Wednesday, August 5, 2020
Tuesday, July 28, 2020
"It is easy to hate and it is difficult to love. This is how the whole scheme of things works. All good things are difficult to achieve; and bad things are very easy to get." Confucius (I have to agree with this one, being good is hard, I believe because man is sinful. It takes no courage to be sinful, yet great courage to fight against the sinfulness and do what is right.)
"The further a society drifts from truth the more it will hate those who speak it."
Martin Luther King, Jr.
(Agree on this one too. What little news I have watched I have seen no one is creating anything lately. In one city they took over a police station, blocks of property yet what did they create? They tore statues down but did not create anything to replace what they tore down. Life did not get better, people were still killed, garbage piles up because haters usually do not want to pick up their own mess or they would get help for their hate. People lost their business, their livelihood. Very few of our leaders are creating anything either, too busy hating Trump. Hate tends to make people lazy and unwilling to work with those they disagree with even for the sake of a life.)
"God tells us in Scripture that hate is a heart issue and that someone who hates a brother is a murderer! (1 John 3:15) We are encouraged to love one another, keep short records of wrongs, and forgive others, not harboring bitterness or anger in our hearts."God
(I saved this quote for last because I believe this is the truth about hate. God understand hate better than anyone. There is a time and reason for it that is Godly, God hates sin, not the sinner. I am able to understand the fringes of God's love for mankind and it enough to make me want to control my sinful hatred and love like Jesus. I can never love as perfectly as He did, but knowing He loves me unconditionally gives me the courage to attempt to love like Him. At this moment, I hate no one. But I am sad for many and wish I could fix this hatred that is ruining our country and people. )
It's time to do the one thing I can do which has more power than even our president. PRAY to the Lord to change hearts. As for me personally, pray God gives me the courage and the wisdom to speak in love when I should and wisdom to be quiet when needed.
Saturday, July 11, 2020
When I am at my lowest, confounded by the obstacle, I have discovered an astonishing truth. God is attracted to weakness. He can’t resist those who humbly and honestly admit how desperately they need Him. Our weakness, in fact, makes room for His power.
Saturday, June 20, 2020
When my two children became teenagers they started asking me about my upbringing. I wanted to lie...to evade the questions anything but gives words to memories. They only knew my Dad as the broken man we took care of three years at the end of his life. They did not know him as I did and because of Jesus living in my life, I somehow wanted to protect them from even knowing how bad things had been for me as a child. God never wastes anything though and He gently shoved me through opened doors to share how the love of God can win the most wicked heart. You see my Dad got saved the night before he died. (another post...I Got What I Wanted)
The love of God can turn anger and bitterness into understanding and forgiveness. These were the things I wanted my children to learn. These are the things I want my grandchildren to learn. They will get hurt along the way, some may even betray their trust. My prayer is that some of my stories, even the hurtful ones can be used to give them an understanding into the wickedness of our hearts. "All have sinned and come short of the glory of God." Understanding that says, "there but by the grace of God go I". I could paint a horrible picture of my Dad and they would feel sorry for me but that is not what God wants. I am a better person because of my understanding and the act of forgiveness. No one owns me except the one who bought and shed His blood for my sin...to Him I owe everything.
Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain but it takes character and self-control to
be understanding and forgiving. Dale Carnegie
“The more anger towards the past you carry in your heart, the less capable you are of loving in the present.... Barbara De Angelis
God said to Solomon in a dream, "ask what you want Me to give you." Solomon after looking back
at his and his father life said, "give Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people, to discern between good and evil...give me wisdom.
This dialogue in I Kings 3 between God and Solomon made a profound impact on my life as a young Christian of 35. The more I studied it a deep desire grew for the same thing, an understanding wise heart. Life is a few days of trouble a wise man once said and those troubles will rule ones life unless there isan understanding of who God is, who man is, what sin is, and most important the power of redemption.
I know there are more good memories tucked back in my memory bank and with God's help, I am praying for more to emerge. But for now, I will dwell on a little red headed three year old girl getting her hair brushed by her daddy. Sweet memory.
Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise , dwell on these things. Phil 4:8
This post is linked to Tell Me A Story
Friday, June 12, 2020
Sunday, April 26, 2020
I think the buying the SUV was the most nerve racking. We have not bought a car from a dealer since the 70's or been in debt for one since then. My husband likes for me to go with him to look, but after looking for days and a number of truck then SUV's I was not a happy wife. My, just get it done now, personality wanted to quit looking after the third one. Thank God Ace loves to look and as a result he found a great vehicle, good price with very low mileage.
We will get moved and soon I will be writing most of my blogs from Minnesota or on the road. I would like to end this post with another quote from Paul Tripp. It's my prayer for this quote to be active in my life.
If you have quit being defensive and are now willingly and humbly approachable, you know that transforming grace has visited you. Paul Tripp
Friday, April 17, 2020
Thursday, April 9, 2020
When I was a teen I had a few of those kind of trucks or car pull up in front of my house full of friends to pick me up. You could hear them coming a half mile away. The friends that I had did not drive new trucks or new cars. It was young men who worked at gas stations, drove a tractor, baled hay, and some worked in the oil field, like my boyfriend who became my husband. Most of them could work on their own cars and trucks too, a dirty job but saved money and taught them to fix things.