Posted in Awareness, Bible, Blessed

God will never give us a schedule so full that’s there is no time for him

You want success meditate in Gods word in the day and in the night. Just 10 minutes a day

It will change your life

Essentials of Meditation on Gods Word

Reading

Believing

Absorbing it

Applying to life

Obeying

I acknowledge that he is my God and I commit myself to God.

Read

Joshua 1:9

Just read it and absorb it.

Watch what God will do in your life .

How many blessings have we missed because we think we got everything handled.

It takes courage to be obedient to god.

Because sometimes we just don’t understand it. But keep reading just 5-10 minutes 2x a day

Read proverbs- if you read one proverb a day it will take you a month,

the book of psalms will take 6-8 months

Try it I know it will change your life.

Posted in Bible, Blessed, Grateful, Happiness, Joy, Life

Holding Onto Joy In The Midst Of Suffering

For many of us, life is hard. Our daily circumstances seem to conspire to try to rob us of our happiness and more importantly our joy our inner joy.

Maybe you’re stuck in a job that you do not like and doesn’t pay enough to cover your bills or maybe your unemployed or on disability.

Maybe your facing health issues that drain you both physically and mentally daily, maybe you’re struggling with a health problem that makes it difficult to do even the most basic everyday activities.

Maybe you’re in a difficult marriage or have a strained relationship with a family member.

Maybe you’re just trying to follow Jesus, but the people around you tease you and make fun of you for being a Christian. Or even for believing in God.

In the midst of all this negative reality experiencing a constant, deep, and long lasting joy can seem often impossible.

You may even feel unworthy of Gods joy because your not perfect and have done things displeasing to God. We all would fit in that category. But God Loves us as we are flaws and all. He doesn’t expect perfection he just wants us to love him as he loves us.

The bible repeatedly talks about experiencing a kind of joy that transcends all our circumstances.

Jesus told his disciples that he wanted them to experience the fullness of his joy in their lives John 14:11

The apostle Paul calls believers to “Rejoice always” 1 Thes 5:16

But how is that possible?

Paul wrote a letter to the Philippians that is saturated with joy. Even as he suffered.

Sixteen times in just four chapters Paul uses words like rejoice or joy to describe what our state of mind or general attitude should be as Christians.

And he writes this letter in the midst of his own difficult circumstances and suffering .

He was under house arrest in Rome, living in an apartment chained to a different soldier every few hours. Then on top of this he had a three year prison sentence.

So by the time he wrote to the Philippians, he had been in Roman custody for several years. Yet rather than allow his circumstances to drive him to despair, he experienced deep joy and pleaded with the Philippians to share in his joy.

Are you the same person when your going through good times as in bad?

Are you the same when your going through difficulties, disappointments illness or pain is your conduct the same? Is your attitude the same?

Is the pain , suffering or distress seen all over your face?

Do you find yourself less friendly?

How’s your temperament?

Are you appearing to be a different person?

Are you less kind?

Do you let hard-times get you down?

Do you tend to also bring others down?

Are you less friendly always seeing the negative vs looking for the positive?

Are you only happy when everything is going your way?

Are you the same person sick as when you are well?

You say you trust Jesus but do you really? You say your a believer but are you honestly?

Are you struggling in hard times, How does sorrow or illness or physical or emotional pain cause you to respond?

Are you wiped out?

Feel like throwing in the towel?

Are you the same when things go right as when things go wrong?

What happened to your faith?

It’s it these times you need to hold on to it more than ever

What happened to your relationship with Jesus?

That relationship doesn’t change.

Maybe you just don’t know the difference between happiness and joy.

Look at

Philippians 4:1-4

We are to stand firm in the lord.

Rejoice in the Lord always !

Many people sometimes have all the reason in the world to be unhappy but are not.

There are people struggling with pain every single day, day in day out pain,people struggling with and illness fighting every day to survive and live one more day.

We have to understand there is a difference in joy and happiness.

Sure we’re not happy about our situation but we need to remain joyous in the Lord and in our heart. As he will see us through.

When we are struggling we need to stop being so critical of others and judge-mental.

Stop nit picking-and finding fault in what others do. Be grateful they are in your life.

Be grateful for what God has done for you, tell the world how good God has been to you.

See the glass half full vs half empty.

You know when Paul wrote that verse above and Phillipians he had all the reason to be upset and bitter.

He was in a prison, probably tortured and thought he’d be put to death.

But instead of losing himself in the negative he held on to his faith more than ever.

He told everyone how good the Lord was to him.

Read Philippians 4:1-4 again

It says live in harmony, stand firm in the Lord and rejoice in him always. Not when things are smooth and all is perfect but always. In the good and not so good times.

Somehow in those conditions he writes about being joyous in the Lord.

See Paul knew just how to handle his situation he was joyful he had triumphant joy!

He knew no matter what the Lord was with him .

He was not allowing his faith to be shaken. If anything he became stronger.

What will it take for you to have joy in your life?

How are you handling your situation?

Joy is what lives within us. It gets us through the hard times. Joy depends on your relationship with Jesus Christ.

Happiness depends on our circumstances , what you have, what has you.

There is a huge difference in joy and happiness.

To me Joy is that feeling I get knowing no matter what I am going through I have God by my side, It’s unchanging. Never shaken. Joy is a – God – feeling.

Happiness is what I feel if I would get a raise, or my circumstances. Happiness is lighthearted feeling. Happy when I see family.

Most of the times we allow circumstances to determine our feelings , our mood, if we’re happy or sad ,mad or glad nice to be around or just a downer.

But we have to stop that.

We have to stand and rely on our faith more than ever especially in hard times. When we have faith sealed we know that no matter what happens to us in our life what ever we face we have joy and contentment.

Don’t be trapped by your circumstances.

If you look Paul never said he was unhappy, he was accepting and chose to be content in prison sharing the word of God and rejoicing in the Lord. He didn’t dwell on the fact he was locked in a prison cell.

He had unshakable faith and joy.

Have you seen people who get all squirmy in hard times?

Yet some people can go through many more hard times and be unshakable.?

The difference is when things get tough the unshakable go to prayer and thank God in the good and in the hard times.

This is when we grow. This is when we have to rely on our faith and the foundation of our life.

The fruit of the Holy Spirit is love joy peace goodness kindness and it’s overflowing.

Many think God has left them in hard times. He hasn’t , he is right where he always been-you just have to thank him the same in the hard times as well as the good.

Stop dwelling on the negativity in your life and get back to thanking God for all you do have.

And you will be triumphant.

Your happiness may change based on your family friends circumstances in life illness,a new job, a new outfit.

Your Joy will remain the same because our relationship with God is the same. He hasn’t left us we have forgotten him by dwelling on our circumstances.

Look now at

1 Peter 1:3-8 he also suffered yet kept strong in faith and joy.

1 Peter 1:7 your faith is more precious than gold.

Do you have Joy?

Do you have a relationship with the Lord?

I do ! I know God changed me years ago and I know no matter what I face his love for me is the same and my love for him is the change.

If you would like to have a relationship with the Lord

Say

Jesus I want to have a relationship with you , come into my heart and guide me through the hard times as well as the good . I want you as my lord and savior.

Forgive me of my sins and help me to be better.

If you said this prayer you are now born again.

Seek out a good bible based church.And start reading the word of god. Go into nature look at the wonders God created you can always feel his love when in nature . For me I get a peace a calmness as I look in awe at the amazing world we have. The trees, the sun, sky , clouds,flowers.

Listen to your footsteps as you walk or if in a wheelchair listen to the air.

If you are blind hear the beauty if your deaf see the beauty if you are both feel the beauty. It’s all around us. Feel the joy of the presence of God in our life.

May you have a blessed and joyous day.

photo take by me @ Millcreek Park at Newport Lake.

October 2018

There are 2 Ministers I just love to listen to

Rev.Charles Stanley

And

Rev. David Jeremiah

Posted in Bible, Bone Health

Knowing a Loving God

To some the greatest question in life is , does God really exist?

To me my greatest question is do I know him and do enough to show thanks to my God for all he has done for me. Any all the blessings I have had in my life.

