Friday, July 30, 2010

A Lesson From Genesis 22

God tested Abraham and said to him, "Abraham!" After getting Abraham's attention, God proceeded to tell Abraham to take Issac (Abraham's son) to a certain mountain. There, God told Abraham to sacrifice Issac on an alter as a burnt offering. Abraham did not argue. He just went to do God's bidding. As Abraham was about to take his knife to his own son's throat, God called to Abraham through an angel. "Do not lay your hand on the boy, or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me" (Genesis 22:12).

We argue, complain, cry, and despair when God asks us to sacrifice those things we hold dear for His sake, when instead we should learn from Abraham and trust the Lord. God knows what is best, He has our best interest at heart. Do we love the Lord? Do we trust Him? Do we believe that He will ask us to do something we are unable to do? Do we fear the Lord as Abraham did? Where is our faith?

Think about it. Do you fear the Lord as Abraham did?

God's Word, chipping away at our hearts, day by day. Learn the lessons He has to teach. Take the challege, dip into the Word today!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Dear Diary

Dear Diary,

One of the ladies I work with asked me to pray for her husband the other day. He is struggling to be the man he knows he should be. I promised I would. That was a few days ago. Today she asked me if I had been praying. I said yes. "He's a changed man, " she said. "He cried all day Saturday without really knowing why. He was different in the way he acted all day." She was so happy and I could tell she was more hopeful about their struggling marriage.

God has amazed me again. I think He knew I needed a reminder of how powerful He is. Also, I feel He is reminding me to not despair when my prayers are not answered right away. I need to be faithful in praying always. He has the power to do the rest, in His time.

It is easy to pray when prayers are answered in a matter of days, but easy to despair when nothing happens after several years.

I must keep the faith and never give up. My God is powerful and He always answers.

Thoughtfully and thankfully,

Kassandra Lee

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Facing Your Giants

Sarah laughed at the thought of her bearing a child. She was ninety-years-old. Who had ever heard of someone her age having a baby? It just did not happen. God knew Sarah was laughing over the thought of her bearing a child, something she thought was impossible, so He asked; "Is anything too hard for the LORD?" (Genesis 18:14). That stopped Sarah right in her tracks. Was anything too hard for her Lord?

I love the movie Facing the Giants by Sherwood Pictures of Albany, Georgia. Especially the scene near the end where Coach Grant Taylor asks his team members one by one, if anything is impossible with God. Without fail every player says, "Nothing, Coach, nothing." They were a small school team who had not even been to the championship games in over six years, yet here they were the state champs. By every ones estimations, even their own, they were not supposed to even be playing in the championship games, they were not supposed to be facing the mighty Giants, and they defiantly were not suppose to win and become state champions. At the beginning of the football year, everyone would have said it was impossible, but they made it. They chose to trust God, to praise Him whether they won or lost, and to play their very, very best. Because of their faithfulness to Him, God chose to take them all the way.

You may be facing one of those situations in life where you only have two choices, to give up, or to trust God for what seems impossible. Ask yourself, "Is anything to hard for God?" If you look in the book of Matthew at chapter 19, verse 26, you will find the answer. "With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."

Now, go face your giants. Expect great things from the Lord, for with Him anything is possible. Remember Sarah who was ninety-years-old and yet rejoiced at the baby she carried within her. Think of Issac, how he was not supposed to be born, yet he was. Look at how that one little baby influenced the world, just like that other baby who was born centuries later in Bethlehem. He was not supposed to be born either, yet He was. Mary, a virgin, gave birth to a son and they called Him Jesus. And that little baby, Jesus, that miracle baby, Jesus, changed everything for eternity.

So, what is impossible with God?

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Cantaloupe Sorbet

Cantaloupe Sorbet

4 c. Peeled, sliced cantaloupe

1 1/2 c. sugar

1 c. orange juice

2 T. lemon juice

Puree cantaloupe in a food processor. In a four quart saucepan, combine sugar, orange juice, and lemon juice. Stir over medium heat until sugar dissolves. After sugar has dissolved, remove from heat and stir in the pureed cantaloupe. Pour into 13x19" pan and freeze until firm. You can run the frozen sorbet through the food processor again, put it in jars and freeze it, but if you are like our family you will just dig it out of the pan, into your bowls, and eat it right away. It is soooooooo good! A great treat for a hot summer day. Enjoy!