What’s the good word? So, I haven’t been blogging since February. I can’t believe it has been that long. I am sensing a need to get back into devotional time with God and I feel distant, so perhaps getting back to blogging will help me in that devotional life and processing life and faith. So where should I begin again? How about with my name?
My name Brad means “a broad clearing in the woods.” We all have a name. It means something. It is what identifies us to others. And sometimes that identity can be stolen. in the ancient near east, during the time of the Old and New Testaments your name was more than just words. Your name was your identity. It was a reflection of your character, your soul, your very being. In essence your name told who you were.
Many Christians end their prayers with the phrase, “In Jesus’ name.” The Bible tells us to believe in His name, to call on His name, to suffer shame for His name. So what is the significance of Jesus’ name? Ephesians 5:20 reads, “Always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Now Lord implies a master-servant relationship. Jesus said to those who call Him “Lord, Lord” should do what He says (see Luke 6:46). If Jesus is “Lord” we should want to obey and follow what Jesus says. Jesus is Joshua in Hebrew. It means “God saves”. Mary was told that this baby she would give birth to would “save His people from their sins” (see Matthew 1:21). Finally, Christ is Greek for the Hebrew word Messiah, meaning “anointed for a purpose”. Both priests and kings were anointed. The Jews of Jesus’ day expected the Messiah to deliver them from Roman bondage and establish His kingdom on earth.
So, as you can see, Jesus’ name means quite a lot. Jesus is our loving Leader, our sufficient Savior, and our daily Deliverer. There’s a lot in a name. You too have a name. You too have a calling that comes with that name. An identity, and it is different from what the world tells you. God created you for a unique purpose.One of my favorite clips is from the first Star Trek movie (the remake!). Watch it here. Here the young Captain Kirk doesn’t accept his path. And then the Captain of the Enterprise reminds him of how great of a leader his father was, and then dares him to do better. Could it be that God is calling us to do something greater with our lives?
My prayer for you is that you would do the hard work of the soul to discover who you are, made in the image of God. That is the journey I am setting out on. And that’s the good word for today.
This picture helps me to ponder more about what I can do to save the planet. We certainly haven’t treated the earth as good stewards, which was God’s idea from the beginning. I have loved teaching my daughter ways that she can help as well. And when I slip, you can bet she holds me to it! And that’s the good word for today.
What’s the good word? Had a busy couple of days and dozed off on posting Lenten pictures. So let’s try for a better week. Today’s word is: Wings. What else can I post but a picture of an eagle.
I always loved the song Eagle’s wings based on Isaiah 40. It reminds us that while we run and run and run, the Lord does not grow weary and in our tiredness God will raise us up on Eagle’s wings and give us the rest. And that’s the good word for today!
What’s the good word? Today’s Lenten word is: Confess
There were so many good pictures for today’s word, so I decided to break protocol and post two pics. Whenever we think of confession, we probably think of a picture like this:
I must say that it gives me a negative feeling about confession. And there’s the deal, confession is GOOD! It’s not legalistic, and it’s not about doing certain things in order to earn that forgiveness. Forgiveness is a gift that comes to us freely when we ask for it. For me confession is more like this:
“Nothing you confess will make me love you any less, ” Jesus.
And that’s the good word for today!
What’s the good word? Today’s word for Lent is: Return.
There’s always this picture at the top of my Facebook timeline that reminds me of something that happened a year ago, or two years ago, or more. Depends on Facebook I guess. It always makes me return to a time and place in the past. Most of the time I get a smile or chuckle out of the picture. Today is no different. Today is my son, Logan’s 1st Birthday. At the top of my timeline there was a picture of him the day he was born, making me return to that wonderful day! Lent is supposed to do that for us. In the liturgy for Lent we sing: “Return to the Lord your God…” Returning to God to remind us of how gracious and merciful our God is. So today, take some time to stop and reflect. Return to God and remember! And that’s the good word for today.
What’s the good word? It’s been a LONG time since I’ve been on here to blog. I really need to get back into it, for myself at least. I’m choosing Lent as the time to re-up my blogging. It gets me into a discipline at least. So, for Lent I’m taking on a challenge that I found online. There’s a word for the day and you have to post a picture that represents that word. Seems fun enough.
Today’s word: Oppression.
I love this picture. It reminds us all that in the face of oppression, whether to us or to someone else, we must stand up and say some thing. But I believe we must do more than just say some thing, I believe we must DO something. It goes without saying, faith without works is dead. Words without actions seem empty, they seem, well, to be just words. And that is the good word for today.
What’s the good word? Well today was a day of mixed emotions. The title of this blog says it all, so here it goes.
The Good: We delivered half of the 750 books that we were able to secure for the school in Robit. It was amazing to walk into the book store and see all of these books sitting there. It was a bit overwhelming. We are already seeing the fruits of our labor with the kids we have already supplied the books for. Their test scores were up and all passed their exams.
The Bad: I saw the high school today and there was a HUGE disparity between what the high school students had and what the junior high students did not. They had a library full of reference books. They had computers (20 as a matter of fact), new buildings, and a new laboratory. I began to ask why, and I was told it was supported by the NGO (non government organization) Glimmer of Hope, who had secured the donations for high school. This really bothered me as I have always felt that there is an important foundation that needs to be laid in the lower grades. This leads me to the ugly.
The Ugly: If the junior high students needed computers, why couldn’t they use the nearly 13 computers the high school students WEREN’T using? If they needed lab equipment, why buy new equipment? Let them share the high school laboratory? NO! I was told. The high school was separate from the primary school. That prperty belonged to them and that was a decison that could only be made by the high ups in the education department of the government. So what’s the ugly? The school system is just as complicated and just as political as the system in the states. This isn’t rocket science. If there are 500 textbooks at this school and the school down the road (which I visited) has NONE, then take the excess there.
The Lord knows I have to work on my patience, and I guess this is his way of doing that! LOL! But I am determined to keep making a difference, through supplies, and the sharing of ideas. I did get a chance to meet those higher ups today (part of the good), and they were excited about the opportunity to work with Acts of Wisdom and improving the quality of educaiton for the students. And that’s the good word for today.