So apparently, the second week after a hurricane, some things are still not back to normal. There is no milk anywhere, so hurricanes produce milk shortages. I never knew that, this being my first one. I am learning as I go here and have to keep changing plans like cooking every day for breakfast instead of sometimes having cereal. Also, took the kids down for homeschool PE and the fields were still closed, so changed gears and did school and yard cleanup instead. Yesterday was already to teach Sunday School and it had been cancelled (found out when I got there) and had to entertain the kids until worship. Evidently things stay closed a long time and everyone assumed you know that. And now I do know, learning as I go. But I would rather be there and be ready and then find out it is postponed than to have go time and be unprepared and sleeping. I think that way about the rapture, the catching away of the true Christians, like the parable of the wedding Jesus spoke of, where half the bridesmaids were ready when the groom came and could attend the marriage ceremony and half were caught unprepared and we’re left behing. I want to be a part of the marriage. Jesus really wants everyone there. He wants people to be ready. No one knows the day or hour but there is a day and hour coming sooner than it was a minute ago, sooner than it was yesterday, soon. Now is the time to purify our hearts and draw close to God in prayer and be ready.❤
Matthew 5:27. ‘”You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ 28. But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29. If your right eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. 30. And if your right hand causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell.”‘
This was Jesus Christ talking. It is a direct truth from Him. I am tempted to throw out all media because it focuses on sex so much to sell things, in movies, on tv, in the news, everywhere and pornography pops up everywhere, computers, androids, phones, you name it etc. People believe it is ok because it is everywhere. Lust is not ok. Porn is not ok. It is adultery and thus is sin. Jesus said it and He is the judge. If you disagree, take it up with Him. That is just one sin that captures people in its snates, there are so many, but it is quite prevalent and unfortunately so accepted, so I pick on it. Just because 1,000,000 believe a sin is not a sin does not make it less of a sin, just makes 1,000,000 people wrong. ❤
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.”