Leaning

leaning

 

I leaned against a cabinet at work the other day, it is on wheels and usually is in the corner, wheels locked. WELL, as it turned out, as I leaned back against it the cabinet shifted about 3 or 4 inches and I sort of fell back. I didn’t fall down, but the support I thought I would have when I leaned on it was not there for me. Oh, I lost “cool points” when I did that but otherwise I suffered no injury. I thought about a few times that I leaned on something for support and fell. One time I was hunting morels (mushrooms) and I sat down on a fallen tree. EXCEPT, it was not really stable and it sort of rolled/shifted under my weight and PLOP onto the ground I went. No one was with me so I didn’t really get embarrassed, but I did get annoyed at myself. Similar things have happened a lot of times. I leaned on a board that I thought was nailed in place only to have the board flip up and not only did I fall, but I got whacked by the board as well. In a way all of these were sort of comical but those episodes and many other times when I leaned on different things that were not as secure as I thought and I fell or faltered.

As I thought about that, I also reflected on the times I, or others, have looked to someone or something for support only to find that the support they expected was not really there. At times I have expected someone to help me with something and they have failed to do so. That has happened when I needed assistance moving something and other times I thought I could rely on someone at a time of emotional need and find they are not there for me. I considered how some will be going through emotionally difficult times and seek the comfort and solace they want and need with drugs or alcohol but find that when the temporary relief they felt was only that, temporary, and that they find themselves right back in the same situation. We have all leaned on something that was not the support we expected or needed.

Then, I thought about some extremely hard times, needing some sort of comfort and support to help me get through those times and finally realized Christ was there for me, waiting for me to seek His help. I think about the old hymn that “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms.” How He is there for us when we need Him. He doesn’t pull away, fail to support our weight, or let us fall.

For I the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.  Isaiah 41:13

The LORD [is] my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, [and] my high tower.  Psalms 18:12

He is always there for us, when no one and nothing else is there to provide us the support we need. We can rely on Christ. We can lean on Him for the comfort, guidance, protection and deliverance that we require.

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

Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.  1 Peter 5:7

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

He will supply our needs and not leave us alone. He will take our cares and burdens and make them light.

4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.
5 I am the vine, ye [are] the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

John 15:4-5

 

Yes, I have made a mistake leaning on things and on others that have all let me fall, but Christ never let me fall, He never leaves me without the support I need, no matter the struggle I am dealing with at any time. I just need to live for Him, give Him the burdens, lean onto He who died on the cross for me so that I need not suffer.
Lord, I praise You and thank You for the help, comfort, support and guidance You have given me. I thank You for all the blessings, for my salvation and forgiveness of my sins. I pray in the name of Jesus that You continue to teach me how to better lean on Christ for the needs I have, that I seek Him to help support me in trying times. I pray that You show all my loved ones that You are there for them as well. I pray that they all come to know Your mercy and grace and the forgiveness they have for the asking. I thank You again for my many blessings and pray that all receive the greatest blessing of all, the redemption of their sins.

 

Thanks to all who take their time to read my words, I hope something in them blesses someone and that all have receive some sort of blessing today. Please try to be a blessing to someone else as well.

 

 

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It’s Fall

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It’s fall, well, it was around here, cool at night, not too warm during days, but too bad. Comfortable for sure. Its time for the fall festivals, pumpkin patches and such, but it is also starting to become deer hunting season. I love to go deer hunting, but, I don’t get too worked up if I don’t get one. Some days, I just lean back against a tree and snooze. Other days, I sort of watch, but more than anything I like going out to enjoy the change of the seasons, watch all the animals, and relax. But, the most important thing for me is that has always been the best place for me to talk with God. I get away from all the annoyances and irritations or daily life and unwind, sort my thoughts and figure out things, in a way, but more importantly I can get time to just pray and talk with God. Tell Him what is on my mind, what is bothering my, what I think  is going well and I want to thank Him for and anything else I have on my mind. Now, He already knows all those things, but my taking things to Him in prayer, the thanks, the worries, all those things that He knows already, but it is important that when I talk to Him about them that I acknowledge that I feel blessed and have cause to thank Him or feel worried and need help.

