Innocence -by Lois Macdonald

Innocence lives under a veil of modest transparency   

Filmy organza, pure simplicity, and unblemished lace           

She holds a bouquet of wildflowers and white lilies

Wrapped in satiny ribbons and sweet baby’s breath

Unaware of her beauty she blushes at her reflection

She is the essence of virtue a bride worthy of a King.

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Father God Knows Best -by Lois Macdonald

Our Heavenly Father said, “A joyful heart is good medicine….” Proverbs 17:22. God, inspired King Solomon to write this prescription in 900 BC.  

Science validates its truth June 1, 2017. ScienceDaily news writes, researchers have revealed how laughter releases endorphins in the human brain. The more opioid receptors the participants had in their brain, the more they laughed during the experiment.

My conclusion. “Father God knows best!”

Proverbs 17:22 ends with this warning. “…But a broken spirit drains one’s strength.”

Science validates this, June 30, 2016. Almost 2,916 years later! The Australian Spinal Research Foundation released this news. Cortisol is the major player in …chronic stress. It’s responsible for weight gain …and it’s been implicated as the leading cause of osteoporosis, digestive problems, hormone imbalances, cancer, heart diseases and diabetes. And if that weren’t enough, it’s also responsible for adrenal fatigue, where you are physically exhausted but wired and unable to rest. Adrenal burnout affects your moods, elicits poor sleep and makes it difficult to concentrate or remember things. That’s just the start of the cocktail of dysfunction and damage that cortisol is capable of wrecking on your system.

My conclusion. “Father God knows best!”

 Laughter is not a hard pill to swallow. One only needs to watch a giggling toddler in a “joy-jumper,” or turn on “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” to see how fast laughter can turn any frown upside down. Although we seldom think of God having a sense of humor, Scripture confirms that he does. “Abraham fell on his face and laughed, and said in his heart, “Will a child be born to a man one hundred years old? Will Sarah, who is ninety years old, bear a child?” When she heard this news, she laughed and said, “God has caused me to laugh, and all who hear about it will laugh with me.” Genesis 21:6 (NIV) We can see how contagious joy is. So, why do we take ourselves so seriously? Is it during our teen years, when hormones are “running amuck?” Being forever aware of our little imperfections. Or does it fuel our insecurities during adulthood? A time when we hide our humor under a garment of correctness, feeling that we should have all the answers? Two of the most stressful groups of adults are parents and church leaders.

Perhaps its time to take some of our own medicine and watch the positive effect it will have on everyone we see. No one can resist the power of laughter.

 Prescription. “A joyful heart is good medicine…” Proverbs 17:22.

Conclusion. Father God knows best! by Lois Macdonald

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Faith Stuck in Auto Pilot -by Lois Macdonald

Are you flying by the seat of your pants with your faith stuck in auto-pilot? Sickened by the lust and corruption polluting this world, the young man began the search for a better way of life. Fueled by faith not bigger than a mustard seed, he found Jesus and asked him to be his personal Saviour and Guide. Leaving all the baggage that he had accumulated from the past, he stepped out from the shadow of denial, into the brilliant Light of Salvation.

“For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.” (Romans 7:18).

Empowered now by the indwelling of God’s Holy Spirit, the new believer’s faith blossomed, and eventually bore fruit. Those who knew him before he became a Christian, could not help but see the incredible transformation taking place. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation: the old has gone, the new has come!” (2 Corinthians 5:17). The further he navigated away from the world’s escalating immorality and brokenness, the more this young man’s life shone and reflected Christ’s goodness. He experienced peace for the first time. So much so in fact, that in time he forgot God’s warnings and set his faith to cruise in auto-pilot. Within the blink of an eye, they hit a wall of turbulence!

“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).

Though well-studied in Christian theology, and though he sat in the same church pew religiously, the young man had grown complacent and needed a wake-up call. Like so many Christians, he preached but didn’t follow Christ’s mandate. To “love each other as I have loved you” (John 15:12). The Spiritual gifts God had blessed him with, served his pride well, but seldom served the poor and weak of heart. They were given with clear instructions to be used for the “soul” purpose of spreading the “Good-News” of Salvation and sharing God’s unconditional love.

So I ask you, Without our lives reflecting Christ’s love and his mandate, we might just as well step back into the shadows of denial, that rule this corrupt world.

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