To choose or not to choose…

“He said it would be hard, but he didn’t know how hard it really would be.” These words came from the mouth of my Mother a few years after Daddy passed away. They had been married more than 50 years and now Mother was learning to live without him. She would have to start a new life apart from her beloved. They had discussed the possibilities of which one would go first, Daddy had decided Mother could handle being alone better than he could. In her words, she told me “he was wrong, he just didn’t know how hard it …

New Insight

  Funny how finding an old journal written years ago brings back memories almost forgotten. Times of struggles and trials that brought me to where I am now were written down.  Journaling has been my habit over the years and has given encouragement to me through each step along the journey.  Why?  This was something I did for myself and God used journal writing to draw my soul and spirit closer to Himself. Someone once said “you can’t see the forest for the trees” meaning you only focus on one tree seeing only what is in front of you instead …

For God’s Glory

  1 Cor 10: 13  “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.”   How many times have you heard God won’t give you more than you can handle. Well I am here to tell you that it is not true. God does allow things we can’t handle and He does it for a good purpose. If we never had anything we couldn’t …

Why Not Me?

Why Me Lord?…Why not Me? Being the oldest of several siblings, when my parents told one of us kids to go outside and draw a bucket of water or get wood off the porch for the fireplace or heater and no one else made an attempt to obey the command, I felt responsible to obey the command. Though some of God’s commands are general and for all His children, I am glad God designates which child is to obey a specific command. Some commands may not be easy to obey, and sometimes I may question in my mind why He …

God Can Bring Good Out of Bad Circumstances

Why me, Lord?…God Can Bring Good out of Bad Circumstances One of the best examples of this is God allowing His only Son to come to earth and die on the cruel cross to pay our sin debt. Jesus was One with God in creation dwelling in the purity and beauties of heaven. Then man disobeyed God and it would take a drastic measure to redeem mankind. I do not presume to know the discussion in heaven, but the decision was made for Jesus to come to earth in the form of a tiny baby born in a manger, and …

Some Suffering Results from Ignorance and Wrong Choices

Why Me, Lord?…Some Suffering Results from Ignorance and Wrong Choices Almost 100 years ago we were unaware that sunlight was harmful to our skin; therefore, many days we girls worked in the fields long hours without wearing sunscreen, big brim hats, and long sleeves on our arms. Now many years later I am coping with skin cancers on my face, left hand, arm, and leg. I have not determined why my left arm, hand, and leg have suffered and thus far not my right ones, but evidently my left side was exposed to more hot sunshine than my right side. …

Rewards for Suffering

Why me, Lord?…Rewards for Suffering: My long life has not been spared some suffering, but compared with many, I do not feel competent to write about the subject of suffering. In fact I don’t know many Christians who have suffered as many New Testament believers did: Stephen was stoned to death, Paul and Silas were beaten and then thrown into prison for preaching God’s word, and I believe after Judas betrayed Jesus, all Jesus’ disciples were executed except John, who was exiled to the lonely Isle of Patmos. Though Paul suffered many hardships during his ministry, instead of bemoaning his …

Are Sons Punished for Sins of Fathers?

Why Me, Lord?…Are Sons Punished for Sins of Fathers? In Exodus 20:5,  we read: “You shall not bow down to idols or worship them: for I the Lord God am a jealous God, punishing the children for sins of the fathers to the third and fourth generations of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations who love Me and keep my commandments.” Wow! What a difficult commandment to fully understand. But We must not take one verse out of context and base our understanding of God’s love for mankind. God deals with each individual and his/her …

Why Do the Righteous Suffer?

Why Me, Lord?…Why Do the Righteous Suffer? This is a question asked throughout the years; Job thought to be the oldest book in the Bible, deals with this problem; so it is not only an unanswered question of our day. Job is described as blameless and upright: a man who feared God and shunned evil. Also he was a wealthy man with seven sons and three daughters, and owned much livestock and many servants. In fact he was said to be the greatest man among the people of that time. Then one day Satan accused God of putting a hedge …

The Rainbow Comes After the Rain

Jacob is alone, beside the River Jabbok during the night. Without warning, he is thrown to the ground by a man.  Needless to say, “the fight was on”.  Jacob and the man fought hard, wrestling violently until Jacob’s hip was ripped out of joint by the force of the man’s blow. Then the man said to Jacob, ”Let me go, for it is daybreak.”  But Jacob said, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.”  Then the man asked his name, and when Jacob answered, the man said, you shall no longer be called Jacob, but you have …

Worship Him

  Six steps to finding God when you’re living with a crisis Step 5  Worship Him How important is worship to God? Let’s think about another question for a moment. The Israelites were enslaved in Egypt and they had reached a crisis point. They cried out, God heard their cries and responded to them. Why did he rescue them? For what purpose? To free them from slavery, obviously! Isn’t that a significant enough purpose? The phrase “Let my people go!” has been used in song and as a rallying cry ever since the days of Moses, but when was the …

Praise Him

  Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. Psalm 100:4 It isn’t a surprise to God. That thing that blind-sided you out of left field, that sudden loss, personal betrayal or financial disaster is not a surprise to God. Your ongoing, seemingly never-to-improve condition, situation or trying relationship is not a surprise to God. Not one crisis or trial that enters our life is a surprise to him. From our earthly perspective we can’t see over the wall that is our difficulty, but he is looking down and sees …