Monday, April 7, 2014

How to Handle Your Sin

With two different messages, Kevin DeYoung, April 4, 2014, teaches us how to handle our sins in the Biblical way.  An excellent post!

You may have already learned this lesson, or maybe you need a refresher course, or you will certainly be able to come alongside someone you know with this advice.

You will be blessed by:

What do you do with your sin? 

Do you want true, lasting comfort for your body and your soul? 

Do you need what you can’t supply? 

Are too lost to find yourself? 

Do you want to cope or do you want to be saved? 

Included are important Biblical thoughts:

“I am not my own.
 
I was bought with a price.
 
I am not in charge.
 
I am not the purpose of my life.
 
I will not find the “true” me. 

I cannot create a better me. 

I need a new me.” 

Kevin DeYoung's post is short and to the point. I will definitely be carrying a reference copy of it with me for any future encounters with people.

The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: A broken and contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.
Psalm 51:17




Sunday, April 6, 2014

The Lord God is my Deliverer!


“ Blessed be the Lord, 
who daily bears our burden, 
the God who is our salvation.  
God is to us a God of deliverances;  
And to YHWH the Lord
belong escapes from death."
Psalm 68:19-20

Monday, March 31, 2014

You're Always a role model to somebody #9


Psalm 34:1-7
I will bless the Lord at all times;
His praise shall continually be in my mouth.

My soul will make its boast in the Lord;
The humble will hear it and rejoice.

magnify the Lord with me,
And let us exalt His name together.
sought the Lord, and He answered me,
And delivered me from all my fears.

They looked to Him and were radiant,
And their faces will never be ashamed.

This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him
And saved him out of all his troubles.

The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him,
And rescues them.


Thursday, March 27, 2014

You need that Christian mind-filling mediation!

Got Grumpiness?

Here is a sure fire way to begin to deal with this sin.  

Head over to How to Beat That Bad Mood, by Tim Challies and get ready to be inspired by the word of God and control your grumpiness like never before.

Here is a taste:

Go to the Gospel

If there is ever a time to preach the gospel to yourself, this is it. Reminding yourself of the gospel is the ultimate reality check. Reminding yourself of the gospel, and allowing those truths to cross your mind and heart, is reminding yourself of the deepest realities of the universe. You will remind yourself that you are a sinful person who deserves God’s wrath, that God himself entered this world as a man, that he bore all your sin and condemnation, that he suffered the wrath of God on your account, that he died the death you deserve, that he rose in triumph, and that all of his righteousness has been given to you. Some people say that when you’re grumpy you ought to meditate. They’re exactly right, except that instead of that Eastern mind-emptying meditation, you need that Christian mind-filling meditation, where you deliberately fill your mind with the truth of the gospel.....

Sunday, March 23, 2014

I'm alone, yet not alone

I'm alone, yet not alone. 
God's the light that will guide me home. 
With His love and tenderness, 
Leading through the wilderness, 
And wherever I may roam, 
I'm alone, yet not alone. 

I will not be bent in fear. 
He's the refuge I know is near. 
In His strength I find my own. 
By His faithful mercies shown. 
That so mighty is His shield 
All His love is now revealed. 

When my steps are lost. 
And desperate for a guide, 
I can feel his touch, 
A soothing presence by my side. 

Alone, yet not alone. 
Not forsaken when on my own. 
I can lean upon His arm, 
And be lifted up from harm. 
If I stumble, or if I'm thrown, 
I'm alone, yet not alone. 

When my steps are lost. 
And desperate for a guide, 
I can feel his touch, 
A soothing presence by my side. 

By my side! 

He has bound me with His love, 
Watchful angels look from above. 
Every evil can be braved, 
For I know I will be saved. 
Never frightened on my own, 
I'm alone, yet not alone. 

I'm alone, yet not alone.


Joni

Sunday, March 16, 2014

If you only tell him


Tell Him So

If you hear a kind word spoken
Of some worthy soul you know,
It may fill his heart with sunshine
If you only tell him so.

If a deed, however humble,
Helps you on your way to go,
Seek the one whose hand has helped you,
Seek him out and tell him so!

