Waiting


Today I was listening to a song, “While I’m Waiting”, by John Waller. It’s a favorite of my husbands and right now it has a lot of meaning for us as we prepare to leave the mission field. We continue to wait on the Lord for what He has planned for us next. Visit our website and read today’s blog post, “Waiting“.

I also ran across another song by John Waller today that I really like, called “As for Me and My House”. I don’t need to say much about the message of this song…. just listen to it and watch the video.. the message is clear.

As Christians we say that we have made the choice to serve the Lord, but so many times we allow other things to get in the way. Things in life become idols because we allow these things to consume us, we allow them to take our focus off Christ, we allow these things to steal our precious time… time that we should be spending honoring God and loving our families. Anything can become an idol, so it’s important that we truly do choose this day whom we will serve… “as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” Joshua 24:15

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Damaged Hard Drive


Computer with Error message

 

This morning I was trying to access files that I had saved on an external hard drive. The device would not open but instead just gave me error messages each time I attempted to plug it into the USB port on my laptop.

I’m not a computer expert but I’m “tech savvy” enough to know what questions to ask, so I searched the Internet to get answers from those who are “experts”. I’m pretty good at following directions and I can usually fix most technical issues with just a little expert advice and clear instructions. However, that was not the case today — I’m still working on this issue.

The point is: As I searched for answers to why I was getting these error messages, I consistently saw the same words appear in my search results: “damaged”, “corrupt”, “recover”, “restore”. As I read these words, I wasn’t thinking about the damaged hard drive or the corrupted files any longer. These words described me — but not just me. These words describe all of us. We are all broken and have suffered damage in one way or another. Some have suffered more than others and their damage may be visible for all to see. In many cases however, we can’t see the damage that has been done to others. They carry their scars deep inside and do their best to hide the damage from outsiders.

When I picked up that storage device this morning, it looked as if it were in perfect condition. There were no visible signs of damage. However, even though the device can still be read and it is possible to see that there are files stored on it, it does not function properly. Because of some corrupted files or damage to the partition, the device no longer serves its intended purpose. In order for this hard drive to work as a storage device once again, the corrupted files have to be cleaned up, and the damaged partition has to be repaired. All of this is done by running recovery programs and if the recovery process is successful, then it is possible to restore the data.

This may not be a completely accurate explanation of the technical recovery process but it’s a pretty accurate description of the spiritual process of recovery and restoration. If our lives are filled with corruption, we can’t be spiritually or even physically healthy. When we attempt to function in life as damaged vessels, we can’t fulfill the purpose for which God created us. The good news is: He can and will clean us up, He will repair the broken parts, He will help us to recover from the hurts, and He will restore us to a place where we can fulfill our purpose in life.

“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.”  Psalm 147:3

I don’t know if there is hope for my damaged hard drive, but I know without a doubt that with GOD there is HOPE for you and for me because He does not discard the broken pieces. He molds and shapes us into the person He created us to be.

 “Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand,… ”  Jeremiah 18:6

What About Santa Claus?


santa_clausA large part of the Christmas season centers around the tradition of “Santa Claus”. However, many people may question whether or not Christians should take part in this tradition. As Christians, we believe that Christmas is meant as a celebration of the birth of Christ and as a reminder that Christ was a gift from God to all who will accept Him. So, is it ok to allow our children to believe that there is a Santa Claus? How parents approach this question is a personal choice but I feel that the key is to keep “the main thing, the main thing”… meaning that Christ is the main thing in Christmas, so keep Him the main thing.

Allow children to enjoy the “magic” of Christmas but don’t go to great lengths to tell lies and perpetuate the fantasy of Santa Claus. Children are going to learn about Santa, elves, and the North Pole from other places even if parents don’t put a big emphasis on these things. When they are old enough to ask questions, then that is the time to evaluate just how well they can separate fantasy from reality. When children are old enough to ask, “How can Santa Claus visit all the children in the world in one night?” they are beginning to develop reasoning skills. This may be the time to explain that mommies and daddies actually help Santa… this is the first step to helping children separate what is real and what is fantasy. Don’t lie to children when they begin asking questions; allow the natural process of learning and discovery to take place. With or without the belief of “Santa Claus”, Christmas will still be a magical time, and there will still be presents under the tree when they wake up on Christmas morning.

Parents can use Santa to teach biblical principles to children. There are many similarities between Christ and the persona of Santa.

  • Both encourage children to come to them.
  • Both are givers are good things
  • Both reward good and punish bad
  • Both can be in multiple places at the same time
  • Both live forever

The list of comparisons could go on and on. These similarities can be viewed as either good or bad depending on how you look at them. Parents can use them to teach and reinforce the true meaning of Christmas. They can teach biblical principles such as hope, giving to others, caring for the needy, and loving others. Parents can explain how Santa is a secular symbol for these things. The parallels between Christ and Santa can be a bad thing however, if parents allow Santa to become a replacement for Christ during the Christmas season.

Nativity

The Christmas season actually begins the day after the Thanksgiving holiday, so there is plenty of time to focus on Christ and the true meaning of Christmas. Santa Claus really only has one night, he arrives on the 24th of December; on Christmas Eve… so keep Christ the main focus on all the other days of the season.

Christmas is a special time of year and regardless of how commercialized some people make it, Christmas is a Christian holiday. Without CHRIST there is no CHRISTMAS.

This was reprinted on faithwriters.com