Saturday, June 30, 2012

The God of all Knowledge

I am currently in a new job at my place of employment. There are many days I go to work, and I don't feel like I know exactly what I'm doing. I take much comfort these days in the fact that God possesses all knowledge. I often pray while I'm at work for knowledge on how to perform the duties assigned to me because I know that God knows everything, and He can help me.

Here are a few Bible verses I've turned to lately to remind about me that particular characteristic of God.

Great is the LORD and abundant in power, his understanding is beyond measure. Psalm 147:5

Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and inscrutable his ways! Romans 11:33

Have you not known? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. Isaiah 40:28

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Everyday Evangelism

The Lord allowed me the opportunity to hand out gospel tracts in the course of running errands this week, so I thought I would share them with you.

On Monday, I made a trip to the grocery store on my lunch break to pick up just a couple items I needed for "Cookie Baking" that evening. As I was in line, an elderly woman came up to the checkout looking for her keys. She had lost them and wasn't able to find them. She was pretty distraught over the situation (as you may imagine). I offered to give her a ride home so she could grab a spare set of keys. She lived just a couple miles from the store. We talked a bit on the way home and "religion" came up a few times (she was convinced I was her guardian angel). As I dropped her off at her apartment, I said, "I perceive you to be a religious woman. I'm a Christian woman, myself. I want to give you this gospel tract that I wrote." She accepted it with glee, thanked me, and was on her way.

This evening, I was in Aldi (grocery store) and a woman struck up a conversation with me in the baking aisle. She was very friendly, and through the course of the conversation revealed that her husband had been in the hospital for a couple of months (I believe) as the result of a household accident. He had been burning some tree limbs in the yard and caught his clothes on fire, which resulted in third degree burns to his leg. As she ended her conversation with me she said, "So pray for my husband. He really needs it." (Prayer hadn't come up any other time in this conversation). I said, "I will." I ran into her a short distance later, asked her name and said, "I will be praying for you and your husband. I'd like to give you this gospel tract. I wrote it myself, and I have a blog, the address is on back." She accepted it, thanked me, and reminded me one more time to pray for her husband (his name is Bill, if you'd like to join me in this effort).

I share these stories just as a reminder that God allows us many opportunities to share the gospel (in one form or another) in the course of our daily lives, if we simply keep our eyes open for them and apply just "a little bit" of boldness (and I mean, just a little bit; this was by no means the height of boldness as activities go).

Please pray for Kathryn and Dorrie, as they've both received the good news of the gospel in their hands this week.

P.S. I was also reminded, when talking to Dorrie this evening, how life as you know it can change in an instant. Another good reason to share the gospel as often as possible. 

Monday, June 25, 2012

Cookie Baking Night 06/25/12

Tonight was Cookie Baking Night. In attendance this evening: Hmmmm, Emily?
Diana and Carissa joined us for supper when they came to drop off Ethan, then they were heading off to Carissa's soccer practice. Ethan decided to go to soccer practice as well (the thought of visiting with a good friend who had been away last week was too much for him to pass up). So, the three of them joined us for dinner and then off they went (it was fun to have them at dinner).

And then there was one.
Tonight we made berry-rhubarb crisp. Emily cut up the rhubarb and got the recipe together to put in the oven by herself (so grown up).

Since it was just the two of us tonight, we decided to forego the Leading Little Ones to God lesson. Instead, Emily read Proverbs 1 from the Bible, and then we talked about its meaning. 

Emily also helped me with a project I was working on. I needed to sort through some pictures my mom had given me, looking for some baby pictures of my youngest brother. Emily thought this was a very fun project! She sorted through the box looking for mullets, parachute pants, big hair, and big glasses (all of which were plentiful since we were adolescents of the 1980's). She found pictures of her dad, her uncle, and myself that she formed into a pile and requested copies of for future use. She had a grand ol' time. I heard this phrase many times throughout the evening, "Why is everyone dressed so weird?" (I assured Emily that the time will come for her too when the fashion sense of her generation is scrutinized and likely mocked--no matter how "cool" they think they look at the time). 

My brother, Rob, Emily's dad, came to pick her up while we were still sorting the pictures. He got a kick out it as well, and we had some fun reminiscing about the photos. 

