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Welcome to my blog: Today's Lady Virtue. This site is for women--wives, mothers, singles, widows, family, friends, etc.! My heart is to share loving encouragement coupled with timeless truths from God's Word, the Bible, to enlighten, uplift, and empower women of today. At Today's Lady Virtue we're about "Reclaiming Virtuous Womanhood today the Time-tested Way!" Here you will find a variety of posts from poems, to "Put into Practice" principles, to pictures and more! I invite you to voyage with me on the quest to become Today's Lady Virtue.

Monday, November 22, 2010

In the In-between Time

Thanksgiving Dinner  2002
This Thursday, many of us will gather with family and friends for Thanksgiving. Some reunions will be long-awaited and sweet. Some will be greatly dreaded. Others will be play-like, just a host of characters playing parts, reciting lines, and going through motions of the script. Regardless of your exact Thanksgiving circumstances, I offer a challenge to remember the "in-between time."
The gap between space and time. The "life" that happens for every human being when we're apart. Circumstances, "issues" to work through, happy times, sad ones...and everything in-between. In-between time describes the unseen things that we cannot see because we are human. It includes divine work that the Lord accomplishes in us, in our loved ones, and in-between time.
MLCJ tangled in a tape! 9/00
When Jesus walked this earth, He always worked. His work was spiritual in nature, for He came to seek and save the lost. He came to serve. He came to give...His a ransom for sinners. Harsh Jews criticized Jesus for His hard work...even on the Sabbath (holy day of rest). However, they failed to realize Jesus' work mission instead was HEART work. 

In his defense Jesus said to them, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working.” John 5:17

So, friends, my challenge to us this Thanksgiving is to remember the HEART work that Jesus continually works out in the in-between time. Could He possibly have been working in our dreaded ones? Does He only touch the sweet, long-awaited ones? What about the going through the motions ones? Has Jesus done some heart work in you?

Let's be wise. Check all judgments, preconceived notions, and assumptions at the door. Hold tongue. Open mind. Extend grace. Listen. Learn. Laugh. Love. Leave room for the Holy Spirit's heart the in-between time.

Dear Lord, Jesus, We get mentally stuck. People stay the same in our human perspective. We don't leave room in our small minds for YOU to work in them. We bring assumptions, condemnations, and judgments to our Thanksgiving tables. I'm sorry for our shallow thoughts, Lord. Oh, but I praise You, for Your Holy Spirit spans space and gatherings! You're always at work...heart work. Help us SEE Your progress this year as we gather again...until the in-between time. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen!