One Month Later…

The Lord will bear us up but we must put ourselves in His hands!

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On the evening of April 21st, my wife’s oldest sister passed away after a long battle with cancer.  Later that night I had what we think was a bad reaction to prescribed medication and I blanked out at the wheel and totaled my car.  My airbag didn’t deploy, so I face-planted into the steering wheel and ended up with two very large black eyes, two completely bruised arms, bruised ribs and a wrenched back.  While never losing consciousness, I couldn’t recognize my wife at the hospital.  I somehow lost 3+ days from my memory.  A few days later, our very affectionate 19 year-old cat had to be put to sleep.  And then my family doctor told me I needed to lose 90 pounds.  I was on the verge of a serious personal pity party.

         

You’ve all had times like this, where it seems that everything that could go wrong did go wrong. …

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Are You Hungry?

I am hungry!

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As the days draw closer to His return I find I want to be even closer to my Father in heaven.  Oh, I know I am close now but I feel like I just can’t get close enough.  I have this burning desire in my heart for more knowledge of His word and more of His presence.

Have you ever asked for something you really wanted and when you got it you found it only left you wanting more?  Well, that is exactly how I feel about our Lord.  I asked and prayed for a closer walk and an unquenchable thirst for Him and He definitely answered my prayers, Praise God!  The more I learn about Him the more I find I don’t know nearly enough about Him.

My question is does anyone get close enough, I mean really close enough?  Is that even possible?  The only way I can explain the desire…

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Time To Fight!

Therefore do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised. For, “Yet a little while, and the coming one will come and will not delay; but my righteous one shall live by faith, and if he shrinks back, my soul has no pleasure in him.” But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who have faith and preserve their souls. (Hebrews 10:35-39 ESV)

 

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Dear friend, now is not the time to throw in the towel! You may feel like you are running blind but that doesn’t mean you’ve lost; It just  means you can’t see how close the finish line is.

I am watching as the enemy of our souls is stirring up much contention within and against the church and her saints; But I know he is only doing it because we are near to a breakthrough. Victory only comes through warfare and miracles only take place when all possible solutions  have failed; So if your situation looks like either of those two paradigms look up and your redemption will draw near!

We Are Not Done Yet!

To all those weary souls out there who think they have no fight left in them Jesus says, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Ma 11:28-30

Rest can only be found in the arms of Jesus, nowhere else. It’s time to take Jesus up on His invitation. Come away from the world through quiet prayer and solitude and you will be healed.

 

 

 

Heaven Pt. 148: We Win!

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The poor will see and be glad—

you who seek God, may your hearts live!

33The Lord hears the needy

and does not despise his captive people.

34Let heaven and earth praise him,

the seas and all that move in them,

35for God will save Zion

and rebuild the cities of Judah.

Then people will settle there and possess it;

36the children of his servants will inherit it,

and those who love his name will dwell there. Psm 69:32-36

When I set out to do a biblical word study concerning  Heaven (The Heaven Posts)  I really didn’t know how many places the word itself would take me. But we certainly have been round about all sorts of spiritual topics haven’t we?

Today for instance we are talking about disabled ability.

Over the course of thirty something years of Christianity I have come to know myself as a weak man. I know my faults, failures and limitations better than anyone. I count myself among the poor, the needy and the helpless …more now than I did when I first accepted Christ, but I also count myself among the provided for, the able and the helped as well.

In myself I can do nothing. At least so Jesus tells me in John 15. But in Him, with Him, by Him Oh now that’s a different story!

You see “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!” Phil. 4 .

I am ” made more than a conqueror through Christ!” Rom. 8 .

And so “forgetting what is behind I press onward toward the high calling of Christ!” Phil 3

Christian you are probably standing in a position right now that looks entirely impossible. Truth be told it probably is or it would be if you had to deal with the situation in your own power or strength; BUT YOU DON’T!!! We believers never go anywhere alone. Christ comes with us; So begin acting on that truth and involve Him in your situation. God will save you like He will save Zion! Praise His name because in the end we win!

 

 

Christianity & Islam- Portraits of Extremists

I loved the comments on Christian extremists in this article.

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Well, since I have taken on the gay marriage crowd, tremendously effectively I might add, I thought, “Boy howdy, I love to be maligned and to suffer. What other topic am I supposed to have only the politically correct opinion of?”

Islam.

I should have a go at The Religion of Peace.

My daughter came home from church Sunday telling me that we must pray for a woman named Meriam who lives in Africa and who is going to be murdered because she is a Christian.  Of course, I already knew about Mrs. Ibrahim from the Facebook frenzy that her death sentence created.   This courageous woman, who was raised a Christian, who IS a Christian, is apparently considered “Muslim” according to the Koran. When your dead-beat father abandons you and happens to be Muslim, so are you. Mrs. Ibrahim is guilty of “adultery” because she married an American man.  So, eight months pregnant…

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The First Mowing

 

 

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my pseudo-elizabethan garden

I finished my first mowing of the spring season the other day. I am very happy that the green grass is back and growing!

The hard thing about the first mowing is figuring out just how to go about it. After the long winter, the guidelines that were well-worn into the grass by the end of summer are all gone. It is like starting from scratch.

Life can be kind of like the first mowing can’t it? I mean, one minute everything is going along at its pretty pace and then suddenly a winter of an interruption moves into place and before you know it all your neatly organized systems of living, all your patterns, your regimens are broken.

In the middle of the interruptions we keep wishing for things to get back to normal.

The child is sick and we say “When the sickness is over and he’s well again we’ll get things back to normal.”

In the midst of the bankruptcy we keep reminding ourselves “It will all be back to normal soon.”

But when all is said and done and the chilly trial is coming to its glad conclusion what I have discovered is that what I once considered normal has disappeared. The lines of normal which once seemed so clearly etched into the lawn of my life have up and gone. It seems that just when I am all set for normal to return what was normal has ceased to exist.

As I started up my mower the other day I quickly realized my dilemma. I couldn’t see the old lines I used to follow and I had forgotten where they were. You would think after a hundred times mowing the lawn it would be simple to just pick up where I’d left off, but something had changed over the winter. I burned some brush opening new areas of lawn. The snow plows had chopped up another section. A branch fell here. Some new seedlings I wanted to keep had sprouted in odd locations there. My old methods didn’t fit anymore.

Maybe you have been through a trial. Maybe life has changed unexpectedly and now you are finding what used to be normal no longer fits. What’s a body to do?

1. Let go of old patterns that no longer fit. Nothing stays the same forever except God. Come to it that He is the only One who is the same yesterday, today and forever.

2. Embrace the opportunity to try something new. What was normal no longer is but God can bless the new patterns of your life as much as He blessed the last maybe even more so.

3. Give yourself a break as you begin to change. As I was mowing the new pattern into my lawn I realized that some of the new things I was trying to get the lawn done were not working or looking so good. That’s OK. It is only the first mowing. I have a whole summer ahead to get it right and so do you!