Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Time Flies and the Buzzing of Flys


                                                   

I was having a text conversation with a good friend of mine when the subject came up of how long we have known each other.  We met about twenty years ago.  It just seems like yesterday that I met this wonderful woman who became a friend and mentor, but it has been years.  It was mentioned about how time flies.  For some reason that made me think of the lifespan of buzzing flys.  Those annoying little things that buzz around your head actually only live about four weeks.

It make me think about how I let little things annoy me.   I hear buzzing instead of words.   I forget that life really is flying by and I need to slow down, listen and enjoy the friends that God has given to me.  I have many friends that I love to visit with, do things with and text with but I have let the buzz of life erase time that I could have spent with these friends.

Then there is the buzz of family.  The buzzing of family sometimes feels like a roar and I sometimes don't even remember what was said.   It is hard to get away from the buzz of family. I have family that sounds like buzz, buzz, buzz but I do love to talk and spend time with my family.

I think that worst of all is the buzzing that I hear sometimes when God is talking to me. Sometimes I let time constraints buzz into Bible reading and all I can think of is that I have to hurry, time is flying.  God wants me to hear, read His Word and feel His Spirit. He wants me to slow down and hear what family and friends are saying.  God wants me to use my time for Him.  He wants me to be still, listen and forget that time is buzzing by.



James 1:19 (NKJV)

19 So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath;





Monday, January 26, 2015

Mopping the way to cleanliness



I have two part time jobs and at the second one I fix a meal and clean daily.  This job is also Monday through Friday.  On Friday I was looking for something else to clean and decided that I would mop again.  The floors looked clean but I needed something to do.  I got out the mop bucket and the mop and started through the house.  The floors look very clean when I was through but I still thought that the water would not be that dirty, after all I had mopped two days before.  To my surprise when dumping the water it was very dirty.  I guess every day that dirt and grime is being tracked into that house with the comings and goings of different people.

I was on my way home when it hit me.  I am just like that.  I track dirt and grime into my soul everyday.  I allow thoughts, moods, tiredness and other people to influence my thoughts and actions.  I need to mop out my soul daily with prayers, reading the Bible and listening to the Holy Spirit.  I need to allow the dirt and grime to be mopped daily from my life.

Do you need to be mopped today?

1 John 1:9 (NIV)

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

You can be Pardoned!

I think that there is someone out there that needs to hear this today!

I am pardoned but not perfect.  No matter what I had done I was still pardoned.  Even though I was mired in the path of sin I was forgiven!  I still sin but I am still pardoned. I know that this might seem unreal to You but it is so.  There was someone that took my sins as His own.  His name is Jesus.  He is my Savior!

When I sin now, I feel regret and sorrow but I am still pardoned.  No matter what I do Jesus is still my Savior.  I ask Him at the age of eleven to come into my heart and forgive me for my sin.  He did and He will do that for you to.  When I sin now I feel a guilt and regret that I did not feel before and I take it back to my Savior and tell Him that I am sorry.  I am still saved and pardoned but never perfect.

I will one day meet my Savior face to face and be completely changed and healed of my sin problem forever!

Have you been pardoned?  Maybe today is the day!

John 3:16-17New International Version (NIV)

16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

A Present of Joy for All





Today I was looking at the presents that I had wrapped and put under the tree.  Some of them look almost presentable, some of them not so.  I do not have the gift of gift wrapping.  Though some of the presents that I wrap look down right messy the gifts inside are pretty nice.  Sometimes it is a guessing game on what to give.  I am hoping that the recipients of the gifts will find joy in them.  The gifts that I have given to various people this year have scents, can be worn or can be eaten.  I am just hoping that when the gifts are opened they will be received with joy.  Sometimes I can tell if a gift brings joy or if it is just another ho hum gift.  

There is a present waiting for all.  Some have already opened it but some won't.  Some are scared, some are angry and some are just stubborn.  Today we are celebrating the birth of a Heavenly King.  Our Lord and Savior came as  a present of joy to all.  It is never a ho hum gift!  If you haven't accepted this gift, today, this day that we celebrate the birth of this present of joy for all, would be a great day.  It doesn't matter if you are messy, tidy or somewhere in between this is the best gift of all!

Don't keep waiting!

