At the Kitchen Table -by Lois Macdonald

The wellspring of a generous heart nourishes the lives of family and friends while sitting comfortably around the kitchen table. The very heart of the home. Where lessons are taught, encouragement is given, joy and laughter ring out, tears are wiped dry, loneliness and fears are defeated, judgment and criticism are unwelcome; and above all else, love flourishes.

-by Lois Macdonald

Whether polished and dressed in cheerful linens or cluttered with the latest jigsaw puzzle, the kitchen table faithfully reserves a place setting for family and friends. If the home is indeed where the heart lives, then surely it beats loudest and strongest from within these four busy walls. The morning begins with the family sitting comfortably around her, all arms supported on her smooth edges, children chattering while mom and dad grip steamy mugs of freshly brewed coffee. Goodbye hugs and kisses are passed all around and then, silence. At the end of each day, nighttime dims her lights as the soft murmuring of the dishwasher play its last song, and once again hugs and kisses go around, this time sending sleepy heads off to bed. As the moon gently filters across the kitchen floor, it stops briefly to admire the table, who even in her sleep, dreams of her family and friends. Deeply ingrained in her solid oak layers, the table has stored a lifetime of well-preserved memories and secrets that she will carry to her grave. Personally, I consider it a great honor and privilege to be invited into the very heart and soul of a home. Past all the formalities of the living room. That perfectly starched waiting area, reserved for the next unannounced mother-in-law visit. Just kidding. Still, the kitchen is that intimate place where freedom to be oneself reigns true and sharing “heart-to-heart” is never unfashionable. A safe-haven where the wellspring of a generous heart nourishes the lives of family and friends while sitting comfortably around the kitchen table.The heart of the home, where above all else, love flourishes. 

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Love -by Lois Macdonald

Love transforms like a shimmering waterfall spilling down over the jagged wall of a mountainside. Polishing and anointing each scarred crevice until it becomes a thing of beauty. It is the keeper of promises, painting pastel rainbows across storm-drenched skies. It can be as subtle as a stolen kiss or as bold as a declaration, made while knelt on bended knee. Death cannot erase her memory, for love bears the sweet scent of rose petals whose fragrance lingers wherever she went. Love is never out-of-season season! by Lois Macdonald

Why do we love? “We love because he [God] first loved us.” 1 John 4:19 (NIV).

You and I are part of the “Greatest Love Story” ever told!

For More Love by Lois Read:
  1.  About Love: https://heavensjoylatte.com/about-love-by-lois-macdonald/
  2. Unworthy of Love: https://heavensjoylatte.com/unworthy-love-lois-macdonald/
  3. Love’s Heartbeat: https://heavensjoylatte.com/loves-heartbeat/

Spiritual Minefield -by Lois Macdonald

Are you walking through a spiritual minefield? Anxious about tomorrow and chained to the past. Drowning in a sea of confusion, weighed down by thoughts of negativity. If so, it is imperative that you put on the whole Armour of God [1]and fight the good fight. For you, my friend, are under spiritual attack!

“Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” 1 Peter 5:8-9.

He wastes no time hunting those who are already dead spiritually. But he has an insatiable appetite for the sweet blood of Christ and all his followers. This enemy’s favorite hiding place is in the subconscious mind. The most complicated organ in our body, rather like a conductor of an orchestra. A maestro working morning and night, listening unconsciously even while we sleep. When this “gray matter” of ours is uncluttered, it creates beautiful music. But when our thoughts get cloudy and seem darker than usual, the chances are that our music is sending the dogs running for cover! If left unaddressed, one by one each instrument will cease playing. The most courageous and healthy thing we can do if this happens is to seek professional help, including our pastor.

While it is seldom discussed, Scripture confirms that the mind is Satan’s favorite battlefield. We should not be embarrassed or surprised if we are under attack, for it is evidence that we are in a close relationship with God. All believers have the power to fight back in Jesus name! We can confront Satan by calling him a liar when he tries to feed us negative thoughts. Quote Scripture. He hates that!  “And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name (Christ) they will drive out demons…” Mark 16:17. Dedicate your home to God and ask him to fill each room and those who come and go from it to be blessed. So, do not be afraid of the outcome of your battle for God has already won the victory!

 “Don’t fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are Mine.” Isaiah 43:1

  In the end, “God will not look you over for medals, degrees or diplomas but for scars” -by Elbert Hubbard.

[1] (Ephesians 6:10-18).

More Posts on Spiritual Warfare:
  1. https://heavensjoylatte.com/addictions-and-spiritual-warfare-by-lois-macdonald/ 
  2. https://heavensjoylatte.com/loneliness-the-silent-battlefield-by-lois-macdonald/
  3. https://heavensjoylatte.com/from-innocence-to-rebellion/

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