Saturday, July 25, 2015
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
A heart at peace gives life to the body but envy rots the bones. Proverb s4:30
According to the Cambridge American English Dictionary comparison is defined as an examination of the differences and similarities between persons or things.
I love keeping up with friends and family through social media. In fact I should spend less time\than I do. It's amazing how fast our words and pictures can travel through space. Unfortunately, along with this convenience often opens the door of temptation to compare ourselves with other people's possessions or accomplishments.
I can read about a friend's accomplishments or see their newest possession and feel envy whisper into my ear, “You have worked harder than her for that award or look how old your own car is. You deserve a new car.” There I go getting ensnared by that trap of comparison again.
This trap is nothing new. In fact, it started with the very first family in Genesis. We read about Cain comparing himself to Abel which led to the first murder in human history. Fortunately, I have not literally taken a life because of this trap but I have injured myself by damaging my self esteem and losing confidence in my own abilities as well as damaged relationships.
No, envy is not the only result of the comparison trap. I can compare myself to someone else and hear that old sin of pride whisper in my ear, “See, you are not as bad as she is,” or “aren't you glad you have a better car that she does?” Satan loves it when we let pride step in. After all pride is what led to his downfall.
It is easy to fall into this trap but there are ways we can avoid wallowing in it. The first way to avoid this trap is be thankful for what we have and count our blessings. There will always be someone who is wealthier, more attractive, and more successful than I am. I can choose to be envious and make myself miserable. There will also be people who do not have as much and I can choose to be full of pride and let pride spoil by joy. However, the better choice is to look at what I have and be thankful for the blessing God has already given me. After all, I have a wonderful family, a roof that keeps the warm in winter and cool in the summer, food to eat, and enough money to pay our bills and buy what we need.
Next, we can focus on God and His word. When we are tempted to compare ourselves to others, remember the story of Cain and Abel from the bible. The more grounded we are in His word we will have the tools to resist the snares of comparison. Several verses from the bible deal with comparison and the troubles it can cause. These are just a couple of them.
Galatians 6:4-5 Each of you must examine your own actions. Then you can be proud of your own accomplishment without comparing yourselves to others.
2 Corinthians 10:12 We do not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves they are not wise.
When we count our own blessings and resist comparing ourselves to others, we are living in God's will for us. Let's not give Satan the opportunity to plant his seeds of envy and pride in our hearts. Remember God has a specific purpose He wants to accomplish through each of us and that plan cannot be accomplished if we are too busy comparing ourselves to others. His plan for me and His plan for you are not the same just as His blessings to each of us are not the same.
Monday, July 20, 2015
When he came to his senses he said, “How many of my father's hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death?” So he got up and went to his father. Luke 15:17,20(a)
We all have problems and circumstances that may or may not be beyond our control. Yes, I admit when troubles come my way, I do not always focus on my Heavenly Father but try to work through the situation in my own strength. Like the son we read about in this parable I have been guilty of wasting my time and money and then feeling sorry for myself.. That is when I feel a nudge from the Holy Spirit, “I am here. Just trust me.”
I once read “the end of yourself is the beginning of hope.” The reason we so often keep hanging on to our hurts, still looking for the solution in our own strength and making little progress is because we haven't yet come to the end our ourselves. We are still trying to control the situation instead of getting out of God's way and letting Him work in us. If we find ourselves at the end of our rope, we should just tie a knot and hang on because that may be the place God wants us so He can strip our pride and accomplish what He wants to do in us and through us.
The prodigal son came to the end of himself when he realized the pigs he was caring for had more to eat than he did. It was then that he decided to go home to his father. Did his father turn him away?: No! He welcomed him back with open arms..That is what our Heavenly Father will do when we come to the ends of ourselves. He will run to meet us with outstretched arms. What a beautiful picture that is. I can just see it in my mind's eye. Can't you? What an awesome God we serve!
Wednesday, July 8, 2015
Let there peace on earth and let it begin with me.
