Sweet Sweet Obedience

I admit humbly that I was convicted tonight. I watched a youtube video of Heartdwellers on the rapture and was convicted by the Holy Spirit to quit being on social media and just obey, fast and pray. I have been on Twitter a lot tweeting Bible verses, my blog, and encouraging quotes. That few hear. A lot of time is wasted that I could be spending more learn g time with my kids or serving with them or volunteering more with Viste (helping elderly in need) or take my kids to play with kids at the orphanage in town or serve food at the homeless shelter or something. I thought I was doing this great mission thing but end up only heard by those who agree and not ministering at all so I will obey and get off all social media. My mom just did a piano concert at an assisted living facility and I would like to do that too. And I have a family to care for and house that needs a sprung cleaning. So there it is. I will keep blogging because I have beautiful regular readers to share life with, some feel like family but I will delete all other social media accounts. That may not be what everyone else needs to do but I have to obey what God wants me to do. I have been like my daughter when I tell her to get ready for bed and accounts he draws me a beautiful picture and I say, “This is beautiful but I would rather you just obeyed.” And it feels like God said the same to me. And I so want to be ready when He comes back soon. I want my family ready and as many people as I can help be ready as possible. And tomorrow so the big deletion day and I will be off and running with sweet sweet obedience as my goal and love my engine and peace and joy my strength.

When God Saves US Again

There is salvation from our sins through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, our Savior/Messiah. That happens when we humble our spirits and pray that we have messed up and accepted Jesus Christ as our Savior. Bam, we are saved. We then live our lives for God, thinking and acting for His good and helping who we can be saved or encouraged or helped. We worship by our obedience, humbleness, prayer, Bible study, service. This is who we are and we have immediately the development of the gifts of the Holy Spirit in our life (love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control) as well as love, hope of eternity with Him now and in Heaven, and faith. And God helps us. It is really this simple. 

Sometimes, we screw up again. And maybe it is something we like and/or think we want or need at the time, but it is not right, things we would not do if God were standing right there. Well, once we realize God is always standing right there because duh, He is God, and that He is holy, we all of a sudden realize that we need Him to save us again from this patch of mess we are in. And will He save us again? YES! The way is the same. Humbly admit you screwed up and ask His forgiveness in prayer and atop doing it. Become involved in His work again and worship Him. God is forgiving and faithful to His Word in the Bible and so very good and loving. Yes, holy too, so we need Jesus to save us and wash us clean. So don’t give up and don’t believe the lies the enemy tells that it is ok to keep sinning or to go ahead because God doesn’t care or He won’t save you because you go back to it. God is very forgiving. Humbly pray and ask Him for help and stop messing up. God does care and loves you and wants you to be saved. Out loud, say it all to God. But humbly do it. God is amazing and will help. And we all need His help and are empty down deep without that connection to Him. He did lovingly make us all after all. Get back to Him right now. 🙂

Plans of Old

God made us all. He loves us regardless of everything, unconditionally because we bear His mark, we house His fingerprints and breath, we are made in His image and can reason and think for ourselves. We speak and sing, the only created beings besides the angels who can. Animals make noises, fish make waves, nothing else can do what we can with our communication and creative minds. So we are loved because of God. He cost to love us despite how repeatedly naughty and ugly we are to ourselves and other people and even (gasp) Him. He loves us anyway. So we must understand that we are important. But. And this is a very big but. We are not it. We are not the biggest and brightest and best thing out there. You see, God is enormous but He is more than a loving Creator, He is old. By that I mean HE IS. By His own description of Himself, He has always been, is now, and always will be. He has been around since before we were thought of, and by “we” I mean earth and everything in it. He also, in addition to having seen and experienced everything we have even heard of and whatever else happened before we came on the scene, He knows everything. He knows and sees everything. He is Spirit and can be everywhere at once, sees all, knows all. God is never ever ever ever surprised. He might be mad at choices we make but oh how He loves the worship of purposeful Obedience! He is not flattered by praise for He knows good and we’ll who He is, but He is impressed with faith and happy when we turn our thoughts and face to Him. Back to the love thing on why that is. But He has plans in place since He knew some created (and that is very important) angels turned on Him by making a prideful and very bad decision with their free choice. The plan was set then as to how He would save as many as possible before the world had to be rebuilt and Satan And his followers be destroyed forever. He wants us saved. Jesus Christ, God’s Son, is who this salvation is through for He paid our debt of disobedience and pride against Him to make us right. So whoever accepts Jesus’ death and resurrection as their means of holiness (for God is also holy), they are saved. That is the plan. When testing is over to be sure we mean it and to build our potential, He will come get us and hit restart on the earth and evil will be destroyed forever. That is the plan. He has already won. It is happening now. He gave us the Bible so it would not be a secret. So know and remember the plan, live the plan, love the plan. Be saved and save as many as you can for the time for all that is short. Get right and get a friend right and gear up to go. God is in control. Never doubt that or fear. It is all part of the plan. Praise God!! 🙂

