Friday, July 5, 2013

God Magnifies the Little Things You Do.

Several years ago, the Lord downloaded this message to me. I was sitting in church listening to the sermon about Jesus dividing the five loaves and two fishes. We've heard this story so many times that it's almost boring to us. But, suddenly the Lord gave me a thought.

What if the mother of that little boy had not made that lunch?

What if she had said to her son, "When  you get home, I'll serve you dinner. So, be home before dark."

Let's look at the story in the book of John:

John 6:5-9 (NIV)

When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, he said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?” He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do.
Philip answered him, “It would take more than half a year’s wages to buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!”
Another of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up, “Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?”
(Emphasis are mine).
Jesus took a small lunch, two fishes and five loaves, and fed five thousand men plus an unknown number of others (women, servants, children). This small lunch fed the same number of people that it would have taken more than half a year's wages to purchase enough food to give each person A BITE.
The mother of this boy thought nothing of the lunch she packed for her son that day. It was a routine, ordinary thing for her to do.
BUT if she had not made that lunch, Jesus would NOT have had anything to multiply.
However, because she did make this small, ordinary lunch for her son, Jesus was able to bless it and multiply it to feed thousands of people. PLUS! the bible goes on to tell us...
John 6:5-12-13 "12 When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.” 13 So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten." 
(Emphasis are mine).
Twelve baskets of leftovers were gathered and sent home with the boy.
This mother's routine, ordinary act of love, a lunch for her son, was blessed by God and came back to her multiplied beyond measure.
The bible says in Matthew 16:40 "The king will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me."
What ordinary, routine thing do you do everyday, every week, every once in a while, that God blesses and multiplies to bless others? And then returns it to you in an immeasurable amount?
It's just something to think about.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy Fourth of July

Today would have been my mother and father's 49th wedding anniversary. My father passed away April 2006. However, on their 40th anniversary, we threw them a huge party in our backyard. My children who had drivers license acted as valets and the younger one acted as hosts. We served BBQ from Dyers and had a sound system set up for entertainment. We played Jim Reeves CDs and a young lady with a beautiful voice sang some of my parents' favorite songs by Patsy Cline.

I wrote them a poem and my youngest daughter read it for them. (Because I couldn't get past the first line without bawling.) When I read over the poem today I realize it was hoaky, but you know, it was written from my heart! So here it is. Besides, y'all know I'm a bit hoaky!

Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad!

One of Those Moments
By Lynn Donovan

I climb into the pickup truck
And on the seat I saw
A pop gun!
I knew it was for me. 

It’s one of those moments
A girl looks forward to
When she knows her mom said, “Yes”
And she’s going to get a dad.

 We walk from store to store
Mom kept talking about it too.

It’s one of those moments
A girl looks forward to
When she gets her first new bed. 

 I couldn’t wait to get home from school
Grandma had talked about it all night. 

Its one of those moments
A girl looks forward to
When she meets her new born sister.
My teacher requested we introduce ourselves
We had to circle the room
I knew exactly what I would say,
“I have a sister whose blind and deaf and she has a hole in her heart.”

 It’s one of those moments
A girl looks forward to
When she gets to brag about her incredible life and unique family. 

We drove forever and ever,
But we made it finally,
We unpacked her bags and settled her favorite things.
They hugged us all as
We tried to say goodbye. 

It’s one of those moments
A girl does NOT look forward to
When we leave her little sister in Austin so she has a chance to learn
And the first time she sees her daddy cry. 

The organ played grandly
My best friends started slowly down the isle.
“Oh Daddy, this is it!” I whispered.
He just patted my hand and smiled. 

It’s one of those moments
A girl looks forward to
The day she is the bride. 

We drove up the driveway
Mom and dad piled out the door.
They hug my son and see his shirt and look at me with joy. 

It’s one of those moments
A girl looks forward to
When she surprises her parents in a clever way
His shirt said, “I’m gonna be a brother.”

It took two days to drive a rental truck the same road which takes one.
But freedom waited for me there and so did Mom and Dad.

It’s one of those moments
A girl looks forward to
When she stand up for herself
And starts all over with school and work
And for her children—a better life. 

I sat in black from head to toe
Could barely hear the speech
My ears were ringing
From angels singing,
At least its what it seemed. 

It’s one of those moments
A girl looks forward to
When she walks across the stage and takes her Bachelor’s degree
And hears her family cheer. 

So here we are today,
With family and friends.
To celebrate your forty years and I marvel just to think: 

It’s one of those moments
A girl looks forward to
When she can tell her mom and dad
How proud she is that they made it this far
And I wish you forty more. 

I love you both.