I don’t like it too much but thank you Lord.

It’s dirty, without structure and beyond my control… I don’t like it but I trust you Lord and thank you for the work you are doing. Keep my heart broke if that is what it takes for me to see what breaks yours. All my planning failed, I am not where I thought I would be but I trust I am where you want me to be.

Today was amazing at church and I was truly blessed, the night ended with bad news but I really am thankful Lord, you bless me abundantly. I am eager to see where this road leads, I sure wish I could at least turn the lights on and peak. =) I am loaded up, lets go!

The Secret of America

“I sought for the greatness and genius of America in her rich mines and her vast world commerce, and it was not there. I sought for the greatness and genius of America in her public school system and her institutions of learning, and it was not there. I sought for the greatness and genius of America in her democratic Congress and her matchless Constitution, and it was not there. Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits flame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power. America is great because America is good, and if America ever ceases to be good America will cease to be great.”

Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin condemns any people. Proverbs 14:34

I forgive you

Forgiveness is not forgetting but it is an action and an attitude. There are times when we should forgive someone and never speak it to them and only God and other times when we should go to them but the act of forgiveness is crucial towards our walk with the Lord. I do know our prayer life and relationship with God will be hindered if we harbor bitterness and un-forgiveness. We are not to delay a moment in prayer to tell the Lord that we forgive those who have hurt us and then ask the Lord to bless us with the Holy Spirit to empower us to do things we cannot such as heal our heart, change our attitude and maybe go to the offenders and tell them we forgive them. Ask the Lord for the power and He is faithful to deliver. I know you can do it and I will be praying with you.

Jesus Teaches About Anger (NCV)

21 “You have heard that it was said to our people long ago, ‘You must not murder anyone.[a] Anyone who murders another will be judged.’ 22 But I tell you, if you are angry with a brother or sister,[b] you will be judged. If you say bad things to a brother or sister, you will be judged by the council. And if you call someone a fool, you will be in danger of the fire of hell.
23 “So when you offer your gift to God at the altar, and you remember that your brother or sister has something against you, 24 leave your gift there at the altar. Go and make peace with that person, and then come and offer your gift.

25 “If your enemy is taking you to court, become friends quickly, before you go to court. Otherwise, your enemy might turn you over to the judge, and the judge might give you to a guard to put you in jail. 26 I tell you the truth, you will not leave there until you have paid everything you owe.

An Unforgiving Servant

21 Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, when my fellow believer sins against me, how many times must I forgive him? Should I forgive him as many as seven times?”
22 Jesus answered, “I tell you, you must forgive him more than seven times. You must forgive him even if he wrongs you seventy times seven.

Jesus Teaches About Prayer

5 “When you pray, don’t be like the hypocrites. They love to stand in the synagogues and on the street corners and pray so people will see them. I tell you the truth, they already have their full reward. 6 When you pray, you should go into your room and close the door and pray to your Father who cannot be seen. Your Father can see what is done in secret, and he will reward you.
7 “And when you pray, don’t be like those people who don’t know God. They continue saying things that mean nothing, thinking that God will hear them because of their many words. 8 Don’t be like them, because your Father knows the things you need before you ask him. 9 So when you pray, you should pray like this:
‘Our Father in heaven,
may your name always be kept holy.
10 May your kingdom come
and what you want be done,
here on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us the food we need for each day.
12 Forgive us for our sins,
just as we have forgiven those who sinned against us.
13 And do not cause us to be tempted,
but save us from the Evil One.’ [The kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours forever. Amen.][a]
14 Yes, if you forgive others for their sins, your Father in heaven will also forgive you for your sins. 15 But if you don’t forgive others, your Father in heaven will not forgive your sins

My heart is yours Lord

Hear my cries oh Lord, this world has nothing for me. My soul is torn between this place and home. How I yearn to be closer to you and in some way bring honor to your holy holy name. Search me oh great Lord and show me how to be less so that you can be more. Teach me to follow you and put you first in all my thoughts and actions. Lord, I give my soul, my body and my mind to you. I give my family to you and trust you with all that I am. Lord forgive me for complaining and not doing as you instruct without hesitation. Lord forgive my selfish desires. Search me oh great I AM and cleanse the worldly from within. Lord, show me how to care for your children and give more of what you have blessed me with. Break my heart and open my eyes to the needy all around me. Show me how to pray for them and do what I can for them.

Your ways are not my ways…

Klara, a devout catholic and loving mother of two was enjoying a book when a knock at the door preceded the news every parent dreads to hear:” your son has been in an accident”. The waiting room echoed the clicking heals pacing back and forth as time passed like molasses running uphill. The doctor approached Klara, his face spoke to her soul. Your son is not going to make it ma’am, you need to say your goodbyes to him. Klara dropped to her knees beside the pale eight year old boy. As the tears poured from her eyes, she cried out to God in excruciating pang: “Father, save him! Take my life instead!” God spoke to Klara: “you don’t understand what you are asking me Klara”. Without hesitation Klara responded with a resounding: “I do Lord, take my life! I give it willingly!”

The Lord did take Klara home a few years later when she died of breast cancer. Klara’s son lived to be a healthy man; he lived a total of 56 years. Adolph Hitler died April 30 1945.

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” -Isaiah 55:8-9

We may have the best of intentions and what we desire may be noble and pure but we don’t always understand and this life will remain a mystery. Bad things happen to good people and justice does not always prevail… in this life. It isn’t always fair and things seldom work out the way we would have them. There will be a day when the pains of this world will be no more but until that time we must trust the God of the universe knows what He is doing and we need to lay aside our worries. Garth Brooks said: “Some of God’s greatest gifts are unanswered prayers”. I came to realize long ago that God does answer the prayer; He just doesn’t always give the answer we wish for. The learning curve is being thankful during the storm.