These are such meaningful poems 

 “All Along You Were Blooming: Thoughts for Boundless Living” by Morgan Harper Nichols –

I am not sure who has made you feel insignificant, but I can assure you no matter how you have been made to feel, your voice deserves to be heard. Your words are meant to be felt. And the life that comes out of you is unique to you and no one else.  You may not have the next few years figured out, and there are times when you want to speak up but you do not know how. But when the words do finally come and you find the courage to open up, your story will not be too much.
“I hope you know it is okay to have moments when you do not know what to say. I hope you know in the arms of Love, you have nothing to be ashamed of, even when the questions you are asking have no easy answers. I hope you know you are heard, in the wildest, roaring waves. I hope you know it is okay to lean into the grace that reminds you things will come together in the way they were supposed to.”

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A prayer for a nation of sinners…

When Jonah’s warning reached the king of Nineveh, he rose from his throne, took off his royal robes, covered himself with sackcloth and sat down in the dust. This is the proclamation he issued in Nineveh: “By the decree of the king and his nobles: Do not let people or animals, herds or flocks, taste anything; do not let them eat or drink. But let people and animals be covered with sackcloth. Let everyone call urgently on God. Let them give up their evil ways and their violence. Who knows? God may yet relent and with compassion turn from his fierce anger so that we will not perish.” When God saw what they did and how they turned from their evil ways, he relented and did not bring on them the destruction he had threatened. Jonah 3:6‭-‬10 NIV https://bible.com/bible/111/jon.3.6-10.NIV

Wow, where will you rest? 

I thought of you when I read this quote from “Awaken: 90 Days with the God Who Speaks” by Priscilla Shirer –

“Yet on that great and fearful day when the trumpet of the Lord sounds, no one’s résumés and lists of achievements will be read, admired, and consulted for making seating decisions. Nothing we’re able to pull from our pocket of personal goodness will serve as a suitable pass. Only our believing faith (or lack of faith) in the Son of God will factor into what happens next. And many will be left standing with nowhere to rest their laurels. It is only Christ’s righteousness applied to our sinful hearts that guarantees our placement in heavenly places.”

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There is nothing new under the sun.

I often wonder, are we in the last days?  I want to be “pretrib”. If Jesus is going to rapture his church, I would love for.it to be before all of the tribulation.  But, I don’t see it, God generally does not keep his children from.going through hard times.  Hopefully I am wrong.  Then again, there are so many people that need to know Jesus…

Anyway, I often recall the ecclesiastic verse, that there is nothing new under the sun.

My testimony

It has been quite a while since I have shared my testimony. I don’t normally like to publicize it, because I know how dark my heart has been. God has been so incredibly gracious to me, in spite of myself. Reckless Love, by C. Asbury, reminds me of how God persued me.

Before I spoke a word, You were singing over me
You have been so, so good to me
Before I took a breath, You breathed Your life in me
You have been so, so kind to meOh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God
Oh, it chases me down, fights ’til I’m found, leaves the ninety-nine
I couldn’t earn it, and I don’t deserve it, still, You give Yourself away
Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God, yeahWhen I was Your foe, still Your love fought for me
You have been so, so good to me
When I felt no worth, You paid it all for me
You have been so, so kind to meAnd oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God
Oh, it chases me down, fights ’til I’m found, leaves the ninety-nine
And I couldn’t earn it, and I don’t deserve it, still, You give Yourself away
Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God, yeahThere’s no shadow You won’t light up
Mountain You won’t climb up
Coming after me
There’s no wall You won’t kick down
Lie You won’t tear down
Coming after me
There’s no shadow You won’t light up
Mountain You won’t climb up
Coming after me
There’s no wall You won’t kick down
Lie You won’t tear down
Coming after me
There’s no shadow You won’t light up
Mountain You won’t climb up
Coming after me
There’s no wall You won’t kick down
Lie You won’t tear down
Coming after me
There’s no shadow You won’t light up
Mountain You won’t climb up
Coming after me
There’s no wall You won’t kick down
Lie You won’t tear down
Coming after meOh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God
Oh, it chases me down, fights ’til I’m found, leaves the ninety-nine
And I couldn’t earn it, I don’t deserve it, still, You give Yourself away
Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God, yeah

I will get back to sharing my story…soon…..

Jesus Today and everyday

As I was dusting, I saw my Jesus Today , book on the table. Opened it up to the bookmark. It was exactly what I needed.

