Still a Wild Animal with Hope

We have had our adopted dog Blue since January. And he is family and knows how things work and his place. He is house trained (thank God!) and leash trained and we do one or two long walks a day and about 4 very short walks. We go to the dog park every day or two also to let him run without a leash and just break loose. He eats well, drinks filtered water, is very healthy now with a shiny, soft coat, has a comfy dog bed, sleeps in my son’s room, etc. All this, and he still bolted for a squirrel, got loose from my grip and continued into the only woods on our walking route and had to be caught. Ran like a wild animal with no family that needed to eat that squirrel to live or something.

He is still a wild animal through it all. He is programmed to survive.

And I got to thinking about that. What separates tame from wild? Circumstances? Timing? Breeding?

What about people? What separates Godly from ungodly? Circumstances? Timing? Family upbringing?

For people, it is more. We have the power within our minds to reason and choose morality. We also can ask God for more wisdom and strength when times get tough. This is our God-given built-in, our brain.

And if we stay close to God and choose morality and reason, there is no problem we can not overcome. This is true personally, as a family, as a business, as a state, as a nation, as the kingdom of God.

This is hope, friends. Praise God!πŸ˜„β€

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The Path Unknown

God knows the way. I do not. I will still go down the path. I will cling to the hand of Jesus so I will never get lost again. And with Jesus, I will never fear the unknown path. It is not unknown to God.❀

Humble is the Goal

The world strokes you. They stroke you to sell stuff or to n push their agenda- money and power. They play on your pride that is our natural weakness. People want to be stroked. They want to feel important and valid and respected in this chaotic world. Pride pushes us to fight for what we want. Pride reinforces selfishness. It encourages self-thought and self-service. The opposite of pride out of control is being humble. Humble is the key to peace, joy, happiness, fulfillment because it is the proper way to be. It is putting yourself in the proper scope and frame of reference, knowing who you are in the world and who God is. We are not God, not even close on our best day or even best hour. When we realize God is all powerful and we are only important at all because He says we are and loves us (difficult to fathom) unconditionally, we get it. Then we can do what we can out of love and gratitude for Him and let Him do the rest because He can and will do what is best for everyone. We can rest in that, see? Like a child having faith, we can do that with God and then are under His eternal protection and salvation. It is that simple and beautiful! Praise God! ❀ ❀ ❀

As I Wonder

Since childhood, I have wondered about everything. It is a wonder I am still alive, to be truthful, as my curiosity has often crossed my fearlessness into daring and wreck less experiments just to see what would happen. I lived searching out truth. I wanted to know everything, how it works, how to fix it, how to make people’s lives better, how to make things easier for people. I have invented a number of things and written many songs (stopped counting after 400). I just want to do something new, is there anything new to do, has everything been thought of, is there no original thought left to be made, how does it all work, why did God makenit m like that, what purpose does that make? All these questions randomly pop into my brain. In childhood, I had more leisure time to wonder. I also had a very big, dangerous park close by which was not safe by any standards in thr late 1970’s to experiment with. (Consequently, serious shout out to my amazing and very strong and fast guardian angel, you rock and thank you!)

I still wonder about things, but I have so many responsibilities and distractions and family to care for that I have lately only had time to n ponder spiritual matters. What is heaven like, how will we recognize each other without bodies, do I pray enough for forgiveness of thoughtless sins, have the seeds I have n planted or watered in people’s souls helped lead them tosalvation, is the world better or worse for my having lived here, have my bad choices made me less effective a Christian? So many questions.

The good news is that God that I love and that loves me knows all these answers and I do not have to. Someday I will be able to ask in person and that is just an incredible thought. The more questions I have, the more I read my Bible and am satisfied. So as I wonder, I do so tongue in cheek, with great faith that the answers will be uncovered sooner than later and I am in God’s capable.hands in the meanwhile. Praise God!πŸ˜„β€β€β€

Bigger and Better Exaggerations

Have you noticed the at least American tendency toward exaggeration? We used to use our words well. Now we have to stress the importance by making them bigger, better, more impactful. It is no longer “important”, it is now “very important”. It is not “unique”, it is “very unique”. It is not “big”, it is “enormous”. We have awards for awards. It is like either pride has run wild or people feel they need extra drama to be worthy of any attention. I am not sure its origins but it is a thing. And it saddens me. When words don’t matter without exaggeration and embellishments, I just want to hug the speaker and tell them they are lived without needing all the bonus footage. They are enough. We are enough. We are made and loved by God and are worth conversations and attention without all the flourish. We need to get back to our roots and say it simpler with meaning. Just a thought I had.πŸ˜„β€

Better to Do What God Wants than Do What You Want

People forget so easily that God is in charge. He has a plan and it will succeed, it already has in fact. He is the winner. Jesus is the Champion for our salvation. God is it. When we work His will as shown to us in the Bible, we win. What little ideas we have are in no way better than the amazing blessings and rewards God has for us. So we have some discomfort. So what. I am quite sure Jesus went through quite a bit of discomfort for us. It is an honor to obey God. It is a blessing to worship Him!πŸ˜„β€

My Daughter’s Rapture Dream

My 8 1/2 year old daughter had a dream two nights ago. She told me she dreamed the best dream, a rapture dream. I asked what it was like. She simply said, “It was so happy, because there was bombs and chaos and bad stuff going on and all of a sudden Jesus took us to heaven. It was beautiful.” The beauty of heaven must have overshadowed the chaos that happened just before because she did not mention how dark or scary it was before, just that Jesus took us to heaven. The saving part and heaven was all she saw of it and it gave her happy thoughts the rest of the day. And she has been on great behavior looking forward to that day.

Maybe we need to focus on our salvation and promise of heaven more and stop paying so much attention to the negativity. Maybe we will draw closer to Jesus and not be overwhelmed by the bad stuff that will happen. Expect it but rest in Jesus, who is way bigger.❀❀❀