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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.

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!

Fast, faster, and fastest

10 Mar

Life is surely flying by at the speed of light these days.  It seems eons ago that I wrote here.

This week an awesome thing happened.  A business person, out of no where…I do not really know…stepped up to the plate and offered me help that blew me totally away.  She…I guess it is she…started in motion…a way for my business, to get out into the main stream…and give me a chance to survive and develop.  Why?…I asked her…

She said, when she started her business, there was no one to help her.  She was alone, making trial and error choices…and I got the feeling, having a hurtful time trying to succeed.  She has, as a result, helped others, who have come to her attention.  Like in the bible, she is sharing what she has with those who have not…or you can say… she is giving back.   All she asked, was that if I do succeed, that when the time comes…I too, “pay it forward”.  I, of course, agreed.

Why do some folks, feel a need, a responsibility … to give back, while obviously, others, see nothing but their own success and needs?  Why are there “good Samaritans” taking chances on others, while others are crossing to the other side of the path to avoid the needy?  This is a paradox…as old as time.  The chance taker, will actually “increase her wealth and expand her territory” while the others will slowly but surely fade away into nothing.   It is well documented and history proves this and yet some will still take the selfish path of avoidance.  Go figure.

In life, we have choices.  Our legacy, what we leave behind and forward as well…depends on our actions and reactions to situations.   We will decide to be charitable and helpful  or to be selfish and unfeeling.   In short, our life will add or detract.

I do not think I have the “big”ness this person has…yet…and I do not believe I have exhibited this same degree of “largesse” but I do feel that  I will develope and will be able to expand my heart to this degree.  I will be able to “see the need” and be able to fill it.   I believe it is what God intends and what He expects of me.

Amazed and Humble

4 Aug

Do you ever have a tendency to measure value from yourself and your own perspective?  Are you sure your standard is high enough ….if you do?

I have been blessed, by a young man, who is almost half my age….who started working for this world of ours….trying to make things better for all of us…..at an age, when I-at the the same age-had thought of nothing but dates or lack there of, popularity or lack there of, beauty or lack thereof….etc.

It is just….how awesome is the life that is dedicated and devoted to others…..from the beginning.  A life that God can use to stretch from….and develop from….

I beg you….use your life….take it and work it and shake it and love it….and get all the greatness out of it.  One thing I know for sure…..God has given us all the “chance” for greatness….just some of us actually take him up on it.  Thank God….I say Thank God…for those who take it up.  They are the ones who make our lives full of the goodness we grab for and expect.