Water Cycle

The Earths Water Cycle

I took Monique to a festival this weekend and she stopped at a booth that had a poster of the water cycle. She looked at the cloud and blue arrows headed toward the earth with trees, layers of rock, sand, dirt, and water below the surface. We talked about the process of precipitation, filtration, and respiration leading to more clouds.

The water cycle poster had other elements but this was enough in its simplistic beauty and profound importance to life. She told the man in the booth her teacher taught about the water cycle. He was satisfied and I didn’t have to listen to his spiel, win-win. We walked on and the cycle looped through my mind and again on Sunday. The water cycle not in the physical sense but the spiritual truth it represents.

Water Cycle
The Physical reflects the Spiritual in the water cycle as well. What we absorb as truth we express in words and deeds. Do you need a Spiritual Soaking in God’s Word?

Significance of Water

Water is a profound substance of God’s creation. Vital to all physical life, and vital to the spiritual as well. The physical water protects a baby in its mother’s womb. Unlike other substances water expands when it freezes to protect the abundant life hidden within all bodies of water. Otherwise lakes would freeze from the bottom up. Spiritual Water brings life, protects, and sustains us, without water we will die.

Spiritual Water Cycle

Spiritually water represents God’s Word and Wisdom. I water my plants on Wednesday – water Wednesday – by giving them a good soaking. On Sunday I saw that same connection – I get a good soaking on Sunday of God’s Spiritual Water for my thirsty soul. I read my Bible, pray, and talk about spiritual things but there is something special about Sunday service gathered with others to soak deeply from God’s Word and Wisdom.

I was reminded of the water cycle, God precipitates Wisdom and Spiritual water for us when I gather with others on Sunday, and any time I seek His Truth. It filters through me and I can become transformed, revived, and energized. And when opportunities arise I have the privilege of respiration – sharing God’s Wisdom and Truth through my words, and actions.

Soaking Sunday

Sometimes I am profoundly touched by what is said on Sunday, or what I read in the Word. Sometimes it’s a reminder of what I know to be Truth. God uses it all as I live out His Spiritual Water cycle. It brings life, encourages, sustains, reminds, and protects in so many ways.

It’s your turn. Have you heard something at church or Bible study that someone needed to hear from you a few days later? How are you soaking in God’s Word and Wisdom this summer? I would love to hear about it. Comment below and share your thoughts.

 

©2016 ElayneJCross

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Easter follows Passover

Easter’s branch with Jewish roots?

Easter follows Passover. I really enjoyed my Advent Son series as I prepared for Christmas but while studying the Book of Esther in February my spirit was filled with confusion and questioning. Not about my faith or the significance of the impending Holy Day but at the calendar. Maybe you noticed, maybe not but Easter was a month early this year. So was yesterday a better day to say Happy Easter? I think so.

Happy Easter!

Easter was March 27, 2016. But if you are Orthodox you won’t celebrate till May 1, 2016. That is a huge difference. I know you’re asking “How did Esther lead me to Easter?” If you recall Esther established a holiday called Purim which is in the last month of the Jewish year, Adar, and Passover is in the first month, Nisan (or Abib). Passover started at sundown Friday April 22, 2016 linked with the week-long feast of Unleavened Bread that runs through April 30, 2016. It appears Easter is severed from Passover.

What happened to separate Easter from Passover by 26 days?

First let’s make sure the link is clear. Jesus being Jew along with His disciples celebrated Passover together. This is referred to as the Last Supper because Jesus said He would not eat again till later. After the Passover meal Jesus went to the garden to pray before being taken to be judged and crucified, all leading to His resurrection that is celebrated on Easter. Easter is currently always on Sunday because it is the first day of the week following Sabbath. There is a little more to the story.

Passover begins at twilight on the fourteenth day of the month Nisan in the spring. The Jewish months are based on the cycle of the moon while the Gregorian calendar is based on the sun. The Jewish calendar has 12 months plus about 11 days with leap year, an additional month, to keep the months in season. Jewish leap years are on a 19 year cycle with additional months in the 3rd, 6th, 8th, 11th, 14th, 17th, and 19th years. The Gregorian year (the calendar used by most of the world) has 365¼ days with a leap year, an extra day, every four years to reset the 1/4 day. The result is Nisan and April are always in the spring.

