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March 22, 2017

Honor Now

Matthew 13:57 57 And they took offense at him.  But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own town and in his own home.” (NIV)

 Sometimes it seems the people closest to us are the most critical of us.  Of course, we can turn that backwards and say sometimes we are the most critical of those closest to us.  We need to make sure we build our love ones up and let them know how much we love, honor, respect and appreciate them.  At memorial services, we say all sorts of good and loving things about the one who has died.  It is a shame we don’t say those things to the one who is with us while they are with us.  In our mind we can write an obituary about someone we have been criticizing and then pray and ask God forgiveness for our critical thoughts and words.  Then let’s be sure we verbally give love and honor to that person in the here and now.  Let us be sure we honor the ones closest to us even more than we honor others we hold in esteem.

November 6, 2016

Electronics

Proverbs 17:6 6  Children’s children are a crown to the aged,
and parents are the pride of their children. (NIV)

My husband took pride in the complicated way he connected various electronic devices together.  Working them was also a puzzle to me.  After several months of trying to figure out the DVD player I have decided I don’t need to spend any time watching DVD’s.  We don’t have any new ones anyway.  There are a variety of ways God uses to discipline in using our time wisely and for His glory.  This is one way He chose to discipline my time.  I find it is better used in Bible study, reading an inspirational book or writing rather than watching reruns of DVD’s.  Next time you find yourself repeatedly frustrated by the same thing it’s time to ask God if You forgot to ask Him for wisdom or if maybe He wants Your attention on something else.  We all are prone to attention deficit when it comes to continuing to listen for His gentle, leading voice.

August 21, 2011

Pray for a Child

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Pr 22:6 Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.

 

As I write this, our first-born grandson is out in 106-degree heat washing our cars to earn some extra cash for college.  After we will get in his “first” car, fill it up with gas and buy him a dinner.  We are also watching our daughter, his mother, getting nervous about his departure.  It is hard on parents as the nest starts to empty.  We know the temptations in the world.  We can easily be nervous or scared for our fledglings.  I am so grateful God gave us the privilege of prayer.  He loves our children even more than we can possible love them.  He is with them when we can’t be there.  He also promised us, if our children depart from the path we trained them, they will return.  With each of our children a time comes we must let go and let God.  The question is how much do we trust God, His love and His power to follow through on what He has promised.  As this school year starts, be sure to pray for your children or grandchildren and for all who come in contact with them.  Part of our preparing the way for the re-coming of Jesus is praying for the younger generations that they will walk in obedience and praise and thankfulness to God and His Son, Jesus.  If you don’t have your own children or grandchildren to pray for, adopt a child you know and pray them into adulthood.

June 2, 2011

Encouragement

 

Heb 3:13 But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.

 

The “Common English Bible” words the end of this text “so that none of you become insensitive to God because of sin’s deception.”  Sin is very definitely deceptive.  It entices us for what it makes out to be the easier way or the way to more pleasure or comfort.  The deception is based on a short moment of truth but, in the long run proves to be pure deception.  We seem to be good at finding fault with each other.  Our instructions are to encourage one another.  Not just from time to time but every day.  We encourage by thanking, complimenting, sharing our walk and praying with others.  Let us guard our mouths and be sure what we say to any others is encouraging.

March 31, 2011

Unconditional Love

Pr 3:3 Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.

The love God has for His children goes beyond any human reason.  God loves the murderer and the adulterer (Read about David in the Old Testament).  God loves the one who looks away to another (Read about Solomon and his lust).  God loves those who deny Him (Read about Peter’s denial three times in the gospels of the New Testament).  God wants us to love others in the same way.  Let’s check ourselves out.  Do we keep score of hurts, of disappointments, of perceived or real wrongs done to us?  Do we complain about how others treat us?  If we are honest with ourselves, we all have that problem – some more than others.  No amount of wrong done to us can change God’s command of unconditional love.  It’s amazing what can happen to someone who is loved unconditionally.  Look how David, Solomon and Peter changed.  But our motive for loving unconditional must not be for someone else to change their behavior.  It must be because we Love the Lord our God with all our hearts, minds and strength and we love our neighbors (all created mankind) as ourselves.  Is this hard?  Yes, when we put ourselves first.  Let’s ask God’s Holy Spirit to help us put Him first and choose to love those He puts around us.

