God is teaching me as well as you.

“Learn to sing in the dark.” I read this on a website about faith today. I think they mean to say that we all have dark times when we don’t see or feel God because we go through sad or difficult things. Or the state of our life is so bad all we can do is cry and be angry with God. And ask why? Why? Why? We may never know why and sometimes it is best for us if we don’t. Matthew 5:45 tells us that it rains on the just and the unjust. But I can tell you that we can learn to sing and worship God during these times. He is still with you. And if we sing loudly and long enough it will help us see Him more clearly. I have been at a point where all I wanted to do is go hide in a closet and not come out again until all my problems went away. But unfortunately, that usually doesn’t happen unless you are present and participating in the situation. But when it’s darkest, that is when God loves to prove Himself worthy. He wants us to see that He is faithful and will stay by our side with His presence with a virtual hug, a friend’s hug or help from your church family.
It’s now the day after I wrote that last paragraph and I’m going to have to read it again and again. I went to the doctor and she told me that my blood sugar average or A1C (some of you may know what that is) is too high. Basically, even though I have been eating a low sugar, low carbohydrate, mostly vegetarian diet, it hasn’t helped. My diabetes is taking over and despite all my attempts to prevent it, I am going to have to go on diabetes medication. I was controlling it for several years with diet alone but that is not doing anymore. So I’m now shaking my fist at God and asking, “Why?” He’s probably not going to tell me and my body is just getting older (closer to 50) and genetics are taking over. And my lack of exercise is not helping either. So now I have to add exercise and medicine to my daily routine, plus some healing prayers. Some praise songs wouldn’t hurt either… so join me, my friends, learn to sing in the dark times. He will never leave or forsake us.

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Jesus’s Rescue

I was reading Ps. 130:7 today for my devotional and it says, “… The Lord’s unfailing love is full redemption.” Redeem in the dictionary means to buy or pay off and redemption is the act of redeeming for a fault or mistake: a rescue. And that is surely what Jesus has done. He rescued us from the guilt, shame and consequence of having to go to the devil’s home after we sin. Because of Jesus’ rescue all we have to do is ask and we will be forgiven for all those ugly, stupid decisions we have made. He will even forget about them and toss them in to the Sea of Forgetfulness. We may bring them up in our minds but He also says in His word that He is not condemning us and hitting us over the head with them. He wants us to forget them too, not bring them up over and over again. So friends, let Jesus rescue you from your past and your sins. And forget them as He has.

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Joy in Troubles?

I read that verse again today, “Count it all joy when you face troubles of many kinds…” James 1:2

Usually, my first thought is REALLY? It seems I’ve had so many trials and troubles that I just want to pitch a fit, lay down on the ground and scream and cry, or at least kick a tire or two. BUT NOOOOOOOO, God wants us to be joyful when our muscles hurt or we can’t find work, or we have cancer or our children are growing up too fast and they want to join the military and move away from you (like two of mine are.)

So I may grumble a little and let off some steam but realize that their career choices will be good for them, make me proud and get them some money to go to college too. My husband went without work for awhile last year and we were biting our fingernails but God came through and gave him a job. We may have to wait sometimes. Or God could be saying I have something better for you down the road. He may be saying flat out NO because that course of action is not the right one for you.

In verse 3 it says, “the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.” And isn’t that a good thing in this helter skelter, chaotic, unpredictable world? God wants us to be witnesses to His good works and one of those ways is to be calm in the  midst of the storms of life. We can show others how He gives us peace. So be joyful folks even when it doesn’t seem possible. Ask God to give you peace and steadfastness.

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We are God’s masterpiece.

This is the question many people ask. They ask themselves. They ask others. They ask God. Well, I found the verse that answers that question. Ephesians 2:10 “For we are God’s Masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago.” First, the verse says we are His masterpiece. We are a work of art, a unique and wonderful person unlike any other. We might have a twin but they are still different than us in personality. He made every part whether you like it or not. And He is pleased with all of it.

Then it says God sent His son Jesus to make us new, not perfect but able to do what He asks,  able to do His will and fulfill His plan on this earth. It may be to become a preacher, a nurse, a doctor, an engineer or a writer. He has given each of us a gift to share with others, those who are of God and also those who need Him. So I pray friends that you will ask God to reveal His gift to you and give you the confidence and ability to do his will. Go in peace.

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