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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

In the Night He Was Betrayed

Brother David's message last sunday was a great blessing to me so I thought I'd share the link here and say a little bit about it (some of his thoughts and mine).

Christ, in the night he was betrayed, gave us a clear example of how we are to love and treat others. Not only did he wash his disciples' feet and fellowship with them, but he included Judas, the one he knew was going to betray him. There was known sin, yet to the very last Christ showed love and mercy to this man who was merciless to him. Here is our perfect example.

David shared about a photo he'd seen one time some where. I did a search on the internet using various phrases I thought might bring it up but I was unsuccessful ... so if you have heard of this photo and know where to get it, please let me know. It was a photo of a man looking at a photo of one man on his knees and another man over him with a gun to his head. That might sound confusing so I hope you get it. Another man came up behind the man looking at the photo and asked him the question: "Which would you rather be? The man getting shot or the man pulling the trigger?"

David went on to say more scenarios that we should ask ourselves ... Which would WE rather be:

- The one being judged or the one doing the judging?
- The one that is not shown mercy or the one not showing mercy?
- The one that is not given patience or the one that is impatient?
- The one being rejected or the one doing the rejecting?

The list could go on and on.

Now ask yourself, as a Christian, if you were the one choosing not to judge but instead chose to show mercy, even if you were wrong and the person actually was in sin, do you think Christ would be upset with you for showing mercy? Now ask yourself the opposite, as a Christian, if you were the one choosing TO judge and not extend mercy and the person you were judging was actually innocent (even if they were guilty), do you think Christ would be upset with you for judging when you should have shown mercy?

Which do you think is the bigger crime? Showing mercy when you 'shouldn't have' or judging when you shouldn't have?

Christ said, "Blessed are the merciful for they shall obtain mercy."
He also said, "You will be judged by the same judgment you dish out."
James said, "Judgment will be shown without mercy to those who have shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment."

The song goes: (Christ speaking)
"Example give I unto you, as I have done so you should do, and if you would my servants be, obey my words and follow me."

It's not enough to simply obey; we must also follow. If I am able to obey all of what Christ commanded in the New Testament (the common things seen as commandments of Christ such as divorce and remarriage being adultery, not swearing oaths, not storing up treasures on this earth, not going to law, etc.) but I am not able to show mercy, love, or be longsuffering, am I really following Christ?

Woe unto us when we start treating people as diseases or inanimate objects instead of living, eternal souls. Jesus says, Love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength and love your neighbor as yourself. He also says we are to do unto others as we would have them do to us ... and ... what we do to the least of Christ's brethren we do unto him. If we cut off one of his own, even the least of his own, we are cutting Christ off.

God help us to be found full of mercy, kindness and longsuffering towards our brethren AND our neighbors (which includes our enemies).

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

On Love and Mother Teresa quotes

The further I get in my walk with the Lord the more I see and know that LOVE really is the single most important thing we must have. Without it, all else is in vain.

I will never forget one of the first times I visited a woman in a nursing home ... early 60s, a bright mind, and a body that would not work at all (not even able to talk). Could you imagine? I left there ashamed of my selfishness and knew I had to make a change. I must learn how to love and I prayed God would help me. I believe that over the years he has allowed several trials in my life as an answer to that prayer ... and even though it's been hard to endure sometimes, I know that after everything else burns up, only the gold will remain. Love IS gold. I will gladly take on any trial sent my way, knowing that the dross and scum is being removed.

I will never forget the first book I read from Mother Teresa ... she put me to shame ... yet at the same time she inspired and encouraged me to be a better person. So here now I would like to share several quotes from Mother Teresa. May her words inspire you to love more fully.

“These are the few ways we can practice humility:
To speak as little as possible of one's self.
To mind one's own business.
Not to want to manage other people's affairs.
To avoid curiosity.
To accept contradictions and correction cheerfully.
To pass over the mistakes of others.
To accept insults and injuries.
To accept being slighted, forgotten and disliked.
To be kind and gentle even under provocation.
Never to stand on one's dignity.
To choose always the hardest.”  

“Never be so busy as not to think of others.”

“We do not need guns and bombs to bring peace, we need love and compassion.”  (and may I add that guns and bombs can be figurative too)

“God doesn't ask that we succeed in everything, but that we are faithful. However beautiful our work may be, let us not become attached to it. Always remain prepared to give it up, without losing your peace.”  

