Remember when everything was on tape? Cassetts, reel to reel movies, 8-trak technology, school recorders...But then came the intergrated circuit and the chip and now there more new stuff I haven't kept up with. Like this PC has two Microprocessors who, or which work independently on different task at the same time! We are not impressed anymore! Trip to the moon? A chimp can do that! So where are we in this trek for more things to never be able to impress us? Does the tape have a tale? Where have we ever heard that? Now you know I must be related to bronotorus dino!
What a blog? It must be on tape! Let look at whales! Now that something interesting! The only non-fish that has to come up for air! While dipping in the water ofcourse! Isn't that kind of inefficient like the tape, why not be like the rest of the fish who or which can breathe in the water?Next on my to-do-list, tell God what's with the whales? Why they nurse their young! Like you know who! What's like you know who doing in the water? Why not be gorrilla or elephant that walks like you know who, us?
But no. I won't press evolution comparing things. But you? If you were a whale? It's tedious to go up for air take a gasp and linger under for while? No we know thbg is loosing it! We are sorry to loose him! No. He just went up to some surface and gasp for air in this heat! No. I won't see you the rights to make this blog the theme of a movie! Or no. A nature documentary! Why do we have to go heaven to gasp for air? God said that he separated the waters. Those above he called heaven and those below earth!
Yep! Buster, we have to go up to heaven, above the waters to get air so we can linger on with the day for a while! Yep! We do nurse our young like God nurses his young, us with the word. And for you evolution buffs, yep! we whales we someday walk above the water like him who walked on the water! And I talking about heaven! We weren't designed to be like the rest of the fish. Someday we will go up one last time and we will not come back down into the sea again. Can you believe that?
And you thought nature could not teach you anything! Paul said in Romans, the whole creation speaks of the glory of God and it was subjected in hope that the truth would be revealed by children of God. Someday heaven and earth will pass away and there will be one sea, where God and man are united and breathe the same air-everlasting life. Can you believe that? May you be blessed. Amen.
After we've been on a subject for a while, we need to turn to something new! It is a fact that one of life's secret is to earn ones bread, partake of it and give God thanks. And it sounds so simple. But the fact of the matter is that not everyone earn his own bread, partakes of it or gives God thanks. Three things. Some of us are in support system and unemployed, or under-employed and or never to be employed or have never been employed!
But how is that we we partake of our own bread and partake of it? The bible tells that we should not take anybody's bread without paying for it! But some of us have no money or nothing to give for our bread! Now that's a dilema! What shall we do? No bread and or no money! The fact of the matter is that God is the giver of all things! And if we cannot do anything else, from whatever source we should give God thanks!
And we are turning into fall and Thanksgiving Day and it's a day where some like to give thanks. And how good that is! If we didn't have a bumper harvest this year, a mighty act of thanks will atone for anything we failed to do this year. And that what grace is all about! Giving thanks! We haven't earned the bread that comes from heaven and much less the right to be cleansed by the shed blood.
But it is intelligent to give thanks that we understand that we could never earn Christ in the mighty works of a thousand life-times. To earn what we could never earn and to partake of what is really a privilege! God is more interested in gratefulness than in vain boasting on what we've done here or there. And we give thanks to God for even the trivial matters and for our daily bread, but once we understand how close we came to missing out, we can't but say hallelujah! Praise God and get ready to say thanks to all-mighty God! Amen.
I was feeling particularly relieved today. I had finished some chores around the house that were taking more peace from me than I realized. I feel so much better now. And now when I thought that it was safe to feel relieved, Christmas and Thankgiving is around the corner...
I happen to like the havoc of this time of the season or play on words, the season of havoc, I perhaps happen to like. The fact of the matter is that we are broke. But the good news is that we're broken. And that's our treasure.
We have a whole new batch of faith in our heart to meditate upon. I sought this moment so much. It's been a while since I had a break. God wants to meditate upon Christmas and Thanksgiving.
God said through John the Baptist that no one can receive anything unless it is granted from heaven. And I think we are in the pinnacle of the year, when the hot weather will begin to wind down.
God made each season for every purpose and purpose for every season. In God glorious wisdom, each season last just enough to fulfill its purpose. The harvest time of the year, a time of browning of leaves and cool breezes in the evening.
But Thanksgiving start it off and we have through a lot and have a lots to be thankful for, perhaps even the tense times that come along. And somewhere along the thanks-giving we can forgive those who have offended us.
