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About Me: This is my story! 1. Just so you will know, I am thankfully a Child of God! I love the Lord and desire to introduce you to Jesus if you don’t already know Him! If you know Jesus as your Savior and Lord, I want to encourage you in your walk with Him. 2. Next, I am joyfully a Daughter, Wife, Mother, and Grandmother! I especially love my Grandmother role! Children are a gift from the Lord! 3. God was merciful and protected me all my life even when I did not know Him as my personal Savior and Lord. I was like so many today who have “head” knowledge of Jesus, but don’t truly know Him. But today, I am so thankful to know Jesus as my personal Savior and Lord.

MUSIC TO MY EARS AND SOUL

JOY, JOY, JOY, JOY, DOWN IN MY HEART!!

Some of my memories of growing up are connected to music.  I believe I have always had a love of music.  I have always had the desire to play an instrument or to be able to sing.  To this day, I still cannot sing on key, but I still try.  No one can take that away from me.  I have told my husband and family that when I get to Heaven, I will be able to sing in God’s choir and sing praises to HIM!

As a child going to church, all those beautiful hymns are entrenched in my memory.  I can recall them from time to time when I stop rushing from place to place.  Sitting in church and hearing and singing those hymns told the story of Jesus and how I knew even then that I needed HIM and that HE loved me.  It was not until I was older that I fully surrendered my life to Jesus and put my faith and trust in HIM.  The Lord was drawing me to HIM ever so gently because, you see, He knew the plans that He had for me…..to give me a hope and a future, to prosper me and not to harm me.  Those hymns were like hearing God’s Word in a way that I could understand at an incredibly young age.  Much joy was received from my early days in church!

Junior Choir and Youth Choir in church were especially important.  Even though I could not sing very well, I loved participating.  All of this placed a song in my heart.  When I was in Junior High School, I was able to go to summer camp for a week at Lake Stephens in Oxford, MS.  I feel sure it was a sacrifice for my parents to send me, but it was an experience that I will never forget.  At night when it was time for lights out, the Lord’s Prayer was played over a loudspeaker.  Tears would flow every night.  I do not know if I was homesick or if the Lord was softening my heart.  It could have been a little bit of both.  I will never forget hearing that beautiful Lord’s Prayer played every night.  There was also a place at Lake Stephens that was called Vesper Hill.  There was a trail that led to the top where a large Wooden cross stood.  We would sing camp songs and have a devotional there every evening.  “Kum Ba Yah, My Lord” is one of the songs we would sing.  It means Come by Here, My Lord.  That gave me joy unimaginable! 

One of my sisters played the clarinet in the school band.  This same sister also had a ukulele and tried to teach me how to play it.  I remember getting her ukulele and strumming the tune she taught me.  The tune was “Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue”.  That gave me much joy

A neighbor had a piano in her home because her daughter took piano lessons.  This sweet lady would let me play on that piano from time to time.  My parents could not afford to buy a piano or pay for lessons.  But somewhere along the way, I had taught myself to read the notes with my right hand, the melody.  I also learned to play a few little “ditties”.  That gave me joy!

When I was still in school, the band director asked me if I would like to learn to play the bassoon.  I am not sure why he asked me though.  The school had a bassoon that no one was using, and he offered to teach me.  I was extremely excited that he made this offer.  So, the story goes that I tried and tried but just could not play that instrument.  It was difficult to handle.  At least, I tried.  That, too, gave me much joy

After I married and had my own children, one of my relatives let us borrow their piano that they did not use any more so that my children could take piano lessons.  My daughter learned to play and did well.  My son decided to try lessons, too, but it ended up not being for him.  That was okay.  I believe he was glad he tried.   From time to time, I would sit down at that piano and read the notes and play.  All of this gave me great joy!

After my daughter married and had children of her own, she wanted them to have an opportunity to learn to play the piano.  At first, they learned to play on a keyboard before their parents found a piano to purchase.  All three of the grandchildren learned to play very well and will always have that to fall back on when they decide to play again.  I was able to go to some of their recitals, which was especially special to me.  One of the granddaughters still plays well today.  I love listening to her play.  She even plays some of the hymns that I grew up hearing and singing when I was a child.  All of this gives me joy, joy, joy, joy, down in my heart!!  And still does to this day!!

My granddaughter suggested that I bring their keyboard to my house and try to play.  She even gave me some instructions on how to begin, along with some of her early music.  That keyboard is now here in my home, and every now and then, I get it out and play some hymns.  Just the melody, of course, but I am playing.  What a joy that is!

