Writing About Life

Craig is at a meeting at church, so I decided to write while he’s away. Sometimes we get so busy it’s easy to ignore each other with television or book reading when we are together because we’re trying to relax. So I determined to blog while he’s gone.

I took a writing assignment from a man for an autobiography. He advertised for a writer in the “NYS Southern Tier Shopper” in the Spring of 2014, I believe. We’re moving along in a leisurely fashion because he’s doing business and I’m writing other projects and living an ordinary life.

Just lately, we received guests from Nicaragua and Australia. Craig and I started hosting four from a family and then the last night, we added two more non-relatives. Some of the group slept in our church and most of them did an outreach Wednesday night at a service. They’re in the Upstate, NY area before they head home in another few weeks. One to Australia, and the street kids and the director and his children go to Nicaragua. What a joy to meet with them. I think they’re heading to Medina after being in Cohocton over this last weekend and then off to Buffalo.

Jed Brien loves this area because he spent some time attending Brockport State College, something Craig and I had in common with him. We aren’t in the same age group, so this was our first opportunity to connect with him. They call themselves the Nicavengelists. They’re here in America to tell how God got a hold of these children that got neglected and abused and some even sold for a meal. They showed dramas of their lives smoking pot or being gang members or being exploited on a street corner. Then, somehow the orphanage found them and helped them. Those that become ready do street dances on stage in churches to show their lives transformed by the power of Jesus Christ.

So moving. As a mother, my heart broke for the young children. These performers are teens now. One couple recently got married, so they stayed in a home with lots of room, plenty of pets and no children in a very rural spot. It makes me wonder what they think. We have so much. It can keep us from seeing our need of a Savior and this life is short.

So I didn’t write and I didn’t spend much time with God in the mornings or afternoons or at night. I made up for it last week and this week. My life feels fuller as I delve into the Word. My emotions are on an even keel again. I’m washing linens and catching up on some neglected housework. That’s all good, but I missed them sorely when they left. And they cleaned my house while I was at church, so it smelled all piney when we walked in the door.

They walked throughout the town and handed out brochures and did hand stands to get attention. Once they left, I thought, what am I doing for my town to stir their hearts for Jesus? It’s easy for me to play games on my cell phone or get lost in activities. When I hear the news programs I keep wondering how long before Jesus returns. “Wake me up, Lord I pray. Direct my path and my ways.”

The joy of interacting with people from other cultures and doing missionary work on a small basis (for my part in it) is thrilling stuff. Convoy of Hope came to Lockport when we were there many years ago and I thanked God for bringing the mission field to me. I felt that way again the week before last week. How does God give you joy?

Do You Wonder?

Do you ever wonder how a loving God can allow all the yucky stuff that goes on in the world?

Is our free will that important to God, that He would be willing to give us the choice of love or hatred or indifference towards Him?

With that free will comes the ability to do good or to do the opposite: murder or steal or become intolerant or be disrespectful or lie or gossip? To name a few.

God said in the book of Joshua 1, “Choose you this day whom you will serve. As for me and my household, we will serve God.”

Joshua was speaking. I say God said it because Scripture is God-breathed, inspired by the Holy Spirit, according to

2 Timothy 3:16, (  this is my paraphrase).

In addition, there is Deuteronomy 28, which lists the blessings people receive when they follow God and the curses they receive if they decide to live on their own, without God. The thing that happens is they fall under the consequences of refusing God and His protection. Satan is considered the god of this world. His power is limited by God.

He only has power allowed by God according to God’s purposes. In Job 1:12, God answers Satan challenge, “All that he has is in your hands,” with the command – don’t take his life.

How can a fallible man with limited understanding possibly understand the all-knowing, perfectly loving, ever present, powerful, merciful, just God? He balances His justice with His compassion and insight. It boggles my mind.

Many prophesies have already been fulfilled. Jesus is coming back or we are aging or reaching the end of our allotted days, no matter how old we might be, or we’ll be here for a long while. Either way, are we ready?

Can we suffer graciously if God calls us to suffer in this lifetime? We know we won’t suffer for all of eternity in His presence when we’ve surrendered our lives to Him and asked Him to be our Lord and savior. I guess because I’m studying the book of Ezekiel with Craig and a few others, I’m very aware of God’s power and when He gets to the end of His patience – His response.

In Ezekiel it tells us leaders in Israel turned their backs on God and worshiped the sun god. Over the years, many people turned to worship other gods. Eventually, God got tired of trying to woo them back and said, “Let them be turned over to a reprobate mind.”

Punishments followed for their depravity: hurricanes, pests eating crops, countries overtaking countries and placing conquered people in slavery, lack of rain causing famines, etc.

In Psalm 111:10 it says “the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom.”

In Romans 1:28 (KJV) says, “And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;”

So if you ever wonder why God allows catastrophes and inhumane treatment of people and animals and of earthly resources, it’s because of free will. That’s all I can come up with. Do you agree?

So I pray for those in harsh realities, and hope for the best. I thank God for all the good I see and experience. When Paul was in prison he wrote portions of the New Testament. Philippians tell us to rejoice always and in Phil. 4:8 it tells us to think on things worthy of praise, lovely things, honorable things, true things, etc.

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Hold on to Jesus in these turbulent times. He promises to never leave us nor forsake us in Hebrews 13:5. He came once as a baby. He promises to return as the Lion of Judah. God bless!

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