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This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. – Psalms 118:24 (KJV)

Recognition

May
29

So many times in this life we lose the brightest souls the world would have ever known, we do not even realize that as we pass that stranger on the corner of the street that we may be standing in the presence of pure greatness. We are so caught up in our own little world that we do not take the time to look into someone else’s, not even for a moment.

7036834-sky-colors-wallpaperAnd then we see on the news about this great young boy, or this magnificent young girl, never did anything but love their families, love life, school, was bright, smart, fun, kind, caring, considerate, talented. And all within a split second, gone. Gone much too soon, and the world will never get to know the sheer joy of having them in their lives, because it will then be too late. And the world will all of a sudden grow that much darker, because we let radiance and greatness pass us by, because we were too busy to stop and say hi…

Don’t let another day pass you by where you let another soul slip right out of your sight without even giving them a simple smile as you walk by, or a “how are you?” Make a difference, be a difference, see the difference in the world when you observe the beauty around you, because there is more beauty than we think, we just have to open our eyes and acknowledge it. Open your eyes today, stop missing out and discover all that’s possible, starting with a simple hello.

People Of The Past –

When I was younger I remember these two specific young guys that I knew. I was only 4 years old and that was from my time up in the big city of St. Louis. I often wonder about what happened to them. Did they ever grow up to make something great of themselves? Or did they become entrapped in the environment that they were in? I may never know. There are some nights that it really gets to me and I begin praying for them. I pray that they did make something of themselves. I pray that they are doing OK and accomplishing all that they ever dreamed. It might seem crazy. But it’s just how I am, I really do care about these things.

I wrote once about some short encounters with people that I’ve met in the past, they were just doing their job or maybe they were just in the waiting room. Or the checkout line. It didn’t make no difference. They still made a small impression on me, for whatever reason it may be. That I am not sure. However, what I am sure of it this. I hope that they too have been blessed with all of their dreams in this life. I do not know their names and I do not know where they could be now. But I do know that they are very real when they come into my thoughts. So what can I do? Nothing really, but in all incidents in life, whether we know the person long at all or not and whether they are a friend to us. That doesn’t matter. We can be a friend to them, sometimes it will be hard and sometimes we shouldn’t even get involved at all. But, we will know when to and when we do will make a great difference.

In Conclusion:

In life, there will be times when we lose people close to us. Maybe people that we only met once but made a great impression upon us and then we read or see in the news that they have passed on from some terrible incident, and all of a sudden we begin to wonder so many thoughts. What could have been going through their head? Why? Who of my friends will be next? Will more of my friends be the next one? You are left unknowing of the next time something like this might happen. So all you really can do is hope and pray to God that it doesn’t. You start paying a lot more recognition to those around you, even more then you once did before.

Because you don’t want to do or say the wrong thing and have them be your last words. You want to be the best person that you can so if something like that were to ever happen again, at least you were all you could be. My proposition to all of you would be to do this one simple thing today, and everyday. Go out today, be you, be bold, be courageous, be kind, be loving.

Be a friend…

SHALOM –

Kindness

May
28

It was the year 2013 sometime during the month of December and I remember it rather clearly because that is when my mom was training to work for the postal service and my uncle and me would get up early in the morning to take her, it was also a chance for us to shop for Christmas while she was in class.

inspirational-quote-act-of-kindness-aesopI remember walking into this Life-Way store, (for those who don’t know, Life-Way is a Christian bookstore that has all sorts of fabulous ‘Jesus’ items for everyone) I was looking for something special for my mom and my grandma, I was able to find them both something just right for a fraction of the cost which I just LOVE doing, I remember that the last time I went which was just a few days prior to that I had gotten a coupon for 35% off of any of their regular priced items. It turns out the item I had purchased an item that was already discounted so I couldn’t use my coupon, I was so very sad to hear that since it was going to be one of the last times that I would be in that area, I can recall looking around to see if anyone had anything that was a regular priced item and I wanted to find someone just right.

This woman comes around the corner holding something in her hands and looking back I am not really sure what it was but I do know that when she replied to me she said ‘yes’ that she did indeed have a regular priced item, I believe she was a rather small younger woman but still much older than myself and I noticed she was all dressed up in the winter fashion with a scarf and hat on with a bright holiday smile on her face radiating all the world with her Christmas Spirit, what I did next took her by surprise. I offered to give her my coupon, I asked her if she would like to have it and if she felt it would make any difference to her and she light up like a house decked out in Christmas lights and she wanted to make sure that I was certain in my decision to let her have my coupon and I told her yes, if she needed it and would take it then it was hers.

She leaped with gratitude and repeatedly thanked me for my kindness, she told me that times hadn’t been so easy for her lately and that my selfless act of kind giving would really help her and that she couldn’t thank me enough, I felt so happy that day, even though I didn’t get to use my coupon that I really wanted to. I still got to find a gift for my family for a great price and I also got to help someone else save money and get their loved one a great gift for a great price too and that is what life is all about my friends.

