Hitch hiking.

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Well, not exactly but sort of, I was thinking about sometimes as one deals with the things life throws at them, they need a lift. Like a hitch hiker out in the middle of no where, thumb out and hoping for a ride to the next town, some place they can rest, get some nourishment and prepare for the next part of the journey. Maybe it is pouring rain and chilly, the hitcher is soaked, cold, and miserable. Waiting for a ride and a warm, dry place of shelter while getting to the desired destination. Maybe the last ride they had dropped them off at the wrong location and they are lost. Maybe it seems that there is no way to get to where they want to go from where they are currently.

Fear thou not; for I [am] with thee: be not dismayed; for I [am] thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.  Isaiah 41:10

Come unto me, all [ye] that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Matthew 11:28

I don’t know about anyone else, but I know I get worn out dealing with various aspects of life, physically, mentally and emotionally exhausted. Life can be harsh and can drain a person. I’m not moaning about my life being horrible, it’s better than a lot have, but it’s not perfect. Who does have a perfect life? No person I know. We all have our own worries and challenges that take a toll on a person. We all have things that make us sad, tired, helpless or hopeless. We feel like we are out in a storm, life events dumping on us, we are drenched, cold, alone and may feel like we are at a hopeless location that we have no possibility of moving out of it. That can be a physical location, financial, emotional, spiritual or other type of situation, but regardless of the circumstances we need lifted out of that situation; we need some sort of shelter and protection; we need comforting.

Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.  Romans 15:13

But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.   John 14:26

Fortunately, there is Someone to whom we can turn for that ride to our destinations. Someone that will protect us from the storms that have been beating us up spiritually with the winds and rains of whatever hardship with which we are dealing, to the point we are soaked to the core. Someone that will give us that warm, dry shelter, help us dry off, feed us spiritually, carry us to where we need to be, which may or not be where we think we should go. If we let Him, He will do all that we need.

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9

Unlike most drivers that see a hitchhiker and are worried about what possible dangers the hitchhiker may present, God doesn’t worry about that, He sees someone with their “thumb out” asking for help, asking for that lift, asking for that shelter and comfort and Christ pulls over, helps us into His vehicle and takes care of what we need. No matter how bad one may be, Jesus is more than ready to take them in, lift them up and carry them through the storms to His “truck stop” that gives us the comfort and spiritual nutrition we need. Regardless of where we think we need to go, if we allow Christ the control He will deliver us and be sure to get us to where we need to be for His glory.

For thou hast been a shelter for me, [and] a strong tower from the enemy.        Psalms 61:3

Our spiritual thumb is prayer and acknowledgement that Jesus is the son of God, if we confess that He is the Lord, that Christ is His Son who died for us. He will give us that ride we need, He will be our salvation and deliverance. What an amazing Lord He is!

9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.    Romans 10:9-11

 

Lord, I praise You and thank You for the lifts You give me as I struggle through life. Lifting me out of sin and carrying me to forgiveness and salvation. I thank You for protecting me and comforting me in my times of need and for knowing where I need to go, regardless of where I want to go. For knowing better than I know what Your plans are for me. I pray in the name of Jesus that I remain sensitive to where You want to take me and not try to plan my own destinations and that I remember during the storms and hard times I remember to call out to You, to seek You for my deliverance and comfort. I ask that you draw my loved ones to You so they also seek Christ in times of need, when they feel lost so that He may carry them to the destination He knows that they need to reach. Teach them to be sensitive to what He tells them on ways they need to serve Jesus.

Amen

 

I hope all are well and that you are blessed today. Please, be a blessing to someone else today.

 

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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.

It’s a Beautiful Day

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Well, here I sit sipping my coffee and looking out the front window. It’s still dark but the ground is snow covered so I can see a little bit out there. And, I hear the wind blowing given the wind and the snow I know it’s cold and then I foolishly looked at the little weather station and see that it’s 29 degrees F, wind is blowing at 15 mph and the wind chill is 19 degrees F. Cold…..its been colder but its still cold. I don’t like the cold. In fact, I greatly DISLIKE cold weather. Oh, I dress for it and go about my business, but I don’t like it. But, still, it’s a beautiful day.

It’s early, I am not fully awake so I am still tired and I work today, a 10 hour shift and I am not looking forward to it since I know there will be things I have to do and people that I deal with at times can be difficult so I am not at all thrilled about it, particularly when I have worked several days in a row. But, still, it’s a beautiful day.

I know that there will be challenges today. Who doesn’t have some challenges as they go about their days? Some small challenges and others, huge and extremely difficult challenges. But, still it’s a beautiful day.

AND…..after all I say, it would be easy to think and say: It’s a horrible day today. But, no matter the weather, no matter if I am tired, no matter if there will be challenges, no matter what the weather and work throw at me. It’s a beautiful day!

I say that because no matter how cold or difficult my day may be I have all the hope and strength I need by my side. I have a Friend, Master, Savior and Lord who will make my day better. I at times do like many and choose to look at the negative aspects of the upcoming day and various circumstances I face during the day but I am working on my attitude. I am trying, and doing much better than I did without Christ in my life, to adapt Paul’s approach of being happy no matter what, in the good times and the bad times, during feast or famine, learning to have joy no matter what and all that is because of Christ with me.

11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, [therewith] to be content.
12 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.

Philippians 4:11-12

 

So, I seek to learn to think that way, to know that I should be content. I know that whether things are good or bad, they could always be worse. I know that as long as I continue to seek Christ, then no matter how bad things may seem at times, it is all good.

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

If I remember to seek God first, then He will give me what I need and more.

But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.  Philippians 4:19

God will take care of me; He will meet my needs. God may not give me all my wants, but He will take care of my needs, physical yes, but more importantly my spiritual needs. God will bless me and no matter how bad things are, I will be content. He gives me a peace and joy that no matter how they try, people, the world, can’t steal that from me.

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. Proverbs 3:5

So, I work on learning to trust the Lord and to lean on Jesus, and not myself, for strength, joy and understanding. And, because of that, I say no matter the temperature, the weather or difficulties facing me today. It is a beautiful day!

Lord, I praise Your Holy Name and thank You for making everyday beautiful in its own way and for helping me better see that regardless of the challenges and hardships I face, whether spiritual, physical, financial or in any other way, that YOU make all things better and will see me through those times. You will take care of my needs, You will set me free of the difficulties. Lord, I ask in the name of Jesus that You continue to teach me these important lessons and help me remember what You teach me as I struggle through my days. That keeping You as my focus will make all things better or me and for others and will give You the glory as You help make me a better light to the world. I ask that You draw my loved ones to You and show them all that You are the way, the truth and the light and that without You all days are bad but with You all days are beautiful. Please draw my children, me and all others to You that we may all spend eternity with You.

Amen

 

I hope that what ever comes your way today that God helps you through whatever issues you are facing and that you have a blessed day. Try to be a blessing to someone else as well. Thank you so much for your visit here today.