Sunday, April 13, 2014

Yiggity Yard Sale

 The lemonade stand was a hit!   Who wouldn't want to purchase something to drink from these two, their dogs, and Ally the alligator....okay, never mind, don't answer that question! 
 
Our precious friends, Matt and Joanna Black wrote a song called Yiggity Yard Sale and this one was indeed yiggity!

In an attempt to defray the cost of our moving expenses and to free ourselves of EXCESSIVE possessions, we had a yard sale.   My neighbor teased me about the traffic jam the sale caused.    (By the way, we have wonderful neighbors!)  Wednesday, a friend stood standby to help but as appointments go, our scheduled collided and it didn't work out.   BUT God sent a knight in shining pick up truck to our drive way at just the right time so the tables were delivered.   Then another friend showed up  to move boxes and unpack and another to bring the supplies to  scoop up some ice cream cones for us all to enjoy.

Thursday, a message arrived that a friend would be here at 1.   Then another arrived, then another, and yet another!   It was just what I needed to keep going.   These ladies brought donations to help raise funds in rubber totes that they said I could keep after the sale because they knew we needed them to move.  They carried, moved, priced, giggles, shopped, and BLESSED me!   One mama took Miss B. to dance class with her to buy me more time.   Some stayed even after I left and worked away.

Friday was the sell and they showed up again to help in anyway I needed or to guide me in what I should be doing because the task seemed overwhelming at times.   The lemonade stand was rocking with Miss B and Dolly with baked goods she had prepared along with some that were donated.   Our lunch was delivered on Friday by a sweet mama who then stayed and shopped.   Folks from area churches came to hug me, speak words of encouragement and find something they could certainly live without but just wanted to bless us....and they did!   It really was way more than I anticipated!

The girls were rescued from ladies that love them and they love for a "date" so not to have to do the yard sale for 2 days.   They had a blast and indeed needed to be away from it all.

We were so very encouraged by the love of the church and our opportunity to bless others by making deals.  It was good to watch it walk away with new, happy owners!   I have noticed the blessing was even bigger if the children knew the child their possessions would go to.   It just makes it easier.  We were able to share a bit about what God is doing in us and our call to Haiti.

The house is still in shambles from the aftermath.   There is still more to do, but this weekend is over and we are indeed more blessed than tired.   It was a good weekend and allowed me to work along side of my friends at least one more time.  There is less on our plates to mess with in terms of possessions as we continue this journey and God continues to bless us through others.

1 comment:

Steve Finnell said...

WORKS THAT SAVE AND WORKS THAT DON'T

THE WORK THAT SAVES

What work endures to eternal life.

John 6:27-29 Do not work for the food perishes, but for the food which endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you, for on Him the the Father, God has set His seal." 28 Therefore they said to Him, "What shall we do, so that we may work the works of God?" 29 Jesus answered and said to them, "This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He as sent."

The work that men do to be saved is believe that Jesus is the Son of God, and their Lord and Savior and that God raised Him from the dead. Yes, there is a work that men do, that can save them. Believing is the work men that do that saves.

THERE IS A WORK THAT GOD DOES, THAT SAVES.

Colossians 2:12 having been buried with Him in baptism, in whichyou were also raised up with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead.

God does the work in water baptism. Not men.
You cannot separate faith and water baptism.
Mark 16:16 He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved....

1 Peter 20-21 ...safely through the water. 21 Corresponding to thatbaptism now saves you ---not the removal of dirt from the flesh, but an appeal to God for a good conscience--- through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

You cannot separate faith and water baptism. Man's work is to believe. God's work is to forgive men of their sins.

Colossians 2:12-13.......When you dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, he made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions,

You cannot separate faith and water baptism.

WORKS THAT DO NOT SAVE.

Galatians 2:11-16....16 nevertheless know that a man is not justified by works of the Law but through faith in Christ Jesus even we have believed in Christ Jesus, so that we may be justified by faith in Christ Jesus and not by works of the Law; since by works of the Law no flesh will be justified.

The apostle Paul was not telling Cephas (Peter) and Barnabas,
that believing in Jesus was a work of the Law Moses,
that being baptized in water for the forgiveness of sins was a work of the Law of Moses,
that repenting (turning from unbelief and making a commitment to turn from from a sinful lifestyle and turning toward God) was a work of the Law of Moses,
that confessing that Jesus was the Son of God, their Lord and Savior and believing that God raised Jesus from the dead, was a work of the Law of Moses.

FAITH-REPENTANCE-CONFESSION and WATER BAPTISM are not works of the Law of Moses.

Ephesians 2:8 For by grace you have been savedthrough faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God.
Colossians 2:12 ....baptism...through faith in the working of God...
Ephesians 2:9-10 not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in the.

Believing in Jesus is not a good work.
Repenting is not a good work.
Confessing is not a good work.
Being baptized in water is not a good work.

Believing (John 3:16) Repenting (Acts 2:38) Confessing (Romans 10:9-10) and Water Baptism (Mark 16:16) are all essential for salvation, however NONE of them are Laws of Moses nor are they good works.


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