Fancy-Schmancy Walkers © by Barb Witt

Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. (2 Corinthians 4:16 NASB)

Oh, how she hated this walker.

“Fancy-schmancy my foot,” Edna muttered as she scooted down the hall pushing her wheeled walker embellished with a seat and a horn. “I’d rather have my own two legs without any help. I hate getting older.” She continued to mutter as she headed to the cafeteria for breakfast and then to morning Bible Study with a group of her friends.

As she walked into the room for Bible Study, Edna waved at her friends Bonnie and Caroline. Edna looked around the room saw someone she hadn’t seen in quite a while. Josie had come to Bible Study. Oh, it was so nice to see her again. But Josie was in a wheelchair. And she had an oxygen tank attached to her chair. She seemed to be having trouble breathing.

When Josie turned, she lit up like a Christmas tree. She smiled the biggest smile and said, “Hello, my friend. I’m so happy to see you.”

Edna toddled over as fast as she could and gave her friend a hug. “Oh, Josie! What happened to you?” she asked with a tear in her eye.

“Well, you know, we’re all getting older, aren’t we?” Josie answered, a tear in her own eye.

“I hate it, don’t you?” Edna inquired.

“Well now, these bodies are frail. They only last so long. But my mind is clear and I’m here to praise my Lord above. If it weren’t for Him, I’d have no hope. I can fill my mind with His praises and He fills my heart and soul with amazing joy. So, no, I don’t mind getting older, because I know I’m that much closer to going to my eternal home, and I can’t wait. ” She smiled, and her eyes sparkled like Edna had never seen.

“I’ve never thought about it like that before,” Edna said, wrapping her mind around what Josie had said. “You’re right. This body is only temporary. My true home is in heaven.” Edna smiled as it finally sank in and she hugged her friend as tight as she dared and said, “Thank you, my friend, for opening my eyes to the truth. This world is not my home, I’m just passing through, as the old hymn says.” They sat together through the Bible Study and praised their Lord above with joy in their hearts.

And now we pray…

Dear Lord, thank You for the hope You give us. This world is truly not our home, our home is with You in Your kingdom. Help us get through this life as best we can and praise You along the way. Help us to spread Your hope to all we know. Thank you Lord, for everything.

In Jesus’ name we pray, AMEN!

About the Author:

Barb Witt is a Christian wife, mother and grandmother who loves gardening, quilting, crafting, writing poetry and devotions, and is working on a children’s book. She has created an email devotional and prayer warrior ministry that she sends out daily. If you’re interested in being added to her email list let us know.

God and New Year Resolutions by Catherine Hershberger

A couple across the row from me was loading groceries into their vehicle in my local Kroger’s parking lot at 6 p.m. January 2nd and I heard this:

“Well, we’ve already broken our New Year’s resolution about pop and junk food.”

I glanced over in time to see the gentleman setting several cases of soda into the back seat. Their resolution lasted about 30 hours. I wouldn’t call that the fastest breaking time for a resolution, but it ranks close to the top.

This is one of the reasons I don’t do New Year’s resolutions. I break them almost as fast as the couple at Krogers. Sure, I’d like to have the resolve to exercise daily, not eat anything bad for me—ever, clean the house weekly, empty the dishwasher as soon as it stops, do the laundry before it piles up as tall as me, save up a million dollars, clean out the closets and the medicine cabinets, lose weight until I’m back at my high school weight, give up chocolate, finish all those UFO crafts floating around in the basement, clean the old stuff out of the file drawers (some is so old the paper has yellowed.) My hubby wants me to turn it ALL into digital files. Like I can find the time to do that! If I listed all the things I needed to change or resolve to do in my everyday life, the list would go on forever.

It’s no wonder we break resolutions as fast as we can make them. The stuff we need and want to do can be overwhelming.

But is all that resolution stuff really important?

As I thought about this I wondered what God’s word has to tell us about resolutions. I know He wants me to be resolute in my faith, but does God care about how resolute I am in my everyday life? Does my list of New Year’s resolutions matter to him?

I dug into my Bible resources looking for an answer. Although I couldn’t find any direct commandments about New Year resolutions, I did come up with four interesting commandments about faith I think can be applied to New Year resolutions to make them more successful.

