Monday, September 27, 2010

My First Blog Hop






Well I went on my first Blog Hop this weekend.  It was fun!  However, I felt more like a tortoise in stead of a bunny or a frog.  The picture is my tortoise, Toby.  The blog hop put me in touch with so many people at once.  It was interesting to see how everyone lays out  their blogs and what they blog about most.  I found that many people have more than one blog so they can discuss different things.  Since blogging is new to me, I feel privileged to have been able to go on the Free Hot Samples Hoppin’ Weekend.  As I said, I was very slow but found wonderful blogs to join.  I look forward to joining in on more Blog Hops soon. 

Speaking of the blog hop.  I joined Linky and they have a prayer request Linky which I added to my blog.  I am not even sure how it works yet.  So this is a trial run.  If you have a prayer request please try it out.  I will learn how it works when you use it.  And I will pray for you.  I have been a strong prayer warrior for over 30 years and love to see God answer prayer.  Please don’t be shy.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Missy



Just thought I would put a picture of my dog, Missy, up.  She is about 10 years old and is an American Rottweiler.  I took her for a short walk around the block today and she loved it.  She is the best dog I have ever had.  Missy and I live with my sister, Patty and her mother-in-law, Hope.  We also have three cats named Charlotte, Sam and Donny Darko.  Missy gets along well with the cats and people.

I just wanted to talk about Missy today because she is such a comfort for me and I know that God gave her to me.  When I was living in Sacramento in a condo, a friend of mine asked if I would like a dog.  She had gotten her from the pound and she was afraid to let her out of the cage.  Every time her cats went by the crate, Missy barked and shook the crate to try to get at them.  So the only time she was allowed out was when her husband took her to the dog park.  So I went to see this poor dog who had been taken from the pound and was now in a crate.  When my friend opened the door to the crate, Missy came right to me and put her head in my lap.  We loved each other.  So I took her home. 

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Are We Too Busy?

Are we too busy?

 Part 4

What is the most important pursuit in life?  In the Bible Jeremiah 9:23-24 says   23 Thus says the Lord:  “Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, Let not the mighty man glory in his might, Nor let the rich man glory in his riches;  24 But let him who glories glory in this, That he understands and knows Me, That I am the Lord, exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth.  For in these I delight,” says the Lord. 

We tend to think of all we have done and praise ourselves for our accomplishments.  However, God is our creator and should be thanked and praised for all that He does and has done.  We always need to remember that we could not even exist if it were not for a loving God who created each one of us.  Another scripture that comes to mind is
Matthew 6: 33  “But seek  the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”  Jesus is calling us to be ever conscious of God and His will so that our pursuits will bring rewards in heaven. 

If we know God and have a relationship with Him, we are truly blessed.  Not everyone does.  Some people think they have to be a part of a religion or they have to pray their whole life before they can really come to know God.  Some believe it is impossible to know if we are going to heaven and that going to heaven is determined by how good we are.  As Christians we know that Jesus taught us how to be saved.  When we obey and believe that Jesus died for our sins, was buried and rose again on the third day, God saves us.  I pray that people who don’t understand this will be given knowledge from the Holy Spirit to want to be saved.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Are We Too Busy?

Are we too busy?
Part 3

Our next question is, How Do I Get Off the Busyness Treadmill?
In Psalm 119:105 it says  Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
And Psalm 119: 11 Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You. (NKJV)  These verses teach us to lean on the word of God.  If we learn His word, we will begin to understand the way we are to live our lives.  There is a balance that only God, as the Creator of all things, can teach each one of us.  We are all different so God has something different for each one of us.  If we insist on following the pack that is of the world and against Him, we will not be able to find the direction our Creator has for each one of us.

In Isaiah 40:31 it says  But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.  I have found such joy and peace in the fact that God is outside of time.  When we go to Him and give all of our many jobs to Him in prayer, He makes our schedule more manageable.  He also teaches us not to get quite as busy as we think we are supposed to be.  We need to make time to wait on the Lord and then we can have the blessing of meeting our obligations in a miraculous way.  I have seen God work my schedule out on days that it seemed impossible.  But other times God has made it clear to me that I was not to become overly committed to so many projects.  Let God go before us and show us the way.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Are We Too Busy?

