As I made the drive to meet her, I was once again reminded of how big God’s dreams are! Three years ago when we began building our new KLRC signal at 90.9 FM, we could only dream about the impact that a signal reaching over 100 miles might have for people like Lisa who need to be reminded about the Hope of Jesus. I was making my weekly visit to our "Office of the Week," this time to the team at Community Options in Chelsea, OK. I was not prepared for the story I was about to hear.
This is the time of the year that we emphasize love. Generally we think of romantic love, but true love is so much more than kisses and flowers.
Romans 13:8-10 says, "Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law. The commandments, 'Do not commit adultery,' 'Do not murder,' 'Do not steal,' 'Do not covet,' and whatever other commandment there may be, are summed up in this one rule: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' Love does no harm to its neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law."
Mamie moved to Northwest Arkansas in the mid-1950s. She said things have changed a bit since then. Can you imagine? I’ve lived here since the mid-1990s and things have changed drastically in that time, I can’t imagine another forty years of growth that Mamie has experienced. When Mamie moved to Fayetteville she came with her husband and children. She’s now a widow, and her kids have moved and have busy families of their own.
If we could have coffee today, I’d say: "A lie our hearts often hear is, 'You're alone.'" But the truth our hearts need comes from Jesus when he says, "Surely I am with you always."
We all have moments when we feel alone. In a world where everyone seems to be connected, it seems ironic that studies show we're more isolated than ever before. That sense of separateness can create cracks that let lies slip into our hearts.
There's a special group of people in our community who could really use some extra love this Valentine's Day, and that is home-bound seniors and nursing home residents!
We're joining together with our friends at Faith in Action to deliver Valentines Cards to as many of those individuals as possible this Valentine's Day.
Many years ago, I used to sit on the front row at church on Sundays. I know what you are thinking, "Who does that?" Well, that's for another day. But one day upon arrival, I noticed I was getting a cold shoulder from the Pastor and his wife. I ran through the check list of all the possible things I could have done to deserve the attitude. It was only a matter of time before I learned their 5 year old son was the source of their frustration. You see, a short term trend (at least among my friends) in that small corner of Arkansas was that no matter how dressed up you were, you didn’t where socks. So that morning, their young son decided that he wasn't going to wear socks either. So as most parents would do, they checked off all the people they know who did wear socks. At the end, he said, "Well, Mr. Doug doesn't wear socks." I had no idea.
When my daughter was an infant and I was an exhausted young mother, I was completely baffled as to how I could find time for prayer.
My spiritual mentor at the time was a deep woman of prayer, and she said to me (in her warm southern way), "Honey, your care for that baby is a prayer. When you are diaperin' that baby, let that be a time of gratitude to God."
If we could have coffee today, I’d say a lie our hearts often hear is, “I need be everything for everyone.” But the truth our hearts need is, “I only need to be who God made me.”
At KLRC, we have always known we have the best listeners around!
Thanks for honoring the radio station this month with two very special awards.
What if our words were gifts? What would that look like?
At Christmas we have countless opportunities to begin our conversations with words like this.