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Dust

Posted: January 7, 2012 in Candle Lights

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Children’s stories tell of wonderful and magical things that can happen when someone or something is sprinkled with fairy dust.  What child is not intrigued by the thought of dust bunnies under their bed?  My cousin tells me that a covering of dust can hold furniture together.  But the dictionary definition of dust is anything but magical and intriguing.

Dust can be defined as a fine, dry powder consisting of tiny particles of earth or waste matter lying on the ground or on surfaces or carried by the air.  Nothing intriguing about that until we read in Genesis 2:7, “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.”  I am dust!  You are dust!  We are dust that lives!  Dust that was given life by the breath of the Lord God Himself!  The breath of life which allows us to love, to be loved, to laugh, to cry, to dance, to be still, to forgive and to be forgiven.

Just as we wipe the dust off the furniture in our homes with a rag, the shroud of death will brush across the shelf of our lives, and the bones and flesh of our bodies (dust) will return to the earth, but our spirit will return to God (Ecclesiastes 12:7).  But, it does not end there for at an appointed time, we dust dwellers will wake up.  Daniel 12:2 tells us that some will awake to “shame and everlasting contempt” and “some to everlasting life”.  As ransomed dust, we will awaken to everlasting life.  We will “Awake and sing” (Isaiah 26:19), and we will “obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away” (Isaiah 35:10)

Imagine that!  Dust that sings!

Diane Padgett

12/28/2011

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The Gifted

Posted: July 24, 2011 in Candle Lights

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We often refer to gifted children as child prodigies.  They are endowed with great abilities, natural talents, or exceptional intelligence and they fascinate us.  Whether you enjoy opera or not, one cannot help but enjoy listening to eleven year old Jackie Evanko sing.  Even if you have no appreciation for art, when you look at the paintings of Akiane Kramarek, born 1996, you instinctively know that you are looking at something special. Mozart, Jackie Cooper, and Bobby Fischer were all considered to be child prodigies.

As children of the living God (Romans 9:26), we are “the gifted”.  When we are born again we receive “the gift of God [eternal life] through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23).  Ephesians 2:8&9 tells us that there is nothing we can do to earn our salvation.  It is a “gift of God.”  In Romans 12, I Corinthians 12, and Ephesians 4 we can read about the different gifts that God’s children are given.

 The whole world is gifted, but not everyone will accept the Gift.  Just as some child prodigies squander their gifts, many folks turn their backs on the greatest gift.  “For God so loved…he gave….” (John 3:16)  Salvation through Jesus Christ is the greatest gift of all.

II Corinthians 9:15  “Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.”

Diane Padgett

7/3/2011

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Storm Prep

Posted: July 3, 2011 in Candle Lights

sun thru rain Header5It is that time once again.  Time to stock up on batteries, get the important papers organized in the grab-n-go box, to obtain a “Hurricane Survival” pamphlet from Channel 3, and to be sure the generator works.  The hurricane season of 2011 is here, and the fear-mongering has begun.  Just yesterday, the official start of the hurricane season, a low-pressure system passed the need to remind us that hurricane season was here, and that this system had a 20 percent chance of developing into a “tropical cyclone”.

 As I get older, living in the Sunshine State has brought a certain amount of weariness during the months from June 1 through November 30 each year.  On June 1, I start trying to kick in doors that are not shut by fretting about the possibility of evacuating.  We are not even on the road, and I already do not want to go.

 How foolish of me!  I have an anchor (Isaiah 26:3&4) and a refuge (Psalm 57:1) that are available twelve months a year, not just December through May.  Psalm 37 tells us to fret not, to trust in the Lord, to delight ourselves in Him, to commit our way unto Him, and to “rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him”.

Therefore, I will take refuge in “the shadow” of His wings until “these calamities” pass over (Psalm 57:1).

Diane Padgett

June 2, 2011

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The Tombs

Posted: April 8, 2011 in Candle Lights

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When I read about the wild man of the Gadarenes, I get a picture in my mind of how he might have looked.  I see a man that is filthy, bearded, and naked; a man whose body is covered with scars from the constant “cutting of himself with stones” (Mark 5:5).  I can hear the sounds of his crying penetrating each day and night (Mark 5:5).  Luke 8:27 tells us that he “neither abode in any house, but in the tombs”.

