Bossy Pants

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An acquaintance of mine often brags she was called Little Miss Bossy Pants when she was young. Well. I’ve got news for her. She’s still a bossy pants. And it’s not attractive.

I should know … I have my own unflattering moments of bossiness.

Thinking about being bossy and how those of us who are bossy believe we’re right, and it’s our duty to tell others how to do things, I thought about how sometimes we take that bossiness into our relationship with God.

You know what I mean?

We think we know better than the Creator of the Universe how he should handle things.

We tell him how to solve what we believe he’s leaving unsolved.

We take our problems to God right along with a list of how he should work them out.

 

Because our minds are oh so small and limited, we don’t get it that God doesn’t need our suggestions or our help.

He can manage fine without us telling him what to do. He created the world without us telling him where to place the sun, didn’t he?

Maybe we need to step back, realize who God is and who we are in relationship to him, and stop trying to bring him to our level.

Who can fathom the mind of God?

Certainly not any of us, no matter how bossy we are, or how wise we believe ourselves to be.

Just look at Job.

Start at chapter 38 if you need a refresher course in God’s authority.

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The Lord went on:

 “Do you still want to argue with the Almighty? Or will you yield? Do you—God’s critic—have the answers?”

Then Job replied to God:

“I am nothing—how could I ever find the answers? I lay my hand upon my mouth in silence.  I have said too much already.” Job 40:1-5 (TLB)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Jesus Forgives Us

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

Recently, a friend and I discussed how easy it is to acknowledge the truth Jesus forgives us, yet not forgive ourselves. We believe God forgives those who come to him in full repentance, turn from their sins and claim Jesus as Lord, yet we often don’t extend that forgiveness to ourselves. It’s as if we want to keep feeling lousy for our sins because we rationalize after all, we deserve it.

Reminds me of the Medieval monks and their excessive self-criticism and self-flogging. Also reminds me Satan is hard at work to get those of us who belong to Jesus to doubt who God is. Did God really say ALL your sins were forgiven? What about the time … ?

We know in our heart we’re forgiven. We’re no longer bound by the chains Satan wraps around us, yet we  might feel, for possibly one brief instant, God couldn’t possible forgive us.

Could he?

We have no problem believing God forgave someone with the absolute exact sin as ours, but forgive us?

Could it be we believe God’s grace can’t reach us?

Could it be we’ve allowed other’s opinions to define who we are, and we believe their lies we are unworthy, instead of believing God’s truth he loves us with an everlasting love?

Why can’t we just accept what God says about us and leave it at that?

Why do we keep holding onto things God’s told us he no longer remembers?

I don’t know. I don’t have answers. I just have questions. 🙂

My friend and I didn’t come up with any profound revelation on the matter. Just more questions.

That plus grateful thanks to Jesus for his willingness to be the Sacrificial Lamb who was slain for the sins of the world.

Jesus forgives us.

Yes. Jesus forgives us and loves us this we know. And aren’t we forever grateful?

Have you ever pondered such things?

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Praise the Lord! Give thanks to the Lord, because he is good; his love is eternal. Psalm 106:1 (GNT)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Sunday Scriptures — Jesus Will Shepherd His People

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

In Isaiah 40 we read that the Sovereign Lord would come to rule with power. He would shepherd his people and carry them in his arms. No one compares to him. No one is his equal. He is the one who created the stars and knows them by name. He knows our troubles. He cares for us in our weakness.

If we find ourselves wondering if God sees our struggles and cares for us, all we need do is read to the end of the chapter. There we are reminded God does see our struggles, and he does cares for each of us. He is the one who gives strength to the weary, and helps us through our difficulties.

Sometimes in the midst of our struggles and pain we might wonder if God sees our troubles, and if he does, then why doesn’t he do something about them?

Well, God did do something the day he sent his son, Jesus Christ the Messiah as a tiny infant into our world to save us from our sins.

He sent a Redeemer who has conquered hell, sin, Satan, and death.

He sent a High Priest who knows what it’s like to live in this fallen world, yet be victorious.

God sent his only begotten son into the world that it might be saved through him.

The people who lived at the time of Isaiah waited for the Messiah to be born. Those of us living this side of the manger and the cross wait for the King of kings and Lord of lords to return in triumphant victory.

