Revolving Door

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I saw a movie where a bunch of kids were playing at a hotel and went into the revolving door, well, it seems none really knew how one worked and they just kept going round and round. When they tried to get out of it, they ended up back in the lobby where they started. As I watched, I thought about the foster children my parents used to deal with at times. They started being foster parents when I was 14 and many of the children would be there for anywhere from a few hours to months or more. Parents or others in the home were physically, sexually or emotionally abusing the children and most of the children eventually were returned to the homes from which they were removed initially, parent or parents had been through counseling and supposedly had corrected whatever problems resulted in the children being removed. But, after a while things would revert to the same situation as it was to begin with, the children once again placed in foster care and eventually, returned home. The social workers would always be certain that the children were going to a better home than from which they were removed, but eventually one would see that they went back to the same thing they had been living with previously.

I recently ran into one girl (now woman) who was one of those foster children that got into that revolving door pattern. She would be home, removed, placed with my parents, after a few months back home for a few months, over and over. She did pretty well with my folks, usually kinda rocky start but after a couple weeks she straightened out, did well there, in school, my mom would take her to church and the girl did great. Then, back home, and repeat, over and over. Now that she is an adult, that pattern continues, she has married and divorced the same guy 3 times, he was mentally/verbally abusive and apparently did slap her once or twice. After the last time she divorced him she met a guy, married him pretty quickly, and, almost as quickly divorced him because he was like the first man she had married repeatedly. After that, she has been married a couple more times and had several boy friends that based on what she told me, are all similar to her father, a couple of her mom’s boyfriends and all of her ex husbands and ex boyfriends. A couple of those guys just left, no explanation, but she said they had become extremely critical and were much more verbally abusive for a couple weeks, then both times she came home from work and they were gone, taking all of their things and some of hers. She admits that she seems to go right back to the same type of guy. She said they all seem really nice at first, very attentive, give lots of gifts and do a lot to make her feel important, then after a while they start saying things that are sort of compliments, but sort of criticism. One often told her she looked okay in a certain outfit, but really thought she looked better wearing a different outfit a few days earlier. No longer did they compliment, but always gave slight complement followed by the comment that negated it. After a while, the complements stopped but criticism continued. Eventually, they would all get mad about something and become very hateful and mean. Sometimes something she did, sometimes something someone else did, at times all it required was someone else looking at her in some way they did not like, but she always had to deal with their anger. Then, she would realize that they were like the others and get out of the situation. She did say while she understands they are alike and she could see that when she looked back, but for some reason she couldn’t see it at the time. I mentioned that perhaps moving so quickly from one relationship to another, the short dating periods before moving in together or getting married had not given her enough time to get to know the guys and that perhaps she would do well not to jump into a relationship so quickly in the future. I also suggested that she may want to consider actually taking 6 months or a year, longer if needed, to actually get herself taken care of as far as getting right with God, getting any needed counseling and actually learning about herself so she could make better decisions in the future. I told her I would pray for her and for the Lord to work in her life.

The same thing repeated itself often, the kids being in a situation, taken out, returned then after they grew up, they would over and over do the same thing. Out of one bad relationship straight into another. Just like they learned growing up. So sad and my mother saw it happen and it would break her heart. She would always put a lot of effort into helping the children when they were in her house, then see them go back and forth eventually as adults, repeating the cycle. It frustrated her to try so hard to help them, but hours and hours of time, often spending much more than the state paid for the children to be there, costing her and my father effort, time, money and then see it all just be for naught when the children grew up and continued that behavior. Although, there were times, very few, of the children that it did benefit and they have had pretty good lives. Yeah, they carry baggage from their childhood, but ended up doing pretty well as adults. Those were rewarding to see for them.

I once asked her why invest so much time, effort and money into the kids when she knows that a good portion would be right back in the same situation or continue with similar situations when they grew up? She said, “sometimes, you don’t see the impact, but I know I have a good impact on them and even if they do wrong for themselves, they will know the right choices and eventually, make that choice instead of the wrong one. They will remember they have the chance to make their lives better, no matter what, and then, one day, they will do just that and do what God wants them to do and stop living like they are, making the same bad choices over and over.”

That is how Christ is with us. He never gives up on us, no matter how much He has invested in us and how little return, He knows that it does make a difference, makes us better people for having known Him and that He planted a seed that will take root and grow when the conditions are right. He will not forget the seed and when they look for Him, they will find Him and He will be with them and not forsake them.

 

29 But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.
30 When thou art in tribulation, and all these things are come upon thee, even in the latter days, if thou turn to the LORD thy God, and shalt be obedient unto his voice;
31 (For the LORD thy God is a merciful God;) he will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers which he sware unto them. Deuteronomy 4:29-31

 

20 For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.
21 For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.
22 But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.  2 Peter 2:20-22

 

For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief. Proverbs 24:16

 

Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall. 1 Corinthians 10:12

 For surely there is an end; and thine expectation shall not be cut off. Proverbs 23:18

 

15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,
16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
17 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.

Ephesians 5:15-17

 

5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
7 Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.

Proverbs 3:5-8

 

Heavenly Father, I ask You to help those people who are in situations where they repeatedly make the same mistakes, going from bad situation to bad situation. Give them understanding and the ability to discern so they avoid such problems in the future. I especially pray for those in physically or emotionally abusive relationships that you give them comfort, hope and protection. Deliver them from those problems.

