Wednesday, July 26, 2017

That commercial

Have you seen the commercial where there is this guy that is talking to women.  He is talking about how he can help with their bodies.  In this short commercial he lets woman know that he can help them get their bodies to where it should be.

The problem that I have with this commercial is the guy talking is very rotund.   In other words he might could use some help also.  Of course in the commercial there is proof of his work.  There are many lovely women with their before and after pictures.  There were no pictures of his before and after.  He did not have an after.

This commercial made me think about Heaven and people like this man.  This man is on the outside looking in.  He is talking the talk to get those women to change their bodies but apparently he does not need to change.  How many people talk the talk but do not see the need to change?  The guy in the commercial wants to sell his service but he is not willing to change.

Jesus is the only commercial that you need.  He paid the price for you when He died and rose again.  His work starts with your heart.  Have you changed?

Will you have an after?

John 3:16 (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.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

What if you died today

I don't know why I started thinking about that statement today?  I was on the way home from taking my grandchild to school and it just popped into my head.  Maybe someone needs to read this today and if so this is for you!

Do you know what will happen to you when you die?  If not you can be certain that one thing.  You will either go to heaven or you won't!  I can tell you without a shadow of doubt that when I die I am headed to heaven.  The reason that I can be so sure of that is that I have accepted Jesus as my Savior.

Jesus died and rose again on the cross for you and for me!  He paved the way for you to get into heaven.  All that you have to do is:

Admit that you are a sinner and repent
Believe that Jesus Is God's son and and accept His gift of forgiveness
Confess your faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord

Romans 3:23New King James Version (NKJV)

23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

Romans 5:8New King James Version (NKJV)

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Romans 10:9New King James Version (NKJV)

9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.

Romans 10:10New King James Version (NKJV)

10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.


Friday, December 9, 2016

Yesterday was one of those days!


                         



Yesterday after I took my granddaughter to school, I headed to the grocery store.  I got almost everything on my list though I did forget the chocolate.   That is probably what started my day going in the wrong direction.

I got home and put up the groceries and then just sat down for one minute.  My intention was to clean like a mad woman and get everything cleaned, washed and shiny.  It didn't happen.  The next thing I knew I was waking up from an hour and a half nap.

I decided that if I worked really fast I could get everything done.  Nope that didn't work either.  I was moving really slow.  I did get a few chores done but then I started thinking about what I would cook for supper.  I was thinking dressing with chicken on top of it with swiss cheese.

I walked to the cabinet where the cook books and recipe cards are and took the books out.  I looked through them but couldn't find the recipe.  I reached back into the cabinet to get the box of hand written recipe cards.  When I did this, I not only knocked the box out but  also a glass candler holder.  The glass shattered everywhere.  The shards went all over the counter and stove. I got the big pieces off then I grabbed a wet paper towel to get the small pieces. Just when I thought I had it cleaned up I dropped the paper towel with the sharp pieces of glass shards.  Now the glass shards were all over the floor.  I was standing there with bare feet.

I reached over and grabbed the broom and dustpan then very carefully swept and mopped that area of the floor.  I was sweeping again just to make sure and I kept seeing something red and thought what on earth is that red stuff.  Yes it was blood.  My blood.  I had felt a prick but didn't see anything but there was a little piece of class stuck on the bottom of my right foot.  I took care of my foot and went back to cleaning up the floor.  Then I saw red again.  I looked at the bottom of my foot, the band aid was holding.  Then I saw blood on my big toe on the other foot.  I got that taken care of and then I put my shoes on to finish the job.

I don't know why I didn't just put my shoes on.  It would have only taken a second and then my feet would have been safe from the shards of glass that fell to the floor.  The pain and blood I had yesterday was just a tiny inconvenience in the scheme of the day.  I was still breathing.  I was alive but if I had put my shoes on my feet would have been protected. The more I thought about that just that one act would have saved me from the cuts on my feet.

It  also made me think about the pain, the blood and the death of my Savior.  My Savior not only died on the cross, he rose again.  My feet of sin were with Him on that cross.  Everyone's sin was on the cross with Him.  The good news is that His death and resurrection gave all a path that can lead straight to Him. His one act could save you!  Leave the shards of your sin at His feet!


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 11, 2016

Interrupted Speeding





                                           


Two days ago I was heading to Guthrie to see my mom.  I was heading down Highway 51 and then would turn onto Highway 74 and then turn on Highway 33 to get there.  As I was heading down Highway 51 the traffic in front of me slowed down and in my opinion was going way to slow.  I always like to get where I am going in the least amount of time without getting a ticket.

I couldn't really see what the slow down was because of a big truck in front of me.  I tried to get around several times but there was always traffic coming at me.  That's when as I was looking around the vehicles in front of me I saw a deer bounding across the highway.  I immediately thought if the traffic hadn't slowed me down I probable would have been in that spot where the deer crossed.  I was very thankful for the interrupted speeding.

