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!
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.
I let time slip by while over analyzing my motives for this blog, which was the first mistake. Giving myself credit, the second mistake. Panicking at the thought of coming up with more of the same, the third mistake. I’m old enough to know better but stupid enough to keep stepping in it. God is always with us. I know He is there, but I keep blundering along moronically ignoring the fact. I’m one of His broken tools, thrown away and despised by an ex-husband of 33 years and doubting myself constantly because of those 33 years of emotional abuse. Still God blesses me. God uses broken people, who have seriously messed up, to do His work. If God can love me, and He does, He will positively love you. I promise. Don’t take my word for this “promise” it comes straight from God. It’s in the bible. Don’t take any man’s word for gospel truth. Make certain that it is in the Bible. Also we can trust in the Holy Spirit to lead us in the right path. He guides us when we pray.
And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires. 2 Peter 1:4
For “people are slaves to whatever has mastered them.” If they have escaped the corruption of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and are again entangled in it an are overcome, they are worse off at the end than they were at the beginning. It would be better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than to have known it and then to turn their backs on the sacred command that was passed on to them. 2 Peter 2:19-21
I think bad habits can quickly become a pattern of bad behavior and enslave us. For me the key to overcoming bad habits is to incorporate God into each day, in as many ways as I can think to. Looking at His creation; praising Him; helping others with whatever means God has given me; thanking Him for insight; seeing Him in everything including those awkward and sometimes painful moments when I feel weak and vulnerable and don’t know what to say or do. With God’s grace, strength and guidance I can survive and thrive. Jesus makes us victorious with Him, He won’t let our habits overcome us when we go to Him. God is here for you too! Thank you Jesus for being perfect, loving, intimate and caring; for picking me up whenever I fall and untangling the bad habits I have been known to create. Father, keep me from all sin, through Jesus I pray, amen.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.” …Galatians 5:22-25
If you are wondering how this can be accomplished in an absolutely imperfect vessel then you’re not alone. All things are best left for God to fix. For me it’s a journey in trust. I am filled with vanity, it’s not a good fruit! Yesterday I went off to bible study and choir practice with two different shoes on my feet. I had been wearing a pair of black sneaker shoes while painting my front door “Christmas red” and when I got changed in a hurry I put on one dress shoe. None of my mirrors are full length and I didn’t discover my mistake until I got home and was changing into my nightgown. I collapsed with laughter, pride and vanity flew out the window. I felt very humbled. God knows what I needed, I didn’t earn that gift, it was freely given and gladly taken. God gives us great gifts when we trust Him.
Jesus, Jesus, Rest Your Head
“Jesus, Jesus, Rest Your Head, You have got a manger bed.” I love the words and melody of this song, we are practicing as a choir for Christmas. It’s an American folk song about the Son of God sleeping in a trough – a raised structure to feed the animals from. He is the Bread come down from heaven, Jesus the baby in the manger is the food for our souls.
“I am the bread of life” John 5:48
The “Jesus Prayer”, (Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God have mercy on me a sinner.) Is my favorite prayer during times of temptation. This Sunday I was thinking about how important it is to have constant recourse to God.
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9
“But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’ I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God.” Luke 18:13-14
These seven words from the tax collector – “God, have mercy on me, a sinner” – are the difference between life and death, between justification and condemnation. The tax collector is confessing his need for mercy and he’s looking to God to get it. You don’t need to beat your chest to get saved, but you do need to put your faith in God and this man does. Jesus says the man went home justified. The tax collector’s prayer is a good, life-saving confession.
” If you declare with your mouth ‘Jesus is Lord’ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth you profess your faith and are saved.” Romans 10:9-10