Friday, June 29, 2018

"submitting to one another in the fear of God."

Who can resist feeling nostalgic when seeing new life. It screams to me about the reality of our God. As I watched two butterflies early this morning in our yard I also felt their existence was a neon sign pointing to the Savior.

"How can anyone miss this" I said to myself. Just because I'm aware of God's presence doesn't mean others are. I had lunch with a friend today. She shared about one of her sons who was not 100% sure about creation. He went to a public High School and was experiencing a small amount of doubt.

Her response is to take him to The Creation Museum and to look at the reproduction of the Ark. If he thinks it is impossible to build such a boat seeing what it may have looked like is sort of seeing the butterfly. Everyone has something they can relate to.

Maybe seeing love in motion speaks to you about the reality of God. In this world we want to cooperate together when we have a common goal. A Missions trip can speak to everyone on a team to do their part.  The goal is to complete the trip and accomplish what was agreed upon before the trip began.

"Voice of the Martyrs magazine" sent out an issue this week with pictures of some of the people they help around the world. I was moved by a picture of a group of young people from rural Vietnam. They were lined up to be baptized in a local river. Not one of them had a smile on their face.

Their faces were quite serious as they contemplated what this baptism would mean. It meant some of them would not be able to go back to their families. It meant persecution for the rest of their lives, and possible harm. It meant pressure to reject Jesus.

They did it anyway. Serving God in America might not come with persecution right now. There could be a day when it is a serious problem for us. Will we be able to submit to one another out of the fear of God? Can we fear God enough so fearing man is not a hinderance? I believe we can, while we love one another. Blessings and love.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

" giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ." Ephesians 5:20 NKJV

One of the many things I love about the Apostle Paul is his gratitude to His Heavenly Father. Giving thanks for all things can be difficult. I don't think he means we have to be grateful for all things right away.

 It can be easier to thank God for the good we see come out of a bad situation. Not everything can be seen as good at the time. A car accident where someone dies isn't something we can thank God for initially. We might be able to see fruit come from the attitudes of those who grieve the loss of the loved one. 

Someone who has suffered such a great tragedy may not ever see one thing to thank God for. God is fine with it. He loves you right where you are. In the middle of the pain He wants to meet you.

God knows serious, hurtful things take place every day in our lives.Our friend Paul is speaking about worship in the verse before this. In the context of the chapter we see in giving thanks to God it comes from our sincere hearts.

Worship has to be sincere. Our giving of thanks is not right if it comes begrudgingly. No way does God want this! Truth is what God stands for. He knows our hearts and how to bring wholeness.

If you are walking through an emotional trauma don't despair. All of us have been in your shoes at one time or another. Life comes in cycles. The Spirit of God works in us to cause us to overcome. Usually we are in a trial, coming out of a trial, or healed from a trial.

It is how God makes us more like Him. If we don't allow Jesus into our stuff, we won't change. It is painful, but it brings health strength and life in the end. As much as I fuss about change I know I need it. No one likes the pain of change. help us Lord Jesus to see you in the trial. Amen.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

" speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord," Ephesians 5:19 NKJV

This is a happy picture. Matt is rough housing with our golden retriever Buddy. These two love one another. When it is rainy out at night Buds wants to be with Matthew in his room. All anxiety leaves the dog as he rests with his friend.

No other time is it alright for a dog to be in a bedroom. If buddy is in the laundry room and it is blustery outside he will scratch at the door until little pieces are all over the floor. I am not my happiest when I come down to a mess like this first thing in the morning.

There are other messes in the dog/laundry room I dislike more first thing in the morning. I will spare you the details. I don't yell or scream but I dislike messes just the same.

Our verse today is how I like to spend my time. A friend asked me once why I didn't play christian music when I was home. I said,"I like to be able to sing whenever I want."

  This doesn't mean I couldn't play music as well.  Singing with music is legitimate too. Most times I like to be free to let out a melody when I think of one. We each have our own way of worshiping throughout the day.

"Making melody in my heart unto the King of Kings" is one of my favorite occupations throughout the day. How do you keep yourself occupied? This of course is when you are alone.

Music has been a vital part of who I am from the very beginning. My Dad liked music and he played classical music at night when he was home. This developed in me a love for instrumental music.

Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, Korsakov were some of his favorites composers. Worship music has its own special place in my heart. Don't get my wrong, some of those special classics are very worshipful and were written for the Lord. I love this about those beautiful, masterfully crafted pieces. 

