Do You Believe?

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The very first verse in the Bible is, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”

And, that is where the faith begins.

When I was growing up in the 1960’s, basically everyone believed this. It was not discounted in the public school curriculum where I attended. But by the time I was entering high school, and certainly, by my college years, this basic belief was under attack by the scientific community.

We have the Big Bang theory trying to describe the beginnings of our world. We have Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution discounting the concept of God’s original design of each plant and creature in its proper form. According to Darwin, Adam and Eve evolved from a lower life form, IF they actually existed.

I’ll not argue these theories in this post. That’s not my purpose and there is no reason. No one really knows. But, we all believe something.

What do you believe? Do you believe you are a distant relative of a prehistoric man, an ape-like creature? Do you believe the earth and the universe were created from a cosmic explosion?

Maybe you’ve taken a little bit of this belief and a smidgen of another. You can’t even explain it to yourself, you’re so confused.

God is not the author of confusion. The devil is. If you are confused, then maybe you’ve gotten off track with God’s divine plan and order.

Colossians 1:17 says, “He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.”

Are your beliefs holding together into a cohesive idea? Can they withstand spirited debate?

No? Then, I invite you to start at the beginning with Genesis 1:1. Decide today if you truly believe what it says.

Love y’all,

Ginny

 

 

 

What’s Your Job?

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We spend most of our lives working or preparing for work. From middle school to adulthood, we’re figuring out what we want to be when we grow up. What are our interests? What are our talents? What do we love?

 2 Thessalonians 3: 10 says, “…’If a man will not work, he shall not eat.'” We are clearly instructed as followers of Jesus to work and feed our families. To put it more conversationally, we are to pull our own weight. We are not to rely on the charity of others when we are capable of taking care of our own needs.

But, children of God are also called for other jobs. We are workers in the kingdom and we have God-given gifts.

Romans 12:6-8 tells us “We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.”

Which of those descriptions are you? Don’t know? Maybe you’ve never thought about it.

I hope you’ll be prompted by the Spirit to take the time to discover your talents or God-given gifts. Once you’ve got a prompting, Pray for God to show you how to use that gift to build up His kingdom.

There are no jobs more important than God’s jobs. Sunday school teachers, deacons, preachers, volunteers at the food kitchen, visitors of the sick and infirmed are always needed. The work is vital and never-ending. You are needed!

What is your job going to be? Let today be the day you say, “Yes, God. I’ll help.”

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Love y’all,

Ginny

Are Some People Useless?

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As we celebrate National Down Syndrome Day, it got me to thinking about usefulness.

Face it, there are many who view some children/adults with special needs like Down Syndrome as useless.

Humans tend to look at things in a transactional way. What is the value? What is the net worth? How much is this going to cost? How much work will this require? Will I have to sacrifice my comfort?

Thankfully, God doesn’t view my worth in a transactional way. But, what if He did?

Would I measure up? How long has it taken for me to pay my way? How long has it taken me to find the path God wanted for me all along? What if He had decided I wasn’t worth the effort? What if He had said, “if you’re stupid enough to do that, you’re not worth my life?”

As Paul wrote to the church in Corinth, “God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong” (1 Cor. 1:27).

“The mystery of people with disabilities is that they long for authentic and loving relationships more than for power,” writes Vanier in Living Gently in a Violent World. “They are not obsessed with being well-situated in a group that offers acclaim and promotion. They are crying out for what matters most: love. And God hears their cry because in some way they respond to the cry of God, which is to give love.” from “Why We Need ‘Useless People’ by Amy Julia Becker. Christianity Today, 3/21/2017

Read these sentences again. “The mystery of people with disabilities is that they long for authentic and loving relationships more than for power.They are not obsessed with being well-situated in a group that offers acclaim and promotion. They are crying out for what matters most: love.”

And that is the mystery we want solved.  The why we want answered.

God creates each of us for a specific reason. Regardless of our utility or usefulness in our transactional society, each life has value to God.

God sees value in me. He wants me to help him with his work and that is how he measures my usefulness. How much love have I spread? Do I love those who are unlovely? Do I love those who don’t love me?

God transacts business using the currency of love. And when I look through God’s eyes, I see the value of handicapped/special needs children. They’re here to teach me about unconditional love. The same type of love He has given me.

Love y’all,

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You Need to Heal

weeklywalk26Welcome! Starting another week here at The Boot. And, I always begin my Mondays with a new Scripture to memorize.

As a physical therapist, I encourage you to take walks, to be active, and fit for God’s service. Walking is a wonderful time to memorize Scripture and get it firmly planted in your mind.

