Be Thou My Vision

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With age come certain realities that affect how one should view life.

Whatever you might be worrying about today, won’t be remembered tomorrow. Work hard at worrying less and realize that God provides. Walking through the trials of life with confidence is part of the plan. Sadness is inevitable but succumbing to fear, anger, hatred and despair are not.

We are all heading “home” and it is unavoidable. This isn’t maudlin when there is no fear of the future. As believers, our future is certain and reflected in a wonderful old hymn:

Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart;

Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art.

Thou my best Thought, by day or by night,

Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light.

Be Thou my Wisdom, and Thou my true Word;

I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord;

Thou my great Father, I Thy true son;

Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one.

Be Thou my battle Shield, Sword for the fight;

Be Thou my Dignity, Thou my Delight;

Thou my soul’s Shelter, Thou my high Tower:

Raise Thou me heavenward, O Power of my power.

Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise,

Thou mine Inheritance, now and always:

Thou and Thou only, first in my heart,

High King of Heaven, my Treasure Thou art.

High King of Heaven, my victory won,

May I reach Heaven’s joys, O bright Heaven’s Sun!

Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,

Still be my Vision, O Ruler of all.

Don’t put value in things, put your heart and soul into people. It pays off. Family and friends are irreplaceable and add a depth of joy that is indescribably wonderful.

Worship is not about the church. Anyone who depends on a pastor, teacher or religious institution will surely be disappointed. A personal relationship with God is meaningful, rewarding and fulfilling. Open your Bible, talk to God, worship with friends…but worship God. There is a difference.

God provides daily blessings – don’t be too busy and miss them.

I promise this to be true.

Greater Love

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“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you”. John 15:12

The Gospel of John is a virtual love letter to Christians. It’s full of love, love and more love.

Jason Mraz sings:

Your Love, is bigger than a rain cloud
It covered up my whole skies
It’s filling up my heart,
My heart with
Love, Love, Love, Love, Love
More than I ever need
giving me
Love, Love, Love

When the new year began, there were many who encouraged me to come up with a word for the year. A word to live by this 2015. I really didn’t put much thought into this request. But, I have now.

After studying John, I’m taking on love. I’m going to love, love, love everyone. I figure the worst that can happen is they’ll throw some love back to me. How can loving others not result in loving thoughts, feelings and good things? And if it doesn’t, I still love.

Jesus commanded it…I’m going to do it.

With Love,
Linda

You can have it all!

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Daily I am bombarded with emails that assure me that if I only do a certain number of steps, I can live a life of perfection.

Typically, with the one easy and affordable payment, all of my dreams will come true. Money back guaranteed.

I will work only at a job I love, have perfect relationships, effectively get my day organized so that everything is done quickly and efficiently, love and be loved…and more.

Seriously?

These are empty promises my friends. Life can not be perfect in seven easy steps. It doesn’t work that way although it doesn’t mean you can’t try. But, keep your expectations realistic.

For the manual that will clarify your dreams and goals, you only have to look at the Bible. It clearly shows a plan of action to ensure a life well lived. There are no promises for 100% daily perfection but it does promise perfect love from a Father who will never abandon you.

There is peace of mind in that simple and true fact…and I just shared it with you at no cost.

I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:14

 

 

Pass it on…

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I think my husband is taking my writing seriously.

Not that he hasn’t been supportive…he is always supportive. But today, I returned from a brief work trip to find a 27 inch Mac computer on my desk. This thing is AMAZING and about the size of my dog.

What does a computer have to do with Jesus? Not really much except that I can type the speed of sound and share my love for God with the latest in technology.

I find it incredible that Christianity spread throughout the world basically by word of mouth, letters and eventually the written Bible. Starting with a group of loyal believers who embraced the faith and shared the transforming story of the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is astounding.

Now we come to the present where the world needs to know the peace of Christ more than ever. I truly believe we still have a responsibility to spread the good news. The fact that advanced technology aids in our journey as we try to reach others for Him makes it even better.

To God be the glory.

He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. Mark 16:15

You’ve Got Mail

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My email is often filled with “blessing” messages from friends that come with a caveat – pass them on to ten friends or I’ll suffer some dire fate. I have five minutes to do so or misfortune “may” arrive at my doorstep.

While I love blessings and some do arrive on particularly difficult days…I also know that email doesn’t trigger blessings from God. I enjoy the reminder of these sometimes beautifully written posts, but I know that I can find real blessings without threats if I simply open my Bible.

I believe each day is a blessing and God wants to shower blessings upon us. When it doesn’t happen as expected, it is often because we aren’t following Him  or the timing is just not perfect. When I look back on my life, I can see the blessings and it astounds me. In the moment, I am sometimes not so appreciative.

I love my friends, I love to be blessed, but I’m not going to be blackmailed into blessing others. I believe that the God I love carries me daily through life’s troubles and turmoil. That’s something I want to share.

Praise God from whom all blessings flow…

Pass that on!

God never blinks

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It is easy to think we are not ready or worthy to share our faith. I know I feel that way sometimes. But then I remember the words of my Pastor Isaac Hunter: “God doesn’t blink”.

God doesn’t blink. He doesn’t wait for us to be perfect. If so, He would be waiting forever.

We can’t wait until we have enough Bible book smarts, till we are ordained, till we know it all. We will wait forever and our hurting world can’t wait that long. It’s like waiting until you are in shape to go to the gym. You have to step out in faith and start working out. You have to work hard, possibly stumble, pick yourself up and keep moving forward. What a wonderful witness.

Step out in faith. God is watching and He honors our efforts. It is in the conscious attempt to share our love for Jesus that matters. It may not be perfect, but to God, who never blinks, it is well done. I believe that God is proud of our desire to please Him by sharing Christ to a needy and hurting world.

God looks down from heaven on all mankind to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God. Psalm 53:2 (NIV)

 

In my Easter bonnet…

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I attended an estate sale today was surprised to hear one lady walking around asking “Did someone die”, Oh, how sad!” – she couldn’t seem to get past the fact that yes, someone passed away and their belongings were now for sale.

I see things differently. I looked around at the sweet lady’s hats, gloves and costume jewelry. She had a lot of jewelry…but I thought to myself that this lady must have lived large and enjoyed her time on this earth. I also saw that she was a church member who left a well-read Bible. All in all, you can tell a lot about a person by their “things” and she must have liked going to church looking her best.

I don’t think there is anything wrong with owning pretty things and enjoying life. I also don’t find it sad that she couldn’t take all her “things” with her into the next life. I think she knew that this world is only temporary but while she was here – she was going to wear a hat and dress up for the Lord.

I didn’t find the estate sale sad. In fact, I bought one of her hats. I’ll be wearing it to church on Easter Sunday and I’ll think of the precious soul who wore it before me. I’m sure she would be pleased.

For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down — when we die and leave these bodies — we will have a home in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands.  We grow weary in our present bodies, and we long for the day when we will put on our heavenly bodies like new clothing. 2 Corinthians 5:1-2