Sunday, September 22, 2013

Candy Pizza.

When you live in our house, having a sweet tooth is a part of the DNA, so candy pizza should really come as no surprise.

Miss Lannie had fun preparing (and eating) this lovely concoction.

Busy little fingers adding some "green peppers" and "pepperoni".

Chocolate chip "olives" complete the deal.

Very proud of her handiwork. Eh... me too. Proud.

Friday, September 13, 2013

The Tree of Life.

Been reading about the "overcomers" in Revelation. Translated the "ones who conquer", in the ESV. In the first letter, to Ephesus, the promise to the overcomer, "... I will give to eat of the tree of life which is in the midst of the paradise of God."

Genesis 2:9 has the first mention of the tree of life. It was centrally located in the garden of Eden, and would likely have been one of the trees from which Adam and Eve freely took and ate. Its fruit may even have been part of their daily diet, as we know from Genesis 3:22 that it gave them a special quality of life (... they take of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever). Revelation 22 tells us that this tree also has the ability to bear 12 different kinds of fruit, with a fresh bounty very month! Could you imagine? Daily food from the tree of life, daily communion with the Creator... life for man in the Garden of Eden was perfection.

Then sin came. One act of disobedience by Adam brought immediate separation between God and mankind. That tree of life, once so accessible, was now out of reach. Protected by heavenly beings. Guarded with a flaming sword.

So how, then, can this tree of life be promised again in Revelation?

It is reserved for the overcomers. For those who have obeyed the word of God. Turned from their sin and trusted the One who died for them. And, against all evil, have committed to live for Christ. In total devotion to Him.

This tree of life is located in heaven, in the centre of God's paradise. Laden with a dozen types of fruit, ripe and ready for those who are faithful to Him.

I want to be that overcomer.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

You're Invited!

We all like to receive invitations, don't we... to a baby shower, a wedding, a birthday party. All of those invitations, however, mandate the purchase and contribution of a gift. Or sometimes cash.

Here is a personal invitation you won't want to miss! Come hear a message about a Saviour who can change your life! Nothing to pay, nothing to bring... eternal life is the free gift of God for you!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

School's Back.

Summer livin' was sure good this year, and I loved havin' my kiddies home with me. But today this shouts out my sentiments, exactly.


Monday, September 2, 2013

My Thoughts. My Life.

Do you ever surf on Pinterest? Definitely a place where you can unknowingly waste endless hours of time. Uh-huh. And um, yeah... I admit to spending a little more than my fair share of summer vacation, eh... pinteresting.

Wanted to share this, though. Browsing the latest pins last week, I came across...

A modern-day phrase, with a catching choice of words, obviously written with the intention of inspiring you to assume the power of positive thinking.

Scrolling on, a few pages later, I came across a direct quote from the Bible (NCV).

Interestingly enough, the two immediately drew an amazing parallel. I paused briefly when I read the initial pin, then casually passed over it. But the challenge from Proverbs 4:23 stopped me in my tracks. One, the words of a mere man. The other, the inspired word of God.

Only a fool will choose to ignore what God has to say.

My thoughts. How've they been? Hmm. Have I been careful and guarded with my thinking? In those quiet moments are my thoughts clean and pure? Or do I harbour bitterness? Anger? Because God says all this will affect my behaviour.

The wicked man thinks with pride in his heart, and has absolutely no room in his thoughts for God (Psalm 10:4) But the devoted christian will mirror Philippians 4:8, "...whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report... think on these things."