Friends lately have so many battles of their own, I hate to burden them with my little myopic problems so I tend to keep them to myself and share that load with Jesus. See, He understands. He has been abandoned, betrayed, lost loved ones, been tired, been lonely, been overworked. Jesus gets me because He lived it long ago. So I just have to remember that. Sometimes I forget because He is invisible. Lol out of sight, out of mind for me. Lol So, I am reminding myself to share my burdens with Jesus. And you do the same if by chance you have some burdens. And we will feel better on the other side of it. Never give up. Love you!❤
Ever think how big the tiny word “if” is? Two little letters with books of meaning built in. Millions of undocumented words implied or possible with each two letter word “if”.
If you are good, you get candy.
If the gunman had gone to church to participate in the service, he might have been saved and bound for heaven instead of already in hell.
If business owner cared for their employees as much as themselves, there would be much better customer service.
If it rains, we cancel.
If I had married him, what would life look like today.
If I had gone to med school instead of the doctorate program, where would I be today?
If, if, if. There are many more and sometimes they pop into our heads and sometimes they stay out. But that tiny word has the ability to really beat you up. It can be a mean little word.
However, that tiny word can be out of focus and out of the forefront of your mind with help from God. God can reduce that huge word “if” back down to two letters. When we focus on Jesus, the past starts to go back because the now is what matters. It is beautiful.❤
Psalm 73:3. “For I envied the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. 4. They have no struggles; their bodies are healthy and strong. 5. They are free from common human burdens; they are not plagued by human ills. 6. Therefore pride is their necklace; they clothe themselves with violence. 7. From their callous hearts comes iniquity ; their evil imaginations have no limits. 8. They scoff, and speak with malice; with arrogance they threaten oppression. 9. Their mouths lay claim to heaven, and their tongues take possession of the earth. 10. Therefore their people turn to them and drink up waters in abundance. 11. They say, “How would God know? Does the Most High know anything?” 12. This is what the wicked are like— always free of care, they go on amassing wealth. 13. Surely in vain I have kept my heart pure and have washed my hands in innocence. 14. All day long I have been afflicted, and every morning brings new punishments. 15. If I had spoken out like that, I would have betrayed your children. 16. When I tried to understand all this, it troubled me deeply 17. till I entered the sanctuary of God; then I understood their final destiny. 18. Surely you place them on slippery ground; you cast them down to ruin. 19. How suddenly are they destroyed, completely swept away by terrors! 25. Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. 26. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. 27. Those who are far from you will perish; you destroy all who are unfaithful to you. 28. But as for me, it is good to be near God. I have made the Sovereign Lord my refuge; I will tell of all your deeds.”
People doing evil, even those with billions of dollars, will be rewarded or punished for their sins like all of us. You can’t buy your way to heaven or even out of hell. Don’t look at what others have and be envious of them. Their own glory they basked in will only last as long as their bodies unless they humble their hearts before God and are aaved by Jesus Christ just like everybody else. Wealth is a funny thing, stupid really. People count on it and it gets them things that are so so very temporary. I would rather have nothing and Jesus than anything this world has to offer. Rest peacefully in that joyful truth. ❤
I love my church. However, I truly, from my heart, believe all churches are not right in the spiritual head though meaning so very well. There are many religious traditions and expectations that have no place in the Bible, where our example of how Jesus wants His church to be set up and carried out. I have no wish to offend and will not call out particular wrongs but rather wish to convey what God says to do (see Acts). 1. Those meeting together should meet in homes if possible. If they grow too much, then a larger place to gather must be found. However, monies collected are to help each other as there are needs and then in service to those outside the church to help them as they can. Nowhere in Scripture is a fancy church building supported. (They cost too much and the real work is not accomplished then.) 2. Believers read the Bible. 3. They sang and worshipped God together. 4. They prayed together and sometimes fasted. 5. They shared their faith with others around them. 6. There were elders and deacons and deaconesses serving in different roles of service to the church. That is it. No sermons even. Everything else is fluff, unnecessary, distracting, expensive, often with politics resembling the world more than the beautiful bride of Jesus Christ, His church. These are things to consider. This has been weighing on my mind for months and the closer I get to the Lord, the more it burns in my heart. I needed to voice it. And being written now, I would challenge a reformation and accompanying revival of the church to take place. Who is brave enough to go out in faith and get the church going as God designed? Change is difficult but always worth it, in my experience. I challenge every Christian. Who are we trying tog please? Us, the world, or God? Think on it and pray and see where God leads you. ❤
The state of things is that of moving fast, keeping up, doing this and that, busyness, technology, expectations, societal norms and subsequent societal abnormal demands expected to be adhered to. I do not like the state of things. They feel wrong. They make my skin crawl. Darkness pervades. All before noon. So here I am a ball of misery? Nope. I am the light. I have what these people need. So do we all, all of us lights, those who are saved by Jesus Christ and know His truth, the only truth. We have the truth, the secret to being light in darkness and one day being out of here altogether and in heaven, away from dark forever. Imagine, one day soon we will not have darkness or evil anymore. It will be obliterated. So I can stand it a while longer to share my light. Maybe we can spread the light to more people so we have more company in heaven. Maybe we can share and spread it everywhere to everyone. That would be pretty cool. ❤
True friends remind you of truth, both personal and spiritual truth. True friends show up and participate in your life- events and down times. They are there. They care. They encourage with truth and show truth and love and mingle grace. True friends are very much like Jesus, the truest friend of all of us. Even those who detest Him, He died to save. That is sobering. God has blessed all of us with our truest friend in Jesus and He has blessed me with wonderful true friends in my life and they are so very encouraging and appreciated!!! I got to hang out with two of them today and that was beautiful. God is so good to us all. 😄❤
Jesus Christ is Lord. He is our Savior, sacrificing Himself painfully for our sins to be forgiven and gloriously resurrecting from that grave to intercede for us in heaven now. He is great, worthy of highest praise and worship and attention. And His name is powerful and mighty enough to rescue us and save us and heal us today. However, some people use the name of Jesus in casting out demons and healing people who do not have a spiritual relationship with Him. In that instance, there is no power in the use of the name. But when the relationship is maintained, God grants all requests and/or answer all prayers offered in Jesus Christ’s name. And it is beautiful!❤❤❤