May 4, 2016

Have you ever had an enemy?  It could have been at school or at work.  It’s funny how they may start out as a friend, then all of a sudden turns.  Like they were gathering intell and once that information was gathered, they would use it against you.

Sometimes, that enemy is me.  The voices in my head sabotage every thought as I’m trying to step forward in my faith.  I know who the real enemy is … it’s the enemy of my soul telling me I’m not smart enough, pretty enough, young enough, healthy enough.  I’m NOT …

Have you ever had an advocate?  I have had several and they do hold a special place in my heart.

Do I believe God is my advocate?  Yes, I do.  I believe Jesus speaks my name to God on the throne in my behalf.  Every time the enemy says to God those thoughts above or tells Him that I’m not worthy to be God’s child, Jesus speaks up and says, “Back off satan, this one is mine and is one that I love!”

How exciting is that?  I know my name is spoken in Heaven and I know Jesus loves me and calls me His beloved.

My dear children, I am writing this to you so that you will not sin.  But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate who pleads our case before the Father.  He is Jesus Christ, the one who is truly righteous.

1 John 2:1 NLT

May 2, 2016

Which would you rather do, buy a new house or an older one?

A new house, well everything would be new, however, the price may be over budget.  An older house, although the price would be reasonable, one would have to consider the cost of renovation and add that to the price for a good comparison of both.  However, an older one should have a mature landscape … which can also create problems; tree roots, old plumbing pipes, basement leakage, etc.

If one is not a handy person, the obvious choice would be to buy new.  But, what if God took that mindset with us?

What if He decided that we, being the one that needs renovating, is too much trouble?  Where would we all be?

I’m thankful that God doesn’t take the easy road with us!  He chooses to work on the existing person.

We don’t have to wait until we are perfect to come to Jesus.  Here’s a news flash, we will NEVER be PERFECT in this world!  God meets us right where we are; in the midst of pain, in the midst of our own destruction, in the midst of the darkness.  God is right there with you, waiting for you to call on Him.  Only Jesus will make you perfect, in God’s timing.  Don’t be surprised if it is when He returns. He is still working on me.  I’ve fallen into the wilderness too many times to count, but, He still picks me up and puts me back on His path.

I’m remembering a cartoon on Facebook.  It was a drawing of Jesus and me (not me, but it might as well be me!)  The first frame says, “When you see only one set of footprints, that’s when I carried you.”  The next frame, still the same picture but it says, “When you see a drag mark, that’s when I dragged you kicking and screaming!”  There have been many times that He’s done just that!  No I’m not proud of it, but thankful that He did.

When we find ourselves in the wilderness, who moved?  Not God, He has a path and plan for our lives.  He stays steady on the course.  We are the ones that drift in the current.

Bible Study

I’m doing an online bible study.  This one is studying the letters of 1, 2, & 3 John.

The first week, jumps into what is light and darkness.  Light is forgiveness and presence of God.  Darkness is sin and its effects.

One of the questions was:  “In what ways does culture give the impression that sin does not affect us?”  Think about it, with all that is on the tele, movies, real life, I’m sure you know one or two, if not more, people that you know of who are sinning.  Not to mention looking at the person in the mirror.

But what is sin?  Disobeying the 10 Commandments?  Okay, on the surface of the 10 Commandments, one may think, hey, I’ve got that covered, I follow the 10 Commandments, piece of cake.    B U T ….

If you look deeper at these Commandments and realize what could be included in them, it may cause one to go hummmm … maybe the one looking in the mirror isn’t as sinless after all.  Click here for a more in depth list of sins covered under the 10 Commandments.

Am I sinless?  Heavens NO!!  I see myself in this extended list also.  Discouraging, why bother?  Because I want to be in Heaven when I die.  I want to have an eternity with the Light.  Not eternity in the darkness, weeping & gnashing teeth.  Light  sounds much better!!

Unfortunately the culture we live in gives the impression that sin does not affect us.  It does and without an Advocate to speak on one’s behalf, darkness is one’s place of eternity.

