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We Just Need To Practice

Hey there everyone,

I hope that everyone had a safe and happy Christmas and New Year.  I most certainly did.  My oldest came home from college for Christmas, my daughter turned 17 (She is making me and the hubby old very fast.)  She also got a job right before her birthday (Which is one week before Christmas).  We all celebrated my three holidays together at home with no big hoop la.  Which was just fine with all of us.

At the beginning of each year you might be finding yourself looking back.  People like to see what if anything they got accomplished and what they didn’t.  They make new goals for the upcoming months.  They try to adopt new, better habits.  One thing I have found is that they don’t set these out on a day-to-day basis.  No they spread them out over an entire year.  Yes, I realize that there are some that may take that long.  But ask yourself when you wake up in the morning, what is the first thing that comes to your mind? Is it the tasks that need to be done? Or perhaps a soreness/pain you may have for sleeping different then you needed.  I could list a whole number of things that ; not only have I said to myself, but have heard others as well.  We are to begin each day a new. With the joy of the Lord.   Not with bitterness or need.  In order to do this all it takes is …… practice.  Practice means that you are trying each and every day with all you mind, body, and soul.  Practice means you won’t get it perfected or even do it some days.  It means you are trying.  That you are actually doing it with a good heart.  Practice mean you have taken you out of it and are doing it for the Lord.

I don’t understand why people are putting so much disgust on themselves at the beginning of each year.  They haven’t lost enough weight, gotten any healthier, saved enough money, given enough money and so on. So what?!? Do the best you can with what you have daily and let God handle the rest.  Before you know it; it will be a new healthier, happier, habit and a wonderful start to your day.  Now for those who might be keeping score, I know that I didn’t write a whole lot last year, but within that time that I did these are the words I used most.

 

Angels, Bible, Child, Children, Christ, Christian, Church, Churches, Control, Faith, Family, Glory, God, Good, Gospel, Grace, Hear, Hearts, Jesus, Kids, Learn, Lessons, Life, Listen, Lord, Love, Luke, Man, Marriage, Matthew, Mercy, Mistakes, MS, Music, ORU, Parents, Pastor, People, Religion, Speak, Spirit, Trouble, Women, Word, Work.

 

I like to leave you with a song that I heard on a CD that my sister had a long time ago.  The song might be an old one but it still holds.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wslEJVlnjRI

Are You An Excuse Maker

In my last post, I had spoken about not letting my own prejudice stop me in attending church.  And I have found that there are a lot of people who do just that.  You can take this however you would like:  Go To Church!!!  I am not talking about just going because it’s a holiday or because there is some event going on at a church.  I mean you should jump at the chance to be able to attend each and every service they have.  I am a believer in church.  No matter if you attend a mega church or a local.  Just Go!  Studies have found that people who attend church not only have the opportunity to get closer to God they also tend to raise their children with high values, it keeps them grounded, it keeps them connected to the community, they tend to live longer, they are happier in their lives, grow into an extended family.  People (Yes, I am also guilty) can make up any excuse they would like to not attend.  But what you are really saying is that you don’t care enough about your relationship with God to go.  You are placing those excuses in a higher priority than God.  Church is not about what they can do for you but what you can do to show off His glory and to bring others to Him.  Your feelings and your preferences should never be placed in front of Him.  This life is not about you.  This life is about The Lord Almighty and what He has done for you.

What Color Are Your Glasses?

The other day I saw a survey asking if God is good.  People from everywhere were shouting….. yes, Amen, of course He is, and on and on.  I do agree that God is good.  Mark 10:18 So Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good?  No one is good but One, that is, God.  But I have found that people have the view that He is just good.  Which isn’t God at all.   All we have to do is look around to see the good that is within God.  All that He has made and the gifts that he graces us with every day are in fact good.  His love for us is good.  But if that is all He is to you, then don’t you think you might be minimizing Him?

