Not Lost, But Found

Make a joyful shout to God, all the earth!
Sing out the honor of His name;
Make His praise glorious.
Say to God,
“How awesome are Your works!
Through the greatness of Your power
Your enemies shall submit themselves to You.

(Psalm 66:1-3)

LORD Jesus, we praise You, our Maker and our Savior, for You are our God. Forgive us, O God we pray, whenever we place people or things on the throne instead of looking to the One who has made them all. Let us see Your wondrous and amazing works, and enable us to share with others what You have done in our life. In Jesus’ powerful name we pray. Amen.

I told you on Wednesday that the old iPod was destined to be thrown away, but somehow it got diverted and ended up in the green bucket.

So, what’s the story about the bucket?

I’ll tell you in a minute, but first let me show you a photo of it and some of its contents.

These are some of the things that we are currently storing in the bucket. Can guess its purpose?

The things that go into the green bucket are the most important ones we need in certain situations. We use it, for example, when moving, traveling, or any other important situation in life. Keys, pencil and paper, measuring tape, phone and charger, reminders and relevant letters, subscription/s for medication, etc. These are all things that, while moving home, going on vacation, or preparing for a hospital stay, tend to “disappear” — usually whenever we need them the most.

That’s why we will make use of a bucket, and we will place all the important things inside so they will not get lost but are right at hand. By the way, you could also use a basket, a cardboard box, a plastic bowl, or whatever you dedicate for this sole purpose and I’m sure it will suit just fine. My parents, for example, used their famous “Kaffee-Korb” (coffee basket) and a collapsible plastic box. The coffee tin, milk, sugar, spoons, tea towels, sandwiches and a small cake, and a selection of coffee mugs went into the basket, while the plastic box held the other important stuff like keys, measuring tape, pen and paper and everything else they needed handy while moving home.

All of this reminds me of “The Basket in the Church” — which will be another story I’m going to share with you next week.

Know that God’s Works are awesome forevermore!

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The iPod in the Bucket

And the people said to Joshua,
“The LORD our God we will serve,
and His voice we will obey!”

(Joshua 24:24)

LORD Jesus we praise You, our Lord GOD, the great Adonai Jehovah, the One who is mighty to save. Hallelujah! Forgive us, precious Jesus we pray, whenever we strive to become self-sufficient. Help us to see that nothing takes You by surprise and that everything is in Your Hands. Let us become more and more aware that we are all dependent upon You. Enable us to freely let go of things that we so eagerly cling unto. Set us free, O LORD, set us free; for if You will make us free, we shall be free indeed. In Jesus’ wonderful name we pray. Amen.

This is our first ever Apple device. It’s an iPod Touch 2nd Generation with an engraving on its back that says:

As for me and my house
We will serve the LORD.

(Taken from Joshua 24:15)

As the picture reveals, the iPod is quite old. Until recently, however, I was still able to use it. It would no longer do any software updates and refused to check my emails, but I kept using it as a media player to listen to my audio Bible. The iPod has served us well, and then it stopped, but I just could not let it go.

Due to our next move coming up in the more or less distant future, we are sorting through our belongings. One of the things I set aside to be thrown away was, you guessed it, the iPod. I took a few more pictures of it to keep and then it was destined to go into the garbage can. It got diverted, though, and somehow it ended up in the green bucket.


What’s the story about the bucket?

That will have to wait until Friday, when I’ll tell you more about it.

Serve the LORD your God, and obey His Voice today.

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Leave Behind and Reach Forward

I do not count myself to have apprehended;
but one thing I do,
forgetting those things which are behind
and reaching forward to those things which are ahead,
I press toward the goal
for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

(Philippians 3:13-14)

LORD Jesus we praise You for by You all things were created. They were created through You and for You. And You are before all things, and all things consist in You. Hallelujah! Forgive us, O God we pray, whenever we hold on tight to something that we need to let go. Enable us to fully trust in You and to be content with what You have in store for us. In Jesus’ mighty name we pray. Amen.


I have done a few major moves in my life. Beside all the little ones within my native country, I have moved from Germany to the US, and back again. And in 2010 my hubby and I moved to Ireland.

Leaving Things Behind

Small moves are nothing compared to a move overseas. We left most of what we had behind. Some of our things were sold by online auction, others have found new homes with friends and family, and some of the stuff just got recycled or landed in the bin. There were many things that we had to just let go and then move on! Guess what? While taking the step and packing up, getting ready to emigrate and starting a new life in another country, many of our material burdens had become lighter.

Forgetting Things Behind

True, it is quite hard to part with some of the things we own. And, yes, it does take courage to throw out or give away one or the other thing which is attached to loving memories of the good ol’ days. If we want to move forward, however, we will have to let go of certain things — otherwise will these very things become burdens which will keep us from reaching the goal.

What is it that has you in its grip? Are there any things that have you tied up? Could you let them go? Easily? Sort them through, leave them behind, forget the things, and reach forward.

Press toward the goal today.

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