An Old T.V. Show And A Thought 3/10/19

Watching an old episode of the T.V. show ‘The Ghost and Mrs. Muir’ in which the son, Jonathan had won a writing contest. His piece being titled friends and patriots. After he wins, the Captain tells him that he missed a some facts so Jonathan rewrites his report. When he reads it publicly, the audience gets so upset that Jonathan does not get to finish reading. The arguments go from that he did not read his original paper, to that he is not american. No one listens to what he wrote in its’ entirety. Close minded and looking for something they disliked and disagreed with, they stopped listening.
This made me think. How many times do we tune out, and stop listening because something we are listening to or reading is not what we like or agree with. We do not finish listening or reading. We will even interrupt and be disruptive keeping others from hearing what is being said, or written.
I think we can sometimes treat our bibles in the same manner. We come across a passage that is unpleasant and I have been told that is no longer important because it is Old Testament and was done away with. The problem with that is Jesus is the Word and leaving any part out would be leaving a part of Him out. Many stay away from Revelation because they don’t think it pertains to them, and it is too scary. However it does begin with that it is a blessing.
We want to take the good parts and leave the painful parts out. We want beauty as we see it, and we refuse to listen to anything unpleasant or disagreeable. Yet if you read through the entire Bible from beginning to end you get the whole picture. A picture designed and created by The One True Loving and Living God, our Creator.
Right now we only know in part, and see in part, and look through a mirror dimly, but the day will come when will see and we will know. For now let us stop long enough to listen and not form any opinion until you have heard all that is being said, without verbal or mental interruption. Let us not add nor take away. Let us finish what has begun.

 

 

Questions for the day / February 26, 2019

Asking Questions You Have The Answer To.   

When you were a kid did you ever answer your parents not completely truthfully because you did not think they knew the answer? I am sure a lot of us did. Why would they ask us a question if they already knew the answer? That would be pointless, right?

This makes me think when Jesus asked Peter, “Do you love me?” He asked a second time, “Peter, do you love me?” I am sure Peter was confused and he answered yes both times. We know that Jesus knew the answer before He asked the question. So for whose benefit was the question? Sometimes the one asking the question is not looking for an answer but is trying to teach you something.

Teaching by asking a question makes you think about your answer and if you do not have an answer then you take time and put the effort into finding the answer. I will sometimes ask a question that I have my own answer, but I want to know what the other is thinking. I want their perspective and opinion. I have plenty of my own opinions and I have eyes that see good enough, but I like learning. I like seeing things through another’s eyes. How about you? Do you like learning and seeing new things? Then ask questions that you already have your own answers to. Some will give you the answers that agree with your own and others may give you a new way of seeing things. Asking questions helps us to get to know one another. There are things we will not know if we do not ask the question. So are there any questions you want to ask me?

Question for today / February 25, 2019

I know there are a lot of parents out there so you will understand this question, but you do not have to have kids to answer it.
Does it bother you when you ask your child a question and they ignore you, or their response is uhuh?
I know my parents really did not like it if I did not respond to their questions, It did not matter if I did not hear them or if I just wasn’t paying attention. If I was asked to do something, the correct response was, ‘Yes sir or yes mam’. Then I did what I was told to do even if it was said in the form of a question. If I was being asked a question that required more than a yes or no, I better have had a complete sentence to answer with, especially if it was my father asking the question.
I wonder how many of us answer God in the same way our children respond to us?
Do we not hear Him because we are to distracted?
Are just ignoring Him, in hopes He will ask someone else to do what He is asking?
Do we mumble or give short answers, then put off what we have been asked to do?
I am going to have to take a good long look at myself and answer these questions as well. So read this again later because you will see my answers after I have gone through a self check myself.

Thought for the day February 24, 2019 / All For One And One For All

All for one and one for all! A phrase you have heard, especially if you have ever read or seen any movie on the Three Musketeers. For what ever reason today the phrase came to me and made me think of Christ Jesus, God who is our Heavenly Father, and the Holy Spirit.

The three are one, all though they are separate beings. You cannot get to the Father except through the Son and vice versa. They are One. All for one is taking on a new way of seeing. For though they are all one and they are also one for all. Who is all? We are the all, for we are all of mankind.

God the Father did not send His Son to redeem men of one race or breeding, of one class, of one country, of even one religion. Jesus did not die for religious purposes. He died paying for the sins of every person who would ever live on this earth. Why because He loves us,and Our Father loves us. It was for love that He died. ‘For there is no greater love, than for one to lay down his life for another.

All you have to do to receive this gift is to receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior.  The Helper he sent was His Holy Spirit, and it is available to anyone who receives Jesus they have received His Spirit, and if you have received Jesus, you have received the Father. All for one and one for all.

In the story of the Musketeers, they made a choice to serve and fight for what they believed in. What do you believe?

Just a Thought.

Thoughts on short story series ‘Is it only in my mind?’

