How About You?

I finally finished reading the book of Job today and when I got to the part where God says, in Job 38:2 and beyond, (NKJV):

“Who is this who darkens counsel

By words without knowledge?

 

3 Now prepare yourself like a man;

I will question you and you shall

answer Me.

 

4 “Where were you when I laid the

foundations of the earth? Tell Me,

if you have understanding.

 

5 Who determined its measurements?

Surely you know! Or who stretched the

line upon it?

 

6 To what were its foundations fastened?

Or who laid its cornerstone

 

7 When the morning stars sang together,

And all the sons of God shouted for joy?

 

8 Or who shut in the sea with doors, When it

Burst forth and tossed from the womb;

 

 

I got a chill reading those words.

 

How about you?

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Quotes on the Resurrection & Historical Jesus

I didn’t realize so many historians wrote about Jesus from the earlier years in A.D. and then later as others looked back in time.

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“There are, very clearly, at least nineteen early pagan writers who refer to Jesus Christ as an actual, real-life, historical figure: Tacitus, a great historian of Rome; Suetonius, also a historian; Pliny the Younger, one of the leaders of the Roman Empire; Epictetus; Lucian; Aristides; Galenus; Lampridius; Dio Cassius; Emeritus; Annianus (or Anianus); Marcellinu; Eunapius; and Zosimus. Some wrote entire works about Jesus, such as Lucian, Celsus (the first great antagonist, who wrote a whole book attacking Christianity), Porphyry, Hieracles, and Julian the Apostate (p. 75)
–D. James Kennedy, doctorate in comparative religions from New York University, Skeptics Answered: Handling Tough Questions About the Christian Faith, 1997

“Flavius Josephus was the most highly reputed Jewish historian. Born in AD 37, shortly after Christ’s death, he wrote about the Jew’s history and wars. He also was a general in the Jewish army.” (p.76)
–D. James Kennedy, doctorate in comparative religions from…

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Independent or Not?

God Will Make a Way    -     By: Dr. Henry Cloud, Dr. John Townsend
https://www.christianbook.com/god-will-make-a-way/henry-cloud/9781591454298/pd/454298

Have you ever been bombarded with the same information over and over again? I remember hearing preachers on Christian radio years ago and they all had the same message. I really didn’t think they got together and decided to put their unique spin on the exact topic. These pastors were from California and Texas and New York and maybe a Mid-western state. I asked a college professor if she thought God gave these various men and women the same idea to speak on. She thought they all got together and decided to talk about the similar passages.

Really?

In my biased opinion, the Holy Spirit gently led them to identical concepts. So what do I keep running into lately? Dependence on God. I heard it twice from two different pastors in church on Sunday–part of their sermons.

Then I read about it in Celebrate Recovery materials. Also, in a book I’ve owned for years and somehow didn’t read until lately: God Will Make a Way: What to Do When You Don’t Know What to Do. It’s written by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend. Integrity Publishers, Nashville, TN published it in 2002 and the authors copyrighted it that year. Their dedication says, “TO ALL THOSE WHO ARE LOOKING FOR GOD AND THE WAY THAT HE PROVIDES FOR US.”

I like to think that I depend on God, but when I look at my life I realize that sometimes I depend on God. Other times, I set my mind to do a certain task, start out with gusto, and then begin to slow down, falter and end up put-putting like a little car in a cartoon running out of gasoline. Completely stalled and occasionally bewildered.

So, I keep running into the advice and even give it out, “Spend time with God first and then make your plans.”

I noticed today that I had a stinky attitude and then I started reading in the book of Job. Even though it can be a downer to read all of what Job went through, I felt so much better just having spent some time in God’s word.

I’ve picked up some new habits and my husband helps around the house, so my organizing is going better and the meetings for support help, but I’m losing enthusiasm. I’ve decided I need to ask God wholeheartedly to help me with this like I’ve done over the years for other situations when I knew I couldn’t change on my own. I just couldn’t. I’m totally dependent on God even when I don’t realize it or when I don’t want to acknowledge it. I need to get over the idea that I have control over anything. I don’t. Sigh. 🙂

Well, that’s it for tonight. God is good and He’s in control. May He bless you big time. 🙂

The Book of Job

I’ve been reading the book of Job, and I have to tell you, I am blessed by my friends. I don’t think I’ve ever been in a place of hurt and had my friends say, “You sinner, if you’d only stop sinning your crisis would disappear.”

I have some friends I’ve known for the majority of my life. I have had good times and bad times in childhood and beyond, but overall, I count myself fortunate. God came into my horizon early. Some folks never hear of God other than in a swear word. I found that out some time ago in a small town in Upstate, NY.

I heard a little girl swearing up a storm. I asked her to stop using Jesus’ name as a swear word. She asked me what I was talking about, so I told her Jesus is God’s Son, or maybe I said, “God the Son.”

She never knew that and before I could say much more, off she ran. How my heart broke for her. We moved away so I never saw her again, but I prayed for that little one.

God knows right where she is and He loves her.

I hope this finds you well, and not suffering like Job, although if you have a relationship with God like Job did, you can count yourself very favored by God. Not that I understand everything about the book of Job and definitely not everything about God. I don’t think that’s possible.

What do you think of the book of Job?

God bless you!

