A SUMMER OF PSALMS

I challenge you to name one thing in this world that never changes.  Time’s up!  Did you think of anything?  No, you didn’t – neither did I.  Everything changes…  EVERYTHING!  The foal in the photograph above is now a beautiful full-grown mare.  Living beings are born, they thrive and do what God intended, then they die and go back to God.  It’s the way God planned it.  The Bible tells us that our time is in HIS hand.  So you see, we don’t need to worry because God has us in His hand all the time.

God never changes.  His laws don’t change.  His justice doesn’t change.  His unending love never changes.  His peace is real.  The joy and happiness He bestows on our lives can only be described as dependable.  It’s honest and there’s no hidden agenda.  If He puts a rug on the floor in front of me, then asks me to stand on it, I know without a doubt He will not pull it out from under me, causing me to fall.  Can you say that about any person on this earth?  Get real – of course, you can’t!  

This body of mine has changed from the time I was in my twenties.  Anyone who is honest will say a great big AMEN to that!  These chan.ges are a huge challenge – but God’s got me, so I’ve got this!  

Changes are inevitable in this life, but it gets dangerous when we as people try to “overrule” God.  Do we rely on our wisdom more than we seek God’s laws?  We simply cannot say that some behaviors are not sinful when God has already said they are.

When pastors are motivational speakers instead of providing instruction and direction according to God’s Word, it’s not a favor to us poor sinners – any of us.  We all need to hear and know God’s truth – all of it.  I don’t hate anyone and care for everyone’s eternal soul.  For Pete’s sake, I’m not perfect and I don’t judge anyone.  God offers redemption for ALL through His Son’s death on Calvary’s cross.  He offers forgiveness for sin – any sin – take your pick.  They’re all alike in God’s eyes.  

Change.  God causes the seasons to change.  He helps sinners to change.  We find Christ, learn what He wants for us, and turn from whatever is not pleasing in His sight.  He patiently helps us to live a life that is pleasing to Him.  Our lives can be so rich and full of Christ when He’s in the center of it.  🙂

 

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A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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I would like to post the movie “Thief in the Night” on here but it is copyright protected, so go over to You Tube and watch this 1972 Christian classic.

In 1972 I was only 11 years old.  We went to a very small church and our youth group consisted of me and another kid that sometimes showed up and sometimes didn’t.  Our youth group was invited to a larger sister church to watch “A Thief in the Night”. Although it’s faith-based fact, the story was the writer’s interpretation of Scripture.  I didn’t accept Christ after seeing this.  I didn’t accept Christ into my heart and life until my 13th birthday.  I was too young to watch this, but it got the wheels turning in my mind.  At age 11, I still thought that if I was thinking about Christ coming back, He wouldn’t.  I took that scripture literally that talks about “When ye think not” – so I tried to think about it all the time so He wouldn’t come back – I knew I wasn’t ready yet.

Now, I’m not going to get into pre-tribulation, post-tribulation. I subscribe to the theory that God knows and when He decides the time is right, that’s okay by me!  This movie was made in 1972 so obviously we’ve been given 40 years to spread the Good News of Christ Jesus to the world.  My point is that the motivation which led to salvation for thousands of teenagers during the showing of that movie was not love, but fear.

I didn’t want to meet Christ with a heart full of fear.  I came to Christ at age 13 because  I saw the suffering of my Lord and knew that He went through all that – just for me. I obviously did not understand everything, but I knew that I needed Christ in my life so I could live the best life I could. When you are motivated to be saved because of love instead of fear, there is a completely different attitude in your daily walk. You are relaxed in the LOVE of Christ instead of looking over your shoulder every few seconds to see if God might be mad at you for something. If you come to Christ in fear, your relationship with Him will be fear-based, not faith-based.

The writers and producers of “A Thief In the Night” were doing what they thought was best – and yes, hundreds of teenagers went forward because they did not want to be “left behind”. I’m not questioning that they got saved, but I pray that they came to the knowledge that Christ loves them and they don’t have to fear the future or fear the wrath of God. I hope they went on to learn about the LOVE of God through His Son, Jesus.

I wish I had been older like the other kids in youth group.  They threw me in with the older kids because, well – there wasn’t anyone else in my age group.  For most activities that worked out, but I should not have been allowed to see “A Thief in the Night”.  If I could make one suggestion to a non-Christian, it would be:  watch PASSION OF THE CHRIST.  Oh, there are subtitles so make sure you wear your glasses.  I saw it at the movie theater – nobody told me I’d have to read and I walked into the theater without my glasses.  When I bought the DVD I finally got to experience the entire movie and it’s beyond amazing.  How can anyone reject the LOVE of Christ?

There is a heaven to gain and a hell to shun, that’s for sure. I hope we all come to realize that we need to be serving the Lord because of His marvelous LOVE for us and not because we fear being eternally separated from Him.

May God’s love and peace be with you. ❤

A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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Bottom line: Be quiet, seek God, shun evil, embrace good, DO good. I could stop writing and call this blog post good. I COULD, but I WON’T. Yeah, you knew better…

We have all seen people do a good deed for a transparently selfish motive. Either they think we are just plumb dumb, or they are, or both. Those types of situations usually do not end well and the person ends up with a lot of proverbial egg on their face. No good deed goes unpunished – not those kind, anyway.

When you do good, be very careful how much of your hand you show. Remember that it is really God and the other person or persons involved that have to know much. There’s no need to take a megaphone with you or hire a band or rent a neon green and orange 18-wheeler for advertisement. If God is pleased, that’s what matters. If He’s happy with you, hey – that is the best reward of all, isn’t it? If you are rewarded in any way on this earth then that is all the reward you will receive. I want more, don’t you?

A good character is the best tombstone. Those who loved you and were helped by you will remember you when forget-me-nots have withered. Carve your name on hearts, not on marble.  – Charles H. Spurgeon

It seems to be very easy to find need all around us. Those needs become quite obvious around the holiday season. Needs are out there year around, I assure you. One sure way of finding people who need your help is to pray and ask God to bring them to you. I know that sounds simple, but it’s true. Just pray and ask God to lay some soul on your heart to help. It may not be a financial need either – God sends folks along who may just need a hug. Maybe someone needs to talk. You may be the right one to listen. It’s not always a monetary need, and amazingly enough, it usually is not money that is needed.

Will you be open to the leading of the Holy Spirit? Get quiet before God and pray. Ask God to let your path cross with one with a need. That prayer will be answered – I guarantee. That is when you become a willing vessel. ❤

THANKS LIVING DAY 10

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PRAYER OF THANKS FOR LITTLE THINGS

Have you ever heard the old saying, “Little things mean a lot” – ??? Well, today I was getting a little tired from the walking, climbing stairs and socializing that comes with being part of a club. I wanted to call it a day and head back for the hotel room but that was not an option.

We were walking around outside – just getting some fresh air. My sparkle was beginning to leave and I didn’t have much of a smile left on my face. I happened to look down and saw this tiny little ladybug on the sidewalk! Fortunately I had the camera with me and was able to get a pretty good shot of it.

Larry thinks I’m daft when I do things like that – “Why do you need a picture of the ladybug?”, he asked. I just waved him off as if to say “I have my reasons – !” I don’t think he expected me to write about it, and to be honest when I took the photo I didn’t exactly have that in mind either.

Then I thought about how much that little bug changed my attitude! Maybe seeing a ladybug on the sidewalk would not affect you the same way, but God knows me – He knows my personality and how little it takes to snap me out of a funk. I seriously felt energized after that experience. I love how God knows me so well – and He knows how to get me motivated to keep going! ❤