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?



Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Eleven Cents



                                                               



It was late December and Richard was in the hospital.  I had fallen asleep but woke up with a dread that I could not get rid of.  I reached out and touched his hand but he slept on.  I just had this feeling that my husband was not going to live much longer.

I decided to text a friend who always seemed to be awake late and asked for prayers and told her of my fears.  She texted back almost immediately with words of comfort and compassion.  She also prayed. We texted back and forth and suddenly Richard started talking.

He was talking in his sleep.  I can't remember exactly what he said but it had to do with Jesus dying on the cross.  He kept telling me that I needed to give an offering to Jesus because Jesus had died on the cross.  Without thinking I told him that I didn't have any money.

That was the wrong answer!  He started telling me that I should give at least eleven cents and again I told him that I didn't have any money.  What was I thinking?   I should have just said, yes I will give at least eleven cents.  He started lecturing me on what a terrible person I was because I didn't want to give to the Savior and how on earth could I not have eleven cents.  I learned that night to not ever try to reason with a person that is sleep talking.  I also learned that a person can go from fear to laughing pretty quick.  For some reason this struck me as funny and  I could not stop laughing.

The next morning he did not remember anything but it is etched in my memory.  Even in my husband's dreams he was dreaming about Christ and how He died and rose again for us.  I also need to remember, even though Richard was dreaming when he called me a terrible person, that I am a terrible person!  I need to offer not just eleven cents but my life! Only with Christ as my Savior am I worth anything!  Christ paid my debt!

Has Christ paid yours?


Sunday, June 26, 2016

Wow!





I was reading in Nehemiah the other day and one of the scriptures that I read made me think wow.  I don't ever remember reading that part before though I know that I have read the book of Nehemiah several times.  I was reading in chapter nine about the people confessing their sins and praying.  Their prayer praises God for leading His people and their ancestors out of Egypt and  for never abandoning them even when they made an idol shaped like a calf.  The prayer also remembered how God lead them by a pillar of cloud by day and pillar of fire by night, and sent them manna and water.  God gave them everything that they needed,

Now for the wow part, God not only provided everything for them but also their clothes did not wear out and their feet did not swell while walking around in the wilderness for 40 years!!

I don't know how that slipped past my eyes without my stopping with wonder and awe!!  I don't know about you but if I walk to much there are times that my feet swell up and hurt!  I can't even imagine keeping a garment for 40 years much less wearing it everyday.  If I did wear a garment for 40 years I can only image that it would be ripped and tattered.


God was provider then and He is provider now!  He has provided a way for me and for you to live eternally in Heaven!  His Son died a terrible death on a cross and three days later rose again for sinners and we are all sinners!  The ripped and tattered parts that are carried by sinners can be made whole because Jesus paved the path for us to live eternally with Him.

God gave us everything we need!



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

Nehemiah 9:19-21New International Version (NIV)

19 “Because of your great compassion you did not abandon them in the wilderness. By day the pillar of cloud did not fail to guide them on their path, nor the pillar of fire by night to shine on the way they were to take. 20 You gave your good Spirit to instruct them. You did not withhold your manna from their mouths, and you gave them water for their thirst. 21 For forty years you sustained them in the wilderness; they lacked nothing, their clothes did not wear out nor did their feet become swollen.









Tuesday, June 7, 2016

I used to play-------



                                                   


How many people used to play a musical instrument?  I used to play the piano.  Now I am not saying that I played well but maybe when I practiced I played good.  I played good enough that when the pianist was not available I would fill in as a teenage and actually later on was the pianist for a small church, which was quite a while ago.   I must tell you though the more I practiced the gooder I got.  I don't think I ever got to the excellent level but I did get gooder!

Today for some reason I played the piano.  Wow, I am not even close to gooder. In fact it sounded quite terrible.  The dog even started howling!  I just told him to hush and kept going.  He eventually quieted down.  I probably played for thirty to forty minutes and I must admit that even though I didn't sound gooder,  the sound was a little better than when I first took a seat at the piano.


