Im sorry. Its easy to say. But how honest are you when you say it? We teach our children that “im sorry” means, I was wrong and it wont happen again. It can also mean you hate what someone is going through. “Im sorry, I hope you feel better”...Im sorry...so easy...runs off the tongue. How often do we tell God we are sorry? Im sorry I sinned, Im sorry I hurt you, Im sorry I forgot you today...Im sorry. In Haggai we read, “Now this is what the Lord Almighty says: “Give careful thought to your ways.You have planted much, but harvested little. You eat, but never have enough. You drink, but never have your fill. You put on clothes, but are not warm. You earn wages, only to put them in a purse with holes in it.” These folks were surviving but not thriving. They had busied themselves in their life and set God side. “Give careful thought to your ways. Go up into the mountains and bring down timber and build my house, so that I may take pleasure in it and be honored,” says the Lord.“You expected much, but see, it turned out to be little. What you brought home, I blew away. Why?” declares theLord Almighty. “Because of my house, which remains a ruin, while each of you is busy with your own house. Therefore, because of you the heavens have withheld their dew and the earth its crops. I called for a drought on the fields and the mountains, on the grain, the new wine, the olive oil and everything else the ground produces, on people and livestock, and on all the labor of your hands.” He wanted to wake them up...remind them who their God is. They heard the message, they indeed woke up . God stired their hearts and they obeyed...Listen to what he said, ‘Now give careful thought to this from this day on—consider how things were before one stone was laid on another in the Lord’s temple. When anyone came to a heap of twenty measures, there were only ten. When anyone went to a wine vat to draw fifty measures, there were only twenty. I struck all the work of your hands with blight, mildew and hail, yet you did not return to me,’ declares theLord. ‘From this day on, from this twenty-fourth day of the ninth month, give careful thought to the day when the foundation of the Lord’s temple was laid. Give careful thought: Is there yet any seed left in the barn? Until now, the vine and the fig tree, the pomegranate and the olive tree have not borne fruit.
“From this day on I will bless you”
Read that last part again....how amazing...God didnt wait for the temple to be complete to bless them. As soon as their hearts and hands were back in line with Gods..he blessed them. God never walks away from us. He stands and waits for us to run back to his arms. He gently guides us, reminds us, sends messagers and allows difficult times to awaken us. And HE never leaves us. Let our words and our actions become one...let us remember our first love....
How many times have you been asked " if you can go back in time and change one thing, what would it be?" Well we cant go back in time...what has been done is done. What has been said has been said..there are no redos...so let me instead ask you this.." If you could make one change to improve your life today, what would you choose?"
God wants you to choose Him...to make Him number one in your life..to give it all up for him...without God guiding our steps, its like walking against the ocean waves...the strength of the waves pull make it near impossible to make it to shore. Choose the master of the waves, and you will not only make it to the shore...but to His Throne.
"Then Jesus said to his disciples, "Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me." Matthew 16:24
Its been a hard year for me....In February 2014 my Daughter, grand daughter and son in law moved to Alaska..My Mother passed away Dec. 2014 and Hubby was laid off this month...There were three loss of life this year on our ranch, Thunder, Gillian and my sweet Gypsy...currently a dear love one is struggling with issues and I feel helpless to help...the door has been slammed in my face...There are days I feel hopeless and fearful....Im so thankful for the Word of God!
"The righteous cry, and the LORD hears And delivers them out of all their troubles. The LORD is near to the brokenhearted And saves those who are crushed in spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, But the LORD delivers him out of them all.…" Psalm 34:17-19
This scripture bring comfort when our life is turned upside down...There is no reason to go to battle alone...God is our deliverer.....Amen
Advance technolodgy has offered us amazing things...but it has robbed us of one basic need....peace. I dont think we realize how noisy our days are!!! One day, power was lost during a storm...no lights, no tv...no internet...no buzzing of the frig or other appliances...it was quieter then quiet..not just the kids are in bed quiet..but super, creepy quiet..It was a breath of fresh air...my mind was giddy with quiet!! I didnt want the power to come back on...We need to take time every day to find that peace...to let our mind rest...When we quiet the house, unclutter our mind...we can focus on whats important..what is realy needed ...a true peace..peace that can only come from God...
"Be still, and know that I am God; Psalm 46:10a
There will be days that hurt, days that bring laughter, days we wish we could just stay in bed and days we want to dance in the rain, do somthing crazy!...But every day should be a day of great joy...not the giggle, laugh snort kind of joy...but the joy of knowing Christ is King, He already won..and no matter what we are going through, that will never change..with all the scary stuff going on in our world..in our life...we need to hold strong to this truth!! God is in control, God has already won the fight, WE are victorious...And WE will over come even these days of trial...and each battle makes us that much stronger for the next..Chin up my friends...the Battle belongs to the Lord!!
"There is no wisdom and no understanding And no counsel against the LORD. The horse is prepared for the day of battle, But victory belongs to the LORD." Proverbs 21:30-31
"Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything." James 1: 2-4
Praise Worthy News
Hold that thought!!!
One of the rudest habits we can have is interrupting another....I have to remind my children not to think they are more important then the person already speaking, to think its ok to jump in the middle of someone sentence...Its hard...we all do it..some more often then not...Scripture tells us not to think ourseves more highly then others...
"For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you." Romans 12:3
This is hard...we have something to say..we get excited, we want to speak now!! but in doing so we are saying to the person speaking, I am more important then you.
I have tried many times to sit quiet, let them talk...being aware of my tongue...keep hold of my words...ITS HARD!! I tell you, Its really hard...I am in such a habit of interrupting...In doing this excercise I tell my self ..its ok...its not that important..listening is...and soon I dont feel the need to speak at all...
On this same subject..we teach our children to wait their turn, as they should, not to be rude and interrumpt mommy when she is talking..which is good upbringing...BUT if we have a child that is a chronic interrrupter..then we must step back and ask ourseleves...Are they being heard? are we listening to them? giving them time to talk? Do they interrupt so much because they feel Un heard?
"Do you hear what these children are saying?" they asked him. "Yes," replied Jesus, "have you never read, "'From the lips of children and infants you, Lord, have called forth your praise'?" Matthew 21:16
If you are a chronic intterrupter, take it to God...he will listen all day and help you mend the years of not being heard...and teach you to Listen
If you know a chronic interrrupter...give the gift of listening....