Small Acts:

No matter how small we think an act of kindness may be, we need to realize that what we might take for granted or what it is that we might think of as small and meaningless, others think of it as something amazing, something to be valued, something to be exceedingly grateful for, something that we shouldn’t take for granted, because what we think of as something we deserve and should have, others actually don’t have it and they can only with for what we have.

The next time you think that you can’t make a difference in someones life because the difference may be too small don’t be so foolish, don’t you allow yourself to be caught up in that type of thinking because you would be wrong, the reason for that is because God cares greatly about all the impacts we might have on someone big or small and I still like to believe that no matter how dark this world may seem, there are still those out there who also care about all acts of kindness, no matter how big or small they may be.

Because it means something to them, it shows that there are still people in this world that cares about others and not only themselves, it shows that there are still people who realize that even though they can’t use something or even though something isn’t right for them, maybe it is possible that it may be right for someone else and instead of throwing away what they can’t use they give it to the person that can.

That’s what it shows.

In Conclusion:

My friends, don’t be fooled, there are still many out there who are kind and just because we think that we are the only good people left out there in this world doesn’t make it true. Just because we are lied to constantly and even though it seems as if the world is full of crooks and even if it is for the most part that definitely does not mean that there isn’t room for something far greater than any of our minds can ever imagine, it doesn’t mean that there isn’t somebody out there who actually wants to help others, someone who actually puts others first, someone who is honest, kind and loyal.

It just means that those people are harder to find, like I have said once before, just because something is hard to do or even if it is hard to believe it does not mean that it is impossible and it does not mean that it isn’t out there, we have to be willing to find it and we have to be willing to look for what we want to find in this world and in many other cases we actually have to be willing to literally BE WHAT we want in this world because there isn’t any greater way of making a difference then by being one.

Thank you for reading today’s post and I hope it inspired you in someway to keep being hopeful in the betterment of humanity that all isn’t lost and I hope that it encouraged you to go out and be a better brighter light and person for Christ as well, may you continuously be uplifted in his name all of the days of your life and until I write again.

SHALOM –

Hate – Fluff & The Bible

May
26

Life is like a chocolate cream filled Donut, if you cut it open in half, it can then be divided into two sides. Each side being what man considers to be right and wrong. However, it appears that there is still the cream to be dealt with. What is the cream? The cream is the truth, and the truth will forever abide.

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The Bible can be used for many things, comfort, peace, joy, relief. Something to help you cope with life or something to help you merely get by when things aren’t going the way you planned. You can use it to beat people down, or use it to raise them up. It can be used to fool people and it can be used to hurt people. Sometimes that hurt can be intentional, other times it isn’t completely intentional or it may not even be intentional at all. The Bible can make people cry tears of pain or laugh, laughs of mockery. Or it can make them cry tears of joy and sorrow for Christ’s death and laugh laughs of bubbling joy that only comes from the Spirit of God.

The Bible can be dangerous to the soul when interpreted the wrong way or it can be wondrous to the soul when spoken in it’s full truth. It can either be used to hate everything and everyone to hell, or love everything and everyone to hell. Or it can be used to love people with true love, with truth and boldness for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Ultimately, the choice is left up entirely to us. Whether we decide to make the right one is another story. Let us not forget, the side of truth will always reign most high above all else. So let us stand for truth, let us teach truth and let us defend TRUTH.

There Is An Equal Balance –

I am constantly telling everyone I know that there IS an equal balance to the scriptures. You see, most Christian’s today either want to be so strict that they almost choke themselves off from God and others with rules, or they are so filled with a wishy washy lovey dubby love that they fall into the trap of using ‘grace’ as an excuse to sin. And neither of those are good ways to lead a walk with God, The Almighty. I see so much HATE today, whether it’s angry Christian’s or angry gay’s or angry atheists it does not make no difference. Hate is hate. If the Christian’s hold up a sign saying that “God Hates Gay People” then the atheists and gays are most likely to retaliate with an even bigger sign saying that “God Hate’s Signs” or “F*** this guy.”

But don’t get me wrong, the tables can turn and the events can go both ways. Gays and atheists can hold up their signs of hate to Christian’s and Christian’s have been known to retaliate right back in the same hateful ways, which in turn continues to feed into a never ending cycle of ‘fueling fire with fire.’ When will it end? Is it at all possible that we could BOTH just once stop trying to solve our problems with HATE and instead in turn try and actually LISTEN to one another? Will we agree? Probably not, but what is the point of hating? Where is that getting us? But let us not confuse HATE with TRUTH or strong held beliefs.

The Bible Speaks Truth –

As a Christian, I believe every single word of the bible. I will admit that there are many things I have yet to understand and many more things that I may never understand in this life, however. That is just fine. You know why? Not once in the scripture did Christ tell me that I MUST understand everything, rather he said this.

