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Simple Question.

When is a simple question not a simple question?

It was our second Sunday back in “Real” church.

Livestream church and YouTube church are still available for those who aren’t ready yet to mingle; my husband and I have been ready for weeks!

Welcome!

I often take notes during church.

My brain is such that the very minute I think “I know I won’t forget that!”, then I better write it down right away.

I want to share a few notes here with you.

Incomplete sentences, but very complete thoughts.

If you would care to share in the comments, I would love to see if how these fragments sit with you.

  • What’s the (my) problem?
  • Am I willing to put His answer into practice?
  • Pharisees = Religious Police.
  • Jesus WAS old school, a traditionalist.
  • Uncleanness comes from the heart.

I’m still toying with my answers.

As I’ve said here many times, growth is an “Inside job”.

So, inside I go.

Until next time …

Friday Favorites

I can safely say that one of my favorite blogs is written by this gal.

She is both a really good thinker, AND, my daughter.

She grew up being taught not what to think, but how to think.

Gives me heartburn sometimes these days, because we don’t always agree.

But now, she is re-teaching me the same lessons, and more.

The difference is, now we’re both grown up.

Speaking of grown up – in this photo she is with my original grandson, who is now, grown up too.

Quite capable of thinking for himself.

I was reading through her blog, making sure I didn’t miss a thing, and I re-read her blog post written at graduation time last year.

The advice she gives is good for us all.

Now during this time of world wide fear and unrest, it’s seems appropriate too revisit some of the advice that she shared.

I hope that you can gain some insight from this post just like I did.

(Again)

The link is under the photo.

Enjoy.

Until next time …

Rocking Chairs and Tornadoes (Revisited)

 

With all the news as of late about natural disasters, it is really difficult to

“Be not afraid.” or “Fear not.”

Some events in our lives may make us feel like we are in those disasters, even though physically, we may not be.

Today things are so different than this original post. Coronavirus – COVID19

You know what I mean don’t you?

Are there things going on in your life that have the potential to

strike sorrow and fear into you?

Peaceful protest turning in violent demonstrations.

If we compared these disasters, what would we find they have in common?

 I never gave this question much thought until I heard Nate Berkus recount his experience  of being swept away in a tsunami.                       

In the water with him were telephone poles, barbed wire, parts of trees and people’s homes …. and people.                                                   

All these things were swirling around him and beating his body, all the while he was fighting for his very life.

Natural disasters are on the rise.

Is that how you feel right now?

 

        Is the debris of your life beating you while you are struggling to keep your head above it all?

Are sorrow and fear and loss threatening to engulf you?

Do your circumstances feel like they are beating the life out of you?

We are all in the same storm, but we are not all in the same boat.

Your boat experience is likely very different than mine.

   But consider this picture.

 

Your life is the tornado.

Debris is flying everywhere and the mayhem of it all is causing you mass confusion.

You are swirling around with this mess and there is no exit.

This is not too much of a stretch, if you are like many of the people you know.

The fact is, you may recognize some of those folks in the havoc, right along with you!

 Now push the pause button, and consider a different picture.

The pause button has been pushed now for a couple of months.

What will we do with what we’ve learned during that time of pause?

                      The tornado is still there.

The debris is still flying and the mayhem is still circling you.

HOWEVER

Can you picture yourself here in this next scenario?

 The difference is that YOU aren’t anywhere to be found in the mass confusion.

YOU are firmly planted in the middle of the eye of that storm.

YOU are seated in a rocking chair.

What does that mean?????

Firmly seated in a rocking chair, in the eye of the storm?

 The peace of your Father God is planted deeply in your heart.

A peaceful pause if you will.

 YOUR heart is full of the knowledge that He is aware and in total control.

To be sure, there still may be sorrow and loss, but YOU do not have to live with fear.

 

How do I know this?

First off, I’ve had my fair share of living in fear. 

Secondly, the Word of God plainly states that if you know Him.

If you receive what His Son Jesus did for you on the cross, then you need not be afraid.

(If you do not have the assurance of Jesus’ saving grace, then please visit the “Rescue” page on this blog.)

I believe the word of God to be true. 

Every word.

So when He says not to be afraid (found over 80 times) in the Bible,

I choose to obey.

Notice I said “choose”; Being afraid is not a sin.  

What you do with it could be.

You get to make that choice.

The only thing you are to fear is God.

That is a different fear.

Not spooky, creepy fear,

but a fear that is defined as being in awe of Him.

 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. Romans 15:13

Here’s the ask.  For today. 

Use the following verses in your circumstances.  Today.

We can truly only do it for today.

Choose to let God be in control of your chaos.  Today.

Choose to sit in that rocking chair and relax while He takes on everything that would set your heart to fear.  Today. 

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

(I heard a teacher the other day say that in it’s original form, Sound mind means moderation – which translate into Opposite of panic.)

Do you see that? Opposite of Panic!

This is not an easy task.  The world we live in caters to fear.  Its goal is to make us afraid.

Just look at the nightly news.  (No wait, maybe you shouldn’t)

At any rate, giving your fear to God will get easier with practice.

Note: Remember ~ Doctors practice.  Lawyers practice. Athletes practice.

Why do they do so?  To get better at what they do.

I encourage you to practice not being afraid, to sit and rest on your rocker, while God handles things.

 Psalm 34:9  (NIV) Fear the LORD; you his saints, for those who fear him lack nothing.

 Lamentations 3:57  (NIV) You came near when I called you, and you said, “Do not fear.”

Isaiah 41:10 (NIV) 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 41:10 (AMP)  Fear not [there is nothing to fear], for I am with you; do not look around you in terror and be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen and harden you to difficulties, yes, I will help you; yes, I will hold you up and retain you with My [victorious] right hand of rightness and justice.

This is it for today.

A revisit, with a splash of today.

I hope it helped to make a difference.

Until next time …