Archive | February 2018

All Things Are Possible…

God can do anything, you know…far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams  He does not do it by pushing us around but by working within us, His Spirit deeply and gently within us.  Ephesians 3:20 MSG

Everything we could ever need for life and complete devotion to God has already been deposited in us by his divine power.  For all this was lavished upon us through the rich experience of knowing Him who has called us by name and invited us to come to Him through a glorious manifestation of His goodness.  II Peter 1:3  PT

It was a warm Summer day, the sun was bright, high in the sky.  The men were home for lunch and a bit of a rest before getting back in the field.

My Grandma, Gram to me, and I were in the kitchen doing the dishes.  Well, I was actually lollygagging, sitting in a chair in the living room polishing a dish when I should have been in the kitchen with her.  I hated doing the dishes and could find ways to get around it, such as going to the bathroom for fifteen minutes until she was finished with them.

I was eight years of age when I came to stay at the farm.  I am the oldest of what would eventually be seven children.  How I came to the farm and my early life there is a story for another time.  Today I want to tell you a little more about what God has done for me.

Every child is born with rebellion in them.  It comes from Adam, the federal head of the race of mankind.  I was no exception.  God brings us into a family with a mother and a father, whose charge it is to “train us up in the way we should go.”  However, we know that His standard is often not the pattern.

My Dad became an alcoholic early in life.  This addiction colored our world.  It not only touched Mom and us children, it touched the extended family as well.

I am a melancholy introverted person by natural temperament.  I am also more choleric than I care to admit.  These two temperaments within me have collided frequently in the past and still do occasionally.

I was born in 1938.  So much was going on in the world during the 30’s and 40’s.  The war had a profound affect on our lives.  Dad had a bad back and so was not able to be in the war effort.  No doubt this affected him, as well as his home situation.

My Dad was a personable, kind person when he was not under the influence of alcohol.  I found this out only when we brought him to live with us many years later.

People have many experiences and along with those experiences are the decisions that they make which color their world for the better or for worse, and in turn affect those around them.

My Dad had a little brother who died suddenly.  When his mother died unexpectedly, his father rebelled against God. When his dad married a former school teacher, the situation became impossible for both Dad and her.  He was told to leave.

I have heard some of the stories of what he did during that time period and I have no doubt it was difficult for his step-mom, a woman who had never been married, to come into a ready-made family of three children.  But, it was a life changer for my Dad and the decisions that he made affected the rest of his life and thus those of us who were in his circle.

I think of and picture a beautiful, sunny day at the lake.  I see the sun shining of the water and a young boy with rocks in his hands skipping them across the water.  Some of the rocks skip, but not all, some just go kerplunk into the water and the waves begin to go out from the point of impact in ever-widening circles.

This picture speaks to me of the effect each decision we make has on our lives and the lives of those in our circle.  How very important it is to consider who we are and whose lives we impact when we make a decision.  Each decision has a far-reaching impact.

In my eighth year I was taken to my maternal grand-parents farm, where I lived until I was eighteen.  Many years later I was shown that the decision where I wanted to live was given to me.   I was only eight.  When I was 19, I questioned who I was and felt as though I did not belong to anyone.  Years later when I married, my Grandma said, “Now you belong to someone.”

I met Jesus when I was fifteen years of age.  I saw that it was my sin that He took on the cross, it became personal that day.  I was raised in church, I knew about Jesus, but I did not know Him.  That day I asked Him to come into my heart and when I did, I became a new creation in Him.

I went from hating my Dad for what he did to me and our family through his use of alcohol to loving him and being concerned for him, and praying that he would come to know Jesus.  It was many years later, but he received Jesus as his savior before he died.

The day I met Jesus, I became a prayer.  After seven years of prayer and trusting God, my Mom, my sisters and my brothers all met the Lord Jesus.  They all love Him today, I am so thankful.  We  will be together for all eternity.

God who knows the end from the beginning, who has made all provision for us, reached out to me and drew me to Himself.  I found my worth, my value in Him.  I am a child of God, that is who I am.  God is my Father, Jesus is my Savior and Lord and the Holy Spirit is my teacher, my counselor and my comforter.

God is in the transformation business.  He takes what is broken and makes it new.  He takes what is stained and dirty and makes it clean.  The blood of Jesus that was shed for all mankind washes us clean, we only need to claim it and take it as our own.  I pray that you have done that.

God bless you today,

Joy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What Would You Do?

Everyone of us experiences change.  It is inevitable because we live in a fallen world, a world that is changing, decaying and dying.  Earth groans as it waits for the revealing of the sons of God, as it waits for the Kingdom of God to come on Earth as it is in Heaven.

There are many kinds of changes that we experience here are a few examples.

You are engaged to be married and your intended is killed in a car accident, you are devastated, but you must go on.

When your husband of 55 years dies, your world crumbles and you want to die too.

The company you have worked for twenty-five years hands you a pink slip and says your services are no longer needed and you have just had your fiftieth birthday, you have a family to support and you have no idea what you are going to do now, where do you turn?

When you hate yourself or the way you look or the way others treat you;  you have been battered and bruised in some way and your behavior becomes self-destructive because of it, what or who can save you from self-destruction?

Each of these present a difficult time, a time when you will experience sorrow and grief.  With each of these scenarios there will be a time of facing the truth that change has happened and you will transition whether you like it or not.  What happens in transition?

 

Choices are made.  Fear controls some and they try to flee the new reality.  Some get into self medication and others into a new enlightenment.  Others will fight the change with everything in them.  And some will give up and go head long into depression, ultimately leading to death.

Change is inevitable, a time of transition is inevitable, a choice is inevitable, but ignoring change, refusing change will not keep you from change.

Picture this scenario.

A major shift has taken place in the world.  What was normal life is now abnormal.  An evil force has taken control of government and you no longer have freedom, not in the outside world not even in your home.  There are spies everywhere.  No one can be trusted.

The television stations have been taken over, books, CD’s, DVD’s have been confiscated, especially Bibles and anything Jewish or Christian.  You have no TV, no books, no media and finally, you are rounded up and put into holding camps waiting annihilation.  You have nothing familiar.  Families are separated from each other.  Children are taken away to be indoctrinated.  Your life, the life you knew is over.

Rumors spread through the camp of the beheading of those who refused to bow their knee to the image of their god.  You will submit or you will die.  These are your only choices.  What will you do then?  Worst case scenario has come.  Will you be ready?

Some day, according to the Bible, this scenario or one close to it, will happen.

“Time flies”, people say.  Yes, it is ever-moving forward.  All forward movement is going somewhere.  There is an end, there is a goal.  STOP! will happen.

Life has a beginning and it has an end.  We are eternal spirits.  We live in a body on the earth, we have a soul which contains our mind, our will and our emotions.  God created each us with eternity in our heart.  Because of this we feel like we will live forever in this body on the earth, even though we know intellectually that is not so.

The day will come to each of us when we will leave this body behind and go to the one we loved and served on earth, whether that is the Creator God or God’s adversary, the accuser, also known as the satan or the devil.

While we still can walk in the light, in freedom and liberty, let us make the most of the time we have here.  There are people to love and care for, there are assignments from Heaven that need to be done and most of all there is a God in Heaven, whom Jesus called “Our Father”, who is to be praised and worshiped every day we live.  Let’s do it.  Let’s make the most of our time here,

God bless you, Joy