He’s at the center of my relationship,
He’s at the center of my strength.
He’s at the center of my joy,
He’s at the center of my love.
My God is the center of my everything.
He’s at the center of my relationship,
He’s at the center of my strength.
He’s at the center of my joy,
He’s at the center of my love.
My God is the center of my everything.
When thinking of the word for today which is jiggle, and how to use it, I thought of some of the birds that move so very quickly to and fro, that it makes it almost impossible to clearly capture them.
The Nuthatch is one of those birds. They do not stay perched for long, so you have to be quick and be continually shooting, and hope that one of your clicks does the job.
Other birds which moves very quickly up and down trees are the Warblers and Creepers….I’m still waiting for a really clear photo.
For a few years now Cranberry Marsh has been one of my favorite places to visit. It’s a very tranquil setting for man and for animals.
Many of the migrating birds use this as a rest stop as they head south, and then back north again.
Last year we watched in horror as our marsh turned into a meadow. It is now devoid of water fowl and birds. We are praying for rain and a return of bird as we hope that our marsh does not turn into an arid waste land. Things are truly changing as this earth heats up.
Within us humans, God has place an instinct or the know-how to take care of our young ones.
The animals also know what to do and how to take care of their young ones.
God’s creativity never ceases to amaze me.
Most will not go through life
Without a slur on their name.
Usually it’s the slanderer that’s lacking,
Hold your head high, and give God your shame.
God is merciful, He is not like man,
He will forgive us
While our fellow-man will have us damned.
As I was walking along the trails one day, I happen to look down at the water, and was amaze to see the how beautiful it looked washing over the river rocks. I notice it was only like this in certain areas because of the sunshine.
It looked like Nature’s Natural Painting….Hand Painted by our Creator…..
The Rhythmic rolling of the waves can be very soothing as they wash ashore.
Here at the Southern most tip of Ontario, instead of rolling in, they overlap each other in a most unusual way, almost making a perfect “X.”
After spending much time seeking safety in the wrong things and in the wrong place, I have finally found my “Ultimate Hideout.”
I never knew this could be truly possible, but I now know, that I have full access to God through His Holy Spirit. THIS SPIRIT HAS A COMFORTING VOICE He carries me, He speaks words of comfort to my mind and I know that the words of the bible are not antiquated. On my part I must have faith that God hears my every cry, and He will lift me up.
Prayer is another way that I choose to use as a “Hideout.”(Refuge) I pray and I wait for Him to answer. God does answer us in His time. Sometimes He also answers in way we may not like, so we choose not to follow Him, that’s why most of us will end up living unhappy and unfulfilled lives.
Here are a few more scriptures on Refuge….(Hideout.)
Psalm 7:1 Lord my God, I take refuge in You; save and deliver me from all who pursue me.
Psalm 9:9 The Lord is a refuge (Hiding Place) for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.
Psalms 14:6 The evildoers frustrate the plans of the poor, but the Lord is their refuge. (Hideout.)
Sometimes we need to thread slowly and softly, while listening carefully, in order to see clearly what is right before us.
On this particular day, I hurried walked up to the Look Out Point, and because of my haste, I would only capture what was right before me in its obscurity.
About two springs ago, I got to witness this most juicy and intriguing event right from my kitchen window.
I wasn’t quite sure what was happening at the time, but soon came to realize that I was watching the courtship between two Cardinals. The male Cardinal would fly to the feeder, fetch a seed, and then back to the female that he was trying to attract and offer her the finest sunflower seed he had found.
After his prospect had accepted the seed, I’m sure it made the male Cardinal feel spectacular giving him the hope that there was more to come.
The two lingered for a while beak to beak before the male flew off once again to fetch his mate another seed.
Well the courtship is now over. I’m not sure if Mrs. Cardinal knew what she was in for.
I see her and her alone, busy taking apart my coco liners as she flies off to make a home for her and Mr. Cardinal.
It all seemed to work out in the end, because when it came to the feeding time,
It was only Mr. Cardinal I would see doing this job. So in the end they both played a very important part, in the rearing of the young cardinal.
It’s amazing the instinct that has been placed in man and in all animals, the instinct to love, to care and to share. It’s so nice to see these positive instincts being used.
And that is my juicy tale about “The Courting Cardinals.”