It is 2 fold…. deep yearnings for safety…. there are times I am afraid for the future, the economy, my kids….

Insecurities, Lies I believe, about not being good enough, or kind enough. No longer being you. (Well that is a truth, but I am having a difficult time embracing it). Not being good enough to be loved…. these are all lies that come from the pit. The only way to destroy them, is to read the word, apply it to my life…. and give it to God, over and over and over.

Ben Franklin’s Famous ‘Liberty, Safety’ Quote Lost Its Context In 21st Century : NPR

https://www.npr.org/2015/03/02/390245038/ben-franklins-famous-liberty-safety-quote-lost-its-context-in-21st-century

With the COVID pandemic, I have been following some interesting opinions. A person on Facebook has this as their background picture. It made me stop and think. Being the skeptic I am, I had to see if it was a real quote and where it came from. It appears it is used in todays technology debates, which also seems appropriate.

It was actually stated in regards to taxation. But it also fits with the #Stayathome order. People are giving up rights given by the Constitution of the United States. https://billofrightsinstitute.org/founding-documents/bill-of-rights/

1st admendment: separation of church and state , and to assemble together, peacefully.

Then, I started to think that I really dont know what our rights are. I found this fantastic page…

What is the Scope of the Bill of Rights?

It seems as though this is exactly what our Government is doing.

I need to be more familiar with our rights as Americans.

God’s plan

This is an appropriate devotional, as we begin to plan for next year. Thank You father for your wisdom. Please continue to work out your will in our lives.

God’s Plan – Accept It! The plan was in place and now it was time to communicate it to the required listeners. Would they accept it, reject it, or ignore it? Human behavior is unpredictable at times and this was a watershed moment. Nehemiah was prepared to inform the “Jews, the priests, the nobles, the officials, and the rest who were to do the work.” Everyone, regardless of their stature, rank, or status, was informed of the plan, and we read that they readily accepted it! Immediately they went to labour each one taking a portion of the wall and reconstructing it. Even family members joined in (Shallum’s daughters)! Their hearts and minds were one and by God’s grace and power they collectively achieved their goal. This was God’s doing and not like the Tower of Babel’s building project. Consider yourself if you were there – would you readily take part in the task at hand? Prayer: Lord, let us do the work in your kingdom and Church that needs to be done. Let me do it with all my heart, strength, and ability in order that you be glorified. Let me acknowledge you first and consider my fellow believers before myself. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.  

http://bible.com/r/ln

God’s Mercy

• Describe a time when you experienced God’s mercy. There are so many times I deserved punishment and humiliation, but God gave me mercy. For no good reason. God has blessed me even though I have sinned- repeatedly.

• Have you ever spent time seeking to know God’s heart? How did it change your relationship with Him? I don’tseek God’s heart nearly enough. I think that their are times I treat him more like a Jeanie in the bottle. Forg ive me Father. sometimes I chase the world much harder thanI chase you. Forgive me for becoming a whitewashed tomb.

• David wrote songs to express his feelings to God, and so do I. The Book of Psalms is a book of songs. Try writing a psalm describing what you’ve felt toward God.

lord, you created me for your purpose. you created mykids to reach me. Father, your love and mercy is so underserved, yet you love me anyway. forgive me for my lacksadaisal faith. Yet you continue to bless and not curse. you place angels over our house. I have been so unfaithful to you, yet you have remained so faithful and kind.

Reckless Love, Today

As I read today’s devotion, (I am behind a bit), I couldn’t help but think about God’s Love for us and this crazy time we are living i n. #covid19. But God does love us. He does not want anyone to perish.

As I was reading, I was encouraged. Then I looked up the -Two Doves Passage- in Matthew and found Jesus Speaking to the 12, but He could be speaking- today.

“I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves. Be on your guard; you will be handed over to the local councils and be flogged in the synagogues. On my account you will be brought before governors and kings as witnesses to them and to the Gentiles. But when they arrest you, do not worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time you will be given what to say, for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you. “Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; children will rebel against their parents and have them put to death. You will be hated by everyone because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. When you are persecuted in one place, flee to another. Truly I tell you, you will not finish going through the towns of Israel before the Son of Man comes. “So do not be afraid of them, for there is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs. Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
Matthew 10:16‭-‬23‭, ‬26‭-‬31 NIV
https://bible.com/bible/111/mat.10.16-31.NIV

But it also worries me. Lord, I need your Peace.