Sometimes He gives me answers and other times more to think about. He also helps me find peace. Get away somewhere that it’s just me and Him. No other people, no cars, no cares at all for a little while. It gives me time to actually reflect on things and consider things to consider as I try to understand where He is leading me. I guess the woods and fields are sort of my prayer closet. It’s my place of safety and sanctuary spiritually.

And David abode in the wilderness in strong holds, and remained in a mountain in the wilderness of Ziph. And Saul sought him every day, but God delivered him not into his hand.  1 Samuel 23:14

The voice of the LORD shaketh the wilderness; the LORD shaketh the wilderness pof Kadesh.   Psalms 28:9

1 (A Psalm of David, when he was in the wilderness of Judah.) O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;
2 To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary.
3 Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee.
4 Thus will I bless thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in thy name.
5 My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips:
6 When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches.
7 Because thou hast been my help, therefore in the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice.
8 My soul followeth hard after thee: thy right hand upholdeth me.
9 But those that seek my soul, to destroy it, shall go into the lower parts of the earth.
10 They shall fall by the sword: they shall be a portion for foxes.
11 But the king shall rejoice in God; every one that sweareth by him shall glory: but the mouth of them that speak lies shall be stopped.

PSALMS 63:1-11

 

6 O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker.

7 For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. To day if ye will hear his voice,

Psalms 95:6-7

I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.   John 10:9

 

I enjoy the time in the fields, woods, meadows and pastures. It is a perfect time to reflect, pray, have a heart to heart with God. He gives me guidance, speaks to my heart, shows me part of the plan He has for me. I thank Christ for the sacrifice He made that I may have my salvation. I marvel at all He has created and it is amazing indeed to think that He did so with ease. We serve an amazing God.

Of course, if thinking about spending time out in the fields and pastures, one can’t forget:

1 (A Psalm of David.) The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

Psalms 23:1-3

 

We all need that special place to stop and seek Him. Be it a literal prayer closet, one room in the house where we can be alone, a park bench or other quiet place in a park, but if one can get their mind in the right place it could be a parking lot, a seat on a bus, anywhere. Just as long as one can get their mind quiet enough to be able to focus on speaking to God and to try to focus on what He has for you.

 

Lord, I praise You and worship You for all You have done for me. I thank You for the peace I find in Your creation and for the opportunity to talk to You and listen for Your guidance for me. I pray in the name of Jesus that You continue the work You have started in me and help me better understand Your plans for me. I ask that You work in the hearts and minds of loved ones that they understand Your plan for them as well. Lead us all to that place besides the still waters that You have planned for us. Help us find the paths of righteousness and bring us to that path. I thank You for restoring my soul, giving me my salvation and the forgiveness. I thank You for the sacrifice of Your son Jesus on the cross for me. Please show us all the true way to the salvation You have waiting for us all.

Amen

 

Many thanks to those that make it here. Have a blessed day and try to be a blessing to someone else today.

 

 

 

 

 

House of Cards

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My granddaughter was trying to find something to watch on TV the other day and found a channel playing a Brady Bunch episode where there was some dispute and it was decided it would be settled by having a contest building a house of cards. Well, eventually the house came crashing down. As always, one thing leads to other thoughts and I realized how I have often thought I was really doing something, going about things my way, putting this and that together to make a plan or reach a goal that was not based or built solidly because I did so without God and in fact, sometimes the plans or goals were not what He wanted for me at all and, because it wasn’t, things came crashing down. That line of thinking brings to mind the house built on sand.

 24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:
25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.
26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:
27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.

Matthew 7:24-27

Yup, you got it, I was the foolish man and tried building things that were not according to His plans and when the rains came, the house fell. I am now building on THE Rock, Jesus, and I know that what comes will be in accordance with His plans and stand the test of time and will weather the storms and floods that are part of life.

1 And David spake unto the LORD the words of this song in the day that the LORD had delivered him out of the hand of all his enemies, and out of the hand of Saul:
2 And he said, The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer;
3 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.
4 I will call on the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.

