Put On Your Helmet

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We are a family of motorcycle riders. No, we are not the tattooed rough looking dudes you think of when the word motorcycle comes up. (Though two of us do have those dreaded tattoos.) My husband has always had a motorcycle. He went to work on one every day, shirt, suit-coat and tie flying in the breeze.  Not your typical rider.

It was a cheaper way to get around than 5 cars. When the children were younger I had a scooter with a sidecar. The Silver Bullet we used to call it. Two children would ride in the “bullet” and one would ride behind me and off to school we would go. It was handy that we all went to the same place.

When our kids got older they didn’t get a car but did get a motorcycle to get back and forth to work and school. They first had to take a safety course and they had to have the appropriate clothing. No one was allowed to go riding without a helmet.

Then the unthinkable happened the state we lived in said it would be ok to not wear that helmet when riding a motorcycle, WHAT? Had they lost their minds? Had they seen what happens when you crash on a motorcycle? One of the first things to hit the pavement is your Head!

So many folks wanted to have the “freedom” of not wearing that protection. They were sure it would be fine.

When it comes to our spiritual well-being we have the same protective gear we need to wear every day. It’s called the Armor of God. In Ephesians 6:10-17 it talks about all the “gear” we need to put on each and every day to protect us from the schemes of the devil. There’s the belt of truth, breastplate of righteousness, shoes of peace, shield of faith, HELMET OF SALVATION, and our sword of God’s word.

Now these may not be the “gear” you see, but it is armor just the same. This helmet is so much more than just protecting that head of yours. It is a life changer. Salvation is for eternity, not just the next ride. You need only confess that you have sinned and ask God for his forgiveness and with his help you are turning toward him and away from sin. That Helmet is yours for eternity and NO ONE can take it from you.

Isn’t it time you decided to put on some protection? Are you sure it’s going to be fine without it?

God has the perfect “Gear” just for you! Ask him to suit you up today!

 

 

 

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Alphabet Soup

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LOL

PTA

FFA

CREFF

BBB

ADHD

It seems each people group has alphabet soup to shorten the words that they use. There should be an alphabet soup dictionary out there.

The newest one that seems to be added to the list is OMG. Now this one has me upset. Does it mean Old Men Groan? How about Odd Moms Giggle!

No, this one seems to take the Lord’s name in vain. You hear it from little children, housewives, young teens. It seems to be an exclamation that flows right off the tongue with little thought to the meaning.

I guess you could say this is something I take to the soap box quite often. As I worked with elementary kids they would say these words like it was nothing. I would tell them that it hurt my feelings because God was so special to me.

They would try to stop but it was heard so often in their homes that it seemed impossible to quit.

Now people think nothing of saying Jesus Christ to swear with. What is happening?!!!

Don’t they know the power of just that name? Don’t they understand that he is God?

It tells us NOT to take the Lord’s name in vain. Along with it there is a consequence.

Exodus 20:7

“You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.”

This is one of the 10 Commandments.

Have we come so far from God that we think it is ok to use his name in a curse or a slang to make others laugh?  Have we forgotten the power in the name Jesus? People were healed, raised from the dead, transformed. Should we take that power and toss it into the waste-bin?

Listen to Lincoln Brewster remind us.

“One name

one name can save”

One name

breaks every chain”

“One name

one name remains”

JESUS there is Power in just that name!

Would you waste that power to just make a statement, or waste that power on a curse?

Please stop and think the next time you are tempted to use OMG or Jesus Christ in a way that dishonors God. Use his name in praise and thanksgiving instead.

Alright I am going to step of my soapbox now.

I Know What a Lug Wrench is!?

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So many times in life we are afraid of looking silly because we don’t know the correct answer. This commercial is just hysterical. Watch.

This just cracks me up every time I watch it. Two guys trying to act as if they know it all. Even when a parent wants to help from afar. Then, instead of admitting they don’t have a clue, the one turns to the other to ask if what he is thinking a lug wrench is,  is correct. The second guy is shaking his head one direction but the words that come out are different. Leaving them both without the ability to change that tire.(I am not endorsing the company)

So many times in life we are just like these two young men. Not sure of the correct answer so we ask another that is just as confuse as we are.

