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Gobble, Gobble, Gobble …

18 Nov

I remember a Thanksgiving Day long ago when my grade school-aged boys were into kids’ joke books. Have you ever heard these silly “turkey jokes”?

Such as:

Q: Which side of the turkey has the most feathers? A. The outside!

Q: Who is never hungry on Thanksgiving? A. The turkey, because he’s already stuffed!

Q: When is turkey soup bad for your health? A. When you’re the turkey.

Q. Where do you find a turkey with no legs? A. Exactly where you left him.

And totally silly . . .

Q: Why don’t you put the turkey near the corn? A: Because he will gobble, gobble, gobble it up!

I’ve had “gobbling” on the brain this week. I fully intend to gobble up some turkey and fixings next Thursday.

But there are some other, beneficial things I can “gobble up” too.

Join me in using the scriptures below to remind you to “gobble” up these godly priorities.

I can…

1. Gobble Up Time with the Lord.

Be still and exalt Him! Psalm 46:10; Psalm 62:1

Draw near to Him and repent of sin. James 4:8

Pray expecting God to answer. Matthew 6:6

Abide in the Lord. Psalm 91:1; John 15:4

2. Gobble Up the Word of God.

Delight in and meditate on scripture. Psalm 1:2

Strengthen your heart against temptation. Psalm 119:9, 11

Handle scripture wisely; study it! 2 Timothy 2:15

3. Gobble Up Resources (books, videos, Podcasts, etc.) with Solid Doctrine.

Don’t forsake solid teaching. Proverbs 4:2

Avoid diverse/strange teachings. Hebrews 13:9a; 2 Timothy 4:3

Hold firm to and teach the “trustworthy” Word & sound doctrine. Titus 1:9; 2:1

4. Gobble Up Memories with Family Members.

Honor parents—show respect and let them tell their stories. Exodus 20:12;

Create a legacy for your children, your “heritage” from God. Psalm 127:3-5

Be wise in parenting. Ephesians 6:1-4; Proverbs 6:20

Pass on your love for the Lord and His ways. Psalm 103:17

5. Gobble Up Inspiring Opportunities with Friends.

Choose friends carefully. Proverbs 13:20

Treasure loving, loyal friends. Proverbs 17:17

Seek Accountability from wise friends. Proverbs 27:5-6; 17

Give thanks for the friend who lifts you up! Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

6. Gobble Up Open Doors to Minister to Others.

Love sacrificially. John 15:12-13

Obey the Lord—His purposes for you. John 15:14-15

Watch your attitudes. Colossians 3:12-14

Embrace God’s way of love. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a

Practice the “one anothersof scripture: love one another, encourage one another, serve one another, etc.

Don’t take a day for granted. Practice the priorities of scripture and seek the Lord. Enjoy Him!

Gobble up the life He’s given you!

What do you need to gobble up more of this year? Focus on that as you consider ways to express your gratitude this Thanksgiving.

 – Dawn

 – Graphic of turkey, courtesy of Pixabay.

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Not My Gift!

21 Jun

 

 

 

Rev. J. Harold Stephens tells of a particular cooking crisis:

There was a young bride, a poor cook, whose husband came home to find her crying. “The dog ate the biscuits,” she sobbed.

“Never mind, Honey,” he said. “We’ll get another dog.” *

Husbands’ complaints about their wives” bad cooking is common fodder for comedians’ jokes. Comedian Rodney Dangerfield, known for his belittling humor, once said, “My wife’s such a bad cook, the dog begs for Alka-Seltzer.”

You know that you’re a bad cook if your husband affectionately tells Burned Biscuitshouse guests your smoke detector is “the oven timer.”

The biscuits joke about the dog reminded me of one of the first meals I made my husband. He jokingly tossed my hard, slightly burned biscuits across the room, teasing, “Wheee … flying saucers!” I was not amused.

Suffice it to say, I’m not Julia Child, Rachel Ray,  Paula Deen … or anyone remotely like them. I am not a good cook. I’m a fair-to-middlin’ cook. I mean, The Bobbert is hardly starving.  And it’s a good thing he’s a man of simple tastes … not a gourmet. Meat. Potatoes. Dessert. Occasional fruit smoothies. That’s about it. Oh, and Cheetos. And donuts.  A quick trip to the grocery section of Wal-Mart more than satisfies my man.

But that doesn’t mean I should stop trying. I truly believe that all of us shine in at least one or a few areas. Ask me to proofread my husband’s ministry newsletters, and I’m a pro. He hugs me in gratitude. Ask me to organize or teach anything or anyone and he’ll beam at me with pride.

Just don’t ask me to make a spinach-artichoke souffle. (Why would I want to, anyway?) But since The Bobbert and I married, I can make passable roasted turkey, sweet potato casserole, and green beans. I can make a superb cherry pie. I even learned to make the family specialty ~ Ableskivvers ~ at Christmas.

I’m doing OK … shining in my areas of gifting, and slugging away at learning the rest.

I think that God’s perspective on us is much the same. The Holy Spirit gives each believer a gift or more at the moment he or she becomes a member of God’s family (Romans 12:6-8). God gives these gifts as He wills, and we are expected to use each gift to build up and encourage the “family” (Ephesians 4:12; 1 Corinthians 12:1-31). But then, as we focus on Jesus, and God’s Spirit makes us more like Him, we will begin to notice that we have touches of the other gifts. Or at the least, we are to be obedient to try to practice them. Misunderstanding of this can be a hindrance to ministry.

My gifts are teaching, shepherding, and encouraging ~ in that order. But God also gives me opportunities to practice hospitality, give, show mercy, serve, use administrative skills, etc. I don’t “shine” in these areas, but He uses me, nonetheless.

Not everyone has every gift, but we can’t make the excuse, “That’s not my gift!” if God is calling us to step forward in a situation and serve Him.  At different periods in my life, I had to step forward and do work that I am not naturally “gifted” to do. It wasn’t always comfortable, but it was necessary. (But I have to admit that it helped my prayer life, because I prayed for someone to come along who WAS gifted in those areas!)

Some people don’t know their gifts, even though there are many tests available to help them discover their gifts (Here is one:  spiritual gifts analysis Note: you will be asked for your email to get results, but you can then unsubscribe). Sometimes church members have never been trained for ministry ~ how to use their gifting. A wise pastor or youth leader will take on that training to strengthen the church.

But on the other hand, some Christians are just plain lazy. They Continue reading

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