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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

Priorities

Have you chosen the priorities of your life?  On the other hand, have you allowed God to choose them for you?

Whether you are aware of it or not, He already has and just waits on you to see what He has laid out for you.  Throughout the Bible we are shown that, we are to love the Lord first and above all others.  And it is only then that we move on to family and home.  Once we can do those (and don’t worry, no one does it completely the way they think they should) Then we are to move on to our ministry.  These are commandments from God Himself.  When God commands something from us, he also gives us the gift of choice.  You get to choose whether to do as commanded.  The problem I see is that when people are given a choice they look at what they think is best for them rather than what God has already said is best for them.  When people try to figure what is best for them, they have placed themselves above everyone else.

 

Things come and go in life.  Trouble and blessings come and go.  People come and go.  God is forever!  No matter what may be happening in your life right now or in the future.  One’s life should not be controlled by the comings and goings.  I have made a lot (understatement) of sacrifices in my life so that I can show who I am as a child of God and as a wife and mom.  I do not allow the troubles or problems to change the direction I am taking.  And because of that, there are a lot of people who stay away from me.  Not because I’m mean, but because they feel that if they stay with me that they too will have to allow God to change their life so that they are in line with Him and not be allowed to keep living the way they want.  I have been told that I am a strong woman, a very strict mom, that I am out of touch with the “real world”, and that I don’t know how things “really” work.

 

If they only knew.  I am the happiest woman when I talk to God and allow Him to take care of any problem for me, no matter how big or small it may be.  It is such a privilege to get to have God on my side and worship him rather than breathing life to trouble that comes around.  I would have to say that the hardest part of all of that is trying to get my own children to see the world the same way.  They are out in it more than I am.  Their friends are huge influences and their parents for the most part do not see the world as such a bad place.  I disagree with women being in certain careers.  My daughter does not.  I disagree with women having higher power than men do.  My children do not.  I have to learn how to make the life I already have look more appealing to them than the world does.  On my own, this would be impossible.  But I know that nothing is impossible for God.  Therefore, I will leave the opening of their eyes and hearts to Him.  And keep doing what I am doing alongside of God.  Because I know that troubles and problems won’t stop coming at me.  I know that the closer I get to God the stronger and faster they will come and attack.  My oldest children are just starting to understand when we say to them that the older you get the harder life gets.  There is more expected of you.  And I get to laugh when they tell me that they want to be a kid again.  Because they are kids, who are learning that life is serious business.  Playtime is almost over for them.  The world however is still playing.  They have no priorities above themselves.  And if they don’t like the way the game is played, they simply change the rules to fit their so-called needs. 

He Wants To Hear

The past couple of weeks I have been driving to my sister’s house to teach one of my nephews how to read and write.  He blessed me by asking me to do so.  He is only 4, but his personality is that of a tween sometimes.  As we go through our tasks, I will ask him what something is.  Like a letter or a word on a page.  He likes to show it to me by pointing to it.  I have to ask him to say it.  This gives me a better idea of what he is learning and the of his strength of abilities.  I then, more often than not, will get a scrunched up face as he tells me what it is. This is where I have to contain myself from giggling.  He is just so darn cute.  The other night, the family was sitting down to dinner.  As I was saying my grace over the meal, I heard “Tell Me you love Me.”

This time, I was the one doing the pointing.  “Look, look at all the things that I do to show that I love you.  I tell people all the time how much I love you.”  As I was speaking, I felt my face scrunch up.  My eyebrows drew closer together; my lips pursed tightly, as I sunk my head even lower.  He said again, “Tell Me you love Me.  I want to hear it.” This time, I got it.  My heart filled up with gratitude as I answered Him and said, “I love You my dear God.”

Have you ever watched a show or movie and one person will say I love you and the other person just smiles and nods, or might say, me too.  It just isn’t the same.  You can feel the tension that the person has trying to say those words.  It makes me ache inside.  You can sometimes hear me, “Just say the words.  It won’t kill you.  Let them know that you really do love them.”  The hubby and I say we love each other all the time.  At times, I’m sure that we say it so much that we get on other people’s nerves.  Not that we care.  Because we know, just how important it is to the other that they get to hear it.  There are those who might claim that they don’t need to hear it all the time.  I have a hard time really believing that.  As we go through life, we reaffirm everything we do.  So even though my hubby shows me his love for me all the time, it is so sweet and touches my soul deeply when he tells me that he loves me.  I do not understand how it could not be the same with others unless their hearts are hardened a bit in that area.

When we pray, we are to come to Him with all humility.  We are to keep Him in front of us and give Him everything that we possess.  That includes our words.  Yes, He already knows how we feel about and for Him. And, no He doesn’t need to hear it. But just like us, He wants to hear it.  Not only to say, “I love God, but to also say God, I love You.”  When you are able and willing to say it, you will feel such a release of burden and hardened heart.  Because the moment you do, God is saying those exact same words right back to you.  That, my friend, is such an awesome feeling.

When it is time for me to leave after teaching my nephew, I give him a squeeze and tell him that I love him. I never want him to forget the love that I have for him.  I want it to be the last impression he has of me. He keeps his head down, but peers up at me with a smile and repeats back to me, “I love you.”  When I hear that sweet voice say those words to me, my heart melts.  Heart melting is the work of God.  For God is love.  1 John 4:8 He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.  Do not hold back your love for God.  Tell Him when you pray.  Tell Him when you are blessed.  Tell Him when you are in trouble.  Just never forget to tell Him.

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?

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