Jesus’ Stories told by a Christian (Leigh Christian…)


Jesus used all sorts of methods to communicate with people.  He used straight “lecture” or preaching-type ways. He taught by example, demonstrating to His disciples what He meant or giving them an example to follow. He also used story-telling and parables. But what is the reasoning behind these parables?  Jesus loved to tell stories which we often call Parables – which means an earthly story with a heavenly meaning. In Matthew 13 – even the disciples wondered why Jesus told these stories.  In the Biblical books called the gospels – Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, there are 39 parables that are spread throughout the King James Version of the Bible. Many of the parables are repeated throughout these four books, with the majority of them in Matthew, Mark and Luke. Parables were used by Jesus Christ to teach others how to live life his way. A parable is defined as a metaphor or simile, within a story format, used to illustrate a spiritual value. Jesus’ parables were filled with imagery related to life on Earth and always had a hidden message. Many of his parables were spoken to his disciples and followers during his lifetime. However, the parables Jesus told were not understood by everyone who heard them.

Matthew 13:10-17 New International Version (NIV)

10 The disciples came to him and asked, “Why do you speak to the people in parables?”

11 He replied, “Because the knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them. 12 Whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. 13 This is why I speak to them in parables:

“Though seeing, they do not see;
    though hearing, they do not hear or understand.

14 In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah:

“‘You will be ever hearing but never understanding;
    you will be ever seeing but never perceiving.
15 For this people’s heart has become calloused;
    they hardly hear with their ears,
    and they have closed their eyes.
Otherwise they might see with their eyes,
    hear with their ears,
    understand with their hearts
and turn, and I would heal them.

16 But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear. 17 For truly I tell you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.

I have always felt drawn to the parables and knew that God wanted me to share my thoughts on them and to study them.  I love a good story and especially one that makes me think.  Jesus’ stories always had several meanings and I loved that he wanted us to really think about the lessons he is teaching us through his stories. Jesus knew that one of the best ways to get the point across was to use a story or a comparison to help people relate to what He was saying.

The four main reasons for parables were:

·         Served to teach instructions,

·         Served to tell the truth,

·         Served to hide the truth,

·         Served to fulfill prophecy.

Matthew 13:35 New International Version (NIV)

35 So was fulfilled what was spoken through the prophet:

“I will open my mouth in parables;
    I will utter things hidden since the creation of the world.

I hope to share these parables with you in a way that helps you understand them and helps me to get a better understanding as well.  I know that God has spoken to me to share this and I hope you will pray for me as I open my heart and share with you.  I hope to share a different parable on a regular basis and hope you will enjoy them. 


Great love – the ultimate sacrifice – Memorial Day thoughts


John 15:13   New International Version (NIV)

13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

It is so hard for me to imagine how a soldier must feel fighting for their country.  I am so in awe that they have the courage and bravery to stand up for us and to protect us.  I am always saddened when I hear about a soldier getting killed in the line of duty.  What a price that they pay for me to be free – why would they do that?  How amazing is that?  I want to thank every solider for standing up and protecting me and sometimes they are hurt or killed and I don’t know how to really thank them.  I do pray for them and thank God for them but I wish I could do so much more.  So often we love Memorial Day because it starts summer and we seem to forget about the real meaning….the true purpose is to remember those who fought so that we can live and be free.  I am trying to make an effort to remember and to really think about the sacrifice that our soldiers make – that is what Memorial Day is really all about.

There was another man who laid down his life for me and you….Jesus.  He paid the price for our freedom too!  It is a good time to remember his sacrifice too and to show him our love and acceptance and belief.  I hope that if you are reading this today that you do know Jesus and the price he paid so that you could be free.  Thank you Jesus….

“This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone who trusts in him is acquitted; anyone who refuses to trust him has long since been under the death sentence without knowing it. And why? Because of that person’s failure to believe in the one-of-a-kind Son of God when introduced to him. John 3:17 MSG


Is having a Mocha Frappucino a sin?