Getting lost in worship to the Lord is about the best thing to do any  ordinary day. You are whisked out of this dull existence and delivered into the presence of God. How's that for an otherwise standard Wednesday?

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

" And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit," Ephesians 5:18 NKJV

Dissipation means  overconsumption, self indulgence, decadence, squandering of money, energy or resources. If more of us knew this definition maybe we wouldn't get uptight about alcohol. Drunkenness is the sin in this verse. 

Self control is necessary to walk as Jesus walked in every area of our lives. The danger is overconsumption and this is where some cannot draw the line. Alcohol can easily become self medicating if someone is troubled. 

The consequences of self medicating are much worse than whatever is troubling someone. Alcohol dries out our internal organs. Our brain is 85% water and a brain on alcohol is destroyed.
Is it worth the temporary buzz to damaging our brain?

Of course not. Alcohol breaks us down but the Spirit of God builds us up. It's easy to grab a drink but it takes discipline to seek after God. God is not hiding on us or trying to avoid us. He wants us to find Him; He delight in us.

We need to get past our fleshly desires to come into the realm of the Spirit. I don't mean to sound mystical. God is very tangible and relevant in today's society. He knew all of today's headlines before the earth began.The problem is with us. 

Jesus has always been available to those who desire to follow him. The Spirit of God will draw us closer to Jesus, never push us away.
Wherever you are today in your relationship with Him, He wants you to come. He's the God of the impossible and your situation can be changed if you give it all to Him. Let go, and let God! 

Monday, June 25, 2018

"Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is." Ephesians 5:17 NKJV

Which one of these summer prepped ladies do you identify with? It doesn't matter but it may say something about your personality. Are you sports minded and ready like the gal in the jumpsuit -short outfit?

 Are you covered up like the one with the hat and sunglasses? Do you fit in the middle, ready for whatever comes your way? I hope to be the one in the middle.

As I get older I find I like life to be predictable but with 3 grown kids in the house life is rarely predictable. Matthew can be in the back room he likes to call the man-cave with 3 or 4 other guys watching sports.  Rudy is mostly in his room, and Stephie can be any mixture of the two.

At any given moment we can have a car-full of young people stop by. We like this because we know where every is and what they are doing. I hope to call this wisdom. My hesitance comes from an incident recently when music was too loud at 1:30 in the morning. No problem though because when told to, the music was turned off.

My mother was the same way. She allowed kids to come and flop at our house. She wanted everyone home.

 Wisdom is building bridges with our children no matter how old they are. The peace my husband and I have because of this is huge. Cooking for a crowd isn't a problem because most of the time the young adults go out for food, or call uber eats.

If I had asked you ten years ago " What's an uber" what would you have said?

 My spell check doesn't believe it is a word. Our witness to these young people could change their lives. Being available to talk is part of why we do this. A listening ear may be a rare blessing as life moves swiftly ahead. 

If I need to talk about life in general in my stage of life certainly the younger generation does. As we are venturing deeper into the end time agenda of God's plan many will need to be reassured of His goodness.  Young people in my experience, don't like to talk about the imminent return of Jesus but I didn't like to talk about it when I was younger either. 

It can be daunting at any age.  It may not be something you like to talk about. Being knowledgeable about what will happen and to who is important. I read an article by Mike Bickle from the International House of Prayer last night. He said we have 150 chapters in our Bible dealing with end time events.

Let's be proactive and learn about such things so we can share with others. Personally, I don't have much understanding of such events. Better to know and step on the head of fear before it starts. Blessings!

Friday, June 22, 2018

"redeeming the time, because the days are evil." Ephesians 5:16 NKJV

How do you see the world we live in? Are you aware of the presence of God and the presence of darkness? I think of these two forces working on earth and I smile. Look at this new-born. 

Their life is before him or her and some would say it is a blank slate. Not according to God. God knew this precious new one before they were in the womb. His plans for them are for good. 

"Good" meaning the best is yet to come. "Good" defined by the sinless, purity of God. "Good" in the truest sense of the word. Our definitions of "good" don't come close to the reality of Jesus.
The best we can do is point to something we know on earth, which is tainted by sin.

I am quite aware of the presence of darkness but I choose to meditate on the Kingdom of Light. This is the one who wins.
This is the one we know overcomes all darkness. The story has already been told.