Who is this Advocate?  It’s Jesus Christ, the Son of God.  The One who suffered, died and shed His blood to cover the sins of man.  Ask Him into your heart today, don’t wait.  Ask Him to forgive you.  God made us all with a desire to return to Him, that is what we need to do is turn around, ask Him to forgive us and follow by faith and receive His forgiveness & mercy.

I know for me, I was so restless that nothing would satisfy my restlessness.  I could not sit still, it was like I was hooked up to an electrical outlet and my body wouldn’t sit still.  When I realized it was the Holy Spirit reminding me that I was God’s child, I did just that, turned around and asked His forgiveness.  I found a church that fed my soul and my restlessness was satisfied.  Nothing can satisfy that longing and desire … I repeat … NOTHING of this world can satisfy that longing and desire but God and a relationship with Jesus.

Friday, April 3, 2015

This morning I was pleasantly surprised by a text that the kids wanted to come over.  As I got out of bed and dressed, they were already knocking on the door.  They had run over to our place.  LOL … that was too funny.  We talked for a little bit, then watched the recorded Dancing with the Stars while our grandson was playing a game on the computer.  Then they switched, our granddaughter played on the computer and he watched the turtles.  Once grandpa was up, we went to lunch at Raising Cains.  If you have a Raising Cains in your area and they are running an event about used cell phones, well, that’s a pretty good deal.

The deal runs through the end of April.  If you turn in an old used cell phone, and buy one meal & a drink, you get another meal of equal or lesser value free  (but you will need to buy a drink for the free meal.)  We turned in two used cell phones and got two free meals, such a great deal!  Why do they want used cell phones?  I’m so glad you asked.  They recycle them and in turn get calling cards to send to the troops out of the country to call home.  I told you it was a good deal!!

I’ve been reading a book titled, Heaven, by Randy Alcorn.

What is your idea of Heaven?  Boring or exciting?   What is your idea of hell?

In reading the first three chapters of Heaven, I desire to have my final destination to be Heaven.  I would not want to be in hell as “…the wicked suffer terribly, are fully conscious, retain their memories and reasoning, long for relief, cannot be comforted, cannot leave their torment and are bereft of hope. (Luke 16:19-31)…”  “Christ says the unsaved ‘will be thrown outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth’ (Matthew 8:12)”

There are many times that the Bible describes hell as a place of weeping and gnashing of teeth.  That doesn’t sound like a pleasant way to spend eternity to me.  I’d rather be in Heaven where I am with family, being loved, and most of all, with my Savior.  I can’t think of a better way to spend eternity.

In the dark, all alone, in pain, fully conscious and longing for relief that never comes, weeping and gnashing of teeth … um, no thanks, being in the light and love and peace and no pain in a new body is where I want to be.  Easter weekend – Thank You, Jesus, for suffering and paying a debt that I could not pay and thinking of me when you were suffering and dying on the cross.

He was despised and rejected—
    a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief.
We turned our backs on him and looked the other way.
    He was despised, and we did not care.

Yet it was our weaknesses he carried;
    it was our sorrows that weighed him down.
And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God,
    a punishment for his own sins!
But he was pierced for our rebellion,
    crushed for our sins.
He was beaten so we could be whole.
    He was whipped so we could be healed.
All of us, like sheep, have strayed away.
    We have left God’s paths to follow our own.
Yet the Lord laid on him
    the sins of us all.

Isaiah 53:3-6 NLT

Discouraged

Tonight I was feeling discouraged and loss of hope.  So strong that I was mad, sad, frustrated and felt that I don’t have a purpose.   What is God’s purpose for me?  I’ve wasted my healthy years thinking of me and now that I’m not well, I’m still thinking of me.

How do I proceed to do what God put me on this earth to do without being bogged down with thinking about what I’m going through.  How my body is changing with Scleroderma.  How do I go through the physical changes and not get so discouraged?

While sitting in my pitty party, God smacked me up side the head and told me to look up the verses in the Bible on Discouragement.

