On this Thursday, on every Thursday I call it THANKFUL THURSDAY. Not just to me but to those I see and in emails I write. I am thankful everyday but I have a matching first letter word to match the day of the week. Everyone expects that of me by now. Thankful Thursday is great day to remind everyone we have a lot to be thankful for!
Also, for all of my unbelieving family. Our world, our schools and many churches, our entire culture has blinded our children. My children think I am crazy having faith. They say we are a species and they think we need to save ourselves, save humanity by beginning to colonize on some planet. I was shocked to hear these words from my 35 year old son who at 10 years old believed and we were both baptized. (I know that being baptized doesn’t save you. ) I am not giving up on him. He told me he doesn’t believe in God anymore. I think he is hurting. He has been in the military since he graduated at 17. He never had a dad who he knew. He married and has 3 beautiful children that he loves with ALL himself. His wife has been unfaithful for most of the marriage and doesn’t hide it. He has ignored it because of his kids. He didn’t have a dad and therefore cared not about what he endures with his wife but puts his kids first so he is there when not deployed. 5 months ago he came home from deployment and let’s just say that the dam broke and water came flooding in destroying everything he has tried to look away from and hold everything together. He retires in 2020, but until then he can’t fight for custody. They are now in the middle of a ugly divorce. She uses the one thing he cares about, his children. This has broken my heart and living several states away I am supporting him as well as I can. He has a really hard time wrapping his mind around how someone who has been married to someone for 15 years and he has given them everything and never said anything about what they do . He supported her and encouraged her in all that she wanted. He is so loving, caring and patient. I really wonder if in part this has added to his unbelief and anger he stuffs down. BUT, while he says he no longer believes and I told him the next day (he was just home for a week visit because his dad who he really hadn’t known since he was 3 years old, was dying and talking out of his head and said on 3 occasion within a couple of days that he needed to get his son, last time he even said his name – my son was the only son he had and the rest were daughters from another marriage – they told my son and he decided to come. I flew him home and he drove straight to where he was under hospice care and spent a couple of hours with people he didn’t know. Then he left and drove back to our house and when he pulled into the garage he got a call saying he passed. I feel God is working. I am not sure what God’s plan is but I never would have expected all this.), anyway, the next day after he told me he didn’t believe and we had the whole strange planet discussion along with other bible topics, I had told him I would not push my views on him anymore. He told me, “no mom. go ahead, don’t stop sending me things because I do read everything you send me. So thankfully he left that door open.Last week the Lord God had been giving me wisdom from His word and I sent my son a document that I put together that concerned all the questions he brought up about the bible and concerning colonization on other planets. So I sent it in the form of …(you stated this…and rather than my answers on my faith I had given you, I wanted to share not just my opinions and thoughts but actual scripture that backs up why I stand firm on my faith in God and His word concerning each topic.) He responded to my emailed document with…very well written mom, keep them coming. Please pray for me and my husband and all his and my grown children. All living in this atheist mindset. But pray for now that God will continue to use me to share the truth to at least my one son who said he is still reading everything I send him. Pray the Holy Spirit will guide me to sharing exactly what my son needs to hear and that his heart will be changed and he will call upon the name of Jesus Christ again! Thank you to all my brothers and sisters who will pray.
I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.
If you could gain righteousness through the law, everything in the Old Testament would have been enough. The rules and regulations that were given to Moses, the Ten Commandments, and the Levitical Priesthood atoning for sins would have been enough. However, the law could not save us; it could not make us righteous. Christ’s road to the cross is jam-packed full of purpose and necessity. He knew that we needed Him in order to be right with God; to be saved by grace through faith alone in Christ alone. Jesus is everything! Believe.
Verse/Commentary courtesy of ‘Verse-A-Day’ android app.
And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.
Take an extra moment today and let this sink into your heart. Noah was the man that all nations were made from, a man who found favor in the eyes of God. This verse indicates that God has setup history as a divine outworking of a plan filled with mercy, grace, and opportunity for us to seek Him as our loving Father. My heart leaps each time my children reach for me, something I cannot express in words. God set everything up so that we would have every opportunity to reach for him, just like a little child would reach for a parent. Reach and cry out “Abba!” Daddy!
Verse/Commentary courtesy of ‘Verse-A-Day’ android app.
1 Chronicles 16:8-36 KJVS
Give thanks unto the Lord , call upon his name, make known his deeds among the people.
 Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him, talk ye of all his wondrous works.
 Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the Lord .
 Seek the Lord and his strength, seek his face continually.
 Remember his marvellous works that he hath done, his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth;
 O ye seed of Israel his servant, ye children of Jacob, his chosen ones.
 He is the Lord our God; his judgments are in all the earth.
 Be ye mindful always of his covenant; the word which he commanded to a thousand generations;
 Even of the covenant which he made with Abraham, and of his oath unto Isaac;
 And hath confirmed the same to Jacob for a law, and to Israel for an everlasting covenant,
 Saying, Unto thee will I give the land of Canaan, the lot of your inheritance;
 When ye were but few, even a few, and strangers in it.
 And when they went from nation to nation, and from one kingdom to another people;
 He suffered no man to do them wrong: yea, he reproved kings for their sakes,
 Saying , Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm.
 Sing unto the Lord , all the earth; shew forth from day to day his salvation.
 Declare his glory among the heathen; his marvellous works among all nations.
 For great is the Lord , and greatly to be praised: he also is to be feared above all gods.
 For all the gods of the people are idols: but the Lord made the heavens.
 Glory and honour are in his presence; strength and gladness are in his place.
 Give unto the Lord , ye kindreds of the people, give unto the Lord glory and strength.
 Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come before him: worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.
 Fear before him, all the earth: the world also shall be stable, that it be not moved.
 Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice: and let men say among the nations, The Lord reigneth.
 Let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof: let the fields rejoice, and all that is therein.
 Then shall the trees of the wood sing out at the presence of the Lord , because he cometh to judge the earth.
 O give thanks unto the Lord ; for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever.
 And say ye, Save us, O God of our salvation, and gather us together, and deliver us from the heathen, that we may give thanks to thy holy name, and glory in thy praise.
 Blessed be the Lord God of Israel for ever and ever. And all the people said, Amen, and praised the Lord .
That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
(Mat 5:45 KJV)
We have all seen them. The horrible pictures. The rain that came so fast. They expected some rain yes but THIS?
So much loss. So much tragedy. So much pain. If you did not lose a loved one then the rest is just stuff right? Sure, as long as it was not your stuff. Right? We know that is the truth. Be thankful. While it might be the truth, when you are in the middle of this you are sad. Maybe you lost all your family photo’s. Maybe you lost everything except your life, like Job.
So, again we ask why?
By the breath of God frost is given: and the breadth of the waters is straitened.
(Job 37:10 KJV)
Also by watering he wearieth the thick cloud: he scattereth his bright cloud:
(Job 37:11 KJV)
And it is turned round about by his counsels: that they may do whatsoever he commandeth them upon the face of the world in the earth.
(Job 37:12 KJV)
He causeth it to come, whether for correction, or for his land, or for mercy.
(Job 37:13 KJV)
(Here the Lord gives us 3 possible reasons. ‘I personnnally found for his land interesting’.)
Hearken unto this, O Job: stand still, and consider the wondrous works of God.
(Job 37:14 KJV)
Dost thou know when God disposed them, and caused the light of his cloud to shine?
(Job 37:15 KJV)
Dost thou know the balancings of the clouds, the wondrous works of him which is perfect in knowledge?
(Job 37:16 KJV)
I see these last 3 verses and think… Do we notice when the sun shines on us and the temperature is that perfect 75 degrees? Do we notice when everything is going perfect? Do we notice when we buy and buy more and more things? Do we give thanks in all of the good things ALL of the time?
God is good ALL the time. When it rains it comes on the just and the unjust. We all should look within and see if we have any house cleaning to do. I for one know I always so. After taking a personal inventory and doing some personal repenting, maybe just maybe it would do us some good to notice all of the beauty that surrounds us most days. The butterflys that we watch land on a beautiful flower. The hummingbirds looking for some sugar. Sit in a quiet place and listen to the birds sing. Go to a park and watch children play. Learn to enjoy some of the simple things God surrounds us with on most days.
Thank you LORD God! Thank you for helping us to look up into the heavens. Look up and just shout THANK YOU JESUS! For you are an Awesome God and YOU are so very worthy of more than all of our complaints. Thank You!!! We praise your Holy name!
(Hos 4:1) Hear the word of the LORD, ye children of Israel: for the LORD hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land.
(Hos 4:2) By swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery, they break out, and blood toucheth blood.