“God gives us things to share, God doesn't give us things to hold...”  

“every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing”  

“Today somebody is suffering, today somebody is in the street, today somebody is hungry. ... We have only today to make Jesus known, loved, served, fed, clothed, sheltered. Do not wait for tomorrow. Tomorrow we will not have them if we do not feed them today.”  

“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.”  

“I am not sure exactly what heaven will be like, but I know that when we die and it comes time for God to judge us, he will not ask, 'How many good things have you done in your life?' rather he will ask, 'How much love did you put into what you did?”  

“Do not think that love in order to be genuine has to be extraordinary. What we need is to love without getting tired. Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.”  

“Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.”

“Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.”

“Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God's kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile.”  

“At the end of life we will not be judged by how many diplomas we have received, how much money we have made, how many great things we have done.
We will be judged by "I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat, I was naked and you clothed me. I was homeless, and you took me in.”
“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”   
“Live simply so others may simply live.”   
“I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot; together we can do great things.”   
“A life not lived for others is not a life.”   
“If you can't feed a hundred people, feed just one.”   
“It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish.”   
“I would rather make mistakes in kindness and compassion than work miracles in unkindness and hardness.”   
“Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time and always start with the person nearest you.”   
“Without patience, we will learn less in life. We will see less. We will feel less. We will hear less. Ironically, rush and more usually mean less.”  
“I pray that you will understand the words of Jesus, “Love one another as I have loved you.” Ask yourself “How has he loved me? Do I really love others in the same way?” Unless this love is among us, we can kill ourselves with work and it will only be work, not love. Work without love is slavery.”
“Intense love does not measure it just gives. ”  
“Love is a fruit in season at all times and within reach of every hand.”  
“Smile at each other. Smile at your wife, smile at your husband, smile at your children, smile at each other- it doesn't matter who it is- and that will help to grow up in greater love for each other.”  
“There are many people who can do big things, but there are very few people who will do the small things.”  
“Go out into the world today and love the people you meet. Let your presence light new light in the hearts of people.”  
“Be happy in the moment, that's enough. Each moment is all we need, not more.”
“Spread love everywhere you go: first of all in your own home. Give love to your children, to your wife or husband, to a next door neighbor . . . Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God's kindness; kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile, kindness in your warm greeting.”  
“It is a kingly act to assist the fallen.”  
“If a mother can kill her own child - what is left for me to kill you and you to kill me - there is nothing between.”  
“There should be less talk; a preaching point is not a meeting point.
What do you do then? Take a broom and clean someone's house.
That says enough.”  
“It is easy to love the people far away. It is not always easy to love those close to us. It is easier to give a cup of rice to relieve hunger than to relieve the loneliness and pain of someone unloved in our own home. Bring love into your home for this is where our love for each other must start.”  
“If I look at the mass I will never act.”  
“I want you to be concerned about your next door neighbor. Do you know your next door neighbor?”  
“When you have nothing left but God,you have more than enough to start over again.”  
“When Mother Teresa received the Nobel Prize, she was asked, "What can we do to promote world peace?" She answered "Go home and love your family.”  
“Holiness does not consist in doing extraordinary things. It consists in accepting, with a smile, what Jesus sends us. It consists in accepting and following the will of God.”  
“‎Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.”  
“Christ came to be Father's compassion to the world. Be kind in your actions. Do not think that you are the only one who can do efficient work, work worth showing. This makes you harsh in your judgment of others who may not have the same talents. Do your best and trust that others do their best. And be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.”  
“There's nothing more calming in difficult moments that knowing there's some one fighting with you.”  
“We learn humility through accepting humiliations cheerfully.”  
“One truly must have suffered oneself to help others.”  
“You can find Calcutta anywhere in the world. You only need two eyes to see. Everywhere in the world there are people that are not loved, people that are not wanted nor desired, people that no one will help, people that are pushed away or forgotten. And this is the greatest poverty.”  
“I have found the paradox that if I love until it hurts, then there is no hurt, but only more love.”  
“If we really want to love we must learn how to forgive.”  (and Christ said, if we do not forgive we will not be forgiven)
“Some people come in our life as blessings. Others come in our life as lessons.”  (which is really a blessing too!)
“I will never understand all the good that a simple smile can accomplish.”  
“I used to pray that God would feed the hungry, or do this or that, but now I pray that he will guide me to do whatever I'm supposed to do, what I can do. I used to pray for answers, but now I'm praying for strength. I used to believe that prayer changes things, but now I know that prayer changes us and we change things.”  
“It is not the magnitude of our actions, but the amount of love that is put into them that matters.”  
“We the willing, led by the unknowing, are doing the impossible for the ungrateful. We have done so much, with so little, for so long, we are now qualified to do anything, with nothing.”  
There are so many more ... but I'll stop now.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

New Family Photo

Been quiet on this blog. So much going on and not really interested in posting here right now. I'll get to it sooner or later though.

