Jockeying for position

jockeysAnd he came to Capernaum: and being in the house he asked them, What was it that ye disputed among yourselves by the way? But they held their peace: for by the way they had disputed among themselves, who should be the greatest.” (Mark 9:33-34)

Have you ever watched a horse race? I’ve really only seen them in movies like Secretariat or My Fair Lady, and sometimes we might catch the Kentucky Derby on television. It can be exciting, especially if the horse you are rooting for is close to the front. To those of us watching from the sidelines, the last few minutes are the most exciting as we get to see who wins! But I understand that there is a lot of planning and positioning done by the jockey at the beginning of the race – which gate they come out of, how close to the rail to get, who to keep an eye on, who to avoid, how to get to the front of the pack, what to do once you get there, etc. That’s called “jockeying for position”. The horse itself just runs and does what it’s jockey tells it to do, but the jockey is the one doing all the planning and scheming to make sure that they end up in the best place in the end and cross the finish line first, so that they get that prize.

There were two of Our Lord Jesus Christ’s disciples whom he named “Boanerges”, or “Sons of Thunder”(Mark 3:17) – they were James and John, fishermen, brothers, sons of Zebedee. They were part of the inner circle of the disciples. I’ve tried to research why he called them “Sons of Thunder”, and have found conflicting ideas. I like to think that he (knowing all that was, is, and is to come) affectionately nicknamed that because they were rough, tough fishermen whose methods may seem a little brash and boisterous, but who will one day be filled with the power of the Holy Spirit to preach with boldness and to sacrifice their lives for Him: James was martyred and John was exiled for their faith in Christ.

These two “Sons of Thunder” had a mother who was no shrinking violet either, she came to the Lord and asked Him a favor:

Then came to him the mother of Zebedee’s children with her sons, worshipping him, and desiring a certain thing of him. And he said unto her, What wilt thou? She saith unto him, Grant that these my two sons may sit, the one on thy right hand, and the other on the left, in thy kingdom.” (Matthew 20:20-21)

I get the feeling that the disciples had all debated this amongst themselves before (see Mark 9:33,34 above), and then there must have been some discussion around the Zebedee family dinner table about the coming kingdom, and who was going to have the highest seats (before you judge the too harshly, remember that at this point the disciples did not have the full counsel of God’s Word and they did not have the Holy Spirit, and they did not understand what the kingdom was going to be like). Mother Zebedee was taking matters into her own hands and trying to get her two boys the best seats in the house in Jesus’ kingdom. She was trying to do some “jockeying for position” for her boys. What they didn’t understand, Christ tried to explain:

Ye know not what ye ask. Are ye able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of, and to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? They say unto him, We are able. And he saith unto them, Ye shall drink indeed of my cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with: but to sit on my right hand, and on my left, is not mine to give, but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared of my Father. (Matt 20:22,23)

He had previously explained to them three times that He was going to suffer and die for the sins of the world, and now He is telling them that they were going to have to suffer also. They still didn’t get it. And what’s more, the other ten disciples were now angry at them for their “jockeying”.

And when the ten heard it, they were moved with indignation against the two brethren.” (Matthew 20:24)

Well, I guess they did it wrong! So, what’s the answer? How does one become great in the Kingdom of Heaven? I’m glad you asked, because the Lord Jesus answered that in His next sentence:

…whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:26-28).

It’s not “jockeying for position” that makes us great in Christ’s Kingdom, it’s servanthood! It’s lowering ourselves, humbling ourselves, denying self, taking up our crosses, and following Him (Matthew 16:24).

As some have put it: The way up is down.

  • Greatness to the Lord Jesus is service, as He washed the disciples feet.
  • Greatness to the Lord Jesus is sacrifice, as He gave His life as a sacrifice for many.
  • Greatness to the Lord Jesus is giving, as He told the rich young ruler.

To our fleshly, mortal selves this doesn’t seem to make sense. But it works! In God’s Kingdom those who are “chief” are those who humbly and sacrificially gave and served on earth. One day every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, and when we give and serve in His name He is well pleased with us.

