Before The Fall

DEVOTION BY Bobbie Brown POSTED 1/17/2018 12:00:01 AM ON Matthew 18:15 NIV POSTED TO THE Spirit & Mind Devotion. For more devotions, visit Christian Devotions.)
If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over. Matthew 18:15 NIV
Before The Fall
The towering spruce reached the sky and decorated my lawn for more than eight years.
One day, I noticed a slight bend in the tree’s stance. Weeks later, the spruce no longer filled the sky but exposed its roots. I begged the tree man, “Can’t you do anything to save the tree?” His reply, “Too far gone. The roots aren’t grounded anymore. It’s dying from the inside out.” For an agreed price, my beautiful tree became firewood. Perhaps I could have acted quicker to save my tree.
The experience pushed me to question my Christian walk. Do I ignore my Christian brother or sister as they begin to lean? Or even my own tilting? I knew dealing with the tree would cost me—so I ignored it.
Evaluating choices is a daily battle. Watching an inappropriate movie or laughing at an off-colored joke. Bad decisions weaken my stance and push me further from my Christian foundation. Sometimes I’m afraid of confronting a friend or family member by saying, “Hey, you are leaning.” But there are consequences of not acting quicker. I must also accept the message of others if they tell me I’m leaning. Nourishing our souls with God’s written Word is the only way we can survive the winds of life— Value God’s approval more than you do the world’s approval.


We Celebrate

This is a photo of my daughter’s 42nd birthday present. We celebrate!
Family, friends and readers of my book, The Unbreakable Cord, you know of her painful journey to walk again after a horrific car accident.
Sixteen years ago, on her birthday she was in ICU. The doctors didn’t know if she would ever walk again. But she fought through the pain of physical therapy. Lately, she has suffered severe foot pain, and others don’t always see what is going on inside another’s body or mind. At last an MRI revealed the cause.
1. Subacute or chronic nondisplaced fracture of the anterolateral process of the calcaneus with incomplete bridging bone.
2. Severe partial tear with split of the peroneal brevis tendon and tendinopathy of the peroneal longus tendon. A partial tear and scarring superior peroneal retinaculum.
3. Partial tear anterior talofibular ligament and calcaneofibular ligament.
I hope and pray we do not pass judgement of others recovery and grief above what God has planned. If you have a friend who is in pain, accept it without them having to justify the reason or have an MRI to justify the pain.The treatment for this is a bone stimulator and wearing of the boot, hopefully to repair the fracture. Then they will address the tears.
So, Happy Birthday my little Sunshine, my fighter. Love Mom


Instant Gratification

Fostering the Heart

Proverbs 25:4 Remove the dross from the silver, and a silversmith can produce a vessel;

Hungry, I walked over to the metal box and read the simple instruction. Push the button, two minutes later, a pancake rolled out on a conveyor belt. Truly fascinating, no more work, just instant gratification in the world of sweet breakfast. On further inspection of this marvel, I noticed the flat, semi-brown pancake lacked my usual standards. It resembled a Frisbee. In the endeavor to speed the process of production, it lost the full richness of texture and taste.

To make a truly delicious pancake, requires us to crack eggs, whisk ingredients, add a splash of oil to the pan, pour a measure of batter and flip until the edges are golden crisp. It takes time to produce a unique golden, fluffy, mouthwatering pancake. However, it is worth it. The result not only fills your…

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#The Lost Princess and the Jewel of Periluna #Robert B. Sloan

I received this book  free; and did a review for Baptist Standard Magazine. Would make a nice gift for young readers.

The Lost Princess and the Jewel of Periluna is the second book in the Hamelin Stoop series. Book One, The Eagle, The Cave and the Foot Bridge, sets the background, explaining why the main character, Hamelin, lives in a children’s home.

The writing style of author Robert B. Sloan, president of Houston Baptist University, quickly engages young readers, as the Great Eagle leads Hamelin through the mysterious cave and across the footbridge once again in search of his parents. His continuing quest to seek his identity takes him through the dangerous Waters of Death and Life and into the Land of Gloaming.

Placing his quest aside, Hamelin joins forces with two new friends in their mission of freeing a kidnapped princess and recovering a stolen jewel. To aid in their journey, the trio receives special gifts—a scarf of sight, magical gloves, shoes of speed and a sword of death.

Sloan fills each scene with adventure and suspense. Young readers will look forward to the release of the third book in the series with enthusiasm.

A Father’s Sacrifice

This is my devotion that posted today on; you can read many wonderful devotions on this site daily.

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. Philippians 2:3-4

As a young child, fried chicken, mashed potatoes, and homemade gravy was our Sunday meal. Today, I still crave my mama’s fried chicken—a dish I can’t duplicate. Maybe it was the little can of grease sitting on the stove that gave it that extra flavor.
Years after the passing of my father, I mentioned to my mom how I couldn’t believe Dad really liked the chicken backs. A huge grin covered her face. She said, “He didn’t, but he ate them so you kids would have the best pieces.” That day, I saw a tiny glimpse of the sacrifice my father had made over the years.
The central event of the Christian faith is Jesus’ death on the cross. His Father’s sacrifice to all of us so we would have the best. He paid the price for our sins. Through His grace, we are allowed to have a relationship with the Father. Jesus’ death and resurrection are the only things that allow us to enter heaven.
My dad sacrificing his wants at our Sunday meal was the central event for me at our dinner table. Unfortunately, for years that sacrifice went unnoticed.
Let’s all remember the great sacrifice our Father in heaven made for us. I can’t even begin to imagine the magnitude of that sacrifice.