People Change

I came to give you abundant life
and show you the ways of love.
Recall the story of Judah, Joseph’s half-brother:
Judah had wanted to kill Joseph in his younger years.
Yet later, in the presence of Joseph whom he did not recognize,
he offered himself as a slave rather than let his younger
half-brother Benjamin be enslaved.
With remorse in his voice Judah said: “Joseph is dead
and my father is still grieving over him.
Jacob, my father, will die if he lost Benjamin.
Therefore, I would be glad to be your slave so
Benjamin can go back to his father.”
Love sometimes takes a long time to develop.
Past grievances heal, people change.
Their hearts and actions change,
especially if love has its way
and softens hearts that were hard.

 The story of Joseph and his eleven brothers is fascinating, with many twists and turns – found in Genesis 37 continuing on to the 50th chapter.

In almost every life devastating events occur which change us. Judah and most of his brothers were jealous of their teenage half-brother Joseph. In blended families, children often have difficulties with anger and bitterness, not knowing their importance or how they fit in the new family dynamics, and therefore relationships can be strained for many years.

Judah greatly changed, perhaps because of his father’s grief and genuine remorse for his actions. Definitely, time changes hearts. God is in the business of showing us that love and trust is a better way.

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I Heal and Deliver

Tired of struggling? I can heal you!
Although you do not recall how subtly you came to this stage,
it was always about doing one more job.
Your family did warn you about
taking on too many tasks, 
and pushing too hard.
Yet, you were not willing to listen.
Are you willing to go through an adjustment period?
Making wrong choices makes it difficult to get on the right path.
Small choices, careless choices lead you from My way.
However, I came to heal and deliver you.

 Are you a person who works on different projects at the same time? Do you ever take on too many jobs and then find yourself struggling to complete them in a timely, competent way? If you answered those questions in the affirmative perhaps you can relate to the way I often felt throughout life.

When I went to the Lord about my fatigue listing due dates on projects, the above is what I “heard”. Intellectually I knew I was not blessed with unlimited energy or talent, so I knew I had to set better priorities, which included down time.

It is comforting to read about Jesus, that while on earth, He had the right priorities: Luke 5:16 (NIV) says “But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.” Although He had many people who wanted and needed to be healed, Jesus knew God’s way was to go away alone, talk to his Father and renew his strength.

I too want to listen to the Lord, renew my energy and be healed.

 

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Leave the Old Ways

I have many principles in My Word.
Recognize there may be little choices
which need to be changed.
My road is narrow and often the way is not easy.
But, there is also great joy!
Joy comes from accomplishing the work I have given you.
After I left this visible world,
my disciples were filled with power.
No longer were they torn between
their old lives and new ones.
They now had a sense of purpose and direction to follow.
I have many who set their gaze on Me
and follow the narrow path.
They accomplish much throughout their lives.
Some carry out my will in very quiet ways
with their kind words
and smiles which reflect my love.
Others achieve much by doing their daily work 
well
without 
complaining but with great love
for Me and others.

This fall I came across an old book entitled “God Owns My Business” by Stanley Tam who owned a business on I-75 going south near Lima, Ohio. On the exterior of the plant, it says “Christ is the Answer”. It is a very outstanding story.

I am quoting from page 118 “Stewardship is more than money. It is obedience, constant listening for that quiet voice of divine guidance sure to be heard when we follow the precedent of the Word of God which says: So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31.”

Mr. Tam learned to obey in small as well as big ways and carried out God’s will for his life. I want to do the same.

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Walk in My World

Breathe in new life from walking in the ancient
world of trees and oceans.
Being outdoors revives you more than
the comfort of your home,
the warmth of electric heat and lights.
There is something special which is only gained
by being at one with the elements.
Enjoy the wet mists, the ocean spray and the wind.
This is my world!
A world not made with human hands -
a world created by me which revives your soul.
Stroll the coast, hike the trails,
and refresh your mind and body.
Set aside the mundane things of life to enjoy my world.


A few years ago, when I wrote this ‘listening’, we visited Olympic National Park on the west coast of the State of Washington. It was awesome. The huge redwood trees were magnificent. Hiking for three days in this beautiful part of our country did refresh our minds and bodies.

Genesis 1:1: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

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I UNDERSTAND

My child, I understand your feelings and emotions.
You will discover this day will not be clamorous.
I will take care of the details.
Simply do as I have instructed and I will be with you.
It does not astonish me when you have doubts.
Even Jesus, my Son, in the midst of dying asked
“Why have you forsaken me?”
Do you think you will be exempt from doubt, fear and pain?
However, I have promised to be with you always.
Bring all your burdens to me and I will answer you.

 We read in the Bible the story of Peter who saw Jesus walking on water and wanted to join him. Peter got out of the boat and briefly walked on water as well until….

Matthew 14:30, 31(NIV): “But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, ‘Lord save me!’ Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him…”

 Do you ever start a new venture when you think the Lord says to come but then you glimpse the waves of bureaucracy and doubt sets in your mind? I know many times I begin a project but am swamped with fear. However, like Peter, I know I can call out to the Savior who understands. He often sends an encouraging word my way through his Holy Spirit but also through other people. Surprisingly I received “One Lovely Blog” Award from http://stringsofsoulness.wordpress.com which greatly inspired me and I will have a post on it soon as it definitely was an encouraging word.

