Sunday, September 20, 2015

Relax I AM Here

Relax I AM here with you Peter!
Have you ever had times when feel like no one really and truly cares? I'm sure most all of us has experience this emotion at one time or another and it is a very lonely feeling. Whenever I feel like I do not have anyone to talk to that can understand what I'm going through, I talk to my Best Friend. Sometimes I call Him Heavenly Father and other times I call Him Jesus, but no matter how I address Him He always listens and sometimes He speaks to me in my Spirit.  And, of course, He just listens as a good friend would.  He is the most loving and caring friend a person could have.

You may think I'm crazy, but there are times when I pray a normal type prayer, but most of the time I carry on a conversation with Him like a father and son would. Sometimes the pressures of life weigh me down especially when I do not understand why certain things have happened during the course of my life.  I have found that just talking to Him about anything gives me a much needed peace that I would not have know if I had not talked to Him about the issues that were bothering me.

The Lord has revealed understanding to me about the issues in my life when I need it and it is not always at the time I talk to Him.  One of the most comforting things He has revealed to me is that even though certain events were uncomfortable in my life He was at work in the situation because it was a part of His plan. He revealed to me that He created or allowed the situation partly for my benefit, but more importantly for me to be at the right place at the right time for Him to speak through me, which ministered to those He sent to me to.  Often times the individual I was talking to said that what I just told them was exactly what they needed to hear.  The Lord is so awesome! 

Circumstances are not alway what they appear to be.  When we go through times of what seems to be a times of testing, trial, or even tribulation is actually the Lord at work putting things together according to His plan for our benefit and for the benefit of someone else.  This is His way of answering prayers of others.  We cannot always see the what and why of His plan in the present, but once we can relax and trust in Him in all circumstances of life we will be able to see His purpose and His handy work in action.

If you are like me I have grumbled and complained about every tough time I ever endured.  That seems natural doesn't it? But now,  I have a whole new prospective about life as I see things so much different now.  I have discovered "IT'S NOT ALL ABOUT ME"!  It is "ALL ABOUT HIM"!  I am His servant, not the other way around.  It's not about what we can get out of life, it's about what He wants us to do for His glory and His purpose.

One final thought before I go is I'm sure some of you may be wondering how He speaks to me.  He speaks to me in various ways, but one of the most outstanding ways through the study of His words in scripture.  As I study He is able to reveal nuggets of wisdom that I did not know or understand before.  The Book of Psalms is the one that has allowed Him to speak to me the clearest.  In the New Testament both Jesus and Paul quoted heavily from Psalms and I highly recommend that you read Psalms too.

Tip of the day.  Relax and let Him have His way in your life and you will see Him do awesome things through you.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Time Gets Better With Age

A friend of mine sent this to me as an e-mail and I liked well enough to share with you. I hope you will enjoy.

Time Gets Better With Age - What have you learned?

  • I've learned that I like my teacher because she cries when we sing "Silent Night." Age 5
  • I've learned that our dog doesn't want to eat my broccoli either. Age 7
  • I've learned that when I wave to people in the country, they stop what they are doing and wave back. Age 9
  • I've learned that just when I get my room the way I like it, Mom makes me clean it up again. Age 12
  • I've learned that if you want to cheer yourself up, you should try cheering someone else up. Age 14
  • I've learned that although it's hard to admit it, I'm secretly glad my parents are strict with me. Age 15
  • I've learned that silent company is often more healing than words of advice. Age 24
  • I've learned that brushing my child's hair is one of life's great pleasures. Age 26
  • I've learned that wherever I go, the world's worst drivers have followed me there. Age 29
  • I've learned that if someone says something unkind about me, I must live so that no one will believe it. Age 30
  • I've learned that there are people who love you dearly but just don't know how to show it. Age 42
  • I've learned that you can make someone's day by simply sending them a little note. Age 44
  • I've learned that the greater a person's sense of guilt, the greater his or her need to cast blame on others. Age 46
  • I've learned that children and grandparents are natural allies. Age 47
  • I've learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on and it will be better tomorrow . Age 48
  • I've learned that singing "Amazing Grace" can lift my spirits for hours. Age 49
  • I've learned that motel mattresses are better on the side away from the phone. Age 50
  • I've learned that you can tell a lot about a man by the way he handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights. Age 51
  • I've learned that keeping a vegetable garden is worth a medicine cabinet full of pills. Age 52
  • I've learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you miss them terribly after they die. Age 53
  • I've learned that making a living is not the same thing as making a life. Age 58
  • I've learned that if you want to do something positive for your children, work to improve your marriage. Age 61
  • I've learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance. Age 62
  • I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands. You need to be able to throw something back. Age 64
  • I've learned that if you pursue happiness, it will elude you. But if you focus on your family, the needs of others, your work, meeting new people, and doing the very best you can, happiness will find you. Age 65
  • I've learned that whenever I decide something with kindness, I usually make the right decision. Age 66
  • I've learned that everyone can use a prayer. Age 72
  • I've learned that even when I have pains, I don't have to be one. Age 82
  • I've learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love that human touch - holding hands, a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back. Age 90
  • I've learned that I still have a lot to learn. Age 92
I've learned that prayer makes a difference at any age.  Age 66

