The Sweet Stuff Ministry

Friday, October 31, 2014

Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

2 Corinthians 9:12-13     This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of God's people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. 

All praise, honor and glory goes to God for meeting our needs.  On a daily basis, he supplies everything we need and many times, far more than we need.  Serving God and helping to meet the needs of others is worshipful.  Doing so allows us to give thanks for what he has given us and affords the opportunity to share from our abundance and give to others. 

All praise, honor and glory goes to God for The Sweet Stuff Ministry.  If you know me personally, you know that this ministry "found me", for I was not seeking such a role.  During a deep valley in my life, I simply said, "God I give it all to you.  Do with me what you will."  I continue to be amazed at how magnificent and omnipotent God is.  He can make a way for ANYTHING!

The trailer is full.  Many thanks to each of you that have donated in any way.  My cup runneth over!  I seek your prayers as we go tomorrow to serve God's people.  Pray that we will touch hearts and offer the love and hope that is found in Jesus Christ.

If you feel a need within your community to serve people with clothing and food, message me and we will arrange for the clothing trailer to meet that need.  Praise God from whom all blessings flow.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Clothing give-a-way this weekend

The Sweet Stuff Ministry clothing trailer will be at Trammel Creek Baptist Church in the Pierce community, Saturday, November 1 from 11:00-1:00.  The trailer is loaded with fall and winter clothing and is free to anyone.  Lunch will be available.  If you are in need of clothing and shoes, this is an opportunity to have those needs met.  Feel free to share this status and pass the word. 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Galatians 5:13-14   "For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
 
Service to one another should be full of love, compassion and mercy.  Serving others should be selfless and encouraging.  Service should be obedient to God's commands-not because of feelings of obligation but because of a conviction in the heart full of sincere desire to love one another. 
 
                 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Easing burdens

Matthew 11:28   "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest."

One thing that I have learned from serving in clothing and food ministries is this:  There are burdens in the hearts of those in need.  The burdens may be financial but often the burdens are on an emotional level, deep within the heart.   While serving we may give a way some jeans, tee shirts and cans of corn but the service is about much more than that.  Many times when people face hardships and are in need of the basic necessities of life, they are discouraged and have lost hope.  Serving others offers hope.  It offers hope that is found in Jesus Christ;the hope that offers love and compassion.  To share hope with others is serving at the level of the heart and goes far beyond canned goods.  

Service to others should include a desire to lessen or put an end to the hurt and difficulties with which they may be dealing.  It is a sharing of their burdens.  By serving others, we are able to demonstrate the rest that is found in relying on Christ through witnessing and the display of love and care. 

Monday, October 27, 2014

The BIG news

John 21:17   Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, "Do you love me?"  He said,  "Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you."  Jesus said, "Feed my sheep."

A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned that The Sweet Stuff had exciting news.  Today, I share that news with you. 

Last year God asked me to expand my ministry and gave me a vision of how to do so.  It involves a cargo trailer, clothing and food.  The trailer is a clothing closet on wheels so to speak.  It will travel from place to place giving away free clothing and food baskets to those in need.  At the same time that God manifested the details of this portion of the ministry, a friend of mine taught me how to make infinity scarves.  Hang with me here, it is all intermingled.  When I finished the scarf, I posted it on my sewing Facebook page, RibbonsnRags, where it immediately sold.  I made more scarves and each of them sold quickly.  I was at my sewing machine one day, talking with God and I said, "Lord, I can sew as many of these scarves as you can send customers to buy them.  I can use the proceeds to buy a trailer for the clothing ministry."  Guess what?  The scarf business boomed way beyond my imagination.  I also sold some aprons and tee shirts with The Sweet Stuff logo on them and put those proceeds into the trailer kitty.  In a few weeks, I had enough funds to purchase a trailer. 

I looked at several for sale, priced new ones and waited for God to show me which to purchase.  It did not happen quickly.  The trailers that we looked at did not work out for various reasons:  too small, leaky roof, priced out of budget, etc.  So, I continued to pray for this ministry and for all the details to fall into place.  As always, God sent the details right to me (we must remember that it has to be in his timing and he knows the perfect time and place for our purpose). 

