A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

Have you ever felt like you just don’t fit in?  I have!

Most of us have felt like the odd man out at one time or the other.  It’s particularly sad when you feel that way in God’s house.  It seems that a group of people, imperfect as we are, while committed to the ways of God, should make some effort to be inclusive instead of forming little secret clubs within the body.  It’s maddening to those who are looking on from the outside.

A cardinal rule of blogging is that you are never to repeat yourself…  and I’m about to break the rule…  at the risk of repeating myself, I will say, WHOSOEVER MEANS ANYONE.  God doesn’t care about what you did yesterday, but He cares a great deal about what you will do today and from this moment on.  People are not as forgiving, sadly – they like to throw things up at you – but we’re just going to pray for them and keep moving forward for the Lord.

Christ wants everyone to be saved and live forever with Him in Heaven.  It’s His desire that you be in the ark of safety, because one of these days, He will come back to take His own to Heaven.  I don’t know when that will be – nobody knows except God.  Jesus doesn’t even have that information.  But one day, God will tell Jesus it’s time to snatch us up – and there will be no time to be saved at that point – it will be too late for anyone who has not made a decision to follow Christ.

Have you ever been in a church that seemed too good to be true?  Everything just seems to run as smooth as silk and the people are all happy?  That’s the congregation that has found the real secret – they know that each of them as individuals has to have a great relationship with their Heavenly Father, through His Son, Jesus, before they can relate to each other.  When we practice the Fruits of the Spirit, we will practice the principles with one another – won’t we?  There won’t be a lot of pride or rudeness.  We will mesh because we know that the LORD said…  WHOSOEVER – it means me – and it means you.  You’ve not gone too far down the spiral – that’s the enemy talking.  Just turn from it and run to God – right now.  There’s not a sin that God through Christ will not forgive except the sin of rejecting Him.

Once you are in His loving arms, find support in a church where you feel His Spirit at work.  Learn and grow in your faith.  Today is the day to be saved.  Tomorrow may be too late.  Be a part of God’s beautiful puzzle – His masterpiece.

God so often speaks to my heart through music.  Today I have an especially nice hymn running through my mind – it’s an oldie but a goodie.  Enjoy!

I am happy today, and the sun shines bright!  🙂

THANKS LIVING DAY 18

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PRAYER WITH FUNNY HAY PEOPLE

Isn’t time-lapse photography cool?

Define beauty. No doubt every person you ask would define it differently. Do you take everyday beauty for granted? It’s easy to overlook beauty because you’ve grown so accustomed to having it near. I challenge you to notice the beauty around you every day and stop on purpose to thank God for placing it in your path.

 Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.  – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Here in Wichita we have a great zoo that displays pretty fields and prairie grasses and so forth. Most people make fun of the plains, Kansas in particular, but I think the plains hold a unique beauty. No matter how much we travel, I’m always happy to head back home to Kansas!

 Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where Nature may heal and cheer and give strength to body and soul alike. This natural beauty-hunger is made manifest in the little window-sill gardens of the poor, though perhaps only a geranium slip in a broken cup, as well as in the carefully tended rose and lily gardens of the rich, the thousands of spacious city parks and botanical gardens, and in our magnificent National parks — the Yellowstone, Yosemite, Sequoia, etc. — Nature’s sublime wonderlands, the admiration and joy of the world.  – John Muir, The Yosemite

What is beauty? It is anything that catches your attention and makes you stop and smile for just a moment in an otherwise normal day. Don’t be too busy or too preoccupied to notice the beauty around you – even if it’s a photograph from a friend. God bless you and have a great day!   🙂