To me it’s the greatest subject ever and I love, learning about him , learning and understanding the word. I could listen to a good teacher / preacher talk about God and discuss the Bible all day.

Putting the teachings into my daily life has something I have tried  and worked on my entire life.  Of course I didn’t always do what was right, or when I thought I was doing right maybe I wasn’t.

I can honestly say I never hurt anyone intentionally. But still their are people that I have hurt in my life.

Sometimes what you think is the right thing at the time may not be.

But hopefully we learn from it.

I have come so far that I feel that God really does have my back and will never leave me. I didn’t always feel that way.

My first marriage was abusive and I questioned God often.

But I know it wasn’t his fault that I made the wrong choice. But thank God he stood by me and I survived it. And God was with me in 1985 when a doctor gave me the wrong medication and I was outside on a beautiful spring day and ended up with 2nd degree burns on a lot of my body.

I could have died, but I didn’t. Yes I suffered but I lived and with very faint scaring.

God was with me when I was pregnant with my daughter and was hit and kicked in the back and stomach.

Thankfully she lived and is healthy.

I had a terrible pregnancy so deathly sick every day with morning sickness for months and months. But I made it.

Many years ago I was taught that God is good and will never leave you , but when you are faced with trouble , grief, pain, despair , illness, temptation it challenges our faith.

And often we say we believe then in the next breath question or doubt him. I was this way off and on until I woke up one day. I felt the power of God many times in me and working in my life.

It seems like some blame God for being ill, or that he is punishing them. See this is not the God I know.

My God is always there. When I am sick I find strength in him.

When I am sad , he gives me hope.

When I am stressed he gives me peace.

I learned to trust in God as he will never let me down.

Knowing a Loving God- is getting in the word –reading it-learning it- believing it-

John 3:16 New International Version (NIV) this means John Chapter3 verse 16= John3:16

16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life

All love comes from God.

He doesn’t expect us to be or live perfect. He never asks to get rid of your baggage before accepting us.

So if you’re a married man or woman ,divorced or single, the lonely, the poor the rich, the  adult or child ,student or in the workforce or non-believer he loves you. If your ill he loves you, if your dying he loves you,  if you’re a drunk or drug addict he loves you, a criminal he loves you. Understand he loves you just as you are  , right where you are. Nothing can or will change that ever.

When you call on him he won’t say…..well Debbie you didn’t make it to church 2 weeks in a row so no I won’t help you or be there. Or Deb remember how you were 35-40 years ago? Well have you really changed? You didn’t always do what was best…you thought you did but you were wrong so I probavle shouldn’t help you right now.

Or If a criminal or addict calls on him he won’t say well look at you call on me when you get yourself together.

He won’t tell the homeless man or woman call on me when you clean yourself up.

He won’t tell the mentally ill person wow off your meds again? Call on me when you get it together if you can get it together

God wants you right now , today and tomorrow ,just as you are right where you are and just as you are period. God loves us to much too ever leave us.

And when we talk to him he transforms us with grace and shows us the person we are , not the one we think we are. Even if we backslid he is there for us .

That is what John 3:16 means to me

 

But if we look at this is the Gospel the gospel come from the word EUANGELION

And in that word is Angel which means messenger

So the Gospel actually means ”The Good Message”

John 3:16

Outline

  1. The surpassing quality of Gods love – For God So loved the world the focus word is So its all the agonies, all the merci, it’s the truth that makes the devil tremble. So is the biggest little word.
  1. To prove the love – look at Luke 23:43

Luke 23:43 New International Version (NIV)

43 Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”                     God gave his only begotten son for us- he was sent here to die for us-  just think about that .

In john 3:16 it also says whoever and that means everyone…..

 

  1. The special promise of God’s Love – Look at  Romans 10:9 New International Version (NIV)

9 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. This means if we will not parish- no fear from death. I know a few people that are so afraid of dying. When you believe you are freed from being afraif of death or you should be . Some people go through life afraid of death. Hey I don’t want to die but I am not afraid of it.

Because I am saved by the grace of God.

