Pray First

Over the last two years there have been so many changes in my life that it is hard to know what to say about it all.

Have all the changes been good?

I would have to say that it has been a rough road to travel, so many new things in my world. Some good and some not so good.

It is hard to find balance sometimes as the world around you changes.

You need to find firm footing. You may ask were do you find that, well it is only with my Lord and Savior that I have even made it to this point in life, so He is the one I look to for understanding when life is hard.

I can only speak for myself but I know that with out God in my life I could not get out of bed each day.

This world that we live in is hard, life is hard. As we face the struggles of each day living with family, work, health and the world. It can grow heavy on your heart to know what you can change and what you need to learn to cope with.

I PRAY FIRST,  I am unable to stand on my own and wouldn’t want to. I tried life on my own and ended up trying to take my life. So I will pray first and trust in God to lead me where I should go.

That is all I got for now, Peace out!

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Forgiven

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There is a new song that is out there that is called Forgiven by David Crowder if you have not heard it you so need to look it up on Youtube.

This song speaks of how it felt to hold the nail in his hands as he nailed Jesus to the cross, it was cold. The weight of the hammer in his hand and the look on Jesus’s face of forgiveness. It is a wow moment for me each time I hear this song because it is my sin that did nail Him to the cross and He would have done it just for me.

There are so many times that we forget that we are forgiven that we have the honor of forgiveness if we have asked for it. Psalms 103:12-13 tells us “As far as the east is from the west, so far has He remove our transgressions from us. And the our Father has compassion on His children.”

Are we able to do the same for those that we need to forgive?

No, we are human and can not forget the wrongs or unjust actions that have been done agaist us. We are able to forgive those that have done these acts and need to for our own well being and happiness.

It does not even matter if the person knows or acknowledges you feel the need to forgive them. In many cases they may have no understanding that you feel wronged by them. Also some people are just not able to speak of the past.

So what do you do with these feeling? You let them go! Forgive and be done. It is really between you and God anyways. He wants to heal your heart and make you whole. When you carry the burdens of unforgiveness in your heart it is a encumbersome heavy load that will weigh you down.

Well that is all I have for you today, love yourself and others. See ya next time.

 

Short cuts?

My honey and I love to travel, to get out and go someplace we have never been or return to a much loved spot.

We started out in our relationship with two ways of thinking of how we could get to where we wanted to go.

I for one would like to know when, where, how far, what will I need while I am there. (Will it be cold or hot, do I need a swimsuit.) So many questions running around in my mind. Yes, I am a planner by heart. Get me from point A to point B in the most direct route possible so the fun can begin.

My honey, give him a toothbrush (we found that to be very important to have on one trip early on, somethings I just will not share, Just sayin! ) and as long as he has sandals and shorts he is good to go, anywhere even skiing. Just makes me cold looking at it, his shorts are in the car for after. sandals in the snow

He also likes to take short cuts or scenic routes to get from here to there. It may not really be shorter at all, it could add hours on to the trip. His view is – the minute we leave the driveway we are on vacation or our trip has started. So if it takes time to get there that is okay, it is the journey that counts.

It has taken us many years to get on the same page as far as this goes. He has a good point, you will see many things on a short cut that you would never see on a point A to point B trip. He also has come to the understanding that sometimes you do need to go directly to your destination.

You must know when it is time to take a short cut and when it is time to travel the longer road to get to the point that God wants you to be at. If you take a short cut when you know that you are not ready to get to the point God has told you to be, then there are lessons that you will not have learned along the way.

Pray about the road you are to travel and know that you are going there for the right reasons.

Short cuts can be nice and they can bite you in the ass in the end.

Just a random thought.

See you next time.

When life blows you over.

Over the last few weeks we have had two of the dead trees in our yard blow over from the high wings that we have been having.

At first you may be thinking how sad that is to lose a tree that was planted more than 20 years ago, and you would normally be right.

The things about these trees is they are dead. Dead to the point of the roots are starting to come to the surface and the bark is falling off the tree. This is how we found these trees when we bought the house here in Ridgecrest. The house had been empty for a long time and without care and water the trees could not make it through the hot summers alone.

Even with a great tap root after years of drought they could not make it without life giving water.

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I liken this to our walk with the Lord, we can have deep roots that have been our support for many years. We may have been walking with the Lord our God for most of our life time. If you stop drinking from the word of God and eating from His table you can become like these trees dead but still standing.

The only reason that the trees have come down now is with all the water we have had this winter the ground is saturated and the storms knocked them down.

If we become complacent in our walk with God we risk being blown over in the storms of life.  Make sure you take in God daily to stand strong.

Yes it is a good thing the trees came down, we would have had to spend a great amount of time and energy to get them out ourselves. In life we do need to rid ourselves of the dead things that are no longer bringing forth fruit.

Thanks for reading. See ya!

Are you Hungry?

Many times over my years in noodlesministry I have said or heard others speak these words. “I am not being fed here.” I know when I spoke those very words I had the feeling that I was not getting out of church what I should have been. I was walking away after services with more criticism in my head and heart. All kinds of things that had bugged me that day the worship just didn’t do anything for me, or did the pastor really wear that! How come that person got to be prayed for and not me. (I didn’t ask, they should just know I need pray, Right!)

The question I have to ask myself and you should check in yourself. Are you going to Church or to Gods word hungry? Is your need to hear what God would say to you like the hunger pains from not eating, the empty pit will growl to get your attention. Your empty heart will be filled with criticism of those around you if you are not hungry for God’s voice.

What does it look like to be hungry for God?

I think it is expecting to see God in everything that we do, not looking to the people around us to provide the food. God has placed the food in front of you and I we need to come to the table hungry for what He has prepared for us. If we are hungry when we come to Him we will eat of the good things He has for us.

Yesterday I was having one of those mornings were you are running all around to get ready for the day, and I was out of sorts not feeling peace at all in live. I am shotgun shooting out prays but not taking the time to stop and pray. When I got in the car the radio was playing a song that I have heard many times before. Today it hit my heart like the hand of God was holding me in his arms. I cried most of the way to work.

God knows when we are to full to hear what He would speak to your heart. We allow so many things to take His place as first. I am not saying that you have to spend hours in His word each day to be hungry. I can’t even meet that standard. If I am looking to See God I will find Him in everything around me.

Prayer: God give me a heart that is hungry for you, help me to see You in all things. Wipe away the things that are distracting me from seeing You at work in my life Lord. All God’s people say AMEN!

Have a great day, see ya