It's been about a year since the last family photo so I thought I'd post another.

Brianna, Corban, Me and Tylor

Sunday, January 4, 2015

A prayer worth remembering

This is attributed to "St Francis" ... I appreciate it a lot. 
Lord, make me a channel of your peace,
that where there is
hatred, I may bring love;
where there is
wrong, I may bring the spirit of forgiveness;
where there is
discord, I may bring harmony;
where there is
error, I may bring truth;
where there is
doubt, I may bring faith;
where there is
despair, I may bring hope;
where there are
shadows I may bring light;
where there is
sadness, I may bring joy;
Lord, grant that I may seek rather to
comfort than to be comforted;
understand than to be understood;
love than to be loved;
for it is by
forgetting self that one finds,
it is by forgiving that one is forgiven,
it is by dying that one awakens to eternal life. Amen.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Headcovering sale

I just wanted to pass along this information: Covered With Style is offering 50% off their entire website. They have a few lightweight, 100% cotton, square scarves that we like to wear in the summer months however it seems their color selection right now is pretty limited.

The coupon code is WOW50

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Just because you can doesn't mean you should ...

As an "american woman" in the 21st century there are all sorts of things I can do, but that does not mean I should. This post could go so many directions, but let me narrow it down to a few examples for the sake of time; feel free to add your own.
Just because I can go to the store every day doesn't mean I should.
Just because I can use the internet to look up all sorts of things doesn't mean I should.
Just because I can get in my vehicle and drive 8 hours doesn't mean I should.
Just because I can pick up the phone and talk for an hour doesn't mean I should.
Just because I can sit on the couch and watch television for any amount of time doesn't mean I should.
Just because I can speak my mind freely to whomever I want in any way I want [writing, talking, social media, etc.] doesn't mean I should.
And so on.
Just because we can do so many things does not mean they are profitable and good for us to do. So often we are busy doing things that have no eternal value (and in fact these things hinder our walks with the Lord) instead of just simply doing what is right in front of us. In today's fast paced, modern society we forget that things were not always this way nor should they be this way. Our minds have been skewed, God's truths perverted.

Something David said in his message today fits very well in here. Our job is to do what pleases our master, not us. For children, that is to please their parents. For women, that is to please their husband or head. For men, that is to please Christ. For Christ, that is to please God. We must each lay down our own will and do the will of our head or master.

David pointed out that it's not real submission if you do what pleases your master only so you can hurry up and get back to whatever it is YOU want to do. But rather, our whole lives and beings are to be wrapped up in doing what pleases our master and none of it wrapped up in what pleases us. We are to lay our lives down and die to self. That is submission.

Women today are so out of order and I know our selfish, humanistic society has greatly helped this lack of order. If we love the Lord we will spend our time focused on ways we can please our master/head ... and in doing so we are doing what pleases the Lord.

So, just because you can do xyz, first examine yourself and ask, "Is this the most profitable thing I could be doing right now?" "Am I doing this for selfish motives?" "Does this  action serve my 'head' / 'master' or my flesh?" Etc.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Eternity is drawing nigh

In less than a year we have lost around 20 elderly friends; some of them we were very close to (the closest of all being a year ago today). Now just last evening a man that was dear to several of us passed into eternity. His was a long, sad struggle. Was he ready?

Being close to and around all of these people that are sick and dying, most quite old but some not so much, helps keep eternity in view. As each one passes I cannot help but ask myself, "Am I ready?" Are you ready?

What are we doing with our time? Are we spending our days in ways that are pleasing to the Lord? Or do we keep back part or all of our day to do what pleases us? Do we strive to walk in all of the light we have? Or do we push the limits and compromise 'here and there'?

We will give an account and God wants all of us, not just the parts we are willing to give up. This is very, very serious. Our life is but a vapour that appears for a short time and then vanishes away. Eternity is forever.