A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

Hate is such a strong word, isn’t it?  As Christians, we’re taught we should never hate anyone, yet that is the word that is used in this portion of Scripture to describe how non-Christians will feel toward Christians.  We’re told that this hatred is not because of us, but because of the One we serve.  It makes sense, doesn’t it?  That’s why we need to try not to take this hatred to heart – we need to remember that Jesus still loves us and we need to keep striving for the prize – because we have reason to rejoice in the end, for in the end we gain Heaven!  Remember, there is still a hell to shun and a Heaven to gain.  It’s not personal when we are hated – and we need to get tough skinned, wear blinders and keep being the people we’re supposed to be.

Even when the world seems to be against us, God is pleased!

Speaking for myself – it’s really one more reason why I have to stay in God’s Word and shun other things.  I have to stay in touch with what the Lord finds acceptable and pray that He will help me be the person I need to be.  You know, I saw a post online the other day, and it fits perfectly with this subject:  We’ve all had moments when we feel misunderstood and abandoned by others.  We have to remember what Jesus went through to secure our Salvation – that puts all of our rough patches in perspective, doesn’t it?  I’ve not been abused like He was!  God is good all the time, even when people are not good.  We are commanded to go into the world and preach the good news – so we plant seeds of hope everywhere we go!  That’s all we have to do – what happens after that is up to God!  That’s how I look at it.  I do my part and God takes care of the rest!  

So there you have it!  If we will trust God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit to be our guide as we stay strong and endure in the faith, we will be saved and make Heaven our home one day!  God’s never going to steer us wrong.  🙂

 

 

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MOTHER’S DAY

When this photo was taken in June, 1979, I remember how I felt.  I was on top of the world because I had graduated high school (which was an answer to prayer – trust me).  I was working my first job on campus at WSU and had so many big dreams.  Now, looking back at this photo, I don’t feel the same way.  The things that seemed so very important to me in 1979 no longer mean much.

Today I’m thankful for these memories.  I’m so thankful to have this photo and that the Kansas wind wasn’t making a mess of my hair.  LOL!  How precious little things become when we can no longer make new memories.  This picture reminds me of where I came from and what really matters in life.  This was a Sunday mornin’ in June…  and where were we headin’???  Surprise surprise…  we were headin’ for church.

I was raised a hard-nosed Southern Baptist – if the church doors were unlocked, we were there.  We had Sunday School, Church, dinner on the grounds, choir practice and Training Union.  My mama was in WMU (Women’s Missionary Union) and my daddy did a lot of carpentry around the church.  One time he made a whole set of little people furniture for the Primary classroom.  He didn’t talk much, but actions speak louder than words.

What do mothers do for us?  Well, when we’re very small – they do everything for us.  I was thankful for a few things my mom taught me – there were many things, of course, but some just come to mind quicker than others.

I am ever so grateful to my mother for showing me which utensil to use at a formal dinner – and the whole napkin in the lap thing.  Why?  As it happens, I was invited to a very fancy formal dinner given by the President of WSU.  There were courses…  so many courses.  I felt as though we were being timed as we ate – because guess what?  If we were not quite finished…  our plates were taken from us!  The purpose of a dinner like that is not to eat but to socialize.

When we’re learning things from mom, it’s a natural reaction to roll eyes or wonder why we will ever need to know certain rules of society.  I’ll tell you a secret…  moms know why they are showing you this stuff.  I wish now I had not rolled my eyes so much or had teenage attitude with my mom.

My mother was a beacon – a light.  She gave me everything I needed to do what I had to do in life.  God of course guided her to teach me, and she was obedient and was the mom she needed to be.  I’m so thankful.

I want to share a Scripture with you that means so much to me.

Mothers are teachers and examples for their children.  This Scripture reminds us that we are all to be a light.  Whether we are parents or brothers or sisters – or just friends…  we have influence on others wherever we go.