When I was a young man, I wanted to change the world. I found it was difficult to change the world, so I tried to change my nation. When I found I couldn’t change the nation, I began to focus on my town. I couldn’t change the town and as an older man, I tried to change my family. Now, as an old man, I realize the only thing I can change is myself, and suddenly I realize that if long ago I had changed myself, I could have made an impact on my family. My family and could have made an impact on our town. Their impact could have changed the nation and I could indeed have changed the world. Unknown Monk 1100 AD
We all have said at one time or another, “If only the world were different....If only this country got back to the basics of life.... I wish the city government would.....” Admit it you have said that and so have I. Well, we cannot change the world, the country or the town. Believe me, if we could we would not please everyone. We cannot even change our family. But there is one thing we can change—ourselves. If we put more time into improving ourselves and less time worrying about others, we would slowly notice the change in other people. If we spent time with God everyday our families would notice the peace that time alone with the Father brings. If we start exercising on a regular basis, we would notice out health improve and so will our families.
A woman was praying to God one day to change her husband. He was not as attentive to her as he once was. The answer was not what she expected to hear. “You cannot change him, only change yourself. Be more attentive to him and expect his behavior to change.” She decided to give it a try. She started meeting him at the door after work and even wore clothes other than her sweat pants she had been cleaning the house in. She would ask him about his day and actually listen to him. She served his favorite dinners and showed him she loved him. To her surprise, he did become more attentive to her and began taking her out more. When their friends noticed the change in their relationship, the wife explained what she had learned. This made a difference in her friends' relationships, as well. She found out that by changing herself, she did manage to change her little corner of the world.
So my friends if you want to see change, it must begin within. Once we have made that change in ourselves, we will notice the change in other people.
Friday, July 3, 2015
God played a joke on me today. I was driving down the road and thanking Him for His creations--clouds, trees, birds, but I did ask Him what purpose He had for creating bugs like spiders, flies, and roaches. Now I did drive with my window down and just about the time I finished talking with God--a BUG flew into my car and hit me on the neck. All I could do was look up and say "OK God, you made your point. You can stop laughing now
Monday, June 1, 2015
I’ve heard it said that “time heals all wounds but friends, that is not entirely true. Time put a band aid on my heart but when a certain song comes on the radio, or I remember something he said, or something he did the band aid is ripped off the wound. The pain comes back as deep and bleeding as much as that first day. I know I will see him again and that is what I am so desperately holding on to. Although May 27 marked the the third year he has been gone, it seems as though I lose him each and every day. Oh, I have gone on with my life because I have others depending on me. I have even laughed at times but the hurt never goes away completely. I am reminded of him is something Nikolas says or Christian does. I know that through them and all the lives he touched here on this earth, he will live on and on in our hearts.
So as we embark on the fourth year of missing you I know you are looking down on us and watching over us. Jason, my son; Kim’s brother; Tori, Christian, Nikolas and Alyssa’s uncle we love you and miss you each and every day. We will see you someday soon.
Monday, May 18, 2015
++-Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.
Friends, I am not a political person. But what is happening in this country and the world goes beyond politics. We have a government that fails;s to call;; terrorism, by its name. We have a president who does not seem to like this country. In fact, his sympathies appear to lie elsewhere. The values of this world have been turned upside down. What God has ordained as pure and good, the world has called evil and politically incorrect. What God has called sin, the world today applauds and embraces. Friends, this nation has become an asylum and the inmates are in charge. God foresaw this happening in the Old Testament book of Isaiah. In Isaiah 5:20 we read,”Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who puts bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.
