"We can’t change anything about someone else (or what has happened), but we can choose to turn them over to God and walk forward in freedom in our own lives by forgiving." — Karen Jensen
Here’s what I’ve noticed – sometimes we humans can be pretty stupid. (Just keep smiling, no one will know it’s you). Sometimes we ask people for advice, but if we don’t like their advice, we don’t take it. Have you ever done that? I have! And it didn’t turn out very well.
We Can Do This the Easy Way, or the Hard Way
There’s just something about us humans—sometimes we have to try things for ourselves and learn our life lessons the hard way, don’t we?
When we were young and someone said, “Whatever you do, don’t touch that hot stove,” what did we do? Nine times out of ten we just had to touch it, didn’t we? And when we did, we found out they were right—it was hot and it burned us! But we had to find out the hard way.
I remember one time when I was just a little tyke, maybe five or six years old, I learned a lesson the hard way.
My dad owned a hardware store, and he used to keep razor blades in his desk drawer, the kind you use in a box cutter. One day when I was fooling around in his desk drawer, I picked up the carton of razors and carefully looked them over. They were individually wrapped. I guess that made them seem like chewing gum or something, because they just looked so interesting to me.
My dad saw me looking at them and he said, “Don’t ever take those out of the cardboard and touch one, OK? They’re really sharp.”
“OK,” I answered.
But from that moment on they fascinated me. I walked away from the desk but just kept thinking about those blades. I’d never seen razor blades in a cardboard sleeve before, and I really wanted to unwrap one. I just had to know how sharp they really were!
So when no one was looking, I went back to my dad’s desk, slowly opened the drawer, and gingerly took out one of the cardboard sleeves. With my heart racing, I turned it over and over in my hands, then carefully took the blade out of the sleeve and—you guessed it—I ran it right across my finger to see what would happen. To my horror, the skin split wide open, blood started pouring out, and it hurt like the dickens!
Of course, my dad picked that exact moment to come back into the office. He saw what had happened and grabbed my finger to stop the bleeding. Thankfully I didn’t need stitches, but as he was patiently washing and bandaging the cut, he asked in disbelief, “Why did you do exactly what I told you not to do?”
Why, indeed? What is it about us humans that we don’t want to take advice—especially good advice that will help prevent us from doing stupid things.
AUGUST 2015 I was blessed to minister several times at my new home church, Living Word Christian Center, here in Minneapolis this month. I taught a 3 week class on New Testament Realities, and was also the speaker at the August Winner's Luncheon. This is Bob and me at that great event. In addition to getting outdoors and enjoying the beautiful summer in Minnesota, I ministered at the Called Out Conference in Fort Mill, SC. At the end of the month we headed for the Northwest to visit family and friends, and to minister at New Creation Church in Hillsboro, Oregon.
JULY 2015 This month the only traveling Bob & I did was to Washington DC with Living Word Christian Center for the annual CUFI Summit. It was an important time for our nation as we took our concerns for Israel to Capital Hill and the nations leaders. We also took some time for fun before it started by going to Mt. Vernon, the home of George Washington, with our friends Charlie and Stacey Houle. We had a great time!
JUNE 2015 It was a busy month! I went to Nashville to be on TBN with Jason Crabb (watch it here), took a quick trip to visit my folks in Oregon, and went to Florida for another TV interview plus preaching and ICRS. But mid-month Bob and I drove Wisconsin Rapids, WI to attend the wedding of our friends Jonathan & Kelly Vaver, and minister for Pastor Dave & Ruth Mickelson (pictured) at Victory Christian Outreach Center. I always love it when Bob can come with me, and it was a blessing to get to hang out with these great people!
MAY 2015 In addition to traveling to Michigan and preaching at the wonderful Ladies Day Out event at Living Word here in Minneapolis, Bob and I were blessed to be able to make a trip to Tulsa to visit our grand baby Dixie! She is growing and glowing -- such a good baby, always smiling and sweet (we are not at all biased). She is 7 months old this month.
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August 5Winner's Luncheon SpeakerLiving Word - Pastor Mac HammondBrooklyn Park, MNlwcc.org
August 14-15"Called Out" Conference SpeakerFort Mill, South CarolinaUltimate Life Churchjanetboynesministries.com
August 30Sunday morning serviceNew Creation Church - Pastor Rod SundholmHillsboro, Oregonnewcreationchurch.tv
September 25-27Parenting Seminar / Sunday morning serviceA Place of Meeting - Pastor Nathaniel CraneHope, Arkansasapomhope.org
October 1Taping "It's Supernatural" with Sid RothCharlotte, NCsidroth.org
October 2-4Marriage & Parenting Seminar/Sat night/Sun AMLifePointe ChurchMattoon, ILlifepointeforyou.org
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