Cheerful Work

Ah Lord GOD! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and by Your outstretched arm! There is nothing too difficult or too wonderful for You–
‭‭JEREMIAH‬ ‭32:17‬ ‭AMP‬‬

Good Morning!  Every day we are one day closer to Christmas.  Are you beginning to feel anxious about commitments, money, time, and gifts?  You are not alone.  One answer is to do everything for God.

This morning I woke up, looked around and wanted to go back to bed.  Every night this week I came home late, and our home is a mess.  I have a stack of presents to wrap.  I have yet to decorate the house, and oh boy do my joints hurt.  I know you must be  thinking, well, this post is a little different.  I can tell you that all my grumbling didn’t make me feel any better. 7B390ED0-DC39-4E5A-8AB5-D6D6447D6B5F So, my plan is to put on some Christmas music to lift my spirit, and get busy.  It’s amazing what I can accomplish when I stop complaining and feeling sorry for myself.  Let me add one more point.  Talk to God while you work.  If you are having fun dancing, singing and talking to God, the time will fly.  You won’t feel like you worked on your day off either.  Most of all, remember why we celebrate Christmas.

I challenge you today to take on all the dreaded tasks with a cheerful heart.  God bless you.

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Spread the Love Friday – What’s Right?

You spread out our sins before you— our secret sins—and you see them all.
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭90:8‬ ‭NLT‬‬


Happy Friday!  Do you ever find yourself looking around and wondering what is right and what is wrong?  I understand this question because the news media and the world tell us one thing, and the Bible tells another.  I see some people who legitimize a compromise between the Bible and the ways of the world.  Others legitimize what they are doing as being right.  What is right?

One thing I know to be true is the Bible.  Whenever you come across a question that you can’t decide, pray and read your Bible.  The answer will come.

Have a great day!  God bless you!

Forgiveness Thursday – Parables and Dominic

Then Jesus told them this parable: “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.  Luke 15:3-32

Good Morning.

Have you ever lost a pet, or worse, a child?  Years ago, I had the cutest black Shih Tzu.  I loved him.  We opened the door on the Fourth of July to let him relieve himself, when suddenly the local fireworks show started.  In seconds he was gone and we never saw him again.  Whenever my youngest child was in Middle School, she decided to go home with a friend without telling me.  I was so relieved and angry when I found her.

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Something similar happened last night.  I’ve had quite a few long days lately, and yesterday was no different.  I left for work before 7 am.  At lunch I went to Bible Study.   I worked late and at 6 pm went to handbell practice for our Christmas Eve midnight service.  It was when I was driving home that I received a call from my husband.  He’d forgotten that I had practice after work, but wait there was more.  He said our 8 1/2 month old kitten, Dominic was missing.  I prayed with a friend on the way home.  I wasn’t shaken yet, because I know cats can hide sometimes.

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When I arrived home, I began calling him shaking his cat treats.  He always comes running when I do that, but this time no Dominic.  I looked in all his inside hiding places.  My husband had been putting up Christmas decorations, and he’d been in the attic.  So, we searched the attic.  Then, I walked around the yard looking up in the trees and calling him.  At this point I noticed my husband’s parents were also searching.  He’s never been outside, so I left my husband and my two dogs and set off walking the neighborhood with a flashlight calling him.  At this point I was cold and felt helpless.  I prayed for his safety with tears flowing.  I returned home and looked some more.  It was after 9 pm.  I was tired, hadn’t started studying yet, and our kitten was gone.  My friend and her children joined the search.  My husband felt terrible at this point, because Dominic went missing while I was away and he was home.  We both sat down in dispair.  Then, my husband saw his fluffy tail around the corner.  As it turns out, Dominic was under the recliner.  He always runs with his tail up.  When we found him, he was slinking through the house.  We don’t know what happened, but he seems good this morning.  Thanks be to God!

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This morning I am reminded of the Parable of the Lost Sheep.  I left everyone in search of my kitten.  When I found Dominic, I notified everyone, rejoicing.  Can you imagine how happy our Heavenly Father is when someone who has lost their way finally decides to turn their life around?  If you are lost this morning, turn to God.  He’s waiting.

God bless you.

Use Your Gifts to Change the World Wednesday – Invite Others

I sought the Lord, and he delivered me from all my fears.            Psalm 34:4

Good Morning.  It is a cold Wednesday in northwest Florida this morning.  I am so blessed to have a warm coat, gloves, and heated seats in my car.  As you go out today, remember there are others who are not as fortunate.  Maybe they have lost sight of where they need to be, or maybe they have given up all hope.  Do what you can to help them.

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This morning while I was getting ready for work, I was planning our Sunday School Christmas Party!  I’m so excited. I have prayed that God will send me more people, and I am optimistic that maybe I will see some of them on Sunday.  As I was praying, I felt like God was telling me to invite people I wouldn’t normally invite.  You don’t have to be homeless to need help.  There are people who have money, but are misguided.  Then, it occurred to me that you could do the same at your church.

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So, if you are in my area, join us for Sunday School. If not, be sure to go this week and invite some folks to join you.  This time of year is a wonderful time to worship God and fellowship with others.  Trust me when I say, it will enrich your life beyond measure. I plan to invite everyone I see.  If you take on the challenge, let me know what happens.   God bless you!

Try Something New Tuesday – When Is It Important To Be Right?

We must keep our eyes on Jesus.  Hebrews 12:2

Happy Tuesday! I don’t know about your life, but mine has been busy during the holidays this year.  I was thinking this morning about all the Christmas seasons I’ve seen come and go.  Some years I was meeting myself coming and going, and others were too quiet.  Neither is good. When our lives are too slow during the holidays, we tend to become depressed.  When we are too busy, we become overwhelmed.  It’s really difficult to enjoy this time of year in either state.  An alternative choice is to be moderately busy with life’s tasks, but take time to enjoy Christmas.

Have you ever been in a meeting and been engaged in an argument?  You probably haven’t, but I certainly have.  As a matter of fact, it happened to me last night.  This morning I find myself pondering the question, when it is important to be right.  What do you think?

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I was reading an article from Psychology Today  where Schwartz, the author, explained that from an early age we are rewarded for being right (Schwartz, March 7, 2011).  I found this to certainly be true in my life.  When I was in grade school, I was rewarded for good grades and punished for bad.  The competitiveness of our society encourages people to continue in this pattern.  Schwartz asked couples in counseling if they would rather be right or happy. He goes on to say that while everyone says happiness, the couples continue to fight.  So, when is it important to be right?

