We are opening the flaps of our tent wide for you to come inside!
“Enlarge the place of your tent,
stretch your tent curtains wide,
do not hold back;
lengthen your cords,
strengthen your stakes."
Smile, It Will Make People Wonder!
Some days I know I am a grouch with a frown on my face and a growl under my breath. And why? Oh, some little something got in my way, aggravated me, or just plain made me mad. Once again, "And Why?"
Because I have forgotten who I am, who my Father is, and why I am here! How about you?
In the book of Proverbs, there are many wise sayings, to help us maneuver our daily lives.
"A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person's strength." Proverbs 17:22
When I am smiling and content, I have joy in my step and energy to complete my day. But, when I am grouchy, I am tired! Nap required.
And that is why, "I Love the Lord!"
Every morning, I lie in bed and pray sometimes for thirty minutes, sometimes an hour. I start out being grateful and praising my Lord, then we discuss my sins and my forgiveness; and then I move onto my petitions or just what is worrying my mind.
Now this is not an ATM prayer! God give me, give me, give me! You see, after I go through the grateful part, I realize that He has given me all I need and more. Importantly, I know He will supply me with what I need, every thing else is like having extra Christmas presents to unwrap each day! The sin part keeps me grounded, also. I am human, and I sin day in and day out, but I try to consciously do better each day.
Yes, "I Love the Lord!"
My message to you is to realize when you are grouchy and to consciously turn it around. Start with counting your blessings, write ten of them down on a piece of paper. Then write down why you are having a bad day. Compare the two. Number one should be, "I am God's child. He loves me from here through eternity." Is there a real comparison?
Yes, "I Love the Lord!"
Next, do something kind for someone else. Think back to an unusually joyous day. When you encountered a stranger, how did they respond to your happy attitude? Made you feel good on the inside too.
I know, all to well, about difficult times and the immense struggles this life can bring. But to even be sad with a hopeful heart that tomorrow can be better, is where you will find the difference.
By now, you should know where my hope comes from! If not let me give you a hint...
I LOVE THE LORD!
We Are Not OF This World
And by my title, I don’t mean we are “Mork from Ork” either.
Side note: God bless Robin Williams and his family. He used his God-given gift of humor and love of humanity to try to make this world kinder and gentler, with a few more smiling faces! Sometimes the pain of this world overwhelms you and you have to go home, where we all belong! Robin is now home.
Now, back to the rest of us aliens.
In the bible, we are told over and over that we are not of this world.
1 John 2:15-17 (NIV)
15 Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. 16 For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. 17 The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.
Basically saying this world dies, but we are creatures who were made to live forever! A perfect example of how fleeting the things of this world really are; is Hollywood and the Music Industry. For some unknown reason people follow them for their news and advice on life. “Really?!” (So disturbing to me.) From one generation to the next; people, places, and things which were popular then, are no longer the muse of today. They die and fade into oblivion.
A perfect example are the Rockers who were drunkards and drug addicts. They now profess the sober, healthy lifestyle. Why? A quick death does not become them especially when the old survival instincts kick into gear. They want to live!
How many of you had a cassette player, or even an eight track player? Where are they now?
Things of this life are temporary!
God is forever! And He wants us to be forever too. That is why there are warnings after warnings in the bible about chasing after trends, and ideals of today’s world.
As I was scanning through the news on the internet, an article stopped me. The article talked about an entertainer who stopped his concert because not all of the people were standing and dancing along to his singing. The first thing that came to my mind was, “Man, he is so of this world.” And then the ridiculousness of someone telling the people; who paid the excessive amount of his tickets, who support his multi-million dollar life style, what to do!“So of this world.”
The next part of the article showed a picture of the entertainer and his wife. Who, by the way, was attired in her fashion-forward outfit. Why wear clothes at all if you are going to dress with nothing to hide? I say then hide nothing. And does this man have no pride at all than to let other men lust after his wife? It does not seem so, because he proudly displays to the world exactly what he bought. So to speak.
Where has class and dignity gone in this world? I believe they have gone with God. Because if you truly have God in your life, then you are clothed with class and dignity! But if you are, of this world, you are a shining example through your words, actions, and yes (in my opinion) even dress.
Start today and take one thing, which you know without a doubt is worldly, and eliminate it from your life. If you buy designer shoes, take the money and buy a meal or a week’s worth of groceries for a needy family. Do you laugh at dirty jokes at the office, gossip, or use foul language? Put a rubber band on your arm and pop yourself each time you do. It will make you aware and before long, you won’t be doing it anymore.
You can figure out what to take from your life by asking God, “Father, what do I need to eliminate from my life to bring me closer to You?” And be prepared for the answer.
Signing out today, as an Alien from Heaven!
"Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect."
A Word of Wisedom from CS Lewis
"The instrument through which you see God is your whole self. And if man's self is not kept clean and bright, his glimpse of God will be blurred - like the moon seen through a dirty telescope. That is why horrible nations have horrible religions; they have been looking at God through a dirty lense."
And that is what is going on here in America. Our society has deteriorated into single parent families and children left to find their own way. There are more divisions in our political, economic and religious organizations than ever before. America is dangling on a string of disaster. As it swings in the wayward winds, America could drop at any moment. One side is total destruction and chaos; and the other is revival and restoration. All because we have those who would throw up smoke screens in front of the lens, for their own wealthy lifestyles.
WE need to do some lens cleaning! Start supporting each other, loving each other, and telling the true Word of God!
Some try to make God what they want Him to be, which is a very hazy view of God. Scripture does not change, people change scripture.
Fiction and those spouting it will fade away, when truth stands Glorified.