Signs of Hope

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“My scars are someone else’s signs of hope.”

 

I saw this statement a while back, somewhere on the internet and had it tucked away in my list of topics. In a conversation with a friend the other day we were talking about hope, salvation, how Christ provided us escape from our sins and hopes through His suffering, crucifixion, and resurrection. All that was to allow that we, the hopeless and undeserving, would have forgiveness and salvation. Through His nail scarred hands we are saved.

But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.   Isaiah 53:5

Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. 1 Peter 2:24

Now, I got spankings when I was a child. NO, I am not whining about how I was abused. It was punishment for wrong doings. I don’t hate my parents for spanking me. Children need disciplined and discipline needs to be sufficient to make sure a child remembers what they did, what the behavior brought and that they would rather avoid the punishment by not doing wrong in the future. BUT, this is not a blog about that, so as before I digress……let me get back on track………..

Yes, I did get spankings and they were painful. But that does not compare with the beatings Christ received when He was beaten before being crucified. The whips they used had bits of metal or bone imbedded in them so they not only stung, but cut and ripped flesh. He had nails driven into His hands and feet(still some debate on where the nails were actually placed during crucifixions, but this is not about the historical accuracy,) pounded through His feet and hoisted into the air to die a slow, painful death. All that suffering was so WE could have forgiveness. His suffering gives me hope.

I have had some tell me that when I write about hardships and difficult times they think I am whining. No, I have to admit, it isn’t always pleasant thinking about some things I have been through. There are not too many out there that enjoy thinking on unpleasant things, on difficulties I have endured. Talking or writing about them makes it even more unpleasant. BUT, God sometimes burdens me to share some things. Not to get other to pity me, not to moan and wail about poor little me. But, I was scarred; some are physical scars that are visible; others are emotional or spiritual scars. I had things I carried with me from my life experiences. Sadly, I allowed those things to become barriers between me and God. Instead of seeking Him I built walls to isolate myself emotionally. Yes, I had and have scars. But, as the quote above says, and the reason for some posts, is that my scars and difficult times, with the salvation and deliverance Christ bought for me is a sign of hope for others. Well, I hope so anyway. I hope that through this or that event in my life from which Jesus delivered me that others see some similarity and realize that if God will do that for me, He will do that for them as well. I hope that my scars show them that there is hope in Christ and that He is the only true hope for any of us.

12 Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;
13 Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.

Romans 12:12-13

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

I pray that seeing my trials and tribulations reminds them that we all have suffered in life but more importantly that there is cause for rejoicing thanks to the hope we have in Jesus. I know that all suffer, many far worse than I, but we do all suffer and because of that we all have our own scars. But, hopefully someone will see what I have endured and have hope that if God can do what He did for me, He can do similar for them. All they have to do is believe in Him.

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.  Romans 10:9

 

Lord, I praise You and thank You for the salvation that was paid for through Christ’s suffering, crucifixion and resurrection. I know that I am not worthy of that, but You gave it to me anyway. I see my hopes in the knowledge that He suffered to deliver me from sin through the stripes He took for me. I pray in the name of Jesus that You use me in some way to help others see that regardless of what scars they carry, You can heal their souls, forgive them their sins, give them salvation and give them hope of a blessed eternity with You. I pray that You draw each one of us closer to You that we may give hope to one another and help each other to find Your perfect peace and the true path and plan You have for each one of us.

Amen

 

I thank you all for your time today and I hope you each have a blessed day. And, as always, that you are able to be a blessing to at least one other person today.

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I want to see!!!

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It’s a mild winter day here today which is quite welcome after the sub-zero temperatures a few days ago, but as they say here, “If you don’t like the weather just wait, it will change in a day or two.” That ends up being quite true often, in the last 3 days there has been a close to 70 degree difference. But, I digress and now, back on topic: with the milder weather I was out on the porch looking to see if there was any wildlife in the fields: deer, turkey or most anything really. I was thinking that I would like to see some deer or turkey out there. I enjoy seeing them play in the fields.

I want to see. I want to see the weather get better; I want to see the wildlife. BUT, more than those things, I want to see the blessings He has in store for me. I want to see what it is like to be in the presence of Christ. I want to see and experience more of the fruits of the Spirit. I want to see more of the perfect love He has in store for us all. I have seen some of the blessings and what He has for me. I have felt what it is like to be in His presence but I guess I am greedy, because I want to see again.

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

Galatians 5:22-23

In order to see and experience those things, and all the other blessings Christ has in store for me I have to seek Him.