We can stand in strength and wholeness because we know how the story ends!

Although we have to contend for wholeness here on earth it is ours because He has given it to us. The fight is on, but the battle has been won. Do you believe this? I do but I still have to fight to keep the victory at times.

WE all do. The battle has been won but our enemy doesn't play by the rules, and we are in this world. Through prayer we can pull down heaven to overcome the natural man within us. Jesus can fill us with His Holy Spirit to sing and dance in spite of all circumstances.

Through prayer we can dispel the dark, and call in the light.
Jesus said, "Heal the sick, raise the dead,  cleanse those who have leprosy, and force out demons. Freely you have received, freely give." Matthew 10:8 CSB Pray for God to send revival to our thirsty land. We are in drought stage spiritually. Cry out to the only one who saves, and ask for Him to move in His mighty power and grace!

When the Spirit of God moves we don't have to "invite" the lost to church. They come in droves. The doors burst because Jesus is in the place. When Jesus was on earth physically thousands followed Him everywhere. By His Spirit He moves today. "For the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is there is liberty."           2 Corinthians 3:17 NKJV

"See that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise," Ephesians 5:15 NKJV

Today is the first day of summer! We can officially say it is summertime. Do you have plans to enjoy it? These plans can be as simple as going to the beach one day or sitting in your own backyard.

Enjoy the days you have. None of us know how many days we will be here on  the earth. We can live each day as if it is the one day that is better than the one before it. Wisdom says to count your days and don't count the ones you might not have.

Treat others as if you might not see them again. Honesty and respect could run rampant if we all thought this way. A foolish person may be bored with others and take them for granted. 

This is another area where I fall short.

My Brother-in- law Bob went to work one day; went home for lunch and never returned. He had a brain aneurysm rupture and went to be with the Lord. This was sudden, without any previous notice. He was having bad headaches but no one detected any problems.

Each day God has a purpose and a plan for us to notice what He is saying to us. It can take a while for me to realize what it is, and at times I miss His whisper entirely. Show us Lord what you want to say today.

Nature has a way of speaking to me "the best is yet to come." I especially get this message from God through His creation when I am weeding. God never intended for weeds to be in our garden or our lives. The weeds of sickness, emotional distress, and need pester us in this world.

God tells us in His Word a greater day is coming. All of the pestering lies, disease and torments will be gone because He never intended for them in the first place. Jesus came to redeem us from sin and from the fall. Nature will declare at His coming; All is well!

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

"Therefore He says: 'Awake, you who sleep, Arise from the dead, And Christ will give you light." Ephesians 5:14 NKJV

The Apostle Paul is speaking to unbelievers in this verse.  He explains in the verses before this to"have no fellowship with unfruitful works of darkness."  We can apply this to christians as well. In our culture it's easy to see how the lines can become blended.

I don't know how many times I have said to myself, "I can watch this show; It's not that bad." I become blinded to the horrific contents within. It doesn't seem to make any difference but this kind of thinking can explode. It can explode into loosing our discernment.

I am especially sensitive to violence because of my background. My father wasn't violent on a regular basis but when he lost his temper it was bad! This is not spiritual discernment but self preservation. What I am talking about today is not listening to God and falling asleep to His leading.

I know how easy this kind of thing can happen. Are you moved emotionally by a couple who is divorced in a TV program? Maybe I am overly sensitive but this bothers me. Am I sensitive to this because my parents were divorced?

This could be the root of it but I don't think so. Broken relationships are nothing  to happy about. There are couples on HGTV who I love, but I feel badly because divorce took place between them. Does this make sense to you? Please let me know if you think I am being overly sensitive.

Anything in our lives can pull us away from God if we have the wrong attitude. Don't be asleep at the switch! We have the power of God in us if we only ask Him for it! I am guilty as anybody of not utilizing the gifts He has given.

I need more prayer in my life. I need to look to Him more often. I need to ask for His strength instead of settling for weakness. Don't be asleep! I speak this to you so it can bounce back to me. Our country needs for a move of God to sweep across the land. Be a part of what is on God's heart today and pray for revival. He wants YOU to draw close to Him! Thank Him for this.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

"For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret."  Ephesians 5:12 NKJV

It is time to lounge! I can go for this at any time.  No, this is not true because when it's time to walk I don't want to lounge. When I am in walking mode I can't stop until I really need to. If I don't push myself a little farther than I think I can go, I won't gain new  ground.

