When your world is shaken.

There is nothing new in predictions of great catastrophe. From way before the time of Jesus right up to the present day predictions of the end of the world have come and gone and have often left people with egg on their faces. If I’m honest I have to say that these kind of predictions don’t get me excited at all – whether they are the prophecies of Isaiah about a new heaven and a new earth ; or the words of Jesus about the passing of the old earth in our gospel reading; or predicted dates of the end that come today.To me perhaps what is more important to us today is not the end of the world as we know it, but endings in our own lives, times when our world collapses and seems to end, times when our world is shaken to its foundation and almost falls apart.

It may well be that your world has collapsed; it is you who is suffering and sees no hope for the future.You may have lost a loved one – husband, wife, brother, sister, parent, child, friend. The well-loved voice is silent, the house empty, an aching heart and a hollowness within, your world seems to have ended. You might be involved in the breakdown of a relationship, facing a divorce, going through a messy break up. What seemed like a great future suddenly disappeared as your world seems to fall apart.Hardly a week goes by without news of job losses; it may be you that has been made redundant or unemployed, as some companies with long traditions and strong Welsh roots move their jobs elsewhere chasing after cheap labour but leaving behind broken lives and people with no job and seemingly little hope for the future. Your world seemingly collapsed.You may have received bad news of an illness and be struggling to come to terms with it and to cope with what is happening and may happen in the future. The end it seems of your world. Whenever these kind of things happen our world falls apart. Those people we have relied on; those things we have trusted; those events we have put faith in, have gone. These can be times of great testing – testing of our faith, testing of our belief in God, wondering whether there is a God. Times like this can shake our faith to its core. In the reading from Luke’s gospel when Jesus was talking about the shaking and collapse that will take place at the end of the world he gave his listeners some hope. It wasn’t all doom and gloom. At the end of the passage Jesus told people to stand firm and not to give in. He said that not a hair on your head will perish. By standing firm you will receive life.

Stand firm, hold on. God has not deserted them. And the same is true for us. In the midst of the turmoil of our lives, when our world seems to have collapsed, God who has been with us is still there. God who has been faithful in the past remains faithful today. God who has lavished his love on us hasn’t deserted us now in the time of need.The times when we feel our faith tested, the times when we feel we are crawling along the valley floor, crushed by life, are the very times when God is closest to us, even though we often don’t realise it. When our world seems to be collapsing around us God stands firmly in the midst of the rubble. In Jesus God came into the world. He came to share in all the joys and sorrows of life, he came to know what life is like and to show us what God was like. And because he came, because he lived, because he died and rose again, he stands firmly and squarely with us in this life and reaches out to us, to you and to me when our world seems to be collapsing and falling apart. His love comes close where stands an open door, his peace comes to those caught in a storm; his joy comes where faith encounters fear; his grace comes to those whose grace is spent.

Those of us here in Oklahoma have seen our share of turmoil, disasters that would devistate those non-believers. For the first time in 22 years I did not go running into a disaster. God had other plans for me this time. You see, I was going to help with the recovery Tuesday after the massive F5 tornado struck the Moore, Ok area. During the early morning hours of Tuesday while sleeping, I was stung by a wasp. I am highly allergic and was slow loosing oxygen. I made it to the hospital. Wednesday I was going to again respond to the scene. I woke with a 104 temp. God had another mission for me. I went to church Wednesday night and worshiped with my youth group, talking about the tradegy. God wanted me to serve him by being there for my kids. By trusting God i did what he wanted me to do. I was even blessed by Gods grace and will be starting a new job June 3rd, that will allow me to serve him more, spend more time with my kids and have gealth insurance and more money. OUR GOD PROVIDES! Stand firm, don’t lose hope. God is with you. Amen

Say goodbye!

Gen. 21:8-14 8 And the child grew, and was weaned: and Abraham made a great feast the same day that Isaac was weaned.9 And Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, which she had born unto Abraham, mocking.10 Wherefore she said unto Abraham, Cast out this bondwoman and her son: for the son of this bondwoman shall not be heir with my son, even with Isaac.11 And the thing was very grievous in Abraham’s sight because of his son.12 And God said unto Abraham, Let it not be grievous in thy sight because of the lad, and because of thy bondwoman; in all that Sarah hath said unto thee, hearken unto her voice; for in Isaac shall thy seed be called.13 And also of the son of the bondwoman will I make a nation, because he is thy seed.14  And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and took bread, and a bottle of water, and gave it unto Hagar, putting it on her shoulder, and the child, and sent her away: and she departed, and wandered in the wilderness of Beersheba. God has a specific plan for each and every life.