There is global terrorism and illegal immigration that is condoned by our government. Radical Muslims threaten to overtake the world for Allah. IF you can find a reliable news source, you can see the acts of barbarism and violence that are committed in the name of Allah. Christians are beheaded, women and children are raped and sold into slavery by this “peaceful religion”. The president has allegedly said, “The Muslim call to prayer is the sweetest sound on Earth.” and “The future does not belong to those who offend the prophet of Islam.” Whether or not he actually said this is not as important as his actions. He defends these radicals and does not condemn their terroristic attacks. He does, however,. blame the Christians. At a recent prayer breakfast at the White House, he minimized the barbaric acts and said that during the Crusades, many were killed in the name of Christ.” What he did not say was the Crusades were fought to stop the Jihadists from thanking over the world for Allah even then.*
We are not only fighting these radical Jihadists, we are fighting to keep our basic rights guaranteed by our Constitution. The Second Amendment which allows citizens to bear and keep arms is being attacked by the government and other liberal groups. Our First Amendment right, our right for free speech is being assaulted on every side. The new rule of the land is political correctness . We are told we must not say anything that offends blacks, Muslims or the LGBT population. Yet it is considered admirable to attack Christians and call them a radical hate group because we believe in the Bible, The Constitution. We are willing to stand for what is right and speak against what is wrong. Christian businesses are being forced to close and the owners sued and fined because they will not compromise their beliefs to those groups that are intent on destruction of Christian and American values. We are told we must “be tolerant” of others’ beliefs but we are being denied the same tolerance and respect. God has been taken from our public schools and replaced by Allah. Our children are taught the tenets of Islam but are forbade to bow and pray to the one and true God.
More babies are being killed by abortion because society does not respect the sanctity of life. According to society, a woman’s body is her own and it is her right to kill the “inconvenience” of a new life. The boundaries have been expanded for abortions until the ninth month. I have conducted a very thorough and extensive research on the abortion issue and have found that “100% of those in favor of abortion have already been born.” Not only is abortion on the increase but child abuse and neglect are on the rise. Parents torturing and killing their own children. Child predators and pedophiles are kidnapping, raping, and murdering our children. Many of these pedophiles are in this country illegally. Yet nothing is done to stop this atrocious behavior. Our government has turned its back on these defenseless victims and has hailed the amnesty of these illegals as wonderful for this country. Again Jesus has spoken to these evil-doers and rebuked his disciples for stopping the children from coming to Him. In Matthew 19:14 we read, Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me for the kingdom of Heaven belongs to such as these.”
Christianity is also being attacked in our military. Chaplains are being fired and prosecuted if they teach the word of God. Our government is trying to take the Bible out of the hands of our brave men and women who are fighting four this country. Recently, a two star Air Force General is being threatened with court martial because he dared to thank God at a prayer breakfast. You read that right—a prayer breakfast! Not only is our military being disrespected but people who are enjoying the benefits and rights of this great country are trampling and burning our flag—the symbol of our freedoms in this country.
The day is coming when this world will stand in judgment. The wheat will be separated from the chaff and all who did not accept God’s free gift of salvation will be permanently removed and separated from God. Satan loves silence and we Christians must be silent no more. We must be faithful and look to God for He is coming. We are commanded to spread the gospel and tell others about His great love. We must let the world know that He is coming and on that great Day every knee will bow to the one and only God. Revelation 3:10 tells us “Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth.”
Yes, friends, I read the last chapter and we won!
Jesus said, “If anyone acknowledges me, in front of men, I will acknowledge him in front of my Father. If anyone denies me in front of men, I will deny him in front in my Father.”
*The Crusades occurred in 1076 when the Muslims captured Jerusalem, the Holy City of Christianity. Jesus was born in Bethlehem which is near Jerusalem and was crucified on Calvary Hill also in Jerusalem. Muslims claimed the city because that is where Mohammed, the “founder” of Islam had also been there. This information was obtained from the History Learning Site found on the internet.http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/the_crusades.htm
Monday, April 6, 2015
Well friends, today is a celebration. Forty years ago today, I said “I do” to my husband. If I am honest there have been times when I wish I had said “I don’t”. But throughout these years, we have been on top of the mountain and at times in the deepest valley. We held onto each other but most importantly, we held onto God. When I look back on my life, I sometimes see three sets of footprints—those are the times God walked beside us. Sometimes I see only one set of footprints—those are the times God had to carry us. There are even times I see nothing but a deep groove on the road of life. These are the times God had to pull us through while we were kicking and screaming. But the prints that really got to me were the butt prints in the sand. That is when we stubbornly sat down on God. But thankfully, He never gave us on us. So here we are celebrating 40 years of life together. I am hoping for 40 more.
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, that whosoever believes in Him shall never perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16.