There is a song out there called, “God is good all the time”.  All through the song it states all the good God has done for people.  And yes, He has done all that is written in the song.  But to only have the view that God is good so that you can sing to Him or believe in Him or for all that He will do for you, is in fact selfish.  Because your true focus is you.

God is just.

The wonderful blessings that He bestows on us, are good only because you have placed Him first in every aspect of your life.  Good things don’t just happen.  For nothing happens without God willing it to happen.  Psalm 35: 27 Let them shout for joy and be glad, Who favor my righteous cause; And let them say continually, “Let the Lord be magnified, Who has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant.”  Those things that are good are, because you have found favor with the Lord.  For when you do His righteous, He is pleased.  With that said, God also judges all.  For if you do not do what is right in the eyes of God, He will correct you.  This is not to say that He brings hard time and trouble to people but that he allows you to experience them.  For these things are evil in themselves and evil is not within God. James 1:13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone.  

If we were to only look at God with rose color glasses will be missing the real God.  When people go through hard times they have choices.  They can either grow closer to God or find themselves lost.  God does find favor with His people and in doing so it should be His glory that is praised and not what He has done for you.

When we raise up our children, do you make sure that everything is peaches and cream for every aspect of their lives?  If so, then what shall they learn?  Who will they go to when they grow up and reality comes forth?  We are to learn from mistakes and hard times that transpire in our lives.  We actually learn more about God during those times as well.  The feel good preaching that is out there may be fine for a time, but sooner or later people have to grow in their spirit.  Hebrews 5:13-14 For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe.  But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.   Throughout the Bible you will find that God taught His people many lessons when they did not obey or receive Him.  Lessons that we are still learning today.

So then, how do you view God?  Do you have clear vision, or are things rosy?

What Do You Live For?

Confession:  It wasn’t until later in my life that I realized just who I was supposed to be living for.

I have been watching the youth of America for some time.  For the most part I’m not all that impressed.  The focus that they seem to have is “Me-ism“.  I have been smacked in the face of it so many times that I physically and emotionally hurt for them.  If I look back throughout history, I’m sure I could find just when and where it started.  Do you know where?  The Garden.  That’s right.  When sin came into this world the “me-ism” started.  People looking out for themselves only.  Looking at to how they can get ahead of everyone else.  To feel as thought they are the big man/woman.  Those that are unwilling to help others no matter how small of a sacrifice it might be.  To leave their own trash around expecting others to clean up after them.  Trash in the form of bad decisions, not following through on things, not committing to something, etc…  What is even sadder is that their parents are the ones who allow this kind of behavior.  Yes I said allow.  They feel bad for their child and clean things up because they feel like their child shouldn’t have to suffer.  In the long run, the child does the same things over and over again.  Because, instead of having to learn from mistakes that they have made and figuring out how to fix them, their parents baby them.  But then wonder why they don’t respect them. One might think that parents had never heard of Tough Love.  There are those that consider tough love as no love at all.  Which couldn’t be further from the truth. Is it hard?  Well yes it’s hard, that why it’s called tough. It’s not only tough on them, but you as well. When we as parents, don’t allow our children to make mistakes and guide them through how to fix it, then as they grow and move out of the house (although I know of some who never have.  But that’s another story) then they will never be able to become a person who doesn’t live for themselves.

But there are times, when I see a youth of sorts, doing something that just melts my heart. Like holding the door open for complete strangers, helping someone who has dropped something, volunteering for a clean up crew, wanting to go visit an elderly person.  When you see them doing something for someone else and not care if they receive anything in return.  The only do it because it is the right thing to do.  They show a small spark of God’s glory. Oh how I wish we could gather the sparks together and have a blazing fire. That would be so worth writing about. There are great churches and organizations that promote how and why we should do for others, and while you do these things you slowly, but surly, start to not only do the right things in life, but you lose the me-ism.   When we start to realize that we are to live our lives for God and God alone.  That is when we truly start to live!

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