Bluebirds

Do you ever feel like you’re hitting your head against the wall, to borrow an oft-used cliche? I decided to take a picture of a puzzle I put together. I sent the picture to my e-mail account. Then I opened it and copied it, but when I went to paste it on WordPress it didn’t work. Then WordPress disappeared. I tried to re-open it and the computer told me I have no internet connection. Which I knew was a lie, because a quarter of an inch from the WordPress tab was my e-mail tab and it was functioning. So, I re-opened WordPress, ignored the lie and walked away and seconds later WordPress was open. So, I searched my computer for the bluebirds and the download is gone. When I went to the world icon and typed in the JPEG code, it showed up but I couldn’t get it to open. Aargh!

My husband came to the rescue, thank You. Lord.

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This is a puzzle from a company in Buffalo, NY, buffalogames.com, and the shapes of the pieces are unique and challenging themselves. I took the photograph with a Smart phone and that’s the best photo of about eight tries. The white shiny spot is from the light overhead, so it doesn’t accurately portray the beauty of the picture. I bought it because I like birds and the quality of the color and thickness of the material impressed me.

When I look at bluebirds and cardinals and blue jays and robins and big black crows I think how creative God is and we are creative as well.

I’m blogging at the end of a very long day. So I will sign off.

May God bless you. I have a verse on a bulletin board over my desk. A note says: Isaiah 26:3 “You will keep him in perfect peace Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.”  Ahh. Peace.

Unusual Week

I know people don’t have the same opinion as I do sometimes. Yet, I have to say, “God is good.”

My car acted up the other day, so I took it to the shop and they were so busy they couldn’t look at it that day. They checked it over and called experts and couldn’t get the problem to repeat itself. I don’t know how much time they spent. They drove it at least twice. They checked the wiring for a loose connection. When my husband drove me over, I asked how much I owed. “No charge.”

We’ve been customers of theirs for probably nine years now if not longer, but it’s that kind of service that keeps us returning. They know we use them for most of our automotive needs and we keep our cars until they’re not usable anymore. So as the cars age, they get more business from us in repairs. They practice integrity and we reward them by continuing on as their regulars.

That’s what author Stephen Covey called a win/win situation.

I found an exercising group for older folks at a local home for disabled and/or elderly adults today.

Last Saturday I hurt my back. It’s almost totally normal now, but when we did leg lifts from a sitting position in a chair, I thought, No way am I going to chance re-injuring those muscles. So, ladies in their seventies and eighties did most of the routine and I skipped at least a third of it. That humbled my pride. 🙂

My husband and I listened to Richard Wurmbrandt tonight, a Jewish man persecuted for his belief in Christ in a Communist country. He was in prison for 14 years and suffered terribly. Tonight I heard him say he felt bad that he got out after only 14 years. “Who will witness to the torturers if all the persecuted Christians get out?”

He’s 80 now. He got released years ago and almost didn’t leave, but the other prisoners told him to go and tell the world about Jesus and the fact that Christians are suffering for their faith.

How can I say that God is good when people suffer? Just because others choose to act in despicable ways doesn’t mean that God isn’t good. It means that what He has said about human beings is correct. We all fall short of His glory. That’s in the book of Romans.

We need Jesus to change us into less despicable acting folks. We needed Jesus to take our sins on Him so we can go to heaven and live with God, our perfect Father. God sees the overall picture. He’s good and He asks us to be a part of His kingdom, even while we’re still alive on earth. He wants us to represent Him – loving, kind, compassionate, just, merciful, giving so people will of their own accord come to faith and change their wicked ways with His help.

Richard Wurmbrandt really gets this and tries to let Americans and persons of other nationalities know this.

I hope lots of people will know that God is good, so they’ll turn to Him and receive His love and citizenship in heaven one day.

I’m ending here because I am really trying to sleep earlier at night. Last night, I was up much later than normal.

By the way, I’m going to meet a friend tomorrow to catch up with each other. I haven’t seen her in at least two years. Another unusual event and I’ll skip mentioning the rest.

May God bless you!

