am I like the other nine?

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Luke 17:11-19

Now it happened as He went to Jerusalem that He passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee.  The as He entered a certain village, there met Him ten men who were lepers, who stood afar off.  And they lifted up their voices and said, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!”  So when He saw them, He said to them, “Go show yourselves to the priests.”  And so it was that as they went, they were cleansed.  And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with a loud voice glorified God, and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks.  And he was a Samaritan.  So Jesus answered and said, “Were there not ten cleansed?  But where are the nine?  Were there not any found who returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?”  And He said to him, “Arise, go your way.  Your faith has made you well.”

I love to read stories in the Bible because when you are truly reading and seeking Him, amazing truths seem to pop out of the page and right into your lap.

There were ten lepers in the village that Jesus passed through.  They were miserable and wore a horrible disease and they all wanted the same thing….to be healed.  I wonder if they had heard about Jesus performing miracles in other towns and decided to take a chance and cry out for healing.

SIDE NOTE:  Have you ever wanted something so bad and you’ve prayed that God would answer your prayer (the way you wanted it answered) and were actually stunned when He does?  Or did you even notice that HE answered…..not karma, not good luck….but GOD.

What did you do?  Did you drop to your knees and thank Him?  I know that there are so many times (gulp) that I have used God as a genie….or made a silent pact with Him, like, ‘ok…if you do this…then I’ll do this…” 

Thankfully, when I asked God to come into my life, the Holy Spirit set up shop right there inside my heart.  As a believer, I am like a container for God being filled with His goodness and joy and HE should always be first in my life and in my actions.  In Psalm 119:11, David says, “Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You.”  

But in this passage of Luke, only one leper gave thanks.  Only one leper looked down as he walked to show himself to the priest and saw healing.  Unbelievable.  The one thing he wanted more than any….he was healed.

But that wasn’t the only miracle.

Can you hear the sadness in Jesus’ voice?  “Were there not ten cleansed?  But where are the nine?  Were there not any found who returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?” 

Jesus saw only one leper return and give thanks and Jesus says one more thing…”Arise, go your way.  Your faith has made you well.”  Ten were healed but one was healed AND forgiven.  Your faith has made you well.

Can you recognize God’s blessings?  Has He healed you of something….disease, finances, job…..have you thanked Him?  I don’t want to be like the other nine lepers….so excited about their healing that they either forgot or said, “That’s okay God, I can take it from here.”

I am thankful for God’s grace.  He doesn’t keep score and no amount of ‘good works’ will make Him love us anymore.  I want to have Him in my heart and on my lips so when I receive His blessings I will immediately be reminded of His love and grace.

Bathing with the Gaithers, and other blessings…

Oh….stop it.  There wasn’t enough room IN the tub for all of us, so I just listened to them sing on my iPad, while I enjoyed my detox bath. (where is your mind, people?)

Yes, my morning was lovely.  I am so blessed.  I have a husband that works so very hard, so I don’t have to  (insert prayer request for him HERE)

So here is a little snippet of my perfect morning …..  It started around 6 ish, (why start earlier, hmm?)  I kissed my sweetie and shoo’ed him out the door,  grabbed my bible along with my notebook for some much needed quiet time.

I’m studying (for the 2nd time) Kelly Minter’s Lifeway study called, No Other God’s.  Have you seen it?  You can find it here and I HIGHLY recommend it!   I know that idol worship may seem like something from the Old Testament, but anything that takes a higher priority over God (read: job, hobby, Facebook, cell phone..eeek!) is considered an idol.  It is eye opening and you really should get this book.

So, back to the day.  I did my study for the day, had my prayer time and then decided it was time for a Juice!  I went in the garage to get Jack LaLanne…..ok, not the REAL Jack, but his fabulous juicer.  Easy to use and easy to clean!

Carrots, celery, apple and ginger……yummmmy.  Thankfully, when I get my produce home, I immediately grate, separate, chop and bag everything, and this makes it super easy to make a juice!

If I were really smart, I would place the apple, carrots, celery and piece of ginger into it’s own ziploc and label CARROT JUICE.  That’s what I would do if I were really smart……. (insert sound of crickets here)…………..maybe next time.

Once I had my sweet juice, I decided it would be a good time for my detox bath.  I grabbed my Epsom Salts, baking soda, grated ginger and The Gaithers, and headed for the bathroom.  I grew up with southern gospel music and enjoy it so much!  It’s right up there on the list of sweet tea and big hair!  It’s the perfect storm!!!

While the Gaithers were singing, I was relaxing and thanking God for my perfect morning.  He is so good and I am so very blessed!  What a great time and a privilege to thank Him for all my blessings!  This is my meditation!  I don’t need to ommmm…in a yoga class, I can speak directly to the creator of the universe!!  How powerful is that?

Never get so busy that you forget to spend time in His Word and in prayer.  You are denying yourself  the blessing of hearing His voice and feeling His presence.  He has provided everything you need for freedom of burdens, so  STOP.  LOOK. LISTEN.

And have the perfect beginning to a perfect day!!!