Showing posts with label Dallas. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Dallas. Show all posts

Saturday, March 22, 2014

You Might Be a Christian if ...

I love meeting new friends. What a special treat when they are Christians. Now, how could I tell that? Do they tell me, "I've been saved by Christ." No, that's not necessary. Then, what's the test?

By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
                     John 13:35

Recently, I was asked to speak to the Healthy Living class at First Baptist of Dallas, Texas. What a humbling experience that these people would ask me to give my testimony based on reading my book, Divine Dining. A week before the date, a Sunday school teacher called to invite me to also teach her class on discipline in general while I was visiting their church.

the door where I entered

I arrived at the big, downtown church wondering what I would encounter, but the phone calls from three different ladies encouraged me that they were warm, caring people.

They had directed me to a door where there was a fountain. One lady told me, "You won't miss it. The fountain is huge." And, she was right. Many people take photos here. I borrowed this one, since I forgot to snap one of my own while I was there. Scripture verses surround the base. Pictures of this fountain flash on the screen in the worship service while the choir and orchestra lead the congregation in song.

Two ladies waited inside the door with smiles and handshakes for my husband and me. We followed them through halls, up an elevator, and into a magnificent auditorium. Many people greeted us, some ushers, many just those coming to church like us. We took a seat near the middle where more and more greeted us and made us welcome.

A full orchestra played a majestic melody. The choir on a floor rising above the instruments began to sing. To the sides, flashed videos of the fountain and scenes around the church.

This picture was taken in our church's lobby at Christmas, 2013
Somewhere about that time, I realized Jesus was right there with me, letting me know these were Christians, just like the wonderful congregation I left behind at Heritage Church, Wichita Falls, Texas.


Pastor Ron Jeffers preached a thought-provoking sermon reminding me of the messages I get from our pastor, Ron Barnard.


Jeff Foxworthy has made a fortune by stating that "You might be a redneck if ... "

I propose that "You might be a Christian if ...
   the Spirit of Christ shines in your smile
   the beauty of Christ lights up your eyes
   the kindness of Christ shows in your actions
   the truth of Christ's witness is revealed in your words
This was 7 of the ladies that organized and made that event possible for me. I saw Christ in their devotion and kindness. Thank you, ladies.

These four things were evident in the ladies of the Billman Sunday School class and the Healthy Living class and many other at First Baptist, Dallas, on March 9, 2014. That same Spirit hovers in Heritage Church's lobby, and pews, and platform every Sunday. I pray that I would be charged with acting like Christ.

Do new people see Christ in you?

Time to check out ourselves.

Meanwhile, thank you ladies at First Baptist, Dallas, for exemplifying Christ to a scared visitor.

GIVEAWAY OFFER
 

In honor of these sweet ladies, I'm offering a giveaway of my book Divine Dining: 365 Devotions to Guide You to Healthier Weight and Abundant Wellness. All you need to do to enter the drawing is leave a comment below giving me your e-mail, so I can contact you if you're the winner. If you have trouble getting past my privacy code to leave a comment, send your comment to the e-mail: Janet.hope@att.net  I will post it for you with your name and you'll still have a chance to win. Good luck. I'll draw on Friday evening, March 28.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Stop and Smell the Pine Trees

Without fear, my husband drives our Dodge Ram hooked to our Cougar travel trailer around narrow mountain trails and through rain storms, but don't get him talking about going through Denver traffic. On our way to Yellowstone, we hit the 6 lane Highway 25 in the middle afternoon, thinking we wouldn't have too much problem at that time. Good advice from a fellow RVer told us to take the middle lane, so we did.

Cars flew by us like a Nascar racetrack. The traffic lasted ages. The road seemed non-ending. Though we knew staying in the middle lane was the wisest course of action, there comes a time when you must stop. My husband inched over to the right lane. The movement resembled closing our eyes and facing a bull head-on, because no one allowed enough room for about 56 feet of rig to pull to the side.  I feel sure God widened a spot for us. We made it, stopped, got back on the track, and survived Denver to go on to our destination.

Mountains to the west of Denver with my husband and my Aurora, Colorado daughter. Notice the pines.


That race track of Denver traffic, not unlike what we encounter when we go through Dallas, reminds me of the fast pace of our life. I stood at the edge of 6 lanes of hurling vehicles and asked, "Where is everyone going so fast?


Fishing Bridge RV Park in Yellowstone National Park


Life is short. Most of us move with more speed than a rocket ship on the way to the moon. Thank God for vacations that slow us so we stop and smell the pine trees. Some never take vacations. Some never pause to enjoy life. Some don't stop and smell the roses in their own backyards.

Denver, Colorado is a beautiful city, nestled at the foot of high mountain peaks. The downtown area offers much history to enjoy. Small lakes dot the landscape of the city. To the west,, the area teams with wildlife, pine trees, and unsurpassable beauty. And, even snow in October as you see in my picture above.

If Denver traffic tell us anything, it's that we need to slow down and appreciate what we have. Standing  beside Highway 25 and watching all those fast-moving people reminds me to enjoy the blessings God gives us and when we find ourselves getting too busy, to find a pine tree and inhale.