I want to see!!!

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It’s a mild winter day here today which is quite welcome after the sub-zero temperatures a few days ago, but as they say here, “If you don’t like the weather just wait, it will change in a day or two.” That ends up being quite true often, in the last 3 days there has been a close to 70 degree difference. But, I digress and now, back on topic: with the milder weather I was out on the porch looking to see if there was any wildlife in the fields: deer, turkey or most anything really. I was thinking that I would like to see some deer or turkey out there. I enjoy seeing them play in the fields.

I want to see. I want to see the weather get better; I want to see the wildlife. BUT, more than those things, I want to see the blessings He has in store for me. I want to see what it is like to be in the presence of Christ. I want to see and experience more of the fruits of the Spirit. I want to see more of the perfect love He has in store for us all. I have seen some of the blessings and what He has for me. I have felt what it is like to be in His presence but I guess I am greedy, because I want to see again.

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

Galatians 5:22-23

In order to see and experience those things, and all the other blessings Christ has in store for me I have to seek Him.

7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

Matthew 7:7-8

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.   Matthew 6:33

 

I need to seek God first, and, then He will show me the path for me. He will bless me as He has planned to bless me. He will show me the gifts He wishes me to have and experience all He has in store for me.

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.        James 1:17

 

I will seek Him, but I need to seek God for Him and His righteousness, I need to seek His kingdom. For that, I will be rewarded with blessings I cannot fathom. He will show me all I ask and more. I just need to remember that sometimes, patience is necessary. Waiting for Him to do what He plans for me if I prove myself faithful. What an amazing God we serve.

But if we hope for that we see not, [then] do we with patience wait for [it].     Romans 8:25

 

 

 

My Lord, I praise You. Thank You for the blessings I have received, Thank You for the blessings to come. I pray in the name of Jesus that I learn the patience and faith to wait on You and that You continue to help me seek You and to know the heart of Christ. Help me strive to serve You first. I ask You to draw us all closer to You that we may know the blessings of Your forgiveness and mercy. I thank You for the sacrifice Jesus made on the cross and for His defeat over death that made our redemption possible. I pray for those that are suffering, whether financially, physically, emotionally or in any other way and who are yearning to see the blessings You have in store for each of us.

Amen

 

I hope all have a blessed day and that you are a blessing to someone else as well.

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Hectic Schedule

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I was looking at my schedule for the next couple months and to say the least it is way more confusing than normal. I work a sort of rotating schedule at work and that is part of the confusion. Then adding Drill dates and such from Guard as well as things like appointments with the dentist and all the other things one has to do tend with and it gets pretty hectic and, almost overwhelming. I gotta say, I am not sure HOW I get myself obligated like I do and end up having to go 5 directions at once.

For example, in the next few weeks starting the day after Christmas I work 2, off 3, work 1, off 3, work 1, off 6 but most of those 6 are drill days so not off but will at least have shorter days (I hope) than regular work, work 3, off 2, work 2, off 2……and that’s not as bad as it gets, an extra drill weekend the last weekend of January…. then on orders for a few days in February and, well. You get the picture. Thankfully, I have the schedules in my phone. I just wish I would remember to check it more often because making plans is difficult to say the least and sometimes, I forget to check before I make plans then I am at a spot where I am supposed to be two, maybe three, places at the same time.

Sometimes, I get in a rush, manage to get going and forget something, my coffee, my billfold, who knows what but I do manage to always remember to take a few minutes to talk to God. For those who are not regular about praying, a few minutes to talk with God during a crazy and hectic day can make all the difference in the world. Besides, with all He has to do, He still makes sure to take care of me so much better than I deserve that I would be pretty ungrateful not to say thank You Lord for all His blessings to me. And, I always feel a lot better after praying a while.

Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness.   Psalms 150:2

Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD.            Psalms 150:6

Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms.      James 5:13

In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.  1 Thessalonians 5:18

By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of [our] lips giving thanks to his name.  Hebrews 13:15

 

There are a lot more verses about prayer, praising, being thankful but after looking at a lot, NONE say anything about not taking time to pray when you are busy or having a hectic life. To be perfectly honest, the more hectic and chaotic things get for me, well, that is when I need Him even more.

