Freedom

Joshua_10:12 , (Webster): Then spoke Joshua to the LORD in the day when the LORD delivered up the Amorites before the children of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel, Sun, stand thou still upon Gibeon, and thou Moon, in the valley of Ajalon.

Jos_10:13  And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies. Is not this written in the book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down about a whole day.

I heard that when scientists calculated time, they ran into some hours where daylight was extended and they were not sure why. Someone told them to consider the Bible and the battle of Joshua where the sun stayed in the sky beyond the normal amount of time. When they added in those extra hours their puzzle was solved.

The book of Joshua is intriguing because it tells the story of Joshua, Moses’ assistant taking over the leadership of the Israeli’s as they enter the Promised Land soon after Moses died.

Joshua needed to negotiate with the two and a half tribes that decided to stay on the opposite side of the Jordan in regards to fighting with the inhabitants of the land. Their warriors chose to fight for the benefit of their brothers and sisters going into the Promised Land and after the pledge got completed, they would return to their portion of property and to their families.

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I think I’m communicating well with someone and then I find out that they didn’t understand what I was saying. Occasionally, I’ll listen to someone and they are clearly articulating their opinion and I will respond and think they agree with me, but they quiet down. Then when I finally realize I missed their point completely, we’re either free to move forward or they decide it’s too much work and they bail out of the relationship.

Joshua found he had to talk to the tribes of Reuben and Gad and half of the tribe of Manasseh to keep things going smoothly for the entire nation of Israel and then Phinehas the priest and heads of the nine tribes needed to address them as recorded in Joshua chapter 22.

Joshua 13:7, (Webster) says:  Now therefore divide this land for an inheritance to the nine tribes, and the half tribe of Manasseh,

Jos 13:8  With whom the Reubenites and the Gadites have received their inheritance, which Moses gave them, beyond Jordan eastward, even as Moses the servant of the LORD gave them.

They wanted to make sure that just because the Jordan divided them that they would not become a divided nation.

Jesus knew about divisiveness and He took an opportunity to instruct His disciples and the Pharisees:

Matthew 12:22, (Webster): Then was brought to him one possessed with a demon, blind and dumb; and he healed him, so that the blind and dumb both spoke and saw.

Mat 12:23  And all the people were amazed, and said, Is not this the son of David?

Mat 12:24  But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This man doth not cast out demons, but by Beelzebub the prince of the demons.

Mat 12:25  And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said to them, Every kingdom divided against itself, is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself, shall not stand.

Mat 12:26  And if Satan casteth out Satan, he is divided against himself; how then shall his kingdom stand?

Mat 12:27  And if I by Beelzebub cast out demons, by whom do your children expel them? therefore they shall be your judges.

Mat 12:28  But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come to you.

Mat 12:29  Or else, how can one enter into a strong man’s house, and seize his goods, except he shall first bind the strong man? and then he will plunder his house.

Mat 12:30  He that is not with me, is against me; and he that gathereth not with me, scattereth abroad.

Mat 12:31  Wherefore I say to you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven to men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Spirit shall not be forgiven to men.

Mat 12:32  And whoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whoever speaketh against the Holy Spirit, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come.

Mat 12:33  Either make the tree good, and its fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and its fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by its fruit.

Mat 12:34  O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaketh.

Mat 12:35  A good man, out of the good treasure of the heart, bringeth forth good things: and an evil man, out of the evil treasure, bringeth forth evil things.

Mat 12:36  But I say to you, That for every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account in the day of judgment.

Mat 12:37  For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.

Mat 12:38  Then certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees answered, saying, Master, we would see a sign from thee.

Mat 12:39  But he answered and said to them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh for a sign, and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonah.

Mat 12:40  For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly: so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.

Mat 12:41  The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: because they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and behold, a greater than Jonah is here.

Mat 12:42  The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for she came from the uttermost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and behold, a greater than Solomon is here.

Joshua’s name means Jesus, also interpreted as Yahweh is salvation. Sources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joshua

http://hermeneutics.stackexchange.com/questions/4122/if-joshua-can-be-translated-why-is-the-name-of-jesus-translated-jesus-but-his

So, Joshua continued the quest to deliver Israel from a slave mentality to the mindset that they were free and cherished by God and capable warriors against evil.