I praise You Lord for all the work You have done in my life and I pray in Jesus Name that You continue the work to make me a worthy servant. I am so thankful for Your Mercy and the gift of Your Son who died for my sins and my salvation. Please draw those not saved to You so the may have life eternal and draw us all closer to be the Christians we should be.

Amen

 

I hope everyone has a fantastic day and that you can be a blessing to at least one person today. Thank you for your visit here today.

 

You are what you eat!

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I have been trying to be more careful about dietary choices, exercising more and such to lose weight and that has been successful, praise God for His help in keeping cravings down. I love sweets so that has been a challenge. BUT, there are other things that can make one gain weight as well. Too much fat in the diet, good food but too much of it, fried foods (kinda too much fat and other ingredients that make it not great) too many sweets, etc. Made me think about how they sometimes say you are what you eat. If you eat unhealthy foods, you become unhealthy and if you make healthy food choices you will be more healthy. In the past, I made unhealthy choices on what I fed my soul. I fed it anger, bitterness, sorrow and pain and, I felt that way. Spiritually and emotionally drained, no joy, only negative feelings. But now, I feed my soul with His word, seeking God, praying, rejoicing and again, to no surprise, I am happy, healthy, spiritually fit. Like my physical health I need to get even more healthy, but I am much more so that I once was and will be getting better as I continue my spiritually healthy diet and working out my prayer muscles. I praise the Lord for the help He has, and is, giving me to keep me on track to not only maintain, but to improve, my  relationship with Him.

The same thing applies to life in general, if one lives with or associates with people that exude hate, anger and bitterness, they become hateful, angry and bitter but if they live with love, compassion and joy they learn to love, care and to be happy.  Oh there will be days that the happiest person has sad things happen but they don’t stay sad. If you feed yourself spiritually, you will be spiritually healthier. Spend time in prayer, reading the scripture and with other Christians at church and elsewhere. You will also be more spiritual in the process, a better servant and example of Christ on this world.

And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.  Revelation 21:6

 

22 And as they did eat, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and brake it, and gave to them, and said, Take, eat: this is my body.
23 And he took the cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them: and they all drank of it.
24 And he said unto them, This is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many.
25 Verily I say unto you, I will drink no more of the fruit of the vine, until that day that I drink it new in the kingdom of God.

Mark 14:22-25

 

Lord, I am always in awe of You and the way You teach me things. I thank You for the lessons. I ask that You help me continue to grow in You and that I feed myself the good food and the water of life that You offer and avoid the things that will interfere with my walk with Christ. Draw us all to You and work in the hearts and minds of my loved ones to show them Your path for them and the way to salvation for those not saved. That all they need do is confess their sins and acknowledge Jesus as Your Son that sacrificed for all our sins.

In Jesus Name, Amen

 

Thank you for stopping by today. Remember to feed your soul with only good. Avoid the negative, if it seems unavoidable, spend more time in prayer and study of His Word. I hope all have a blessed day, and get the chance to bless someone else as well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Is it God or is it me?

 

 

I wrote about times I sensed God trying to tell me something, trying to “speak” to me in some way. Usually that feeling of need to do something, concern for someone, some how causing me to just feel like something about an issue is just not right and I feel like I should try to speak with someone, or contact them. Sometimes, it’s a feeling that they need to know that all will be okay or that with God by their side, He will take care of them regardless of things. Sometimes, I try contacting those about whom I have the feeling, either directly, by phone, email, text, but somehow try to reach out. Other times, because of issues in the past, one person feeling like the other did them wrong, or if not that for some other reason gets hard feelings for them. Sometimes it may have been a misunderstanding, misspoken words meant well but either said or perceived wrong, another person says things that are not true and cause hard feelings, sometimes one intentionally misleads one about yet another and feelings change because of bad information, perhaps one knows they did wrong and is reluctant to say anything out of embarrassment, pride, vanity, concern they will hear “I warned you.” or similar comment, the possibilities of why one is concerned about trying to contact someone else could be endless but regardless of the reason, due to concerns, fear, about how things may be perceived if any attempt to communicate is made or that one’s feelings are not of God, but the person’s human self wanting it to be that way so I find myself uncertain about what steps to take. The fear I may be wrong is a huge factor, but like it says in the song, fear is a liar, so am I succumbing to attacks by the enemy in having the fear? Is the concern or caution from God trying to help me not make things worse?  There are many reasons for the hesitation. At time, I have hesitated when I was certain it was of God and that created issues that would never have occurred if I had listened to Him. Other times, I have hesitated to make sure it was God and not me and found that it was probably me and I avoided issues. I know there are things I have the same feelings about now, but I have that uncertainty and need to know before acting, or take a different approach.

