Is It Or Isn’t It

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Have you noticed the randomness of public restrooms lately? Well, I have and find it a bit confusing!

I have entered the restroom and hurry into a stall only to find there is no lock on the door. So I hurry to one that has the lock and close the door, only to find the door and the lock are just enough off that they don’t meet. So, I must lift the whole door up so I can have a bit of privacy!

That completed I am able to use the restroom with out being caught in a compromising position when someone swings the door open only to say, “sorry” or “oops”. Ready to exit the small cubicle I turn to see if the toilet will flush itself, doing the little dance to the left and then to the right to unblock any sensor involved. No, this is not the automatic type so I reach back to push the handle (I am no longer able to lift my leg that high) only to get my finger caught in the handle and cause immediate pain. I can’t yelp with pain or it will cause a ruckus outside my little room to see if I have gone down the toilet. So, I silently scream out the pain shaking my hand out. I struggle with the lock lifting the door just a smig to open it.

I go to the sink. Are there knobs to turn the water on or is it going to come on by itself?  Ach! Ok, the water turns on by itself. Now I need to use the soap so I don’t get some awful infection from the handle that ate my finger. I hold my hand under the soap dispenser waiting for the liquid foam to come out. Maybe my hand is not in the right spot. So I move it around waiting. No luck. Oh wait you have to push the button. Yeah, there is soap and I am able to wash my hands.

Now to the towels. I run my hand past the towel dispenser, nothing. So next I run my dripping hands under the towel dispenser, nothing. I see the little handle that has to be pumped up and down and give it a couple of pumps. Finally, I  am on my way again.

Anyone else notice the randomness of bathrooms? Some have all electronic devises and others have one or two going for them. It’s like someone is playing a joke on you and are laughing their heads of with such randomness.

I am so very glad that there is no randomness in God. He tells us he is with us always. He didn’t say that he would be there sometimes and then sometimes he might be to busy to be there.

The Bible tells us that when we go to God and confess that we have sinned, “he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins.” (1 John 1:9)

Then to show that there is no “randomness” in his words he tells us in Hebrews 10:17:”I will not remember their sins anymore.” He doesn’t just forgive us, he doesn’t remember them once we confess them and turn toward him.

This is the perfect time to become a “Child of God”. He died on the cross for you.

He is Risen Indeed!

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Liar

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I have been struggling for the last couple of months with feelings of not good enough to write this blog. Who am I to offer any kind of advice to anyone! My life is in ruins. My faith is flagging. My husband keeps asking me if I am depressed. It seemed that I had fallen into a well and there was no bucket or rope to haul me out. Even the pastor at my church threw a wrench into the mix with something that made me question all I believed to be true.

I was going through the motions of pretending to be just “fine”. But I had no wish to go anywhere or do anything. I just wanted to be  very quiet and left alone.

One  morning while fixing breakfast I heard this song “Fear is a Liar” by Zach Williams. It brought tears to my eyes the words were just what I needed to hear. Listen.

 

Did you catch those words , “he will tell you your not good enough”, “your not worthy”, “not loved”,”you’ll never be enough”. Those were the exact words I had be hearing for the last two  months. I had a loop going inside my head. It could start to play at the drop of a hat. Perhaps something on the T.V. would press the play button. Maybe seeing something as I was grocery shopping, {play loop}, or while I was reading my Bible, yep {play loop}!

Have you been there? Is there a loop in you head telling you those hateful things? Let me tell you who “he” is that is the liar, Satan. He wants us in the deep dark well where we think those lies. Lies that we aren’t good enough, we are not worthy, no one can ever love us after the mistakes we have made. Those are straight out of his play list.

There are so many verses that tell us to not fear.

Isaiah 8:13 Don’t fear anything except the Lord of armies of heaven! If you fear him, you need fear nothing else.

Isaiah 41:10 Fear not for I am with you. Do not be dismayed. I am your God. I will strengthen you; I will help you;I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.

Romans 8:31b If God is for us who can be against us!

These are just a few. It also says that “perfect love casts out all fear.” 1 John 4:18

I am no longer in the well with the loop running in my mind. God has pulled me out and cleaned me off and I am back on track, because Fear is a liar. All he wants is to kill, steal, and destroy.

Run to the Savior, the LORD of Heavens Armies he is truth.

Different Angle

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There is a story that Jesus tells his listeners about a Prodigal Son, in Luke chapter 15. Each time that I have read the story I seem to have focused on the son. However, today I want to focus on the father.

If you are a parent, I am sure you try to do your very best for your children. You try to prepare them for the future and teach them manners, how to take care of themselves, to be wise in their decisions.

Let’s take a peek at this father. He has two grown sons that are helping to run the “business”. One day the younger son comes and tells the father he wishes he were dead so he could take the money that is due him and do his own thing. He is tired of living with his father and wants to go as far away from him as he can.

Now if you had a 4 or 5 year older this is possibly something they might say, but not a grown son. This must have cut the father to the very core of his heart. He doesn’t lash out, or remind the son of all he has done for him up to this point. No, he figures out what he would receive and gives it to the son.

He must have spent many days on his knees asking where was his mistake to have a son hate him so.

If he had had a cell phone I am sure he would check it periodically to see  if he had missed a call or perhaps a text. As it was he was always looking in the direction that the son had left to see if perhaps he had changed his mind and was returning. (you know this because the story tells us that the father saw the son coming a long way off!)

