Spring Cleaning

….and Helpful Hints to De-Clutter Your Soul

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On a spring morning, the frost lays heavy. The foliage somberly pays homage. As I stare through the sheers, my mind tries to organize the things I must do today. I sit huddled in sweats with my first couple sips of black energy. My thoughts wander off to a time of Mom and Dad cleaning out the garage after a nasty winter. I sure love and miss those who left me with such fond memories.

As generations go on, I find myself the one obligated to carry on the honorable task of, somehow, straightening up the garage now. There is such little time to do my own spring cleaning. Its April something, but the month is inconsequential. There comes a time when we all must clean out our castles. How about a fresh coat of paint? Or maybe hang the Picassos you treasure in different places to redecorate the walls? Perhaps shampoo old carpets, or rearrange the furniture? Somehow, you must make those four walls look brighter, for there’s no warmth generated on a cold, spring morning after it’s snowed.

I try to get motivated, but only my Father in heaven can enlighten the soul. So, with everything staring at me and no time to play, I find time to pray. God, in His historical ways, will give me the strength to complete the tasks before me.

Needing anothSpring Cleaning Pic 1er cup, my thoughts wander off…. so many people’s minds are in similar situations. Distant and cold, we pay homage to our cluttered thoughts frozen in time. But, if you’ll let God enter your soul, He will cleanse the hearts and minds from the winter’s toll. The pendulum swings, as your grandfather stands reverently reminding you, life has no reverse.

The day is young. Give it to God! There’s plenty of time to rearrange thoughts lying frosted on this somber, Sunday, spring morning. Let God’s love warm your soul and spirit and ignite your inner joy. Rejoice in a fresh mental attitude. You’ll be glad you cleaned out the clutter lying dormant in the garage of your head. Open your entry to prayer. It’s the one ingredient you need most for motivation. The garage can wait, for it’s the one in your mind that wreaks havoc.


EDITOR’S NOTES:

Helpful Hints to De-Clutter Your Soul

• Ask yourself these questions and answer them honestly. The answers will put your situation in perspective:
Is my mind’s clutter relevant to my situation today? Was it in my control? Am I being too hard on myself?

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• Don’t fight inner battles by yourself – leave it to God to take control. We don’t have to strive to make our life turn out a certain way. Stand still and trust He will handle it for you.
• Lay the issues down at God’s feet through prayer – it’s the most powerful tool you own!
• Focus on today – what does God ask of me today? What does my family need today? Commit to living a Godly life for eternity – not the past.

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A Thread of Faith

Have a blessed Easter!

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Sitting on an old boulder along the hillside, I watched quietly as if I had gone way back in time. Under the overcast skies, stood a few men that looked as though they were dressed in biblical robes milling about a field. Several knelt before the base of a rough-cut pole. I watched them pray in the shadows and observed the amazed disbelievers. They gazed upon the monument where the crucified King hung not so long ago. I presumed it must have been day four or five since He was entombed in the limestone cave. They stood praying in His honor and breaking off pieces of the treasured cross.

I heard a woman weeping as she threw herself around the base of the up righted cross. Aided by two disciples, she reached up and carefully removed the remains of His loincloth hanging from the driven spike. She tore the cloth into threads, and shared the pieces –much like a first communion. “Our Savior lives! Our Savior lives!” she announced. I began to shed a tear, for I knew the truth! They, too, saw the empty tomb and knew what happened to Him.

From her soiled hands, she passed out a thread of faith. Each of the disciples carried their pieces as a sacred memento. The doubters watched while others came forward and found salvation with her communion. As I watched, I could tell they were the first to become born-again Christians for they now accepted He was the Christ.

I don’t think they saw me; maybe I didn’t exist to them but what I saw while sitting on that ominous boulder in a pair of jeans was incredible! As much as I wanted to walk up to the site, I thought better of losing the mirage. I, a mere messenger, can only report what I saw that day. The sun broke through and before it set, I watched the rays as they lifted them into the heavens.

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In My Shoes

and…. Do You Stand In Judgment Of Others? Characteristics of a Judgmental Person

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I didn’t realize the path I followed would lead me to a clearing when I stopped at the wooded edge. Daylight allowed a different point of view. I wandered over brooks and broken branches where time claimed their usefulness. The briars and slippery leaves laid dying in the shadows and shades of life. It appears our lives are determined and judged by the turns we take to arrive at the final destination.

In My Shoes 3In the bright sunshine, I asked, “God, where were you as I walked lost, trying to find my way?” Looking out over the waving grain, I thought I heard a voice… oh, it was just in my mind as I found my way through the forest. I listened intently as the breeze romanced the autumn sprouts. God has certainly shed his grace, but not in the woods where I climbed and fought my way out.

Again, I thought I heard someone clearing their voice. It reminded me of a little bullfrog laying upon a lily. I dusted off the remnants of the woods and rubbed my eyes clean of debris. As I looked up, poised against a tree, was Jesus, my Lord, watching me.

