Leap for Joy!

Wow, how quickly plans can change! We have long suspected that the Lord is really serious about teaching us flexibility! We thought we had that one mastered and had moved on to orderliness, but maybe not... This week, we received a call with the pleasant surprise that several relatives would be stopping in for a few days as they pass through on their road trip. So we headed to the grocery store, changed all our plans and prepared to welcome them.

Saturday evening, we put the last seam into Tara's Very Bright and Cheerful Beach Quilt! (Only needs some borders now!) It will be queen sized when finished, so we carried it up to the only queen size bed in our house and laid it out for all to admire. We would have to admit we have had our moments of concern as to how this one would turn out :) , but we are happy to report we all absolutely love it. It is VERY bright and cheerful, which we decided is just like Tara herself, so it just fits her!
I will try to take it's beautiful picture tonight! :)

Meanwhile, I have wanted to share with you an amazing sermon we were privileged to hear, given by the amazing Mr. Sommer. I don't have notes, but believe the title was "Swimming upstream in a downstream world." He gave several points that I believe could be very helpful to all of us.

First, he talked about King Solomon and how he was the wisest man in all the world. Yet he didn't really save his heart for one wife, did he? Hmm. No, he added many, many, many, many wives.
The Bible says in 1Kings 11:4 that his wives (his peers) turned his heart away to other gods.
Can you imagine? The wisest man in all the world (1 Kings 3:12) was influenced for evil by peer pressure!! I'm not sure we had ever thought about it that way and it was quite an eye opener!
What about Adam? Was he influenced by a peer? What about Samson? Amazing, isn't it?

Could it be that peer pressure is much, much more of an influence than we would like to admit that it is? After all, we aren't the wisest people in all the earth, are we? Why not spend some time with the Lord, being really, really honest. (He knows the truth anyway!)
Why do we do the things we do? Why do we act like we do? Why do we wear what we do?
Do our peers have any influence on our answers? Do we at times care more about pleasing others than we do about pleasing God?

The Bible says in 2Timothy 3:12 that all who live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.
Also, in John 15:20 Jesus says "if they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you"
Matthew 5:11 and 12 "Blessed are you, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake, REJOICE, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven; for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you."

One more verse, Luke 6:22-23 "Blessed are you, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man's sake. REJOICE in that day, and LEAP FOR JOY: for behold, your reward is great in heaven..." Wow, don't you think we should really know those verses well?

Mr. Sommer also pointed out that many times if we are doing what's right we will be persecuted by other believers, not just unbelievers. Well, I'll leave you to ponder this as we have. Spend some special time with the Lord and listen to his still, small voice.


Thanks for sharing Kelly!
We missed Mr. Sommer's message on Sunday... but I'm looking forward to hearing it when we get in on CD!

Blessings! Miss you!

Mikaela said...

Flexibility is something I am not good at; but the Lord is certainly gracious in providing opportunities, isn't He? Thanks for the thoughts on peer pressure--I did a study on that during a counseling course I took in the spring and came to many of the same conclusions, but I hadn't thought about the Biblical examples you mentioned. Very eye-opening!

Best Life said...

Wow! That IS a good sermon. That's something to chew on for a while, huh? Mrs. P~


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