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So this morning on my way to work, I had a sudden urge, a desire – well actually it was an unbelievable uncontrollable desire for a Starbuck Mocha Frappucino.  Normally I would say that while having one is not a sin, in my case it was.You see – I have been trying to diet for a while and just haven’t done very good.  Everyday I say that I am going to get back on my diet – TOMORROW….and then TOMORROW comes and I say it again….never-ending cycle.  I knew that I shouldn’t have it and I knew it would completely mess up my diet, but I didn’t care…no one but me and the cashier at Starbucks….it would be ok – just one…just this time….I sat in line and was thinking about it, almost obsessed…this is just not right!  I knew I should not get it – but I did…ok so is that really a sin?  Well, when I finished it all – I felt remorse, I also hid my trash so no one would see it.  I was out of control because I had no self-control.  This was minor in most people’s eyes – but to me – I knew it was sin.  My lack of self control, my lack of discipline, my desires were just crazy – this was not right!

“But since we belong to the day, let us be self-controlled, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet.” 1 Thessalonians 5:8

Clearly this morning – I did not have on my protection from this world and I plan to go out tomorrow in full armor with my self control intact.

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23

So the next time you see me – just make sure I don’t have a Mocha Frappucino with me – I need someone to call me out and tell me that I am making a big mistake.  We are all in this together – pray for me as I pray for you to have self control. 


Do Your Best – in Everything You Do!


1 Corinthians 9:24-27  The Message (MSG)

24-25 You’ve all been to the stadium and seen the athletes race. Everyone runs; one wins. Run to win. All good athletes train hard. They do it for a gold medal that tarnishes and fades. You’re after one that’s gold eternally.

26-27 I don’t know about you, but I’m running hard for the finish line. I’m giving it everything I’ve got. No sloppy living for me! I’m staying alert and in top condition. I’m not going to get caught napping, telling everyone else all about it and then missing out myself.

I really want to stress that you do NOT have to be number one all the time.  All that God wants is for us to do our best.  Sometimes that does result in us being the best – being recognized as a winner, but not always.  When you are in school, volunteering, competing on a team – you need to do YOUR best!  Put effort into anything you do and go for it.  If you are a runner – don’t expect to run marathons immediately, but start where you are comfortable and keep going.  When I do something – I really like being the best – I take great pride in being number one or the go to person…well there really is nothing wrong with that except sometimes my best is not going to win.  I sometimes get defeated and discouraged when I am not the best at something.  I struggle with exercise because I generally am not the best and more often times than not – I may be the worst.  My form  – well if that is what you can call it – is not perfect; my weights that I lift  – haha really do you have to even ask – not very heavy; my stretches in yoga – that is if I don’t roll over in class unexpectedly – not so great.  The key is to exercise is to do MY best.  I have learned that I can’t compare myself to anyone.  I have bad knees, heart issues, high blood pressure, blood issues…and the list goes on and on.  I probably am not going to be a big winner in a race, or finish in the shortest time or lift the heaviest weights.  I CAN go out there and every day lift more than I did before, I can stretch lower, and do more reps, longer times and just do what I can do!  I haven’t felt the greatest lately and have had too much going on – I chaired relay for life, was in charge of 8th grade class picnic, and many other things and my work is tougher than ever with so many meetings and so much going on!  I haven’t found time to go to the gym…so why haven’t I worked out at home?  I could be doing push ups, burpees, sit ups…but no I didn’t.  I know I am tired but funny thing is that when I actually do exercise – I have more energy than ever.  I haven’t been doing my best in working out and I have to get up and just do it.  I know why Nike uses that for their slogan because I can relate to it so much!  It is hard to sit and overanalyze, and to make so many excuses.  Just get up, make progress.  Do your best!

just do your best

Well, same goes for my Christian life as well.  I read devotions in the morning, maybe a little Bible readying and studying occasionally.  I spent alot of time yesterday in prayer and it felt really good.  I had signed up several times to pray for a spiritual retreat and I thought – how am I ever going to pray for thirty minutes?  I just started talking to God and boy does he listen.  I couldn’t stop.  If you are a friend or family  – I am sure I talked to God about you yesterday.  It felt good!  Why don’t I do that more often?  I love praying and reading my Bible and I am happier and calmer and at peace.  Once again – why am I not doing that more often?  These are simple things!