Disgruntled with the path I chose to take, I asked, “Where were you when I slipped and fell?”

He quietly smiled, nodded his head and looked at me with one eye. “My son, who picked you up when you were hurt and saved you from being scratched in the briars? Or pushed you to the brink as you walked along in circles? It was I, only me, that kept the snakes and rodents at bay, only me! Now you’re safe. Be blessed…” And then…. He was gone.

So, I thought about an old familiar tune as it rattled in my head. It’s only God who knows where my shoes walked and I defy you to curse my path. My journey is mine and yours – is yours. God didn’t send Jesus to condemn the world, but to save it. Who are we to judge other’s paths in life? Mine is no more wrong than the way you took to the end of your woods. I know God blesses you… He blesses us all if we allow Him. Please, don’t stand in judgment unless…”you walk a mile in my shoes…

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EDITOR’S NOTES:

Do You Stand In Judgment Of Others?

Do you become enraged by someone else’s sin? Become aware of your own sin first!
Do you refuse to forgive? Offer love and goodness instead.
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Do you cut off contact with someone who has sinned or because you have different points of view? Has God ever departed from you when you sinned? He asks that we love each other unconditionally.
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Do you participate in gossiping? This is the trait of judging someone without giving them the chance to change.

Do you hate to receive criticism, so you turn a blind eye? This signifies hating to admit that you have faults. We can’t grow and learn by our mistakes if we can’t be honest with our ourselves.

Do you refuse to confront others of their mistakes? You’re permanently stamping them to their sin without ever giving them the chance to receive grace.

Do you automatically write someone off as hopeless? Where would you be if not for the courage of others to speak truths of your life?

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Crucifying Christianity

….hiding behind the words they read and living by the rules that are only applicable to suit themselves.

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Webster’s Dictionary definition states that Christianity is a practice of a religion, a belief, dating back to Nazareth. Talk about crucifying Christianity!! Now, I know I may not be the brightest light in the midnight sky, but I beg to differ with this description. I’ve practiced a lot of things, but I never saw attending church as a practice. Practice isn’t a commitment! Doctors practice medicine; athletes practice their sport. And as far as their definition of it being a belief? OK, maybe that’s where our generations differ. Christianity, in my opinion, is about being and living Christlike—hence, the first part of the adjective.

Christianity, I’d like to believe, is a way of life–waking in the morning and asking God to bless your day; or praying to our heavenly father to forgive those who trespass against us, as we go to sleep. Do you practice, at our age, what we should have mastered by now–praying? Right or wrong, it’s a way of life for Christians.

I wonder in my thoughts….

Some can recite bible scripture backward, but does that make them a better Christian or more Christlike? Or is it those that wake in the morning to give of themselves, showing respect and honoring others, and living by the commandments that have been passed down? Christianity – is that when someone forces you out of your driving lane or is it using some choice words to say how grateful you aren’t for their stupidity? NO! That’s crucifying the meaning of Christianity!

The words, “I’ll pray for you,” does that pertain to practicing? Helping you on with your coat or holding a door…. maybe. But that’s being courteous and isn’t that what Christ would want? Christ could care less if you’re a Baptist, Catholic, or Presbyterian and those who follow His footsteps should know better than that! You treat everyone equally because it’s a way of LIFE–a life that brings you to God in the end. As Christians, we should respect all born into God’s kingdom!

 

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Ah…and now for the Christian hypocrites – those who could care less how they drive others out of their lane, while they read the Bible over breakfast! Their swords wave as they swear. Their hearts are less than the brains God gave them (though they don’t consider that as an option). So many–hiding behind the words they read and living by the rules that are only applicable to suit themselves. Perhaps they are the people that Webster’s definition refers to when we speak of Christianity – practicing a religion!

Combatting hypocrisy was a passion for Jesus. In fact, much of Matthew 23 is dedicated to this topic:

“‘Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean. In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.’”

According to God’s wishes, we as Christians, must make it our duty to enlighten hypocrites of their wrongdoings. Be vulnerable, honest, and authentic with these unbelievers. Let them acknowledge their sins so they may share in the freedom of God’s forgiveness. Jesus encourages us to make disciples, not just “save” people, so let’s pitch in to help the hypocrites who are crucifying Christianity!

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So, tomorrow when you wake, will you read your bible over breakfast, or scalp the neighbor that lives next door to you? Will you scream at the kids when it’s really your fault? Will your spouse get a hug and kiss goodbye as you go out the door and into your car?

Now tell me…. what part of practicing a belief is Christianity in your everyday walk of life? Are you, too, crucifying Christianity by knowing the Word yet living by your own demeanor? Or are you trying to do a better job of being the best you can be to others? If you’re only attempting to try, then maybe you are practicing after all!

God Cries With Us

God will help us all to try to recover from this history…..


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I listen to the rain as it dances on my rooftop…. and God cries with us.

 

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But now I see…. God cries with us.

 

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Reverently our hearts are one. Harmonizing our battle cry we will never salute those who sit and do nothing….as God cries with us.