I was browsing Facebook one day and a friend of ours had a picture of a cargo trailer for sale and it said:  "Must sell, make offer".  I immediately sent him a message and we arranged to see the trailer.  It was well taken care of, used very little, no leaky roof and the perfect size.  It was perfect!   Since there was no price listed in the ad, I had prayed before we looked at it for God to arrange that detail so that I would know this was the one.  An amount came to mind but I did not speak it to anyone.  When I asked about the price, the friend said that he was asking $$ but since the trailer was for the ministry, he would take $$.  You know what is coming next.  The price was the EXACT figure that had come to my mind following my prayer. 

The trailer was purchased.  It will be lettered this week with the ministry name.  It is loaded with shelves full of donated clothing to be given away.  Saturday, November 1st, I will take it a church nearby where the youth are sponsoring a clothing give-a-way.  They are learning about service, compassion, sacrifice and love.  I am beyond thrilled that God has entrusted me with this service portion of my ministry.  I have always had a heart for clothing and food ministries and I know that I will receive many blessings as the ministry embarks upon this mission.

Please be in prayer for my ministry and our first clothing give-a-way.  All posts this week will pertain to service and "feeding my sheep".  A huge THANK YOU to each and every one of you that purchased a tee shirt, apron or scarf.  You donated to this ministry and for that, I am grateful!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Rest time

Mark 6:31   Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, "Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest."

I was talking to a friend the other day about the demands of life.  It seems with each passing year, more is required of us to merely exist.  Rising costs of living without an increase in income puts a burden on everyone to make ends meet.  Raising children is demanding and requires time and attention (I would not trade this job for any other!)  Jobs are demanding and many people work two jobs to pay bills.  Add a couple of extracurricular activities for the children and more time is filled. 

Everyone is busy.  How on earth can every hour of every day become filled with something?  It seems at our house lately that if we do have a free block of time on our schedules, something will tear up and need repairs, therefore filling that time.  I can totally relate to the first part of Mark 6:31 about coming and going and not having time to eat.  In this passage, Jesus and the twelve apostles were on tour preaching and healing.  They were walking from village to village, meeting with people, having church and witnessing.  Their bodies and minds were tired.  People have always been busy.  It is relative.  It is not a new issue with our generation. 

How do we become less busy?  I am still trying to find a solution to that.  But I do know this:  It is extremely important to carve out rest time, "down time" as I like to call it.  Our brains and our bodies need time to rest, be quiet and have no demands upon us.   Those times of rest are wonderful times to commune with God.  Down time is a perfect opportunity to talk with God, feel his presence and hear what he has to say.  Whether you schedule a few hours each week or a couple of days away each month, rest time, beyond sleeping each night, is vital to our physical and spiritual health.  Tend to your rest.  Schedule it on your calendar.  Make it a priority. 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Facing bitterness

Psalm 73:21  When my heart was grieved and my spirit embittered, I was senseless and ignorant; I was a brute beast before you.  

I remember when I realized how much bitterness my heart was harboring.  I know that others around me saw the evidence long before I faced the facts of my feelings.  There were some of my close family and friends that tried to show me that I needed to make some changes but I did not want to listen.  It was only when I saw the effects of my bitterness echo through my children that I was awakened to the condition of my heart.  Talk about a humbling experience!  To see stress and grief in the eyes of my children and realize that I was responsible for it was gut wrenching. 

I have realized that it is important to regularly have a check up on the condition of my heart.  Think of it as quality control.  Psalm 123:39 screamed at me during the time that my heart needed spiritual surgery.  It says, "Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts."  I prayed for God to point out to me all the things that I needed to change in order to deal with bitterness.  Since our hearts are subject to emotions and experiences on a daily basis, it is important to have our hearts examined frequently. 

When we cry out to God for help in matters of the heart, we must be willing to yield our hearts to his commands and principles.  Ridding of bitterness is not an easy process, nor does it occur immediately.  Ridding of bitterness and freeing your heart of grief is commanded:  Ephesians 4:31.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Forgive "whatever grievances"

Luke 11:4   Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us. 

Do we offer forgiveness unconditionally?   

When we think about conditional vs. unconditional, the first thought that we have is usually about love.  We know that God expects us to love unconditionally.   But what about forgiveness?  Do we offer forgiveness unconditionally or do we assign conditions to what or whom we might forgive.  God expects us to forgive unconditionally.  Period.

