Direction

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I’ve been reading a book by T. Davis Bunn, now writing as Davis Bunn, called Promises to Keep. Bethany House Publishers published it in 1991 and T. Davis Bunn copyrighted it in 1991. I read it before, but I wanted to read it again. I’m learning about politics and lobbyists and the way laws come into being or bills are buried so they disappear. I didn’t see this the last time I read the book because there was so much to the story. It covers some uncomfortable issues. It makes me aware that I don’t know what the laws are that this fictionalized tale speaks of. The author leaves footnotes to tell of actual testimonies and persuasive arguments.

This book emphasizes the power of prayer. I received a newsletter from an evangelist who came to our church a few times. He asked that his readers would please pray; that God is in control of the elections and of our country and of our world. Both he and T. Davis Bunn remind their readers that what might seem impossible is not impossible to God.

Luke 18:27, (ESV) quotes Jesus here:  But he said, “What is impossible with man is possible with God.”

In this instance He is speaking of how hard it is for a rich person to come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, in other words, to be saved.

Also, in Luke 1:37, (ESV) says: “For nothing will be impossible with God.”

In this particular conversation, Mary, the mother of Jesus is being told that her elderly aunt, Elizabeth is pregnant. Then the information that nothing will be impossible with God is declared.

I take great comfort in God’s Word. He is all powerful and He is in control. Nothing is impossible to Him, even though He allows things to happen that break His heart because He gives mankind free will. Yet, I recall many times over my life getting a small nudging to turn this way or don’t eat that, because God was trying to direct my paths so I’d avoid injury.

Once was early on in my walk with God. I kept having insistent thoughts to turn down a particular street or to try and sell a school fundraising item to a family on another side street. I would rationalize the ideas away. Why would I turn here, it’s out of my way?

I don’t want to bother that family; they’re putting their groceries away, I decided. So, I headed the straightest route home with my elementary-aged daughter and encountered a fierce dog. I froze while she flapped her arms around and said, “Mommy, look, a dog.”

I couldn’t even speak. The dog bit her and I developed a strong fear of dogs. I then understood why I kept having these promptings to go another way. Thankfully, it just bit once and the owners came running out of their garage to whisk it away. I learned a lesson that day. If I sense God leading me in a way that’s a little out of the ordinary, I just take it, most of the time. I’m still learning.

I’m praying about the next big project God wants me to write. “Please direct me, I pray in Jesus’ name.”

May God bless you.

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Squirrel or Starling?

I looked out to the backyard and saw dozens of starlings swoop down to fill the grass and gravel. They pecked the wet ground looking for worms or grubs.

A lone squirrel frolicked across the edge of green and routed the birds.

When they swarmed together and lifted to flee, the squirrel scrambled closer to the house. I wondered if he knew he scared them off.

Seconds later, he sat on the porch steps railing with his tail placed over his head like a rain hat. The underside of his tail looked scrawny with a ring of fur around the skin. It reminded me of a new dust mop from a flim-flam salesman with lots of the fringe gone.

A thought crossed my mind. Are the starlings like demons, gathering together to wreak havoc? Are Christians like the squirrel? Christians carrying God’s light within them, do the demons flee from the light? Then the Christian completely unaware huddles in the rain, trying to extinguish the fiery darts of the enemy in their own strength.

Watching the bright eyed little guy, before pondering theological things, I kept thinking, if I were a squirrel, I could tell the other squirrel to quit getting rained on and stop shivering in the cold. Come onto the porch landing under the roof. It’s warmer by the house than in the open air.

When I turned my mind to spiritual warfare, I got thinking of the Scripture in the Old Testament that say a small number of righteous people will send a large number of evil people running.

Lev 26:1  “You shall not make idols for yourselves or erect an image or pillar, and you shall not set up a figured stone in your land to bow down to it, for I am the LORD your God.

Lev 26:2  You shall keep my Sabbaths and reverence my sanctuary: I am the LORD.

Lev 26:3  “If you walk in my statutes and observe my commandments and do them,

Lev 26:4  then I will give you your rains in their season, and the land shall yield its increase, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit.

Lev 26:5  Your threshing shall last to the time of the grape harvest, and the grape harvest shall last to the time for sowing. And you shall eat your bread to the full and dwell in your land securely.