I have found while teaching Sunday School that there are many ideas thrown on the table.  Each person thinks his or her idea is right.  I want to encourage discussion, and gently guide members to what the Bible says.  Often to avoid conflict, I say “there’s no right or wrong answer.”  But, wait a minute, there clearly is a right answer.  When is it important to be right?  In this case, proving a point could steer others away from Christ.  So, what I try to do is ask questions that lead the class to seeking the information where they can find the right answer.

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So, is being right even important?  Being right in the right manner earns respect.  Being right aggressively is sometimes seen as bullying. Conversely, being wrong is just embarrassing, and we all want to save face.  In my situation, I’m not sure who was right, but I just let it go.  I laughed it off.  However, it is still in the back of my mind and I know sometime today, that I will find out who was right.  Will I bring it up again?  No. There’s no point.  If I was wrong, I don’t want it to happen again.  Oops.  What did I just say?  The only answer I have is to pray about the question and trust God. However, when you know the answer ask yourself, is it important to tell anyone.  If you were right, let the other person save face.  If you were wrong, be kind to yourself.

So, today I encourage you to let go of arguments.  No one really wins.  I look forward to reading your comments.  God Bless you.

 

 

Schwartz, Mel LCSW.  Why Is It Important To Be Right, March 7, 2011, https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/shift-mind/201103/why-is-it-so-important-be-right.

 

Follow up:  I was the one wrong.

Tell Me Something Good Monday -Christmas Celebrations

I will speak of the glorious honour of thy majesty, and of thy wondrous works.
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭145:5‬ ‭

Happy cold Monday!  My something good is we enjoyed taking our grandson to church with us yesterday.  He is so cute.  In the middle of the sermon, he began humming.  I guess I could have stopped him, but it wasn’t very loud and I was thinking of Psalm 66:1.  Why not make a joyful noise at church, especially if it’s not disruptive?  I want him to love worshipping God, so I enjoyed his joy.  I was recently listening to Joyce Meyer and she said we should enjoy worshipping our Lord.  We don’t have to think of worship service as a somber event.  Yes, be respectful, but enjoy your time with God and your fellowship with other Christians.  After all, why would anyone want to go to church if it was always somber.

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Have you ever wondered if it was okay to celebrate?  If so, I have good news for you.  God doesn’t want you to be unhappy, but to rejoice.  There are celebrations throughout the Bible.  Wedding celebrations lasted for a week and sometimes even longer.  What could be better than celebrating the birth of Jesus, our redeemer!  While you are at it, celebrate birthdays of friends and family.  We are so blessed to have one another.  Christian fellowship is wonderful.  We learn from each other and have common bonds for support.  The world would be a lonely place without the people in our lives.

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Join me today in celebrating all life and the birth of Jesus throughout the holidays and every day!  God bless you.

The Rest of the Story

The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.  Proverbs 11:25

After posting yesterday, I quickly set about cleaning up our thermos. At that moment it occurred to me that we didn’t have any milk.  I had spoken to my husband the evening before about needing to pick up milk for Our grandson.  How would I make hot cocoa without milk? I searched the pantry for dry hot cocoa packets. Having found none, I paused for a moment to make a cup of coffee.  That’s when I saw  some k-cups of hot cocoa pushed to the back of the shelf.  So, I began filling the thermos.  Then, I packed up my car and headed out.

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In my type of work it’s easy to know where to find those in need of assistance.  I’ve seen people living in deplorable conditions, and every year at Christmas I’m reminded of how blessed I truly am.  I’ve done the best I could to eliminate the worst dilapidated buildings in town and provide opportunities for affordable housing, but realize at the same time some of the worst buildings provide shelter from the elements for people who are down and out.  So, I figure it won’t be so difficult to help someone.  I found the opposite to be true.

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There was little traffic.  I drove from one place to another, and didn’t see as much as a construction worker or police officer to warm up.  I drove by the churches and other locations where the down-trodden go for assistance.  I drove behind shopping centers and grocery stores, but I couldn’t find anyone to help.  Then, I drove up on an area of town where a group of men hang out.  There were two or three out there smoking, huddled by a fire.  I stopped, rolled down my window and reached for the thermos, which had rolled under the passenger seat in my car.  One of the men came over to me.  He called me by name.  I didn’t know him personally, but had driven by many times.  I handed him thermos and simply said, “I see ya’ll out here when I drive by, and thought you might enjoy some hot cocoa this morning.”  He replied, “yes we could” as he leaned in the window and checked out my car.  With those words I was stunned by the stench of alcohol from his breath at 7:30 in the morning.   I wished him a good day and drove away.  Then, when I turned the corner, I saw a homeless person walking on the sidewalk.

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So, what can be learned from my experience?  Trust God, but use common sense and don’t put your life in unnecessary danger.  Was I in danger?  I don’t think so, but I feel like I need to remind you to be cautious.  As I reached down to pickup the thermos in the car, I realized that one action could have been confused with reaching for a weapon, which wasn’t very smart.  Second, trust God.  When I saw the homeless person, I questioned whether I helped the right one.  Remember, I said I couldn’t find anyone to help.  God clearly led me there.  I think the homeless person was just a reminder that there are many who need different types of assistance.  Which brings me to number three.  Helping others isn’t for just one day in your life.  Finally, be careful not to complain or brag about your actions.  Jesus taught in Matthew 6:3, to keep the amount of your giving between you and God.

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I hope you have a wonderful Saturday. Please share your experiences and keep blessing those around you.  God bless you.

 

Spread the Love Friday – Warm them up!

And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭12:9‬ 

Good morning!  It’s still cold and raining in Florida.

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I woke up early today to take my grandson, Landon to school only to learn I had mixed up the days.  Add to that, my cold now includes a sore throat.  So, as I was sitting here aggravated with myself, I received a clear message from God.  “Take them warm hot chocolate.  They are working in the cold and rain.”  At first I thought . . . What?  I’m sick.  I told myself that I would work on my blog post since I had extra time.  Then I heard it again. “Take them something warm.  They are cold.”  Okay, this time I hear and understand clearly, but who?  Who is cold?  So, I said “no problem God, but show me who.”  I began pulling up my blog and I heard it again.  I know this sounds a little nuts to some of you, but I feel like I’m supposed to share this.  If it is cold this morning where you are, join me in taking a thermos of hot chocolate or coffee with you when you go out.  Someone will need it today, and we will know who it is when we see them.  Hmmm.  Maybe it wasn’t a mistake that I woke up early.  As I have been typing this post, my sore throat has eased up.

