I have no words.

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Well, not really, but sort of. Anyone that knows me knows that I am rarely at a complete loss of words. Yet, there are times as I sit down to work on the blog I have ideas for posts. Things that really seemed like great ideas and some probably were at the time, maybe they will be in the future, but I just can’t put the thoughts to words, or at least words that make me think I am saying things the way God wants me to say them. SO…..I sit, think, maybe think too hard, and still don’t have the right words or the initial thought/idea just doesn’t seem like a great idea anymore. So….I pray, ask God to give me the words, to give me thoughts on what I need to think about today. Sometimes, it seems He doesn’t want me to think, but just wants me to be thankful to Him and praise Him as He doesn’t give me great thoughts or words. Some would say that He never gives me great thoughts or words. But, I write to help me think through things and I post those writings in the hope that it may bless someone else.

I know I am not the only one that it happens to, that one is unable to find the right words, but there is something they want to say, a message that they would like to convey.

18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

19 And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,

20 For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

Ephesians 6:18-20

So, I will praise Him, worship and ask Him for words. Words that will serve Him and glorify Christ.

Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.  Psalms 19:14

I hope that the words won’t be mine, but HIS and will bless others and do good for God.

So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper [in the thing] whereto I sent it. Isaiah 55:11

 

Lord, I praise You and thank You for the many blessings You give me, for the help and guidance in troubled times, for the joy in the good times and the peace that You have given me. I rejoice in the salvation You have given me through the sacrifice of Christ on the cross who died and was resurrected to defeat death and sin. I pray in Jesus Name that You give me the right words and thoughts that I may glorify You and show others how Christ has redeemed me and so that I may be a vessel for Him as I go about my life. I ask that You draw my loved ones, me and all others to You that we may all know the wonders of the forgiveness You offer and the joy that one has in Christ.

Amen

Thank you all for the time to stop by today. I hope all have a blessed day and you find a way to be a blessing to someone else.

He protects me!

Airplane

 

I am going to be taking a trip for a week and will to a large extent be off the grid so to speak, with little or no internet access so may not make any posts for a few days. I hope that anyone that happens by my blog will look through older posts and hopefully find something of interest and benefit to them in the meanwhile. I will post some photos when I get back to the real world. I pray all are well and that He blesses you.

But, before I go, I have to run through the hometown, do a few things around folks house, fun stuff like mowing. Well, not fun, but needful. After that, heading to airport this evening. I know He will protect me and I am hoping as I go on my trip He finds a way to use me to bless others.  How do I know He will protect me? He promises to do so. And, He also says He will use me. The only thing that may be any problem is if I am smart enough and sensitive enough to allow Him to use me how He wishes.

 

Then shalt thou walk in thy way safely, and thy foot shall not stumble. Proverbs 3:23

 

For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. Psalms 91:11

 

A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps. Proverbs 16:9

 

But that the world may know that I love the Father; and as the Father gave me commandment, even so I do. Arise, let us go hence. John 14:31

 

There are so many passages and verses that talk about how God will protect us, many other verses about Christians going forth into the world. I am not one of those that stops people, witnesses to them and such, it hasn’t been my way. Oh, there are some who do that and do it well, I just have not been one to do such. What I try to do, hope to do, is through my actions, as I go about my day, show the love of Christ and when the opportunity presents itself I will share about how Jesus has worked greatly in my life. So, I hope, as I go hence, that I hear Him when He tells me to speak, that I behave in a manner that glorifies Christ and that all I do helps show others the love Jesus has for us.

 

Lord, I praise You and stand on Your promises that You will protect me, be with me and guide my steps. I pray in Jesus Name that You help me show the love of Christ through my actions, that my words and deeds show Your grace and mercy. That if You wish me to speak with others I hear You and am sensitive to Your Holy Spirit on when and what to say. Help me shine Your light. I pray for loved ones that You protect them and comfort them as I travel and that You draw us all closer to You.

Amen

 

Thanks for the visit today. I hope to be able to post some while gone. I hope He uses me someway to bless others and that you all are able to be a blessing to others as well.

He said it, and it was so.

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Looking out the front window at the sunrise this morning I got to thinking about how God created everything. He said, “let there be light and there was light.” is really a powerful statement. He just said it, and it happened. I am amazed at what a mighty and powerful God He is and how He did all He did for us. He had a plan for creation and a plan for us all. He HAS a plan for all of us I should say. Sadly, we sometimes get in the way of His plans. The most amazing thing (although, it really should not be amazing)  I have noticed in my life is that when I stop trying to be in charge and give things to Him, He makes things better and leads me as He wants me to go. When I follow God and seek Christ all things are better. Oh, there are challenges at times, but those challenges are so much easier to face when He is with me and in control.

But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you. Luke 12:31

 

Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. John 8:12

 

Just amazing that God created all He did and then, when mankind did not do as we should have done, He sent His Son to lead us, to sacrifice Himself and to redeem us.

