagine, who made us, watches over us,  gave His life to save ours, knows us inside and out,and keeps on loving us all the more?  Here’s one more:

The spirit and the bride (God’s people) say, “Come!” (Rev. 22:17) 

This is the invitation for all those who hear God’s call and thirst for the eternal life that He is freely offering.  Why not accept?

Every Step of the Way

I didn’t have a choice.  It was straight up—a loooong way up!  A ladder of sorts was built into the vertical side of this wadi and our group was exiting that way.  With others climbing up before me and right behind, I couldn’t look up or down.   I just had to focus on one step at a time.  If anyone had told me that morning what I’d have to do that day, I might have tried to beg off.  But as it is, I learned a valuable lesson that day in Israel about God’s provision of strength and courage every step of the way.

Wadi Zin 1

Each morning as consciousness dawns on me, I greet the Lord with thanks for sleep and for the newness of another day.  Then I mentally review my plans for the day while acknowledging that He may have some surprises in store to be meted out along with the grace to handle them. 

I’m reminded of a simple song my mother taught me as a child:

Step by step I’ll follow Jesus
Hour by hour I’m in his care
Day by day He walks beside me
Through the years I know He’s there.
He can still the mighty tempest
He can calm the troubled sea
He the waters trod, He’s the Son of God
He’s the One who always walks with me!
                                              (author unknown)

What am I doing in the world?

“What have you done?!?!”  We chuckle fondly at how our non-native English speaking friend expressed her amazement (which might otherwise be taken as a rebuke) at how my husband had been able to open a door she’d been struggling with. (We would have said it this way: “How did you do that?”)

“What are you doing in the world?” was my own inquiry as a child when I wondered what my mom was doing.  Again, a naïve twist on a simple question can prompt one to think more deeply about important issues.

What have I done?  What am I doing?  Why has God put me where I am now?  I may have some plans for today, but I want to remain flexible and see where He takes me.  My goal in life is not to find myself but to seek and follow Him and fulfill the higher purposes He has made me for.  Why settle for anything less?

Just yesterday we were delighted at how He brought us together with a couple of “strangers” in a public transportation van who actually turned out to be our brother and sister in God’s family.  What a delightful time we had, getting acquainted and sharing our God stories.  One even turned out to be a good friend of my first-grade teacher and mother of my sister’s high school classmate!

What surprises and opportunities does today hold?  Lord, keep my eyes open, teach me, lead me, delight me, and make me a blessing!  Fulfill Your purposes in and through me today!

Facing the Morning

Listen to my voice in the morning, LORD.
Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly. (Psalm 5:1)

Beginning and ending the day with God—hemming it all around in prayer so it won’t unravel, but will unfold according to the Divine Plan.  Whether it’s washing endless dishes, wiping runny noses, slicing vegetables, driving kids to school, answering mail, or what—I want to do it as service to the Lord, delighting in Him, basking in the warmth of His smile, and expecting good from Him in response to the requests I have made.

Good morning, Lord!    Would you share this cup of coffee with me as we start our day?  Coffee cup

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