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Sunday, February 19, 2017

The Mind

     The mind is powerful!  It's a tool to a healthy lifestyle, and a light to the personality.  
          My thoughts create within me courage, meekness, and determination. 
          My thoughts turn negatives into positive attitudes, creating happiness and well-being.
          My thoughts are what make me a more loving individual and a willing forgiver.
          My thoughts assist in turning enemies into friends.
          My thoughts help to see the other side, and makes for a less critical nature.
     In essence, my mindful thoughts make me who I am and what I am.  My actions from these thoughts can have an impact on not only changing me for the better, but also changing others.
     By creating healthy thoughts, I can show my light to the world.  Matthew 5:16, "...let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven."
     I am reminded about courage which is developed from healthy thoughts.  In Numbers 13:30 "Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, "We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it."   Caleb had positive thoughts, courageous thoughts, and determined thoughts.  All the others were frightened, and most said, "We can't...We are not strong enough."  This led to 40 years of wandering in the wilderness.   I have to interject that the people were right when they said, "We are not strong enough."  They needed to trust in God to make them strong.  The mind is not powerful enough to do all that is required to develop a healthy mindful approach to life without God first in our thoughts. 
     The question I have to ask myself is, "Where will my mind lead me today?  Will I let God be first in my thoughts?  Will I trust enough to 'let go and let God' strengthen my mind and mature my thoughts"

     Psalm 10:4 "In his pride the wicked man does not seek him; in all his thoughts there is no room for God." 
     Psalm 13:2  "How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and day after day have sorrow in my heart? How long will my enemy triumph over me?"



    
 
      

Friday, February 17, 2017

A Cool Drink of Water


 
     If anyone really wants a refreshing, cool drink of water, try a relationship with God.  John 4:14 "But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life." 
 
     The following was taken from In Touch.  I wanted to share it because it is so meaningful. 
 

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Valentine's Day

     Valentine's Day is associated with love, heart shaped designs, and cupids.  But, what is love?  1 Corinthians not only defines it for us but tell is what we are without it.  "If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.  If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing." 
     "Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous, love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly, it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth, bears all things, endures all things.  Love never fails..."
     There is no greater love that has ever been shown than when Jesus laid down His life for me.  Jesus even prayed for me as He hung upon that cross when he asked in agony, "Father, forgive them for they know not what they do."  
     Other examples of love which we can apply to our lives today are: 
     In Luke 15, we read about the Parable of the Lost Son (Patience and Forgiveness).  The Father, who had waited patiently for his son to return from his riotous living, instantly forgave him and celebrated with him.   
     In Luke 10, we are given the Parable of the good Samaritan (Neighborly Love) who seeing a man that had been beaten and robbed had compassion.  He bound up the stranger's wounds, carried him to an inn, and took care of him. 
     In John 11, we are given the story of Lazarus and his death.  When Jesus saw the anguish of Lazarus's family and friends, "He wept."  (Compassion)
     There are so many deeds people do to show love, but sadly the news seldom shares these stories. Yet, love is written on the hearts of many, many people.  They have followed the words given in Proverbs 3:3, "Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart."   

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Red, White and Blue

     I am so very proud of our American flag with its tri-color of red, white, and blue.  In addition, I am honored to stand up in its presence in salute for this great country.  I am honored to stand in salute to the men and women who have fought to keep this country great.  
     When I stand in salute of the flag of the United States of America, I praise God for this land He created and the sacrifice He made.  God gave His son to die for me.  Jesus freely laid down His life so I could live.  Herein is the first remembrance of the Red, White, and Blue for which I stand. 


            The Red, White and Blue
            A battle raged;  
                 A cross was staged;
            My Savior bled-
            "Forgive them," He plead
 
            For me, His blood ran red,
            For me, His stripes bruised blue;
            In death, He washed my sins, snowy white.
 
            I salute the Red, White, and Blue-
            A resurrection- The Savior true.
            I salute His sacrifice;
            For victory, Jesus paid the price. 
         
            For me, His blood ran red,
            For me, His stripes bruised blue;
            In death, He washed my sins, snowy white.
                                        Mary Crisp Jameson
           

Friday, February 10, 2017

Exercise

     Exercise, for me, is often a drudgery.  I have to really self-talk myself into it.  Yet, I feel so much more energized afterwards. 
     When I think about it, I suppose I often have what I call a "Jonah moment".  He didn't like what God called him to do.  He argued and complained but in the end he finally did what God asked him to do.  In the end, even though Jonah did not like the outcome, God did.   
     This puts me back to my first thoughts.  How often do I say "yes" to a request when I really want to say "no", but the outcome leaves me with satisfaction.    I just have to remind myself to be open to the prompting of the Holy Spirit and "exercise" by moving forward toward the center of God's will.   
    

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Success Through Prayer

     We all like success.  It brings a feeling of euphoria and joy.  So, I asked myself, "What can I do to achieve the most success and the fastest success?"  I believe the answer to this is prayer.  We need the involvement of our Father in  all areas of our life.
     Today and every day, we have before us an opportunity to make a difference in our nation through prayer.  Regardless of our beliefs, we need to unite in prayer.  Regardless of whether we like who is in office, our President, Vice President, or members of Congress, we have an opportunity and a responsibility to prayer for godly leadership and for unity.  This does not mean we have to change our ideals or beliefs unless we are led by God to do so.  It simply means we want great things for our country and the people.  We need God to lead our country.
     As I was studying the parable of the prodigal son, and his return to his father, the author reminded me of two things: 
    First, if the father knew what was happening to his son as he journeyed alone, in trouble with no help and without direction, it was like a knife wound in the father's heart.
    Secondly, everything the son had to began his journey came from his father, and everything he needed to regain his life was to be found only in his father's house.  
     The author also stated, "the joy of the father upon his son's return was unrestrained."
     Wouldn't it be awesome to see unrestrained blessings showered upon the United States of America?  How could we be more successful than that?
    
2 Chronicles 7:14     "If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
     
    

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Hope

     Never, can I remember the tremendous turmoil and division which ravishes our country today.  Because of the immoral, rebelliousness, and destruction being caused, it would be easy to write-off our country as hopeless.  Yet, as a Christian, I know there is hope in all things, and I will always have hope.  For me, hope means the following:

H-ope - an expectant attitude for the return of Jesus, the King of the Universe
O-ptimism- a confidence in the future knowing God is in control
P-ositive -a clear concept, without a doubt, that "all things work together for good" with God as the center
E-eternal life- being promised by my faith and belief in Jesus as my Savior and by my belief in His death and resurrection.  "He is Alive!"   He is my "Living Hope!"

1 Peter 1:3-5 (NASB) "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time."

Proverbs 23:18 (NIV)  "There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off."

Ephesians 4:4 (NIV) "There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called."

Colossians 1:27  (NIV) "To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles glorious riches of this mystery, which Christ in you, the hope of glory."