Friday, April 1, 2011

Life On Earth

When you have thought about your life here on earth, what do you think? Each of us probably thinks about many different things. I think it probably depends where each of us are in our life. Are we a Christian, a baby in Christ, an adult in Christ, learning more about the Lord, or what do each of us want to be in the Lord? For some this isn’t an easy question to answer.

If we are a Christian, do we really want to do what the Lord wants us to do, do we want to go to church and that is it, or do we want to continue to grow in the Lord? Are you eager to talk to others about the Lord? To be a Christian we should want more of the Lord always. We should never want to stop reading His word, fellowshipping with Him, and by no means should we think we know everything there is to know about the Lord. We will never know everything we should and need to know about Him.

If you are a baby in Christ, are you eager to study and fellowship with other Christians? Do you ask questions so that you can learn? Do you want to go to Sunday school and church? Are you eager to talk to people about the Lord? Do you have fellowship with the Lord daily?

If you are an adult in Christ, do you still want to read and study the Word? Do you still want to go to Sunday school and church? Are you having fellowship with the Lord? Do you still want to learn more about the Lord? Do you share the Lord with others?

Psalm 90:12; “So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom”.

The days we have here on earth are numbered. We do not know when our time will come to leave earth. Most of us will seventy to eighty years at least, some will have more and some will have less. No matter how many or how few, it will be few compared to eternity.

We need to be aware of what we are doing. We need to have wisdom on how we live our life each day that the Lord has given us. We need to live this life for the Lord. Did you ever think about this life being lived in preparation for our next life? How we live our life here on earth will determine what our life will be in our next life.

How we have or have not lived here on earth in dedication to God will be evaluated by God. We need to pray for a heart of wisdom and have a righteous fear of God. We also need to have Him in our daily life and work for Him. We need to fellowship with Him.

If we read and study the Word of God we will know exactly what He has to say to us and how we should live our lives. Living our daily life for the Lord, putting Him first, this means before anything else. If we do, everything else will fall in place. This doesn’t mean we will not have any trials and tribulations in our life because we well but who more do we need than the Lord. If for some reason we feel our faith wavering we need to pray for the Lord to help us with our wavering faith. The Lord would rather you ask Him to help you with this than let it continue and perhaps loose it.

Remember how you live your life on earth determines your life after you leave this earth.

Thank for dropping by. May you always know the love, joy, and peace of the Lord!

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Something Different

How many of us feel our life is going just the way we want? I don’t know how many there are but there are times I feel my life is going great even though there are some ups and downs. Life would be boring if it life went smooth all of the time.

Dave had decided he wanted to try something different for awhile. What is it he wanted to try? He wanted to try being a campground host for a month. So, here we are. I am praying it will go better than I have thought.

First of all I am not one to be outgoing, I can talk to someone if they talk to me but otherwise I really get tongue-tied. I can talk really good on the phone but not in person, I can’t see the person I am talking to.

I feel God has been working with me on this but it just doesn’t seem to be going to well on my part. I wonder if it is because I am not putting my all into what God wants me to. I don’t know what it is but I am apprehensive about this campground host thing, not that there is anything wrong with it. I am sure it is because we have never done anything like this before.

I do believe God has allowed this little venture to come to pass for a reason. I have no idea what it is but I do believe there is a reason. Romans 8:28; “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God…” I know this little venture isn’t a tribulation but I am uneasy about it. I don’t know why but God does. I love talking about the Lord so maybe there is someone that needs to know the Lord or has a question about Him that needs to be answered. If this is the case, I am more than willing to be the one to help the person. I guess whatever the reason is I pray that I am able to hear the Lord speaking to me.

I know this doesn’t seem like a big deal to most of you but since I am not a real outgoing person, it is a big deal to me. I know that I am letting something bother me that I should take in stride and know whatever it is God will take care of it for me.

I just need to remain close to the Lord at all times and talk to Him about my apprehension and all will be fine.

Why do I let something bother me that I know the Lord will and is taking care of for me. Is my faith wavering, or is the devil trying to get his foot in the door? I believe the devil is trying to get his foot in to make my faith waver and I am not going to let that happen. This is just a small thing that is going to be an awesome season in my life.

