Another Virus Going Around

So many have this cold virus now. Many. It irritates the throat, causes coughing and sneezing, difficulty sleeping, etc. It is all around me. Thus far I and my kids have not caught it but my husband has and many at church today have. And as uncomfortable as a cold is, there is a greater virus going around people want to share readily, that of lazy Christianity. A lot is happening all around the world and we Christians need to be awake and pray and be lights in this dark world. ❤

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School Preparation

I am a teacher, most of you know. I homeschool our 2 kids. I am also a doctor, mostly retired now, doing private consulting work also. And my teaching experience last year was the first time I had two different grades, officially, and now that it is 1st grade and 5th/6th grade, my greatest preparation is not.booms and supplies, I have those, but it is quite different. During school, I am a servant of God, of my children and their knowledge and growth, still of my husband. There is none of serving me to be had there, no room for it, no need for it. So my preparation is in finishing our story quilt, in decluttering my mind, in preparing my heart and soul for service, in growing spiritually and maintaining my relationship with God who strengthens me. And we will go full steam ahead, in deep worship of obedience to the Lord and humbling of my heart. And that, my friends, is incredibly beautiful!!!! Bring it on! ❤❤❤

Good Does Not Balance Bad

Doing something good does not offset or make up for something bad you do, even if you believe that to be true or have made such a habit of this balance game that you do it automatically. What makes up for doing something wrong, like stealing, lying, cheating, doing drugs, getting drunk, watching porn, getting off on someone other than your spouse, killing someone, hating someone, not doing or saying what you should, etc. is to stop doing it and not do it again. God forgives most willingly if you humbly ask Him but if you ask forgiveness and then do it all over again, are you sincere? It would be like my daughter as ask toddler writing all over the wall with crayons and then telling me she is sorry then doing it again when I walk out of the room. The next day, telling me she’s sorry then doing it again. As a mom, I would be sad that she was still doing it and would rather she not even ask me if she didn’t mean it and was just going to do it again. Now a toddler doesn’t get that at all but we as adults do. We need to reapect and honor God so much that we don’t risk doing anything that would make Him sad or disappointed or even worse angry. I would rather err on the side of caution than risk disrespecting Him intentionally. I do that enough unintentionally. And I work on all this. It is hard to keep up with it but thank God He also helps us do what pleases Him!! Woo hoo!!❤❤❤

Perseverance

This word barely exists today. Disposable is the norm. Experiences, people, jobs, all disposable. I have been thrown out too so I know from experience. People use and then throw out when something suits them better. As such, and detesting ever being like everyone else, perseverance is what I want then. I never want to think so highly of myself that I throw someone away to benefit myself. Ever. I refuse. I will persevere in whatever condition I find myself to benefit those in my path. They will come first. They will benefit from my efforts. In the Bible, that is called “faithfulness” or “longsuffering”, a fruit of the Spirit. God is full of grace and faithfulness/perseverance. He is rich with it. When I ask Him for some, He freely and lovingly gives it to me and I have renewed energy for whatever happens at any given moment. It is beautiful! God is good! ❤❤❤

Hebrews 10:30-39

Hebrews 10:30. “For we know him who said, “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” and again, “The Lord will judge his people.” 31. It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. 32. Remember those earlier days after you had received the light, when you endured in a great conflict full of suffering. 33. Sometimes you were publicly exposed to insult and persecution; at other times you stood side by side with those who were so treated. 34. You suffered along with those in prison and joyfully accepted the confiscation of your property, because you knew that you yourselves had better and lasting possessions. 35. So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. 36. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. 37. For, “In just a little while, he who is coming will come and will not delay.” 38. And, “But my righteous one will live by faith. And I take no pleasure in the one who shrinks back.” 39. But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved.”

Late Night Thoughts

Recently, I have been struggling with my over-thinking at night. Night is when I am alone in my apartment, it is dark, I am lonesome and my thoughts wander a lot, sometimes in deep thought of spiritual matters, sometimes in physical and shallow matters like wishing I was not lonesome, sometimes in thoughts of people who once walked with me in the journey and hoping they are ok and praying for them. I have very recently decided to try to harness these thoughts and tame them, trying to take them captive for Jesus and give them over to Him for sorting and guiding. It is and new mental exercise, so to speak. I do not wish to allow my over-thinking to be used by the enemy and turned into a stumbling block, so I see wisdom in it. And God is increasingly my focus, His Word, prayer with Him, just worshiping and praising Him. It is a great new focal point on my journey through life. Love you! ❤

That Which Matters, Matters a Lot; That Which Doesn’t, Doesn’t at All

We live in a world of distraction, even chaos, if we let it escalate. We live in a world where people allow the wrong things go unopposed and the good, important things to be undefended. So we must be more intentional in our lives because that which matter is everything- God and things of God and set up by God. And things which do not matter do not matter in the least on a permanent, eternal basis. We must fix our eyes on Jesus, on the eternal, for our faith is much more valuable than our comfort. The things not eternal we must discern whether to simply ignore or to stand up for the Lord, and only the Holy Spirit can tell you which is which, but we will not hear Him if we allow distractions to in cringe on our spiritual health like little bacteria building up to try hard to make us sick. We must take our vitamins and vaccines, even medicine, specifically through constant prayer, throwing off of distractions, Bible reading and study/truth injections. We must do this because what really matters matters more than you can imagine and yhat which doesn’t (the temporary, evil, distractions, entertainment, antisocial media, etc.), not only doesn’t matter to our eternal life but can keep is from it. Ouch. Please pay attention with me. Let’s walk this together. God helps the second we humbly ask Him and we can encourage each other with truth. I love you! ❤