Jesus came from heaven as God the Son, the Son of David to set people free from sin and from the power of the enemy. He defeated the devil at the cross and purchased our redemption from God’s wrath due to our sinful nature and reconciled us to God. The devil got defeated and his power got short-circuited and Jesus enabled mankind to be victorious through Him.

According to a professor I heard way back in the 1990’s from Elim Bible Institute, whose name I forget, Satan is held on a tight leash when people love God and seek to follow His ways. When mankind turns away from God and lives a life pleasing to them, disregarding God, the leash loosens, so to speak, and the enemies’ power over people increases.

That’s why every time the Israelites served false gods and idols, God allowed them to go their separate ways and in effect said, “Let your other gods take care of you.”

Sometimes they repented and called out to God after seven years, sometimes they suffered for decades. In the book of Judges, God sent them another judge to fight on their behalf many times.

Why did the generations not learn from their grandfathers or their fathers or older brothers? I don’t know. Sometimes I figure things out right away. Other times, I’m learning and re-learning and re-learning and then it clicks and sinks in.

I’m very grateful for a compassionate and loving and merciful God. When I see young people making the same mistakes I made years ago, and I see the times we’re living in, I pray that God will get through to them quicker than He got through to me. Some sins will keep Christians out of heaven because they think God winks at sin. Paul continually said to the Gentiles that they needed to stay on the narrow path, with other words. In 1 Corinthians 6:8, (Webster), Paul says to Christians, “But ye do wrong, and defraud, and that your brethren.

1Co 6:9  Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,

1Co 6:10  Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.

1Co 6:11  And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

1Co 6:12  All things are lawful to me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.

1Co 6:13  Meats for the belly, and the belly for meats: but God will destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for lewdness, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body.

1Co 6:14  And God hath both raised up the Lord, and will also raise up us by his own power.

1Co 6:15  Know ye not, that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of a harlot? By no means.

1Co 6:16  What? know ye not that he who is joined to a harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh.

1Co 6:17  But he that is joined to the Lord is one spirit.

1Co 6:18  Flee lewdness. Every sin that a man doeth, is without the body; but he that committeth lewdness, sinneth against his own body.

1Co 6:19  What, know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit which is in you, which ye have from God, and ye are not your own?

1Co 6:20  For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.

Paul keeps admonishing the Corinthians, so they’ll know how to live in a manner that pleases God. They used to be Gentiles and serve idols. He gives them hope in 1 Cor. 10:13, (Webster) :

There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above what ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

And in verse 14 he tells them to flee idolatry. He wants them to be set free from sin, addictions, people pleasing, afflictions, and oppression from the devil, etc.

Martin Luther King, Jr. had a famous saying that is repeated often today, “Free at last, Free at last, Thank God almighty we are free at last.”Martin Luther King Jr.

The source for that quote and image is: http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/10538-free-at-last-free-at-last-thank-god-almighty-we

May God bless you.

 

 

 

 

Marriage Takes Work

 

I’ve been hearing a lot about marriage ever since I started writing about it the past few days.

I heard a couple speak about their marriage on Focus on the Family radio broadcast yesterday. The woman said they found out after the wedding that despite having many interests in common, they discovered they were exact opposites in their personality traits and in the way they did things.

The man said it added flavor and spice to their interactions and he wouldn’t have it any other way. She agreed.

That surprised me. I’ve heard other people say the same thing, but their differences drove each other crazy.

So, how do you work things out?

  • Be willing to try things another way. You may find you like his favorite lunch: a peanut butter onion sandwich, if you take a bite.

  • When your spouse rolls the toothpaste tube up tight and you like it flat, consider if that is worth even arguing about. Do you have control issues? Talk about it, or pray about it and then bring it up, or gasp! – ignore it. It’s easy to get over things if you don’t build them up. Maybe be grateful that your spouse brushes their teeth in the first place.

  • When both parties are not tired, make a list of things you like to do together. If there isn’t anything, ask what they like to do and see if you can force yourself to go. Stepping into the other person’s world can bring a connection worth any initial discomfort. If you hate it, be honest and tell your partner that it’s just not for you. At least now you probably have an understanding of the job or hobby and it’s an area you can talk about.

When you love someone, you want what’s best for them. If you’ve lost that loving feeling, become a detective and look for things you like about your spouse.

Concentrate on the positive attributes and try to ignore the minor annoyances. When you try and bless the other person, they will notice and usually pay attention. That’s a great first step to re-kindle the spark that ignited early in your romantic relationship.

