Twenty-six little letters. Some stand straight and tall. Some squiggle around this way and that. Some blend in with the others around. These distinct letters each have a sound and a name. However, the real power come when they are arranged together to form words. Continue reading
I’m delighted to have another friend sharing on my blog today, Julia Melatis. We served together on the Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies Prayer Warrior Team. She is such a blessing. Be sure to show your appreciation for her in the comment section.
“You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless.” Matthew 5:13 NLT Jesus said, “You are the salt of the earth.” Have you ever wondered what the full depth of this statement is for us? I always assumed it meant that the way we live our lives should make others thirsty for the truth of God’s Word and for Jesus to be their Savior. And certainly that’s part of it. But last week as I was praying for the Lord to make me light and salt, He revealed something else to me about salt. Continue reading
I am delighted to have my friend Trish Cordell share with you on the blog today. We became friends through the Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies and then met in person last summer at the She Speaks Conference. She is such a blessing. Please lift her up and encourage her in the comment section today. I also encourage you to check out her blog.
Have you ever huffed on an apple, and then rubbed the apple on your sleeve? Did you ever notice how much shinier that spot on the apple became?
Have you ever put wax on your car? First you have to wash your car, get all the dirt and grime off it. Then you have to ensure the car is dry. You do another once over with your eyes making sure no dirt was left behind because you don’t want to scratch the car by rubbing dirt into the paint.
Putting wax on your car is more than just slapping some wax on it. You have to use a damp, lint free cloth, and apply the wax either in small circles or from side to side using a small wipe pattern. After you put the wax on, you have to let it dry. Once it’s dry you can see the film over the car has left it dull. When you wipe the wax off, you have a beautiful shine on your car.
How about silver? Have you ever polished silver? I don’t own any silver, but I worked for a place that had lots of it. Oh my goodness, let me just say polishing silver is not one of my favorite things to do. You truly have to put in some work to make your silver shine!! Before I polished the silver, I thought it looked just fine. I was for certain the silver items were good to go!! Seriously, who needs to polish silver?
My employer brought the silver pieces to the counter over by the sink. She filled the sink with a little soapy water. She grabbed the tub of polish that would be used on the silver, then grabbed the sponge and was ready to show me why we polish silver. Little did I know my car waxing skills would be coming into play. The sponge for the polish also needed to be damp. Then you put the polish on the silver piece in little circular motions with, as my employer said, “muscle” behind it. It was then I was thinking, “why do people own silver?”
Let me just say, I could barely believe my eyes when I saw how much shinier the silver looked. I believe my mouth even opened in disbelief. I could totally see the difference in the shine compared to the lackluster tarnish that had covered up that beautiful shine.
Much like those possessions, our faith can become dulled by the circumstances we deal with every single day. Our Jesus light becomes dull and tarnished when we stray too far or become buried in the muck and mire of sin. Faith and hope fade into the darkness, joy vacates our being, and love seems unattainable. How can we give love, when we can’t receive love?
There’s a big difference between polish on the outside versus the inside. Our faith is polished from the inside out. Digging in God’s Word, (polish), letting it transform our minds, (applying polish), receiving and believing (removing polish), then practicing what we’ve been taught allows our Jesus light to…shine. Faith and hope take stage left and stage right, joy radiates from our souls, and love pours out in abundance and Jesus is right where He should be…center stage for all too see.
Lackluster faith will no doubt get you through life. I don’t know about you, but I want more than just “getting by” faith. I want faith that will move mountains.
Mark 11:23 says “Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea, ‘and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them.”
It’s not enough to just read it, or even say it, you have to believe!! We were made to shine! We were made to glorify the One who made us. We were made to have faith that moves mountains! Where’s your faith my friends?