In marriage, we work out disagreements and forgive wrongs, even perpetual ones, because we have a covenant in marriage, we have history, we have children, we have a shared home, we have God as our head, we are vested. Any relationship with history is a vested relationship. We share something, have a tangible reason to be together in spirit. People in war together have this strongly because the common history is deeply powerful and meaningful. As Christians, we have that same vested interest, only with more at stake… our eternity. It is easy to think of the now, but history is a bond and tangible memory and purposeful commitment to remind us of our bond. And Jesus invested in us with great suffering and His blood, even death, before He resurrected (praise God!). He has a vested interest in us and we in Him. It amazes me how people are so apt to accept every stupid thought in the world except Jesus, the only way to be saved for eternity. But He is the only Savior vested in us and that is where our loyalties should continually lie. ❤❤❤
As Christians, followers of Jesus Christ, we have enormous blessings and expectations. For istance, we are called to fast and pray, worship, love, be united, love more, give generously, give up selfish worldly pursuits, represent God, always speak truth, strive to understand, stand for truth, honor and please God in all we say or do, and of course read our Bible. And God expects this all and generously provides the resources to do it all. There is no excuse not to do any of these basic mandates of the faith. These are requirements, not out of duty, but out of humble obedience, love and appreciation for eternal salvation and blessings galore. And frankly, I have screwed up and am actively working to do my job better. I call you all out also to do the same. Get back to our first love and relationship with God. It is our responsibility. We are His hands and feet and things that are not being done are a result of us dropping the ball. Pick it up and run with it. God is on our side so we must obey Him. God loves us so we must love Him and other people. It needs to happen. We must do it. ❤❤❤
No matter how your mind travels or how far you wander away from God, He is always just one step back. That step is a humble prayer.
Today, I am not going to lie, I was exhausted. My mind was wondering all over the place and it was really hard to focus on God. A lot of running and rehearsals and two back to back gigs, kids things, so on. I was whooped and still had two consults today. But standing at the end of the day after the kids were asleep looking up at the stars in the back yard, I finally could humbly just praise God. And He was right there hearing me. This is how beautiful our God is. His mercy and grace and love for us is enormous. We fail Him and screw up again and He is never more than one step back, one humble prayer. Praise God!!❤❤❤
Daniel 3:5. “As soon as you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipe and all kinds of music, you must fall down and worship the image of gold that King Nebuchadnezzar has set up. 6. Whoever does not fall down and worship will immediately be thrown into a blazing furnace.” 7. Therefore, as soon as they heard the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp and all kinds of music, all the nations and peoples of every language fell down and worshiped the image of gold that King Nebuchadnezzar had set up. 15. Now when you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipe and all kinds of music, if you are ready to fall down and worship the image I made, very good. But if you do not worship it, you will be thrown immediately into a blazing furnace. Then what god will be able to rescue you from my hand?” 16. Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to him, “King Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. 17. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. 18. But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.” 19. Then Nebuchadnezzar was furious with Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, and his attitude toward them changed. He ordered the furnace heated seven times hotter than usual 20. and commanded some of the strongest soldiers in his army to tie up Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego and throw them into the blazing furnace. 24. Then King Nebuchadnezzar leaped to his feet in amazement and asked his advisers, “Weren’t there three men that we tied up and threw into the fire?” They replied, “Certainly, Your Majesty.” 25. He said, “Look! I see four men walking around in the fire, unbound and unharmed, and the fourth looks like a son of the gods.” 26. Nebuchadnezzar then approached the opening of the blazing furnace and shouted, “Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, servants of the Most High God, come out! Come here!” So Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego came out of the fire, 27. and the satraps, prefects, governors and royal advisers crowded around them. They saw that the fire had not harmed their bodies, nor was a hair of their heads singed; their robes were not scorched, and there was no smell of fire on them. 28. Then Nebuchadnezzar said, “Praise be to the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, who has sent his angel and rescued his servants! They trusted in him and defied the king’s command and were willing to give up their lives rather than serve or worship any god except their own God. 29. Therefore I decree that the people of any nation or language who say anything against the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego be cut into pieces and their houses be turned into piles of rubble, for no other god can save in this way.” 30. Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in the province of Babylon.”
People automatically think of marital faithfulness. And yes, that is vital to a healthy marital union. But faithfulness extends to every area of life. It is about doing the little things with moral consciousness and consistency, being consistently trustworthy. And faithfulness is a fruit of the Holy Spirit of God, so only can be achieved to any degree of consistency with Him. Faithfulness is a character trait that affects every area of your life, every little detail, every time we do the right thing, are there for our kids, keep a consistent honesty, integrity at every step. It is intentional, important. And it is linked to love deeply for who can work that hard without love being the motivation? I don’t know anyone. That is why people are often faithful only until it is inconvenient. God gives the love and strength to be faithful as we stay close to Him. Faithfulness is beautiful and sets us apart as lights in a dark, selfish world, for faithfulness is selflessness.❤
Many people have sacrifices for our country in service fields because of their love for our country, sometimes for a paycheck, sometimes because n of their sheer love for their fellow man and a God-given desire to help. In any case, the sacrifice they have made or are making now or even have made and they are retired now, this day we value, respect and really appreciate them and their families. Sometimes their families give up more than they do. So we thank them. Thank you, every service person, in past, present or future, for we could not be free without this sacrifice and be protected without your important work. You matter. What you did matters. What you are doing now matters. What better way to serve God than to serve men and women and u our country. Thank you all! God bless you all!!!❤❤❤
I used to think I accomplished things due to sheer power and might. Now, I realize more is accomplished by persistence. The benefits are lasting. Temporary power wins are temporary at best, fleeting at most, memories in no time. However, even less power for longer duration. Faithfulness. Persistence. Tough truth in this everything right now society. More emphasis needs to be on chilling out and keeping at it. This is a proof of moral character and fortitude. Stick-to-it-iveness. This is a powerful thing. Yes, takes time, but the benefits are enormous and lasting and much, much more valuable.❤