I hope everyone had a great Easter yesterday. More importantly, I hope everyone remembers the true meaning of the day. Though Jesus was crucified he arose from that grave. To have the promise of eternal life all we need to do is believe that this true and ask God to take over our life. I am so thankful, I did and now serve a risen savior. This offer is for everyone that will allow God into their life. That is the wonderful part—it is meant for all –not just a few. We can all have eternal life. That is such wonderful news.
Think about it.
Friday, April 3, 2015
I wrote this for last Easter but Jesus' death, burial, and resurrection never grows old. I can see Satan laughing when my Lord was on that tree. But the good news is He came out of that tomb triumphant over death. He still reigns supreme in my life and Satan cannot have me now. Praise God He arose!
He Has Arisen
He has arisen
He walked from that room.
Death could not hold Him
In that borrowed tomb.
He has arisen,
Spread the news around.
Satan thought he had won,
But he couldn’t keep God down.
He has arisen
Such good news to tell.
When Jesus was put to death
My soul was saved from hell.
He has arisen
Though He was crucified
Oh how Satan must have laughed
When he watched my Savior die!
He has arisen
Take the message to the streets.
When Jesus Christ arose
Death had met defeat.
Saturday, March 21, 2015
This is from a book 199 Promises of God by Barbour Publishing.
Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; all things are become new.
2 Corinthians 5:17
My thoughts on this promise:
When we put our trust in God, He forgives our past and gives us a new start in life. Our old nature is now made into a new creature. This does not mean we will be perfect and not face hard times or temptations. It does mean that we have a Father who is there with us to help us through. When we trust God, we will be made anew and filled with the peace and joy that only He can bring. Our Father is a wonderful and awesome God who loves His children unconditionally.
Think About it.
Saturday, January 3, 2015
I have heard a lot of discussions about new years resolutions this year. I only have one that will make everything else fall into place--I vow this year to fully trust God and keep my hand in the hand of the man from Galilee. I know I will fail Him many times daily but I also know He will NOT fail me. He has promised to always be with me and will never leave me. What better love than this?
Thursday, January 1, 2015
I want to wish you all a happy, healthy and wonderful New Year. May you be richly blessed by God and be surrounded by His love each and every day. I pray for you who are hurting and laugh with you in times of good cheer. May we hold each other up in prayer and love each other as the Bible instructs us.
Thursday, December 25, 2014
17 I urge you, brothers and sisters, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep away from them. 18 For such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds of naive people. Romans 16:17-18 (NIV)
Well, friends, it appears we have people in this world trying to make people believe they are true reverends when in fact, what they preach is as far from the word of God as the north is from the south. I am not denying them the right to call themselves whatever they want. However, just because they call themselves reverends does not make it so. I could stand in the garage and call myself a car but would that make it true? The danger in these people calling themselves men of God is the number of people that is totally taken in by these false claims. This type of deceit is spiritually and morally wrong. I, for one, would not want to bear the responsibility of the lives and souls of the vulnerable and, dare I say, gullible people that subscribe to that line of thinking.
Three decades ago, a man called Jim Jones in a place he called Jonestown in Guyana, led hundreds of people in a mass suicide. He convinced his followers that he was God’s prophet and at times he was God. Years later, a man named David Koresh led many to their deaths in Waco, Texas. He also convinced his followers he was God. These are only two examples of the devastation that men have caused when they proclaim to be true men of God. Many lives were lost and families destroyed by these egomaniacal self proclaimed men of God.
God has warned us to “Beware of false prophets which come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly they are ravening wolves.” Matthew 7:15. In today’s news we see this happening now. We see blacks being pitted against whites because these ravening wolves are deceiving many. We see violence being perpetuated against innocent people because of the color of their skin. This violence is being encouraged by these “so called” reverends. They teach that only certain people matter. But friend, God made us all in His image. He loves each and everyone of us. What these deceitful people are teaching do not line up with the Bible. We are taught that we must test the spirits to see if their teachings are in line with what God teaches. We must be able to discern the true teachings from the false teachers that claim to be of God but will be destroyed by God. Not everyone that professes to love God and profess to teach in His name will be recognized by Him.
