Mom

My mother is no longer with us and she didn’t get to see her grandson, at least she didn’t see him in person. I feel that any of our family in heaven do have a way of seeing into our lives from there so it is possible that she knows about him. Why am I starting this post with the telling of my mom being in heaven? Because I know she is there.

myMomI know she was a Bible reading woman and she took me to church each Sunday. She also had a beautiful voice and she was singing hymns much of the time while I was growing up. Does this prove that she was a Christian? No, but in my heart, I feel that she is there. I suppose I will find out when I get there in….well, whenever God calls me home.

My mother was a good Mom and I never thought of her as anything other than my mom. I am thankful for her and the effort that it took to raise me on her own, even though my grandparents were there. They didn’t discipline me in any meaningful way because they were afraid of driving me away. I had way too much freedom during my teen years, but those were the ’70’s before we even knew what a terrorist was. The only time I even heard about a Muslim religion was during the hostage crisis during my senior year in high school.

Life has changed a lot in the last forty years and not really for the better. Society has changed in ways that my graduating class of 1979 never thought would be a part of our lives. But…it is now and it will likely be this way until the end of days when Jesus comes back. Humanity will survive but there are going to be some hard times coming soon and for those who do not know Jesus the world will be so different from today. It will be more dangerous and much more like the movie “1984”.

 

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A long time coming…

Some people see this as a title of redemption or of something which they have been trying for most of their lives to get. Looking for some kind of reward after living a long time with no good thing coming to you. Sounds like my life and maybe even yours, hmm?

We get what we put into life many times, but what about what you really need? Do you really think about what you actually need in this life or do you just crave things because you are trying to keep up or at least look like you can keep up?

I know I am asking lots of questions, but if we don’t ask these questions how will you know what is coming? I know, another question. The days that we are living in now are close to the time described in the book of Revelation.

Why did I bring that up? Because it is necessary for you to know. God didn’t place a prophetic book in the New Testament just for fun. It’s there because we need to know what is coming, and very soon. We are loved by our Creator, but there are many who don’t want to love Him. Some are complaining that He’s not coming back, but since God cannot lie I believe He is! What or rather who do you think can solve our problems? The governments of the world can’t fix them. Any kind of military action will not fix any problem of the world or any of the countries in the world.

Truly, there is nothing which we can do which will bring about any kind of healing or even fix the economic problems of any single country, let alone the world! There are too many cultural differences and religious differences for us to be able to come up with a workable solution.

But…God can fix them all! When Jesus comes to rule the Earth, His rule will be absolute and our problems will get fixed during His one thousand year reign. I ask you to make sure of your place in this world and the next by accepting Him as your Savior and Lord.

 

It is not about race

So many comparisons are made between people who have no concept of race, it seems. In fact, the human race is the only real “race” that exists on Earth. There are many differences in skin tone and color, eye shape, hair, etc. but we are all homo sapiens, at least as far as DNA can tell us. Genetics has produced and still produces differences in our “look” but the actual race is the same.

Culture and differences in the practice of lifestyles are the most visible differences and the most vocal. But, a preference for one sexual partner or another doesn’t compare to the injustices suffered by people of color, regardless of how you phrase it. Sexual preference is not a “civil right”, it is just your preference. Period.

The world around you shouldn’t have to cave to your desires and preferences just because you have a different preference for a sexual partner. In all fairness, we shouldn’t be so judgmental about this in our culture anyway but we are. Even on social media, we tend toward having friends which look like us or believe like us. We are not as diverse in our friendships as we would like people to believe we are.

So, truly, is there anything that we can do which would change our view or perception of each other? Historically, the human race has not had a very good track record of tolerance. In the past, wars have been fought over skin color, a line on a map, religious differences even among Christians! We can find a reason to disagree on almost anything and do so to the point of shooting at each other with arrows or guns or even dropping bombs on those that we are at war with!

So, to answer that question of “Is there anything that we can do to get along?”…..not much. Without a common enemy or goal, which our differences in religion and culture tend to change our perception of, we don’t have much of a chance to truly get along all over the world! Even when we were mostly Christian in our beliefs about five hundred years ago, the freedom to practice our religion divided us. In the sixteenth century, it was the publication of an English Bible which caused many to be put to death because of it.

Can our planet survive our differences? Yes, and a good portion of humanity will too when Jesus returns and rules our planet rather than us being divided on so many fronts. Everyone won’t be totally on board with all of His rulings, but the enforcement will be with a “rod of iron“, so humanity will learn to get along.

God has never forced His Ten Commandments on people but we will pay for not following them because they are part of His Law. We are not required now to be Christians, but if you survive until Jesus returns to be the Ruler of David’s throne then you will have to make a choice. God loves us as His Creation but just as we aren’t happy with some of our children’s choices in life, He isn’t either. We are supposed to choose to follow Jesus and if you have the wisdom to know that God is your Creator then it would be a good idea to give your heart to Him.

Freedom of religion

Freedom of religion which is guaranteed in our Constitution concerns the freedom to practice the religion of your choice or none at all. So why do many in our country want to get rid of any shred of Christianity that they can and yet any other form of religion beyond that is Ok?

