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mary and marthaBut one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her. Luke 10:42 (NKJV)

Do you remember the time Mary had TEA with Jesus? Mary, Martha and Lazarus were all siblings and good friends of Jesus.  One day Jesus came to their house for a visit.  Mary was content to sit at Jesus’ feet and listen to all He had to say, soaking up His every Word.  But Martha was busy trying to get their tea, distracted by much serving.  In fact, though Martha had a dear servant’s heart, she was grumpy that Mary wasn’t helping her.  I know how she felt, because that’s happened to me before.

Let’s look at the whole story:

Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word. But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.”

And Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:38-42 (NKJV)

Today’s TEA CUPP: We can learn from both sisters. Mary was sipping the very Word of the Lord, while Martha was preparing their earthly tea.  We spend time with Jesus so we are ready to serve. Let’s be Mary early every morning, so we can be Martha the rest of the day. Choose the good part that won’t be taken away from you!

Scripture from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson.

musicMake a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands!
Serve the Lord with gladness;
Come before His presence with singing. Psalm 100:1-2 (NKJV)

The other day I was driving a half hour to a doctor appointment for my son. Finding myself a little overwhelmed and not sure how to pray, I started singing songs in the order of My TEA CUPP Prayers. As I poured out my heart to Jesus in song, He comforted my soul, and my son’s doctor appointment went well. Did you know even Jesus and His disciples sang a hymn before He was betrayed and sent to the cross? God uses music to touch our souls. Here are a few of my favorites:

T is for Thanksgiving
Once Again I Thank You

E is for Exalting
Every Knee will Bow before the Lion and the Lamb

A is for Admitting
Amazing Love

C is for Calling
Here I Am, Lord

U is for Understanding
In Christ Alone

P is for Promises
On Eagles Wings

P is for Petitions
The Lord’s Prayer

Today’s TEA CUPP: You can do this, too! Collect your favorite praise songs and put them in order for your own TEA CUPP time in song. Load them on your iPod or smartphone to play at such times as driving in the car, exercising, or doing household chores. Come before His presence with singing!

And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives. Mark 14:26 (NKJV)

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson.

RomansYou just received an invitation to TEA with the Romans!  

Who: You

When: Tomorrow morning

Where: Your house

What:  TEA with Jesus and the Romans

Come as you are!

But you just aren’t sure, do you really want to have TEA with these ancient dudes in white sheets?  The Romans are the ones the Apostle Paul was writing to when he penned the New Testament Book of Romans.  All the words in this book are God’s Word, read first by the Roman Christians.  What a blessing for us to share in these inspired verses, using them as conversation starters as we have TEA and prayer with Jesus.  Won’t you join in?

T is for Thanksgiving
First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world. Romans 1:8 (NKJV)

I thank God—through Jesus Christ our Lord! Romans 7:25 (NKJV)


E is for Exalting
Oh, the depth of the riches both of  the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out! Romans 11:33 (NKJV)

 For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen. Romans 11:36 (NKJV)

To God, alone wise, be glory through Jesus Christ forever. Amen. Romans 16:27 (NKJV)

A is for Admitting
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23(NKJV)

For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace. Romans 6:14(NKJV)

There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. Romans 8:1 (NKJV)

 That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10:9 (NKJV)

C is for Call
For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. Romans 11:29 (NKJV)

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. Romans 12:2 (NKJV)

Rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer. Romans 12:12 (NKJV)

If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. Romans 12:18 (NKJV)

U is for Understanding
For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of His Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers, Romans 1:9 (NKJV)

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. Romans 1:16 (NKJV)

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8 (NKJV)

P is for Promises
But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you. Romans 8:11 (NKJV)

Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Romans 8:26 (NKJV)

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28 (NKJV)

Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:37-39 (NKJV)

 For whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved. Romans 10:13 (NKJV)

P is for Petitions
Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13 (NKJV)

…The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen. Romans 16:20 (NKJV)

Today’s TEA CUPP:  Wrap up in a white sheet if you like!  Sit down with Jesus and the Romans for TEA today!

Scripture from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson.

christmaspresent1 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. James 1:17 (NKJV)

With the coming of Thanksgiving and Christmas shopping, how good it is to remember that every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights!  Let us thank Him for these marvelous gifts, and put aside all else.