If we can turn out a good harvest of forgiving some if not many, then we have had a good year and we can really look forward to ending the year with a sense of real accomplishment. I hope your year is a year of forgiving, just as God has forgiven us in Christ. Ephesians 4:32.
Now you listen here Journal or Turn-all or what ever you call yourself, I pay the rent here, and I write what I want to, and you are to follow orders...! No. I'm not loosing my mind! I just had an argument with my Journal. I can get hold of him him, her or it or what ever it is when I need it!. It does sound like a problem marriage! "I pay the rent around here...!", " Where are you when I need you...?!" and " I do as I want to and you follow orders around here...!"...
I hope you are not in the recieving end of this conversation. It's just a Journal! A thing! An object!...Is that what say to those we most esteem, like your wife or someone who has become less than human for me or you...? Family violence a modern day trauma and tragedy. Why did we suddenly decide to take up this issue? It's 2:00Pm in my town, hot outside and the prime time and hour to have a sense of hopelessness come over me, you or someone.
We aren't hungry or thirsty or naked or need of shelter, but how shallow our life is! Our spirit is bankrupt and our sail have no wisp of wind in them. We begin to feel the first sign of a burnout life. We've come to the dead end in our walk. Our bibles dusty with last weeks days. Where is the exciting, abundant life of Jesus in all of this? Where have we stopped trusting and believing God?
Our life is just not producing spiritual fruit! To where shall we turn? Whom shall we call? Why is God so distant in this hour of hopelessness? Has God abandoned the land? Has God lost his espectacles and can't see clearly through our fog? Our fellows act the worst when we are feeling the least able to deal with them. What is the road that leads out of this managery? Today we are just defining whether God is talking to me on this issue. Stay tuned. Clean the dust off the bible. Are you ready to be delivered? Yes? No? Don't know...
Sometimes the Devil can flip us from two extremes- Disdain and Self Praise. First we experience the disdain from the world and even the world around us. All manner of trial persue us and threaten to stumble us and sometime we do stumble and give up on God and start to wonder if God really loves us by the things that happen to us. I had that experience. I began to burn out with stress and extreme loneliness and desolation. Then I knew the Devil was on my trail. Even then when I knew that intellectually, I could not reach communion with God. God was distant for me. I was cornered. I couldn't fast. I was too involved in the treats and indulgences of this life.
Then the Devil turn around a does a different number on you. I begin to self praise myself from a self worship. And I think this a worst stumble then before. The temptation to think how clever and intelligent or even wise we are come on the scene. After these two extremes I just plain collapsed. I could continue to be functional at all. Yep! We were at wits end. It seem we visit this corner more frequently. Let look into our bible at Ephesians 2:1-10 and read,
["...1And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;
2Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
3Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
4But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
5Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
6And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
7That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
8For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
9Not of works, lest any man should boast.
10For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them...]
Yes, we forget that "...And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus..."
I wasn't raised alone to think that I'm something, but together with all the brethen like you and me, and he made us sit together to eat of his banquet together, to heaven itself, where Jesus is. And it is Real and it is Royal. The relationship and fellowship is for us together to enjoy. May you cherish this thought and meditate on the wonderful communion we have with each other and with Christ. Amen.
Hello Journal? How are you? Keeping a tight record of my memoirs? Thanks for listening to my wills. I really marvel the kindness of a kind sabbath. I was really beat today. I really did not want to talk to anyone or do anything today. Then this morning, just when I had told myself, everyone, God and the world, I wasn't answering the phone, bell or door for anybody. Drastic measures? I would think so.
But just as I closed my eyes, a freind of mine came in to visit. I had to get up force a smile, wash my face, put on my shoes and somehow muster up a pleasant attitude. Would you like some coffee, I asked, lukewarm in heart. Yes, I would she said. And your mother, coffee? Yes, she said. She happen to bring me and my mother gifts from Disneyland from a distant vacation.
Put my apron on and set to make coffee. Somewhere along the coffee and jokes, I lost the Devil from my back and heart. I felt like if someone had given me a shot in the arm of I don't know what. But we set to talk and muse about and talk about lite matters. And I was a new person. I went to my room and knelt to pray to God and give him thanks and told him my life and confess my sins.
And I just had to remember Romans 8, where we visit lightly and just had to confess that we are more than conquerors in Jesus who sustains our breath and walk. It says,
["...18For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
19For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.
20For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope,
21Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God...]
Now that gave me hope to keep trodding on to the destiny of glory has has crafted for me. But somewhere along the line I will have tense moments where I will have to put the apron on and serve others. May you be blessed. Amen.