Lev 26:6  I will give peace in the land, and you shall lie down, and none shall make you afraid. And I will remove harmful beasts from the land, and the sword shall not go through your land.

Lev 26:7  You shall chase your enemies, and they shall fall before you by the sword.

Lev 26:8  Five of you shall chase a hundred, and a hundred of you shall chase ten thousand, and your enemies shall fall before you by the sword.

Lev 26:9  I will turn to you and make you fruitful and multiply you and will confirm my covenant with you.

As I read further, God tells what will happen to those that disobey Him and worship false gods and make idols. Then, it’s the opposite. People will be afraid, crops will fail and enemies will overtake them. Yowza.

I also considered Elijah. He thoroughly defeated the prophets of Baal through God’s great power, and when the evil queen Jezebel threatened him, he ran away feeling defeated. He was hungry and exhausted, and that is exactly when the enemy of our soul will hit, when we are weak. God sent an angel to feed him. God showed Elijah that he was not alone. Many people believed in God like he did. It’s in 1 Kings 18 and 1 Kings 19. More and more of the Old Testament stories are being proved true by reputable historians of their day and by archaeological findings in our day.

After the days of Jesus, Josephus was an honored historian and he wrote of Jesus. Josephus was not a follower of Jesus, just an impartial observer.

Anyway, I hope this finds you blessed by God.

Belief

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I’ve been reading the book, Where the Wild Rose Blooms, by Lori Wick, copyrighted in 1996 and published by Harvest House Publishers; Eugene, OR.

Two of the characters believe in God and even pray, but they think they can live their lives on their own, with their own strength. The author has the characters relying on their own resources and being proud of their accomplishments, never understanding that their intelligence, their job opportunities, their families, their looks, and their personalities were all a gift from God. Whenever hard things came their way, they could pray and believe God wanted to help them, or they could get mad at Him, stiffen their resolve and push forward.

I remember a friend telling me that she and the children got into a car accident. I asked if they were okay. “We didn’t get hurt,” she said.

“Praise God,” I said.

“I blamed Him,” she said.

We talked a little further, but she didn’t want to, so we changed the subject. She kept a tidy home and I never saw a trace of dirt on her daughter and son when we came over to visit. She liked predictability in life I think.

I’ve noticed that life goes its own way. I make my plans and sometimes things go the way I think they will. Other times, I shift from my list and at the end of the day make an accounting of where the hours went. Sometimes I’m content with it and at other times, the idea that poor choices prevailed slams my brain.

I like believing in God in a way that became new to me as a teenager. Not just knowing about God, but learning that God wanted to be in a relationship with me. Asking God to be in charge of my life frees me to relax and to trust in His guiding hand when things happen that are out of my control. Reading the Bible and being able to understand it occurred after I asked Jesus to be my Lord and Savior. Wanting to serve others doesn’t come naturally to me, but the desire to do so grew after I believed in God in my heart instead of just in my thoughts.

This book by Lori Wick gets into a few of these things some of the time. I like reading fiction that entertains and gets me thinking.

2Corinthians_5:17 , (KJV) says, “ Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”

That’s how I felt: new inside so that nature shone with a greater beauty and a love for people sprang up in a fuller way. I’m not perfect. I’m not always peaceful when things get rough, I don’t always feel loving when faced with difficult folks, but I’m changed from what I used to be. To God be the glory.

May God bless you. I pray you’ll know Him personally if you don’t already. He knows you and He loves you. He believes in you and He wants you to believe in Him. Just start reading the Gospel of John.

God Blesses

God has been blessing my family and me lately, not because we’re good, but because He’s good.

I ordered a Dragon Speak Upgrade after calling Nuance Co. to be sure I didn’t need an original product to upgrade from. The customer service representative said the product could stand on its own. When it didn’t, they made it right. They requested receipts and had a record of my conversations as proof that all was legitimate.

My daughter and her husband need a better car and his mom sold them hers for a good deal.

I read in the book of Luke near the end where Jesus gave up His life for us, taking on the punishment for our sins. Since He was willing to give up His physical life for everyone, it makes sense that He would provide for our material needs.

He’s not a cash register in the sky, but He does say in Matthew, chapter 6 that if we would seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, then all the food and clothing we needed would be provided for us by Him.

There is so much insight in the book of Matthew. A pastor I met years ago told me to read Matthew chapters four through seven as often as I could and they would benefit me. The Beatitudes are in those chapters.

