God’s Camouflage Saturday, Mar 25 2017 

On occasion I like to write about God’s actions in my life. Well, yesterday and the day before he showed up big time. You know those word puzzles where if you look at the words one way they say one thing but if you look at them another way they something else? It is a way to hide something in plain sight. It’s like when Jesus taught his disciples using parables. Everyone could hear the words he was saying but not everyone really heard what he was saying. The meaning behind his words was lost to them because of their perspective.

In the book of Proverbs chapter 25 it says: It is the glory of God to conceal a matter;
    to search out a matter is the glory of kings.
As the heavens are high and the earth is deep,
    so the hearts of kings are unsearchable.

Remove the dross from the silver,
    and a silversmith can produce a vessel;
remove wicked officials from the king’s presence,
    and his throne will be established through righteousness.

Yesterday, when I went to get my mail, I came upon a small white feather. It was all fluffy and light. I picked it up and took it as a sign that He was with me. Then in the mail there was a check from the imaging company that had done my mammogram last summer for hundreds of dollars. That is when I remembered the day before the cellular telephone company I use returned the payment I had made this month into my checking account. Combined the total was over $500.

Most people would write this off as a coincidence. But God knows our every need. God is a God of details. I choose to believe that He is my Jehovah Jireh. He takes great joy in being my provider, my king. He does the same for my city, my state, and my nation. His throne will be established through righteousness.

The meaning of the parable is this: Telephones represent communication. Mammograms represent health care. God is at work with congress to lower the cost of health care. For many people when they pulled the health care bill it was devastating for others it was a good thing. I choose to believe the word that says, “As the heavens are high and the earth is deep, so the hearts of kings are unsearchable.” And “remove wicked officials from the king’s presence, and his throne will be established through righteousness.” And “remove the dross from the silver and the silversmith can produce a vessel.” I choose to believe that God’s hand is draining the swamp.

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God’s Balance Monday, Dec 26 2016 

God’s Balance

Psalm 103: 14 for he knows how we are formed,
    he remembers that we are dust.

It is a wise man who learns that the foundation of life is love. Without knowledge; there can be no joy. Our faith yields a bountiful crop of peace. Healing comes through patience. The most miraculous power on earth is kindness. Prophecy is the cornerstone of goodness. Faithfulness brings the gift of distinguishing of spirits. Speaking in tongues is the epitome of gentleness and their interpretations are brought through self-control.

Psalm 103: 19 The Lord has established his throne in heaven,
    and his kingdom rules over all.

For every fruit of the Spirit there is a gift. God is the ruler of them all. He distributes them as he wills.

You have heard of the “balance of nature” and how delicate it is on earth. With God, that balance expands to the bounds of heaven.

Isaiah 40:The grass withers and the flowers fall,
    but the word of our God endures forever.”

Isaiah 40: 11 He tends his flock like a shepherd:
He gathers the lambs in his arms
and carries them close to his heart;
he gently leads those that have young.

12 Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand,
or with the breadth of his hand marked off the heavens?
Who has held the dust of the earth in a basket,
or weighed the mountains on the scales
and the hills in a balance?
13 Who can fathom the Spirit[d] of the Lord,
or instruct the
Lord as his counselor?
14 Whom did the Lord consult to enlighten him,
and who taught him the right way?
Who was it that taught him knowledge,
or showed him the path of understanding?

If you are always thinking you need to put your own finger on the scale then you’ll never receive God’s best for you.

Strength of God Tuesday, Nov 29 2016 

Strength

1 Chronicles 16:11 Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always.

1 Chronicles 16:27 Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and joy are in his dwelling place.

1 Chronicles 16:28 Ascribe to the Lord, all you families of nations, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.

1 Chronicles 29:12 Wealth and honor come from you; you are the ruler of all things. In your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all.

2 Chronicles 16:9 For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.

Nehemiah 1:10 “They are your servants and your people, whom you redeemed by your great strength and your mighty hand.”

Psalm 18:32 It is God who arms me with strength and keeps my way secure.

Psalm 29:11 The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace.

Psalm 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.

Psalm 59:9 You are my strength, I watch for you; you, God, are my fortress,

Psalm 59:16 But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble.

Psalm 68:35 You, God, are awesome in your sanctuary; the God of Israel gives power and strength to his people. Praise be to God!

Psalm 84:7 They go from strength to strength, till each appears before God in Zion.

Isaiah 12:2 “Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord, the Lord himself, is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation.”

Isaiah 33:2 Lord, be gracious to us; we long for you. Be our strength every morning, our salvation in time of distress.

Isaiah 40:29 He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.

Isaiah 40:31 but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

Isaiah 41:10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Isaiah 45:5 I am the Lord, and there is no other; apart from me there is no God. I will strengthen you, though you have not acknowledged me,

Isaiah 58:11 The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.

Thankfulness Prayer Friday, Oct 28 2016 

LORD, you know that all I pray today is in the name of Jesus Christ my LORD and Savior.

Thank you that I:

  1. was able to get out of bed this morning without assistance.
  2. could go to the bathroom by myself.
  3. have hot and cold running water.
  4. have dishes to do.
  5. have lights that come on when I flip the switch.
  6. have plenty of food in my pantry.
  7. have a roof over my head.
  8. have shoes and clothes.
  9. have pots, pans, and utensils to cook.
  10. have books to read including my bible.
  11. was born in the United States of America.
  12. can attend the church of my choice.
  13. am free to worship you, LORD.

Dragon Envy Tuesday, Jan 7 2014 

With all the talk about the Hobbit movie, I thought it might be good to talk about how God has created us uniquely. We might think we want to look like some Hollywood star or Paris model but….really? Each of us can feel honored to hold the place God has made just for us.
Some are tall or perhaps you might be blessed to be short like me (4’8″). Some have blue eyes and some brown. And God even saw fit to throw in a few green eyed (monsters). JK.

No matter how hard I try, I just won’t look like someone else. I’m me. Unique.

In our never ending endeavor to improve on what God has given us, let’s not take our eyes off of the prize. The ultimate goal here is health. Healthy living is a choice we each make. We can’t choose our parents so healthy for us may not be “healthy” for someone else. We need to work within the confines of our heredity. 

It’s ok to have health goals. It’s ok to want to look better and feel better. 

Just remember the old saying, “Does the pot say to the potter, “Why have you made me like this?””