I want to announce to the world that God is not boring. I know for a fact that many people can believe He is by seeing some of these church buildings and church meetings. Some are aforementioned solemn you feel like confessing if you cough and feel like you will be excommunicated if your kid makes a noise. And grandiose, almost gaudy decorations all over and the smell of dust for the empty building through the week. I think churches have done church wrong for generations. The early church meetings were in people’s homes so money would go to those who need it and not opulent buildings. And people read from the Bible and worshipped and sang songs together. That part is good but not sure where in the Bible is the hour long boring sermon that reads a verse and then narcissistically prattle on for an additional 50 minutes. God is not boring. Or a narcissist. Or wasteful with money. Or quiet. What in nature is quiet? What in nature is boring? Nothing. Even when God designed His temple for the Jews, it had awesome things like nets and pomegranates and beasts and winged creatures all over it and ordered it to be colorful! He is a God of movement and color and noise and fun and life and beauty. Our church meetings should reflect that and perhaps we would wake everyone up and get them saved before He comes. Imagine that. ❤
I had a bizarre and pretty exhausting day today. I am certain you are quite interested in it lol. Thank God, I started it off with a fast 5-K walk (my knees told me I cannot jog anymore) and a long prayer with my God, how I love Him! Then came two audiologic consults, reminding me that I am a doctor and can still help people. Then lunch and home for ditch digging and dressing (with concrete and river rocks) continued. Cleaned up from that and headed to the pool with the kids then grabbed chicken for supper on the way home. Had to hit two gas stations for filling up the tank as the first station was out if gas. They are price gouging because of the hurricane (as bad as lawyers, benefitting from people’s terror) and should be penalized for it, but I digress. Then showers and now about to hit the sack. I am wiped out. However, I am still alive and healthy and at peace. You see, when I start the day with the Lord I love so very much who loves me, the whole day is set in the right tempo and peace and joy mix to allow all the things flying at me to not stick. It is like a good prayer life with God is a good grease that the crud flying at us cannot dig into or stick to. The peace and joy and hope remain in tact all day. That is the secret, friends. Even in ugliness and abuses and selfishness surrounding and threats of catastrophes, God holds me closer than I can hold Him and sustains, provides for, loves and nd protects me. It is beautiful. On the busiest days, calm prevails. Beautiful!! Thank you, God! ❤❤❤
When I was growing up, a “staring problem” was when someone was staring at you for no reason. The result was someone calling you out for it and whipping your tail if you didn’t knock it off. Everyone acceoted that as normal and those co sequences normal. It was just how it was. Nowadays, there are two new “staring problems” and I am calling them out. Not enough people are and not enough tail whipping is going on. 1. Too many surveillance cameras see too much and know too much. 2. People are staring at their tech and not living life or socializing nearly enough. I am calling it out. Both deserve a tail whipping because both are bad. These are not good things. We as individuals and as a society need to address these enormous and glaring “staring problems”.❤
Forgiveness is easy when you do these steps:
1. Admit and state the full insult/pain/hurt/trauma, etc. You have to have something valid and tangible to forgive. You can not forgive a feeling.
2. Realize why you were hurt by that and what false believes you had that made it an offense. For example, it hurt when he criticized my cooking because I believe the lie that I may not be a good cook or may not be loveable unless I cook well or whatever. Pain from an offense is a byproduct of something deeper. You have to address the deeper issue.
3. Pray and ask God to give you truth to expose and remove the lie and remove the specific pain from it.
4. Forgive yourself and the offender and whomever else you may have been holding a grudge against. If you need help, humbly ask God to help you.
5. Let it go and move on. Do something else. Your work is finished.
6. Repeat this process until no more offenses come to mind.
7. Rest and enjoy the peace God provides when we obey and when we allow Him to lighten our burdened heart. ❤ ❤ ❤
I remember being in a wedding. I was there early all dressed up, ready way before the bride and groom were. Then they were finally ready and we had to hurry up and wait again for the last minute people to get there. Then we waited for the late ones. And finally we stopped waiting. The waiting was over.
Another time I remember a man I was deeply in love with and wanted and expected to marry. But he kept making me wait and wait to marry. Engaged but no date and stall and I realized I was waiting for the wrong man and I had to stop waiting and accept his decision to not love me back. The waiting was over.
Whatever else I have done in life where I had to wait eventually ended in and stop to the waiting. Things finally happened to change the and tats from waiting to happening. And here we are today with the longest waiting game of my life, waiting for the true in-love-deeply-with-Jesus church to be caught up and gotten out of this place. And we wait. And I see it, many have tired of waiting and have fallen asleep. Many have decided it is not real or really going to happen. Many don’t even care anymore because they filled their lives with more important or pressing distractions like tech, entertainment, desires and lusta, etc. And some of us still are eager and expectant. And our job is to do our job to the beat of our ability as working for the Lord in the worship of obedience and love God and everyone He puts in our path. So, let’s be awake and eagerly serving our Lord. And someday the waitinf will be over. Praise God!!!❤❤❤
When God says to “Be ready for my coming draws near”, He is not talking about having a bug out bad or store of rations or millions of gallons of water stockpiled or firearms and weapons. That is for people not wanting or expecting or ready to be raptured/caught up/taken to heaven before the tribulation (see Revelation in the Bible). There is another list of preparedness we are called to. It is a list you know. 1. Be saved. 2. Confess and repent of sin. 3. Pray and read your Bible to grow your relationship with Jesus Christ. 4. Work on the fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23 in the Bible): love joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, self-control. That is God’s idea of preparedness. You follow His plan, and you are ready for anything. He is our Provider and Protection. We want to please Him and not us and we will be with Him forever. Then the details will work themselves out. And rest in His beautiful peace. Don’t get distracted or discouraged, focus on Jesus Christ. Just that. Focus and live for Him and with Him. Pray, pray, pray. Praise God!! ❤❤❤
Born stubborn and with an extremely strong will, I assumed most of my life’s biggest struggles were defeated by my own strong will power. I firmly believed that. So much so that I actually prayed many times for God to help other people but helping me wasn’t necessary. “They need you, I’m good”. So foolish was I! Indeed, my greatest strength was realized when God allowed my will power to be broken down and me to humble my heart and realize I am weak but God is strong. What needs to be strong is always strong… God. My will power focuses the strength on me but humble prayer focuses me on God, the Winner. I attached the link for the new song for my kids tomorrow in worship God gave me for them if you are interested. Anyone may use it freely. “All we need is faith and a humble hearted prayer and God will answer us best”. https://youtu.be/u-Mj_VbFqYQ