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What is important in your faith?

27 Aug

Faith.  Hope. Dreams. Wishes. Love. Beliefs.

All the above…and more perhaps.  Faith is hard to put into a definition…into a category…into a shape or mold.  Faith is that inside of us, that guides our actions, our goals, our plans, our social behaviors…It is the “bigger than life” part…the “all or nothing” part..the “to the stars and back” part.

There is nothing in faith to draw, write down, cook, develop, sing, etc.  Yet, it takes faith…to do all those things.  Faith that the pencil will do what you move it to do…faith that the food will become what you expect it to after being cooked…faith that you can invent, form, etc…and it will work….faith that your mouth and throat (etc.) will issue melodies.  There is something, in everything, unknown and taken for granted. That is faith.

To me, it is faith in all things back to God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost.  That is my choice and my faith.  That is what is important to my faith.

You? Faith is something you must determine for yourself.  We have all been given free will to choose.  Faith is one thing no one can predetermine for you…no one can force on you…no one can even know what you mean by it….Faith is yours.

I beg you, caution you, do not assume a faith for yourself lightly.  Expect to study, delve into, experience with, all that you consider.  I have.  I chose Christianity, not lightly, not capriciously….but after much study and much earnest thought.

My faith brings joy to my life; it lifts my very soul to the stars.  My faith gives me a past, a present and a future that I cherish. My faith gives me my strength, my purpose, my love, my desires, my….everything.

I wish all these for you.  I pray that you find your faith.  I hope your soul reaches the stars.

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.

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?

Mom…

11 Aug

“Dear woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My time has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you” (John 2:4-5).

Moms…a very important part of our lives, our dreams…our beliefs.  Jesus was no different it seems.  His Mom, Mary, was a huge part of who He, the man,  was.

“Why do you involve me?”  He said….”My time has not yet come.”  He said.  Well,  Mary said something different…and Jesus honored her.  The God and Man, her son, honored her…by acquiescing.   She was His Mom, after all.

She carried a lot of weight.  Even the servants knew she was someone to follow.  Did the servants argue?  Did they brush off her requests?  Were they skeptical?…Not at all!  Mary said, Do as Jesus says and they had enough faith in Mary’s  faith…to do that.  After all,  it takes faith for miracles to happen.

The first miracle.  Mom, Faith, an emergency…and Jesus.

Life as we know it!

10 Aug

Life….what we wake up to, what we sleep during, what we dream of.  Life….what we see as real.

My “life” changed last year.  In a split second or an hour…it changed.  What was, no longer…what I thought, no more…what I hoped, destroyed.

Why?  It never was all that to start with.  I was blind…I was ignorant…I saw what was not there.

New life?  Yes…trying…looking…hoping…loving…waiting.

“I hear the train ‘a coming”

24 Jun

Change is headed my way…I hear the whistle blowing…hope I like what it brings!

I was doing just fine…I liked where I was…enjoyed what I was doing…I only wanted:  more success, more money, more friends, more hope, more love, lol…more  of everything….but not change!

I did not want my life to turn upside down and inside out.  They tell ya’….be careful what you wish for, want, long for, etc.  God does have a sense of humor…and I bet He just can not resist a good kick when you happen to be “bent over picking up a stupid penny”.

Hearing what I did not want to hear, seeing what I did not want to see, the stuff I had hidden from my “sight” …screwed up my nice,” no I wasn’t happy but content”, sort of life.  Go figure!  Who in this world wants to change their view point?  change their outlook? yes, even change their “artistic style”?  This is not exactly what I had envisioned…lol…in my “dream state” of wishing.  Change….fearful…awful….change!

What will become of me… now?  Who will I be…now?  What will I ever do…now?  Why, oh why…did I sigh and long for what I did not have?…..

Well, it is done.  I have to wait and see … now.  like I said… I hear it coming.  My soul feels it, my heart beats it, my nervous spirit attests to it….change.

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!