This morning, I was looking through my E-mails and I noticed nearly all of them came from The Blaze and I wondered how to get them stopped. I had paid him $10 each month for quite awhile and I had stopped that when he was making all kinds of slams at Donald Trump. I didn’t think it was fair for him to berate him for things he had done 20 or so years ago. I knew him only because he had earned his way into riches. Anyhow. I wanted the E-mails stopped.
All of a sudden there were 17 men and one woman, on the Republican side, who wanted to be president and I was thinking Cruz was the man. I didn’t know why Mr. Trump’s name was even on the list, but I watched the sometimes crazy things he said. I was surprised when he won. He was now candidate Trump. Now I was certain the Democrats would win.
But people were praying, including me, that someone would come and turned our country around. I believe some of the Democrats were praying too. I began to think God was involved somehow. Then, I was reading in the Old Testament of the Bible about King Cyrus, King of Babylon. Now, why was he interested in rebuilding the Temple of the Jews in Jerusalem? However, in the first year of his reign, he issued a decree to rebuild the house of God. He even removed from the temple of Babylon the gold and silver articles they had taken from the temple at Jerusalem, and took them back to the house of God! He even said all costs will be paid by the royal treasury of Babylon. That meant that the Jewish men, who worked at the temple, would be paid by the Babylonian Government!
If God was so interested in that venture, why wouldn’t He be interested in us? Certainly, king Cyrus was not a really good man. Our forefathers had their own personal problems too, but they started our country in a God-centered way. I began looking at candidate Trump in that way also.
I was not at all surprised that President Trump became our president. He fit into my thoughts just the way I figured. He was put in place by God to shake up our country and this he has done and will continue doing even though he says some crazy things. It seemed impossible, but he put in quite a few Christians into his cabinet and he has been listening to them. Shouldn’t we? We prayed for someone to come and straighten out our American way from the way we were heading, and I believe our prayers are being answered. Do you? Maybe it’s time we change saying, “I hate Trump!”, to supporting him.
Young People today have everything, even things they didn’t ask for. I wrote on a tablet too, but it was one with a cover and many empty pages I must fill by myself. And there were consequences when I did something wrong, none of this “You’re grounded” stuff. Instead, we were “taken to the woodshed”. And, do you know what was funny? We knew we were loved!
A generation passed, but do you know what happened? I remember still spanking my children, but it was far less. We knew what a penny was and if one was found somehow, our children at least put it in their pocket! We parents remembered the great depression and lived by it. My children didn’t even receive an allowance. They were told that all our money belonged to the family and when one member had a wonderful opportunity, we all gave the money needed for that one child.
Another generation passed and young people just didn’t know what happened! All of a sudden Hi-Tech was upon them and their minds weren’t ready for that. They were thrust into a world where they had to know all the tricks like cell phones, computers, tablets, (not one like I had) and talk to one another only by the social media. Their minds did not have the chance to grow!
The new world was thrust upon parents too and they gave everything to their child except love. Oh, they loved them to be sure, but they were too busy with their own Hi-Tech stuff to show it, so they gave their children more and more stuff! And the children cried out for love.
What can I do about it? I can pray, yes I can. I have heard many people say, “All there is left to do is pray,”. That is the first thing and a daily thing to do. Don’t you know that putting everything into the loving hands of the Father is the best thing to do? And if more of us prayed things would change. Our children would have the love they so desperately need.
Yes, the child was born in a barn, the star shone brightly, angels sang and the poor (shepherds) and rich (wisemen) came to worship him, but it took a lot of living before the church was really born. The baby grew up and except when his age was twelve, and he talked with the teachers in the temple, we know nothing about him. However, he grew up to the age of thirty and for three years he walked around the country, speaking to many who followed him and healing those who were sick.
I don’t think the church was even born when he was tortured and died hanging on that cross because many who followed him still yelled, “crucify him” on that horrible day. They didn’t believe that he rose from the dead either, but those twelve men, his mother and a few friends did. Jesus told them to wait in Jerusalem until the promise of God will be confirmed. The Holy Spirit came on the tenth day of their wait. Tongues of fire were on their heads and they spoke in different languages than they knew. People were there from different countries attending the Passover and when they heard their own language being spoken by those few people, they were surprised and 3000 joined those twelve men and their friends. Of course, they each went home and told their story.
The Church was born that day. When that rough fisherman, Peter, preached that first sermon many believed that Jesus had died for all of their sins and rose again to live with his Father, God. But those 12 men could have avoided all the torture and imprisonments they endured if they had just said “No” instead of traveling all over the globe by feet and being tortured for it! The church grew though and here we are today.
Are we able to take persecution? We didn’t, you know, when the world said prayer and all reference to God should be taken away, even though our country was formed on Christian beliefs. We even followed the world saying,”Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas”. Shouldn’t we be stronger than that? Shouldn’t we join together in one large body. Why, we would be larger and stronger than the other side! Our America would be back and I think there are twelve Christian men who would do what those men, so long ago, did. However, each of us could do something if we believe that Jesus died to take our sins away and He rose to be with his Father so that we too can be with the Father.