So, busy schedule due to Christmas and other holidays, at work, home, juggling multiple things at once or not….God deserves your praises and you deserve the benefit of praying.

Lord, I thank You for the reminder that no matter how busy I think I am, I should never think I am too busy to pray and talk to You; ask You for guidance and help with my life and Christian walk. I praise You for all You are and do. I pray in the name of Jesus that I do better seeking You, spending more time in the scripture and in prayer and if I find myself busy, that I remember to at least say thanks for the blessings and to ask Your hand on my life and Your guidance. I pray that loved ones and others remember to look to You and the time to seek You as well.

Amen

 

I hope all have a wonderful day and that you are blessed today. Please, remember to be a blessing to someone else as well.

 

 

 

 

 

Giants all around

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I will confess up front that I “stole” the idea for this post from a church bulletin so in advance I will thank the Pastor for the post.

THANKS PASTOR LARRY!

ARE THERE GIANTS IN THE LAND?

Don’t be fearful or afraid to occupy the promises the Lord has given you. Don’t just settle for less when you know the Father has more for you. Self-doubt holds back more believers than any other enemy. Know this: When you know something is from Me and you’re obedient and step out in it, I will keep your back and bless you for overcoming that fear. I say choose blessings or curses. They don’t choose- you do! Focus on My love and provision and you will soon be on that mountain. But Know this, he whom I can trust in small matters, will be leaders of much larger ones. In times such as this, leaders must press in for the goal and not give up, ever. Are you ready to go to higher ground?

And there went out a champion out of the camp of the Philistines, named Goliath, of Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span.  1 Samuel 17:4

And David spake to the men that stood by him, saying, What shall be done to the man that killeth this Philistine, and taketh away the reproach from Israel? for who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?   1 Samuel 17:26

David said moreover, The LORD that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine. And Saul said unto David, Go, and the LORD be with thee.  1 Samuel 17:37

And David put his hand in his bag, and took thence a stone, and slang it, and smote the Philistine in his forehead, that the stone sunk into his forehead; and he fell upon his face to the earth.  1 Samuel 17:49

Obviously, I skipped some verses, and encourage folks to read the entire chapter, but the message is clear, Israel faced a giant and no one would stand up to him until David came along. No one else had the faith to trust God to help them during the fight. David faces a challenge and realistically, in the human mind, there was no way for him to win but he had faith in God to protect him and give him the victory.

We all face our own giants, they may not be literal giants like Goliath but we face the uncertainty of some things that we feel lead by God to perform, life changes, new jobs, moving across the country, speaking publicly about God, all those things are giants. There are so many possible giants we all deal with and if we have the faith that David had, God will see us victorious and that if we follow Him, He will ensure that we walk in the path He has planned for us.

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.  Jeremiah 29:11

Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. Psalms 37:5

And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you. Matthew 17:20

Lord, I praise your Holy Name and worship You. I thank You for the forgiveness and salvation that was bought for me by the sacrifice, suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus. I pray in Jesus Name that You help me increase my faith and trust in You. That You give me the courage to face the giants in my life because I know that through You when I step out in faith You will be there for me to ensure that I do not fail and that You will carry me through and guide my steps if I follow You and have that faith. I ask that You help others who are facing giants of their own, that they learn to lean on You and take those steps to be victorious in Christ. I pray that draw my family and loved ones to You and help them all to know You.

Amen

Thanks for your time. I hope all will have a great day and are blessed, and that you are able to be a blessing to someone else as well

CONVICTED!!!!!

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No, not that kind of convicted. I am referring to being convicted by the Holy Spirit.