Don’t misunderstand me. I am not judging anyone. If these people want to call themselves reverends to elevate themselves in their own minds, they must be prepared to answer for the lives and souls they are ruining. I could call myself a doctor. It might make me feel important but would you honestly want me to operate on you or a member of your family? I thought not.
Now my disclaimer: IF YOU EXPECT AN APOLOGY FROM ME YOU WON’T GET ONE.
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. Papa says, “If you read it in The Sun it’s so.” Please tell me the truth, is there a Santa Claus?
This appeared in the New York Sun, 1897.
The primary model for Santa Claus is thought to be St. Nicholas of Myra, a fourth century bishop in Turkey. He gained a reputation of be4nevolence by giving gifts to children. He gave these gifts to poor children whose parents could not afford to give gifts. He would throw the gifts through the window of homes where the children lived. One particular legend has been told about his wonderful acts of giving to the less fortunate. There were three poor girls. Their parents were so impoverished they could not pay for the girls’ weddings and help them set up their own households. St Nicholas wanted to help but wanted to remain anonymous. Each night he would climb to the roof and throw coins in the stockings that were hung by the chimney to dry. On the third night the father determined to find out the identity of their benefactor. He caught St. Nicholas as he was throwing the coins down the chimney. He asked the father to keep his secret but the father was so overcome he could not keep from telling everyone.
Although the original idea of Santa Claus began with a real man, different cultures have added their own ideas of this gift-giving legend. Scandinavians brought the idea of gift-giving elves. Germans brought the idea of decorated trees and Christ Kindlein.*
Throughout history the idea of a gift-giving jolly fat man with elves and reindeer has evolved into what we see today as the likeness of Santa Claus.
My answer to Virginia is –Yes, Virginia there is a Santa Claus but he does not look like the man we see depicted in commercials today. The true spirit of Santa Claus is St. Nicholas, a bishop from Turkey who became known for his love of children and benevolent nature.
*From Traditions of Christmas by Linda J. Bean. Faith point Press. 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2014
Choose you this day whom ye will serve…But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. Joshua 24:15
Friends, I am confused. About as confused as a blonde looking for a “WE” in an “M&M” factory. It appears there is a group going around calling itself the Freedom FROM Religion Foundation. Fine, if you want to call yourself Freedom From Human Race Foundation go for it.But this group is allowing satanists to put up a display of a Bible verse and an angel falling into hell next to a nativity scene. What’s with that? OK we Christians don’t want to offend the satanists. Only God can do that. The basis for this “dumb” decision is “we don’t want to offend anyone.” Ok fine. But why is this same group of “brainless” people telling Christians we can’t put up nativity scenes because it will offend atheists. We can’t say Merry Christmas because it offends muslims. Our kids can’t pray or say the pledge to OUR flag because it might offend someone. Come on people—WAKE UP. To paraphrase the Bard of Avon from one his greatest plays—Evil by any other name would smell just as rotten. Of course Shakespeare was talking about a rose smelling sweet. But I think you can see the difference.
This country was founded on Freedom OF Religion not freedom FROM religion. There can’t possibly be freedom from religion anyway. Satanism is a religion worshipping satan. Muslims practice Islam and worship allah. Atheists worship who knows what-themselves maybe. If a group wanted to start a religion of the first church of Wal-Mart and worship Wal-Mart they have that right. But don’t try to force me to stop worshipping God because it offends someone. It offends me when someone tries to tell me how, who, and when to worship.
Christianity to me is more than a mere religion. It’s a way of life and a relationship with my Heavenly Father. Let me tell you there is no better relationship than that.
Now that I have vented, I am going to eat my bacon and eggs. Have a MERRY CHRISTMAS in this nation under God and may God bless us each and every one.
DISCLAIMER: IF YOU EXPECT AN APOLOGY FROM ME YOU WON’T BE GETTING ONE.
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Think back if you can to a time when children were allowed to pray in school and even say the pledge to the United States flag every morning. What! You don’t remember this. Well let me tell you a story about how life used to be in this country.
