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Who Am I?


WHO AM II heard a sermon the other day and the preacher said something—honestly did not catch everything he said but what I did hear was about someone getting a new name. Then he said something like “some people do not know their name, God is going to give everyone a new name”. As he went on he was talking about not knowing who we are in Christ and if we really knew who we were we would act differently.

This jump-started my brain into trying to imagine myself as God sees me instead of how I see myself.

I know that God has a better perspective than I do. Maybe it is time to see myself the way He sees me.

Maybe God sees a victorious champion when all I see is the pain of each battle and defeats.

1 Corinthians 15:57 (NIV)

But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Maybe God sees faith building when all I see is the obstacles I had to persevere through.

James 1:2-4 (NIV)

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

Maybe God sees my promising future when all I see is my past mistakes.

Psalm 103:12 (NIV)

as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us

 Maybe God sees a child when I feel like a stranger.

Galatians 4:7 (NIV)

So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir.

I certainly don’t deserve what God has done for me, but that doesn’t mean that I will not accept it. If I believe in God then I have to be able to believe that He knows who I am and who I will become. I look forward to the reward of living this life with faith in God.

Hebrews 11:6 (NIV)

And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

I hope that you will join me this week and searching out scriptures that will help us understand who God believes we are. Enjoy your week.

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Life is What You Make It


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In a moment of reflection and prayer I expressed my frustrations with the actions of others. As I poured out my heart I asked for a solution to the problem. “Lord, what can I do? How can I make this better?” In an instant I heard “Life is what you make it. You can get frustrated with people or you can navigate around their faults and not allow yourself to get frustrated. IT IS YOUR CHOICE.” I guess like many other people I just want things to go my way and if they don’t it becomes frustrating.

As I pondered this thought I realized that I am in control of my emotions and my frustrations. I choose to get upset or to let it go. I choose my moods. WOW, this is a great revelation, but I have a feeling that the decision to not get upset is going to be a difficult one to make. I am willing to try.

Over the course of my life I have found that things go much better when I choose not to allow things to bother me. It is an active choice that must be enforced minute by minute.

Philippians 4:8 (NIV)

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

I find this scripture very helpful when I am struggling with my thoughts. I have to really remind myself that thoughts of frustration are not true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable or praiseworthy. And if I do this I can get control of my emotions and not allow frustration to take over. Believe me this is probably one of the most difficult things we are asked to do in the Word of God. But if we wish for our witness to the world to give glory to God then we must do our best with it. It helps to remember:

2 Corinthians 10

We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

Please consider taking the challenge and ask yourself this question about your thoughts: “Is this thought true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable or praiseworthy?” Maybe together we can make a difference in our lives and the lives of those around us.

Enjoy your week and I will be back next week with more.

 

 

The Neighbors


img_2334I am not sure how to describe the events of the past month. This is a month that I will not soon forget. Bob and I have been in a search for a place to create our dream home for the future. Something with acreage and no restrictions on the land. We have looked at several properties that  either just didn’t work for us or had contracts on them before we even got started. On Saturday June 2, 2018 Bob and I went to look at a property. We decided on the spot that we were going to make a bid on it.

On June 22nd we closed on the property. In today’s market I have been told that this is almost unheard of to close that quickly. One of the most amazing things has to be the neighbors. The first day we went to look at the house we met a couple who live across the street. They are friendly and outgoing, they were mowing when we drove up, but stopped what they were doing to take time to come and talk to us. Through the conversations we had with them we were able to find out about the house, the amount the bank wanted at the foreclosure sale and many details about the property and some of its history.

We made friends fast with them and they were pulling for us to purchase the property. We found that we had many things in common with them. When we came back for our second visit to the home they passed by and stopped on their way to a family gathering. They were genuinely excited that we were buying the property. After we closed on Friday we went to the property and immediately saw one of the neighbors sitting on her porch. She waved to us to come over. When we told her, we had closed on the home she was almost in tears with excitement. Then her husband drove up and we told him. He immediately exclaimed “Hallelujah”.

The afternoon was filled with many conversations and getting to know each other. Later on that day we met another neighbor across the street who was full of memories of living in the house and on the property we purchased. She was just as excited as the other neighbors that we had purchased the property.

On Saturday Bob and I went back to the house to find out some information that the electric company needed. Bob was doing a little weed eating to get to the utility pole when I heard a noise. There in the distance were our friends and neighbors on a tractor with a brush-hog coming our way. We were then told it would only take a few minutes to clear that area so we could get to the pole.  She loves to brush-hog and couldn’t resist an opportunity to help out.

The warm welcome and helpful neighbors made us feel at home and understand that this wasn’t just our idea of a good place to buy, but this was a God thing. Each neighbor had expressed that they had prayed for just the right people to purchase the property. We on the other hand we had been praying for just the right property to buy. Both requests had been answered. Both sides understood that God’s hands were in the middle of this purchase.

Now it is on to the tasks at hand of renovating or tearing down and rebuilding the house. This will be an ongoing process for a few years. But I am sure God will be in the middle of it all. It is my prayer that this testimony will serve to encourage anyone who is in the middle of a struggle to know that no matter how you feel God is still there working with you.

Psalm 37:4
Delight yourself in the Lord; And He will give you the desires of your heart.

Enjoy your week and I will be back next week with more.