“We love because he first loved us.” 1 John 4:19 is easy to memorize, but extremely difficult to put into practice. Pray for God to show you ways to begin the practice of loving the unlovable.

Maybe you have some deeply rooted anger or resentment aimed at someone who has hurt you. (I have.) Maybe you are thinking yourself better than someone else, someone who is less educated or less well off. (I have.) Whatever it is, God will reveal it.

Once He does, pray for His strength to forgive and to love. I can speak from personal knowledge, you will not be able to do it using your own strength. Your flesh wants to stay mad or hurt. But, God wants you to let it go and love. Love will heal the emotional wounds and you need to heal. God wants you to heal.

As my grandma always said, “Staying mad is only hurting you. It’s not hurting them.” Grandma was right. It’s time to let God heal you.

Have a great week, dear friends.

Love y’all,

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Who Invented Cowboy Boots?

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Hey, it’s #fridayfunfact time again!

What’s #fridayfunfact you ask?

Well…it’s where I write about a fun fact on Friday.

Today’s question: Who invented the cowboy boot?

The answer to that question is in dispute, but here’s what I discovered in my research. (Credit to Kansas Historical Society website)

Tradition credits Charles Hyer as one of the first to invent the cowboy boot. Company promotional materials state that a Colorado cowboy stopped by the Hyer shop on his way home from the Kansas City stockyards in 1875, requesting a new pair of boots that were different from his Civil War-style boots. He wanted a boot with a pointed toe that would slide more easily into a stirrup, a high, slanted heel that would hold a stirrup, and a high top with scalloped front and back so he could get in and out of his boots more easily. Charles accepted the challenge. The unknown cowboy was so pleased with Hyer’s work that he returned to Colorado and told others about his new boots.

Hyer Boot Company, OlatheThe brothers employed mostly immigrant craftsmen from Germany, Sweden and Poland during the early years. They made cowboy boots for cattlemen, rodeo performers and movie stars such as Buffalo Bill Cody, Tom Mix, Will Rogers, and Gene Autry. To reach potential customers further west and across the ocean, the company created mail-order catalogues with measuring charts. During World War I, the Hyers made boots for the officers at Fort Leavenworth and at Camp Funston. In 1961, governors from the 49 other states were outfitted with Hyer boots courtesy of Governor John Anderson. They were presented as part of the traditional exchange of gifts between governors during the annual Governor’s Conference.

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Have a safe St. Patrick’s Day!

Love y’all,

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Starting to Crack?

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I grew up on construction sites. Daddy and Grandaddy were builders, and I loved hanging out with them. With a hammer in my hand, I’d tag along to watch and learn.

Take the picture to the left, for example. There’s a good chance this crack in the brick wall is a sign of a sinking foundation.

The bottom bricks were laid on a level run of concrete, the foundation. Then, brick by brick the wall was built. But someday, if the foundation shifts or sinks, the wall of bricks will show cracks. It may eventually crumble and fall.

Same is true of our lives. Your life is built on something and, if your foundation isn’t stable, your life will begin to crack. It may eventually fail completely and crash.

What foundation are you built on?

Are you practicing a lifestyle or following habits God frowns on?

God’s ways have proven to be solid, stable, and blessed. His teachings are best to build your life on, and…it is never too late to start.

You may not be able to reverse all the current cracks or stop some imminent ones, but God is the only one who can completely firm up your foundation from the bottom up. Jesus is the only one who can heal the cracks. Anything man dreams up to do is nothing more than a band-aid or a facade designed to patch or cover up the damage.

Jesus said, “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.” Matthew 7: 24-27

Love y’all,

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Need strength?

weeklywalk25 Do you need strength to get through today’s to-do list? Are you facing a health scare? Maybe, you’re carrying a heavy emotional burden?

As we begin a new week, I’m giving you another Scripture verse to memorize. I always encourage you to take walks and occupy your mind by memorizing Scripture instead of worrying about whatever you are burdened by.

And during your walk, ask yourself if you actually believe this Scripture. If you do, then ask God to give you the strength. Take a moment to receive His help. Ask Him to show you what, if anything, you need to do about the situation.

He may whisper to you things such as, let it go, lighten up your schedule, or focus on me. If you hear Him tell you anything, do it, and do it quickly. Do not waste time telling Him why you can’t do what He has told you. (This will not work and I have first-hand info on that.)

You either believe the Scripture or you don’t–right? It doesn’t mean he’ll help you do things He doesn’t want you to do, it means he will help you do everything on your schedule He desires for you to do.

Love y’all,

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