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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?

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.

Insights, visions, and fruit salad.

18 Jul

This has been a week of insights….not always what I want to know….visions…not always what I want to see….and fruit salad….I would much rather have tacos.

“Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darkness of other people.”….Carl Jung

It is oh….so easy to know how others fail us….yet, we have a hard time knowing how badly we really fail ourselves.  (*what we know about others is merely the transference of ourselves…on them.  ) Awesome don’t you think?    You must know your own dirt….it ain’t pretty folks….but it is real.  It will ground you to what is good….this “knowing” your own dirt.  It is not to be afraid of, but is to be embraced.  Funny thing, when you “know” your own “dirt” the other guy’s dirt makes more sense and really isn’t so bad.

“The question is not what you look at, but what you see.”…Henry David Thoreau

“I shut my eyes in order to see”….Paul Gauguin

If you don’t look at something….you surely won’t see it.  If you “see” in your mind…what it is…you may avoid looking at it….love this.  Fear again, will keep us from seeing all the wonders and good because we refused to look at what we are.  Seeing and understanding connections starts in seeing and understanding what we are connecting…Us and Them.  And Us needs to be first….there is no seeing and understanding Them if we have not taken the time to understand ourselves first.  If we skip the “US” part than all we see of “THEM” is “US”.

Like Gauguin…close your eyes….focus…be surprised…but see!

And the fruit salad?….The good for us stuff.  We know…we are not stupid…what will work well for us.  Do we run to it and embrace it?…NO….we want Taco’s.   The spicy, tear up your stomach kind…everything but the kitchen sink kind. Forget stupid fruit salad.   Good for us?….sure….exciting?…..NOT.  Have it both ways…eat(drum roll)….. FRUIT TACOS.  Hey, you may be surprised at how well it will work and how well you will like it.  NO stress, tension, hate, anger, fear….just….easy, comfortable, loving, relationships.    Forever?…no, but then nothing lasts forever.  Do not worry, you get to  Know, See, and Eat…FRUIT TACOS….again tomorrow.

“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!