-Accepting His salvation will start your journey toward that plan, but will not guarantee you the fulfillment of it.
-It is so very important to stay on the course that God has laid out for you.

Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Why accept anything less than the perfect will of God? You may come out on the other end “by the skin of your teeth”, but you will not be unscathed. You will have lost much for your compromise. It takes maturity to discern between that which is helpful and that which is detrimental to your walk with God. It takes the Holy Spirit to enable you to continue to make the right decisions.

Hagar represents the Substitute that you have accepted in place of His perfect will. Do not try to help God out. Faith does not require understanding and logic, just simple and continual obedience in what God has already established as His plan for you.

“God will never reveal more about himself until you have obeyed what you know already.”–Oswald Chambers. In other words, don’t expect to grow in the Lord if you are not willing to deal with your past failures.

Ishmael was a product of unbelief. Sara initiated. Abraham cultivated. Sometimes we are afraid that God is not going to bless us, so in our lack of faith, we go to work to construct a substitute.

Ishmael was the spittin image of his dad, Abraham. He was not the promise of God-the son of faith. Every time Abraham looked at Ishmael, it was like looking in the mirror. He saw physical similarities, like actions, etc. and it made that binding all the more adherent.

Rom. 14:23 And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin. Ishmael was the son of Abraham, but not the son of Sara. The words of Sara were easy to say, but Abraham was looking at a personal investment and a heart throb that was his own. The attachment was more than emotional, but nonetheless, due to its conception, it had to be dealt with and cut off.

The Blessing of God cannot be found in the Failures of Yesterday. You cannot simply ask God to bless your mess and continue on as if nothing has ever happened.

“If you don’t deal with your mistakes, after a while, your mistakes will mock your miracles”–T. D. Jakes

There came a time when Ishmael got big enough that his childish innocency wore away and he began to be a mocker. Sara noticed it and called Abraham to do something about it. It is high time to deal with that Ishmael in your life. Don’t let him stand there and mock what God is trying to bless you with. He will mock at holiness. Are you going to buy that? Or, are you willing and bold enough to do what you should have done long ago, and give that “Hagar and Ishmael” the permanent wave. Maybe a good-bye kiss would be a little too sweet.  Anyhow, you better send them on their way.

God has greater things in store for your but you cannot drag your past shortcomings with you. You may say, that so and so is getting away with it. Why can’t I? It is suffice to say that you must do what God is calling you to do, and leave so and so in the hands of God. Rom. 14:12 So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.

Are you playing hide and seek?

People hide from God in many ways. They hide behind things, behind wealth and entertainment and partying. They’ll hide behind alcohol and drugs. They’ll hide behind busy work, and fill their lives with all kinds of activity. They do all this because they know that if they stop… they have to face what the things about their lives they don’t like. They’ve looked in the mirror and they haven’t liked what they’ve seen. 

They don’t want to stop. They don’t want to think. They don’t want to face the consequences of their sins. Like children playing a game they react to God by saying: “if I can’t see Him – He can’t see me… and He can’t punish me.” 

That seems to be the logic of those described in Revelation 6 on the Day of Judgment who cried out to mountains and rocks to hide them. They knew the impending judgment was upon them and they sought to hide from God because they know the shame of their sin. The guilt and shame of our sins cause us to want to go into hiding. But we can’t hide from God. Jeremiah 23:24 tells us “Can anyone hide in secret places so that I cannot see him? declares the LORD. Do I not fill heaven and earth?”

We can’t be hidden from God… but we can allow our (hidden) sins to shut us off from Him Ps. 27:9 “Do not hide your face from me, do not turn your servant away in anger” Ps. 13:1-2 “How long O LORD? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and every day have sorrow in my heart?” Our sins shut us off from God.When Jesus died on the cross – bearing our sins in His body – He cried out:“My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” Mark 15:34bJesus – the Son of God – was cut off from His Father for the first time in His existence because God could not look upon sin…. He is a Holy God.