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Apathy Is An Expression That Is Opposite of Love

The word for today is "Apathy".  Apathy is a noun that expresses a lack of interest, enthusiasm, or concern for a person, place, or thing.  Apathy is not necessarily just the words alone that are spoken as it is a destructive attitude towards others through our body language too.

I have found that when others have shown their apathy towards me I am more hurt inside than I would be if they had spit on me.  I've never had anyone spit on me, but I have had people express their apathy of disrespect towards me.  Why would they do this?  Am I so unworthy of their respect?

I tried to find an example of "Apathy" in the scriptures to help me understand people.  I tried using the King James Version and New King James Version, but it was not there.  I tried a couple of other versions and found some interesting translations: Amplified and The Voice.

Here's a statement I found for Ephesians 4 from The Voice: "Now that Paul has described the new world as God would have it, he urges believers to live out their callings with humility, patience, and love: to walk as Jesus walked. These are the ways of Jesus. Paul encourages them to do whatever it takes to hold onto the unity that binds people together in peace. He does not ask them to create that unity; this has already been accomplished through the work of the Rescuer and His Spirit. Rather, he calls believers to guard that unity—a more modest but no less significant task—because that unity is founded on God’s oneness and work in the world."

I think, "Apathy" is one of the meanest and cruelest ways to treat another individual as it can be so hurtful and damaging that can cause a person to never get over it.  I am speaking from my own experience.

Why does one treat another one with "Apathy"?  They are selfish and do not know or understand the Jesus kind of love mentioned in the quote above.  Here is a sign I found on FaceBook this morning that perfectly teaches us how to treat one another:

I confess the hardest part for me is the part that says, "keeps no record of wrongs" as the memories of these past hurt feelings do not want to go away.  I guess if they had said, "I'm sorry I was wrong and should have never said that" the pain would have gone away.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

A Heart For God

A year or so ago I felt the Lord was impressing upon me to get to know Him better through the reading and study of His words. I've been reading and studying the scriptures daily since about 1970 and I thought that I knew a lot already through a random study out of context. The Lord impressed upon my "heart" to start with the New Testament and read the scriptures word for word. He also impressed upon me to take notes on particular words or phrases that speak to my "heart". Speaking of the word "heart" I have found that the word "heart" is mentioned so many times in the scriptures that I could not count them all. God wants us to have a "heart for Him" and to worship Him in Spirit and in Truth. I believe He wants us to know Him in an intimate way.

Using this method I filled up my first notebook with these golden nuggets that, I believe, the Lord wanted me to find. After finishing the New Testament I felt the Lord speaking to my "heart" to do the same thing with the Old Testament and I was amazed to find out how much of the Old Testament was quoted by Jesus, some of the disciples, and especially the Apostle Paul. The Old Testament was a bit harder for me to follow in certain books, but I did notice there is a common thread that points to the coming King Jesus. I was surprised to find out that the entire Bible is really "all about Jesus".

The book of Job was hard for me because of the horrible things that Job went through and his poor excuse for friends. In ways I could relate to Job's suffering as I was going through a difficult trial at the time of the reading.

I am now in the book of Psalms and I must report that the book of Psalms is my favorite so far. Almost every chapter I see the different Psalm writers speaking prophetically of the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. There is a common thread in scripture, and it is the importance for the believer, is that we are looking forward to the "Blessed Hope".  And, that is that we look forward to Jesus' coming to get us, and to judge those that have rejected Him.

He is worthy to be praised and worshiped for the great things He has done, is doing now, and will do soon. I pray that you have accepted His call and that you are ready to meet Him when He comes. He's coming to get us soon so don't put it off any longer. Please do not be deceived as there is no other way to God than through Jesus. He is the way, the truth, and the life. AMEN

Please read Psalms 96 from the New King James Version