All I did for Jesus; was give up TV.
In a dream I heard a voice that was mocking me;
The evil one announced; “I should do what the guy on TV does!”
I awoke and said “No!”;
I should do what Jesus does; He’s my Lord and Saviour.
I should do what Jesus does; He’s my example for behaviour.
I should do what Jesus does; He’s my Path and Guide.
I should do what Jesus does; He’s the Rock at my side.
I should do what Jesus does; He is mine today.
I should do what Jesus does; He teaches me to pray.
I should do what Jesus does; Read His Word, live His love.
I should do what Jesus does; He is my God who Reigns Above.
I should do what Jesus does; He is my Lord and King.
I should do what Jesus does; He is my everything.
I should do what Jesus does; He’s my Guiding Light.
I should do what Jesus does; I should stand for what is right!
I should do what Jesus does; and listen to His voice; TV takes away from prayer and meditation.
God gives us the choice!
Things go wrong. Plans don’t go as planned. Life throws you a curve ball. To be more specific – the children you raise may very well part from your example and instruction. They break your heart in the process.
Proverbs 22:6. Train up a child in the way he should go; Even when he is old he will not depart from it.
This is not a promise. It is a hope of every Christian parent. However, with television in this world it’s becoming less and less a possibility. New technology seems straight from somewhere other than heaven. Progressive teaching seems so backward that you might as well send your children to the Fagin School of ethics. But my title says it all. Even in what seems like a daily midnight we have a Refuge. His name is Christ Jesus. He is with us 24/7. When everything seems hopeless He is there listening and consoling us. All we need to do is make quiet time to share with Him. Turn off the phone, throw out the TV, and go to a quiet private spot. Tell Him everything. Listen in this peaceful oasis for His response.
It’s a challenge and an honor to serve in a volunteer fire department. As treasurer my job is to see that the people here in Arroyo City are being served. We receive funds from good hard working people who deserve their money to be used prudently and with only one important consideration. To protect them and their property.
Everyone in the department has great ideas about what we need to do for the community. I can’t thank them enough. We truly have dedicated self sacrificing individuals. Sometimes I feel heavy handed in dealing with them. I admit to being tightfisted when it comes to spending my community’s money. So I read an article by my favorite writer here and the insight I gained is this: Following Jesus’ example in order to lead as a Christian I should be serving them all – my fellow firefighters as well as my town. Jesus is the best guide.
This is an excerpt from Beejai “THE RIVER WALK” I have also had plenty of time since then to watch how others lead. I have noticed that the less secure someone is in who they are, the harder they try to assert whatever authority they think they have. Effective leaders rarely have to remind others who is in charge. Instead they are always looking for ways to serve, develop, and empower others. They don’t have to grasp for power. They don’t have to insist on titles. They simply serve, and people line up to follow them. The disciples were constantly bickering about who was the best or the greatest. Jesus knew He was the answer to this question. So He simply grabbed a towel and started washing. It wasn’t so much the physical act that we need to emulate, it was his ability to find a need and fill it. It was his heart that constantly sought to bring out the best in others that we need to learn. If we want to lead like Jesus, then we need to learn how to serve.”
When I am anxious and can’t sleep I go to the same place. I close my eyes and picture Jesus sitting by a river much like the river I live on here in Texas. The difference is the bank goes directly to the water, it’s grassy and soft and it’s a bug free environment. Anyone living in South Texas knows bug free we ain’t. Anyway He is sitting wearing a perfectly white jalabiyyah (seamless collarless gown) skipping rocks in the placid water. The sky is blue and peace abounds. He always invites me to sit next to Him and in this place He calms all my fears and quiets my soul. All I can think is God is so Good, He’s so good to me.
I took this picture of the Nile in Egypt. Please pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ who are being murdered and attacked in their churches there!
Sometimes God feels distant. He isn’t, but that’s how it feels. He uses these times to help us focus more closely on Him, since the last thing we want is for God to leave us alone. Lent is filled with days like this. My solution. Read. Here is a partial list: Max Lucado – “God Is With You every day” (I found this copy in Hobby Lobby); “The Duck Commander Devotional” – The Duck Dynasty family (I got my copy on line); Sarah Young – “Jesus Calling Morning & Evening” (also Hobby Lobby); William Paul Young – “The Shack” (also a good movie). Interspersed with “The Bible”– I’m reading the book of Daniel and the Gospel of John.
When we took God out of the schools the devil moved in! That’s the thought I woke up with today. If that’s your experience then please share.
And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39
Nothing can separate us from the love of God. Yesterday as we were walking out to the camper for Bible Study I was attacked by a wasp. Mark and I love to read the Bible together and share about what it says to us. Since God talks to each of us as the OOAK individual that He created, it’s amazingly beautiful to see His Grace at work! Unfortunately we never got there – I got stung. I’m severely allergic to bee venom and now I guess that includes any of those flying biting insects. We live 25 minutes from the doctors office- They’re not always open so it was like a shot in the dark whether or not help would be there. My first reaction to the sting was shock but peace came one second later. God was with me. What do I have to fear? Nothing! I was fascinated to see how He would bring good out of this situation. God brings good out of everything for every person. I carry an Epi-pen wherever we go, so Mark administered that and I keep Benadryl pills in my handbag for the same reason. These measures will get you to the doctor’s office or hospital but they can not save you from a full blown episode. Anyone allergic to bees should have these readily available. The nurse was in and she saw me first. In her questioning of how it happened I related that we were on our way to study the Bible together when it stung me. Hmm-mm, do you think maybe God wanted her and the other person standing by her to hear that studying the Bible is good reading? I was given a shot of a corticosteroid and waited patiently for the affect to start. She discussed what was to be done with the doctor, I imagined that because I never saw the doctor, then she came back with a paper to deliver to the hospital where I was to go and wait for a possible second reaction to happen. The second reaction is iffy at best. Never having suffered from a dreaded second reaction I went shopping instead, retail therapy, all the stores were close or within sight of the hospital. I bumped into one of my favorite people, Chuck our assistant fire chief (at the first store), who was told the story with full details and checked me out giving me some wonderful advice about the itch that was beginning. Chuck was the second person to hear that reading the Bible and learning about God is a good thing to do daily. I bought a toy duck for my dog (she loved it) and a battery kill switch for the fire department’s brush truck. Mark stayed with me the entire time and made me chicken noodle soup when we finally got home. I found myself talking to God and thinking about him all day! This relates only a small fraction of the great good God does through one tiny wasp sting. Whatever happens to you each and every day can be read like a chapter in God’s Bible, when you look at it keeping in mind how God works his everyday miracles with love and attention to details.