  • Following through on your resolutions requires preparation“Therefore prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed.” (1 Peter 1:13 NIV)
  • To succeed you must get rid of obstacles. “Since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witness, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.”( Hebrews 12:1 NIV)
  • You’ll only get back what you put into the job. “He who sows bountifully shall reap also bountifully.” (2 Corinthians. 9:6 NIV)
  • Being resolute helps us grow stronger. “… the righteous will hold to their ways, and those with clean hands will grow stronger.” (Job 17:9 NIV)
  • Persistence pays off. “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” (Galatians  6:9 NIV)

I’m not certain God cares one way or the other about my New Year’s resolution list—unless I’m directly disobeying his commandments. What I do know, after searching His word, is He has provided guidance to conquer that list should I decide to tackle it—next year.

What about you? Do you make New Year Resolutions?

About the Author:

Catherine Hershberger is a member of Greendale First Church of Christ. Music, gardening, and writing are a few of her passions, all of which she shares with her husband.  She is also an author who writes sweet and Christian romance under the pen name of Catherine Castle. You can find her award-winning books The Nun and the Narc and A Groom for Mama, on Amazon

I’ve Got the Joy by Barb Witt

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13 NASB)

Christmas. She used to love Christmas.

 Until this year. She hated this place. She wanted to go home. But her son had sold her home. Just because she fell off the ladder and broke her hip. He had scolded her. Well, he wasn’t around, and she wanted to fix that curtain. So, she got the ladder and climbed up and did just that. But then her foot slipped when she had only two steps before she was back on solid ground. She had laid there for several hours because she couldn’t move. He had given her a 911 necklace to wear, but she didn’t like it and she had foolishly left it on her dresser. Fat lot of good it did on the dresser.

She had been here six months. Her hip was healed, and she could walk just fine. The other folks here were very friendly. She even had a couple of friends. But it still wasn’t her home. She sat pouting in her rocking chair. A knock sounded on her door. She toddled over and opened it.

 Her two friends shouted, “Merry Christmas Edna!” as loud as they could and laughed their way into her room. They had on silly sparkly Christmas sweaters and packages in their hands.

 “Where’s your Christmas sweater, Edna?” Bonnie said. “We came to take you to the party with us.”

Caroline chimed in. “Yeah! It’s gonna be fun!”

 Scowling, Edna said, “I don’t have any ‘Christmas sweaters’ and I don’t want to go to a party.”

The nurse had come in behind them and said, “Yes you do Edna,” and she went to her closet and pulled out a nice red sweater with pearls sown around the neckline.

“Well, I don’t have a present,” she said as she crossed her arms in front of her.

“Look, I brought an extra one!” Connie said in a sing-songy voice.

 “Humph. Guess I don’t have a choice,” she grumbled as the nurse shoved the sweater over her head.

 “Nope,” said Caroline handing over the gift she had brought for her.

They made their way to the dining room where the beautifully decorated and lighted Christmas tree stood. Everyone was there. Christmas music and laughter spilled out into the hallway. Edna stopped in the door and looked around. All her neighbors were enjoying snacks and punch and singing along with the music. Some were dancing. Colorful lights blinked on and off playfully.

 A chorus of, “Hi Edna! Glad you made it!” rang out as she stood there.

 A tear rolled down her cheek. I never would have had a party if I were at home. I wouldn’t have these friends surrounding me, if I were at home. I would be all alone and sad if I were at home, she thought. “I’m a stubborn old woman. I guess my son was right. This is where I need to be. Thank You God, for loving an unhappy, grumpy ol’ lady. I sure don’t deserve it. Thank You for giving me hope, even though I couldn’t, or wouldn’t see it,” she whispered as Caroline and Bonnie pulled her into the room and showed her where to put her gift.

You are too good to me, Lord, she thought as she began to sing Christmas songs with joy in her heart and a smile on her face.

And now we pray…

Lord, sometimes we don’t understand Your ways. Well, most of the time. Help us to trust You to guide us down the right path in all things. Thank You for loving us even when we’re stubborn and grumpy. Thank You, Lord, for everything.

In Jesus’ name we pray. AMEN! 

I’ve Got the Joy (© Barb Witt 12/23/2019)

About the Author:

Barb Witt is a Christian wife, mother and grandmother who loves gardening, quilting, crafting, writing poetry and devotions, and is working on a children’s book. She has created an email devotional and prayer warrior ministry that she sends out daily. If you’re interested in being added to her email list let us know.