Disappearances

My husband called to see if I could find a necessary receipt to prove we’d paid for something. Then I got online so I could let the agency know we’d paid. I looked at the clock and two hours had slipped away.

I went to the library today and got rewarded with a dark chocolate candy today because I “got caught” reading. While my friend dished out the sweet morsel, she got serious. I waited a moment and then she said, “*Marcy passed away at the end of April.”

“I’m so sorry to hear your mom is gone. I loved your mom.”

“Me, too,” she said.

I’m invited to her memorial service at the place where her mom worked because she loved it there and it seemed appropriate to her daughter and Marcy’s  boss is all for it. They had a lot in common.

Later in the day I did some typing for someone and the last time I worked, I put the info from the flash drive onto my computer. I thought, I don’t really need to do that, but there’s no harm in it and I think I have lots of room on the hard drive to save it.

Tonight I decided to type for at least an hour and when I searched for the thumb drive it was gone. I didn’t search high and wide because I didn’t want to waste time, but I couldn’t believe it wasn’t where I normally store it. After I post this, I’ll look slowly and thoroughly and if my husband is up I’ll ask him to check. He’s been known to find things that are in plain sight that I’ve not been able to see when it was right in front of me.

Sometimes I get ideas to do things that don’t make perfect sense to me and then I realize that it saved me stress and I thank God that I did that.

Well, I need to cut this short because I’m busier than normal because I prayed for work and God answered that prayer the very next day. Now, I have a commitment to do the work.

Speaking of commitments, I usually attend a Bible study on Fridays, but my husband’s cousin who has been sick for a long time now, gave up the fight and he’s no longer with us. I’d like to attend the funeral. I guess I’ll have to see if someone is willing to fill in for me on short notice or I’ll have to stay home and send my condolences with my husband.

A friend of mine tried to find me once and I was missing from all the normal places I might have been. Finally, I was able to answer her voice mail. She said, “I thought you got raptured and I missed out on it.”

I laughed and told her I was pretty sure if I got raptured, she would too. If there truly is a Rapture, when it occurs, there’s going to be lots of folks disappearing.

At the second coming of Christ, Jesus said to be aware and to be ready, for He is going to return like a thief in the night in Matthew, chapter 24.

May God bless you!

* Not her real name

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Making Things New

 

I looked at the bulletin board over my desk and saw the Scripture verse, Isaiah 43:18-19, (KJV), which says, “Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.”

I started my computer today to get onto the internet, and the first offering said my Windows license has been corrupted and taken, if I remember correctly and that my computer will shut down every few moments. I need to contact my service provider. The search engine refused to open. My computer expert son told me it may be time to buy a new computer or take it to the computer repair guy in town. “It sounds like it’s a virus.”

I called my husband to give him the bad news. He asked me to close it up and re-start it. I did and it still didn’t work. When he got home, he tried to get online and chose another of the headings to open the search engine company and it wanted his e-mail and other stuff, so he closed out and tried another heading. I asked why he didn’t choose the first one in line, like I did but he didn’t want to. The second time it worked perfectly and I was able to continue using my computer.

In the meanwhile, I was praying, “Dear God, please fix my computer; please let it work.”

I had to go to the library to use their computer because I’m doing some stuff for a client. I’d been in earlier and almost brought my work with me to use theirs at that time. I just figure it’s easier to work at home. If I had, I would have gotten more done.

Anyway, I felt relieved that I didn’t have to hop in the car and drive all that way to the store early in my day. I have a lot to do tomorrow already. Plus, I hope to get a few more years out of this computer.

Why did the verse in Isaiah speak to me tonight? I guess that last part about God making a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert fit my thinking about the computer. What I thought was infected or soon to be dead, suddenly came to life and I was able to work for the client. I hope to get an early start tomorrow before the scheduled events of the day. I’m grateful that God watches over me.

I think I’ll avoid the one new site I visited last night that may have caused my computer glitch. I have antivirus stuff and malware protection on this machine, so maybe it’s just a fluke. All I know is that in Romans 8:28, God says He causes all things to work together for good to those who love Him and are called according to His purposes.

Since the imposed wait came along, I relaxed with my husband for a short amount of time and then got the dishes done.

I hope this finds you well. May God bless you and keep you from harm.

