The Lord woke me this morning. It seems as if Satan has been working overtime lately, I guess he knows we’re approaching the season of our Lord God son’s birth and he’s determined to take the joy out it. He’s placed worry in my mind. Casted regret and doubt into my thoughts and I can’t lie I’m only human and sometimes it does get me down. But try as he might he can never beat me, he could never shake my faith. You see the Lord woke me this morning and for that I’m eternally grateful because anything after that is a bonus.
It’s song time again. This time a mash up thanks go out to Alicia Keys, Eric Benet and Tamia
Some people live for the power
Some people think that the physical things define what’s within
And I have been there before, and that life’s a bore
Some people want it all
But I don’t want nothing at all
If it ain’t got you Lord
You see I never knew such a love could be inside of one
And I never knew what my life was for
But now that I’ve open my heart and soul to you I know for sure
You see I was incomplete till the day you I let you into my heart Lord
And I never knew that my heart could feel so precious and pureNow every morning when I wake and open my eyes
I know my heart is beating because you’re by my side
So I cry out and let the whole world know
That you’re my Lord and I’m your child
I let everyone know that I devote my life to you
I don’t need diamonds
Or lots of money
Don’t need the world handed to me on a silver platter
All I need you is you in my life Lord
Because all of that means nothing
If I ain’t got you Lord
If I ain’t got you
There are some people who look everywhere for wealth
And they’ll do anything to find it
Some of them find it but still don’t know happiness
Cause they haven’t open their hearts and souls to you
Haven’t been touched by your Holy Spirit
Don’t know how much happiness you provide How much love you have for us
All from just one touch of your hand
A touch like no other no touch A touch that feels so wonderful
I found my happiness in you Lord
I know your love is pure and true
And as the days and the weeks and the years go by
I know you’ll always be there for me
Your love has already saved my life, my heart and my soul
So I’ll keep praising you each and every day In good and bad times
I’ll let the whole world know you’re my Lord
And I’m your child
I devote my life to you
Today I found my mind racing with worry about something that I am dealing with. Then I got up from my desk to go to the men’s room (TMI I know) and did so without grabbing my cane. On the way back I noticed no limp, no stagger, almost like nothing ever was wrong. Not bad I thought I am getting so much stronger everyday and that’s when my inner Keanu Reeves took over WHOA! I thought that’s it exactly, I’m getting stronger everyday. When did I start getting stronger? When I put my faith in the Lord and started doing things like walking everyday and riding the exercise bike, when I quit worrying about will I ever walk like before. That’s when I started getting stronger.
So why am I letting worry consume me now?
Look what the Lord has already done for me.
Look at all I have to be grateful for.
I only need to keep my faith in the Lord and keep working on a solution because worry can only fill my soul with fear. But faith in the Lord and action on my part will lead me to the successful outcome I seek. In this I have no doubt because with Him nothing is impossible.
Jeremiah 17:7-8 New International Version (NIV)
7 “But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord,
whose confidence is in him.
8 They will be like a tree planted by the water
that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes;
its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought
and never fails to bear fruit.”
They see the smile, a smile that conceals the pain behind it.
They see the many friends, friends that hide the loneliness within you.
They hear the laughter, laughter that disguises the depression you feel.
They watch as you reach out to all those who need help never imagining you secretly covet someone to reach out to you.
Your face is a mask and you are but an actor. But there are fleeting seconds when the stage lights dim, the crowd empties out and now alone you remove your mask and to see the tears that are streaming down your face.
But in those seconds know this, you are not alone. There is someone who feels your pain, knows your loneliness and sees your depression. Someone who has always loved you and whose arms have always been outstretched toward you. That someone is the Lord and all you need to do is believe. Believe that if you put your faith in Him in time He will relieve you of your troubles and you will need your mask no more.