Today I was driving down a highway, the morning was a little chilly and rainy. Not a hard, driving rain, but somewhere between a drizzle and rain. In places it was raining harder but most of the drive required me to use my windshield wipers to be able to see clearly. So, I am driving along, not really thinking too much about anything, listening to a Christian radio station, thinking about how the songs applied to me, what lessons I could learn from them. Some hard lessons that are less pleasant to think about, some were just uplifting songs. But, as I am driving I suddenly see flashing lights in my rearview mirror. I knew I wasn’t speeding as I had set the cruise control for the speed limit (FYI, sometimes that isn’t the case and I may on occasion set the cruise for 5 or 6 miles above the speed limit) and wasn’t driving carelessly so I really did not know why the sheriff was behind me. Maybe he needed to pass, so I signaled and pulled onto the shoulder to let him pass. NOPE, he didn’t pass, he pulled up behind me. I knew I wasn’t guilty of wrongdoing so I was a little confused but I did as I was taught, turned off the car, put the keys on the dash, rolled down the window and kept my hands on the wheel while he was walking up to me. I have a lot of friends that are in law enforcement and they all say if a person does that, they are less likely to give a ticket so I always do that. Plus, they say it makes them less uncomfortable about the stop as a lot of them, rightly so, are often a little nervous on routine stops since there have been a lot of police and such shot during what was thought to be a routine stop. He walked up and said good morning, then said, “Are you aware that when it is raining and you are using your wipers you are required to have your headlights on?” I said yes and that my vehicle had automatic lights so I had assumed they were on but that I would be sure to turn them on. He walked to the front, I turned them on and he came back to the window and said, “Well, they are on now. I can understand how you might think they would be on if they are automatic. Just be sure that you turn them on when using your wipers. I really would hate if someone couldn’t see you and hit you.” I thanked him, assured him that I would be careful to turn on the headlights in the future when weather was like it was today and told him to be careful and to have a good day. He wished me a good day and started back to his vehicle.

The interaction only took a few minutes and after it was over, when I was back on the road I thought about how, even though I was certain I wasn’t doing anything wrong I got nervous. Heart beating a little faster than normal, mouth felt a little dry. And, for no reason I could think of either. But, I felt like I must have been guilty, I felt convicted in a way. Well, that got me to thinking about how at times I have felt convicted by the Holy Spirit, perhaps while in church listening to a sermon, when I read something in the Bible or Christian literature or when the Lord spoke to my heart about things.

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I saw this on another blog the other day and it spoke to me. Just like the sheriff today, he didn’t stop me to give me a ticket or do me harm, he stopped me to help me improve by being safer while driving. God does it so I see where I am not doing as He wants, and so I can make the changes I need to make to serve Him as He wants me to serve. Well, thinking about the times God has put conviction about something on my heart, and believe me, it has happened a lot, I thought about how some people will get angry about something a pastor says in his sermon because it makes the person feel convicted. They say things like the pastor has no right to attack them in that manner or they won’t go to a church where they are being preached at when there are others that are worse. Some people will quit going to a certain church because of the conviction rather than taking it as a lesson from God. I have felt convicted about things a pastor preached about, I have gotten angry with the pastor for “preaching at me” in front of the rest of the church. Except, the pastor wasn’t preaching at me, and at times had no knowledge of my life or the sin for which I was now feeling convicted. He was preaching a message that God had laid upon him. Now, I know God will do that to put conviction onto a person and while the pastor may not have known the situation I was dealing with at the time, God sure did, and He knew I needed reminded about it. I shouldn’t be angry at the pastor for preaching what God told him to preach about. Whether I thank the pastor or not, it was a needed message at the time and God was using the pastor to tell me that I needed to address this or that issue in my life. And, one should realize that God doesn’t convict us to make us feel bad, He does it so we can correct wrongs and do as He wants us to do.

Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth? Galatians 4:16

I have received messages from people, some I know, some I don’t, but regardless of that, things I had written obviously made them feel convicted as they were pretty hateful in their words, criticizing me for trying to make them feel guilty. Now, if I don’t know a person its clear that I wouldn’t know anything about why they should feel guilty about what I say and those I know that have done so have were not those to whom I was referring when I described different situations, yet they obviously felt guilty. If one feels guilty about something, rather than lash out at the one whose words cause that feeling, perhaps all those that feel like that should take time to talk to God and ask Him why they feel that way and see what they feel He wants them to do. Harassing the pastor, other writers or anyone else, or leaving a church to find a different one when one comes under conviction about something is obviously not the answer. Those who change churches trying to avoid conviction will find that God is there at the new church as well and sooner or later, God will use the pastor at the new church to preach a message that will cause conviction to return. If one quits church completely after coming under conviction about something won’t change things and God will use someone or something else to remind a person about things. Avoiding the truth, avoiding going to God about the conviction won’t help, it will still be there. Seeking God’s guidance is the answer. CHRIST is the answer.