 

Seek God First

I was spending some quiet time with the Lord today and I got reminded of Matthew chapter six. Verses nineteen through thirty-four speak in a comparative manner of collecting treasures on earth and laying up treasures in heaven. Jesus reminds us that God provides for us. I included the verses here because many times over the weeks I’ve sensed God reminding me to seek Him. He is the eternal reality. This life on earth is short and the older I get the more I’m aware of it.

Mat 6:19, (ESV)  “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal,

Mat 6:20  but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.

Mat 6:21  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Mat 6:22  “The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light,

Mat 6:23  but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!

Mat 6:24  “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.

Mat 6:25  “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?

Mat 6:26  Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?

Mat 6:27  And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?

Mat 6:28  And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin,

Mat 6:29  yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

Mat 6:30  But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?

Mat 6:31  Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’

Mat 6:32  For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.

Mat 6:33  But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

Mat 6:34  “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

When I read Proverbs, it talks disparagingly of slothfulness and it reminds people to leave an inheritance to their children. In the book of Second Thessalonians it says in the English Standard Version at 2Th_3:10  For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat.

2Th_3:11  For we hear that some among you walk in idleness, not busy at work, but busybodies.

2Th_3:12  Now such persons we command and encourage in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living.

The Apostle Paul is aware of Jesus’ teachings and he’s not contradicting Jesus, but he’s addressing a problem with some of the believers. They were so convinced that Jesus was returning immediately that they didn’t think they needed to work. Jesus said don’t let money be your master. Let God be your master and He will provide. One of the ways He provides is by giving us work to do so we can earn a living. I think that’s pretty clear. My husband has preached that work is not a part of the curse in the book of Genesis. The curse for farmers came after the fall in the addition of weeds and thistles and the ground not cooperating.

Even though we live in a fallen world, unlike anything at the beginning of the Creation, Jesus is saying if we seek God first then we need not worry about provision. If we focus on God first, then the earthly stuff that we need will come our way through opportunities, ideas that flourish, through gifts from others, etc. The Jewish people are God’s chosen people and one of the issues that causes jealousy against Jewish people that I’ve heard about is the fact that many worked hard, became scientists or comedians or business people and they prospered more than the rest of their neighbors. When God loves you, He likes to prosper you. Not every Jew or every Christian is rich. It can’t be that simplified, but God’s principles apply to everyone. Give and it shall be given unto you is a principle: Luke_6:38  “give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”

If you help the poor or give to a cause near and dear to God’s heart, He will bless you. It’s repeated in Scripture and it may be more than about money.

I’ve found Him worth seeking, anyway.

Well, I hope you are blessed today and forever.

What Stays, What Goes?

Yesterday I mentioned that it was time to eat healthier. My body is demanding less empty calories. So we shopped mostly in the produce aisle tonight. My husband has learned lots of cooking tips from the food shows available through television or computer. I bought some of the vegetables on sale. That helps a lot.

When I got home, there was a message on the answering machine that I wanted to act on. So, I called them back as I put the groceries away. I forgot to buy rice, so I’m going to put that on the ongoing grocery list. I finished handling the mail after putting the groceries away. My daughter came over because she had to babysit a toddler and had asked me if she could spend the time at my house. I told her yes, but I didn’t jot down the date. So, I put aside some writing I wanted to do and did some housework, grocery list making and babysitting with her. He’s such a cutey and very easy going. One of my daughter’s friends asked if there’s an older version of him available anywhere. 🙂

After his grandmother picked him up, I made plans to return my library book and then visit my husband at work for a moment to see if he wanted to shop with me. He was able to clear his schedule so I didn’t have to drive a ways alone in the dark both to and then from.

A few minutes ago, I looked at the clock and it was getting late. “Blog,” I asked my husband, “or work for a client on a project?”

“It’s up to you.”

I chose to blog and then figured I’ll try to get a lot done on Saturday. My Friday is booked up.

When we decided to spend more time preparing healthier foods, I knew it would take more time to prepare the meals and I’m willing to do that. Now I’m thinking, what goes and what stays?

I need my time in the Word of God and sitting quietly at His feet, that’s a no brainer for me.

I need sleep, another no brainer.

I’d like to exercise regularly, that should be a no brainer, but sometimes I don’t fit it in. I do try and park my car far from the store or make extra trips up and down stairs just to move and get the blood circulating more.

Well, you get where I’m going here. Something is going to have to get downsized or removed from my activities. I don’t sew like I used to, already. I enjoy watching television with my husband, but I’m thinking I can cut some of that. I don’t watch a lot already, so a little less won’t hurt.

