Your Nose Hair's Clean}
greatly looking forward to Christmas this year. For many
years we have given our Christmas's and family
gatherings away to better facilitate the needs of others
with younger children and I had missed having these
special times in our own home. This year was
particularly special to me, for it was the first time we
were having 12 family members come and sup at our table.
and his new bride came ahead of time and helped me set
up the beautiful table of elegance. This was the first
time we had used all our table inserts and spread a
feast for that many. Since we only had a place setting
of 8 of our gold china, we intermixed their crystal
clear candlewick china and combined the two into one
beautiful table, along with our gold and crystal goblets
and gold-ware. It was a stunning and sparkling table and
a symbol of bringing our family together into one.
just enough time after gifts with our smaller intimate
family, to get the last minute preparations done before
the turkey came out of the oven. Somehow everyone found
a seat, we served each person, we prayed and the food
was still hot. Yea, it turned out perfect! So I was
enjoying the comments and conversations around the table
and noticed the stuffing in the turkey was a highlight.
of particular interest to me when I served my little
niece the stuffing. She strongly covered her plate
saying she did NOT want the stuffing, she did not like
stuffing. "Have you ever tasted Aunt Sandy's stuffing?"
"Well nooooooooo…" "OK, I will put just a tiny bite on
your plate and if you don't like it after you try it,
then that is fine. But don't say you don't like
something unless you try it!" So I plopped about 1
tablespoon of stuffing on her plate. When the topic at
the table came back to stuffing, I glanced over at her
plate. It was mysteriously gone. "Aurea, would you like
more stuffing?" "Yes please."
dinner we all went into the living room and sat around
and actually had one conversation and it lasted for
about 2 hours. This is the first time in history that I
can remember when our family has met together under one
roof and where we each shared and listened to one
another, instead of all talking at once with about a
zillion different subjects going on at the same time. It
was so enjoyable for us all be in unity and harmony! It
really was a special Christmas to be able to enjoy one
another like this.
next day we are sitting at the lunch table and eating
this cool nose machine that washes and drains clogged
cornbread stuffing is too sweet, you changed the recipe
this year! I'm really disappointed."
"Evidently as people grow older, the hairs in their nose
grow stiff and rigid and stop moving. So sinuses get
clogged and we can't taste our food as well."
remember Aurea's 10 year old stiff and rigid mind-set
about stuffing she had never tasted. I get a sudden
download of revelation connecting the nose with the gift
of discernment and our ability to enjoy God's food.}
stuffing is really strong this year, but it did not make
me sick, and …"
emotions of my stress over the meal preparation
surfaces, and so my stuffing pops out…}
fine, you all have a right not to like the stuffing,
that is your privilege! I am going to tell the world!"
silence around the table. Sandy's long suffering turkey
button just popped.}
was actually going to say that the stuffing is strong
this year, but I really LIKE it!"
is now eating humble pie.}
sorry, but I am still going to tell the world…"
ramble on about turkey stuffing recipes and I get lost
in my sermon that the nose is a parable of the gift of
discernment which is the ability to smell the difference
between good and bad and separate mixture so that we may
receive and enjoy His Word. When we get too set in our
ways, our discernment to really smell and taste His Word
gets warped and out of whack.
thinking of the burnout from all the years I cooked for
my family and trying to please everyone's food choices.
Then I saw the spiritual parable of how God gives
beautiful feasts for His people, and they make all these
comments about what they liked and what they did not
like. And it is all based on whether their nose hairs
are stiff and rigid! So the moral of the story is that
God makes us all like snowflakes with our own unique
taste buds....but we need to keep our nose hairs clean.
to Ponder are summaries of His quickened Words of
prophetic revelation, punched with the word of wisdom
and written under inspiration.}
PONDER: TO REPAIR YOUR STUFFING
hearts, you are such precious children. How I love you
and how I long to please each of you and grant you the
desires of your hearts! Give Me ample room in your
hearts to move you to taste new experiences and see if
you might stretch yourself to enjoy them. Once you taste
the delicacies of My generous feasts, you might find you
in a new season when I am bringing more definition and
harmony into your lives, by joining you into families
who nurture and care for one another. In experiencing
the intimacy of uniting into closeness, things that were
buried and stuffed in your past will come to the
surface. There may be times when you feel like a teddy
bear with holes and your stuffing has popped out from
years of loving wear and tear and hugs. Let Me fix you
and repair you and mend all those broken places.
patient with yourselves in the process and let the love
and intimacy of a safe place nurture you back to health.
Yield to Me all your old places of burn out and give me
access to wash all your stuffed places with My cleansing
flow. Stay flexible with My feeding you, and accept one
another in My love. You are each precious to Me and I
created you with differences. Enjoy your differences
even as you enjoy your common denominators and the love
in your heart will expand to embrace many.
Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to
lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been
called by God. Be humble and gentle. Be patient with
each other, making allowance for each other's faults
because of your love. Always keep yourselves united in
the Holy Spirit, and bind yourselves together with
peace. We are all one body, we have the same Spirit, and
we have all been called to the same glorious future.
There is only one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and
there is only one God and Father, who is over us all and
in us all and living through us all.