Christian – Jew Disconnect

The disconnect began sometime near the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 CE (Current Era aka AD). Most of the Christian church had already separated from Judaism and the time of the Gentiles hit full throttle which unfortunately led to a hatred between the two. Around 330 CE under the rule of Constantine I, the Council of Nicaea gathered Christian leaders to accept a modified calendar and a set day for Easter. Sunday became a day for Christians to worship, celebrate most holidays and it unified with the pagan society. Up to that time Christian’s celebrated Christ’s Passion concurrently with the Jewish Passover. This new calendar fueled the marginalization and persecution of Jews. Constantine II forbid the Jewish leaders to tell Jews world wide when to celebrate Holy Days and distribute their calendar. In response Hillel the Patriarch is credited with using science and math to establish the standard Jewish calendar not dependent on communicating.

Constantine’s Consequences

Easter and Passover would never be celebrated simultaneously again. Three times in twenty years Passover (Pesch) and Easter have been as much as four weeks apart. Seventeen times they are within seven days. Never did they nor will they ever fall on the same day. The severing of Easter from Passover fueled distrust and dislike between Christians and their Jewish roots.

Although the Jewish community has unified behind their calendar the Christians disagree about their Holy days. Orthodox and Western Christians only celebrated Easter seven times on the same day in the last twenty years. Orthodox Christians celebrated nineteen times within seven days of Passover. Additionally many Christian churches celebrate Good Friday commemorating the Last Supper and Jesus betrayal and trials in some form. These celebrations may include teaching, reenactments, a Seder meal, blowing the Shofar, and answering questions about the significance of this night.

Unintended Consequences

Although I am deeply disturbed by history and the treatment of Jews I see God has always protected a remnant and with them the tenants of their faith. Because of their mistreatment they have held tightly to their faith and ensured it has been passed along. I am blessed to live in a time and place where I may be able to learn and experience Passover without relying on a broken and distorted version handed down through generations of non-Jews or reading ancient text. While I have been curious about Passover, the Seder, participating in a Haggadah I’m not prevented from learning. I believe Christians are more able to learn about our Jewish roots now than in any time since 70 CE.

Happy Passover

 

Have you celebrated Passover? Are you curious like me? What are your thoughts? I would love to hear from you, comment below.

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Girl with purple hair in heaven?

Purple Hair Perspective

My focus right now is Advent, My daughters Monique’s focus is purple hair. All writers talk about having moments when words seem slow in coming and ideas are fleeting. They call it writers block. I am blessed to have a muse, Monique. If I asked her about God she would have something to say. Sometimes they are profound. Sometimes she just offers tid-bits of ideas that make me stop and ponder. My Advent Journey looks back remembering and glorifying our long-suffering God. Monique looks forward. She is a girl with purple hair who loves God, and longs to take her purple hair with her to heaven.

Purple Hair
Advent Journey looks back, Monique looks forward. She’s a girl with purple hair who loves God, and longs to take her purple hair with her to heaven. Can she?

Heaven

It started a few months ago. “When are we going to heaven?” “I want to go to heaven.” If your typical eighteen-year-old said these things you might suspect depression. Not Monique, she longs to be in the presence of God. Sometimes I think about Monique in glory, with a perfect and new mind.

In some ways she is in heaven now because in her simplicity, she is ignorant to many evils of the world. My husband is convinced we can have heaven on earth, based on perspective. Monique is in heaven, while waiting with great anticipation at being in heaven. These two uses are distinct and complimentary. We are to live with a Godly perspective and attitude toward everything life throws at us. We are also to be prepared to present ourselves before God and give an account.

Kingdoms

God’s promises, His Covenant’s, even His Law bring a beauty to life with their order and their hope. During blessings and times of worship God is referred to as King. God ordained Priest, Prophets, and Judges to run His Kingdom. The young Nation of Israel looked to their pagan neighbors and wanted what they had, a human king. Not unlike Eve they appreciated the benefits without a careful consideration of the negatives.

There were good kings there were bad kings and so went the cycle of Israel. The conflict between good and evil remains today. Some live their life set on good from a heavenly perspective. Others see evil, hear evil, and do evil willfully denying the evidence of anything good.

God is THE Good King

Kings, Judges, Priests, and Prophets can be as ethereal as politics, middle management, and consultants. The beauty of Scripture is the depth and breadth of its teaching. With little effort you will find God is a pillar of justice. His Law is true, clear, and will be upheld. Additionally with little effort you will find God is merciful. God is both Just and Merciful.