Have you got something in mind you want to do, but now you realize you may have to consider what stays and what goes? Thinking is so crucial in life and there are times when I know that I’m moving on autopilot and not thinking what is non-essential so I can cut it loose.

Jesus told the crowds that were following Him in Luke 14 that they needed to consider the cost of becoming His disciple. He didn’t make it sound easy. Then He told a story of a man building a tower – how he first sits down to calculate the expense of it to see if he has enough to complete it.

God always tells people to use their minds and their reason and to seek Him and to seek wisdom.

Well anyway, those are my thoughts tonight. I hope I get to blog tomorrow, but if I don’t start early, it’s not going to happen. Thought I’d just give a heads up that it’s iffy tomorrow.

I hope this finds you well. You never know what a day will bring, so I hope you are making the most of your moments and your choices and your life. Me, too. 🙂

May God bless.

Time Flies, Two

Hi! This is the Monday following Thanksgiving in the USA, and I’m recovering from lack of sleep, too much to eat, and lots of company over to our home.

Sunday evening when I headed for church, I left my oldest daughter and her family packing their belongings. They’d arrived Wednesday night. I join the worship team on Sunday nights, but I stayed home until just before the service started, so I expected them to say, “No practice, no singing.”

When the leader invited me to join them, I repeated the rules. She said, “Rules, shmules.”

Well, I’m unsure of the spelling, but she’s a Christian not worried about appearances, but more about the heart of God and what does He want. Not that she’s perfect, so she’s told me, but she’s a delightful person and I gladly joined the team. When I didn’t know the song, I sang softly. Come to find out, since I didn’t arrive in time for a sound check, my microphone was off. 🙂

When we talked later, she asked me about it. I thought it was off once in a while and at other moments, I decided it might be on after all. Anyway, how do you tell the guy doing sound that the mike is off without disturbing everyone? So, I sang and was content in the knowledge that if I flubbed up, no one would know it. 🙂

When we got home Sunday night, it felt so quiet. We had four grandchildren since Wednesday and on Sunday afternoon, three more grandkids joined us. On Thursday evening two single moms came over and their time overlapped. So that day we had the four grandchildren and then two boys ages seven and three, plus a sixteen month old.

The two boys used to attend our church on a regular basis until I told the mom about a church that might interest her. They found it a better fit so now we only see them sporadically. The boys really bonded to my husband. He fell asleep on the recliner so the oldest boy quietly crawled up next to him and played a hand held game as my husband slept. Then the three year old climbed up on the other side of him, which woke my husband up. So he began to tickle and gently rough house and they were delighted. He loves kids and they love him.

On Saturday, my older brother and his wife came by to see the family. They had a gift for my oldest daughter and she appreciated that. My house is the central location for the two families, so when she is planning to arrive, I try to give them a heads up in case they can free their schedule.

On Monday morning, I told my husband that the time seemed to fly! No more hide ‘n go seek – I don’t find as many places to squeeze into as an adult. 🙂 No more sleeping bags stretched out. No more crying, no more laughing, no more hugs, no more chasing the three year old trying to get a hug. No more scolding the boys to get their toys out of the kitchen.

As I left for church Sunday night, knowing it was an early goodbye, I told my daughter I wouldn’t be crying when they left this time. “We’ll see you later for the Christmas play,” she said.

That helps to know we’ll see them again.

I often think where does the time go? I didn’t get as much time in the Word with them here, so I made up for it today. I asked the Lord if there was any place in particular He wanted me to read. I waited quietly – nothing. Then I read a while and asked again. This time I thought I heard Revelation seven. It felt incomplete, so I asked again and this time thought it was Revelation 1:7 which is: Rev 1:7, (GNB),  Look, he is coming on the clouds! Everyone will see him, including those who pierced him. All peoples on earth will mourn over him. So shall it be!

This made me feel as though Jesus is coming back soon. Then I read Rev 1:3, (GNB),  Happy is the one who reads this book, and happy are those who listen to the words of this prophetic message and obey what is written in this book! For the time is near when all these things will happen.

God’s timetable may seem slow and then, suddenly it speeds up and His purposes are being accomplished.

There’s an old saying, “Time flies when you’re having fun.”