7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

Matthew 7:7-8

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

 

I need to seek God first, and, then He will show me the path for me. He will bless me as He has planned to bless me. He will show me the gifts He wishes me to have and experience all He has in store for me.

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.        James 1:17

 

I will seek Him, but I need to seek God for Him and His righteousness, I need to seek His kingdom. For that, I will be rewarded with blessings I cannot fathom. He will show me all I ask and more. I just need to remember that sometimes, patience is necessary. Waiting for Him to do what He plans for me if I prove myself faithful. What an amazing God we serve.

But if we hope for that we see not, [then] do we with patience wait for [it].     Romans 8:25

 

 

 

My Lord, I praise You. Thank You for the blessings I have received, Thank You for the blessings to come. I pray in the name of Jesus that I learn the patience and faith to wait on You and that You continue to help me seek You and to know the heart of Christ. Help me strive to serve You first. I ask You to draw us all closer to You that we may know the blessings of Your forgiveness and mercy. I thank You for the sacrifice Jesus made on the cross and for His defeat over death that made our redemption possible. I pray for those that are suffering, whether financially, physically, emotionally or in any other way and who are yearning to see the blessings You have in store for each of us.

Amen

 

I hope all have a blessed day and that you are a blessing to someone else as well.

Finding Hope

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I talk to a lot of different people over the course of my days and some conversations are pretty mundane, the typical “how are you today?” conversations where each person asks about things in the other’s life and usually it is the superficial, “pretty good” or “not bad” or similar replies. Sometimes someone has something good, or great, going on and there is talk of that. They got a new car, a promotion, they are planning a trip or any number of things. Other times, things are not good, problems at work, at home, their child got in trouble at school, someone has a serious illness or any number of woes and worries that life can throw at a person. Sometimes the person is nearly devastated and feels there is no hope and that nothing can happen to make things better. I will say that for those who don’t know Christ, those times can be overwhelming and that all is lost, like a boat that is sinking in a storm, with no hope for rescue.

We all face times that, to one extent or another, are like that as we make our way through life and no matter how hopeless things may seem, there is hope. I have faced times such as this, where I thought no possibility of hope existed. Like I was in total darkness and without chance for improvement. Yet there always was hope, all I had to do was seek Christ, the comfort He provides and the salvation He gives.

I hear songs on the radio and I have commented on some from time to time, sometimes they are songs that are new to me, other times, something I am going through, or someone I spoke with is going through is on my mind and a song plays that speaks to me. The other day I heard, “O’ Lord” by Lauren Daigle and several parts of the song spoke to me. How at times I have needed the message in the song and at other times people I talk to need to hear it. Here is a link to the lyrics, I hope it works because I know there are people that need to be reminded of the message that it contains, a message of the hope, love, strength and comfort He can provide us.

http://www.klove.com/music/artists/lauren-daigle/songs/o-lord-lyrics.aspx

Sometimes, the message comes through much stronger than others, I always wonder how and why that is, but God knows when I need to hear certain things. He tells us what He wants us to know. We serve an AMAZING GOD!

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

2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
3 And not only [so], but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope:
5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

Romans 5:2-5

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

 

There are many verses that talk to the hope He provides for us, if we maintain our faith and continue to seek Him. He will deliver us from the hard times, He will strengthen us when we are weak.

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

 

At times I remind myself of these promises, other times, I remind others, but the truth of His promises are for us all. So, to anyone who feels hope is lost, that there is no way life can be as we want and need, remember He is there, He always is there and will always be, waiting for us to seek Him and His help.

 

Lord, I thank You for the mercy, grace and hope that You give me. For the strength when I am weak and the comfort when I need it. I pray in the name of Jesus that You continue to remind me of these truths and the truth of the salvation Christ bought for me. I pray that You speak to the hearts of anyone who feels despair and hopelessness that they know You have what they need to see them through the difficult times and that You will deliver them from the hardships they face. That You will be their hope and rock and that You will see them through the storms of life and bring them out of the troubles with which they are dealing. Draw us all to You, give us all the deliverance from sin and sorrow we all need.

Amen

 

I hope all are able to be a blessing to someone today and are blessed as well. Thanks for visiting my blog.

Thanksgiving

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Well, it’s almost Thanksgiving when we here in America celebrate the “founding” of the nation. To be honest that part is not a fond thought for me as I have Native American ancestry and in some ways it is bothersome. But it is a time when we should all stop and reflect back on the past year and think on what we should be thankful for at this time. For Christians, we have something for which to be thankful all day, everyday. The redemption Christ bought for us with His blood.