The only way I know to figure out is through prayer and time with God. If it is of God, then He will make me more certain before I take the steps, IF I take the time to seek Him and His guidance for me. Other situations, I feel that any step I take could compromise things further and make any issues much worse, so for those, I still pray, but ask God to work in the hearts of others to show them the need to communicate and leave it in His hands. The latter is harder at times. Oh, I have the faith He has everything under His control and His plans will come to fruition, but at times, that is difficult. But, I will continue to trust Him, pray that He give the faith I need, have the ability to be patient and wait on Him to do His will and hope that others are sensitive to His guidance for them. Hoping that they get the reassurance that no matter what, there are no hard feelings, that there has been forgiveness from me that has been given for any wrongs and the knowledge that I hope for their forgiveness for any perceived or actual actions that caused hurt. I have no choice but to leave it all in His hands for He is in control and He will work in others lives so they aren’t afraid to contact me or whoever they feel they need to contact.

15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:
16 Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ.
17 For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing.

1 Peter 3:15-17

 

2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.

Romans 12:2-3

 

2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;
3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.

James 1:2-6

 

5 And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him:                                                                     6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.
7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?
8 But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.
9 Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?
10 For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness.
11 Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.

Hebrews 12:5-11

 

6 Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations:
7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:
8 Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:
9 Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.

1 Peter 1:6-9

 

He will try to teach us patience, to remind us we need to talk with him about things to get answers, try to teach us faith, and give us reassurance when it is His will that we have it. So, in the instances where I am not certain, or concerned about potential impact or outcome, I will pray, seek Him, seek His guidance, have faith that God will work things out so all will be as He plans. If I feel burdened about someone I am hesitant to contact, then I will not only pray for the things I mentioned, but pray for the person as well. That whether there is any communication or not, that God take care of them and protect them and have His way in their lives too. That they be sensitive to His guidance.

 

Lord, I praise You and glorify you. Thank You for the mercy and salvation you gave me through Your Son Jesus. I pray in Jesus name that I be sensitive to His will in my life and that I follow His guidance. I pray that friends, family, loved ones and others also be sensitive to His will and way for them. I ask that You move in the lives of family and friends that are not saved, draw them to You. Use me as You need to bring them to You.

Amen

 

I appreciate the visit, I hope all are well and are blessed richly. Please, take time to bless others as well.

 

 

 

 

The hole in the clouds

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The other day it was overcast when I got up. Not storm clouds, but lots of clouds. You could tell the sun was rising, but couldn’t see it. Then, a hole in the clouds. The kind where the sun shines through and it has like beams of white surrounding it. I see that and I imagine  Christ coming back. I probably saw a picture like that in Sunday school or something some time in the past. I don’t know, but that morning, the place where the sun was in the sky, the hole in the clouds and all, it shined straight into my window. I had been praying about work situation, life in general, concern about kids, grandkids, all the normal life things we all have to deal with most everyday. Plus, wanting to learn to seek Him better and have more faith. I am getting much better at both, but some days, it is more difficult than others.

Now, I don’t know exactly which area He was telling me this about, maybe all of them, but I felt that He was telling me, “Don’t worry my child, I have heard your prayers. I have it all in my hands. Things will be perfect for you and you will have all you ask for and more.”

25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?
26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? Matthew 6:25-26

 

 

Then, after a couple minutes, the hole closed for a while and eventually, the clouds dissipated or the rest of the day. But, that moment, I felt Him reassure me all will be as He plans for me.

For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope. Romans 15:4

 

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 41:1

 

28 Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.
29 He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.
30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:
31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

Isaiah 40:28-31

 

But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul. Deuteronomy 4:29

Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you. John 15:16

 

22 And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.
23 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.
24 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

Mark 11:22-24

 

He will be there for me, strengthen me, bless me, protect me when needed. I have all the strength, blessings and comfort I need in Christ. He will magnify my faith, He promises so much, none of which I deserve, but I praise His Holy Name that He is gracious beyond human ability to comprehend.

 

Lord, Thank You for the reassurance that You hear my prayers and the promises that You will answer my prayers. I ask in Jesus Name that You continue to help me increase my faith and teach me more on how to seek You. Help me have the words to help others find You as well. I pray that You reach out to my unsaved loved ones and draw them too You. Use me to help them find the salvation You offer.

Amen

 

I truly appreciate all that stop by and take time to read my blog. I hope all have a blessed day and that you do your best to bless someone else.

 

 

 

 

The Rainbow

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11 And I will establish my covenant with you; neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth.
12 And God said, This is the token of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations:
13 I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth.
14 And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud:
15 And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh.
16 And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth.
17 And God said unto Noah, This is the token of the covenant, which I have established between me and all flesh that is upon the earth.

Genesis 9:11-17

 

I had some errands to run this evening, and we had some brief showers, but nothing much, but, after that there were several rainbows. Well, pretty colors and all yes, but I thought about how that is one of the few areas we can SEE the what He gave humanity as a sign of the promise to never destroy the earth with flooding again. Oh, there are areas that get flooded, but not EVERYTHING. We know He is faithful and true. But, other times, He makes promises but doesn’t give us physical signs we can see. Regardless of evidence we can see, we KNOW what He promises He will deliver. And, as I think about knowing that He will do as He promises, it is faith in action. Seeing something and believing is much easier than simply accepting it because He says so.

1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
2 For by it the elders obtained a good report.
3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.
4 By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.
5 By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.
6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
7 By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.
8 By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.
9 By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise:
10 For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.
11 Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised.