I bet most of you have never heard of “Mind Squats,” that’s because I just made it up. You probably do them, but give them another name. So I’m just trying to find a way to give meaning to the Daily Post word of the day, which is “Squat.”
As I grow older, I find that I have to do many things to stay in adequate physical shape. In order to stay free from aches and pains, I have to do squats to help straightened and stretch my back.
We take great care to look after our bodies, but our minds are also very important. We should also on a daily basis do some exercises to keep our minds filled with positive thoughts. Every time we have a glimmer of a negative thought we should bring it back to the positive. This can be a very difficult thing to do, but when we have faith and believe in God, He will give us the strength to get through.
Philippians 4:8 …….Whatever is true, whatever is noble ever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable, if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.
Most of us seem to think that it will be a very quiet occurrence when Jesus returns to this earth, and to get our point across, we would refer back to the scripture which says: The day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night……1 Thessalonians 5. However this scripture only means that, we know not when the Lord will come, just as we know not when a thief may break in. Instead of Jesus returning quietly, it will be a very loud and gloriously noisy occasion.
There will be trumpets…when they sound the dead in Christ will rise from their graves. We who are still alive, our bodies will change into perfection, never to decay again. This is based on 1 Corinthians 15:52
Can you imagine trumpets sounding so loud that they will wake up the dead! That will be some sound.
I love taking wild life and nature photos, but many times I may go out and not see any wild life at all. If you are a true birder, you will wait for hours for something to happen, and that is something which I find very difficult to do.
On this particular day, we wouldn’t have to wait too long for something to happen. As soon as my friend and I got to the parking lot, we spotted this Juvenile Bald Eagle sitting in a tree. There are not too many Eagles to be spotted in our area and this was a very rare occurrence. For a long time I yearned for an opportunity when I would at least see an Eagle. Here it was today sitting in a tree. Soon she would start to fly around over our heads, as if putting on a show for us, with this crow chasing after her all the way. It was a truly beautiful sight to behold.
Darkness casting its shadow over the earth, as the sun dims its light for another day.
No One Last ForeverRandom Thoughts
So even though we may be now youthful and full of life, eventually we all will age and wither just like the green grass. The ones who are exalted high, will also fall, just like a flower who once bloomed in all its glory.
The only One who never changes and will last forever, is God Himself.
Just a Thought
Jesus said to His disciples; “Come follow me, and I will send you out to fish for people.” Matthew 4:19 NIV Random Thoughts
So when we as fish allow ourselves to be caught, we become sheep (followers of Christ) and He becomes our Shepherd.
Just a Thought
1: People will be deceived.
2: Earthquakes, famines wars.
3: People will be persecuted and put to death.
4: Many Christians will be hated.
5: Many Christians will turn away from the faith and they will hate and betray each other.
6: There will be increase wickedness.
7: The love of many will grow cold…..in other word love will be replaced by hate.
8: Some will remain faithful to God till the end.
Just wondering how much further we have to go before we are at the very end of time….would love to hear the thoughts of others.
Matthew 24:4-12 Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you. 5 For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many.6 You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. 7 Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of birth pains.
9 “Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. 10 At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, 11 and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. 12 Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, 13 but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.
God is not asleep, not even a quick nap will He take. We may not think about it, but He is observing every evil action that is happening to His little children at this very moment. It is very difficult at times to walk as Christ wants us to. He tells us:
Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary , repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.1 Peter 3:9
1 Peter 3:9 is really showing us just how difficult it is to show love, as God wants us to.
In the news today, they told the story of students hurling hateful and evil words at other students. I can only imagine how difficult it would have been to thinking good and loving thoughts at that time.
If we are believers and we are experiencing persecution, just remember that:
For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and His ears are attentive to their prayers. 1 Peter 3:12
Praying is the key, it may seem ineffective, but pray without ceasing, and see results.
So often we become restless and impatient when things don’t seem to be going our way. We tend to blame everyone else but ourselves. We also tend to look at others, and if their lives seem to be going better than ours, we will want to have the things that they have. This is how it also was for the children of Israel, and this is how it is for us today.
Israel had the best of everything, especially in a Leader to govern them, as God was the King and Leader, however, they wanted a King like all the other nations around them. As a result, the rejected their King (God) for a very flawed candidate to be their King. They chose persecution instead of peace.