(Hos 4:3) Therefore shall the land mourn, and every one that dwelleth therein shall languish, with the beasts of the field, and with the fowls of heaven; yea, the fishes of the sea also shall be taken away.
(Hos 4:6) My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.
I read these verses and I cannot help but see America. Verse 1 says not truth, no mercy and no knowledge of God in the land. Verse 2 says By swearing and lying and killing and stealing and committing adultery….hmmm. Yes, that verse fits this country too.
Verse 1 tells us that there is no knowledge of God in the land. Why?
Verse 6 tells us that people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Why?
Scripture tells us that we have no knowledge because we HAVE REJECTED KNOWLEDGE. Because of rejecting knowledge from the one who gives it He will also reject us.
In verse 6 the word destroyed in Hebrew means CUT OFF. So, my people are cut off for lack of knowledge.
How do we change this? How do we turn things around? Can we?
1Sa 2:3 Talk no more so exceeding proudly; let not arrogancy come out of your mouth: for the LORD is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed.
Psa 14:4 Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge? who eat up my people as they eat bread, and call not upon the LORD. (I find it interesting that this is said again word for word in Psalm 53:4.)
Let’s pray. Dear Father in Heaven, as we read Your words written for us in your Holy Bible help us Lord. Convict each of us however you need to. Help us to look at our own lives. Help us to see where we each are lacking. Help us Lord God to cry out to You, to seek You, to search for You. Help us Lord God to have the ears to hear You. Circumcise our hearts. Circumcise our ears. Cut away all our wickedness. Teach us what the meaning of “fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge”. Help us to read the scriptures and give us understanding as only You can. Open our eyes and ears and our hearts. Deuteronomy 30:6 says…And the Lord thy God will circumcise thine heart, and the heart of they seed, to love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all they soul, that thou mayest live. Help us Lord God Almighty to learn from You and Your perfect ways. In these days we see darkness growing and we desire to be a light in the darkness as You have called us to be. Fill us with Your Holy Spirit. Keep our lamps full of oil. May we be ready on that blessed day when we hear the trumpets blow. Thank you for hearing our cries and our prayers. Thank you for not turning your back on us and cutting us off as we know we all deserve. Thank you for your mercy and your grace. Help each of us to repent where your holy spirit reveals to each one of us. Help us then to turn from our wickedness and not go back. In your strength and your strength alone, help us to stand and not be shaken. It is in the name of Jesus Christ we ask all these things. We give thanks unto You! We praise You!
Psa 119:66 Teach me good judgment and knowledge: for I have believed thy commandments.
Pro 1:7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
Pro 2:1 My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee;
Pro 2:2 So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding;
Pro 2:3 Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding;
Pro 2:4 If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures;
Pro 2:5 Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.
Pro 2:6 For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.
I was going through some refinance documents last night and noticed something on the bottom of a page from our insurance company. They were asked to fax over current information. You know, just normal needed paperwork for a refinance. This company is a big name and we have used them for years and I was in shock at the unprofessional notation.
On the fax request the mortgage company had sent over to the insurance company, well, it was clear the person didn’t want to fill in a few blanks. They scribbled answers next to questions and then at the bottom wrote out…THIS WAS ON THE DEC PAPERWORK. ….THIS IS A WASTE OF TIME!
Oh, my blood pressure went sky high! I wanted to know who thought that was ok to put on the bottom of a document that many will see? I mean this us in my binding paperwork. Deal is done and finished. I felt embarrassed by having them represent me . I had a million things in my mind from calling them or better yet going to the office and letting them know just what I thought of the ridiculous childish comment.
As theevening went on I began to lighten up a little. Thoughts of “they would probably just laugh at me when I left. ”
Today I feel so over it. I still think it was unprofessional but I need to be above that . I don’t need to have a fit by telling them how bad they were and in the end probably coming across in the same way. It wouldn’t change anything except I wouldn’t be the compassionate person I desire to be. It would still be on my paperwork. I honestly don’t want to be the reason someone gets in trouble or loses their job. I don’t know what they might personally be going through. I am thankful that the Lord took me by the hand and led me to focus on something more important, like worshipping Him!
Anyone out there relate to this?
1 Peter 3:8-9
Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble. Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.
