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I have exciting news!  I’m going to start posting a weekly blog post beginning today!  I’ll be covering more Scripture verses and give you an opportunity to study it for yourself for a week.  Obviously, John 20:6 is the Scripture about the resurrection of Christ – HE AROSE!!!  Without the resurrection of Christ, Christmas would be meaningless.

Today we have joy, peace, and HOPE that was not possible before God raised Christ from the dead!  Aren’t we thankful for what Jesus did for us on Calvary and beyond?  When the stone was rolled away and God raised Christ from the dead…  salvation’s wondrous plan was done.  All that’s left is for us to believe and with faith, trust that God through Christ has us in His very capable hands – and with His Holy Spirit, will help us navigate our way through.

I’ve heard so many sermons about this passage of Scripture.  We know that Peter was a bold sort – a fisherman by trade – we might call him rugged, unpolished, a diamond in the rough.  He’s the sort who speaks before thinking and ends up having to apologize later.  That may sound familiar to some.  LOL!

For this week, I want us to think about 2 Corinthians 4:16-18.

I was taught that a verse that begins with THEREFORE needs to be investigated further.  We need to know what came before this verse, so we know what it is THERE FOR… so – verse 15 says:

As God’s grace reaches more and more people, there will be great thanksgiving, and God will receive more and more glory.  – 2 Corinthians 4:15

It’s not that I’m against doing all I can to preserve myself outwardly – believe me.  I don’t welcome these crows feet around my eyes at all – but I try to call them smile lines to keep it positive.  The question really is, does your outward maintenance mean more than your inward maintenance?  So much mental struggle could be helped if we’d just put as much importance on studying God’s Word as we do on spa days for the outward body.  Let’s face it, when we get to Heaven, God’s not going to ask me how many spa days I took (which I could count on one hand) – but He will ask how many times I shared the gospel of Christ with others.

True Christianity is about living a balanced life.  God gave us one body and one soul, along with a great owner’s manual, if we’ll take the time to read it.  The Bible teaches us so much about ourselves and how to care for body, soul and mind.

I had a friend who always tried to put things together without reading instructions.  It made me crazy!  He’d end up with extra pieces – or needing pieces, then scratched his head because he couldn’t figure out how that happened.  Really?

Have a wonderful week and leave this blog some love if you like it.  Thanks!  🙂

 

 

 

A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

To some, it’s a comfort that God our Lord is living among us.  We find peace and serenity.  To others, it’s a thought that brings feelings of dread and fear.  Why?   Well, I’ll try to explain it with a story you can relate to.

We had a little dog – she was a mixed breed, but a tiny little thing.  She was a puppy when I was a baby.  I loved on her like crazy, but once in a while I loved on her a little too much – hugged her a little too tight.  She never snapped, never growled or showed any indication of meanness toward me or anyone in my family.  We all knew and respected each other – we were family.

Our friends, the Ingram’s, came over to visit one brisk winter evening.  Just before people came over, my mom would take the cover off of Lady’s chair (yes, Lady had her own chair).  When Ellis tried to sit in Lady’s chair, she started growling and snarling at him.  Of course, my parents scolded her and apologized to Ellis and told him to go ahead and sit there.  Lady was put in the back bedroom for the rest of the evening.

From that moment on, Ellis and Lady had less than an amicable relationship.  I guess you could say they basically tolerated each other for the sake of those around them.  I don’t think they ever really made up.

It’s a bit like that if you don’t know the Lord, I think.  He’s not yours, but it’s okay if He lives with others – but you sure don’t want Him.  Maybe you’re afraid He’s going to bite you or snap at you (the proverbial lightning strike).  I wish you’d make up with Him.  You can by believing that His Son, Christ Jesus died on the cross for your sins.  He is mighty to save and strong to deliver you.  Only then you can read this portion of Scripture with a smile on your face and real confidence in your soul.  He will calm your fears and wipe away all your tears.  I hope you know the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Savior and friend today, because today – it’s you.

