In the last two months or so, my Prayer life has grown from a few fast minutes to extended Bible reading and meditation. My Prayers are not only for myself and my mind but, for others and their minds. OH MY LORD, what is happening? In our MINDS, HOMES, NEIGHBORHOODS, COMMUNITIES, CITIES, STATES AND COUNTRY. When we have nothing else to depend on, we must look to a HIGHER POWER! You may not agree with my belief but let me have mine; and I want throw shade on yours. As my Pastor wrote: ‘Father God, in these divisive times, give us wisdom on what changes we need to make to bring unity as we celebrate our diversity. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!’ That means a mind change from exclusion to…well…OK.
What does that really mean? How does that help us in our Christian walk?
The testing or trials we undergo come in various ways. Becoming a Christian will often require us to move out of our comfort zones and into the unknown. Perseverance in testing results in spiritual maturity and completeness. This is why James wrote, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds” (James 1:2). The testing of faith can come in small ways and daily irritations; they may also be severe afflictions (Isaiah 48:10) and attacks from Satan (Job 2:7). Whatever the source of the testing, it is to our benefit to undergo the trials that God allows.
However, when we are in the middle of these situations, our only prayer is often, ‘How long O LORD’? Instead, we should ask, ‘What am I to learn from this’? Be mindful in your difficulty.
I too have asked, “Why me?” I know that the dark and sinful deeds of my life were motivated by a heart even darker, and yet God loved me! I was undeserving, wretched, and helpless, yet He opened His arms and His heart to me. I could almost hear Him whisper, “I love you even more than you loved your sin.”
It’s true! I cherished my sin. I protected it. I denied its wrongdoing. Yet God loved me enough to forgive me and set me FREE!
“Why me?” It’s beyond my understanding. Yet I know He loves me–and He loves you too! ~~Dave Egner(Our Daily Bread)
I’m so proud of my son, he seen a kid balled up into a corner crying, so he went to console him, grabbed his hand and walked him inside of the school! It is an honor to raise such a loving, compassionate child! He’s a kid with a Big heart, the first day of school started off right 🥰💙🥰 ~~facebook
LOVE? HAVE WE FORGOTTEN WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE…?
“Love is when my mommy makes coffee for my daddy and she takes a sip before giving it to him, to make sure the taste is OK.” Danny – age 7
If you want to learn to love better, you should start with a friend who you hate,” Nikka – age 6
A four year old child whose next door neighbor was an elderly gentleman who had recently lost his wife. Upon seeing the man cry, the little boy went into the old gentleman’s yard, climbed onto his lap, and just sat there. When his Mother asked what he had said to the neighbor, the little boy said, “Nothing, I just helped him cry”.
Let’s try to show one act of kindness TODAY…WE need it.
At 2 1/2 years old, someone had given me a little ‘tea set’ as a gift, and it was one of my favorite toys.
Grampa was in the living room engrossed in the evening news when I brought him a little cup of ‘tea’, which was just water. After several cups of tea and lots of praise for such yummy tea, my Gramma came home.
My Grampa made her wait in the living room to watch me bring him a cup of tea, because it was ‘just the cutest thing!’ Gramma waited, and sure enough, here I came down the hall with a cup of tea for Grampa, and she watched him drink it up.
Then she said, (as only a gramma would know), “‘Did it ever occur to you, the only place she can reach to get water'”?
The following essay was written some years ago by Danny Dutton, 8 years old, who lives in Chula Vista, CA. His assignment was to write about GOD. It’s a little long, but so, so worth the read, a little at a time.
One of GOD’s main jobs is making people. He makes these to put in place of the ones who die, so there will be enough people here on earth to take care of things. He doesn’t make grownups. Just babies. I think because they are smaller and easier to make. That’s so He doesn’t have to take up His valuable time teaching them to talk and walk. He can just leave that up to mothers and fathers. I think it works out pretty good.
GOD’s second most important job is listening to prayers. An awful lot of this goes on, as some people, like preachers pray other times than bed time. GOD doesn’t have time to listen to the radio or TV because of this. As He hears everything, not only prayers, there must be a terrible lot of noise going on in His ears, unless He thought of a way to turn it off.
God sees everything and hears everything and is everywhere. Which keeps Him pretty busy. So you shouldn’t go wasting His time by going over your parent’s head and asking for something they already said you couldn’t have.