Monday, March 31, 2014
'Through it all, through it all, oh I've learned to trust in Jesus, yes I've learned to trust in God.'' Life is a learning process and hopefully we have gained a greater trust in God because of His faithfulness throughout our journey.
We had a very good message last night on 'Being Conscious of God.' Are you aware of God's presence and work in everything in your life? Or do you dismiss it as good or bad luck? Our lives are filled with highs, lows and plateaus but wherever you are, He is there with you. When you consider that then you will be comforted. He is our Hope.
May we remember that a bad day does not mean a bad life. His mercies are new every morning and great is His faithfulness.
Sunday, March 30, 2014
Hope is the trust and feeling of expectation for a desired thing to happen. Sometimes we get caught up in the weariness of our circumstances and our hope of better days starts to fade. Job 6;11 ''“What strength do I have, that I should still hope? What prospects, that I should be patient?''
We can see how weak our own strength is when we get sick for a few days. So why do we trust in ourselves so much? Strength is eventually a progressive weakening process in our bodies. No one can maintain and sustain their peak strength level for a lifetime.
Don't lose hope, because believers are promised a new body after the death of this broken one. 2 Corinthians 5; 1-3 ''For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, because when we are clothed, we will not be found naked.'''
I think we are all a little like Job. We have doubts and questions but we must also have the faith of Job. He could see past the earthly pain and knew God was to be faithful in his rewards later. So, 'Keep Up The Faith.'
Friday, March 28, 2014
|Jack tuckered out|
|Tux with her cardboard mouse|
from Nancy Hancock
|Rikki, the garden raccoon, before|
|Rikki after his makeover|
|Art project collaborators|
Angie n Karla
|Zaedi in her birthday outfit|
|Nell and Zaedi's visit|
|My dad and Zaedi playing|
|The squirrel Jack is after|
Thursday, March 27, 2014
'Pressure..... Pushing down on me, pressing down on you... No man asks for.' We all have daily pressures that weigh down on us and that we want to escape from.
Isaiah 30;20 ''Although the Lord gives you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, your teachers will be hidden no more; with your own eyes you will see them. Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”
Our trials in life are meant to pull us closer to the Lord. More of You Lord and less of me. In Psalm 71, David talks about the Lord as his refuge, confidence, deliverer, and hope. 'Stop running from what you should be facing. You've got to face the pressure, face the storm, face the issue, and if need be, face the Lord. Trade in that false and temporary security we feel by trying to escape. Trade that for the real security of the peace of Almighty God.'
May we all look to God for the answers to our life's pressures. ''Unless we respond correctly to conflict, we limit our potential to grow, because we aren’t learning what the Lord is teaching. Also, we can develop an unforgiving spirit, which leads to bitterness and resentment. Eventually, such an attitude can destroy relationships. There is also a positive way to handle conflict. Luke 23:34 reveals how our Savior responded when He was wrongly accused, unfairly judged, and killed for something He didn’t do. Jesus prayed, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.” [intouch.org]
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Who else has a mouthful of sweet teeth? Actually, I'm not a big candy eater but I do have a sweet craving once in a while. Yesterday was one of those days. We were down in the Rivermarket area and Brown Sugar Bakeshop popped into my head. Karla agreed that it was a good idea. We circled the block twice looking for a parking spot and wouldn't you know it they were closed for spring break.
Today, we took care of my sweets craving at our good ol' standby, Tutti Frutti. It is the place 'where sweet dreams come true.' I recommend the banana taffy, birthday cake and salted carmel flavors.
What we crave, we will most likely satisfy..... make sure it is good for the mind, body and soul.
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
I am doing a puzzle card game with a few people. They don't know the finished picture until they receive all 9 pieces in the mail. I send about 1 piece a week but they don't know when to expect them.
Life is a puzzle of a million or more pieces. We certainly can't see the whole picture yet, but God can. He knows what pieces fit and belong in our picture. As with a wrong piece, sometimes we try to force things into our lives that just don't belong and it causes a problem. Some things in our lives fit perfectly and form a straight line edge of protection around us. Some people search for that center piece their whole lives and try to fill the void, that only God can fill, with other pieces of life.
Why does God give us pieces to our life puzzle one at a time and make us wait? 1. To give us patience, endurance, and humility. 2. To make us hold on to a dream even when it seems improbable. 3. To prepare us for the goal. But perhaps the most important reason is this: 4. To teach us that He’s just as interested in the process as the goal.