 

March 2, 2011

Birthdays

Ps 139:13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.

Jn 3:3 In reply Jesus declared, “I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.

Today is my husband’s birthday.  I praise God for knitting him together in his mother’s womb.  I praise God for creating his inmost being.  But he remained a creation of God until we were both into our mid 30/s.  It was then we were both born anew.  We both changed dramatically after that and continue to change as we grow in God each day.  I praise God for my husband’s creation birthday.  But I praise Him even more for my husband’s spiritual birth.  Our marriage would have failed if we had continued in the direction we were each going before we received Jesus into our lives.  Now we are in our 46th year of marriage.  We have learned Jesus is the head of our marriage, not either of us.  We have learned to love each other with the love given through us by God, not just the physical love of human creations.  I take this day to thank God for my husband and his relationship with God.  I pray the same for those of you who are married.  It starts with you, not your spouse.

 

February 20, 2011

Our Mouths

Ps 17:3 Though you probe my heart m  and examine me at night, though you test me,you will find nothing;  I have resolved that my mouth will not sin.

Ps 141:3 Set a guard over my mouth, O LORD; keep watch over the door of my lips.

Pr 4:24 Put away perversity from your mouth; keep corrupt talk far from your lips.

Pr 21:23 He who guards his mouth and his tongue keeps himself from calamity.

Mt 15:11 What goes into a man’s mouth does not make him ‘unclean,’but what comes out of his mouth, that is what makes him ‘unclean.’ ”

Several scripture verses because I want you to really understand the power of the mouth.  Sometime look up how many times the word “mouth” appears in scripture.  The majority of the time it deals with what comes out of the mouth—words that are spoken.  So many times our troubles are because of what has come out of our mouth.  We are so quick to complain, correct someone else, say words in anger and use words we shouldn’t.  God wants us to be quick to say thank you, to give praise to Him and appreciation to others, to accept the differences of others.  When we are experiencing bad times we must look back and review what has been coming out of our mouths.  We reap what we confess.

 

February 19, 2011

Equal Love

1Jn 3:18 Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth

How much time has someone told you they love you but with their actions they were saying the opposite?  We can confess love with words very easily.  Acting is love is another thing.  The only way we, as humans, can act in the love of truth, the love of God for others, and us is through the power of God’s Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth.  The love God speaks of is not relegated to emotions.  Love is a verb, which takes action to display.  So often we hurt the ones we love the most by our self-centered actions.  We hold on to hurts we’ve perceived they caused us and do a tit for tat.  If he or she’s going to act that way, then I’m going to do the same.  This is not love.  We need to love our spouse, our children, our friends, our neighbors, and ourselves in the same way Christ loves us.  He loves us so much He never defended Himself when He took on our sins.  He has nothing but love, compassion and forgiveness for us.  Should we do less for each other?

 

January 29, 2011

Pray Scripture 3

Eze 36:27 And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.

 

This is the third verse I pray for myself, my family and a short list of others in my church.  I don’t know about you but I need all the help I can get to keep the decrees and laws God has given us in His written Word, the Holy Bible.  All too often I put my own desires and comforts ahead of making myself available to God and what He might want to do through me, It’s not that God is ultra legalistic and wants us to keep His decrees and laws for their sake.  He has given us those decrees and laws because He knows they are best for us.  Following them keeps us in a closer relationship with God and with others.  Following them keeps us a peace with God, with others and with ourselves.    I ask Him daily to put His Spirit in me and move me to follow Him in all I do, think and say each day.

 

 

 

January 28, 2011

Pray Scripture 2

Eze 36:26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.

 

This is the second verse of scripture I pray daily.  Our heart suffers from other people people’s insensitivities each day.  It suffers from disappointments.  We need it renewed each day so we don’t build up grudges.  We also need to be rebathed in His Holy Spirit each day.  Things we do and don’t do throughout our day can tend to make us numb to the urgings of God’s Holy Spirit.  Our hearts can be hardened through the trials of the day to God and to others.  We need them softened by God so our love can stay open and fresh: our love for God and our love for others and for ourselves.  Praying this is like praying to be “new every morning” I thank God He will keep my heart pliable to reach out in love to Him, to others and to receive the love from Him and from others.

 

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