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A Moment To Praise 8.3.20

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A Moment To Praise 8.3.20

Joyce Lochinger

Joyce Lochinger, Gravel Hill Worship Leader

No Place Like Home

Last week, I stumbled upon an article highlighting the behind-the-scenes events that occurred while filming the movie, Wizard of Oz. I must admit that I very much enjoy stories like that, so I took a few minutes and read the whole article. It was truly interesting and I learned some unique little nuances that I hadn’t known before. However, after I read the article and looked at the photos, I started thinking about the movie itself a bit more deeply.

There’s the very frightening tornado scene, which has always caused me anxiety…even to this day. There’s the good witch, and the wicked witch and her flying monkeys –  I don’t even want to discuss those guys! The scarecrow, tin man, and the cowardly lion are all unique and well-developed characters. There is the Wizard himself, the ruby slippers, and of course little Toto!

All of these elements make the movie so very special and enjoyable. While it is memorable, it’s definitely also a bit scary to watch! The movie provides a perfect mix of joyful things, trials, and nerve-wracking troubles all rolled into one amazing plot.

The Wizard of Oz kind of sounds like our daily lives to a degree, doesn’t it? Over the years, I’ve always remembered the famous saying always on Dorothy’s lips. From the minute she finds herself in an alternate universe, all the way through the movie when she escapes and is heading back home to her family in Kansas, Dorothy is always clicking her heels together, saying: “there’s no place like home, there’s no place like home!”

A Moment To Praise 8.3.20 in Scripture

As a Christian, I believe that we also should always have those words on our lips. There is no place like (our heavenly) home.

Christ tells us that in this world we will have troubles, but He has overcome this world! Hallelujah! https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+16%3A33&version=NIV

The more you read and understand this passage, the more it becomes very clear that we are placed here on this earth for a very short time. Truly, this earth is not our home. If we have the faith and belief that Jesus Christ died for us and only through believing in Him will we inherit eternal life, then we know that our true desire and longing should be for our heavenly home and the promise of an eternity spent with Christ. Perhaps, remembering this would change how we feel about some of the interactions we have in this world. When we are hurt by the harsh words of a friend, when we seem to be facing trials beyond our control, we can always remember that in our weakness, Christ is made strong. He has already defeated these things for us!

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2+Corinthians+12%3A9-10&version=NIV

Because of His strength, we can boast in His power in our lives and thank Him for giving us the ability to overcome this world through His mighty touch on our souls. He brings us closer to our heavenly home, even while we live here on this earth.

So buck up my friends, click your heels together three times and say: “there’s no place like my heavenly home!” Take that empowerment and face the day with renewed energy. You can have faith in knowing that all of the trials we face in this life and all of the times that we are hurt and wounded by betrayal and unkindness will only help to lead us into a deeper relationship and reliance upon the Lord who loves us so much and has a place in His home for our eternal souls. Through all of the hard times of life, there is the promise of eternal blessing from God right here in our midst.

A Moment To Praise 8.3.20 in Song

https://youtu.be/Cd6J6Wgnv4M

Have a great week!

A Moment To Praise For Kids 7.28.20

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A Moment To Praise For Kids 7.28.20

Shine Your Light!

Joyce Lochinger

Miss Joyce

Hi kids and parents! I hope that you are all doing well!

Today I want to talk about something that is so cool to see flying around on a summer night – fireflies or lightning bugs!

I was taking a walk a few days ago, and it was just starting to get dark when I felt something fly onto my shirt. Of course, I jumped and was ready to let out a little yell when I saw the blinking of a lightning bug and realized that I was safe from harm. I always loved lightning bugs and collecting them in a jar on a hazy and hot summer evening. One thing I noticed when I was little as well as the other night with my little bug visitor was that it just kept blinking. Nothing was going to stop it from sharing its light! Hmm, I wonder if there is a Bible verse about the same thing for us humans?

A Moment To Praise For Kids 7.28.20 in Scripture

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew%205:16&version=NET

Of course! God wants us to shine in the world just like the fireflies. Don’t let anyone or anything cause you to stop shining. God placed you on this earth for a specific reason. It’s your job to listen to God’s calling in your life and then you should go out and shine for everyone to see God’s goodness in you!