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I’m not very familiar with arranged marriages, but I’ve met some people that started marriage due to their parents’ agreement with another family. They seemed content with one another.

If a person finds themselves in a marriage with someone with serious issues, many folks find help with a marriage counselor’s assistance.

To me, a marriage is worth working on to strengthen the bond between man and wife. I remember a friend of mine back in high school. She was an art student. She showed me her arm and the way it curved. She said it’s perfectly designed to fit with a man’s arm.She found that fascinating. An arm linked with the arm of a person of the same sex does not meld together.

In the book of Genesis, near the beginning, God made man and then He made woman to be a helpmate for him. Men have strengths and women have strengths and they complement each other.

In our home, if one of us is better at paying bills and keeping a budget, that person does the work regardless of their gender. If one of us likes to garden and the other doesn’t, then the other gets to totally ignore the garden and the landscaping and the other gets to choose plants and dig in the dirt until the sun goes down if they want to.

1 Corinthians chapter 7 gives principles of marriage: these include showing affection for one another and realising that since they became one flesh they don’t have authority over their own bodies, but their spouse has authority over the other’s body. So they should not deprive the other person without permission from their spouse. Even then, Paul says it should not be for a long time so they don’t get tempted by someone else.

There’s so much about marriage, I could write a book, which is why I started to. I don’tknow if I’ll write anymore about marriage for a while. I’ll have to pray about it. I just know that the longer I’m married, the more I appreciate God coming up with the model of marriage for men and women. Marriage gives men respect, purpose and stability. It gives women love, value and security, to name a few benefits for both sexes.

May God bless you.

Again, God is Good

I’ve heard this dozens of times: “God is good, all the time” and then someone answers, “and all the time, God is good.”

Where did that come from? I looked online, but there wasn’t a clear source.

I’m assuming it’s from Scripture. Here’s an example: Matthew 19:13, (KJV):  Then were there brought unto him little children, that he should put his hands on them, and pray: and the disciples rebuked them.

Mat 19:14  But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.

Mat 19:15  And he laid his hands on them, and departed thence.

Mat 19:16  And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?

Mat 19:17  And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.

Another example is in Psalm 73:1  A Psalm of Asaph. (KJV): Truly God is good to Israel, even to such as are of a clean heart.

Speaking of Israel, from what I understand, President Donald Trump intends to support Israel. Psalm_122:6, (KJV) says: “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.”

Those that love Jerusalem will prosper.

God’s ways are hard to figure sometimes, but when He says something, He means it. He loves all the nations:

Rev_7:9  After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;

Mentioning heaven, it says in Rev_21:24, (KJV):  “And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it.

Rev 21:25  And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there.

Rev 21:26  And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it.

Rev 21:27  And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.”

Rev_22:2  In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

Because God is good, He wants healing and prosperity and love to be in the hearts of mankind, and all the fruits of the Spirit listed in Galatians 5:22, (KJV):  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,

Gal 5:23  Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

I hope this finds you well! May God bless you.

Pondering God’s Love

 

When I was reading Psalm 91 today about God protecting His children I asked the Lord if He wanted me to read a certain section of Scripture. I thought He was directing me to the book of Ephesians.

As I read slowly and prayerfully, I got overwhelmed with the idea of God choosing people from all of the nations to be His inheritors through Christ. How wonderful that is!

Then later in the night as I folded laundry and mended a fraying item, I listened to Howard Dayton and his co-host, Steve Moore on Compass 1 financial radio program. They got talking about Ephesians 2 and the fact that we’re all unique and that God has a purpose for us.

I’ve copied the first ten verses of Ephesians chapter 2:

Eph 2:1, (GNB):  In the past you were spiritually dead because of your disobedience and sins.

Eph 2:2  At that time you followed the world’s evil way; you obeyed the ruler of the spiritual powers in space, the spirit who now controls the people who disobey God.

Eph 2:3  Actually all of us were like them and lived according to our natural desires, doing whatever suited the wishes of our own bodies and minds. In our natural condition we, like everyone else, were destined to suffer God’s anger.

Eph 2:4  But God’s mercy is so abundant, and his love for us is so great,

Eph 2:5  that while we were spiritually dead in our disobedience he brought us to life with Christ. It is by God’s grace that you have been saved.

Eph 2:6  In our union with Christ Jesus he raised us up with him to rule with him in the heavenly world.