Sin must be dealt with in order for us to come into His presence… and the first step in dealing with our sins is to acknowledge that we’ve done them… admit that we have sinned… agree with God that what we’ve done is wrong. There can be no comparing our sins with someone else’s.No making excuses about why we failed “this time”. No minimizing the pain we’ve caused God when we said or done something we shouldn’t have . You see, that’s all game playing. That’s all trying to play our game by our rules.The game? If God can’t see me (we think) it can’t be sin… and He won’t punish me. Those who do this (and Christians do it too) are playing a game with God He’s not going to play. David tried playing the game that way and it didn’t work for him. He said “When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer.” Psalms 32:3-4. You see there’s a point at which God gets tired of our games. And the game God will never play is the one where we think we can engage in some secret sin and then act like God will look the other way. Back in Exodus 33:1-3 we find God has gotten tired of playing games with the Israelites.The Israelites have complained and rebelled and disobeyed til God tells Moses that He’ll send angel on ahead to lead the people into the promised land – but He won’t be going with them. Their sins threatened to cut them off from God. Moses was so disturbed by God’s threat that he cries out to God: “If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here. How will anyone know that you are pleased with me and with your people unless you go with us? What else will distinguish me and your people from all the other people on the face of the earth?” Exodus 33:15-16 In essence, Moses is saying “what is life without You… what’s life without Your presence?” Without God and His presence… it’s all emptiness· If God weren’t involved in our daily activities our life would feel hollow. If God were not controlling our home life and our families they would be filled with emptiness and meaningless.

You see, God doesn’t play hide and seek.He plays an entirely different game called “seek and be found”. The rules of His game differ markedly from the game we’re tempted to play. Instead of hiding our sinfulness from God this game requires us to admit our sin and to seek God’s forgiveness. If you’re not a Christian, that means:

1. Believing that you’re a sinner and desiring not to live like that anymore.
2. Believing that Jesus’ blood can forgive you of those past sins.
3. And being baptized into Christ – washing away the past – burying the sins that have bound you and then rising up from the waters to a new life in Christ.

But what if you are already a Christian… and you mess up? What if you’ve already repented, confessed Jesus as Lord and been baptized into Him – and then after all of that you sin big time – now what?

The apostle John wrote these words to Christians in I John chapter one.“If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:8-9. In other words don’t pretend some “holier than thou” religiosity as a Christian. All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God – including you and me. Now granted, the longer we walk with Jesus the less likely we’ll fall prey to temptation, but it’s still going to happen once in a while.

Don’t hide the sin, says John. As Christians we have a promise from God that if we confess our sins…  if we admit what we did was wrong … if we admit that there was no excuse for our behavior… if you acknowledge that we hurt God by what we said or did or thought.

THEN GOD WILL FORGIVE US!

Remember…….Stand up!

I hope everyone had a blessed Monday! I thought I would share a little more personal stuff today. I am sure those of you have read my posts can clearly see that serving God and spreading his word is my calling now.

This week is such an emotional week for me for so many reasons. First of all a little more about me will help to show why. I have always been employeed, volunteered or had some
Involvement with public service. I have worked in the emergency medical field, emergency management,  volunteer fire department, both full-time and reserve law enforcement.   I have responded to diasters including the 1995 Bombing of the Federal Building in Oklahoma City, the May 3rd F5 tornado in Oklahoma the tore a path if destruction across this great state, responded numerous wildland fires that have destroyed so many homes and lives. I am not here talking about the things I’ve done but, to mention the thousands of men, women, children and businesses that respond. You see after the Federal Building the response not only from the first responders, but everyday citizens became known around tge world as the Oklahoma Standard. We remember those who loose their lifes during these disasters. I remember not only them but, the first rrsponders and those who help them cope and work side by side with us.  This week is National Law Enforcement Memorial Week. Where the officers who have given tge ultimate sacrifice are remembered. I have several friends whose name have beem written on that wall. This is also the week where Special Olympians compete, talk about hero’s.  Law enforcement from around carry the torch and raise money to benefit these fine young men and women. This week ends Tornado week here in the heartland. We are have reached the oeak in tornado sewson.  May 15th also is my birthday. I know celebrate right, yes but let me explain my birthday curse.  My grandfather on my mothers side died on my 5th birthday, my momscousin died 8n my 10th birthday, this year marks 6 months sibce my grandmother on my fathers side passed away, she was my fishing buddy, my best friend, I spent most of my summers with her and my grandfather. 

