Veep's Peeps by Debbie Zimmer
No, not the marsh mellow kind. (although I do like those);-) Reminder to myself: be careful what you ask for. I thought it was kinda funny (actually I was flattered) that someone thought I would make a good V.P. Considering who I would be running against, I accepted the nomination, just to make things interesting. I wouldn't really be elected, I mean, "----" was the obvious choice. Well, guess who the new VP is?! After the excitement of actually winning abated, the panic set in. I'm responsible for what and a newsletter article too? I found out the Biblical example of a VP, is Joshua, a "jack of all trades" leadership type guy. Ready to step in where ever needed with confidence. One of my spiritual gifts is in the helps area, so I guess that's a pretty good fit. But I am not so sure about the leadership part. So as I'm thinking "What have I gotten myself into?" this conversation starts taking place in my head. (I'll quote God's part.) "So don't you think I had anything to do with this?" Yeah, but I'm a behind the scenes kind of person and some of this i won't be good at. "And what about the secretary position you had for the last couple of years. Were you suited for that?" Well, considering my organizational skills, NO, but they needed someone to help. "And you did ok, even enjoyed most of it." Yes, I'm amazed. "Well, that's what i want to do for you this time too. I gave you the desire to help out and I'll give you the means to do it." End of conversation! So here I am. Your Vice President. Ready to help out where ever needed. waiting to watch God work through me. But, I don't do windows (unless, of course you really need me to).
P.S. Riding tip I learned on our last outing: Lift face shield before sneezing.
Your Vice President
Only the Truth by Chaplain Tom
We all know what fasting is, and I'm not talking about going zoom zoom fast on your bike. I mean the kind of fasting that you have to do before going to the doctor for some kind of strange test. You know, the kind of fasting where you don't eat! I think most of us (if we are honest with ourselves) think unhappy thoughts when fasting is mentioned. Well, I want to point out that there is anohter kind of fasting that God approves of, that is nothing like what you may be thinking, in fact it has almost nothing to do with food. In Isaiah 58, the first five verses talk about the kind of fasting God doesn't want. I will leave that for you to look up if you are interested, but in verse six, fasting that God has chosen is defined in a whole new light. I will paraphrase it for you; "Fasting is: to loose the chains of injustice, set the oppressed free, share your food with the hungry, provide shelter for the wanderer, to clothe the naked, and to help your own flesh and blood". Wow, now that is the kind of fasting I can agree with. Best of all, immediately following that definition, the results of this kind of fasting are laid out as follows; "Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; Then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard. Then you will call, and the Lord will answer; you will cry for help, and He will say; Here am I" I don't know about you, but I know I want God for my rear guard, and I would certainly like Him to answer when I call!
Christ livin' through me,