We will never know….

I heard a song on the radio the other day that says, “I will never know how much it cost to see my sin upon that cross.” And aren’t we all glad we don’t!? Jesus may have been the Son of God but He was human. He felt every nail pounded into His flesh. He felt every stab and poke of the thorns on His head. He heard every jeer and shout of dissection, doubt and denial. He even asked His Father if He could get out of it. But when that didn’t happen, He endured everything his people did to Him. And that is why we have forgiveness for everything we’ve ever done, if we ask Him. So join me and praise God today for the sacrifice He paid for us.

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Second surgery

So tomorrow is cataract surgery on my left eye. I know what’s going to happen now but that doesn’t comfort me much. The dr will still be cutting into my eye and I have to lie there and let him! But a song on the radio encouraged me this morning, “Hallelujah, Jesus lives in me.” In my last post, I said how comforting it is to be able to turn to God’s Word and find verses there to comfort us and tell us He loves us. Another way I have found God working in my life is through music. I only listen to Christian music and love to hear His words in my car. KLOVE, which has stations all over the country, is the station I usually listen to and they have a challenge to new listeners to try them for 30 days. Many people call in to the station and say how much their spiritual lives have improved after changing their listening habits. And I know those who say they don’t have time for a daily Bible study would benefit from hearing Christian music in their cars. That’s my tip of the day, friends. I will write again after my eyes are healed and my vision is perfect, maybe?

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Before surgery 2

It was my intention to make three posts before my surgery, one for each week. But I got sick several days after the first post. I have been sick for two whole weeks with a sinus infection and miserable. But after the first week I went to the Dr and got some antibiotics. So my prayers have gone from heal me to comfort me and then back to heal me after the surgery. But in my devotions and daily scripture emails I have seen several scriptures about fear which have told me to be “strong and courageous”  and “feat not!” And 4 verses that say, “What can man do to me if God is on my side?/with me?” So I may have to repeat these things over and over in my head during surgery but God is good and He will be with me! The countdown begins. Surgery is in 4 days, Wednesday at 8:45 am. Pray for me if you can, thank you.

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Before Surgery 1

Three weeks from today I’m going to have cataract surgery. You are probably thinking, “Isn’t she a little young to have cataracts?” The answer is yes. Even the ophthalmologist I went to was skeptical until he looked at my eyes, even though an optometrist (the eye glass doctor) sent me with a referral. I was told at the age of forty that I had cataracts and they said, “You shouldn’t have any vision problems for 15 or 20 years.” But it is SEVEN years later and I could tell my vision was getting rapidly worse. So I went to the eye doctor and she said one eye had gone from 1.25 magnification to 2.5 and the right eye went from 1.5 to 5.0!! I have to tell you it’s really scary.

I have had surgery before, with two of my children. But i didn’t have to watch it. In this case, the doctor will be pointing a scalpel at my eye. I have looked up all the verses on fear and of course the one that stand out is the one that says, “Love drives out fear.” I am so glad God loves me so much. I am really going to need it during this time. I’m sure there are Christians that have been in much more fearful situations than cataract surgery and cried out to God for His help and mercy. Isn’t He awesome that He will always be with us to take away our fear and give us mercy when we don’t deserve it?

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Why does God give us wrinkles?

So I was looking in the mirror the other day and noticed a few new wrinkles. And if you are forty something like me, you don’t look forward to those at all.

“They” say that Americans spend  millions of dollars a year on anti-aging products and make up to make ourselves look younger. Every time I go to the drug store or beauty salon I see so many products it makes me dizzy and wonder which ones really work and which ones just want to take all my money. The rich who have money to spend on the best money can buy, use it for surgery or mud treatments or whatever is the latest trend to make them look better. But most of us don’t have the money or the time to do those things.

I think God gave us wrinkles to distinguish the older, wiser people from the young, new, inexperienced ones. In most Asian cultures, older people are revered and cared for and respected for their wisdom. They are the first ones asked for advice and the first ones served at meals. Unfortunately, in the United States some of our elders are left alone in retirement homes and forgotten. But they have the most wrinkles. They have lived the longest lives. They have known both the most love and the most hardship. We should be asking them for their advice and wisdom. There are exceptions, of course, some of our elders are in prison or cranky or have lost their memories. But God loves them anyway. So go ask your grandparents for advice or talk to them about a problem you might have. Or go visit a retirement home and make friends with someone there. You might be surprised at who also needs a friend.

If God is the wisest of all of us, does he have the most wrinkles? No, because G0d is perfect.

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For God’s Glory

Some of us are stay at home moms, some of us work in fast food, some of us blog, some are career men or women. But the most important question is not “What do you do?” but “Why do you do it?” Do you do it for your own personal sarisfaction? Do you do you it to please other people? Or do you do it for God? If you are a Christian and have committed your life and heart to God then that should be your first priority. Will this please God? Will it show others that He rules my life and that is a good thing? Sure we all have some bad days, me included, but we should try to show His love to the world to the best of our ability. Christians who are rude to waiters and cashiers, or anyone for that matter, give the world a bad impression of us. But if we are known as the “nice neighbor” or co-worker it will help them make a positive decision when you ask them to your church. So go and spread some of God’s love and glory….

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Nothing is impossible with God

Why do some people believe God forgives one sin and not others?

Would He forgive a white lie and not a bigger lie like where you went the night before? Would He forgive someone for killing in self-defense but not killing someone in anger? The Bible says NOTHING is impossible with God. He is love. He is all-knowing, all-seeing, and He knew you before you were born. And He says He forgives ALL  sin “as far as the East is from the West.” I think that’s pretty far. They don’t ever touch so you can be sure that your sin is forgiven, and will be forgotten.

Do you keep remembering those sins? Your brain just can’t just forget them like God has? Pray and ask Him to help you get rid of the guilt and the memories. Those with low self-esteem issues like me need help with this daily, sometimes hourly. But guess what? NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE WITH GOD!

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A church gives in to the ‘world’

A few days ago the local news station reported that a catholic school withdrew a job offer from a counselor because she said she was gay and planning to marry her partner. Naturally, there was public outcry and protesting. My reaction was: of course they don’t want to hire her, it’s a church that doesn’t believe in the lifestyle. The next day, the school changed their policy to include LGBT employees and everybody is happy. I’m pretty sure they just didn’t want to get sued. It makes me sad to see that this church so quickly changed its mind and gave in to the pressure that the public put on them.

The woman has now decided not to take the job but the mayor and alumni of the school are ‘disappointed’ in the school’s reaction to the situation. They expected the church to react like the world would have and not discriminate. But the church did not do it to discriminate but to assure parents and students that their school would be one in which ‘the world’ did not invade. And now it has.

What would Jesus do? Jesus wants us to love one another, as I have repeatedly stated in my other posts. So should the church keep gay teachers and boy scout leaders out of our churches and christian groups? Or should we include them so that we can show them our love and set a good example to lead them to Christ? I’m not sure. You have to decide that for yourself in prayer.

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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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