2 Samuel 22:1-4

 

Other times, I had prayed and talked with God, and was sure that I was building something according to His plan, but others decisions and actions caused things to collapse. I cannot control the actions of others, but I do know that there are times that others impact God’s plan for me. If this happens, I will trust in Christ to use the results of what happens to make things even better for me.

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

 

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

 

Yes, He has plans for me, plans for good. He will make the most of me and for me, IF I seek HIM first. I now take things to Him in prayer and read in the Bible to seek His guidance and will for me. I try more than anything to seek Him. I need to improve on it, but I am getting better than I was, thanks to God. He deserves the glory for any improvement that has occurred in me.

 

Lord, I thank You and praise You for the improvement in me that have occurred. It is Your work in me that has made these things possible. I ask You to help me remember to seek You first in the future and seek Your guidance so that Your will be done and that I am not trying to put my wishes in front you Yours. I thank You for my salvation. I ask in Jesus name that I learn patience and faith and that You give me the heart and mind of Christ. Please, draw loved ones to You so they may all know salvation and that they know Your will for them.

Amen.

 

Thanks you for stopping by today. Have a blessed day and be a blessing to others.

 

The hero?

 

football

I have never been too interested in watching sports on TV, well or even going to baseball or football games and the like unless one of the kids or grandkids were playing. I enjoyed playing but watching the games was never something I learned to like. But, my son in law loves to watch, especially his favorite college and pro teams play and my grandson has learned that from his dad. Oh, I don’t think there is anything wrong with it, and if we are having a family get together and someone turns the TV to a game, I will watch, but it aint my thing. Because of that, I never had any pro athletes that I considered heroes.

But, my grandson, oh boy does he have some favorite players that he looks up to on different teams and the other day he was talking about one of the players on his favorite pro football team but it wasn’t the same guy he used to talk about. I asked him about the player and he told me that he didn’t like him anymore because he found out he was not a good guy, in fact, he said the guy was a jerk and he didn’t like him anymore. I asked about that and him to explain why, because well, obviously there was something that changed his mind about the man.

He told me what happened last summer. The professional football team in the area has their summer training camp back in the home town and last summer my grandson and his dad went to visit to watch them practice and get autographs and such. After the day was over they went to do some other things and eventually ended up at a fast food place to get something to eat. While eating, a few of the players came into the restaurant, among them the one that had been my grandson’s favorite, he got excited, told his dad and before he could get things together to try to go talk to them and get more autographs some other kids had already beat him so he was kind of waiting his turn. When he got there, one of the other kids asked them for their autographs and his hero turned to the boy and said, “no, I just aint feeling it for now, leave me alone.” Well, that surprised my grandson and he didn’t know what to think because in his mind, this man was a great guy, great player and all around fantastic person. He and the other kids were all shocked and as a couple of the other players were signing autographs the player turned to one and said, in course language that he was fed up with the stupid kids and all the having to act like he cared about them and wasn’t going to sign autographs for them. My grandson told me that when he saw and heard his former hero do that he realized he was not a good person and he couldn’t look up to a guy like that so he picked a different player as his favorite because he was nicer to people all the time and not just sometimes. I talked to his dad about it later and he confirmed what I had been told. That the guy was just rude to the kids and did make the comments my grandson told me about and after that, my grandson was pretty upset for a while that someone he had looked up to in that way was not the person he thought. They talked about it at the time, and my grandson and I also discussed that while there may be a reason such as the man was just tired after training all day, there was no reason he had to act like he did and that some people, when it doesn’t suit them to be nice, well, they aren’t nice to people, if they are getting what they want, they can be nice, but when they have nothing to gain from being good, they will behave in the manner that is normal for them and that it seemed this guy was not as nice of a guy as my grandson had thought. But, that he shouldn’t judge but should also not look up to people when he finds they are not really who he thinks. He seemed to understand, but did comment that he sure didn’t know if he would ever respect that player again. We also talked about the fact that he will meet a lot of people and many, if not most, will at sometime disappoint him with their behavior and that one needs to be careful who they look up to and also to try to be understanding of their individual actions but to watch for patterns of behavior, try to see if perhaps the bad actions are exceptions or if it is how that person truly behaves normally. If unusual for the person, be understanding but if the actions are more common than the good behavior then the person is probably not who he had thought them to be and that is the fact of humans.