 

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We must unite….as our God cries with us.

 

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Knowing times like these…. even God cries with us.

 


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Being Blessed

Showered with love from God above, I feel now what I’ve never defined.

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I sit by the window and listen to the rain as the gorgeous afternoon has turned to showers. Deep in thought, I think about love; reminded by the sound of rain as it pitter patters on the metal roof. I listen to the rhythm, and I’m drawn to its noise. Rain calms the fragile spirit. My God, I have finally found the fearless fragments called love. Yes, I’ve heard the word in numerous terminologies as well as displayed in different sequences of events, but, nothing, sounds like love as it does when God waters his flowers. So, I sit and enjoy the effervescence.

Saying, ” I Do,” one time too many, makes me realize the face value of the thing called “love.” Inflation has crippled me and living in mere existence becomes a chore. But, God reigns over me. I was about to give up, but He saved my serenity with a stroke of His awesome power. My heart fills like a rain gauge on the porch railing as I feel it sprinkling again.

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I know God has delivered me and is using me to prove a point, I never thought in my wildest imagination that one week – thirty odd years ago – would be reincarnated. Showered with love from God above, I feel now what I’ve never defined.

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Lightning strikes and the lights go out. I’m moving away from the opened window. Curious, though, God has spoken. I listen to his message.

It’s night now, and the day is a memory full of adventure and meaningful moments. Love is the art of giving. God waters his flowers while I listen to the rain. I thank Him for what he has sent me. As for me, my rain gauge spilleth over. Exuberance reigns like a thundershower for only God knows what I need. Feeling so blessed!

 


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As Satan Caves

…..has Satan found a safe haven in the church?


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Demonology is not a profession I care to indulge in or any other witchcraft for that fact. Too many unexplained phenomena occur quite frequently in places supposedly undisturbed and left considered sacred to the holy. I’m beginning to wonder, has Satan found a safe haven in the church?

Where our Holy Father administers, the congregation withers. I see signs going against the grain. Many people should be disturbed to think Satan dwells where voices call out in tongues. I listen to the tones as octaves are out of harmony. Joyful noises aren’t so joyful anymore. He is destroying the very existence of the congregation.

Some believers are preoccupied with outside endeavors and have lost their point of center. God may be with them, but Satan runs rampant in their life. (For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs: 1 Timothy 6:10)  Steepled sanctuaries are becoming more like financial institutions. So, folks are flocking to private, little non-denominational houses of worship and homespun bible studies; keeping in mind that God comes first.

Memories remind me of the olden days of tiny steeples along the road. Those who traveled under heavy laden could stop to pray and perhaps get a hot meal. Odd, we may have returned to the older days of totalitarianism worship. I watch the young flock to younger congregations and the old trying to justify their absence. And divisions conquer as Satan separates what’s left of a family tradition.

But personally, I know better… while listening to the choir, the sun is setting on my vestibule. All of God’s creatures are saying a prayer as the sun fades behind the clouds. I love my life. I’m not rich, monetarily speaking, but I’m far from poor as my faith is worth a fortune! My paycheck comes in answered prayers. Celibate to God, my spirit is undivided. Commitments resonate from the messages above.

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Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. (Ephesians 6:11-12)

Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. (Galatians 5:1)


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Satan is wise. His method is to infiltrate the church and work from within to destroy it. He uses people and problems. Satan has penetrated our churches and he is succeeding in draining the strength and power. Revival seems to be gone in America. More people are being born than being saved by far. The Devil is stealing our influence, and even our churches are being used against the cause of Christ.

Ways Satan is infiltrating the church:

  1. Formal houses of worship: The less power with God a church has, the more ceremony will be involved. This is a day of bowing, chanting and saying meaningless prayers. Everything will be done to please people, and every decision is made in light of what others will say or do. God’s will and plan are not regarded. The plain teaching of the Bible is ignored. Churches are busy with clubs, sales, bakes, projects, etc. but where is the power of God? When a needy sinner goes to one of these formal churches for help, they quickly recommend that he see a psychiatrist.
  2. Members are living sinful: Church is just another club that will help them feel good about themselves or advance their business or give them more contacts. The church of today is filled with whimpering, jealous, defeated Christians. They are worldly, selfish and cold. Instead of love for the Father, it is the lust of the flesh.
  3. Cults: Thousands have followed the teachings of men and not of God. They have started religions to suit themselves. Many souls will spend eternity in Hell because of a smooth-talking religious racketeer who loves power and money.
  4. Congregation yields to sin: In the Bible we have the account of many who failed when they were tempted. Eve let God down and disgraced her family…Adam said, oh well, and took the plunge too! The whole human race has suffered ever since. Solomon gave in to his weakness for women and disobeyed the plain leading of the Lord. David was tempted by flesh, and his lust led to the sin of adultery with Bathsheba. He uses tongues, disloyalty, pride, false teaching, and our own flesh to his benefit – if we’ll allow it.!!