Luke 2:10 (NIV)

10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.

John 3:16-17New International Version (NIV)

16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The Bridge


                                             

The other night I had a dream about a bridge.  I was walking down this dirt road.   The road had plenty of trees hanging across and overgrown grass on the side of the road.  I came to a bridge and it seemed to be the only way to continue down the road.  I hesitated because it didn't seem very stable.  In fact it looked like it could break at anytime.  For some reason I didn't want to turn back and I stepped very carefully onto the bridge.  I got halfway across the bridge and saw a gaping hole that was blocking the way to the other side of the bridge.  I decided that I  would skirt around that hole and continue across the bridge.  I very carefully held on to the side and walked very slowly to get around that hole.  The next thing I knew I was falling and screaming.  I was looking down at murky, alligator infested waters.  I screamed as I plunged towards the water but woke up before I hit the murky, alligator infested waters.

I woke up sweating and wondering why on earth would I even in my sleep cross a bridge or even be on a road that was overgrown with trees and grass.  I realized though that in life I am always going down roads or crossing bridges that I should not.  I step into situations that I should turn around and walk the other way.  I walk across bridges that become worse the more steps I take.  Sometimes it is even to late to turn around and walk the other way because the murky, alligator, infested waters have infested my soul.  I am lucky though!  I have a Bridge that I walk across that will cleanse my soul and remove the murky, alligator infested water. My Bridge is solid and cleanses me daily. His name is Jesus!

Do you know Him?  He is waiting for you to walk across His Bridge!

Romans 8:1

There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.

1 John 2:6

He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The Journey Continues:An Amazing Day

God gives us a new day every day and everyone of them have the possibility to become amazing.  Sometimes it is just seeing that wonderful sunrise peeking over the horizon, sometimes it is the birth of a baby and sometimes it is being alive for at least one more day.  Richard had an appointment on Monday to remove the fluids that surrounded his lungs.  The ex rays that were taken about two weeks ago showed as much or maybe more fluids than what had been removed last month.  The amazing thing on Monday was that there were no fluids around his lungs to remove!

I am not saying that the fluids will not come back or Richard will not have problems because he will but when God steps in it is an amazing day!  God is amazing no matter what!  God has shown his amazing hand many, many times during Richard's journey with cancer and beyond.

Richard and I finished out our day in the city by receiving an awesome pie from our sister-in-law.  Amazing as always!  Thanks Shelly!!  We than ventured over to see my mom before leaving Oklahoma City.  My mom was in a great mood and showed immediate signs of recognition.  She has had a mini stroke in the area of her brain where her memory is stored and also has dementia

Since this event in her life, one thing that has changed is how she shows her affection towards me.  I don't remember her showing much affection. That has changed.  The new normal is for her to grab, hug and give big slobbery kisses.  She grabbed me when it was time to go and whispered in my ear, "I will love you forever!"  Now that is amazing!

The wonderful thing is that I know that I will see her forever because our forever will be together.  I will be forever with her in eternity.  Now that will be beyond amazing! What about you?  Where will your forever be?

John 3:16-17New King James Version (NKJV)

16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Time to Talk?

My last child at home got her license to drive on November the 3rd and though I am happy for her I miss her.  Yes, she still lives in the same house with me but I miss her in the car.  I miss talking with her one on one and having her undivided attention.  If she was driving I didn't even have to compete with her I Phone.  It was hard letting her go that first morning she drove herself  to school.  I made her text me every morning when she got to school the first few weeks.  It seems hard to just sit down and have a conversation with her because of school activities, homework and of course the I Phone.  Of course like any child there is always time to talk when something is wanted or needed.

My missing the talks that we had nearly every morning before the license made me wonder about my conversations with God.  How often does He miss me?  How often am I too busy with my activities, getting ready for the day or messing with my phone that I forget to have conversations with the One who is always there.  It does seem like I never forget to talk with my God when I need or want something.  I always am ready to kneel when I am hurt or sad.  My missing her reminded me that God's keeps His ears ope to hear my prayers.  It shouldn't matter what is going on in my life I should always have the time to talk with God!

Do you have time to talk?


1 Peter 3:12 (NKJV)

12 For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
And His ears are open to their prayers;
But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.