 

Lord, I praise Your Holy Name and thank You for the creation of all. I thank You for the sacrifice Christ made for me that I may have salvation. I pray in Jesus Name that You continue to help me seek His light, and that I seek You first. Help me continue to grow in Christ. I glorify You and ask that You draw us all closer to You and teach us how to better seek Christ and to know the true light that You wish us to have so we can see our paths in life better and know that we are following You as You want us to follow. Help us all be the servants You desire us to be for Your glory.

 

Amen

 

Thanks for the visit. I hope all are able to bask in the glory of the light He made for us. Have a blessed day.

 

 

 

WHAT A GLORIOUS DAY!

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

Well, good morning! Just a quick note saying that it is a Glorious God we serve and a Glorious day in which to serve Jesus.

This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24

 

Sometimes, I forget to just rejoice in the Lord. SO, a quick note, reminding myself, and anyone that reads this that, no matter how great or bad the weather, no matter how horrible or good the day goes at work or wherever. JUST REJOICE in the day. HE MADE IT. If we remember to rejoice in the day, and rejoice in the Lord, all is good.

Hoping for all to have a great day!

 

Melted marbles

melted marbles

 

I have mentioned my Pop a few times, or a lot, he was a smart guy. At times, I forgot that. He wasn’t highly educated, but education and intelligence are not the same. So many educated people aren’t very smart. They know a lot, but don’t have the ability to think and see things well at times. Now, sometimes that is me too, educated, but not smart, other times, thanks to people like Pop, my grandmother, my parents, aunts, uncles and such, I am, at least in my own mind, pretty smart. They passed on to me a lot of wisdom and intelligence. But, despite not being educated, Pop was extremely intelligent. He could see things in his mind, some contraption or something that would be useful. He would do what some call upcycling, taking junk and building something useful out of it. That last part is something I will need to use for another lesson to myself, another day but, yet again, I digress. Back to the marbles.

Well, my grandparents had a small farmette one would call it these days, with a few outbuildings, sheds, shop, and the like. Well, one day I got there and where one had been the day before was a smoldering pile of debris. He was looking outside, looking at it. Apparently it had caught fire during the night for whatever reason; perhaps a short in the wiring, maybe some old gasoline soaked rags spontaneously burst into flame, a spark from the woodstove, hard to say. But, burn it did. The remnants, were as I said, smoldering, but most of the things had cooled. He used a rake to poke around at the ashes and debris, seeing if there was anything he could salvage. He dragged out a gob of stuff. Gob is the best word to describe it, whatever it was it was covered in soot and ash, unrecognizable to me. He said “well, that might be kinda nice, we will see when it is cooled off a little more.” He finished for the time, then we went off to do other things. Later that day we went back to the gob. He tested it to see if it was hot, no, it had cooled enough to handle and then, took it to the water trough and washed it off a little. Still looked like a black mess to me. Then, to the shop, grabbed a hammer, and kind of tapped on it a bit. Bits of the outer covering came off. After some of this, he showed it to me. Now, I couldn’t tell what it had been, but it was big piece of multicolored glass about the size of a quart jar and had some lumps and bumps in it. But, still, it was pretty. He showed it to me and asked what I thought. I said it was neat. He asked if I knew what it was as he held it up and let the sun shine through it. Now, the sunlight coming through gave it an even more interesting appearance and as the sunlight refracted through the mass it cast beams of light in every direction. I was fascinated.  He asked if I knew what it was and of course, I had no clue. He said, “remember your jar of marbles? This is them. The fire melted them together, made something beautiful out of them.” And, it was very beautiful. I wish I still had it, but it was lost over the years and probably long destroyed or in the landfill someplace.

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: 1 Peter 1:7

Now, this is where the real smarts came in. I was impressed at the time he knew what it was, how to get the outer shell of glass off and show the real beauty of the object. But, that wasn’t really smart lesson for me. The lesson, like so many of my youth, that was lost to me at the time. He started talking about how sometimes God uses fire to change us, to make us something more beautiful, to make us different for him. Sometimes he uses fire to make things stronger or to test things because if they can stand the fires of life, they are strong.

And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It [is] my people: and they shall say, The LORD [is] my God. Zechariah 13:9

Well, being young, I just thought, ok, but lemme have my marbles, I am gonna go show everyone. And, off I go. Here, many years later, after dealing with other fires, the firestorms of life that all have at times. Reflecting on life lessons, scriptures that relate to them and what I can, and should have learned, long ago. Yes, sometimes I am tested. I need testing, daily. I need refined. I need to be put into His furnace to burn away the impurities. And, at this time, Yes, I am forgiven, but I sure have a lot of work that needs done.

 

Lord, I praise you and thank you for all the grace and mercy. I thank you for those who taught me lessons that I did not understand at the time, they stayed with me and in your wisdom, you show me and give me understanding when I am ready for it. I thank you for your salvation and forgiveness. Jesus, I pray that you will continue to work on me, purify me with the fire of your Holy Spirit. I pray that you work in the lives of loved ones that you purify them as well. Show them your way to the truth, the light, to you Jesus.

 

Thanks to those who are able to bear with me through these writings. I hope that you all have all the blessings Christ has planned for you.