I wanted to use all this rememberance, tragic events, heroic acts to say this, we rember all these events but, how often do you remember Jesus. He paid the ultimate sacrifice for you and me to be forgiven of all our sins so we can join him, god our loved ones and friends that have given their lives to him.  Do you remember him on Easter or Christmas? What about the rest of the time….like every minute of every day. Some say I’m to busy, I dont know what to thank him for or my favorite I prayed and he never answered. Well if tou have time to readthis youhave time to remember God. You dont know what to tgank him for, how about everything. Did you wake up breathing? Thank him because, somewhere some took their last breath and didn’t wake up. Think he didn’t answer your prayer. He made you and knows your tomorrow and is tgeauthor and perfector of your life. He knows wnat you need and protects you when you trust and obey him.

This country, no this world needs to remember God, our creator, our father. We must turn to God in everything give him total control. Then and only then will we find our world in the favor and grace of God. We must unite as one church for God. Christians have gone silent for to long while the worldly desires of Satan have been allowed ti grow while Christians have grown silent and wonder what’s wrong with tge world. Its timeto speak up, be heard, speak the word of god to all nations!  Stand up rejoice and maje a joyful noise unto the lord.

Dating…

No matter what your age or even if you have been married before, the thought of dating can bring up so many questions.

First and foremost as a Christian and follower of God you must honor God in all things including dating. I am so fortunate to be involved with a singles group from my church that includes singles from all walks of life. Some are recently divorced, some have been divorced for many years, some have never married at all, some have kids, some have never had a child. Being with such a diverse group gives me a chance to not only get to know these people but, learn from them as well.

Dating is a topic that comes up more often than not. We all want to know, how will I know if he/she is the right one, how do I date and honor god, what if I slip up, The truth is no one has all the answers but God. I have made the mistake of doing it my way so many times with the same results time and time again..failure.  Once I made the decision to find my identity with God first and have a intimate relationship with him, there was a huge burden lifted from me.  God has a plan for all of us and he designed us to be with someone else.

Let’s understand one thing, God never ever tells men to seek after a girlfriend that you can use and abuse. God hates it when His children take advantage of others. In society and this includes men taking advantage of women in dating situation (whether physical abuse or emotional abuse). The Bible ONLY endorses relationships with men and women that lead to long term commitment and eventually to marriage. If you don’t believe this then START reading God’ Word and see for yourself.

“Recreational Dating”!

This would be dating where both individuals have no interest in a long term commitment.

This would be dating that simply has “fleshly pleasures” in mind.

This is dating with absolutely no interest in marriage.

Recreational Dating in the world today usually has the satisfying of emotional and physical desires in mind. There are certainly many more descriptions of Recreational Dating, but the descriptions that have been given  describe the problem of Christians being involved in this kind of dating practice.

Some have said, “because the Bible says nothing about dating or little about how a man and a woman should find a spouse, we have no clear commandments on this subject.” I disagree with this conclusion and let me show you why!

We CANNOT find in the Bible teachings that endorse the kind of recreational dating that the world practices today.

God has plenty to say when you want to hear WHAT He has to say about any given subject.

Christian men or women should only interest themselves in a relationship with another Christian (a true – proven believer).

Deut. 7:3 “Nor shall you make marriages with them. You shall not give your daughter to their son, nor take their daughter for your son. 4 “For they will turn your sons away from following Me, to serve other gods; so the anger of the LORD will be aroused against you and destroy you suddenly.

2 Corinthians 6:14 Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness?

1 Co 7:39 A wife is bound by law as long as her husband lives; but if her husband dies, she is at liberty to be married to whom she wishes, only in the Lord.

Genesis 2:24 “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.”

Matthew 19:5 “and said, `For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? 6 “So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.”

God’s word is not Fuzzy is it? Two become one! End of discussion! So if you are one part of the equation you only need to find ONE more to complete God’s equation for a Biblical Marriage. The problem with our modern dating system today is that it encourages people to be with many many other, rather than just patiently waiting for the right godly Christian person whom you could develop a godly “FRIENDSHIP”, with hopes and Intentions of a long term commitment leading to marriage.