Because Jesus came into this world as an infant and died as our Savior, all is well.

What do you do to remind yourself all is well in your moments of doubt or despair?

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Israel, why then do you complain that the Lord doesn’t know your troubles or care if you suffer injustice? Don’t you know? Haven’t you heard? The Lord is the everlasting God; he created all the world. He never grows tired or weary.
No one understands his thoughts. He strengthens those who are weak and tired. Even those who are young grow weak;
young people can fall exhausted. But those who trust in the Lord for help will find their strength renewed. They will rise on wings like eagles; they will run and not get weary; they will walk and not grow weak. Isaiah 40:27-31 (GNT)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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The Joy of the LORD is Our Strength

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How would you define joy? Is it a feeling? Is it a state of mind? Is it dependent on outward circumstances? Are joy and happiness the same thing? What about the joy of the Lord?

Webster’s dictionary defines joy as:

 a : the emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune or by the prospect of possessing what one desires

b : a state of happiness or felicity

          c : a source or cause of delight

It defines happiness as:

a : a state of well-being and contentment joy

          b : a pleasurable or satisfying experience

In defining both words, joy and happiness were used in the definitions. Interesting.

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Years ago one of my ministers said joy and happiness are not the same thing. He said joy is dependent on our relationship with God. Happiness is dependent on our outward circumstances.

There are those I know who seem to have an overabundance of joy regardless of the things going on in their lives. They have a perpetual smile. It’s not that they are always happy, it just seems as if their happiness isn’t dependent on their circumstances.

There are those I know who seem to always be joyless. They rarely smile. Are their circumstances stealing their happiness along with their joy?

As much as I’d like to say I’m joyful and positive all the time. That’s not true. I’d have to say I’ve had my fair share of joyful/happy days, as well as my share of joyless/unhappy days. I’ve enjoyed times of joy amidst utter despair, and experienced joylessness amidst times of your basic run-of-the-mill annoyance.

In our times of joylessness, one thing to remember: God never changed in those times. What changed is what we allowed to bother us; steal our joy, and how far we allowed  our self to drift from praising God. No matter what.

The joy of our LORD is our strength, is it not?

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I will shout for joy as I play for you; with my whole being I will sing because you have saved me. Psalm 71:23 (GNT)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Gluten-free Coconut Macaroons Recipe

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

This incredibly simple, awfully sticky, extremely sweet gluten-free coconut macaroons recipe is courtesy Blind Pig and the Acorn.

  • 5 1/3 cups (14ozs) flake coconut
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla

Mix all the ingredients together.

Drop by spoonfuls onto well-greased cookie sheets. The cookies are sticky and difficult to remove from the pan. Aluminum foil didn’t help. Next time, I’ll use parchment paper and see what happens.

Bake at 350° for 10 to 12 minutes or till lightly browned.

Once cookies are done, quickly remove them from pan and allow to cool on a cookie rack. The cookies will not hold their form, but that’s okay. Once cooled, you can form them into balls.

Store coconut macaroons in an air-tight container with plastic wrap or parchment paper between each layer to keep them from sticking together.

Enjoy!

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Sunday Scriptures — Looking to the Past Year

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

How much time do you spend contemplating the past year when you head into a new one? In Billy Graham’s Hope for Each Day devotional book, his December 31 entry talks about looking back to the previous year.

He asks several preliminary questions, then says regardless of our answers he suggests we pause and prayerfully ask our self the following additional questions.

First, how do we think God looks on this past year in our life? Did it bring us any closer to Him? Did it expose any weaknesses or find us wandering from His way? Was He disappointed in our responses to its challenges?

Second, what lessons will we take from this year into the next? What did God teach us? What did He try to teach us? What needs to change–and how will it happen?

Dr. Graham concluded his devotion by saying we should not be bound by the past and its failures, but we also should not forget its lessons.

Like Paul, we need to forget the past and press on in obedience to Christ. Amen?

If you are like me, these are not easy questions with simple answers. These are questions that require thought and honest reflection. Will you join me in taking the time to consider how these questions relate to our life?

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Of course, my friends, I really do not think that I have already won it; the one thing I do, however, is to forget what is behind me and do my best to reach what is ahead. So I run straight toward the goal in order to win the prize, which is God’s call through Christ Jesus to the life above. Philippians 3:13-14 (GNT)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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