Fun on a Sunday

Sunday morning we went to a picnic spot with a pond and a pavilion. We enjoyed a beautiful sunshiny day and lots of pleasant company accompanied by some tasty food. I got to know some of the people better that visited this year.

IMPROVEMENTS TO THE POND(photo from: (www.timberlandbait.com)

 

Usually we cancel our evening service the day of the picnic because people are tired. I tried to rest a little and then it was time to choose worship songs. Not that I had much of a voice left. 🙂

 

After singing, my husband left the sound booth so we could pray. Seven folks gathered and he didn’t feel like a sermon was the right route to go.

 

“If we keep canceling Sunday night service, people will stop showing up.”

 

Then he gave us some direction. “Let’s pray like Jesus taught the disciples – starting out with ‘Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name.’”

 

He went on to explain that hallowed denotes honor and praise. “How can you show God the respect due His name? What words can you describe Him with in the form of a prayer?”

 

We began talking to the Lord and when someone asked for needs to be met, my husband told the person that we’d get to that, but now is the time to exalt our Savior. A bit later, we did pray for personal requests with the addition of the phrase, “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”

 

Jesus said in the New Testament, in Matthew 18:20, (KJV): “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”

 

We didn’t linger a long time, but as we left each face exhibited peace and contentment.

 

Then, my husband and I began our Sunday night ritual: “Where should we eat?”

 

Sometimes I cook on a Sunday night, but if I’m tired and we’re able to, we eat out. There’s not a lot of restaurants open at that hour of the day.

 

I told my hubbie I was going to pray about it. We have a number of small towns around our little home spot and I’m not familiar with them all.

 

I felt impressed to head north and he was okay with it. We found a new restaurant, to us, that we both enjoyed and hope to visit again sometime.

 

I said, “What a nice day we had,” and he agreed.

 

This is the second Sunday night we’ve prayed at our church over the last thirty days and the people really liked it. Both times it was spontaneous and I missed the first one for a family member’s milestone birthday party in a nearby city.

 

I’m glad I made it for lots of reasons but when I saw the glow on one of the ladies’ faces outside of the church after the meeting, I thought, Aw, wish I’d been there.

 

God gave me the desire of my heart this last Sunday.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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Bluebirds

Do you ever feel like you’re hitting your head against the wall, to borrow an oft-used cliche? I decided to take a picture of a puzzle I put together. I sent the picture to my e-mail account. Then I opened it and copied it, but when I went to paste it on WordPress it didn’t work. Then WordPress disappeared. I tried to re-open it and the computer told me I have no internet connection. Which I knew was a lie, because a quarter of an inch from the WordPress tab was my e-mail tab and it was functioning. So, I re-opened WordPress, ignored the lie and walked away and seconds later WordPress was open. So, I searched my computer for the bluebirds and the download is gone. When I went to the world icon and typed in the JPEG code, it showed up but I couldn’t get it to open. Aargh!

My husband came to the rescue, thank You. Lord.

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This is a puzzle from a company in Buffalo, NY, buffalogames.com, and the shapes of the pieces are unique and challenging themselves. I took the photograph with a Smart phone and that’s the best photo of about eight tries. The white shiny spot is from the light overhead, so it doesn’t accurately portray the beauty of the picture. I bought it because I like birds and the quality of the color and thickness of the material impressed me.

When I look at bluebirds and cardinals and blue jays and robins and big black crows I think how creative God is and we are creative as well.

I’m blogging at the end of a very long day. So I will sign off.

May God bless you. I have a verse on a bulletin board over my desk. A note says: Isaiah 26:3 “You will keep him in perfect peace Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.”  Ahh. Peace.

God Loves You and Me

 

4 Keys to Staying Full of God: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Andrew+Wommack+four

This site showed up from my friend today, Part 1 of 4. Whenever I hear something, I try to “eat the meat and spit out the bones” as my husband suggests when there’s a good teaching but possibly a bit off. As I listened to this teaching, there was only one part I wasn’t sure about. Maybe you’ll get a chance to hear it and you’ll let me know what you think.

Pastor Wommack makes a point of remembering that God loves him and has his best interests at heart. Since God is all powerful, that helps him to keep his peace and his joy. I got a lot out of this sermon and I hope to hear the other three parts soon.