Believers should not take on the practices and the philosophies of the World. We should take on Biblical principles and OBEY God’s commands. You will not be able to go to the Bible and find any evidence that supports the modern dating system of “shopping around type of relationships” (involving, emotional bonds, physical bonds and mental intimacy) till you find the perfect person. God’s word certainly tells us to look for one godly mate. Christians should spend more time patiently looking and developing friendships that do not involve emotional commitments UNTIL a man and a woman are prepared and able to COMMIT to Marriage. Some may be thinking, “I don’t believe that!”. You’ll have to prove it wrong and stay in harmony with God’s teachings in the Bible. Go ahead, Search the Word and discover for yourself.

Another problem with the World’s Dating techniques is that they encourage breaking off commitments. That’s right! People date. They get emotionally and physically involved (though Christians should not) and then something comes up that bothers one or both people involved and they “break of the relationship”. This type of attitude in relationships has certainly impacted the divorce rate in society. During the dating game, we can develop an attitude that says, “If it doesn’t work out, I’ll just find someone else.” This is not God’s plan. God does not want you to commit to relationships unless you intend to keep the vow.

Numbers 30:2 “If a man makes a vow to the LORD, or swears an oath to bind himself by some agreement, he shall not break his word; he shall do according to all that proceeds out of his mouth.”

Matthew 5:37 “But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’ For whatever is more than these is from the evil one.”

Colossians 3:9 Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds,

Remember, God NEVER encourages us to merely look for a girlfriend or boyfriend to date for some uncommitted period of time. This is why you must be patient! You must look from a distance to determine if the person is truly a Christian and truly desiring to live for God. If they don’t have a heart for God, why in the world would you even think to develop a relationship with them?

1 Corinthians 7:9 but if they cannot exercise self-control, let them marry. For it is better to marry than to burn with passion.

  1 Corinthians 7:1 “Now concerning the things of which you wrote to me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman.”

Ephesians 5:3 But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints;

 1 Corinthians 6:18 Flee sexual immorality. Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body.

2 Timothy, 2:22 Flee also youthful lusts;

Some may be unhappy at this point, but your obedience to God is more important than worldly pleasures. The fact is, you’re only hurting yourself, someone else and your relationship with God when you date “The World’s Way.”

It’s all right to be friendly in a godly way with other young people. You just need to be careful not to cross biblical lines that God Clearly draws for us.

Don’t get physical! (In any sexual way – that’s saved until marriage.)

Don’t make promises you don’t intend on keeping!

Don’t get involved with Unbelievers or believers not walking with God.

Do wait to start a One person relationship with a person you KNOW you could marry.

Do watch from a distance! Look for proven godly character. Too many can put on a good “show”.

Do honor God every step of the way in any relationship!

Dating is tough. I am not writing this to say this is the be all end all of dating advice. For those who know me I will be the first person to tell you how to have a relationship the wrong way. Since I have gained my identity with God and my heart is full of him, I know it will take a Godly woman whose heart is just as full of God’s love to get to mine. If you date in a Godly not worldly manor, you have the blessings of God and the outcome is substantially better. I can not image how that relationship is going to be. I can only be patient and remember to honor God while dating and wait for the treasure he has promised us all.

Mothers

Jesus is on the cross, bearing the weight of the sins of the whole world on His shoulders, yet He sees to it to make sure His mother is taken care of after He is gone! As God, Jesus is dealing with eternal matters, but as a man, He’s showing all of us today how important it is to take care and love our mothers! You cannot be willfully wrong with your mother and be right with God. If your mother is still alive, regardless of your and her ages, you can love her in these 7 ways:

Love her verbally. Men have the philosophy—I don’t have to say I love you, you already know it. I have told you before, if I change my mind I’ll let you know! Or, I SHOW love, not just say it…and that may be true, but a woman needs to hear those words, “I Love You!” Children need to hear it…and saying it makes you more of a man, not less! Spouses need to hear it too.