 As usual, a fun time was had by all. 

P.S. As you can see by the above photo, the allure of the leopard headband from VBS has not worn off yet. She wore it most of the night.

Monday, June 18, 2012

A Few Days With A Niece 06/18/12

Last week, I took Thursday and Friday off of work. Emily spent the night Wednesday through Friday night, and I took her to the last two days of our church's Vacation Bible School program. 

Turns out Thursday was "dress as your favorite animal day" at VBS. When we found this out (on Wednesday night), Emily said, "Katrina, How are we going to make me look like a hedgehog? (or a unicorn?). Hmmm. Good question. I made a few feeble attempts at the aforementioned animals. Then, after a quick trip to Michael's (craft store), we decided to go with "the animal Aunt Katrina is most likely to come up with a costume for on short notice." We found a cute leopard headband (complete with matching tail), added a brown T-shirt, and some whiskers and, voila, animal costume.

Our church used Answers in Genesis' curriculum. This year the theme was called "IncrediWorld". I talked Greg and Emily into posing behind this roller coaster cut out, and they humored me.

Friday was Greg's birthday. So, after VBS, Emily and I went home and made him his favorite meal and a chocolate cake. (Happy Birthday, Greg!)

Monday, June 11, 2012

Cookie Baking Night 06/11/12

Tonight was Cookie Baking Night. In attendance this evening: Ethan and Emily (Carissa had soccer practice). We made our classic summertime treat, dirt cups.

     First, we crushed the Oreo cookies (always a fun time).

      Then we layered them into cups with chocolate pudding.

    And don't forget the gummy worms.

As a bonus feature this year, I found these small plastic cups that come with lids (just right for holding a flower, the perfect final touch to our dirt cup/flower pots).

Since it was just the two older kids this evening, and we were planning to go through two lessons from Leading Little Ones to God by Marian Schoolland, I let each of them read the lesson tonight (and I read the Scriptures from the Bible that went with the lesson). Emily read lesson 70 "What It Means To Pray" and Ethan read lesson 71 "Praying in Jesus' Name". They really enjoyed reading the lessons (and especially asking everyone the questions at the end), something they beg me to do every Cookie Baking Night. It's fun to watch them grow and mature over the years.

As usual, a fun time was had by all.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

More Than We Could Have Asked For

Below, you will find a section from one of Milton Vincent's sessions at the Psalm 119 conference a couple months back. It contains the glorious news of the gospel. Enjoy!

God’s will is grandiose. And we should be excited about this. If you are a Christian and you believe the gospel, you already believe that God has done exceedingly, abundantly beyond anything you could have ever asked or thought. What we have received in the gospel, no one would have ever thought to ask for those things.

Did anyone ever pray this prayer to God?

“Father, We have sinned and deserve your wrath forever. Could you send the second member of the trinity to come to earth and take on human flesh? And could you have him live the life we failed to live? And could you put our sin on him and cause the full fury of your wrath that we deserve to fall on him instead of us? And could you then raise him from the dead? And could you ascend him to your right hand and with full authority to do as he pleases? And could you regenerate us and supernaturally capacitate us to believe in him for salvation? And when we do believe in him, could you forgive us and declare us not guilty of any sin we have ever committed in our lifetime? And could you be forever for us and relate to us always with grace? And could you credit all of Christ’s perfect righteousness to us? And could you adopt us as your sons and daughters? And could you put us in Christ so that all the love you lavish on Christ falls on us? And could you seat us with Christ in the heavenly places at your right hand? And could you give us the Holy Spirit and have him live inside us? And could you have Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit always praying to you for us in accordance with our deepest needs and your perfect will? And the power you exercised when you raised Christ from the dead, could you have that power flowing in a constant stream toward us and into us? And, Oh Father, can we live in heaven forever and enjoy your hospitality for the full length of eternity? Could you raise our dead bodies from the earth and clothe them with immortality so that we could live in a perfected, completed existence draped in your divine glory forever?” 

That is what God did for us in the gospel!

“And you were dead in trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience--among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ--by grace you have been saved--and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:1-10

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