God Is In Control

God is in control, we know that, however,  we can’t help but ask the question “Why?” Why is the area in or  near the city of Austin, Texas practically under water? Why did folks just like us have to leave everything behind and climb into boats, with only the clothes they had on? They had no idea where they were going, where could they eat and where they would sleep tonight.  How would you like to be in their shoes? I saw people climbing into boats without even shoes! Yet, God is in control!

In nearly every speech he has made, President Trump has said we are all Americans and we should come together as one. And most of us have done that. We are all praying for those people and for the rains to stop. Many of us have gone to Texas to do whatever we can. The rest of us are giving money to those we know will help where help is needed. But we still ask “Why?”

President Trump and all his men and women are trying to make America peaceful. But we still see riots breaking here and there. The last one happened in California just when most of us had our prayers geared on the poor folks in Texas. How could they riot at a time like that? I think God had Harvey on his mind.

God knows that it will take more than President Trump’s administration to bring us to our senses. It says in Romans 8: 28 in the Bible: “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose.” So, He allowed this terrible thing to happen because it is so hard for us to become one as President Trump asks. Will we listen and learn what is told to us? We still have our own beliefs, personalities and obligations but we should be all Americans, loving each other in peace.

Will it take a much worse happening to wake us up? I, for one,will wait to see the good that comes from Harvey. I hope and pray that I will wake up! Will you do the same?

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Prayer Is The Key To Heaven

A song I learned years ago has been on my mind lately. I have been thinking about it at the time of the Charlotte event where all sides seemed to be fighting each other. I believe the only side not represented was the conservative Christian side. At least, I hope we were not anywhere around! However, I am going to write the words of that song and hope that the words will mean as much to you as it does to me:

Prayer is the key to heaven, but faith unlocks the door.

Words are so easily spoken,

But prayer without faith is like a boat without an ore.

Have faith when you speak to the Master,

That’s all He’s waiting for.

Yes, prayer is the key to heaven, but faith unlocks the door.

Prayer can open the gates of heaven and God can make America as it used to be. I’m from early in the 20th century and remember our country as it was.  Stores were closed on Sunday. It truly was a day of rest. Churches were full of people. Sometimes, congregations would make a whole day of it with a potluck at noon, games played in the afternoon, followed by the evening meal with whatever was left from the potluck, and the day always closed with a time of prayer and a sing along. Schools opened in the morning with prayer and Christmas carols and stories of Mary, Joseph and the baby were welcome, as were the saying of “Merry Christmas” to each other at Christmas time.

Oh, there were those folks who didn’t live that wonderful way, but they were in the minority. Our group had the majority in those days, and there are many who would never want to return to the hardships of that day, but there is no need for that! We can pray. Pray that the group that wants to kill President Trump or at least take him out of office won’t win. And, pray with faith that God will do something to put all Americans on the same page again.

We are still in the majority, although we haven’t been as vocal as the other side. Let’s stand up for what we believe and kneel down to pray for our country. Remember. President Trump has members of the clergy with him any time he asks for them. And they pray, so why can’t you?

 

 

 

 

 

It’s your choice

The day Charlottesville will end up in our history books in infamy. Not only was a part of our history taken down as we watched the statue destroyed, but Americans from many groups took up whatever they believed in and decided to fight. I imagine people were fighting members of their own group part of the time. I don’t know how they could tell who they were clubbing! While they flatter themselves that they are following the dictates of their own judgement, they are really obeying the will of the prince of darkness, or satan.

There is only two choices, that of good or that of evil. John 8:32 says: “Truth shall make you free”. You can follow good and truth without Jesus but I follow Him and that makes the doctrine of good and evil easier to follow, because He is truth and He is good!

Our souls often wants those things they cannot have. Yet once your soul drinks of God, there is an endless supply of Him to satisfy you. Those people at Charlottesville must have been fighting for something that is out of reach. Instead of the turmoil of running after fruitless earthly things, our souls can find rest and peace just by filling it  with the peace of God’s spirit.

I realize I am talking to those people who were fighting in Charlottesville but we too are often striving after something we cannot afford. If you thirst today, drink deeply from the limitless stream of living water that will satisfy your striving. In other words, follow Jesus. We need Him today, more than ever! We see North Korea sharpening their swords at us, and we see thousands of people fighting for who knows what. Everyone is on edge. What better time is there to drink of God’s fountain than today. You will find peace and rest  instead of restless fighting.

