A phantom limb is the sensation that an amputated limb is still attached to the body and is moving appropriately with other body parts. Phantom pain sensations are described as perceptions that an individual experiences relating to a limb that is not physically part of the body, as with an amputee. People who have lost an arm or a leg often perceive the limb as though it is still there, and they can literally feel excruciating pain in specific parts of the phantom limb.
The flecks in my cup looked like ants; therefore, they must be ants. In fact, I almost poured the cream out before I decided to take a closer look. If I had done so, I would have wasted some good cream and delayed my first drink (which is always the best) by having to start the process one more time.
Consider the verse in John 20:23 and take Him at His Word. Will you stand in the gap for the forgiveness and the release of anotherâ€™s sin? Will you be one who comes boldly before the throne of grace to receive mercy in time of need for yourself and others? Will you be one who dares to go outside the confines of religious communion and enter into spiritual communion where the wine and bread multiply when it is put in the hands of a repentant giving heart? Will you be broken bread and poured out wine in the life of another. Will you be one who takes communion with such a heart as to become communion in a dying world?
During some time of personal contemplation I was asking the Lord what He was doing with me right at the very moment. I was interested in the here and now. To my surprise, He gave me a vision of a snake shedding its skin and told me to look the process up on the Internet. So, I did and found some very interesting correlation between the habits of snakes and how that coincides with the Christian walk.
Ever prayed as you approached your mailbox? …or answered a call? …or opened a letter?
I often do. I feel the need for the phone call to be good news. I want the letter to be encouraging (not just a bill or junk). Today, I wanted checks in the mailbox. It seems the clearer my need, the narrower my desires of God.
Secondly, some have even wonderedâ€¦questionedâ€¦ how I would dare take the Scripture and do with it as I doâ€¦how I can take something so reverent and share it in such conversational form. I believe the Lord is a conversational God with an intense desire to fellowship with us in simple yet profound ways according to the way He has made us. I also believe one cannot plummet the depths of Godâ€™s Word any more than one can dive to bottom of the deepest reaches of the oceansâ€¦but it is fun trying.