27 Daniel answered in the presence of the king, and said, The secret which the king hath demanded cannot the wise men, the astrologers, the magicians, the soothsayers, shew unto the king;
28 But there is a God in heaven that revealeth secrets, and maketh known to the king Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the latter days. Thy dream, and the visions of thy head upon thy bed, are these;
29 As for thee, O king, thy thoughts came into thy mind upon thy bed, what should come to pass hereafter: and he that revealeth secrets maketh known to thee what shall come to pass.
30 But as for me, this secret is not revealed to me for any wisdom that I have more than any living, but for their sakes that shall make known the interpretation to the king, and that thou mightest know the thoughts of thy heart.
31 Thou, O king, sawest, and behold a great image. This great image, whose brightness was excellent, stood before thee; and the form thereof was terrible.
32 This image’s head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass,
33 His legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay.
34 Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces.
35 Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshingfloors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth.

Daniel 2:27-35

 

Yes, this player had been a hero to my grandson and he had seen this hero that he had built up in his mind to be a great person come crashing down and it destroyed his opinion of the man. Thinking about that, I realized that I too had people I had thought very highly of whose actions showed me behavior I never expected of them and am left wondering if in fact the actions were more consistent with their true character. It happens to us all, we meet people that seem to be great and we somewhat blind ourselves to their faults and think of them as almost perfect. That is somewhat unfair to those we look up to as all of us are human and we all have faults. But, when we finally start seeing some of the faults we begin to realize that some of these people are not nearly who we thought. We see that some who make promises only keep them when doing so benefits them and are not interested in sacrificing or compromising, it has to be their way or the highway.  Yes, people are often selfish and are often more interested in what benefits them the most now. Showing that rather than being willing to work and be patient they would rather live in the moment and what suits their short term benefit is more important than their promises.

My grandson learned that lesson, I don’t know if he will remember it in the future or not but I hope so as it is hard emotionally to realize someone you once looked up to, once valued very highly is not who you thought. He will meet others that are that way and he will go from near idolizing the person to losing all respect for them due to their actions. Oh, maybe there will be a time that the respect will be restored if he sees the person act much better in the future, behave in a way that shows they wished they had not acted as they did before, that they remember their promises and those to whom they made promises, but it will be very difficult for them to regain the esteem in which they were once held. Respect is like trust, once broken, it is hard to repair.

I know others have been disappointed in me at times. I readily admit that at times, my actions have caused it. Sometimes I have been selfish and done things in a way that they perceived as inconsiderate towards them. I have been able to regain their trust and respect, but other times they have been unable to regain that trust because they are not willing or able to forgive me or consider the possibility that they are not seeing the truth and based their opinions on incomplete, inaccurate or false information and won’t reconsider. I have also had times that I have been lied to, lied about and things were done by others to cause people to lose respect for me. At times, things they did were disgusting to me and even though I have forgiven, I don’t know if there would be anyway to treat them as more than a fellow Christian in the future. I would pray that God would work in my heart, but some things can be forgiven, but not forgotten.

I can only try to be the person I should be and focus my attention on Christ and not dwell on things of the earth. I forgive those who disappointed me and hope those I disappointed will be willing and able to forgive me and try to be understanding about all circumstances involved, rather than believe initial impressions.

 

Lord, I praise You and ask You to help me and others understand that people can disappoint us, that we can have either a wrong opinion of them or they can have a lapse in judgement and behavior such that they taint our view of them. I ask that You help me forgive as Christ forgives. That no matter what, I maintain the love of Christ for others. Help us be able to see the truth and not base opinions on incomplete or inaccurate information. Help us all be the persons You want us to be for Christ. I thank You for the salvation and pray in Jesus name that You help me seek Him and learn to have the heart of Christ. I ask that You draw my loved ones to You and show them Your truth and the glory of salvation that You offer.

Amen

 

I appreciate your time, I hope all have a blessed day and are a blessing to someone else.