A Moment To Praise For Kids 7.28.20 in Song

Be a little firefly for Christ! Check out this song about letting your light shine everywhere you go!

https://youtu.be/ty9bZXN4uWA

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Now, enjoy this backyard science story and a description of how to play firefly hide-and-seek. It looks like a lot of fun! Have fun outside!!

https://www.kidsdiscover.com/parentresources/fireflies-light/

Backyard Science: Summer’s Shining Stars – KIDS DISCOVER

A couple summers ago, I flew to Omaha, Nebraska to visit my sister. There I entertained her roommate with my giddy excitement about seeing a tiny, flying creature.

www.kidsdiscover.com

Have a great week!

Miss Joyce

A Moment To Praise 7.27.20

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A Moment To Praise 7.27.20

Joyce Lochinger

Joyce Lochinger, Gravel Hill Worship Leader

Scripture in Life…

I have a wonderful sister named Bev. She recently retired from a Christian school where she was a elementary school teacher for many years. Prior to that, she was a Christian nursery school director and teacher as well. I have always looked up to her as my big sister and I still do; I marvel at her level of patience, especially now that she has five grandsons who are all close to the same age. 🙂

When my great nephews were much younger, I enjoyed watching my sister play with them. One of their favorite things to do as a group was to  play with tractors and trucks. My sister would lay out large pieces of paper and help them to draw roads, farms, and little communities all around the room. Inevitably, as is always the case with kids, the boys would get a little overprotective of a tractor, truck or matchbox car. The debacle would end up in a nice game of tug-of-war with each other.

Sharing Scripture

In this situation, most adults would probably raise their voice and sternly tell the boys to knock it off, even though they were just being little boys. My sister had a different approach. She would lean in closer to them, speak more quietly, whispering in a sing song voice: “Be kind to one another and build each other up!” It’s a great preschool lesson and song, but it’s also directly from scripture.

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Thessalonians+5%3A11&version=ESV

By the way, this tactic usually worked to dispel tension between the youngsters! While they were settling down, all of us adults would chuckle, because that way of handling things is so like my sister. I love her for it!

Fast forward to my own life, and to the world today. I have to admit that I often find myself singing this scripture too! Here’s why!

I see all of us – and I mean those of us who call ourselves Christians – acting just like the rest of the world! Facebook is an unfortunate platform on which this occurs. I can see people who I have known to be friends for a long time openly arguing and calling each other names, fighting over relatively minor differences in opinion. I know that these people have been into each other’s home, have shared meals together, played games and had good times together, and they can’t seem to stop bickering about meaningless nonsense. It breaks my heart, especially the name calling! What have we become? I look to scripture to find what God says about how we should behave as Christians in this world.

A Moment To Praise 7.27.20 in Scripture

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Hebrews%203:13&version=GW

 

Bible Gateway passage: Hebrews 3:13 – GOD’S WORD Translation

Encourage each other every day while you have the opportunity. If you do this, none of you will be deceived by sin and become stubborn.

www.biblegateway.com

Notice at the end there is the added admonition to be kind to each other lest you become stubborn and fall into sin. As I read that, my ears perk up! I definitely do not want to fall into sin. I know that having a sinful life causes me to displace myself from God and his plans for me.

It also reminds me to be humble and to monitor my own notions and thoughts. I want to be constantly and consistently aware of my actions, avoiding egotistical thoughts that may lead me to think that God’s Word doesn’t apply to me.  Scripture tells us that the Evil One is always lurking, and just waiting to find us in a weak moment so that he can lead us deeper into sin. Don’t believe me? Read this.

Bible Gateway passage: 1 Peter 5:8 – English Standard Version

Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.

www.biblegateway.com

Applying Scripture

How much weaker, how much more sinful can we become when we are willing to be hurtful and hateful towards a friend? A brother or a sister in Christ? Read that again. We are brothers and sisters in Christ.

We are supposed to act like it. Take on the characteristics of Him. Watch the master and see how He has treated others and even more so, how He’s treated us! Then we are to behave in the same way. The bottom line is this: be careful when you feel compelled to lash out at someone who holds a differing thought or opinion. Remember that they are a brother or a sister in Christ alongside of you! You are united by His precious blood!