I was talking with a fellow a couple of years ago about forgiveness.  He had forgiven a parent for infidelity and the hurt that it had caused the entire family.  However, he holds a bitter grudge against one of his siblings for an argument in which angry words were spoken.   I asked this fellow how he could forgive one situation, that to me seemed much more hurtful and difficult than the other, yet carry a grudge against the one that seemed less hurtful.    He only offered this statement:  "It is easy to forgive someone when your paycheck depends on it" (the parent in the situation is also his employer).  I have often thought about this situation.  How is it that we assign priorities to forgiveness?   Is it truly easier to forgive when there is "something in it for me" such as something tangible?   Does an immediate need or desire that we have make forgiveness easier in our minds?  If so, then forgiveness is conditional.  Can we sincerely have forgiveness in our hearts when we pick and choose where we offer mercy?

When Jesus was praying one day his disciples asked him to teach them to pray.   He told them to pray in what we know as the Lord's prayer which includes Luke 11:4.  We are to pray for strength and wisdom to forgive EVERYONE who sins against us.  We are not to treat it as a cafeteria plan where we pick and choose who and what we forgive.  We are to forgive everyone.  Repeat- everyone.  We are promised in scripture that we will be forgiven according to how we offer forgiveness (Matthew 6:14).  We want to be forgiven of everything we have done, not just a few of the worst things.   Ephesians 3:13 says, "Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another."

Key words to keep in mind regarding forgiveness:  "EVERYONE" and "whatever grievances".   If there are situations and people with which you are withholding forgiveness, remember these key words and pray like Jesus commanded so that all can be forgiven.  Just as God expects us to love unconditionally, he also expects us to forgive in the same manner.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Memories of Bitterness

Lamentations 3:19-22   "I remember my affliction and my wandering, the bitterness and the gall.  I well remember them, and my soul is downcast within me.  Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope:  Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed, for is compassions never fail."

Funny how the memory works.  To this day, I cannot eat tuna salad sandwiches because of a distinctive round of morning sickness that involved a tuna sandwich.  I will spare you the details.  The smell or sight of a tuna sandwich triggers my memory of that episode.  I can recall how my head and stomach felt, where I was and all the associated unpleasantries .  Therefore, I avoid tuna salad.  Period.  Non-negotiable.  I will go hungry before eating it again.

Even though I am no longer pregnant, nor am I suffering from morning sickness, that memory is forever planted in my mind.  I cannot erase it.   If I could erase it, good memories would likely be erased along side.  So, I learned from it:  tuna salad + morning sickness + eating while driving does not equal a pleasant morning.  You can trust that during my subsequent pregnancies, tuna was never on my menu!

The same can be learned when dealing with memories that trigger occurrences which brought about bitterness.  Even though I have dealt with bitterness in my life and put it in its place, there are still some things that trigger my memory and remind me of the unpleasant feelings that accompany bitterness.   Someone may speak about an event that caused bitter feelings. Certain time periods on a calendar may trigger a memory or even seeing the people involved in causing bitter feelings may stir up negative emotions within us. We must use caution when the memory is triggered because Satan pounces on those times quickly and takes our minds into unhealthy directions. 

When these things happen and bitterness tries to creep back into our lives, we must remind ourselves of Lamentations 3:22 "Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed".  We do not have to be consumed with negative, hurtful thoughts and feelings.  God can take care of all of those feelings and replace them with positive feelings full of love and joy. 

Once bitterness has been dealt with and removed from one's heart, any triggers of the memory to revisit the bitterness can be quickly dismissed by remembering that God will surround us with hope and not sorrow.  He will wrap us in love and compassion.  He does not want us to remember the bitterness and negativity.  He wants us to learn from it and move forward. 

Friday, October 17, 2014

A Spiritual Epidemic

Ezekiel  34:4   You have not strengthened the weak or healed the sick or bound up the injured.  You have not brought back the strays or searched for the lost.  You have ruled them harshly and brutally.

Each time that we hear or watch the news, we learn new information about Ebola, the frightening disease that threatens to become an epidemic.  While visiting a family member in the hospital last week, I noticed signs posted in every hallway that contained information about the signs and symptoms of the disease and what to do if one suspects exposure to Ebola.  Epidemics of deadly, incurable diseases cause panic and fear in people.  Media hype and sensationalism elevate the fear and panic.   It is beginning in our country. 