Mentally – I just need to allow myself time to do these things and not beat myself up if I backslide, fall off the exercise wheel or don’t read my Bible.  God forgives me so often and for much bigger things.  Why can’t I do that for myself.  I know that I need to strive to do everything that I do, to the best of my ability.  Nothing more and nothing less.  My best may be the best sometimes or my best may be the worst sometimes.  It is just important that I get in the game and I keep moving forward.  So with that – I need to get up and get off the computer and go out and do my best….

Physical – just get up and do what you can do the best that you can!

Mental – just push yourself to be better than yesterday, and don’t beat yourself up if you make mistakes.

Spiritual – Pray for God to give you the strength to do the best in all you do!

Prayers for you as you strive to do your best!

Pray for me as I do my best….

Loves & Hugs.


Hebrews 12:1-3  The Message (MSG)  Discipline in a Long-Distance Race

12 1-3 Do you see what this means—all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It means we’d better get on with it. Strip down, start running—and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!



Being a Mom…one of the most important jobs in the world!


Being a mom is something that is hard to describe…it can be one of the most joyous unbelievably amazing job or it can be frustrating, mind-blowing and just horrible…well ok that is an exaggeration!  It is different for each mom and with each child.  I cannot believe the love I felt even when my daughter was still in my tummy.  It just came natural to me.  I really never was a big fan of babies but having your own just melts your heart.  It is so special!  I would truly give my life for my daughter.  When she was younger it was so easy because she turned to me for everything and we were so close.  She is now a teenager (Well do I have to say anything else???)  Some days she is that little girl who needs her mommy and other days she is an adult making her independence known.  Just wish I could figure out which day was which…haha 

There are so many days that I wish I would do things different…wish I was a better example or wish I would say the right things or do the right things.  I never know if I am getting through or if I am making a difference.  I know that I need to work on my patience and my trust.  Its hard to let go and let them make decisions – especially if they are not the ones that I would have made.  I am learning….as all moms do – learn daily.  Looking to the Bible to be my daughter’s instruction manual – I find these words in Proverbs about being a mom…

Who can find a virtuous woman? She is far more precious than jewels…
Strength and honor are her clothing, and she can laugh at the time to come.
She opens her mouth with wisdom, and loving instruction is on her tongue.
She watches over the activities of her household and is never idle.
Her sons rise up and call her blessed.
He husband also praises her:
Many women are capable, but you surpass them all!
Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting, but a woman who fears the Lord will be praised.
~Proverbs 31:10, 25-30

Proverbs-31-10Pray for me that I can be like this Proverbs 31 woman and that I may always fear the Lord and that I set an example for my daughter that she can follow.  Pray for her that she will fear the Lord and grow in him.  This world is so hard and give her the strength to stand up for God.  I will pray for you as you are a parent raising a teenager in this world.  There are times that we need to have support and need to trust the way that we raised our kids. 

Happy Mother’s Day to all….happy mothering!




Cancer and Kids – two words that don’t go together…


Cancer and Kids just shouldn’t be in the same sentence – or even in the same life.  Kids are energetic, happy, forms of life and Cancer is just the opposite!  Kids are affected by cancer through many ways including being a cancer patient, survivor or even lost the battle; they may have a relative or teacher or friend who they have had to endure watching their pain, suffering and possible loss; or they may have participated in events to raise funds and awareness through Relay for Life.  No matter how they have been affected, almost every kid has been touched by this horrible disease.  They may have lost a grandparent and never even had the chance to meet them, or possibly they lost a teacher during the school year…no matter…it still is something that they should not have to deal with.  So how can anyone change this?

Learning you or a loved one has cancer can be hard for anyone, but a diagnosis of cancer in a family with kids presents some unique challenges.  First, it is a devastating blow to a child to find out they have cancer. It is almost too much for an adult to handle but a kid has so much more to live and to give in their young life!  It is so hard for a parent to be strong and to stay focused on all of the things that will change in their life.  They will miss a lot of work, they may have other kids to take care of, they have to show the child that has cancer that they are supportive and strong and everything will be ok.  For siblings, it is a struggle too!  They want to be supportive and they want to understand how hard it is but sometimes they are not getting much attention or may have had to cut back on their activities because their parents are so busy taking care of their sibling.  They are mad at themselves because they are a little resentful but they also are hurting.  They want to know how to help.