But when they said, “Give us a king to lead us,” this displeased Samuel; so he prayed to the Lord. 7 And the Lord told him: “Listen to all that the people are saying to you; it is not you they have rejected, but they have rejected me as their king… 1 Samuel 8: 6 – 7
So the Lord gave the people the desires of their heart by anointing Saul as King over them. He was not invisible, but was very pleasing to their eyes. He was tall and handsome, qualities that the people were attracted to, but he came with much baggage.
Some of you have been inquiring of me in regards to my “Daily Potion.” I am so sorry, but I have been so busy, but as I think about it, I should never let my business come before God’s Business.
I’ve been doing a read through of the bible and today I read 1 Samuel 15 where Saul has been anointed King over the children of Israel. Samuel went to Saul and told him what God wanted him (Saul) to do. Saul went forward and did most of what God had asked of him. He did what he thought was best in his eyes by sparing the king’s life and by sparing the cattle that was healthy. God was not pleased with only the “Partial Obedience” by Saul, and as a result, He rejected him as the King of Israel.
God has also requested that we follow His ten commandments, not one commandment, not two commandments, but all ten. When we neglect to do as God says we are also in danger of Him also rejecting us.
Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices
as much as in obeying the Lord?
To obey is better than sacrifice, 1 Samuel 15:22
Revelation 20 1-3 & 7-10 And I saw an angel coming down out of heaven, having the key to the Abyss and holding in his hand a great chain. 2 He seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil, or Satan, and bound him for a thousand years. 3 He threw him into the Abyss, and locked and sealed it over him, to keep him from deceiving the nations anymore until the thousand years were ended. After that, he must be set free for a short time. ….. When the thousand years are over, Satan will be released from his prison 8 and will go out to deceive the nations in the four corners of the earth—Gog and Magog—and to gather them for battle. In number they are like the sand on the seashore. 9 They marched across the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of God’s people, the city he loves.But fire came down from heaven and devoured them. 10 And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever.
While we are lifted up with Christ to spend a thousand years in heaven, Satan will be captured and bound for a thousand years. When we return to this earth we will be kept safe within God’s holy city. Satan will be freed at that time, and he will gather all the evil people, which is like the sand on the sea-shore. He will then try to kill God’s people, but fire will rain down from heaven and demolish them, and that will be the end of evil.
Oh Happy Day!!
Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,”[a] for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea.2 I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. 4 ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’[b] or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” Revelations 21: 1-4
In my last two blog posts we spoke of Jesus coming back for a second time. We saw where He sat on the cloud and sent His angels out to gather His children. Graves were opened and the ones who died believing in Christ were the first to be lifted up to meet Jesus in the sky. Then the believers who were alive when Jesus came back a second time were also lifted up to be with Him.
At the time we were lifted up to meet Jesus, our bodies were changed. We will no longer live with sadness, pain or tears. We are now all free of negative emotions. Happiness only is the new order of the day. We will spend a thousand years with Jesus in heaven before coming back to live on a new and purified earth. Satan will be gotten rid of, and we will live with God forever and ever.
There is hope….
The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels. Matthew 13:39
The angel swung his sickle on the earth, gathered its grapes and threw them into the great winepress of God’s wrath. Revelation 14:19
This is the season when the ripened crops are gathered. The Farmer sends out his workers to bring all the good ripe crops to him. The bad ones are thrown away, or back into the ground. Both the good and bad crops grew together, but now is the separation time.
In Matthew 13 when Jesus was explaining the parable about the weed, He also told us what the harvest and harvesters referred to in His parables. The Harvest is the end of the age, and the Harvesters are the angels.
At the end of time which we all suspect is very near, Jesus will come into our earths atmosphere surrounded by a host of angels. The angels (harvesters) will then come and collect all of those who are faithful and believe in Jesus. We will be lifted up to meet Jesus in the air. The (bad harvest) or unbelievers will remain where they are…..on the perishing earth.
I looked, and there before me was a white cloud, and seated on the cloud was one like a son of man[b] with a crown of gold on his head and a sharp sickle in his hand. Revelation 14:14
Surely it must be almost harvest time. It seems as though the whole earth is being thrown into a state of confusion, with good being confused for bad, and right confused for wrong. Humans are becoming more and more hopeless, the earth is creaking and groaning.