If your heart is touched and tender
Toward a sinner, lost and low,
It might help him to do better
If you’d only tell him so!

Oh, my sisters, oh, my brothers,
As o’er life’s rough path you go,
If God’s love has saved and kept you,
Do not fail to tell men so!


Unknown.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

As Christians are we not to think?











Calvin and Hobbs by
Watterson

Isaiah 1:18-20
“Come now, and let us reason together,”
Says the Lord,


“Though your sins are as scarlet,
They will be as white as snow;
Though they are red like crimson,
They will be like wool.
“If you consent and obey,
You will eat the best of the land;
“But if you refuse and rebel,
You will be devoured by the sword.”
Truly, the mouth of the Lord has spoken.


As we read the Bible we can ascertain that the LORD desires us to logically use our minds, to discern what is right and what is wrong; we are to think on things even if they are time-consuming or disturbing so that we will be able to make right choices and to encourage others towards God's truth.

Sadly, many Christians tend to not know what is really happening.  It bothers them to have to think on hard issues. They seem to only want to think happy things.  This can only lead them and others down wrong paths and untruths which are slippery slopes into deceptions.  

Is it wrong to want to think happy things? 

I would love to just think happy things! Hmmmm...what would those days be like??!!   

But real life is full of tough issues, and the unsaved world, and non-descerning Christians continually put out falsehoods.  Although my life is full of happiness, it is surrounded by discernment issues.  If we live in a pretend world of our own making to only be "happy", how can we truly be happy if we are following after Biblical falsehoods?

See: Two "Son of God" movie reviews.

So as I choose to live in the LORD's joy, where I am happy, I must keep my "Biblical Glasses" on 24/7 to continue on His narrow path of truth.  Hope to see you there!

Monday, February 3, 2014

Do not lose heart!

The Loom of Time

Man’s life is laid in the loom of time
To a pattern he does not see,
While the weaves work and the shuttles fly
Till the dawn of eternity.

Some shuttles are filled with silver threads
And some with threads of gold,
While often but the darker hues
Are all that they may hold.

But the weaver watches with skillful eye
Each shuttle fly to and fro,
And sees the pattern so deftly wrought
As the loom moves sure and slow.

God surely planned the pattern:
Each thread, the dark and fair,
Is chosen by His master skill
And placed in the web with care.

He only knows its beauty,
And guides the shuttles which hold
The threads so unattractive,
As well as the threads of gold.

Not till each loom is silent,
And the shuttles cease to fly,
Shall God reveal the pattern
And explain the reason why.

The dark threads were as needful
In the weaver’s skillful hand
As the threads of gold and silver
For the pattern which He planned.

Unknown

Page 79, The Best Loved Poems of the American People

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Gentle ladies...do not lose heart.  The LORD is working.  He is working in other people's lives, and if you allow it, He is working in your life.  

You are only in charge of your job which is obeying the LORD. If you walk rightly in Him and do next things for Him, even in your heart aches, then you are doing your job.  He requires you to obey and live for Him in this moment.  Keep your eyes on Him now and do not fret about tomorrow, but live today for Him.  When tomorrow comes it will be "today" again for you to live in the moment for Him.

You may think that there is no way your situation can be changed to the good.  God is an expert at changing things around.  He works in individuals every moment of every day.  Rarely do we see our own scenarios played out...but our true desire should be for the LORD's plan.  His plans are the best.

Let us all continue to pray for His plans to play out in our lives and those people we love, while we live in the moment, day by day, for Him.

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Therefore, 
we do not lose heart,
but though our outer man 
is decaying,
yet our inner man 
is being renewed day by day.
For our momentary, light affliction 
is producing for us
and eternal weight of glory
far beyond all comparison,
while we look 
not at the things which are seen,
but at the things which are unseen;
for the things 
which are seen are temporal,
but the things 
which are not seen 
are eternal.

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2 Corinthians 4:16-18
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You're Always a role model to somebody #8

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Beloved, 
I pray that in all respects 
you may prosper and be in good health, 
just as your soul prospers. 
For I was very glad 
when brethren came 
and testified to your truth, 
that is, how you are walking in truth.  
I have no greater joy than this, 
to hear of my children walking in the truth.
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3 John 1:2-4
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Saturday, January 25, 2014

It is time to change---so get a transfer!

