I will try harder to love you all.

But, God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive with Christ ~ by grace you have been saved ~ Ephesians 2:4-5

One of the areas I have struggled with all my life is the ability to love all people. Don’t get me wrong, I love people….in general. When I do cross paths with someone that I don’t feel “love” for….I try to look at the person as God would. Sometimes, this is hardest accomplishments I can think of. I can help any person. I can extend forgiveness to anyone. I can pray for them and with them. I find it very difficult to love them.

God loves them. He loves them no more and no less than He loves me. Then I realize we can LOVE EVERYONE. We don’t have to love what they do or what they represent or how they behave. But, we can LOVE THEM.

Think of the good we can do if we love everyone. If it weren’t for God’s love, I wouldn’t be living a better life in Christ. If it weren’t for God’s love, I would still be looking for love in all the wrong places. If we are to love others as God has loves us……then our love will show others they can have a better life too. The goal would be to love others as God does, to show them what their life will be like, living in CHRIST.

 

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Happy New Year – 2014

New Year’s Resolution Prayer:

Gracious God, thank you for your work of renewal in me. Thank you for the fact that I am new in Christ, having put off my old self and put on my new self. Thank you for the fact that you are at work in me, making me new from the inside out.

When I fall back into the ways of my old self, deliver me, Lord. Help me to choose to put off those ways. Ignite within me a desire for the new life, the life you offer in Christ. Continue, I pray, your work of renewing my inner being, so that I might be more and more like you.

All praise be to you, O God, Father, Son, and Spirit, because you are making all things new, including me! Amen.

Ephesians 4:22-24                                                     New Living Translation (NLT)

… throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. 23 Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. 24 Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy.

taken from:  http://www.thehighcalling.org/reflection/happy-new-you#.UsR3frQWr3W

About one year ago, I gave my life back to Christ. In 2013, I truly learned how to live better in Christ and I have learned better listening skills with God. I have allowed the Holy Spirit to guide my faith and to lead me in understanding scripture and the voice of God. I wish the same to every one of you. It all starts when we acceptance that Jesus is our Savior and died for our sins. Your faith will grow rapidly through the Holy Spirit. You will soon see the miracles that God lovingly has in store for you.

Happy New Year!!!!

White Whiner with First World Problems

Today, I went to a laundromat for the first time in 25 or 30 years. My dryer quit working, recently. I figure I don’t have much to complain about, my washer still works.

It snowed here over the weekend. We got 7 or 8 inches of snow. I figure I don’t have much to complain about, I have a nice shovel and the snow was the light and fluffy kind of snow.

So, in order to get my laundry done today, I washed four loads in my ‘working’ washer, shoveled the 7 to 8 inches of snow from my driveway, used a nice broom to push the snow off my car and then loaded the wet laundry in two baskets into the back seat of the car. While I was waiting for the car to warm up, I realized that I should have grabbed my heavy winter coat….just in case the car would break down or something like that. Back into the house to get my coat, I decide to scrape the ice off the windshield instead of waiting for the car to warm. I’m ready to go, now. Twelve miles to the next town to dry my laundry.

I get to the laundromat and realize I forgot the dryer sheets. You know…those little white sheets that make the static go away. This is a critical mistake. We have so much more static in the winter with the dry air. Off to the grocery I go. I figure I don’t have much to complain about since the grocery store is in the same parking lot as the laundromat. Might as well grab a cola while I’m there.

Finally, I am ready to dry my laundry. The first machine I chose had someone’s laundry in it still. The next one was out of order. Finally, found one I could use. Loaded my laundry into the machine and put in four quarters. That should do it. The next machine was available also. Loaded the second basket of wet laundry and added another four quarters. Found a nice seat to sit at while I waited. Opened my Nook to read a novel that I started recently. ‘BEEP’ One of the dryers has stopped. hmmmmm. It must not be working well. The laundry is still damp. Add four more quarters and restart the load. Again with the ‘BEEP’. Now I am down to using one dryer (as all the others were being used by other patrons of the laundromat). I figure I don’t have much to complain about, at least one dryer works better than the one I have at home.

After laundry, I decided to do a little Christmas shopping. Another 10 mile drive across town. Just need to pick up a few things. By now, I am getting a bit hungry. Maybe I will reward myself for all the hard work this was to get the laundry done. I stop at my favorite pizza parlor on the way home. A large, three topping pizza and another cola. On the way home, I decided I should call my mother and say hi. Had a wonderful conversation with Mom. We talked about my job and my upcoming move to New York. See, that is why I have to use the laundromat. I don’t want to buy a new dryer before I move 8 hours away. I will just buy a new dryer in New York. I figure I don’t have much to complain about, I am using the laundromat so I don’t have to buy a new one yet.

