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Right-side Up Thinking

June 16, 2012 by  
Filed under Daily Manna, Monthly Articles

It is a beautiful morning outside. I have been up for several hours already. Now it is time for me to get ready to go the Lighthouse. I was getting ready, finishing up and I looked at the small travel clock I keep beside the mirror in the bathroom. That helps me keep tract of the time. I looked at the clock and it said, 5:10…what?  I picked it up and looked again. I do get up before daylight but I have been up for several hours and it is definitely daylight outside. Then I saw what happened. Yesterday, Michaela, our granddaughter spent the morning with me.  She followed me everywhere♥. On one trip into the bathroom to get laundry, she picked up my little clock. I told her to put it back…she did…upside down.

You see the small clock is a perfect square. So when she put it down, she just set it, not according to what was right side up…she just put it back where she got it.

This morning when I looked at it, Time had not changed, but the way I was looking at, perceiving it had. I was looking at the correct time upside down. It was 8:25 not 5:10. I was wrong.

I think that is what we do many times with the Word of God. HIS Word is Truth. HE said so. But we look at it and it isn’t to our liking. So we turn it upside down or whichever way to suit us, to make it fit…no matter what. But we can’t do that, oh, I guess we can, but it will not change the fact that God’s Truth is just that…the Truth. And just as I can make a choice to go by the upside down time I first saw, it would give me three more hours of doing what I love…gardening, or I can realize that if I do that…I will be late. There will be consequences. Others are depending upon me and I will disappoint them. Or I can turn my clock right side up and go by the true time. It is a choice. My choice will not change the truth; it will only change my consequences.

I pray we each choose to follow the Lord in truth. It is the best way.

 

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Linda Kropp got saved at 14.  ” I always say that I didn’t get into a lot of trouble…because my mom wouldn’t let me!”  Linda was a was a missionary from 1973-1985 in the States, Europe and Asia, 9 of those in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Her husband was in the same mission, “Christ is the Answer” and they were married in Sri Lanka in 1980.

They have one daughter, Elisabeth, a son-in-law and a 4 yr. old granddaughter and another granddaughter due in July.  They attend College Avenue Baptist Church in Bloomington where they both are Sunday School teachers.  In September of 2009, Linda was praying about a way to help missions and she felt the Lord put on her heart to open a thrift store in Clinton, IL and give 100 % of the profits to missions, crisis pregnancy centers and food pantries. So she did.  They also have a weekly Bible study; a mentoring program for homeschooled and public school students.They also have had numerous people commit their lives to Christ since they opened. It has become a ministry…and that is just the ones who have gotten saved. Many people come in daily with prayer needs and they pray for them.  They work with DOVE (a domestic violence program), the IDHS in Lincoln, and the Red Cross Disaster Relief.

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