Wednesday, August 31, 2016

 

NO TIME

NO TIME

 

I knelt to pray but not for long,

I had too much to do.

I had to hurry and get to work

For bills would soon be due.

 

So I knelt and said a hurried prayer,

And jumped up off my knees.

My Christian duty was now done

My soul could rest at ease.

 

All day long I had no time

To spread a word of cheer.

No time to speak of Christ to friends,

They'd laugh at me I'd fear.

 

No time, no time, too much to do,

That was my constant cry,

No time to give to souls in need

But at last the time to die.

 

I went before the Lord,

I came, I stood with downcast eyes.

For in His hands God held a book;

It was the Book of Life.

 

God looked into his book and said

"Your name I cannot find.

I once was going to write it down . . .

But never found the time"

 

-- Author Unknown

 

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LIVING YOUR LIFE WITHOUT SIN

LIVING YOUR LIFE WITHOUT SIN

 

There was a little girl, whose father was a pastor.

 

One day, she came to her father and said, "Daddy, can a person go their whole life without sinning?"

 

The father answered, "No, honey, I'm sorry, but that's just not possible."

 

"What about a year, daddy?  Can a person go a whole year without sinning?" She continued.

 

"No, I don't think that's possible either."

 

"What about a day, can a person go a day without sinning once?"

 

"It's very unlikely, no, I don't think they can."

 

"What about one moment, daddy, can a person go one moment without sinning?"

 

"Yes, that is possible."

 

"Then daddy, I want to live my life, moment by moment."

 

Isn't that how we should live our lives.  Not looking ahead to our whole lives, or distant plans.  But live moment by moment, as if this moment where your last one before you reach eternity.

 

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Saturday, August 27, 2016

 

Staying the Course

Staying the Course

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9

I've never run a marathon but my self-proclaimed 'couch potato' friend is about to run her first race at the age of sixty. "It's for a good cause," she bubbled to me this morning. It's never too late to embark on a new endeavor. Getting on-board with something is not always the challenge, though; it can be staying the course.

Heavy and hurtful had been words and actions directed towards a friend of ours at his workplace. How to deal with that? It can be frustrating and depressing, when you want to stay the course and do the right thing.

David is the only person in the Bible called "a man after God's own heart." (1Sam 13:14, Jer 3:15, Acts 13:22) Over and over, in the songs he himself wrote, is the solution to situations such as this: Turn to God, trust in God to heal you and direct you, and have faith in God that He will vindicate you. God is the embodiment of truth; you can have complete confidence He will do what he says: He will take care of you, His child.

So the answer to how to deal with staying the course is - carry on, do the next right thing. Keep on doing what you're doing. Retaliation and revenge only backfire. The Lord will fight on your behalf. Don't cave, don't waiver. God is able to do exceedingly, abundantly more than we think or ask. Know with certainty that God's power is available and at work – for you- now.
Staying the course, a good plan with a good God to help us. That's good news.
the battle is not yours, but God's….stand still and watch the Lord's victory. Do not be afraid or discouraged… for the Lord is with you! 2 Chronicles 20:15, 17
Irish Thursday Inspirational Messages, Sally I. Kennedy
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Friday, August 26, 2016

 

LET GO OF THE PAST

LET GO OF THE PAST

 

My child,

 

Give up! Give up those hurts of the past.  It's time to move on.  satan loves to have you live in the past because that renders you ineffective to live in the present-in the now.

 

Tell Me, child.  What is it that has happened to you?  Who hurt you?  What mistakes have you made that you regret?  Did what happen to you change the fact that Jesus loves you,  and He died on the cross for you so you could live in heaven with Him for all eternity?

 

Can anything or anyone ever change that fact?  You know that nothing can ever nullify what Jesus did for you on the cross.  If that's true, and it is, then nothing else matters, does it?

 

There is nothing that can happen to you, nothing anyone can do to you that can ever change the fact that My Son, Jesus, loves you and died on

the cross for you so you gain heaven for all eternity.  No one can ever take that away from you. No One!

 

Hold on to that thought.  Put things in their proper perspective.  When you do that, you'll see that being loved unconditionally, attaining salvation and the right to go to heaven is your ultimate goal.  Everything else pales in comparison to that.

 

Even physical death cannot take heaven away from you, for then the real you-your spirit-just changes abodes.  Physical death for Christians is moving from living in the temple of the Holy Spirit, your body, to living in heaven.

 

I know, My child, I know.  Your mind is often filled with hurtful things that happen to you.  Sometimes you even say to people "You don't know how much it hurt Me when such and such happened."  Well, I ask you again, does what happen to you in the past change the fact that Jesus loves you and died for you, and now you can spend eternity with Him in heaven?  I don't have to wait for your answer, because I know immediately your mind said, "No!"

 

Then, child, nothing else matters!  Compared to eternity, all problems are nothing.  Loving Me, being in My family, gaining the right to live in heaven for eternity-that's what's important in life. If you lose that, you've lost it all.  Don't hold grudges.  forgive!  Nothing you can gain on earth can make up for that loss, and nothing can happen to

you on earth that can take that away from you- Nothing!

