It helps me when I’m having an overloaded schedule. So, I prayed today, “God, what would You have me to do?”
I decided to finish a quilt today for a baby, which I started months ago. Two of my three attempts at it went wrong. That’s when I got wondering if I chose the wrong thing to put my hand to. Then, “write” came to mind. So, I put the sewing away.
I’ve been reading Lioness Arising by Lisa Bevere, copyrighted in 2010, published by Waterbrook, New York, NY.
I bought it over a year or more ago in Hobby Lobby, prompted by the Holy Spirit. Then last week, I read a book by Brock and Brodie Thoene, copyrighted in 1997, the first novel in The Galway Chronicles about people’s lives in Ireland, Only the River Runs Free.
Between reading the Bible and these two books, I got stirred up! God is a miracle-working God and He has a plan for every person’s life. (Jeremiah 29:11 ASV): For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith Jehovah, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you hope in your latter end.
Why did I choose to write out a four-quadrant list a few days ago? Because I wasn’t sleeping, I got up to talk to God and I felt as if He directed me to do about 10 different things.
At 1:20 a.m. I’m jotting down short sentences. “I want you to go to the store and buy grape juice to have communion with your friend.”
After a few more directions: “Make a list, and keep it before you-work your list. I will help you.”
Which I did and got some things done. Did I do it today? No, and then I felt down after reading Facebook earlier in the day. Maybe that’s why I’m writing, to be reminded of God’s plan for me today.
I know one thing, as I’ve been writing and typing, “Jesse Duplantis Live with Sid Roth” on YouTube has been airing, with two other men at the end of the presentation. I’ve been blessed watching that program, from 2017, I think, for the first time. I feel better when I include God in my plans.
If you wonder where I got my title, there’s a song from my younger years sung by Bob Dylan entitled, “The Times They Are A-Changin’.” My husband and I spoke to a couple in their late sixties today. The husband said, “Things may never be the same after this,” speaking of the Corona virus pandemic.
I know I’m more apt to ask God for protection, like today, out loud without hesitation. My hairdresser sent a text: if you’re healthy please give me a couple of minutes to sanitize between customers. If you’re coughing, sneezing, feverish, have a runny nose or other symptoms, please re-schedule.
Thankfully, I was over a sinus infection, etc. so I could go. On the front door, a large sign said, “Wash your hands before your hair cut.”
I did that and then the stylist used bleach to clean the chair and other places. When she began combing my hair the bleach assaulted my nose and throat and then my lungs. I spoke sincerely to the Lord, “Please protect the beautician’s and my lungs, Father God.”
She thanked me and then we visited as she trimmed my hair. Her hands looked terribly red from the cleaning solution.
Today, I heard our governor is asking the workforce to be limited by half so people can stay home. Asking folks to be patient if they can’t get the help they’re used to receiving.
Last night, after we prayed, my husband and I took a 77-year-old lady to the Emergency Room because she had a huge sore on red ankles, and pain and color rising up her leg. The doctor asked why we would chance bringing someone in her age range to the hospital. We’re not medical folks, but we have heard of blood getting infected. They took an x-ray to be sure her bone wasn’t infected, and gave her a strong antibiotic via an IV, plus a prescription for more antibiotic to be taken at home.
Things we’ve taken for granted are unsure now, but God is on the throne. He still heals, and sends peace, and provides if we’ll ask and believe.
Sometimes I wonder why God loves me. Maybe I see my negative traits instead of the positive ones. Maybe it’s because of the society I was born in. “Why do something if you can’t do it right?” was a statement in our household growing up, or something to that effect.
So, I lost my keys again. I wonder how many times I’ve lost my keys over the years. I don’t like it, but I don’t worry until about day three. I hesitate to ask my husband if he’s seen them, because he really doesn’t like it. I told him I misplaced the keys this morning, and he’s asked me at least five times if I’ve found them yet.
I canceled my trip to the library to really look for them. I called the pizza place he drove us to last night to see if they were there. They have a huge lanyard on them. I used to hang them up religiously, but lately they’ve been cozying up with my gloves in whatever coat I happened to wear that day. I fish them out of the coat and think, next time hang them up. But once I slide down that slippery slope of neglect, it snowballs.
I hurt my shoulder today, really bad. Exercised without warming up or it’s old age or I held it in an awkward position. I could hardly drive with our set of spare keys. I tried to keep it still and steered the car with my less used arm. I texted by voice. So, even though I know my husband is having a really busy day and he was about to leave for another appointment, I stopped at church to ask him to pray for my shoulder. He did, but it was short and to the point and he asked about my keys, again.