You need to receive God’s gift of eternal life from our Lord. You see the word death in the Bible doesn’t mean the end- it means separation. So everyone you know will either eternally be in the presence of God or live in the absence of God.. When we die our spirit is separated from the body and the spirit goes to be with the Lord. You only get to go with God if you believe. So make the decision to receive that gift today right now.

Now should not perish means –it doesn’t mean to be annihilated.

2 Corinthians 5:8 New International Version (NIV)

8 We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord.

 

So all this is in one area of the Bible …..as I said I love learning and understanding the Bible.

And I wanted to share this with you .

 

If you want to know God and have him work in your life

We have to choose him and enjoy everlasting life please say this prayer with me.

 

Dear God, I admit I’ve sinned and fallen short of your glory.  I realize the penalty for my sin is death, and I believe it was paid by the blood of your only son Jesus Christ.  I’m willing to repent of my sins, and I now confess Christ as my Savior and make Him the Lord of my life. Lead me to understand your word and be with me always . Thank You Lord  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

If you have just said that prayer you have become saved – born again and welcome to the family. May I suggest that you reach out to a good bible based church , if you have the ability to get a bible start to read it. God Bless You

John316

Posted in Bible, Faith

Are You Walking With God

I have always been a believer and sure like everyone else there were times in my life I questioned things.

But I always knew in my heart God was in my heart and my creator .

I will never be perfect only God is perfect but I have tried to walk with God , I still need some work.

Because again I am not perfect.

Are you walking with God ?

When you come to the end of your life what do you want to be remembered for?

Your kindness -your love -your generosity-your wisdom – your skills-your faithfulness to God

Or do you want to be remembered as a hateful selfish angry person who has so much stinginess and greed in their heart

I want to be remembered by my walk with God

It means – to keep him in the center of our thinking- in every thing we do- and think – our relationships and plans and finances in every area of our life.

Try not to allow sin to temp you. And trust me it will , it will tempt to the point that you will convince yourself sin is ok.

You are persuading yourself to do the wrong thing.

Defeat the devil and sin before he defeats you.

Genesis 5: 21-24

I think when they talk about years it means seasons.

Temptation is all around us, as even Jesus was tempted in the desert, so Christians can protect themselves against stumbling in their walk through memorizing Scriptures about temptation.

Luke 22:40

On reaching the place, he said to them, “Pray that you will not fall into temptation.”

When we are going through problems, grief, sadness, illness, addiction job loss, loneliness god will carry us through. We just have to get in our bible and pray. He will show you the path.

To walk with Hod we must do the following

1. Accept Jesus as our personal savior

2. We must learn to pray and listen to God. Pray is essential he will show you things.

3. We have to Trust him. If you don’t trust in the Lord you can’t walk with the Lord. Look at Proverbs 3:5-6

4. Agree with him. Have u ever disagreed with God? Of course we have we have to stop that.

5. We have to agree with God and Obey him. Obedience is essential. Stop making excuses and try it. Partial obedience is actually disobedience. Wake up every day and surrender your life to god and obey him. It’s easy to say your walking with god but are you really?

6. Walk in the same direction as god wants you – that’s where we pray and everyday get up and say thank you god for this day and help me walk with you.

7. You can’t have all your old friends and walk with God. Some people are not really your friends

8. Stay in step with God- you can’t get ahead of God you use your Bible as your compass. Instep means God and you are together.

9. It’s not easy to live a Godly life but it’s the best way to walk.

10. Listening and thinking about God are not the same thing. As a parent you teach your kids to listen to you. So you are safe. God knows what’s best,you can trust him in everything things will happen in his timing. Please try this.

11. We have to live God – if we live him we will wait on his timing and we will obey him.

12. Forsake sin- keep your heart clean all the time. Stop having sex if you can not afford to have possible children. Stop doing drugs that are illegal or not meant for you. Stop questioning God. You can’t have sin and holiness at the same time. God knows we are not perfect but we have to try to be the best person we can be.

13.Follow the simple steps and don’t forget to talk to god right before you go to sleep.

14.This is walking with God. Ask God to show you what he wants for you. Start stopping all the sin in your life. Go back a few years ago to when you heart was pure and with God. Get back on that path.