Fast forward to the present, here I am, a daughter, a wife, a mother, a grandmother, and I have no regrets for not having been able to play and sing like other exceptionally talented people can.  All those things relating to music as I was growing up have had a great effect on who I am today.  I especially enjoy listening to hymns being played and sung.  This music quiets my soul and gives me peace in a world that is so torn with strife and hatred.  I can slip away to a quiet place and rest in the Lord.  To say that I am thankful for music is an understatement.  Music is a part of my very fiber.  It is one way that I can worship the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords!  Joy that is unspeakable!!

“HE (Jesus) withdrew………to a solitary place.” Matthew 14:13

Sometimes, in all the humdrum of life, it is a good thing to withdraw in a quiet place and rest. I am constantly being reminded to “Be still and know that HE is God.”

And I can rest in that!  Amen

LESSONS LEARNED and blessings found in 2020!

may our hope in the new year be grounded in Jesus christ!
Photo by Mary Lockett Burcham

I am sure that all of us would agree that 2020 has been a year that has been totally different from any year we have ever experienced. As I have lived each day of this past year, I have learned many lessons and have found many blessings that should help me to be a better person. I hope that I don’t forget the things I have learned and the blessings that I have found from this past year. I pray that I will take those lessons and blessings and remember them in the year ahead.

Never take for granted hugs from friends and family. Always cherish smiles from people you meet and always smile back, even if you have to learn to smile with your eyes. Be grateful for every day we breathe. Live each day as if it is your last because we are not promised tomorrow. Be thankful for family. Reach out to people around you because they matter. Never stop being optimistic. Remember there is a God who never sleeps and who cares for you. Don’t ever forget that HE is still in control. God is not surprised by anything that has gone on this past year. Don’t ever stop praying. Don’t ever stop seeking God’s will for your life. Don’t ever stop studying the Bible and coming to know the ONE who will never leave you or forsake you.

This past year I watched several very good movies. One of those movies had as the moral, Giving Gifts. If I could give you gifts to carry you through 2021, they would be these gifts that came from that movie:

  1. The Gift of Faith that you would have a love for God in your heart.
  2. The Gift of Friendship that you would learn to love others deeply.
  3. The Gift of Peace that you would enjoy life to its fullest and have a heart filled with peace.
  4. The Gift of Family that you would embrace family no matter the circumstances.
  5. And, most of all, the Gift of Forgiveness that you would discover the healing and restoring power of forgiveness.

I pray that I will live this coming year in perfect step with Jesus and that all that I do or say or think will give HIM Glory! Some scriptures that I will carry with me this year are:

2 Timothy 1:7, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”

Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.”

1 Peter 1:3, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”

Matthew 4:17, “….Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.”

May 2021 be a year that you and I live more like Christian citizens than ever before. Amen.

THE GIFT

The people walking in darkness have seen a great light;

on those living in the land of deep darkness, a light has dawned.

 ~ Isaiah 9:2

Seven hundred years before Jesus Christ was born in Bethlehem, Isaiah prophesied in Isaiah 7:14 that Jesus would be born of a virgin: “Therefore the Lord Himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call His Name Immanuel.”

Over 2000 years ago, Luke records the fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophesy in Luke 1:26, 27, 30, and 31: “And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee named Nazareth, To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary…….. And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary; for thou hast found favor with God. And behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shall call his name JESUS.”

The Christmas story of Jesus is true, as recorded in the Bible. The Bible is the inerrant Word of God. As Christians, the reason we celebrate Christmas is because Jesus, the Messiah, the Savior of World, was born and was God’s gift to the darkness of this world. Glory to the Newborn King!

God’s gift to you is Jesus, the Messiah, for anyone who would believe in Him. John 3:16 sums up this gift and the Gospel of Jesus Christ: “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” The gift of Jesus is there for you to receive. He is a free gift. My prayer is that, if you don’t know this Jesus, you would come to the knowledge of the truth of Jesus Christ.

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PRAYING……………….

What does prayer mean to you?  Is prayer a part of your day?  Do you have people who ask you to pray for them and their petition to the Lord?  Do you say, “Yes, I’ll pray for you.”?  And then do you pray or maybe get busy and not pray?  When do you pray?  Why do you pray?  I have been asking myself those questions lately.  Those are questions that I personally need to answer.  The Lord has been reminding me that I have told people I would pray and then sometime have not kept my word to pray.

