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.

Happy New Year!

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As 2018 ends and 2019 begins we all face the new year and new, different experiences as time matches forward. As I ponder on the coming year I also reflect on the old and i would say that I’ve had a lot happen: some good, some FANTASTIC, some not good and some terrible. I’ve seen and dealt with things I never expected to have happen. But even in bad, there can be god found. It was during the worst that I came to know Christ again. Oh, I’d always known Him but when faced with some difficult times that I could never have dealt with on my own, He was there for me, as He always had been, just waiting on me to call out to Him, ask for and receive forgiveness and salvation. He made me a new person.

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.   2 Corinthians 5:17

I think of mistakes I’ve made, on what can I do to correct and never repeat them and how I can be the man Jesus wishes me to be for His glory. I think on the bad, yes, but as lessons on life but more than reflecting on the bad, I rejoice on the good God has given me.

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

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

He can do that for everyone. If you find yourself in situations that you know are not right; if you realize you have done the wrong thing; if you know that you displeased God in anyway or somehow hurt yourself or others; He is waiting to help you. He won’t force you to do what He wants, but when you are ready to do what you know He wants, He is there to strengthen you so you are able to do that which you should. His love endures despite what one does. He is there, patiently waiting and when you seek Christ and His help, you will receive such blessings you will wonder why you didn’t do things sooner.

And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace.  John 1:16

I think all of us, since we are all sinners, should talk to God, ask Him for forgiveness and acknowledge that Jesus, His son, died and was resurrected that we may have that forgiveness and the salvation it brings.

4 But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared,
5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
6 Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;
7 That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

Titus 3:4-7

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.  John 14:6

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

Romans 10:9-11

Lord, I worship You and ask forgiveness of my sins. I thank You for Jesus who you sent to die for my sins and to be resurrected to defeat death and to give me a path to redemption. I pray in the name of Jesus that You help me be the man You would have me to be in the coming year and every year after. Help me see Your truths and make the changes I need to make to take the path You wish for me to take. Help me be a representative of Your live, mercy, forgiveness and grace. Teach me to know and live the heart and mind if Christ. Please draw my loved ones to You as well that they too may know what wonderful things You have planned for them if they just seek You and trust You as they follow your will for them.

Amen

I hope all have the full measure of the blessings He has in store for you and that you remember to be a blessing to someone else as well.

Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. Time will pass anyway. Earl Nightengale

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A few years ago (okay, more than a few) as I was talking to coworkers and friends while I was starting on college classes in order to obtain my bachelors degree and go to medical school I heard more times than I can remember, “That will take at least 8 years. Do you know how old you will be in 8 years if you go to medical school?” Well, my response was, “The same age I will be in 8 years if I don’t go to school.” There were some who were very supportive, but others that were not supportive, maybe due to concern for me or out of jealousy, that I don’t know. But, there were some who did try to discouraging me from pursuing my education.

While it is true that it would (did) take 8 years to get my bachelor’s degree and finish medical school and yes, that is a long time, it is also true that had I not done it I would have had frustration with myself when that 8 years was up if I didn’t put the effort into it. Now, 20 years after graduating medical school the time and effort was worth it.

How many times have I, or others, NOT done things because it would take too much time, it will be a week, a month, a year, several years……but then complained, at least to themselves for not doing it. There are a lot of things that take time but if one has a dream, giving up on a dream because of the effort and time required only causes frustration in the long run. And, if the dream remains, it only delays what one needs to do to achieve that goal. And, my life has shown me that the really good things do not come easily and require a lot more effort while those things that come easily, are rarely as good as the things one works harder to obtain. I know personally, I don’t appreciate what comes to me easily, but if it is something that requires effort, I value it much more.

And the king said unto Araunah, Nay; but I will surely buy it of thee at a price: neither will I offer burnt offerings unto the LORD my God of that which doth cost me nothing. So David bought the threshingfloor and the oxen for fifty shekels of silver.   2 Samuel 24:24

Sometimes, God puts a dream or vision in our minds to do something and sometimes that thing will require a lot of dedication and hard work. Some will start down a path then give up soon after starting, not wanting to devote the time required because it will take too long. Others will start and part way through, sometimes very near the finish line, they give up not willing to put forth anymore effort. God uses goals and dreams to test our determination. Sadly, some fail the test.

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.

Hebrews 12:1-2

He wants us to remain steadfast and true, as dedicated to Him as He is to us. He wants us to strive to win and once we have our sights on something He does not want us to surrender and quit and that we fight for what we believe Christ has instructed us to do.

24 Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.
25 And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.
26 I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air:
27 But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.

1 Corinthians 9:24-27

God puts dreams, wishes and aspirations into our hearts and minds so that we can accomplish things for His glory. He does so to test our faith, to help us become stronger in that faith and trust in Him to see us through all He set before us. He doesn’t want us to give up on something because it isn’t easy. He wants us to learn the value of working hard, for Him, for ourselves and for others. He tries to teach us patience by making some things more difficult and making us wait. All those things help us become better Christians and better servants for Jesus. He wants us to lean on Him when things appear too difficult for us, when it appears that things are not possible due to the effort and time it will take and when we feel weak. Christ will strengthen us, all we need to do is seek Him and ask for His help.

