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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

Do You Plant Good Seeds or Bad Seeds?

Have you ever attended a church service and thought to yourselves, ” I got nothing out of that.”  If so, have you ever taken the time to ask yourself, “Why not?”  Or did you just start complaining?  Recently there was a guest pastor who did a service and I really didn’t like his approach to the message he was giving.  All I could see was a T.V. Preacher….. only live and in person.  I felt as if the two hours at church was such a waste.  I did not feel uplifted, or as if I had anything to chew on (meditate).  Worse of all I blamed the pastor.  All the while, I know that it is my responsibly to get my spirit right with God, not the Pastor’s.  While going home we (as a family) always ask each other if the service was good and if they enjoyed it.  I did not set a good example.  I went spouting off everything that I did not like, even when the rest of my family had said that they did enjoy the service.  I place seeds of doubt, rudeness, being mean into their minds and spirits.

I know that not every service is meant just for me, the way I feel I need to hear it.  I know that every preacher is different in their way of preaching.  I know that with every word of God spoken, there is at least one person who needs to hear it the way it was given.  Preachers are God appointed for God’s will and not mine.  So it has come to my attention (even though the damage has been done) that the service was in fact for me.  Even if only to learn this lesson.  Now giving me the opportunity to apologize to God for all that I wasted and for the evil I did.  For I showed no Love in my words or attitude.

Those of us who attend church generally go because we like the way a church is.  Whether it’s the preaching, the music, the people.  But God always knows when and why to shake things up.  Even if we don’t like it at first.  Although I still don’t like the manner in which the sermon was given, it will not stop me from attending this church when the next a guest Pastor comes.  It does however give me the opportunity to open my heart, mind, and spirit more.  It does give me more opportunity to get closer to God.  To be more grateful for all the people He places in my life.

Why Haven’t You Written

I have received some e-mails  asking why I haven’t been writing for over a week and even have been asked by my kids. As if there is something wrong with me.The truth is when I write, I do so because I am inspired by God for one reason or another.Sometimes I will hear something that strikes a cord in me or Usually I will read something. Then there are some things I will see. I have gotten confirmation of my writings when I hear people, usually our pastor(who appears to be in constant prayer) will repeat a line that I’ve already posted. That’s right an entire word for word line.  Last time it was garbage in garbage out.  A friend of mine calls that a God wink. I call it remarkable! The fact that God will press a word on people and those of us who will listen come back with the exact same words just astounded me. If people didn’t know ahead of time what I had written one might that I had copied off of others. Which would make me or anyone  else a fake and not trust worthy. I so enjoy being able to write and then hear others confirm those words that God Himself has placed on my heart.  I know that there are still a lot of people who do not think or believe that God speaks directly to people anymore answer that to hear him you have to read His word.  I agree that you can hear Him thru reading the Bible. BUT I also believe that he speaks to each of us whether we listen to what He is saying to us is another story. I haven written on this subject before.

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Are You Really Listening?

Pastor and I were talking the other day, when the subject of phone apps. came up.  He had told me that he has an app. that can read out loud to him the Bible.  He was expressing his delight with it, and I agree it is a wonder.  Your spirit gets fed when it hears His word.  If you can just let go of thoughts in your mind and allow the word to enter into you, something wonderful happens.

It used to be that people could only hear the word when they attended church on Sunday mornings.  Now-a-days, we have t.v. channels full of preachers speaking the word everyday of the week, at any time of the day.  We also have great little gadgets where we can hear it.  Like our computers, Cd’s, I-pods, mp3 players, smart-phones. We can download the entire Bible, many sermons, and even conferences. Which gives us more accessibility to understanding His word. I have heard people saying that they don’t like the voice of the reader, or speaker, for whatever reason. Whether it’s a woman’s voice and not a man’s, his voice is too low, he talks too fast, he’s hard to understand.  Now, I do know that there is to be physical application to the word.  But unless it is put first into your spirit so that it can be transformed into physical application, you won’t really hear it. Just having it in your ear and head isn’t enough.  Ezekiel 3:10 Moreover He said to me: “Son of man, receive into your heart all My words that I speak to you, and hear with your ears. When you listen with your heart, it should be God’s voice you hear and not the person’s. 

As I was talking to Pastor, I had mentioned that I love it when one is able to speak the word, one really hears it, and they get to converse about it. And it doesn’t matter if it is one on one, or one to a group. For it is then that the Spirit has an opportunity to move. Matthew 18:20 For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.The excitement of it all can be like a child watching fireworks go off. Or like the thrill one gets when riding a roller coaster. The more we spoke, the more my spirit was getting joyous.  I have a hard time containing myself when I get like that. I have to grab a hold of something, look away a few times, take in deep breaths. My spirit wants to go into worship mode immediately, and I get saturated with His love all over me. I can find myself lost in praise to Him.  It was then, when Pastor quoted to me, Romans 10:17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. He was affirming and emphasizing the power of the word, and that it must be vocal to be heard. I know a lot of people(I happen to be one. Maybe you are too.), who read the Bible out loud. I do it because I want His word to be branded on my spirit.  When I speak it, rather than just reading, it gets in a little deeper.  Say something enough times, and it becomes a part of you……….your belief…..your faith.  It marks you with His wisdom.  You won’t be able to do anything without hearing Him.  So listen…..because the Lord is speaking.

Do you use any of the devices listed above?  If so, which one do you use most often?  What about it do you like the most? Where do you listen to them?

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