Boiling Pot of Water

By Sandy Kirby Quandt

Several weeks ago a box of cookbooks arrived from Sissy. There was quite the assortment of recipes inside. Although the box was addressed to me, the contents were meant for Pilot.

The week before I received the cookbooks, Pie visited Sissy and Chief. When Sissy told Pie she was sending me the cookbooks, they both laughed at the absurdity of the idea.

It is no secret to anyone who knows me, I am not a cook. I enjoy finding new recipes that look delicious and imagine eating them, but then I show them to Pilot, and he creates them. 🙂 Unless it is a dessert. Then I’m the creator.

Don’t get me wrong. I can cook. I just don’t enjoy cooking. Doubt I ever will. It is not something I aspire to. Fortunately, God blessed me with an incredible husband who loves to cook.

Among Pilot’s many cookbooks is The Joy of Cooking. Mine? Fix-it and Forget-it. Seriously.

To prove my point, boiling eggs is simple, right? Put some eggs in a pan of water. Boil rapidly ’til you figure they are done. Remove the boiling pot of water from heat. Enjoy. Well. I’ve even given that task to Pilot. He knows just how long they should simmer.

When I boil eggs, I consult my Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook. It says, “When water boils, reduce heat at once to keep water just below simmering. Cover and cook for 15-20 minutes.”

Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and keep just below simmer until done.

Have you ever felt as if you are sitting in a rapidly boiling pot of water? You’re waiting for the heat to be turned to just below simmer, but relief doesn’t seem in sight?

If I look back at my cookbook, it also says to “cover and cook”.

Although we may feel as if we’ve simmered long enough … done … ding … time’s up … get me out of this boiling water, God hasn’t forgotten us.

He has us covered with his love. We are sheltered by his mercy and his grace. God has his hand on the controls. He knows when to turn down the heat at just the right time.

He won’t leave us boiling longer than necessary to achieve his purpose.

What do you do to remind yourself God hasn’t forgotten you when you feel you are sitting in a pot of boiling water?

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Let me live in your sanctuary all my life; let me find safety under your wings. Psalm 61:4

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Victory In Jesus

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

Earlier this month I mentioned what happened when the reality of life bumped into my expectations during Pilot and my anniversary trip in March.

Well, five days after we returned from that adventure, we headed for the reenactment of the Goliad Massacre during the Texas fight for independence from Mexico in 1836.

Just like the weather didn’t fully cooperate during the Florida part of our trip in March, the weather didn’t appear to cooperate as we stood outside in line with the masses waiting to purchase our tickets for the Goliad event.

As irritation began to rise, I had a talk with myself, and asked if I was going to allow rain to keep me from enjoying this outing. And you know what? I decided it could rain all it wanted, but I was not going to let it ruin my day and turn me into a grump. (I’m sure Pilot was grateful for that decision.)

That decision was a major victory in itself.

 

Glory hallelujah, within half an hour the rain stopped, the infantry, artillery, and cavalry took the field, the reenactment began, and not another drop of rain fell the rest of the weekend.

The only way I was able to keep from being grumpy when the rain first began to fall was to remember Jesus has won the victory over Satan through his death and resurrection. Satan is powerless. I reminded myself to not allow the great deceiver to use the irritations of life steal my joy. Remembering those truths did not simply pop up by my own will.

No sirree.

That victory came from the Holy Spirit’s power living in me through the victory of a risen Savior, Jesus Christ my Lord.

 

When life gets all out of whack, and threatens to steal our joy right out from under us, we must rely on the victory we have in Jesus to get us on the other side. Amen?

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 But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:57 (NLT)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Praise God

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

Which do you find easier … praise God when everything is going well, or when things are falling apart?

Is it easier to shout out, “Yay, God!” during the times of absolute happiness, rather than when our hearts are crushed and broken?

For most of us, I would guess it’s easier to praise when things are going along without a hitch, than it is when we’ve hit the bumps of life.

I’d also have to say I find it easier to sing hallelujah to God when the path is smooth, than when it is dark and troubled.

But that doesn’t mean I shouldn’t shout out my praises. It’s just harder to do. Not impossible.

Because he is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow, God doesn’t change. He’s still the God who spoke the world into being and allowed his son to die a horrible death so we could live with him forever.

He is the God worthy of our hallelujahs no matter what the situation.

In the 23rd Psalm, David wrote that even when he walked through the valley of the shadow of death, God remained with David and he had everything he needed.