Justice

Justice relies on a firm and established rule of order. When the laws are bent or manipulated because of emotions or bribery they have lost their value. God’s Laws are immovable because He has an absolute standard that will not be weakened. This perspective leads misinformed people to call God harsh, cruel, and unloving. God was the architect of Tough-Love. Because His standard is clear, no one has to guess if they have satisfied it or not. This also means when you break the Law, you are a law breaker, a sinner, a worker of iniquity. No questions remain.

Mercy

In the Garden of Eden Adam was told eating the fruit of the tree of good and evil will lead to death. That is the standard. Now all people born from their seed, aka everyone, is born into death because of this sin. Immediately God provided mercy through sacrifice and the Law. If one could pay the full price required by the Law, then just as through one death came, life would be restored.

Every intervention, every Covenant, every promise uttered and kept by God is an act of His Mercy.

  • The birth of Seth, Mercy
  • The salvation of Noah, Mercy.
  • The Abrahamic Covenant, Mercy.
  • The substitutional sacrifice for Isaac, Mercy.
  • The Priest, Prophets, Judges, and kings, Mercy.
  • Giving the Law, Mercy.
  • Preserving Scriptures, Mercy
  • Foretelling Prophetic Messages, Mercy

Monique loves her purple hair and wants to have purple hair in heaven. Maybe, maybe not. I get joy from her happiness. God is not a prude, He is Just and Merciful, and loves Monique way more than I do. All that God has sent to show His Mercy, to provide a way to have a relationship with us, leads me to believe God likes purple hair too.

It’s your turn. What do you think? Does God have room in glory for a girl who loves Him fiercely, anxiously awaits seeing Him face to face, and happens to love purple hair?

©2015 Elayne Cross

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Advent Son

Day 1 – Advent Son?

Starting any journey requires a plan and road map. At the minimum you need a mission. Like Indians Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark, our journey begins with a little history. We start with an archaeological review of scriptures to answer two the core questions. Why did we need Advent, the coming of a Messiah? What is an Advent Son? Do we need a Second Advent, a return of the Messiah?

These questions point back to what Christ has done, and ahead to what Christ will do. Let’s go to the beginning, Genesis.

Hope can be found in strange places, even a curse.
Hope is found in strange places, even a curse.

 

Genesis means beginning or origin.

Chapter one and two recount the creation process and chapter three reveals our problem…

On a warm and sunny day long, long, ago in a land perfect and pristine a challenge for the heart of humans began. OK, I know it would sound better if I used the word man but people sometimes forget man really means mankind or humans.

Eve’s Challenge

The serpent challenges Eve with a question, ‘Is it true has God said you can’t eat of ANY tree in the garden?’ This is a greater test than it initially appears. The serpent challenges Eve to confirm what God has said and in doing so a deeper issue is revealed. Eve correctly responds that they can eat of all the trees with one exception. Thousands of years hang on several ‘if only’ statements based on this encounter. We will never know if only Eve stopped talking after that statement. We will never know if only Eve ate of the tree and Adam abstained.

We can’t go back and second guess, or rewrite history. We can dig into what God has preserved in the Bible and learn from it. We can look at this exchange and begin to answer some of our questions. Why do we need Advent? It begins here.

  1. Eve states that if you so much as touch the fruit you will die.
  2. God points toward the solution in the curse of the serpent.

When you read the Bible and something stands out, it’s to get you to notice. When grammar is wacky, words are repeated multiple times, or a  sequence is reversed, stop and dig a little deeper. There are nuggets buried throughout scripture for those of us who want to know God more. Become a Biblical Archaeologist. OK, so let’s look at these two points.

Eve states that if you so much as touch the fruit you will die.?

Is that really what God said? In Genesis 2 before God created Eve He put Adam in the garden and gave Him the following command.

Genesis 2:15-17 15 Then the Lord God took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it. 16 The Lord God commanded the man, saying, “From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; 17 but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.” (NASB, Biblegateway.com)

God said nothing about touching the fruit. Adam added to God’s command. Maybe he felt he had reasons. One thing is certain, Adam didn’t trust or treat Eve as the equal partner she was. He treated her more like a child. When Eve touched the fruit and nothing happened, she was emboldened. Adam failed before Eve failed. Sin’s consequence resulted in their death. Spiritually they were immediately separated from God. Relationally the distance between God and man was palpable. Physically their death came slowly which enhanced the spiritual and relational consequences. The first awareness Adam and Eve had, was their nakedness. Immediately fear overwhelmed Adam and Eve into hiding. Adam blamed Eve, Eve blamed the serpent, and God had the last word.