The more I read the Bible, the more I realize that God loves people more than I can understand.

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.

Times in Life

There are times in life when things come along that lift me up and on the same day another happenstance takes me by surprise and I find myself grieving.

So I grieve for a bit and then press on. Tonight we’re watching “Hope Floats” starring Sandra Bullock and Harry Connick, Jr. and Gena Rowlands, directed by Forest Whitaker and produced by Fortis Films in 1998.

What a tear jerker. I wouldn’t have chosen it but I was in the living room when it came on. Maybe sad movies act as a release for feelings in real life. They say violent movies have a cathartic effect on adults although for children violent videos produce violent children.

I know myself if I see too many heartbreaking shows and read too many sad stories I don’t have the emotional reserve to face loss in life. So I purposefully cut back on joy stealers.

Philippians 4:8 is one of my favorite verses in the New King James Version: 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 anything praiseworthy – meditate on these things.

Paul continues to say in verse nine, “The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.”

Jesus shared some last words with His disciples in John 16:33, “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

I hope God blesses you big time today.

Habitually Moving

I’ve been working more on a transposing assignment for a man who hopes it’ll be done by Christmas. We miscommunicated at the beginning so it’ll be quite the feat if I get it done. I just decided to check out how many more pages are in the handwritten notebook and couldn’t find it. Did I put it away and the zip drive, too?

Yes, I did. There are times when I’m driving and my mind is on something else and suddenly I’ll realize I’m almost at my destination. I guess I tidy up on autopilot as well.

When I went to figure out my day in the planner, the date jumped out on me. I know Christmas is on Sunday, but how can Sunday suddenly be less than seven days away. So, I’d better get a package in the mail tomorrow. I’d better get my cards signed tomorrow or Wed. I’d better get up earlier in my day before the phone starts ringing so I can type for my client.

I’ve been handing things over to God this week and hopefully they’ll stay there. One of those things was getting stuff done. I’ll do my best and leave the results up to Him.

One thing I like about helping people with their memoirs is the fun of seeing their choices. I’ve had clients with interesting lives and sometimes I imagine myself in their shoes and wonder if I would have done the same thing. Would I have had the stamina and courage and enthusiasm to do what they did?

We’re all wired so differently.

I’ve been singing a friend’s song this week and it reminded me that I wrote a song once and gave it to a fellow to see if he could come up with the music. I hope my copy is in the file cabinet. I begin the organization class in January, not too soon. I’ve been working on organizing since November, but this month has been more hit and miss.

I decided when I was a busy mom to stop stressing over Christmas. I didn’t think God wanted me to go huge on gift giving since His Word says to do all things in moderation, (Php_4:5, (KJV):  Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.

His Word also says not to owe people anything but love. Rom_13:8 , (KJV): Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.

I don’t mind being on autopilot if I’m throwing the garbage into the outdoor cans, but if someone stops at the house, I don’t want to immediately think of the ten things on my list and start re-ordering the timetable and miss out on them. I want to be fully there.

I hope this finds you well and at peace. May God bless you.

Escapism

 

I went to the library today to return the Imposter book by Davis Bunn and I picked up another novel from the new purchases section. It’s not an author I’m familiar with, but it sounds good.

When I finished the Imposter I told my husband I hated to see it end. It’s almost like I lived there for part of my days.

That’s a throwback to my childhood. I grew up in a neighborhood going through social changes and the library was a haven. Yesterday, my husband and I got asked to meet with a lady and we listened to her for three hours.

It threw my day off. Even as a daydreamer, three hours hit my brain – the time was irretrievably gone. Whether it was of any help to her, only God in heaven knows.

I’ve discovered lately that getting lost in books or movies or puzzles gives a false sense of peace, really it’s just escapism. Reading the Word, taking time to think, prayer – these things revitalize. The other things numb the emotions for a short time.

That must be one more reason God tells us to seek Him while He may be found, (Isaiah 55:6a). He knows what’s best for His creatures. In Deuteronomy_4:29,(KJV), it says, “But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.”

David, whom God called a man after His own heart, had Asaph and his brothers sing this song unto the Lord: 1Chronicles 16:8, (KJV) “Oh give thanks to the LORD; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples!

