Intersecting Life and Faith

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Thanksgiving Questions

I love Thanksgiving!! I have spent just a few years not making the tradtional meal in my home, and I really missed the smell or roasting turkey, popping corn casserole and sweet potato casserole in the oven and gathering friends and family around our table. Thankful for the abundance of family and friends who have included us in their celebrations over the years, but my favorite place is around our long farm table. Here are a few more favorite things.

  1. What is your favorite Thanksgiving food? My favorite Thanksgiving food would have to be mashed potatoes/gravy and corn casserole.
  2. What’s the happiest Thanksgiving memory of your childhood? The happiest Thanksgiving memory of my childhood would have to be the savory smell of turkey roasting in the oven, mom peeling potatoes at the sink and dad coming in from his chores, making sure the cows were fed and their water wasn’t frozen. 
  3. What do you enjoy the most about the Thanksgiving holiday? Thanksgiving Day is a day I don’t have to go anywhere, a slow enjoyable day to remember what I am thankful for and WHO I thank.  
  4. Who is the most consistently grateful person I know? The most consistently grateful person I know would have to my pastor, who is also my husband. I rarely hear  him complain, he rarely has bad things to say about anything or anyone, and most of the time looks on the bright side of life. He centers me most days, encouraging me not to complain but be grateful. 
  5. What’s the one book, article or blog post you are most thankful for this year? This is a tough one as I read a lot, and consistently can’t remember where I read what. 🙂 Something I enjoy is listening to podcasts. I listen to Through the Bible in one year, Journeywoman, The Goal Digger podcast. I’m always on the lookout for interesting podcasts.  
  6. What’s the one experience you are most thankful for this year?  The two experiences I am thankful for this year is the birth of twin grandsons, a miracle and so thankful to God for them living close by. Their story is a God story for sure. The second experience was the marriage of our daughter Lauren to David Buff. All of Lauren’s siblings and family were able to come to the big event and be in the bridal party. Extended family also made the trip, it was the best time!!
  7. If you could thank one person today–near or far–living or dead–for their influence on your life, who would that one person be? I am thankful for the influence of Kellie G, who recently passed away unexpectedly. I didn’t realize the influence she had on my life until she was gone and I’ve had some time to think about it. You can read more about Kellie here
  8. Who’s one person you’ve never thanked for their contribution to your life, but would like to ? It isn’t one person, but four people.  I want to thank Justin Gates, Hannah Fitzpatrick, Kelsey Gates and Lauren Buff for making me the person I am today. Not that I am anyone famous or important, but they make me feel like I’m a queen. They are patient with me and the most loving group of people I am privileged to call my children. They inspire and challenge me to be a better person every single day, and for that I am thankful.
  9. For what do you feel most grateful to God today? I am most grateful to God tody for living in the greatest country in the world. Grateful for freedom, grateful for many freedoms, grateful for the first refugees that made their way to a new land seeking freedom of their own. Grateful for freedom. 

Happy Thanksgiving to all who take the time to read at Jody Lynne. I am thankful each day I wake up to live another day intentionally for my Lord, acting justly, loving mercy(kindness) and walking humbly with God.

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Walking in Fog

Much like life, we don’t know what a day will bring, sometimes I’m not sure of my next seconds. I was reminded again this weekend of the brevity of life when two employees of a favorite restaurant were gunned down and killed. Senseless and tragic. It is another example of not knowing what the future holds and the fog that can descend and not lift when life takes turns we didn’t see coming.
Mother’s Day of this year found my husband and I trying to make our way to Maryland after church. Since he had already put in an early morning with doing what he does best, I was in the driver’s seat so he could nap. It was a sunny, beautiful day with no clue what lay ahead.
And in an instant the sun disappeared and fog took it’s place,so thick I couldn’t see my hand in front of my face. For what seemed like hours I drove at a turtle’s pace hoping there would be light soon. Even months later I remember the discomfort and tension I felt trying to rush my way out of what seemed endless darkness.
I’m writing months later, so I lived to tell the story, but am continually reminded of discomfort, tension and not knowing what a day may bring, not necessarily in my own life today, but in many of those I love and attempt to have answers for the question of ‘will this ever end?’ When will the fog lift? When will walking in the dark become light? And since I am not God, my attempts at answering fall short.
What I can say is I know the God who is with us in the fog, in the darkness, when we’re not sure the sun will ever shine again, Jesus walks with us, in fact he knows exactly how we feel when we don’t think we can take one more step in some of our very desperate circumstances. I know I am comforted by the fact that my circumstances may change in the coming seconds, but my Father in heaven, is the same yesterday, today and forever and he is Good.
My favorite pastor has been preaching from the book of Habakkuk in a series titled Faith During Tough Times. Yesterday he ended his message quoting Andrew Murray, which I will leave you with.
In times of trouble say:
First, He brought me here; it is by His will I am in this strait place; in that fact I will rest.
Next, He will keep me here in His love, and give me grace to behave as His child.
Then, He will make the trial a blessing, teaching me the lessons He intends me to learn, and working in me the grace He means to bestow.
Last, In His good time He can bring me out again–how and when he knows.
Let me say here,(Pastor Rob)
  1. By God’s appointment.
  2. In His keeping.
  3. Under His training.
  4. For His time.
In our changing circumstances and daily living may we trust the One who not only walks with us, but goes before us.

Who Am I That He Would Love Me?

This time of year I am reminded of a question asked not long ago about Matthew 18:12 which says

What do you think? If a man has 100 sheep, and one of them goes astray, won’t he leave the 99 on the hillside and go and search for the stray?

and here is the question

…the shepherd leaving the flock to chase down ONE stray just got to me. I can’t figure why Jesus would not just say ( that one will catch up, and just move on?)  I guess the WHY does He love me so much? Who am I that He would care?

Great questions that are answered throughout the Bible, for the scarlet thread of God’s love for his people begins in Genesis 1:1, ending in Revelation 22:21

But more specifically, 1 John 4:7-21 tells us “in this the love of God was made manifest among us.” What is the “this”?

God sent his only Son…so we might live, live eternally!

There was nothing in us, there is nothing in us that God would love us. But God had a plan to rescue us from the domain of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of Son he loves. Colossians 1:13

While we were his enemies…God sent His Son.(Romans 5:10)

This time of year I know I need to slow down and think about what God really did for me, for us. His plan still is to look for the lost one, the one who needs to come back to the flock, the one who needs to know the infinite, extravangant, beyond belief, love of a heavenly Father. The love of God is our model to follow. Loving and embracing those who may be having their first Christmas without a loved one. Reaching out to those who have experienced devestation this year as the result of hurricanes, floods, mass shootings or ______________, fill in the blank. For so many around us Christmas will look very different.

Can I express the same kind of extravagant love to anyone who comes across my path? Can I take the time to show love to someone that may not be easy to love? Can I tell the best news of Christmas?

God Loves. God Gave. God rescued.
Yes, he loves to look for the lost one..because he loves.
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