God points toward the solution in the curse of the serpent.

Starting with the serpent God curses it then immediately connects the serpent’s actions with the woman’s. In it hope resides.

Genesis 3: 14-15 14 The Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, Cursed are you more than all cattle, And more than every beast of the field; On your belly you will go, And dust you will eat All the days of your life; 15 And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise you on the head, And you shall bruise him on the heel.” (NASB, Biblegateway.com)

Her seed, her son, will bruise the head of the serpent. This was hope. Yes they got expelled from the garden but God had a plan. All they needed to do was have a son. And the waiting began. Waiting for the coming son, the Advent Son.

One day, hopefully soon, God would bless Adam and Eve with a son that would crush the head of the serpent and everything would return to normal. It didn’t exactly work out that easily but the hope and the promise were real. They would be fulfilled. In God’s time.

Romans 5:12 12 Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned (ESV, Biblegateway.com)

The Advent of a son is the solution to the mess Adam and Eve made. From the beginning of time, which started with Adam, we have needed an Advent Son.

It’s your turn. Have you considered the hope that Adam and Eve clung to? What do you think they thought when their first child was a boy? Share your comments below.

©2015 Elayne Cross

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Something Old Something New Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away. Choosing the fixings for you Thanksgiving dinner is done with care, for tradition (Gramma’s apple pie) and today’s preferences (no one eats cranberry relish). Regardless what will or will not be on your table everyone wants good food, good fun, quality family time, a little of the old traditions and maybe a new one or two.

This reminds me of the wedding rhyme for the bride,

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a sixpence in your shoe.

Thinking about this rhyme and Thanksgiving inspired a new tradition, maybe something you want to try.

A Something Old Something New Thanksgiving

Something Old, Something New Thanksgiving
A Some-Kind of Thanksgiving! Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, a sixpence in your shoe.

Something Old;

Set the table with a platter or serving dish from each matriarch represented. If you don’t have a specific item, improvise – no one will really care if you say this was gramma’s tray or this tray reminds me of gramma. Obviously the more you know and can share the better. Last Christmas I was given a crystal bowl from my great-grandmother. I know it was hers but I don’t know much more. So I am going to investigate between now and Thanksgiving, call my Aunt, go to Ancestry.com, and maybe even look up their marriage certificate through the courts. If we don’t take the time to share the story of our family heritage – good, great, or horrible – it will die away and never be remembered.

Something New;

Try something new, a new recipe, a new board game, a new way for everyone to share what they are thankful for. We have done many things over the years from just going around the table saying what you are thankful for to having leaves that everyone would write things on and put them on the table as decoration. When the kids were young I had them draw their hands making the thumb the turkey head and the fingers the tail feathers and on each feather they wrote something they were thankful for. For my family I am going to have them say one new thing they tried this last year and one thing they want to try this year before next Thanksgiving.

Something Borrowed;

Borrow from a relative, friend, or neighbor an item to represent each patriarch. While I am researching or asking about the matriarch, I will automatically get some information about her spouse. If you need information and have names and addresses, check Facebook you will find people of all ages on Facebook. Learn a little family history and share it with your family. If your relatives are all gone think of something you heard about them and do a little research. My father died in 2002 but I know what city he was born in and what school he attended, so I can start there.

Something Blue;

In an obvious place within your table decorations add something blue, I have a cloth napkin that is blue that I will use in my gramma’s crystal bowl with the bread. Blue is a cool color known to bring a sense of peace and calm. It is also the color of the sky and the clear ocean. It’s also related to the Grace of God. Putting the blue out as a contrast to the traditional earthy browns, orange, and yellow it should stand out. When asked about the blue it will give opportunity to share about God.

2 things to share about God

  1. As a Christian, God is with me wherever I go and my goal is to be different form the crowd not in a bad way but as a light – like the sun on a clear summer day, I live in the Son even when life is stormy and grey.
  2. Even though I’m here in the world I’m set apart from the world, like the blue from the brown and orange. As His Child and I have a job to do to follow His command to Love Others.

Sixpence in your shoe;

For each person glue a penny to a piece of card stock with a blessing on the front.