Then the thought hit me, I am only gooder through Christ!  I am not good on my own!  I am only gooder because Christ died and rose again!  I might get gooder at playing piano by practicing but I only had to accept Jesus as my Savior to know that when I die I will be in paradise with my Savior.

I also had the thought hit me that I did need to get gooder at reading my Bible, praying and listening to the Holy Spirit!  God will take my gooder and make it excellent!

Only through Christ can anyone be excellent!

John 3:16-17 (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.





Monday, May 2, 2016

Yesterday was a two shower day



                                                   
                                                                               




Yesterday was a two shower kind of day.  It started out normal, you know, shower, getting dressed  and head to Sunday School, church,then lunch and a nap.  Well after my nap I decided that maybe it would be a good time to go fill up my gas tank.

I have done this many, many time and I have never had this happen.  I went to my normal place to put gas in my vehicle and got everything started and things were normal until the tank was full.  I took the hose out of my car only to be sprayed with lots of gas.  My car also got a bath.  Oh my it was horrible.

I drove home as fast as I could and parked in my garage and since no one was home I started stripping as soon as the garage door was closed.  I then ran to the shower.  I then had to throw away the shoes and wash my clothes and open the garage door so that the car would air out.  That gas splashing all over me certainly got my attention.  From now on I will be more careful when taking the hose out of my gas tank.

The gas splashing everywhere made me think of how sometimes I just go through the motions and do not pay attention and don't realize that sin is splashing all over and all around me. Before I realize it I am stinking with the smell of sin.  I need to shower myself in the word, in prayer and with the love of my Savior!  I want to smell like Christ!

Do you need a shower?




John 14:6-7 (NIV)

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know[a] my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”





Sunday, April 24, 2016

Is how you look what defines you?


                                               



One of the things that I remember from high school and even as early as second grade is that sometimes how you look depends on what group that you are in.  I remember in the second grade sometimes feeling like I was on the outside looking in but it got even worse in high school.  I have to say that by high school I didn't really care if I was in the "in" group and was even friends with some of them but I was not in their group.

Looking back most of those in that group were the beautiful, the best dressed, most athletic, the top grades though I must admit that some of them were very nice and very sweet when one on one.  In second grade I didn't understand why some might not talk to me but by high school I didn't care.

I didn't care because at an early age I discovered that there was someone that didn't care what I looked like.  He didn't care how many times I messed up.  He loved me just like I was and am.  I knew that He didn't care what group I was in, what I dressed like, or where I lived.

He cared about what was on the inside of me.  His name is Jesus and He changed my life.  He gave me peace and a different attitude (most of the time). I can talk to Him about anything and everything and He is never condemning.  He did not come to condemn but to save!

Do you know the One who came not to condemn but to save and change your life?  If not you can know Him and you can know Him right now!!  Don't let your looks define you!  Let God's grace define you!!


Romans 5:8 (NIV)

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

John 14:6 (NIV)

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


1 Samuel 16:7 (NIV)


But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”


Thursday, April 21, 2016

A Bittersweet Week

This week is one that I have looked forward to for quite some time.  I have been paying off the house and other loans this week. The fact though is that this week is one that Richard and I talked about and looked forward to together.  We had plans together for travel, remodeling and various other things.

The fact that I am using life insurance money to pay things off brings back memories of all those plans.  That is why it seems so bittersweet.  I am able to do this and earlier than planned because of my husband's death.  He used to tell me though that is why he had that insurance and that if something happened to him to pay things off and keep vacationing.  He wanted to make sure that in the event of his death that his family would be secure.  Though this week has been bittersweet I am thankful for my husband and that he had this plan in place.

There is another that had a plan in place for me.   It is Jesus.  His plan lead Him to a cross where He died and then rose again for me.  That also seems bittersweet when I think about that it was my sin that took Him to the cross.  His plan also included a way for me to be with Him in heaven when I die. Once I get to heaven there will be nothing bittersweet!

I have accepted that plan.  What about you?

I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.”
John 10:28-30 NIV


John 3:1 NIV

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.