Are we too busy? 
Part 2

What is the cost of my busy lifestyle?   1 Corithians 3:10-15  says   10 According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it.  11 For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.  12 Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw,  13 each one’s work will become clear;  for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire;  and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is.  14 If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward.  15 If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss;  but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire. (NKJV)

If we are building on the foundation of Jesus Christ with gold, silver and precious stones, the fire at the Judgment Seat of Christ will not burn those things away.  So we always need to be sure that our endeavors align with the Word of God.   That we are putting God first and taking care of the needy.  This is not easy and is not the way the world does things.  Others may see us as not caring about success but that is not true.  Our success is determined by God and the direction He leads, not our own ambition or the world’s way.  God gives us jobs and puts us in school to learn a career but we need to be careful to keep our perspective on God and His Kingdom.

Then again, if we build on wood, hay and straw, all that was built will be burned up and some of the rewards that God wanted to give to us will be lost forever.  We cannot loose His salvation once we accept Jesus in our hearts, but we can loose crowns.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Are we too busy?


Are we too busy? 

What can we learn from the Bible about what God thinks of business? 

I am doing a bible study put together by my Sunday School Teacher, Bonnie Reed, called Beating Business.  So I thought I would put in my blog. 

The first question is:  What does God think about business?
Answer is:  Ephesians 2:10  For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
(NKJV)  So are we busy doing what we want or are we doing the good works God has called us to.  We might be busy with church work and making a living for our families or with volunteer work, and the list goes on….  But as always, God is looking at our heart.  What is our underlying motive for our business?  Because Jesus Himself was a very busy man, I do not believe it is wrong to be busy.  However, Jesus taught us what is important to God and what is not.  Lets go on to the next question.

What are the consequences of business?  In Luke 10: 38-42   38 Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house.  39And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus feet and heard His word.  But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, “Lord do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone?  Therefore tell her to help me.”  41 And Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things.  42 But one thing is needed and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.”
We know that Martha was doing the serving because it was expected that she would and usually Mary would be expected to help.  Martha was not unreasonable in asking Jesus to get Mary to help.  But Jesus was telling Martha and Mary that God comes first.  Which is the first commandment.  Being too busy takes us away from God and we often get lost in the wrong thinking of the world.  Also, we loose our other relationships such as family and friends because having a relationship takes time and commitment.

To be continued….

Sunday, September 5, 2010

What I Saw and Heard Today

     The group of college students and two adults were singing a praise song to Jesus in English and in French.  They had just gone to Haiti to visit a missionary and his wife.  Their stay was for 11 days.  They spoke of Haiti with much respect and of their hosts with great love.  Then there was a slide show that told of their activities.  They went out soul winning and they gave a puppet show.  And they helped teach the Word of God.  They all came home with respect for how others have to live and appreciation for what we often take for granted.  Such things as clean running water, clothes and paved roads are a rarity where they were.  They learned that 46% of the babies die because of bad water and being put in mud holes that have parasites and worms. 
     The missionaries have been there 35 years and have a church and have started several churches in the outlying areas.  The people that have started to go to church and learn God's Word have learned much about helping themselves and others.  Some Christian Haitian  men are being taught to be pastors by the missionary family.  This is such a work of love for the people of Haiti and for God.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Who Made ...

I made a story page for the one to three year olds in the nursery.  It asks who made the fish, the birds, the boy and the girl, and who made the trees.  The answer is God.  Then I put Revelation 4:11 ....for Thou has created all things.....
There are so many people who do not believe that God created the world and they don't know who God is or that He loves every person.   I am thankful that I do believe the bible and that I have a personal relationship with God.  He is not a church or a bunch of rules but a Person who is God.  He accepted me just as I am and keeps accepting me just as I am.  I want to follow His Holy Spirit who guides me in all righteousness, but I am human and sometimes my flesh nature gets in the way.  So when I fall, I am so thankful that God is merciful and forgiving.
But, I understand how we can get our thinking confused and not believe what God has to say.  The human mind without salvation thinks only in a selfish way.  When I asked Jesus into my heart, I was advised to pray to Jesus that He would have His Holy Spirit open the eyes and ears of my heart and help me know God's truth.  He did and He has been faithful to teach me the truth in His Word ever since.  I pray that many many people will come to know Jesus before His second coming.