I am not sure how this story came to me, but I do believe it was inspired by the Spirit.  It makes no mention of Jesus, God or the Holy Spirit, but you can see them if you read carefully. The man who is speaking had a Jewish accent in my mind. The story is one that should hopefully get the reader to open up their mind and see not with human eyes but with spiritual ones. The second chapter is based on a dream that had tormented me when it first came to me when I was pregnant with my first child. Back then I thought it was a nightmare. It was so vivid, and repeated so many times that I hated to sleep. Afraid I would be taken back to it. It was not until years later that God had revealed to me that it was not to cause me fear but to show me that even though there are those who seek to harm me that I would not be destroyed. It was only recently that the revelation of what the fire circled around me meant. It is a hedge of protection that kept the enemy from taking my life. The story is for both believers and nonbelievers. A way to get past barriers that keep us from knowing Jesus. The man who is speaking can be called a teacher, a shepherd and a friend. Our battle is not one of flesh, but is spiritual. I hope this story has inspired you. I

Thought for the week Feb. 9, 2019

As we end another week, I am thinking about the weather here in Texas. We began the week with warm and sunny days. Temperatures even rose into the 80’s. Then winter temperatures returned down to the 20’s. So sitting here bundled up, bone chilling cold. I think about what scriptures that speak about being double minded, and how easy it is for us to be tossed about by waves. The weather here cannot seem to make up its’ mind and neither do we. How many of us agree with things that we know to be wrong to keep the peace. Are we afraid of being judged a hypocrite, or that we are speaking in hate if we call a sin , what it is, sin? Do we tolerate idols because they have been a part of our traditions and have been given christian names? Do we want only to hear words that please our ears and turn from harsh words of truth?

A couple of months ago God had told me the Body is out of alignment with His Word and Way. The body being the church, this being every believer no matter your denomination. He did not say that we are not believers and we are still His, but we have compromised His truth, His Word, giving only half of what He has given to us. To afraid to offend or be judged as being hateful. We tolerate sin afraid to speak correction, saying we are forgiven. Forgetting that to receive forgiveness we first must repent , acknowledging our sin. We know the name of Jesus, we believe He sacrificed His life to pay for our sins and that He rose from the grave, conquering death, giving us the keys to life. We go to church read the Bible, but for too many it stops there. We continue to live our lives to please ourselves and not God. Then there are those of us who know the truth and live it but we do not speak out when we see wrongs committed we are lacking in our responsibility.  We love God but not as He loves us. We love as the world loves. Tossed about by waves of compromise and opinions. Unstable in all we do.

We need to get out of that boat and be firmly planted upon the Rock of Truth. We need to make some changes. Our lives should reflect the love of Christ in every area of our life, not just when we gather in buildings we call church, but be the Church. Love the sinner but teach them to turn from sinful ways. Rid ourselves of idols and compromise. Live in His Truth, His Way, and His Love. Get aligned with Him, a body that is perfectly aligned functions at its’ best.

 

January 19, 2019 Starting off the year right.

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Art by Julie Sheppard

Hello Everyone!

I am sorry that I have not written anything for a while now. This last year has definitely been busy and a lot has happened. I have also learned a lot. I started working on’Right Relations’, last year and it does not feel like I have gotten very much accomplished on this project, but it has given me time to reflect on the relationships I have had and the testimonies of how each of the relationships had effected me and my relationship with Jesus, and even my current relationships(none that are romantic). I am praying to share my insights through out this year and possibly help or give hope to at least one person.

This year has started off well. I was able to share my testimony on my last suicide attempt which I have shared here, ‘Testimony, I gave up on life and survived’. Even though I had posted this a few years back I had not publicly shared it, with those who knew me or went to church with. I am grateful I did though because since I gave shared that part of my testimony, I have had people talk to me and share about themselves and how my testimony did help them. I have many chapters in my life and many testimonies of the things God has done for me through some very dark periods of my life, and I have written some down and shared them here. I guess it is coming to the time to share them in person.

All of you reading this have testimonies. You are alive and lived through so many different things, some good, some bad, and some tragic. You have a story to share. I encourage you to so so. Share your testimony, break it down into chapters so you do not become overwhelmed. In Revelation 12, you will read …10 And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying: “Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of His Christ. For the accuser of our brothers has been thrown down—he who accuses them day and night before our God. 11 They have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; and they did not love their lives so as to shy away from death. 12 Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell in them! But woe to the earth and the sea; with great fury the devil has come down to you, knowing he has only a short time.”…

Life shared is life given, and that is what you give when you give your testimony. I know how afraid you can be when thinking of sharing yourself with another, and how even writing your testimony can be a draining experience. Pouring yourself out, exposing yourself, and knowing that once it is out there you can’t take it back. Then fear of judgement and rejection begin to work on our thoughts. Afraid that if they learn who we truly are and what we had done in the past they would no longer love or want us in their life. One word of encouragement is, ‘god knows you, and He knows everything you have ever done and He still loves you!’ Proof is in that He loved you so very much that He sent Jesus, His Son to die for you. So that you can live. Yes some may criticize or even condemn us when we open up and let His light into the dark areas of our lives, but His light overcomes the darkness. His love never fails, and He will never abandon you.

So it is now your turn, speak up and share what He has done in your life, and reach out to someone you do not even know that is hurting and give them hope.

P.S. I have not stopped working on Right Relations and I am still looking for testimonies on relationships, both good and bad, that I may include in this work. If you feel led to share with me please leave me a comment and I will give you my contact information. I also would like to tell you anything you share with me if used can be kept anonymous.

Thank you and God bless