Today I give you “Tea Time with James” to ring in the Thanksgiving and Advent season.  James is another book with incredible verses.  You may like to read James yourself and underline more verses for your prayer time. Take some time to sip TEA with Jesus, thanking Him for His gifts, and sharing your joys, sorrows, sins, and celebrations.  Use these verses as conversation starters for your prayers. Be blessed, My TEA CUPP friend…

T is for Thanksgiving

 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights... James 1:17 (NKJV)

E is for Exalting

…the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. James 1:17 (NKJV)

A is for Admitting

For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all. James 2:10 (NKJV)

C is for Call 

 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. James 1:22 (NKJV)

U is for Understanding

Whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. James 4:14 (NKJV)

P is for Promises

Draw near to God and He will draw near to you... James 4:8 (NKJV)

P is for Petitions

The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. James 5:16 (NKJV)

Today’s TEA CUPP:  May your prayers be effective and fervent and avail much for God’s kingdom today!  Happy Thanksgiving and Advent season!

 

Scripture from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson.

 

 

25th Anniversary Trip to Grand Tetons…he spoke also of animals, of birds, of creeping things, and of fish. 1 Kings 4:33 (NJKV)


...he who trusts in the Lord, mercy shall surround him. Psalm 32:10 (NKJV)

The righteous man walks in his integrity;
His children are blessed after him. Proverbs 20:7 (NKJV)

God gave me the best man in the world to be my husband. Last night my husband Kent turned in his graduate school project. This was the culmination of seven years of grad school.  The moment was unglamorous, 11 p.m. at the kitchen table where he had spent so many late nights on the laptop, polishing the final copy.  It’s a children’s book about insects in Yellowstone and Grand Tetons, and our prayer is that you will soon find it in the bookstores there.  Now it’s in the hands of the professors, and we couldn’t be more proud and thankful.

Kent could have finished grad school years ago if it weren’t for taking care of us! This morning as Kent was vacuuming the house for me (yes!), like he does almost every week (yes, it’s true!), my heart just beamed with gratitude and love. Then he set out for work to provide for us, so we can do homeschool.  When he gets home he will play with the boys, eat my crazy cooking, and give Joel his bath.  And he gets up and does it all again the next day, too.

Each morning when he wakes up, Kent spends an hour reading his Bible and praying in the rocking chair.  Then he makes our bed, while I’m still finishing my quiet time.  He gets dressed and heads outside to see what chores need doing.  Tuesday the trash goes to the curb, Buster the rabbit might need water, leaves need blowing off the sidewalk, Joel wants to check the garden, etc.  Kent comes in for breakfast and reads a devotion from Our Daily Bread to the family.  Then it’s off to work to make some money to feed us.

He never plays golf, goes hunting, or watches sports on TV.  Not that those are bad things, just that they would take time away from our family.  He’s always right here with us when we need him, driving us to the doctor, taking pets to the vet, running to the grocery store, cutting wooden figures for Sunday school, chopping firewood, reading stories, helping with science experiments, building a bench for our daughter…he’s always doing something for us.25th Anniversary Trip to Grand Tetons

So, today I want to give tribute to the man I love, the man God gave me to be my husband over 27 years ago.  Thank you, Jesus, for my husband! I love you, Kent!  You are a wonderful husband and Daddy and Grandpa!  Keep up the great work! xoxoxoxox I thank my God upon every remembrance of you!  (Philippians 1:3).

Today’s TEA CUPP:  Today I encourage all my married TEA CUPP lady friends to thank the Lord for your husbands and pray for them.  There are so many great verses to pray, here are just a few…

Blessed is the man
Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
    Nor stands in the path of sinners,
    Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
    And in His law he meditates day and night.
He shall be like a tree
    Planted by the rivers of water,
    That brings forth its fruit in its season,
    Whose leaf also shall not wither;
And whatever he does shall prosper.  Psalm 1:1-3 (NKJV)

Praise the Lord! Blessed is the man who fears the Lord,
Who delights greatly in His commandments.
His descendants will be mighty on earth;

The generation of the upright will be blessed.
Wealth and riches will be in his house,
And his righteousness endures forever. Psalm 112:1-3 (NKJV)

May the Lord give you increase more and more,
You and your children.
May you be blessed by the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth.  Psalm 115:14-15 (NKJV)

The righteous man walks in his integrity;
His children are blessed after him. Proverbs 20:7 (NKJV)

Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord,
And whose hope is the Lord. Jeremiah 17:7 (NKJV)

Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. James 1:12 (NKJV)

Scripture from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson.

tea cup for bookmark - no pink!-blankMy Tea Cupp Prayers is all about using God’s Word as a conversation starter as you sit down with Jesus for a cup of tea and prayer.  My favorite verses come from the Psalms, but there are great verses throughout the Bible which I also love.  Jeremiah offers some of the most heart-felt verses.