I tell you that there is a greater epidemic among us than any physical disease that may threaten our health.  It is an epidemic of oblivion for the lost and spiritually dying world that we live in.  Widespread unawareness of the spiritual condition of our family members, friends and neighbors exists all around us.  This should cause as much panic as any microscopic organism that we may fear.  We should be willing to read and learn of all the signs and symptoms of the lost people around us.  As Christians, we should have a burden in our hearts for this deadly spiritual condition and have a desire to share with them the cure that God offers (John 3:16;  1 John 1:9). 

It would be wonderful indeed to see concern for the lost and dying when we turn on the news or pick up the newspaper.  I would be wonderful, if we as a nation, felt enough burden for the lost that we would go to great lengths to present the cure. 

I have a deep burden for some family members that are suffering spiritually.  I know that many of you do as well.  Let us join together in prayer and in love.  May we reach out to the lost.  May we search for the strays that need to join God's fold.  May our hearts never forget the importance of seeking the lost and dying. 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

May we serve God by serving others

Galations 5:13   "You my brothers, were called to be free.  But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love."

God expects each of us to serve.  He expects us to serve him first and foremost.  He expects us to serve one another.  By serving one another, we not only meet the needs of others, but we also are showing our thanks to God  (2 Cor. 9:12-13). 

We each have the freedom to choose what we do with our time.  It is easy to become idle with our free time.  Serving others is a rewarding way to spend any of our time.  God has much work for us to do.   Many people serve in mission work by going to another country.  That is a wonderful work of service.  It allows God's word and his reflection to reach many people that may have never heard of him.

There are many opportunities to serve God and others right where you are.  He does not call upon everyone to travel to other countries to serve his people.  There are many people in our own communities that are oppressed and need God.  There are people in our own counties/communities that are in need of basic necessities of life. 

It is my prayer that each of us will desire to choose to serve one another.  May our hearts be burdened with the needs of others.  May God lead us in serving him by serving others in love.  

Monday, October 13, 2014

CRUMBLED or HUMBLED

Acts 20:24     However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me-the task of testifying to the gospel of God's grace. 

Crumbled or Humbled? 

Every day we are each granted the opportunity to be HUMBLED in God's throne room of graces.

We also have the option of being CRUMBLED by the things that Satan puts in front of our faces.

To be humbled by God's graces looks like this:  
                  -divine assistance in all matters of our lives
                  -mercy, mercy, mercy and more mercy
                  -His offerings of kindness, courtesy and clemency to us
                  -unmerited pardon of sin

All day.  Every day!!!!!

To be crumbled by Satan's antics looks like this:
                 -discouragement
                 -fear
                 -feelings of worthlessness
                 -bitterness
                 -discontent
                 -misery, misery and more misery

All day.  Every day!!!!!

The choice is ours.   CRUMBLED or HUMBLED?                   

Thursday, October 9, 2014

The "C" word

Romans 8:38-39   For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

The "C" word.  Cancer.  A dreadful, frightening word that we never want to hear our doctor utter.  Conditions that devastate the mind and body.  A word that has affected my family on both sides.  Cancer is no respecter of persons.  It invades the young, old and anyone in between.  It descends upon athletes, businessmen, farmers, teachers, and any other person.  It does not seem to matter who nor how healthy a person may be.  It is always a possibility.

Cancer can separate people from their jobs.  It disrupts the comfort zone and turns the world upside down.  It affects the quality of life.  It causes insecurity and uncertainty.  Often, cancer permanently separates people from their families as they succumb to the horrible disease. 


As we strive to raise the awareness of cancer and treatments, may we also raise the awareness of God's presence and love for us.   I have been reminded of God's love and comfort in this matter a few times in my life.  I have been in the waiting room while family members have undergone surgery a cancerous tumor.  I have waited to speak with surgeons to hear whether the surgery was successful.  I have watched family members undergo chemotherapy.  God's comfort and security is the only thing that will provide peace in these situations.

As much as this disease causes earthly separations, it will never cause separation from our loving God.  His love endures through it all!  His comfort, in the fearful times of dealing with cancer, shows his love and faithfulness to us. Thank you, Lord for your love and comfort!   Thank you, that even though we may experience earthly separations, we are never separated from you. 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Psalm 102:6-7

Psalm 102: 6-7   I am like an owl in the desert, like a little owl in a far-off wilderness.  I lie awake, lonely as a solitary bird on the roof.