Eph 2:7  He did this to demonstrate for all time to come the extraordinary greatness of his grace in the love he showed us in Christ Jesus.

Eph 2:8  For it is by God’s grace that you have been saved through faith. It is not the result of your own efforts, but God’s gift, so that no one can boast about it.

Eph 2:9  (SEE 2:8)

Eph 2:10  God has made us what we are, and in our union with Christ Jesus he has created us for a life of good deeds, which he has already prepared for us to do.

 

After that, Dr. David Jeremiah’s show came on and He got talking about God’s love for mankind. While we were yet sinners, Jesus Christ gave His life as a ransom so people could get into heaven. He said that God is love from I John 4 and that God’s love is not fickle. He loves us even though we fall short; He loves us when we’re behaving well. His love remains constant – it never changes.

Dr. David Jeremiah likened God’s continual love for us as the kind of love a person has on their honeymoon in that God stays delighted with us even as His presence surrounds us continually.

The he mentioned Ephesians, how God loved us from the beginning of time when we weren’t even born yet, as it tells us in chapter one.

When I hear and/or read a message three times in one day, I determine to check it out and try to cement it in my brain. How about you?

May God bless you this day and many more.

 

Writing and Life

This morning I picked up a book from a shelf in the living room that I dedicate to writing books. A year ago or so I went into an area at the library where they sell used books as a fund raiser. I bought The Writing Life by Annie Dillard, published by Harper & Row, Publishers; New York, NY. Annie Dillard copyrighted it in 1989. I bought it because it looked interesting. Later, it was listed in another writing book as a book writers should read.  So, I was glad I bought it. It’s a fun, serious book. Her wordplay delights the wordsmith in me. 🙂

The Writing Life

Inside the front book cover on the leaf it starts out, “In a surprising narrative, Annie Dillard describes the working life of a writer. These are vivid and ironic encounters at a desk.”

Those sentences made me want to look inside. The day before Thanksgiving, I had pies to bake and beds to make. My husband sat in his recliner chair eating brunch and watching a comedy sitcom. So, I joined him in the living room, eating my brunch, reading this book and watching television. I felt so relieved when he turned it off. I told him it was sucking me in and I had stuff I needed to get to.

My pie crusts are like puzzle pieces straining to connect. My youngest daughter said, “Mom, they always look like that. The insides taste great though, and that’s what counts.”

I smiled and then as my husband turned to YouTube for yet another kitchen appliance tip, I got reminded by him that if I wanted to improve my pie crusts, I could always find a demonstration on YouTube. His turkey is prepped for the morning, with all the fresh spices and a lemon and onions in the interior. Butter everywhere. We’ll see if we like it.

I listened to the Bible while preparing the pies since I didn’t get an early start to my day, as I mentioned above. 1 Thessalonians is where I started, and I might have finished at Hebrews. I listened to Paul admonishing believers to work or they shouldn’t eat. He made mention of refraining from arguments. Then he talked about being hospitable. A lot of points got mentioned, but I thought the few that got highlighted to me really hit home on the eve of a holiday. My daughter invited a single mom and her two young boys to our full house tomorrow. Then she said something about inviting another single mom and her little toddler boy.

She said, “It’s funny, when I lived here, I didn’t feel so free to have people over. Now, I just tell them that we’re eating at mom and dad’s, come on over.”

When we talked about the difference, part of it is because God has changed me, I told her. If things weren’t completely tidy, I was embarrassed. One afternoon listening to Dr. James Dobson on Focus on the Family some years back, he said the reason people don’t open their homes to their neighbors and friends is because of pride. That resonated with me. Pride is a downfall. I’m not perfect by any means, but when she told me she’d already invited the families, I checked with my husband, and he was okay with it, and then I gave my okay. Avoiding having people over because my furniture is getting old or I have some clutter on the kitchen table made for some lonely days in my younger years.

If you’re alone for the holidays, maybe you can bless someone else who is alone or participate at a food center. One year in the city, our young family helped the church we attended provide Thanksgiving meals for hundreds of people. My kids said that was the best Thanksgiving they’d ever had. Our church does a Christmas meal for anyone who wants to show up. If the attendees can bring a side dish, that’s great. If not, come along anyway.

May God bless you this November day.

Thanksgiving is Nearing

 

I felt joy surge through my being yesterday when my husband announced that he was going to cook the turkey this Thanksgiving.  “You are?”