Do you know what your purpose is? Of course I do. (what is my purpose?) We don’t want to seem stupid. Or is this a trick question?

Who are you? I know who I am. (who am I really?)

Why do you believe the way you do? Because! (oh that really makes sense.)

Are you in the dark, like these two young men, about the important things of life? Can you tell someone who you are? Not Mr. Soandso. Not “his wife” or “their mother”. Not even the son of or the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. A or Z.

No, who are you? If you are not sure the Bible has the answer. Right in 1 John 3:1, “See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children and that is what we are!” You are a child of God, when you surrender your life to him. (and he is the King, so that makes you the son or daughter of the King. It just keeps getting better!) He is trying to help you know who you are by giving us His words, The Bible.

What about your purpose? Your purpose is not a banker, or baker,or even a tire changer. Your purpose is to make God known. Whether you are at home, or at work your real work or purpose is to make God known to those around you.

We need to check our Bibles, that help our Father has given us, for the real meaning and worth of exactly whose we are and why we are here.

WAIT

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That four letter word that causes such a negative reaction!

When I was a child and had to wait until next week for my birthday to finally arrive, it was pure agony. Maybe having to wait two more days to finally become man and wife, oh, how slow the hours tick by. Have you ever seen a man in the grocery store, NOT go to the lane that says, “20 or less items” no matter HOW many items are contained in his cart? WAIT, I don’t think so!

It used to be that microwaves were the fastest thing going, now they seem to move in slow motion.

People used to have a land line phones, but why wait until you get home to hear a salesman interrupt your day? We need to know who could be calling or texting or wants to video chat with us, now!

We don’t like to wait in line, its faster to order online. We don’t like to be put on hold, we want taken care of immediately for goodness sake.

We hate red lights, stop signs, whirling internet connections, and grocery lines. (have you watched the person go from line 1 all the way to 24 looking for the shortest line?)

God on the other had is not impressed by our impatience with waiting.  Look how long it was between the time David was anointed until he became king. (not even in the same week!)

What about those Israelites that could have made the journey in 10 days but they had to wait 40 years!

Have you had times in your life when you had to wait? Perhaps you are waiting for a family member to accept God. Maybe you are waiting for that test results. You could be waiting to hear about that job application. We all have times when we are made to wait.

How do you handle waiting? Do you have sleepless nights? Do you wring your hands? I have a suggestion, try prayer and praise.

Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust the Lord completely, and don’t depend on your own knowledge.  With every step you take, think about what he wants, and he will help you go the right way.

Instead of thinking that we have the best answer to all our problems, we need to turn things over to God. I will be the first one to tell you that waiting can be so difficult. I want to jump in and fix the problem, hurry things along, or make it happen. If I want the very best results I need to step back, take a deep breath, and thank God for what he is doing. Even when I don’t see instant results.

I have learned, through lots of trials, that the best way to WAIT on the Lord is to start to praise him for all that he has done. If it seems to stressful to think of anything, start with thanking him for your next breath. Then move on to the eyes that help you see, or the ears that you are able to hear with, you get the picture. Take your  mind off of you and your situation and place them on God who has this.

Maybe this scripture needs to be on your fridge, in your wallet, and perhaps in your memory to be able to have the truth right at your finger tips.

Philippians 4:6

Don’t worry about ANYTHING. No matter what happens,tell God about everything ASK, and PRAY, and GIVE THANKS to him.

This is the secret to that four letter word WAIT! Give it a try.

 

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Steal Kill Destroy

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This post is not about politics, even though it could be. It is not about ISIS although I guess it could be. No this post is about the things I have been going through lately. I will not bore you with the details.

I have been through some very trying days. They have brought depression, guilt, anger, sorrow, you name it I have felt it. How can a woman that calls herself a Christian go through all of this? Those words have run around in my brain like a knife carving out pumpkin. They caused more guilt, which leads to more sorrow, well you get the picture.

I hadn’t turned from God but kept seeking to find some help. An answer to all this pain. God has seemed so very quiet. There were days when I would feel that perhaps I was on the way again, but as soon as I left my quiet time the world would close in once again. I didn’t seem to be able to hold onto the words I had just read. I am sure I am not alone in all this. Have you been there? Done that?