Love her physically. When’s the last time you gave her a big hug without her asking for it…or a kiss on the cheek, or a neck rub, or just sat on the couch and held her for a change? She’s the first person who ever touched you…she wrapped you up in her womb for months, and you came out and first priority was to hold you, and she cuddled you, stroked your head, rubbed your feet, held your little cheeks against her, gave you a finger to grasp…in love she did all these things, including grooming you with a licked thumb! When you were little she could say, “give me sugar”, and you’d pucker up and she’d accept your wet, sloppy kiss and even say thank you! You give her bear hugs so tight she didn’t have to hold on to you…you’d just cling to her as she walked around! She changed your diapers, potty trained you, and held the Kleenex for you to blow your nose! She wiped food off of your face years longer than she should have had to! She constantly touched you! And she may have to hand you off to another, and her life may endure some heavy changes, but she deserves your touch and should never have to give that up completely! It would mean more to her than flowers or candy, or eating out, or a diamond necklace [well, let’s not go too far!]

Love her patiently. Mothers have an incredible job without no pay. No position in the business world compares to the physical, emotional, and spiritual commitment she has in motherhood.No Occupation! She rises up at break of day and through her tasks she races. She cooks the meals as best she may and scrubs the children’s faces. While schoolbooks, lunches, homework too, all need consideration…And yet man insists She has— “No Occupation”. When breakfast dishes all are done, she bakes a pie, maybe. She cleans the rooms up, one by one, with one eye watching a baby.The laundry pile she then attacks by way of variation. And yet man insists, She has — “No Occupation.” She irons for a little while, then presses pants for Daddy. She welcomes with a cheery smile returning sons and daughters. A hearty dinner next she cooks (no time for relaxation), And yet the man insists, She has—“No Occupation.” Don’t ever make the mistake of asking a lady, Do you work, or stay at home? The only thing worse you can ask is when she’s due  if you’re not 100% sure she’s expecting! Many ladies today have to work on top of the full time job they already have. Here’s the point, in spite of all she does for us, we often become impatient with her…we get so used to her taking care of things we come to expect it and are outraged that “those clothes are still dirty?” / that’s not ironed? / you’re out of my favorite cookies? / you know I like that over rice, where is it? She’s picking you up at school because you don’t like to ride the bus, but she’s scolded for being 5 minutes late! Love her patiently. Because she’s tender to your needs is no reason to take advantage of her, it’s reason to be patient and to love her all the more!

Love her attentively. Mothers listen as you pour out your heart, she has a sympathetic ear, and always has…and even as an adult you’ve gone to her when you want someone who will really listen and understand…and she’ll always be on your side.

Love her gratefully.  She needs a sincere thank you, and not just today, but from a genuinely thankful heart when least expected!

Love her generously.There’s nothing too good for her, we could never repay her, but we ought to die trying before she does! She didn’t spend on herself unless all your needs were met…she could easily do without, and now it’s time for her to have something she wants!She clears her schedule so she can run you around…she gives up opportunities so you can have more opportunities.

Love her honorably. Exodus 20:12 Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee. This is binding as long as your mother lives. Another command says children, obey…non-binding when you leave home, but “honor” is different! If the husband is the head of the home, then the mother is the heart…don’t break her heart!

“Yeah, but my mother wasn’t honorable!” Well, the Bible says nothing about that qualification…it only asks, is she your mother! By the way, it’s the only one of the 10 commandments which includes a built-in promise of blessing!

I love the following story:
When God created mothers

When the good Lord created mothers, He was into His sixth day of overtime, when an angel appeared and said, “You’re doing a lot of fiddling around on this one.”The Lord replied, “have you seen the specs on this order? She has to be completely washable, but not plastic; Have 180 moveable parts … all replaceable; Run on black coffee and leftovers; Have a lap that disappears when she stands up; A kiss that can cure anything from a broken leg to a disappointing love affair; And six pair of hands.”The angel shook her head slowly and said, “Six pair of hands? No way!””It’s not the hands that are causing me problems,” said the Lord. “It’s the three pair of eyes that mothers have to have.”One pair that sees through closed doors when she asks ’What are you kids doing in there?’ when she already knows. Another in the back of her head that sees what she shouldn’t, but what she needs to know, and of course the ones in front that look at a child when he goofs up and say, ’I understand and I love you,’ Without so much as uttering a word. “I’m so close to creating something so close to myself. Already, I have one who heals herself when she is sick …can feed a family of six on one pound of hamburger …and get a nine year old to stand under a shower. Not only can she think, she can reason and compromise.”Finally, the angel bent over and ran her finger across the cheek of the mother. “There’s a leak,” she pronounced, “I told you that you were trying to put too much in this model.””That’s not a leak,” said the Lord, “it’s a tear.””What is it for?” asked the angel.The Lord replied, “It’s for joy, sadness, disappointment, pain, loneliness and pride.””You’re a genius!” shouted the angel. With a somber look on his face, the Lord said, “I didn’t put it there.”

