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.

 

 

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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?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!