Psalm 69:30; “I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving”. I know He will be with me and guide me in whatever He has planned in this venture. I will praise Him and I give Him thanksgiving for what He has for me.

Thank for dropping by. May you always know the love, joy, and peace of the Lord!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Our Reward

It seems as though sometimes we live our life without giving a thought to the Lord. As long as everything is going okay, what is the need to even think about Him? Well, if we only think about Him when we need Him or want something from Him, why should He bother with us?

One reason He bothers with us is because He loves us very much. That is one reason we should love Him. I John 4:19; "We love him, because he first loved us". God loved us before we ever knew him, and He knew us for what we are. Who could love a better God than God Himself?

Even though He knew exactly what we were going to be He still loved us. We have and are on His mind continually. He knows exactly what we are doing and what we are thinking. He is an awesome God.

People say bad things about Him and go on and on about there being no God. He still loves us anyway, He doesn't like the sin we may be in but His love is still there. He isn't like us humans, we get really angry and wish bad things on people that talk about us.

This is the difference between Christians and non Christians. A Christian will overlook or at least try to overlook what someone says about them and if we can't, who do we go to? No other than the Lord Jesus Christ. We pray for His guidance through this difficult time and to give us the strength to overlook and to forgive the person. I John 4:4; "Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world". A non Christian will usually do and feel the way they want to without another thought.

It isn't always easy to keep from thinking and doing something to the one that hurts us but Christians have the Lord to help them. Isn't that awesome, just knowing He is always around to help us with anything we need help with?

What is our reward for being Christ like? Romans 8:17: "And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together". What a wonderful reward!

All the sufferings of the present age, our sickness, pain, misery, disappointments, poverty, sorrow, mistreatment, persecution or trouble of any kind is nothing compared to what the blessings and glory we will be given as faithful believers in the time to come. We have so much to look forward to, what a wonderful time it will be. Thank you, Lord.

Thank you for stopping by. Romans 15:33; "Now the God of peace be with you all, Amen".

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

The Seven Wonders Of The World

If someone were to ask you what you thought the Seven Wonders Of The World are, how would you answer the question? I got the following in an email several days ago and I thought I would share it with you.

The Seven Wonders Of The World

A group of students were asked to list what they thought were the present Seven Wonders of the World. Though there were some disagreements, the following got the most votes:

1. Egypt's Great Pyramids

2. Taj Mahal

3. Grand Canyon

4. Panama Canal

5. Empire State Building

6. St. Peter's Bailica

7. China's Great Wall

While gathering the votes, the teacher noticed that one quiet student hadn't turned in her paper yet. He asked the girl if she was having trouble with her list.

The girl replied, "Yes, a little. I couldn't quite make up my mind because there are so many." The teacher said, "Well, tell us what you have and maybe we can help."

The girl hesitated and then read, "I think the Seven Wonders Of The World are:

1. To see

2. To taste

3. To touch

4. To hear

She hesitated a little and then added,

5. To feel

6. To laugh

7. And to love

The room was so full of silence, you could have heard a pin drop.


Those things we overlook as "simple and ordinary" are truly wondrous. This is a gentle reminder that the most precious things in life cannot be bought. God gave them to us.

I went looking on the web for the Seven Wonders Of The World and found out there are several different lists. Since the email had these seven wonders listed I kept them (the first seven mentioned).

James 1:17; "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning".

I chose the above Scripture because the Seven Wonders Of The World the girl picked are gifts from God. Each one has a significant meaning.

God is so wondrous and gives each of us so much. The girl was giving the Lord praises for what He had given not only to her but all of us. You may think of different wonders God has given us and they are important also.

Living in the world we are today, it is so easy to forget these gifts God has given us. Although the first seven Wonders listed are great and beautiful the second list of the Wonders are precious.

What would our life be if we didn't have these? We would have a pretty boring life. Isn't it awesome how God knew to give us these gifts so we could enjoy our life that He has given to us? He hasn't forgotten one thing we need and want. Praise Him for all He has given to us and what He will give us in the future. Sing praises to Him and Him alone. Hallelujah!

Thank you for dropping by and if you have something about the Seven Wonders Of The World, please feel free to live a comment. May you always know the love, joy, and peace of the Lord.