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Today, I challenge you to take something to warm to at least one person who is out in the cold. I can’t wait to hear what you have to share about this experience.  I will share as well.   Stay blessed.

 

 

Forgiveness Thursday – Grudges

He reached down from heaven and rescued me; He drew me out of deep waters.  Psalm 18:16

Happy Thursday!  I’m posting at lunch today.  It’s a little later than usual because for some reason, I just can’t get my act together. Ever been there?  In Florida it is getting colder by the minute.  It was raining and 56 degrees when I took my dogs out this morning.  Now, it is still drizzling rain and the temperature is dropping.  There is a chance for snow on Saturday.  We actually get a few flurries once in a while in Florida, believe it or not.  However, it is the exception, not the rule.  I was wearing shorts and flip flops just a couple of days ago.

Have you ever gone somewhere and everyone was talking wonderfully about a person that has been especially mean to you publicly on more than one occasion?  Have you ever found out that your friends all like someone you don’t?  Did you feel angry at them?  Have you ever been around people who just get on your nerves.  I’m talking about their hygiene, mannerisms, style, etc.?  Hmmm.  I’ve got some good news and some bad news.  First, the bad news is the problem is with you.  Ouch!  Don’t feel bad, because I was enjoying this bitter tea earlier this week.  I had to stop what I was doing, go somewhere quiet, and get right with God.  Why?  Well, first we know Jesus taught that loving our neighbors as ourselves is the second most important commandment (Matthew 22:39). It doesn’t matter what they do or say.  You are responsible for you, not them.  Everyone has different gifts to bring to the table.  We need to love them for who they are and avoid judging.  Do you remember what Jesus says about casting stones (John 8:7)?  As the story goes, the scribes and Pharisees brought a woman before Jesus who had committed adultery.  Under the Old Covenant, the punishment for adultery was stoning.  Jesus explained that only people who had never done anything wrong (sinned) should cast stones.  The ending is good.  All the accusers left her and Jesus told her to “go and sin no more” (John  8:11).  How many times have I gotten caught up in this type of behavior?  Too many to count! Sound familiar?  Jesus taught that we are to forgive others just like God forgives us (Matthew 6:14).

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The good news is we can start right now.  Just bow your head and get right with God.  You can do it anywhere, and usually without anyone knowing.  Forgive those who have done you wrong, and let go of grudges.  While you are forgiving others, ask for forgiveness.  Dismiss bitter talk and gossip.  It makes matters worse.  Don’t wish bad on someone who has done you wrong.  That makes you wrong.  Forgiveness is one of the best gifts you can give yourself.  It frees your heart from bitterness.  One of my favorite and most comforting verses says “and the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Philippians‬ ‭4:7‬).  Every time I hear or read these words, I feel tremendous comfort.  It’s peace beyond our understanding that we receive when we forgive.  Isn’t that great!

Today and every day, join me in letting go of grudges and asking God for forgiveness.  God bless you!

 

Use Your Gifts to Change the World Wednesday – Learning the Word


Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts. For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭28:9-10‬ ‭KJV‬‬

Happy Rainy Wednesday!  Rain seems gloomy this time of year, but our area is blessed to see the rain.  Thanks be to God!

Last week, I started adding memorizing a verse a week.  You can find all the verses on the Scripture Typer App under the group Hisperfecttiming.  The first verse we tackled was Matthew 4:4.  Did you learn it?  I’m about 75% on that one.  This week it’s a verse combo, Isaiah 28:9-10.  In this case, the verses go together.  So keep on moving forward with learning a verse a week.  I can’t wait to hear how you’re doing.

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Have you ever read the Bible and just couldn’t figure out what the meaning was?  Have you ever learned something new from Bible study and thought it was the best thing ever, until you learned something else new?  Me too!  The more I study the Bible the more I understand it.  So, don’t give up.  Keep plowing through and building knowledge.  It’s slow at first.  Get involved in a Sunday School Class or Bible Study group.  If you are in my area, come join mine!  As I have been studying and going to school over the past year, every new thing I have learned, and every class I have taken, has been my favorite.  That’s why I chose today’s verses for memorization.  It’s to remind us that we are babies spiritually at first.  Our knowledge is built like building blocks, “precept upon precept; line upon line, and line upon line; here a little, there a little.”  It’s amazing how fast it builds and how wonderful it feels to grow in the Lord.

So, today continue learning verses.  God bless you.

 

 

Try Something New Tuesday – Be Watchful


But now, O Lord, thou art our father;
We are the clay, and thou our potter;
And we all are the work of thy hand.    Isaiah 64:8

Happy Tuesday.  I spent yesterday resting and reading, and today I am ready to go.

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Last Sunday was the first Sunday of Advent.  It’s a time of waiting  with anticipation.  So, I posed this question to my Sunday School class.  If Jesus walked in the door right now, and you knew it was Jesus, what would you do?  I often see images on television of a soldier coming home and surprising their family.  The family cries with excitement as they hug their long awaited son, daughter, husband, wife, mother or father.  Would you run up to Jesus and hug him?  Would you fall on your knees in adoration?  Would you hide?Would you feel dread and regret?  What would you do?  Mark 13:33 tells us to “take heed, watch and pray; for we know not when the time is.”  Does this mean we should dread every day because the end might be near?  No.  It means be ready, get right with God and live your life as a joyful Christian.  I can’t wait to wrap my arms around Jesus with excitement!

Share what you would do and have a great Tuesday!  God bless you.

I promised my friend Hayley of Red Letters I would share this video of her singing and playing the song recorded by Hillsong.  It is beyond beautiful. I’m blessed to have become friends with her over the past year.   Enjoy.

Tell Me Something Good Monday – Blessings

Bless the Lord o my soul.  Psalm 103:1

Good morning.  I’ve been a little run down and under the weather, so I haven’t published as many posts lately.  Please forgive me.  I take on too much sometimes.  There are so many things I want to do.