People are making plans as the seek ways to escape….to escape this corrupted earth. Jesus is coming back again, when He returns the next time, His feet will not touch this polluted earth until it has been purified. He will descend into this atmosphere, but will sit on the cloud, while the angels go forward and do the harvesting. Jesus will return with all His power and His glory.
Well it’s that season again, and if you’re a nature lover you can’t help but watch as the birds take off for the warmer climates. It’s amazing to watch them do certain things purely by instinct, like in the spring time when the female goes off to collect straw to build her nest while the male stands watch near by as her protector.
While out the other day, we saw many birds flying in a south westerly direction, making the most of the wind I suppose. One thing we noticed was, that just about every bird we saw were flying in large groups. The picture above shows a large group of male Red Wing Black Birds. I wonder where the females are at this point, if the are out in front or if they are behind. Perhaps the female Red Wings are behind, while the males are out front to fight off any predator. Even though they may often fight amongst themselves, when a predator shows up they all come together to fight it off.
So often as human beings we seem to forget the instinct that God has given. We try to fight off the enemy in our own strength; we also don’t seem to be able to work as a team, and so we continue to fail; this can happen in our personal lives or in the church.
Perhaps one day we will all be able to learn and take in the lessons from nature.
Though far from the beginning of time
Much beauty still abounds.
Trees are on fire while groups of birds are busy flapping.
A lonely bench facing the waves invites us to sit; to listen.
As we sit, we see butterflies fly to the water’s edge and then back again.
They want to linger before the journey.
Few people around, all are stilled, quieted, hushed.
Where there should be coldness there is warmth,
Where there should be a rush there is lingering.
So my hubby and I took some time out to celebrate our 21 years of marriage. On this particular day, we took in the beauty of nature by visiting the southern most tip of Canada. The waters were very rough, in a way that I’ve never seen. The waves came together at the very tip, and they overlapped each other. We stayed and mingled for a bit, with the few who also came to drink in this beauty.
On this particular day, I would capture more with the naked eye than I did with the camera.
Some of our sightings included frogs, shore birds, turtles, vultures, herons, hawks…..
So on this beautiful fall day we would simply take time to sit and be still.
Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; Psalm 37:7
Test me, Lord, and try me, examine my heart and my mind. Psalm 26:2
Wow, can you imagine asking God to take a look at your heart and your mind? God wants us to live a life so honest and pure, a life where He could examine us at any time, and find only His goodness in our hearts and on our lips.
At this time in history so many of us are wondering what is going on. We continue to wonder why our churches seem to be in such disarray. We can quote any given scripture to make our point, but are we actually living the scriptures out in our daily lives?
If we say we are Christians, we should be able to stand before God and ask Him to test our hearts and our minds
I pray that I will be able to live a life where God can test my heart and my mind at any time, as I know that I can hide nothing from God.
10 David praised the Lord in the presence of the whole assembly, saying,
“Praise be to you, Lord,
the God of our father Israel,
from everlasting to everlasting.
11 Yours, Lord, is the greatness and the power
and the glory and the majesty and the splendor,
for everything in heaven and earth is yours.
Yours, Lord, is the kingdom;
you are exalted as head over all.
12 Wealth and honor come from you;
you are the ruler of all things.
In your hands are strength and power
to exalt and give strength to all.
13 Now, our God, we give you thanks,
and praise your glorious name.
1 Chronicles 29: 11-14
Some times I think we tend to forget where our health and every good thing comes from. Without God we can do nothing.
Dear God, today and every day I will take the time to recognize You for Your power and Your strength, and for every thing You continue to do in my life.
Mark 13: 8 ……There will be earthquakes in various places, and famines. These are the beginning of birth pains.
The name of the Lord is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe. Proverbs 18:10
We know that regardless of what is happening around us, we can feel safe and secure in God. We should also use our human wisdom to be co-workers with God, so that we will be led into safety.
If you’re living in North America, you know that there is a big storm about to hit some of the most southern states. Many warnings have gone out, notifying the people of the severity of the storm, however many people are refusing to heed the warning.
It is hard to understand why people would ignore the warnings, to flee the face of danger. They have been told, “You will be killed.” But yet they hang on. Perhaps someone reading this may be able to enlighten me.
