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Recently a precious soul came to me with a challenging question. The question itself was shocking, but the reason for it has left me thinking a lot lately. They were asking about their salvation if they were “this kind of sinner.” I was stumped, whispered up a please Lord, give me Your words and proceeded to dig deep into “this kind of sin.”


Here’s the thing, it doesn’t matter what kind of sin you’re battling. Really, it doesn’t. At least not to God. He doesn’t hold a record of sins. There’s no “God’s Top Ten Sins.” Can we all give an amen for that right there?


Romans 2:11  For God shows no partiality.


However, most of us encounter sinful humans on a regular basis. If you don’t think you do, please look in the mirror.  Too often we like to pick out or point out or snicker about their sin. We label their sins; we call them cheaters, liars, sailor language lovers, lazy, greedy, sleezy, vain, angry. We’ve developed our own system of labels that are rooted in how we see and keep record of sin. Without remembering this truth:


Romans 3:23  For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,


For those in the back, ALLLLLLLL have sinned and if you’re a Christ follower, you can trust God shows no partiality to one type of sin. What does that mean for the person asking about their salvation related to their sin?


Honestly, I’m still processing it-based on truths from His word and from wisdom from the Holy Spirit. This was the bottom line I left for them: Don’t be so quick to label yourself as anything. Whether it’s a socially good or bad label, just don’t do it. Throughout my life I’ve had a few labels I was happy to rip apart and I still carry many I treasure. My advice to this soul was to hold on to these labels:


Those are some pretty awesome labels. I’m not saying all labels are bad, but in a world of negative and hurtful labels I challenge each of us to be selective about how we label people. Especially when the labels carry enough weight to remove the redemptive power of the labels given to us as Christ followers.

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Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.

1 Peter 4:8


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Some of my fondest childhood memories were from Montana.  The lessons learned from my beloved mother have carried over into my adult life.  Let’s just say I wasn’t very graceful and obedient at the mature age of six.  I would accept any “truth or dare” challenge.  While I speak the truth today and no longer accept dare challenges, that makes me an adult, right?   Are children still grounded today?  In my mid-fifties, I am willing to go to my room anytime.


Of course, some of my childhood actions had consequences.  I didn’t understand the big fuss from my parents, especially from my mom.  My father made a career in the US Navy so raising three children, mostly on her own, must have been grueling at times.  


Back to Montana… as a ready, willing and capable six-year-old, my friend and I asked strangers on horseback if they would take us for a ride. They asked if our parents were ok with this, “sure… not a problem (first mistake).” When returning home, all the excitement came to a screeching halt.  Blue lights were glaring… this was not a blue light special.  My excitement turned to panic with all the police cars in our driveway. My mom was worried, angry and grateful all at the same time. As my mother approached me in her firm voice “Patricia Lynne (both names indicate big trouble), “what have I told you about riding with a stranger?”  I reminded her “but mom, you said in a car and never mentioned horseback.”   Since I defended myself, I’ve always wondered if she turned her head slightly and giggled at my remark. Regardless, there comes the moment when you understand that there are some things you will never forget.


Honor your father and mother, which is the first commandment with a promise, so that may it be well with you, and that you may live long on the earth.  Ephesians 6:1-3


Lessons Learned from our Mothers

HUMOR. So, I could write this blog.  When that lawn mower cuts off your toes, don’t come running to me.

TO APPRECIATE A JOB WELL DONE. If you are going to kill each other playing, take it outside.  I just finished cleaning.

RELIGION.  You better pray that will come out of the carpet

ANTICIPATION.  Just wait until we get home.

TIME TRAVEL.  If you don’t straighten up, I’m going to knock you into next week.

LOGIC.   If you fall out of that swing and break your neck, you’re not going to the store with me.

WEATHER.  This room of yours looks like a tornado went through it.

CIRCLE OF LIFE.  I brought you into this world and I can take you out of it.

ENVY.  There are millions of less fortunate children in this world who don't have great parents like you do.

RECEIVING. You are going to get it when we get home.

