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Gifts from Our Lord!

24 Mar

1-1255945936kyPsAs a young girl….and as a young adult….  As a mature person….and as a middle-aged one……

I guess for most of my life, I have wondered….”Lord?..what is my gift?…tell me what to do?….I need a talent…a gift….a path!”

Well….I think….we can choose maybe anything that makes us happy, makes us smile…and is necessary for our world.  It took me a lifetime to figure this out…and although I contributed much in trying over the years…I had no major direction.

You might say, what a waste….what a loss….she never used what she was given…..

I think…and I say….oh contrare!….God gave me love for all things….all peoples….all animals….all!  I check out much!  I enjoyed much!  I loved much!   I think I did ok!  God gave me a full palette of many colors.  And I have only touched on a few with many more to go.  This lifetime will be far too short to do it all….but I will do all that I can to enjoy, investigate, and experience…..the colors.

Maybe you are a singer….an educator…a secretary….or a doctor….but I….I am a lover of the colors of all….I am here to express how truly beautiful….it ALL is!

Maybe….anyway….I will continue…with what is on my palette…until or unless….the Lord hands me a new one.

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Take my Hand.

18 Aug

I was reading Revelations today…after a strange night of dreams…that made no sense.

Appropriate…don’t you think?  Sometimes, Revelations speaks to me and sometimes it does not.  Today…little bits came out…pieces…ready to be placed in the puzzle.

There is a sorrow…a deep sorrow…so hard.   Many will surely die.  We are…or are not….already in the Book.  But there is time…more can be written…take the Hand…hold on and go the distance.

This is the story line…and underlying….the sorrow…the deep sorrow.  I connect to this sorrow…I feel it…I cry because of it.  I do not want to lose anyone.  I do not want to be “alone”….standing there…I feel alone.  But I know, behind me, over my shoulder, on the throne, is Everything.  I want us all to be there.   Join me!  Be with me…..

But for the Grace of God!

16 Aug

Psalm 29:2
“Give unto the Lord the glory due unto His name.”

How often have we said this….”But for the Grace of God”….when we have done something reprehensible…have committed a faux pas….been on “our last legs”.  We would most surely, have been “over a barrel”, “done in” if it had not been for “the Grace”.

Then, we stand up on stage, in front of our peers, and we glowingly accept the accolades, the cheers, the “glory”…if you will, over all the “good stuff”.  I find this amusing.

If it is a calamity….”but for the Grace of God”…and if it is success….”thank you very much”….where is the “Grace of God” then?

We sing in our churches…”Praise Him, Praise Him, Praise Him….merciful and mighty”….lol.  Are we only talking of how He “saved our bacon” or do we mean….Thanks, God,  for allowing me to represent you.

Belonging to Jesus

15 Aug

“For we don’t live for ourselves or die for ourselves.   If we live, it’s to honor the Lord. And if we die, it’s to honor the Lord. So whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.   Christ died and rose again for this very purpose—to be Lord both of the living and of the dead.”  Romans 14: 7-9

Jesus knew ahead of time….from the beginning, that we would be his.  He knew and knows who believes and who won’t ever.  He still gives us plenty of room to change…plenty of room to be headed for Glory.

Whatever we do….believe or not, love or not, become or not…we belong to Jesus.  Every soul…atheist,Jew, Methodist, Catholic…etc…each and every one of us….belongs to Jesus.  Will we all be saved?  NO…it tells us that. Can we all be saved?  Yes, it tells us that too.

A dear friend passed away last week.  A person, I believe at times, God put on earth especially for my salvation.  Did I already know about Jesus?  Yes.  Did I already believe in His death and resurrection?  Yes!  Was I committed?  No.

You ask, what does that have to do with it?  Everything.  It is not just about believing in the events that matter so much.  It is the living with conviction…the believing in the worst of times…the sharing Jesus’ love with our friends and foes.  My friend was committed…she was sure…she was giving…she was loving…she was honestly loving those God sent into her life.  She was willing to let God…be God.  All she wanted in life…and in death…was to serve him.  Not words folks.  Not an idea to exclaim…She was.

I had no idea what all that meant.  I had never seen it much in action…not as an adult at any rate.  It made a profound impact on my life.

Not everyone is lovable…not every one will open up to you ….or be willing to enter this “love” with you…but maybe…they will for someone who will “come into their lives”  just like my dear friend did in mine.

“Left”

14 Aug

“Anyone with ears to hear must listen to the Spirit and understand what he is saying to the churches.”  Revelations 3: 6, 13, 22

“Ears to hear” in this case…I believe…means those who are saved…they have “the ears to hear”.  These “hearing” ones must listen…”listen to the Spirit (Holy Ghost) and understand what he is saying….” to the churches (the group of all the believers in Jesus’ death  and resurrection).  In my study bible it says…the “church” will not be here during the tribulation.  That this is indicated by the sequence of events and the time line as given.

I also believe, that “listening and understanding” is an ongoing, everyday thing we must try to do.  It takes practice and it takes perseverance.  The disciples were “given” the understanding.  They had to lead, record, and begin….the faith as we know it.  The Holy Ghost equipped them quickly for the task.  Our jobs, and our faith, receive all that we need as well…but if you have the time to develop, then you must develop.  Much is expected of us…to do ON OUR OWN VOLITION.  The disciples got no more than was necessary and neither will we.  The rest we must find for ourselves.

Those who do not care to take the time, the energy, or the mental adjustment to develop their faith…may most assuredly be “left behind”.

Masterpiece

13 Aug

“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.”  Ephesians 2: 11 NLT

God is using us…was, is, and will.  We should feel honored…when we complete something good.  Honored, but not proud.  We did not complete anything.  All we managed to accomplish, was listening to God inside of us and doing what He wanted us to do.  That song?  you did not sing it….that book?  you did not write it…that painting? you did not paint it…that strategy?  you did not develop it…

Sorry folks…Everything good is from God.  Be glad that He loves you…be happy that He used you…be proud that you listened.  That is your only contribution I am afraid…you heard and you listened.

Some folks are not real aware of this…they are not really aware of God …maybe they even deny God…it doesn’t change anything.  WE can not change, accomplish, make, prevent, develop, etc….anything.  “Every good thing is from above” James 1: 17….remember?

It’s about love.

5 Jun

I am really sorry if some of these posts have been negative in nature.  My artistic soul leads me there sometimes.

Recently I was on a vacation.  My husband and I went to our “second home” in Tennessee and I had never been there in the early summer before.   Actually, I had never been there in any of the summer…lol.

How glorious it all was.  Everywhere I looked I saw the wonders of God’s great creation.  I not only saw it, but heard it all around me.  From the chirping of the many species of birds, to the croaking of the frogs…from the whistling of the crickets, to the rustling of the leaves in the wind…God’s work was on display…sight and sound display.

My soul was captured in peace and wonder and I was so thankful that God had shown me His world.

But I was also ashamed.  My “heart” is not always generous and I seem to have a tendency towards judgmental outlooks.  I can be snappy in judgment, snappy in voice, and even hateful in tone without even thinking twice about it.  Generosity is not my strong ‘suit’ and I frequently have to stop myself from downright rudeness.

Yet, here I was, in a world where God had laid out all this splendor …just for me – I was not worthy.  It dawned on me that He loved me very much as He seemed able to over look my shortcomings and reward me anyway.

And…that leads us to the title of this little piece.  It’s about love…God’s great love for us…Us…the small ones…the biting ones…the mean ones.  He doesn’t seem to mind or care….He just loves.

and I needed that!  Thank you God!