When we have a close relationship with God, He will give us the a confidence that no one is able to move. It will be a lasting and enduring confidence, one that is not full of self, but a confidence that is strengthened by God.
For wherever you go, I will go; And wherever you lodge, I will lodge; You people shall be my people, And your God, my God. Ruth 1:16
So often we hear about bad mother-in-law and daughter-in-law relationships, but the story of Ruth is so beautiful, in that Ruth was very kind to Naomi, and Naomi certainly made a very marked impression on Ruth. We know that Naomi was a Godly woman and perhaps it was just the way she lived her life from day-to-day, that drew Ruth to her.
As Christians it would be wonderful to live our lives in such a way, that we would constantly be drawing people to us, regardless if they were family or not.
For the Lord Himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. 1 Thessalonians 4: 16-17
So it seems like there is a lot of talk these days about leaving this earth and going to live on mars, however there will be a price I’m sure which only the rich will be able to afford.
I agree that the earth cannot be sustained much longer, but while others plan to go to mars, I will continue to watch and wait for the return of Jesus. I will look forward to meeting Him in the air with all my loved ones who may have died, and with the host of angels that will surround us. From there we will keep going up, way past mars, somewhere where we will live in perfect harmonious peace.
There is a beauty and elegance about all God’s cretures.
God’s creatures sings His praises.
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11
When we witness to others, we will tell them that God wants only what’s best for them, and while that is true, it’s very difficult to see, when you are the one going through the fire. I feel as though I had one of those moments today.
It’s that time of year again, it’s the fall season and the golden rod is flying. Allergies abound, at least they do for me, along with a host of sinus issues. I went to bed late, and then I was up very early, “mouth breathing” and feeling rather uncomfortable. I knew I should have gone to bed early, but it never seems to work out that way. Anyway, there I was this morning desperately praying to God for relief, but nothing seem to be long-lasting. If I didn’t know better I would think that I was being punished.
After a trip to the Health Food Store and some Olbas Oil, and some time spent in fresh air, relief would come. It was a very long day, but still wonderful, even though I am now tired at a much earlier hour.
I know that God wants only what’s best for me. Perhaps He allowed my discomfort, so that I could get into bed at a much earlier hour today, as I am now extremely tired and will soon be going off to bed. I know this may not be a big deal to many, but I see God’s Hand in every area of my life.
And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. This is the first commandment. Mark 12:30
So it seems as though God has placed on my heart this message, and that is to relay that when all minds are focused on Him (God) there will be no place to harbour negative feelings. There will be no place for feeling the likes of depression. There will be peace, and there will be an abiding hope, that one day we will live in eternity with Him.
When we give God our full attention, it is only then that we will be led in the right direction.
For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, for he has no one to help him up. Ecclesiastes 4:10
The above Scripture is another one that the Pastor mentioned when he spoke on loneliness, he said he thought that the scripture was referring to more that a Physical Fall.” I can see this Scripture referring to something more also…..like an emotional fall. We would more readily speak of a physical wound than an emotional wound. This is where the enemy (Satan) is winning the battle. Many are suffering in silence while the enemy laughs.
So many teenagers and young adults and adult are suffering alone, we smile in front of each other, yet on the inside we are crying. Just think if we all opened up to each other and was a support for one another, what a beautiful world this would be. It would be a great wound to the enemy. We would be seen as caring and sharing with one another. Inmagine my surprise when I was told that when someone ask you how you’re doing, they don’t really care as to how you are really doing, it’s just a conversation maker. I can laugh about this now, but I remeber being asked once how I was doing. I started to vervablize the pain I was feeling, but by that time the person was rounding a corner, waving at me and saying : “Oh that’s wonderful.”
One thing I know for sure and that is, although God made us all unique in many ways, they’re a lot of things that are the same about us. No one person is immune. The doctor who treats us may have his or her own emotional issues, the lawyer, policeman, teacher, reporter etc….we all bleed the same. So let’s fight the battles together and not alone, let’s support each other and most of all, let’s pray to God for emotional healing.
So my church is doing an Evangelistic Series for the next three weeks and on the first night the Pastor touched on the subject of “Loneliness.” It is being spoken of a lot in the news….A few days ago I listened to a program on that very subject. It seems as though many older people are feeling rather alone, especially after the loss of a spouse. We also know that you can have the sense of being alone at any age. I already shared a time in my own life of when I felt alone. TWO DIFFERENT PATHS Now, even though I may spend much time alone, I never feel lonely.
