PROVERBS 10:12 ON 10/12

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Hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers over all wrongs.  – Proverbs 10:12

Let’s see what the Sunday School Sheep is up to…

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I’m sure it’s happened to you too…  you get on facebook to chat with your friends and as you are browsing through the news feed, you see a post that you disagree with.  As much as you really should just ignore it and keep scrolling, you give in to the temptation to comment and maybe even leave a piece of Scripture to “defend” your position.  Well – then you see a comment that disagrees with yours and someone is calling you a name.  Before it’s over, you wonder why you didn’t just keep scrolling – and you wish you had kept scrolling.

Does God care if we say mean things to strangers?  Does He care if we call someone we don’t know but strongly disagree with a mean name?  Well…  yes, God does care.  It’s not right that they call you a name first – but it’s a good idea to take the high road and drop the name calling and move on before you fall into sin.  Try to be a blessing in Jesus’ Name.  Fight the temptation to stoop to the hater’s level and be just as hateful.  It gets us nowhere.  Let’s choose to live like we’re loved – because we are!

People are just plain mean and nasty on social media!  To be honest, it doesn’t happen to me much anymore because I don’t seek out those who disagree with me.  Most of the friends I have are adults.  If we don’t agree on issues, we disagree agreeably.  I’m not perfect by any stretch of the imagination, but I try to stay out of the mud puddles – I’m not a champion mud wrestler – sorry to disappoint you.

It won’t change anyone to call them names – and it could quite possibly destroy any possibility of sharing your witness with them.  The only way to live a Christian life is to live in love.  I need to remember that hatred stirs up conflict – love draws the lost to my side.  With love and patience I can share my testimony.  It’s a story that only I can share.  No one else has traveled the path that I’ve traveled.

We are living in a time when everything insults everyone.  If we have a more loving approach toward others, it will not reflect badly on us and then we can witness.  The acceptance or rejection of that witness is up to them – but at least the door opens up instead of slamming shut and locking.  🙂

 

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1 PETER 5:6 ON 5/6

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Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.  – 1 Peter 5:6

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When I need to be humbled, I pray, “Dear God, please HOG TIE ME & STICK DUCT TAPE OVER MY MOUTH!!!”

We know when we see the word therefore in a verse, we need to look at the previous verse to see what that verse is there for.

You younger men, likewise, be subject to your elders; and all of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, for GOD IS OPPOSED TO THE PROUD, BUT GIVES GRACE TO THE HUMBLE.  – 1 Peter 5:5

Want God’s grace?  Be humble.  How?  Pray.

Have you ever been tempted to pop off about something under the guise of “righteous indignation”, but felt the Spirit of God “check” you about what you’re getting ready to say?  We are to humble ourselves and stay under the safety and protection of God’s mighty hand.  Why?  Because if we just stay still and pray…  GOD will handle it – better than we can even dream of handling it.

I’ve decided to say my prayer for humility more – and engage in worthless debate less.

DEAR GOD,  PLEASE HOG TIE ME & STICK DUCT TAPE OVER MY MOUTH!!!  IN JESUS’ NAME, AMEN.

Humility – it’s a deliberate act of discipline and faith.  We need to trust that our God will right the wrong in the world – and what do these verses tell us?  God will GIVE GRACE TO THE HUMBLE & LIFT YOU UP IN DUE TIME.

What’s the secret to success?  There are no secrets.  Be humble.  Be hungry.  And always be the hardest worker in the room.  – Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

A few times I have actually “popped off” and then sort of retro-prayed the prayer – and have had some amazing results.  It is literally as if no one heard what I said.  I know that is God at work on my behalf.

One time I actually asked my friend if she heard what I said and she said, “No, Linda – I don’t remember you saying that!”  I smile, hug her and whisper “Thank You, Lord!”  🙂

 

 

A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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A CALL TO ACTION

All my life I’ve heard about the race we are to be running as Christians. The Apostle Paul outlined it clearly in the New Testament:

However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace. – Acts 20:23-25

The good news of God’s grace. And by what means do we perform this task? Do we have to be part of a body of believers to do this? Can a Lone Ranger Christian impact in the world, or is it only through organized religion we can impact the world for Christ?

Well it’s easier to be in church and minister through channels that are already set up and ready to go. You’re given your materials every quarter, study the lesson you are to teach and show up to teach it. That’s a piece of cake compared to being unchurched and attempting to minister!