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Enjoy your Journey

Come and sit with me!
Do you trust me enough to walk my way?
Like Martha, you try too hard.
Accept the fact you get tired
and make allowances for yourself.
Do not stress over little things.
Be still, like Mary, and simply listen.

 Psalm 37:7a, 34 (NIV) “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him;…Wait for the Lord and keep his way.”

 King David shows us a great picture of waiting until God’s appointed time for him to be crowned a king.  Yet he was anointed many, many years previously by Samuel the prophet. Though David was being hunted by Saul, he wrote many of the Psalms during this waiting time.

Recently, my sister and I decided to go to a campground as part of our yearly visit and we did have a wonderful time undistracted by the minutiae of life at home. Her children and grandchildren visited and enjoyed the cool pond. We also enjoyed long walks and talks in the morning. With my brother joining us, there were times of singing praises and listening to old camp-meeting songs which increased the presence of God in our lives. I want to make more time to be still and relax and enjoy the journey.

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Our Communication

You are right; I want to
communicate my love to you every day.

There is a line in a hymn which says:
 “In the stillness, I hear him whisper
Just talk it over with me in prayer.”
I want you to trust
I have your best interests in my heart.

Life is difficult at times.
However, you are my beloved child
and I love you very much.

Philippians 4:6 (NIV)  “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

Many people ask,” Why should I pray about my feelings, troubles and concerns since God already knows about them?”

However, I believe, when we tell him everything, we are in a state of mind that can “hear” his answer. His directions are truly life-giving.

Whether you find five minutes or fifty minutes today, I trust you will find the time with God as exciting and life changing as I do.

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Were They Wasted Years?

I am faithful regarding my promises to you!
As you see the sun rise each morning
in all its splendor and glory,
so my kingdom has the same radiance and magnificence.
Yes, I will restore the years which seem wasted.
For nothing is truly wasted
when you share my help with others.
Remember, when everything looks dark, I am always here.
I realize you have a difficult day ahead of you.
I will be with you each step you take.
Trust me and do not be afraid.

Joel 2:25 (KJV) Joel 2:25 “And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten…”

Romans 8:28 (KJV) “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose.”

Have any of you wondered why bad things happen to people? I often thought about the many years that seemed fruitless in my own life. Yet, when looking back I see how God has healed and truly restored those parts which appeared wasted. When we are “called” for God’s purposes everything we experience is useful to Him, though we may never know what was accomplished until eternity.

Truly I believe I was a better counselor because I understood some of the pain which my clients had and were able to work through. God is astonishing in the fact He truly can work out those hard things for good.

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Keep Things Simple

My child, like Martha,
you are concerned about non-essentials.
You know you want guests!
Provide a place,
keep things simple and visit comfortably.
People truly want to see each other.
Allow room for Me at your gathering.
You can sing My praises together
as you visit with each other.
Fellowship is what I long for from My friends.
Sitting quietly together
is often a mark of true companionship.
Breaking bread is a strong component of friendship.
Keep the breads simple.
Love My children.

Throughout scripture we read where Jesus had meals with people. His personality and miracles of healing also drew crowds. The boy, who gave his lunch of bread and fish to the Lord, gave the opportunity for many people to dine together and talk about what they had seen and heard.

Luke 10:40 (NIV) “But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made.”

Too many times, we can be distracted by elaborate menus when contemplating having guests over. However, this time I did want to invite three other couples to our home for lunch when the Lord seemed to speak this message to me. When they offered to bring something, I said “yes” and thus the salad and dessert were furnished.

It was a beautiful time as they related to us how they first had come to know the fullness of Christ, his incredible love and the Holy Spirit.

I have enjoyed times with friends when we had a loaf of bread and a delicious bowl of soup. It is wonderful to visit with friends simply.

Do you try to make your times with friends simple?

 

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Divine Appointments

Opportunities come and go.
Divine appointments are what I want you to take.
The meeting with your neighbor was not happenstance.
It was a divine appointment.
I want to remind you to pray for him
that he would know and love Me.
You are learning what is important in my kingdom.
As I learned, while on earth,
my occupation as a carpenter was
important until I was thirty.
Then I began to minister to many people.
Day by day, I learned
what my Father wanted to accomplish.
I did his will not my own.
I want you to pray your life be yielded in the same way.
Then I can use you to grow my kingdom.

 There is an old hymn that says: “Take my life and let it be consecrated Lord to thee.”

In Matthew 11:42 (NIV) Jesus said, “And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones, because he is my disciple, I tell you the truth, he will certainly not lose his reward”.

Recently, in our campground, there was a young man who was obviously in need. Looking for a job, living in a tent, with no cooler to keep food cold, without transportation. Although he refused to eat a meal with us, he later came to our RV door, asking merely for a cup of cold water with ice.

As he relaxed in the air conditioning and drank his water, my husband shared his miracle and the value of Christ in our lives. We pray the heritage his mother, who attended a Baptist Church, gave him as a child will grow and blossom. His dad had left when he was only five years old and there were nine hungry mouths to feed. I’m sure his mother called on God many times to meet their needs.

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