I hope you are seeking God in these turbulent times. I’ve asked Him to prove Himself or to show me answers to questions that arose from things I read in the Bible, and I’ve never been disappointed. Sometimes I’d hear a sermon on the radio or I’d ask a more mature Christian to please explain something for me. I’d read the Bible and the thing I wondered about would come up in another section and I’d have clarity. God is good. He answers prayer.

May God bless you and yours.

Borrow or Buy

Where the Wild Rose Blooms Rocky Mountain Memories - Wick, Lori - Paperback

I went to the library to borrow some books for research. I read a comment by author Jerry Jenkins about relaxing at night with a light novel. So, I picked up a book by Lori Wick from the Rocky Mountain Memories Series, the first one, called Where the Wild Rose Blooms. The book was published by Harvest House Publishers and copyrighted in 1996 by Lori Wick.

It’s light reading compared to the non-fiction books I chose, but this book reminds me to read the Bible and to treat others as I’d like to be treated. She weaves these ideas into the story in a way that I appreciate.

Another book I took out of the library that I blogged about before is written by Michael Hyatt and Daniel Harkavy entitled, Living Forward: A Proven Plan to Stop Drifting and Get the Life You Want. It’s published by Baker Books from Grand Rapids, MI and copyrighted in 2016. As I went through the book, I was offered an opportunity to do some things online if I’d purchased the book and I was interested in doing those things. Also, Christian Book Distributor was announcing a grand sale, and this book happened to be half their regular price. So, I bought the book.Living Forward Book

I’m keeping the original copy from the library until the purchased one shows up so I can keep working on their exercises. When I started it, I got thinking I may want to buy my own. My husband has used Stephen R. Covey’s books on self-management for years and a small portion of this new book is similar to Mr. Covey’s book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons of Personal Change. It was copyrighted in 1989 and published by Fireside, a division of Simon & Schuster, New York, NY.The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.jpg

I read the 7 Habits book, but for some reason I never finished it. Not ready for it, I guess. I use the Franklin Covey planner every year and it would behoove me to read the 7 Habits book. Maybe I will when I finish the Living Forward book.

I see why the authors of Living Forward suggest the reader take a day off from their routine and work on the life plan they suggest. I began it last Thursday when I had a full half day free to myself. I’m wordier than many, I’m sure. So, the first exercise took me a while and struck my emotions. I hope to work on it again tomorrow and hopefully get quite a bit of it done. I just got hired to do a project and I am definitely starting that tomorrow. Those are two of my top three priorities. I’m reading my Bible more, with God’s help.

Do you buy books you started to read in the library? I’ve purchased at least four this year. Two of them were writing books. One was a Bible study, and then this latest one is on goal setting and life plans. I rarely purchase a fiction book that I borrow unless it’s really long and I can’t get it finished in time. I tend to buy reference books. I know there’s lots of info on the internet. I just like books, what can I say?

May God bless!

What Does God Want?

 

We enjoyed a pleasant visit with friends and some fine food last night. The lady of the house loves to cook and they both enjoy people. So, she and her husband invited us and another pastor and his wife to their home. The pastor’s wife has a ministry in mind that all six of us are interested in, but we all agreed to pray about it, before beginning. She gave us an introduction to the classes by giving us the book for leaders. Her husband helped set up the video so we could see the people that began this opportunity to bless others.

Her husband can help, but his church and the denomination they serve under has increased his role in other churches, so his time is limited. They also hope to use our location since their church is far away from most folks.

I liked the fact that we’re going to pray before we decide for sure if we’ll step out and make this commitment.

We haven’t seen the host and hostess at their home for a couple of years, so it was nice to talk to them and to get to know the other pastor and his wife better. We’re not in the same denomination, so we don’t run into them very often.

I know God wants us to love Him and to walk humbly before Him, and if I can I’ll find the verse that says something to that effect. This verse talks about humility, but it’s not the one I was thinking of: 1Peter_5:5 , (KJV), Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.

I had to ask my husband and he found it right away. Micah 6:8, (KJV),  He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?

Occasionally, He wants us to step outside of our comfort zone to serve others not in our own little world. I guess that’s pretty clear with the story of the Good Samaritan.

Luke 10:25, (KJV)  And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?