Of course, today is St. Patrick’s Day!  I wish you a happy and safe one.  Two reminders for the day – don’t drink green beer and drive…  and don’t text and drive.  Stay safe.  Everyone knows that Christians don’t believe in luck, but we do believe in getting into the spirit of a holiday.  Lucinda wrote a cute poem about luck.  The Luck of Us All. 

Enjoy the day responsibly.  🙂

 

ROMANS 7:18 ON 7/18

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For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature.  For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.  – Romans 7:18

WILL JESUS BE THERE

 

Christians are not robots.  We are not “programmed” to be perfect (um…  no!)  God made each of us with a free will.  When we choose to accept God’s Holy Word, it will help us live a good life, and hopefully we will use the gifts from God’s Holy Spirit, such as discernment and wisdom to make good choices.

We know that we can’t do right without help from our Savior, Jesus Christ.  It’s only in His power and strength that any good comes forth in our lives.  If we really have a desire to please the Lord, we need to pray without ceasing for His guidance.  It really is all about Him and has nothing to do with us in our own power.

Will sin continue to be our master as we walk through life?  Why would we want it to be?  There’s a better way to live – with the best Master.  Once we have placed our faith and trust in Jesus Christ, His grace covers our lives and we have a true desire His will and way of holiness as we walk with Him through life.  We have a sincere delight for God’s law and the holiness which it demands.  Once we are cleansed within and made new, we want to live our lives His way – the best way and in our minds – the only way.

Even though every human being is born with a carnal nature that is sinful, the blood of Christ covers that sin, God forgives our sins and the Holy Spirit performs supernatural surgery to pluck out that sin nature that we’re born with, leaving us with a brand new attitude and way of living that is full of joy as we walk a path filled with peace because we live under His law and we place our heavy burdens at His feet.  Once those burdens are lifted, it’s like a spiritual spa day – every day!  🙂

 

WATER A FLOWER DAY

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Today is WATER A FLOWER DAY!!! I humbly give you a thought to ponder. A strong relationship is like a soft, fragile flower. Without water and care, it withers and ultimately dies. Even a cactus needs a little water once in a while.

In our world, the media would have you believe that everything is all about sex. From shampoo to chewing gum, sex sells, and always has ! The superficial coating that people want to pass off for love leaves me shaking my head and screaming at the top of my lungs… THERE MUST BE MORE TO IT THAN THIS!!!

Let me begin by saying I am not an expert or a therapist or anyone who has the perfect formula for a relationship. I’m just a person who finds human behavior fascinating and I wonder why some relationships seem to flourish while others seem to fade.

I believe that relationships should be rooted in the soil of trust. Whether you are in the flourishing class or the fading group, one of the most important ingredients for success is trust. Once it is plain that the one you have entrusted with your love and your very life cannot be trusted, there is little hope for love to grow. At that point a relationship cannot thrive and will die rather quickly.

But trust extends beyond just knowing that your significant other is not stepping out on you. Trust also includes a degree of respect for what the other person wants and needs along the way. Seeing to it that they have what they need is good, but when what they want is also deemed as important, that is when love can be seen and trust can be built. If that is lacking, then trust can be easily lost.

Just as the best soil for flowers is beneficial, there is real delight when you know your partner in life can be trusted. Trusted to care for you – see that you get not only what you need (food, clothing, shelter), but what you may want once in a while. I’m not suggesting that anyone take advantage or be taken advantage of. I am, however, suggesting that trust is reinforced when both parties play fair in the relationship.

This post may fall on deaf ears, but I’m writing it anyway. I submit that good healthy relationships, like flowers, are all about using good quality soil (trust) and proper watering (care). If you want to keep your partner happy and healthy and feeling delightful, be trustworthy and caring! Doesn’t everyone deserve to feel delight in a relationship?

Remember the Golden Rule

Do unto others as you would have them do unto you

Well, the rule is still golden and the principle still applies. Nobody likes to feel slighted, cheated – or like a second-class citizen!

It’s a delight to trust somebody so completely. – Jeff Goldblum

Do more than is necessary to make your partner happy. Don’t just do the least required. How much does that person mean to you? Think about it. ❤