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!!!❤❤❤
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! ❤❤❤
So we have this oldies rock and roll band for senior clubhouses and classic car shows and weddings and what not, which is how we met. And our lead singer and his wife are unwell and may not be able to sing for us and we were wondering about what to do. Then our NYE gig cancels. So it was up in the air and we wondered if we were finished with it. Prayed about it and let it go. Then today I get a call to book NYE and a Holloween dance and she said she knows we would get someone great. So God answered prayers with a delay. He is so very good! And the world makes sense again. Without music, it was lacking. 🙂
Having faith is easy when nothing challenges it or presses in. To keep the faith in the stress of persecution or evil or ugliness or abuse, which liberals are much more widely heaping on the rest of us who do not agree with their views, is challenging. But we are warned that being a follower of Jesus Christ means being treated how they treated Him. Evil hates the light. It always has and always will. Thank God for our good President who holds freedom dear. And may those who oppose him be punished to the full extent of the law. But I digress, and use that example as one where prayer is our weapon against infringements on our faith. Prayer is our greatest tool because it humbles us and calls on our powerful and superior God to intervene and help. Also it changes your mood. Humble prayer elicits worship for you can not come before the throne of our powerful, loving God and not worship and praise. It is impossible. And worship and relationship with Him puts things in their proper perspective. Joy and peace rush in. You sing, you dance. It becomes clearer that God already won the war and oh yeah, I trust Him with all this. No worries. Faith kept. The second tool is truth. The Bible is the only truth. Know it, read it, love it. Bible is truth and truth is power because God is truth. Faith kept. Can’t fool or distract me because I am grounded in the truth and in constant prayer. Faith kept. I love you! ❤
Every horrible, slightly uncomfortable, noteworthy, pleasant, beautiful, ugly, amazing, incredulous, etc. thing that has ever happened to me is over. The moment, the days, the weeks all passed. They are gone. Only the now remains. The future is not guaranteed except our eternity in Christ. That is secure. We have lived through every day and every experience up to now. We have suffered, laughed, mourned, celebrated, all of it. But now is who we are because of or in spite of all that has happened. Now is proof of our learning from the past or deciding to relive it, did we learn or did we remain as we were? Was there good as a result in the proud person standing in front of the mirror or shame and impede nice of growth that you wonder if so much damage can be repaired? Or worse, are you so distracted you are lethargic to it all living like a sort of fleshy robot? I ponder things like this about myself now. I believe what purposeful choices I make now if done right would result in maturity and growth and strength and wisdom, with God’s help. I think if done wrong may damage my relationship with God and threaten my future. I believe we all have this free will choice but like it or not we face the consequences of our own decisions we make. Is momentary pleasure worth shaming the name of Christ, throwing what He an suffered for under the bus and dishonor in Him? Or should the decisions I make be purposeful to worship Him and honor His name? It is deep. It is the decision right now. In ten minutes I will have the same decision. In two hours I have the same decision to make. But right now is all I know I have so right now I will decide that forever with God is more important than any momentary pleasure that is gotten in His stead. Tomorrow’s are gone and their decisions gone. The beautiful thing about God is He goes by what decision you make now. He is less concerned about past mistakes than you might think. “Now, this decision, is the important one. I choose to worship God.” That statement should be tattooed on us, imprinted on us, put everywhere in the house for it will always each and every time be the important truth of the right decision. To heck with the past. Go from right now. “Right now, I will honor God and not me.”
I have few fears in life. I used to say I was fearless, which is close to the whole true story, but I fear the Lord and fear people within my reach not fearing the Lord. So I do have a me fears. I know God loves us all, made us all special, but He gave us all free will to choose Him or the other guy and we can be pretty short sighted sometimes and those consequences are real and frightening. But I digress and have only those two fears. The reason I don’t have more or worry like many (I wrote a book “Worry Crashers” on Amazon Kindle books that goes into more depth) is because one of my spiritual gifts is faith. This is why I am am doctor, a healer, and why I heal people sometimes inadvertantly, often purposefully. I can only do that because I have faith, believing what God says in His Word the Bible and trusting that God only tells us the truth. I believe what He says, even if I can’t see it. I trust Him like a kid trusts their honest parent. As such, I know He heals and is the Great Physician. As such, He always can heal anyone of anything. He can even raise the dead or make a brand new person, for heaven’s sake. I even have faith that if He chooses not to, there is a better reason for it. And tucked away in my faith are His promises in the Bible. He never ever gives us a command or rule without giving a corresponding promise with it. Test me on that. Every command has a promise that comes true when you obey it. “Humble yourself in the sight of the Lord” is immediately followed with the promise “and He will give you strength.” “Honor your father and mother and it will go well with you.” “Be strong and courageous and I will fight for you.” “Tithe and see if I do not provide what you need.” So many instances of every command having a subsequent promise. These promises are like our assurrance, our roots that hold us to the truth that there are reasons God tells us stuff. God says what He means out of love, for our benefit. My faith grows as I test Him and He delivers. I obey and bam! He delivers on His promise. It is like clockwork, you can count on Him. He is not off golfing on some distant planet, He is here answering prayers, keeping promises, living and active and in love with us, wanting all of us to be saved. So humbling and ao faithful. He is one of the few who is. It melts the heart. ❤
More and more as evil is rearing it’s ugly huge head around us everywhere, I am focusing on walking the straight and narrow path with blinders on. Not blind to the souls around us, not blind to the path, not blind to the needs around us, no. Some people do that and nothing for God gets done by them other than taking care of themselves. No, I mean having the eyes of Jesus and knowing the evil is around us everywhere but focusing ahead on the goal and filling the needs we can as we go but keeping steps toward the goal. If you focus on the evil, it is easy to be distracted from the goal. The goal is important. It is not Heaven. That is just a fact, a normal progression and result of the goal. The goal is a constant, pure, personal relationship with God. If we focus on that and keep our conversation with Him (prayer) going, we can do this with His help, focus on God’s importance rather than our own (worship and contrition), and stay right on the path. Praise God for His help!