Inspiration, Christianity and My Life, Children


IMG_1746This has been an eventful week. We have seen and are seeing so many different natural phenomenons in a short period of time. The solar eclipse caused so many people to gather and have a unified experience. It meant different things to different people but what we could all agree on was that it was monumental, especially for those who were in the path of totality. For me I got to very briefly look through some glasses at the sun about 35 minutes before it was at its fullest in my area, which was only 75%. I also got to see the crescent shaped shadows I remembered from childhood.

I also reflected back to what I have read in the bible that there was a total darkness when Jesus died on the cross. It was a good reminder of the One who gave His life for us so we could be saved from eternal damnation. I rejoice in that.

Then there was a 3.1 magnitude earthquake on Friday morning on my way to work. I did not feel it but it happened at 6:41am and had I been at work then I probably would have felt it. One person described it as a thunder clap and then a rolling of the ground. That took me back to the one’s I had experienced at my previous job, just like that.  Now compared to California earthquakes this was nothing but since we have not been having them here for too long it really is an event. And wouldn’t you know it around the time that Jesus died on the cross the earth shook too.

And of course Hurricane Harvey in the Gulf of Mexico made landfall and is still wreaking havoc as I write, although it has been downgraded to a tropical storm. The devastation of this category 4 hurricane and the subsequent flooding is tremendous. I saw pictures from Port Aransas where we vacationed two years ago, and my daughter just came back from, it is not good. That flooding brings to mind Noah and the 40 day flood. We cannot even imagine the devastation that was brought on by that flood.

Certainly my prayers will go up for all the victims of the disastrous hurricane. All these events stand as a reminder that we should be vigilant because nature will take its course and there will be disasters but we must hold strong to our faith and be the hands of God on this earth to give help where it is needed. To share what we can with those in need remembering that we are here to give Glory to God.

Some events are amazing and some are terrible but they all give us opportunity to show others that we and God love them. Enjoy your week and I will be back next week with more.

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Darkness


JOHN 1 4 5

As I get older I remember some events but the details are a bit schetchy.  This is what I remember of a solar eclipse when I was young.

As darkness began to overtake the midday sky I wondered if there was an impending storm. Clouds were the only thing I had ever seen to block the sun. But I did not hear any thunder or wind. I walked to the front door and looked up but there were no clouds. Mama had told me to never look at the sun not even for a second. So walking outside I looked down at the ground. There were shadows but they did not look normal. All of them were sliver shaped, like a crescent moon on the ground. I marveled at the strangeness.

I had heard adults talking about a solar eclipse, but I did not understand what that was. Maybe that was what caused the shadows to look weird. Remembering that the eclipse wouldn’t last long I walked around staring at the ground amazed at the funny shadows. I wanted to take it all in. Slowly the shadows began to change and before I knew it they looked normal again.

Years later I remembered the event and understood that when the light of our sun is blocked everything looks different. With a total eclipse of the sun there is total darkness. My expiences had taught me that when you walk in the light you can see where you are going and if you are observant you will not trip or fall on the path. You can see obstacles and avoid them.

I have learned that in the spirit if you walk into an area where the light is being blocked it can be difficult to find your way. You can trip and fall or even completely lose your way. But God has given us the light of His love to guide us in darkness; whether it is total darkness for a short time or partial darkness, we have a guide.

As you experience the eclipse tomorrow remember that God gives us light and thank Him for what he has done for us. Enjoy your week and I will be back next week with more.

 

 

Knowledge


 

proverbs 18 15I wonder why some people think if they can figure out how something works it no longer can be attributed to God? Does understanding God’s system change the fact that He created it?

Man used to believe that the earth was flat but now we have proof that it is round, neither of these beliefs change the fact that God created this beautiful system of planets. Just because our understanding of reality changes that does not change reality.