Hebrews 11:1-11

 

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

 

Yes, God gave Noah and the rest of us prove of His promise. But, despite something I can see, I still have faith in His word, in the power of the Name of Jesus, the power of salvation and redemption. I have faith, that is something that with several of the episodes I have talked about that I have felt grow stronger. Oh, I still want it stronger still, but the extent of faith I have now is far greater than I ever have in my life. I praise Him for the gift of faith.

 

Heavenly Father, I praise You and thank You for the rainbow to show proof of Your promise. I thank You even more for not only giving me the faith to believe all of Your promises that of which I have no visual or physical evidence, but that You are strengthening my faith daily. I ask that You continue to increase my faith in You, as well as my desire to serve You. In Jesus name I ask that You help those whose faith is faltering, due to difficult circumstances in which they see no option or way out, that You show them that Christ is the way, the truth and the light. Show them their true source of deliverance and that no circumstance they face is beyond Your ability to bring them out and put them where You want them to be.

Amen

 

Thanks for the stop by my blog. I hope this helps someone besides just me. Pass it on as you feel He leads you and don’t forget to be a blessing to at least one other person today.

 

 

Peace and comfort

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This morning on way to work, I stopped at a small lake along the way (if you take the backroads) to pray. I started doing this a couple weeks ago. I like to go out on the dock, take a minute and survey the area. Just enjoy His work. However, this morning there was someone fishing on the dock and I prefer to pray in private without distractions. So, I decided to try another spot. I found a place and spent a few minutes praying, praising God, seeking His guidance, the ability to sense what His will is and for those for whom I feel a burden at the time. Then, time to get to work, but my GPS showed a different route to take instead of doubling back the way to get back to the highway. Okay Lord, You have something to show me. As I took one turn I caught a glimpse out of the corner of my eye up a narrow little valley that could have been easily overlooked. Something interesting, but didn’t see well enough to be certain what it actually was I had seen. SO, I got curious about what I had seen and backed up. The picture above is what was there. Very out of place but it was pleasant to look at, peaceful, serene. I felt a peace, comfort and I sensed Him tell me, “All will be right for You, continue to trust me and have faith. You have given all to me and I will make all as it should be for My good.” Well, that has been part of every prayer, that things be right, that I have faith and trust in Him and that I surrender things to Him so He can do His will and not mine.

Then, after I got to work, I logged on to the computer, started opening the programs and such that I need to use as well as my blog and Kingjamesbibleonline (I love that site) and the verse of the day was Colossians 1:16. As I read it, I noticed the colon at the end, which told me there was more to be read there so I went to the 1st chapter and read it. So much of what was said there spoke to me this morning. I will read it more thoroughly later, spend some time praying and asking what all He is telling me. I did so some already, but will do so again when I can better focus without distraction.

 

1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timotheus our brother,
2 To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ which are at Colosse: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
3 We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you,
4 Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which ye have to all the saints,
5 For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel;
6 Which is come unto you, as it is in all the world; and bringeth forth fruit, as it doth also in you, since the day ye heard of it, and knew the grace of God in truth:
7 As ye also learned of Epaphras our dear fellowservant, who is for you a faithful minister of Christ;
8 Who also declared unto us your love in the Spirit.
9 For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;
10 That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;
11 Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;
12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:
13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:
14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:
15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:
16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.

 

This just sums up so much about all God has done for me.

 

Lord, I praise Your Holy Name and am so grateful for all the blessings, mercy, guidance and more than anything, my redemption through Your Son Christ. I continue to ask for more faith, better understanding, greater ability to yield all to You and that You use me as a vessel of Jesus. I pray You work in the hearts and minds of loved ones and do the same in their lives. Help us all move out of Your way. You know before I say all the things for which I have been praying and in the name of Jesus I leave all in Your hands.

Amen

 

My day had started good, but the peace, comfort, and the message from Him all helped make it better. Hoping for all to have many blessings throughout the day, and that all are able to pass a blessing on to others in some way.

From whom was I hiding?

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Sometimes when I am getting ready to read in the Bible I have a particular issue I am thinking about and check different reference sources to find the reading I need to do in that topic. Other times I just try to pray a little and seek His guidance. Hoping He will put something in mind to read. And if I don’t feel something in particular from God I try to see if there is something around that it appears He is using to tell me something. Well. Yesterday I was trying to figure out what to study on and not getting answers. So. I thought maybe I will try doing some of the stuff I need to get done around here. Some of the things at my folks house I am sorting through are CDs and DVDs. Some of the CDs are for computer. I just grabbed a bunch and they were all mixed together. I looked. First was a gospel CD with the first song about the Garden of Eden. Hmmm,  the next was a computer CD of about a 6 or so disc set the had Genesis through Judges. Hmm,     Sometimes I miss the obvious clues He tries to give me. But it occurred God was suggesting Genesis. Ok.  Got it. So. I did a bit more work and then decided to go ahead and read some.  Not directly related to what I feel He wants me to write about. But He speaks to us in different ways.  All we have to do is listen.

 

As as I read about Creation, the Garden of Eden and the fall of Adam and Eve. And how they had tried to hide themselves from God. They were hiding because of shame. They understood their nakedness and they knew they had disobeyed God by eating of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. They knew they were wrong and were embarrassed for God to see them. But, He knew what they did and so did they.

