Obedience

Obedience is an awful word! But it’s a word we all  know about. When the little child first hears the word “no, no” from his parents, he gets it. And, when he tries to use the word “no no” on his parents, he also gets it. He may not know the word obedience but he begins to know he is supposed to obey his parents.

When the little guy reaches the ripe old age of six, he learns he must obey teachers too! Wow! that word is awful, isn’t it? My little brother sure hated that word. He took a quarter from the counter of the grocery store. A quarter was a lot of money back in those days. Even a penny could buy a lot of candy! I believe my brother was about six at that time. Mom made him bring the quarter back to the store and tell the man behind the counter he was sorry. He learned the lesson of obedience quickly.

All through the years we have hated that word, from hiding that note from the teacher to your parents, to disobeying the curfew your dad had  put on you, to keeping something from your husband or cheating on your taxes. It is all because of that word, disobedience.

It’s somewhat different with God though. Wouldn’t it be hard to keep all the rules and regulations of the Old Testament? The people of that time didn’t keep them very well, and God knew it. Yet, he loved the people so much, he sent his Son, Jesus, into the world to take care of the problem. Jesus was to die a horrible death for the disobedience, or sins, past, present or future of all the people in the world.

That is quite a promise, isn’t it? Of course, we have to know and love our heavenly Father, ask for forgiveness and forgive everyone to whom we have done wrong. And, we are to follow Jesus. That sounds like obedience, doesn’t it? But our sins are gone, even those in the future. We are free, free indeed. Does that mean we can sin all we want?

Many people feels it means that. But they are wrong. We are to follow Jesus. There are many things Jesus wouldn’t want us  to do that we probably would do. We won’t feel much like doing wrong after we know Jesus. God knows that we are human just like the little boy who learned the meaning of “no no”, but because of His great love He is willing to forgive if we ask.

Isn’t God Awesome?

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Bible Is True

This is a troublesome time for me, but it carries with it some insights for me and you readers to see. I felt I was getting better lately. My back didn’t hurt as bad as before, my  knee pain seemed to giving me a vacation and my stomach pain was better so I was praising God. Then, I fell. I was at a tea party with ladies from my choraliers group and the party was just ending when, I don’t know what happened, but my chair and I landed hard on the floor. I  got up and thought everything was okay, and it was, because I hadn’t broken any bones.

The next day I knew, though no bones were broken, I was in bad shape. I still am. Everything was back where it had been when I was hurting before. But here is where our lesson begins: The Bible is true. We have known that for sure, but when we take it into our hearts it becomes that God has written those promises for me, or you, individually. When he says, he will hold me and wrap his feathers around me, or he will lead me beside green pastures or he will never leave me or forsake me, he really means it!

If we could ever get it into our hearts that the Bible was written for me, or you, and that the Bible is truly God’s love letter to me, or you, We would take God’s Word much more seriously. After I read those promises I knew that God, my heavenly father, would bring me through these days of pain too. Please, take the promises written for you in the Bible as yours, just yours.

Our Flag Is Still Here

Is our flag still here, or is it to be burned, thrown in the mud or twisted around a person in a sensual way. That is the way it is pictured sometimes on television. Why are some folks that way? It seems that those are the same folks who are trying to get our president out of office. I don’t understand that either. President Trump was elected honestly and we should allow him to do his work without all this name calling and protest groups marching along with their signs. Sometimes, it seems like our flag isn’t flying as proudly as it used to be.

I was thinking today about celebrations when I was a child. Now, remember I am ninety one years old, so I remember many fourth of July celebrations. I would wake up early that morning really excited, thinking about the parade and picnic I would be involved with. I ate my breakfast as quickly as I could and ran down the one street we had in the town we lived in. The grown ups were already at work arranging the parade, which didn’t amount to much, just the school band, (Our school only went up through the eighth grade) the fire cart pulled by horses, the school children, which included me, and the members of the town council. But the big flag led by our mayor proudly carrying it was the main part of the parade.  Everyone had tears in their eyes, including me, when the flag  went down the street lined by the folks who lived in town and the farmers who came for the day.

We then went to our church to pray for our country, the depression to end and for the men who were still in the armed services since WW1. Everyone came, probably because our church was the only church in town.

Next, we all went out to the meadow beside the river to our big Fourth of July picnic. The first thing done was raising up the big flag, having a prayer, and the eating began. You wouldn’t think there was a depression! The ladies brought so much food. My eyes peered from one item to another wondering if I could taste them all.

We played ball, waded in the river and just relaxed the rest of the day. Before we went home my dad, who was the pastor of the church, led us in prayer and we sang “My Country ‘Tis Of Thee”. “God Bless America” and our National Anthem were not available then. We went home thanking God for our country and looking ahead to the next Fourth of July,

Quite a difference, huh? Yet, there are many of you Americans who celebrate the Fourth of July as well as we did and there are many of us who love the flag. Let’s keep on celebrating the Fourth, and pray those who don’t see it that way will change their minds and enjoy the fourth like we do. God bless America!

Do you pray believing?

I suspect that every prayer that has not been answered is either not in God’s will, or it hasn’t been answered yet, or you don’t believe it will be answered. If we truly believe the past is totally forgiven, the present is blest and the future is  bright with hope how can we be anything but happy?

