Archive | February 2012

Sunday’s Word – 26Feb12

A path for you

 

Hear,  my son, and accept my words,  that  the years of your life may be many. I have  taught you the way of wisdom;  I have led you in the paths of uprightness.When you walk,  your step will not be hampered, and  if you run, you will not stumble.   Keep hold of instruction; do not let go; guard her, for she is your  life.  Do not enter the path of the wicked, and do not walk in the way of the evil. Avoid it; do not go on it;  turn away from it and pass on. For they  cannot sleep unless they have done wrong; they are robbed of sleep unless they have made someone stumble.  For they eat the bread of  wickedness and drink the wine of violence.  But  the path of the righteous is like  the light of dawn, which shines  brighter and brighter until  full day.   The way of the wicked is like deep  darkness; they do not know over what they  stumble. 

Proverbs 4:10-19

Sunday’s Word – 19Feb12

Late Summer Roses 01

 

The wilderness and the wasteland shall be glad for them, And the desert shall rejoice and blossom as the rose; It shall blossom abundantly and rejoice, Even with joy and singing. The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it, The excellence of Carmel and Sharon. They shall see the glory of the Lord, The excellency of our God. Strengthen the weak hands, And make firm the feeble knees. Say to those who are fearful-hearted, “Be strong, do not fear! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, With the recompense of God; He will come and save you.”

 Is 35: 1 – 4

 

Sunday’s Word – 12Feb12

Flowers of Israel

    To the choirmaster: with stringed instruments. A Psalm. A Song.

May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us,  Selah  that your way may be known on earth,  your saving power among all nations. Let the peoples praise you, O God;  let all the peoples praise you!  Let the nations be glad and sing for joy,  for you judge the peoples with equity  and guide the nations upon earth.   Selah Let the peoples praise you, O God;  let all the peoples praise you!  The earth has yielded its increase;  God, our God, shall bless us.  God shall bless us;  let all the ends of the earth fear him!  Psalms 67

 

Looking Back or Plowing Ahead…Choose One!

Ah… the dreaded old budget…Some days it grows closer to the red than staying in the black. I certainly do not like it and can feel worried.   I start wondering how I can fix it, maybe go back to the way I used manage the budget.  I have tried to figure out what I can do better, and after careful consideration I realize how much inflation has swarmed in and it’s not me!   Whew!

Lately I have thought I need to return to some former methods in my life.  They were easier; they were well-known and simply more comfortable.  However, at the same time this stresses me out.  If I ever want to move forward, which I do, I cannot return to old patterns and thought processes.  Besides it is not what God wants.   I do have obligations and responsibilities that need to be tended to but there are fresh ones on the horizon. In ordered to be prepared I have to stop looking back to what was comfortable, proven and already known.

While I am stuck between these two gates I need to learn the balance of current obligations while preparing for new ones and not revert back to the previous.  It is a difficult task for me. I am good at creating successful structures.  But as I read the Word, Jesus was quite stern on this matter. He said; Let the dead bury the dead.  A strong statement; that which does not have value in my life now, no longer needs consideration even if it was not unrighteous or harmful.  I do not need to spend time covering it, tending to it or putting it to rest.  It is time to move forward.

Jesus said; Looking back is not fit for the Kingdom. What a frightening thought!  I have to be more than unwavering and make a greater effort to not let my thoughts or vision slip backward. I want to be; no I have to be, fit for the Kingdom.  I cannot be a lazy, flabby, lukewarm Christian.  In my natural life, being fit takes discipline, determination, desire and old fashioned hard work. This is true in my spiritual life as well. So I am choosing this one!

Besides looking back didn’t really work out for Lot’s wife…

And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the Kingdom of God.   Luke 9:62

 

 

 

 

Sunday’s Word – 05Feb12

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; Eph 6: 10-18