I know this is true, the Holy Spirit will use anyone or anything when He is trying to speak to a person about something. I have tried to “dodge God” by not going to church, trying to justify my actions to lessen the conviction, but it never helped. I have gotten upset and angry with those God was using to tell me of my shortcomings. That did not change the truth, it didn’t correct my wrong behavior. It actually increased it by feeling as angry at those who were being used to try to help me. Only spending time praying, talking to God, confessing my sins and changing my behavior was I able to properly address the convictions.

9 Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance: for ye were made sorry after a godly manner, that ye might receive damage by us in nothing.
10 For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.

2 Corinthians 7:9-10

 

19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.

John 3:19-21

 

Yes, God places us under conviction at times but it is to help us improve our walk with Him. Don’t hate the messenger, don’t run from the message, instead listen to what is said, correct what is wrong in your life and enjoy the benefits of a closer walk with Christ.

 

Lord, I thank You for all the effort to which you went to teach me the truth and bring me back to You. I praise You for all You are and for having the mercy, grace and forgiveness I needed, but did not deserve. I pray in the name of Jesus that You continue to work in me and help me improve. Help me remember that when you convict me it isn’t to shame me or make me feel bad, but to help me improve. I ask that You help all of us understand that fact and that hiding from the short comings by running from the truth doesn’t change the situation and keeps us from enjoying all the blessings You have for us. Draw us all closer and teach us the truth. Thank You Lord for the salvation You gave me and for the sacrifice Your Son made to make it possible.

 

Amen

 

Thank you all for your time. Have a blessed day and try to be a blessing to someone else today as well.

 

Happy Mother’s Day

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Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee. Exodus 20:12

It’s Mother’s Day! Happy Mother’s day to all the Mothers, Moms, Mommies, or whatever your kids call you.

Just taking a few minutes to remember my own Mother. Well, I remember her always. I lost her a few years ago and still miss her. Sometimes, I forget she is gone, and want to talk with her, think about calling her, but before I dial, I realize, no, she is with Christ now. Other times I see something that I think she would like and think about getting it for her, and, same realization. It happens mentally, in seconds off and on, may be days or weeks between the times, but they happen. It is almost a shock when I realize it at those times that she is gone. I wonder if such will ever stop, then I remember my dad talking one time. I had a small place in the country and had raspberries growing there. I had picked a bunch and had given them to my folks. While my mother was off doing something or other elsewhere in the house my dad ate a couple and then said, “You know, we ought to just take the weekend and take those to your grandmother, she makes a wonderful cobbler.” Then, he got a strange look on his face, sad and hurt, and said, “Wow, my mother died over 20 years ago and I still get times I think about something and forget that and will think about doing something like that. Then, I realize I can’t. Amazing that a person’s mind can do like that. But, I remember, some of the hurt returns but, I still like thinking the happier thoughts.”

So, I think on that, and realize that it probably will continue off and on for the rest of my life. Well, despite her being gone, I love her, love the memories of her and always will, because I know she loved me too and even now, that love continues. Love doesn’t die, maybe the person is gone from you, but the love you had for them, and they for you, is still there. Maybe most of the time, one way or the other, people cover over that but the love is there and little things will trigger those memories.

I know, at times I disappointed my mother, we all disappoint our parents at times, but I also know I made her proud a lot of times too. But, no matter what else I did to make her proud and happy, nothing compares to the joy she feels now, rejoicing with Christ, playing piano and singing with Him and for Him. And, I have to believe that nothing compares to the pride she feels now, knowing I have come back to Jesus and am doing my best to live a proper Christian life and serve Him the best I can.

Today, I want to encourage everyone to be sure to call, see or in some way show your Mother the love and respect she deserves. Make sure she knows that you love her and appreciate her. To those who have had things happen to interfere with your relationships with your mothers, remember, you have but one, whether she is the perfect mom, a great mom, even if she is a marginal or bad mom, she is your mother. Love her, respect her and regardless of any hard feelings, be sure you let her know that despite any such feelings, that you still love her.