A few days ago, I was livestreaming Dan Celia on Financial Issues.  (Just a note about Financial Issues: His ministry is about being Biblically responsible with our money and investments.)  Dan was speaking about the need for prayer especially in our country today.  He was talking about the Scripture of 2 Chronicles 7:14. You are probably familiar with that verse if you read your Bible, and that verse has been posted on social media quite a lot lately.  Dan reminded me that verse starts off with “If”.  The word “If” makes the verse conditional.  I had never thought about it that way.

            2 Chronicles 7:14 says, “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and will heal their land.”  It tells us what we must do if we want the Lord to hear our prayers, forgive our sins, and heal our land.  What Dan said so convicted me about my prayer life and being reminded of the checks in my spirit about praying for requests made of me.  The Lord placed on my heart “what if I’m that one person the Lord is waiting to hear from to answer that prayer”.  I do not want to be that one person He is waiting to hear from. 

            So today, I am answering those questions above and making myself accountable to the Lord.  I know I am guilty of this sometime, but I am forgiven because I asked.

            To dig a little deeper into this passage of Scripture, the Lord appeared to Solomon after he had completed the Temple and had done all that the Lord had asked him to do.  God gave Solomon His stamp of approval when He said in Verse 12b of 2 Chronicles 7, “I have heard your prayer and have chosen this place for myself as a temple for sacrifices.”  In Verse 13 of this chapter, the Lord tells Solomon basically that He knows trouble will come because that verse says, When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land, or send a plague among my people,”. That is the time for God’s people to pray as stated in Verse 14.  Then the Lord says in Verse 15 that if His people do as He asks, this will happen: “Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place.”

            God wants to hear our prayers.  He wants us to communicate with Him.  He wants us to bring our petitions to Him.  He wants us to bring our praises to Him.  He is always ready to hear our prayers if we are ready to say them.  Pray for our country that God will heal our land.  Pray for the Lord to end this plague of the virus that is sweeping the world.  Pray for those who ask you to pray for them.  Pray for those you know are in need.  There is no greater need in our lives today than to pray.  Make praying and spending time with the Lord a priority in your life.   

Be a Light in this World!

WAITING………………

What are you waiting on today? 

          Are you waiting on news from a family member about a doctor’s visit?  News about a diagnosis after tests have been done? Hoping that diagnosis is good and not as bad as you fear it could be? 

          Relief and peace from your grieving for a family member or friend who has died?  News about whether the lost person you have been praying for has turned his life around and come to realize that Jesus is the only way? 

          News about treatment for an ill friend or family member who is suffering with a terminal disease?  Hoping that a new treatment will provide hope? 

          Angry with God that He has not answered your petitions?  Broken relationships to be mended?  Answers to financial problems?

          There could be enumerable prayers that you are waiting on for answers from the Lord. 

          I am thankful for a sermon I heard Sunday that the College and Young Singles Pastor of my church gave.  My topic today comes from his sermon.  His message touched me, and I felt I needed to share it in my blog for someone who might need to hear it.  I cannot recall the exact title of his sermon, but it is concerned with waiting patiently on the Lord.  If you are a Christian, you know that Scripture tells us that we are to wait patiently.  We are to present our petitions to the Lord, believing that He will answer.  Answers to our prayers may be yes, no, or wait.  If you don’t receive an answer right away, that is where the waiting begins.  I believe that God is working out His plan for our good and others’ good while we are waiting. 

          The scripture for his sermon was taken from Isaiah 40:28-31.  It says, “Have you not known?  Have you not heard?  The everlasting God, the LORD, The Creator of the ends of the earth, neither faints nor is weary.  His understanding is unsearchable.  He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength.  Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall, but those who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles.  They shall run and not be weary.  They shall walk and not faint.”  (NKJV) 

          There were three points that were made in his message.  The first point is to Be Expectant.  Yes, be expectant while you are waiting.  The pastor said that waiting on the Lord is not a passive thing, but it is an active participation in the process that God is allowing in your life.  I believe we must realize that what we are waiting on and what God is allowing in our lives is only part of the big picture. That’s the process! Think about the scripture above.  God is everlasting and He is working out all His plans not only for your benefit but for others who may or may not be directly involved in what He is allowing in your life at this time.  God is asking us to wait on Him.  He is giving us His strength in place of our weakness while we are waiting.  All through Scripture God is reminding us of His power, His Love, His Mercy, His Grace!