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Today, take a few minutes to  think about all blessings in your life. Over the weekend I received several huge blessings.  First, since we started tithing, God has blessed our finances.  I know that sounds a little crazy, but it’s true.  I wasn’t sure how we were going pull off Christmas presents this year.  Having said that every year we wonder, but somehow it works out.  Not only were we able to buy Christmas presents for family and friends, but we bought two angel gifts for church and bought a needy child’s Christmas presents, while still paying our bills.  God is so good to us! It feels good to help others.  If you’ve never tried, now is a good time.

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Second, I received a blessing I probably will never forget.  My blogging friend (I’d like to call him my brother), Dr. Charles Earl Harrel, contacted me about winning a book in his Thanksgiving giveaway.  When it arrived Friday, I felt so blessed that he sent me two signed books with a personal message.  After a hard day at work, the package brought tears to my eyes.  My heart is so full!  What a wonderful blessing during the Christmas season.  I haven’t read the books in their entirety, but I have read Dr. Harrel’s story (found on page 41 in the book Gifts from Heaven, True Stories of Miraculous Answers to Prayer)and it was amazing (Bell, Bethany House Publishers, 2017).  I also read the introduction to Dr. Harrel’s book, The Greatest Moment: God’s Greatest Hour, Heaven’s Highest Call, and Your Moment of Destiny, and I could hardly contain myself (Xulon Press, 2016).  I could relate to every word.  I will be posting a book review on both, but in the meanwhile I encourage you to buy both books, which can be purchased at a discounted price from Dr. Harrel (check out his website Charles Earl Harrel), or from most online book stores.  He also noted that  the books are available in e-book format. If any of this information is incorrect, I hope he will respond with the  correct information.  I do know that Dr Harrel stressed that all his profits go to a missionary outreach in Ghana, Africa.  The Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/Hisplacecarpentershop/.  I can’t think of a better Christmas gift.  The Gift that continues to give.

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Third, I am so blessed in Sunday School.  What a wonderful group of people! I continue to believe that I learn the most teaching and leading the class.  If God is calling you into a ministry, don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone.  What He calls us to do, he gives us the ability, courage and strength to do.

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Finally,  my greatest blessing over the weekend was my husband.  Despite how much I overdo, he supports me.  I’m so grateful God sent him to me.

I’m going to rest now.  I encourage you to take time today to count your blessings.  God bless you.

Forgiveness Thursday – Come to the Table

Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done.   Luke 22:42

It’s Forgiveness Thursday and a great day to get right with God and others.

Have you ever felt like you had to choose between your family and doing what you thought was right? I know I have, and it’s incredibly painful regardless of the reason, because as children we want our parents to always accept and love us.  It can be devastating to lose your family because you need to do the right thing.

Last night I was reading about the blood covenant between David and Jonathan in I and II Samuel.  Saul was the King of Israel and Jonathan was the crown prince.  David, who came from a peasant family, had killed Goliath and become a general in Saul’s army.  Jonathan and David became good friends, and overtime they realized that they both loved and sought the will of God.   So, The two entered into a blood covenant.  Jonathan, the maker of the covenant, gave David his robe, armor, bow, sword and belt as gifts.  This covenant was more than a promise between friends.  It was a pact between families intended to cover future generations.  However, their descendants would have to renew the covenant to keep it active.

Over time King Saul was disobedient to God, and was jealous of David’s popularity.  So, David was forced to flee into the forest.  Jonathan and David reaffirmed their covenant and Jonathan protected David from his father, who was obsessed with murdering David.  King Saul’s obsession reaffirmed Jonathan’s commitment to David, because he realized that God had chosen David to be king.

The two young men grew up and married, and Jonathan became a father.  Isreal’s enemies, the Philistines, attacked and both King Saul and Jonathan were killed in battle.  The area became violent and Jonathan’s children, the princes were hidden.  One of Jonathan’s sons, Methibosheth, was dropped on the pavement when the royal nurse was trying to escape. his legs were crushed.  David became King and searched for the family of Jonathan, so he could extend the covenant to Jonathan’s children.  No one would tell King David the family’s location, because they thought the King would surely harm the young princes.

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After many years of searching, the young Methibosheth was found and brought to King David.  The young man had been taught by King Saul’s family to hate David.  However, David loved Methibosheth as if the young man was his father, Jonathan.  David extended the covenant onto Methibosheth.  So, Methibosheth had to make a decision between going back to his family or staying with King David and losing all that he loved.  Despite his vulnerability from being physically handicapped in both legs, he took a chance and stayed with David.  David loved and cared for Methibosheth as if he was one of his sons.  Great story.

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Christ’s covenant story is similar in some ways.  He was a descendant of Adam.  He turned away from the family of Adam, and entered into a covenant with God as our representative, which was carried out with his blood shed on the cross.  The good news is His sacrifice allows us to be a member of a different family, the royal family of God.  When we participate in communion, we are sitting at the royal table and soaking up the love of God, our Heavenly Father.

So, today remember, if you have had to walk away from your family, for whatever reason, you are still loved and adored by your Heavenly Father.  God bless you.

Use Your Gifts to Change the World Wednesday – Bible Study

Your mistakes do not define you.  Psalm 37:24

Good morning!  It’s a good day for all camels.

This morning I’ve been thinking about Bible journaling.  For a long time I kept my Bible in a box in pristine condition, except for when I was using it of course.  It was beautiful and I was taking care of it.  I know that sounds a little crazy.  One day I saw someone making notes in their Bible.  I thought, wow, that’s a way I can leave notes for my family when I’m gone.  So, I started highlighting and making notes throughout my Bible.  This turned out to be a great idea, because sometimes I’d forget what I’d learned before.  So, it served two functions for me.

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Last year I noticed people creating Bible journals.  These are so cool.  They drew pictures and made notes in a notebook around the scriptures that they had studied.  I liked it so much that I bought a journal and some colored pencils and began to make my own.  I love this idea, but I have to tell the truth.  After two days, I put it down.  I just couldn’t find enough time to keep up the beautiful art.  My art wasn’t so beautiful either.  I even received two journal books last year for Christmas, where you can color the artwork that is provided.  It is so relaxing to color the photos, but I didn’t keep it up.  I do like to make notes as I study, but I have now started using several online apps, where I can make notes on my tablet.  Last year I also noticed people drawing beautiful pictures in their Bibles.  There are even journaling Bibles – So beautiful!  I bought one for a friend .  I would love to have one.