It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35) – click here to read my blog post with this title.

Most importantly when we are loving, kind, humble, giving, and serving, THEN we have the opportunity to share the Gospel with others – the Greatest Gift that any can give: Peace of God and Peace with God for eternity. Click here to read my post on this Free Gift.

~Graced and Grateful Grammy

The only “position” we will be in when we see Christ is flat on our face at His feet!

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Anchor Away!

Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into thaanchort within the veil…even Jesus…” Hebrews 6:19, 20

About 10 years ago, my husband and I chartered a sailboat along with four of our children, and sailed to Annapolis from Rock Hall, MD. Unbeknownst to us there was a power boat show going on and all the slips and anchorages in Annapolis were taken, so at the last minute we had to anchor over on the unfamiliar Eastport side. It was a very windy night and we were anchored close to other boats, which wouldn’t be so bad except our anchor kept slipping in the muddy bottom of Back Creek, and our boat kept drifting dangerously close to some other boats, if we had bumped into them it would not have been pleasant!! Our anchor kept getting away!! Every hour we had to get up and check the anchor, see how far we had moved and how close we were getting to the other boats (it was pretty chilly outside too!), sometimes we had to start the engine and re-set the anchor. My husband spent a very anxious night huddled in the cockpit wrapped in a comforter, trying to keep us from bumping into other boats and stay warm, too!! We found out when we got back to the charter company that the owner of the boat had bought the wrong anchor for the boat – it was too small for a 35′ Beneteau, which proved to be a problem on that windy night when we were anchored in close proximity to other boats!

Well, for some reason I got to thinking about that ‘adventure’ recently. In the busy-ness of life’s “winds” over the last few months, I have felt myself “drifting” away from the Lord because I haven’t spent enough time in His Word and in prayer and fellowship with Him. I found myself getting anxious and distant from my Lord, and I don’t know about you, but when that happens and I “bump” into other people, sometimes the results are not so pleasant! I had started using the wrong anchor—the anchor of self. I felt convicted. I had to spend some time wrapped in the “Comforter”, the Holy Spirit, warming myself with His presence, and restoring my relationship with the LORD Jesus, anchoring (yoking) myself back with Him, getting rest for my soul:

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.” (Matthew 11:28,29)

The verse from Hebrews 6 that I quoted in the beginning tells us that Jesus is “the anchor of our soul, steadfast and sure”, and I am thankful that He is, and I am thankful that when I start to drift, He calls me back to Himself and the rest and peace that I will find in Him. Many hymns have been written about that verse, I call them The Anchor Hymns, and I love them all: “My Anchor Holds” by William Martin; “We Have an Anchor” by Priscilla Owens; “In Times Like These” by Ruth Caye Jones; “The Haven of Rest” by Henry Gilmour; and many more…

How about you?

Is your lifeline tied to the right Anchor?

First of all, do you know Jesus Christ as your personal Savior? Have you trusted Him and Him alone to save you from your sins and accepted His Free Gift of payment for your sins by dying on the cross and rising again from the dead?

If you are saved and His child already, are you drifting? Is your anchor slipping? Have you switched anchors?

My new year’s challenge to myself and to you, dear reader, is to get yourself hitched to the right anchor. The Only One Who can do the job – the Steadfast and Sure One – The LORD Jesus Christ. And don’t let go!

Happy New Year!!

~Graced and Grateful Grammy

“And it holds, my anchor holds: Blow your wildest, then, O gale, On my bark so small and frail;
By His grace I shall not fail, For my anchor holds, my anchor holds”
(Wil
liam Martin)

 

 

Christmas Reminders

christmasI love Christmas, it is such a beautiful time of year, it’s a time when we get together with friends and family, and share some fun times. But…

At Christmas time it is so easy to get caught up in the busyness of the shopping, baking, wrapping, running, entertaining, visiting, etc and forget the real wonder of it all. So I thought to myself, “what if we had little reminders every day to help us keep our focus on the real Reason for the Season?” I came up with some Christmas decorations we will see every day that have a spiritual significance that we can focus on.

