Thinking for Life

Our ladies’ Bible study started working on the book and study guide by Joyce Meyer called Battlefield of the Mind: Winning the Battle in Your Mind. I’m using the book I bought some years back published by Warner Faith, New York, NY, Boston, MA, and Nashville, TN in 2002 and copyrighted in 1995. The Study Guide was copyrighted in 2000 and published in 2002 by Faith Words, Hachette Book Group, New York, NY.

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(This is the most current book that one of our ladies bought at a brick and mortar store. The copyright is 2017 and it’s the book and study guide combined.)

 

At our Bible study we enjoyed the Scriptures and the insights Joyce gave us. We also got a chance to talk and consider how the Word applies to our lives. One of the ladies is barely in her 90’s and she’s been a Christian for decades. When Joyce Meyer spoke of Satan’s schemes, she was a bit horrified. Even though I’m sure she’s read in 1Peter_5:8 , (KJV) that we need to “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:”

 

What I hold on to is the fact that God is the Great I Am, and Satan is His defeated foe. Not that the devil doesn’t have power. He has the power on earth that mankind gives him by following the evil one’s ways and rejecting God’s ways. Yet, he cannot do anything beyond what God allows. There is our free will to consider as well. Ah, it’s a complicated business in the supernatural. The supernatural realm lasts forever; this time on earth for us is short in comparison.

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So, I got talking about C. S. Lewis’s book, The Screwtape Letters. It’s a lead demon teaching a less experienced demon the subtle ways to fool people out of faith in God. This elderly lady had heard of Professor Lewis’s tome, but “didn’t think it amounted to much.”

 

Now she’d like to read it.

 

The Bible talks a lot more about God than the devil, yet it mentions hell much more than heaven. I don’t know if it’s because God knew people wouldn’t really believe in hell after a time and He wanted to be very specific about the torment there, or if it’s because He couldn’t put into words that we could fully comprehend about the wonder of heaven and being in His presence. Our brains do not compare to the all-knowing God’s capabilities.

 

I know one thing. I had to close the door behind me so I could stop listening to the television set because I kept getting drawn into a progressive story. That’s one disadvantage of Netflix. Once a series leaves the viewer on a cliffhanger, it’s a matter of moments before the next show comes on if the person so chooses to watch the next one, unless it’s the end of the entire series or the last one of the season. Some might consider that a benefit, and occasionally I enjoy not having to wait to see how things turn out, but it’s easy to lose an hour or two or three and realize important things got left undone. It’s like a drug and don’t I know that Satan loves it when I’m not writing about Jesus and the hope He gives the world.

 

I’m looking forward to continuing our study of The Battlefield of the Mind because it’s already got me thinking about the way I may ponder myself right out of the will of God. “Write a book on marriage,” I thought God whispered to my heart. Then I decided if there were so many out there what did I have to say? We’re all unique and King Solomon said there is nothing new under the sun in the book of Ecclesiastes when he was feeling down. There may not be anything new under the sun, but one person’s insights may reach a couple when another writer’s ideas didn’t touch their heart at all. If God did indeed tell me to write on marriage, then I need to obey. It’s imperative for me to seek Him to see if I heard correctly from Him or not.

 

I spoke to my husband about this show that sucked me in tonight. A young couple constantly miscommunicates. I’m mumbling, “Why didn’t he say something to her?” I turned to him, “They never talk.”

 

He said to me, “There are some people that are just like that.”

 

I then said to him, “I guess that’s why we’ve been married for forty-one years, because we talk.”

 

Today he vacuumed the rug and I made a point of saying it looked nice, because that’s important to him. He doesn’t whine or ask for compliments. I just notice that if he points out, “At least I got the carpet cleaned today,” in reference to not getting something else done, that if I say, “Yeah, it looks great,” his body language changes. Maybe his shoulders get pulled back and he stands a little taller.

 

If I don’t feel like telling him thanks because I’m tired or self-absorbed, sometimes I make myself be considerate because I’d be polite to a stranger. Why not be kind to the man I love?

 

I hope you’re having a great day. May God bless you.

 

 

 

 

Letchworth with Friends

This is the scene I saw today with two friends and my husband, although the water is lower because New York State needs rain. It’s still beautiful there and the trees must be drinking from underground reserves because they are vibrantly green.

 

I got this picture from http://nysparks.com/parks/79/details.aspx and the website provides lots of details about the “Grand Canyon of the East.”

 

I was thinking how one never knows what a day will bring. We met our friends there for lunch and a chance to catch up. We ended up taking a walk and suddenly a couple from our home town looked shocked to see us there, maybe because it’s a small world. My husband shook his hand and we met his wife and then I introduced our friends and after a few moments they went their way and we went ours. We walked on pavement and uneven stone steps and then later on wood chips as we traversed the side of the river, high above the banks sometimes. Sometimes close enough to make us want to scamper down to walk next to the water or put our bare feet in it. Lots of signs warned us not to enter the area near the water. It was so tempting, but we resisted.

 

After good food at the Glen Iris Inn and wonderful conversation, we had walked and talked some more before going our separate ways. As we exited, six – eight State Trooper cars and/or police cars flashed their lights at the side of the road. Every car got stopped and a few might have gotten searched. We wondered if they were looking for someone.

 

It’s pretty rare when we get stopped by police and I’m glad about that. I couldn’t help but glance at our registration sticker and inspection sticker to make sure they were up to date. All was well and our car doesn’t have room to hide anyone in it. The full size van with dark windows ahead of us got stopped and asked to pull to the side of the road. I began praying if there was an escaped criminal nearby they wouldn’t harm anyone. I asked for God to protect the police men and everyone in the park. You never know what might be going on and that’s not always a bad thing. Not that I believe in being like an ostrich with my head in the sand. Not at all. I’d rather know what I need to know. It’s excess things that jar the senses and are being taken care of in a judicious manner that I’d rather leave to qualified people.

 

I’m glad God is on the throne, working things out according to His perfect plan. Yet, I pray for His intervention because for some reason, He wants to hear from us. He wants us involved. Jesus said in Mat_5:44, (KJV): “But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;”

 

Again, in Mat_6:6, (KJV), Jesus said, “But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.”

 

Here, Jesus is saying to pray for souls: Mat_9:38,(KJV): ”Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.”

 

In the Old Testament, God sent a season of a lack of rain as punishment. 1Ki_17:1, (KJV), And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, said unto Ahab, As the LORD God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word.

1Ki_18:1, (KJV), And it came to pass after many days, that the word of the LORD came to Elijah in the third year, saying, Go, shew thyself unto Ahab; and I will send rain upon the earth.

 

Three years with no rain because of evil King Ahab and his evil wife Queen Jezebel.

 

God is over all.

 

May God bless you and keep you in the palm of His mighty right hand. I appreciate the blessings He’s sent my way – friends and Him wanting to hear from me. Wow!