So this morning I’m in the shower this morning and I look to my left out the frosted window. Now you can’t see anything unless it’s right up against the window and even then it’s hard to make out. But this morning there it was clear as day what I could only assume was a twig has lodged it self between the bottom and top pane.
Well this twig was shaped like a cross.
Just a twig that happened to look like a cross?
You could believe that but I choose to believe that a twig in the shape of a cross whose image in a frosted window came through as clear as day was the Lord saying Carl as you start the week know that I got you everything going to be OK.
May you all have a blessed week!
Have you ever walked by a mirror looked into it saw your reflection and thought about just how lucky you are at that moment to be able to do just that.
I have because after a long journey. I realize the Lord is in my heart and in my mind. I realize that nothing I have accomplished or nothing I will accomplish is done without Him and I realize nothing is impossible with him.
So take a minute today to recognize Him, to praise Him and to thank Him. Do this because you opened your eyes this morning to enjoy yet another day on this beautiful blue ball He has given us. Do this because you know that in good times and bad as the song goes. He’s all over us and He’s keeping us alive!
They don’t really care about us.
This statement could be attributed to the attitudes of many so called American “Christians”. Many of whom have decided, led by Pat Robertson, that our current President was sent by God to save America. The same President who rose to power by preying on the baseless fears of many. Campaigning on a platform of hate, fear and division.
A President who turns his back on the concept of global unity for a doctrine of America first.
A President who appointed an Attorney General in Jeff Sessions who once said: “We are a Christian nation. We should only be accepting Christian refugees.” This at a time when some twenty-two million people are displaced and the world is in the midst of the worst refugee crisis since the Second World War. Almost a quarter who are refugees from Syrians. Yet each iteration of Trump’s travel ban has sought to block travelers trying to enter the U.S. from Syria, and to restrict refugee admissions from the country. A country whose people are so devastated Secretary of Defense James Mattis said in May of 2018 “I’ve seen refugees from Asia to Europe, Kosovo to Africa. I’ve never seen refugees as traumatized as coming out of Syria.”
A President who has submitted proposed budgets that hits the poorest Americans the hardest, slashing billions of dollars in food stamps, health insurance and federal housing subsidies. A budget that would gut the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, better known as food stamps, by $17.2 billion in 2019 — equivalent to 22 percent of the program’s total cost last year. It calls for cuts of more than $213.5 billion over the next decade, a reduction of nearly 30 percent, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
A President whose policies are applauded by many of his “Christian” supporters as Making America Great Again.
But Matthew 25:41-46 is clear in saying:
Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ Then they also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.
This is a resounding answer to the question, “Am I my brother’s keeper?” (Genesis 4:9), The person who helps those in need will inherit the kingdom. The person who fails to do so will be relegated to fiery punishment.
It has always been easy to say to the world I am a Christian. It is not so easy to live your life as a follower of Christ and his teachings.
Are you ready to show through your actions that you can love thy neighbor as thyself” (Matthew 22:39)?
Are you ready to show through your actions that you can feed the hungry, clothe the needy, visit the sick. (Matthew 25)?
Are you ready to show through your actions that you are ready to love your enemies (Luke 6:27).
Sadly, for many of those that love to brag America is a Christian country, founded on the principles of Christianity it seems want their religion to be is easy and simple. A religion that affords them a comfortable living with no room for outsiders unless they immediately become like them.
The time has come to choose. Are you a person who simply gives lip service to the teachings of Jesus?
A man who gave his life willingly as he said:
“The Father loves me because I sacrifice my life so I may take it back again. No one can take my life from me. I sacrifice it voluntarily. For I have the authority to lay it down when I want to and also to take it up again. For this is what my Father has commanded.” John 10:17-18 NLT
A man who died willing for our sins, to save us and purchase us from death.
Or are you a person who chooses to follow a President that many have turned into a false god.
A President who preaches hate and division.
If you truly are a follower of the Lord it shouldn’t be a hard question at all to answer.
Because as a follower of Christ the world should be saying:
They really do care about us.