Friday, May 26, 2017

Fw: thrown a curve




----- Forwarded Message -----
From: Rob Smith <toanosmith@yahoo.com>
To: Rob Smith <rsmith@mycwa.com>
Sent: Friday, May 26, 2017 7:31 AM
Subject: thrown a curve

The straight line of my life turned a corner the day I was thrown a curve.
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Where did this creature come from...who walked into my life?
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Why did I sense that what I missed I'd find with her beside?
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In my way life seemed straight and moving on a line...
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But the curves moved past, my heart just flipped...
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my path was re-defined!
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I'd been to school with only guys and worked aboard a ship.
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Men were all I'd hung around and tasks were linear...binary...
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Everything about this girl was circular and scary!
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From the softness of her skin to the music of her voice to the way her walk was dancing...
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But especially those curves!  Her everything en-trancing...
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My life was moving down the line, in arithmetic sequence,
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Until the curve came cross my path and turned me round (thank goodness!)
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Genesis 2: 22 And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man. 23 Then the man said,
"This at last is bone of my bones
    and flesh of my flesh;
she shall be called Woman,
    because she was taken out of Man."
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To Shirley...the curve that straightened me out!
Rob


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Fw: the good competition




----- Forwarded Message -----
From: Rob Smith <toanosmith@yahoo.com>
To: Rob Smith <rsmith@mycwa.com>
Sent: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 7:30 AM
Subject: the good competition

Romans 12:10 Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.
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We were built to love each other.  The twelfth chapter of Romans discusses the design God used to give each of us different gifts so that we could give them to others...spiritual gifts and gifts of service.  When we get outside of ourselves and help others we are putting His design into motion.  Paul exhorts the reader to "not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord" and puts that command inside lots of direction about helping others.  Here are some of the ways he lists to help  others:
"Contribute to the needs of the saints"
"seek to show hospitality"
"Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them"
"Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep"
"Live in harmony with one another"
"Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly"
"Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all"
"so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all"
"never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God"
"If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head"
"Do not be overcome by evil but overcome evil with good"
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The Lord has loved us with an unusual love that goes out of its way and calls us to the same.  This is the competition worth giving ourselves to.
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blessings,
Rob Smith


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Fw: Plans fulfilled




----- Forwarded Message -----
From: Rob Smith <toanosmith@yahoo.com>
To: Rob Smith <rsmith@mycwa.com>
Sent: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 7:39 AM
Subject: Plans fulfilled

Jeremiah 33:14 "Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah. 15 In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to spring up for David, and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. 16 In those days Judah will be saved, and Jerusalem will dwell securely. And this is the name by which it will be called: 'The Lord is our righteousness.'
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Jeremiah was known as the "weeping prophet".  He prophesied over a period of fifty years and five kings in Judah.  It was a time when Israel was far from the Lord and they had given their hearts to worshiping false gods.  The Lord answered by conquering them and taking them into captivity.  But through Jeremiah He also gave the promise quoted above, that a "righteous Branch" from the house of David would eventually come to "execute justice and righteousness".  A commentary I read said that this is referring to the second coming of Jesus, when He will rule as conquering king.  When Jeremiah prophesied he wasn't believed widely.  In fact people got tired of his words, which often predicted judgement and the coming conquest of the Babylonians.  At one point he was even thrown down a deep pit...but survived.  Jeremiah lived about 600 years before Christ.  His words are still being fulfilled.
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There are some today who scoff at the reality of God and who demean those who tell of His coming and of His coming again.  But, like Jeremiah, the plan of God is not dependent on the opinion of scoffers.  And many who weep today will rejoice in the many tomorrows of eternity.
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blessings,
Rob Smith


Monday, May 22, 2017

Fw: peaceful morning




----- Forwarded Message -----
From: Rob Smith <toanosmith@yahoo.com>
To: Rob Smith <rsmith@mycwa.com>
Sent: Monday, May 22, 2017 7:20 AM
Subject: Fw: peaceful morning




----- Forwarded Message -----
From: Rob Smith <toanosmith@yahoo.com>
To: Rob Smith <rsmith@mycwa.com>
Sent: Monday, May 22, 2017 7:20 AM
Subject: peaceful morning


Peaceful morning greets first light,
We have come through sleep and night.
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Knowing not what lies ahead...
Shall we cope with fear and dread?
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Or deny our deep concerns?
Run from trouble?...Take blind turns?
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But peaceful morning reminds us true,
God in Heaven yet sees you too!
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The light that breaks on nature's rest
proves He's here to bring His best.
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And as He watched you while you slept,
Even so He'll guide your steps!
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Peace will come despite the storms.
They rage outside His sheltering arms.
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Peaceful morning will become,
His new day...
Eternal sun.
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Psalm 90:14
Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love,
that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.