May the Lord bless you and keep you; May the Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you; May the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace. (Number 6:24-26)

May the Spirit of the Lord fill you with wisdom, knowledge, and might

On the back a reminder,

From Ask Moses

“The best “prayer” for success is giving charity. By placing and using a charity box in your home and office you are transforming your finances from a mundane self-serving need to a partnership with G-d. And God likes to be successful.” Rabbi Shlomo Chein

Something Old Something New Thanksgiving: recap

  • Something Old – Matriarch memories
  • Something New – try something new, everyone share 1 thing they tried last year and 1 thing they want to try this year
  • Something Borrowed – Patriarch memories
  • Something Blue – Blue item on the table to remind us of God’s care for us and our responsibility to care for others
  • Sixpence in your shoe – bless each person and reminder charity is partnering with God to care for others

© 2015 Elayne Cross

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End-time Signs Hype or Hog-wash

Sign, sign, everywhere a sign

If you know some oldie’s music the melody may already be invading your mind. It’s from the song “Signs” by Five Man Electrical Band in 1971. Like music of any generation it revealed some of what was happening in the changing culture. “Do this, don’t do that, can’t you read the signs?”

Humans have always been watching for end-time signs.

After being expelled from the garden Adam and Eve watched for a sign were their son would crush satan and everything would return to how it had been. Cain’s birth was probably the first sign of hope. Then he went and killed Abel, well that didn’t work out. Then Seth came, hope again.

Jesus came fulfilling prophetic end-time signs, and we know how that worked out, not exactly what the religious leaders expected. After His resurrection His Disciples wrote expecting His imminent return. Jesus Himself said watch for the signs. The Book of Revelation is full of signs. So it’s 5776 years from Adam and 2015 years from Jesus, and still we wait, watching for signs.

Every generation has had at least one end-time sign promoted as “The Sign” of the end. In my lifetime some signs include; the planets aligning, comets, asteroids hitting earth, creation of the UN and a possible one world government, computer chips on credit cards, the year 2000,…

Not only are there signs, there are those trying to make a buck revealing them. The hype recently over blood moons and God’s Judgement is making lots of money for a few people. All the hype on end-time signs can bring a sense of fear and anxiety.

Three things to remember about End-Time Signs.

  1. We are to watch and be ready. In the parable of the ten virgins, Jesus said be ready, watch, and, not be found asleep. Jesus was not referring to physical sleep but spiritual. Stay awake spiritually and you won’t be caught off guard. The benefit to being ready is less anxiety and more peace. Peace will allow you to investigate the end-time signs without or fear.
  2. God is not pouring down judgment on any nation. All judgment was placed on Christ when He was crucified. Jesus has all authority to judge and He will judge when He returns. Things referred to as judgment are actually consequences. Consequences result from choices we make. If I poke a dog with a fork and I get bit it’s not judgment from God, it’s consequences. The Holy Spirit brings conviction to each person individually. Conviction is to draw us closer to God and to live more like Christ. This also keeps us spiritually awake.
  3. Regardless when ‘The End” comes we live for a finite amount of time. We are not guaranteed tomorrow. I live life knowing I may not have another opportunity to say or do the things that are important, for me that includes loving the people God has put in my life. Define your life mission, your purpose statement. We all have one, what’s yours? My mission is to let the light of Christ shine through me as if today is my last, while preparing to live a good long life.

It’s not hog-wash, one day the end will come. It could be tomorrow or two hundred years from now after we have all finished our time here on earth. Some will be ready and some will be left sleeping. Be encouraged. it’s not hard or complicated to make yourself ready. Draw close to God and He will draw close to you.

The last verse of the song wraps it up.

And the sign said “Everybody welcome, come in, kneel down and pray”

But when they passed around the plate at the end of it all I didn’t have a penny to pay

So, I got me a pen and a paper and I made up my own little sign

I said, “Thank you, Lord for thinkin’ ‘bout me, I’m alive and doin’ fine, woo

There are as many ways to prepare as there are people. What is the Holy Spirit stirring in you today? How are you letting your light shine? It starts with prayer, a conversation with God. If you have never prayed or want more direction check out the 7 elements of balanced prayer.

I would love to hear about it. Let me know what you think, like it, share it with others, help start the conversation.

©2015 Elayne Cross

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Political Change You Can Believe In

The debates put election season in full swing. We hear the fate of our nation and our way of life hang in the balance. Hope and change proliferated the atmosphere in 2007 followed by change we can believe in in 2011. Things have changed but much remains the same. This is as much a spiritual issue as a human one, what are the big issues? What issues matter? How much impact does my faith have on who I vote for? Should it?

