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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 …

Fear Not

Staying in today, fear. That is what I read. Just fear.

Out and about today – fear. That is what I see. Just fear.

With all that has happened in the past week, the fear has only gotten thicker.

I live in a relatively smallish town. It isn’t crime-less, but it is more quiet than some heavily urban areas.

News, radio, social media – all screaming fear.

Sometimes I have to remind myself that I am not afraid.

I know what my eyes see. I know what my brain tells me.

I hear it all around – Be afraid, be very afraid.

But I also know what my heart tells me after years of training it with the word. What does my heart tell me?

It tells men that no matter what I may see, God is still God. He is still sovereign. He is still in control.

I must believe that He is allowing some things so that we will notice.

Notice how well we have it. Notice that many still need our help, our understanding, and our compassion.

Notice how much we take for granted; as in our families, jobs, and here in America, our freedoms.

Notice that we cannot really do it without Him.

This life has some hard knocks, and we really need to depend on Him to be at peace regardless.

In Proverbs 3:6-8 (ESV) It says “In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones.

My bones can use some refreshing. How about yours?

Isaiah 35:3-5 (ESV) Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees. Say to those who have an anxious heart, “Be strong; fear not Behold, your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God. He will come and save you.” Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped.

I could do without the anxiety. You too?

Do you see those words? He will come and save you. I truly believe those words. In my heart.


John 14:26-27 (ESV) But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.

All this I say as an encouragement to you.

All this being said, I confess, I need to learn more.

More about the fear that lives in the hearts of my friends who are people of color.

It’s not something we talk about. Until now.

All this mess; is it bringing up things that we need to be seeing? I think so.

I still say, we need to seek His face, no mater our skin tone, and ask Him to help us to love each other, and teach us how to “Fear not”.

We can “Be angry and sin not.” Ephesians 4:26a

Be careful. Be safe. Be at peace.

Until next time …

Room Full of Questions

“In a room full of questions, the one with the answer is the automatic leader.”

Tommy Tenney

Well I used to love this quote, up until a couple of months ago.

Looking at the “Automatic leaders”, kind of made me ill.

Maybe it’s really the one who speaks first?

With truth, or something else.

No one, but no one really knows how to fix this.

Reminds me of a scripture;

Romans 1:22 (KJV) says this; Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools.

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So, I said all that, to say this;

My Father in Heaven is not surprised by all of this.

He is not afraid.

He created it all.

It stands to reason that He , and He alone, knows the answer.

We need to be humble enough to receive His answers.

Humble.

That’s tough.

Humans really aren’t wired that way.

Why not you ask?

Why doesn’t He just DO something?

I believe that reason is because He wants us to have he freedom to choose to listen to Him or not.

If He chose for us, we could never really appreciate all of His creation, and we wouldn’t choose to love Him anyway.

Romans 8 (ESV) says this; 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. 

We don’t HAVE to be in bondage, even when things look chaotic.

The key – is choosing well.

Deuteronomy 30:19 This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live.

Until next time … Choose well.