I suppose it is because of the truth which we claim to follow in our churches and preach from the pulpits was given to the Jewish people as the Word of God through His prophets. Therefore it is True and indisputable which makes many people very nervous and jittery about a book with absolute Truth in its pages. They question its Truth and they question the validity of those who wrote the words down.

In many parts of the world there is no freedom of religion at all, you either believe and practice the religion of the state or, in some cases, you are killed for being a heretic. If you aren’t killed, then you are put in jail so you can’t spread your “lies” to other people.

All of this division has been orchestrated by Satan from eons past or since Adam and Eve were in the Garden at least. Our world, not just America, has many religions which worship things and ideas which have been written down in recent memory and some which were taught many hundreds of years ago. The religions or people and their ideas that are worshiped are not gods and they are not God, but it seems that many are deceived by their leaders to believe that they are.

Don’t give your heart or your mind to these ideas or people because that path leads away from God and away from eternity in Heaven. It doesn’t lead “to the dark side” but it does go to a dark place from which there is no escape. God loves you regardless of what you may have heard or read because He is your Creator. Seek Him out while there is time and try to have an open mind doing so. Learn about Him from the Bible and a Bible teaching church, not some of this “prosperity new age” junk!

 

Dividing lines

Why are the people of America trying to divide our country now? I mean, it happened during the Civil War by politics and by differences of opinion on slaves and who should have them or not. Now, we are dividing it because of the history of that period and the feelings of those living today. My ancestors came from Ireland, some of them were slaves too but I am not going to worry myself about what happened over 200 years ago because it is not part of our present.

Countries and people are divided in many places around the globe because of politics and religion. America was the world’s “great melting pot” where every person from anywhere could come and be an American, not a hyphenated citizen. What happened? Have we rewritten our history so it won’t offend anyone today? What about twenty years from now? Will we just throw away the American flag and the national anthem and any trace of history from more than a century ago?

God brought our land together and the people who made up this great land and the government which governs it too. Now, at least one-third of Americans…maybe more are willing to make it into what exactly? Will it be a country that your grandparents would be proud of? Will God approve of the changes that seem to be happening at a rapid pace?

I don’t know the answers to those questions. I am not sure that many people know the real answers to those questions. I do know that if our country goes down the path which seems to be forming in our politically correct media and those who make the rules in our government, America will not be a place to look up to by anyone anymore. I never thought that our country would ever get to this point, but after the Vietnam War it seems that we, the American people, have lost much of our ideals and our pride in our country.

Did America have some dark days in her past, yes, but so does every country in the world! All of them have had slavery and abuse of power issues. All countries have had racial tension and religious persecution, we are not unique in that arena. Life, no matter where it may be, isn’t easy or guaranteed to last a certain amount of time. Some of the atrocities such as sex slavery (which is going on now) haven’t been dealt with yet.

Pedophiles and sexual battering and other perverted problems which are coming to light are not something that I thought that my child would have to learn about or have to pray about for guidance and protection but we are. We have pushed God out of education and mostly out of our collective conscience and now we are paying the price for it.

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Rest I need, yes sleep….

YodaThose words come from an old Jedi teacher in “Return of the Jedi”. But we all need sleep and rest. Not the sleep of death or oblivion or becoming one with the Force, but restful sleep each day. It is given to us by our Heavenly Father just as it was given to Jesus when He walked on this Earth so many years ago.

Restful sleep is sometimes a fleeting think in our world today because of the sedentary lives that many of us have. Sometimes our brain just doesn’t seem to crave a shut-down period and we keep the neurons firing so much that we can’t get to sleep without medication of some kind. Yes, God intended for us to rest at night to begin the day refreshed and ready for what may come in it. So…why is it so hard at times to get our brains to hibernate for a few hours?

We have too much technology around us could be part of it. The blue light from screens on phones and Kindle’s and computers interrupts our brain’s perception of night. Most of the research that has been done on this says that our screen time should be shut off at least four hours before bedtime, the problem is that our flat screen TV’s emit just as much blue light and many of us have those in our bedroom. We are deliberately sabotaging our own sleep by watching TV until bedtime or even in our beds.

Can we wean ourselves from this technology which interferes with our rest? Not willingly I fear. Consider this if you are having problems with sleep and try to limit late night viewing of screens. I will be doing this myself and hopefully we can find a way to limit our use of medication to sleep while possibly getting better sleep. Amen.

What have we lost sight of?

In our world, whether it is a religious belief or one which is based in science and reason, it seems that many have lost sight of our past which came from persecution of how we worship or rather how our ancestors did. Have we lost sight of those historical documents and ideas from only a few hundred years past? Why is it that we are embracing philosophy and teachings which don’t have a basis or foundation solid enough to stand up to the Truth?

I know, many people don’t like God’s Truth because they can’t refute it and they can’t truly come up with a “pseudo-truth” to replace it with. False truth like false religions is just that…false. They are very much like a puff of smoke, lingering for a moment and then gone with only a faint trace left behind. Yet, God’s Word and His Truth has withstood the test of time and of those who have tried very hard to get rid of it!