          The second point that was made in his sermon is to Remain Empty!  What the pastor said he means by that is that we are to leave room for God to operate.  I know so many times I tend to want to somehow help God, as if He needs my help, but I need to give God space to carry out His plan without my interference.  I believe if there is something that God wants us to do, we can know through the Holy Spirit who lives and walks with us daily as Christians.  Stay close to the Lord.  One of my favorite verses in Psalm 46:10a is “Be Still and Know that I am God.” (NKJV) I thought of this verse when the pastor said Remain Empty. 

          The last point he made is to Stay Engaged.  He said for us not to stop praying.  Continue to pray.  God wants to hear our prayers even though He knows all before we ever speak it.  Tell God how you feel.  Tell Him if you are angry.  Tell Him if you are hurting.  But be thankful for all the blessings God has given to you.  I am not sure what others who heard his sermon received from it because we all can hear the same message but get something entirely different.  I was blessed by his message, and I am sure others were. 

          Hardships, obstacles, challenges, and problems come to every one of us in this life.  No one is exempt.  Jesus said in John 16:33b, “In this world, you will have trouble.  But take heart!  I have overcome the world.”  That’s a promise, Christian!  Think about the times that God has allowed difficulties to come into your life.  When you got through those things, have you ever been thankful for having gone through those rough times?  What did you learn from it?  What effect did it have on others who are close to you?  Do you have a testimony from the challenges that you could share with others?

          I don’t know about you, but I am a person who makes notes in the margin of my Bible.  I wrote this note a long time ago beside Isaiah 40:31:The Greek meaning of this passage is to exchange our weakness for God’s strength.”  That is what God can do if we allow Him.  Where we are weak, God is strong!  I want to leave you with this Scripture from Psalm 37:7. It says, “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when men succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.”  Praise the Lord!

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The Secret

I watched a movie a few weeks ago, named The Secret.  A young boy was being bullied by kids in school and in his neighborhood.  His life at home had been unsettling because he thought his mother and father were not getting along.  He felt he could not share his feelings with his mom and dad because he did not want to cause them to worry. 

        In the meantime, his teacher gave an assignment to the class to write a story about someone they admired.  The teacher told them they would be sharing their story at parents’ night. 

        The boy’s grandfather came for a visit, and he sensed something was wrong with his grandson.  The grandfather, in his own quiet way, decided to try and help his grandson.  The boy’s birthday was in a few days.  This incredibly wise grandfather gave his grandson a present of a glass beaker and told him the Secret.  No one knew exactly what he meant by giving him a beaker until the grandson read his story at parents’ night. 

       The story the boy wrote was this: “People argue with each other so much, hold grudges, and say awful things about each other behind each other’s back.  People get bullied.  It hurts.  You can be so upset and so worried that it will never end.  It is like a civil war raging right inside you.  My grandfather gave me this beaker, and he told me to imagine that I am a beaker.  He told me that what you choose to put inside you is who you are.  When you fill your glass with hate and fear, pouring in and worrying about what happened in the past and what could happen in the future, you will probably be miserable.  If you fill your beaker with love and caring, miracles can happen.  That is what my grandfather taught me.  That is the Secret.”

        We could all learn from that Secret.  We could fill our beaker with love and caring, treating others as we would like to be treated.  You might say that you are not able to do that.  You are afraid you will fail.  Failure is not being knocked down.  Failure is in not getting up and trying again. 

            In Jeremiah 8:4, Jeremiah is told: “Say to them, this is what the Lord says: ‘When people fall, do they not get up?  When someone turns away, do they not return?’”

        “For a righteous man may fall seven times and rise again, but the wicked shall fall by calamity.”  Proverbs 24:16 (NKJV)

        “Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10 (NKJV)

        It is my prayer that we will take this Secret to heart and learn from it.  The world would be a better place, and those who try would like themselves for at least trying.  And who knows who might be watching and say that they want to be like that.  People are watching even when we may not realize it.

        I leave this blessing for you from Numbers 6:24-26 (NKJV): “The Lord bless you and keep you.  The Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you.  The Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace.”

DOWNTRODDEN? weighed down?

I woke early Wednesday morning, August 5, 2020, feeling very downtrodden by all that is happening around me – this virus, the hatred that some have for our President, the grieving of people who have lost loved ones, the people who have had health diagnosis of cancer or some disease, the isolation, the hatred of many for the history of our United States of America and its founding, the children who need to go back to school, the people who need to return to work, the people who need to be back in the church and the fellowship of believers.