I want to be remembered as a woman who helped people and who loved and walked with God.

God will never leave his sons and daughters.

One night a man had a dream.

He dreamed he was walking along the beach with the LORD.

Across the sky flashed scenes from his life.

For each scene, he noticed two sets of footprints in the sand:

one belonging to him, and the other to the LORD.

When the last scene of his life flashed before him

he looked back, at the footprints in the sand.

He noticed that many times along the path of his life

there was only one set of footprints.

He also noticed that it happened at the very lowest and saddest times of his life.

This really bothered him and he questioned the LORD about it:

“LORD, you said that once I decided to follow you,

you’d walk with me all the way.

But I have noticed that during the most troublesome times in my life

there is only one set of footprints.

I don’t understand why when I needed you most you would leave me.”

The LORD replied:

“My son, My precious child, I love you and I would never leave you,

During your times of trial and suffering,

when you see only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you.”

Posted in Bible

Teaching The Next Generation

Teaching The Next Generation

It seems like we are becoming less and less social, we have far lower standards and our lack of morals, and self respect, living in a selfish and self gratification world.

Not everyone of course but so many adults ,young adults and children have allowed God to fall out of their vocabulary.

Just look at the states of our nation today, what do you see?

It’s been a crap shoot for at least 2-3 decades and as time goes on it appears to become more and more of an ungodly world.

The Bible says, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord” (Ps. 33:12), but this is not a popular belief in our society.

I see grown adults that were in church fist fighting at children’s baseball games swearing at refs.

I see adults and young adults and children have the “hell with you attitude “.

They want to do what they want, say what they want, live how they want with no respect for anyone, no respect for parents , family, or fellowman ir in many cases no respect for themselves.

I have seen this happening for the past 30 years

Some people feel the world owes them something when others feel they are not worthy of anything.

I personally think this all stems from when the Supreme Court ruled to remove prayer in schools. I believe that was back in the 60s.

Do you know even many colleges don’t even offer religion/theology studies.

So if you or a family member did want to pursue a life in ministry good luck finding them a school close to home that will offer it.

Sadly adults are setting a poor example of godliness and living a Christian life to our children.

But they seem to be scholars at showing how not to be a Christian.

Im 55 and have noticed that more and more people don’t talk about God , Jesus or the Bible.

Actually to be honest people hardly talk at all. You see people trying to connect on social media yet they can’t or won’t shut their phone off at a family dinner table.

It’s not just the kids , the parents are leading the way.

They are to busy on their cell phones to really have a normal conversation.

So we now have a society that has lost how to communicate to have a conversation with a real human being.

And I feel we removed the moral fiber — that moral emphasis – this is what is the the result.”

Since 1963, said there have been five negative developments in the nation’s public schools:

• Academic achievement has plummeted, including SAT scores.

• Increased rate of out-of-wedlock births

• Increase in illegal drug use

• Increase in juvenile crime

• Deterioration of behavior in school and respect for family and people in general.

We cannot expect our youth to be obeying God word when many adults show them they don’t have to.

It’s our responsibility to train and teach them Gods word and to obey it.

I am not saying we have to be perfect we’re humans we will never be perfect. We are flawed and make mistakes , but we need to start getting more people back to God.

Just because I’m a Christian doesn’t mean I have all the answers.

I have had my share of heartache pain and poor choices.

And just because I am a Christian doesn’t mean I won’t struggle or go through trying times.

But what I can tell you is being a Christian helps me do better, be better.

I don’t stress out over things that I would have in the past.

I know when I pray God hears me. I know that I cannot rush Gods will and plan for my life.

I know we need to reach people and teach them about God and that he really does have a plan for our life.

But if we don’t read the Bible get into a good church we may not hear what he is telling us.

Psalm 78:1-8

It is our divine responsibility to teach our children and future generations about God.

So they can be equipped to face life and understand they are a child of God.

And that they can learn the will of god for their lives.

It’s every generations responsibility, we can’t skip a generation

Listen carefully it’s very important

And our father’s have told us

Tell for the generations to come

We will not conceal them from the children .

Teach for their children

And then their children

Keep the commandments

Think about that ,way back long before Jesus was born it was written to teach about God.

