Can I Come In?

Little five year old boys don’t usually want to play with girls putting on makeup – unless it is boring because there are no other boys around. That changes everything. At least it did for Jude, my grandson. My four granddaughters had locked themselves in the... read more

My Mother’s Christmas Wish

Devotion: When I was a little girl, the number one question I asked all my family before December 25th was “What do you want for Christmas?” I asked my sisters and my brother, my mother and my father. It was a huge question for me because my funds were limited to a small... read more

The Hunt Is On!

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” Hebrews 13:8 (NIV)

One of the best times I remember as a teen was going on a scavenger hunt with friends. We had a list of things that had to be retrieved in order to win a prize. Things like “hair off Grandpa Dale's head” and “get a quarter from someone parked at Simone's Drive-In” topped the list.
Whoever got everything collected first would race back to a pre-determined spot and wait for everyone else, gloating over the win. 
Recently I had the joy of experiencing a scavenger hunt again . . . at Wal-Mart. Our local store began rearranging everything on shelves and in aisles so that their store would be exactly like every other Wal-Mart. So no matter what town a shopper was in, they could easily find what they needed at Wal-Mart because all the stores were arranged exactly alike. For a directionally-challenged person like me, it sounded wonderful.
I had a great time during my first visit after the changes. I also think that I spent twice what I had planned. For example, when I went to the cereal aisle and found chips instead, I thought that I might as well get a bag or two. Looking for a can of corn took me to the candy aisle and who could resist that? 
Not everyone shared my thrill of the hunt. As I was looking for peanut butter, I noticed what appeared to be a very frustrated woman walking up and down aisle after aisle and periodically looking heavenward as if needing divine help in her search. 
Thinking I could be of assistance, I asked “Are you looking for something?” to which she responded “Seriously? Are you kidding?” and then followed that with a huge sigh and a “Sorry. Plastic bags. I need plastic bags. They are not in the store anywhere! Why would they get rid of plastic bags?”
“Where were they before the changes?” I asked her.
“Where the soda pop is now,” she answered, rolling her eyes.
I shrugged. “So maybe they are where the soda pop was . . .”
“Nope...already checked,” she replied, shaking her head.
A Wal-Mart employee walked by and I couldn't resist: “Hey, I'll give you $5.00 to find plastic bags for this lady.”
What he didn’t realize was that I was determined to make it a competition to find them first; however, five minutes later, I heard “I've found them!” and the employee held up the box of plastic bags.
The previously frustrated customer yelled “Yes!” as she grabbed the plastic bags, threw them in her cart, and left to find a can of spaghetti sauce.
The employee politely declined the money I offered, stated that it was a pleasure to help a customer and left to help someone else.
That was okay with me. Because when I went to the peanut butter aisle, I found the cereal aisle instead . . .
Changes in our lives occur every day – sometimes every minute! But how wonderful that today’s Key Scripture in Hebrews 13:8 reassures us that “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”
You will never turn to Jeremiah 31:34 and, instead of reading “I will remember their sin no more,” find that God has changed His mind and has decided “I will remember every single sin you have committed.”
We will never need to fear that “He is not here; I’m not sure what happened.” has replaced “He is not here; he has risen, just as he said” (Matthew 28:6)
God’s Word is truth and it is never going to change. Ever.
Be comforted in knowing that the God of the Universe stood firm in your yesterday, and He will also stand firm in your today and in your tomorrow. For eternity.

Father, Thank you for never changing and for your words of love and truth in my life every day. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Have you ever had people in your life totally change from how you knew them? What was your initial response?

Journal people in your life who have totally changed from their beliefs and describe how they have changed.

Now journal promises from God’s Word that reassure you that He will never change.

Thank Him for His faithfulness.

Hebrews 13:8 (NIV) “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”

Isaiah 40:8 (NIV) “The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God stands forever.”

Malachi 3:6 (NIV) “I the Lord do not change. So you, O descendants of Jacob, are not destroyed.”

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