I picked up my Bible to continue my reading the Bible through, and I saw that my next book to read was Revelations. I stopped for a moment and prayed, “Lord, I don’t think I can get into that deep study right now. What can I do?” The thought came to my mind that I should read in my devotion book, “A Daily Walk Through the Psalms” instead. I have always found that book to be very uplifting, and I surely needed to be uplifted this morning. I then wondered what number today is in the year so that I could read the devotion for August 5. That book didn’t have dates; it has day numbers; such as, Day1, Day 2, etc. I googled my question and got the answer – August 5 is Day #217. I turned to that page and much to my surprise it began with my life verse of Psalm 118:24, “This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” And I read through that day’s devotion and was certainly encouraged. Well, God knew I needed to see that verse to let me know that no matter what comes my way that I can rest assured that today is still a day in which I can praise my Lord and Savior!

Then that still small voice within me prompted me to google again to double check what day August 5 is in the year, just to be sure. Guess what? Number 218 came up as this day’s number. I could hardly believe my eyes. I know the number was 217 a few minutes before when I checked, and now it is # 218! So, Today is # 218 in the year 2020. This incident is what I prefer to call a God-incidence, not a co-incidence! I turned to Day 218 in my devotion book and below is a summary of what I found – encouragement from Jesus!!  He knew I needed to read this.

The devotion was entitled “Walking With God”. Deuteronomy 10:12 says, “And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God ask of you except to fear the Lord your God by walking in all His ways, to love Him, and to worship the Lord your God with all your heart and all your soul?” I believe that to “fear the Lord your God” means to be in awe of Him and His power.

Heart rending questions were asked; such as, Tired? Discouraged? Fearful? Well, be comforted by taking a walk with God. In Matthew 11:28-30, Jesus promised that He would teach us how to live freely if we would walk with Him.

Worried? Filled with Anxiety? Jesus said he would never leave us or forsake us, so be confident in God’s power. Have you lost all hope for the future? Turn that lost hope into courage and call upon God. He will provide the hope that you have lost.

Grieving? For loss of a spouse or family member or a close friend? God knows that you are suffering. He hears you and sees you. God will give you the comfort you need and He will wipe away all those tears. Surrounded by confusion? God is not a God of confusion. Don’t just walk with God but talk with Him, listen to Him, etc.

“How happy is everyone who fears the Lord, who walks in His ways!” (Psalm 128:1)

Lessons from my Sunday School Teacher

The Gospels – Matthew, Mark, Luke and John

Matthew and John were disciples.  Mark and Luke were eye witnesses and possibly followed Jesus but were not one of the twelve disciples.  The Gospels were written a very few years after the death and resurrection of Jesus in 33 AD.  The Holy Spirit helped them to remember. In John 14:26, Jesus said, “But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.”  Each of the four Gospel writers were telling a different story and talking to different people.  The Bible which is the Word of God is the only book ever written that has great opposition.

Since Matthew was Jewish and was speaking to the Jewish people, he listed the genealogy of Jesus, starting with Abraham.  Matthew was a tax collector. and tax collectors were considered traitors.  But Jesus could use everybody.  Matthew wanted the Jews to understand all about Jesus and that Jesus was the Messiah.  According to church tradition, Matthew was the first Gospel to be written.  70 AD is when the Temple was destroyed, and John doesn’t mention anything about the Temple destruction in his Gospel.  He called Jerusalem the Holy City.

Luke was a Gentile and a physician.  He gave the genealogy of Jesus starting with Adam.  He had the account of Jesus as a boy and probably had access to Jesus’ mother, Mary.  He wrote of the preparation of Jesus for His public ministry.  Luke began his Gospel saying, “Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us, just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word.  Therefore, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, it seemed good also to me to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.”  Luke 1:1-4 (NIV)

Mark is the shortest Gospel.  Mark is considered as the one who wrote what Peter said.  His intended audience were the Romans, and he was writing to Gentiles.  The book of Mark was Peter’s account of Jesus’ teaching, written in Rome.  He frequently referred to Jesus as the Son of God.

Major part of John is a book of signs and miracles, and he wrote that Jesus was God in the flesh.  John was in the inner circle.  John was referred to as the disciple that Jesus loved.  His purpose was to declare the Gospel.  He used the word “believe” 98 times, and also used “know”, so that you may know.  In John 21:25, he said that is why he wrote the book. 

