A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

Of all the people in the world, God chose to personally care for Noah and his family.  If that doesn’t warm your heart, the wood in your heart’s stove is wet.

Noah was a good man who placed all his faith and trust in God.  He raised his family to believe in God and His law.  It is worth it to follow the Lord, and the story of Noah supports that truth.  God led Noah and his family and saved them from the flood.  He also got male and female animals on board the ark to save them and see that they reproduced so life would go on after the flood.   I don’t know of a person who would have done things so creatively!  God works out all our problems in similar ways, doesn’t He?  I love my LORD’S CREATIVITY!

Do you suppose some of the animals who boarded the ark at first got bored and said, “God, shut the door!” – ???  How funny!  I have so many questions, like – why did flies and skeeters have to survive?  Why did rats and spiders have to survive?  Sigh…  I don’t think we’ll ever get an answer to those questions.

It’s a lesson about trusting God no matter what.  Every family should build and ark for themselves, secure in God’s Word and His way.

I like to think that God is protecting me and my family just as He protected Noah and His family.  As we follow Him, He blesses us in such marvelous ways!

And finally, here’s something that I’ll bet you never thought about – LOL!

Have a wonderful day!  🙂

 

 

 

 

 

ROMANS 10:8 ON 10/8

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But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim)…  – Romans 10:8

When life is difficult and the stress level is almost too much to bear, this is the truth we need to lean on.  God’s Word, the Bible – the infallible, unchanging, reliable Promises of our Lord.  The word of faith that we proclaim…  yes!

God and His Word are near to us – and we feel a comfort that is not understood by the world.  He loves us so much and wants us to know He is with us to sustain us through bad times – and He is also there for our good times.  He sends us angels often as well to help as well.

Angels are God’s messengers whose chief business is to carry out his orders in the world. He has given them an ambassadorial charge. He has designated and empowered them as holy deputies to perform works of righteousness. In this way they assist him as their creator while he sovereignly controls the universe. So he has given them the capacity to bring holy enterprises to a successful conclusion.  – Billy Graham

I’ve noticed a trend in recent years of angel worship.  Here’s the thing about angels…  they are real, but they are not to be worshipped or prayed to.  God and His Son, Christ Jesus are to be worshipped and prayed to.  Angels are God’s secret messengers – secret agents.  Created by God to help Him help us.  They have a role but are never to be put in a higher priority than God or Jesus.  They are not that high – they are higher than we are – i.e. they can fight Satan when we, by ourselves – cannot.  Always call for help before taking Satan on…  humans can’t fight him without supernatural reinforcements.

If we had open spiritual eyes we would see not only a world filled with evil spirits and powers―but also powerful angels with drawn swords, set for our defense.  – Billy Graham

I have Billy Graham’s book about angels.  He explains their role in the spiritual realm with great precision.

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We catch ourselves referring to our loved ones who have gone to heaven (especially children) as angels.  They are not.  Angels are created by God – they are created to be angels.  They are to help God, but it’s not because God cannot be everywhere at once.  Let’s remember that our God is omnipresent!  People ask me all the time – If God is omnipresent, why does He need help from angels?  My favorite answer is – Because He wanted to. 

We each have a guardian angel.  Have you seen yours in action?  I believe I have watched my guardian angel in action on more than one occasion.  There have been a few times when the prayer for traveling mercies were answered – and I believe my guardian angel interceded just in time!  I also believe that my guardian angel once had beautiful black hair, but now has gray hair.  He or she earned each one of them!

I have a stepping stone in my garden that says ANGEL LANDING ZONE.  I invite them to land at my house and stay close to me and my family.  I don’t worship them – I worship the same One they worship – God.  By faith, I proclaim that He is near me.  His Holy Spirit is near me.  His Word is near me.  His angels are close to me and I know no matter what happens, God, Jesus and the angels will never leave me.  It’s going to be alright.  🙂

 

I STILL BELIEVE AS I GRIEVE

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Always defend your right to heal at your own pace.  You are taking your time.  You are allowed to take your time.  – Unknown

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The other day I was at an antique store and spotted some very pretty quilts!  I’m in awe of those who cut material and then sew it back together – of course, it’s a bit more complicated than that.  When I see quilts, my mind goes back in time – to my Granny LaVella.  She was such a sweet soul.  I know heaven is a wonderful place because she is there – and she may be making quilts!

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I remember seeing granny at her Singer sewing machine – one that was very ornate and set on a sturdy and fancy wrought iron stand.  She always had scraps to make a quilt for somebody.  Her ministry was to keep everyone warm!

