Seeing Those You Love

Have you ever noticed in life that we can get so busy we think we’ll see those that we love another time?

I made an appointment in a nearby city for June 1, thinking I’d be sure and see my sister. She has decided to move to TX in the beginning of May.

I told my youngest daughter that I miss her, because she and I get doing what we need to do and sometimes our paths don’t cross. Today, she called to see if I want to get together and I’m looking into it. Sometimes I need to seize the moment, spend a little money I  think I don’t want to spare and just be with her. She loves to travel. I never know if she may travel to a foreign land and then God suggest she move there. So, I’m saying “Yes, let’s pick a day and go to a show.”

In the Old Testament, God wanted his people to take time to celebrate. I choose to relax in the presence of family and friends and say, “Thank You, God for giving me the desires of my heart.”

When we were younger, our friends would say, “Let’s get together sometime.”

We wouldn’t. My husband began to say, “Let me pull out my planner right now.”

That small habit changed our lives. We found time to see people we really cared about. It enriched our lives.

I may post a newsletter that I wrote for church for the beginning of May. It talks of Philippians 4:8, about thinking on whatever is lovely and pure and of a good report, etc. I love that verse. That Scripture turns my thinking around. I find things to appreciate.

Be blessed, my friends.

Will American’s Say, “My God, Why Have You Forsaken Me?”

On an earlier day,as I listened to the news, I prayed for my countrymen. Baltimore citizens were plundering their neighbors and setting fires.

Americans may well say, “My God, my God,why hast Thou forsaken me?” as Jesus did at the crucifixion, Matthew 27:46.

God turned from Jesus on the cross, the only time the two were separated, because Jesus took all of mankind’s sin on Himself: Hebrews 9:28a. He became sin, Who knew no sin: 2 Corinthians 5: 21. He took our punishment to satisfy God’s justice. 1 Corinthians 6: 11 (NASB) says about believers that were saved from their sins, “And such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and in the Spirit of our God.”

God hates sin. He is holy and pure.

America’s policy of freedom of religion opened our gates to many religions, many gods. Our military allows Wiccans a place to worship. God says witchcraft is rebellion against Him.

Right now in the United States, the Supreme Court is debating on whether homosexual marriages will be allowed and accepted in every state -regardless of the state’s laws against it.

God said homosexuality is an abomination: Leviticus 18: 22, Leviticus 20: 13. He hates all sin, and forgives all sin except the one unpardonable sin, which is blaspheming the Holy Spirit.

Homosexuality is in direct conflict with the family unit which God designed as the basis for society. When homosexuality becomes acceptable to the government and the masses, God reacts: as happened in Sodom and Gomorrah in the Bible, and Mount Vesuvius erupting over the city of Pompeii in 79 A.D., both noted for excessively sinful lifestyles.

He pulls back His hand of protection over the country that rejects His laws – the Ten Commandments.

America not only watches television shows with homosexual and adulterous lifestyles portrayed as normal living, but has allowed grammar school children to hear teachings on accepting homosexuality.

In addition, America has killed over 53 million pre-born babies. One of the Ten Commandments is, “Do not murder.”

In the Old Testament of the Bible, God constantly wooed His people, but many times they preferred to follow other gods that allowed multiple sexual partners, the burning of babies in fire as sacrifices to appease those gods, gluttony, worship of material items, the love of money, the love of pleasure, many things contrary to the Judeo-Christian’s God’s commands.

He said to love Him first and foremost, and to love others as you love yourself in         Matt. 7: 12.

He promises heaven as a reward for relationship with Him. If we repent of our sin and obey God, Jesus said it would show our love for the One True God – One God made up of three persons – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – a great mystery.

Jesus, the Messiah will come again, but this time He will be coming as a lion from the tribe of Judah – filled with wrath for the tremendous amount of sin on this earth.

How I pray for my unsaved loved ones! Hell is said to be a place of eternal torment, never ending gnashing of teeth, made for the devil – not for people.