My prayer for all of us is that we do not fall into the ways of this world. I pray that we do not fall into the grip of the evil one. Instead, let us fall into the kindness of Christ; the forgiving, loving and grace-filled nature that He has exhibited for us throughout out entire lives. Let’s pass that along!

Amen!

A Moment To Praise 7.27.20 in Song

Please listen to the lyrics of this song which is called Fall Into Kindness! Have a blessed day!

https://youtu.be/tQ-ldOWWlHw

A Moment To Praise For Kids 7.21.20

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A Moment To Praise For Kids 7.21.20

Be Mighty!

Joyce Lochinger

Miss Joyce

Hi kids and parents!

Did you know that you can be mighty? Even if you’re little, you can still be mighty in the Lord! He gives you everything you need to do this within his Word! See right here:

“He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.” – Isaiah 40:29

Have you ever felt weak and alone? Have you ever been unsure whether you could stand up to the problems of the day? Maybe you had to deal with math problems at school, friend problems in the neighborhood, or even bullies at recess. These are some of the things that worry us the most in our lives, especially when we are kids. Even though this is true, I’m here to tell you that you can hold your head up high and not get caught up in all of these worries. You have the strength to face anything from math to bullies, because God is with you and He is within you. He gives you a great description of the tools that you can use in the words of this scripture.

A Moment To Praise For Kids 7.21.20 in Scripture

All of the tools you need are listed here:

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ephesians%206:10-18&version=NIV

All of these things are spiritual gifts that God gives to us when we allow Him into our lives every day, and when we ask Him to be our personal Savior. I know that life can be really crazy sometimes, and often we just don’t know what to do. When you feel this way, I’m telling you to pray to God; ask Him to make you mighty in heart, mind, and spirit. When you do this, you will suddenly find that these everyday battles aren’t as tough to fight as you once thought they were. Now, I do need to tell you that if someone is physically hurting you, you must tell a trusted adult and get help right away. If you do, God will give you strength to do that as well. He can always be trusted to love and care for you. Always remember that you are a Christian; a mighty, mighty Christian!

A Moment To Praise For Kids 7.21.20 in Song

https://youtu.be/V63FPVgEFpk

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Parents, please always share scripture with your kids so they grow strong spiritually. Also, you can follow this link for age appropriate activities to keep kids strong physically!

https://www.healthline.com/health/fitness-exercise-for-kids#ages-to-9-11

Have a great week!

Miss Joyce

A Moment To Praise 7.20.20

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A Moment To Praise 7.20.20

Joyce Lochinger

Joyce Lochinger, Gravel Hill Worship Leader

Last Time…

There are several things I know about myself. I am stubborn, I am kind, I can be funny, but I also have a very serious side. I try to be fair and just. Lastly, I am a sappy, nostalgic person – that’s what I want to focus on today.  Surely you didn’t think I wanted to talk about my stubborn streak, did you? 🙂

I remember occurrences and events in my life in great detail. I know that I can drive my family crazy when we get together and I say, “do you remember when…?” The memory of things from my childhood is so strong, I believe because I was the youngest of four kids.

As I have shared before, I also happen to be considerably younger than my siblings. Because of that, I viewed the lives of my siblings as a very exciting live drama unfolding right before my eyes. I was too little to have anything so exciting happening to me, so I paid attention to their lives in great detail. Ask my sister: I was always around when she had a boyfriend over to visit. Ask my older brother: he was the lucky one who got to take me on some of his dates with him. And then my next oldest brother, who I was closer to in age, that I tattled on constantly even when he didn’t do anything!

Time moving forward

As you can see, I was sort of in everybody’s business back then! Though my siblings may not, I have great memories of those times and I am very nostalgic about them! I then remember having my own children and the numerous fun times we have had together. Knowing my personality and my nostalgic tendencies prompted me to record a video every month on my daughter’s monthly ‘birthdays’. I called them month-to-month videos. I faithfully created these recordings for both of my girls. These videos were great for them and us as they had yearly birthdays to watch and see how they had grown and changed. Now that I’m older, they are a great source of memories and nostalgic thoughts.