Business and life both need truth in some form. Honesty in business is necessary because without it you are a swindler and a cheat. The Truth of God’s Word is necessary in life and all of its situations, good and bad, because it gives us a foundation to stand on and hope that we will have victory in some way in our life. Consider Solomon and his wisdom.

He became king after his father, David, passed on into eternity. The first prayer which he prayed after becoming king was not for wealth or long life, but for wisdom enough to rule God’s people. Knowledge and wisdom are different sides of the same coin in some respects. You have to have one to get the other and although trial and error will produce wisdom, knowledge will get you there a bit sooner if you will heed the warnings which it produces.

If you don’t listen to the voice of wisdom which speaks about the lessons learned into your soul, then you are foolish. While it is true that experience is a good teacher, sometimes she can be very harsh as well, even downright dangerous at times. Business leaders and workers need to learn from experience at times, but the wisdom gained from God’s Word can save you much heartache and anguish if applied carefully and with prayer.

Proverbs is a good example of knowledge and wisdom contained in one book and should be required reading in schools, although in today’s political climate it would be incorrect to do so. The link that is provided is the beginning of the book of Proverbs and it only has thirty-one chapters, so you could read one per day and get through it in a month. The wisdom contained in it though, is invaluable in life and business as well. I encourage anyone who has an interest in either to read it and pray about it and then read it again. You will be blessed by it.

Instant conclusions

In our society, we draw conclusions about everything and most of the time we do it immediately. Especially when it comes to violence in a public place. Writers for many publications are disavowing any responsibility when it comes to owning the reason for any crime which has a violent outcome. In spite of our collective ideas of terrorism, whether it is done by a person of color or not, we still tend toward segregation of blame.

If you are of a certain religion then you are radicalized. If you are African-American then you are angry, about what doesn’t seem to matter, but that is what the pundits on “news” programs label people as. But when the person is white, they are labeled as insane and a gun nut or even disturbed because of PTSD. Yet, many of them bought their weapons legally with background checks and apparently passed those checks multiple times.

Why do we or at least some in America make these snap judgments about each other and about people who buy firearms and use them. It is true that we only think these things when some person uses a firearm to take lives in a way that is inconsistent with society or its norms. But honestly, any life taken is one which was taken too soon! Murder is against the law of man and God as well! It doesn’t matter if you kill someone with a knife or a gun or a bomb, murder is still against God’s law!

What can make someone snap to the point of shooting at people just because they are convenient targets? I will never understand the kind of crazy that sounds like!

Was God there? Yes, in the first responders who came to the aid of those in danger. He was there with the police who stormed the hotel and found the killer who was taking lives like targets on a range. Yes, God was there and He is still there giving comfort and strength to families and friends and to those who are recovering! We all need to pray for the victims and for our country because there could be another person who may snap and begin to do this somewhere else.

Seek Him out in all things and look for God in every place where you are because He is there, sad though He may be because of our intent and because of the apathy that is in our society today.

 

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When the storms of life get too rough, trust in God and in Him alone. Because Who would be better to calm the seas and storms of life than your Creator? He went through storms and trials and pain in order to bring each of us into His House in Heaven. So…don’t turn away from Him when you need Him, because He has never been very far from you at any point in your life. Prayer is the lifeline which will save you from any and all problems, heartaches and trials, if you will just trust in Jesus for your Salvation from sins and drugs of all kinds, He will give you the strength to get past all of them.

What is the difference?

There is so much in the media today about LGBT rights and privileges and their struggle with their identity. Gay or straight what is the actual difference other than sexual? Acting out a role in an identity, no matter which side of the “fence” you may be on, is just that…a role. Whether you feel like a man or a woman today or tomorrow doesn’t mean anything! The gender which was given to you by genetics and by God Himself/Herself, is the one that you were born with and it should be the gender that you live by.

You can’t “think” your way into being a man or male or female. It is your right to pursue happiness in your own way but truly it shouldn’t impair or impact my happiness if I choose not to “think” your way. Life is a challenge regardless of your gender or your preference in the bedroom, but your choices shouldn’t be forced into laws or into schoolrooms for children to learn. Especially since most children don’t find out about their own preferences in sex or identity until they are well into their teens or even into their twenties.

God created us as male and female in order for the human race to populate the Earth. The same way that animals in the jungle pair up as male and female to keep the species viable and alive. God loves all of humanity and His Creation but He isn’t very happy about our stupidity when it comes to the way we blatantly sin against His rules and the natural order of things.

The verses in God’s Word which address this can’t just be tossed out because it offends some people due to their ideas of gender and sexual partners. That is like taking a part out of a recipe to make a cake or brownies, leaving the sugar or the chocolate out just makes it a very dull and bland tasting mess. It may look like a chocolate cake or a pan of brownies but without that critical ingredient, very few people would want to eat it.

Seek God and His righteous ways through prayer and study of His Word, even if some part of it offends you. Why? Because, He gave those Scriptures to us as a guide for life, almost like an instruction manual. He didn’t give us step by step instructions for every situation but if you will turn to Him and depend upon Him in this life, then the other steps will work out in your favor. As Jesus said, “Seek out the Kingdom and His righteousness and all these things will be added unto you.”follow Christ