1Ch 16:9  Sing to him, sing praises to him; tell of all his wondrous works!

1Ch 16:10  Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice! (I added emphasis here.)

1Ch 16:11  Seek the LORD and his strength; seek his presence continually!

1Ch 16:12  Remember the wondrous works that he has done, his miracles and the judgments he uttered,

1Ch 16:13  O offspring of Israel his servant, children of Jacob, his chosen ones!

1Ch 16:14  He is the LORD our God; his judgments are in all the earth.

1Ch 16:15  Remember his covenant forever, the word that he commanded, for a thousand generations,

1Ch 16:16  the covenant that he made with Abraham, his sworn promise to Isaac,

1Ch 16:17  which he confirmed to Jacob as a statute, to Israel as an everlasting covenant,

1Ch 16:18  saying, ‘To you I will give the land of Canaan, as your portion for an inheritance.’

1Ch 16:19  When you were few in number, of little account, and sojourners in it,

1Ch 16:20  wandering from nation to nation, from one kingdom to another people,

1Ch 16:21  he allowed no one to oppress them; he rebuked kings on their account,

1Ch 16:22  saying, ‘Touch not my anointed ones, do my prophets no harm!’

1Ch 16:23  Sing to the LORD, all the earth! Tell of his salvation from day to day.

1Ch 16:24  Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples!

1Ch 16:25  For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised, and he is to be feared above all gods.

1Ch 16:26  For all the gods of the peoples are worthless idols, but the LORD made the heavens.

1Ch 16:27  Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and joy are in his place.

1Ch 16:28  Ascribe to the LORD, O families of the peoples, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength!

1Ch 16:29  Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; bring an offering and come before him! Worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness;

1Ch 16:30  tremble before him, all the earth; yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved.

1Ch 16:31  Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice, and let them say among the nations, ‘The LORD reigns!’

1Ch 16:32  Let the sea roar, and all that fills it; let the field exult, and everything in it!

1Ch 16:33  Then shall the trees of the forest sing for joy before the LORD, for he comes to judge the earth.

1Ch 16:34  Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!

1Ch 16:35  Say also: ‘Save us, O God of our salvation, and gather and deliver us from among the nations, that we may give thanks to your holy name and glory in your praise.

1Ch 16:36  Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting!’” Then all the people said, “Amen!” and praised the LORD.

 

What an incredible song to God.

I hope you are enjoying the life you’ve been given. I am, even when my patience is being stretched or when I’m concerned for others. I thank God that He helps me when I’m weak or weary.

I remember trying to manage my life on my own. I felt like a girl on a ten speed bicycle with flat tires trying to go uphill on a muddy track. Then I handed my life over to Jesus and now I have help when I cry out to Him. My sister, Mary told me that she and her sister-in-law were in a car heading for another car on a snowy day, an imminent collision seemingly the only possibility. She cried out the name of Jesus and it was as if they got lifted in the air and turned about. Our sister-in-law couldn’t confirm it. Yet, over the years, Mary never retracted the story or added to it.

 

In John 12:36, (KJV)it says: “While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light.” When Jesus had said these things, he departed and hid himself from them.

Joh 12:37  Though he had done so many signs before them, they still did not believe in him,

Joh 12:38  so that the word spoken by the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled: “Lord, who has believed what he heard from us, and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?”

Joh 12:39  Therefore they could not believe. For again Isaiah said,

Joh 12:40  “He has blinded their eyes and hardened their heart, lest they see with their eyes, and understand with their heart, and turn, and I would heal them.”

Joh 12:41  Isaiah said these things because he saw his glory and spoke of him.

Joh 12:42  Nevertheless, many even of the authorities believed in him, but for fear of the Pharisees they did not confess it, so that they would not be put out of the synagogue;

Joh 12:43  for they loved the glory that comes from man more than the glory that comes from God.

 

Some things are hard to understand. I know I heard the gospel many times and pondered long and hard before it finally made sense to me. I felt like I was wrestling with God trying to figure it out.

 

May God bless you!

