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Praises In Pickles

I was spending quiet time out on my deck with a home-brewed Starbucks iced-coffee and my favorite french vanilla creamer when I noticed it was getting really warm outside. I laughed at that, because it made me think that I must have REALLY been studying the word of God. I was in fact starting to break a sweat! Either that or His Word was making me uncomfortable which makes us sweat sometimes as well. It was neither though. It’s just really humid and hot outside!

I gathered my Bible, my empty cup, and pen to head inside where it’s cooler. I thought about how lucky I was to have a home with air conditioning to retreat to. Really lucky. But it wasn’t until I walked over to my refrigerator and opened it up to get my coffee creamer did I start to think about blessings. As I opened the refrigerator door, I thought about how blessed I am to have a way to keep my food cold and safe for my family. And then I thought how blessed I was to have food in it. But that wasn’t it. There was something more that grabbed my attention.

I have a full jar of cold pickles.

Seeing the pickles in my refrigerator brought on the praises.

Praise God that I do have a Bible.

Praise God that I can read it freely in a country that allows me to.

Praise God that I can take what I learn and share it as I teach and travel.

Praise God for my iced coffee.

Praise God for my french vanilla creamer.

Praise God for my Starbucks. (((Feeling really spoiled now.)))

Praise God for my refrigerator.

Praise God for the food in my refrigerator.

Praise God for pickles.

Seeing the pickles just stood out as something that goes beyond an every day blessing that I take for granted. Do I need the pickles? No. I stated thinking about how long they’ve been in there and how long it will be before I open and use them. They’re certainly not a necessity, yet I have been blessed. And the next time I grill burgers for my family, I will be sure to sing a praise to God because we have them.

We don’t need the pickles. But we have them.

I just want to make sure that we are giving praise to God and not just when he gets us out of a pickle.

I want to praise Him for what He provides that most times goes unnoticed.


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Rain Delays and Rainbows

I was sitting here thinking about a few things I am so anxious to do…like return to school to earn my Master’s Degree in Biblical Leadership. And I thought about how sometimes what we want to do gets put on hold for a little while. It’s similar to wanting to play a sport in a way.

You’re playing baseball and you’re up to bat next. It’s finally your turn. The excitement is mounting as you picture yourself taking the action you’ve been waiting for, striking the bat against the ball, watching it sail outfield, and you finally have the chance you’ve been waiting your whole life for…to run the bases and slide into home plate.

You see it,
You feel it,
You hear it,
You feel rain drops…

Rain drops?

It’s your turn, but you have to wait as a storm approaches and runs it’s course.

Sometimes in life we encounter set backs. And maybe when those rain delays hit and our plans are postponed for awhile, God is busy working out the details. Maybe he’s building an opportunity. Maybe he’s building a bridge by connecting people that we don’t even know yet who will eventually connect to us. Maybe he has a solution that is being put into motion as we speak (or write). And even though we can’t see or feel it right away, we can be certain that God can use a delay to benefit us…prepare us…bless us in ways we would never guess.

So instead of crabbing at clouds that we can’t control, go out an play in the rain. It just may be the break you need to see clearly when the skies clear. After all, who can follow a rainbow if they can’t even see where it starts? Play in the rain and praise God for His blessing as you wait on Him.

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