Scripture Verse:

And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. – Mark 16:31 KJV

(I got that from one of Rev. Billy Graham’s old sermons.) A very smart and anointed man he is, and his son is stepping into his line of work just fine. Many times he is criticized for spewing ‘hate’ when in reality all he is doing is professing his faith, now what exactly is it any good to the world for a ‘Christian’ to not believe what he says he believes? Or even better, for a ‘Christian’ not to actually go out and ‘PRACTICE’ what he preaches. I mean, isn’t this the cause of us getting so harshly judged for by the left, is us not being ‘Christian’ enough? Yet, for whatever reason. When we actually DO show our faith, the liberal media and angry atheist’s just go into a wild frenzy making accusations of us ‘spewing hate’.

Scripture Verse:

Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth? – Galatians 4:16 KJV

Well, I guess I am. And I would much rather be the enemy of MAN than be the enemy of an all powerful, all knowing and all seeing Almighty God. There are those among us in the church world today that do not believe we should call out sin in the church or in the world when we see it. They tell us that is not biblical, it’s judgmental. “You can’t judge other people’s convictions. We have ALL sinned and all have fallen short.” Yes, yes we have. However, we are meant to be free now. I have no problem with people falling in their walk with Christ ‘occasionally’ (meaning rarely) we are all prone to that, it is our human nature. However, our human nature is NO excuse to continue on in a willful sin. Just as Grace is no excuse either.

In Conclusion:

The lesson to be learned is this, be very wise in how you use your bible. Because there is only one right way to use it, but many wrong ways. And it can be so easy to use his word as an excuse and even easier to use it to hurt people. Using it as an excuse to sin is just as bad or worse than those who use it to torment people and crucify others and judge them in an unrighteous fashion. What may seem right can many times be wrong and what may seem wrong can be wrong.

However, there is indeed an equal balance to the scripture. We must not love or beat others to hell, and we cannot speak so softly that our words are misunderstood or so loudly that we scare everyone away. Rather we need to present his word and his truth with utmost sincerity, utmost love and utmost dedication to the cause of holiness and truth. Because even though the bible can be used for many things, it’s one true purpose is to guide people, to teach people.

To lead them to the truth of salvation and holiness, to lead them to God. Christ. I hope you enjoyed today’s blog post and until next time let me wish you a blessed day.

SHALOM –

Remember The Fallen

May
25

Do you enjoy waking up late in the morning in the safety of your own home? Do you like being able to go to work and make your own way without fear of being blown up by some radical terrorists? Do you like going to the grocery store and buying your own food? Do you like sitting in your living room watching your favorite television shows at night after a hard days work?

11355487_1146998005325713_1324618710_nDo you take comfort in the fact that people aren’t beheaded in the middle of the streets? Gays aren’t slaughtered for being gay and people aren’t martyred in public for their faith? If you enjoy all of these freedoms, liberties, rights, privileges. Whatever you wish to call them, if you enjoy the benefits of freedom, know this. It does not come without a cost, this past weekend and today many American Families may be gathered around their barbecue grills. Enjoying a nice meal of smoked Ribs, Burgers, fries, Potato Salad, Macaroni Salad, the works.

But in our peaceful little world, do we really look at this time as anything more than a day off to “have fun” “live life” eat and pig out? Or do we really recognize its true meaning? While there are most certainly many scum out there that may ‘call’ themselves ‘proud’ ‘American’s’ they are nothing more then a disgrace to the beloved Stars and Stripes that we hold dear. However, I do believe that there is more to America then burgers, fries, baseball and Apple pie. I have to believe that, because if I don’t, then what else is there left to believe in? I have to believe that there are far more out there honoring those fallen soldiers that gave up their lives for us so we could live freely, then those who aren’t.

Some Gave All –

We too often forget while living in the safety of our American pie homes, there’s someone that fought and died so that we could be safe. So that our families could live happy and carefree. Not having to worry about invasion or war. Death or slavery. Not having to live in constant fear of being stripped of everything they own. Just freedom, pure sweet freedom. However, I propose something to you today, my friends. If you really want to honor the brave men and women that died defending our country, how about you quit sitting quiet idly by while the Government keeps taking away all of our rights and freedoms that they died for?

Here’s a thought, what if we stand up? Get informed, get equipped and go out to take this country back, get it back to grass roots values of, Freedom, Justice. Love of Country, and a cold harsh bitter hatred of Communism, Socialism and Marxism.

Let’s get our nation back to a land of the free. Why? Because of the brave. They were brave enough to die fighting a bloody war over seas, more then once when we called on them, they were there. Is it not the least that we can do to fight here, on our very own American soil? For America? For the cause of Liberty? Is it not? I dare say it isn’t. It’s the least we can do, to take care of what God has given us by the fallen soldiers who died so bravely for this land, and to not allow it to fall into communistic hands.

