God’s Word Does Not Change

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

During junior high school, one of my home economics teachers told the class fashion trends recycle every twenty to thirty years.

To prove her point, Ms. Hazzard said due to a fabric shortage during World War II, the skirts she wore then were as short as the mini-skirts our class wore.

We young teens were skeptical.

As I’ve aged through the decades, I’d have to admit my teacher was correct.

Fashions do tend to recycle on a regular basis. All we need do is look at pictures of our self through the previous years or watch old movies and television shows to see proof.

Hair styles. Make-up. Skirt lengths. Cotton. Polyester. Loose. Tight.

One thing, thankfully, which never changes is God’s word. God’s word does not change, just as God does not change. What the Bible says today, is what it said twenty years ago, and what it will say twenty years from now if Christ doesn’t return before then.

God is immutable. He is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. He won’t advocate short permed hair one year, and long straight hair the next.

He is dependable. His word is dependable. We can count on the fact God won’t say one thing one day, and something completely different tomorrow.

God does not lie nor does he contradict himself.

How unsettling would it be if we never knew how God expected his people to live?

We have enough change and chaos in our world that keeps us off-balance and upsets our equilibrium without throwing uncertainty about who God is into the mix, don’t you think?

Christ is the solid rock on which we stand. All other ground is sinking sand. The Bible reminds us to build our life on Jesus and the truth found in God’s word.

When we build our life on the unshakable truth of the Bible, we’ll never need to look back at old pictures of our spiritual life, see those regrettable years of permed hair and unwieldy shoulder pads, shake our heads, and wonder, What was I thinking?

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And he who is the Glory of Israel will not lie, nor will he change his mind, for he is not human that he should change his mind! 1 Samuel 15:29 (NLT)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Pause for Poetry — Nurture Me, Lord

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

Welcome to Pause for Poetry, featuring a poem, Nurture Me, Lord, written by my writer-friend, Frances Gregory Pasch.

Nurture Me, Lord

Fill me

with the rich soil

of Your Word.

Plant in me

seeds of kindness,

goodness and love.

Drench me

with Your living water

that I may grow

in Your image

and bloom

forever

in Your heavenly garden.

Frances Gregory Pasch’s devotions and poems have been published hundreds of times in devotional booklets, magazines, and Sunday school papers since 1985. Her writing has also appeared in several dozen compilations. Her book, Double Vision: Seeing God in Everyday Life Through Devotions and Poetry is available on Amazon. Frances has been leading a women’s Christian writers group since 1991 and makes her own holiday greeting cards incorporating her poetry. She and her husband, Jim, have been married since 1958. They have five sons and nine grandchildren. Contact her at http://www.francesgregorypasch.com.

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I wish you well.

Sandy

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Even a Good Thing Can Become an Idol

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

During the time Woven and Spun was non-operational, God showed me even a good thing can become an idol if we aren’t careful.

Throughout the weeks the blog was deactivated, I asked God if he wanted me to continue using the gift of writing he’s given me through Woven and Spun. Should I give up on the blog, or not? I wasn’t sure.

At one point in my conversations with God over this, I told him I wanted to quit. To that I felt as if he told me, “That’s fine. You can quit. I won’t force you to continue.”

Phew.

For the briefest of moments, I felt relieved.

But only for a moment.

The longer Woven and Spun was deactivated, the more I realized how much I missed it. I missed sharing small glimpses of what God shows me to you, dear Woven and Spun readers.

I also realized resolving the blog issue was more complicated to my very limited technical ability than I knew how to resolve. I had no solutions.

One morning after I finished my devotional reading during my prayer time and journaling, the thought came to me that maybe, just maybe, I’d allowed Woven and Spun to become an idol.

Silly, right? How could a good thing, a thing being used for God, be an idol?

But I asked God about it anyway, just in case I had allowed the time I spent on the blog to become an idol.

And you know what? I believe God told me it had.

As soon as I closed my journal and admitted not only to God but to myself Woven and Spun had become an idol, I received an email from Wordfence checking to see how my blog was going, asking if the hosting server had reactivated it or not.

Although the security analyst had no obligation to do so, he offered to help me find a solution to the problem. I do not believe that email a coincidence. I believe God’s hand directed its delivery which resulted in Woven and Spun returning.

Like me, is there anything in your life, even a good thing, which sneaked its way in and become an idol? Anything that wiggled into your life innocently enough, and put itself before God?

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You shall not make yourselves any idols: no images of animals, birds, or fish. You must never bow or worship it in any way; for I, the Lord your God, am very possessive. I will not share your affection with any other god! Exodus 20:4-5 (TLB)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Gluten-free Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta Recipe

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

Pilot wiped up this yummy Gluten-free Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta recipe the other night. It can be adapted to use with pre-cooked chicken for a quicker meal, which is what he did.

  • 4 chicken breasts cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon no-salt Cajun seasoning
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, thinly sliced (about 1 cup)
  • 3 cups gluten-free chicken broth (this can be saved from boiling your chicken, if you prefer)
  • 8 oz gluten-free pasta
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

Heat chicken and garlic in a heavy pot over medium-high heat. Cook 6 to 8 minutes, stirring frequently, until chicken is no longer pink.

Add Cajun seasoning.

Add bell pepper; cook 2 to 3 minutes or until crisp-tender.

Remove chicken mixture from pan. Cover to keep warm.

Add broth to pan. Heat to boiling.

Add pasta; cook 8 to 10 minutes over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until pasta is tender and most of the liquid is absorbed.

Stir in chicken mixture and cream. Cook 2 to 3 minutes or until thoroughly heated.

Enjoy!

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I wish you well.

Sandy

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Calm in the Storm

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

December 5th I had outpatient surgery to remove a cyst from my right hand. Although the hand surgery was expected, and one of the easiest surgeries I’ve undergone, no one expected the cyst to be infected. That led to a more involved recovery with greater limitations post-op for an extended period of time.

Two days after that surgery, I was on a gurney in the back of an ambulance on my way to the emergency room for overnight observation for a possible heart attack, with stress test the next morning.

Thankfully, everything turned out fine on all fronts, but this was not the best way to enter the Christmas season.

Something I learned during these two events is when we plan on one thing and something else altogether different develops, it’s possible the most simple words to familiar songs or Bible verses we committed to memory can become difficult to recall.

During the very restless night I spent in the emergency room with telemetry monitor leads adhered to my body, and my recently operated on hand in an unwieldy huge nearly three foot tall foam box-thing, whenever the nurse came in every four hours to stick another needle into yet another uncooperative vein, he told me over and over, “You have GOT to calm down.”

Yeah. Easy for him to say.

Unfortunately, the stress of the surgery and hospital visit caused all my autoimmune diseases to go berserk and flare like mad.

Even so, shouldn’t I have been able to calm down? Wasn’t Jesus right there with me whether I remembered all the words to the songs I tried to sing, or the verses I tried to repeat?

Of course he was.

But for me, at that point in time, I was in a very real tug of war with fear, and fear was threatening to win.

When I realized all I could do was say one word, I realized that one word was enough.

Jesus. Jesus. Jesus.

Over and over and over.

These two situations weren’t what I expected, but you know what? They didn’t surprise God one little bit. And none of your unexpected situations surprise him, either.

The God who is not bound by time like we are still sits on his throne. He is still in control. The wind and the rain and uncooperative veins still obey his commands, even when the only thing we can do is whisper the precious name of his son.

Jesus.

When you find yourself in unexpected situations you didn’t see coming, situations where you know for a fact Jesus is standing there holding you close, but you can’t quite shake the cloud that’s settling over you, how do you get to the other side of it?

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This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9 (NLT)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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