Families actually had two parents. If death had separated the parents, aunts, uncles, grandmothers and even the community came together to help the family. Divorces were seldom heard of. You knew your neighbors—in fact—everyone in the community was your neighbor and all you had to do was ask for help and everyone that was able came to your aid. Our neighborhoods were so safe, we kids could play outside until 10 or 11 o’clock at night. We didn’t have air conditioning so we slept with windows open and sometimes even our doors because there was no such thing as crime. Of course, we had neighborhood drunks and the occasional teen age boys that drag raced down the highway but nothing as serious as today.
If any of us kids caused any problem at school we could expect the punishment to be resumed when we returned home that afternoon.
We were taught to respect our elders and say “yes ma’am”, “no sir”, “please” and “thank you.” If a neighbor needed help with yard work or running errands, we helped without thoughts of “how much are you going to pay me”? We had chores to do and if we forgot to do them we knew we could expect to have a “memory lesson” that would do the trick. No, we were not abused. We were taught that to be a member of a family and the benefits that came with that also brought with it responsibility to help the family. We brought that lesson with us to adulthood.
We were allowed freedom to have fun but we were always held accountable for where we went and what we did. Although there were no phones our parents knew what we had been doing even before we got home. That’s because we had “nosey” neighbors that were looking out for us.
We didn’t have video games or even much t.v but we had fun with our family and friends.
Yes, we said prayers and the pledge in school. We helped each other. There was no shouts of hate or police brutality no rioting in the streets or teenagers robbing the neighborhood store or beating up the elderly. The leaders of this country knew how to lead the country and be the leader of everyone in the country and not cater to a small segment of the population.
No friends, back when I was a kid, we were taught responsibility by our parents. Our parents raised us themselves—not nannies, maids, babysitters or the gangs at the corner. We were shown respect and we, in turn, gave respect to others.
I think this country would be better off if our society today went back to the days when we treated everyone the way the Bible teaches us: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and mind and love your neighbor as yourself”.
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Well, I have to vent again. I am so sick of hearing about White Privilege. In fact I am so mad I could spit enough nails to build a house. And friends in the south that is pretty darn mad. I hear about how whites have more inherent rights than minorities because we are white. Who is spreading this atrocity? I will tell you. It is the white hating race baiters like Sharpton, Jackson, Holder, and yes, even the president himself. Well I want to clarify a few things that need to be said. Not all whites were born in the lap of luxury. I, for one was born into poverty. I come from a family of six kids. We lived in a small house with two parents, an elderly grandmother, and an aunt who was wheelchair bound.
We did not have food stamps or welfare. Yet we had food to eat and clothes on our backs. We did not always have what we wanted to eat but we had nourishing food. We did not have the latest fashions but we had clothes even if they were hand me downs. We felt rich at Christmas and when school started each year because we could get some new items and new shoes. What we got came from the hard work of our parents not from government handouts.
On second thought I guess you could say I am privileged. I am privileged to have parents that loved all their kids and taught us to love and fear God.
I am privileged to be adopted into God’s family. I am proud to say my Heavenly Father is the only king I will bow to.
I am privileged to say I got a college education. I not only graduated one time but I went back to college after my kids were grown and I was raising grandkids and working full time and graduated with honors and a second degree. I got no free ride either time. The first time I worked my way through. I admit I had to take out student loans but they are paid in full. The second time I worked and paid my way through.
I am privileged to have the support of my family.
I am privileged to have five sisters who are close and love each other.
I am privileged to raise two kids and four grandkids and teach them about God’s love and grace.
I lost my only son two years ago but I am privileged to know that I will see him again one day in Heaven.
I am privileged to have a husband who has provided for his family the best way he could. It has been tough at times, I will admit and it took both of us working to make ends meet. I am privileged to stay home now so I can take kids to their activities and school functions. It will not be easy since social security will be our income now but I have faith that God will provide our needs.
Yes, I guess you could say I am a privileged white but not in the politically correct sense. There can be privilege for everyone in America if they are willing to dare to dream and work hard everyday to make those dreams come true. Don’t expect to get anything for free. Use your heart and mind and don’t be afraid of that four letter word-WORK.
