So Much Today

 

So much to do, so much to say, so much to consider – that was my day today.

I drove to my youngest daughter’s house today because I felt as if the Lord was saying to go there for my place away from home. I wanted to take a day to finish my Life Plan from Michael Hyatt and Daniel Harkavy’s book, Living Forward: A Proven Plan to Stop Drifting and Get the Life You Want. It’s published by Baker Books, Grand Rapids, MI and copyrighted by the authors in 2016.

I’m excited about the Life Plan because it helped me focus on what is important at this point in my life and what I can let go.

 

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So, I got it all done and later tonight I hope to plug some things into my planner. I wrote out some thoughts, I talked and listened to my daughter, we went out for lunch, then back for more planning. I spoke to a couple other family members. I drove home through a storm. Quickly typed up a rough draft of a query letter and then drove half an hour to a writers group.

My brain was a little fuzzy after the full day, but I’m glad I went anyway. Those two hours or so fuel my brain for days afterwards. We discuss everyone’s particular projects, marketing advice, the pros and cons of self-publishing and traditional publishing, and insights into Internet opportunities. I always learn something useful.

Just before we left, the leader prayed for one of the ladies and that prompted me to pray for the leader. Then we went our separate ways. The storm caused the river near the road to swell, but in the dark I didn’t even remember that. I remembered honest critiques expressed with the intent to help the writer grow in their ability to communicate. I remembered prayer for the well-being of another. I saw a mom and daughter interact in a loving manner. We parted with wishes for a great summer and the promise to see each other again in the Fall.

When I got home, I noticed my husband had tidied up the house and we exchanged thoughts about our day. After a while, I told him I intended to blog and he turned on a favorite television show I don’t mind missing.

I may have had a full day with lots to do, but it lacked the stresses of some previous days and for that I’m grateful to Jesus, my Lord and Savior. I hope you had a great day today, too.

May God bless you.

 

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Marriage for Life Continued

 

I hear about men and women leaving their spouses for people they’ve met through the Internet. I think it’s sad for all the parties involved.

Over the years I began running into Scriptures that showed God’s intent for marriage.

Happy senior couple                                                                         (photo from stock.adobe.com)

In Genesis, chapter two, verses 15-24, we read about Adam, the first created man being placed in the Garden of Eden and being told the responsibilities he faced there.

God decided animal companionship wasn’t enough, so He made a woman from Adam’s rib. Verse 24, (ESV) says: “Therefore a man leaves his father and his mother and clings to his wife, and they become one flesh.”

I’ve seen lots of married couples over the years. One man used to rush into the house after work, give a quick hello to his family and visitors and then get on the telephone with his mother.

I looked to his wife in surprise. “Every day,” she quietly asserted and then lowered her head.

One of the things I liked about my husband before we got married was the way he talked about his mother and his sister. He respected them and appreciated their accomplishments. Both were excellent bowlers and hard workers and fun to be around, to name a few of their traits.

My husband loved his mother but after we got married sometimes I encouraged him to call her because he’d get busy with work and our immediate family and other things and time would slip away.

She never came between us and I model my relationship with my children and their spouses based on her example which she gleaned from her mother-in-law. My mother-in-law said her mother-in-law rarely said anything, but if she did, she’d tell her son to treat his wife well.

God set people into families with a father and a mother – the first social unit to exist in the world.

Years later, Jesus spoke about not divorcing your wife because men were divorcing women for hardly any reason at all. In Mark 10 He reminds them of marriage ordained in Genesis 1 and Genesis 2, and He says if anyone marries a divorced person, it causes the person to commit adultery.

In Matthew 5:32, Jesus says whoever divorces his wife, except for in cases of fornication, causes her to commit adultery.

Luke 16:18, (ESV) quotes Jesus: “Any man who divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery and the man who marries a woman divorced from her husband commits adultery.”

Jesus wanted marriage to show an example of God’s love. God unselfishly loves people and He wants men and women to marry and show unbelievers how beautiful unselfish love is – a pattern from God Himself. Eph. 5: 15 – 33, (Webster) says:

Eph 5:15  “See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,

Eph 5:16  Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

Eph 5:17  Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.

Eph 5:18  And be not drunk with wine, in which is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;

Eph 5:19  Speaking to yourselves in psalms, and hymns, and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord,

Eph 5:20  Giving thanks always for all things to God and the Father, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;

Eph 5:21  Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.