I smiled wholeheartedly. “Why are you surprised at that? I’ve cooked the turkey for the last three or four years.”

For some reason I’ve been sick for the last three or four Thanksgivings, which I promptly told him. Still, the joy remained.

“Sick on purpose,” he said with a smile.

I am determined to slow down in the next week, as much as possible and get to bed at a decent hour. Anyhow, he has been watching professional and non-professional cooks on YouTube fix mouth-watering turkeys for at least two days now. Last night we stayed up until almost one a.m. watching Gordon Ramsey slice onions and squeeze lemons and swirl rosemary in preparation for a Christmas turkey with fixings. Imagine my dismay when we watched the same show at 9:00 p.m. tonight. If I’d known, I would have dragged myself away from the creative cooking last night.

I don’t feel that grand tonight, so I’m going to bed as soon as I can when I finish here.

I got thinking what it says in Eph._5:16, (ASV),  “redeeming the time, because the days are evil.”

As I’ve neared the end of the day, watching cooking shows, I wondered what I accomplished today. I spent a small amount of time in the Word this morning, and as I straightened papers in our green room I ran into Scriptures and read them. I typed for about two hours for a client in regards to Amish folk and their thoughts on the Scriptures came up every now and again. As I typed, they made mention of greed or wastefulness in America. Then they spoke of their own spiritual struggles to remain humble or to battle temptation when strangers offered them money because they thought the family was poor.

I appreciate the opportunity to work while I can. I’m aware that I’m getting older. So, I value the time I have with a fairly healthy body. Yet, realizing this lady’s life story, so radically different than mine, I see that I’ve been pampered much of my life. Every person has struggles and problems, it’s part of the human condition, it seems to me, since the fall of Adam and Eve and the turning them out of Paradise. So, I’ve had things to deal with that she didn’t, but I can’t imagine being gawked at because of my clothing and hairstyle and lifestyle being so radically different than the society I live in. People constantly asked them about their faith and how they lived and if they could take their picture, which they didn’t care for. She and her husband truly strove for humility. She preferred to stay in the background when running into curious strangers.

As a Christian, I run into it a little in America, looking different. Years ago, when clothing for twelve year olds was skimpy short and tight, trying to find modest clothing for my daughter was a nightmare. She began making her own t-shirts in the style that was popular, but she could lengthen them and find a size with a little breathing room. It’s nice that she’s artistic. We have a church in our town where the women all wear dresses. Our denomination does not, but we do try to retain femininity with modesty in mind.

Anyway, since Thanksgiving is not that far away, I’m getting the house ready and gathering groceries a week at a time for the non-perishables and calling my daughter to see what she’s bringing, etc. My mind is on Amish viewpoints some of the time and my world view with its responsibilities the rest of the time.

I do understand that I have many blessings. I pray I may never take what God has done for me for granted.

I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving when the day arrives if you celebrate it where you live. I keep feeling like time is short and precious.

May God bless you

Order for Life

I started working and getting ready for Thanksgiving and a friend came over so we could work on her etsy.com site. One of the things to do before Thanksgiving according to Regina Leeds, One Year To An Organized Life, is to clear the kitchen table completely. Then, put everything from the counter tops onto the cleared table and only return the essential utensils and appliances back onto the counter. That way, there is plenty of room for food preparation on Thanksgiving Day.

Regina Leeds book on “getting completely organized for good,” part of her sub-title, was copyrighted in 2008 and published by MJF Books, New York, NY.

For the last two days I planned on clearing my table, but I’ve been typing, baking for a commitment, being at church with my husband as he counseled a female from our church, doing housework, a few other responsibilities, and a little bit of leisure for balance.

It’s amazing how quickly I cleared the table when I knew she’d be arriving. Now I can clear the counters in a snap and get ready for our company.

I like to read books on time management and organization because that’s not my forte. I usually get some piece of advice from each one that I can begin to do. A good friend of mine told me when she goes into her basement, she always looks for something that needs to go down there so she can do two things at once. The same for going upstairs.

So, I’ve done that for years. If I forget and have to make an extra trip, I don’t mind. I consider it exercise. I park my car far from the store entrance when the weather isn’t harsh, to work extra steps into my day.

Being a writer, I need to move around since it’s a sedentary occupation.

