Saturday, October 23, 2021

October 23

Today is Saturday; it’s my favorite day of the week. Whether it’s only in my mind or not, there is something exceptional about it, and I tend to be more open to the comfort of the Holy Spirit; his voice seems clearer and my soul at peace. I had a thought that it was about time for me to get out into the woods or get away with the Lord for some one-on-one quality time, when suddenly an American white ibis flew up and landed on the light post outside my porch. I never let a surprise go to waste, so I looked up ibis to see what they are famous for; they are the mascot for the Miami Hurricanes, and they chose them because of their legendary bravery. The legend is that they are the last sign of wildlife to take shelter before a hurricane hits and the first bird to reappear after it passes. 

If you are passive about our Savior, then you don’t know him very well. Ask him to teach you what it means to be a passionate warrior for him. Like the legend of the ibis, we are the last to seek shelter, bravely comforting those who are in fear of the storm, and are the first to be there to help clean up the mess after the storm passes. It’s time for you to get in the fight! The Holy Spirit will give you strength and courage; listen to him.

To the pure, all things are pure, but to the defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure; but both their minds and their consciences are defiled. They profess to know God, but they deny him by their works. They are detestable, disobedient, unfit for any good work. Titus 1:15-16

Friday, October 22, 2021

October 22

If you think it’s cruel and unchristian like to call out others for their wrongdoings and bad behavior, you’ve never read the Bible, and if you have, you’ve not read the whole thing. Those that use the term “don’t judge me” will have to deal with Jesus; he will be the judge of all. They will then wish they had listened to those trying to correct their actions rather than get offended by their words. There is a lot of evil that we are all dealing with right now, and you don’t want to be involved with it or hurt by it, so if someone that loves and cares about you tries to point you in the right direction, you may want to heed the warning. 

People trying to caution you about what is going on in governments worldwide aren’t doing it because they are squawking idiots; they are trying to save you from them. Mandates and lockdowns are only to get you to learn to conform, and it’s working because I see people conforming every day. I wonder if the people trying to force us into submission or do harm to us are descendants of Cretans? Just a thought.

One of the Cretans, a prophet of their own, said, “Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons.” This testimony is true. Therefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith, Titus 1:12-13

Thursday, October 21, 2021

October 21

I’ll begin by saying this, I love dishes! I may be obsessed. When we moved, I gave my Christmas dinnerware to my daughters. Over the past couple of months, I’ve been perusing the internet, trying to decide what to order. Then yesterday, I got a hair-brained idea to go to the Goodwill and possibly purchase a mix of dishes; I think that might be pretty too. As I began digging through all the plates, I started finding pieces to a set; I found an entire eight-piece place setting and all the matching bowls, dessert plates, with the cups and saucers! And they are beautiful! I bought everything they had, but unfortunately, that’s not enough for my entire family. Another lady looking at the dishes reminded me of another thrift store nearby with dinnerware, so I decided to go and found nine plates with cups and saucers and matching flatware! I will still have a mix, and it will make my table beautiful! God knows what I love, and I think sometimes he wants us to take a break from all the craziness surrounding us and enjoy the things he has given us a passion for. Today, I will be gardening, another passion of mine! Take a break from social media and enjoy the life God gave you and he will work out the details and save us from the world.

O LORD, your hand is lifted up, but they do not see it. Let them see your zeal for your people, and be ashamed. Let the fire for your adversaries consume them. O LORD, you will ordain peace for us, for you have indeed done for us all our works. Isaiah 26:11-12

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

October 20

What is going on? I watched a news report that said the Biden administration has, so far, allowed approximately 120,000 children into the United States, and one-third of them have gone missing; they lost contact with either the sponsor or the child. Under cover of darkness, they flew these children into different parts of our country, like they were trying to cover up what they were doing. Other administrations allowed children in, but their vetting process for sponsoring them was much more stringent, and there weren’t as many. How do you lose contact with 40,000 people who are caring for these children? Are they going to their families? Is this a child smuggling operation? My heart is breaking. Imagine being one of those children and not knowing where you will be tomorrow or how you will be treated. There are too many nefarious actors out there with bad intentions and for them to have unlimited access to children gets my blood boiling! Please pray for these children and that God shuts down the careless Biden administration for the sinister acts in which they are participating. God help us; the lawlessness is out of control.

But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people. 2 Timothy 3:1-5

And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end will be saved. Matthew 24:12-13

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

October 19

I woke up at 4 am this morning with an aching back. How could it be hurting when I was doing nothing but sleeping? As I lay there trying to get comfortable, I realized that part of my problem was the dog. He was sleeping so peacefully that I didn’t want to disturb him, but because he was by my feet, I couldn’t stretch out. After tossing and turning for about an hour, I decided that it was time to move him; precious or not, he had to go. As soon as I was able to stretch out, I felt relieved and went back to sleep. Not more than 10 minutes later, he was back at my feet, filling the void, so I had to change positions so I could fall back to sleep again.

The same thing can happen when Jesus sets you free from your affliction. If you don’t fill the void with the Holy Spirit, that very burden can creep back in. And, because you had cleaned everything up, other encumbrances will make their way in too. Sometimes we indulge our infirmity, like my sweet dog, because ridding ourselves of it means that a precious part of us is gone. Once we realize how much more comfortable we are without it, we work even harder to move it out of our way. Pray for God to help set you free from your burdens so you can sleep peacefully.

But now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, how can you turn back again to the weak and worthless elementary principles of the world, whose slaves you want to be once more?  Galatians 4:9

Also see Matthew 12:43-45

Monday, October 18, 2021

October 18

Good news: 

But God's firm foundation stands, bearing this seal: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of the Lord depart from iniquity.” 2 Timothy 2:19

God knows who you are and that you are his. Rather than being sealed by the enemy unto death, you have God’s seal unto life, the Holy Spirit. Jesus’s message to the churches, “I am coming soon. Hold fast what you have, so that no one may seize your crown. ” Revelation 3:11. Stand firm, my friends, you are safe, but life may not get any easier, but since when is it easy? We are loved and protected; we have our Savior, and if we continue to allow the living water to flow through us, we will be refreshed and feel his perfect peace amid the chaos.

Sunday, October 17, 2021

October 17

We are always looking for great places to eat in the Clearwater area, so we usually ask people their preference if we know they’ve been in the area for a long time. Unfortunately, some people aren’t as picky about their food as we are. We asked a resident of our community for a list of their favorites, and they gave us a string of restaurants. After about the third restaurant we visited, we decided to throw away the list they gave us because their quality food and atmosphere weren’t as high as ours. Don’t get me wrong, we enjoy a dive bar occasionally, but when your favorite thing to do is eat, you look for quality in your food, and besides that, I prefer a restaurant instead of a bar. 

Here is the comparison: when you love the Word of God and pure spiritual food, you learn the difference between the truth and almost the truth; it tastes different. The truth is as sweet as honey on our lips, and we can’t get enough of it. Food from another source is coated with lies that your itching ears want to hear to make you think what you are getting is good. It’s like putting barbecue sauce on brisket; it shouldn’t need it if cooked to perfection and seasoned correctly. Know your Bible; it will help you discern between a good food source and a substandard.

for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child. But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil. Hebrews 5:13-14