Let God’s light shine through you today.  Happy Mother’s Day – to mothers everywhere.  🙂

 

 

 

MATTHEW 10:20 ON 10/20

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 For it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.  – Matthew 10:20

Sometimes it’s a good idea to back up and read what is before.  So let’s go back to verse 16:

 “I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.  Be on your guard; you will be handed over to the local councils and be flogged in the synagogues.  On my account you will be brought before governors and kings as witnesses to them and to the Gentiles.  But when they arrest you, do not worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time you will be given what to say,  for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.”  – Matthew 10:16-20

If ever there was a time when Christians are the proverbial sheep among wolves…  it is now.  Of all the prayers I pray these days, the most important prayer of all is the one that says, “Father, please speak through me.”  The wolves are real – and they are everywhere (yes, they’re even in the church, sad as that sounds).  It’s time we as Christians pray for God’s wisdom in our lives.

Have you ever been ready to say something on your mind, but when you open your mouth, something completely different comes out?  I can’t tell you how many times that has happened.  I’ve also at times said something and it’s as if what I said was not heard – and later I feel so grateful to God that what I said was not heard.  That is how God’s Holy Spirit protects me every day.my-shepherd

I believe that in these last days, God’s people will experience miracles – probably large ones, but definitely small ones.  We need to begin to recognize how His Holy Spirit takes care of us – and keep thanking Him for His protection.  Remember that He will speak through you – but you need to ask.

We have a wonderful Heavenly Father, and His Holy Spirit is with us and wants to help us if we’ll just ask.  We can be shrewd as snakes and innocent as doves.  Shrewd does not mean rude.  Innocent does not mean ambivalent.trust-for-straight-paths In these last days, we need to lean on God’s Holy Spirit more and more.  He wants to guide and direct us along a straight path.  We need to want Him to do so because He knows what we need more than we do.  Beware…  there are wolves.  We are sheep – and God is our Great Shepherd.  We can trust Him to guide us along. 🙂

 

 

 

WORLD HUMAN SPIRIT DAY

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Today is WORLD HUMAN SPIRIT DAY.  This holiday was started by Michael Levy of Point of Life in 2003 to promote a human spirit that lives the creative, peaceful, loving life that it was meant to live.  People all over the world are encouraged to take 2 minutes at 3pm ET to meditate and find the true spirit of freedom and peace that lives within each of us.

Of course, I’d say it would be a good idea to pray for those 2 minutes.  Be thankful to God for all the blessings He’s given you.  Thankfulness is not just for the month of November, you know!  It’s good to give thanks to the Lord year-around with a humble and contrite spirit.  That’s the way to find peace, love and compassion within.

PRAYER TO SEEK GODI PRAY BEFORE I PLAYThe most difficult part of being a pianist in church is playing the invitation hymn at the end of the service.  That is when God’s Holy Spirit speaks to everyone – it’s a solemn time and I was always afraid that I would do something to distract from that precious work – for I am so very, very human at times.

It’s good to celebrate the strength and courage of our human spirit – but how much better to acknowledge the source from which we glean those characteristics!  How much better our own spirits become when mulled with the precious gift from God – His own Holy Spirit, which Jesus promised us when He ascended into Heaven!

May we take 2 minutes today to bask in the warmth of His amazing love.  May we stay silent and listen to what He is saying to us.  May we willingly have our spiritual batteries recharged by Him and lift our hearts and hands in reply, letting Him know we love Him.

Join me today to celebrate the human spirit, yes – but more importantly, to celebrate the power source – God’s precious Holy Spirit.A BIG CUP OF A BIG GODIf God (and His Holy Ghost) came in a coffee cup…  hmm – interesting!  🙂

 

MATTHEW 3:1 ON 3/1

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Now in those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”   – Matthew 3:1-2

The message that John the Baptist preached so long ago is the same message we preach today.  Yes, in his day Jesus was walking the earth and John did indeed baptize Christ!  He who was without sin felt the need to be cleansed before His Father?  That blows my mind.  Who are we to think we don’t need to repent and be baptized?  We are all fallen sinners by our very nature.

We are in the last days.  I have felt this in my spirit for a while as I watch world events unfold.  If there is someone you want to help into the kingdom of God, now is the time to do it.  Use the gifts and talents that God endowed you with to love them and teach them about the narrow way.  There is one way to heaven and that’s through the shed blood of Jesus Christ.