Eph 5:22  Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands, as to the Lord.

Eph 5:23  For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the Savior of the body.

Eph 5:24  Therefore as the church is subject to Christ, so let wives be to their own husbands in every thing.

Eph 5:25  Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;

Eph 5:26  That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,

Eph 5:27  That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

Eph 5:28  So ought men to love their wives, as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife, loveth himself.

Eph 5:29  For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church:

Eph 5:30  For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.

Eph 5:31  For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined to his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.

Eph 5:32  This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.

Eph 5:33  Nevertheless, let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself: and the wife see that she reverence her husband.”

I’ve fallen short of living unselfishly many times but sometimes I get it and then act on it. I’ve seen my husband live unselfishly for my benefit.

He doesn’t really like me talking about him, but it’s hard to write about marriage without bringing him up some of the time.

I’ve asked his permission in the past and he’s given me an okay for all time, but I try and limit it for his sake.

So to bring it to a narrow focus:

  • God made marriage for man and woman for their benefit and for the benefit of their children and for society.
  • God made marriage so mankind can have a concrete example of His sacrificial love for us.
  • God intended marriage to last until death parted couples.

When I got engaged, before I said yes, I’d thought long and hard about the commitment involved. Forsaking all others FOR LIFE seemed huge to this young woman.

How did I know if I’d meet someone incredible in the future? What if I got tempted to cheat?

So I made up my mind that since I was crazy about him that I would forsake all others for life. I would resist temptation if it came my way.

1 Corinthians 10: 13 (Webster) says: “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.”

May God bless you!

Timeless or Passing?

I read an e-mail from Jerry Jenkins today and afterwards I answered his survey. I don’t do that often, but today I felt I could spare some time.

Last night I got to listen to a video by Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron on how to share our faith in Jesus Christ. They touch my heart.

When I think that when I was a young adult computers weren’t even available, it’s amazing. Now to be able to talk to people all over the world with a few keystrokes, it’s hard to believe.

The internet opens possibilities I never dreamed of.

Do you ever think about the e-mails you get or the videos on YouTube or the instant communication on Myspace or Facebook or Skype or the blogosphere? Or do we as human beings stand in amazement at all the inventions and then begin to take them for granted?

I do. What I find incredible about the Bible is that a book penned about 2,000 years ago and well before that speaks to my issues today. It’s timeless and appropriate for today’s questions.

I listened to my husband preach out of the book of Mark about end times and the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem. In the New Testament, it tells us in the (ESV) in Mark 13:1 “And as he came out of the temple, one of his disciples said to him, ‘Look, Teacher, what wonderful stones and what wonderful buildings!’
Mark 13:2 And Jesus said to him, ‘Do you see these great buildings? There will not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down.’ ”

This prophesy was fulfilled by the Romans in 70 A.D. There’s so much more about end times in this chapter.

Mark 13:3 And as he sat on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter and James and John and Andrew asked him privately,
Mark 13:4 “Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign when all these things are about to be accomplished?”
Mark 13:5 And Jesus began to say to them, “See that no one leads you astray.
Mark 13:6 Many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am he!’ and they will lead many astray.
Mark 13:7 And when you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. This must take place, but the end is not yet.
Mark 13:8 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places; there will be famines. These are but the beginning of the birth pains.

Mark 13:9 “But be on your guard. For they will deliver you over to councils, and you will be beaten in synagogues, and you will stand before governors and kings for my sake, to bear witness before them.
Mark 13:10 And the gospel must first be proclaimed to all nations.
Mark 13:11 And when they bring you to trial and deliver you over, do not be anxious beforehand what you are to say, but say whatever is given you in that hour, for it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit.
Mark 13:12 And brother will deliver brother over to death, and the father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death.
Mark 13:13 And you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.

Mark 13:14 “But when you see the abomination of desolation standing where he ought not to be (let the reader understand), then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.
Mark 13:15 Let the one who is on the housetop not go down, nor enter his house, to take anything out,
Mark 13:16 and let the one who is in the field not turn back to take his cloak.
Mark 13:17 And alas for women who are pregnant and for those who are nursing infants in those days!
Mark 13:18 Pray that it may not happen in winter.
Mark 13:19 For in those days there will be such tribulation as has not been from the beginning of the creation that God created until now, and never will be.