Now here is my disclaimer: IF I OFFEND ANYONE DON’T EXPECT AN APOLOGY FROM ME BECAUSE YOU WON’T GET IT!
Monday, December 1, 2014
I posted this last year but Thanksgiving reminded me of all the blessings we have that we don’t always think of as blessings. I hope you realize all the blessings you have that do not always seem like blessings. You might be surprised.
What if you woke up today with only the things you thanked God for yesterday?
Count your blessings
Name them one by one.
Count your many blessings
See what God hath done.
Have you counted your blessings today? I admit I do not always thank God for all He has blessed me with. In fact, I have been known to grumble about my blessings. Why would I do such a thing? Well sometimes His blessing come to us in disguise. That’s right. Sometimes His blessings can be found in our day to day chaos of day to day living such as dirty dishes, laundry, bills, and even our dirty houses. I can see you scratching your head and saying “this woman is crazy! How can dirty dishes, laundry, and bills be blessings?”
Well, dirty dishes tell us we have food to eat. So many people do not have enough food. Dirty laundry lets us know we have clothes to put on our backs. When we pay our bills, we know God has provided us with the means to pay them. A dirty house is a sign we have a roof over our heads and a family that loves us and children God has entrusted to our care.
Sometimes blessings can be hidden in trials. James 1:2 tells us: “Count it all joy my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.”
Remember, God is on the throne, in control and blessing us each and every day. We may not recognize them at first but when we look through our eyes of faith, they are clear to see. So beginning today, let’s all count our blessings, name them one by one. Count our many blessings see what God hath done.
Father, I thank you for your blessings you have given me and the ones you are giving me. Help me to see your love and care in my day to day life. Everything I have and everything I am I give my thanks and praise your wonderful name. Thank you for loving me so much.
Friday, November 28, 2014
Do not store up yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6:19-21
In today’s world we are bombarded with ads that tell us to buy more, want more, do more, and be more. There is nothing wrong with wanting to make our lives easier and better but when we put material things and our personal accomplishments ahead of God, we are worshipping idols.
Idol worship did not end in the Old Testament. An idol is anything or anyone we make more important than God. When we put possessions, job, money, or even our family and friends our most important priority we make them idols. God blesses us with gifts to show His love to us but too often, we replace Him with these blessings.
How can we use these blessings on earth to store up treasures in Heaven? I will explore three ways we can have treasures in Heaven that will last for an eternity. First, we must treasure Christ. In John 3:16, we read that God loves us so much that He sent His one and only son to pay the penalty for our sins. Can you imagine such love?
The second way is to use the gifts and talents God has given us to glorify Him. He has gifted each of us with talents we can use to further His kingdom. Some of us can sing, others are gifted teachers, and still others’ hearts are touched to write of His love. We have different gifts but all can and should use them for His glory.
Finally, when we spread the gospel to other people, we are storing treasures that will not rust or decay. We are called to be missionaries. We may not be called to a foreign mission field but our own communities are fertile soil for spreading the good news. Sometimes our own families and friends can be ministered to. I lead my own children and grandchildren to Christ. Nothing else I have accomplished can match that. Jesus has commanded us to spread the news and there are plenty of opportunities to let others know how great our God is.
By storing up treasures in Heaven we are assured that these treasures will not be destroyed by moths and vermin or stolen by thieves. How great is that?
Recently in church I heard as sermon based on these scriptures in Matthew 6. As I was listening, this poem began to run through my head. I wrote it down while it was fresh in my head. It expresses how easy it is to let “things” in our life crowd out God’s place in our hearts.
My True Treasure
I bought a new car today,
Such a beautiful ride.
Church time came and went
And I pushed God aside.
I bought a new house today
Oh what a beautiful space.
Church time came and went
But I was not in my place.
I got a raise at work today
To make my bank account grow.
Church time came and went
But I did not go.
Now the car is filled with rust
And the home was taken away,
When my good job was lost
And the bills I could not pay.
One day the Lord spoke to me
When I got on my knees to pray,
He said, “My child, I’ve been right here
It was you who went away.”