What to Believe

Last night, as I lay in bed, one of my legs started hurting. I said, “Lord, what’s going on?”

Now, whether it was my thought, imagination, the enemy of our souls-which I doubt, or the One and Only Great God, I felt as if a gruff voice impressed on my mind, “Feed My sheep.”

What do you think of that? So, tonight just past my bedtime, I’m sitting in a recliner under a crocheted afghan I made well over 20 years ago, a Granny square pattern, with a dim light on my right and a hand-cranked flashlight losing power over lined paper so I don’t overstimulate my senses and stay awake too late. I’ll type this in the morning, “Lord willing and the creek don’t rise,” as my mom used to say back in the day.

I’ve been blogging less often because of life’s pressures and a little burn out. I’m reading the Psalms in the Old Testament and First Corinthians in the New Testament. No matter how many interesting books I read, none nourish my spirit like the Bible.

I read 1 Corinthians 10:13 (NKJV), a favorite verse of mine: No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.

Speaking of temptation, the last time I blogged I mentioned my granddaughter saying something about an unfortunate substance being on her ear and contacting my kiss. The next morning, on speaker phone I heard her mom say, “What did I read in Grandma’s blog about your ear and a booger?”

My young granddaughter said, “Oh, I just played a trick on her.”

She lied! I thought it was unlikely that she would have a booger on her ear, but then, I thought, maybe it got on her pillow case and transferred over. She’s got brothers and she’s athletic but I didn’t think she’d ignore something on her ear. I gave her the benefit of the doubt.

This photo is from gettyimage.com and I found it on Google.com.

The next time something is suspicious with her, I’ll consider she might be tricking me again, or telling a fib. She’s never lied to me in matters of importance, but in kidding around, she felt a temptation to say something that would gross me out, and she went with it. That’s what I like about temptation, the only thing I like about temptation. I have moments or longer to consider if I’ll fall if the opportunity comes my way. I can choose to lie or steal or cheat, etc. or not. And 1 Corinthians 10:13 says God gives me a way to escape any temptation that comes my way. What a relief. All I have to do is ask God to make it clear to me what I should do to avoid sin, and He’ll provide a way out.

Another reason I like this verse is that it’s reassuring that I’m not the only one in the world to get tempted. Yet, it’s not a sin to get tempted. It’s only a sin when I act on the temptation. Do you believe this verse?

May God bless you!

Writing Potpourri

 

Last Monday I got online to look for opportunities to write for income. I felt a check in my spirit, so I turned to other things. Unfortunately, I got lured into some internet sites that were interesting but robbed my time.

I had a reasonable list of items on my to-do list. Then I pulled up some book buying sites to get a Bible study book, Totally Forgiving God, by R. T. Kendall:Totally Forgiving God - When it Seems He Has Betrayed You ebook by R.T. Kendall

It’s published by Charisma House, Lake Mary, FL, and copyrighted in 2012.

For some reason I struggled with one of the sites. The second site only offered the book as an e-book and I’m going to share the book with my husband. The definite advantage of an e-book – it would be available right away. I’m still waiting for the paperback. The e-book would have saved me about four dollars, too. I would have liked that.

My granddaughter and I both like real books. The feel of the paper and the look of the letters on the page as compared to reading from a screen appeals to me. As a writer, I pay attention to changes in book formats and to new technology the best I can.

I began reading a book today by Eve Bunting. I love her books. She writes for children and this one happens to be a Young Adult book entitled, S.O.S. Titanic.S.O.S. Titanic ebook by Eve Bunting  I got a blue and black covered book from the library, copyrighted in 1996 and published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company, Boston, MA and New York, NY. Eve Bunting is a great writer. If you’ve never read her books, I hope you’ll do so. She writes wonderful picture books as well.

May God bless you!