Blessings of Obedience

When we obey God by worshipping Him and serving others, He rewards us with blessings. I recently have been concentrating purposefully on helping anyone I see in need. Now, God doesn’t overwhelm me a lot but he puts in my path an occasional woman with a crushed spirit or a girl in need of advice that somehow ends up next to me and asks my input. And I have been helping fix our house up, whatever I can do and working more on keeping the house clean, been on tech less and had fewer distractions, and have been spending more active time with our kids, etc. Whatever it is, I am obeying and doing more of it. And today I was expecting to do two audiologic consults and God blessed me with four! So we were able to go out to dinner at our favorite restaurant and enjoy some family time. It was great! The blessings of God are not always so obvious or financial but He always does bless obedience and how I love Him for it!! 🙂

The Sheep

Ezekiel 43:1-10. This message was presented this morning by Pastor Mark and I heard it and was convicted. I thought it was worth repeating. Read the passage. The Sheep are God’s people. God was upset at leaders who were in charge of tending His people (Shepherds) because they were getting fat off of them and living well but many sheep were sick and not cared for, lost and not searched for, wandered off and not looked after, hurt by other sheep, hurt by a wild animal and not looked after, weak and not lovingly spoonfed and so on. We who are God’s people are co-leaders of His people. We are responsible for loving people, checking in on them, talking to them, visiting, helping, anything we can do to show love to them. That is on us. He wants us to do that work and humbly serve. We are responsible and will be held accountable. That hit me hard because I help but I could help a lot more. I serve my family and those who ask for it but don’t volunteer more or just visit. I need to start. What a change we could make to grow God’s kingdom if each of us just love on one soul and their family, visit, reach out, call, check in. What a change and revival would come across America and the world! “Just love one for God!” Would be a great revival theme and motto, would it not?? 🙂 So “as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Hope you do and share this around the world. Not for me, but for God, and He will bless you and help. He always does. He is so good!!

Teamwork

So sick of hearing “There is no ‘I’ in team”. Let me tell you the “I” is implied. It is there. I come from the opposite perspective. When I am a part of any group, does not matter what it is, I am generally the designated leader (believe me I do not request this) and generally end up doing like 90% of the work. Thankfully that does not apply to my marriage because my husband is very helpful, but in every other group this is generally the case. And I assure you that when you are a part of the team, you had better get your behind in gear and help the team. In the hospital where I worked for four years, teamwork was expected but only a few of us seemed to have gotten the memo. And in college, I pulled the long hours after my full time job to be sure the “team” project was done and worthy of an “A” while they all parties. Am I whining? Well, maybe a little bit, but the point is that if 10% of the people do 90% of the work, as the statistic goes, be sure if you are able to do something to help that you are indeed doing something to help. Teamwork requires a team effort, whether that be at church or work or family or service projects or school or whatever. Our requirement is to work as if you are working for God because you really are and you have to answer to Him for what you did, your attitude while you did it and what you did not do. And the beautiful thing is that because God commanded that, doing your best with a grateful heart is obedience and is REWARDED IN HEAVEN!! Woo hoo! Plus you sleep really well. Seriously, now that I am working past the crying all the time phase of my mourning process, I hit the bed and am asleep in like 5 minutes max and sleep peacefully all night. Peace of mind. These are the now blessings God gives us for obeying Him. This is very cool. So say a quick prayer for the right attitude and get to it. You got this! And God will help every time you humbly ask Him! 🙂

Music of the Divine

Nothing stirs the soul, awakens the imagination or feeds the mind like music. It is a dance of the Divine on the ears and hearts of its listeners. It is constant in nature and can be heard always when still. People recreate it to their best abilities, people try to capture and convey and tell their own story as it is played. Music can go against its nature and denote pain or upheaval, express negativity and rebellion, hatred, evil. Everything good can also be used for evil, but in its pure form, in its purest self, music speaks of Divine things, joy, peace, hope, gentleness, it is a love thing. And when I have hiked alone and sat for days under the sky and found rest and solitude in the world God made, the music of nature sounded sweetly in my ears as strongly and as real as the best of Braums or Mozart or as sweetly as Jewel or Fernando Ortega. Yes, it sometimes had the fun of Marley or passion of Santana or expressiveness of Adele but in its subtlest form. In nature you have to be still and quiet to hear it but it is there as strongly as you or I. It breathes out the music of the Divine and breathes in the unclean then out comes the clean music. It cleanses the soul as it plays this timeless rhythmic original piece. Nature orchestrates the Divine music with clarity and distinction so beautifully that tears flow. I long to hear it again. I long to play it. When my fingers lightly touch the keys, I work to repeat the sound I hear in my soul from these visits. I work to portray the fingerprint of the Divine in my expression of music. I long to play with other musicians with such similar longings of the heart and together it is so beautiful. To come close to the emotion of the Divine music which flows and encompasses the very soul of a musician is to share a very special place which no one but a musician can possibly understand or appreciate but enjoys hearing when pure of heart. To open one’s self to the expression of music is to become vulnerable to other’s interpretation of it or knowledge and rejection of you personally because it is such and part of you. But to express yourself to the Divine is to worship Him and the rest takes care of itself. A musician is being who they were meant to be when they tap into the natural music of the Divine and deign to play what their heart finds. It is truly beautiful!