Archive | April 2014

Thank you, Donald Sterling.

Interesting thoughts of taking a negative like Donald Sterling’s racist comments that we abhor and using them to give us positive things to offset them. Great Christian attitude Jim!

Cannot Contain

Donald-Sterling

Thank you Donald Sterling for reminding all of us that words matter.  Thank you for reminding us that we absolutely have the right to free speech in our nation.  And that freedom brings with it the right of others to respond in whatever way they see fit.  Thank you for reminding us that there is ignorance left in this world.  Thank you for reminding us that we have so much work to do.

This extremely obvious form of racism will perhaps pull back the veil a bit from the underlying racism that exists so much in our global society today.  I am talking about something bigger than an NBA owner expressing his soul-deep racist thoughts.  I am talking about our ability to see the suffering of those of other races, other regions, other religions, other societies and simply turn a blind eye.  This racism is far more damaging than the…

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Blessings and Relaxation= Bubbles!

What a blessing we can find in some of the simplest activities–especially if we have been deprived of them for a long while!  This evening I found myself just wanting to kick back and relax.  No tv or other noise.  Just peace and quiet and time to meditate.  Hmmmm, so what  did I decide to do?  Bubble bath!!  Yes!!!

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I love bubble baths!! Relax in a hot tub, with sweet smelling bubbles in the water, a book and I’m happy.  Candles would have been a nice addition but I was content without them.

Okay now you are probably wondering why on earth is this silly woman getting so excited about something so simple as a bubble bath?  Yes, I might wonder myself if I read it elsewhere. But there really is a good reason–I have been limited to just taking showers for quite a while due to my recent knee surgery and prior to that,  easily getting in and out of a tub was very difficult to maneuver.  Now the scar is healed and though it was not real easy to sit down and then stand up afterwards, I did it!

I read a book for a bit, but mostly lay there thinking and meditating about the many blessings in my life.  I decided this bubble bath definitely made the list of blessings God has provided for me and I began to think about Bible verses that talk about rest and relaxation.  There are quite a few in there just on first glance alone, but I felt led first in one particular direction.    For the past couple of days I have been reading in 1 Kings, the stories of Solomon.  Naturally, when I think of Solomon, the next thought is Proverbs.  So I looked up verses there first and found this one>  Proverbs 19:23 ” The fear of the Lord leads to life; then one rests content, untouched by trouble.”    Exactly how I feel right now—rested and content.  I know that is from the Lord.

From there I looked for other verses and like I said, found many!  In Matthew 11:28, Jesus says “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”  What a wonderful promise He makes to us and what a blessing that He always keeps His promises.

Along with rest and relaxation comes Peace–what a lovely word and yet another lovely blessing!     Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

And now that I am relaxed, content, feeling peaceful, it is time for sleep which I feel will be easily gotten, unlike some nights, and that is a blessing I can be very thankful for!

Psalm 4:8 In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, LORD, make me dwell in safety.

Good night all!  Many blessings to every one of you!

 

 

 

We Need God in America Again!

We DO need God back in our country! It is well past time for allowing the 14% of naysayers rule the other 86% of us folks! What are you afraid of?

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George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Samuel Adams, First Chief Justice John Jay
Names synonymous with the spirit of our country, the founding fathers of the U.S.A.

Over 200 years ago they shook off the chains of tyranny from Great Britain by divine call. Citing 27 biblical violations they wrote the Declaration of Independence “with liberty and justice for all.”

But something happened since Jefferson called the Bible the cornerstone for American liberty then put it in our schools as a light. Or since “Give me liberty, or give me death,” Patrick Henry said, “Our country was founded on the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”

We eliminated God from the equation of American life thus eliminating the reason this nation first began…from beyond the grave I hear the voices of our founding fathers plead “We need God in America again.”

Of the 55 men who formed the Constitution…

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He is Risen!

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Matthew 28:6

King James Version (KJV)

He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.

As this week has progressed, the week so well-known as being Holy Week, so much has been written in many of the blogs, in the way of scripture lessons, beautiful poetry, devotions, etc.    All that I have read has been a blessing to me and some I have reblogged to share with others.   I’ve thought that I, also, should be writing something as well, but despite the myriad of thoughts and ideas that wandered through my head, I just felt I could not pin it down to a few meaningful words without being in danger of copying the words of others or making my words interesting enough to be a blessing to others.  As I went through my day, I kept it on my mind  and I prayed for the Lord to guide me on what to write or if I should not write anything at all.     I guess you probably figured out He did not like the second option of writing nothing!

I have thought over and over of what Christ suffered on Good Friday and why He would do that willingly, why God would give His only son up for us.   Would you agree that it is indeed mind-boggling to say the least?   I cannot speak for a father’s feelings, but as a Mom, I cannot even fathom giving up one of my children as a sacrifice.  I dare say most fathers would be feeling the same way.

Our answer is found throughout scripture, but most well-known to us all is John 3:16  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  He did this because He loves us so much!   John goes on to say in verses 17 and 18:

17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.  18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

Because of the great sacrifice of the crucifixion of Christ, those who believe, who have asked Christ into our hearts, who pursue a relationship with him,  have been adopted into God’s family!   How wonderful is that?     A few days ago I was reading in Romans 8 and wrote another blog post about it.  I was led back to that passage again but different verses that specifically talk about the Father’s adoption of us.

14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. 15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. 16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: 17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.

Wow!  What a blessing that is!  I cannot imagine why any of us would not want to accept that love, that gift, that blessing from God and have the knowledge that when our time on earth has been completed, we will live in eternity with God, with Jesus Christ!

Have you asked Jesus to come into your heart?  What better time than during the celebration of the greatest event in Christianity, the basis of Christianity, the Resurrection of our Savior?   I urge those who have not yet done so to pray the sinner’s prayer and settle the issue once and for all where you will go after you die.  I did and I can say I have never been happier!     Life is not perfect, but God never promised us it would be.  However, I know that He is with me always when I go through any trials and He provides what  I need in His perfect timing!

This is just a few simple words from my simple mind but I hope that even the simplest of thoughts can be a blessing to you.   Happy Resurrection Day to everyone!

 

Broken male culture – Part 5 – Forgiveness

A wonderful, well written piece on forgiveness! Despite the title of it, it is not just for men. It’s good for all of us! Forgiveness is something that frees us from a lot of pain and distress that gets in the way of our happiness.

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If knowledge is gained through experience, I should be pretty familiar with the subject of forgiveness. I have had much to be forgiven for in my life time & have also had much to forgive. Some connected, some disconnected but all necessary & all small steps towards what I feel is finally some sort of real mental health, peace & stability. That is not to say I have life figured out, but I am fully connected to the One that does. Nor is it to say I don’t continue to do things out of my stupidity that will not require some form of forgiveness again. Sinning out of brokenness is one thing, sinning out of stupidity is another, connected, just as bad in the eyes of God, yet somehow different. The knowledge that I have made a mistake comes so quickly now, without prompting (or desire to know sometimes), I…

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