I told the young mom today to do herself a favor and squeeze in time in her day, early on if possible, to read the Word. Even if it’s only 10 minutes, it’ll help her connect with God and set the tone for her day. At Friday morning Bible study, we moved to read the first two chapters of Colossians. I love that book because it talks of the deity of Jesus Christ.

In chapter 3 it tells us we are seated in heavenly places now, if believers and followers of Jesus Christ. The Bible gives us so much to chew on.

When I take time for God first, not only does He clarify my thinking, but I work through my list of priorities more efficiently. He clears my sleepy head and opens the door for continued communication throughout the day.

He is a good God, even though I’ve had non-believers wish He didn’t give them free will. They couldn’t believe in Him at that moment in time.

I always counter with the statement, “He wants us to love Him back; He didn’t want robots.”

Anyway, I hope that as you are preparing for Thanksgiving and Christmas and any other celebrations that are unique to you and/or to your culture, that you will consider talking to God and possibly ask Him to order your life. In Genesis, He tells us that He created us all in His image.

May God bless you.

Chosen

 

My husband and I got invited to two functions today. One was an auction to benefit student scholarships in memory of a loved one now residing in heaven due to a bout of cancer. The family gives proceeds to two or three individuals heading to college to pursue a degree in medicine. Their family has a number of nurses and Certified Nursing Assistants or CNAs.

The other event was an early Thanksgiving meal coupled with the chance to celebrate a birthday.

The first group of people asked everyone to bring a dish to pass. The second one was hosted by a couple without any children and the man loves to bake and cook. So, he turned down any offer of food. He’s a contractor as well, and he does all three of those things well. The second gathering met in a home, so the number of attendees was significantly lower.

We didn’t eat until after the auction at the first one, so I ate a handful of grapes and a slice of pumpkin roll, a cake-like material rolled up with cream cheese icing inside. It’s only available around here in the Fall. Then I scurried out the door to get to the party in time. The couple we visited provide plenty of food for their company, so I knew I could eat later.

The lady of the house tends to give prophetic utterances, although not as often at home as in church when I’m there. Today, she spoke out about the turmoil in our country over the elections. I don’t remember all of it, but God said not to be overly alarmed about the controversies, that He is in control and that we should look to Him.

I remember one of the ladies saying that we need to be in prayer for our country. It amazes me to read some of the newspaper and internet writers. They don’t get why people didn’t vote for Hillary. She certainly had the media’s endorsement. A couple of weeks ago, I scrolled down Yahoo’s news items to about the twentieth item in line. A headline with the word Christian in it caught my attention; seeing as how I call myself a Christian, I clicked on it. Part of the article said something about Hillary not liking religious fanatics that stood against the right of women to make reproductive choices and something needed to be done about them.

I didn’t like the idea of an American president identifying my morality as fanaticism and my beliefs as something to be squashed out. She’s all for women, she says. If the female babies being formed up to nine months could speak, they would implore her to let them live. Waddle 'n Go Penguin             (photo from Christian Book Distributor’s site)

In all reality, every person knows that if a fetus is left alone, it becomes a human being. To say that a fetus is just a blob or whatever ridiculous word they use to convince young women to abort the growing cells, everyone knows deep inside that the person unready to give birth chooses abortion to avoid the responsibilities and inconveniences of pregnancy and child-rearing. They lose sight of the joy of parenthood, or don’t comprehend it.

Years ago, I saw a woman speak on the 700 Club when Pat Robertson was still hosting the show. She had been raped and because of her beliefs, she kept the baby. She knew it would be hard, especially if the baby looked like the biological dad. She didn’t destroy the baby; it wasn’t the baby’s fault that the dad hurt women.

Some years later, the lady wanted to tell the world that having that baby was one of the best decisions she ever made in her life.

Hillary Clinton wanted to continue abortion under the guise of women’s rights. She wanted to continue with President Obama’s social programs. Americans wanted a change. It may be as simple as that, or it may be more far reaching. Proverbs 21:1, (KJV), The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.

Proverbs 24:21, (KJV), My son, fear thou the LORD and the king: and meddle not with them that are given to change:

Lately, I’ve heard of three prophets that said that God told them that Donald Trump would be president of the United States of America. When I told my oldest son about it, he said something to the effect that Trump didn’t stand a chance. I said that this is what two prophets I’d heard said, and many people are praying for him to win. Then he said something like, “Mom, mom,” in a tired voice. So, I said, “Okay, we’ll see what happens.”

After the election, he texted me, “Not that I love Trump, but I’m happy I was wrong.”

