I have been busy lately, so have not posted much in the last couple of days other than some verses I loved during Bible reading.
I fasted on Monday instead of Wednesday this week, so I am with you in prayer today if you are fasting today and will get back to my Wednesday schedule next week. I may fast Friday also. Pray especially for those hit by the hurricane and our elections and of course salvation.
We have been doing missionary meetings and birthdays and baseball games and entertaining and band practice and tons of other things with family, friends, band family and church family. October is always very busy.
I wanted to drop by and encourage you in my busyness. God is in control. He is bigger than any hurricane, evil, storms, depressions, anything. He simply awaits your humble prayer and He is right there. You are so very loved. So precious to Him. I love you too.😄❤
When you need a rest, why not take one without any tech and with a friend or with family? Just a picnic or a visit and chat or just a road trip enjoying God’s scenery will do.
That is what we did today and it was beautiful! Lovely to see the last of my grandparents’ generation. I got to visit with the sweetest ladies, my Great Aunt Evelyne and Ellen, her roomate. They are in their 80’s and still full of life and spirit and love. Both are retired missionaries to Haiti, having worked together to minister and work an orphanage. My great aunt had never married and Ellen’s husband died some years ago. And our day with them was peaceful and encouraging and uplifting. People who neglect our forebears do themselves and these wise people an injustice. How beautiful our day!!! How we live them!!❤
So now I have lost 33 of my goal of 50 pounds (it is amazing how I did not feel so overweight at the time except for my low energy). But even not at my goal weight, still 17 pounds left, 33 is a lot of weight. It is 3 sizes down. And all in a short amount of time, three months. And did you know that one person of many I see every week noticed at church and said “Looks like you’re losing weight.” And yesterday, a friend I hadn’t seen in a while gave me all kinds of encouragement. She was not a Christian, though I am praying for her and am working on that.
Thr point is, when did encouragement fall by a Christian’s wayside? Are we not in a body of Christ to edify Christ and encourage and strengthen each other? Why do we not do our jobs?
So, I started this encouragement agenda for myself. I would keep encouraging and do so even more openly. Not flattery, hate that, but a strengthening truth when it is due or needed. I will be the first around me to encourage believers. Maybe it will catch on and someone will get it and get out of their own selfishness. The church is not “What have you done for me lately?” The church should say, “What can I do for Jesus and encourage my brothers and sisters in Christ.” The real church loves people to Jesus and loves each other, including encouragement.❤
So tonight our band dressed up for a recording gig. It was so fun.
Cheesy me was taking pictures sneaky – like while we are being video-taped for the website (I’ll let ya know when it is up). It was great but some footage has to be re-shot because a zoom was inadvertently pushed and one person’s top of their head was chopped off.
And that is how life goes sometimes. Sometimes, life is a lot of work and maybe you get a yield. And Christianity is like that. You put tons of effort into the kids or adults at church or unsaved friends and you just get nothing to show for it. But with working like that for Jesus, we have great news because working for Jesus is always fruitful and beneficial, even when we don’t see it. God looks at the heart. He cares about our motives. We want to help, want to love Him, want to help save people. And maybe we plant a seed or water one we know nothing about or save them in time. And even if they choose eternity without God’s goodness because they just prefer being bad to being saved, Jesus still rewards the effort, thr motive. And we have practiced and learned for next time. Nothing is wasted. Let us keep pressing on. Never give up. Good is always rewarded (maybe eventually or in eternity). ❤
This journey we are on has a point. Might take years to discover it but it is on purpose. We are lovingly designed, not freakish accidents of life, not mutations, not decendents of lower life forms. That is a load of crap someone really bad is selling. We are designed on purpose by God and our lives matter, our journey matters. Our journey has a point. The point is that God made us and we are here to want Him back or not want Him back. If we want Him, He blesses us with really great spiritual gifts (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control, love, hope, faith) and we are welcomed to Heaven later because that was His original plan. If we don’t want Him, we reject Him and live and life because He is life and death comes to us eternally after we die. While living, He keeps giving us chances and opportunities to choose Him. And writing chronicles our journey. Our writing matters and allows people to know our journey and be encouraged by and find hope from our journey. You can help people make the right choices with their journeys. Writing is a beautiful expression and sharing our journey with others who need help. Keep writing, it is so important and beautiful! ❤
I was placed here to prepare for eternity with God in heaven. So were you. And we are plodding along on our journeys to forever, where our souls and spirits will not be burdened by sin which crept in or was chosen or evil or temporary things or aging bodies or fleshly needs. We plod along. But we must not simply plod, for we are all feeling a lot of treading through mud lately. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t feel it. It is harder to plod along. Sometimes each step is mired down by distractions and wastes of time and difficulties and sadness and so many other options. It is easy, so easy to succumb to its weight. It is easy, so easy to give up and go with that tempting wide road leading to hell. But we must continue on our journey to heaven. We must be diligent and persistent and intentional and aggressive in our steps. Our Heavenly Father waits for us to make it to Him. He longs for a relationship with us He lovingly made. We must stay focused on Him. We must cast off distractions and pray more, fast more, focus more, read our Bible more. These are necessities to keep plodding along, keep going on the journey to eternity with God in heaven. It won’t be terribly long. Please keep going. We are in it together.❤
Stubborn selfishness causes hell. Everyone knows that in theory. Refusing God’s direction and leading takes you far from Him and thr only way to Heaven is close to Him. But I/You can only change one mind on the planet… your own. I cannot change your mind and you cannot change mine. I cannot get people to want to go to Heaven for eternity. I can show love and truth and a great example of someone assured of salvation. But each person must decide when to give up hell for Heaven. Every person must decide to humbly pray and draw close to God and accept Jesus as their Savior. I cannot do that for them, no matter how passionately I want them to be saved. I cannot change one mind to see the urgency of Jesus soon return or that eternity matters and is real. They have to decide themselves. But I can love and be the best example I can be and diligently pray for them, fast even. And God can soften their hearts and hopefully they will decide God’s fulfilling life is better than an eternal death. And so I pray and continue on the best I can and then pray more and stay reading my Bible. This is what we can do. And you may be surprised one day how powerful love and prayer are. Keep praying and loving. ❤