So, even though I knew they weren’t there, I looked throughout the church for the missing items. And I tried not to cry. I ran an errand and came right home. I looked for the tenth time and prayed and felt as though the Lord said to blog. I also took time to text my husband to thank him for praying, because the excruciating shoulder pain left. He told me God is good, he is not.
God loves us whether we’re stinkers or selfish or inconsiderate, etc., etc. I thanked God for healing my shoulder and I asked Him why He loves me when I keep struggling with some of the same things. He said, “Because I love you.”
I love my kids even when they’re not perfect, so intellectually, I get it. But to receive unconditional love blows my mind. When I find the two blogs I wrote out and one I really liked, I will plan to post it or maybe them. Why I’m losing track of things outside of the norm is beyond me, but God knows. I am getting lots done in other areas. Maybe I’ll try and be grateful for the progress I’m making and thank God for His help and for His unconditional love and relax in the fact that I’ll find the keys. I always do, even when I left them in VA on my way home to NY.
My friend, Anastazia called me tonight on New Year’s Eve.
We met many years ago, and I’ve caught up with her after she moved to a state away from Upstate NY. She told me tonight that her favorite verse is John 14:6-7. These are the verses in the Contemporary English Version, (CEV): John 14:6 “I am the way, the truth, and the life!” Jesus answered. “Without me, no one can go to the Father.
John 14:7 If you had known me, you would have known the Father. But from now on, you do know him, and you have seen him.”
Jesus goes on to explain that He and the Father are one.
Anastazia said she used to believe in reincarnation until she read these verses. She decided it didn’t matter if she lived 50 different lives, according to Jesus she wouldn’t make it to heaven to the Father without faith in Jesus Christ. She decided to find out more about Jesus, God’s Son. She asked me, “Do you know that no other god died for the sins of people so they could be forgiven?”
She gathers with a group of people that meet because they were born in the same part of the world that she was born in, across the ocean, and now they all reside in the United States of America. They asked the attendees to share something they’re grateful for.
She spent two minutes telling them how much God loves them and that she was grateful she found out about Jesus and that through Him she can enter heaven one day. He took her sin upon Himself to satisfy the requirements that God the Father has, only righteous people can enter heaven and if we ask Jesus to forgive us of our sins, turn from them with His help, and ask Jesus to be the boss of our lives, we’ll have wonderful purpose for our lives and an amazing eternity, free from the torment of hell. His sacrificial offering makes people righteous.
When I sin, I ask Jesus to forgive me and I try to make it right, as Jesus asks me to do. His sacrifice makes me clean every time I repent. I can’t plan to rob a bank or plot to react to someone in anger and decide I’ll just ask Jesus to forgive me afterwards. It doesn’t work that way.
I like talking to Anastazia because she gives me things to think about. She spoke to a large group of people, but she kept it short and succinct.
We didn’t talk about plans for the New Year, but I like to dream and ask God for direction. Have you ever asked Jesus about Him being the only way to heaven? He came to His own people, the Israelites first and then He wanted non-Jews to find Him next. I read Revelation chapter 22 today and it describes heaven. What a wonderful place!
If you’re interested in salvation, 2020 could be the most amazing year of your life. Not without strife, but with the help of God at your side.
In the last blog, I mentioned writing smaller pieces more often because of an upcoming busy season. What I didn’t know-there would be no internet in many places I stayed at.
I went south for a wedding and the day after Thanksgiving got on a plane to Europe. My husband texted, “Enjoy your life long dream of going on a mission’s trip.”
After a layover in Paris, France which thrilled me, off we went to the airport in Budapest, Hungary and afterwards a four-hour trip to BeliefinMotion.org mission for eight days. What a privilege to meet godly leaders and staff, and to pitch in to help where I could.
On our way home, we got to John F. Kennedy Airport in New York City and it was the least impressive of the four airports we visited. We stopped in Rome on our way back.
We distributed gifts to people in poor villages in Romania and told them Merry Christmas in their language. I am still in jet lag status, so I’ll sign off. I hope to include a photo or two.
My sister, Mary was an imperfect person, but she loved
Jesus. She enjoyed blessing people with gifts. She laughed and her wit was
quick and sharp. One day she told me she really enjoyed listening to John
Osteen from Houston, TX and said I ought to hear him preach. He’s been gone for
twenty years now. She’s been gone for about five years, I think. Today, I was
searching for a sermon on television and I found this on YouTube. So, in honor
of my sister Mary, I copied and pasted it. I thought I’d share it here.
