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May 31, 2013

We become Less

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John 3:30. He must become more important while I become less important.”

We are very important to ourselves. Our natural trait is to put our needs, our wants and our desires before those of anyone else. Maturing spiritually is a slow, day by day process. Our goal is to be one with God. To get there we must learn to put Him before us. He must become greater to us than we are to ourselves. John the baptizer had the right idea. He knew he must fade into the background as Jesus increased in the lives of people. How do we fade when His Holy Spirit works through us? Our question is do we take the credit or do we give the credit to God? Do we seek to follow God’s directives and timing or do we only follow His after we find ours don’t work? God is far greater than we are. Let us remember and acknowledge.

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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.

 

October 19, 2010

Pruning the Roses

 

Scripture reading: John 15:1-8

 

This morning I pruned my rose bushes.  I cut off all the dead branches.  I cut off all the dead flowers.  Some of the cuts were pretty severe.  These cuts were necessary to keep more growth coming.  It is that way with us.  God prunes us by allowing storms into our lives.  The storms cut away at the things that separate us from God.  The cutting can hurt.  Some of our “blooms” have been part of us for a long time and we’ve grown to love them.  God knows how deeply the cut needs to be so more of His fruits can branch out in us.  Our job is to be sensitive to the workings of God in us so we can quickly let loose of the “old bloom” and let His new one come forth.

                        Praise God when you feel there is nothing left of you but stubble..  He is shaping you into a beautiful image that will bring forth abundantly beautiful yield.  Don’t resist the fall and winter pruning.  Allow God to cut away not only the dead growth, but anything that will not conform to the beauty of His Image.  Sometimes we think He is cutting too deep and there will be only twigs left.  Praise God for the quicker we release what He is cutting from us, the quicker spring comes.

            After spring comes and we bloom more of His fruits shine out through us.  Just as with our eart, season repeat.   After each pruning season you will find ourselves stronger and healthier with an ever-increasing yield.

May 27, 2010

Healing Broken Hearts

2Co 7:6 But God, who comforts the downcast, Ps 73:26 My flesh and my heart l may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. 2Co 4:16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.

What do we to do when our heart breaks? We have lost someone or been hurt or rejected. Scripture is full of verses that deal with the broken heart. When our heart is crushed or broken we must look to God for He alone is the healer of broken hearts. So many become embittered or angry with God. They ask, “Why didn’t God prevent this situation?” Out of His love for us, He gave us freedom choice. He is not responsible for our choices nor are we responsible for the choices of others. Their choices might hurt us in a mighty way but God did not cause the pain. We must put aside our bitterness or anger and look to God. We must allow Him time to heal our broken hearts. This kind of healing takes time. Do not be discouraged. Wait on the Lord and He will heal our broken hearts.

May 26, 2010

Suicide

Scripture reading: Philippians 1:19-26

               A senior in the high school shot himself and died.  He considered it a solution to his problems.  It is a long-term solution to a short-term problem.  Sad to say many make this very wrong and selfish choice to end their problems.

            .  To commit suicide you are taking control of you own life.  You are telling God He has no right to you.  You are saying you do not trust your Creator. When feelings of this nature give rise, it is important to take control in a different way.  Don’t take control of your life — leave that with God.  Take control of your will — God leaves that with you.  Stand on what God says over what your emotions are telling you.

            Don’t condemn yourself for your feelings.  Feelings are temporary and not always based on reality.  Release your feelings to God.  Talk to Him.   Talk to a friend.  As you release these emotions your feelings will change and the reoccurrence of them will gradually become less frequent and less severe.

            We cannot see the future.  Our physical time here on earth is a speck of dust in relation to all eternity.  Only God can see all time and judge what is best.  I know it is hard.  Sometimes you are so very tired of your situation.  Trust others who have been there.  Trust God to see you through it.  Allow Him to touch you through others and through His Spirit.  It takes will and determination to turn your thoughts away from the negative when that’s all you feel. The more you exercise positive thoughts, the more blessed you will be.