Some people seem to be on a trek to figure the mystery of creation out, so they can disprove God instead of understanding the beauty and magnificence of what He set in place. As knowledge is acquired about our world and its beginnings the systems that seem instinctive and automatic begin to unfold. When you dig and begin to understand the systems that are at work you see the work of a magnificent, intelligent designer with powers beyond our comprehension. The pursuit of understanding these wonders takes more than a lifetime.

“The mind of the prudent acquires knowledge.” A prudent person is one who shows care and thought for the future. We must be wise with how we handle the knowledge that we acquire in our lives. The acquisition of knowledge is a personal endeavor. It is an exercise of one’s brain and spirit. But having some knowledge without any wisdom can lead to foolishness. However the true pursuit of knowledge can lead to the Creator of all things. Wouldn’t you love to meet the One who put all this together? Wouldn’t it be wonderful to understand why things are the way they are and how they started?

Proverbs 1:7 (NASB)

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Perhaps the most important thing to do is to keep God in mind in our search for knowledge. Even some of those who have tried to prove there is no God have been persuaded that He is the creator!

My challenge for this week is to look at what is being thrown around as important knowledge and put it into a Godly perspective. Enjoy your week and I will be back next week with more.

Don’t Ignore the Signs


IMG_1740Every day, all around us there are signs of things going wrong. How many of us ignore the signs that something has gone wrong, hoping the problem will fix itself? I know that I have. Take for example, this flower that my daughter gave me this year. It looked gorgeous and Bob hung it outside where I could see it from my seat in the living room. One day 2 weeks ago I looked out and it looked like this. IMG_1739

This is definitely a sign that there is something wrong. I admit I might have ignored it for a while thinking Bob would fix it. Then without any understanding of what had gone wrong I tried to fix this with water, but it did not help.  Bob also tried to fix it to no avail. However today after doing a little research I found out that it might have a fungus from the humid weather we have been having. So even though the label says it can take the heat, it cannot take a fungal infection.

My husband and I usually notice things and try our best to take care of what is within our wheelhouse to do. But there are things that are so much bigger than us that we have no idea what to do to fix them. An example is when I look around at the people in the news; I wonder what went wrong to shape the thinking that they have. And why is our news filled with so many people who ignore the obvious to entertain the ridiculous? It seems the ridiculous has become the norm and you better not call it what it is.

I know from personal experience that most of the people I encounter have some sort of common sense and understand that you cannot ignore what is obviously wrong and call it right. I will take a TV show for example “Orange is the new Black”, I honestly had no idea what that meant until I looked it up today. To me orange is orange and black is black. Dogs are dogs and cats are cats, a frog is not a polar bear and a giraffe is not a snake. Deception is not good.  It may sound funny for a while and it may be entertaining but it is not reality. The fact that many people have begun to believe these deceptions is a sign of how dark our society has become.

Malachi 2:17

You have wearied the Lord with your words. Yet you say, “How have we wearied Him?” In that you say, “Everyone who does evil is good in the sight of the Lord, and He delights in them,” or, “Where is the God of justice?”

Are there people in our world doing evil and being told that it is good in God’s eyes? Yes, this has been happening for many years. The worldly view is that anything goes and as long as you mean well God will delight in you. But scripture does not bear that thinking out. Just like my plant that might have a fungus attacking it, if it is not dealt with the plant will die. If the Body of Christ does not address the darkness, it will take over.

You might ask, “But what can we do when there is darkness around us?” Shine the light of Jesus into the darkness. Watch and listen to what is going on and take it to God in prayer. This world will not be changed by those who do not act. It will be set free by those who do their part with prayer.

Pray for those who don’t see the truth to have their eyes opened and pray for those who see the truth to have the strength to follow and share it.

Enjoy every moment that God gives you. I will be back next week with more.

Relationships


IMG_1725July is my favorite month of the year. It is the month full of family birthdays including mine. First thing on my birthday morning I read a birthday message that Bob left on my mirror in the bathroom. I was also blessed with a wonderful surprise visit at work from my daughter and two grandsons. They came bearing balloons, a card, a cookie cake, a large cupcake, flowers and a violet plant. Wow so much fun. The boys enjoyed demonstrating a few little dances to anyone who would watch.