Psalm 102 offers instructions for distress. I encourage you to read the entire chapter.  It is a prayer for pouring out one's troubles and problems.  God wants us to pour out our troubles to him and look to him to relieve our distress. 

Verses 6-7 refers to an "owl in the desert and a solitary bird on the roof".  These bring to mind a picture of loneliness and solitude.  God does not want us to be lonely or desperate.  Sometimes we want to be alone with God.  But we must be careful not to isolate those that may reach out to us in our times of trouble and distress.  God often sends people to comfort us when we are troubled.  We should accept the loving support of family and friends instead of suffering in solitude. 

Monday, October 6, 2014

Lessons from Plymouth Volare and Pontiac Executive

James 4:3   You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.

It is wonderful when we experience lessons in life that have come full circle.  I realized one of those lessons this weekend.  Our almost 17 year old son wants a vehicle of his own.  He has a certain vehicle in mind, not a fancy or outrageous vehicle by any means, but a vehicle that is out of his budget.  His goal is to purchase his own vehicle-I love his work ethic and mindset!  He has worked at this goal for nearly three years saving and looking for extra jobs to make money.  This is a big deal to him.

A friend of ours offered him an opportunity this weekend to purchase a vehicle from his wife as she bought a new one.  We took him to look at the vehicle and test drive it.  I could see the disappointment on my son's face.  It is a car, he wants a truck.  It is white, he wants gray. 

Insert story of my first car in order to teach a lesson that I learned many years ago when I was 17.  My parents' rule at our house growing up was that we did not get a car when we turned 16, we were given a car our senior year in high school.  It was the summer before my senior year and I was dreaming of my car.  I wanted a Ford Mustang, a sporty, fast, popular car in this era.   My dad knew how badly I wanted a Mustang.  Unlike my son, I had no money saved for a car.  One day my dad went to Indiana to a state government surplus sale as he did quite often.  He mentioned before he left that there may possibly be a car there for me.  Think about this-I have not known state officials to drive Mustangs.  He must be joking with me.  Later that day from a pay phone (long before cell phones), Daddy called to tell me that he had bought two cars and I could choose the one I wanted.  I asked what kind of cars they were and when he told me I had not ever heard of either kind.  One was a Dodge Aspen, the other a Plymouth Volare; both 1979 models.  They were from a different decade and I could not begin to picture what they looked like.  Those were the days before Google, so I just had to wait until Daddy got back home in order to see the cars.  When he pulled into the driveway with the cars my heart fell all the way to my ankles.  I was thinking, seriously, he expects me to drive one of these?  The cars were white, plain as all get out, four door (what 17 year old girl wants a four door car?), and they were retired from the Indiana Division of Forestry.  The large round silver emblem on the doors had been rubbed off, apparently with sand paper.    He asked me what I thought.  I said, "These are the ugliest cars I have ever seen." (How disrespectful and unappreciative I was)   What he said to me next, changed my mind about the cars and humbled me.  I now see that lesson full circle as it taught me so that I could teach my children a lesson when the time arose.  He said, "Here they are.  You can either drive one of these or ride the bus to school."  Bear in mind that we lived 22 miles from town which involved a one-hour and 15 minute bus ride and I hated riding the bus.  All of a sudden, those were the most beautiful cars I had ever seen.  I chose the Plymouth Volare and drove it my entire senior year in high school.  My parents bought a newer, two-door, sportier car for me for graduation.  I have included a photo below of my Volare.  It is the car exactly except for the star emblem; use your imagination and picture a circle emblem sanded off.  Those of you that may have ridden with me in this car will get a laugh from the photo.

As I reminisced about my first car, my husband shared with our son about his first car.  It was 1967 Pontiac Executive, the size of a house and 13 years old when he bought it from an elderly neighbor.  He was in college when he bought his first car for $250 and drove it until he graduated.  He tells the story of how it completely broke down while he was moving home from finishing college.  He called a local auto salvage yard and told them that they could have it if they wanted to go pick it up.  He had not dreamed of that car, however it was available and within his budget.  I have included a photo of it as well for your viewing pleasure. 

There are many lessons from these experiences.  I am thankful that my dad humbled me in a way that has forever changed the way I view material possessions.  What we want is not always what we need.  I wanted a car that would boost my ego and satisfy my fleshly pleasures.  I needed a car that would transport me to school each day.  I am thankful that my son realized that the vehicle that God placed as an option this weekend meets his needs and that he can strive to save for the vehicle that he wants.

