Personal Lessons - Knowledge Based on Experience

Mar. 25, 2019

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9

I love having spiritual conversations. I don’t get invited to many churches to speak anymore. I am not a traditionalist. I am not a compliant Southern Baptist female. I am in love with Jesus and am willing to have any conversation requested to help everyone and anyone who is seeking Him. Sometimes, in our politically-charged, religious world, finding Him is difficult because those claiming to know Him know their church doctrine better than they know Him.

I will have any conversation you need to have or are interested in having in order to know Him, love Him, trust Him, and shut out the outside noise. By the way, the above verse was written for everyone. Everyone. It doesn’t matter where you were born, where you currently live, what you’ve done in your past, or whether you attend a church in the present or not.

Jesus is our All in All. He is the Savior for all. Seek Him. Find Him. Let me know how I can help.

 

Mar. 21, 2019

“Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.” Matthew 24:35

As a little girl, naps were not my favorite times. After giving birth to three sons, being a stay-at-home mom for those three little boys, and eventually a working mother to put those three boys through college, naps became a commodity. You will hear no argument from me. Naps rock.

As that little girl, my parents would lay on the living room couch together during nap time and listen to albums sung by Ray Price. To this day, I can sing most of his hits word for word. I guess when you listen to them regularly enough, regardless of age, memories become sweeter.

One of my favorites was “Make the World Go Away.” Oh, how I long for my mom and dad to have one more nap time on that couch with this song playing in the background.

God, I trust You. Even with my parents. Lord, just for a while, please make the world go away.

Mar. 19, 2019

A-K

“Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” Colossians 3:12-13

I’m told I have entirely too much common sense. I’m told logic overrides my emotions when it comes to my worldview. So, I hesitate to ask the questions, but I must. I can’t help it. I just must!

A. If you don’t believe the TV news, why do you keep watching it?

B. If you insist on watching it, do we really have to hear your rebuttals?

C. Why is your opinion more trustworthy than someone else’s?

D. If we live in a time of fake news, why is your one-sidedness making it any better?

E. Why are we supposed to accept Trump won the election fair and square by moving on while you want to harp on Judge Ed Emmett’s replacement?

F. Shouldn’t we accept she won fair and square and move on? Ed Emmett has.

G. Why do we gripe that everything has become political when it is the expert commentators on Facebook making everything about politics?

H. Do you really think you should push somebody’s buttons while they are under intense stress?

I. Do you understand the concept of “kicking them while they’re down?

J. Does it make you feel powerful when you inflict the first kick?

K. If you keep kicking, why are you surprised when the wounded get up and slap you?

I’ll save the remainder of the alphabet for another day.

 

Mar. 18, 2019

“Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed— in an instant, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.” 1 Corinthians 15:51-52

A lot can change quickly. Very quickly. The older I get, the more I realize we cannot take anything for granted.

For example, Friday night my dad was improving and preparing to be released from the hospital Saturday morning. Early Saturday morning my dad took a turn for the worse and was moved to Intensive Care. By Sunday, my dad was on a ventilator and feeding tube. My mother held on to the hope he would wake up. I must admit – I had my doubts. My faith was not as strong as hers. On Monday morning, my dad had the tubes removed, woke up, smiled at us and said, “Hi. I’m ready to go home.”

Sunday morning, life in Deer Park was good. By 10:30 a.m., life in Deer Park was dark. Very dark. A fire at a local chemical plant turned our bright skies black. By Monday night, the fire was finally being contained.

Sunday morning, I was planning a speaking engagement at a local church. Later Sunday afternoon my employer and I disagreed on the engagement. By Monday morning, my email account and Facebook access to my employer’s pages were no longer working. In the blink of an eye, I was unemployed.

God is good to me.  Always has been. Always will be. I’m not sure what the next minute will bring. I am certain that God and I can handle it together.

 

Mar. 13, 2019

Do you not know? Have you not heard? Has it not been told to you from the beginning? Have you not understood since the earth was founded?” Isaiah 40:21

Looking back, I can truly say

My life has been more than blessed.

With each new breath, every day,

My faith withstood the test.

As time marches on, it also closes in.

We all know that this is true.

Some fight the inevitable;

Others do what they must do.

Each of us have a journey to take;

Each one must make their choice.

Some march on with all their might

Ignoring the Father’s voice.

For me there has never been a question.

I’ve depended solely on You.

Please give me the strength to continue on…

Guide me and show me what to do.

At the dawn of life, we don’t understand

How short life will become.

We live our life often acting as if

There never was a Son.

But for me, my Lord, I’ve felt You near

My entire life.

I’ve had my heartaches and my fears.

I’ve caused my fair share of strife.

Although I’ve made some mistakes,

Your love has remained faithful and true.

When it all comes right down to it,

You’ve helped me do what I must do.

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