8 And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden.
9 And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?
10 And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself. Genesis 3:8-10

I was thinking on that part, trying to hide from God and sort of themselves. I read next about Cain and Abel. When Cain killed Abel he tried hiding from God, with his words, by denying knowledge about his brother’s location when God asked Him. Cain tried hiding from God and himself  but they both knew the truth.

8 And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.
9 And the LORD said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother’s keeper?

Genesis 4:8-9

Thinking about that made me think about times I tried hiding from others because of shame. I wrote about my friend that I had betrayed. Well. For several weeks when he called I would tell whoever to take a message. When I saw him somewhere at school I tried to duck into a room so I didn’t have to face him. We both knew what I’d done. Not facing him didn’t change that truth. What it did was further compromise the friendship. I was hiding, punishing him to an extent, but more than that, punishing myself.

There were times I did something I knew would displease my parents. Some as a child but even as an adult if there were things I did they wouldn’t approve of, whether they knew about them or not. Now, let me take a minute to mention that no matter how old we get, our parents are pretty smart and usually KNOW when we have done something wrong. They may or may not know exactly what it was, but they knew I had done wrong by how I acted. Even as an adult, if I knew I was wrong about something, drinking maybe, and I didn’t want to face them I avoided them, I hid from them. Now, same as before, I sort of punished them, but more so punished myself by denying me the time with them, and having lost them both, I regret every time I avoided seeing them.

One thing I now realize is that in the case of my friend, I made a problem I created by how I treated him worse, by not dealing with him directly I cost myself what had been a good friendship. I was ashamed of one act, and made it worse with another. And, did the same thing with my parents when I avoided spending time with them out of shame. In both cases, they would have all likely forgiven me without a thought. Oh, my friend would have possibly been a little guarded, but we could have worked it out. My parents, they’d have forgiven me without a thought, oh, my dad may have given me a lecture, but that would have been it. I cost myself with my hiding, when, I wasn’t really because one way or the other, people knew I was avoiding them. And, I knew, making my shame and guilt worse when I could have addressed it all without a big problem I not tried hiding.

And, the same thing applies to me trying to hide from God, when I was not living right I didn’t go to church, denying me to opportunity to seek forgiveness from God, not getting the fellowship with other Christians, not getting the spiritual nourishment I needed. All leading to me getting further and further from God. But, through all that, I KNEW what I was doing wrong, I was hiding from shame. I was trying to hide from God, but HE knew, oh, He knew. And, when I finally stopped hiding, well, my life sure got better. It is not perfect, but its so much better than how I was before. I have my salvation, I have forgiveness, I have mercy and I have the relationship I wanted with God.

21 But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;
22 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:
23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:
25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;
26 To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.

Romans 3:21-26

 

I just had to come out of the hiding, I could confess my sin, seek my salvation through Jesus, the Son of God and have all things as they should be for me.

So, whatever you have done, whoever you think you are hiding from, that only makes things worse, because, you risk not restoring things with others and you aren’t hiding from the two from whom you most try to hide, yourself and God.

 

God, I come to you tonight, praying in Jesus name, asking for Your help and work in my life. Teach me not to try to hide from You and myself. That I not ignore my sins, but confess them to You to keep me where You want me to be in my Christian walk. I praise You for the promises You give assuring me that if I confess that Christ is Your Son, that His death on the cross and resurrection gives me life eternal. Give me the faith to continue work for You, the faith to trust in You completely and totally. I know You have strengthened my faith, please make it even stronger. Help me even better stand on Your word. I pray for family and loved ones, that You make their faith stronger, those not saved I ask You to draw to You and Your way. Those who are saved, I pray You strengthen them, work Your will and way in all our lives. I thank You for my salvation and the life eternal I will spend with You and Christ.

Amen

 

I appreciate your patience as I work through things to understand how I can better walk with Christ. I hope that something I find about my life and areas of needed improvement helps another. I hope something I say blesses you.

 

ABANDONED and alone!

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When I was about 4, maybe 5, my mom, brother and I were in the Kresge’s in town. It was the precursor to K-mart and sort of a department store or dime store type place. Well, we went through the toy department and I saw something I wanted, I seem to think it was a toy horse, but I can’t recall for certain, but I wanted it bad. I was told no, and in typical 4 year old fashion, I tried to throw a fit. AND….well, it didn’t work so well. I was so busy having a tantrum that I did not realize my mother and brother had gone. When I stopped acting a fool over the toy I looked and couldn’t see them. I was abandoned, LOST, all ALONE!!!!!   Uh, OH, Here comes more tears and crying, but this time I was scared. I didn’t know what to do. So, I just stood there crying. A lady came by, seemed older than my Grandmother, had white hair and all. Asked me what was wrong. I told her I couldn’t find my mother. She tried to quiet me, no good, I kept bawling. Then, she said, “Well, can I buy you a toy?” WHAT???? Heck Yes she could, my tears slowed, I found something and we headed to the cash register. She explained to the cashier that I had gotten lost from my mother and asked her to call the manager to come help but she was going to buy my toy while we waited. Just as she was about to give the cashier the money, my mother showed up. Darn my bad luck. She then told the woman she had stepped around the corner when I threw a fit and was watching to see what I would do and then was going to come back around the corner. She was trying to scare me instead of spanking me for throwing a fit. (Yeah, parents could spank kids in public back then, and it happened to a lot of kids. Maybe me a time or two. lol)

Well, I got told never go with strangers, and all, she took the toy away, gave it to the cashier and then we finished up there, but I stayed close to her. Partly because she said I better, partly because I didn’t want to take a chance on getting lost again.