Monday, March 28, 2011


Jonah was called by God to go to Nineveh to warn them about the judgment of God because of their sins. Nineveh was the capital of Assyria and was a very wicked, brutal, and immoral nation. Israel saw them a great threat and hated them.

Jonah didn't want to go to Nineveh and ran away from God's calling. Jonah didn't want to deliver the message to Nineveh because he was afraid the people would repent and they would be spared God's judgment. Jonah didn't want any nation except for Israel to have God's mercy. He had forgotten God's purpose for Israel was to be a blessing to the Gentiles, bringing them to a knowledge of God.

Has there been anything the Lord has told you to do and you ran away because you didn't want to do it? Have you been willing to share God with other people? Have you been afraid God would spare someone the judgment, maybe because you felt they didn't deserve it? Have you forgotten God has meant for everyone to hear the Gospel?

Jonah wanted to be away from the presence of the Lord so he went to Joppa and found a ship going to Tarshish. Tarshish was about 2,500 miles from Israel, one of the farthest places from Israel. While Jonah was on the ship the Lord sent a great wind and there was a powerful storm at sea.

Have you ever wanted to be as far away as possible from God because you knew you had disobeyed Him. You just wanted to hide from Him because of your disobedience.  Always remember there isn't anyplace to hide, God knows where we are.

Jonah had gone below and was sleeping. The men on the ship was afraid and each called to their god. The shipmaster went to Jonah and told him to call to his God. The men on the ship decided to cast lots so they would know who was to blame for the storm. The lot fell on Jonah. The men wanted to know Jonah's occupation and where he was from. They also wanted to know what he had done as they knew he was fleeing from the presence of God.

Have you put someone in jeopardy because you were fleeing from God?

Jonah told them to throw him into the sea so the storm would go clam down. They threw him into the sea and the storm ceased.

Have you ever told anyone it was because of you that things were going wrong?

God had prepared a great fish to swallow Jonah. Jonah was in the belly of the fish for three days and three nights. While he was in the belly of the fish, he prayed to God. He prayed for his life and for forgiveness with the voice of thanksgiving as he knew he had been disobedient to God.

Have you ever been afraid of the discipline facing you because of disobedience? Have you ever prayed God would not be so angry with you for your disobedience? If you have, did you pray with thanksgiving in your heart?

God spoke to the fish and it vomited Jonah out on dry land. God spoke to Jonah again and told him to go to Nineveh and preach. This time he did as the Lord had told him. He preached to the people and the people believed God.

While Jonah was praying and offering up to God a sincere sacrifice of thanksgiving and praise God had the fish spit Jonah out on dry land. After God disciplined you did you do what He had asked you to do? Has God ever intervened on your behalf? It isn't always easy to do what the Lord has asked you to do but He could give you a second chance to do it just like He did Jonah.

Jonah was disappointed and emotionally upset that he preferred to die. He felt God had turned against him and his people by sparing the Ninevites. God asked him why He should not spare Nineveh. God still loved Jonah and He loved the Ninevites also.

Have you felt God had turned against you because He has spared a judgment on someone that you felt didn't deserve it? We should always want others to be spared the judgment of God. He loves all of us, not just certain ones. It isn't up to us to decide who is forgiven and who isn't, that belongs to the Lord and Him only.

Some of the churches today have forgotten the importance of the missionary work. It seems they are more concerned about building their own kingdom at home.

We need to be completely committed to God and His will for our lives. If we aren't, not only will ones life be affected but the lives of our family and others will eventually suffer as well.

Just as Jonah was sleeping some members of the church are sleeping and are unconcerned even though people are spiritually perishing in the storms of life. We need to realize that oneself is not the only one needing to know the Lord and needing help. Remember at one time you were in the same 'boat' as the ones needing the Lord.

Whenever the Lord calls us to do something we should remember He knows what is best for each and everyone that is involved. We must always want to share the Lord with everyone not just who we think deserves it. We need to want everyone to know the Lord, accept Him as their Saviour, have a personal relationship with the Lord, and to have heaven to go home to. Doing all this will take nothing away from us but it will add to us.

You can find the story of Jonah and the fish in the book of Jonah in the Bible.

Thank you for dropping bye. May you always know the love, joy, and peace of the Lord.