It occurred to me that there are times when we dwell in the tombs.  They may not be tombs carved out of stone, but they are still where the dead lie.  Anytime we let our hearts and minds dwell in a place that is outside of the Lord’s peace and will, we are living in a tomb.  The tomb can be bitterness, an unforgiving heart, hate, fear, anger, worry or depression.  These are just a few for they indeed are “Legion” (Mark 5:9).

We do not have to live in the tombs.  We can choose to take our eyes off self and put them on Jesus.  Just as the wild man of the Gadarenes saw Jesus and ran to Him (Mark 5:6), we can also.  Just as his deliverance came, ours will, too.  Then we can sit at the feet of Jesus in our “right mind” (Luke 8:35).

“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee:  because he trusteth in thee.”  Isaiah 26:3

Diane Padgett

4/7/2011

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Chased by Bees

Posted: March 14, 2011 in Candle Lights

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The bees chased me to church yesterday.  Life’s bees come in many forms, often they come in swarms.  We may not see the bees until the lawn mower of life disturbs their nest.  Sometimes the bees are physical.  Sometimes they are emotional.  The physical bees come, but the emotional bees seem to chase me the hardest.

This time of the year the nest is disturbed, and the bees of sadness start chasing me.  The chase started a few days ago, but the buzzing intensified when we were on our way to church yesterday.  Bees are attracted to water, and the experts say we should seek shelter when being chased by bees.  By the time we pulled into the church parking lot, my tears had started, the stinging had begun, and I needed shelter.

Deuteronomy 1:44 tells us that the Amorites chased the children of Israel “as bees do”.  The Amorites are described as being as tall as cedar trees and as strong as oak trees (Amos 2:9).  They were giant bees in hot pursuit, but God destroyed them, and when I ran into the shelter of His presence, He did the same for me.

As our pastor says, “Life is not all honey and no bees”.  My sadness will always remain, but as long as I am sheltered by my Father, there is peace.

Diane Padgett

3/7/11

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Paraclete

Posted: February 8, 2011 in Candle Lights

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Our small town in the Florida Panhandle is surrounded by guardians. Most evenings the sound of gunfire breaks up the stillness of the night. On any given day you can feel the whoop, whoop of the helicopters as they fly over. At times you can stand on our beach and catch a glimpse of the keepers of our coasts. The Air Force, the Army, the Navy, the Marines, and the Coast Guard are paracletes for the United States. It is their job to intercede on our behalf in an angry world.

In the sermon yesterday, Brother Pete, who is a retired military man, made reference to the body armor that he wore in combat. He said that the company name on the armor is “Paraclete” and wearing the armor “emboldens a soldier”. To embolden is to make bold, encourage, or to hearten.

Our battles may not be on the sands of the Middle East, but they are very real and ever present. We are constantly bombarded by “all the fiery darts of the wicked” (Ephesians 6:16). Paul tells us that we wrestle “…against principalities, against powers, against rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” (Ephesians 6:12). These are battles that we cannot win, but we have a Paraclete, the Holy Spirit.

Unlike the Paraclete body armor that our military personnel wear which is removed when out of harm’s way, the Holy Spirit living in us is always guarding, teaching, and comforting us. Just knowing that come what may we are never alone, should embolden us to live our day by day lives.

Diane Padgett 2/7/2011

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Beholding Motes

Posted: October 11, 2010 in Candle Lights

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We all know how someone else should play the game.  From the time our son started in T-ball to his last college football game, I coached.  Oh, I did not get out on the field or know much about how to play the games, but from my seat on the sidelines I could see that the coach’s game plan was flawed.  The fact that the umpires and the referees all needed glasses did not help either.

It is also very easy to be an armchair quarterback to another person’s life.  So often we forget that no matter how well we think that we are running our race, we have not reached the finish line.  We glance at the people running beside us and there it is!!  A mote!!  Right away we know that they could be a better runner if they would just learn how to pray correctly, how to more effectively study their Bible, and they definitely need more faith.  We get so wrapped up in trying to pull out their mote that we stop running, and we fail to see how destructive our beam is to our vision.

To stay on course in a race, a runner must keep looking forward.  In order to connect with the ball, a batter must keep his eye on the ball.  To stay on my course, I must keep “Looking unto Jesus” (Hebrews 12:2).  If I am beholding and pulling motes, I have taken my eyes off Jesus.

Keep looking up and remember you are loved.  (Luke 21:28 & Jeremiah 31:33)

Diane Padgett

5/19/2010

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