I felt alone and abandoned, though she was there, I didn’t know it. There have been other times I have had to deal with abandonment.  It still creates a feeling of disparity and loneliness, heartache and pain.

BUT, there is GREAT NEWS! God will never leave us or forsake us. He will be RIGHT THERE with us as we go through life. No matter how bad or good, He is faithful and true.

(For the LORD thy God is a merciful God;) he will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers which he sware unto them. Deuteronomy 4:31

 

Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. Deuteronomy 31:6

 

There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. Joshua 1:5

 

Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. Hebrews 13:5

 

While others may abandon us, forsake us and break promises to us, God will not. He will absolutely NEVER leave us or forsake us as long as we serve Him.

Dear God,  I worship You and thank You for always and forever being faithful and true to me, even at times I did not deserve it. That You didn’t forsake me at those times, despite that I had forsaken You. I thank You for the comfort of knowing that You will always be at my side, and all around me, protecting me from harm, giving me comfort when needed, teaching me Your way, showing me Your path. I pray You use me mightily and help me be who You want me to be as a vessel of Christ. Work in the hearts and minds of family, bring those who need it to salvation, draw us all closer. Work in our hearts and minds to better serve You.

Amen.

 

Thanks for coming by today.  Be as faithful and true as God. Bless others, and have a blessed day.

 

 

 

 

The shack

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I have to drive about 40 miles to work and today I was on the interstate and decided to take the old highway instead. I turned off, driving along this small, 2 lane road. Peaceful, not much traffic at all, some gentle rolling hills and occasional curves. It was just nice. As I drove, I looked over to the fields and saw an old shack, kinda falling down, but not, busted windows, roof in bad repair. It made me think of an article I read a while back where a man had seen a similar house that was maybe 100 years old. He saw it, thought about how overall, the main structure seemed solid, it just needed some repairs, some TLC. He decided to see if he could find the landowner and see if he could buy the house, maybe a couple acres and restore it. After knocking on a few doors he found the right place and talked to the owner. The owner had been planning on tearing it down as he considered it an eyesore and unsalvageable. The man told him he thought he could fix it, would he consider selling the house and a little land? The owner said he would think about it and get back to him. The guy left his number, and went on his way.

After a couple weeks, he was still waiting, trying to decide if he should call the guy or not. He didn’t want to be a best, but he really wanted to do something with it. Well, he ended up deciding to wait. A few days later the landowner called him and said he had decided he could sell him the house and maybe 4 or 5 acres. Since the house wasn’t worth anything, he told the man just the price of the land, told him how much and they agreed on a price. The guy was ecstatic. He gets his financial things taken care of and they do the paperwork. The man went out to do a full assessment, see what was good, what wasn’t and get a better idea on how to approach it. He found that the true structure of the house was solid. Foundation needed minimal repairs, but was sound. The walls and floors, good strong wood. The actual structure, the core was solid. He got his plan figured out and started. As he worked on it over a couple years, a few hours one day, weekends, and such. The neighbors would drive by and look to see what was happening, curious about the progress. Some of them thought he was doing a great thing. They, like he, saw the possibilities. Others, well, they thought he was an idiot and that the place would be a huge money pit, requiring far more than it would ever be worth and should have been demolished. Some of each group, the supporters and detractors, would stop and visit with him at times, telling him he was doing great things, or that he was crazy. He took the encouragement to heart and kept going while ignoring the naysayers. Time went on, due to time available he had to work on it in his spare time. But, he persisted with his efforts. He didn’t give up. The place had never had plumbing or electricity, so he had to plumb it and convert part of one room into a bathroom. Next was water and septic system. After that, the electricity. He overcame those obstacles. He persisted with the other areas that needed fixed, never giving up, never losing faith. Bit by bit he addressed problems, repairing some areas, replacing things that needed replaced. He had repaired or replaced the siding as needed, insulated the house, doing the interior work but not bothering to paint it yet. On the outside, it didn’t look much different. But, on the inside, it was taking shape, becoming a house instead of a ruins. The encouragers continued to try to build him up. Some remembered what the house was like years ago, and would love to see it back in that shape. The naysayers, the also continued to criticize him and talk about what a fool he was to be putting so much effort into such a structure.  Yet, he persisted in his efforts. He would occasionally give tours to the encouragers. They would walk around and were amazed. But, he chose to not do so with the detractors, believing they would just find more fault and he did not want to deal with the negative people.

As time went on, some of those that supported his efforts would talk to others. The detractors were listening, they heard a lot of praise for the work he was doing on the old structure. Some started to wonder if they had been wrong. Maybe they should reconsider and then tried looking at it again, see if they could see the good. They softened their hearts, decided to be willing to at least give him a chance. As they looked with a different attitude, they started to realize that they were mistaken initially. He was really getting it done, he was making this old dilapidated shack into a house. More and more of the doubters were slowly starting to see it differently. But, there were some that had made up their minds and there was no way this man could ever make anything out of that pile of junk. Nothing would change their minds.

