Archive for October, 2010

Jesus Christ values human life!

Whether it is a female child born in the red light district of India, destined for a life as a sex slave, or the life of an unborn child who is about to be aborted here in the United States, or a woman taken in the act of adultery, His reaction is always the same. He loves that child, that infant, that woman, that sinner.

I found this video on Facebook today and knew I needed to share it here today to reinforce His message of compassion, love and worth for  women today. Meet Gianna Jessen, abortion survivor in this video as she speaks to the Australian Parliament …

Thank you Gianna for this stirring testimony of what God can do with a life that He chooses to value!


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“Do you know what we forgot?” My husband called to check in about halfway through the three hour trip to the Conference Center near Carlisle. “We forgot to pack some books for the bookstore.” 

How could I have missed an opportunity to promote my books? I felt the stab of disappointment as I hung up the phone.

I was supposed to send five or six copies of each of my books to the conference with my husband. The three day Minister’s Enrichment get-away offered another in a string of fall events where I was able to promote my books – and with the release of my newest one, I wanted to take advantage of every opportunity.

But I had too much on my mind that Monday morning before he left. Men were coming to fix a water main break somewhere in the church parking lot which meant a total water shut off to the house during the repair. A weekend speaking engagement at a Girls’ Ministries sleepover had left me rejoicing, though  slightly bedraggled with only a few hours of sleep. Then of course,, there were writing deadlines and other things to tend to at the start of a busy week. My poor brain felt like wet macaroni and I simply forgot to get the books ready to send.

But God didn’t forget! When I arrived home from the girls’ sleepover on Saturday, I unloaded my clothes and bedding from the trunk. I intended to remove the bag containing the teacups I used for illustrations, but got sidetracked the minute I entered the door – the same bag that had 5 copies of each book in it.

When DH packed up his bags for the conference, he loaded everything into the back seat rather than the trunk so he didn’t see my small suitcase lurking there. I didn’t miss the suitcase either until I decided to photograph the tea cups for a blog about the sleepover devotional I shared with the girls.

I searched through the entire house wondering where I laid that silly bag. Then I realized it was still in the trunk of the car – parked at the conference center – books, tea cups and all!

What a wonderful surprise from my heavenly Father whose feathers never get ruffled. He made sure the books remained right where they needed to be in spite of my frantic hamster existence. “Be still and know that I am God,” He whispered to my heart.

And once again He reminded me of the theme I shared with the girls at the sleepover –  having “tea” with Jesus means taking time to sit in His presence, to pause and reflect on what He has to say to me. The message came through loud and clear. “Don’t worry so much! Trust Me. I’m in control.”

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Over the weekend I was invited to speak to a group of wiggly, giggly girls, ages 6 to 14 at a sleepover! Yep! There were 80 girls and leaders there from several churches having the time of their lives with “high tea, ” minute-to-win-it games, a craft, movies and just plain fun.

Our devotional followed a short age-appropriate video clip of the work being done by a missionary in Belgium who set up a “tea room” for prostitutes and girls involved in the sex trafficking industry. through her ministry, the girls learn about Jesus in a safe environment and the are then directed to other services including medical resources and safe houses.

Our devotional time didn’t get started until:00 PM – so I was concerned that they may be running on adrenalin, but the gals were so well behaved!

Here are the devotional thoughts I shared with them:

Having Tea with Jesus (Pictures will be posted shortly)
Purpose: Giving a picture of our relationship with Jesus through various tea cup and mug illustrations.

Introduction – share an invitation to have tea with Jesus. (I made out an actual invitation with a tea cup on the front and made a big show of opening and reading it. The invitation instructed me to bring my own mug so I went rooting through my bag to find the perfect mug to take along, pulling out a new mug or tea cup for each point.) 

1. A miniature china tea set – Too small to drink out of, but a good reminder of two sisters in the Bible who had “tea” with Jesus. I told the story of Mary and Martha. The ornate miniature tea set reminds me of Martha – all fussy and wanting things to be just perfect.   You may also use a big mug for Mary since she filled up her cup and sat to listen to Jesus.The point of this mug and the small tea set is that it is important to spend time in His presence, not worrying about everything else around us. We must learn to listen to what He says.

2. A miniature mug with my name on it (Any mug with your name on it will do.) This mug reminds me of 2 things – the first is that Jesus knows my name. That means He loves me and wants to spend time with me, He hears my prayers and knows everything about me. This makes for a great relationship.

But my little mug also reminds me that I need to spend time talking to Him about other things than just what I want. Time with Jesus is not just about ME or gimme, gimme praying. I can talk to him about how much I love Him, I can listen to Him and I can talk about the things we can do together as well as praying about things for other people. All are important.

3. A pretty tea cup that is dirty inside. This  tea cup looks pretty, but it isn’t useable. It reminds me that I was once filled with sin until Jesus came in and cleaned up my heart. Sometimes I still sin and need to ask for forgiveness for my attitudes and actions.

4. Another pretty china cup with a crack in it. – Talk about those who need Jesus – they are precious to Him, but often their hearts are “broken” because of the hurts or pain inflicted on them by another person  (abuse, trafficking – our girls mission project was for a missionary who helped trafficking victims). I shared how this isn’t just about girls over seas, but many around us are hurting and broken hearted too. Jesus is the one who comes in and can fix the broken hearts. Depending on the age of the audience, you may go into more detail or explanation about sexual abuse, prostitution or trafficking. Remember to keep it age appropriate)

5. A magic mug. I have 2 Kinkaid mugs with cottages painted on them. There are dark shadows over each window and door. But when hot water is poured into the mug, the lights come on in the windows. I used this mug to illustrate what happens when Christ comes into our hearts – He fills us up with His love, warmth, comfort and His presence so we become clean, happy and new inside – our lives become warm and inviting to others as well so we can tell them about Jesus.

Then we had the altar call.

What a precious time as many girls raised their hands and prayed the salvation prayer with me! Feel free to use this devotional idea, substituting your own mugs  for a visual. The mugs kept the girls’ interest. and afterward they wanted to come up and see them – their favorites were the tiny mug with my name on it and the  magic mugs!

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