In Conclusion:

To them we owe it all, yet, there is not much we could give that would account for the cost of their precious life. But we could honor them more then we do. We could teach younger adults to be more respectful to them then they are, we could teach America to love itself again, because. By golly, it seems to me that all the far left wants to do is demonize us. And sure, we’ve made our fair share of mistakes before in the past, and we still aren’t perfect. But bless God, I still love America. There will always be a reason to love America, even when America is not what it once was. If not for the way this country once stood strong as a city on a hill for all the world, at least let it be for the brave fallen soldiers that loved America so much, they died fighting to keep her free.

The flag I fly today in my front yard, it does not fly because the wind moves past it. The American flag flys from the last breath of each military member who has died serving

SHALOM

The True Meaning Of Friendship

May
22

Today I would like to talk to you about something that is most important in our world well thirdly to God and family that is even though sometimes friends can be even more valuable and more family than your own family nevertheless we all live in a world where we must have contact with those around us.

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Whether it’s in the form of a high five a hug, a slap on the back to issue you a job well done or a shake of the hand as an introduction no matter what the reason, it is critical to our way of human life that we in some way shape or form have some type of contact and relationship with every other human being. It is just  how God designed us, he didn’t create us so that we would have to strive through this world alone, each human is their own person with their own individual characteristics, their own personalities that makes them, them.

Characteristics that makes them who they are, their own special talents and creativity that makes them unique and one of a kind each of us has that same type of uniqueness about us their maybe people who resemble one another in appearance and have similar personalities but the fact is we are not all the same in anyway sure we are all part of the human race but we all have so much to offer to this world in a very magnificent way and one of the most amazing most valuable most precious and priceless things that we have to offer the people of this world is our friendship, our kindness, our love, our joy.

In my case of being a Christian it is the true love of Christ we find out the hard way in this life there’s so many times people can be cruel they can be heartless cold and just plain evil sometimes but then someone comes along or something small just happens maybe a short encounter with a stranger in the grocery store at checkout, or with an employee at the produce section, or perhaps while waiting at the doctors office.

It doesn’t matter where you are I guarantee you that somewhere there is someone out there is truly trying their best to be the best kind of person they can.

Goodness In Humanity –

The best kind of son Dad, Brother, Uncle and friend that they can be they go above and beyond the average person’s limit of kindness care and love and I say that because today, people are overall more consumed with materialistic things, rather than people and they seem to care more about where they are going then those that they pass by on the way to where they are going, it’s become a world that is indulged in their own self, “Me, Me, Me! I, I, I – Forget about you, you go survive on your own.”

People have forgotten about the value of friendship and the most important true meaning of friendship. Friendship most times is just something where people are used as a tool to get what they want out of a person, they pretend to be your friend while waiting in the bushes prowling after you, your family and everything you might have. Waiting for the perfect moment to strike.

Sometimes they take advantage of your generosity or your kindness, your love, your care and sincerity.

Just to get what they want and then they drop you like a poisonous snake sometimes even taking you to the ground not even slowing up one bit when you are finally down or perhaps the fake friendship can go both ways, perhaps you’re both using each other to get something that you want without even realizing it.

The way of people has changed over the course of time this world along with morals and ethics are continuing to deteriorate at an increasing speed more and more each day, friendship used to mean something to people, a man’s word meant something to him, the way you would be looked upon and  the way you were treated in a community or your public status was based completely on whether you kept your word or not.

It Makes A Difference –

Some people still hold that same standard to this day, but not many. I have heard people tell me that it doesn’t make a single difference if we in someway try to be a better person in this life, they always end up repeating the same excuses:

“What difference does it make? Why should i keep my word? No one else does, everybody lies, everybody forgets, everybody makes mistakes!”

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Those lines, those excuses are merely nothing but useless words coming out of the mouths of lying lazy careless people, that apparently do not worry about the feelings of others or how they appear to society.

Though any decent human should have enough common sense and morality to stand by his word especially if you represent Jesus Christ. Because I wonder how it must look to an outsider when a man ‘claiming’ to be in Christ continuously lies to them? And it is lying.

Because when you tell someone you’re going to be somewhere at a certain time or you are to do something at a certain time and then blow them off or something without even telling them or giving them so much as a warning that you’re not going to be there that is an outright lie and if you claim to be in Christ will doing these things you need to reconsider your salvation.

Because these are not the ways of Christ true friendship is something that is taken very seriously between people it’s something that they cherish, they honor one another with honest, truth, care, love, kindness and genuine sincerity. They cry, they laugh, they smile, and they frown. They fight, they pray, they help others, they help each other, they realize that separate they may be weak but together they are strong and can accomplish anything.

They realize that together by being themselves they can make a difference in this world by showing everyone what true friendship means what keeping one’s word means what it means to be an honest hard-working caring loving considerate person in this world friendship is being a shoulder for one to cry friendship is taking that midnight call friendship is picking up those who fall being there and loving at all times.