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Even though she left us so long ago, when I see beautiful quilts I can’t help but go back in time and think about her.  Her quilts were a labor of love and she personalized each and every one by using the recipient’s favorite colors or if possible, she would use some of their old clothing for the quilt scraps!

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I never learned to quilt and certainly did not gain that knowledge through osmosis…  but I sure do admire and respect the art.  Quilts are so beautiful and a reflection of their maker.  By the same token, my Granny LaVella was so beautiful and a reflection of her Maker.  Thank You, God, that she was my granny!

When I see quilts, taste biscuits, or hear an elderly woman laugh…  it’s like I go back in time for just a few seconds – and she is still here with me.  I miss her – but I know God has so much work for her to do.  I would not want to take her away from Him, but one day I’ll get to see her again.  Love you, Granny LaVella!  🙂

LUKE 6:22 ON 6/22

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Blessed are you when people hate you, when they exclude you and insult you and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man.  – Luke 6:22

Does it bother you to be excluded from the “popular” group?  Do you think co-workers or others in your class hate you, or at the very least misunderstand you?  Well – me too, but I want to encourage you and let you know that God is blessing you while the world turns its back on you.

When we trust Christ and accept His gospel, it means there is an automatic target painted on our backs.  We have to  keep the eternal perspective in mind and remember that God’s blessings on our lives is forever and the acceptance or rejection of other people – well, it’s temporary and means little or nothing in the grand scheme of things.

Really – sometimes when we are excluded from some activities – it’s nothing that we need to be engaged in to begin with.  God really does protect His children from harm and keeps us safe.  We have to lean more on Christ when we are feeling especially left out.  By the same token, we need to pray that God will provide a safe haven with like-minded friends where we can feel accepted and loved.

Why is church so important?  It’s almost like a support group of sorts, where we are not seen as the world often sees us.  Finding a group of believers where you can feel comfortable and at ease to speak your thoughts and beliefs means so much to Christians.

While we are not to spend all of our time hidden inside the church building with like-minded brothers and sisters, it’s good to have a soft place to land after we’ve done our best to share the good news of Christ with a world that does not even almost understand what we’re talking about.

At times, we will be hated and rejected in this world simply for what we believe.  We profess, preach, teach and believe the full gospel of Christ from beginning to end.  Our Messiah came in the flesh and was the Son of God according to His divine nature, yet the son of man according to His human nature.

He walked the earth doing miracles – doing good.  He suffered, bled and died on a cruel cross as the Lamb of God – the only worthy sacrifice for the sins of every man on earth.  By the power of God He arose from the grave and sits at the right hand of the Heavenly Father.

When Jesus ascended into heaven, He left us a helper known as the Holy Spirit.  God’s Holy Spirit helps us navigate this life and do what God would have us do.

One day God the Father will instruct Jesus to come back to earth to take those who love and trust Him to heaven to live forevermore.

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God blesses His children – even when others make fun of us, reject us, and intentionally hurt us because of our faith.  It’s my prayer that you will notice less of the temporary hurt and look beyond to the eternal blessing from your Heavenly Father.  🙂

 

 

 

 

A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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I spent most of the day rummaging around estate sales yesterday!  If I can find some unusual item or collectible that looks lonely and forgotten in a corner, it’s my duty to rescue it and take it home where I can then nurse it back to health with love and care.

Each sale has its own unique ambience.  When you walk in the door you immediately get a sense of whether these things were taken care of and worth taking a look at, or used, abused and ultimately thrown aside when no longer needed.

If you can learn to love yourself and all the flaws, you can love other people so much better.  – Kristin Chenoweth

There were two sales that represent each of these scenarios.  The first was a collector’s paradise – filled with little treasures at every turn.  The second was filled with items that were obviously well used, a little abused and may not have many more miles left in them.

The odd thing I noticed was at the second sale.  It seemed every other item I saw had a large sign on it that said AS IS.  The price did not reflect the fact that there was a flaw or damage to the item.  There was a flawless price on flawed merchandise.  As I said, we expect to strike bargains, and the buyers expect us to bargain with them.

What of this sign – AS IS???  I know without a doubt that this physical body of mine has that sign on it – and maybe yours does too.  Does my soul have a sign hanging on it too?  Were any of us born without flaws of character and needing redemption?  No.  We have an AS IS sign on our souls too.