Eventually, after 2 or 3 years, he finally finished it. The last step was painting the exterior and landscaping the yard. The change was phenomenal. It looked amazing. He decided to have a cook out/open house and invited anyone that wanted to come. Tons of folks turned out to see. Some were curious as they had heard, some were those who would drive by to watch the progress and a few were those that from the start until the finish had criticized him and his efforts. As the day progressed, people were amazed, he had found period correct furniture, used old or reproduction fixtures that looked right for the age of the house, paint, wall paper and wood work was done as it would have been back when the house was built. He received a lot of kind words, congratulations and reinforcement that his efforts were worthwhile. Although, while much fewer of the detractors existed as most had been swayed, there were some that refused to consider the project successful. No matter how good the house looked, no matter how the majority considered it a massive success, these naysayers persisted in their criticism. They found very slight faults, maybe in a couple places the wood trim was slightly off in the placement, just a little crooked, or there were places that he used the wrong color paint, the lighting wasn’t what they would have used, and the list went on. Those that saw the house as a hopeless project that were unwilling to re-evaluate as things progressed. They had closed minds, and refused to open themselves to possibilities. Those people, regardless of what anyone else had to say, left just as negative as they were when it all started.

People are that way at times. A person tries to change, does change, but sometimes, progress can be slow and not easily noticed. Perhaps they can’t see, because they refuse to look, at the inside. Maybe the outside looks the same, but the interior is oh, so much improved. Work is till going on, but the improvements that have actually taken place are great. The Master Carpenter, Jesus, is working on them. Started with small things, working diligently to get things addressed, repairing areas as the project continues. And, then finally, the time is right and people finally see the change. Some had seen change all along, little things, slow improvements. Language and vocabulary is better. Interactions with others markedly improved, they spend time praying and studying scripture, the pain they had felt is replaced with joy. Mostly internal changes, but still the impact of the changes can be seen, if one looks. People will notice as God works on a person. Some notice immediately, others gradually notice improvement and slowly they realize the real changes that have occurred. Sadly, there are always some that refuse to see any change, saying things to try to criticize the person, regardless of the obvious improvements.

8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.
10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.
11 And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.
12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:
13 (For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law.

Romans 5:8-13

 

All have sinned, yet some purported Christians seem to feel that they have a monopoly on redemption and salvation. They think that they are worthy to be saved, and others are not. They attack those that they doubt. Maybe thinking that person was such a mess, such a horrid person (possibly true, maybe only partially true) that there is no way they can ever do any right or be redeemed. Christ does not care what we did, who we were, He will redeem all those that acknowledge Him as the Son of God, confess our sins, and that He sacrificed Himself for all sinners. If one does, and then strives to become a faithful servant. Jesus will provide what He seeks.

11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,
12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;
13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
15 These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.

Titus 2:11-15

Christ will, and does, redeem all that seek redemption. The critical people, the naysayers, may continue with their harsh words. But that does not change that our Jesus does miraculous things. I have criticized, I have been criticized. When I did, I was wrong. I have talked about this with the Lord and He has forgiven me. He has done much in my life and there is certainly a lot more to do. But, He doesn’t give up on me. Some people may, some days, I may want to give up on myself, but if I talk to God on those days, He strengthens my resolve to persist in my efforts. He is such a magnificent Lord.

14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
15 John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me.
16 And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace.
17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.

John 1:14-17

 

Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer: for I believe God, that it shall be even as it was told me.  Acts 27:25

Remember, if you are going through this, Christ brings grace, redemption, salvation and mercy. Do not let those who wish to attack you and bring you down succeed. Your Lord is great and mighty and all things are possible through Christ. Run your race, stay your course. Seek the Lord and you will succeed. You will get your old, run down shack restored. It will be a new house. Keep the faith, keep up your efforts.

1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
3 For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.
4 Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.

Hebrews 12:1-4

 

But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.

Acts 20:24

 

Those striving to improve as Christians, trying to learn His word, will and way. Stay your course, Run your race, finish your course, continue to restore your shack to make it into a mansion. Don’t let stumbling blocks and naysayers make you falter. Don’t let them take your resolve. Don’t let anyone steal the joy that Christ gives you. Know you will never be perfect, but never stop striving for that goal. You will only improve as you go.

Lord,

I praise your Holy Name and thank You for the blessings You give me. I ask You to continue Your work in my heart, help me continue my efforts to better serve You and to better learn how to seek You. Give me the strength, patience and resolve to stay the course, finish my race, complete my restoration. I ask that You give me the grace to forgive and pray for those that show hate and anger towards me. That I not let their negative words and behavior drag me down. That I be meek and forgiving, not brash and judgmental about others actions. I pray that if I have been the naysayer those people forgive me. I pray for forgiveness from You for all of my sins and failures to be the Christian Jesus wishes me to be. Help me draw closer to You. I pray that You work in the hearts and minds of loved ones, make them see Your truths, mercies, forgiveness and salvation so they seek You as well. Open their eyes to Your truths. Strengthen those struggling with whatever issues they are dealing with in their lives. I praise Jesus for my salvation and redemption through His blood.

