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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Demanding Stillness

I can no longer exist without stillness during the day. This is a refreshing time for my spirit and walk with my precious Lord and Savior. I need time with Him, time alone.

That being said, even minimizing our involvement in many areas of our lives and downsizing, we are busy with homeschooling, dog care and management and exercise, 1-2 miles of walking daily, rollerblading and biking, band practices for church and our working band, my part time per diem consulting work, home maintenance and care, cooking three meals, caring for my mom and cleaning her house, monthly visits out of town to help my Great Aunts, and trying to love on friends and family, we are pretty busy every day. Even in a minimized state, we are extremely busy. So, how does this stillness I said I now have to have work?

The stillness is talking to God and enjoying His masterpieces around me, as well as Bible reading and pauses in the day. I let go of unnecessary wastes of time like tv time, anti-social media (sober over a year now, praise God!), or extraneous thinking. It is amazing n how much time we waste in a normal day. Also, during my morning long walk with the dog, I am praying or just worshipping quietly or with music. Stillness is sometimes a mindset and decisions to reclaim wasted minutes on purpose to grow closer to Jesus. It is about that important relationship. And it is beautiful!πŸ˜„β€

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! ❀ ❀ ❀

Focus on Jesus

Revival will happen when we focus on and emulate Jesus Christ. As we worship and lift Him up with the power of His Holy Spirit, we correct the proper balance to the world He made. It is supposed to be that way. We were made by Him for Him and not the other way around. And He is so worthy of praise is He! God is magnificent, full of power and majesty, grace and generosity, love and holiness, truth and faithfulness. No one is like Him and no one can stand before Him without permission, even His worst enemy. Praise God and focus on Jesus in your home, in your church, in your small group or Sunday school, in your workplace, in school, wherever. As we lift up Jesus, He will draw all men to Himself and heal with love and pour grace and peace and joy into our souls and spirits. That with humility is the key to peace, joy, delicious life and correct function.πŸ˜„β€β€β€

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€

Excerpt from Jesus Calling by Sarah Young

July 29

“Come to Me continually. I am meant to be the center of your consciousness, the anchor of your soul. Your mind will wander from Me, but the question is how far will you allow it to wander. An anchor on a short rope lets a boat drift only slightly before the taut line tugs the boat back toward the center. Similarly, as you drift away from Me, My Spirit within you gives a tug, prompting you to return to Me. As you become increasingly attuned to My presence, the length of rope on your soul’s anchor is shortened. You wander only a short distance before feeling that inner tug- telling you to return to your true center in Me.” ❀

Hebrews 6:19; 1 John 2:28; Matthew 22:37

Today is Another Opportunity

Today is another opportunity to…

Do the right thing.

Worship the Lord.

Forgive.

Smile.

Learn something new.

Be consistent and faithful.

Live out my salvation.

Encourage someone.

Be the Light and salt.

Trust in the Lord with everything.

Obey.

Bask in stillness with God.

Pray.

Read my Bible.

Play with my kids.

Teach my kids.

Release anxiety to God.

Enjoy the beauty God made.

Live life.

Sieze the opportunity today.πŸ˜„β€