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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Power Of The Universe

      There is nothing that can bestow more peace than knowing God holds the power over all creation and events in our lives.  Just knowing I can place my loved-ones in God's hands and accepting His will for them provides a peace beyond understanding because I know God is all-powerful. 
 
          Power Of The Universe

Echoes cross the void and empty space;
There’s not a soul in this wondrous place.
Then, listen! The sound rings out with a mighty shout-
The earth rolls out.
Beauty and splendor are His making.
Seas appear, mountains erupt, the earth is shaking. 

There is power, wonder-working power;
Feel it! Look and watch every hour.
There is power through the universe-
Hear it, see it blossom and disburse. 

The sun, the moon, the stars-
The universe from earth to Mars;
Animals both large and small
Awaken to His call. 
See it, touch it, know the power
Throughout the waking hour.

The lightning flashes,
The thunder clashes-
Its bright!
Its light!
He holds the power,
In the stormy hour.
The wind whirls; it slashes;
The rain pounds and splashes;
Yet, He’s the master of the storm
Since this earth was born.

Watch for the Power-
Feel His presence in the refreshing shower.
It’s all around,
From the heavens down to the ground. 
Hear the power of His thunder;
Look at all the surrounding wonder.

There is power, wonder-working power;
It's among us every hour.
See it, touch it, feel it!
Let it blossom and flow. Let it fit. 
There is power in the peace-
The birds that twitter when the winds begin to cease.   

His blood flows evermore,
From His hands, His feet; Listen to the roar. 
Feel it! Savor it! The earth quakes.
See, the power as some come awake.
The solid rocks burst and split.
What power the blood does emit. 

See it, touch it, feel it! Accept the wonder of the Power-
Ruler over every hour.
Praise Him - Father, Son and Holy Ghost.
Bow to the Power of the Heavenly Host!
                                      Mary Crisp Jameson

Psalms 145:11-12  "Thy shall speak of the glory of thy kingdom, and talk of thy power; To make known to the sons of men his mighty acts, and the glorious majesty of his kingdom." 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Fairytale Story

     Most all of us enjoyed fairytale stories growing up.  Many of the stories started with “Once upon a time,”  and ended with “And they lived happily ever after.”    These stories led a lot of us to believe that life would end with happiness and success.  Along the way, some have been disappointed.   
     As we grew into adults and tackled the world outside our fairytale stories we learned there was more to the in-between parts; that is, how the prince lived while he was a toad and how long Cinderella had to  scrub floors in hand-me-down rags.  Many of us wonder if we will ever make it from rags to riches.  We are always looking for that silver lining thinking that money will make us happy. 
     Then there are those who live a lowly life, but find the happy ending simply by accepting the fact that God made us beautiful in whatever situation we are living.  Focus is on the greater things of life, which is their spiritual walk.  They have learned to enjoy who they are in Christ.  Their hearts are joyful because they have created, through God, their own happy ending.  They are not standing around complaining, waiting to be kissed by prince charming. 
     I believe God opens the windows of heaven and pours out stardust every day.  It is up to us to catch it and enjoy life.  When I read the last section of Malachi 3:10, I could envision the windows of heaven opening and all that stardust, in the way  of blessings, pouring down upon my head.   I just have to do my part to receive it.  I need to give Him my  praise, my time,  my witness for Him in whatever ability He has bestowed upon me, and just return to Him a small portion of what He does for me every day in order to be able enrich my fairytale story and make it become a reality.  
     Actually my story is no fairy tale.  It goes like this:   "Once upon a time" there was me, without God in my heart.  Then I believed.  Jesus came into my life and I  "live happily ever after."
     Malachi 3:10,  “ Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.”
     John 3:16, "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 

 

Thursday, October 2, 2014

The Fig Leaf

     “A Friendly Shade” is covered in various types of trees, including a fig bush.  As much as I enjoy “A Friendly Shade” it is a far, far cry from the Garden of Eden. Yet, when I observed the fig leaf and thought about the sin Adam and Eve tried to cover, I looked at my own heart and decided that I needed to find a much bigger leaf. I didn’t have far to travel to find the largest one in “A Friendly Shade.” As you can see, there is no comparison. My leaf of choice has to be the sycamore.

     Even at that, the large sycamore leaf cannot do a better job than the fig leaf did for Adam and Eve. God can see through them both no matter how much I try to hide. He knows my every thought and my heart.

1 Samuel 16:7 “…Man does not see what the lord sees, for man sees what is visible, but the Lord sees the heart.

      Man may not always see or know what is in our hearts, but our actions often tell the story. The words that we say may not always protray our works or actions.  Man has to “listen” to the action of people rather than their words in order to determine what is being hidden in the heart. We may think we are hiding our true feelings or intents but, at some point, they will surface.
     Praise God He has a forgiving spirit! Unlike most men.      

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Peacemakers

     It is easy to have peace when we are along in a quiet and peaceful place, like "A Friendly Shade", but how can we manage to surround ourselves with a feeling of peace when we are around people who seem to want to disturb that type of environment?   We are told in Romans 14:19 to “Follow after the things which make for peace” 
     I tried to find scriptures that give us words of advise on how to be peacemakers and came up with the following acronym for peacemakers. 

P - Pray for others …Matthew 5:44b “…pray for those who persecute you”

E- Endure -………...1 Corinthians 4:12b “… when we are persecuted, we endure    it.”

