After surgery

Here it is 12 hours after my surgery and my eyesight with one “fixed” eye is better than both eyes with corrective lenses that were becoming ineffective. Praise God for modern medicine!

As I said I need my previous posts I was anxious before the surgery but they did give me an anti-anxiety drug which helped tremendously. Then I could concentrate on what the dr was asking me to do and not on pain or my surroundings. That’s how God’s Word helps us sometimes isn’t it? Don’t get me wrong, but I’m not comparing God’s Word to drugs… But in order for me to be comfortable on that hospital bed and allow the dr to take a knife to my eye without me kicking and screaming, I needed something to keep me calm. The Bible can give us those words of love, and comfort, and Words straight from God’s own heart to ours to give us peace and love. I hope you will continue to seek God and His Word each day for those things whatever the situation in your life.

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In the Name of Jesus!

A few days ago, I was trying to write a post regarding continuing my study in Colossians but I just couldn’t concentrate and only got about 3 lines written before I gave up. And I usually post something on Mondays so I’m almost a week late now. But of course, God had other plans. I started to look in Paul’s other letters to the churches to see what he said about prayer (because that was the next verse’s theme) and found a verse that stopped my reading further.

“Don’t be intimidated in any way by your enemies. This will be a sign to them that they are going to be destroyed, but that your are giong to be saved, even by God himself.”

Wow! I immediately got a picture in my head of being in an alley with a really scary guy who looks like he wants to do me harm. But then God swoops in like a superhero and saves me!! And have you ever seen the video of the robber who walks into the jewelry store and asks for money but the woman behind the counter yells, “Get out of my store in the name of JESUS?!” The man looks confused for a moment and then backs out of the store without a dime?

God also says He is on our side so this verse does not surprise me but I wonder if I really was confronted by an enemy how I would react. Because you know the first reaction we humans have is to fight or leave. Coud I really act like I wasn’t scared? I’ve seen movies where the victim tries to be calm and unaffected. But could I do it? Not sure. This verse certainly makes me more confident if a dangerous scenario should happen. If I can bring up the picture of God as a superhero in my mind then I would be more likely to stay calm and confront someone when the time comes. But what if it’s not an enemy that is not dangerous physically but mentally or emotionally like cancer or a family member trying to hurt us? God can still defeat cancer, just think of him when the doctors are dispensing chemo. And pray for God to be your superhero when dealing with that stubborn family member. It may take more time than defeating the man in the alley but He is still there to defeat those enemies and He will still win.

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Life will never be perfect

My seventeen year old daughter was in an accident two days ago. As a parent your first reaction is always panic when you get that phone call. To make matters worse, we had driven to the coast, which is an hour away so we weren’t near the scene and had to find out what was going on only via telephone (praise God for technology right?!) We finally arrived at the hospital and were relieved to see that she only had a few cuts from broken glass and bruises on her arm from the impact. God was watching over her because it could have been much worse.

A friend and I were just commenting the other day that life is never calm and easy. We just have to keep relying on God to get us through things that come our way. “In this world you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

So life may not be perfect, (after all, if it were, then we would already be in Heaven) but we have a loving God who has a plan that will show us a way to have a joyful and fulfilling life. Pray and ask Him what He wants you to do.

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God doesn’t have favorites!

So I found some more scriptures about God loving all people and not favoring one person (or race) over another. In Colossians 3:11(NLT) it says, “In this new life, it doesn’t matter if you are a Jew or Gentile, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbaric, uncivilized, slave or free, Christ is all that matters and He lives in all of us.” I am not a theologian but that verse tells me that God loves all men and women and He expects us to love everyone equally. The rest of the chapter goes on to say that we should be merciful, kind, humble, gentle, and patient with others, all others, not just those in our family, not just those in our neighborhood but everyone we come in contact with.

Wow! He expects a lot of us doesn’t He?! Yes, He expects us to be “Christ-like” and those are some BIG shoes to fill. But verse eleven also says that Christ lives in us and we also have the Holy Spirit to guide us. So I urge you again friends to be Christlike and love everyone equally, retweet this message and pass it on to your friends so everyone we know will do the same. God bless you all.

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What would you do?

So I drove up to the ATM machine at the bank today and the screen still had the bank balance of the person in front of me. For a second I was a little shocked. Then the screen went to the question: “Do you want another transaction?” And I realized the guy in front of me had forgotten his card in the machine. So I pushed no and took his card out of the card reader and finished my own transaction. I almost forgot my own card because I still had his card in my hand but I put  my card and my money in my purse and went to the front of the bank and took his card to the teller. As I was pulling out of the parking lot I saw him come back and he also saw me. He noticed me motioning to him and I told him I had taken his card inside.

What would you have done? Have you ever seen the show “What would you do?” I don’t usually watch it because there’s usually something else on TV we watch. But when I do I’d like to think I would say something. I did say something one time when a man was loudly cursing in a restaurant and I had young children with me. And I thank God that I live in a small town and most people are decent and there isn’t much crime here. But some of the things I have seen on TV make me cringe and turn the channel definitely.

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What God says about diversity

There’s a big word being thrown around recently: diversity. The dictionary defines it simply as variety. I, personally, like a little variety in my life. I drive different ways to get to one place. I like different kinds of food. I order something different when I go to a restaurant multiple times. I change purses and shoes often (but most women do.) But unfortunately, there are people who would like things to stay the same day in and day out and do not like change. They don’t redecorate their houses and stick to the same avocado green or yellow of the past (ick.) They don’t have a smart phone because their flip phone is just fine, even though they think it’s cool to see their friends and family look up things on their phones. And they don’t want racial equality in our country.

But what does God say? In Psalm 139:13 says, “You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!” In Genesis God says that He made all of us in His image. I take that to mean that He has our general form: a head, two eyes, a nose, a mouth, two ears, a torso, two arms and two legs. But the color and length of all of those limbs and parts are as different as there are types of flowers on the earth. But I don’t see anywhere in the Bible God says to judge a person by the color of his/her skin. Unfortunately, a man did that all on his own and still does it today.

Wouldn’t it be a boring world if everyone were the same. What if you walked outside your door and everyone looked the same? Every tree was the same? Every bird was the same? Every cat and dog was the same breed and color? God gave us variety so we could teach each other, learn from each other, compliment each other and love each other. Help me fellow Christians to love your fellow man/woman no matter what color or size they are.

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