The scripture tells us that a friend loves at all times and a brother is born for adversity, to stick through with your friend in good times and bad, rejoicing with them and weeping with them the bible tells us that there is a friend that sticks closer than a brother, we must all work our hardest to be that type of friend because what this world needs is human contact it needs love true love the love of Jesus Christ.

In Conclusion:

My fellow Americans my dear brothers and sisters in Christ my friends wherever you may be you may be the only Christ that the criminal may see and know you may be the only hope of them ever coming to know them you may be the only reason they are still here because of how you live your life it gives them hope for the rest of humanity.

We must never live our lives by the actions of others we must live our lives for us we must be who we are supposed to be regardless of what anyone else is doing. Don’t be the one who blends in with the crowd the one that joins in on the teasing of that poor boy, or that poor girl who starves herself, be the one who stands out and stands up be the person that reaches out and says.

“I love you and I’m sorry for how you’ve been treated, I’m sorry I didn’t step in sooner.”

Be the one that fights evil with a passion for life and  stand up against bullying, don’t let yourself be fooled into becoming like the rest because you’re better than that. You are you are different, you are special and you can make this world a better place if you try to but it’s up to you and you alone It doesn’t matter if you never run across another person in this world that believes like you, that cares for people like you, that’s honest like you that’s real like you, what matters is that you are who you are supposed to be, what matters is that you do the right thing.

My friend it is our individual choices the way WE live OUR lives that MAKE the DIFFERENCE, not what anybody else does, if others choose to follow the path of good and honest truth that is great but whether one or 1 million decide let it make no difference to you, be you and be true

Be the kind of friend that sticks closer than a brother the kind of friend that is loving and true know matter what.

Until next time…

SHALOM –

Trust God – Truck On

May
21

In life, we find out slowly and painfully how easy it is for others to manipulate. Whether it is us or someone else, it does not seem to be of any significance. They will still manipulate and use whoever it is that they can for their own selfish purpose. But it leaves us to ask a simple, yet profound question. Why? Why would anyone so carelessly and intentionally hurt someone that they SAY they care about?

Semi truck barreling down highwayI do not have the full answer to that question. I have many opinions as to why some people may act that way, but in different situations it is hard to tell. There may be incidents where people gain great joy and pleasure from gaining ones trust and then crushing them into the ground with it, ever so harshly. As if they never had a care at all for said person. If you really think about it, maybe they really didn’t at all. Perhaps they just pretended to be your friend for as long as they need to until they got you to give them exactly what it was they needed from you. Or maybe they did care, but somewhere along the way, they became lost. Lost to the person that they once were in the past, because of greed or pride or whatever. Does it really make a difference?

Either way it still stings terribly in the end doesn’t it? So why do we so foolishly keep extending ourselves out to people? Or why do we continue reaching out to the same people over and over again? When they have proven themselves multiple times in the past to be as untrustworthy as a person can be. I have to say it is our sincere goodness. Darn our God-given emotions of, trust, kindness, love, care and compassion. Why do we have to be this way? Why can’t we ever just walk away? Oh, do not fret my dear friends. There will most definitely be a time when you will walk away completely. And those that have broken your trust time and time again will be sorry that they ever did. They will miss you, they will want you back. But you won’t be there.

Trust HIM –

Throughout my life, I have watched my grandparents do everything for others. They have dropped whatever they were doing so they could go help one of their friends or family. And when the time came for them to need that same assistance, most every single time, our friends and family proved to be untrustworthy. Leaving my grandparents to get burned after doing the best for those around them. It really just doesn’t seem fair most of the time. I would often find myself questioning why I would ever want to live a life of honest and trustworthiness. When all it seems to do is get life to throw a hot pile of coal back in your face that burns like nothing you might of ever experienced before.

I’ve seen my grandparents give possessions and vehicles to friends and family when they needed it, without ever even asking them to give as much as a down payment. In all fairness. For my mom, their brothers and sisters and friends. I don’t think that they could have done any better then they have. I don’t believe that there is much they could have done differently. My grandpa has provided friends in his life with his utmost assistance, whether that be friends he’d only known a few years. Or friends that he had known for more than a decade from back when he was a trucker. Honesty, loyalty, integrity, trustworthiness, kindness, love, genuine care. Never letting your word become something bad, because your word is your bond. That is trusting God.

In Conclusion:

Trusting in God is all we can do these days. People aren’t nearly as trustworthy as they once were, and that says a lot considering that even back then. People weren’t as trustworthy as we might of thought. I believe they were more afraid of what people might do to one of them if they’d ever dare cross anyone. They were tough back then, they lived by a code. A code that not many today want to live by, because for some reason. They think it’s stupid or pointless. Wondering who it was that made up all these stupid rules about living a life with honor and dignity. I would like to believe that it was God, and I would also like to believe that all these valuable ethics still do apply in our life. WE have just forgotten how to use them.