There are also many different ways you can read and study the Bible.  Some people like to meditate on a verse, memorize it and make notes.  Some people will read the Bible from front to back, which I find a little challenging.  Some people study a chapter at a time.  Others study topics or characters in the Bible.  There are devotional books and Bible study guides.  I have about 20 apps, each of which does something different.  Most apps allow highlighting and provide notes.  Many also provide study plans.  Some even provide video guides.

 

Some people study an hour a day.  Some study a few minutes throughout the day.  Some people don’t set a time limit.

I tell you all this, because I want you to understand that there are many fun and relaxing ways to study and enjoy the Bible.  It matters less about how you are doing it, as  it does that you are just studying your Bible regularly.  As my blogging sister told me yesterday, the more she reads and studies, the more God’s word flows from her mouth.  Isn’t that wonderful!

As you use your gifts to make a difference today, begin or continue studying God’s word.  God bless you.

 

Try Something New Tuesday – Giving and Learning Tuesday

and there they continued to preach the good news.
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Good morning from chilly Florida.  It’s a beautiful and glorious day here.  It’s Try Something New Tuesday, but I also discovered that it is Giving Tuesday.  Apparently the Tuesday after Cyber Monday is Giving Tuesday on the YouVersion Bible App.  This is one of the apps I enjoy using.  If you haven’t tried it, I encourage you to try something new and try the YouVersion Bible App.  Please know that I do not receive any compensation for sharing this information.

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I enjoy reading National Geographic and Biblical Archeology.  This morning I had a notice pop up on my cell phone about an upcoming special on National Geographic about the Tomb of Christ.  The special will air on the National Geographic Explorer channel on December 3rd at 9/8 central.

Have you ever been at a loss for words when someone is asking you questions that could make a difference in a faith decision?  Have you ever known a phrase that was in the Bible but didn’t know where?  When I was a child, I memorized Bible verses in Sunday School.  The ones I learned as a child have stuck with me through time.  Then, I went through a very long period of time that I didn’t bother to memorize verses because I didn’t like it when people would quote Bible verses out of context.  I still feel that way, but now I realize it is important to not only study, but know the Bible.  I realize that there are people who can quote the entire Bible, but aren’t Christians or the type Christian that Jesus would want us to be.  However, I also realize that when Jesus was being tempted by Satan, he used God’s words.

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So, it is also important for us to use God’s words in prayer, and to know which words to use in which prayer.  So, today I’m going to try something new.  Every Tuesday I will start challenging you and myself to learn one verse a week.  Just think if you accept the challenge, in a year you will know 52 verses.  Isn’t that great!  Many of the verses you probably will already know, it will just be a refresher.  I will be starting a group in the ScriptureTyper App.  If possible I will call it Hisperfecttiming.  I will provide more information on this later.

So, today the verse is “so that He fulfilled what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah: ‘HE HIMSELF TOOK OUR INFIRMITIES [upon Himself] AND CARRIED AWAY OUR DISEASES.’”  ‭‭MATTHEW‬ ‭8:17‬ ‭AMP‬‬

I challenge you to take on the Bible verse challenge and also be kind to people today.  I think many people are extra stressed this time of year.  Let someone go ahead of you in line.  Pay it forward in the fast food drive through.  Say something kind to everyone you meet regardless of what they say to you.  God bless you.

First Blogaversary – Many Thanks!

Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭100:4‬ ‭KJV‬‬


Happy Monday!  After a long holiday weekend, I’m a excited to be back at work!

November 23rd was my one year blogging anniversary.  I was trying to be mindful of the date and not let it slip up on me, but looks like I missed it. Today, I just want to say thank you to everyone who has supported Hisperfecttiming and me.  Since the very first post, I have been blessed more than I could ever imagine.  Thank you for being there.

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This is my 348th post and hisperfecttiming has 1471 followers.  Wow!  Thank you again.  I remember when I was begging all my friends to follow me so that I would have 25 followers.  Now, I rarely ask my friends.  I have almost left Facebook because I love the blogging community.  Over the past year I found my voice and made many friends along the way.  I like to refer to you guys as my blogging family.  I have also almost completed a bachelor’s degree in Theology.  I am taking the final classes now.  Since September I have been teaching adult Sunday School, where I am constantly learning.  This year has had some bumps, but I have seen more good than bad!

Today is also my parent’s 52nd anniversary.  So, I’m sending a shout out to them.  That’s a long time to be married, and I’m thankful for all they taught me.

Thank you again! God bless you.

Update – Turns out today is one year, so I didn’t miss the date.  🙂

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Give Back

I will walk by faith even when I cannot see.  2 Corinthians 5:7

Good morning.  Are you surviving the beginning of the holiday season?  Here I see shopping, traffic, and decorating.  It’s a busy time for parties, gift giving and joy, but also stress.  Be sure to take time to rest and read your Bible.  It’s quite comforting all year.  However, I feel like I take a journey away from all that is taking place in the world around me this time of year.

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The Christmas season is also a time to give back to others.  Do you ever feel like you don’t have enough money or time to give back?  Do you feel like you are one of the needy? Do you disagree with the causes asking for money?

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Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 1:4 that we are comforted so that we can comfort others.  Don’t get caught up in where the money is going.  Just give back.  Every year I’m amazed at how I can stretch my money and time  to give to needy causes.  Your life will be blessed beyond your imagination!

Enjoy your Saturday.  God bless you.

 

Be Thankful in Everything!

Happy Thanksgiving!  F4FA94D0-F726-4063-BCFB-BB5645025F78Every year I am reminded of how someone we love will not be around the next time we gather.  It’s usually someone we least expect.

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So today, count your blessings and enjoy your family and friends.  Tell everyone you love them.  Let the little things go, especially grudges.  Give back to others if you can.  God bless you.

 

Use Your Gifts to Change the World Wednesday – Show the World Your Thankfulness

Give thanks with a grateful heart.  1 Thessalonians 5:18

Happy Thanksgiving Eve!  Over the past few weeks I have thoroughly enjoyed listening to Billy Graham.  He recently celebrated his 99th birthday and SeriusXM established a temporary channel so people could listen to his messages.  Yesterday was supposed to be the last day.  I learned this morning that the time has been extended a few more days. If you haven’t ever heard Reverend Graham, I have discovered that his messages are timeless.  What he was preaching in the 1970s is still relevant today.  It’s hard to believe that people still face the same issues, when the world is so different. So today, I am thankful and blessed for the opportunity to hear Reverend Graham preach.  I encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity.  You won’t be sorry.