22 Hearken unto thy father that begat thee, and despise not thy mother when she is old.
23 Buy the truth, and sell [it] not; [also] wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.
24 The father of the righteous shall greatly rejoice: and he that begetteth a wise [child] shall have joy of him.
25 Thy father and thy mother shall be glad, and she that bare thee shall rejoice.

Proverbs 23:22-25

Lord, I glorify You and worship You for all that You are. I thank you for a praying Mother who, despite many things, never gave up on me, praying for my salvation and protection. I ask that You put a burden on the hearts of all to make sure to honor their mothers today. If any have problems with the relationship, that You put a heavy conviction on them to make all effort to make the relationship right again. I pray that You give comfort to all who have lost their Mothers, help them only remember the good things. Be with the Mothers who have lost children, give them comfort on this day as well.

I ask that you continue to work in me, help me grow as a Christian and improve my walk with You, give my Your guidance and continue to show me Your way in my life. Give me the strength to continue as I work through over all the stumbling blocks the enemy tries to put in the path You have planned for me. I pray You draw loved ones to You and work in their lives, bring them to You and work to make them the servants You want them to be, show them all Your way, Your truth and Your path for each that we all can live in Your peace and glory, serving You.

I thank You Jesus for the salvation and forgiveness that, even though I did not deserve, You gave me.

Amen

 

 

Well, this started out as a be good to your mothers message that I expected to be a sentence or two, but sometimes, once I start writing, I let the Lord try to speak through me and sometimes, He has more to say than I planned. I am trying to be a vessel for Him and try to be sensitive to His way as I do things. I am getting better at it too, praise Jesus for His improvement in me. I still have a long way to go, but He has and is doing great things with my spiritual walk.

Thanks for stopping by, remember to be a blessing to someone today, Be a blessing to your mothers, they deserve it and doing so gives glory to God.

 

 

 

Can you buy a blessing?

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If so, let me know, I sure need a few, then again, I know we all do but, it’s not possible no matter how some try to do so. But, a few things lately made me think about how some people try to buy blessings of one sort or another.

I live in the country and a couple weeks ago, as I was piddling around the farm I saw a guy hanging around on the creek bridge which is not a normal thing around here so I went to check it out. I found that it was a neighbor that I had never really talked with and he had his 6 year old son with him. This guy is mid 60’s and about 7 years ago, got married for about the third or fourth time. Well, I found out that his wife is not from the US, but I didn’t really know much about her. He and I talked while his boy threw rocks in the creek and while talking, he decided to tell me about his wife. She was from Central America, a mail order bride, about half his age. He told me that his first wife divorced him 25 years or so ago, then since then he had been engaged a few times, and married a couple, but all, within a year of engagement or marriage decided they did not want to be married to him and then he told me he was kind of hard to live with so they decided it wasn’t worth the effort for them to stay around. Then, he explained that he just wanted someone around to help keep house, cook for him and so he wasn’t alone and since no one around here that he had dated or married were willing to stay with him he figured a mail order bride would be worth trying. He said he paid some company that helped arrange it, he went down, met the woman, they decided they could probably tolerate each other so the final arrangements were made and then he had additional payments to the company as well as some sort of payment to her and her family and the marriage took place. I wasn’t sure what my response should be so I just said, “That’s interesting. How is it working out?” He said, “Well, sort of okay. I didn’t want more kids but she wanted a child so we have him. He’s a good kid and I love my son but really didn’t want to be a dad again at my age. She is a pretty good cook and does well keeping house and since she owes me I know she will stick around, at least until I die. Then, it won’t matter to me.” I told him I was glad he was happy with things and he said he wasn’t really happy, but he at least had company and help in the house. But then admitted that neither really loved the other and that it was a business arrangement and not a real marriage. I didn’t have a response to that statement other than to tell him it seemed to be working ok. He said it kind of was. But looked sad.  When I left, I just thought it is kind of sad that someone had to pay to get someone to marry him, pay someone to even stay around. He bought a blessing, but it was not a marriage, and I could tell he felt a little ashamed that he had to pay to get her to even acknowledge him. He couldn’t make relationships work so he had to pay, he bought a wife.

