Just some Thoughts

thoughts
  1. If you feel far away from God, guess who moved?
  2. Fear knocked. Faith answered. No one was there.
  3. What you are is God’s Gift to you. What you become is your gift to God.
  4. I am God’s Melody of Life and He Sings His Song through me.
  5. We can never really go where God is not, and where He Is, all is well.
  6. No matter what is happening in your life, know that God Is Waiting for you with open Arms.
  7. God Promises a safe landing, not a calm passage.
  8. Do your best and then sleep in peace. God Is Awake.
  9. God Has a Purpose and Plan for me that no one else can fulfill.
  10. The Will of God will never take you to where The Grace of God will not protect you.
  11. We are responsible for the effort, not the outcome.
  12. We set the sail; God Makes the wind.
  13. Begin to weave and God Will Give you the thread.
  14. When God Says “no”, it’s because He Has something better in store for you.
  15. The task ahead of us is never as great as The Power behind us.
  16. Prayer: don’t bother to give God instructions, just report for duty.

1 7. It’s my business to do God’s Business, and it’s His Business to take care of my business.

  1. Serenity is not freedom from the storm, but peace amid the storm.
  2. How come you’re always running around looking for God? He’s not lost.
  3. The will of the majority may not be The Will of God.


“Of Roses and Thorns”

Rose

A certain man planted a rose and watered it faithfully. Before it blossomed, he examined it. He saw a bud that would soon blossom. He also saw the thorns, and he thought, “How can any beautiful flower come from a plant, burdened with so many sharp thorns?” Saddened by this thought, he neglected to water the rose, and before it was ready to bloom, it died.

So it is with many people. Within every soul, there is a rose. The “God-like” qualities planted in us at birth, growing amidst the thorns of our faults. Many of us look at ourselves and see only the thorns, the defects. We despair, thinking nothing good can possibly come from us. We neglect to water the good within us, and eventually it dies. We never realize our potential.

Some don’t see the rose within themselves. It takes someone else to show it to them. One of the greatest gifts a person can possess is to be able to reach past the thorns and find the rose within others. This is the truest, most innocent, and gracious characteristic of love – to know another person, including their faults, recognize the nobility in their soul, and yet still help another to realize they can overcome their faults. If we show them the rose, they will conquer the thorns. Only then will they blossom, and most likely, blooming thirty, sixty, a hundred-fold, as it is given to them.

Our duty in this world is to help others, by showing them their roses and not their thorns. It is then that we achieve the love we should feel for each other. Only then can we bloom in our own garden.

 



Encourage One Another

 
Encourage

“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11, HCSB

Encouraging one another doesn’t sound so hard. A fist bump here, an ‘atta girl’ there. A quick text to say “Hang in there, you can do this!” A hug when you see a friend in person.

Encouraging one another sounds pretty easy . . . until you realize it’s not.

What happens when she gets the opportunity that passed you by? What about when your co-worker gets the credit for a job well done that couldn’t have happened without you? When that mom in your moms’ group has everything already figured out? When it’s a weary looking shopper in the cereal aisle at the grocery? When it’s your spouse as you meet to unravel a financial mess you *may* attribute to their bookkeeping? When it’s another family member, and you worry about embarrassing yourself or them?

Encouragement sounds simple, but if our own emotions get in the way, it can actually be rather difficult to “encourage one another and build each other up.” She doesn’t need me to tell her she’s doing a good job, she must know already. I don’t even know that lady – she’ll think I’m kooky. Don’t we want to be encouraged? Don’t we deserve to be built up by another?

We do. You do. But the Lord doesn’t give us a free pass to withhold encouragement because of jealousy or fear.

He does ask us to speak life into the hearts of the people in our lives no matter what, because that’s what He does for us.

I know it can be hard. I know that for many reasons, you may not always feel like building someone else up. Encouraging, uplifting words don’t always come naturally, and there can be a fear of those words – of our hearts – being rejected.

Anytime we put our hearts on the line, we take a leap of faith. But in the leaping, we allow the Lord to hold our hand.

Offer the encouraging word nearly spilling from your lips, held back only by fear. Grab the hand of God and let Him guide you – following His lead will never let you down. Encourage one another and build each other up. Simple – and sometimes difficult – as that.

How – who – can you boldly encourage and build up this week?



This is That

 
HS flame

Since yesterday was “Pentecost Sunday” I post this classic poem by Dr. Joe Campbell.

 

“THIS IS THAT”

     Notice that Peter said, “

This is that of which Joel spoke.”  In other words, what you see and what you hear is that

which Joel said would be.
     We who claim the Baptism with the Holy Spirit should ask ourselves the question, “Is

‘this’ that I have, that which they had?”  If it is not quite like that that they received, then we must in honesty say that “this’’ is not “that.”  But if this that we have received is like they received, then we can say that “this” is “that,” and that “that” which they received is “this” that we received, and that “this” is “that.”

     Here is a poem for you to read:

 THIS IS THAT (Acts 2:17)

 “These are the last days saith God.”

 What you hear and what you see,

 As Peter explained at Pentecost

 Are the things God said would be.

 


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WHY GOD SHOULDN’T HAVE CALLED YOU

 
God qualifies

 There are many reasons why God shouldn’t have called you. But don’t  worry. You’re in good company.

 Moses stuttered. David’s armor didn’t fit. John Mark was rejected by Paul. Timothy had ulcers. Hosea’s wife was a prostitute. Amos’ only training was in the school of fig-tree pruning. Jacob was a liar. David had an affair. Solomon was too rich. Jesus was too poor. Abraham was too old. David was too young. Peter was afraid of death. Lazarus was dead.

John was self-righteous. Naomi was a widow. Paul was a murderer. So was Moses. Jonah ran from God. Miriam was a gossip. Gideon and Thomas both doubted.

Jeremiah was depressed and suicidal. Elijah was burned out.  John the Baptist was a loudmouth. Martha was a worry-wart.  Samson had long hair. Noah got drunk.

 Did I mention that Moses had a short fuse? So did Peter, Paul–well, lots of folks did.

 But God doesn’t require a job interview. He doesn’t hire and fire like most bosses, because He’s more our Dad than our Boss. He doesn’t look at financial gain or loss. He’s not prejudiced or partial, not judging, grudging, sassy, or brassy, not deaf to our cry, not blind to our need. As much as we try, God’s gifts are FREE.

 We could do wonderful things for wonderful people and still not be …Wonderful.

 Satan says, “You’re not worthy.” Jesus says, “So what? I AM.”

 Satan looks back and sees our mistakes. God looks back and sees the cross.

 He doesn’t calculate what you did in ‘ 78. It’s not even on the record. Sure, there are lots of reasons why God shouldn’t have called us. But if we are deeply in love with Him, if we hunger for Him more than our next breath, He’ll use us  in spite of who we are, where we’ve been, or what we look like.

 I pray that as Christians, we will step out of our limitations into the inimitable nature of who God is. Then our passion for God and our passion to communicate Him will make mince-meat of our limitations.




 

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