November 11, 2017

Firestorm Relief - Rain!

1. Found some die-cut heart tags out craft shopping yesterday and brought a package home with me. Thank you, Lord, for reminders of your love and care!

2. Heard from a California pen-pal that it's been raining! I prayed for rain as a relief from the firestorms that's been occurring out there and I'm glad that God listened and responded.  Read so many stories of people who have lost loved ones and their homes. Homes can be replaced but the loved ones can't. I pray now that God will bring comfort to those who've lost loved ones and healing for others who survived. 

3. Thankful for finding enough elements (mostly from food packaging) for two more glue-book pages. I posted them here in my google plus collection. I'm still working on circles (eternally round), crowns, fruit of the spirit, friendship tea bags, names God calls me and one more that I haven't decided yet as to what I want to collect. Something from this list here. Playing with the idea of Veggie-Tales. Or stripes (Joseph's coat of many colors), that would be easy to do. Or continue on with the helping hands idea. What do you think? 

4. A friend sent me an email and reminded me of the Little Free Library. Wouldn't it be cool to set up a box full of children's gratitude books in your neighborhood? Can you imagine what attitude changes could occur if kid's began reading about being thankful? I have a few books listed here. Thank you, Mark! 

5. GOOD NEWS! My husband's cousin doesn't have cancer in his liver after all! The biopsy showed it was just scar tissue! Yippee! Praise the Lord! Thank you, Lord, for answering our prayers! 😇


October 25, 2017

Praise from My Pastor

Blessings to you!  I hope you are doing well.  This last week we have had partial power in the main church building.  We didn't have use of the furnaces, soundbooth / projector, hallway and office lighting and some lights in the sanctuary and downstairs. We had an electrician come out Monday.  He said we have 3 phase power and that one of the phases was completely out. The good news is this is our electric company's responsibility and someone from the utility company will be out this week to fix it at the pole outside at no cost to the church.     

The better news is the electrician did find a bad breaker downstairs.  It was buzzing and could have caused an electrical fire.  It cost $300 to replace.  How is this "better news"?  If the power outside had not gone out we wouldn't have checked the breakers or had an electrician out.  Instead of a burned down building we had a breaker replaced.  I'll take it! 

Someone might just call this a coincidence, but I'm giving praise to God for His watchful care and providential hand.  

grace and peace,

Pastor Eric Forgrave
Church: 816 763-6891

October 23, 2017

Thanks to Trees

1.  Thanks to Trees -- Found this book thrift shopping this last weekend. Didn't know so many products came from trees-a renewable resource. As we set out to do our weekly errands, I noticed that the trees in our neighborhood were beginning to turn to their glorious fall colors of red and gold.  I have a photo of one such tree on this blog -- click on the label "Tree" below this post.  Did you know that God created trees in the beginning of the world and set two in the center of the Garden of Eden? 

"Now the Lord God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed. And the Lord God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground -- trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil." ~ Genesis 2:8-9. 

2. I'm thankful that God lovingly created the family with one man (Adam), one woman (Eve) and their children (Cain, Abel, Seth & others)! And from a descending family came our Lord and Savior who died on a cross made from wood. The Tree of Life had a part in the story of Salvation from the very beginning. 

"The God of our fathers raised Jesus from the dead -- whom you had killed by hanging him on a tree." ~ Acts 5: 30.

3. Thanks be to God for his gift of life -- did you know that we will be able to eat from the Tree of Life in the paradise of God someday? I pray that I shall be one of the overcomers! 

"On each side of the river [of life] stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. . . No longer will there be any curse." (Rev. 22:2b, 3a); "Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree." (Gal. 3:13); "He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness." (1 Peter 2:24); "To him who overcomes, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life which is in the paradise of God." (Rev. 2:7)

4. Thanks to God for shepherds (ancient tool -- wooden staffs) -- When was the last time you told your pastor how much you appreciate his faithful service to you and your family? Send him a card before the end of this month as October is Pastor Appreciation Month!

"The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching." ~ 1 Timothy 5:17.

5. Thanks for the comforting lap of Jesus -- ADD people sometimes have non-stop creative brainstorms. I think all day long and sometimes pass along what I think are good ideas to others, however, I must guard against becoming conceited. Thanks be to God that he understands my heart when others get the credit for those ideas, comforts me, and then reminds me that I'm only a vessel of the ideas that really come from him. Lord, help me let my prideful hurt go. 

"What, after all is Apollo? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe -- as the Lord assigned to each his task. I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow. (1 Corinthians 3:5-7); "So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, do that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you." (Matthew 5:2-4); "because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you in his presence. All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God. Therefore we do not lose heart. (2 Corinthians 4:14-16). 

ADD/Depressives have a hard time letting go of the inconsequential, because our thinking caps are stuck on "go." That's why we need a good prayer team gathered around us, ready and willing to pray for us and I do, thanks be to God.