Wednesday, September 26, 2012

40 Days for Life - Fall 2012

"I searched for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand in the gap before Me for the land, so that I would not destroy it; but I found no one." Ekekiel 22:30 (NASB)

"40 Days for Life" begins today, September 26,  and continues through November 4, 2012. Please join together with thousands throughout the world as we stand in the gap for the unborn. Every life is precious to the LORD!


Thursday, September 20, 2012


A new school year is underway. After purchasing new clothes, school supplies, and textbooks, students are "ready" for school. But, in our society, wisdom is lacking. "Wisdom" is NEVER on the school supply list! God's Word tells us to seek wisdom (Prov. 2:4). The LORD promises to generously give wisdom to those who ask (James 1:5). In addition to gaining wisdom, we also pray for our grandchildren to develop godly attitudes, place their confidence in the LORD, set right priorites, treat others with love and respect, obey those in authority, and resist temptation.

The Lord gave me this acronymn:

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men. Col. 3:23 (NIV)

I  can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Phil. 4:13 (NKJV)

Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Matt. 6: 25-33 (NAS)

Do to others as you would like them to do to you. Luke 6:31 (NLT)

Obey God, parents, and those in authority. John 15:14; Col. 3:20; Heb. 13:17

My son, if sinful men entice you, do not give in to them. Proverbs 1:10 (NIV)

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

"Mimi, Do You Have Any Gum?"

During a four-day stay with Mimi and Grandpa, one of our granddaughters made it known they are allowed to chew gum on Fridays.

On the final night with our grandchildren, a Friday, we attended a youth dance performance at our church. During the last number,  "Sparkles" (my youngest granddaughter) suddenly realizes it's Friday, and she is lacking! She wants gum, and goes in urgent pursuit!

She rushes to me. "Mimi, do you have any gum?!!!"

"No, I don't. Mimi doesn't chew gum."

She turns and darts to her Grandpa. "Grandpa, do you have gum?" Another "No".

After the performance, Sparkles remains relentless, sounding almost desperate..."Mimi, don't you have any gum?"

"No Sparkles. I already told you I don't have any gum."

Thanks to Grandpa, there was gum at home. Finally, Sparkles got her Friday piece of gum. And, because her Grandpa is generous, Sparkles received a Saturday piece of gum as well.

My hope is that Sparkles, in her lifetime, pursues wisdom with the same passion that she chases after a stick of gum.

Proverbs 4:7 says, "Wisdom is the principal thing, therefore get wisdom..." (NKJV). "Principal thing" refers to "the beginning, the first, the chief, the best". "Get" means "to acquire, create, buy, possess".
According to Proverbs 2, wisdom comes from the LORD, and we get wisdom by seeking it. God gives generously to all who ask for wisdom (James 1:5).

As praying grandmothers, we're asking God to give our loved ones the desire to be wise, to actively pursue wisdom, and to pay attention to His Word.

The next time Sparkles asks for gum, I'll whisper a little prayer for the LORD to bless her with wisdom; and then, I'll hand her a piece!