All my children remembered my birthday. My son Matt sent a great card from his family and my son Chris and his family called and sang me a birthday song. Between in person birthday wishes from family and co-workers, cards, facebook wishes and phone calls it was a great day to know people care. I feel especially blessed to have a loving husband, family and such a thoughtful daughter and grandsons who live close by. The older I get the more challenging birthdays become, but with family and friends that love me, they are easier to bear.

Life is all about connections and building relationships. Those relationships help us celebrate the good times and get through the rough times in our lives. There is one relationship I could not live without, that is my relationship with God. It keeps me steady in the good times and the bad. Without God I would not have the courage to go on in this life. He is my rock and my salvation.

Psalm 62:6 (NASB)

He only is my rock and my salvation,
My stronghold; I shall not be shaken.

Proverbs 3:5-6 (NASB)

Trust in the Lord with all your heart
And do not lean on your own understanding.
 In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He will make your paths straight.

You cannot trust someone you do not know. So trusting God requires having a relationship with Him. If you don’t have a relationship with Him I suggest that you get a Bible and start the journey in the book of John which is in the New Testament. Enjoy your week and I will be back next week with more.

The Harvest Continues


I have not published for a little while because of family fun times. Last week we attended a family reunion with most of my brothers and sisters and their families. It was great. We got to spend time with family members we have not seen in a while and build our relationships. This time we had fewer events planned and spent more time just hanging around at the lodge and swimming and fishing etc… It was great. Although I could not walk as far as I wanted I was able to get around a bit and enjoy myself with family.

When we got home Bob went to the garden and there was an abundant harvest. I decided this morning that I would cook up the tomatoes and peppers along with onions, celery and some broccoli that I had in the fridge to make some tomato juice. We ended up with some juice and some tasty tomato paste. I think we can use it all. (I hate throwing anything out that tastes good.)

I love that we plant seeds and nurture the plants and can leave them for a while and when we return they have done well with producing. Bob found a very large cucumber that we enjoyed some of for lunch today. We weren’t sure if it would be good because it was so big, but it turned out great.

Over the years as a Christian we have all planted faith seeds in different places among different people. It is not up to us to cause these seeds to grow it is up to us to plant and water and trust God to help them grow and mature. We have to trust God that any good we plant will reap something good, but we can’t get frustrated and try to take this into our own hands and force fruit. Fruit must grow naturally or it does not grow.

Sometimes we allow ourselves to believe we are in charge of the salvation and walk of those around us. We are not. Truthfully, we are only servants of God who spread good news, the results are out of our hands. I am happy with that because I don’t want to be in charge of what other people do and what they think or how they live. I struggle enough taking care of my walk with God.

Mark 4:26-28 (NASB)

26 And He was saying, “The kingdom of God is like a man who casts seed upon the soil; 27 and he goes to bed at night and gets up by day, and the seed sprouts and grows—how, he himself does not know. 28 The soil produces crops by itself; first the blade, then the head, then the mature grain in the head.

God is in control. Enjoy your week and I will be back next week with more.

 

Happy Independence Day


honor-the-soldiers-who-keep-us-freeHappy Independence Day! The 4th of July is a special day for celebrating the beginning of our nation. I am thankful to live in a nation where I am free to live my life the way I feel is right. I am thankful for freedom of religion and freedom of speech and all the other freedoms that we have in this country. I am very thankful for all the men and women who have served in our military to make sure that this country we have is protected from those who would take freedom from us and those who wish us harm.

“……We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness……” Declaration of Independence of the Thirteen Colonies —In Congress July 4, 1776

I am thankful for the founding fathers, their wisdom and insight and the Creator of all of us, our Father in Heaven without whom none of us would be here. Let’s pray for the leaders of our country, that they would be given the wisdom that only comes from God to lead this nation into the future.

Enjoy your celebrations.

 

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