That time warp happened to me this weekend when I got to enjoy people to the maximum. Then on Sunday night the worship leader prayed for Jerusalem because there are fires burning there. I asked for prayer for TN because I heard there are fires raging there, some of which have been set by arsonists. A friend told me today that GA is also on fire and there has been some arson there as well. So I’m praying that God will send rain and that people will look to God for reassurance from their fears.

I missed blogging. When I visited my daughter last month I tried to blog ahead of time and schedule it to appear on the chosen date, but it didn’t happen. So, I didn’t bother this time.

I blogged once while they were here. After that, I tried again but the internet was down. I think one of the grandchildren hit a button that disconnects the internet on the top of the computer case, if I understood my husband correctly. Another day I tried, but I’d let one of the family members borrow my computer and it took a long time before it was free. By then, I was tired.

Well, I hope this finds you well. May God bless you.

Imposter

I started reading the book, Imposter today, written by Davis Bunn; published by WestBow Press; Nashville, TN and copyrighted in 2006. The title grabbed me. Then I read the fly leaf summary and felt compelled to read it.

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I like reading suspense novels that deal with politics and people’s motives. It’s a fast moving story with lots of interesting twists.

My husband got invited to a men’s retreat this weekend with our youngest son, and I invited myself to visit my daughter and her family for the weekend. Other times I’ve stayed at home. I felt a need to see my loved ones and to take a break and rejuvenate for a bit. I brought the book with me and am actually taking time to read it. Often times, I’ll bring a book and some writing and not touch them once. I get involved with the kids and the rest of the family and it feels as if immediately the time is gone.

Ephesians 5:15-17, (ASV) says “Look therefore carefully how ye walk, not as unwise, but as wise; redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.”

I’ve written these verses before, but I don’t apologize for it because I feel as if in the background, I have a clock ticking, almost like the crocodile with the clock in his belly in “Peter Pan.” My clock is not so loud or insistent, but on occasion I wake up to it and realize it’s still there. Reminding me that time is not standing still.

We have a full weekend planned and I arrived here early, so it occurs to me that I ought to take advantage of the quiet and go to bed. The children arise with the sun and then everyone else is awake whether they are ready or not. 🙂

God bless!

Two Latest Reads

 

Last week, I finally read the third novel in the The River of
Time series by Lisa Tawn Bergren, entitled Torrent.

Torrent is published by David C. Cook publishers, Colorado Springs, CO and copyrighted in 2011. I went to the author’s website to possibly get a copy of the book cover and discovered that there are more books in the series! It seemed like it could end, but I thought, What about the Black Plague, historically known to be heading their way? What choices will the other family members make? 

 

This book and the next one I’ll be mentioning offer action, intrigue and a bit of romance. I read Young Adult because that’s the genre I’m working on.

 

The book I read this week by Jill Williamson netted a book award, so I decided to give it a try. I’m so glad I did. By Darkness Hid was published in 2009 by Marcher Lord Press, Colorado Springs, copyrighted in 2009. Enclave Publishing is the new publisher of the book according to the author’s website. This complete novel ended with me wanting to know more. I’m so glad for sequels.

 

I’m not sure why I’m reading books that deal with sword fighting heroes and heroines, but that’s been the case lately.

 

In the spiritual realm, I’m aware of warfare in the heavens. The Bible is filled with it, especially in the book of Daniel.

 

When I’ve prayed lately, I’m praying on the Sword of the Spirit, (the Word of God) from Ephesians:

Eph 6:10  Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

Eph 6:11  Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

Eph 6:12  For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

Eph 6:13  Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

Eph 6:14  Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

Eph 6:15  And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

Eph 6:16  Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

Eph 6:17  And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

Eph 6:18  Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

 

I really like the book of Ephesians. So many good books in the Bible.

 

God bless!

Can I Do It?

I see people pushing themselves when they’re beyond exhaustion. I tend not to do that.

Our family used to work together as kids with Dad at the lead on Saturday’s sometimes. As an adult, when I wake up on a Saturday I am raring to go.

I think it’s great for kids to work with their parents or grandparents. They learn how to work and it’s a great time to connect.

I just have a hard time going above and beyond regularly. My body gets sick.

Do you take time to work side by side with the younger ones in your life?

May God bless you!

