Do We treat God Like He is Just Another one of our Loved Ones????

Adapted and Reposted 3-26-2011

Acts 17:27

I walked outside this morning and heard my Mother’s wind chimes. 
I said, “Hello Mother.” 
I thought about my favorite niece and great niece who are on a road trip down Route 66.
The thought came to me. 
Do we treat God like He is just another one of our relatives or friends?
Do we spend time with Him only when it is convenient for us?
Do we go to scheduled worship services so we can say,” okay I did my duty for this week.?”
Do we pray only when we feel so guilty that we cannot stand it anymore or when we need something? 
Subconsciously we say okay, “I’ll pray so I can ease my conscience.”
Why is it that we only have time for God when it is convenient for us?
Acts 17:24-30
“The God who made the world and all things in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands;
nor is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives to all people life and breath and all things;
and He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation,
that they world seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us;”
for in Him we live and move and exist, as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we also are His children.’
“Being then the children of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and thought of man.”
“Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent,”
Let us aspire to spend more time with our Heavenly Father and our earthly family and friends.
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The Beauty of Fall

The Cross on an Egg.

Little Chapel in the Cedars.

What beauty we see as the weather turns cooler and the days grow shorter.
I really enjoying watching the seasons change. We have just enough of the leaves turning to remind us that they will soon fall to the ground. The slight shades or orange and red are pleasing to the eye. What comes next is hard for me. The naked trees are the saddest season for me. It is so like death. Somber and still. However, we know that this too shall pass and the green shades will soon enough return.
Just remember Romans 8:28. I have tried to think of that as we have gone through a difficult time this past week. Just an added trial on top of the other trials we have faced.

No matter what, we know that God is in control and He will win. We just have to figure out how to stay the course and allow Him to do what He needs to do in our life.
There again, I see the trees starting to turn and I realize He will bring them back to life after a season. So I have to believe He will see me through whatever I have to go through.
Just be still and know that He is God. Until next time I will focus on Romans 8:28 and the other scriptures that bring The Peace that Passes all Understanding.

How can we maintain the Peace that Passes all Understanding?

When one works with four year olds there is never any down time. It really pays to stay a step or two ahead of them. This can be extremely tiring and mind boggling too.

I was really stressed after spending seven hours dealing with non-stop behavior issues. All the while trying to actually get some teaching done. Never mind the personal issue I have going on in my family.

I prayed about the bad attitude I had and the way I was feeling. I prayed for God to please help me be the light to those children that He wanted me to be. I felt better as I went to bed but I was still feeling bad about the ugly feeling I had and what it might have done to the children.

God spoke to me from His word the next morning when I opened my Bible to read scripture and pray for two High School students. I participate in Wall of Prayer where I read a scripture and pray for two High School students everyday to keep them covered in prayer.

The scripture was Psalm 19:14
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
Be acceptable in Your sight,
O LORD, my rock and my Redeemer.”

This spoke to my heart to be sure to control the words and the tone of the words that come out of my mouth because they reflect the meditation of my heart. I must control them so they will be acceptable in the sight of the Almighty God whom I choose to serve. He is my Rock and my Redeemer whom I thank daily.

Until next time think about Romans 8:28 “We know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who are called according to His purpose.

Where Is the Peace that Passes All Understanding I Everyday Life?

I am going back to work next week. I teach four year olds in a public school. I love teaching these precious souls. However, I love the time I have at home in the summer.

The last several summers we have been away for a month in the summer on a mission trip or traveling. The first three weeks were spent getting ready for the trip. Then we were gone three to four weeks. We were home for three to four weeks before school started after we got home.

This summer has been strange because we were home most of the summer. It has almost been unsettling to me to have so much time at home. I have had too much time to get things done. I have been going through years of accumulations trying to decide what to get rid of and what to keep. There are other factors that have made this an unsettling time. I will write about those at a later time.

I have to keep reminding myself that no matter what is going on in life, I have to stay focused on who is in control. It is my job to claim that peace that passes all understanding on a daily bases. Sometimes it has to be a moment to moment bases. One thing this week has reminded me of that fact. I bought a new laptop computer and had to take it back two times because of problems. This really challenged me to have the peace that passes all understanding. I did though. I picked the laptop up for the second time and brought it home. I turned it on and it did not work. It was nine o’clock at night.
Do I get mad and stew about this all night, planning what I will say to them tomorrow. Or do I claim the peace that passes all understanding. I chose to claim the peace. I prayed asking God to work out the details and guide me on what I need to say and do tomorrow. Guess what? I went to sleep with a splitting headache. I slept like a baby and woke up refreshed without a headache.
I called and spoke to the man who sold me the laptop. He said “I will send a tech guy out tomorrow with a brand new laptop and he will get you set up again.”
Thank you God for the Peace that Passes All Understanding and the wisdom to claim it. Until next time. Philippians 4:7

Where Does the Peace that Passes all Understanding Come From?

This was originially posted on August 10 2008/Reposted 2-2012

This life deals us misery. We have unseen things coming at us from every angle.

How do we deal with this?
How do we survive seeing a child deal with a drug addiction for years?
How do we deal with the death of our 22 year old brother when we are just 25?
How do we deal with the loss of grandparents and parents through death?
How do we deal with personal illness, the illness of a spouse, a child or a parent? How do we deal with watching our dad slip away with Alzheimer’s?
How do we deal with depression or other mental illness of our own or a loved one?The list goes on and on….the loss of a job, no income, numerous handicaps, lack of family support, loss of friends, natural disaster, you fill in the blank.

A long time ago I discovered;
Romans 8:28 “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, and are called according to His purpose.”

This was the first time that bad made sense to me.
I began to accept that God is in control. 
I believe His promises to cause everything to work together for good to those who love Him.
Then, it is my job to love Him so He can cause everything to work for good in my life. He promises us that He will give us the Peace that Passes all Comprehension.

Philippians 4:7 “And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
I am standing on His promises.
How about you?
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