Galations 5:22 Fruit of the Spirit

The verse for this week comes from Galations 5:22. “…the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.”

We discussed this in our Sunday School class yesterday. There is also a list of the bad fruits, but if one remembers the good fruits of the spirit and practices these there will be no room for bad fruit to grow.

May your week be filled with God’s blessings!


Let There Be Music!!

Morning Cup of TeaI love music. It lifts my spirits and though I can’t sing on key I love to sing out loud when there is no one to hear me. I am brought to tears when I sing certain hymns. They just touch my soul and make me feel like I’m looking at God and praising Him.

So this morning, I had a bit of nostalgia hit me. I realized my cats respond to anything I say. When I speak all three come running and settle around me.

Homes aren’t meant to be silent. Nor are people. Yet, when one lives alone, silence becomes normal. I miss my hubby being here and the conversations we used to have. We could talk about anything. We were truly the best of friends. And we could sit together comfortably in silence, too.

Our days used to begin with him turning on the television as soon as he woke up. It played from sunup until the wee hours of the morning. He only slept about four hours every night, but he’d take a nice, long nap during the afternoon. There was the constant sound of his oxygen machine running, and at least three times a day, the nebulizer would run while he either read the paper, or the Bible.

There was always sound in the house. When he went to live in heaven, he took the sounds with him. Now there is the occasional sound of the furnace or air conditioner. The squeak of the stairs or upper floor when I walk. But even the cats are silent unless I speak. Then they come running. They will meow at me in their way of encouraging a conversation. I know they miss this. As do I.

So, today I turned on the radio and left it running while I was at work. It is still playing. At least they get to hear the music and the sound of the DJ’s voices. I can hear the praise music as I sit here in my office and write this blog and sip my cup of tea.

When I talk to someone on the phone, my cats gather close and rub against me and meow. They think I’m talking to them. I’ve just never paid this much attention until, as I said, I missed having someone to talk to this morning.

So I am going to pay more attention to my cats starting now. I lift my cup of tea to bid you farewell for now so I can go upstairs and just talk to my pets. I think I’ll start reading my Bible out loud, too. Satan will hate that!

My friends, I bid you a pleasant good afternoon. May God bless you and keep you.

By the way, just in case you didn’t know, whatever cup I drink from is the one showing on the cup of tea blog I’m writing!

Blessings,


 

 

Exodus 23:20

My scripture verse of the week is Exodus 23:20 “See, I am sending an angel ahead of you to guard you along the way and to bring you to the place I have prepared.”

More of the scripture follows::

“Pay attention to him and listen to what he says. Do not rebel against him; he will not forgive your rebellion, since my Name is in him. If you listen carefully to what he says and do all that I say, I will be an enemy to your enemies and will oppose those who oppose who oppose you.”

These are the words God spoke to the Israelites as they were receiving instruction after their release from Egypt and just before the covenant was confirmed and instructions given to Moses for the building of the tabernacle.


Let’s Study Joseph’s Story in Genesis

Our next chapters to read for the next two weeks are Genesis 37-50.

These chapters are rich in history and the story that unfolds is one you will never forget. Please take time to read, reflect and study what God is revealing to you in the scriptures.

What is the source of Joseph’s brothers bad feelings about him?

Is Joseph treated any differently than most babies of the family by his parents?

Describe the progression of Joseph’s brothers feelings toward him.

What does Joseph’s encounter with Potiphar’s wife and his imprisonment tell us about his character?

What tax rate did Joseph recommend?

To what position was Joseph promoted?

How did Joseph’s sons tell us where his heart is?

Why do you suppose Joseph’s brothers didn’t recognize him?

What human experiences (we all experience) did Jacob reveal when he learned of his sons’ encounter in Egypt?

What is the significance of Chapter 43 verse 23?

What was Joseph’s purpose in devising the plot outlined in Chapter 44?

What qualities of Joseph are revealed in his response to Judah’s plea?

In what ways are Joseph and Christ comparable?

Why do you think Egypt was part of God’s plan for His people?

(questions from christviewchristian.org)

 

My Annual Mammogram Brought Blessings!

Morning Cup of TeaI began my day with heading to the Women’s Care Clinic to have my annual mammogram and an overdue bone density scan. Not the most pleasant things to think about.

Usually I get in and out in less than a half hour. Not so today. The waiting room was crowded. I struck up a conversation with the woman sitting next to me.

I was surprised to learn she had learned she had breast cancer when she turned 80. All her cousins had breast cancer as well as her mother. She was able to have the tumor removed and comes back every six months for a diagnostic mammogram. We chatted about technology and the blessings and then she was called back. She came back, smiled and went into the room to get dressed. Then she came out with her coat on gave a small wave, a smile and said goodbye. I could see she had received good news and I thanked God.

Next came my turn. My bone density was first. My height is getting smaller. Once I stood a big, tall 5’2-3/4 inches. Now I’m barely over 5’2″. It is natural for adults, especially women, to lose height as they age. Usually about 1/2″ every 10 years. The reason I’ve learned is because the gel between the disks gets “squished” and the spine gets shorter. Some might even have a noticeable hunch.

But enough of the technical, scientific stuff. The bone density test was uncomfortable for the first time. It took so much longer, and I just pray it isn’t because there was more bone density loss for me. I’m considered to have osteopenia, but not yet diagnosed with osteoporosis. (When my mom died, she was shorter than me, though once she had been 5’4″ tall.) Anyway, when I was finally able to get off that table, my back protested, my knee protested and so did my right foot. I hobbled back to the waiting room, glad that was over.

Then came the mammogram. I am not a busty woman, so I always feel sorry for the one who is responsible for forcing me in the most unnatural position and trying to get my breast positioned correctly to have the plates come together and squish what I do have like a pancake. I have to say this has never been pleasant, but today I was in horrible pain.

When I left the Center, I was practically in tears from having put my poor body through such torture. I  still needed to stop at the veterinarian’s office to pick up my cats’ food, and wanted to stop at the local discount store to get a new nightgown. I took a pain pill and headed off on my way asking God for some relief.

At the vet’s office, they rang up the food and I had received a senior citizen’s discount, which they had never given me before! I paid a little over $5.00 less than usual! I thanked God as I drove away, telling Him how good He was to me.

Next I went to the discount store to get my nightgowns. I decided to get two and figured I would pay about $15.00 each. Wrong! I found a display f them on sale for $5.44 each! Perfect soft oversized T-shirt kind of gowns. So I bought 4 of them for less than I had planned to pay for two. Guess what I did next? You bet, I thanked God for His blessing. I told Him I was overwhelmed by His goodness to me.

It was getting close to lunch time and I was still a little uncomfortable from the boob smashing, so I decided to treat myself to three tacos. I ordered a combo to get a diet drink to go with them and was told my price was $5.09, but when I got to the window, the guy told me it would be $4.60 because he gave me a senior discount! Wow!

I drove home with tears in my eyes. I couldn’t quit telling God how amazed I was by His blessings to me. I had expected to have a less than stellar day, but our Lord shed sunlight and goodness onto me. See we should never dwell on the bad things, but focus on the good things that happen. And God is faithful to those who love Him. Yes, I cry when I talk to God and when I pray to Him. I don’t have to pray long or eloquent prayers. I just talk to Him. That’s how awesome our relationship is.

I pray today you have or will find that kind of relationship with Him, too.

And now my tea is finished, my mammogram and bone density test, long over and the discomfort forgotten. Thank you for sharing this tea time with me.

Blessings!