Mark 13:20 And if the Lord had not cut short the days, no human being would be saved. But for the sake of the elect, whom he chose, he shortened the days.
Mark 13:21 And then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘Look, there he is!’ do not believe it.
Mark 13:22 For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform signs and wonders, to lead astray, if possible, the elect.
Mark 13:23 But be on guard; I have told you all things beforehand.
Mark 13:24 “But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light,
Mark 13:25 and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken.
Mark 13:26 And then they will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory.
Mark 13:27 And then he will send out the angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven.

Mark 13:28 “From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts out its leaves, you know that summer is near.
Mark 13:29 So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that he is near, at the very gates.
Mark 13:30 Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place.
Mark 13:31 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.
Mark 13:32 “But concerning that day or that hour, no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.
Mark 13:33 Be on guard, keep awake. For you do not know when the time will come.

Mark 13:34 It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his servants in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to stay awake.
Mark 13:35 Therefore stay awake—for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or in the morning—
Mark 13:36 lest he come suddenly and find you asleep.
Mark 13:37 And what I say to you I say to all: Stay awake.”

Some of Jesus’ prophecies have already come to pass, some have not. When the gospel is preached to every people group or nation in the world then Jesus will come back. When Jesus speaks of false christs it’s because many religions speak of Him as a prophet only or a Teacher. The Jews knew He considered Himself God, they threw rocks at Him because He received worship as if He were God. They called Him a blasphemer. “Only God can forgive sins,” the scribes told Him. He answered, “Which is easier, to forgive sins or to say ‘stand up and walk?'”

Here it is in the (KJV) :Mar 2:5 And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”
Mar 2:6 Now some of the scribes were sitting there, questioning in their hearts,
Mar 2:7 “Why does this man speak like that? He is blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?”
Mar 2:8 And immediately Jesus, perceiving in his spirit that they thus questioned within themselves, said to them, “Why do you question these things in your hearts?
Mar 2:9 Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise, take up your bed and walk’?
Mar 2:10 But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—he said to the paralytic—
Mar 2:11 “I say to you, rise, pick up your bed, and go home.”
Mar 2:12 And he rose and immediately picked up his bed and went out before them all, so that they were all amazed and glorified God, saying, “We never saw anything like this!”

I hope and pray that I never take the Word of God and Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross for granted like I do earthly blessings, like the internet and having time to spare.

 

 

Writing is a Joy

Writing for a few hours today took lots of concentration. I’m writing a chapter for a non-fiction book writing class. Although I’m under a deadline, I notice that thinking until my brain hurts and typing until my wrists ache doesn’t deter me from enjoying the process. Writing is fun, even when it’s hard to come up with ideas. Even when everything feels like it’s been said before. In Ecclesiastes, the wisest man in the world said, “There is nothing new under the sun.”

Writing books say, “You are unique. No one can say what you have to say because each person’s life is experienced in their own way.”

In other words, I am “new under the sun.”

Jesus said to repent and come follow Him. He came to give us life and that abundantly. He said the devil came to steal, kill and destroy. When I write, I feel the joy God intended me to have on this planet. When I read my Bible, pray, worship God, the devil tends to stay away. Yay!

I appreciate being able to write on WordPress.com and that Facebook allows it to be forwarded their way. I sent an editorial to our local free paper with my opinion that Jesus is returning soon. I gave my reasons. One of which is the tremendous number of prophecies that have been fulfilled. They chose not to publish it.

I’ve heard that the UN wants control of the internet. Post while you can. Read about Jesus while you can. Love God and others while you can. Thanks for reading, if you stuck with the post this far. Write with freedom, amen.

Gathering II

My day has been so full, I will only write a bit. A house full of gracious people introduced themselves to me one at a time over the course of our gathering this morning. Just before we left, the pastor/prophet told one twenty-two year old that God said she is on the Internet so much, she is endangering her soul by putting Him aside again and again for her blog and her facebook account. The preacher suggested she fast the Internet for three days or a week and see how much more time she has for God. She gasped when she first heard the prophetic utterance. My husband said, “That prophecy was right on.”

She lives at our home for now.

More later, I promise, God willing. 🙂