Saturday, May 20, 2017

Fw: empty or risen




----- Forwarded Message -----
From: Rob Smith <toanosmith@yahoo.com>
To: Rob Smith <rsmith@mycwa.com>
Sent: Saturday, May 20, 2017 8:06 AM
Subject: empty or risen

The tomb was empty.  [Jesus' tomb, that is.]  That much is accepted by all.  When Mary Magdalene went to visit the tomb early in the morning the stone had been rolled away and she saw that Jesus' body was gone.  Clearly the tomb was empty.  But she thought the body had been taken away by someone.  She ran and told Peter and John about this and they ran to the tomb and found the linen cloths that had wrapped around his body and head folded neatly.  John believed at that point that Jesus had raised from the dead but Mary was still troubled that the body had been moved by others and as she sat weeping angels tried to address the situation.  They sat in the tomb at the place where Jesus' head and feet had been and asked Mary why she was weeping.  Despite the fact that she was talking with angels she had not grasped the reality of the resurrection.  So then Jesus, himself, appeared and also asked Mary why she was weeping.  But, at first, Mary thought this was a gardener working around the tombs.  She asked the "gardener" to tell her if he'd moved the body and then Jesus called her by name and Mary recognized Jesus.
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Mary had to move from "empty" to "risen" in her concept of the tomb.  When that took place her life moved also from empty to risen.
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In a sense our lives are empty until we grasp that One has risen from the dead to fill us with life...eternal life.  When we realize, on a personal level...one at a time...that Jesus was resurrected from death and that He who had been buried was now alive...then we also leave a "tomb" of an incomplete life and are also raised to eternal life.
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It all turns on our view of the tomb.  Was it only "empty" or was He "risen"?
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John 20:
16 Jesus said to her, "Mary!"
She turned and said to Him,[a] "Rabboni!" (which is to say, Teacher).
17 Jesus said to her, "Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, 'I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God.'"
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Believe and be risen...let the empty tomb become the place of resurrection for you as well!
Rob Smith


Monday, May 15, 2017

Fw: overflow




----- Forwarded Message -----
From: Rob Smith <toanosmith@yahoo.com>
To: Rob Smith <rsmith@mycwa.com>
Sent: Monday, May 15, 2017 7:21 AM
Subject: overflow

Recent heavy and sustained rains caused the local pond to overflow the spillway.  The excess water rushed out to feed the creek that leads to the York River and find its way to the Chesapeake Bay.  The overflow was powerful and loud and you realized that water can be transformed from the calm of a pond's surface to the appearance of a herd of wild mustangs when channeled to a narrow passage. 
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We experience the overflow of the Spirit of the living God as we walk with Him.  He rains into our lives and causes the overflow that can impact people, cultures and the world beyond.  He can bring peace, like the surface of the pond, and also channel great energy to those who thirst for life from above.
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Habakkuk 3:10
The mountains saw You and trembled;
The overflowing of the water passed by.
The deep uttered its voice,
And lifted its hands on high.
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blessings,
Rob Smith


Saturday, May 13, 2017

Fw: road to life




----- Forwarded Message -----
From: Rob Smith <toanosmith@yahoo.com>
To: Rob Smith <rsmith@mycwa.com>
Sent: Saturday, May 13, 2017 8:55 AM
Subject: road to life

I found the road to life this morning!  Down at the pond a concrete barrier prevents traffic from crossing a washed out bridge.  Someone has added graffiti to the barrier.  I noticed that the last word was "life".  It occurred to me that each of us needs to find the road to life and we may be surprised when we discover  that road in an unexpected place and time.  Like the road in my picture, your road...your well traveled life...may be a bit rough, overgrown and unsightly.  But Jesus stands at the head of that road.  He stands in the middle of that road.  He says, "If you want to continue and find life then you must deal with this barrier I have put in your path.  It is not so much a barrier as an intersection.  But before you complete your journey I want you to face me and either accept me or climb over me.  For I have come to meet you on your road."
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Isaiah 43:19
Behold, I will do a new thing,
Now it shall spring forth;
Shall you not know it?
I will even make a road in the wilderness
And rivers in the desert.
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blessings,
Rob Smith