THE NEW EWE

"What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost, until he finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, 'Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!'"

Luke 15:4-6

June 3, 2015

LIFE IN THE FOLD:

I really enjoy reading from Proverbs. There is so much wisdom and insight we can gleam. Recently, I was reading from Proverbs chapter 11 and there were a couple verses that caught my attention.

Verse one says, "The Lord detests the use of dishonest scales, but He delights in accurate weights."

Last week, I had to go to the doctor, due to an upper respiratory and ear infections. The worst part of going to the doctor is that moment when the nurse says, "Step onto the scales, please." I'd much rather get a shot in my backside, which I did get that particular day!

My doctor's office used to have the type of scales where you stepped onto them and there was a slide bar that the nurse would slowly move up and up until the bar would pretty much stay even. I always felt like that type of scale could possibly be a little off, and I "surely" weighed a little lighter! I would always set down my purse, take off my coat or jacket, anything to try and get my weight down a tad. The scale was located in a central location and was used by everyone, so I was always afraid someone would walk by and see my weight.

But since my last visit, which was quite some time ago, the clinic where I go has moved to a brand new location. This time I didn't see the dreaded scale, so I thought, "Alright!" I got inside the examination room, and low and behold, if each room doesn't have it's own personal scale. This was not the older style slide scale. Nope! You stepped onto a platform and on the wall, right in front of where you stand, is a digital display that boldly shows your weight in bright red numbers! I could have sucked in my gut, tried to step lightly on the scales, stand as still as possible without movement, and take whatever measures I could to try and make my weight less; but the scales very quickly and very clearly showed pounds and ounces of what I truly weigh. There was no doubt and no question on whether or not it was accurate!

Proverbs 20:10 (NLT) says, "False weights and unequal measures -- the Lord detests double standards of every kind." Then verse 23 says, "The Lord detests double standards; He is not pleased by dishonest scales."

In life, no one can really hide their true character; at least for any period of time. You can try and live a double standard, but eventually you will mess up and something will happen that will reveal your heart. You cannot be godly, of noble character, loving, and kind on Sunday and then be otherwise during the rest of the week. Nor can you be consistently one way with certain people, then another when you're with others. There will come a time when your true nature and the core of your heart will shine to the forefront and you will be revealed for who you are.

When we fix our thoughts on things that are true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, and admirable (Philippians 4:8), then the scales of our live won't be dishonest and detestable to God.

Another verse that caught my attention was Proverbs 11:22: "A beautiful woman who lacks discretion is like a gold ring in a pig's snout."

My nephew raises pigs. A pig's nature is to root in the dirt, which can do havoc to the land. In order to protect the farmland, a farmer will sometimes put a ring in the pig's snout. The ring keeps the pig from digging in the dirt and making a mess, which in turn protects the farmers acreage. But honestly, it doesn't matter if the ring is made of brass, silver, gold, jewels, or a cheaper metal. The ring isn't there to make the pig look pretty, it's there to serve a purpose. You could put the prettiest of gold rings in the pig's snout, and the pig would still be true to its nature and roll in the mud and filth and get nasty and dirty.

It doesn't matter how pretty or loving or generous a person looks on the outside, it's what's on the inside that really matters. You can take the most handsome or beautiful of people, have them lack discretion or dealing with sin in their lives, and that characteristic will sully them to the point of making them unattractive. You can never "pretty up" sin; at least for any length of time. There will come a time when the filth and true nature of the sin will be revealed for what it truly is. On the other hand, there can be someone who isn't physically attractive, but their love for God and honest nature draws people to them. There is an inward light that glows and dispels the darkness around them.

May we each be true to our character and nature. When God examines and weighs our life, may He find us to be upright and honest and without double standard. Never try to cover up sin by indiscretion and lying, the same as putting a gold ring in a pig's snout to try and make it look more attractive; but may we all be true to the nature and character that God has placed within us. God has given us what we need to be an overcomer and to live a godly life!

JON'S PERSPECTIVE:

Another facet of the proverb about a gold ring in a pig's nose is that pork was forbidden and sinful to the Jews. Even dealing with them was unclean, no matter how much the pig might be cleaned up, dressed up, and decorated.

We should feel the same about sinning. When we sin, or even if we contemplate a sin, we should feel unclean, and need to wash up. Even if we try to dress it up the sin with excuses or justification, it's still a dirty mess, and not fit for us.

ON THE MENEWE:

Layered Salad

1 head of lettuce, cut into bite-sized pieces

1 bunch green onion, chopped (optional)

1 tomato, chopped

6 hard-boiled eggs, sliced

1 small package frozen peas

1 pound bacon, fried and crumbled

shredded cheese

Layer ingredients in order in a large bowl. Leave in layers -- do not toss together!

Salad Dressing:

2 cups mayonnaise

1 cup sour cream

1 package dry Hidden Valley Ranch mix

Mix all ingredients together. Spread over top of the salad. Cover and refrigerate for several hours. Toss together when ready to serve.

THIS, THAT AND THE OTHER:

Two of my sister, Janie's, granddaughters recently had a sleepover at her house. She went to check on them to find they had been talking about boyfriends.

Jaycee (age 8): "We know that you had only one boyfriend, but I have had three and Abigail (age 7) has had ten.

Janie: "Well, actually I had more than just one!"

When the two girls recovered from their shock, they begged their grandma to tell them about how she had met Grandpa.

Janie: "It was one Sunday night after church. Two of my sisters and I went to a gas station and I saw this handsome guy with curly, dark hair and dimples."

Abigail: "But what about Grandpa? He had gray hair!"

Jaycee: "Don't worry, Abigail! This guy was before she met Grandpa!"

Abigail, throwing her hand over her heart: "Ohhh...... Jaycee, if I pass out, wake me up! I have to hear all of it!!"

THOUGHT TO PONDER:

The more we see God as He is, the more compelled we are to give Him our all. - Francis Frangipane

OUR HEARTFELT THANKS TO YOU:

We love you!

Loretta & Jon

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