A-Avenge not  .........Romans 12:19a “Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves…”

C –Constant in Pray..Romans 12:12b “continuing instant in prayer.”

E- Exercise restraint.1 Corinthians 8:9 “Be careful, however, that the exercise of your rights does not become a stumbling block to the weak.”

M-Merciful ............. Luke 6:36  “Be merciful just as your Father is merciful.”

A –Answer softly.... Proverbs 15:1 "a gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.

K –Kindness............Romans 12: 10a “Be kindly affectioned one to another…”

E-Extend to those in need..Proverbs 31:20 “She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy.

R –Recompense not..Romans 12:17a “Recompense to no man evil for evil…”

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Why Pray?

     It’s almost Fall!  The tell tale signs surround “A Friendly Shade.”  The leaves are beginning to fall; some even have a hint of changing colors.   Even though I don’t always enjoy the weather in any given season, I do love the changing of the seasons.  I am so glad that God is in control.  How do I know this?  He tells us in Isaiah 40:7  The grass withers and the flowers fall, because the breath of the Lord blows on them…”
     My next question is  the same as the author from In Touch, “If God is in control of all things why does He ask us to pray?"  We already knows that God knows all, controls all, can do all, and give all?
     Since I am not a Bible scholar, I went back and reviewed my weekly IN Touch devotional for an answer and found in the September, 2014 publication a few things the author wrote, as follows:
     "God desires to involve His children in the work He is doing.  Prayer helps us maintain a sense of dependence upon our Father and leads to a deepening intimacy with Him. God desires to bring us into agreement with His will.  The more our plans line up with His, the more He is able to accomplish in and through our life.”
     I also found in Matthew 26:41 that Jesus says, “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation.  The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”   
     On further reflection, even Jesus prayed, and He knew the Father’s will.  He prayed in a solitary place.  Mark 1:35 tells us, “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.”  Luke 5:16 says, “But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.”  Then in John 17:1 we are told he asked, “After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed: “Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you.”   
     Jesus actually gave us so much insight into what and how we should pray.  He even gave us examples of His own prayer life.    He prayed when even- “He knew!”

 

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Satan Is Tracking You!

     With the Home Depot breach of stolen credit cards, is there no place to hide?  We live in the world of credit and debit card use. We are also faced with being tracked, practically, wherever we go, even in my cozy, “A Friendly Shade."       As a matter of fact, someone just told me they were traveling and received a notification that they were near a certain store and to “stop in and see them.”  It seems they had downloaded an app from that store on their phone.  Wow!  Very scary!
     That being said, have we ever thought about the fact that we have always been tracked?  Satan has been roaming the earth for years tracking down whoever he can to sway us away from the One who can and will protect us.  “…because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:” 1 Peter 5:8    This should, in fact, be even scarier than any stolen identification or tracking system through electronic mode.  Even though we may all go through earthly man created problems as the result of illness, financial loss, depression, or other situations we can have hope and joy in knowing we have a Savior. 
     All God asks is for us to believe His Son died for us and believe.   “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
     It is as simple as that!  No matter the horror we go through in life or the fear of tomorrow, if we truly accept and believe as promised in John 3:16 we will have an eternal life forever in heaven. 
     One thing I know is that God does not have to have a tracking devise.  Once I accepted Him as my Savior I was given the Holy Ghost who lives within.   He walks with me every single day.  “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you…  But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.”  John 14: 17, 26

    

 

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Have A Little Talk

     My previous blog was about a conversation between Adam and Eve, which is basically the same conversation that has been repeated through the generations.  Today I thought about yet another conversation-one which fits a lot of us in so much of our daily lives.   We all like to have a little talk with someone we love.  Couldn't that also be turned around? 

     Having worked all day, I was tired.  It was early to bed for me.  As I turned off the light, I heard my companion and best friend quietly say, “Don’t you want to talk awhile. We really have not talked much today for you have been too busy.” 
     Trying to brush it aside so I could close my eyes, I replied, “I really want to, but could we do it in the morning?”  Not waiting for an answer, I quickly rolled over and went to sleep. 
     As usual, I woke a few hours later and was having trouble going back to sleep.  I thought, “Maybe I could say a few words so I rolled over and whispered,  “Are you awake?  And can we talk now?” 
     “Of course, I am always here waiting for you to take time to talk with me.” 
     It was dark and I couldn’t see.  Not wanting to fully wake up, I never even opened my eyes.   Sluggishly, I offered a few bits of what was on my mind, never thanking Him for staying awake to hear what I had to say, much less listen for an answer or sense His presence, for soon I was fast asleep.
     The next morning as the alarm sounded, I tapped it off and dozed some more.  Then suddenly it was late. Much too late!  I sprang from the bed to dress for work.  Running out the door, I muttered, “Sorry, we didn’t talk this morning. We’ll do it later.” 
     “Any time,” I heard a voice, so understanding, quietly say, “I’m always here.”
     The day was busy with no time to stop and soon, here again, time had rolled around and the bed was looking good.  I crawled back in, flipped off the light, pulled up the covers and heard, “Don’t you want to talk?  I have been patiently waiting for you all day?” 

     If the shoe fits, we should be ashamed for we should come before God,  humbled and on bended knee, giving Him quality time in the morning, during the day, and last thing at night.  God is so ready to give us His love, direction and protection.  He has already given us His Son!