It’s sounds hard to be a Christian, and sometimes it is, but
the alternative is much, much harder. I’ve lived both ways and I’ll take Jesus
over not having Him any day. Jesus makes life worth living, even when life hits
and hits again, and the pain hurts. Jesus takes the sting out of the hurt,
compared to going it alone.
is a God in heaven watching over mankind. The first man in the garden of Eden
was made in the image of God. Adam walked with God and told Him about the
animals Adam named. See (Genesis 1 and 2).
a while in Genesis 1, God decided Adam needed a helpmeet, someone to complete
him and to complement him so together they were better than apart. God put a
deep sleep on Adam and removed a rib to fashion a wife for him, named Eve. She
became the first mother of all of mankind. All of the races came from Adam and
Eve, and variations came in skin tone because of the closeness of the sun or
being further from the equator and the power of our closest star.
President Obama came into office, I heard he and Vice President Dick Cheney
were two of the most liberal men in American politics. President Obama, as a
senator in Illinois, was the only senator to vote to let a botched-abortion
baby languish on the table. It was considered inhumane to kill a young baby not
that many years ago.
a majority of the United States Senate voted to leave a botched-abortion baby
to die despite the chance for survival with medical treatment. God in heaven
gave us emotions like He has: love, joy, peace, anger and sorrow to name some.
In the book of Psalms in the Old Testament of the Bible, God tells us that
children are our heritage from the Lord. He loves to create, which is why we
love to create. The earth and sky declare the majesty of Father God.
I hear and see the deaths in America portrayed on countless television shows
and in movies, the romanticizing of zombies, the news broadcasting husbands
killing wives and drug pushers killing their customers with tainted opioids, I
think of how entirely devoid of life this planet would be without Jesus Christ.
said, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may
have life, and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10 NRSV)
(Joshua 24:15 NRSV), the Word of God says, “Now if you are unwilling to serve
the LORD, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors
served in the region beyond the River or the gods of the Amorites in whose land
you are living; but as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord,” Joshua
takes courage to serve God. Christians are being maligned by some of the media
in America and persecution is increasing. Why? Because in the last days some
say “Good will be spoken of as evil, and evil will be spoken of as good,” as
referenced in (Isaiah 5:20).
Many New Yorkers, believers in Christ and those who don’t believe but have morals, are outraged over the extremely liberal abortion rights. If Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers continue murdering viable infants about to leave the womb at nine months along or before, or at full term and the abortion technique failed, so a fully formed infant is born-and the workers do nothing for the child, they will stand before a holy, just God Who happens to love babies and humankind, one day.
think of people who move merrily along, harming others. Do they ever consider
that God gets mad and sends punishment their way or on the land their country
inhabits? God sees all.
Our country has experienced more floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, forest fires, mud slides and destructive diseases over the past ten years or so than I recall beforehand. The numbers of tragedies have grown exponentially as people have turned from God to psychics, the occult and false beliefs.
Would God the Son willingly endure extreme suffering from Roman soldiers before being crucified by them, if He didn’t love mankind and step forward to take on God the Father’s wrath for all our sins? The Apostle Paul wrote, “Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” (2Co 5:20-21 ESV)
God is love. Those who choose to believe in God the Son and the fact that He rose from the dead, and willingly obey Him become lovers of God and love their fellow-humans. The book of First John near the end of the New Testament tells us about these previous statements.
So, what happens? If you read the Old Testament which God gave us for an example, you’ll see as evil infiltrates a land, and God honors the wish of the people to live their lives without Him, “all hell breaks loose,” as my parents used to say way back in the day.
devil hates born again Christians because of the power of God available for the
good of mankind. God is love and light and life. This place is temporary. God’s
place is eternal and so incredible according to the last chapters of the book
of Revelation, that it’s hard to picture it.
We can choose love and light, or selfishness and darkness. We can discover that God is love.
We can experience the emptiness and dread of following our own will to reject God and end up as Satan’s pawn. Have you ever thought of these things? Where do you stand?
I have not written as much
lately because I spent thirteen days with my children and four grandchildren.
Three of the grandkids caught the flu, so I drove north to babysit them for a
week. The rest of the time they visited us during February break from school
while construction workers replaced ceilings, put in overhead lights, and
refashioned an archway between two rooms, etc. at their home.
I love being with family-playing games, making meals and doing dishes, catching up on laundry. Fortunately for me, they just had fevers and coughs when I reached them on Sunday night. Although, I kept telling them to cover their mouths when they coughed and to turn their heads. “I don’t want to catch the flu!”