New Technology


IMG_2327For Christmas Bob decided that I needed a new computer. So, my son in law helped me pick out a computer. I am usually excited about new technology and jump right in and figure it out. But this new computer has me stumped. I can’t seem to find anything on it because nothing is the same as what I am used to. There is no longer a “My computer” icon or a “control panel” icon and quite frankly I struggle to find anything through the search menu.

Because I spend all day long at work on the computer I no longer want to spend my nights trying to figure out this new computer. Maybe it is my age, or maybe it is just because it appears to be more inconvenient. Everything is on the cloud instead of on the computer which just seems to confuse me more. I am thankful and grateful for the thought and the care that went into the purchase of the computer and I hope someday I will become more familiar with how it works.

Do you ever feel like this? You have something wonderful that can help organize and simplify your life but you just can’t get used to it? When did life get so complicated? There comes a time in everyone’s life that you just feel you need to simplify and get back to basics. I think I have reached that point. To quote an old Willie Nelson song “Maybe its time to get back to the basics of life”.

For me the basics are my faith in God, my family and friends, a roof over my head, a job and enough food to keep me going. What more could a person need. Faith in God is what keeps all the other things together. Believing that Jesus saved me from a life of sin and gave me the opportunity to experience salvation and an eternal life with God is not complicated. It is a basic I can always look at and remember to keep my life in perspective.

When I get frustrated with not understanding new technology I can always remember that technology does not save me God does. I can step back and refocus my thoughts on something more important than being able to find something on my computer or not being able to get my scanner to work because it is not compatible with the new software on my computer.

It is all about perspective. So maybe this week we can all step back and remember who God is and what He has done for us, instead of getting frustrated. I hope you enjoy your week. I will be back next week with more.

God is Patient


 

John 3:16 (NASB)

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.

I have known this verse for a long time but have never equated it with patience before. That’s right patience. Think about it, God gave man and especially the Israelite nation many chances to get their act together, and they continued to reject Him and His commandments. So after sending many prophets, showing many signs and wonders and giving many chances He sent His Son to show them the way to eternal salvation. He was patient for many years and continued to show patience by sacrificing His beloved Son to share Good News of the Gospel with them and the rest of the world.

God must have patience and faith in man’s ability to change in order for Him to do what He has done for us. Are we up to the challenge to prove Him right in His faith toward us? Can we show Him that we appreciate His effort and patience? Have we ever experienced the patience that God must have waiting for us to get our act together from anyone else?

For me God showed more patience than I have ever known by believing in me. God believes in all of His children. We are His. We Are His. WE ARE HIS. Knowing this maybe we should act more like Him and show more patience to those around us and help them in their struggles.

I started writing today’s blog to complain, but quickly realized that I was wrong and I need more patience with the imperfect people around me. After all God has so much patience with me, and I am very imperfect. Acting more like Him is the way I give Him glory.

2 Corinthians 5:21 (NASB)

21 He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

The righteousness of God in Christ Jesus is what I want to be. What about you? Next time you get impatient with the imperfect people around you, remember God’s patience with your imperfection. Enjoy your week and I will be back next week with more.

 

Don’t give up on your dreams and desires


Don’t Give Up on Your Dreams and DesiresDreams and desires are what keep us going. If you don’t have dreams to fulfill what motivates you to keep going? We all have responsibilities in life and they can motivate us to earn money and take care of people. But shouldn’t there be something bigger than getting by, driving us forward in life.

That is why God gave us dreams and desires. They give us ideas and motivate us to look at the world a different way. It is up to us to keep our lives moving so God can direct us to what He has put in our hearts. Today I say dare to dream.

DREAM

Dare to believe in the desire God gave you

Remember God can make a way

Enjoy the journey

Acknowledge God’s presence with you

Motivate yourself to prepare for the future

I want to dream, what about you?

Psalm 37:4

Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.

Keep on dreaming and following the desires God has put in your heart. Enjoy your week and I will be back next week with more.

2018 Completely Different


keep faithToward the end of December 2017, I had a conversation that ended with “Before you know it, it will be Christmas 2018.”  As this conversation was going on I heard distinctly in my mind that 2018 is going to be completely different. Immediately I was filled with apprehension. Would the difference be good or bad? Would it make life easier or harder? What was the difference going to be?

I don’t know the answer to these questions and may not until the year is over but I feel the need to prepare. How does one prepare for something different? That is a good question.

  • Always remember who you are in Christ.
    • 2 Corinthians 5:21 (NIV) God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
  • No matter what happens keep your faith in God by remembering His word.
    • John 14:26 (NIV) But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.
  • Situations and circumstances will change but true faith will remain.
    • Acts 14:22 (NIV) strengthening the disciples and encouraging them to remain true to the faith. “We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God,” they said.

The disciples learned that situations could change after Jesus died on the cross. They had to continue in their faith despite devastating circumstances that looked like the end of their faith. But after He rose from the dead their faith was strengthened and they knew beyond the shadow of a doubt what they had to do.

Being mentally prepared for something different to happen we must continue on with our mission as Christians which are summed up in the following scriptures.

2 Timothy 4:2 (NIV)

Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction

1 Peter 3:15 (NIV)

But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,

I don’t know how different this year will be but I plan to prepare myself and not forget my purpose in life. Will you join me? Enjoy your week and I will be back next week with more.

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