It is not through ANYTHING we do.  Nope.  It is the sacrifice HE made that paves the narrow path that leads to heaven and eternal life with God.  When you become a Christian, God sees His Son, Jesus when He looks at you.  I know that’s hard to grasp, but see, God cannot look upon sin.  He just can’t – it’s not possible.  He sent Christ to this earth to be the sacrificial Lamb of God.  He’s the only one who could cleanse us from sin.  That’s why we need to believe on Him for our eternal security.

We hear our Buddhist friends talk about how to be “centered”.  Well, I choose to have the living Christ be centered in my heart and spirit than have the dead Buddha in my life at all.  Lucinda reminds us that Jesus was in the middle of everything from the beginning – and HE will remain in the middle throughout eternity!  Make Him the Lord of your life and keep Him in the middle of your heart and life.

IN THE MIDDLE

 

David reminds us today that when the LORD returns for us, it will happen very quickly!  Scripture tells us that it will be in the twinkling of an eye – and there will be no time to repent at that moment.  Be ready for His return.

IN THE BLINK OF AN EYE

Today I want Christians to be reminded that we play a role very similar to that of John the Baptist.  We are here to proclaim the gospel of Christ.  He is coming back to snatch His own from this sinful place very soon.  I’ll see you in the rapture.  Hallelujah!  😀

 

 

A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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Down through the years, I turned to the Bible and found in it all that I needed. – Ruth Bell Graham

As Father’s Day fast approaches, my thoughts turn to precious moments I spent with my dad in church services when I was a little girl. As the pastor read the morning Scripture, my dad would follow along with his finger and I pretended I was reading it too. Before I learned how to read the words, I learned that when Jesus spoke, it was written in red.

I was raised to respect God’s Holy Word. I didn’t question it, but accepted every concept as something God meant for me to apply to my life. Love and forgiveness are part of Christianity 101. Some days that is easier to follow than others (I am the first to admit that), but nonetheless, it is not just an offhand suggestion from God – it is a command.

When daddy shared his Bible with me, it made me feel so grown up. I thank God every day for those Sunday mornings!

He didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it. – Clarence Budington Kelland

When daddy died, of course my mama kept his Bible. It wasn’t until September of 2005 I really got to take a good look through that precious book – dad’s Bible. I saw all the verses that meant the most to him and was taken aback because many of the verses he had highlighted are also ones I had highlighted in my Bible. Great minds think alike. Yes, I’ll take that as a compliment.

One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters. – George Herbert, Outlandish Proverbs, 1640

NOT JUST A BOOK

Later in my life I backslid. At the worst, I kept thinking about those Sunday mornings when I sat on that old oak pew (no, they were not padded), snuggled up with my daddy, pretending to read his Bible. I’m so very grateful for a daddy who kept loving me and praying for me even when I lost my way for a time. I’m reminded of how much more my heavenly Father cares for me. My earthly father was amazing. How much more amazing and awesome is my heavenly Father? ❤

A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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The Bible is the inspired Word of Almighty God. I believe every single word in it and you can think I’m a fool if you like. I don’t care.

I turn to God’s Word for encouragement, inspiration and instruction. The road is narrow, but the journey is so sweet. Oh, no, I’m not perfect. Anyone who tries to tell you that reading the Bible will magically transform you into a perfect person does not know what they’re talking about. I’m still very (very) human. Trust me.

Surely there is not a righteous man on earth who does good and never sins. – Ecclesiastes 7:20

So, if I’m not going to be perfect… what’s the point? Well, the point is that my Savior, Jesus, died for me. He died so all who believe in Him might be saved. Jesus is the bridge between us and His Father, God. The Bible serves as a map of sorts as we go through life. It reminds us that we should be like Jesus. The word “Christian” means “Little Christ”.

I have read in Plato and Cicero sayings that are very wise and very beautiful; but I never read in either of them: “Come unto me all ye that labour and are heavy laden.” – St Augustine

There is no self-righteousness, but there is God’s righteousness. We seek His righteousness through His Son, Jesus. When we fail (and we will), we seek His forgiveness through His Son, Jesus. That’s how it works. It’s not about me, it’s about God. I can’t do anything without His help and guidance.

Peace be to you, fear not. – Genesis 43:23

I don’t know if anyone on this earth prays for me. I know without a doubt that Jesus prays for me. He is on my side and will bring His love and His peace to my life. ❤