Shawn and I laugh when we watch these videos and see bath time fun, a favorite book, routine, or activity that the girls loved to do. Through the videos, as the months rolled on, those “must-do” games and routines faded away into new and different activities. We often remark at these occurrences by saying, “When was the last time we did that?” If we had known that it was the last time we would read that book or play that bath time game, would we have cherished it more? Because, as most parents know, sometimes you just want to get that ritual over with so that little people can go to bed and you can have a well-deserved rest! Whew!

When was the last time?

However, what if we apply this “When was the last time?” to our Christian walk, what do we come up with?

When was the last time I:

confessed my sins to God and truly asked for forgiveness?

received that forgiveness and changed my lifestyle to reflect the grace which I received?

relied totally on God when a problem arose in my life?

stepped out of my comfort zone and witnessed to someone about the wonderful ways that God has changed my life?

truly worshiped and adored Christ in my daily life with my actions, words and behaviors?

These all pose valid questions and things that we may forget about from day to day, especially in the rush of daily living and coping.

Despite life’s busy nature, this scripture tells us to always be ready. It reminds us to always be prepared and to not spend time asking questions like, “When was the last time?”

A Moment To Praise 7.20.20 in Scripture

Matthew 24:42-51 ESV

Therefore, stay awake, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. But know this, that if the master of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into. Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect. “Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom his master has set over his household, to give them their food at the proper time? Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes.

That passage sums it all up. There is truly no situation in which we should ask “last time” type of questions in our Christian walk. God is telling us to always be prepared and not to slack off in daily living. Now, when it comes to your kids, you will naturally have the “last time” for certain things only to have them replaced with new and exciting adventures as they grow into adulthood. Though as Christians, we should continue to grow in the same manner as our kids do, while not forgetting to continue living our lives in this world as people prepared for the Messiah’s return!

A Moment To Praise 7.20.20 in Song

Being fond of the nostalgic as I am, I have always loved this oldie but goodie song from my favorite Christian group, DC Talk. I actually saw this performance in concert! It gives me chills every time I listen to the words. They are straight out of Matthew 24. Enjoy!

https://youtu.be/bzGWrsFp_W

A Moment To Praise For Kids 7.14.20

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A Moment To Praise For Kids 7.14.20

Following God!

Joyce Lochinger

Miss Joyce

Hi kiddos and parents.  I hope that this day is a wonderful day for all of you!

I want to write to you today to talk about the importance of following Jesus. Very often, Jesus speaks about how important it is to follow Him in the Bible. After a quick Google search, I was able to locate twenty-three times that Jesus says to follow Him. That statement is obviously pretty important to Jesus and should be to us as well.

Why do you think Jesus wants you to follow Him? Is it because He wants you to have something to brag about? No! I’m sure not; Jesus wants us to be humble.

Okay, so that’s not it. Is it because He knows He is cool and wants you to be cool too? Well, Jesus is cool to those of us who love Him, but to non-believers, sometimes Jesus is made fun of and thought of as not cool.

So, that can’t be the reason. Actually, it’s because He wants you to have the greatest gift in the world that money can’t buy! He wants you to have treasure in heaven!

A Moment To Praise For Kids 7.14.20 in Scripture

Read along with this passage: Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me. -Matthew 19:21

What exactly is treasure in heaven? God tells us that we can’t take things from this earth to heaven, it just won’t happen. So, we can’t take toys, fancy clothes or tennis shoes, cell phones, TVs, iPads…you can complete the list. Even though this is true, there is a greater reward for a life lived in Jesus Christ. 

When it comes to rewards, the greatest reward every follower of Christ will receive is this: Seeing God face-to-face (Matthew 5:8; Revelation 22:4).

It will be an honor and a joy to see God face to face. It is a mystery that we cannot fathom here on earth. So, decide to follow Jesus for all the days of your life so that one day very far away from now, you will have the honor of seeing Him face to face!

A Moment To Praise For Kids 7.14.20 in Song

Here is a great song about following Jesus! Enjoy this one!

What exactly is 1: https://youtu.be/sEL0WpeH088

I Have Decided | Cave Quest VBS Music Video | Group Publishing

Enjoy the music…sing and dance along to the I Have Decided music video from Cave Quest VBS! Download this song today: https://music.apple.com/us/album/i-have...