John has 7 “I AM” statements in his Gospel.  These were statements that Moses said first in the Old Testament.

1. I am the Bread of Life. John 6:35 says “Then Jesus declared, ‘I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.'” Then in John 6:45, Jesus says, “I am the bread of life.”

2. I am the Light of the World. “When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.'” (John 8:12)

3. I am the Door. John 10:9 states, “I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.”

4. I am the Vine. “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5)

5. I am the Good Shepherd. John John 10:11 says, “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” Then in verse 14 of John 10, we read, “I am the good shepherd. I know my sheep and my sheep know me.”

6. I am the Resurrection and the Life. “Jesus said, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies.'”(John 11:25)

7. I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. John 14:6 says, “Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.'”

What is your history?

I have been watching what is happening in our United States of America for the last several weeks, and, in fact, for the last several years.  I am what most would call a “Senior” citizen!  Yes, I know.  Some may say, “What does that old person know?”  One thing I do know is I try to learn something new every day.  We are never too old to learn and that works both ways.  We are also never too young to want to learn.  I have lived the best life that I can humanly live.  Have I done things wrong in the past?  Have I made mistakes?  Have I been angry about things that have gone on around me?  The answer to all those questions is “absolutely yes”!  But, you see, I hope I have learned from my mistakes.  I hope I have learned from troubles that have come my way.  I hope I have learned to ask forgiveness.  I hope I have learned to forgive.  And I do not feel any guilt from any of it or from anyone else.  I am a sinner saved by Grace through Jesus Christ.  I am forgiven.  Praise God, this is not my eternal home!  I am just occupying this place until it is time to go to that better place called Heaven or some might call it GLORY!.

None of what is happening today makes any sense.  Why is there looting, burning, injuring, rioting?  Peaceful protest is what needs to happen, but the problem with any protest, there is always someone or some group who is embedded in it who wants to make trouble and cause havoc, even when the majority of the protestors are reasonable and orderly.  That is sad!  Destroying things that do not belong to you is wrong.  That person or business that has been destroyed by all this upheaval did not deserve that.  What did that person or business do to hurt you?

No person can erase history or change anything by tearing down monuments and national symbols.  History is what it is – History, the Past!  But we need to learn from history, not try and wipe it out of books, monuments, symbols, our education system, etc.  History needs to be taught in our schools, the whole truth of history and nothing but the truth of history.  Sure, some things in the past have been wrong.  But why should I feel guilty or ashamed about things that have happened in the past?  I was not there.  I have compassion for those who were wrongly hurt, and I am saddened by many events in the past.  I only have control over my here and now, and I should not have to suffer for things in the past that hurt people when I had nothing to do with it.  The past is what it is – PAST!  We only need to learn from it!

What is your history?  Write your story. Be proud of it. Strive to make a better life for yourself and your family.  This United States of America is a great country!  Look around the world and then know that you are living in the best place in the world!  Why do you think so many people want to come here to live?  To see what living in freedom is like?  To make a better life that they had somewhere else?  I am proud to be an American and a Christian!  I pray that we will keep our country free and live in peace together!  Let us not destroy it.  God bless America!!

LITTLE YELLOW BUTTERFLY

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There is a little yellow butterfly that visits my Mexican Petunias every day. Now, it may not be the same butterfly, but I prefer to think it just might be the same one that comes everyday.

You see the petunias have new blooms every morning and those blooms fall off every day. So, every day the little yellow butterfly comes to get the sweet nectar from the new petunia blooms.

It’s a reminder that each day is new every morning with God’s mercy and love, just as Lamentations 3:22b-23a says, “. . . His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. . . “

I remember that TODAY is a NEW DAY that God has given me, and I can do with it centered on me or, better yet, the way God desires for me. I prefer to take this NEW DAY and be aware of who the Lord brings across my path on this NEW DAY, listen to Him and let Him lead me where He wants me to be.

From “A Daily Walk Through Psalm”, “Life is a glorious gift from God. Treat it that way. This day, like every other, is filled to the brim with opportunities, challenges, and choices. Today, you will either place Him at the center of your life – or not. . . . Sometimes, without our even realizing it, we gradually drift away from the ONE we need most. Thankfully, God never drifts away from us. He remains always present, always steadfast, always loving.”

Psalm 90:12 says, “So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”

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