ďOh, that squawking hen! Iím going to write her a letter and give her a piece of my mind. Right after I have a brownie and do my devotional, that is.Ē
With this thought, I sat down with my Bible and a brownie ( a bit too crusty on top for my taste) and studied from Hebrews. I felt strangely drawn to Ephesians also. When I was through studying, I prayed.
ďDear Heavenly Father, You know I adore you and give you praise. You know that I seek your,
I mean, I humbly seek your advice. There are things I need to say to Stephanie.
She needs, I donít know what, but someoneís got to talk to her. Please let me
say the right things and, (sigh), in the right way. I ask this in Jesusí name and I
thank you for your wisdom and guidance.
Having prayed, I felt ready to face the task. This was going to be so satisfying! I could call Steph of course, but a letter would suit my purposes better because - a.) it would reveal and be a record of my more correct viewpoint and b.) no one would be able to hear my voice shake.
Iíll start, ďYou opinionated squawking henĒ.
What? In my mind Iím hearing that old line about ďyou can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.Ē Hummm, strange ...
Letís see - I want to make sure I tell her that her constant complaining and gossiping are distracting and inappropriate. She has a real problem with that.
What? Thereís that voice in my mind again. I keep thinking of that verse I just read from Ephesians 4:29 ďLet no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear.Ē - Anyway, back to the letter.
She drove me crazy misquoting scripture, Iím going to tell her about that! That verse from Hebrews 11:1 that she misquoted goes .......oh, I donít remember it completely either. Well, Iíll look it up.
Oh, and of all the nerve, Iíve got to tell her that when I volunteer my time, I expect to be given a job worthy of my skills and intelligence! Iím not doing clean-up after the pet show fund raiser!
Well, how strange, I donít know when Iíve ever remembered scripture so well before, but those other verses I read in Ephesians keep coming into my mind. ďTherefore be imitators of God, as beloved children and walk in love just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.Ē
Too bad Steph isnít hearing all of these verses in her head. You know, maybe I should just send her a really big Bible.
Yes, I know (oh, this small voice I keep hearing!) I know, she already has a Bible. So maybe she needs a big, colorful childrenís Bible.
What? She needs caring guidance, not mockery and encouragement, not criticism?
Well, at least Iím going to tell her, her brownies arenít all that great. (But isnít it odd that suddenly I recall really enjoying her lemon bars?).
Youíve been on my mind and in my prayers recently. I feel led to share
a few things with you. Iím so blessed to know you as a member of my church
family. And Iím so glad that we have a church family that tries to follow
teachings like Paulís from Ephesians chapter 4, for example. Verses 25 - 29
are especially helpful, donít you think?
I also loved the verse you shared the other day, Hebrews 11:1, wasnít it?
ďNow faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.Ē
Iím going to memorize that one, thanks for the idea.
I Ďm looking forward to the fund raiser. Also, Iíd like to ask you if youíd consider coming to a Bible study group Iíd like to have in my home. Maybe
we could begin by studying one of the Epistles. I hope youíll be able to do this.
Iím excited about it!
In His love,
P.S. May I be so bold as to ask if youíd bring a little something for refreshment
afterward? I have heard from a very reliable source that your lemon bars are just
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