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A Moment To Praise For Kids 7.14.20 Learn More

In line with our scripture that says to sell all of your possessions and follow Jesus, I thought you might like some ideas on having a garage/yard sale. The goal of this gesture is getting rid of stuff you don’t like or don’t need. You can take the money you earn and donate it to a charity for sick kids, like the Ronald McDonald House, or somewhere else that you would like to help out! You would be living out scripture and God will be pleased – I’m sure!

How to Have a Successful Garage Sale With Your Kids

Have a great week!

Miss Joyce

A Moment To Praise 7.13.20

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A Moment To Praise 7.13.20

Joyce Lochinger

Joyce Lochinger, Gravel Hill Worship Leader

Recharging…

I’m writing this devotion on July 5 so I will share with you a little about our long weekend. We had a quiet 4th of July! It was extremely relaxing and quite a necessary time to chill and recharge my “batteries”. It was so nice! I hope you enjoyed the same.

Hmmm, wait a minute! Now that I think about it, I suppose that I should amend my initial statement to say: Our 4th of July was peaceful and quiet until about 10pm. That’s when the neighborhood skies lit up, well, like a firecracker!

It was amazing. The neighbors behind us as well as to the right of us had a ton of fireworks going off. They brightened the sky and were so colorful and beautiful. It was truly a nice end to a relaxing day…but it was certainly not quiet! 🙂

Power

I realize though that I don’t usually opt for the quiet things in life. Amusement parks, loud family gatherings where everyone talks at once, the sound of kids laughing and playing, and watching and hearing summer storms are all things I enjoy. I enjoy the sound of thunder and rainfall in the same way I enjoyed the neighborhood fireworks.

I marvel at the vision of the night sky lighting up with heavenly flashes and loud booms of thunder. The rain pouring down; a gentle cadence from nature. It’s incredible to watch the earth seemingly halt in activity and wait as the mighty force of God rolls through. This verse describes how I feel on my porch during these types of heavenly displays:

Jeremiah 10:12-13 –  It is He who made the earth by His power,

Who established the world by His wisdom;

And by His understanding He has stretched out the heavens.

When He utters His voice, there is a tumult of waters in the heavens,

And He causes the clouds to ascend from the end of the earth;

He makes lightning for the rain,

And brings out the wind from His storehouses.

Beauty

Speaking of such storms, my family alongside my sister’s family have made many vacation trips to the Outer Banks in North Carolina. On these trips, we have seen our fair share of God’s power in nature at work. We have experienced beautiful sunsets and lovely hot days with vibrant blue skies. We’ve seen dolphins jumping and turtles swimming to catch pieces of tossed bread that my 5 great nephews love to throw into the water.

These are all lovely beach memories. However, we have also weathered a water spout that started in the ocean (while we were boogie boarding!) that headed to land in a frightening display of power. We’ve been caught in several unexpected thunderstorms that just seem to roll in unannounced. Lastly, we have been forced to shelter in place through two mild hurricanes. We’ve had some wild vacations!

Interestingly, I’ve realized that after each of these storms, one thing has always remained true: there is such beauty after the darkness. The storms create gorgeous, even more vibrant sunsets. They create beautiful waves and wash awesome shells ashore. It seems that nature had to get all of the storminess out of its system before revealing even further beauty.

A Moment To Praise 7.13.20 in Scripture

It reminds me to always remember this scripture: Luke 8:22-25

Our lives are full of storms and things that we don’t think we will survive. Life is full of events that cause our “batteries” to run low. During all of our times of storm, we must remember to call out to God for help, and then sit back and watch as He works things out. We also must have patience that all of the lightning and thunder we are experiencing will lead to beauty and hope.

God brought all of the earth into being and He has a vested interest in it and those of us who inhabit it. We must always believe that He is working things out for His glory and good…and for beauty! Be patient. Be prayerful. Take joy in His power and might, and let it rule over the storms in your life.

A Moment To Praise 7.13.20 in Song

Enjoy this song.

https://youtu.be/hXa75K0dftQ

It is a modern take on the original, which a contemporary Christian artist named Rich Mullens recorded in 1988. It has always been one of my favorite songs. I have attached the original as well (https://youtu.be/kCTNaPFkqUM) so you can enjoy both versions.  Remember that God is always in control!

Amen!