Time is Precious

Time is precious. I decided to spend time at home cleaning today, but I needed to deliver a package to a lady who underwent a lumpectomy yesterday. Our ladies Bible study put books and cookies and candy and magnetized tablets with a pen in one, a card, and some other goodies to bless our friend with a basket, gathered it in clear plastic and put a white bow over the twist tie. It was right after I went with a gal to a nursing home Bible study. Then, I dropped off a pretty scarf another friend lent me for my daughter’s wedding.

When I stopped at the church to get the gift basket, I found one of our ladies had left her purse. She was helping one of the women up the stairs and out into the cold and the purse took second place in her mind. I called her and left a message. I got home around one p.m. and made a quick veggie sandwich, mmm good.

I did some laundry and did about an hours worth of cleaning when my husband called to see if I really did want to go to a movie and have dinner. Despite the cold, I drove forty-five minutes to meet him at one of the malls around here, and we enjoyed our meal.

I wish I could say I enjoyed the movie that we waited another forty-five minutes for it to start. The two people behind us left, saying what a dumb movie. Craig fell asleep, as did one of the people behind us. When she woke up, that’s when they left.

Some viewers at the front of the theater laughed and laughed. The rest of the crowd left the place quietly. I wished I could get our money back, but after sitting through the whole thing it doesn’t work that way.

I asked my husband if he thinks the world is getting darker. We met at Barnes and Nobles Bookstore. They have a nice selection of Christian books. I didn’t see a Christian Teen Book section, I think they had one some years back. The regular teen fiction books had so many with vampires and the topic of death, one glamorizing suicide. God made this earth to be a paradise. He never intended for people to die. He wants us to live life abundantly, joyfully, purposefully. He never wants His children to suffer from depression and illness and strife and hatred.

The devil hates mankind because we are made in the image and likeness of God. God made Lucifer one of the most beautiful angels and gave him the gift of music. In his pride he decided all the beings in heaven should worship him and not God. So all-powerful God cast him out of heaven with the angels that followed him. The rest stayed with God.

John 10:10 tells us that Jesus came to give us life abundantly, the devil came to steal, kill and destroy.

Isaiah 14:12, (KJV) says: 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!

The apostle Paul warns the early church to beware of pretenders that infiltrate the church. In 2Cor 11:13, he writes, ” For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ.
2Cor 11:14 And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.”

Rev 12:7 tells us: Now war arose in heaven, Michael and his angels fighting against the dragon. And the dragon and his angels fought back,
Rev 12:8 but he was defeated, and there was no longer any place for them in heaven.
Rev 12:9 And the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world—he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.
Rev 12:10 And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ have come, for the accuser of our brothers has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God.”

Unlike Star Wars and one episode of Star Trek that I remember, there is no equal battle of evil and good. In the Bible, good conquers evil. It’s not even close. God is all-powerful. Satan has some power, but it’s limited, especially when there are many Christians living for God and praying for His help. When people reject God and His Son, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit that gives the devil room to expand his power, but always with God over all.

So, I came home and put some belongings away and half listened to a television program with people battling each other within their own groups and against other groups and that’s when I asked my husband if the world seemed darker to him and closer to the return of Jesus Christ. I saw a t-shirt in FYE at the mall, an entertainment store. They had a picture of a man resembling the actors that portray Jesus in a pair of dark sunglasses saying, “I’m coming back.”

The world jokes about Jesus, just as the nations joked about Noah and his ark. Yet every people group throughout the world has a verbal story handed down throughout the generations of a worldwide flood. The topography of our world is evidence of ravishing waters having prevailed and geologists have found that oil deposits were made from pressurized deposits of ruined vegetation and animal carcasses in massive quantities.

So I feel as if my time is flying away and the world’s time is moving rapidly toward the fulfillment of biblical end time prophesies. “Keep me mindful of You, Lord I pray.”

Satan loves to distract us with the cares of this life and this life is short. I hope you are treasuring your time and seeking answers to the important questions of life. I’m trying to. God help us all.

Time Management

I took a tape out of the library a couple of months ago. Not many people use a tape recorder any more, but I have one that still works, I think. It did a few months ago. So I listened to “Time Management for Dummies” by Jeffrey J. Mayer and another Dummies book on Finances. It was a two book audio version of the books. I keep reading books on finance because I have an idea for a finance book I want to write.

The book on Time Management gave me one idea I’ve latched onto. Make a Master List of everything you want to get done and work on the most important thing on the list first. That’s part of the suggestion. So tonight I worked on thinning out some of my papers. The idea is less clutter, more room for thought and peaceful surroundings.

Have a great day!