We can say the same thing.

Even on our darkest days, God remains with us and provides what we need.

When we turn our eyes to the one who loves us with an everlasting love, and trust him to work all things out for his glory, knowing nothing reaches us he didn’t plan or permit, our praise may come out in halting, stammering cries, but it will come out.

Still we will praise him.

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The Lord is my Shepherd. I will have everything I need. He lets me rest in fields of green grass. He leads me beside the quiet waters. He makes me strong again. He leads me in the way of living right with Himself which brings honor to His name. Yes, even if I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will not be afraid of anything, because You are with me. You have a walking stick with which to guide and one with which to help. These comfort me. You are making a table of food ready for me in front of those who hate me. You have poured oil on my head. I have everything I need. For sure, You will give me goodness and loving-kindness all the days of my life. Then I will live with You in Your house forever. Psalm 23 (NLV)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Victory or Death

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

This past weekend Pilot and I were at Washington-on-the-Brazos in Texas to celebrate the 180th anniversary of Texas Independence.

In this brief history lesson, I’d like to draw parallels between the Texas fight for independence in 1836, and our fight for spiritual independence today.

I believe most are familiar with the Texas Revolution that began with the battle of the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas. For those who might like a refresher, here are some of the particulars.

  • On February 23, 1836 General Antonio López de Santa Anna and his army arrived at San Antonio to put down the frontier rebellion. The Texian rebels withdrew across the San Antonio River into the safety of the old fortified mission known as the Alamo.

  • Santa Anna raised the red flag indicating no quarter would be given to those inside the mission. Alamo commander William Barret Travis began writing desperate pleas for help, including the famous “Victory or Death” letter sent out on February 24.

  • While the Alamo was under siege, the provisional Texas government organized at Washington-on-the-Brazos. On March 2, the convention declared independence and the Republic of Texas was born.

courtesy wob state historical park

  • While they were unaware Texas had declared independence, the roughly 200 Alamo defenders stayed at their post waiting on help from the settlements. The defenders ranged in age, background and occupation.

  • The final attack came before dawn on March 6, 1836. As Mexican troops charged toward the Alamo in the pre-dawn darkness, defenders rushed to the walls and fired.

courtesy pixabay

  • Mexican soldiers breached the north wall and flooded into the compound. The fierce battle centered on the old church, where defenders made a last stand. The battle lasted about 90 minutes.

Now, for the parallels.

  • Satan and his minions stand posed to strike and do battle against all who claim their independence from sin through Jesus Christ’s sacrifice on the cross of Calvary.

 

  • The father of all lies waves his flag in front of us claiming he will take no prisoners. All will die. In our defense, Jesus wrote his love letter with his own blood. Victory would come through his death.

 

  • While we were yet sinners, held captive behind walls of our own making, our independence from sin was arranged between the Righteous Judge, God, and our Mediator, Jesus, for people from every tribe, tongue, and nation.

  • The final attack is yet to come. Satan and his army will surge forward in battle, but unlike the defenders of the Alamo, Our Defender, will not fail.

 

  • Those who claim Jesus as Lord and Savior need not fear breached walls. Our foundation is firm and sure. In the blink of an eye, Christ will return.

 

  • Our victory is in Jesus!

Amen and amen. Come Lord Jesus, come.

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But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:57 (NLT)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Don’t Weep For Me

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

As most of you know, my mom died last year, November 6th, 2014. Tomorrow, September 16, would have been her 96th birthday and I miss her bunches.

While I know it is selfish of me to wish she were still here, considering how weak and ill she became near the end of her life, I miss her.

I know she doesn’t want me to be sad. But I am.

I know she wants me to be happy she’s no longer in pain. And I am.

I know she wants me to be glad she’s with my dad and our Father in heaven. And I am.

I know this world is not our home. We’re just a-passing through.

I know Jesus died so we can be with him in the place he is preparing for us.

I know that I know that I know … all our tears will be wiped away.

Happy Birthday, Mom. I love you.

If you have lost someone dear to you, what comfort have you received from God’s promises?

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Then he told me, “These are those who have come through the great oppression: they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. That is why they now have their place before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple. He who sits upon the throne will be their shelter. They will never again know hunger or thirst. The sun shall never beat upon them, neither shall there be any scorching heat, for the Lamb who is in the centre of the throne will be their shepherd and will lead them to springs of living water. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” Revelation 7:14b-17 (Phillips)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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