A Moment To Praise For Kids 7.7.20

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A Moment To Praise For Kids 7.7.20

Amazing…

Joyce Lochinger

Miss Joyce

Hi kids and parents! I hope you’re having an amazing summer!

Today’s moment is a reminder that God is amazing! Just sing along with this video to see what I mean!

A Moment To Praise For Kids 7.7.20 in Song

https://youtu.be/ew9GjmGXD_I

Amazing, awesome, great, terrific, tremendous, marvelous…the list could go on and on! All of those words aside, I want us to focus on the fact that God created all of us. That’s amazing!

He didn’t just create all of us in Palmyra or all of us in the surrounding areas of Central PA. He didn’t just create all of us in the state of Pennsylvania or all of us in the U.S.A. No, He created ALL of us in the whole entire world. When I think of the fact that He made each of us to have certain characteristics that help us to thrive in our individual areas, I sit back and realize that God is quite an amazing artist.

Then, add on to it the fact that God loves us all the same. It doesn’t matter to him where we live or what shape, size, or color we are. No matter what, He loves us! After all, we are His creation. We are cherished; a work of amazing art!

There is a song from when I was a kid and some of you may know it as well. It’s called Jesus Loves The Little Children. In this song, we learn that we are all PRECIOUS in His sight. I like the word ‘precious’  because it means more than some other descriptive words or adjectives.

Precious

Precious to me describes how much God loves us with the kind of fierce, protective, and proud feeling that you have for a special grandparent, relative, or favorite pet. The feeling you get for someone or something that you would be totally sad to be without in life.  That’s how God feels about you and me; we are precious to Him.

Here’s the best part: since you know that you are loved by God who finds you precious, that allows you to love others in the same way that He loves you. For example, if someone is mean to you, try praying for them. Look at them in the way that God sees them. Look at them as a precious, cherished human being.

It will change the way you think and you will show that person God through your love. Give it a try. Check out this scripture about loving others the way God loves us and what that means to God.

A Moment To Praise For Kids 7.7.20 in Scripture

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+John+4%3A16-21&version=ESV

I want to be like Jesus in everything I do, and it seems to me that showing His love to all is the best way to start. Click on this link to find 100 ways to show random acts of love as a family. Some of the ides are pretty cool.

A Moment To Praise For Kids 7.7.20 Learn More

https://www.coffeecupsandcrayons.com/100-acts-kindness-kids/

Have fun practicing random acts of kindness – see how it changes those around you, and maybe more importantly, you!

Have a great day!

Miss Joyce

A Moment To Praise 7.6.20

By | A Moment To Praise

A Moment To Praise 7.6.20

Joyce Lochinger

Joyce Lochinger, Gravel Hill Worship Leader

Honesty…

I want to share something with all of you that has been bothering me all week. I saw a meme on Facebook depicting a picture of a suitcase full of money. The words accompanying the photo said, “If you found this in an airport, what would you do?”

I started to read the answers, thinking that I would see people responding that they would, of course, turn it in to authorities. Sadly, I was so very wrong.  Every person who read the meme and chose to reply said that they would be out of there and they would be taking the money with them. They’d be off on a fancy trip, buying a new car, a house, or expensive jewelry. I was truly shocked by all of the replies. Not one person who commented said that they would give it over to the authorities in hopes of the rightful, panicked owners receiving what was theirs.

I began to ponder the thought of taking something that clearly wasn’t mine. Would I ever be able to do this? I know myself well enough to know that I would not. I would instantly start thinking, and questions would race through my mind. What if that money was intended for someone’s heart transplant? What if it was intended to pay for a child’s stay at a hospital? So many “what-ifs” would run through my mind. I’m sure you get my point. I also would recognize that it wouldn’t be what God wanted from me.

Taught or not

I do believe that honesty is either taught or it is not. In my Christian upbringing, there was a very strict code of conduct that my mother and father set forth in regards to honesty and truthfulness. There were numerous times throughout my childhood when a sibling of mine or I would be made to return a pencil we accidentally brought home from the neighbor’s house. We as a family had many talks on being an honest, forthright person so that people can trust you in all situations, large or small, and have no doubts about your integrity and truthfulness.

