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Monday, June 12, 2017

God's Love

     Who will ever know the true love of God for "God is love"?  It is such a mystery on how much love He bestows on each of us.  His love runs deeper and wider than our minds and imaginations can grasp and comprehend. 
 
 
God's Love
My amazing God!
A King upon His throne,
focused,
eyes open,
ears attentive-
a heart attuned.
No love runs deeper,
rises higher,
reaches wider
than that of my Holy God.
His love, 
bestowing grace,
showing mercy-
A love found within His embrace.
A King upon His throne,
leading,
guiding,
sin atoning.
A love burning forever,
ceasing never-
His promised endeavor.
By the cross,
He saves from endless loss.
His love,
forsaking not- No Never!
He could not love me better.
                                 Mary Crisp Jameson
 
 


Friday, June 2, 2017

Recharging

    With summer comes vacations and travel.  A perfect time to recharge! 
    When I talk of recharging I am not referring to recharging cell phones, laptops, or other electronic equipment.  I am referring to the rest needed by our bodies and minds to get us through the daily life of climbing mountains, overcoming hurdles, conquering valleys, and resisting temptation.  As we fight these battles on our knees, with God leading, we also need to be aware of His mighty presence in restful times.  We need to continue to listen for his voice in the quiet moments of recharging as we enjoy a peaceful summer sunset,  the calming ocean waves, the rushing sound of a waterfall, or a simple stroll through winding flora-filled paths.    

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:
 he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake,
 ...thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.    
                                      Psalms 23

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Memorial Day and the Fallen


     Memorial Day is a time for remembering the people who died while serving in our country's armed forces. 
     I do not know the validity of the following, but I found these interesting, historical statistics on the internet: 

Fatalities from U.S. Wars and Conflicts
American Revolution (1775-1783)
4,435
War of 1812 (1812-1815)
2,260
Mexican War (1846-1848)
13,283
Civil War (1861-1865)
620,000
Spanish-American War (1898-1902) 
385
World War I (1917-1918)
116,516
World War II (1941-1945)
405,399
Korean War (1950-1953)
36,574
Vietnam War (1964-1975)
58,220
Gulf War (1990-1991)
383
Afghanistan War (2001-present)
2,381
Iraq War (2003-2012)
4,500

"Let Us Never Forget"
Freedom Reigns ....

      As we join together to remember the fallen war heroes and to pray for their families, let us not forget to remember another who offered His life up for everyone's salvation.   Jesus fought the battle of the Cross and won.  Let us also not forget those who have fallen for the sake of Christianity and those who continue to put their lives in danger by taking upon themselves His call for the Great Commission, " Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:  Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world."

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Make Their Day!

     We have all been there!  At one time or another, whether in the workplace, school, or neighborhood, there is someone who doesn't like what or how we are performing.  No matter how much we care about what others think, we will not always be liked.  Sometimes, it is only because others are jealous or simply wanting their own self-gratification.  They may even feel inferior and want to bring a person down because they are more successful.  Whatever the reason, our reaction is what weakens us or makes us stronger.
     You know, even Jesus was rejected in His ministry.  Most of all in His own hometown.  In Luke 4:22 we find that those who rejected him thought of him only as a poor carpenter's son.  How could He be the Messiah?  "Yet they said, 'Isn't this Joseph's son?' "   In the face of this rejection, what did Jesus do?  He pressed on to fulfill His calling.
     So, when we feel rejected, what should we do?  I say, "Press On!"  Continue to do the job you think you are called to do with the best of your ability.   We live in a world of human nature.  Our very core is sinful.  Our instincts lean toward gossiping, self-centeredness, and self-gratification.  Therefore, how should we react toward those who knowingly or unknowingly try to pull us down?    Matthew 5:44 tells us the best way.  "But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you."  
     Consider options that go along with these words of wisdom.  Pray for them.  Speak kindly.  Be friendly.  Provide them a smile for the day.  They might just need it.  True, we might have to dig deep, but surely we can find a compliment to give a struggling, hostile or complacent soul.  Go ahead.  Make their day!
     I believe, by turning the tables, we also make our own day.  Our hearts will feel better by being merciful and kind.  Why?  It helps to remove guilt feelings, hostile attitudes, and inclinations toward resentful.   It heals our hurt.  Kindness surely makes a person feel better about themselves while pressing on to achieve their own goals.   Above all, remember, we have been promised our rewards by a loving, forgiving God:
   "Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.  
     Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
     Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
     Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."


    

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Mother's Day

     Mother's day is special for most children especially for those mothers who live by Proverbs 31.   

 "Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies...She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household...strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come... She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness...She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness...Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her...but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised..."

     God bestowed a great responsibility upon the woman.  Not only does she need to change diapers, wipe runny nose, settle sibling disputes, and be prepared for their daily needs, but she needs to raise  her children with a loving and kind heart.  A mother is to "train up the child in the way he should go."  Only by grounding them in the Word of God can she do this.   

     I praise God that my mother was a virtuous woman.  She was honest, loving, and kind.  Her words were filled with Godly wisdom.  She was hard-working, rising early and working into the night to prepare for her children's needs.  She showed respect for all in the household.  My mother feared the Lord, and for that she shall be praised. 

 

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

The Door

     When I think of a door, I think, "something that opens and closes."  Maybe it opens to let in the welcome or else closes to keep away the unwelcome. 
     Scripture refers to a door over the lips in Psalm 141:3 (NIV)  "Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips."  Here we are cautioned to watch our words.  We can choose to close the door to our lips in order to retain either gossiping words that could "injury and kill" or retain unspoken, unkind words.  Maybe we could also open the door of our lips to speak only kind, considerate, and uplifting words.  The choice and the rewards are ours.  
     If I have a problem shutting the door of my lips, I might need to consider the words written in my In Touch devotional,  "Instead of talking about someone, it's wise to pray for that person.  Getting into this habit will help train the mind to replace sinful patterns with God-pleasing ways."

Sunday, May 7, 2017

House-Keeping

     I feel really good about my house when it is clean and neat.  Yet, very seldom is everything in its place.  In fact, the first thing I do when having company is to throw all the clutter into drawers, cabinets, and closets.  I wouldn't want anyone seeing how much my house is in disarray.
     Is that the way we live our lives, too?  We hide away what we do not want others seeing in our lives.  This brings up valid reasoning.  God sees all.  As a Christian, He lives in my house so I have a responsibility to keep it clean.   
     One writer of my Sunday School book put it much this way, "Your heart is the spiritual home of God.  As homeowner, He has the right to go through every room and make the renovations that He desires because He owns the house.  He paid for it with His  blood."
     So, I ask myself, "Am I willing to allow God to make the required renovations to maintain a clean house?"

1 Corinthians 3:16   "Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst?"