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Be the Match


IMG_1759I remember as a child going into a cavern with my family on vacation. It was one of the few vacations we ever took together. We went deep into the cave and then the guides turned off all the lights. It was so dark you could not see anything. You had to feel to find out if the person next to you was still there. In the darkness it got quiet and scary. They only left the lights out for a few seconds but in that time I experienced total darkness for the first time in my life.

With the recent eclipse some people were able to experience darkness without entering a cave, but there were still the stars that shone in the sky and the glow around the moon. Brief experiences with darkness can change your life.

I had a co-worker ask me this week, “When did this world get so evil?” It is a question that I have been asking myself a lot lately. We constantly hear on the radio and television about all the evil things that are taking place. There are murders, terrorist attacks, robberies, assaults, and general destruction occurring every day. It seems inescapable. And I have been praying for an answer.

Do I know exactly what has happened? No, but I am sure that some of it is because our society no longer believes in God and has lost hope. So what can I do as one individual? I can choose to react to these evils with love rather than becoming like those who have chosen the easy route and responding with hate. I have found that it is easier to respond to hate with hate than it is to respond with love. From a purely fleshly point of view this is true. However Jesus told us in John 16:33 (NASB):

“These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.”

So if we believe in Jesus, have accepted Him as our Lord and Savior and given our life over to Him then we are obligated to respond with love because we are no longer living for ourselves but for the glory of God.

 Galatians 2:20 (NASB)

I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.

So if anyone asks you why the world is so evil try to refocus them to the light of Jesus so they can have some hope instead of being mired in the darkness that surrounds them. I remember in that cave they lit a match and I was amazed at how that small match lit up the whole dark cave. Let us be the match in the darkness and guide the world back to the Savior.

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

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Natural Disasters


hurricane harveySome days I wake up and wonder what is happening to our world. The weather is changing and storms seem to be getting more intense in areas that have not experienced the type of weather we are seeing. People are scrambling to evacuate to a safer place. But not everybody can get out and some are forced to ride out the storm where they are. With unprecedented amounts or rainfall and strong hurricanes, wild fires and earthquakes it feels like our world is falling apart.

Please rest assured that it is not falling apart, but we are being presented with some unusual challenges. The real question is “What will we do in the midst of these challenges?”

We have some options:

  1. We could watch the news stories and talk to others about how bad it is but never really do anything to help.
  2. We could try to ignore the whole thing and go about our normal everyday routine as if we don’t care.
  3. Or we could let the compassion that God has put inside of us rise to the surface and find something that we can do to help those whose lives have been completely disrupted by these natural disasters.

Last week we saw many people put their lives at risk to help rescue others who were left stranded by hurricane Harvey. Even as I write today hurricane Irma is destroying many parts of Florida. Please join me in praying for the safety of those in the path of the storm and for those of us who are safe and comfortable away from the storm that we would all reach out to help those in need. It is going to take a joint effort from all of us to help these areas of our country recover.

There are plenty of nationally known organizations and faith based organizations that will need volunteers and donations to help with the recovery. These disasters are not over and each one affects all of us in this country. As Christians lets show the world that we are compassionate and care for our fellow man the way Jesus did.

Matthew 14:14

When He went ashore, He saw a large crowd, and felt compassion for them and healed their sick.

I will be back next week with more.

Plan “B”


IMG_1752After last week I thought this week would be just a little better. And in some ways it was and in some ways it got even stranger. I understand that the hurricane caused massive damage and closed down a lot of refineries. But I was caught off guard by the gas shortage in the Dallas Metroplex.

Wednesday evening on my way home I contemplated filling up my car but decided I would wait until morning and get the gas on the way to work. Well, the traffic was bad and I didn’t get an early enough start to get gas on the way so I decided I would go out at noon and get gas. Then I heard that there were long lines and stations were running out of gas. So in semi-panic mode I went out at lunch time to see for myself. Yes the lines were too long for me to get gas and make it back to work on time. Since I had enough gas to make it home. I came up with plan “B”.

Bob gets off work before me so I had him go and fill the old truck up with gas if he could find a station that was not out of gas. Then I would just drive the truck to work on Friday. It took him a while but he found one. And it was a good thing because the lines at any gas stations I passed on my way home were even longer than at noon. Bob went out really early on Saturday morning in the car and saw a tanker truck filling up a gas station. He quickly made his way there and was able to fill the tank for me to drive the car to work this week. YES, I have a loving husband who takes care of me!

It always helps to have a plan “B” when life becomes unpredictable.  Being flexible and willing to change the way we do things is essential, no matter how much we want things to be constant and steady. There is One who never changes and always gives us the grace we need to get by in this ever changing world. I hold fast to Him because I know the world will change and will be challenging but God does not.

Hebrews 13:8 (NASB)
 
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. 
 
 
1 Kings 8:57 (NASB)
 
May the Lord our God be with us, as He was with our fathers; may He not leave us or forsake us,

Challenges will come and with the understanding that God is with us, we can make it through anything that comes our way. Enjoy your week and I will be back next week with more.


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.

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.

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