As I thought about paying things that one doesn’t have the ability to obtain otherwise I thought about a coworker and when I went to a get together at a his house some time back and in his living room, over the fireplace was a really nice mounted deer head. I asked him about it, did he get it in the area or someplace else. He said, “Oh, that deer was taken about an  hour north of here.” I asked if it was a place he went to a lot, and a few other questions. He was really vague with his responses, in fact, seemed to try to direct the conversation away from the topic. Then, his wife said, “Just tell them how you really got it.” And, he said he bought it from a taxidermist when the man that actually got it refused to pay for it and heThe thought it would look good over the fireplace. He was right about that, but I thought it was interesting that he had bought something he didn’t really earn.

Thinking about people buying things they didn’t earn made me think about the people that buy military uniforms and award ribbons and medals they didn’t earn and then proceed to wear them out in public. Maybe go to a nice restaurant for a meal. Some of these people do so looking for attention and thinking maybe someone will pay for their meal for them. They buy the uniforms and awards without having served, or did not serve in a way to actually earn the awards. Paying for what he could not or would not earn on his own.

Thinking about these, leads me to thoughts of how some people send money to tele-evangelists or in response to requests they received in the mail for different religious (or supposed) organizations. Often those requests come with promises of a blessing, telling the people if they send a donation they will receive a blessing. The people that send money often need it themselves but send it thinking that God will multiply what they send, because that may have been what the letter or tele-evangelist promised. Maybe they were told they would get a healing or any other type of blessing the person is hoping for at the time. Many of these people are not really Christians, not living a Christian life but think they can bribe God and get a blessing. Guess what…..GOD DOES NOT TAKE VISA! You can’t bribe God to give you a blessing with money. You can send money to this cause or that group, but no matter what, you don’t buy a blessing.

All the people I mentioned take false pride in their purchases and regardless of how the put on shows of that false pride they know that what they expect to be a blessing is an empty promise because their intent was to deceive others and themselves with insincere self serving acts.

I am not saying one should not donate to various organizations. We are supposed to do that, but one must be cautious to whom they donate as not all of these organizations are what they seem. We should tithe, support various ministries, help the needy, but those that promise a blessing from God for doing so are promising something that they personally cannot deliver, blessings from God come at His choice and aren’t based on the amount of money one gives. You cannot buy blessings that He does not plan for you. An semblance of a blessing will be shallow with no substance, like the house built on sand there will be no true foundation and will be swept away. Even more than that is the fact that those supposed blessings that were purchased will have a bitterness that pales in comparison to the true sweetness of genuine blessings.

Those that promise to sell blessings are deceiving themselves if they truly believe they have the power to sell a blessing and the person they promise a blessing to if they know the truth that blessings aren’t a commodity to be bought and sold.

Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. Malachi 3:8

Offerings given under false, self serving pretense aren’t good  in the eyes of God. He wants  those given from the heart with genuine intent. Think about the widow and her small offering, it was minimal compared to others but it was a large sacrifice to her because she had so little and it was more pleasing to God due to the sincerity of her heart when she gave her offering.

And Jesus saith unto him, See thou tell no man; but go thy way, shew thyself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them. Matthew 8:4

34 Neither was there any among them that lacked: for as many as were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the prices of the things that were sold, 35 And laid them down at the apostles’ feet: and distribution was made unto every man according as he had need. Acts 4:34-37

 

Yes, He tells us to tithe, we need to support the ministries and send them assistance.

A wicked man taketh a gift out of the bosom to pervert the ways of judgment. Proverbs 17:23

 

6 And said to the judges, Take heed what ye do: for ye judge not for man, but for the LORD, who is with you in the judgment.
7 Wherefore now let the fear of the LORD be upon you; take heed and do it: for there is no iniquity with the LORD our God, nor respect of persons, nor taking of gifts. 2 Chronicles 19:7

 

Thou shalt not wrest judgment; thou shalt not respect persons, neither take a gift: for a gift doth blind the eyes of the wise, and pervert the words of the righteous. Deuteronomy 16:19

 

But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money. Acts 8:20

 

While there is need to support various ministries, trying to give gifts falsely motivated, seeking to gain blessings or gain favor is against God’s will. We should only offer gifts from a pure heart and not for self gain. Any gain from false gifts is not blessed of God and will not be long enjoyed.