 

Love,

God

 

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Monday, August 22, 2016

 

LEAVING THE CITY OF REGRET

LEAVING THE CITY OF REGRET

 

I had not really planned on taking a trip this time of year, and yet, I found myself packing rather hurriedly. This trip was going to be unpleasant and I knew in advance that no real good would come of it. I'm talking about my annual "Guilt Trip".

 

I got tickets to fly there on "WISHIHAD" airlines. It was an extremely short flight. I got my baggage, which, I could not check. I chose to carry it myself all the way. It was weighted down with a thousand memories of what might have been.

 

No one greeted me as I entered the terminal to the Regret City International Airport. I say international because people from all over the world come to this dismal town. As I checked into the Last Resort Hotel, I noticed that they would be hosting the year's most important event, the Annual Pity Party.

 

I wasn't going to miss that great social occasion. Many of the towns leading citizens would be there. First, there would be the Done family, you know, Should Have, Would Have and Could Have. Then came the I Had family. You probably know ol' Wish and his clan. Of course, the Opportunities would be present, Missed and Lost. The biggest family would be the Yesterday's. There are far too many of them to count, but each one would have a very sad story to share. Then Shattered Dreams would surely make an appearance. And It's Their Fault would regale us with stories (excuses) about how things had failed in his life, and each story would be loudly applauded by Don't Blame Me and I Couldn't Help It.

 

Well, to make a long story short, I went to this depressing party knowing that there would be no real benefit in doing so. And, as usual, I became very depressed. But as I thought about all of the stories of failures brought back from the past, it occurred to me that all of this trip and subsequent "pity party" could be canceled by ME!

 

I started to realize that I did not have to be there. I didn't have to be depressed. One thing kept going through my mind, "I can't change yesterday, but I do have the power to make today a wonderful day".

 

I can be happy, joyous, fulfilled, encouraged, as well as encouraging. Knowing this, I left the city of Regret immediately and left no forwarding address.

 

Am I sorry for the mistakes I've made in the past? YES! But there is no physical way to undo them.

 

So, if you are planning a trip to the city of Regret, please cancel all your reservations now.

 

Instead, take a trip to a place called Starting Again. I liked it so much that I have now taken up permanent residence there. My neighbors, the I Forgive Myself and the New Starts are so very helpful.

 

By the way, you don't have to carry around heavy baggage, because the load is lifted from your shoulders upon arrival. You too, can find this new town, just ask the Lord to show you the way. Now I live on ICANDOIT street.

 

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

 

PSALM 23 (FOR THE WORKPLACE)

PSALM 23 (FOR THE WORKPLACE)

 

The Lord is my boss, and I shall not want.

He gives me peace, when chaos is all around me.

He reminds me to pray, before I speak in anger.

He restores my sanity.

He guides my decisions that I might honor Him in all I do.

Even though I face absurd amounts of e-mail, system failures, copier

  jams, back-ordered supplies, unrealistic deadlines, staff shortages,

  budget cutbacks, red tape, downsizing, gossiping co-workers and

  whining customers, I won't give up, for You are with me.

Your presence, peace and power will see me through.

You raise me up, even when the boss fails to promote me.

You claim me as your own, even when the company threatens to let me go.

Your loyalty and love are better than a bonus check.

Your retirement plan beats any 401K, and when it's all said and done,

I'll be working for you a whole lot longer!

 

Thanks be to God!

 

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

 

Letter from God

From:     GOD

To:       All those who believe in me

Date:     Today and Everyday

Subject:  Life's problems

 

I am God. Today I will be handling all of your problems. Please remember that I do not need your help. If the devil happens to deliver a situation to you that you cannot handle, do not attempt to resolve it. Kindly put it in the SFJTD (something for Jesus to do) box.  It will be addressed in MY TIME, not yours. Once the matter is placed into the box, do not hold on to it or remove it.

 

Holding on or removal will delay the resolution of your problem. If it is a situation that you think you are capable of handling, please consult me in prayer to be sure that it is the proper resolution.

 

Because I do not sleep nor do I slumber, there is no need for you to lose any sleep. Rest my child. If you need to contact me, I am only a prayer away.

 

As with all good things, pass it on

 

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Saturday, August 13, 2016

 

GUIDANCE

GUIDANCE

 

When I meditated on the word guidance, I kept seeing "dance" at the end of the word. I remember reading that doing God's will is a lot like dancing. When two people try to lead, nothing feels right. The movement doesn't flow with the music, and everything is quite uncomfortable and jerky.

 

When one person relaxes and lets the other lead, both bodies begin to flow with the music. One gives gentle cues, perhaps with a nudge to the back or by pressing lightly in one direction or another. It's as if two become one body, moving beautifully. The dance takes surrender, willingness, and attentiveness from one person and gentle guidance and skill from the other.

 

My eyes drew back to the word guidance. When I saw "G," I thought of God, followed by "u" and "i." God, "u" and "I" dance.  God, you, and I dance. This statement is what guidance means to me.

 

As I lowered my head, I became willing to trust that I would get guidance about my life.

 

Once again, I became willing to let God lead.

 

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