There are several that struck me and thanks to hubby’s Life Application Bible, I was able to go through the verses and read the commentaries.

The ones I highlighted in my Bible are:  Deuteronomy 1:22; Deuteronomy 31:8; Joshua 1:9; Joshua 8:1; 1 Chronicles 22:13; 1 Chronicles 28:20; 2 Chronicles 20:15; 2 Chronicles 20:17; Job 4:5; Isaiah 42:4; and Ephesians 3:13.

Over and over I’m reminded Do not be afraid, to be strong and courageous.  Do not be discouraged.

In the commentaries of these verses, one said the only way to lose is to give up.  Giving up is something I think about.  What if I just gave up and stayed in bed all day long every day.  So when I read, “The only way to lose is to give up” – well that got my attention.

Another commentary really hit home as I’ve got some things to face and deal with.  In 1 Chronicles 28:20 it says, “Be strong and courageous and do the work.  Do not be afraid or discouraged for the Lord God is with you.  He will not fail you or forsake you until all the work for the service of the temple of the Lord is finished.”  The commentary of this said to not be frightened of this task.  Fear can immobilize us.  The size of a job, it’s risks or pressure of the situation can cause us to freeze and do nothing.  One remedy of fear is found here; instead, get to work – getting started is often the most difficult and frightening part of a job.  Yes, I’ve been hit by God’s 2 x 4 again.  It’s such a simple solution, but a hard one in the flesh.

The best commentary is about 2 Chronicles 20:15 – We may not fight an enemy army, but every day we battle temptation, pressure & rulers of this dark world, who want us to rebel against God.  Remember as believers, we have God’s Spirit in us.  If we ask God’s help when we face struggles, God will fight for us and God always Triumphs.

I love the list of how to let God fight for us:

  1. By realizing the battle is not ours, but God’s
  2. By recognizing human limitations & allowing God’s strength to work through our fears & weakness.
  3. By making sure we are pursuing God’s interest and not just our own selfish desires.
  4. By asking God for help in our daily battles.

Why do I try to do things in my own strength.  Why do I get discouraged when it says right there that He is with me, fighting for me?

What started out as a very discouraged, no hope evening has turned into a comfort and encouragement from my Heavenly Father.  I can’t wait to attack the next verses on Hope and Illness.

Sit down with a cup of jo … who knows where I’m going

I have to say thank you to all who’ve commented.  Your comments were in my spam comments and I appreciate you taking the time to let me know you were here.  I’ve become very lazy or busy or something and I don’t have much time to approve and post your comment, however, I do read them.

This week has been a busy and interesting week.  I love the variety of tasks involved with my job.  Yesterday, I was able to assist with a brunch.  I had a great time and also learned how to make French Pressed coffee.   Interesting concept and pretty good also.  We had bagels & cream cheese, fruit & yogurt, mini quiches and mini fruit tarts.  All pretty yummy, thanks to Raleys!

We sat and talked a little about ourselves and then we were to share our life verses.  Life verse?  I had no idea.  All the verses in the bible are definitely  appropriate for my life, but to have one that sticks out and talks about me … well, I haven’t found one  …  YET!  The one that was fresh in my brain and one I mentioned is Proverbs 27:9 (NIV) – “The heartfelt counsel of a friend is as sweet as perfume and incense.”  As I’m lousy at memorizing scripture, I couldn’t quote the verse, so I said it talked about love and friendship.

So I woke up this morning and started searching for a life verse. Then I came upon a person’s blog that spoke loudly to me.  It said that a life verse is also in God’s timing.  One may not have found one, but when the time is right, it will speak loudly.  That was such a comfort as I felt like such a failure to not have a life verse.

In searching information on life verses, I stumbled upon a birth verse  website.    When I entered the month and day of my birth, this verse appeared:  “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”  Romans 12:12 NIV    I have to say, I love this verse!!  It is not only my birth verse, but at present, it is my life verse.  It covers all, just as He does.