God,  himself, has made believing a rule of receiving. Is it any wonder then, that Aunt Anna isn’t getting better if you don’t think she will. We constantly ask, “How is this thing possible?” If you truly believe, the answer is, “GOD”. God will do what you ask if you truly believe.

No one accomplishes so much in so little time as when he or she is in prayer. If only one person prays and believes with total faith and rises up , THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD WILL CHANGE. Will you be that one?

Does that mean our prayers are not answered, ever? Not at all. God is aware that we stumble over our faith every once in awhile. But prayer without faith degenerates into an aimless routine. So make sure you really want Aunt Anna to get better and leave         her healing up to God. Isn’t that better anyway? In other words, get that word BELIEVE under control. And pray, always! After all, you are asking an awesome God to answer. Knowing that much is enough faith for an answer.

 

 

 

Those Two Little Pygmy Goats

My neighbor told me, some time ago, that he was going to buy two pygmy goats to clean up the unused area behind what they use as a back yard. I was interested because my area behind my back yard is unused too. So,I was wondering if those two small goats would do the job for them.

They arrived in May and they have already cleaned up a big area by our fence, but I think they are more fun to watch. I feel like they are the actor and actress and I am their audience.

One is spotted, either dark brown or black spots with white. This beautiful goat is the male. The female goat is plain brown and she follows the male around all day long. They must follow Gods plan because the wife is supposed to be subject to the husband, and I don’t think people do such a good job of that one, do you? We females don’t like being subject to our husbands.

These pygmy goats seem to realize that the grass is greener on the other side of the fence because they are always trying to get out. That’s like people too. We always like to have what others have. That is what God warns. We are not supposed to covet what our neighbor has but be satisfied with what we have.

I guess we can take lessons from the animals. There is one thing I am thinking abut today. Someday, we will be judged by God. He will divide us. Some of us will be sheep and the others will be goats. The sheep will be the ones he will take with him into heaven. Maybe I should watch sheep instead of goats! Or at least, I should make sure I will end up in that wonderful pile of sheep!

Everything Is Included

George was given a ticket to go on a cruise by his wealthy brother. He was very excited and couldn’t wait until the departure date. George had worked very hard for many years and this was his retirement gift.

The time finally came. George had packed his suitcase and a bag to hold his sandwiches to eat while he was traveling. He had decided he didn’t have enough money to eat in “that fancy eating place,” So, at mealtime, he sat in a corner where he wouldn’t be seen, and ate his sandwiches.

One day a man came by his corner and saw him eating. “Don’t you know everything is included, your meals can be eaten here too.”

George couldn’t believe it, but he ate the rest of his meals at “That fancy eating place” and really enjoyed himself.

It’s the same for all of us. So many folks work hard expecting their work will  let them go to heaven. They say “yes” to every committee in church, and work every time something opens up. Now, these items need people,  but if you are working hard in order to get into heaven, you are wrong. Jesus says we should come, his yolk is easy and our burdens will be light, because he will carry them.

All we have to do is Come, believe his birth, death and resurrection, ask for forgiveness of all your sins and follow Jesus. Of course, this has to be from your heart not your mouth. And everything is included, not only the forgiveness of your sin, but Jesus will come and live with you, comfort you when you are sad and take your burdens, which are many times very heavy. Isn’t that great!

You won’t have to eat your sandwiches in a corner, but you can eat your steak in “that fancy eating place”. COME!

What Is A Christian?

A cute little girl with curly blond hair and bright blue eyes looked up at her Sunday School teacher and asked, “What is a Christian?”

The teacher asked, “Why do you ask, Betsy?

“Well, I always hear on the television that Christians are killed, and even some people say they are bad,” she answered.

“No, Christians are not bad, but I’ll come back next week with a good answer as to what a Christian is, said the teacher.

She first tried to find out why Christians are persecuted so often and so hard, but she couldn’t find out anything that a little child could understand, in fact she couldn’t understand it either.”

So, she made a list that goes something like this:

  1. A Christian family goes to church every Sunday. No, that isn’t it.
  2. A Christian is someone who doesn’t drink, smoke or swear. That doesn’t answer it.
  3. A Christian reads the Bible every day. that’s getting closer, but it isn’t right.
  4. A Christian gives clothes, food, and even toys to a family who needs help. No, others do too.

“None of that explains anything,” she thought, “I know, I’ll tell her why I’m  a Christian, that’s  what I’ll do.”

The following Sunday the teacher told her students what a Christian is. She said, “A Christian is someone who believes Jesus is not just a good man. He is the Son of God who came down here as a human baby. But God wanted so badly to save the people and He knew that people needed someone to save them.

Jesus was that baby who grew up, not doing anything wrong, but the people killed him by nailing him to a tree. He died. and three days later He walked out of his grave! He was alive again! He visited with his friends and  many other people and stayed around for several days before God took him to Heaven. Jesus had done what God wanted him to do. And if you believe what I have told you, you are saved also. That means you will go to Heaven when you die, and you will live with God and Jesus forever! It is important that you ask to be forgiven of any sins you have done. You can do this in your prayers every day.

I don’t know why some people don’t like him. Probably they are mad because they aren’t Christians too, but all they have to do is believe what I have told you. Then, they will be Christians too. You know what? We are the ones who need to tell them!”