Lord, help us never to be too busy for mom…if you could take time and great effort for her on the cross in your death, help us to love her while we have her in our life! I thank god every day for my mother. I can never repay her for the sacrifices she has made for me. I can love her, ask her for forgiveness, hug her, kiss her most importantly thank her by letting her know how much I appreciate her.

Life is unfair….or is it?

Life is unfair, Life is hard, and Life is challenging. At the same time satan works to discourage us, defeat us, and destroy us.

At times we don’t feel very spiritual, we can even feel all alone. At times like this our assurance is not based upon pleasant circumstances, it’s based upon our faith in our Lord and savior, Jesus the Christ. At times like these, we need to remember how God takes care of us: Remember God’s steadfast love. Remember God’s passion for you. Remember God’s tender mercy. Remember God is the giver and the sustainer of all of life. Remember God for who God is and was; what God did for us.

Praise, offered in the face of adversity, makes no sense by any worldly calculation. When we begin to praise God, not in response to prosperity, but in defiance of misfortune, we align ourselves with God. God inhabits the praises of his people. Ps 22:3 KJV3 But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel. Paul and Silas praised God. We find ourselves in deserts or dungeons. Our friends would give us all kinds of advice, but the last thing they might counsel us to do would be to praise God. When Job lay suffering with every earthly pleasure stripped away, his wife advised him to “curse God and die.” He still praised God.

Praise God regardless of your personal circumstances, and your heart and mind will be renewed. Your perspective will widen panoramically. And your attitude toward God will never be the same.Remember how God has helped us in the past. God will lead us into the future. 

No matter how many times God had delivered the Israelites from enemies, plagues, starvation and slavery, they were prone to forget. They turned to idolatry, to self-determination, and to immorality because they forgot God. We may be prone to forget, too.

What can make us forget God?

Prosperity can: Moses said, “When you have eaten your fill, praise the LORD your God for the good land He has given you. But that is the time to be careful! Beware that in your plenty you do not forget the LORD your God and disobey his commands, regulations, and laws.” Deuteronomy 8:10, 11 (NLT).

 Pride can: Nebuchadnezzar, who considering the great city of Babylon boasted, “Just look at this great city of Babylon! I, by my own mighty power, have built this beautiful city as my royal residence and as an expression of my royal splendor.” Daniel 4:30 (NLT).

 Popularity can: Paul wrote, “If I were still trying to please people, I would not be Christ’s servant.” Galatians 1:10 (NLT). 

Personal will can: God said to Jeremiah, “But My people have stubborn and rebellious hearts. They have turned against Me and have chosen to practice idolatry.” Jeremiah 5:23 (NLT). 

Paganism that is Idolatry can: Whatever looms larger than God in our desires, attention, affection and devotion is an idol. Paul wrote, “So, my dear friends flee from the worship of idols.” 1 Corinthians 10:14 (NLT). 

The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them. (Psalm 34:7)8. “We need to remember God with every breath” Because you don’t know which breathe is your last one. 

Remember God When the voices of discouragement and fear shout louder than the still small voice of faith?

When you Remember God, Remember God gives you…

Enough Happiness to keep you Sweet
Enough Trials to keep you Strong
Enough Sorrows to keep you Human
Enough Hope to keep you Happy
Enough Failure to keep you Humble
Enough Success to keep you Eager
Enough Friends to give you Comfort
Enough Wealth to meet your Needs
Enough Enthusiasm to make you look forward
Enough Faith to banish depression, and
Enough Determination to make each day a better day thanthe last.

God enables us to live life forward, while understanding comes from looking back and see God’s blessings, and intervention.
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