Get a Transfer

If you are on the Gloomy Line,
Get a transfer.
If you're inclined to fret and pine,
Get a transfer.
Get off the track of doubt and gloom,
Get on the Sunshine Track - there's room ~~~
Get a transfer.

If you're on the Worry Train,
Get a transfer.
You must not stay there and complain,
Get a transfer.
The Cheerful Cars are passing through,
And there's lots of room for you ~~~
Get a transfer.

If you're on the Grouchy Track, 
Get a transfer.
Just take a Happy Special back,
Get a transfer.
Jump on the train and pull the rope,
That lands you at the station Hope ~~~
Get a transfer.
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Unknown

Page 93, The Best Loved Poems of the American People.

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"So, as those who have been chosen of God, 
holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, 
kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; 
bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, 
whoever has a complaint against anyone; 
just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. 

Beyond all these things put on love, which is 
the perfect bond of unity.

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, 
to which indeed you were called in one body; 
and be thankful. 

Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, 
with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another 
with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, 
singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 

Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name 
of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him 
to God the Father."
Colossians 3:12-17


Thursday, January 23, 2014

You are always a role model to somebody #7


You have made known to me the path of life; 
 You will fill me with joy in Your presence, 
with eternal pleasures at your right hand.
Psalm 16:11


...The Joy of the LORD is my Strength
Nehemiah 8:10
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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

I shall not pass this way again

Through this toilsome world alas!

Once and only once I pass;

If kindness I may show,

If a good deed I may do

To a suffering fellow man,

Let me do it while I can.

No delay, for it is plain

I shall not pass this way again.
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Author unknown,
page 76,
The Best Loved Poems
of the American People

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Today, significantly, I was told by a precious friend how she was politely mocked by a fellow Christian ~  although the word "mocked" is too harsh.  

My friend, a gregarious, compassionate sister in the LORD, shared this recent encounter which greatly disturbed me.  Even so, the LORD lifted her head in the hurtful words spoken to her, and she was made stronger in Him to carry on her selfless, loving ways for Him.

The Christian community is populated by sinners saved by the grace of God.  Still, we continue to sin and one way we readily sin is with our tongues.  Thoughtless words which do not need to be said.  Much of our sinful tongue wagging can be from not  understanding who we are in relation to each other.  We are all of the Body and each one of us has a position in it.  I may be a "toe" and do not understand the position of the "elbow", none the less, both are important to the Body.

Compassionate, caring, comforting, loving, merciful, understanding, grace-filled Christians have a position in His kingdom and it is an honor to serve the LORD in this lacking, well-needed, demanding vocation.  

The LORD gives us one life.  We only pass through it once and so whatever your vocation is in the LORD, do it lovingly and heartily for Him!  Praise the LORD!

Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the LORD rather than for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve.
Colossians 3:23-24




Saturday, January 18, 2014

You're Always a role model to somebody #6




















"I will not look with approval
on anything that is vile.
I hate what faithless people do;
I will have no part of it."
Psalm 101:3



Thanks to Cherry for the reminder


Red Geraniums



















Life did not bring me silken gowns,

Nor jewels for my hair,

Nor signs of gabled foreign towns

In distant countries fair,

But I can glimpse, beyond my pane, a green and friendly hill,

And red geraniums aflame upon my window sill.



The brambled cares of everyday,

The tiny humdrum things,

May bind my feet when they would stray,

But still my heart has wings

While red geraniums are bloomed against my window glass,

And low above my green-sweet hill the gypsy wind-clouds pass.



And if my dreamings ne’er come true,

The brightest and the best,

But leave me lone my journey through,

I’ll set my heart at rest,

And thank God for home-sweet things, a green and friendly hill,

And red geraniums aflame upon my window sill.

Martha Haskell Clark

Page 75, The Best Loved Poems of the American People





Thankfulness


Friday, January 17, 2014

Still praising the LORD!

Years ago I was with a dear, older friend. She was a wife, mother, grandmother, homemaker, job outside of home, now retired, and full time homemaker again.  She had seen it all.  