Luk 10:26  He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou?

Luk 10:27  And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.

Luk 10:28  And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live.

Luk 10:29  But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbour?

Luk 10:30  And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.

Luk 10:31  And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.

Luk 10:32  And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side.

Luk 10:33  But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him,

Luk 10:34  And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.

Luk 10:35  And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee.

Luk 10:36  Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves?

Luk 10:37  And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.

The Jews and the Samaritans did not associate with each other. They walked miles out of their way to avoid going through the others’ territory.

God’s ways are not our ways, it tells us in the book of Isaiah.

Isa_55:8, (KJV),  For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.

Isa_55:9  For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

God gets me thinking, that’s for sure. Yet, He makes it clear what He wants, if I’m willing to read His book and figure it out.

May God bless you.

Consider Others

Jesus said in Matthew_10:38, (KJV),  “And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.”

Today, I went to a Ladies Bible study at the nursing home on this dark, rainy day. One of the ladies is in her early sixties, single and disabled. She recently got moved to a smaller room away from the nurses’ station. The overhead television set was there and she got used to sitting by the attendants and watching her favorite game show at 3:00 p.m.

Now, for whatever reason, they don’t want her sitting by them anymore in her wheelchair and they won’t let her watch the television program. So, she told us she’s been crying day and night for a few days now.

We asked her to pray, we asked her to sing – she has a wonderful voice. Then we decided to sing a few songs worshiping Jesus. The atmosphere changed, she smiled and felt better. An elderly lady told her to sing to Jesus when she feels sad. “Change that room into yours,” she said. “Pray to Jesus, He’ll help you.”

The lady that normally reads the Bible for us came into the room a tiny bit grumpy. Not complaining, but out of sorts. She’s 94 years old, probably aching. I know she was cold because she appreciated her crocheted blanket draped over her shoulders.

I watched our reader settle back and wait while the younger woman shared her woes, before we sang. She “took up her cross,” and put her own desires aside awhile. Finally she spoke up. “Are we ever going to get to the Bible?”

Everyone agreed the time had arrived to stop ministering and to dive into the Word of God. That ministered to this younger woman. Afterwards, she exhibited a calmer countenance, an enthusiasm to spend time with God, and an interest in reaching out to others.

I’ve found in my own life when feeling down that when I shifted my attention to fulfilling someone else’s need, those “blue” feelings disappeared. Praise God!

How are you doing?

May God bless you.

God is on the Move

I’ve noticed that God accomplishes all that He wants to accomplish despite economic downturns, drought, troubles of any kind, and people’s predictions. He put Babylonian visitors inside the king of Israel’s home. King Hezekiah showed them every bit of riches he’d accumulated. The Babylonians were not close to Israel in proximity. God knew He was going to use the Babylonians to punish the Jews for their idolatry and also to strengthen them through adversity so as to draw them closer to Him.

2Kings 20:12, (KJV),  At that time Berodachbaladan, the son of Baladan, king of Babylon, sent letters and a present unto Hezekiah: for he had heard that Hezekiah had been sick.

2Ki 20:13  And Hezekiah hearkened unto them, and shewed them all the house of his precious things, the silver, and the gold, and the spices, and the precious ointment, and all the house of his armour, and all that was found in his treasures: there was nothing in his house, nor in all his dominion, that Hezekiah shewed them not.

2Ki 20:14  Then came Isaiah the prophet unto king Hezekiah, and said unto him, What said these men? and from whence came they unto thee? And Hezekiah said, They are come from a far country, even from Babylon.

2Ki 20:15  And he said, What have they seen in thine house? And Hezekiah answered, All the things that are in mine house have they seen: there is nothing among my treasures that I have not shewed them.

2Ki 20:16  And Isaiah said unto Hezekiah, Hear the word of the LORD.

2Ki 20:17  Behold, the days come, that all that is in thine house, and that which thy fathers have laid up in store unto this day, shall be carried into Babylon: nothing shall be left, saith the LORD.

2Ki 20:18  And of thy sons that shall issue from thee, which thou shalt beget, shall they take away; and they shall be eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon.

2Ki 20:19  Then said Hezekiah unto Isaiah, Good is the word of the LORD which thou hast spoken. And he said, Is it not good, if peace and truth be in my days?