Amen

 

Thanks for reading all this, sometimes, I seem to start, and have trouble concluding without a long bit in between. I hope this gives someone some encouragement, some assurance, and the will to persist. I hope all of you manage to be a blessing to others today as well.

 

 

Trust Building Exercises

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Has anyone else ever had to do one of those team building programs? When I started residency at FT Bragg, it was required that we attend, and participate. It was a couple days long, we had to climb walls without ladders or ropes, too high to get over alone so we had to help each other up and over. Then,  we had to pretend we were over lava or some such thing, with only a few safe spots, wooden posts, about as big around as a telephone pole, but only about 2 feet high. We had been given some planks to go from one to the other, but that meant someone had to get from post 1 to post 2 so we could get the plank in place, then, have to keep repeating it. Some of the times we were able to work together to get the plank into position, other times we had to balance the plank, one person on one end, and depending on the balance point, 2 or 3 on the other end. If anyone moved wrong, all would fall. Eventually we got through that, on to another, on, and on. The final exercise was one of trust. All had contained some aspects requiring trust in each other, but this was in the first few days of arrival for us all so we didn’t know each other well. Of course, that was the point of the exercise. But, the final exercise required that each take a turn, standing on an elevated platform, blind folded, then, lean backwards and allow themselves to fall while the rest were there to catch that person. I think I was the 3rd or 4th to go, but hats off to the one that went first. That required the most trust as none of us knew for sure how to catch the guy. Oh, we had been shown how to lock arms together to make a cradle of sorts to catch him, but we all had some concern that we may lose grip and drop him. After the first couple, we got more comfortable catching, but taking one’s turn to fall was not all that easy. You couldn’t see where exactly you were, who all was doing the catching, if they were positioned correctly or not. You just had to trust. We all did fine, no one was dropped, no one was injured so it was a good day. But, when I heard something on the radio about trust, it made me think of that. Then, my mind working as it does, I began to think about how that can apply to my spiritual life.

God wants us, REQUIRES us, to trust in Him, completely. Now, I have heard a lot of people that say they trust in God, but then they do little things that show they don’t fully trust Him. All of us have had trust betrayed at some point in our lives, and because of that, it makes it more difficult to trust fully and completely, often times because of that attitude, we don’t trust Christ completely either. But, we must get over our human mindset, get past our lives experiences with people that are not faithful and true and simply trust in Him. God does not lie, He fulfills His promises to us. He is forever faithful and true. I guess, to a large extent, developing unconditional trust in God requires adapting the mind and heart of Christ and to get that unconditional faith from which the total trust we need to give God comes. It aint easy, I know. I pray and tell God I give things to Him, but then I still worry. That means I have some mental and spiritual reservations. That in turn means, though I say I trust Him 100%, it may be only 90%.

The LORD recompense thy work, and a full reward be given thee of the LORD God of Israel, under whose wings thou art come to trust. Ruth 2:12

 

The God of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour; thou savest me from violence.            2 Samuel 22:3

 

Here the Bible is discussing Hezekiah, that I found information saying he was the 13th descendant of David, so several generations removed, and we all think of David as having the heart of God, but this tells us that Hezekiah had no equal in regards to his trust in the Lord and his reign as king of Judah.

5 He trusted in the LORD God of Israel; so that after him was none like him among all the kings of Judah, nor any that were before him.
6 For he clave to the LORD, and departed not from following him, but kept his commandments, which the LORD commanded Moses.

Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the LORD. Psalms 4:5

 

5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Proverbs 3:5-6

 

35 While he yet spake, there came from the ruler of the synagogue’s house certain which said, Thy daughter is dead: why troublest thou the Master any further?
36 As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, he saith unto the ruler of the synagogue, Be not afraid, only believe.

Mark 5:35-36

 

6 The LORD is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?
7 The LORD taketh my part with them that help me: therefore shall I see my desire upon them that hate me.
8 It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.
9 It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes.

Psalms 118:6-9

 

So many times we see that trusting God has great rewards. He has promised He will be faithful to us, we only are required to be faithful in Christ, and give total trust. Seems a simple concept, but as I mentioned, it isn’t always easy. There have been times I said I am trusting God, when I was thinking, I am trusting God, mostly. HUGE difference in those things, partial trust is mistrust. I will no longer mistrust God. I will give Christ the total and complete trust He deserves and demands of me. Only when I trust completely can He do the work He needs to do in me and my life.

 

Jesus, I praise You and thank You for the sacrifice You made on the cross for me. For the salvation You graciously give one so undeserving as I. I ask that You work in me, help me better trust in You, trust in Your word and promises that I not falter in my faith. That I trust implicitly, 100%, totally and completely in You. I pray You continue to foster my desire for You and Your way in my life. I ask You to draw me ever closer to You, give me Your mind and heart. Teach me Lord. Show me Your will and way in my life. The path You have for me. I pray You work in the hearts and minds of loved ones as well, give them the desire to serve You, draw those not saved to You. Deliver us all from our sins that we may worship You and bask in Your many glories. Show them Your will and way, Your true path for them with Christ and make them ache to follow You. I thank You for my many blessings and ask You to use me to help reach others for You.

Amen

 

Thank you all for reading my post. I hope there is some sort of encouragement and blessing for you. I hope all are sure to have a blessed day, and to share the blessings with others.