So here goes…

christmas-lightsLights – One of the first things people do to begin the Christmas season is put up Christmas lights on and in their houses. Jesus came to be the “Light of the world” (John 8:12), He came so that we did not have to live in darkness. When we trust Him as our Savior, He guides us and helps us to shine His Light to others. So when we see Christmas lights, remember that Jesus is the Light of the world, and we are to let our lights shine for Him.

christmas-treeChristmas Tree – Some people put their Christmas tree up before Thanksgiving, now to me that’s a little extreme, but to each his own. Christmas trees are evergreens, so they are always green, they never turn brown and lose their color. They remind us that God’s love for us is forever, it never fades, He will never leave us or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5). So, when we see a Christmas tree, we can remember God’s unfailing love for us.

Stars – Most people put a star on top of their Christmas tree. The star is a reminder of that star that the Wise Men followed that led them to Jesus. Those Wise Men rejoiced when they saw Jesus, they knew that He was the Christ, the King of the Jews (Matthew 2:1-11), and they gave Him their treasures – Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh. So, when you see a star on a Christmas tree, be wise – remember that “wise men still seek Him”.

Gift in handGifts –If there is a tree, there are usually gifts under it. The Wise men brought gifts to the baby Jesus because they knew He was a special baby who would grow up to be the Redeemer of all. Even though the Wise men brought gifts for Jesus, He came to be the Greatest Gift of all. Just like when someone offers a physical gift to you and you reach out and accept it, The Lord Jesus offers a spiritual gift to you of eternal life in Heaven with Him and all you have to do is reach out and accept it. He died for our sins to pay the price that we could never pay, and we must believe in Who He is and what He did for us to be saved. “…by the righteousness of One the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life”(Romans 5:18). So, when you see gifts under the tree, remember the Free Gift that Jesus gave to us – our Salvation!

I’ll quit here and keep it simple, but I’m sure you can come up with some ideas of your own, some ways to keep “Christ” in Christmas so that we don’t lose focus of why we celebrate this wonderful time of the year.

As we say in England, “Happy Christmas”!!

~Graced and Grateful Grammy

Keep “Christ” in Christ-mas

More Road Signs on Life’s Highway

Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another” Romans 12:10

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In an earlier blog post, Road signs on Life’s Highway, I wrote about how my husband and I seem to be doing a lot of driving now. In the month of August this year, I counted up that we were in 14 states in 30 days! So, I have some more road signs I came across and wanted to share with you – this is kinda fun, I hope you enjoy it!

I noticed that a lot of them are about being kind and considerate to others.
left-turns-cross-trafficBEWARE OF LEFT TURNS AND CROSS TRAFFIC – I don’t know if any of you remember this but, before we had many traffic lights and center left turn lanes, and when Kennett Square and Chadds Ford were out in the ‘Boonies’, Route 1 used to have a sign that said, “Beware of left turns and cross traffic”. (I remember that a clever fellow-student in my senior class actually made this their senior quote in the yearbook!). It was a big yellow sign warning drivers to be mindful of the other people on the road. These people may have to make left turns from Route 1, where there is not a turning lane, or may have to make a left turn onto route 1 which could be dangerous! The Bible tells us to be mindful of others, too. “Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others” (Philippians 2:4). We don’t know what “left turns” are going on in other people’s lives, what trials they are going through, or if they are just having a bad day. In England, being angry or disgruntled is called being “cross” – beware of “cross traffic” – when others are anxious they appear “cross”, but sometimes they just need someone to smile at them, and show them love.

detour.gifDETOUR – Don’t you just love it when you are cruising along, right on time to an appointment, and then you see this sign: DETOUR! The road you were planning on driving on is closed, and now you have to take a different route, which will mess up your plans, take you out of your comfort zone, and just be annoying! Life often puts up a “detour” sign for us, just when we think things are cruising along well. However, the “detours” in life are often the times that we grow closer to the Lord, learn to trust in His perfect plan, and learn patience: “…count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience” (James 1:2,3). So really, we should welcome those detour signs and count it all joy!