 

David Versus Goliath

 

My husband and I watched a movie on Netflix tonight about young David when he first became anointed by the prophet Samuel to become king of Israel. The producer wrote at the outset that the movie was not historically accurate for dramatization effect. They gave the biblical reference for this event and the fight against Goliath. He fought for the Philistines. The information is recorded in 1 Samuel 17 in the Old Testament of the Hoy Bible.

I have to admit that it made me realize what a lowly position David was in as a shepherd. To go from shepherd to king is quite an adjustment to make. The story line got changed quite a bit. We thought the biblical account showed conflict and determination and violence. The television movie upped the ante even more.

David and Goliath (1 Samuel 17:47) Bookmarks, 25(photo from https://www.christianbook.com/david-and-goliath-bookmarks-25/pd/123443?event=ESRCG )

Lately, some of the biblical movies are not only historically inaccurate, but some are so altered as to be offensive. I saw that the film, “Noah” is available on streaming on Netflix. That show radically changed Noah’s life and perspective enough that a pastor at our church left the theater. She said it’s blasphemous. To portray Noah, a godly man, thinking of killing his only grandchild, the only child left after the worldwide flood, shocked me. The rest of the events were bad enough, but that was right in line with people that believe the planet should be worshiped, animals should be protected at all costs, and human kind needs to be catastrophically eliminated so the number of persons is about a third of the number we have today.

God is for life and not for death. It must have broken His heart to start over by punishing mankind with a flood. The Word says the violence and the worst kinds of sin filled the earth. Noah was the only person on the planet whom God called righteous. Even his wife and sons and daughters-in-law did not honor God. After the flood, God made a rainbow as a promise that He would never destroy the earth by water again. The account is found in Genesis 7 in the Old Testament.

The signs of a worldwide flood can be found underground in oil deposits, on top of the earth in mountains, in the Grand Canyon in Arizona – which shows layers of various deposits of soil and minerals. Fish skeleton fossils are found on top of the mountains. Tree fossils are found with the roots on top and the rest of the remains pointing down or laying sideways.

In the book of Job it sounds as if dinosaurs, called dragons back in the day, were on the planet at the same time with man. If Tyrannosaurus Rex walked the land with humans imagine the terrifying violence that would occur when the creature got mad or afraid and decided to lash out. Consider Michael Crichton’s book and the movie version of it, by Steven Spielberg in 1993, “Jurassic Park.” Talk about scary.

To think that God never intended sin or death to be part of our existence here on planet earth, according to Genesis 1. He gave vegetables and fruit for the animals and humans to eat. It wasn’t until after the worldwide flood that God told Noah to eat meat. All the vegetation was washed away.

Later, it wasn’t too long after Noah’s ark landed on dry land that the family’s sinful choices got recorded for all of us to read. I know I’m a sinner. It’s not easy to admit it some days. So God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit decided to make a plan for salvation. One God, three separate persons – like an egg is one egg but there’s the shell, the yolk and the egg white. It’s a mystery that’s hard to fathom.

Jesus, the Messiah, came to earth once to take on the sins of the world so the wrath of God would fall on a willing perfect scapegoat. The Word of God calls Jesus the Lamb of God, the sacrificial unblemished offering. After He died, Jesus got resurrected from the dead by God the Father.

When He comes again, every person on earth will see him and if they’ve ignored Him or rejected Him, they will be terrified. This time He is coming as a warrior to defeat the Evil one and to punish sinful mankind who didn’t repent and accept His free gift of salvation.

I don’t understand it all. Teachings on the end times are in Thessalonians in the New Testament and in Revelation. His commands and prophecy for the future are scary. He came in person, his life story is historically proven, and He wrote a book for us. In 2 Peter 3:9 it says that God is patiently waiting for people to repent, because it’s not His will that any should perish – suffer in hell with the devil. The lake of fire was made for Satan and his demons.

When we choose to reject God, we’ll suffer consequences. Once someone is dead, their fate is sealed. I try not to think about people I know that wouldn’t even listen, and now they’re gone. It’s too heartbreaking.

I didn’t know I would write about this tonight. I asked God what should I write and this came to mind. Many prophesies in the Word of God about Jesus returning are being fulfilled. Certain things have to happen first and most, if not all have already happened. I hope you are ready for Jesus’ return. If not, please look into the Bible before it’s too late. Pray and ask God to show you, if you’re unsure.

May God bless you.