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My Day in the First Grade

April 11, 2018

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My Day in the First Grade

What a vivid memory!     Out of all my early childhood,  there are a few days  that still stand out  in memory — probably because I was very affected by them  in some way  or another.     It was a beautiful fall day.     Our first grade desks were all neatly lined up  and we sat  in alphabetical order,  which put me smack dab  in the middle  of the classroom.

Mrs. Sommers gave us  an art assignment.     We were to draw something  in nature  and do it  with our very best efforts.     I thoughtfully stared out the window,  planning my picture  with a dog,  cat,  house,  trees,  and a beautiful sky.     Mrs. Sommers thought I was day dreaming,  so she sharply spoke my name  and reminded me  to get to work.     I thought I was working  because I was planning how  to do my best.     So,  I sighed and got busy  with drawing  and coloring  what was in my imagination.

As I was nearing the end  of my work  of art,  a fellow student got up  and loudly started making fun  of my wonderful work  of art.    He shouted out,  “Hey,  look at this!    Margaret is so dumb,  her sky touches the ground!”

In the twinkling of an eye,  all the kids surrounded my desk  for a look at my dumb picture  with the sky touching the ground.     Everyone was laughing  and making fun  of me.     Mrs. Sommers was trying  to get everyone  to return  to their seats.

I retorted,  “I don’t think it’s so dumb!     Look out the window.     The blue sky touches all the trees  and the house tops.”     The kids became observant,  “Yah!    The sky comes down  to the ground!”     Soon kids were busy  lowering their blue skies.    I don’t remember anyone saying,  “Good job!    I’m glad you noticed that,”  or any similar remark.

Details of truth  are important.     If we don’t pay attention  to the details,  we can be misled  into all sorts  of falsehoods  and wrong living.     We need  to give all that we have  to live  in the precious details  of the truths of God,  because God’s truths  are a very costly treasure  that will give us eternal joy.     Jesus put it this way  in Matthew 13:45-46,

The kingdom of heaven  is like a merchant seeking  fine pearls,  and upon finding one pearl of great value,  he went and sold  all that he had,  and bought it.

Do we want  to have the kingdom  of heaven?     Then,  we need to give our whole lives  to the Lord.     Yes,  it cost Jesus His life  and Jesus simply gives it to us  when we put our whole faith  in Him.     But,  when we put our whole faith  in the Lord,  we will be paying  with our lives.     There will be those  who reject and mock us  for believing  in Jesus’ salvation  by faith alone.     Believing and trusting Jesus  does mean  we will change our life styles  to one of obedience  to His word  of authority.     We will gladly pay the price  of spending time  with God daily  in His word  to find more priceless treasures  that will make our earthly lives  spiritually rich.

Because Jesus gave His all  that we might receive the kingdom  of heaven,  we need to give our all  in living  to His praise.     As we do,  we will say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  Your truths are precious  and priceless  beyond our wildest imaginations.     Thank You for letting us find You — our Pearl of Great Price!”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

 

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12

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