The good news is, if you are determined to teach and encourage others in Christ, God is so faithful to help you do that. In the past year, God has blessed my ministry greatly on facebook! He’s helped me maintain two pages and be an encourager in two health groups! God’s Word will not return void! If you are mission-minded and want to reach the lost, there are ways to do that via facebook for sure!

Here are the links if you’d like to visit. I hope you will “LIKE” the pages! The groups are closed but not difficult to join. If you leave a request I’ll make sure you get in.

The two pages are:

AMERICA, BLESS GOD
https://www.facebook.com/bless.God.today.America

POEMS AND PRAYERS FOR MY SAVIOR
https://www.facebook.com/poetryformysavior

The two health groups are:

WELLNESS… WITH A DASH OF HUMOR & A PINCH OF FAITH
https://www.facebook.com/groups/asecondhelpingofwellness/

I also have a website, but its main purpose is to share these links. It is:

http://www.americablessgodtoday.webs.com/

May God richly bless you as you go into the world to SHARE THE GOOD NEWS of Jesus Christ! Peace to you.  🙂

IRON SHARPENS IRON… FRIENDSHIP

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ADVICE
You don’t have to be a part of social media very long to realize that everyone has opinions about everything from hamburger to toilet paper! I’m not knocking the court of public opinion or free speech because I am so thankful we live in a country where we are free to speak our minds. Opinions are what distinguish us from each other and sometimes it’s a good idea to listen to another person’s point of view. You never know what you might learn. But, once in a while, it’s a good idea to toss an unsolicited opinion overboard and go to your prayer closet and get some real guidance from the One who always has the right answers. God.

A friend shared some sad news with me yesterday. There’s a possibility she has a horrible disease process going on. She won’t know for a few more weeks, but I let her know I will be praying for her. She let me know that if I insist, I may pray, but prayer never “worked” for her. I never thought of prayer that way before – as something that either “worked” or didn’t “work”. I am praying for her and hope you will join me. God knows who she is and her situation.

This morning I was bombarded with advice I didn’t ask for. It wasn’t a big deal, but it did bring to mind the fact that when people feel strongly about a subject, they will usually voice an opinion about it. Most of what I mention in social media is neither personal nor important. It’s just chit-chat and I try to keep things light and funny there. Let’s face it, the folks on facebook are nice, but I would probably not recognize any of them if I walked by them on the street. Why on earth would I get terribly personal with them?

Listen to advice… GOD’S advice, that is! 🙂

When I need true guidance or need to pray for a sick friend, I will go straight to the top. God is my refuge and strength, an ever-present help in times of trouble. 🙂

RARE DISEASES DAY

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There are special people in this world who are afflicted with rare diseases.  Today we observe RARE DISEASES DAY!!!  It’s so frustrating to have an invisible disease, especially when it is misunderstood by most people.

The family is one of nature’s masterpieces.  – George Santayana, The Life of Reason

The focus this year is to join for better care.  Caring for people living with a rare disease is multi-faceted.  Some patients have access to treatment, while other have no treatment options.  Some patients are moderately independent while others require intensive physical assistance and equipment.

To understand what is needed for proper patient care is important if we are to help.  We will draw awareness through this post.  Hopefully after you read this, you will not be ignorant about some of the more rare diseases that folks and their families struggle with on a daily basis.

A rare disease is one that affects 1 in 2000.  Over 6,000 rare diseases are characterized by a broad diversity of disorders and symptoms that vary not only from disease to disease but also from patient to patient suffering from the same disease.

Rare diseases

  • May involve chronic illness, disability, and often premature death
  • Often have no treatment or not very effective treatment
  • Are frequently not diagnosed correctly
  • Are often very complex
  • Are often caused by changes in genes

Relatively common symptoms can hide underlying rare diseases leading to misdiagnosis and delaying treatments.  Therein lies the frustration for these patients and their families.

For a database of rare diseases, please click on this link – https://www.rarediseases.org/rare-disease-information/rare-diseases

I have found so much help through the Diabetic Online Community on facebook.  It’s my hope that people dealing with rare diseases might meet up with others facing similar challenges through social media.  There really is strength in numbers.  It helps so much to know you’re not going through a disease process by yourself.  I’m also so thankful for information through reputable websites such as WebMD.  The symptom checker on there can be so helpful in directing a patient to the proper diagnosis, or at least get you started.

For everyone battling an invisible or rare disease, I want you to know God loves you.  He sees what you’re going through and hears every prayer you say.  I’m praying for you too.