I woke up on Monday morning to a beautiful scene. As I pulled open my drapes and looked outside, I saw that it had snowed just a little. It looked like God had put a white frosting on each evergreen branch. Now, I live in the woods where there are lots of evergreen trees and know that when it snows, which isn’t very often in our part of the country, the branches are heavy with snow. Some of them fall, broken from their weight. It is still beautiful, but not like this time. The branches looked delicate and not turned down at all!
When I went into the kitchen, I looked out the window which had trees that had dropped it’s leaves in the fall, and God had frosted each bare branch, with white frosting, all the way around. The trees never looked so beautiful! I wish everybody could have had the opportunity I had on Monday morning.
And then I thought, “I must look like that to God, because He says in the Bible that when we repent if our sins and turn to Him, our sins, which were dark, became white as snow,” So, we have God’s white frosting all over us!
We can all have that you know. All it takes is to know that Jesus died for your sins, turn away from them and follow His leading, and your sins, which are dark, will take your sins and make them white as snow. Isn’t that a good idea?
I watched as a boy was riding his bicycle near my home. My neighbor had put up a wooden hill so the kids could learn to ride their bikes up the hill and jump off to the other side.This boy started off fast, but when he got near the hill he slammed on his brakes. He tried this several times but never made a successful jump!
My thoughts went many years later to another 12-year-old boy. He lived with his mother, Mary, and his earthly father, Joseph. He also had brothers and sisters and they played together with the other kids in their neighborhood. One day the family and many other families living in their town went to worship at the Temple in Jerusalem, The boy, whose name was Jesus, did not want to play with the other kids but wanted to be alone. He watched as people brought their animals to be slaughtered and burned at the altar for their sins. He also went into where the scribes and teachers were and talked with them.
The scribes and teachers were very surprised that Jesus answered every question put to him and they talked for quite awhile. Meantime, his parents were worried about him and it was time to go home. They found him there with all the scribes and teachers and when they asked him he said, “Don’t you know I must be here in my Father’s house?” He did go home with his family and the Bible tells us he was helpful and obedient to his parents.
Isn’t it strange that story is the only one telling about his childhood? I believe he knew that day at the temple, what he would have to do. Before that, he was just a little boy playing games with the neighborhood kids. Now, he would wait until his Father told him to enter his ministry. And, that he would die for all the people’s sins, in place of all the animals he had watched slaughtered at the temple. That story was the only one needed to be included in the Bible. Anyhow, I am glad that story was written, aren’t you?
I am having loads of trouble with my dog lately. My dog, Sonny, has arthritis in his back legs and he can’t walk very well. He is nearly deaf and can’t see very well either. He has trouble finding his way back from where he started out. that indicates to me that he has a form of Alzheimer’s disease. But I love him.
He used to sleep on my bed with me and I didn’t mind that a bit. Now he still wants to somehow get up on my bed to sleep but he can’t make it. I, at age 91,I can’t pick him up either. He isn’t a big dog but he does weigh 32 pounds! I guess that’s on me feeding him too much, but I think it’s because he can’t move around like he did. I bought a cage and am trying to train him to use it, at least at night, but he would rather cry and whine on the floor beside my bed. And he has to go outside at least twice every night.
You can easily see that I don’t get enough sleep! But I love him. Love is on our minds in February because of Valentine’s Day. If you watch even a little television you will find you not only love candy and flowers, which is something you give to someone you love, but you should consider everything from cars to ladies underwear.
Let me tell you what the Bible says in 1 John chapter4(NIV)” Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God. The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love.” We must love our neighbor, our Church family, our real family members and God. Of course, we love that special one as well. In another verse, Jesus said we are to love our enemies and pray for them. In today’s world, there are so many enemies, so many really bad people, it’s hard to do that.
I still love my dog and I wonder how I can get a little more sleep. Do you have any ideas?
A week ago Sunday, I slipped on the driveway but didn’t fall. We have all heard stories about older people and their falls. This time, however, I only slipped and I was quite proud of the fact I didn’t fall. I found out one fact though. You can hurt yourself slipping just as much as if you had fallen. I have been having back and leg problems ever since.
I am reminded of the hymn “It Is No Secret”, by Stuart Hamblen in which are the words: “Someone slipped and fell, was that someone you?” That started Gramma thinking! We can both slip and fall in our spiritual lives as easy as on the driveway!
We slip when we decide not to attend church today, or if we dont read God’s word as we should or if we don’t pray except in an emergency. The devil sure likes it when we slip around that way. And he likes it even better when we fall into sin. I don’t believe that criminal sitting in jail started out being bad. He was that curly headed baby lying in his crib and later, running off to the school bus, waving “Bye Mom and Dad!” No, he slipped by following the wrong crowd one day. That led to his fall.
There is plenty of things in this old world today that makes us decide, “Once won’t hurt!” But that’s slipping and slipping leads to falling. Let’s all try to keep from slipping, shall we?