It can be true of most things. If we want to learn a new sport or language, we have to put in the time and effort to make it happen. Growing in our relationship with the Lord requires effort.  Everything in our natural woman would rather do something other than pray and read His Word.

We strengthen our muscle of prayer by doing it and thereby our relationship with the Almighty is closer and better. The more time in His presence the less time we want to spend doing things that are counterproductive. Does television call you to sit for longer than you like?

The reason I ask this is because it happens to me. I am a HGTV only person when it comes to TV.  Even too much of an ok thing can be wrong if it takes you away from something better. Of course a balance is in order here.

My point is the worst things imaginable can be seen on TV or in the movies today. The standards of the past have been eliminated for the most part. Thank God we have seen some incredibly good movies come out in the past few years.

Even when I watch HGTV it bothers me if the couple looking for a house are not married. I don't know them, but I wish for them to have Godly morals and respect His order of things. Prayer while watching is a valid way of doing things, as long as it's not your only time of prayer for the day.

Prayer during the news is especially important. In our world today prayer for everything is valid and needful. Prayer for President Trump as he does the things considered impossible by other administrations. Watch the local news and pray for people in your community. Change comes only through prayer.

If you would like some encouragement to pray, google: Curse Breaker Prayer by Jekalyn Carr

You can find on twitter, Pinterest or Instagram now!  Tell your friends and church buddies.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

"And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them."  Ephesians 5:11 NKJV

Seriously, whose in charge around here? Did the adult who bought this cone for the little boy really think he could eat all of the ice cream? My husband told me his grandmother used to say in broken english, "Your eyes are bigger than your stomach!" 

We can all be like this. We think we can do something when in reality we can't. It looks so easy when the pros throw a baseball, or swim across the lake. I know I can think something is true but is it really? The church in our neighborhood had a sign outside and it said this:"Don't believe everything you think." Good point.

We need to determine the source before we believe something to be fact. In these internet days we should be more careful because so many sources say different things. Can we be sure of the truth? Yes, we can. God has given us His very own words for us to know truth.

How do we determine truth when something isn't so clear cut? "We can do what we know to do, and then we will know what to do." This is a saying of my Pastor, Gary Zarlengo. Praying for wisdom and clarity is always in style. Asking those we trust for guidance is usually a winner, even if we don't take their advise.

God knows we need His guidance and He will give us what we need. We can miss this if we aren't careful. " Without counsel, plans go awry, But in the multitude of counselors they are established." Proverbs 15:22 The people of God are to give each other direction according to what God says.

Some other person we trust may look at our circumstance and see an entirely different way of dealing with it.We are all unique, genuinely made by God, but not the same. His vast array of personalities He has presented in the people of this earth is amazing!    Would someone please give this boy a napkin!

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

"Figure out what will please Christ, and then do it."
Ephesians 5:10 The Message

It is as simple as this. We make following Jesus so complicated, or at least I do. He doesn't want us to make it complicated. I can get stuck in myself at times. Have you been there?

I fuss and complain about the simplest things. It is a battle with my flesh and will. No one can say it doesn't exist for them. It can be easier as we learn to obey. We can subdue our natural man and we should. When I obey I realize it wasn't a big deal. Why did I fuss at all?

I'm not talking about big issues but the little ones. The Song of Solomon calls these, "the little foxes that spoil the vine." Just when the grapes are ripe and ready for harvest the little pesky fox grabs them. 

I don't want to forget to mention these cute little girls twirling and enjoying themselves. Do they worry or fear? Maybe but not right now. They are lost in the fun and dance of being a child. Is this why Jesus said to come to him as little children? I believe it is!

Can you find joy in dance, or worship? I can. Are these things pleasing to the Lord of All things? They certainly are. Look at the Psalms; they are full of  references to these gloriously fun things.

Maybe you can't imagine jumping for joy today, in your circumstance. I understand. I don't feel to do these things either sometimes but we don't have to feel them. If you will walk in obedience and do them anyway, the joy will come.

Maybe not today or the next but it will come. Worship, whether it be in dance, song or how we live our lives brings delight to God's heart. Connect in the doing of worship. Lift your voice in thanks.

Monday, June 11, 2018

{For the fruit of the light consists in all  goodness, righteousness and truth.} Ephesians 5:9 NIV

Have you ever in your life felt like a wallflower? Have you wondered what it is exactly? This picture describes it pretty well. I have felt like this most of my life. Sometimes I wanted to feel this way. Other times I was thinking I was treated like this.

