God’s Candy Store, 07 FEB – #357

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I feel blessed to have had an amazing weekend with my girl scout family – and that continued into cookie booths this afternoon – and honestly I knew I was tasked by God for many missions this weekend (I won’t detail it all – but know that I really did feel blessed to be God’s worker bee) and also there were many others who were tasked by God to affect each other – actually we are all working for God whether we know it or not… but like I write in the devotion below, a favorite author of mine reminds us that “You are NOT the blessing, but the sharing IS the blessing”… 

One of the sweetest moments was this cute little girl, about 11 or 12, who was very direct and cheerful and said while walking in the woods – “you have lost a lot of weight haven’t you? you look amazing!” this from just a little girl with no motives – so sweet – so made me smile – I said thank you and we had a lovely little conversation between the five of us who lagged behind the others near the end of our two hour walk… All thru the walk we had a wonderful time looking at amazing natural wonders with the eyes of children… Then this morning I was cleaning in the kitchen and the same little girl comes up and says “I had a really nice time walking with you yesterday!” – yeah – how awesome does that feel?? – – how awesome when someone appreciates you and shares that with you – yeah it feels awesome – thanks God for the boost…

After a solid seven hrs deep sleep at camp (seriously unheard of) I awoke in the early morning to write this devotion piece about being in God’s Candy store – about how we are to be open to be the worker for God – it’s not actually us who are the blessing – it’s the act of sharing love which is the blessing… This concept is not novel, but it is true… After I wrote this, I went out to see the sunrise (2 mornings in a row) – in addition I saw the sunsets – it was a nature-filled weekend… it was a blessed weekend… It was God’s weekend at His candy store…

God’s Candy Store, 07 FEB

This sharing of Jesus’s LIGHT, of HIS LOVE, this openness of giving…  this is the CHOICE we have… God says it’s HIS WILL that we share LOVE….. This AMAZING GIFT of Jesus is meant to be shared… And God will use us like crazy to share HIS love. God already used me like crazy my whole life, so now God is having a field day!!!! He’s like a “kid in a candy store” except God owns the store too… They say God is Jealous God and wants your respect… Well, I also say God is an opportunist God… He says “I can, so I WILL!!!”

There’s an amazing book that I am reading called “Accidental Saints”… One chapter has this unique child of God is being baffled by God, she is being called by God to minister to someone whom she would have thought had it all perfectly together and wouldn’t need ministering to, but this person, a bishop, had a wife with terminal cancer and he was in great need of a strong person to lean on. God was the opportunist in paring them up. And this author writes how she realizes that we “are NOT the blessing” … meaning don’t take the credit for the work God wants YOU to do, DON’T get a big head, realize it’s the sharing of Jesus’s love you are working with… It’s God’s plan, don’t take the credit… It means YOU are NOT the blessing, but the sharing IS the blessing…

“M18:20 For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” You are happily chosen to work for HIS glory…

God is an opportunist God… He says “I can, so I WILL!!!”

The book was lent to me by one of my amazing friend/mentors whom God marched in front of me in one of those opportunist moments. God still picks and has picked hundred and hundreds of mentoring people for blessing me thru my whole life… And since I am open to the advice (and take it MOST of the time), God knows whom to bless me with and when… God REALLY cranks up the Holy Spirit “Brownian motion” (a science term to mean all objects are moving at various energies), and puts us together… I am BLESSED to be awake, to be aware of a living God, and along for the ride…

Just like God put me in situations where I get great nourishment of my soul, God ALSO knows whom to put into MY path for working HIS plan… And God puts people in YOUR path too… It’s HIS opportunistic plan, it’s HIS candy store… we are just the candy combinations that He likes to test out in His mouth… to chew on us for a while… It’s either “YUM!” or try another combination… Pray to be made as a premium quality candy or pray to just be good enough for the moment, either way it’s all good… When you realize you are in a yummy situation, hold on tight, let God chew, it’s a sweet yet sometimes sticky ride… But you know sometimes gunk gets stuck to the gooeyness, and YES, sometimes ants come marching in for stealing a free feeding… And even salt is sometimes added to the mix… Salt that enhances the sweet or ruins it… Crazy God, just crazy…

REMEMBER, IT’S GOD’S CANDY STORE, NOT ours… He picks the combinations, we are there for the chewing… You know who God lets us be in that moment IF/WHEN
we take the responsibility to work for HIM… Let us be glad when we are being used by God… It’s much better than for us to be washed away, discarded, because we didn’t see HIS LOVE sharing opportunity placed right in front of us…

I feel this humbleness but specialness when I remember that God chose me, to work FOR HIM….

SMILES to God for His great plan…

So, what kind of candy are you for God to chew?


Matthew 18 – The Greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven

At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”

2 He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. 3 And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5 And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.”

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” 10 “See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven.”

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18 “Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. 19 “Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. 20 For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”

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