When he saw his son coming he did something Jewish men never did, he hiked up his clothes and began running! He didn’t tell him “I told you so.” or “What are you doing back here?” No, he grabbed that young man and kissed him and hugged him.

This is exactly like our God! We ignore him. We tell him he doesn’t exist. We turn our backs on him. But just as this son in the story came to his senses and confessed his sins to his father, when we do that to God he is exactly like the father in the story.

He runs to us. Draws us into his arms of forgiveness, mercy, and love. He celebrates our “coming home!”

Do you need to turn around and head back to the Father?

He is waiting with open arms.

 

Inside or Outside

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Are you a person that thinks inside the box or outside the box?

A long time ago Isaiah had told the Israelites that a child would be born to rule over them. They were inside the box thinkers because they were looking for an earthly king.

Herod is king of Judea and some men come from the east, far away asking him “Where is the child that is born to be King of the Jews?” Herod thinks that someone is trying to take over his throne. He is thinking inside the box.

Jesus is riding into Jerusalem on a donkey and the people lay down palm branches and cloaks praising him shouting, “Hosanna.” They are thinking inside the box, thinking a King has come to save them from the Romans.

A blind man named Bartimaeus heard that Jesus was in town and threw down his coat and went to Jesus and asked to be healed. He was thinking outside the box to even think such a thing. (He was able to see after he went to Jesus!)

We tend to do a lot of our thinking inside the box. “There is no way out of this fix I am in.” “I will never get these bills paid.” “I have sinned too much to be forgiven.” So many locked in thoughts.

But in Isaiah 55:8 the LORD tells us, “My thoughts are not like your thoughts. And your ways are not like my ways,” God thinks outside the box. He tell us that nothing is impossible for him. NOTHING!

Our sins? Not impossible with God.

Our marriage? Not impossible with God.

Our finances? Not impossible with God.

Our government? Not impossible with God.

There is nothing we can think of that is impossible for God to solve.

We need to stop thinking inside the box and let God show us what it looks like OUTSIDE the box.

The Beginning of Something Wonderful

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So much to do, so little time to do it! Is that how you are feeling? Take just three minutes away from your hectic schedule to watch this.

 

Not exactly according to Matthew 1:18-2:12 but it does tell the story of why we are celebrating this season.

This is Jesus’ birthday. We need to remember why all the hustle and bustle.

Take a deep breath. Close your eyes and remember why you are celebrating.

It’s not the Christmas tree.

It’s not all the decorations.

It’s not the cookies, or that fantastic meal you are planning.

It’s not even all the relatives and friends that are coming to your home.

It is the beginning of something wonderful.

It is when God sent his One and Only Son into the world. He came to save us from eternal death.

If you haven’t accepted Jesus as your Savior yet, it could be the beginning for you. When you ask him into your heart, it truly is the beginning of your eternal life.

It is as simple as these kids are telling you.

The Savior is Born.

Come to Him today. He came for you

Whose Side Are You On?

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There are so many horrific things happening these days! If you turn on the news there doesn’t seem to be one good thing reported. Hate is so fierce. There seem to be sides that you have to choose to be on.

Mandisa has the perfect song for our trouble land. Take just a few  minutes and listen.

Whose side are you on? Left or right? Black or white?

Not the side to be on, we need to be on the side of Jesus!

His love calms all fear! Zephaniah 3:17

We are to love one another. John 13:34-35

As the song reminds us “we are the same inside, we all bleed the same.”

So which side are you on?

They Did What?

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Aren’t you glad that all the things you do don’t show up on social media unless you want them to? Can you imagine one of your greatest sins being published in a best seller? How about that thing you hoped no one saw you do, being put out there for others to see .

Well, there is a best seller with all the gritty details of others lives just waiting to be read by you. You guessed it the Bible.

Can you imagine your name being linked with another woman’s name as “the two women who are fighting”, for all the world to read. Euodia and Synthyche were those two women that were in Paul’s letter to the Philippians. (Philippians 4:2) Everyone sees their names (as strange as they are) and brings up their disagreements.

What about a king with too much time on his hands.Taking another man’s wife, and kills the faithful warrior so he can have the man’s wife as his own? Thinking he got away free, (no hidden cameras) only to have someone tell him a story about a thief, that makes him angry enough to spit nails. When he says that man should pay with his life for what he has done, he is told “You are that man!” Not only has he been exposed, the world will read about the whole affair for centuries to come. (2 Samuel 12:7)

There is a woman that will always be called, “The Prostitute”, yikes! Now that is one moniker I wouldn’t want to carry around. Everyone seemed to know exactly who they were talking about, her real name was Rahab.(Joshua 2:1)

There are so many folks who failed in life miserably and named for the world to see in the Bible. The wonderful thing about them is that God didn’t put them on display and leave them in that predicament.

Nope, that wasn’t the end of their story. In fact it was more like a beginning. God got involved and lives were changed, People forgiven and made whole where once they were broken and empty.

God is still in the business of changing lives. Are you wishing you could be made new? Have you done things you definitely don’t want published in a book! Jesus is your answer. He loves you and wants you to live a life that is full and forgiven. You don’t have to be perfect to come to him. (just look at the people in the Bible) He is just waiting for you to come to him and tell  him you are messed up and want to change.

There is nothing you have done that can separate you from the love of God, nothing!