God continually loves on all people and sends the gospel message: Jesus took our sins on Himself to pay the fine so we could freely enter God’s presence and His rest.

God asks us to believe in Jesus, God the Son, and repent of sin. Then, after we die, we get invited to enter heaven. If we love God, we’ll want to obey Him.

This world would be radically changed if every person loved every other person and did unto them what he/she wanted done unto themselves.

Talk about paradise, if everyone wanted the love of God and quaked with fear at the thought of God forsaking them. God made us to love us, but He gave us free will….

Finding the “Right Spouse” Continues

A man in his thirties told me that if you marry an immature person, do not expect that person to mature just because they marry you. They may never mature.

My hairdresser said a person needs to consider what age range they want their spouse to be in, and to stay within those limits.

A friend in her forties said never to marry a man that hates his mother.

That prompted me to think about not marrying a man that is a huge Mommy’s boy. I’ve seen that scenario. It’s very hard on the wife. It’s hard on the man, too, because his mom may try to get between the husband and wife and then he’s forced to pick sides. In Genesis, God said a man is to leave his mother and father and cleave to his wife. She becomes one flesh with him, she is his priority. My husband loved his mother and respected her, but he never put her first. She loved him and did her best to encourage our relationship and never interfered in our lives. She loved our children, too, but she didn’t spoil them rotten. She offered advice when asked and maybe once, unasked, but when I needed it, in a gentle manner. I appreciated what she had to say.

So I tell people to get to know the parents of the one they’re interested in. People often become their parents. The person may not think they’ll become like their parent. I didn’t. Yet, I see various traits from my parents, some good, some not so good, arising in times of stress, in times of joy, in every day habits. I liked my in-laws and that’s helped my marriage.

I know a gal that changed radically from her parents way of life, so that may happen too, but I’ll bet some of their characteristics followed her. It’s just the way it is. I tried to avoid some of the things my parents did, and succeeded for the most part. My children heard the word, “Sorry”, often. My husband, too. Then I worked very hard to keep that behavior and attitude invisible to others and prayed diligently for God to change me.

Anything I missed, I’d love to hear from you. 🙂

Easter – Resurrection Sunday

Hi! I wrote this for our church’s April newsletter. I’m copying it here because I love what Jesus did for everyone and because I’ve had a stomach bug three times in March and so I’m catching up on things as I carry on in life. God bless. I intend to share comments made on the blog on how to find the “right” spouse later this week.

Consider the love of God, which never fails. Romans 8:38,39 (KJV) says: “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

I remember going to Catholic Church as a young girl seeing the Stations of the Cross, as they were called, miniature three dimensional carvings of the steps Jesus took on the way to the crucifixion – ending with His dead body being held by loved ones as they began to place him in a stone hewn resting place.

As I got older, on Good Friday at noon, I read the Bible’s account of Jesus’ betrayal and then His journey to the cross and to His death to my Mom. It was our tradition. I wasn’t born again yet, but the sacrifice Jesus made for my sin touched me deeply.

Resurrection means to be revived from death. After hearing that Jesus’ choice to endure the suffering and agony at Golgotha would enable me to be in a right relationship with God, I eventually understood salvation and asked Jesus to be my Lord and Savior!

He rose from the dead after three days in the tomb. My flesh came alive to the Spirit of God after many years of hearing His Word and many months of listening to an evangelical friend that didn’t give up on me. She prayed for me, she gave me nuggets of truth five school days of the week.

There are so many lies about Jesus – He’s not God, He’s just a prophet, a child of God like we are. Satan loves to deceive people; ensnare people with hurts, offenses, addictions; kill people with lies about suicide offering a peaceful alternative to this world.

Jesus said in John 10:10 (KJV), “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it abundantly.”

It’s never too late to experience God’s love, His deliverance, His protection, His provision, His still small voice welcoming you to get to know Him better.