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Have you ever just wanted to run away from your life?  You can run, but you can’t hide.  God always knows where you are and what hurts you. Besides, no amount of running will help.  There’s only one thing that will make your life better.  So, if you are running away from your problems today, stop and get right with God.  Then, count your blessings.  Think of all the things you have to be thankful for, not just at Thanksgiving, but everyday.   If you know someone who is running, gently guide them to our sweet Lord.  What better way to use your gifts!

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God bless you.

Try Something New Tuesday – Make It Fun

Happy is that people, that is in such a case: yea, happy is that people, whose God is the Lord.  ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭144:15‬ ‭KJV‬‬

Happy Tuesday!  It’s hard to believe that it’s two days before Thanksgiving.

Since the beginning of the school year, two or three days a week I take my grandson to preschool. He’s three and it’s a good time to get him acquainted with going to school, playing, learning and making friends. Of course, he doesn’t want to go.  At first, I thought he was afraid.  I stayed with him an hour, before I left him.  Big mistake!  Then, I realized he didn’t want to go, because he’d rather stay with me or his parents.  That’s sweet and I can understand.  Wouldn’t we all like to stay home with our loved ones rather than go to school or work.  Unfortunately, that’s not reality for most of us.  A very nice friend suggested I try something that was working with her great-granddaughter.  On the way to the classroom, they picked up rocks to give to the teacher.  So, I made a slight variation, we picked flowers in the yard to give to the teacher.  That worked a little, I guess.  After a while it became a game of how to delay the dreaded trip to school.  Last week, I decided to try something a little different, which I knew was a big mistake when I started it.  It’s funny what you will resort to when you are desperate.  I bribed Landon with a toy.  The promise was if he was good at school, he would receive a surprise. He didn’t quite understand the delayed gratification, but he was a little better.  He still pouted as he walked in slowly.  This morning I did the same thing.  As you can imagine, it didn’t work as well.  So, I started playing games and singing songs with him while driving to school.  Then, when we arrived, we raced to the door.  He looked a little disappointed when he realized he was at the door to his school.  He went in a little sad, but a little better than last week.    I’ve been through all of this with my own children, but it seems a little worse with my grandson.  Maybe because I want him to love me and not think of me as the one who drops him off every day.

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As I sit here I realize that whenever we don’t want to go to school or work, we can also play games and do something fun.  In fact, many of us already do this regularly.  There’s nothing wrong with turning dreaded tasks into fun games and rewarding ourselves from time-to-time.  Most things I dread, I really like after I get started.

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One thing many people dread is reading and studying their Bible. I have heard people say that they don’t understand it, and it puts them to sleep.  Once you develop a habit of reading, you will be amazed at the stories in the Bible!  So, why not make a game out of reading the Bible.  There are trivia apps on the Internet that you play to test your knowledge.  You can memorize a Bible verse a week or a day.  You can challenge others to participate in games.  Before you know it, reading the Bible will be fun for you too.

God bless you.

 

 

 

 

Tell Me Something Good Monday – What Do You Believe?

But thou, O Lord, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head.   Psalms‬ ‭3‬:‭3‬ KJV

Good morning from chilly Florida.  It’s tell me something good Monday, and I have some good news to share.  I love teaching Sunday School.  Thanks be to God, our group is growing and the discussions are . . . Well, wonderful, of course!  I’m so thankful for this opportunity to serve God and my church. I look for more good things to follow.

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Have you ever been conflicted about what to believe in?  Have you noticed that some celebrities claim to believe in a higher power and equate all religions as the same?  Do you sometimes wonder if the one creator is worshipped by people all over the world under different religions such as Christianity, Islamic, Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Judaism, etc.?  Do you question what is true and what is fantasy in the Bible? Let me set this straight for you.  These religions are not the same and are not worshipping the same way.  Some worship animals.  Some worship famous people.  Some worship God, but don’t believe Jesus is the Messiah.

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Part of what sets Christianity apart from other religions is Christ’s grace and promises for eternal life.  Christ taught love and forgiveness.  Christians do not have to go out and kill nonbelievers.  We forgive others because we are forgiven.  Imperfect, sinful nature and unwavering faith, combined with good works is what Christians have in common.  When we follow the Bible, we are also following the laws of man. I have often wondered if I lived during the time of Christ, would I believe he was the promised Messiah.  I know I would, not just because of the miracles, but because of the sinless love he spread.  The Bible isn’t just a history book and it’s definitely not science fiction or fairy tales.  Proverbs 3:5 tells us to “[t]rust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.”  Don’t try to put too much reason into something you can’t possibly understand.  Trust me when I say that all Christians will know one day.  You must have faith and love the Lord.

Today, I encourage you to not over think Christianity.  Just love the Lord.  God bless you.

 

Praise the Lord Sunday – What’s Your Gift?

For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey. Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents. And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two. But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord’s money. After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them. And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more. His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them. His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed: And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine. His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed: Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury. Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents. For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath. And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.        Matthew‬ ‭25:14-30‬ ‭KJV‬‬

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Happy Sunday!  Today in Sunday School and Church we discussed the Parable of the Talents.  The Talents discussed here are your gifts that God has given you.  Have you ever thought of what your gifts are?  Do you use them for God?  You are entrusted with gifts.  Everyone has gifts, and the gifts are not all the same.  When we use our God-given gifts to profit God, he will reward us with more and better opportunities.

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Sometimes we wander around for years trying to figure out what gifts are?  Sometimes we know and our fear prevents us from using our gifts.  I’m a good example.  I have known for years that I need to teach and preach, but couldn’t accept it.  I tried everything to move in a different direction.  I had a fear of public speaking.  Fear doesn’t come from God.  Whenever I trusted him, he gave me the courage and the students.  Every week we have more people.  I have fun and my heart is filled with joy.

Are you using your gifts to serve God?  I encourage you to start today.  God bless you.

Christian Families

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.    ‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭22:6‬ ‭KJV‬‬

This morning when my daughter came to pickup Landon after working all night, I started thinking about how much the role of women and men has changed, and how it has affected the children.  It’s not all good and not all bad.  The bottom line is, we need to raise our children in the way of the Lord, because they are our future.