 

 

If Everyone Could Hear

A friend once said to me:” If you could hear all the words that are inside me right now, you would know how I feel.” Yes, I guess I would know some of those words, but not all, because if we shouted out every word that was inside us, we would never be close to finishing before we were exhausted.

All the words of hope and dreams of love and sorrow are inside us, along with our frustrations. They are too profound and full of emotion to be put out of our hearts and out in the open. But God is listening and hears every word in your heart.

Romans 8:26 tells us that we do not know what to pray for , but the Holy Spirit intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. God hears every word that we leave unspoken, and I, for one, am glad that he does. He brings comfort and love when I need it, along with some feelings of guilt which I also need.

Some of the words are best to leave unsaid. The harsh words of “why?” stay with me about my two sons who died when there were other babies who lived, is one. I brought it up the other day to my son. He said it was better to leave that unsaid because it was so long ago. Yes, it was long ago, but the words still stay in my heart and I am glad that God still hears them. He brings me comforting love. I still have the “whys”, but I also know that God hears my heart.

I hope that many words left unspoken are bringing you comfort and love from our almighty God who always hears what is in your heart and will bring you comfort and love, if you let Him.

I hope that the words I have written, will help someone who needs that comforting words of love from God who knows and hears everything.

 

It Isn’t The Thing You Do

The Bible, in Matthew 10:42, says: If anyone gives even a cup of cold water…,He will certainly not lose his reward. I expect to pass through this world but one time, but I have missed so many times giving that cup of cold water, haven’t you?

It isn’t the thing you do, it’s the thing left undone that is the problem. It gives us a bitter heartbreak. So, why not do those things while you are living and breathing, that is the question, that letter you should have written, for instance. Or, how about talking to that son or daughter before they took the wrong path in their life?

Maybe you should give that worried mother a loving touch or a gentle tone she truly needs, or a song that you might sing with words that you could not say. How about sending that flower you intended to bring to that friend in the hospital,  you thought you were too busy to send?

Maybe today is the day to visit that old lady who lives all alone. You have been wanting to do that, why not today? Perhaps today is the day to tell your husband you or your children you love them.

Remember that it isn’t the thing you do that brings on that awful feeling, it’s what you leave undone. God is right. let’s bring that cool cup of water today.

God is God

We often think of God as a man, probably just like someone you know -a husband, uncle, brother or friend. So, we wonder why our prayers are not answered. I have been studying from the Bible in Genesis through Joshua and I have a fresh, new knowledge of God. For one thing, He has a terribly strong love. He shows this by forgiving the children of Israel crimes that no person on earth would forgive. They constantly worshipped the many gods that were around at that time and they broke every commandment He had given them. He loved them so much, yet He forgave them. But He didn’t allow his best friend, Moses,  to enter the promised land simply because he broke one of His rules.

God asked Abraham to sacrifice his son. Now, to sacrifice meant to burn to death his child in a sacrificial fire. He was testing Abraham’s faith. Just as the fire was burning good, and  Abraham had lifted up his son into the fire, God said “No”, and a ram,caught in a bush just happened to be there so Abraham offered him as a sacrifice. Would we have done that?

Joshua was told by God he could take the city of Jericho if he marched the children of Israel around Jericho seven times and the last time they should shout and make a loud noise with those who were carrying trumpets. The city walls would fall inward and they could take the city. Would we walk around a city seven times and then make a lot of noise? I would like to think we would, but I have my doubts.

Or, how about Noah? God told him to build that big arc in the desert where there was no water.His faith must have been bigger than mine because he did it. The people living around him laughed and scorned him all the time he was building. God killed all the people on earth except Noah, his family and the animals! The people of earth were very wicked at that time. Would we have listened to Noah? Again, I have my doubts.

God is greater, God loves more, God gets angry with his people more. He is God! We should all worship Him. Those who do worship Him should realize that He truly is God and we should follow whatever He says in His word,  or as he talks to you. Even those who riot and burn cars and break store windows must decide that God will be God. He is the same as he was to Abraham Joshua and Noah. He doesn’t change at all. Let us all really worship Him. He is worthy of our praise!

 

 

 

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?