Saturday, October 2, 2021

October 2

My dogs get up early for me to take them out, but who am I kidding? Coco only gets up early because she likes to eat! A few things made me realize that it would be a good day; I’m overlooking the beach and the intercostal, it’s always great to wake up on the beach, and the moon had a smile on its face! The air is cool, well, for Florida standards, it’s cool, and the coffee smells extra good today. Now, I’m waiting for the sun to make its appearance so I can snap a picture of it for you to see. 

This weekend is full of activity for me, and when I get a moment of pure joy, I take it all in, praise God for his goodness and mercy, and for giving me a glimpse of what heaven will be like when all the cares of the world are aligned as he wants them. 

Though the world is in chaos, mine seems okay right now, and I’m thankful the God created me for such a time as this. I may not always tread carefully on subjects of today, but God always brings me back to that which he commissioned me; to help Christians release all their cares and become truly free as God had intended when Jesus came to walk with us. Embrace your days; there’s always hope when you have Jesus. 

For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, for it is made holy by the word of God and prayer. 1 Timothy 4:4-5

Friday, October 1, 2021

October 1

The ground is dry again from the lack of rain, and my landscape is suffering. Late yesterday afternoon, I decided to do some watering. Richard had recently moved the hose to another spigot, but I needed it at a different one. As I tried to move it, I realized that he had tightened it more than I could loosen, so I went in and got a pair of pliers. Well, that didn’t work either. Instead, I accidentally broke the whole thing off, and water began shooting out of the wall! Fortunately, he knows how to fix everything, and he came to save the day.

There are times we can’t hear from the LORD, and our communication feels like it’s drying up, and all we want is for God to turn the spigot back on so his Spirit flows again. You can’t force him to turn his communication back on because it wasn’t him that stopped communicating; it is our hearing loss that cuts it off. You have the tools to turn it back on. I equate breaking off the spigot to the occasional “being slain in the Spirit,” as you see in Pentecostal churches; it’s not wrong, but I prefer a nice even flow of the Holy Spirit throughout my day like the shower setting on my spray nozzle. Devote yourself to prayer and the reading of your Bible; those are your tools. When you commit to doing that, the lines of communication will open back up!

Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, to teaching. 1 Timothy 4:13

For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour my Spirit upon your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants. Isaiah 44:3

Thursday, September 30, 2021

September 30

One of the privileges of being a grandparent is getting to spend time with our grandchildren. Yesterday, while my daughter took my other grandson to the doctor, I spent time with Ethan, our youngest grandson. He is full of life and energy. He thinks he’s grown up and won’t let me hold him like a baby. He’s also astute for an 18-month-old and knows how to play his mom; as she and his brother walked out the door, he started making a ruckus, but as soon as she got about two steps past the door, he turned it off. It was so funny; I thought to myself, “that little toot knows exactly what he’s doing.” What a mess! He’s also a very rough and tumble boy, no weird pronouns for this kid; he's all boy, make no mistake about it! 

I was trying to get a picture of us together when he climbed up on the couch to sit with me, but after I snapped a couple, he had had enough and tackled me. He’s a handful, but no more than any of our other grandsons; his Pawpaw is a handful too, so I attribute his rambunctiousness to him.

Though we may feel we are living in a time of uncertainty, it’s our time, and God gave it to us because we are a special bunch; do your best to live it, don’t hide from it, embrace it! Make the best of your moments, and God will bless your effort.

Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one's youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate. Psalms 127:3-5

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

September 29

We are finally getting a little break from the heat and humidity, so I decided to get out my fall decor. The house I moved from in May was a little bit bigger than the one I’m in now, but most of the extra space was in the bedrooms and closets. I do miss the storage space! When I decorated for fall, I had plenty; however, in the new house, I have more living area, and the decor seems thin.

So, I ventured out to Hobby Lobby and browsed through the holiday decorations. To my surprise, the fall decor was sparse, but I still found a few key pieces to add to my collection. After getting the fall stuff, I decided to look at the Christmas decor because now that I saw how quickly they ran out of fall, I decided that I needed to get a jump on Christmas. They have some Christmas, but had not yet gotten it all displayed, so that was a bit disappointing. I have plenty of Christmas decor, but can you really have too much? 

There is a point to this story; we must keep living. Even though there is a lot of nonsense going on in the world that is causing fear and anxiety, remember, we are not part of the world. We have a Father who loves us and has promised us the restoration of our soul, to feed us as the enemy watches, and to pour in our cup more than we can drink of his Holy Spirit. He is protecting us, and we should not fear. He has mercy on us, and his comforter dwells within us. Do not fret over what you hear in the back channels; take a break, do some decorating, and enjoy the new season.

A Psalm of David. The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD forever. Psalms 23:1-6

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

September 28

These are my notes from September 28, 2015

Be flexible, so you don't get bent out of shape. 

A big change is coming to the world you live in. 

During this time of change, you must be flexible. The situation may require it.

Why is our president (Obama) aligning himself with communist dictators? Most recently, over the past few weeks, Cuban leader Castro, China's dictator Zedong a few days ago, and Russia's Putin sometime this week. What is he doing now? Why are we just letting this happen? 

To the followers of Christ: We must do whatever possible to bring our country back into the goodness of the Lord and turn it from the evil path that is on. The Lord is not going to continue to bless our nation if we keep pushing Him out. 

Gather together, gather yourselves together, you shameful nation, before the decree takes effect and that day passes like windblown chaff, before the Lord’s fierce anger comes upon you before the day of the Lord’s wrath comes upon you. Seek the Lord, all you humble of the land, you who do what he commands. Seek righteousness, seek humility; perhaps you will be sheltered on the day of the Lord’s anger. Zephaniah‬ ‭2:1-3‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Monday, September 27, 2021

September 27

After a refreshing weekend, it’s nice to feel rejuvenated to take on another week. Today is the last day of the Feast of Tabernacles. According to scripture, there were fewer sacrifices offered for that particular day. Today is a day of joy and celebration. 

“With joy, you will draw water from the wells of salvation.” Isaiah 12:3. 

Jesus is our water source. Draw from him when you are thirsty; he is the living water that gives us total satisfaction. By drawing from him, living water will bubble over and flow from you. Drink from his well, and never be thirsty again. 

Celebrate this last day of the feast with joy in your heart and thankfulness for the eternal life he has given us. 

On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’” John 7:37-38

Sunday, September 26, 2021

September 26

The truth is that if the people of this world don’t have Jesus, it doesn’t matter what’s going on politically. Nothing can protect them from what’s coming. Our time on earth is limited and waning. If we are enslaved by rulers and brought into submission by tyrants, those of us who are saved still have Jesus; no matter what they do to us, they cannot take him away, but the unsaved have nothing. Klaus Schwab said, “You’ll own nothing, and you’ll be happy about it.” The material things of this world are only temporary; they don’t belong to us anyway; God owns everything. He is the one who has allowed evil to exist, and he will be the one to remove them; hopefully, it’s soon. Who will survive if he doesn’t? 

Until we get a reprieve from Jesus, do your best to be informed. Carefully investigate the contents of your food and medications. Make sure that it is safe and includes nutritious ingredients that are helpful and not harmful. Become an advocate for yourself and refrain from depending on others to tell you what is safe to consume. If you knew what was in some of the things we allow into our bodies, you would start a farm and grow your own food and medication! Until that happens, stay informed and do your best to help the unsaved come to know Jesus.

Tell the righteous that it shall be well with them, for they shall eat the fruit of their deeds. Woe to the wicked! It shall be ill with him, for what his hands have dealt out shall be done to him. Isaiah 3:10-11