These few word really say a lot, and the Pastor repeated them over and over. “No God, No Peace. No God, No Peace.
Just this morning on the news, it was said that 65% on College and University students are suffering with anxiety issues and some with severe depression, yet I’m also told the new religion these days is to have no religion. Why Complicate Simplicity when life could be so simple!! Why Complicate Simplicity
The next few words he would repeat over and over was:
2 Know God, Know Peace.
It’s really as simple as that. When we are intimately connected to God, we will live more peaceful and contented lives. Feelings of loneliness will vanish. The Pastor also stated that when we seek out a Psychiatrist he will only give a panacea lasting us till the next session. As I’ve stated on my About I’m not telling anyone not to seek professional help, but what I would like for others to know, is that God should not be discounted, after all He is the Healer.
When I came seeking God, it was for the most selfish reasons, but He accepted me anyway. I was seeking physical healing. I searched and searched the bible, prayed, cried out to Him, and He would reveal Himself to me in the most marvelous ways. If you are tormented, if you are in pain, if you are depressed or lonely, whatever you may be suffering from, a solid connection to God is the answer.
There are many examples of living a life without God in the bible. As long as we are willing to make the change, and turn and walk in the right direction, wonderful things can happen in our lives. HOW TWO MEN WERE CURED FROM MENTAL ILLNESS
This blog is from a time in my life when I felt lost and all alone.FROM DESPAIR TO JOYFULNESS God is a Good God, and He is available to all. He brought me where my self-help books couldn’t take me. He brought me, where my positive thoughts alone couldn’t take me. He will never leave me, and I’m so happy to know that I have an everlasting friend.
Taking a dip in the shade on a hot summer’s day.
Although we may not be fully rooted or grounded in our faith, God will patiently wait for us to make appropriate changes in our live, as a mother would wait and watch over her little child.
God is waiting for us to come to Him, to confess our sins, and to accept the forgiveness and the healing that He has to offer.
Once we come before God and ask for forgiveness, He will claim us as His sons and daughters. We will now come to realize that He is always beside us, and not far away as we thought. If we allow Him, He will be our Guide as we take our journey onward.
Psalm 103: 1 – 4
1 Bless the Lord, O my soul;
And all that is within me;
Bless His holy name!
2 Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And forget not His benefits;
3 Who forgives all our iniquities,
Who heals all our diseases,
4 Who redeems your life from destruction,
Who crowns you with loving kindness and tender mercies.
At the right time the leaves are changing colour, and the little Gold Finches, and the House Finches have already started changing colours also. In the spring time the Hand of God will restore the trees with leaves again; the birds will once again migrate and change colours. God has bestowed the freedom of choice on all human beings, and time and again, instead of allowing Him to make the necessary changes in our lives, we keep fighting and resisting Him. Perhaps one day we will accept the crown that He is waiting to give us.
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. 1 Peter 5:8
Sober: Calm, Clear-headed, Steady, Temperate…..
Vigilant: Attentive, Aware, Cautious, Observant, On Guard……
Adversary: Attacker, Enemy, Foe
Roaring: Blaring, Deafening, Ear – Piercing
Many of us are walking around unaware that we ae being controlled by evil. Because we do not know the Scriptures, because we do not truly have the faith in God that we should, the devil has found an in-road to our minds. He knows just how to tempt us, to make us believe that wrongs are rights. His is the booming voice we will hear, always leading us in the sweetest of ways to make mistakes.
The Scripture tells us to be calm and clear-headed (sober) and if we fully believe, and have faith in the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit, way beyond the loudness and the booming of the enemy (devil) we will find the voice of the One who Comforts us. (Holy Spirit, Comforter) We need to search until we find Him, instead of allowing ourselves to be destroyed by the one who roars in our ears.(Devil, Evil, Enemy.)
Almost everyday on the news we will hear of some wrong that has been done. Many times the person will say that “God” told them to do it…..this is how the enemy is manipulating many minds in our world today. He is “Roaring” in many ears right now.