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When I was a little girl, my mom stayed home to take us to wherever we needed to go, keep the house, sew our clothes, and cook dinners.  Although our money was limited, as children, my siblings and I benefited greatly from this arrangement.  We learned how to work in the summers on my grandma’s farm, where we picked vegetables and fruits, and assisted with preserving food for the winter.  We learned how to cook, sew and clean house.  We learned how to take care of the yard.  We learned how to make gifts.  We helped gather firewood.  Someone always ensured we weren’t idly sitting around or getting into trouble. My father worked one job, but always worked on my grandmother’s farm. As we grew older, my parents chaperoned events.  On the flip side, my mother, who seemed happy, later confessed not having a voice in the marriage.  Bringing in a salary changes the terms of the relationship.  The amount of salary makes a difference too.

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When our children were growing up, I stayed home for the preschool years.  Then, I  went back to college and worked.  Our money was still tight.  I sewed and made most of their clothes and preserved food.  I was around, but often exhausted.  I chaperoned events half asleep. Although I acknowledged and still acknowledge my husband as the head of our household, I felt and still feel we are partners in decisions.  I have been a working mom most of my adult life, but my husband has worked two jobs most of our married life together.  I always dreamed of and wanted to stay home with our children, but it wasn’t a financially feasible option.  We live a modest middle-class life.  Our children didn’t learn how to work at home and spent a great deal of time in front of video games, computers and television.  We didn’t have anyone to help us.  We did the best we could.  However, they turned out well.  So, maybe they did learn something.  Our son is working on his PhD in Computer Science, and our daughter is a married working mom, who is also attending college.

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Moving on to the third generation, my daughter and son-in-law work hard.  He has a state government job and he’s in the National Guard.  She is a full-time LPN, who is pursuing her RN.  Our grandson is smart and well-rounded.  We help them with gaps in their schedules by keeping our grandson, which enhances our lives and seems to be good for Landon.  I often want to stay home with my grandson, but realize that’s probably not a good idea for either of us.  My daughter also would like to stay home, and feels the struggles most working moms feel.  However, she seems to have a voice in her marriage.  Even with all the corruption in the world, I feel like her children will turn out the best with the current setup. Once she gets out of school, she won’t be as tired, and her children will have the benefits of multigenerational influences.

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One thing I haven’t mentioned is spiritual life.  To my knowledge, my father didn’t believe in God most of my life.  I’m pleased to say he does now, and we enjoy wonderful discussions about the Bible every time we see each other.  My mother has always believed, but I can count the number of times I’ve seen her in Church.  My maternal grandmother, who in her younger days enjoyed going out with her friends drinking and dancing, decided to turn her life around in her mid-forties.  She spent many nights screaming at my father trying to convert him.  Guess what?  It didn’t work.  My father wouldn’t allow me to be baptized when I was young, but both of my parents insisted my siblings and I go to church with my maternal grandparents on Sunday morning.  I think this was their quiet time together, but regardless of the reason, God blessed us, especially me.  My paternal grandparents were Christians.  My paternal grandfather had a stroke when I was a young child and my paternal grandmother couldn’t drive, so it was rare for me to see them in church.   However, the last month of my grandfather’s life, my parents would sneak me into his hospital room where I would sit and read the Bible to him every day.  I was twelve and that certainly impacted the person I have become.

When I was a teenager, I saw some bad things happen in church, so when my children were born, I was very protective.  I allowed them to be baptized, but kept them home until they were about eight or ten years old.  At first I took them to Church alone, because my husband worked on Sundays.  Later we went as a family.  We went to early services on Christmas Eve, where they participated in the Children’s Program.  When they became teenagers, we changed our traditions and attended the midnight service on Christmas Eve, where they also participated in the program.  We always prayed before meals and at bedtime.

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Whenever our children became adults, my son went to church for many years.  He’s not attending now, but I pray he returns.  Our daughter and son-in-law had a beautiful church wedding.  Occasionally, they will attend. Our grandson has attended several times now.  Whenever he comes over, we read Bible stories and continue our prayers at meals.

 

 

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Proverbs 22:6 holds true through the generations I have watched grow up.  Although they may depart from the way we taught them, they will return to it repeatedly because it is what they know.  How are you raising your family?  Someone once said it is rare when a child goes beyond his parents in any area of life.  Are you teaching your children about our sweet Lord?  Are you teaching your children how to work and how to give back to others?  Are you teaching your children manners and respect?  The children are our future.  What are we going to do to help them make the world a better place?  Paul teaches in Ephesians 6:4 that you should “provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.”  Deuteronomy 11:19 instructs you to  “teach them your children, speaking of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.”  If you aren’t doing these things, it’s not too late.  Start today.  There is so much corruption in the world.  I recently watched a documentary about young people feeling empty and turning in the wrong direction.  They don’t understand the emptiness can only be filled by God.  Why not teach your children a better way?

God bless you.

 

Forgiveness Thursday – Where to Go for Answers

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
‭‭John‬ ‭1:1‬ ‭

Good Morning.  We live in a beautiful small town in Northwest Florida.  In the early mornings before it gets so busy, I notice the beauty of this quiet little town.  This morning I’m enjoying the stillness.  It’s so quiet I can hear God talking to me.

Now, there are good and bad things to all cities, small and large.  One of the bad things in our small town is everyone knows everyone.  The people are closely connected.  Everyone knows your business.  There are no secrets.  Whereas, if you live in a big city, you can go unnoticed.  The bad is also a good thing.  Since everyone knows everyone, where ever you go you will see someone you know.  We look out for each other, and are quick to notice strangers.  We are kind to strangers, but not so quick to include them into our small town family.  It takes a little while for them to assimilate.    You see, the good and bad in our town are like a double-edged sword.  Looking out for everyone is great, but when you want to run to the store unnoticed, it’s not going to happen.

I was thinking this morning that this double-edged sword thinking is common in many things.  I’m the Municipal Development Director for our City.  People come to me and complain about the laws.  They get really worked up and upset.  They think the laws are too strict for a small town.  The same people come and complain when their neighbor is doing something and the law allows it.  Hmmm.  There is no easy answer, because you can’t make everyone happy.