I recall countless times that we were sent back to the Dairy Queen window when too much change was given or sent back into the grocery store when we received an extra item or bottle of “pop” in our grocery bag (yes, in western PA, it’s pop). Not only that, but in moments when we told a lie and were caught, we were made to apologize for the lie and then had to prove that we were worthy of someone’s trust again.

My parents knew that in terms of both the big things as well as the small things, honesty mattered.

A Moment To Praise 7.6.20 in Scripture

New International Version
Luke 16:10

“Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.

This scripture sums it all up!

Integrity – the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles.

God expects us to be honest, even with that extra quarter of change we receive. He calls us to have integrity. God is watching how we respond to life’s situations, even if no one else is. Being truthful when we think that no one is watching shows a much deeper sense of integrity. I believe firmly that God wants to see this characteristic of integrity in all of us.

Empathy – the ability to understand and share the feelings of another.

This also shows that you value people as well as the feelings of the person on the other end of an action.  I go back to what I said in the beginning of this devotional. Empathize. Put yourself in the shoes of the person who lost the money, gave you too much change, miscounted and gave you too much product at the store, or whatever the case may be. It is good for us to have empathy for the potential negative impact their mistake, whether in your favor or not, may have on them. Furthermore, show them care and concern. This is how we show love for our brothers and sisters; by actions – large and small.

Wink from God

I want to offer you a final story, something I will call a wink from God. My brother was recently at a store and dropped his wallet in the parking lot when getting into his car. It wasn’t until he arrived home that he realized that he didn’t have it. Before too long, there was a knock on his door. It was a stranger holding my brother’s wallet out to him saying, “I found this in the parking lot of the store, here you go.”

The man made sure that my brother knew that everything was still in his wallet, and that all of his money and cards were where he’d left them. My brother was grateful and thanked the man profusely. He was impressed that the man drove to his home, rang his doorbell, and physically handed over his wallet. He also was very pleasantly surprised at the man’s integrity and honesty. It’s sad that in this world, living with integrity and honesty is not the normal standard. Perhaps you will join me and work to change that fact in hopes of a better world.

A Moment To Praise 7.6.20 in Song

Check out this beautiful song: https://youtu.be/lDcTvtuuVU8

God Bless and have a great week!

A Moment To Praise For Kids 6.30.20

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A Moment To Praise For Kids 6.30.20

Hi everyone!

Joyce Lochinger

Miss Joyce

What is your favorite summertime thing to do? Mine as a kid (and even now) was to swim! I spent many days as a kid at the lake with my family.  We would boat, swim, tube, and water ski until we were exhausted! One thing I remember as a young girl was jumping into the very cold water. As soon as you jumped in, it became easy to realize that it was DEEP!  The lake that looked so small when you were on land became quite large and a little scary when you were smack dab in the middle of it. 

I realize that sometimes when I’m afraid, or when I’m in the middle of a scary thing, I feel the same way. Alone, cold, and smack dab in the middle of something that I am unsure of.

God tells us that he is always with us. He tells us that we need not be worried, because He will take care of us!

A Moment To Praise For Kids 6.30.20 in Scripture

Zephaniah 3:17 “The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness; He will quiet you by His love; He will exult over you with loud singing.”

This scripture tells us that God is in our midst, or always holding us up.  That’s my favorite part about it! This scripture reminds me about my favorite part about swimming: the feeling of floating and being held up by the water. Remember that God will always be with you on all of your life’s journeys. He will hold you up and help you float through anything you’re faced with! Go ahead and splash around in His love for you and sing loudly about His goodness to you. By all means, jump head first into this life knowing that He will be there to hold you up and guide you no matter where life takes you.

A Moment To Praise For Kids 6.30.20 in Song

This is a great song and makes me want to jump into the water and play along!

https://youtu.be/1gFwpOjF-5o

Deep Cries Out – Bethel Music Kids | Come Alive

Watch “Deep Cries Out” from the Bethel Music Kids album + film, “Come Alive.” Get the album + learn more: http://www.bethelmusic.com/store/product/bethel-mus...

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A Moment To Praise For Kids 6.30.20 Learn More

Check out these fun beach activities this summer!

https://activeforlife.com/21-active-beach-games/

21 fun and active games for kids to play on the beach – Active For Life

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Enjoy the sunshine!

Miss Joyce