And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.   Mark 10:27

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.  Philippians 4:13

Lord, I thank You for helping me stay the course to reach the goals You put in my heart in the past and for helping me see the finish line and purpose for running various races in my life. I praise You for teaching me patience and dedication. I thank You for showing me other goals to help me be a better person and better Christian and servant. I pray You use my efforts to better glorify Jesus and the sacrifice He made for my forgiveness. That You keep me strong as I follow You and help me to become worthy of all You have done for me. I pray in the name of Jesus that You help others see that regardless of the difficulty we see, all things are possible through Christ who strengthens us. That You will give us the strength and dedication to finish that which you put before us and keep us in Your arms to make all things possible. Help us all see the true plan You have for us.

Amen

 

Thank to all for your time today. I hope You have a great day and that you are able to be a blessing to someone else.

 

 

When there is nothing to say, just Praise Him!

 

 

Some mornings when I wake up I feel great, sometimes I wake up feeling more tired than when I went to bed and still other mornings I wake up and I don’t feel great but I also don’t feel bad, basically somewhere in between. I lay in bed a minute and thank Him that He is there for me, no matter how I feel. I get up, start the coffee, brush my teeth and open my laptop and prepare to work on the blog. Some mornings He gives me a topic that I need to look to His word and pray about yet other mornings I just sit here and look at the screen, no idea about anything in particular. I had such a morning today, the ideas just were not there, then I had a thought, well, more of a question that popped into my mind; what do I say when I have nothing much to say? And, the answer is: Praise Him!

God is good, far better than I deserve. He blesses me in many ways, some I know, and others I don’t realize but He does so, but He does. He watches over me and protects me. He keeps me out of harmful situations that I don’t even know are there. Praise Him for being the Lord He is. Through His word He shows me my failures and short comings so I know what needs improved. He shows me how I can correct those failures. He teaches me not that, but how I should be in life. He supplies all my needs, physical, emotional and spiritual. What a mighty God He is and worthy of praise.

 

1 O praise the LORD, all ye nations: praise him, all ye people.
2 For his merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of the LORD [endureth] for ever. Praise ye the LORD.

Psalms 117:1-2

 

But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. John 4:23

 

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

 

1 O sing unto the LORD a new song: sing unto the LORD, all the earth.
2 Sing unto the LORD, bless his name; shew forth his salvation from day to day.
3 Declare his glory among the heathen, his wonders among all people.
4 For the LORD [is] great, and greatly to be praised: he [is] to be feared above all gods.
5 For all the gods of the nations [are] idols: but the LORD made the heavens.
6 Honour and majesty [are] before him: strength and beauty [are] in his sanctuary.
7 Give unto the LORD, O ye kindreds of the people, give unto the LORD glory and strength.
8 Give unto the LORD the glory [due unto] his name: bring an offering, and come into his courts.
9 O worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness: fear before him, all the earth.

Psalms 96:1-9

 

SO, when there really isn’t a particular burden about what to study on, what I want or need to know, I shall do as He commands and praise Him.

 

Lord, Praise You and praise Your Holy Name. Thank You for the mercies, grace, forgiveness and redemption I have been given through the sacrifice of Jesus, your son, who sacrificed His life on the cross for me. Praise You for my deliverance from sin. Praise You for who You are, the beginning and the end. I worship You Lord, because You are You.

I pray in Jesus name that You help me remember that no matter how good, how bad or whether things in my mind are just somewhere in between, that regardless of those things, I remember to praise You and seek You. Please draw me closer, draw my loved ones to You. Show us all the truth, Your will and Your way for us that we may serve You and in some way show You through our actions.

Amen.

 

I hope all have a blessed day and have a chance to bless another.

 

 

Praise Him and His Majesty

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1 O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.
2 Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms.
3 For the LORD [is] a great God, and a great King above all gods.
4 In his hand [are] the deep places of the earth: the strength of the hills [is] his also.
5 The sea [is] his, and he made it: and his hands formed the dry [land].
6 O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker.

Psalms 95:1-6

 

Some days, I just sit, look out the window and see all He has created, all He made for us, for Me. I think about the forgiveness, redemption and salvation Christ bought for me with His blood. All the mercies I am given that I absolutely do not deserve and, well, I cannot think of how to truly praise Him in the manner in which God deserves. Sometimes, my words fail, because, well, the words just are not enough. David was much better with his words than I will ever be and says things I can’t say well enough.

BUT, well, all I can say is He is so much more worthy of my praise than I am worthy to offer Him. But, I have been made worthy and THAT is something more for which to praise Him.

 

Lord, I Praise You for Your Majesty. I Glorify Your Holy Name and Worship Jesus who died for me and my sins. THANK YOU for your Mercy, grace and for the salvation You gave me.

 

THANK YOU LORD!

 

well, some days, I just like to give all glory to God.