If we think we are going through tough times, we should look at Jeremiah. According to John MacArthur in his study Bible (page 1059), “Jeremiah has been known as the ‘weeping prophet,’  living a life of conflict because of his predictions of judgment by the invading Babylonians.  He was threatened, tried for his life, put in stocks, forced to flee from Jehoiakim, publicly humiliated by a false prophet, and thrown into a pit.”

Here is a fellow who knew pain and suffering, yet had a dedication to God’s calling on his life.  This is a prophet we can trust with words for talking with God.  And so I picked out a few verses for you today.  Perhaps you will discover even more as you read Jeremiah.  Have a blessed TEA TIME with Jeremiah and Jesus!

Today’s TEA CUPP:  Try these verses from Jeremiah as conversation starters for your prayer time today.

 T for Thanks: 

Praise the Lord of hosts,
For the Lord is good,
For His mercy endures forever. Jeremiah 33:11 (NKJV)

E for Exalt:

Ah, Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for You. Jeremiah 32:17 (NKJV)

A for Admit:

For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.  Jeremiah 31:34 (NKJV)

C for Call:

Thus says the Lord: “Stand in the ways and see,
And ask for the old paths, where the good way is,
And walk in it;
Then you will find rest for your souls…”  Jeremiah 6:16 (NKJV)

U is for Understanding our story:

Before I formed you in the womb I knew you;
Before you were born I sanctified you... Jeremiah 1:5 (NKJV)

P is for Promises:

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11 (NKJV)

P is for Petitions:

Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed;
Save me, and I shall be saved,
For You are my praise. Jeremiah 17:14 (NKJV)

Extra verses for wives to pray for their husbands:

Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord,
And whose hope is the Lord.
For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters,
Which spreads out its roots by the river,
And will not fear when heat comes;
But its leaf will be green,
And will not be anxious in the year of drought,
Nor will cease from yielding fruit. Jeremiah 17:7-8 (NKJV)

 Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. 

Quote from The MacArthur Study Bible, 1997, Word Publishing, Thomas Nelson, Inc.

Fall Fruits

fruits and joel But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.  Galatians 5:22-23 (NKJV)

It took all summer.  In September our garden finally started producing vegetables…zucchini, tomatoes, onions, carrots, pumpkins, and one cucumber!  The fine planting and weeding by our son Kevin paid off!  And little helper Joel was there to check the progress each day.  Now we can delight in the fruits of our labor with zucchini cookies and muffins, chili with tomatoes and onions, fresh carrots in our lunches, and soon…pumpkin pie!

But could we enjoy these fruits in May when we were preparing the soil, or in June when Kevin first planted them?  No.  Could we savor this produce in July when the weather finally got warm, or in August when it was really hot?  No, our plants were too slow.  When are we appreciating these fruits?  In the fall when the growing season is over.

It reminds me of the time I prayed over this verse from Galatians 5:22-23.  Each month I asked God to nurture a new fruit in me…love, joy, peace, longsuffering (patience), kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.  Each month I waited for results, but couldn’t see any.  I shouldn’t have been discouraged, though.  Like our garden vegetables, the fruit of the Spirit may take all summer.

In the fall of my life the fruits may be ready to pick.  Perhaps along the way friends will see a bud of hope here and there. But by fall I will finally shine with Jesus’ love to others, sharing the joy and peace He gives me.  I will be patient and kind, good and faithful, gentle, and always under control.  Until then, I need to be patient with myself (and pray others will be patient, too), waiting for the fall fruits Jesus will bring in me.fruits and kevin

Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ. Philippians 1:6 (NKJV)

New King James Version (NKJV)The Holy Bible, New King James Version Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.

 

How Long?

how longMy soul also is greatly troubled;
But You, O Lord—how long?  Psalm 6:3  NKJV

If you have been praying and praying, day after day, month after month, year after year for the same thing, you know the feelings of the psalmist who wrote Psalm 13.  You know the pain and the heartache of waiting and waiting and waiting.  And God knows your hurts, too.  He has plans to answer at just the right time.  Please don’t give up, my prayer friend.

For so long I prayed for another baby.  I knew that God had put this desire in my heart and it was in line with His will.  So, what was taking so long?  Then my husband started praying and soon we were expecting, but we lost that baby, and the next one, and the next one.  Oh, what indescribable heartache!  I cried out to Jesus, “How long, O Lord?”

We kept praying, and after almost 12 years since our last child, God gave us a new baby, our sweet blessing, Joel.  Whenever I am discouraged, I hug my Joel and remember that God loves me and really does hear my prayers.  He hears your prayers, too.

Today’s TEA CUPP:  Pray Psalm 13 today. Give your hopes and burdens to Jesus.