Nevertheless, if something can be forgotten. Then it can easily be remembered or relearned. So let’s go out into this dark world while making a difference wherever it is that we may go. Let’s show everyone just how good people can still be no matter how hopeless it all may seem. Show them that there is hope for the world and show them that you are that hope. Truck on my friends, just keep right on trucking and trusting in God, he will definitely see you through.

Until next time…

SHALOM –

Dare Be a Disciple?

May
20

Greetings, as a servant of the Lord Jesus Christ, I’ve noticed that it cost me my family, friends, and much more.  When you become a true disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ, you will start to notice division among your family. Well, they will pretty much isolate themselves from you who is in Christ. It can feel like a lonely walk in your walk with God, but we must always remember that the Lord is with us.

11272287_10204027599719144_1004291362_nJohn 16:32 says 32 Behold, the hour cometh, yea, is now come, that ye shall be scattered, every man to his own, and shall leave me alone: and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me. So, what exactly do I mean that it can be a lonely walk when your walking with God? Well, it is when members of your own household like your mother, earthly father, cousins, aunts, uncles hate you because you decided to follow Jesus. I have experienced isolation from my own family that I used to be close with. It has been hard for me because I’ve always been a family type of person, always being in fellowship with my family. And though it may be hard for me, it is so worth it. The best decision I ever made in my entire my life was starting a true relationship with Jesus Christ.

Jesus said in Matthew 10:34-39

34 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.

35 For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.

36 And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household.

37 He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.

38 And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.

39 He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.

When you carry your cross it signifies admitting His right over your life. As you give up your life to Jesus, you will find true life in return. As a true follower of the Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth, one should not love their family more than the Lord. Furthermore, another example of how a lonely walk can be as a Christian is when you can’t find anyone to fellowship with who has the same interests as you do when you are in Christ. Or some people might see you as a lunatic or too religious. I know I am not the only one who desires to fellowship with those who are on fire for God. As born-again in Jesus, you see the world in a different perspective. For example, When you’re new in Christ, you dislike the wicked things this world has to offer. As your led by the Holy Spirit, you start to feel as a foreigner in a strange land because you know your citizenship is in heaven! Our true home is where our Abba Father lives!

So when your family stops talking to you, and ignores you as if you didn’t exist anymore just remember what Jesus said in John 15:18-19 If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. I rather choose Jesus over my family a million times because He is worth it! At the end, we will be rewarded for enduring until the end! So continue to walk strong in the Lord! I hope this blog post blessed you in some way in reminding you that you’re not alone.

For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works. –  Matthew 16:27

Sister in Christ –

Emily Roll

 

 

Needs VS Wants

May
19

In this modern world we happen to live in a society where our ‘wants’ far exceed our actual needs and this can very quickly become a bad habit for us to continue on in, you see, the reality is that we don’t ‘need’ half or even more than half of what we actually have, do some of us deserve it? Probably, there are those who work hard for what they have and they deserve what they have and even maybe more than that.

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But, is it really necessary? Some of us may jump too quickly and say ‘YES!’ okay, let’s just have a look at all the technology that exists among us today, the following includes, phones, computers, video games cellphones, television sets, the internet, tablets, fablets or phablets, flabby flabster flab-phones or whatever they are called along with bluetooth, youtube, facebook, twitter, blogging, posting, sharing, liking, commenting and tweeting and texting oh my! Is any of it really a necessity?

Perhaps, maybe some of this is something that makes our lives ten times better than it was back, say 40 something years ago, WOW, I’m not even that old and I can’t believe that the first personal computer was created by Steve Jobs and his friends on April 1st 1976 (nearly 40 years ago!) Isn’t that just amazing how something so insane to people back then can seem like such a necessity to people today?

People laughed at the thought of other people spending any time at all on their own computers, well – THANK GOD that Steve Jobs was crazy enough to make the deals that he did to bring us our very own home computers.

Though I guess that I still haven’t answered the question now have I? Is it all really necessary for our survival? I have to say that yes and no –  it is and it isn’t. My reasoning for that is because most of those I call ‘friends’ (who really are my friends) are online and sometimes I feel like if I was ever stripped of my internet privileges that it would be as if someone killed everyone that I know, but then I realize that is just plain ridiculous, they would still be alive and I would just have to talk to them less than I was used to.

What We Need & What We Want –

Many times we can lose sight of the things most important that we really need in our lives, we need to make sure that we are loving those that are around us and we need to make sure that we are appreciating the smallest of blessings that might come our way, we need to make as sure as possible that we don’t take anything for granted. We might look at something as simple as a light bulb and take no consideration for it at all or we may have a little bit of food leftover on our plates and think that we can’t finish it so we carelessly throw it away without even giving it one ounce of thought or consideration.