 

Lord, I praise Your Holy Name. I thank You for the many blessings, the wisdom you are giving me. I ask You to help me discern not only what ministries should receive gifts and donations, but help me keep my heart and intent pure. That I do not give the gifts for self gain. I ask that You continue to work in my heart, give me Your guidance for my life, my words. Help me be a better servant of Christ. I ask You to work in the hearts and minds of loved ones to show them Your way for their lives and draw them nearer to You. I thank You for my many blessings and wait with eager anticipation for those to come.

Amen

 

Thanks for taking time out of your day to visit my blog and read the postings. I appreciate it. I hope it was a blessing to someone else or tells them what they need to hear.

Remember, be a blessing to someone today.

God Loves me, so much!

Well, not a lot to say, other than just wanted to praise God for all His kindness, blessings especially a big one just recently and His mercy. He gave me my salvation through His son Jesus and delivered me from sin. He protects me, especially from myself and I know that is not an easy task.

I thank you God, for all You do for me. Praise Your Holy Name.

A half blessing?

I watched a movie a while back, and today at drill something came up that reminded me of a scene in the movie. In the movie, Tom Hanks was one actor, set in prohibition time, he played a gangster, but the character and his son had started robbing banks. The dad would rob the bank and the boy would drive the get away car. Well, after doing this a while and having gotten a huge amount of money, the boy said something about robbing all the banks and he had not gotten anything for it, so he asked if he could have some of it for driving and all. Well, the dad says, “Ok, how much do you want?” and the boy asked for, I believe $50. The dad says, OK, then, after a few seconds the boy asked, “Wait, could I have had more?” The dad says, “Maybe, You’ll never know.”

Well, for some reason that made me remember 25 or 30 years ago I needed a new vehicle, or at least newer as mine was just taking too much time to keep it going. I needed a pick up truck and wanted a 4 wheel drive as I do a lot in the fields and such. I looked for a while, came across one, it was 2 wheel drive, 6 cylinder, 3 speed. Not what I wanted, but the price was pretty decent so I thought awhile, talked with my dad some and he said, “Get it if you want, but if it’s not what you want, are you going to be satisfied?” I said, “maybe not, but with what I have to spend I don’t know if I will find what I want so maybe I will settle on this one.” I settled for it, even though I knew exactly what I wanted and this wasn’t it. But, it was a more convenient option than waiting longer. A couple weeks later guess what, Yeah, you got it. I found one for just a little bit more than what I paid for the one I had already bought that was exactly what I wanted. I got a blessing, a newer vehicle, a pick up, but a lesser version of what I wanted. I got a half blessing. I drove that truck for a few years, and every time I was driving it, I was somewhat annoyed at myself for not being willing to wait just a little longer.

I had a similar situation with a job, I was wanting a different job, had recently gotten my license as an Emergency Medical Technician and was anxious to get to work. I applied several places and I was waiting to hear back from most of them, some required experience so I needed to work somewhere to be considered, then, I had a job offered, a very small, rural ambulance service. I took the job, and in a week I had offers from 2 other places, but I had obligated myself to an extent and would not have felt right leaving so quickly. The other places were busier, meaning more experience and they paid better. But, there I was, I was too anxious for a job that I did not take time to fully consider or give the other places time to review my applications. I again, settled for a partial blessing.

In these cases, people (I mean me) settled for less than they could have had, both times, in the movie and in my life, they got a half blessing, because of being short sighted. Of course, a lot of times we don’t even realize we are getting a half a blessing because we are enjoying the one we have, to an extent and other times, we know the whole time we could have had a much larger blessing. People settle for less than the full thing for a variety of reasons, they are in a hurry and are too anxious probably more than anything. Maybe sometimes desperation is a factor, dealing with a difficult circumstance, like me and my older car, and in need of something. But, God doesn’t make us bear more than we are able and sometimes bearing a hardship just a little longer can be a much bigger blessing in the future. I learned from my experience and have been more patient, well, at least when it comes to vehicles and jobs. I still have to work on my patience in a lot of ways on other things though.