do-not-passDO NOT PASS/STAY IN LANE – This means that you need to stay in your place, behind the car that is in front of you. Don’t ride too close to his bumper, and don’t be impatient and beep your horn at him, just patiently follow along, don’t try to rush around him and push your own agenda. Hmmm!? Sound familiar? Sometimes, we try to go ahead of the Lord, we get impatient, we may even “beep our horn” to get things moving along, but it is best to “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths” (Proverbs 3:5,6). When we humbly submit to the Lord and to His commands, stay in our place, He shall direct our paths.

school-zoneSCHOOL ZONE – When we see this sign, we know that there are children present in this area, at least when school is in session, and we need to be extra careful, and drive extra slowly so that we don’t hurt one of these little ones. Jesus loves the little children, He wants us to be extra careful around them, and He gave several warnings about hurting these little ones. He rebuked the disciples when they tried to keep children from coming to Jesus (Mark 10:14), and then He said that if anyone offends a child that believes in Him, it would be better for them “that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea…” (Matthew 18:6). Children are always watching us – there is ALWAYS a School Zone around!

two-way-trafficTWO WAY TRAFFIC AHEAD – So, after a period of one-way traffic, you might see this sign indicating that now you are on a two-way street. I am glad that even though once my life was a one-way street (I was living for my self, depending on my self, and all by my self), NOW I am saved and have the Lord Jesus to thank for it, I have the Holy Spirit indwelling me teaching, guiding, leading and loving others through me in ways I could never do by myself. I have the promise that He will never leave me nor forsake me (Hebrews 13:5), I will never be all by my self again. There is a two-way communication between me and the Lord (Romans 8:26), He hears my prayers (Psalm 6:9), and He speaks to me through His Word (John 17:17, 2 Timothy 3:16). I am thankful I am not on that one-way street anymore, because it led to a Dead End.
dead-endDEAD END – This sign tells us that there is no point in going down this road, there is nothing there, there is no other way out but the way we came in, and there could be some danger there. God tells us that “the wages of sin is death…” (Romans 6:23), and that there is no good reason to go down that road because there is danger there “…and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death” (James 1:15). Stay away from Dead Ends!!
I hope you enjoyed these road signs and their spiritual application as much as I have enjoyed putting them together.
Happy Trails!
~Graced and Grateful Grammy

Great Expectations!!

My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him. He onlpsalm-121y is my rock and my salvation: he is my defense; I shall not be moved.” Psalm 62:5,6

When my husband and I were dating, he had his “best foot forward” (and so did I!). He would bring me flowers, and gifts, and candy, just to make me happy. Well. We are on our 35th year of marriage, and if I waited at the door each day expecting him to bring me flowers and candy when he came home from a long, hard day of work, my expectations would be dashed, and I would spend every evening angry and frustrated because my expectations were not met. I might even get myself worked up some days and take matters into my own hands and just buy myself some flowers and chocolate because he sure isn’t going to do it!! Those expectations would be unrealistic, and he never promised me roses and chocolates every day, but do you see how our expectations can affect our emotions and our attitudes?

Our expectations can become idolatry.

How about you? What do you expect from God? Are your expectations of Him realistically in line with what He has promised?

Has God really ever promised us:

Happiness? Health?

Wealth? Success?

Every desire fulfilled? Approval of man?

A comfortable life? An easy life?

A persecution-free life? A sorrow-free life?

So, why do we act surprised, when along comes a “fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you” (1 Peter 4:12)? When our expectations are unbiblical and unrealistic, they get dashed, and we, in our human flesh, tend to get angry at God for not doing what we thought He should, or we get anxious and take matters into our own hands and try to do it my way!

It goes like this: We see something we like, and we want it (no problem so far), but then we rationalize that we NEED it, that we’ve gotta have it, and then we quickly get to the point where we will sin to get it. What it boils down to, is UNBELIEF. Unbelief is thinking wrong thoughts about God, being discontent because we don’t think God has met our “needs.” James puts it this way:

“From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members? Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts. Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.” (James 4:1-4)

My husband has been talking about this in the Adult Sunday School class he teaches, it has been very convicting…

So, what should our expectations be based on? What SHOULD we do?

