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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Dilemma

Gripping the chair barely standing he was in intolerable pain. I feeling so hopeless as I watched him retching in pain. God, help us, what do we do?

You may have seen a situation that seems so hopeless like there is no solution.
That day I could only think there is no solution to this problem.
Till the cry for help...
Then out of blue someone calls to check up on us. They did not know of the crisis that was occurring.
I quickly updated them. With there clear head they said call this person they may know what to do. Someone else calls and directs me to call the Doctor. I had thought that and dismissed it as the Doctor will just say to go to the emergency room and the hurting person didn't want to do that.
But the person said call the Doctor and call me right back and tell me what he says. It was so direct I obeyed.

Pause.
God got the ball rolling to begin the journey of healing. these phone calls were a direct answer to the cry for help.

Each phone call brought up ideas of things to try. Prior to the calls my mind was blank with no solutions.

Now the ball was rolling. The calls generated opportunities to try new medications and after waitng several hours some pain relief came. I emphasis some because it just took the edge off of things.

We all have our dilemmas in life. Our initial reaction is to always go straight to doom and gloom. Meaning thoughts race through our heads like "This will never get better, how will continue to live like this? how much more can I take?"

I'm telling this story because it is a testimony. Meaning I watched by a witnessed this occur and now I want to tell my story.

Every story we tell is valuable when retold. It is not fair judging how big or small it is but just that in the end there is a moral of the story. Do you know what I mean? When someone asks "Why are you telling that story again?" I say "because it will help others understand when you get to the other side of a crisis or journey there is encouragement for others who quite possibly could be experiencing similar things. The story dictates the NEVER GIVE UP mentality for the reader or listener.

Having dealt people who are feeling down and out, whose life situations appears to warrant the giving up mentality sometimes all they need to hear is a story where someone triumphed.

I can go on and on with triumphal stories, but my purpose today is just one simple story that encourages you.

I hear you, I feel some of your pain, I am sorry you are going through this thing....just start with a cry of help and wait...wait for the the phone call...what for someone on the TV to say something...believe that God can and will use anything to help out the cause. I could do a shout out right now and I know the readers will have a story...like I was watching this and they suggested this.

My next point is that sometimes we discount things that happen after the cry for help and then we miss the rescue. Because it is a rescue. God promises to rescue us.

Like right now I have a choice to name this article NEVER GIVE UP or DILEMMA or is it something else?

Be encouraged friend that nothing has to end with hopelessness.  How many times have you gotten past the dilemma and thought "Why did I almost give up?"

Friday, July 22, 2016

LOOKING FOR THE GOOD

Romans 8:28 and we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. 

 As I sat and talked with the Physical Therapist looking for answers regarding my hurting back she said “This is good.” I’m like good! I’m in pain!” She explained “It’s always good to get help and learn better habits to take care of your body. Better to make the changes now then try in future years when it maybe to difficult.  I’m gonna help you!” I so needed to hear something “good”. Her words were a direct answer to my prayer earlier that day. “Lord I need some relief.” This taught me to look out for the “good” in situations. It’s a promise of God. 

Will you pray with me; Dear Lord, Thank you for looking out for me. Help me to find the good today. Amen.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

SPECTACLE

The dinner was perfect, the food exquisite and the company divine. Upon leaving we looked at each other and shouted “let’s get our next visit on the calendar” As I lay in bed that evening I thank God for the smiles, laughter and great food. The best of times! Having quality family time is priceless.
I went to a wedding recently, I love weddings. Everything was perfectly orchestrated. It was a Christian celebration, filled with the vows promising to serve Jesus, music selected that had meaning to the bride and groom, beautiful people and beautiful flowers. Gazing across the room watching the eyes of the proud parents, grandparents other family and friends. What a delight!
A few days later to my amazement I read this passage:
“Then the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!” And he added, “These are the true words of God.” (Revelation 19:9).
The wedding was still fresh on my mind. I was smiling as I reflected on the celebration and all of the thought and time put in for the big day. The parent’s sacrifice to pay for this union and make it a special day for the bride and groom. The love in their eyes. The dedication in their hearts. The details. They cared deeply. The hard work paid off.
Those two experiences gave me a taste of  the promised wedding feast that will be put on by God in heaven one day. My soul anticipates what will certainly be a regal celebration.  A wedding feast for us. God is so generous and loving.
God wants to do that for us one day. What a gift!  A wedding made in heaven. It will be a spectacle– something that can be seen or viewed, especially something of a remarkable or impressive nature. But here my father promises me a wedding supper with Jesus! My mind can’t wrap around the thought of a grand wedding put on by an extravagant Father.  I know God doesn’t do anything cheap. I know he never lies. The angel felt compelled to remind us it will be true. It will come!
It lifted my spirits! The hope! Something to look forward to! How many times do I complain “I have nothing to look forward to!”
On this day my mind is blown away that I just had a great time at a wedding and then boom, I’m reminded that God promises to throw the greatest wedding ever.
Do you know the one who makes this promise?
I love this invitation.
Let your mind wonder and imagine our Father in heaven has a wedding awaiting us all in a new earth.

I mentioned the two events to represent quality time but the even higher quality is yet to come and God will make a “Spectacle” out of His long awaited feast. It’s true!

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

FLAWLESS

Google searched "flawless" and Beyonce' appears. Fair enough she is an epic icon that's pretty flawless. The world votes, she is "FLAWLESS."

Next up on google  appears the song by Mercy Me called FLAWLESS. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wjLlLPZderk

check it out.
A hero takes stage to really qualify the true "Flawless" of today.
As the video scans people who have flaws, and then it happens, we are reminded that the cross has made us "flawless".

This idea to write about the word flawless came from what I read today:

30 
As for God, his way is perfect:
    The Lord’s word is flawless;
    he shields all who take refuge in him. Psalm 18:30

Yep, the word caught my eye.

His word is flawless. He is flawless.
The perfect role model.

The ultimate use of the word.
I just love the way God wants to take my eyes off what's happening on earth and help me pay more attention to the happenings of heaven.
Love it!

God thank you for helping me to catch of glimpse of your view. FLAWLESS.