This morning as I was waking up the words of the title were like someone shouting in my ear. Kill! Steal! Destroy! Now, most people wouldn’t want to wake up to those words, but they were such an encouragement to me. No, I am not out to hurt or harm anyone. I finally am beginning to understand.

We have an enemy. A horrid enemy that wants nothing more than to Kill, Steal, and Destroy.

He wants to kill all our hopes and dreams. He wants to kill the future we are promised.

He wants to steal all the joy in our lives. The joy, that God gives us each and every day.

This enemy wants to destroy our witness, the way we live our lives. He wants to destroy us so we will join him in everlasting separation from our Savior.

He is the one that tells you and me that we are never going to be good enough. We are never going to be perfect or do things right. We just don’t have what it takes. God could never love us or forgive what we have done. Lies meant to kill, steal, and destroy us. Don’t believe them for one nano-second! That is what Jesus came to take care of for us.

He has redeemed us, bought us back from sure death. He paid our price.

The reason these words brought me such encouragement is because I know that I am a child of God. He is my protection against all of this. He is the Light that pushes back this darkness. He is my shelter from harm. The Bible tells us if a man knew when a thief was coming  he would prepare. Well, guess what, I now know that the “thief” has come and I can once again be prepared.

I need to keep my eyes on God. He has no equal. There is no enemy that can even come close. He has no rival.

I must be doing something right that I have something worth trying to steal or destroy. Salvation! That just makes me more determined than ever to keep walking the path with God, holding tightly to his hand.

Deserve

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You deserve a “break today.”

You deserve a “get away trip to . . .”

You deserve a better insurance company.

Have you noticed that everyone is telling you what you deserve? If you watch any T.V. at all , everyone that is selling something tells you that you deserve their product.

What have I done to be worthy of , a “break today”, “a get away”, “better mortgage percentage rate”, or “a better insurance company”? They don’t even know me! How can they say I deserve anything?

I am retired, I get a break every day for goodness sake! As for a great trip to anywhere it would be such a hassle to figure out how to get up and down with the handicap I am now sporting. I deserve!

How about you? What do you deserve? What have you done lately to deserve a “break”, or to receive a “get away”. Have you solved the great mysteries of the world? Figured out how to get the earth back on even keel? I don’t know about you but I certainly don’t feel worthy, or I certainly haven’t done anything noteworthy!

When I think of what I deserve, I shutter! Things I have done or left undone, no those folks on the T.V. don’t know what I deserve.

When we read in Psalm 103:10 there is such good news. It says:

“We sinned against him, but he didn’t give us the punishment we deserved.” When we come to Christ and tell him we are sinners and we know we deserve death, (that’s what we deserve) he is FAITHFUL and  just and forgives our sins. He alone can give us the freedom we long to have. We don’t DESERVE it but by his marvelous GRACE we receive it.

The next time you hear someone tell you, you deserve . . . think about the Grace you have received instead.

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Brave Face

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Have you ever had a day when you got up and felt like life was pressing in on you so hard you needed to put on a game face to get through the day?

I have been feeling just like that lately. There have been some very trying moments in my life and to get through the day I put on a “Brave Face” so that others would not know just how I was feeling.

You’ve had days like that? Wow! I thought I was alone in that feeling.

I have been reading a Bible study each morning called the First5 and it is entitled Christ Alone. Today’s study was sharing how it “isn’t about putting on a brave face and hoping for the best when we feel powerless.” Yeah I guess that was exactly how I had been feeling. POWERLESS.

That caught my attention. Someone had be feeling the same way and had the answer to my powerless feeling,

The next words are still ringing like a gong in my head. “We have the power through Christ, who is over every power. . . We are fully loved and accepted and empowered to say no to lesser things.”

The Power through Christ!  This is true on days we feel it and days we don’t. When we are rooted in His love it becomes a reality that anchors us.

Just like that tree in the picture, the wind blows THROUGH the leaves but since the tree is rooted deep the tree just lets the wind through and still stands.

I feel the wind, those hurtful words, the sorrow that is deep, situations that I can’t change, as they blow through. However, I don’t need that brave face any more because I am rooted in God’s love. I feel the “wind” but am not destroyed by it.

There is that deep breath of freedom once more. God is so good and his love is unending.

“This is the fullness of God.”