Fading into the shadows isn't something I want anymore. We could call it maturity but mature people can still feel invisible. I like to call it God's amazing grace. Grace is similar to imagining your greatest dreams have come true.

Grace is feeling free and alive like you never experienced before. I am in Michigan today visiting my brother and sister-in- law after the wedding of their daughter, Karrah. I went outside a little while ago and it was one of those best days of the year in my opinion.

The wind was lightly blowing, and the neighbor's laundry was swaying in the breeze.

 It was about 75 degrees and there wasn't a cloud to be seen. I could stand in the sunshine and not sweat or retreat to the shade because of the heat. Most of the time Michigan will have our weather a day in advance.  Tomorrow I will get to have this day all over again, or the weather at least.

I don't want to live the same day over. I want to have new days and new experiences and adventures each day. I want to live for God to the best of my ability and beyond, today and tomorrow.

I want to shine the light of the Lord over all those who need it, and boy, do they need it! Goodness, righteousness and truth can be buried if we don't allow it to shine. Definitions of such things can be twisted to mean things God never intended.

As I have been sharing about God's goodness, I hope you have realized good, in its truest sense is who God is. It's not a mediocre term but the best of the best. It is the highest sense of the word. 
If God's goodness were a balloon, it would sail on forever. It would have no end, just like His Kingdom! 

Thursday, June 7, 2018

"For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light." Ephesians 5:8 NKJV

Today is a good day for a good day, as Joanna Gaines would say. I know I said I wouldn't talk about the weather often, but I have to say this: Today is June 7, and it is cloudy and 67 degrees. Not too bad, but not too good either. 

I will choose joy today. It's easy today because in a few hours I will be in Michigan visiting my brother Park and his wife Renee.  Saturday Renee's daughter Karrah will be married. The perfect event for June.

As Children of Light, we see differently. There are no grey areas for the Children of Light. The Spirit of God will lead us into Light, and we are to resist the darkness. This is where our enemy tries to mix the lines.

When we hear a little voice inside say,"Well, it isn't too bad.  Just a little bit won't matter." The voice of compromise is trying to sway you. It isn't worth the battle to give in to a little of this or that.

Have you ever heard the story of a little bit doesn't matter? The presenter will offer a glass of clear, fresh water to someone. Just before it is given to the person, the presenter drops a tablespoon of black, putrid dirt into the water. Of course the person is repulsed by it!

Our God doesn't deserve for us to drop a tablespoon of dirt into our hearts! Think of all the pain and turmoil you have been through to gain a clean heart. Why would we turn around the pollute it with something questionable?

These things happen because we are caught off guard. Our enemy doesn't play by any rules. He is forced to when God shows up. God's grace is always available to restore us but damage can still stay.

 God overpowers the enemy every time. If we have compromised in any area our ability to demonstrate the Light within us can be compromised too. "Walk as children of Light." Blessings

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

"Therefore do not be partakers with them." Ephesians 5:7 NKJV

As I was weeding out e-mails a minute ago I noticed the latest marketing tools. You need this! Your life will be extremely better with our product. Your life will be transformed and you will never be sick again. Why don't I believe them?

I've been down the road a piece and I know better. Maybe your thing will help me. I don't know. In order to get my attention though the hype has to be there. There is much hype these days.

Social media is hyped to the point of causing teens to hurt themselves as others make fun of them. You don't have to say your hurtful comments any more, just type them.  It has created a false sense of safety and many bruised hearts.

We need to teach our young people to have nothing to do with those who seem to be nice in person but slaughter them on instagram. Paul writes to  the church at Ephesus to have nothing to do with those who sin and have no regard for God and His ways.

When we say we belong to Jesus, we are declaring His love for others. "This is my command: love one another." John 15:17 NIV
This cannot be done the way Jesus wants it to be done in our own strength. God never says to allow others to walk all over you. If those around you don't want Jesus and they don't respect you cut them off.

We are never to be a door mat to the lost or to anyone else.

Loving like this can hurt. It hurts our flesh. Let it hurt because we need to die to our ways. God can't shine through our flesh so it needs to move out of the way! Less of me and more of Him is what this world needs. Let Jesus shine and melt hardened hearts. Amen.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

"Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience." Ephesians 5:6 NKJV

Wow! Did you know how important your words are? I have to say I forget sometimes. As Americans we have learned to listen to empty words from politicians, Televisions personalities, and Newscasters. It doesn't faze us usually. We get used to it.

