He Understands by Max Lucado

I just love this author. He says everything is just a way that it speaks directly through the junk and gets right into your heart. He says it in such a way that anyone is able to understand. Great stuff. This devotional was just too good to not share with you all.

Have a blessed holiday weekend and make sure to thank our armed services for all they do for our country.

Week of May 23
He Understands by Max Lucado
I know I’d read that passage a hundred times. But I’d never seen it. Maybe I’d passed over it in the excitement of the resurrection.
But I won’t miss it again. It’s highlighted in yellow and underlined in red. You might want to do the same. Look in Mark, chapter 16. Read the first five verses about the women’s surprise when they find the stone moved to the side. Then feast on that beautiful phrase spoken by the angel, “He is not here, he is risen,” but don’t pause for too long. Go a bit further. Get your pencil ready and enjoy this jewel in the seventh verse (here it comes). The verse reads like this: “But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going before you to Galilee.
Did you see it? Read it again. (This time I italicized the words.)
“But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going before you to Galilee.”
Now tell me if that’s not a hidden treasure.
What a line. It’s as if all of heaven had watched Peter fall–and it’s as if all of heaven wanted to help him back up again. “Be sure and tell Peter that he’s not left out. Tell him that one failure doesn’t make a flop.”
No wonder they call it the gospel of the second chance.
Not many second chances exist in the world today. Just ask the kid who didn’t make the little league team or the fellow who got the pink slip or the mother of three who got dumped for a “pretty little thing.”
Not many second chances. Nowadays it’s more like, “It’s now or never.” “Around here we don’t tolerate incompetence.” “Not much room at the top.” “Three strikes and you’re out.” “It’s a dog-eat-dog world!”
Jesus has a simple answer to our masochistic mania. “It’s a dog-eat-dog world?” he would say. “Then don’t live with the dogs.” That makes sense doesn’t it? Why let a bunch of other failures tell you how much of a failure you are?
Sure you can have a second chance.
Just ask Peter. The message came loud and clear from the celestial Throne Room through the divine courier. “Be sure and tell Peter that he gets to bat again.”
It’s not every day that you get a second chance. Peter must have known that. The next time he saw Jesus, he got so excited that he barely got his britches on before he jumped into the cold water of the Sea of Galilee. It was also enough, so they say, to cause this backwoods Galilean to carry the gospel of the second chance all the way to Rome where they killed him. If you’ve ever wondered what would cause a man to be willing to be crucified upside down, maybe now you know.
It’s not every day that you find someone who will give you a second chance–much less someone who will give you a second chance every day.
But in Jesus, Peter found both.From No Wonder They Call Him the Savior©

Wabash River wildlife

We went out for Ice Cream one evening and went to the Wabash River to eat it. With all the rain that we’ve had lately, the River was up and out of its banks. E. loves to feed the ducks and geese, unfortunatly we didn’t bring any dried bread to feed them. That didn’t stop them, as soon as the geese and ducks see humans, they came very quickly. They were a little put out though.

Once again, I used the free actions from PioneerWoman’s website.

Engraved in His Hands

From time to time I read my devotionals that I get in the e-mail, and it will really speak to me, but not only to me, but will remind me of someone who needs to read this as well. I figure that everyone can benefit from knowing that no matter what trials they face in life, God loves them. I struggle at times with the knowledge that God truly loves me. But He does. God doesn’t care what denomination you are, or if you don’t even claim a denomination, He still loves you. It doesn’t matter what you’ve done. You haven’t done anything that is so bad that His love won’t reach you. Murder?, nope, God still loves you. Theft?, nope, God still loves you. Lied? nope, God still loves you. You are never out of His reach. The key is, we need to accept this wonderful love. We need to realize that we can’t get out of our messes alone. We need to get “over ourselves” and realize that we need help, help that only a loving, all-powerful God can give. If we would just stop trying to do it ourselves, cry out to the One Who has all the answers, we will find that life is a little more bearable. It is my prayer that you will read the devotional. I’m including a prayer for anyone to read. This prayer invites the Lord Jesus into your heart. If you pray this prayer, please contact me.
“Lord God, thank you for loving me enough to send your one and only Son to die for me. I know I am a sinner, and that Jesus was crucified and raised to life to pay a debt I was unable to pay, in order that I may live with You forever. I want to turn from my way of life and follow Jesus. I invite Jesus into my heart as the Lord of my life. Thank you, Father, for giving me new life in the name of Jesus. Amen!”
May 16, 2008
Engraved in His Hand by Fred “Fritz” Alberti,
Crosswalk.com Manager of Communities

“Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands…”Isaiah 49:15-16
Sometimes we find ourselves in harsh circumstances. We feel isolated from the Lord and begin to ask ourselves, “Is He really there? Has He forgotten me?” Today’s passage is a stark reminder that there is no way our Lord will forget us or forsake us.
Being the father of five children I have been blessed to witness the blessed scene of a mother feeding her baby. I’ve seen both mother and child relax and share that bond that comes through breastfeeding. It is that beautiful analogy that is drawn in Isaiah. A mother does not forget the child she is nursing, she and the baby are in a deep bond that is difficult to be ignored. Likewise, our Father in heaven is in no way going to forget His love for us. But even if a mother were to forget, the Lord proclaims that even if a mother were to forget, He never will.
Dear child of God, you will never be forgotten!
In the midst of losing your house to foreclosure, you will not be forgotten.
When worrying how you are going to deal with the high gas prices, you will not be forgotten.
When struggling to budget the grocery bill, you will not be forgotten.
God will never forget you.
Why not?
This brings us to the second half of our passage.
“See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands…”
As we were reading this in church one Sunday my wife was quick to point out an interesting observation. She felt, and I agree, that this was a messianic prophecy.
Our names were written into the palms that would bear the nails that hung our Lord on the cross at Calvary.
Your name, my name, and that of every other believer in Christ Jesus has had our names engraved by the nails that bore our Lord to a cruel tree.
You will not be forgotten because He loves you so much that He was willing to die for you. 1 Cor. 6:20 says, “…you were bought at a price.”
That price was paid on a cross between two thieves.
That price was endured until the last breath when Jesus said, “It is finished.”
With that proclamation, let’s turn to 1 Cor. 1:7-11 which says this:
“… We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired even of life. Indeed, in our hearts we felt the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers.”
Friend, it is our hardships which cause us to turn and rely on God. Set your hope on Him and pray for those who are in distress.
He has engraved you on His hand and He will deliver.

It’s the guy!!!!!

Okay, let me tell a little story to explain, “the guy”. I am a firm believer in the fact that everyone has a story to tell. A story that makes them the people that they are today. Good and bad things happen to everyone, and it’s those good and bad times and how people respond to them that make them who they are. Anyway, every year as children, my sisters and I would spend a week or two at my Grandma’s house. We used to love it. Unfortunately, as we became teens, Grandma’s house became less exciting. You all know how that goes……….most teens are concerned about their wants and needs versus anyone elses’. At least, I was. As adults, my sisters and I have come to appreciate Grandma, our Aunts and Uncles more and more. When mom died, Grandma and our Aunts were and are our tie to our mom. After our dad died, some really heartbreaking things happened that were just too much for us to handle. So, my sisters and I “ran for the border”. Grandma’s house was a neutral place for us to go and heal our wounds. Her house is still a safe haven where we can go to reconnect with mom and who she was to us.

So, when we went to Grandma’s for our Aunt D’s 60th Birthday, we went to Grandma’s first. E was playing with the very same toys that we played with so long ago. Then E pulls out, “the guy”. My sister “J” says, “Hey! It’s the guy!”. So of course we had to take a picture of him. LOL

I also love the picture of E playing in the front porch and the picture of the house is the back side of it. I tonemapped that picture. There will be more pictures of Grandma’s house to come.