Study those things that God HAS promised us – His power, His protection, His presence, His Love, His strength when I am weak, His help in times of trouble, His answers to our prayers, His salvation when we believe in the Lord Jesus, and His eternal home in Heaven for those who trust in Christ.

If we set our expectations on God and His promises, we will not be disappointed or discontent, we will “rejoice in the Lord always…” (Philippians 4:4).

I don’t know about you, but I know where I am placing my expectations – not on human beings, or on material things, or on circumstances – but on my Lord and my God!

~Graced and Grateful Grammy

I have Great Expectations in my Lord!

The Sawyer

“But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour. If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work. (2 Timothy 2:20,21)img_8784b

Dear Readers,

I am sorry it has been a while since I posted, but life has been busy lately.

Let me tell you about ONE of the things I was busy with:

My husband is very good at many things, and he has a variety of interests, one of which is his portable sawmill. He is “a sawyer” (definition: ‘someone who saws wood’).  This past weekend we set up the sawmill at a small local country fair and he demonstrated how it works, he took several large logs on a trailer, and with the help of some friends, he milled them all into boards, made benches, made some posts for the Revolutionary War reenactors, and was able to talk to a lot of people about one of his passions -wood! Meanwhile, I sold the serving boards that he makes, and manned the booth answering what questions I could, and talked with some folks about the Lord, invited some to Church. It was a lovely weekend, even though it was rather hot – I thought things were supposed to cool off in September but the heat index was over 100 on Saturday! Phew!

Whenever I watch my husband run his sawmill, I try to see the wood through his eyes. He first looks at the log, they are often rough, dirty, covered in rough hard bark, and may not look like much at first – but he sees potential! He positions it ‘just so’ on the sawmill bed in order to get the best yield. The first slices cut off the bark, and he starts to get an idea of what lies beneath. The next slices go deeper into the heart of the log, bit-by-bit, slice-by-slice he goes, revealing what he suspected was there – the true value of the beauty of the log! What beautiful grains are exposed, what wonderful patterns placed there by their Creator, just waiting for the sawyer to find them! Sometimes, he finds that the tree was rotten inside, and sometimes he will find a piece of metal imbedded in the tree that he was not expecting – a nail, a horseshoe, a clothesline pulley, and any number of things that were attached to the tree and over the years the tree just grew around it until it disappeared and became a part of the tree – amazing! He can often salvage part of the tree, and just cut out the offending metal piece.

After he has cut the log into boards, he dries them in his kiln to get the moisture out, then he will take them into his shop and run them through a planer, and finally sand them smooth with a sander so that they are useful. He looks at each board he has cut, and “sees” what he is going to make out of it. He makes tables for families to gather round at mealtimes, and cabinets to hold a family’s treasures. From Tree to Treasure, there is a process that the wood goes through and my husband, the woodwright (another of his titles), takes them through that process.

You know, God is like a sawyer, He is the Creator, and the wise Masterbuilder of His Church (1 Corinthinans 3:10). He takes a rough, dirty sinner, and He saves us by His grace. We may not look like much at first, and we may not think that God can use such a sinful person, but through the process of ‘Progressive Sanctification’, He can and He will if we will yield ourselves to His capable hands. He uses all kinds of trials and situations to ‘slice away’ at us, revealing our true value, making us more like His Son (Romans 8:28-30). He planes and sands away the rough edges as we read and obey His Word and pray, drawing closer to Him. He makes us “meet for the Master’s use” (2 Timothy 2:21). There is a purpose in all he allows in our lives, because He has a plan for each of us, He “sees” what He is going to make out of us. He will expose the sin in our life, and help us ‘cut it out’, or “put off… the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts” (Ephesians 4:22). Then, He makes us into a new creature (2 Corinthians 5:17), and makes us “that we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ” (Ephesians 1:12) – “ a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.”

I hope you enjoyed my analogy of the sawyer and our Wise Masterbuilder.

