Market fluctuations.

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My son in law got what he said was a really hot tip on a stock. New company with some new technology that could be a great investment. He can use his 401k for that as well through his employer and he did that, buying some of the stock, quite a bit actually, when it was at a much lower price. It has gone up to 5 or 6 times what he paid for it. So, he was obviously elated. THEN, like many stocks, there was a down turn, and the price decreased. Well, the stocks he has are worth more than he paid for them, so he is still doing well with it but he was upset, well, maybe discouraged would be a better word. He had thought about selling when it was a little higher than it is now and didn’t. We talked about how the stock market has ups and downs and that trying to play the buy, sell, buy, sell game is quite risky and that whatever investments he makes should be considered long term and that he shouldn’t try to do the day trading unless he wanted to risk losing all his retirement savings. I told him that he shouldn’t waver back and forth on the stock. If he truly believed that the company was going to do well with their products, to stay the course. At this time it appears it was good advise as the value returned to its prior level and I believe is even a little higher now.

But, the conversation made me think how some people, including Christians, want to take the risks that go with jumping from one position or another, looking for a profit of sorts. Christians sometimes will leave one church and go to another if there are any kind of difficulties in the church, maybe unexpected expenses due to things like the furnace or air conditioner suddenly needing replaced, maybe there are issues between some members of the church and the leadership. Many types of struggles occur in a church or relationship, and jumping from one to another, taking the good that one has and trying to switch to another the person thinks is on the rise and will switch to that church, etc but, once hardship rolls around, they will begin looking for another to move to where they won’t have to put in as much effort to get from the church, etc. Well, all investments whether financial, personal or spiritual carry a risk and none are 100% guaranteed, except for the investments in Christ. THOSE never lose value but will only gain. The dividends will be eternal.

 

But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. James 1:6

 

Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD. Psalms 27:14

 

But without faith [it is] impossible to please [him]: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and [that] he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. Hebrews 11:6

 

There will be ups and downs in life, that is a truth of human existence. What is a more important truth is that the ups will be better and the lows less difficult with Christ. He will protect us in those low times, when hardships come our way. He will protect us from harm, He will take our heavy burdens and give us rest when life requires we deal with things we think too difficult. When times are good, He gives us more cause to rejoice. And, I would say that even in the low times, with Christ, we always have good reason to rejoice.

Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great [is] your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.       Matthew 5:12

 

4 Rejoice in the Lord alway: [and] again I say, Rejoice.
5 Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord [is] at hand.
6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:4-7

 

Lord, I rejoice in You and all You do for me. You are there when I have successes in life and when life is more difficult and I am in the low places. You never waver, You are faithful and true and never fail me. Lord, In Jesus name I pray that You give me, give us all the faith and courage to stay the course, to not waver, to not try to move on when things are a little tougher, when the profit is not as easy, but to stand fast in our believes and our commitment, to you and one another. Help us realize that You will help us through those difficult times and help us through the challenging times. Help me, help us all, rejoice in You, not just regardless of the bad, but because of the bad because that is where you help us build character, increase our faith and strength in Christ. Draw us all closer to You that we know Your plans, will and way and that there will be struggles that You will see us through.

Amen

 

I hope all have a wonderful and blessed day. And, that you be a blessing to someone else as well. Thank you for stopping by today.

 

 

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His Creation

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I love the start of the day. I like to get up early enough to have coffee on my porch and watch the sun rise. The darkness giving way to light. Seeing the mist in the low areas slowly dissolve. The sun glistening off the dew drops on the grass and leaves. Watch the wildlife in the fields. It gives me peace and comfort. I marvel at His creation, the things He made for us.

1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.
5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.
6 And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.
7 And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so.
8 And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.
9 And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so.
10 And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good.
11 And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.
12 And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
13 And the evening and the morning were the third day.
14 And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:
15 And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so.
16 And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.
17 And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth,
18 And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.
19 And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.
20 And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.
21 And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
22 And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth.
23 And the evening and the morning were the fifth day.
24 And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.
25 And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

Genesis 1:28

So much He did, so much He does. Some days I get preoccupied with the day to day tasks that I forget to take time to think about all He did, and does.

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

 

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

 

Yes, I rejoice in His creation, and His greatest Creation of all, His son Jesus, who died for our salvation.

 

My Heavenly Father, I worship You and Your majesty and praise You for Your mercies. I thank  You or the creation of this world, but even more so for Christ, my Redeemer and Salvation. I thank You for the reminders of all You have done for me. Help me remain humble and meek, that I never forget that You alone are worthy of praise.

Amen

I appreciate Your stopping by and letting me share my thoughts. Some days, I have challenges and talk about those, but I never forget and do not ever want those things to overshadow my marvel at God, His Son and creations.

 

 

PICNIC Day!

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Not this park, wish it was, but the one I am going to will be nice enough.

Well, I have the day off, sorta, some errands to run, but still I think I am gonna make time for a picnic. I am sure I can find a nice park, maybe just a place in the woods, I will let God lead me to the place. I am thinking it is just going to be a marvelous day to enjoy a little nature with the Creator that gave it to me and rejoice in His presence.

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

 

I really love that verse.

Lord, I praise you and thank you for the day, every day I a day to rejoice and enjoy with Christ. I pray you help me remember that and show others the same thing, the best day to rejoice is, TODAY!

 

Thanks folks. I hope you all have a blessed day. And, As I said many times, be a blessing to others as well.

 

 

 

 

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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