How long, O Lord? Will You forget me forever?
How long will You hide Your face from me?
How long shall I take counsel in my soul,
Having sorrow in my heart daily?
How long will my enemy be exalted over me?

Consider and hear me, O Lord my God;
Enlighten my eyes,
Lest I sleep the sleep of death;
Lest my enemy say,
“I have prevailed against him”;
Lest those who trouble me rejoice when I am moved.

But I have trusted in Your mercy;
My heart shall rejoice in Your salvation.
I will sing to the Lord,
Because He has dealt bountifully with me.  Psalm 13 (NKJV)

New King James Version (NKJV)The Holy Bible, New King James Version Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.

 

tea cupp measures Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.  Luke 6:38  (NKJV)

My dear friend Jodi gave me these measuring spoons a few years ago.  Aren’t they neat decorated with tea cups?  I use them often for measuring and baking, or just to entertain our baby Joel.

The other day I was looking at these spoons again and recalled a devotion I heard at Awana  a long time ago.

Awana is a children’s Bible program that meets weekly to bring boys and girls to Christ.  It’s name comes from 2 Timothy 2:15 – Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed.  The children play games, memorized Bible verses, and have a council time each week.  (To find an Awana near you, check their website: http://www.awana.org/

Once when our older children were still in Awana, I came early to pick them up and heard the council time devotion.  The pastor had several spoons and shovels and a bag of M&Ms.  I can’t remember exactly how he worded it, but the point was, which size spoon or shovel would you like to be given M&Ms?  THE BIGGEST ONE, of course!

Well, that is the size shovel we should be using to give to others, also.  We shouldn’t give because we expect blessings in return.  But we should give because we are so full of God’s love we want to share it with others. AND we should use the BIGGEST shovel we have!

Bakers know that when you measure flour, you scoop it gently and level it with a knife, never pressing it down.  But when you measure brown sugar, you pack it into the measuring cup, pressing firmly to get as much sugar as possible.  That is how this verse from Luke tells us to measure what we give others — pack it down and give as much as we can!  AND God promises we will be blessed!

Today’s TEA CUPP:  What size spoon are you using to share with others? Let’s all try to use a bigger spoon today!

Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15 (NKJV)

 

New King James Version (NKJV)The Holy Bible, New King James Version Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.

So the king gave the order, and they brought Daniel and threw him into the lions’ den. The king said to Daniel, “May your God, whom you serve continually, rescue you!” Daniel 6:16 (NIV)

Has your husband ever been thrown into the Lion’s Den?  Every few months, my husband has to attend a Lion’s Den called board meetings.  They are even worse than the seven overflowing toilets he battled  in the girls’ dorm last week.  From the very first meeting in camping ministry, board meetings have always been one of the thorns in the flesh of our work.  My husband has found these to be the most discouraging and disparaging parts of his ministry, with board members shouting and making rash decisions, without a clear understanding of the day-to-day operations of the camp.  So for me, sending my husband off to a board meeting, is like sending him into the Lion’s Den.  I never know if he will come back alive.  Does your husband have something like this that he has to face every so often?  If so, I want to encourage you to pray with me.

Today is July 10, 2010 and at this very moment my husband is at a camp board meeting.  As I look back in my prayer notes, I can see the dozens of times we have prayed as he went to the Lion’s Den.  On January 19, 2002, he had one of these same meetings.  On that day in My One Year Bible, I underlined all the verses I could pray for my husband as he endured this trial.  God provided these verses for me that day:

The LORD was with Joseph and he prospered. Genesis 39:2 (NIV)

O Jesus, be with Kent and help him prosper.

Whoever has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Matthew 13:12 (NIV)

O Lord, give an abundance for all the needs of this camping ministry.

But the one who received the seed that fell on good soil is the man who hears the word and understands it. He produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. Matthew 13:23 (NIV)

O God, help Kent produce a crop 100 times what he has sown!

Keep me as the apple of Your eye;
hide me in the shadow of Your wings.
Psalm 17:8 (NIV)

Keep Kent as the apple of Your eye.  Hide my husband in the shadow of Your wings (away from the mouths of the lions).

The LORD’s curse is on the house of the wicked,
but He blesses the home of the righteous.
Proverbs 3:33 (NIV)

O Jesus, bless our home and family.

Today’s TEA CUPP: My friend,  please pray for your husband. Use God’s Word to help you pray.  Underline verses in your Bible and write in a prayer journal, so you can look back and see how God is faithful and hears your prayers.  An angel will close the lion’s mouth and your marriage will be blessed.

My God sent His angel, and He shut the mouths of the lions. They have not hurt me, because I was found innocent in His sight. Daniel 6:22 (NIV)

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