The voice of Samuel resonates in my head. ‘They have not rejected you, they have rejected Me.’

Change you can believe in!

Those who fought the civil war fought about political changes. Choices matter.
©2015 Elayne Cross

1 Samuel 8 has the story of rejection and warning. I have many correlations to the election cycle, America, and God that I will share over the next year. Today is about the three questions above. The answers hold the key to voting for change you can believe in.

This is as much a spiritual issue as a human one, what are the big issues?

Our priest or pastor on Sunday and religious commentators resonate with similar ideas from the warnings in the blood moons to the apparent cultural shifts that have altered American society. We are both flesh and spirit so politics has both human and spiritual implications. It is not as neat and clean as a movie or comic book where the evil one is obvious and distinct from the good. It’s more like I have seen the enemy and it is us.

1 Samuel 8:3 says But Samuel’s sons didn’t follow Samuel’s ways. But is a powerful word in Bible reading. Do we have a responsibility? The big issue is, do we serve God or man? This is a question each one should ask themselves, if Jesus were standing by you what issue would matter? Does the Holy Spirit have influence in your life or have you relegated Him to a narrow place outside your ideas or desires first as a human. God was rejected as the leader of the nation in Samuel’s time. Samuel, God’s Prophet felt that rejection. Our nation’s heritage is based on Judeo-Christian ideals. Who changed? Not God!

What issues matter to God? What issues matter to me?

I can tell you what issues matter to me, and you can tell me yours. Those may change from day-to-day. Since I am just flesh and not all-knowing. I must seek advice from God. It sounds trite to some but He is all-knowing, so I ask. Lord what is Your thought about ____? God’s response is like that annoying, but excellent, teacher that puts the question back on you with some Socratic question. “What do you think the result will be?” Followed by “And the result of that?”

Does it matter what the next president looks like? Do the decisions they make matter? Do we judge based on the content of their character or the color (or gender) of their skin?

  • Saul was educated and Timothy was young.
  • Deborah and Jezebel were influential women.
  • Saul flip-flopped to become Paul and Judas was one of Jesus disciples.

Is the issue age, education, gender, influence, changing you mind, or who you know? From each pair there is only one choice for me.

God and America stand on freedom, but. But, freedom is messy because freedom includes choices. Some choices are bad and with them come bad consequences. If you want to know the real issues, look at the consequences of the choices made by previous representatives. Do you want more? Do you think a flip-flop on the idea is in order? If it needs changed, how?

How much impact does my faith have on who I vote for? Should it?

The root of this question is the value I place on my faith. For many it is important to know what happens after death. Will I go to heaven or hell? Will I hear some “well done good and faithful servant” line as I pass through the pearly gates? Does your faith have value only for your personal eternity? Does it have value and influence for your time here? You will be judged good and faithful based on what you do on this side of time.

Change you can believe in!

The gift you have is today. The gift you offer is what you do with today. Today you have the freedom to make choices, help impact those around you, serve God’s children, and leave the world a little better than it would be without your presence. If what you do is all about you, your faith doesn’t matter. If your faith matters, what you do is about serving others and helping them find their way closer to God, today. How? Make your choices based on God’s truth not the wisdom of man. Impact others through love and service. Find ways to improve the world.

Watch for more posts as the election cycle continues. For now did this make you think? What issues do you think are on God’s heart? What issues would you like me to discuss? Comment below, share on Facebook or forward to a friend. I would love to hear what you think.

©2015 Elayne Cross

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A Day to Remember

A Day to Remember 

This is a day I will remember for its significance, this first post. It’s not everyday you decide to open your life to the world and allow anyone a look inside.

I am not alone, my Jewish friends are getting ready to begin Rosh Hashanah, which is the beginning of the year 5776 and a time of remembrance. Blessed is the Lord God of the Universe, may He bless us with a new year, sweet as the fruit of the tree and blessed with His goodness.

Memory is a special thing. We can look back and see how far we have come, and remember life’s experiences. The last year has been a journey I will share with you in the coming days and months.

Today is a day I am going to try to intentionally remember, I am publishing my web site and presenting myself to the world in all my human beauty and mess. My name is Elayne Cross, child of God, servant of the Lord, wife, mother, teacher, friend…

I hope you find nuggets of hope, inspiration, and courage as you allow me to share with you.

© 2015, Elayne Cross

It’s Your Turn;

What special person or even did you think of today? Did you see something that reminded you of someone? Did you hear kids playing and it reminded you of a time when…?

 

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