On this day I was explaining how I was the type of person who liked to have all my “ducks in a row”.  As soon as I said this she began to hoot and holler with laughter!

She said, “Well, honey, have you ever seen a momma duck with all her babies?  They don’t stay very long in a row without Momma having to track them down again!”

That was the day where a bit of reality set in and I have rarely expected to have any of my “ducks in a row” all the time.  It is okay to have things "outside the lines".

Today was one of those days where my ducks were all over the place.  It was a day of catching up, where I thought I would also have time to do other things besides the normal.  

Early this morning, though, I dropped a container of bird seed in my laundry room and out into the hall.  The thistle seed cascaded through every shelf and any carpet within eye sight.  At every area where I was cleaning it up I would discover the seed went even farther than I would ever have thought.

As things turned out I discovered a leak with our washing machine, which led to pulling that machine out, cleaning the disaster underneath and then deciding to finish by also cleaning under the dryer.  Now the repairman will come next week so most of the laundry room stuff is stashed in the kitchen.  My ducks are certainly NOT in a row, but this is okay.  I am thankful the laundry room is cleaned, the leak was discovered before any damage to the house, and the birds were still fed. 

Praising the LORD!

I love the LORD, because He hears my voice and my supplications.  Because He has inclined His ear to me, therefore, I shall call upon Him as long as I live.
Psalm 116:1-2

All my Ducks in a Row

I have heard this saying my whole life, 

"I want my ducks in a row."






















So how difficult is this to do?


















Seems so easy!


















Until real life sets in!






















And then, as time goes by,  we think we can control life again!




Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Prescription for Weariness

As I read Joni for today on my email I completely understood.  How often I am overwhelmed as I live for the LORD.  There is never enough time in the day, in the week, in the month for those I can reach out to and encourage in some way.  I am weary so much of the time.  Soon enough I remember to cast my anxiety on Him.  What a difference my life is when I keep my eyes on Him!

Enjoy Joni:

"Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you."
1 Peter 5:7

That verse kept echoing in my mind as I powered my wheelchair through the group of disabled residents in a home for people with cerebral palsy. I clunked wheels with a boy in a bulky, oversized chair while trying to listen to a mentally handicapped girl explain her testimony. Another patient was leaning against the wall, whining to go back to his room.

A nurse wanted me to come and talk to a quadriplegic who was confined to his dormitory. I smiled, nodding at the nurse, and tried to keep my focus on the girl's testimony. It was useless. The nagging whine of the man against the wall shattered what little concentration I had left.

I was far from home and slightly irritated that my sponsors had overloaded my schedule. I had been up all day touring and talking at a rehab center, leading a disability workshop with pastors, and now I was bone-tired. I wanted to scrap the evening, head out the door, and get back to the hotel before they closed the restaurant.

I had to stop. I had to remember that Jesus was with me, moving ahead of my wheelchair, and delighting in the smiles of the faces of each disabled resident. In the midst of the clamor, I discovered His voice, whispering, "Come to me, Joni, you are weary and burdened. Let me give you rest." I paused and prayed silently, asking God to give me His rest. First Peter 5:7 was all the reminder I needed.
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When weariness or anxiety threatens to over take you, place your cares in the arms of Jesus. First Peter 5:7 was a simple prescription for weariness penned almost twenty centuries ago, and no one has improved on it since!


Thank You, Lord, for carrying my cares today!

Blessings,

Joni and Friends

January 15, from Diamonds in the Dust, 1993



Sweet Peril


Alas, how easily things go wrong! 

A sigh too much, or a kiss too long,

And there follows a mist and a weeping rain,

And life is never the same again.



Alas, how hardly things go right!

'Tis hard to watch in a summer night,

For the sigh will come, and the kiss will stay,

And the summer night is a wintry day.



And yet how easily things go right,

If the sigh and the kiss of a summer's night

Come deep from the soul in the stronger ray

That is born in the light of the winter's day.



And things can never go badly wrong

If the heart be true and the love be strong,

For the mist, if it comes, and the weeping rain

Will be changed by the love into sunshine again.
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George MacDonald


Best Loved Poems of the American People, page 60.
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