Sunday, March 23, 2014
Whether it feels like it or not, Spring is here. So it's time to get your feet ready for sandals and flip flops. If your not going to hide behind socks, then get out your salt scrub, buffer, clippers, nail polish, and razor [if needed]. Winter hiding is over.
As Adam and Eve tried to cover their sin with fig leaves and skins, we too falsely think we can hide from God. God is all-knowing, ever present with us, and all powerful. Nothing is hidden from Him and nothing is beyond His power. 'During the end times of the church age, people will grow weary; they will stumble and fall. However, those who rely upon the Lord for strength instead of their own power and abilities will be renewed. They will not just walk or run but they will soar like eagles.'
Isaiah 40; 27-31 ''Why do you say, O Jacob, and complain, O Israel, "My way is hidden from the LORD; my cause is disregarded by my God"? Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.''
Hebrews 4; 13 ''Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.''
We will all be held accountable for the lives we have led so don't try to hide what is obvious to God. Only thru Jesus can your debt be paid in full.
Friday, March 21, 2014
Thursday, March 20, 2014
I agree with this caption up to a point, regarding my blog posts. I really don't believe that 'I' or anything I write can 'change' a person's mind. What I can do is plant seeds into another's mind and let God cultivate it from there. Minds are made up of different kinds of soil so whether the seeds take root or not is not up to me.
Matthew 13;18-23 “Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in their heart. This is the seed sown along the path. The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful. But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.”
I also agree that Christians should support each other in their beliefs, so the feedback I get thru my blog comments is a strong encouragement to me. I wish I had more comments that told what the reader got from the posts. 'Christians find strength and encouragement in numbers. A believer alone is vulnerable to temptation, but when supported by several fellow Christians, becomes a much more effective witness for Christ.'
Psalm 133;1 '' Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!''
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Today I went to funeral of my friend, Dot Sturdy. She was one half of a loving couple who were regular greeters at my former church. She was beautiful both inside and out. I will always remember her kind and loving words on those Sunday mornings.
As I read the poem above, I think of God's forgiveness and how we are to follow His example. Love doesn't keep a record of wrongs. Why do we in life harbor bitterness and in the end realize what time we lost?
Our memories are our own...nobody can change them or take them. You choose what to remember. We all want to be remembered well so forget the petty stuff that doesn't amount to a hill of beans. Love one another in both thought and deed.
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Today was a friend filled day. My friend, Charlene, was here last night and this morning. My friend, Karla, was back today... Hallelujah Amen. My friends, Betsy and Jessica, each brought their set of kids over for a playdate. They brought me Peeps and guacamole as my very own special treats...yum.
After an afternoon of puzzles, snacks and playing golf together, the kids hugged each other [on their own] before leaving. What an important lesson of what friendship is that they are learning. 'Love one another' is teachable at any age.
F.R.I.E.N.D.S...........[Fight for you].My friend, Zack, reminded me awhile back about how he stood up for me in junior high against a bully. [Respect you].. My friends respect me just as I am. [Include you].. Even tho I can't attend everything I'd like to, my friends still ask me. [Encourage you] My friends are consistent joy boosters to me. [Need you] My friends make me feel wanted in their lives. [Deserve you] My friends are given by grace. [Stand by you] My friends will back me up, pick me up, and lift me up whenever I need it.
I hope these little ones are life long friends that will follow this motto with all their friends.
Sunday, March 16, 2014
Many people will say that they believe in God but how many of them 'know' God personally? It is a difference in head knowledge versus heart knowledge.
' Job could not see physically through the whirlwind out of which God spoke (38:1; 40:6); he expresses a deeper meaning. He knew God with words, but he now experiences His living presence in his inner being. He meets Him as Savior and friend and, above all, God.'
When we apply The Word directly to our lives then we too can experience God's direction personally. Like Job, we complain of our hardships and the severity of which God allows us to suffer but will it humble us to submit to God as Job did?
You are only truly suffering, if you're doing it without God. I encourage you to get a personal trainer, God, and follow His lead.
Saturday, March 15, 2014
Isaiah 55;8 ''“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord.''
Sometimes when we surrender things in our lives over to God, we can see His will being done. It is not always how our will would have preferred it. God is in control should be our surrendering thought.
As one who feels so dependent on God, I can see God's hand in many things. The bones and flesh may be weak but God can still do a mighty work thru you. God's purpose in my life is definitely part of His thoughts and ways that are not my own. I'm reminded daily of my physical weakness but also of His strength in me. He who is in me is greater than anything in this world.
May we all realize how much our lives are in God's hands and turn everything we are burdened with over to Him.
Friday, March 14, 2014
Sorry the pictures are kind of dark this week but