A Summer of Psalms

A SUMMER OF PSALMS - 8-12 - BANNER

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This old lady is having a difficult time discerning true news from the fake news lately, especially on Facebook!  I see posts about how Pope Francis said this or that and I’m appalled at the idea that he could have possibly said any of it.  Well – good ol’ SNOPES.COM.  I should just check stuff out before sharing some of what I share.  I get all my friends in a tizzy and then find out none of what I’ve posted is even fact!  Ugh!  Lying lips and deceiving tongues!!!  When did people start getting their jollies by posting horrific lies about good people?  It’s horrible and I, for one, refuse to share it anymore.

I’m sure all my Facebook friends are very happy to hear that!  🙂

In this environment of fake news and made up stories, what are Christians to believe?  God’s word is clear – we are to believe the ever-loving and never-changing Book that has sustained us through the worst days of our lives – the Bible.  As we read His word and pray to Him, He is faithful to us even if we feel distressed about the lies and deceit that are all around us in this day and age.  We have to come to terms with the fact that there are people who mean to distract us from the truth – and God’s people need to pray to Almighty God for discernment!  There are fake news stories in media that at one time could be trusted because they only printed or reported the TRUTH.  That is no longer the case.

It blows my mind that there are people in the world who write false stories.  We had one thing drilled into our heads in journalism class, and that is you check sources and double-check them.  You make sure that what you are writing is real, true, factual.  Journalistic integrity is dead, folks!  We live in a society of fog now.  Nothing can be believed and everything has to be fact-checked before re-posting.  Take nothing at face value.  Their deceit means we need deliverance.  God is faithful!

The lesson for Christians today is to pray, pray, PRAY!!!  Ask God for discernment because you need it – and I need it!  It’s fairly benign in a social media setting – I mean if I share something that ends up to be false, I’ve had some conversation with my friends and end up deleting the post and saying NEVERMIND to everyone in embarrassment.  No harm, no foul (except I feel for the poor Pope.  Yikes!)  The reason I keep such a close eye on those stories is, I’m sure one of these days the story will not be fake news – and when that happens, I don’t want to be asleep at the wheel.  Does anyone else feel that way?  We know things will get worse – not to be all gloom and doom – but hey…  just speaking the truth.

The good news is, in the midst of our mess, our LORD has a message for us!  It’s our job to listen, stay alert and awake for HIS voice…  that’s the only voice that matters!  Got fake news?  Got fake friends?  Got fake anything else?  Got troubles???

Isn’t it amazing that a Psalm written so long ago can speak to our hearts and minds today?  That’s the awesomeness of God.  He was there, but He is here, and He will be there!  Omnipresent.  It blows my mind, but it comforts my mind at the same time.  Isn’t God great and good?  Yes, He is.  ALL the time!  🙂

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WORLD SLEEP DAY

TL WORLD SLEEP DAY (2ND FRIDAY IN MARCH)

Here’s the slogan for today:

WHEN SLEEP IS SOUND, HEALTH AND HAPPINESS ABOUND!!!

3-13 WHILE THE WORLD IS ASLEEP

I sense a pattern emerging, don’t you?  Daylight Savings time seriously diminishes my ability to stay awake.  It really does take at least a month for me to become fully functional again.  You’ve probably read the same articles I have about how they are going to stop this nonsense with the changing back and forth, but will things ever really change – or rather STOP changing?  Who knows???

A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor’s book.  – Irish Proverb

It occurred to me today that while I am sleeping, God is wide awake.  What a reassuring thought that I don’t have to worry about anything while I’m in dreamland.  Even when I’m in a nightmare, I know God will not let it get too bad.  He will see to it that I wake up in time.  The big ugly dragon won’t eat me!

Are you a sound sleeper?  I sure am – when I’m asleep, nothing wakes me up!  If you can get a sound 8-9 hours of sleep each night, you should be set for any challenge the next day has to offer.

 O bed! O bed! delicious bed!
That heaven upon earth to the weary head.
– Thomas Hood, Miss Kilmansegg — Her Dream

How many times have you heard someone say, “I don’t need to sleep.  I can sleep when I’m dead.”  Well, most of the time, those are the folks who have high blood pressure and drink way too much caffeine.  Look, to get a good night’s sleep is not a waste of time, rather, a gift you give yourself.

WHEN YOU JUST WANT TO GO TO SLEEP

There’s a need for rest.  It’s the way human bodies are made – we eat, we move and then we rest.  If you try to fight sleep for long, you will eventually crash and burn – it’s as simple as that.  Don’t wait until you are tired to go to bed – just GO and sleep your 8 hours and start again the next day.

I know that God will be with me in all circumstances, but there’s just something about being well rested that makes my mind and body so much happier and I want to be my best every day, don’t you?  So…  let’s get some SLEEP, okay???  🙂