Being 40+, much of what I have focused on through life getting here did not really signify. Much would have no lasting value, no eternal component, just distraction and noise. Much I walked over or through very quickly should have been explored, deepened, much more time spent because of its eternal component. There is here and now which is survival for the moment and there is here and now which affects your eternity. As you mature, you realize this and plan the next steps more thoughtfully. Really getting this would have changed so much of my behavior and choices from then, which is theory and bears no relevance to the now. However, knowing this makes the now much more meaningful as an opportunity to put this valuable wisdom into practice. Think of the eternal before attempting to act or speak. ❤
I just saw a very scary new technology demonstration about an implantable microchip that apparently some people already have implanted. This is the mark of the beast. They are selling it on safety and health and convenience. It is lies and a form of control. Do not take this chip. No matter the cost, do not have this implanted. Revelations has very bad things to say about it. Just a warning. The enemy is tricky and lies constantly. Say no to the chip and write our authorities and governmental representatives that we do not want this chip in America. Not my normal post but I was just made aware of it and object profoundly and must share it.
What matters? What deserves our attention and energy and time? Does entertainment matter? Does tech matter? Does social apps matter? Do games? Does porn? Do momentary pleasures matter? Drugs? Alcohol? Clubbing? Nope. Because what matters is what benefits you eternally. The afterlife is forever. The life on this planet is very temporary. Attend to what God says in the Bible matters. That is what truly matters. God, His Love and Truth and Hope, matters. I am leaning towards that being about it. Of course serving Him is serving and loving those He placed in our path. That is all. Everything else is deception, distraction or devices. Follow God. ❤
Last year, I had recently lost the best man in the world, the only one who has ever loved me without conditions and my greatest supportive force of my life, my daddy. And two other important, loved people to me also died then. I was sad, I did not even want to celebrate. I did not know how to. It was a monumental loss I had never experienced. So last Christmas was going through the motions, trying to be happy for the kids and my husband, doing my best so they were not traumatized as I was.
So here is my thought. You are never alone, as you feel. You are never unloved, as you feel. God is our Heavenly Father and loves us so much. So the advice is to remember that, get out and do something (socialize or exercise or serve somewhere), even if you don’t feel like it. Just do it. Read your Bible. Spend time with God. Do something. You will not feel like it. But from experience, time and God heal faster when we do something. The bed is a consuming blackness and brooding makes it worse. So chin up, my love. God will bless your efforts and love you stronger in time. It ends so much quicker when you do something. You can. ❤
People will always want more. My daughter gave away her precious stuffed dog (the one she sleeps with) to her best friend (who wanted it) last night without my knowledge. Then at bedtime, she cried herself to sleep because she missed her little dog so much. Heart-breaking. But I remember a much more horrible decision I made as a late teenager whose boyfriend pressured me into giving much much more than I should have and ended up dumping me anyway. And no one treasures your God-given treasure like you do. I’m sure this girl thinks it is just another stuffed animal when it was precious to my daughter. There will always be people who want more, want your stuff, see your contentment with it and want your thing believing your contentment will follow. And I realize what God meant when He said (Matthew 7:6) “Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.” He means there are things you only provide to people worthy of them, those who don’t want to have it to have it or in search of your peace, but to those who appreciate and not demand, who will be uplifted by it truly, who honor God and will be helped. We both learned valuable lessons. Thought I would share it. ❤
So, I am sitting here in church and they are singing “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” like a dirge. First of all, when singing a Christmas song, it is a celebration of Jesus’ birthday. So it is happy. A happy occasion. A celebration. I don’t think the angels were reverent and morose. I believe they were partying. Hey, Jesus, you Messiah, came down to save you people! Woo hoo! Just sayin’. ❤
Tell Jesus your problems and He will understand and help.
Tell anyone else your problems and they will be disheartened and misunderstand them or use them against you and not help.
Releasing negative words to a person may make your burden lighter for a moment but make someone else’s heavier and return to you heavier also in time.
So telling only Jesus (in prayer) our problems is wisest because He loves us, understands, can bear the weight of them with ease, and can help.❤