Hezekiah used to pray to the Lord when he was sick or in trouble. Then he changed and turned to other kings for help in time of war or went to the physicians when he was sick. He lost his way with God. He was not concerned for his offspring.

I get concerned when I learn that a king whom God healed turned to the physicians and ignored God altogether. I know God doesn’t object to doctors. Yet, I remember a time when I had a sinus infection from November until February, going to the doctor every time the antibiotic ran out because I wasn’t healing up. I was younger then, maybe in my thirties. Finally, after three months I cried out to God. Within a couple of days the sinus infection cleared up. I learned my lesson. I pray first and do natural healthy things, like drink more water, eat an apple, try to get more vitamin C in my body, exercise, rest and sometimes drink Echinacea tea. If those don’t work, I ask God if He wants me to go to the doctor.

I don’t always hear from God, so then I’ll make the decision to go. All I know is that we have an enemy of our souls that’s been caricatured in cartoons and publications so people don’t believe he’s real.

The apostle Peter wrote to the followers of Jesus:

1Peter 5:5, (KJV),  Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.

1Pe 5:6  Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:

1Pe 5:7  Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

1Pe 5:8  Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

1Pe 5:9  Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.

1Pe 5:10  But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.

1Pe 5:11  To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

God knows who will be president of the United States of America and which nations will align with other nations. He’s got everything under control. Everything. We’re to do our part and He will do His part and we can rest and be at peace. He’s calling more believers into His kingdom in these end times, and unfortunately, many believers will leave the faith in end times because of the wiles of the enemy. That is why Peter tells us to beware of the evil one and to resist him and to draw close to God.

Jesus defeated the devil with His death on the cross, but He also warned His disciples that some would hear the word of God and believe and then leave Him when times get rough, in the parable of the seeds and the sower:

Luke 8:4, (KJV),  And when much people were gathered together, and were come to him out of every city, he spake by a parable:

Luk 8:5  A sower went out to sow his seed: and as he sowed, some fell by the way side; and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the air devoured it.

Luk 8:6  And some fell upon a rock; and as soon as it was sprung up, it withered away, because it lacked moisture.

Luk 8:7  And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprang up with it, and choked it.

Luk 8:8  And other fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bare fruit an hundredfold. And when he had said these things, he cried, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.

Luk 8:9  And his disciples asked him, saying, What might this parable be?

Luk 8:10  And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand.

Luk 8:11  Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.

Luk 8:12  Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.

Luk 8:13  They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away.

Luk 8:14  And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection.

Luk 8:15  But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.

I’d rather go through hard times here on earth than to suffer for all of eternity in the lake of fire that was designed for Lucifer, the fallen angel and the angels that followed him instead of remaining with God.

Isa 14:10  All they shall speak and say unto thee, Art thou also become weak as we? art thou become like unto us?

Isa 14:11  Thy pomp is brought down to the grave, and the noise of thy viols: the worm is spread under thee, and the worms cover thee.

Isa 14:12  How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!

Isa 14:13  For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:

Isa 14:14  I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.

Isa 14:15  Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.

Isa 14:16  They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms;

Isa 14:17  That made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof; that opened not the house of his prisoners?

And in Matthew 25:41, Jesus said,   “Then the king will say to those on his left, ‘Get away from me! You are under God’s curse. Go into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels!’”

2Peter 2:4, (KJV),  For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;

2Pe 2:5  And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;

2Pe 2:6  And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly;

2Pe 2:7  And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked:

2Pe 2:8  (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;)

2Pe 2:9  The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:

God is on the move and I believe He wants us to be on the move for His righteousness sake as well as for the welfare of others.

May God bless you.

Perseverance, Anyone?

As I read in the book of Luke today, I noticed Jesus telling people to ask and keep on asking. Knock and keep on knocking. Seek and keep on seeking, and ye shall find. I paraphrased it from Luke 11:9.

Matthew 6:33 tells us not to be anxious for anything, another paraphrase.

If you have anything overwhelming you, you are not alone. Hold on to Jesus. Read the Bible for encouragement and direction. Pray and rest in God’s promises. Whatever you are going through, others are, too. My mom used to say, “This too shall pass.”

I heard yesterday that a high percentage of what people worry about never comes to fruition. It might have been 77%. That’s a lot of worrying over nothing.

Well, I am determined to get to bed earlier than normal, so I bid you a great night.

May God bless you.