            Stay in there brother, sister.  Keep your eyes on God and allow His full control of your life and timing.  When the time is right for you, God, and your loved ones, He will call you home in triumph — not in defeat. 

            Stay sensitive to others around you.  If someone is depressed or seems troubled, reach out to them.  Let the talk it out.  Call in professional help if necessary.  Most importantly, pray.

April 4, 2010

The Resurrection

 

  Mk 16:1 When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus’ body.

 Today is Easter Sunday, the day we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ from the dead.  This is a day of rejoicing and sharing love.  The tomb is empty.  Our main goal is to make sure hearts around us are not empty.  Jesus is no longer in the tomb but He sent His Holy Spirit to dwell in our hearts and minds.  Is He in yours?  If not, invite Him in right now.  You will never know more joy and love than when you have Him within you.  If He does dwell in you, be sure to share Him with someone else today.  Help someone learn of His love and joy.  Have a Happy Easter and share a Happy Easter.  He is Alive.  Hallelauia!

December 16, 2009

God’s Family

Gal 6:10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.

Our church had their Christmas party last night. We celebrated with another church down the road as our guests. They are not the same denomination but we have been doing many things together. The members of both churches are learning to expand their concept of family. We all belong to the family of believers in Jesus Christ, God’s Son, born as a full man, lived to show how we are to live, crucified for our sins, and risen again to show us God’s gift of eternal life for His Family – us. We have a way to go in our “family” Though a few of us have dared to cross the “line” you can see one drawn down the middle of the fellowship hall; members of one church together on one side, the others on the other side. It is quite natural to want to be with those you know best and have the most in common, but, if you don’t mix, you’ll never know anyone else better or discover what you might have in common. The same is true when we combine worship services. At family reunions, I have watched immediate family members mingle and fellowship with more “distant” family members. This is what we need to do in God’s Family. Do not be afraid of other members of the family. Enjoy getting to know them better. After all, you will all be spending eternity together.

November 12, 2009

Psalm 100 A psalm. For giving thanks. Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth. Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the LORD is God. It is he, who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations

This is a very busy time of year and sometimes it is hard to remember to take time to give thanks. Psalms 100 is a very good prayer to memorize, read, or sing. Read it over in quiet and really consider what it says we are to do and how we are to do it. I have found nothing to energize me as much as actually singing or calling out words of thanksgiving and praise to my Lord. It melts the problems and burdens I have forgotten to pass on to Him, relaxes my nerves and muscles, and replaces gladness for tiredness. Give it a try today.

July 7, 2009

Help

 

Ps 5:2 Listen to my cry for help, my King and my God, for to you I pray

 Where do you look for help?  So often we look to the wrong places or people.  So often we wait until all else fails before we go to the Source of everything.  We would save so much time and stress if, when we first encountered a problem, we would immediately take it to our Source of wisdom, guidance, comfort, protection, etc.  It is not a case of God listening; it is a case of our asking and then listening for God’s answer.  There is no reason to be stressed out or fearful when we look to God.  God is faithful and, when we allow Him, in control of all that touches us.  All we need to do is ask and listen.

June 18, 2009

Father’s Day

 

Jn 6:40 For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.

Father’s Day is this Sunday.  In preparation for it meditate about your heaveinly Father as you prepare to remember or honor your earthly father.”

 Nowhere in the Old Testament is God addressed as “Father.”  After His ONLY Son, Jesus, came in the form of God’s creation of ma, Jesus searched mankind’s language for a word which would best describe the kind of love God, the Creator, has for the people of His creation.  Jesus chose the word “father.”

 We were born as God’s creation.  We are adopted by Him as His children when we receive His ONLY begotten Son, Jesus Christ, as our Lord and Savior.  Only then can we call our Creator God our Father God. 

 Meditate on the word “father” and praise God if you have been adopted as one of His children.

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