Time for me to look to the scripture and see what God says about the fullness of His blessings.

And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God. Deuteronomy 28:2

 

Salvation belongeth unto the LORD: thy blessing is upon thy people. Selah. Psalms 3:8

 

He shall receive the blessing from the LORD, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.          Psalms 24:5

 

Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again. Luke 6:38

 

This isn’t even the tip of the iceberg, there is a WHOLE LOT of blessing to be found in the Bible, but, I want a FULL blessing, I want it pressed down, shaken together and running over I will no longer accept a partial blessing when so much more is available from God.

 

Jesus, I thank You for all the blessings You give me, all the mercy You show.  My salvation that You paid for with Your life. I pray that you help me be patient that I may enjoy the full blessings You have for me and that I not be to anxious and accept less than You have for me. I ask you continue to work in my heart to draw me closer and help me grow in Christ. I pray for loved ones that You work in their hearts and minds, draw them to you, give them the desire to follow You and serve You, and to have Your will in their lives as well. Give us all the blessings You wish for us.

Amen

 

Thanks again for coming by my page. I hope there is something I said that is helpful to at least one other. And, please, do what you can to be a blessing to someone and you will be blessed in return.

Be a blessing to someone.

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Well, I usually make this comment at the end of a blog, but a friend of mine years ago after I thanked him for  helping me out when I needed to fix the brakes on my truck said, “It’s my privilege, I try to be a blessing to at least one person a day, hopefully more.” Amazing concept and way to approach life. I was impressed, but as I thought about it, yeah, that is how he lived. He did try hard to be a blessing to others. He wasn’t Mother Theresa, but he would go out of his way to help out a friend or a stranger. One day, we were supposed to meet to head out of town. We were going to drive separately, but at the same time, stop for a bite on the way and such. He called and said he was going to be late so I should go ahead and he would meet me at the destination. He got there about an hour after I did and was telling me he was on his way to meet me and a car was broken down on the side of the road, so he stopped to see if he could help. Well, this family was travelling through the area, and got a flat so they needed a new tire as the had no spare. So, he helped the husband remove the flat tire, took him to the tire shop, while the husband was getting the tire fixed or replaced, my friend walked across the street to a chicken place and bought a big family dinner to take back to them as well.

That’s a pretty awesome way to be. I was impressed, he said again, that he tries to be a blessing to at least one person, this time, it was a family, and, it cost him about an hour’s time and $20. He figures, its worth it as he knows it pleases God.

I managed to be a blessing to at least one person today so it was a good day!

 

So many people are so wrapped up in themselves that all they think about is doing for them. Worse are sometimes people not only worry about only doing things that please themselves or, if it pleases someone else they will do it if they get something better in return. Even worse than that type are the ones that will act terrible to some, but gracious to others. None of this is what God wants of us.

So, Yup, I try to be a blessing to others, sometimes I fail, other times I succeed.

 

Lord, I praise You and worship You. I thank You for the many blessings You give me and bless Christ for my salvation and the sacrifice He made for me. I thank You for the chance to be a blessing to someone today and ask that You make me more open to opportunities in the future. I pray You work in the hearts and minds of others that they seek out the chance to be a blessing to others. Draw them closer to You, work in their hearts and minds to show them Your truth and Your way.

Amen

 

Thanks for stopping by and may God bless and keep you all safe.

PICNIC Day!

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Not this park, wish it was, but the one I am going to will be nice enough.

Well, I have the day off, sorta, some errands to run, but still I think I am gonna make time for a picnic. I am sure I can find a nice park, maybe just a place in the woods, I will let God lead me to the place. I am thinking it is just going to be a marvelous day to enjoy a little nature with the Creator that gave it to me and rejoice in His presence.

Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice. Philippians 4:4

 

I really love that verse.

Lord, I praise you and thank you for the day, every day I a day to rejoice and enjoy with Christ. I pray you help me remember that and show others the same thing, the best day to rejoice is, TODAY!

 

Thanks folks. I hope you all have a blessed day. And, As I said many times, be a blessing to others as well.