I Thought I Was a Christian

Today, when I realized I had less than an hour to get ready for Bible Study, I prayed I’d be out the door in forty minutes. Then I decided that would never happen. I immediately repented. Nothing’s impossible to God, (Luke 18:27). God answered my prayer. 🙂

I only puttered in the kitchen today and showed up early for the nearly 90 year old I pick up at her apartment.

This lady worked hard to get out of the nursing home after a major surgery a couple of years ago. A short stay for a mishap earlier this year and then out again.

The 94 year old born again friend of hers really enjoyed the study today. She’d had Bibles to read from in the past.

Our 89 year old explained today that she was in a denominational church for decades. She even taught children about Jesus. She learned Jesus was good, but she never heard the gospel and the chance for salvation all those years in church.

I think the 94 year old may have attended the same denomination. Some denominational churches believe the Bible is God’s inspired Word, some don’t.

If they don’t believe God inspired the various writers, then they’re free to disregard any part of Scripture that doesn’t fit their philosophy.

I intended to write for one denomination and I decided to study their doctrine so I could please the editor with the writing. When the guidelines asked authors not to address God as Father or give Him a masculine gender, I wrote them saying I wouldn’t be sending them a manuscript after all, and why.

So, my 89 year old friend said she thought she was a Christian all those years and tried to be good, but she couldn’t. Not that born again Christians are perfect, but they are new creatures in Christ, as it states in 2 Corinthians 5:17, (NASB): “Therefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.”

2 Corinthians 5:18-21 (NASB) says, “Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ, and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were entreating through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

I wish I could be perfect now, but that’s impossible in this earthly body. So, I run to Jesus when I mess up and tell Him I’m sorry and then experience His grace and His forgiveness and His peace. Thank You, God!

May He bless you.

 

Ancient Egypt

My husband turned on a documentary on Netflix about ancient Egypt and the Pyramids and their early religious practices called “The Pyramid Code.”

 

Carmen Boulter, PhD from Calgary University hosts the video. She invites her viewers to consider other interpretations of Egyptology.

 

She talks of the Pyramids having harmonious qualities and the music might have been used as a healing agent.

 

When she spoke of the initiates to the belief system having peace, I had to wonder how she could suggest that when it happened in the far past.

 

Anyway, she had some interesting ideas and an Egyptian Wisdom Keeper as an expert.

 

It made me think. I know God loves all people and all nationalities. He had the Apostle Paul speak to the Gentiles after he preached to the Jews. In the following Scriptures he’s speaking to the philosophers in Athens:

Acts 17:22 (KJV) Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars’ hill, and said, Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are too superstitious.

Act 17:23  For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you.

Act 17:24  God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands;

Act 17:25  Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;

Act 17:26  And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;

Act 17:27  That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:

Act 17:28  For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.

Act 17:29  Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device.

Act 17:30  And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:

Act 17:31  Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.

 

All are invited to have eternal life with God.

 

God bless.

God is Good

“God is good” are the lyrics to a lively song we used to sing in our church when our pianist, in her seventies at the time, I think, still played the ivory keys.

I know God is good from many experiences of His provision, His still small voice giving me peace in the midst of a stressful situation, from His word doing what it said it would. Speaking 2 Timothy 1:7 out loud when I got hit with fear, the fear lifted, supernaturally. The verse states, For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. (KJV)

One time as we drove along, I felt completely overwhelmed with worries and sad things recently experienced. As I spoke, my husband said to me, “Connie, have you forgotten? God is good.”

I had been so focused on the negative that I had forgotten that God is good. When we lived on very little in a southern state we’d moved to, far from family, and unfortunately I had put God on a back burner, I called a radio station to try and win a prize of $100.00. Somehow, I just knew I was going to win that money. I did. God knew how we needed it.

I can look back over the years and see God’s hand lovingly shielding me from harm or preventing further harm from coming my way. Hard things I’ve gone through have shaped my character, and even that is God allowing some difficult things to work out for my good, eventually.

Romans 8:28 is one of my favorite verses:  And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. (KJV)

If the harsh realities of life start to overwhelm, I cry out to God to remind me to look to Him and to look for the good. He came that we could have peace and joy and hope and an abundant life. So many verses promise us good things in this life and the next.

My husband has been saying lately that God is most concerned with our relationship with Him and our relationships with others. To God be the glory.

Be blessed!