Western industrialized civilization. Even though I don’t have much to complain about, I do have a lot of inconveniences in my life right now. On the way to the laundromat I just wanted to take a moment to thank God for all he provides. For many years, I have had my own washer and dryer. I am blessed with a vehicle that starts in this cold weather. I am physically able to shovel snow. I have the means to pay for the laundromat, with extra quarters when the machines do not work well. How blessed am I that I can go shopping for Christmas presents for my family and then stop to get a pizza for dinner (with enough left over for lunch tomorrow).

I realize that even though I try not to complain, I am a white whiner with first world problems. Those in third world countries would cringe at all the ‘problems’ I had today. How lucky are we, in the Western world, that we don’t have to wash our laundry in a creek or river, that we don’t have to walk 12 miles to the next town. Who are we to complain about having to shovel snow or waiting for our car to warm up. Seems a bit silly to whine about not wanting to cook dinner because we worked so hard today.

The next time something goes wrong or becomes inconvenient…..try to see it for what it is. If we all take time to look at our world like a Third World person would, we would be ashamed of ourselves. Thank God for everything you have. Every convenience and every inconvenience. Praise God for every First World Problem you have. For every problem has a direct link to something others, in Third World countries, cannot imagine.

GOD is Good

So… I found out yesterday that about 50 of us are losing our jobs.  The jobs are moving from Fort Wayne, IN to Rochester NY. Over the last 6 months, I have been preparing my teen age girls about this real possibility…. That my job may move nearly ten hours away from our immediate family. Now the day has come. The true test of Faith.
 
Over the last two years, God has shown me a path that has prepared me for this major, life changing, move. Some amazing things have happened.
 
Almost two years ago, I moved to a small town of 1100 people, averaging 40 miles from my immediate family….all for a guy. Quickly, I started getting messages that I wasn’t where I was suppose to be. The guy moved out and I started listening to God more than just talking ‘to’ Him. Amazingly things began to happen in my life.
 
I am at peace with living alone. I have no desire to share my life with just anyone. The Holy Spirit has shown me that I can bury Gods love so far in my heart that for any man to find it (my heart)…he better know how to seek Jesus first. I am okay with being away from my family. This short distance has been a small test. I have had to learn to make time with my mom and with my dad. I have had to make time to call them and keep in contact with them from a (small) distance. I am so thankful that God has prepared me and my children for what could have been devastating. What would have been devastating before I allowed the Holy Spirit back into my heart.
 

Additionally……it doesn’t stop there. While it has become known to my coworkers that I have made the decision to move to Rochester NY. Some of the younger coworkers have found comfort in that. While they are taking a huge leap of faith to move into some really amazing opportunities while they are young and ambitious for growth in their careers, they have shared with me they have found comfort through the positive outlook that my God pours out of me. I was also told my a close co-worker (one that is not able to move away and will soon be seeking employment) that she ‘needs’ my positive outlook and appreciates that I share it with everyone.  And, she asked me to continue to minister to her in this time of the unknown for her.

What a wonderful way to witness God’s love. If for no other way than to live my life in a manner that those who know Jesus can witness my ministry and those who don’t know Jesus will learn through me.

Ok… grab a tissue. I know I need one.

GOD is Good!

All for One and One for All

Ephesians 4:4-6

There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.

The Holy Trinity can be difficult for both believers and non-believers of Christ. For myself, I find comfort and simplicity with the Holy Trinity. Our Father gave his only Son and through His Son’s payment for all our sins, He gave us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts. My comfort comes from knowing I am wholly covered through my faith, in Mind, Body and Spirit. The simplicity comes from knowing that all three are the same. They love me the same, protect me the same, guide me the same, and correct me the same. Each being different….but still the same.

 

Does it really matter if they say “Thank You”?

I was listening to the radio this morning; a local Christian station. The female DJ was talking about how she had allowed a couple of cars to enter into traffic ahead of her. She described how the drivers behind her were honking and irritated because she was holding them up. Of course, traffic wasn’t moving anyway, but they still didn’t want to be held up any longer than they had to be. The DJ was presenting her testimony of how she is a work-in-progress. Knowingly, because she was upset that the drivers, that were allowed into traffic, didn’t wave or acknowledge that she had extended kindness to them.

Does it really matter if they say “Thank You?”

Colossians 3:17  And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

I think the world would be a better place if we thanked God for giving us the opportunity to show kindness to others.

Colossians 3:23  Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,

It doesn’t really matter if they say “Thank You”. God always will.