We have learned to not believe what others say so when Jesus says I will never leave you or forsake you do we believe Him? Are  empty words without meaning creeping into our spiritual life? Do we turn off what God is saying in His Word?

It seems to me that believing God is a process. As we grow in God it becomes easier to trust Him since we have a history to look back on. My love for Him gets stronger as I get older and I realize He is worthy to be trusted. This of course, does not mean I understand everything He does.

It does mean I can trust Him when I don't understand. His Words are never empty or void of meaning. He means what He says and He does what He says. Our understanding is jaded by sin and our lack of knowledge.

I hope I'm not around when the sons of disobedience get their due. It will not be pretty. It amazes me when people defy God. They have absolutely no concept of the reality of the wrath of God. It doesn't make anyone happy when those who disobey are lost. God doesn't like it and neither do we.

As long as there is life there is hope. Hope for the lost to come to the truth, to come to Christ. We do not know what transpires at the last moments of someone's life before they die. Pray for those you know who do not seem to ever come to know Him. Blessings

Monday, June 4, 2018

"For this we know, that no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God."

That's it. None of us can belong to the Kingdom of God. We are all guilty of one, two, maybe even three of these. Thankfully this one verse doesn't dictate who God is to us.  In Christ, we are redeemed as we come to Him in repentance.

He is far greater than we could ever dare to imagine. He is good, in a much greater way than we can describe. His mercy and compassion far exceeds any that we have been shown before. The word "good" as we know it doesn't pay tribute to God compared to what He is due. 

There is a  current worship song we sing: 
Your name, Your name is victory,
 All praise will rise to Christ our King!
By Your spirit I will rise from the ashes of defeat
 The resurrected King, is resurrecting me
In Your name I come alive
To declare Your victory
The resurrected King is resurrecting me!
"Resurrecting" by Elevation Worship

I am far more in Christ than I could have imagined in my best dreams. His love for me is real, genuine and freeing.
I am released from fear, defeat and anxiousness because He is leading me and knows the way I should go. 

This doesn't mean everything will be alright. It could mean life is wildly out of control, my control, but not His.  I might not always feel good about my circumstances, but I can have peace regardless. Have I obtained 100% victory all the time?

 No, I would be with Jesus if this were the case. I'm still here on earth so I'm fallible, but victory is much more attainable for me and for you. My anxiety doesn't last for long before I surrender it to Him. Life gets better and better. We can trust Him. He is good!

Friday, June 1, 2018

"Let there be no filthiness nor foolish and sinful talk, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting or becoming: but instead voice thankfulness to God." Ephesians 5:4 AMP

How are you today? I hope you are blessed and able to give God the praise. I wonder what this Mom is telling her two little boys? Is it a pirate story about the monsters in the briny deep sea? Is she making up a story as she goes along? I don't know but she has their attention!

Keeping anyone's attention seems to be a great challenge these days. What has your attention? Are you overcome by facebook posts or what Donald Trump will post on Twitter? Are you waiting to see what challenge will come up in the daily news? At least daily we read about someone saying something outrageous and the next day apologizing for it. 

Words are so cheap and if what comes out of our mouths will sell papers or up our ratings we can say it and say we are sorry the next day. Really? Where is our integrity if we can just say some words to get us out of our mess but no really mean it.

Why has journalism fallen to such a dangerous level? Is it all about the money or notoriety? What about the truth? Does this matter at all? Not if you don't believe in absolute truth. If there isn't anything real or absolute than why does it matter? I guess it doesn't and that's what I'm getting at.

If you know Jesus is Lord and what you say matters to the One and Only your words take on a whole new meaning. What if your purpose on this earth is to make Him known, and His love for this lost, demeaning generation? Your words matter immensely. 

Is your purpose is to love others regardless of how they treat you? Don't be ridiculous Ann, no one can do that! This is where grace comes in. We can't do anything pleasing to God on our own. We need Him to mold and shape our lives so He shines and not us.

No one needs what we have. Everyone needs the unsurpassed grace, mercy, compassion and strength of Our God. Can we humble ourselves so He can shine? Absolutely! Be what Jesus wants you to be today, and don't scold yourself if you don't. Tomorrow is a new day to shine for Him!