Why? There are people out there that live in the dark, with no electricity, no food, no water, no way to bathe themselves no way whatsoever to keep themselves warm in the winter or cool in the summer. Yet we complain about not having a strong enough cell reception, or we might even complain about having ‘too much’ food, or we complain about bad internet, not even thinking about the fact that we have a bed, a roof over our heads, a blanket, shoes, clothes, a way to bath, plenty of food, water and a way to keep warm in the winter and cool in the summer, even if it is just a small space heater and box fan it’s more that what some people might have.

If we ever stop thinking for one single minute about what it is that we want and start looking around at what we have, then we would soon learn that in our dilemma of bad cell reception, and in our temper tantrums of begging for more and more, we might realize that we have more than we ever needed to begin with. We have more than most and quite frankly that should be enough, however in this world as it is today we know that it never is and sadly this probably won’t be changing anytime soon.

But that doesn’t mean there aren’t still humble, hardworking, deserving people out there.

In Conclusion:

Today’s post was not intended in any way to speak to those who actually are going through any kind of rough time, well it is and it isn’t, if you do not have the simplest of needs then don’t feel as though this post is talking to you, this post is talking to those of you who have far more than is needed and it is my hope to bring you to the realization of that, not to hurt anyone in anyway or to make anyone feel bad about the current way of life they are in.

If you happen to be having a really rough time and maybe even losing faith and hope in God because of the intensity of whatever trial it is that you are going through, then let me offer you some uplifting words of wisdom from Annie Camden:

“Sometimes if your need is great enough and your want is small enough, it shall appear. – 7th Heaven Annie Camden

OK, I am sure that I quoted her on here once before and that’s alright because the post was a long time ago and it wasn’t even related my topic of today’s post. Always remember that when you are in such a great need of help, if you keep your faith strong in God and praise him in what is the worst of storms then he will help you through and he will bless you beyond your wildest imaginations, he is absolutely capable to perform in whatever way he chooses ‘miracles’, miracles that exceed our capacity of understanding all together.

And when our need just so happens to be at it’s highest peak, while our want is at it’s all time low, God will be higher than all and he will reign above with great power and mercy and he will prevail through the darkness and shine light on our struggles and he will lead us out of the trials to victory!

Until next time…

SHALOM –

It’s A Flip Flop Life!

May
18

Wake up this morning feeling as though nothing will go your way? Your hair isn’t the way you hoped it would be, you burnt the toast or you flopped the pancake, maybe you even caught something on fire, It seems that everywhere you turn, everything just flip flops out of control. Now isn’t that something? In life we will have to endure flip flops, what outcome we choose to make of them is left up to us.

beach_grayscale_monochrome_par_2560x1600_The other day I was planning this wonderful dinner for my family, I had it all envisioned in my head, cheeseburgers and fried potatoes – does that not sound so yummy? Well, it ‘DID’. I like to blanch the potatoes in hot boiling water (usually oil but you can use water and it is all I had so it’s what I used) for about 10 minutes or less, well I had got distracted with making the burger patties, which by the way I had to add some black beans to the ground beef because I only had a little less than one whole pound of hamburger beef, as I started to pat them out I noticed they weren’t holding together too well. It seemed as though I had added one too many eggs, (oh bother, little did I know though, that, that was the least of my problems.)

When I went back to check on the potatoes I found that they had been blanched for far too long, at first I will admit that I started to let myself panic, and then I stopped myself. I quickly began thinking of what I could make out of these potatoes that would go well on the side of Hamburgers that I had just cooked, mashed potatoes? No, that wouldn’t work, mashed potatoes don’t go well with a meal like cheeseburgers, not in my book. Aha! It came to me like lightening in the midst of a storm, as if a light-bulb had just lit up on top of my head like in those old cartoons that I used to watch. Potato salad! I can make potato salad!

When Life Gives You…

The old saying goes:

“When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.”

My dear friends, in my case it was: when life gives you overly blanched potatoes, make potato salad, don’t let the flip flop become an inconvenience in your life. Make something beautiful out of it, in my case it was a great big ole’ delicious bowl of potato salad, in your case maybe it will be a chocolate cake instead of brownies, or cookies, or scrambled eggs instead of fried, either way you are still blessed to have what food you have to prepare any dish you like with, so don’t let the flip flop life get to you, flip flop it right back into something absolutely ‘FANTASTIC’ (as THE Doctor would say.)

Notice that though I became slightly panicked, I did not allow the over cooked food to spoil the rest of my meal, I went right on making dinner for my family with joy and I ate that potato salad right up, it was muy delicioso! (Psst. It’s my favorite.) So you see, I took what seemed as if it had ruined our meal for good and turned it around around, I flipped a flip flop life incident and come to think of it, I am glad that I did. (Because like I said above, I ‘REALLY’ love potato salad.)

