Friday, 11 May 2012

Yesterday was an awesome day.    We travelled to Neepawa and Plumas.    I purchased some wonderful fabrics at the Kickass Country Store, Plumas MB.   Owners Wayne and Carol  are wonderfully hospitable.   For instance... I was looking for a Dragon fabric to go with the red, gold, and black fabrics.  Wayne said, "I have some in my collection.  I'll be right back".   He went all the way home and picked up four dragon fabrics for me to choose.  Aaaah.  How neat is that!    And I've only been in their store three times.  For the Owners to extend such graciousness and sharing is awesome.   

While I was in the quilt store,  Old Son purchased a 2007 Chevy Colorado truck at the GWB Auto Sales in Plumas.  We both left Plumas very happy campers!  Old Son has been looking for a long while for a truck within his price range and this was his opportunity.    The amazing thing is Old Son
will be paying for this truck in CASH.    Good on him!                                                  

It was wonderful to spend the day with Husband and Old Son and just to be together.  Aaaah.  

Friday Retreat.....                                                                                                                     
Prayer:  Redeeming Lord,  every Word You give to us is a miracle.   How can we help but obey?   Break open Your Words and let the light shine out, let ordinary people see the meaning.   Turn our way,  look kindly on us as You always do to those who personally love You. Steady our steps with Your Word of promise so that no harm will come to us.   Rescue us from the grip of bad men and women so that we can live life Your Way.   Smile on us,  Your Servants.  Teach us the right way to live.  In all this we ask for Your will to be done.  Amen.

Read St. Matthew 15:  1 – 11
From two stories of miracles,  these verses bring us right back to every day life.   The Pharisees and Scribes come to Jesus and ask why the disciples play fast and loose with the rules.
Jesus responds quickly by saying, “Why do you use your rules to play fast and loose with God’s commands?”     Then Jesus gives the Pharisees and Scribes some examples of how they have played fast and loose with God’s commands.
How do we use the teachings that Jesus has given us to play fast and loose with our understanding of what it means to be a Christian?        For instance, do we say, “God will provide for this mission” while keeping out pocket books closed?   

Jesus then quotes from the Prophet Isaiah:  “These people make a big show of saying the right thing, but their heart isn’t in it.  They act like they’re worshipping me, but they don’t mean it.   They just use me as a cover for teaching whatever suits their fancy.”  (Isaiah 29:13)

Jesus tells the crowd (and us today) that it isn’t what goes in that pollutes us,  but what comes out of our mouths that make us unclean.

Today consider each thing you say and ask yourself if this is something Jesus would say.

Prayer:  Immortal and Holy God,  You rightly instruct us in how to live ever faithful to You.  Tell us again and again the way to live in Your glory and praise.  Help us understand  it so we can live to the fullest. And we bring before You this day,  our cares and concerns knowing You will lift them up and take away our burdens.  This we ask in Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Many blessings!

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