But, as I reflect on the past 12 months I do have that for which to be thankful; and I am thankful indeed. But in some ways it was an extremely trying year. I had some losses that weren’t easy to bear. I was betrayed by people from whom I would have never expected it. I saw the majority of my parents possessions sold. But regardless of those things I rejoice in the Lord! He is my Redeemer, my Savior, my Hope in seemingly hopeless times. I am thankful for those who, through their actions, I learned or relearned lessons on human nature and that I need only trust Him and not people. I realized that through Him I can overcome amazingly difficult times. Jesus showed me that He was there for me to lean on during those difficult times. The strength He gave me m helped me learn to where I must turn in all things, the good and the bad.

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

1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope:
5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

Romans 5:1-5

 

7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;
8 Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence;
9 Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:
10 That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:
11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:
12 That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.

Ephesians 1:7-12

 

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

I endured suffering yet as much heartache and pain as I dealt with I did endure. Not because of me but because of Christ in me. And no matter how bad I thought I was suffering I know that the worst I went through and the worst I could ever go through pales in comparison to what Christ suffered on the cross on my behalf. He did so willingly and out of love for us all. He took the burden from me and gave me a lighter load.

God has taught me so much in the last year and even though He has I know I have much more to learn about living for Him. I’m definitely still a work in progress.

 

Lord,  I praise Your Holy Name and come to You today to thank You for the many blessings, some I knew were blessings and some I only realized we’re blessing after you taught me some truths. I thank You for the good and the bad that has. One my way. Through Christ all things work for my benefit. Even the things I don’t realize are benefitting me. I pray in Jesus name that You bless us all and use the good and bad to draw us too You.  Heal and comfort those who are sick, show those living in sin and outside of Your plans for them how to become reconciled with You through Jesus.  Help all learn the true path You wish is to follow. Thank You again for all the blessings.  Mercy. Forgiveness. And grace.

Amen

 

and to those who managed to get through my drivel. Thank you for your time. Have a blessed day and try to be a blessing to someone else today.

Expectations

Well, the auction is over and the amount of money generated didn’t meet what I hoped or expected. Obviously, I am disappointed by that fact; that the amount of time, effort and money invested did not produce as much as it cost me. Oh, there were intangible returns on the investment of time and effort. I was able to live and relive some very happy times; remembering this or that event tied to various items. The memories sometimes so vivid that it was like living them all over. And, now that the house is empty, the items gone, I also realize that the memories will never be gone. They can’t be sold or hauled off. People may at times try to say or do things to denigrate the memories, saying the things I remember have been tempered with time and things were not that wonderful. Well, they can say what they will and maybe there is a certain sort of nostalgia that makes things look better in memory than they really were when living through them but that doesn’t matter. The events are, in my mind, as I remember them now. But, I digress, my apologies for that.

Back to the expectations: I really expected more of a return and thought I had realistic expectations but also hoped for even more than I expected. So, that being said, what is the difference between hope and expectation? Are they similar or a lot different from one another. Well, they are sort of the same, and sort of different.

From merriam-webster.com:

(there are other examples, but for this, the following are most appropriate)

Expect

a: to consider probable or certain
expect to be forgiven
expect that things will improve
b: to consider reasonable, due, or necessary
expected hard work from the students
c: to consider bound in duty or obligated
they expect you to pay your bills

 

Hope

(verb):  to cherish a desire with anticipation : to want something to happen or be true

(noun): desire accompanied by expectation of or belief in fulfillment

 

So, to expect is to have some sort of fact, promise or obligation where a certain thing or event will occur while hope is the desire for that thing to happen. We all have expectations and hopes throughout our lives. We expect to have to work to make a living; we expect to be paid for our efforts at work; we expect the lights to come on when we flip a switch. We hope to find a job we like, we hope to get a raise, we hope that the bulb isn’t burned out or for some other reason the power is out. We expect our children to go to school and study hard, we hope they get good grades and do well, in school and in life.  We also expect that others will treat us the way we treat them, to be honest, to mean what they say and to honor their promises. Others expect the same from us. So, once a promise is made, we expect others to behave in a way that is consistent with the promises they made. Someone promises a certain action, or promises to not do something, yet they fail to do as promised or they do something that they promised they would never do. We should be able to expect honesty from others. Of course, they have the right to expect honesty from us as well. But, what about hoping? Well, we all hope that others will treat us the way they expect to be treated. Sadly, that is far less common than I once believed.