MEDICAL SCIENCE. If you don’t stop crossing your eyes, they are going to freeze that way (please don’t dare me).

And my favorite:  WISDOM. When you get to be my age, you’ll understand.


As our roles have reversed, the lessons she taught me have been implanted in my heart.  It is an honor God has entrusted me to be her primary caretaker… it is my time to listen to her fears, dry her tears, comfort her and remind her she will always be loved. With her ailing health, I have learned to open my mind, open my eyes and open my heart.  If my eyes of my mind and heart are not fully opened, there could be some love that I am not aware is present. When mom and I share memories, hold hands in comfort, I know the beautiful woman looking back at me loves me more than I can ever imagine.


These three things continue forever:  faith, hope, and love.  And the greatest of these is love.

1 Corinthians 13:13


When we entrust our life to God through Jesus Christ, we become his children.  I am sure He has all my wild west actions in “The Book of Life.” When I faithfully accepted Jesus into my heart over twelve years ago, His love for me was enough and life was no longer “about me.”   To care for those who cared for us is one of the highest honors.  Thank you, Jesus, you not only saved my life, but you enriched it with the plans you have made for me.


Blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it!

Luke 11:28


Making Jesus Famous,

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Here's A Very Great Reward For You!

Greetings friends!  We’re wrapping up our Armor of God blog series where we’ve buckled down and examined each piece of the armor Paul told us we need to put on each and every day, along with some personal stories that relate to the belt of truth, breastplate of righteousness, shoes of peace, shield of faith, helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit. 

When reading that instruction, I’m reminded of reading the promise God gave Abram (Abraham in Genesis before God gave him the name Abraham) over 4,000 years ago when God told Abram, 

“I AM your shield, your very great reward.” (NIV) Or another translation says, “I AM your shield; your reward will be great.”  (Genesis 15:1) 

That is an encouraging promise God gave Abram, AND all people whom have kept on their “shield” - their armor of God.   Because, sisters, when we do wear it under our yoga pants, t-shirts and fun outfits, there will be a great reward!  As believers, God rewards us daily with the gift of peace and protection as we go through life on this side of heaven, and then on the other side of heaven..well, I look forward to that time when I can see Jesus face to face and then He helps me take off my armor. 

Recently, I’ve noticed the Armor of God show up in a variety of places, especially online and in conversations which makes me wonder is God having this happen for a reason?  I don’t believe in coincidence, but a divine intervention instead.   

Well here’s yet another opportunity for us to go even deeper into the Scripture of Ephesians 6 where SMC Women are going to be showing the video teachings of Pricilla Shirer based on her book The Armor of God at our SMC Women Events the first Thursday of every month, the next seven months. 

SO, THIS THURSDAY is the first night!   

As Pricilla puts it, "All day, every day, an invisible war rages around you — unseen, unheard, yet felt throughout every aspect of your life. A devoted, devilish enemy seeks to wreak havoc on everything that matters to you: your heart, your mind, your marriage, your children, your relationships, your resilience, your dreams, your destiny. But his battle plan depends on catching you unaware and unarmed." 

But over the next several months, we're going to come together to learn and discuss (face to face!) how to overcome evil schemes and wear our Armor of God.   

And of course, as always, we'll continue to have our time of dessert and fellowship, worship and conversations around the table.   

This series is going to be A GREAT REWARD, a gift from God, an incredible SMC Women event and year so go ahead now and mark your calendar to coming the first Thursday of every month between now and May 2020!  {It’s fine if you miss one or a few, because you don’t have to be at all of them, although you’ll want to, but come whenever you can!}

THE FIRST NIGHT: THIS Thursday, September 5, 2019 

WHERE:  Atrium @ SMC 

TIME: 6:45pm 

***Register here to attend ASAP so we'll know how many to prepare for!  

And here’s a couple of details you should know about: 


****FOR PARKING: close to the Atrium outside entrance, there are two lots that will be the best places to park. 1) handicapped spots close to the Atrium, and 2) the lot  behind the handicapped spots in the gravel area is another place designated for parking. 


 Beth Hildebrand

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