A typical teenager, MaKenzey Cain, is the daughter of Olando and Kelly Cain and has a twin sister, MaKayley and a younger sister, Lillian. She is a freshman at a local school and was a cheerleader for school and competively.   She was diagnosed with Acute T-Cell Lymphoblastic Lymphoma with a large mass in her chest on June 29, 2012.  It started out as a cough and her ribs was hurting while she was at cheer camp.  The mass in her chest was compressing her airway and the main arteries in her heart; she was medflighted to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN, where she was officially diagnosed with T-cell Acute Lymphoblastic Lymphoma. She is currently receiving her treatments at St. Jude’s.  She has had many treatments, surgeries, chemo and through it all she remains positive and strong.  She almost always has a smile on her face.  She knows she is loved by her family, friends, her cheerleading team and gym and so many others.  You see we are all Cheering for MaKenzey.  For more details on her story, visit her facebook page

So how can we help?  There is one HUGE way to help and that is through the American Cancer Society Relay for Life.  Each year, more than 4 million people in over 20 countries take part in this global phenomenon and raise much-needed funds and awareness to save lives from cancer.

There are three main parts of Relay for Life:  Celebrate, Remember & Fight Back!

Celebrate – During a Relay event, participants and survivors celebrate what they’ve overcome during the Survivors Lap.  This is where we are pumped up and ready to cheer on those that have fought this hard battle and won!  We cheer for the caregivers that have done so much to help them through this battle and we cheer on the family, friends and all of the supporters.  Katy Gonterman was in second grade when she found out her dad had cancer.  She really didn’t know what to do and really didn’t understand – she just wanted to help.  She got involved along with her mom and they started a team at Relay and her Mom also got involved on the Relay Committee.  The night of their first relay, Katy had invited other friends to come.  It turned out to be one of the most special bonding times for all of these friends.  They were helping a friend, they were learning more about cancer, they were remembering a teacher they had lost, and they were bonding and making memories to last a lifetime.  Since then, Katy and even more friends continue to be involved in relay.  Each year, Katy and her dad light a torch that she bought for him in is honor during the luminary ceremony and they also walk hand in hand during the survivor lap.  She is making a difference and helping her dad and it has meant so much to him.

Remember – During the Luminaria Ceremony, we remember people lost to cancer, and honor people who have fought or are fighting cancer. This is a solemn time at relay that we try to heal.  A group of cheerleaders in the Madison community had a legendary cheerleading coach – Madonna Holladay that they wanted to honor.  They formed a team – Cheering for Madonna and rival teams, schools, and most cheerleaders in the area came together to remember this amazing coach.  During luminary ceremony they turned on their lighted pom poms and held them up to heaven in honor of their coach.  This was a time of heartbreak and healing for family, friends and all these kids.  They raised nearly $10,000 in honor of this coach.  The Cancer Kickers is also a team of Liberty Middle School Soccer kids that has raised around $20,000 in the past two years in honor of several of the team member’s parents.

Fight Back –The Fight Back Ceremony inspires Relay participants to take tangible action again.  This is where we learn about cancer, the causes, and the research and how we can make a difference.  We inform and encourage these kids to take care of themselves and to continue making a difference.

The Madison Relay for Life will be held on May 10, 2013 at Madison Schools Stadium in Madison AL beginning at 6:00 pm through 6:00 am.  Join our community kids and fight cancer together now!

Prayer for those who have cancer and their loved ones

(the Franciscian’s St. Anthony’s Guild)

Dear Jesus, Divine Physician, Healer of the Sick.

 We call upon you and ask your help for our loved ones

who are suffering from cancer.

We entrust them to your loving care.

They are your children and they are in pain.

Give them the ability to know in their hearts

that you are with them in this difficult time.

 Give them strength and healing.

Comfort them in their fears,

soothe their anxiety,

and let them rest securely in your arms.

 Help those who care for them.

Give insight to researchers that they may discover cures.

Give patience and energy to doctors and nurses so that

they will care for them with grace and love.

For us, their families, their friends and their community,

we need your courage and strength,

to be with them and help them bear their burdens.

Give us joy, peace and confidence in you

so that like Mary, your mother,

we may stand with them in faith and trust,

witnessing to your healing love.

For you are blessed, for ever and ever. Amen.


Hope to see you at Relay!  Make your donation and let’s fight cancer together!