In Christ we are all family. The body of Christ is like any other family, and is not immune to disagreements, differences of opinion, and sometimes just bad timing. Yet, there is great power at the disposal of a Christian family that can get them through anything together. This great mystery and surprising power belongs to forgiveness. Along with speaking the truth in love, forgiveness is able to overcome any obstacle or difference. It is this same forgiveness that allows us to love our enemies, and respond with kindness and blessing to those who would do us harm.
Verse/Commentary courtesy of ‘Verse-A-Day’ android app.
May the sound of our praises be a sweet sweet sound in Your ear…
I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you.
Lord God, we praise You! Many of us find ourselves in difficult times, whether it be financial, emotional, health, or otherwise. Lord, help us have the courage to praise You especially in these times of great need. You hear us and You know our needs perfectly! You have promised to provide for us, to not leave us alone. Help us to continually lift up our prayers to You fervently and with authentic hearts, expecting great things from You. Lord God, You are our sustenance and our portion. With You we have all we need and we give You thanks and glory forever. In the name of Jesus, Amen.
Verse/Commentary courtesy of ‘Verse-A-Day’ android app.
3 scriptures to ponder on.
I have then added more verses showing what can happen and happens often if not careful. (Ok, so now I added even more, but packed full of truth most of us can USE!)
A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth:
And a word spoken in due season, how good is it!
The Lord God hath given me the tongue of the learned,
That I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary:
He wakeneth morning by morning,
He wakeneth mine ear to hear as the learned.
A word fitly spoken
Is like apples of gold in pictures of silver. (Some versions say apples of gold in a setting of silver.)
Our words can build up a person or rip them to shreds.
The following verses have remarkable wisdom. Oh, if I might live every day living with these words at the front of my mind. I am on vacation this week and it is so much easier to speak with kindness. When at work I can so easily get caught up in many things I shouldn’t. I have learned fairly well how to avoid the chatter when people begin talking about others. I can turn and walk away or turn around and get back to that which I am being paid to do.
I sometimes become so witty that I can’t control myself. My mouth, (all in fun) will join in a conversation that my ears just happen to hear while working! Sarcasm! I know I first fell in love with it many years ago watching Seinfeld! I rarely watch ANY TV these days as I see it is an absolute waste of time. I must admit I loved that show. They could talk about nothing and it would be hilarious. I am thinking mainly due to all the sarcasm.
Sarcasm can be fun banter between friends but often even in fun it can cross the line from fun to offense and rather quickly.
That being said, I have found myself in the last couple of years trying to stop myself at work. I will be chiming into a conversation at work with amazing humor. Or is it really? Most in that circle would say yes but the thing is that normally sarcasm wouldn’t be funny to someone. That someone is rarely going to hear the banter or maybe they do and even they laugh on the outside but on the inside feel something quite different. I usually have to stop myself after I have started. I pray I get better at stopping myself BEFORE I get started with the first utterance. I have a few times. I suppose like with many things, that realizing you have a problem is the first step to correcting that. We all need a laugh every so often. I maybe could work on remembering jokes. My brother is a great teller of jokes….good and clean jokes. I don’t seem to remember any and if I do I have butchered them to the point they simply are not even funny anymore. Lol
Warnings from the word of God.
For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body. Behold, we put bits in the horses’ mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body. Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth. Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell. For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind: But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be. Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter? Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh.
Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom. But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.
I go back to work next week and I pray I keep these words at the front of my mind and that my words will be filled with wisdom and speak encouragement and life if they speak anything at all.
God bless all my brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus.
May grace and peace from our Father in Heaven be upon you all.
I will end with the verses from …
Jude 24 & 25
Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, to the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.
The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. He fulfills the desire of those who fear him; he also hears their cry and saves them.
Dear Lord God, our King,
May I sit today in quietness. May I reflect on your power.
I am thankful for your mercy and grace that You give even though we are all wretched and not worthy of any good things you give.
Thank you my King.
In the path of your judgments, O LORD, we wait for you; your name and remembrance are the desire of our soul. My soul yearns for you in the night; my spirit within me earnestly seeks you. For when your judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world learn righteousness.
“The whole commandment that I command you today you shall be careful to do, that you may live and multiply, and go in and possess the land that the LORD swore to give to your fathers. And you shall remember the whole way that the LORD your God has led you these forty years in the wilderness, that he might humble you, testing you to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep his commandments or not. And he humbled you and let you hunger and fed you with manna, which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that he might make you know that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD.
Only one thing MUST be at the top of your list!
My mouth is filled with your praise, and with your glory all the day.
Thank you Jesus!