The traffic stayed really slow but I didn't mind.  I finally could see that there was a giant something on the back of a truck in front of the line of traffic.  I have no idea what it was but it was big enough that the traffic coming at it had to pull off the road.

 It is amazing what you might see when you are not so worried about making record time to get to where you are going.  I saw some beautiful houses and landscaping.  I saw two deer in a field off of Highway 74 that looked like they were racing.  I saw impatient people that went around me only to have to slow down.

I was thankful for the interruption.  I saw so much more on this slow trip than I have seen in a long time.  I believe God wants me to slow down not just to see the beauty around me that I had been missing but to slow down and notice others around me.  I speed through life without noticing the people that might need help and the people that might need encouragement or the people that might need to hear my story.  Sometimes I need to hear the people that might need to tell me their story and I need to slow down to see the people that might need to hear about my Jesus! Sometimes I need to be still, look, wait and listen.

Do you need an interruption?

John 14:6

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

Isaiah 40:31

31 But those who wait on the Lord
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.



Friday, September 30, 2016

Yesterday


                                                   


Yesterday I was thinking abut how much easier things used to be.  Maybe things were easier before all the self serve things that we have today.  Maybe the yesterday that I am thinking about was many years ago before self serve became the new normal.  Maybe I was thinking about yesterday when I was filling my car up with gas.

I remember when you could pull into a Filling Station and a person would magically appear to fill up your car for you.  Not only were they polite when they filled up your car but they would also clean off your windshield and even check to see if your tires needed air!  They would talk to you and smile!

It seems like these days people are in a hurry to get you in and out when you are paying.  Very few seem to have time to talk and smile.  They are probably just there to make their money and then get home.  What do you think?  Is it just me or do a lot of people seem unhappy?

I do know that there was One that came many years ago and He wasn't here to serve Himself?
His name was Jesus and He came so that you might have life and have it abundantly!  He came to serve and to save?  He is the one that can help take away the unhappiness!

He is the One that makes the way easier!




Matthew 20:28

Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”


                         

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Random Ramblings

This morning I woke up and looked at the clock.  It was 3:00 am  and I thought oh good, I have two more hours.  The next thing I knew I was waking up and looking at the clock again.  It was almost five.  It seemed like just a few seconds had went by.  How did that happen?  How come when I can't sleep time moves so very, very slow but when asleep it seems like just a few seconds have went by?

I then thought of Richard and wondered about time in heaven.  Is there a heavenly time clock?  Does it seem like seven months to him or does it seem like he just got there?  The last seven months and five days have seemed slow and fast to me but I really don't know how to explain that.  Maybe it feels  to him like just a few seconds have  ticked by.  I think that Heaven time must be different than here on earth.

I take my granddaughter to school most mornings and this morning was no exception.  She did help me get the trash taken out to the curb before we left.  As I pulled back into the driveway from the trip to her school and back when I noticed the trash.  My trash can was overflowing.  It wasn't falling out but the lid wouldn't fit down  as the the trash sacks were to tall to let the lid shut.

This made me think about all the trash that I let overflow into my life.  What sins do I hold onto in my life that I can't shut the lid on wrong thoughts, actions and words.  The only thing that I can think of to tie my ramblings together is this, don't waste your time on the trash!  Give it  to God and let Him clean you up!  I do believe that  all are on that heavenly time clock.  Don't let your time pass  and be left  with the garbage of your sin.

What is overflowing from you?

John 14:6New International Version (NIV)

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

                                 




Friday, July 15, 2016

What is important?



                                                       




The other day I lost something very important.  I looked everywhere and could not find it.  Now this something was something that in other hands could devastate me.  It was my checkbook.  I spent the morning looking and looking again but that checkbook was not to be found.  I finally went to the bank and spoke with one of the tellers.  I had looked at my account and nothing had been taken out of my account except what I had expected to come out.

The teller advised me that since nothing seemed amiss with the account to wait on two checks to clear that had not cleared.  If at that point in time the checkbook was still missing to come back to talk with them.  I went home and started looking again.  It was later that afternoon that I started going through places I had already looked and found the checkbook.  How had I missed that?  It was right there sticking up out of that box!

How often is God's will right there in front of me but I just can't see it.  Just like the checkbook it can be right in front of my face but I don't recognize it!  I might have prayed and then prayed again but not recognize God's truth!  Maybe because I am looking right past the obvious looking in all the wrong places!  It might not look to others that something is amiss in my life but oh I would know it.  I would feel that something was missing in my life!  I would look and try to figure out what was wrong but until I went to the right source things would still feel wrong.

It's right there the whole time! If I leave God in a box my life would be much different!  I only have to go to my God and ask for forgiveness and then my world feels right again.  God is there the whole time.  He is always waiting for me to reach back to the right place!  He never leaves nor forsakes me!  Without God it would be devastating!

What is important to you?  What is your life without God?

Matthew 18:11-12 (NKJV)

11 For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost.[a]
12 “What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them goes astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine and go to the mountains to seek the one that is straying?