Now, when I have been disappointed by others who do not live up to my expectations based on their promises, is it because I had legitimate cause for the expectations or was it more that I was hoping that they do certain things? Well, it is probably a combination of both having expectations and hoping. But, as with many experiences with other humans, I find that they do disappoint me. Some is possibly unrealistic expectations or hopes, but other times it is because they fail to honor their commitments. That being said, such is the fraility of humans, we allow ourselves to put too much faith in the promises of others or in our own wishes and at times everyone gives others expectations to which they don’t live up. Thus, setting ourselves and others up for disappointment.

I, like others, don’t like facing certain facts about myself but, I know I have disappointed others: my parents, friends, family, coworkers, and the list goes on, but the truth is that they were disappointed by things I did, or did not do. I did things they did not anticipate or expect me to do other times I didn’t do things they expected of me.

However, there is someone who won’t disappoint anyone, EVER. I may at times disappointment God because of my actions, but He will always do what is best for me. Even if I don’t see it at the time. I have expectations of God. I expect him to be all that He has promised He would be for me and I expect Him to comfort me, forgive me, make me a better person. Of course, those things are conditional on my serving Him. The thing about God is that He will live up to the expections. I know He will, because He promises to do so. He is my hope (the noun type) and my salvation, my strength and comfort in difficult times. Now, this hope is actually an expectation that is anxiously anticipated because He promises to be all those things for me, for us.  Christ is the hope for my mfuture. I have hope in Christ that He will give me a better life, an eternal life with Him. I have the expectation He will do so but the positive thoughts those hopes come from is the knowledge and expectations based on His word. What a wonderful God we serve.

 

My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him.  Psalms 62:5

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

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

According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death.  Philippians 1:20

 

There are a lot of scriptures that talk to the expectations that we can have of God if we follow Christ and serve Him. Expectations of blessings and rewards, some here on Earth, but more importantly rewards we can’t imagine in eternity.

But, He also warns us that we can expect other things if do not serve Him and instead live a life of sin and otherwise fail to follow Christ as we should follow Him.

The desire of the righteous is only good: but the expectation of the wicked is wrath.  Proverbs 11:23

When a wicked man dieth, his expectation shall perish: and the hope of unjust men perisheth.  Proverbs 11:7

The hope of the righteous shall be gladness: but the expectation of the wicked shall perish.  Proverbs 10:28

 

We have hope in Christ as well. This is the noun hope, the hope of a expectation of pleasant, cherished things happening.

By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.  Romans 5:2

24 For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?
25 But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.      Romans  8:24-25

(Romans Chapter 8 is a good read, I would suggest all take a few minutes to read the whole chapter)

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

That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.  Titus 3:7

 

He promises us that we can have hope in Christ that we will be spending eternity with Him. That we WILL have salvation and that we WILL be rewarded for living for Jesus. I thank God that He gives me that type of promise that I can expect that from Him. I can rejoice in the hope of that time to come. He warns us that we can expect punishment for our sins if we do not come to Him who made forgiveness possible through the sacrifice of His son, through the suffering and blood of Christ when He died on the cross for our sins.

Lord, I praise and worship You. I thank you for the hope and expectations of my rewards in eternity with You. I pray in the name of Jesus that You help me better understand what I need to do, how I need to live, in order to have those things that are promised. I ask that You work in the hearts and minds of loved ones that they see the expectations they may have if they do as You have instructed, and that they realize that they may also expect eternal suffering for their failure to follow You and Your word. I ask that You draw us all to You that we may enjoy those rewards. That we all seek the forgiveness You offer and the salvation You have for us.

Amen

 

I do appreciate the time that all take to read what He puts on my heart. I hope that while He teaches me things that You are blessed as well. Please, try to be a blessing to others today as well.

 

 

 

 

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.

 

Rejoice, in the good and especially bad.

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1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope:
5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
6 For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.
7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.
8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

Romans 5:1-8

 

Some days, I think a lot about how I need to improve, look for my own faults. Try to see what I think God wants better about me, but, some days, I just need to, and want to rejoice in His Name, in the glory of Christ’s presence and the joy of His salvation. I may not always say it, but, every day I think: How blessed I am, How I rejoice at his Love and salvation and how merciful and wonderful is our God.

 

Lord, I thank You for Your mercy, love, forgiveness and salvation You show me. I pray You continue to work in me to make me worthy of Your gifts. I praise You for your majesty and grace. I ask that You continue to help me understand Your plan for my life. I ask that You work in the hearts and minds of loved ones to show them Your truth, Your plans and draw them to Christ and give them the forgiveness, mercy and love that You gave me. I ask You help me be a better servant for You and that I show Jesus in all ways.

Amen.

 

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