In Conclusion:

There will be times when our life will flip and it will flop, we may wake up and everything will be flipping all around us and flopping all over us, but nevertheless, no matter how flip flopped things may seem. We can make it, “YES WE CAN” (In the words of our greatly adored, most high and mighty king, Barack ‘Hussein’ Obama, did I mention ‘HUSSEIN’? Ah forget that though, back to the blog post, shall we?)

Scripture Verse:

“We can do all things through Christ who gives us strength.” – Philippians 4:13 (Paraphrased)

(Wonder if good ole’ Barack read that verse before his campaign? Hmmm… Moving on.)

Indeed my fellow brethren, the reason we can is because we know that God is with us, and if our God is for us then who can be against us right? While today’s post might have been much shorter than usual, as I have said many times before, ‘Quality’ is far better than ‘quantity’ any day, in my opinion. With that said, I will bid y’all (you all) a farewell, well, a good evening, a good night, a good day – perhaps a ta-ta? Eh, whatever, until next time my friends.

SHALOM –

I Choose LOVE

May
15

Over the years I have been told that I have much reason to be a bitter, angry, no good for nothing out of control, wildly insane person that hates life and that hates everything and everyone in life but I have decided that I will not let my trials and hardships break me, nor will I ever let them shake me, they can and will not bend me nor will they crush me, however I will allow them to make me everything that I need to be and I will choose something better than hate.

blue-abstract-background-3439-hd-wallpapersI will choose love, even though there are times that socking someones brains out feels just right for the job I have to remind myself that in this life I have not made it this far to beat the living daylights out of a person that may very well deserve, no matter what comes my way I am determined to react in love and it may seem from time to time that I am bitter or angry. To those who have hurt me and caused me pain that is, and that’s absolutely fine but it’s also about as false as a counterfeit 100 dollar bill, because I love everyone and everything, I have a great love in my heart for those that are lost, for my friends, for those that pass away that I don’t even know, I have a great love and sorrow for them.

And If it seems that I’m bitter or angry in anyway then let me clarify what it is that I am actually feeling deep inside, I am feeling hurt, crushed, as if someone took me and tore me apart limb from limb, devastated, broken to pieces and outright shattered by some of the events that have gone on in the years gone by. I am terribly upset that something like this could ever happen again after I so willingly gave so much of my trust back again, however, no matter how bad it gets, I will let the devil know this, I REFUSE to get angry, I REFUSE to hate, I REFUSE to be consumed by bitterness and I REFUSE to let it break me, it will make me.

Be Better Not Bitter –

It’s not easy, it’s hard actually. But I will continue to do what I have always done, emotionally I will continue to make the best of it and I will continue to be the better person instead of the ‘bitter’ person, because it’s easy to be bitter, anyone can be filled with hate and anger, but it’s hard to be kind and loving even if you feel as though you can’t possibly be kind to one more person – it’s hard. Yet so right, nothing right ever comes easy, the good things are always gonna be a little bit harder or even much harder, because the good path is that much harder to come by.

People wonder why it’s so hard to be good, why life is a living hell for the Christian, one way I like to look at that is because it’s a lot harder to find an honest person then it is to find a lying no good for nothing scumbag, that liar is no threat to the enemy, but an honest Christian with a bright light for Christ. You my friend, you’re a threat. As long as you’re telling the truth and worshiping him with everything in you, fully committed to his word, his truth and his way, for as long as you do this you will constantly face attacks from the enemy, you’ll be unhappy from time to time, miserable even, you might even grow some hate in your spirit. Hate for your job, hate for your life in general, maybe even hate for people around you, but be not overcome with evil – overcome evil with good my dear brethren.

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against powers, against principalities, against spiritual wickedness in high places, so don’t hate the person in your life that is causing you pain and turmoil. Don’t even hate your job, don’t even hate the enemy, don’t let yourself be filled with hate in any kind of way at all, instead choose to be better, choose love.

In Conclusion:

Love is far more powerful than hate or anger ever could be, love can bring down hate, love can destroy the enemy in mere seconds, as matter of fact that is exactly what ‘LOVE’ did on the cross when Jesus shed his blood for us, love took us away from satan, we were hell bound, we were nearly there when out of nowhere the most miraculous event in all of history occurs. God himself in human form DIES for our sins so that we might be saved and so that we might be forgiven if we would only accept him as our Lord and savior, if we would only believe upon him, if we would only believe that he loved us so much that he was willing to die for us in such a horrific way.

If only.. Choose love today my friends, no matter how heartbroken or hurt it is that you may be and no matter how angry you are starting to feel about how it is that someone could harm you so badly, especially someone you loved dearly. No matter how bad the pain, choose to love, because choosing to love will help you move on quicker, it won’t be easy, but it won’t be impossible. Thanks for joining me today and I hope that you leave greatly encouraged in all your spirit, and I hope you be uplifted as well.

Until next time…

SHALOM –

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