Recently, I lost some of
my joy because I live in New York State. Our legislators passed a bill that if
the mother of an unborn baby has any reason for wanting to abort that child,
for whatever medical reason they can come up with, at any time before the little
one leaves the womb, they can let the medical person know and the human being
is killed. It may be hours from birth, a perfectly viable life and get snuffed
Then to add to my
distress, living in the land of the free, the land of the brave, dear God, how
far have we fallen, the senators in Washington, D.C., including our New York
State representatives, voted that if a living baby survives the attempted
murder during a botched abortion, no medical care will be extended. The tiny
person is not offered a blanket or something to suck on for sustenance. It’s
left to die. I never thought I’d hear of INFANTICIDE in this country.
So, I haven’t felt like blogging, I’m sorry to say. I’ve taken joy from the children around me. I’ve cried out to God to soften the hearts of people that probably would be outraged at the inhumane treatment of animals and yet, disregard the lives of babies that God says He knows as they’re fashioned in the wombs of their mothers in Psalm 139:13-16.
I know times get worse
before Jesus comes back and an increase in evil comes forth as people reject
God and His ways. It’s just hard to see it and understand. When President Obama
was a senator in Illinois, he was the only politician to vote to let a newborn
languish on the table if the abortion failed. That wasn’t that long ago. The
U.S. senate has two senators per state, and they only needed seven more votes
to protect the little ones. They got 53 votes. That means 67 people said, “Let
the infant die,” although I heard the weather kept some senators from reaching
Washington, D.C. on time. But, did they wait for a larger turn out? No!
I think the senate should
have been mandated to go to an abortion clinic and see what happens before they
cast their votes. And if they came to New York State, they would see that the
providers don’t have to be a doctor to perform an abortion. So much for the
safety of the mother.
I took science fiction
courses in college back in the day, and some of the stuff that I shuddered over
back then and felt would never happen is upon us now. So, I pray for people to
wake up and consider what they believe and why they believe it. Is it worth
killing babies for the convenience of the mother? Many women suffer after they’ve
taken the lives of their child with depression, breast cancer, and infertility.
One thing I’ve heard-the younger generation is not believing the embryo is
fertilized tissue with no life at conception. So, I try to remain hopeful and I
pray that people won’t want to use these so-called “freedoms” of choice. Then
it won’t matter what’s in the law books.
If you read through my
rant, God bless you. Maybe if enough people stand up and say this isn’t right,
the politicians will understand their tenure is on shaky grounds.
May God bless you and
protect you from the evil one.
With all that’s going on in the world, and then in New York State where abortion rights have been expanded to the furthest degree possible, I need to look for the good in life and keep my eyes on Jesus, for God amazes me!
So, I thought I’d look for encouragement in the Word
and this is what I came up with:
This is a letter from the Apostle Paul to the Philippians
while in jail. I copied a small portion that always reminds me to keep looking
(NKJV): Rejoice in
the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!
Php 4:5 Let
your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand.
Php 4:6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;
Php 4:7 and
the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and
minds through Christ Jesus.
Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble,
whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever
things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there
is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on
Php 4:9 The
things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and
the God of peace will be with you.
One of my favorite Bible verses is: But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you. (Matthew 6:33 NKJV)
I heard a few weeks ago that General Motors is firing 15 per cent of their workforce in Detroit, MI and other locations in the United States and Canada. Ford Motor Company may not be far behind.
I don’t live near these cities, and none of our acquaintances work in the automobile production industry. Yet, I feel compassion for those being let go. Some people in America don’t save money for emergencies.
We received a gift from a relative which allows us to see local television for the first time in many years. I got used to programs without commercials. The advertising costs an incredible amount of money to lure customers to purchase stuff. I looked away from the appealing pictures of new cars, cruises in warm weather ports, diamond rings equated to love, and lots of beer commercials during the football games.
All of those things may deplete an emergency savings account, if one ever got started. None of those things count as needs. In the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Philippians in chapter 4, verses l0-13 it says in the New King James Version, “But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at last your care for me has flourished again; though you surely did care, but you lacked opportunity.
“Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
When people in America lose their homes from unemployment, mud slides, fires, tornadoes, earthquakes or floods, etc. I pray for their physical needs, their emotional and spiritual condition.
In First Peter 5:7 in the NKJV, Peter tells us, “casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you,” happens after we’ve humbled ourselves under the mighty hand of God. When God sees humility towards Him and others, He’ll exalt us in due time.
Our lives are meant to bring glory to God in good times and in bad. The Bible is our life manual for every aspect of life. If you’re suffering, God sees you.
He understands your choices. He promises to take care of all your physical and eternal needs if you’ll seek the kingdom of God first in your life. Food, clothing and housing: Jesus said God knows your requirements for life.
As earthly possessions slide out of our grasp, the eternal stays with us forever.