Writing for Good

www.createspace.com/LoginProc.do took me a little hunting to find today, because I wasn’t sure exactly what I was looking for in regards to self-publishing with Amazon.

My daughter and her good friend, a surrogate daughter to me stopped over the house today. My daughter wanted to see her friend and the new baby. They met around 10 years ago in the state of MO. Some years back, the young lady decided to leave the warm state of Missouri and come to the cooler climate of NYS.

Seems God wanted her here, because she settled in and eventually a young man came along and they got married. She went to college for graphic arts and I want to develop a website, so I told her I’d love to have her help. She agreed, so after lunch and visit time ended, I got onto a domain hosting site and then realized I’m not quite ready to take that step yet.

There’s more to starting a website than I anticipated. So, I decided to check out Createspace.com, an Amazon company and discovered that I’m not ready for that either. I’ve started writing booklets that people seem interested in, and I thought I’d do one at a time, but as I read the details, it appears booklets to books is not what they do. That may be only in the fiction realm according to an article I read by James Scott Bell in the May-June 2017 issue of “Christian Communicator.”

He talks about short stories published under Kindle Select by Amazon under the Kindle Direct Approach in his article entitled, “Short and Strategic” under the Marketing banner in the periodical. I need to get more information. I heard at a conference that an author needs to spend as much time on marketing as they do on writing.

The short stories need to stand alone and each one can be a chapter in a novel. If you get a chance, pick up a copy of the magazine from American Christian Writers. There’s more than I could ethically quote since it’s copyrighted. Each month or bi-monthly, I learn more on the craft of writing from the “Christian Communicator.”

My daughter ended up critiquing my first booklet. She only made a few suggestions so that encouraged me.

I know God says to seek Him and the kingdom of righteousness first and all the material needs we encounter will be provided for. That’s in Matthew 6:33. I am trying to do that, and making it happen more often because of making the effort.

May God bless you.

I Love a Prisoner

 

I went to the library to return a couple of books and hopefully do some writing. I heard about an author I may like, so I took out one of her tomes, and as I reached the circulation desk I got a nice surprise. I ran into a young lady that started attending our church regularly and then stopped. I prayed I’d see her again. God answers prayer!

I said hello but backed off. She told me she’d call me tonight, so I said, “Okay.”

Just before going to the library, I wrote a letter to someone whom I love dearly. That person ended up in prison. As I jotted down my thoughts, I added a small amount of Scripture. Then I mentioned the verse from 1 Corinthians 2:12 (WEB): Now the natural man doesn’t receive the things of God’s Spirit, for they are foolishness to him, and he can’t know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

I had to hear over and over again that Jesus Christ, the Jewish Messiah, God the Son, came to earth for all mankind. He took on all the sins of the world – the spotless, sinless Lamb of God.

How could He stand it?

Now if we believe on Him, and repent, and receive His sacrificial gift of taking our sins, He’ll give us peace, freedom, heaven instead of hell, joy, love, kindness, goodness, meekness, strength and provision. He forgives us and asks us to forgive others so we don’t get bitter and poisoned inside. Once we make Him our Lord and Savior, the Bible becomes understandable to us. It may take us a lifetime to get through it over and over again. We may comprehend a lot of it. Yet, I’ll bet there are things I won’t get until I stand before my God and King in heaven and see what He wants me to see.

My husband and I got watching a movie tonight called “Hacksaw Ridge,” rated R for violence. It’s based on a true story of a Christian man who wanted to be in WWII as a medic as a conscientious objector and they didn’t know what to make of him.

My husband said, “War is ugly.”

When we go our own way and ignore God’s way, we are prisoners to self and the ruler of this world – Satan, even though we’re not aware of belonging to him. So Paul wrote in the New Testament.

After watching this movie, I know one of my duties as a Christian. I need to continue to pray for prisoners and for our troops and for my country and for folks around the world.

May God bless you.

Medieval Days

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About two weeks ago, I took my grandchildren to our local library. Then three days later, we went to another of the branch libraries.

While there, the six year old insisted on a chapter book like the oldest was getting. I said, “No, you’re not able to read it yet.”

It was close to supper time, Mommy was due to return the next day, they all had busy days so their patience was almost gone; mine, too, so I gave in.

We picked two middle grade chapter books for this kindergartener, which never got opened.

Before one of them came due I decided to read it. It’s a Newberry Medal winner entitled, The Door in the Wall by Marguerite De Angeli.

She wrote and illustrated it beautifully and had it copyrighted in 1949. It was published by Doubleday & Company, Inc. from Garden City, NY all those years ago.

I really like books about medieval times. I read one that I own, written and autographed by Ethel Herr, called Dr. Oma: the Healing Wisdom of Countess Juliana Von Stolberg (Chosen Daughter), copyrighted in 2006.

P & R Publishing from Phillipsburg, NJ published her book.

As much as I like reading about medieval times, I always think I’m happier living now. Women didn’t have much of a chance to live a life of their own choosing. Living in America gives me opportunities that other women may not have as well. I’m aware of that. Something else I understand is that I don’t really know what it’s like to be in situations outside of my ken.

No matter where I live, I’ve purposed in my heart to follow hard after Jesus. That will keep me as content as any human being can be this side of heaven.

May God bless you.