~Graced and Grateful Grammy

“Wood” you let the Lord do His “perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing”? (James 1:4)

Recipe for the Bread of Abundant Life

Recipe for the Bread of Abundant Lifeloaf-of-bread

(or how to be instructed and illuminated by God’s Word)

Here’s a “recipe” you may enjoy. Whether you are a new Christian just starting out on your adventure with Christ, or whether you are a seasoned believer, we can all use a new “recipe” to make our walk with the Lord fresh, exciting, and flavorful.

Step 1: Preheat the Oven:

  • Without the oven turned on, nothing’s going to cook.
  • Salvation – When you place your full trust in God’s Son Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit comes and dwells in you and seals you for your Heavenly Father (Ephesians 1:13), without Him you cannot understand and apply God’s Word (John 14:26).

Step 2: Gather Tools:

  • You will need a recipe or cookbook. Besides this you will need some other tools – maybe a mixer, bowls, spoons, measuring utensils, sifter, and pans to work effectively.
  • Bible – Besides your Bible, it is a good idea to have some other tools on hand when you read God’s Word – A pen and a journal to write in and make notes about what the Lord teaches you as you read, and also to record prayer requests and answers to prayer. A concordance, and even some commentaries may help your time with the Lord be more effective.

Step 3: Gather ingredients:

  • Yeast
    • A raising agent, it doesn’t take much – too much will ruin the loaf!
    • P-raise the Lord before, during and after reading His Word (Psalm 150).
    • Also, leaven is symbolic of sin, so confess sin as the Lord reveals it so that there is nothing between your soul and the Savior (1 John 1:9; Psalm 66:18), it will ruin your life!
  • Water
    • Moistens, brings life, and satisfies our thirst.
    • Jesus – without Him, there is no abundant life (John 10:10). He is the Living Water, and he satisfies the thirst of our souls (John 4:10,14).
  • Oil
    • Helps the bread reach it’s fullest flavor & texture
    • The Holy Spirit – We need Him to show us the fullness of what God wants us to see in His Word, and acquire wisdom through it. (Matthew 25:1-13, 1 Corinthians 2:9,10)
  • Flour
    • Comes from a kernel of grain that has been opened, by a grinding process that lets the goodness out of it so it can be used to make bread and other baked goods with.
    • Illumination – When we open God’s Word and “grind” through the reading process, with the Holy Spirit’s aid, we can get the goodness out of it so we know God better and grow more like the image of His Son (John 5:39, Hebrews 4:12; 2 Peter 3:18).
  • Sugar
    • Sweetness, helps the yeast to work.
    • LOVE – for God and others, which helps all that we learn to be applied properly. (Ephesians 4:15; 1 Corinthians 13)
  • Salt
    • Preservative, and flavour.
    • Sharing – what we have learned with others so that the GOSPEL of God’s love can be spread (Matthew 5:13).

Step 4: Mix/Knead:

  • Mix all the ingredients together, then knead – pulling and pushing, working and acting to combine it all together.
  • Study and read God’s Word, then obey what He tells you to do! Act on what you learn! It makes you wise, so everything comes together and makes sense (Revelations 1:3; Acts 17:11)

Step 5: Bake:

  • Process that cooks the bread, it is it takes time and patience, you have to wait until the time is up, turn on the oven light if you want, so you can see the progress.
  • MEDITATE on what you have read (Philippians 4:8,9), it takes time and patience. Wait on the Lord for illumination (Joshua 1:8) – He will turn the light on!

Step 6: EAT!

  • Partake. You can’t eat just one slice of fresh, baked bread. If it is made well, it leaves you hungry for more.
  • Once you start reading God’s Word, partaking, meditating, obeying, digesting and being illuminated, you will be hungry for more!  “O, Taste and see (for yourself) that the LORD is good.” (Psalm 34:8)

~I hope you enjoyed this analogy of baking bread and feasting on God’s Word. The Lord Jesus tells us in Matthew 11:28 & 29 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.” I don’t know about you, but rest in my soul sounds good to me!

~ Graced and Grateful Grammy

“If you haven’t got the Bread of Life, you’re TOAST!”