Fruitful Conversations

“Mom! Kate threw one of my ornaments and it broke!”

I had put the kid’s trees up in their room’s and they were anxiously unwrapping each ornament and recalling the history attached to each one.

“I made this in preK.”

“Cousin Ami gave us these.”

“I love this one.”

“This was my first Sunday at FBC Holdenville.”

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Then Kate somehow “accidentally” threw a breakable ornament and as I rounded the corner I saw all the red shattered pieces.

With much worry in her eyes and voice she said, “I didn’t mean to.”

I believed her and as I began picking up the pieces, I told the kids, “It’s just stuff. This reminds me of the scripture that says, all these things will pass away. We won’t take these things to heaven.”

I couldn’t recall the exact scripture but the gist of the scripture was hidden in my heart.

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭6:19-21‬ ‭ESV‬‬

I think this could also apply when your little sister breaks one of your things.

This led us into a conversation about salvation, heaven and hell. How even the best things in this world do not compare to Jesus.

Lathan said, “You should write a blog about this.”

So here I am…

More often than not I get upset and use a harsh tone when my kids are careless and mess something up but thank you Lord for turning this mess up into fruitful conversation. Oh, how I desire to have more and more of these love laced visits in our home. Perhaps, this is the real life application of Deuteronomy 11:19…

“Teach them to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up.”
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…or when a shiny red ornament is in a hundred pieces on the floor.

It is only with Your help Jesus. Help us remember that nothing compares to You. Guide us to have fruitful conversations and to talk about Your life giving ways in our everyday lives.

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Shine His Light

Due to a busy blessed life, there has been no time for writing.  It is way past my bedtime but as I sit and look at the lights I just wrapped around our Christmas tree, I am reminded of the Light of the world.  The tree was dark and dusty when I pulled it out of the storage closet.  I carefully placed the lights on each branch and plugged them in, instantly the tree became bright and marvelous.  It is even more bright and marvelous as I sit here in the dark.  Our hearts are similar.  They are dark and dusty but when we are plugged into the Light of the world we are filled with light.

“I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness.” John 12:46

Oh, how I am thankful for a Savior that lights the way.  As I have been stumbling around in the darkness for the last few weeks, I sit tonight and remember that even when I have lost my way, I look up and see the Light and He lights the way.  He steadies my feet, corrects me and reminds me of my calling.

“I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t be stumbling through the darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.”  John 8:12

Friends, if you believe in Jesus Christ, you have the light that leads to life.  As we approach Thanksgiving and Christmas, we will encounter souls that either have not seen the Light or just might need to be encouraged to lift their eyes to the Light.  This is our calling.  As we look at our Christmas trees this year, may we remember to shine His light in darkness.

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“You are the light of the world- like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden.” Matthew 5:14

Lord, may your light shine brightly in our lives.  Help us be your light that points our families, friends, neighbors and even strangers to Your unfailing love.