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Feast or Famine
Have or Have Not
Live or Die
Day or Night
Black or White
Why must we ALWAYS live our lives in one of two extremes? It makes no sense! God has provided enough for all. God gave all in His Only Son, Jesus Christ.
How about a new comparison?
Greed or Grace. You either take more than you need or you give what you don’t truly need so others can have some. What’s wrong with that ideal?
Jesus lived, died and rose again so we all can join in the feast. Are you willing to come to the table?
Sometimes the devil whispers in our ear, but we smile anyway.
Sometimes the devil tries to convince us we are not good enough, but we try anyway.
Sometimes the devil whispers to give up and give in, but we fight through anyway.
Sometimes the devil convinces us we are frail and weak, but we fight through our weakness because Jesus is stronger.
When we are weak, Jesus is strong.
When we are unsure, Jesus gives us peace.
When we are at war with others, Jesus whispers turn the other cheek.
When we have been wounded and are frail and weary, Jesus gives us strength.
Seek ye first the kingdom, and even though this life brings pain and frailties and weakness, we can be made strong.
A shepherd slew a giant.
12 fishermen spread the gospel of Jesus Christ worldwide.
A deaf composer composed some of the greatest music we have ever known.
Do not fear frailty! Embrace it and see how The Lord uses you to bless others.
Bruce Lee once was quoted during an interview talking about how water becomes the shape of its surroundings. It is smooth, and refreshing.
But, I want to caution you against too much of a good thing. Even water, though it be smooth and cool, flowing like a river over time, it can erode even the harshest of rocks. It can turn the sands of time into dust.
Be like water, my friends, but be careful to not erode the beauty and strong structures placed in your life for protection.
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I was recently nominated by specscladeyes to do a 3 days of quotes. I am also supposed to nominate 3 other bloggers to do the same. However, I don’t know of 3 other bloggers who would definitely follow through with this task, so if you wish to join in the fun, please do so. I nominate all who may read this.
We all have our own opinions and it is very rare to find two individuals who agree whole-heartedly on every option of every opinion ever formed by either of them.
You are an original, just like everyone else. That is another quote I find amusing. And they go hand in hand. In my opinion, any way.
We are all originals and no two people will ever look at anything from the exact same viewpoint ever. In order for that to happen two individuals of exactly the same height would have to stand in exactly the same spot in exactly the same position. Physics is trying to work this out through quantum physics, and yes, some particles have been found to do these traits, but humans cannot.
We are each individuals with our own experiences and it is very rare that we believe we are wrong. Enter arguments. Enter reasons for battle. And mostly, enter the male ego! I am a male, so I can say that. You may have a different opinion, and you are wrong! HA!
But seriously, one of the most funny men of comedy said this once and I found it deeply profound, true and most of all, funny. Laugh a little, my friends. Put down the opinions and shake hands, or hug, or just say good job, it’s more hygienic these days. But love each other. We all have opinions and we are never going to agree whole-heartedly on anything in this world until it is proven as fact, like gravity. Drop something from a tall building, it will always fall. We can all be right someday when the world joins together as one humanity. And that will be a glorious day we all agree.
I am not perfect. You are not perfect. God is perfect. In The Bible He teaches us about who He is. But, we still didn’t get it. A lot of people still don’t get it.
The epitome of God, the ONLY epitome of God can be found in Jesus Christ. Now, the world will tell you, ‘He was a good man. He did many great things and helped a great many people. But He’s dead now.’ Or my personal favorite that has risen up in recent centuries (pun intended!!) ‘He never existed!! There is no proof He was ever here.’ LOL!!! History (and not just The Bible) tells us He existed, so let’s take that one off the table.
Jesus Christ was the Earthly epitome of God. No sin. No bad deeds, except in the eyes of men. He stuck around those who the rest of the world cast out. And more than that, He forgave them.
We need more of that epitome of God in this world. The world will have you believe God is all fire and brimstone, judgements and condemnation. Nothing could be further from the truth, who Jesus said He is, by the way. The Way, The Truth and The Life (John 14:6) check it out.
Jesus came to forgive. He was God’s answer to the bad that we humans have done. And still so many people don’t believe that. Why?
Because we now have a world of Christians who are anything but the epitome of Jesus Christ. As a Christians we are to become more and more Like Christ as we grow in relationship to Him. Even in myself, this has its times when Satan whispers and I fall short. Most recently it was when I didn’t give forgiveness to a local person condemned of a crime. He was found guilty and I didn’t offer forgiveness on a social website. Not very Christlike, right?
There are times when humans will join the side and thoughts of the world. As I said earlier, we are human, we are not Jesus Christ Himself. There will only be ONE who will EVER totally embody the epitome of God, and that is His Only Son, Jesus Christ. We can follow Him as much as we can, but we will still always be human and have the ability to sin. Jesus Christ will say to those who believe in Him and what He did on the cross, ‘I am the one. You are forgiven.’ And with that it is finished.
How is the year shaping up for you so far? Have your predictions come true, or did you have to face a curve ball or two?(Thank you, BasicallyBeyondBasic, for the timely prompt suggestions!)
2016 by no stretch of the imagination has been a dream for me, but not really a nightmare either. I have experienced the death of a friend and an infection that I didn’t pay attention to for far too long that meant to take me out. But, God is stronger than any experience that can come against me and His purpose will be fulfilled!
I have learned to not really make solid, set in stone, no exchanges type of plans. Plans never go as we choose. My wedding day, I forgot to get to the courthouse the day before AND the day of to pick up the marriage license!! We are still married almost three years later and we have a funny story. We had planned to arrive in Montana to see my wife’s mom and dad, who has Alzheimer’s and cancer, three days before we actually got here. And now that we are here, we are spending another day here because of a storm rolling through.
A famous musician once wrote, ‘Life is a highway, I wanna ride it all night long.’ The fun part, for me, is we can’t see the entire highway. Part of it may not be there anymore, or it may be detoured because of construction. That means we get to learn a new way to go! You may have travelled that road a time or two, but life will always throw curveballs at us all.
I didn’t plan on my friend dying, I didn’t plan on spending five days in the hospital, but those events happened. 2016 has thrown some curveballs my way, and I am positive more are to come. But with my faith and my God, I know I am “In His Grip” as my brother has always said and I have adopted this saying. He’s got the whole world in His Hands and knows the deepest parts of the journey for each one of us. No, 2016 has not gone as planned, but I know it all has been for a purpose.
Tell us about a book you can read again and again without getting bored — what is it that speaks to you?
If you have paid any attention to my blog you already know how important my relationship with Jesus Christ and His life lessons and principals is. He taught us how we communicate directly with God through prayer and one of the best books I have ever read and have now read through twice and I am reading a third time is The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson.
We are surrounded by walls in this life. Walls meant to keep us out. Walls meant to test our resolve to tear them down. And even invisible walls that don’t even exist that we create within our own minds. The human life is full of real and imaginary barriers. This book talks about how to tear them down through prayer.
I would recommend this book to anyone. If you want to strengthen your already existing prayer life, this book is for you. If you don’t believe in the absolute paranormal power of prayer, this book is for you. If you have tried prayer and don’t believe because you haven’t received the answers to prayer you thought you should, this book is for you! Everyone who believes or doesn’t believe needs to read this book! There is power in prayer and this book gives true testimony to its power and real life applications.
Aside from my Bible and daily devotional book, The Circle Maker is a book I can read over and over to help renew my faith in the power of God and constant communication with Him. I would recommend picking up a copy anywhere you can.