Thank you Lord for lessons in life!  Thank you for teaching us so that we may teach our children!  Thank you for the Plymouth Volare and Pontiac Executive. 

Friday, October 3, 2014

There is much to see in the dark.

Joshua 1:9  "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

I recently heard a beautiful song for the first time.  The song talks about the dark places in our lives-the dark valleys that we all experience.  The line of the song that caught my attention was this:  "It is in the darkest places that I see most clearly". 

Dark places in our lives come in the form of finances, broken relationships, illness and other great trials.  Those dark places can cause us to feel as if we are walking in the pitch black night with no flashlight.  We stumble, afraid of completely falling.  We are afraid of what is lurking around us.  Fear and despair lurk in those dark places.  The darkness can be very scary. 

When we go out in the dark to drive or walk we plan to have lights with us.  We try to pay more attention and focus on what we need to see.  The same is true when our lives seem to be in dark places.  We need light and to focus with more attention.  In those dark places, God is there.  He is there when your finances are in a mess.  He is there when your relationships seem to be on a downhill spiral.  He is there with you every minute of any sickness or horrible disease that may take you into the darkness.  He knows your fears.  He feels your despair. 

Wherever you go, even in the darkness, God is with you.  He will comfort you and guide you.  In those dark places, seek what God wants to show you about himself and about yourself.  There is so much to see in the dark. 

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Don't be afraid of your gifts and callings

Isaiah 41:10
Fear not, for I am with you;  be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you,  I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Recently as we were driving home from soccer practice, my youngest daughter was talking about what she wants to be when she grows up.  She said, "Mom, when I grow up I want to be a surgeon.  But, BUT, can someone else talk to the family when the surgery is over?  I don't want to have to talk to people about the bad stuff."  I started thinking about why she thought talking to the family involved bad stuff.  Then I remember that when my dad had emergency surgery, there were some complications and unexpected findings.  She was sitting with me in the waiting room when the surgeon came to talk with us.  She could feel the unpleasantness of receiving unexpected news. 

As I think about all that is involved in becoming a surgeon, my mind wants to focus on the years of studying, residency, long hours in the operating room, and tedious work in order to repair the human body.  In my career, I have seen doctors tell families of bad news but I never considered if they had worried about that prior to entering medical school.  Even though becoming a surgeon is a few years away for my daughter, she should not allow that one fear to keep her from her calling in life. 

Isaiah 41:10 comes to mind.  God will give us strength when we are troubled or frightened.  For all our worries and fears, he is ever present and willing to strengthen us.  We all have fears and weaknesses.  We should never allow those to interfere with what God is calling us to.  No matter how large or small the task, he will uphold us and provide us with what we need.  We need only to seek him and trust in that promise. 

I wonder how many of us never use a gift that God has given us because we are afraid of one specific detail of using that gift?  Is God asking you to fulfill a calling?  Has he given you a gift that you are afraid of putting to use?  Seek him to strengthen you and to lead you in applying the gifts and talents he has given you.  He will equip you with all that you need in order to apply that gift to the advancement of His kingdom. 


Wednesday, October 1, 2014

God's Sovereignty and Radiologic Technology

Isaiah 40:12 "Who else has held the oceans in his hand? Who has measured off the heavens with his fingers? Who else knows the weight of the earth or has weighed the mountains and hills on a scale?"

Can God speak to us through a CT scanner? It happened to me. I have been a Radiologic Technologist for 27 years, a career span that has seen the world of medical imaging advance in leaps and bounds.

One day last year I was scanning a patient on a modern CT scanner when I was reminded of God's sovereignty. The scanner is omnidirectional which means it is capable of producing images of the human body from three directions, front to back (coronal), side to side (sagittal) and top to bottom (axial). This scanner can take hundreds of images in less than 1 minute demonstrating the anatomy of the body in great detail. It can produce images faster that the human eye can view them. As I watched the scanner flash the images before me, I was reminded that God is paramount. He is all knowing, all seeing, ever present and all powerful! 

A mere glimpse of God's sovereignty!

If man can build a machine that can image the human body in such capacity, think of how much more God can do!!

I encourage you to read all of Isaiah chapter 40 as it describes for us God's sovereignty and that He has no equal!