Why were we worth redeeming?  Have you ever asked yourself why God sent Jesus to save us?  Why didn’t He just let the flood wipe everything out?  He had a deep-down faith in His creation – that we would seek a relationship with Him.

He saw the AS IS sign on us but sent His only Son, Jesus, to suffer and die on Calvary’s cross.  Then rise again on the 3rd day.  We are not stuck in Saturday, weeping and mourning in our sorry state.  Once we accept Christ’s sacrifice on Calvary, we are free and redeemed, washed clean by the precious blood of Christ, the Lamb of God.

Seek the LORD, and his strength: seek his face evermore.  – Psalm 105:4

Seek the Lord while He may be found.  He loves you so much He was willing to pay full price for you – AS IS.  He purchased your soul and wants to lovingly care for you throughout your life – and beyond.

I PRAYED FOR YOU

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I’m going to take this thought a step further and submit that we should all look for the AS IS sign on each other?  I’m not suggesting that we prejudge anyone, but that we cut each other more slack.  I’m not suggesting that we whitewash over sin either; however, I would remind us that it’s not our job to change anyone.  That can only be accomplished by God’s Holy Spirit.  Here’s a great idea – let’s pray for one another, that our hearts and minds would be open to the leading of God’s Holy Spirit!  Doesn’t that sound like a winner???  🙂

 

A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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WHEN I HAVE A PROBLEM

Three times in the last three days I’ve heard the old saying, “Throw money at a problem and it will go away.” I just think that is pretty weird. It’s also not necessarily true in the long run.

The God I serve is so creative in His problem-solving. In the past I’ve had challenges that needed to be solved monetarily, but when I prayed, God solved it in His own perfect way with no money whatsoever. The Lord takes care of His own, that’s all there is to it.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. – Proverbs 3:5-6

My path doesn’t always look straight, but by the time The Lord gets done with the hair pin curves, it is straight once again. Trusting the Lord for a good outcome is not always automatic, but it’s always the best decision I can make. Some issues just exceed my problem-solving abilities, but they never exceed His abilities.

A bend in the road is not the end of the road… unless you fail to make the turn. – Author Unknown

All challenges in life are not created equal, obviously. For instance, my health problems hit the roof when I heard cancer. Every problem before that, including diabetes, was much further down the list.

But for every facet of life we have the same God to pray to. He loves us and cares so much for us. He is the source of my strength, courage and humor.

We have to pray with our eyes on God, not on the difficulties.  – Oswald Chambers

I’m praying for you today:

Lord, I come before you today knowing that all power is in Your hand. I know that you are the Lord and that you care for your people. Right now, my friend is struggling with a difficult trial. I can see her strength is faltering, Lord, and know that you have all of the strength that she needs. I pray that you will reach down and touch her right now wherever she is at this moment. Let your presence fill the room where she is and let her feel an extra portion of your strength that can help her to get through this day. She needs you now, Lord, and I thank you in advance for meeting her where she is and shoring up her strength during this difficult time.

In Jesus’ Name,
Amen.

GUARDIAN ANGELS DAY

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PRAYER ABOUT ANGELSIt’s GUARDIAN ANGELS DAY!!!

 Millions of angels are at God’s command. – Billy Graham

We rely on guardian angels every day and today we remember them and thank God for them.  These unseen messengers from God are not humans, but not God.  Guardian angels are often seen as working to guard people from danger.  On the TV show, Touched By An Angel, they refer to this department as Search and Rescue.

For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.  – Psalm 91:11

Huh – I thought the angels sang when Christ was born.  Am I wrong?  And yes, of course I don’t believe angels look like Della Reese or Roma Downey, but it doesn’t keep me from enjoying the show.  I like to hear the stories from folks who have had real angel experiences.

One thing I do know, the Bible says that we as humans may be entertaining angels unaware.  I’m careful about my attitude toward strangers for that reason.

Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.  – Hebrews 13:2

I don’t think of that portion of Scripture without thinking about Monica showing it to Gloria in Touched By An Angel.

Are guardian angels there for us when it’s time to go to heaven?  I think they are.

Go over to You Tube and watch an episode of “Touched By an Angel” called “Till We Meet Again”.

I believe there is a guardian angel for every person.  I don’t believe they are to be worshipped, but I do believe we need to be aware of their presence.  If God had not wanted us to know about them, they would not be mentioned in the Bible.

 Angels have no philosophy but love.  – Terri Guillemets

They are not the ones who judge us, but they are the ones who love us because God created them and God is love.  Sometimes, it’s redeeming love.

God and His angels love you today and every day.