Often these same situations happen in families.  My friend is a new mother.  At first her family was upset because she wasn’t working.  Now, they are upset because she’s a working mother.  Imagine her frustration.   She can’t make her family happy, and she wants her children to enjoy close family bonds.   I remember similar dilemmas when my children were little.  I was asked, will you let your baby cry and learn to calm himself, or are you going to be one who quickly picks your baby up when he cries?  I remember thinking, this is a trick question, because the answer is somewhere in the middle.

Have you ever felt like you just don’t fit it, or maybe like you are being smothered?  Do you feel like there are no right answers and you can’t find real happiness?  The best thing to do is study the Bible and talk to God.  It’s amazing how similar the issues were in Bible times.  No matter how many times I read the Bible, I learn something new.  God doesn’t want you to be unhappy no matter where you are. For example, Jesus instructs in Matthew 22:38 -39, that we are to love God with all our hearts, and love our neighbors like we love ourselves.  We are taught about acceptance of others in Romans 15:7 “[w]herefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God.” The stories in the Bible are relevant as well.  Read the story of Ruth and how she took care of her mother-in-law.  She was rewarded by God.

Today, I encourage you to first, forgive yourself and others.  Then, read God’s word and ask him to guide you through life’s problems.  God bless.

Use Your Gifts to Change the World Wednesday – Embrace the Adventure

The God of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour; thou savest me from violence.
‭‭2 Samuel‬ ‭22:3‬ ‭KJV‬‬

Happy Wednesday!  It’s a great time to use your gifts to change the world!

Have you ever had a challenging day?  I mean one of those days when people search you out to pick a fight.  I have enjoyed a string of those days lately.  It’s quite frustrating to know that you are minding your own business and folks are letting loose on you.  Wow!  I know God must be teaching us lessons or using us to teach others lessons during these trying moments, but I sometimes lose my temper.  Growing emotionally and spiritually is tough sometimes!  As I study my Bible, I realize that I’m not alone.  The people in the Bible were constantly having trouble with others.  So, I have concluded that life is an adventure.  Everyone goes through trying times.  It’s the attitude you take with you that makes the difference.  You can wake up and say “I’m going to climb this mountain and enjoy the scenery”, or you can say “oh no, I’ ve got another mountain to climb.”  You have to climb it anyway. Why not enjoy the trip!  With the right attitude you can enjoy the trip and influence those around you in a positive way.  That’s what changing the world is all about.

I challenge you to change the world by facing mountains with a positive outlook and a smile.  God bless you.

 

 

Try Something New Tuesday – Lift Others Up

WE WHO are strong [in our convictions and of robust faith] ought to bear with the failings and the frailties and the tender scruples of the weak; [we ought to help carry the doubts and qualms of others] and not to please ourselves.    Romans 15:1

Happy Tuesday!  It’s a glorious day in  northwest Florida.  There is crisp fall chill in the air, but the sun is shining bright.  Every Tuesday we try something new.  Today, I encourage you to help someone.  There are people around us all day long who need help.  The smallest gestures can make the biggest difference.  So throughout the day, look for someone you can help and follow through.

Are you a gossip?  Do you find it hard to keep your mouth shut?  Have you ever felt the effects of gossip?  Did you know that gossip is a sin?  Yes,  gossip is a sin.  How could we believe otherwise, when we know Jesus taught that the second most important commandment is to love your neighbor as yourself (Matthew 19:19).  That means love others as much as you love yourself.  Treat others how you would like to be treated, and zip your lip.  Leviticus 19:16 tells us that we “shall not go up and down as a dispenser of gossip and scandal among” . . . [our] “people, nor shall” . . . [we secure ourself by false testimony or by silence and] “endanger the life” of our neighbors.  The phrase “dispenser of gossip” makes me laugh a little, but it’s true.  We have all done it, at least once, and we have all experienced it.  Gossiping is very hurtful.  I don’t know why it’s so hard to tame the tongue.  Often, I think no harm is intended.  We are just talking to each other and trying to sort things out.  Yesterday, I heard a story about someone at work that made me want to warn and protect the others around me.  Fortunately, before I said anything, I stopped.  The ones I wanted to protect heard the same information.  There was no need for me to say more.

Gossip occurs in families too.  It is much easier to promote yourself in the eyes of a loved one, if you are making someone else look bad.  Don’t stoop to these levels out of jealousy or any other motive.  You are a child of God who is loved.  The smallest talk can cause the most pain and disfunction in families.  When you stand before God, do you want to see how you hurt people or how you lifted them up with your words?

Join me in lifting others up with words of love and helping the needy.  God bless you.

Tell Me Something Good Monday – Peace of the Lord

And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Jesus Christ.  Philippians 4:7

Happy Monday!  The weather is changing here.  The last couple of days have been cooler and damper than usual.  Like TobyMac’s song, I feel it!  However, what I feel is in my bones.  The good news for me is I made it to work today!  Some people dread Monday, but every Monday I work is check on my list.

I’m in the final days before receiving my B.A. in Theology. One of my last classes is on the Blood Covenant.  Funny, on the way to work this morning I listened to Billy Graham preaching on the Blood of Christ.  He told a story about a young college girl who had received a Guinness World Record for taking the longest shower.  I don’t remember what the exact amount of the time was, but it was more than 100 hours, and that was many years ago.  He went on to explain that you don’t have to shower for hours for Jesus.  His blood washes all the dirt, we see and don’t see, away.  That is so true.

Philippians 4:7 is one of my favorite Bible verses.  Our church had a supply priest a few years ago who would finish his service with this verse.  I could just feel the peace when he said it.  It almost felt like my heart melted a little.  When you think about a peace that goes beyond anything anyone can understand . . . Well, that’s something good!  A couple of weeks ago there was some talk that the end of the world would be that week.  Someone asked me about it.  I really don’t worry about the end of days as we know it.  First, I believe what the Bible says in Matthew 25:13.  We won’t know the day or hour when Christ returns.  Second,  why should I worry.  I have a pardon for all my sins through Jesus, and I have peace in knowing he’s with me.

As you go through your day, enjoy the Peace of the Lord.  God bless you.

Love One Another

The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace.  Numbers 6:24-26

Happy Saturday!  I woke up to this video and it spoke to me. You never know what someone else is going through.  So, if someone lashes out at you, remember they might be tired from fighting a battle you know nothing about.   I hope you enjoy your Saturday!  God bless you.

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