They didn’t have the Bible like we do.

It was talked about parent to child. As God commands.

We know people who never open a Bible.

They don’t have time ,

Teach by instruction and example the truth of God’s word which results in a desire to walk obediently before God in power of the Holy Spirit.

You will tech by example whether u like it or not- how you act how u speak-no one can expect a person to be perfect in parenting we all screw up.

But it’s our responsibility to tech our children as commanded by the word of God.

Be consistent in what you say and what you do.

Don’t teach Gods word then show hate.

Don’t teach Gods word then be critical and hurtful to others.

Don’t teach Gods words and yet never follow them yourself.

Because you will teach also by your example than you realize.

I have a testimony and you have a testimony.

We have had ups and downs and have gone through many things in our life. And God has brought us through it all.

It is our responsibility to teach

If you were a drunk or drug addict and turned your life around by the grace of God you are to tell your testimony to help your children and others

If you were abused it’s up to you to teach your children

Don’t let professors others teach your children about the word of God, you be the instructor.

There are things in my life and your life

We are to teach them to obey the word of god

If you have been saved by the grace of god you have a testimony and he has lifted you through all problems

That is your message

You have a story to tell

And the Bible says we must teach it to our children

Especially today

There are so many things that can trip us up.

Hate

Bigotry

Drugs

Alcohol

Depression

We have generations of people that’s to our slacking in the word of God they don’t believe or you haven’t sat down and asked them

Where are you in your Christian Life?

What do you believe?

Shocking you will find some not interested, doesn’t believe, or have never been taught the word of God.

Today we have to be diligent in teaching the word of God.

We have a generation today not all but a lot who know god ,don’t want to know god , they don’t know the word of god, don’t make time to learn and we have a Godless gap now by what we created.

We created and taught them to be anti god anti scripture we are setting them up for a life of turmoil.Because we didn’t teach them the word of God.

When we need to cover our children in the word of God is like a buffer of protection.

We teach them right from word, raise to be strong in Gods word.

call on God , read your Bible daily. If we don’t do this they won’t be able to determine right from wrong if we don’t teach them about God.

There are many things in this word that’s evil just waiting to grip our society.

I feel if we diligently teach about gods word they will be more grounded than if they never had been taught about God.

This way if they leave home they will covered and grounded to learn to stand on their faith vs looking for comfort elsewhere.

Parents grandparents must start stepping up.

Talk to your children – grandchildren everything that is true come from s God.

Things that are not biblical are not.

Start with genesis 1:1

We have a society that sadly is more interested in self gratification

You live your children

You buy them clothes -food -car

Do you love them enough to deal with them in their spiritual life?

You know

The creator of all things

Then talk about Jesus

How our sins are forgiven

Crucified Died and Risen

You know enough to get people saved. And to save their life.

But have you shared all this with our kids? Grandkids?

Start now

It’s a line of truth that should never be broken

Ask your child what they believe

If you don’t you not fulfilling the commandments set for you by god. And we are allowing our children to self destruct.

Psalm 78:4

Tell it like it is

Share gods word

God lives in us all and as a believer god will lead you.

Just open your Bible and see for yourself.

God leads me everyday to a verse to help me in my life.

Ask Hod to speak to you.

I promise you he will.

He will be clear

I learned the most going through pain, trouble, difficulty, hardships , loss and instead of turning to things I turned to the word of God.

Share what God has taught you. There are many around you tired depressed weary ready to give up.

Teach your children and grandchildren and teach others

It’s what God commanded.

If you need Jesus

Say

Jesus

I am a sinner and I have sinned I ask you to please come into my life , forgive me and teach me your word.

Once you say this you are forgiven

and get into the word of God , find a good bible based church.

May you all have a blessed day.

Psalm 25:4

Psalm 16:11

1 Peter 4:7

Mathew 6:33

James 1:5

Hames 4:7

Deuteronomy 31:8

Proverbs 3: 5-6

Galatians 5:21

1 Corinthians 5:11

Psalm 40: 1-3

Philippians. 4 :6

Psalm 34:4

2 Timothy 3:1-5