If you are a Christian and believe and are obeying God’s commandment, you have access to the Holy Spirit (Comforter, Helper) and He will give you a mind filled with peace. There is POWER available to everyone who believes. It is the unbelievers who are more affected by the “Roar” of the enemy.
Jesus Promises Another Helper
“If you love Me, keep My commandments. 16 And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever-17 The Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. 18 I will not leave you orphans, I will come to you.” John 14:15-18
Jesus Tells Us How To Live
In order to reflect Christ in our lives, this is the way we are supposed to live.
May God grant me the strength to live the way He wants me too, for it can only be accomplish through His strength.
My prayer for all Christian is that we will “Live” the Word as well as we “Say” the Word.
In John 5 :1-14 there is a man who was healed at the Pool of Bethesda, you may read the whole story there. After the man was healed Jesus said to him: 14 ” See you have been made well. Sin no more, lest a worse thing come upon you.” So obviously, the man’s sins kept him ill for so many years.
Our sins could be any wrongdoing we are indulging in. Simple things we may not consider as harmful, could also be sins….Overeating is a sin, which could lead to digestive issues, which could then lead to many other health problems. Negative Thinking is a sin, it can severely weaken and impair the mind and the body. Stealing could give one a guilty conscious which then leads to stressful situations; Gossiping is a sin, Judging is a sin, and they can all do damage to our bodies, along with all the others not mentioned here.
I know that many of my own health issues were brought on by my bad eating habits and my negative thinking, just to name a few. God can give us all the strength to overcome, and I’m thankful for the long way that He has brought me.
We also know that God will allow things in our lives so that His glory and His miraculous works can be seen.
John 9 Now as Jesus passed by, He saw a man who was blind from birth. 2 And His disciples asked Him saying, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” 3 Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him. 4 I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work. 5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.
In other words, not all health issues are a result of sin, but some are also allowed that we may see God’s miraculous Hand at work as He heals us.
Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.
When we speak kind words to one another, they bring healing to our minds and healing to our bodies. Loving words will make us feel less stressful and less anxious. Gracious words promote healthy emotions, they strengthen and give us a great sense of well being.
The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing. Proverbs 12:18
A person who is hasty to speak, foolhardy, ill-advised, inconsiderate; can easily cause damage to another, by the words they use. When we are “Pierced” by someone’s words we can be deeply wounded emotionally and physically.
For good emotional and physical health, kind words will go a long way.
Changing Times, Changing Seasons
Heading off to search for food
Osprey flies over the marsh
Pit stop, before heading south
Butterflies resting up before taking the long flight across the lake.
Changes at the marsh
Food in short supply
Hot dry summer dries up the marsh
I’ll never forget my first sighting of the Barred Owl
These Creatures seem to crave the quietness and peacefulness of the woods.
Looking forward to another season of Snowy Owls
Bye, Bye Summer & Beautiful Backyard Birdies of 2016
Robin Red Breast was the first to arrive, eating the seeds from my sumac.
This Squirrel partially destroyed my window boxes to make its nest.
This House Finch was a frequent visitor to the bird feeder
Adult Starling finds a spot to bring its young.
Starlings fighting each other for a spot at the bird feeder
Starling not backing down from the Grackle
Starlings seem to be Born Fighters, as this one fights a Grackle.
Two young Starlings among the Zinnias
These two Doves found the deck a nice place to mate.
Mating Doves earlier this Spring
This little Chipmunk loves Safflowers, he would come and call, and wait for Safflowers.
Gold Finch feasting on my Zinnias
What To Ask For In Prayer
When we pray, we are to pray to our Father in Heaven, and these are the things we are to ask for:
1 We are to ask for God’s Kingdom to come…..for Him to come again.
2 Ask for God’s will to be done in your lives.
3 Ask for our daily needs.
4 Ask for forgiveness.
5 Ask God to not allow us to be led into temptation.
6 Ask God to deliver us from evil.
Based on the Lord’s Prayer in Matthew 6:9-13
So we then are not to use God like a magician, only asking for me, me, me. His will for our lives may not be our will for our lives, but it will be best for us in the long run. We are also to ask God for forgiveness, and He is most willing to forgive.
Daily Potion September 15, 2016 Since the first sin took place in the Garden of Eden, we are all living under oppressive sin and we must ask to be set free from the evil that weighs us down……Depression, Anger, Lust, Confusion to name a few.