I am an election worker and for the primary to choose who the Republican candidates would be, only about 70 people came out to vote. At the election, over 500 people came out to that one place to vote. I’ve heard that the primary election may be more important than the actual election, but not everyone understands that, I guess. So, other Republican contenders didn’t get their chance to run against Hillary. That’s the way things go.

Americans can get over their troubles if they want to, by getting out of their homes and getting to know each other. If they would turn off their electronics and interact and try to understand others and stop listening to hate mongers, they may find out that people are similar to one another even if they don’t always agree with each other, or have the same customs, or have the same skin tone.

1Peter 4:8, (ESV) Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.

Anyone brought up in the Christian faith knows that all of mankind sins, according to Romans 3:23, and falls short of the glory of God. No one is perfect or ever will be perfect. The only perfect one was Jesus and that’s because He was God, the Son. This is why He became our Savior. God hates sin and what it does. He’s ready to punish us for behaving so abominably. Then Jesus in full agreement with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit, decided to make a way to save our sorry selves. He took on all the sins of the world. All of them. So we could love one another and be forgiven of our sins so one day we could enter heaven.

If Americans humble themselves and take up their Christian beliefs, those who were born into a Christian background, that is, and read the Bible and repent and follow Jesus’ commands to love God first and to love others as their selves, most of the chaos in this country would disappear.

Jesus invites all nations and all tribes to follow Him. He’s ready to love all and to forgive all because He created all. He loves every single person in the world, it says in John 3:16.

That is what I have found to be true in my life and in the lives of others. I have tested God as it says to do in the book of Malachi and found Him to be trustworthy. How about you? Have you ever asked God about Himself? He wants all in heaven with Him and contrary to lies, heaven is not a boring place. If God created the world and all that is in it, and heaven as well, [Col_1:16, (ESV) For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him,] how could it ever be boring?

The devil is a liar come to steal, kill and destroy, Jesus said in John 10:10 and Jesus came to give life and that abundantly. Ask Jesus to prove Himself, that’s my suggestion to you in these trying times.

May God bless you.

 

 

Retreat

My husband used to go on a men’s retreat two times a year with a group of men from the city we lived in at the time, some from the same church, some unchurched, some from smaller churches. Most were believers in Jesus Christ and went to seek God on a deeper level and to enjoy camaraderie with others. They spent three days in the Spring, if memory serves me correctly, and five days in the Fall.

At first, I resented it. I was a stay-at-home mom and he worked a ton of hours. I sensed God’s Spirit saying to let him go. So, I agreed, hardly wholeheartedly. I didn’t hide my feelings. When it was extremely difficult to let him go, I would wipe away the tears. He would hug me and say, “I love you. We’ll be praying for you.”

Then he’d surprise me, once with a plaque of an old-fashioned beautiful mother with her long flowing gown, ministering to her young ones. The bottom of the picture quoted a Scripture from Proverbs 31 praising the wife. One other time he brought me a bouquet of flowers. It always surprised me because of the randomness of the gifts, but the greatest gift was his safe return and his growth with God and with his friends. Our marriage improved, too.

All these years later, he is going with the friend that took the first trip with him. They walked Mt. Washington along the road with bags of provisions attached to cheap backpacks up and hiked the trail down. Yowza. Over the years they discovered great camping equipment, maps of the trails, dried food, light weight clothes, and their favorite restaurants along the journey.

Now, his buddy for over thirty years has an RV and they’ll take the trip with less physical exertion. We wives will wait at home and pray for them and they’ll seek God and hopefully find their favorite bakery, and a great pancake house that gives portions beyond belief.

These two men are so different from each other that they bring out the best in each other. His friend gets him laughing like none of his other friends, and they discuss God and His characteristics, and they share things no one else is privy to, or so he’s led me to understand. I get it, I have friends like that. What a blessing.

So, I’ve decided to take a few days to go visit one of my kids and the grand-kids, yet I plan on getting home before him so I can see the missionary and his wife who’re coming to our church.

Sometimes, it’s just good to go away to get refreshed and to seek God in another environment. I told my daughter I am not bringing any books to read or any writing assignments. I’m going to relax and maybe help her out some around the house and then turn around and come home recharged. That’s the plan. She’s free to sit with me in her church which is much different than ours, and that will be re-energizing as well. That’s what I’m thinking anyway. 🙂

May God bless you.

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.