Oh my blog!!!

Oh friendly blog, I miss you. I have not written to you in so long. Life has recently taken me to places I’ve not been before. First of all, I have taken on a new job. It is a full-time job as a marketing specialist. I started last week and my very first day there was a building fire. Thank you God that all persons were able to get out safely as well as any pets. Instead of learning leasing and marketing, I have been copying files, answering phones, typing letters, handing out water and doing whatever I am asked to do to help the staff carefully tend to the leasing of new apartments for the survivors. I have experienced a week of a small staff pulling together to create a mighty team. Way to go Vintage @ Zona Rosa. I am excited for this coming week because I will hopefully start learning more about the job I was hired for.Sick Young Woman Lying in Bed

I also went into this job with a bad sinus infection. I was given a shot of antibiotic and steroid and an oral antibiotic. I had about three full days to lounge around and get better before plunging into my first day. I started feeling pretty good when I contracted a head cold about my fourth day in. (I think I got that from my hubby). So, here I am, coughing, sneezing and praying that I get well enough for week two of my new job. I don’t want to take time off already. I really don’t think there is much that any doctor can do at this point. A cold is a cold, right?

I have missed church two weeks in a row and I don’t like that at all. But, the last thing I want to do is shake hands and give out hugs with the junk I’m dealing with in my body. I miss the songs, the fellowship with God and my quiet intimate time. Oh I know I can access Him at any point, but there is something about being in church, having it quiet and looking at the crucifix.cross

Thank you God for my job and reminding me of 1 Corinthians that I have a part to play in the whole…I will apply that to my job, my place in my home and in my own personal life. I pray for good health this week, strength and guidance. I pray that I will run the race with endurance.

I know God has not forgotten me because He has reminded me just this morning that even the hairs on my head have been counted and I do not need to be afraid (of this illness) because I am worth more than the many sparrows.

Are you dealing with something that is really getting you down? Remember too that you are so very loved and important to God.

God’s Unconditional Love

Noah was the only man at the time which the following could be said, “Noah walked with God.” Can you imagine how lonely he felt? He didn’t walk away though; he did what was instructed by God. He endured and God blessed him with the covenant.

God showed His great mercy and love. I can’t imagine the fears, doubts and anxieties Noah had during the unknown. God never took His eyes off of him. He loved Noah. How do we know if God still loves us when our thoughts are all murky in the middle of a long trial?

First of all, look at all you have. Look at your home, your vehicle, maybe vehicles, and the things you’ve acquired throughout your life. These are all from God. Yes, you’ve worked hard for these things but ultimately, God gave you the job; the strength and the talent. He gives to us through His love for us.

Second, look at your family. Look at the love that emanates from each of you. Oh yes, there may be times of strife, but look at the unconditional love you really have for each other. When family is absent though, God is right there. He is your father. He fills that void in your heart. I especially know this first hand as my whole family lives very far away so when I am with them, I just sponge up the love we have for each other.

Third, look at your talents. God gives each one of us special talents to serve Him. It is not to glorify ourselves, but rather, to give God all the honor and glory.

You were planned for God’s pleasure. Now that’s love. The moment you were born into this world, God was there smiling at your birth. He wanted you alive and your arrival brought Him great pleasure. The Bible tells us that “Because of his love God had already decided that through Jesus Christ he would make us his children-this was by his pleasure and purpose.” Ephesians 1:5 (TEV)

We could go all gloom-and-doom on God thinking things like, “it’s all hopeless; things couldn’t get any worse and I’ll never survive this.” What is the point?  The world is falling down around us but we can be strong knowing God’s love is what carries us through.

God knows I am no angel; I’ve done many things wrong and have doubted God in the midst of those times. I have lost my hope along the way and I’ve turned my back the other way, made excuses for irrational thoughts and yet, God has never broken His covenant of love with me.

God is in the business of love. We can try to fix, save, buy or date a nice solution to our trials but it really is useless. All that does is squeeze the life out of us.  Let’s summon a child’s courage and faith even in the anxiety of the unknown. Breathe in God’s unending, unconditional love for you.

Nicodemus or Not

Do you have a little bit of Nicodemus in you? Do you meet with God at night but have no association with Him by day?  Who is Nicodemus? Nicodemus was a very important man. He was a ruler of the Jews. Nicodemus was also a Pharisee. He came to Jesus during the night when it was dark to talk to Him. He probably wanted to avoid others seeing him speaking to our Lord.

We all have moments like that but reading my Bible this morning stirred me to do a little soul-searching. The story of Nicodemus denying his association with Jesus in the light of day shows me the quiet pain from not honoring the truth; Jesus. Our Lord Jesus talked to Nicodemus in a very kind encouraging way which made Nicodemus talk to God. “Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him” (John 3:2) Jesus answered and said to him. ‘Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God’ (John 3:3).

We each have a divine inner voice that opens us up to truth, but do we show that truth to others? When we are enlightened by God’s endless truth; we must choose whether to declare or hide it. What does all of this mean? It means we need to continue to kick out the old ways of hiding the truth which is the Nicodemus spirit in you that wants to hide your relationship with God.

The great news though is that Nicodemus asked the most important question of all. “How can a man be born when he is old?” (John 3:4). “Jesus answered, ‘Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God (John 3:5). This meant that God is above and therefore to enter His Kingdom we must all be born from above. Nicodemus desired to become a child of God.  He loved God and wanted more of Him.

It’s when we can catch ourselves allowing the Spirit of God within us to proclaim truth in the small fleeting moments of our day.

God is unchanging wisdom and love. What are the motives behind your prayers? Do you pray to make yourself better or to benefit others, or a little of both. Bottom line…Are you praying?

Prayer brings us into harmony. Some say that “just praying” isn’t going to make a difference; but it shall!!! Prayer perpetuates our belief in God; increasing faith and hope. God is love; He is the same yesterday, and today, and forever. We profess that God is good, omnipotent, omnipresent and infinite. If we don’t find the time to pray, giving Him thanks for even the simplest of things; our relationship goes stale.  Even the chirping of birds outside your window on a 2 degree day is something to thank Him for! Am I preaching to myself as well? Yes, indeed!!!MH900409444

Dig deep; what we most need is prayer for a fervent desire for growth in His grace, expressed in our love. I looked up the word fervent and in the Oxford Dictionary it reads:

  • Very hot: glowing: exhibiting or marked by great intensity of feeling: zealous <fervent prayers>…Some of the synonyms are: Ardent, blazing, burning, charged, feverish, fiery, flaming, glowing and intense.

When is the last time you prayed with blazing, burning, fiery passion? Outward prayer and worship in itself is not sufficient; it’s the time alone where the heart grows, where the spiritual understanding regenerates. It is where we can sit and feel the unseeable stream we are part of; where truth will set us free time and time again.

Praying

May your prayers be intense, zealous and ardent for God today.

Beth