Nathan Tune

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

Where Is God?

Dec
02

Interesting question right? Now, I’m sure many of you might of taken to that a different way.

Where-is-God-HDBut fear not, just listen…

Because I know for a fact that there are many out there who genuinely ask that question every single waken moment, with all the blood, the guts and absolute most wicked vile events taking place in our every day life. How can you NOT ask yourself that very simple question,

“WHERE IS GOD?”

For some believers it’s hard to understand that sometimes.

Now, just imagine how much harder it is for someone that DOESN’T believe, Eh. Catching on yet my friends? Imagine how much more difficult it is for someone who has never ever in their lives experienced God’s love, his grace, his compassion and his light. Imagine how much more impossible it is for them to see the good in today’s world. To see HIM in anything.

The fact of the matter is, it all goes back to “Free Will” man is just evil, wicked and vile in nature. Now, we can either choose to live a sinful life of hatred, murder, crime and filth.

OR – How About:

We choose hope, we can choose to live a life filled with God’s love, his hope, his kindness, his mercy, his never ending sufficient grace. Yes, we can indeed make the world a better place all on our own, I’ve said this many times. But we have simply got to stop worrying about what everyone around us IS doing and start to ask ourself “What are we NOT doing?”

What is it that I have left out in my every day life that could better this world? What is it that I could do today to make someones life a bit less stressful? Could I give them some money? Buy them some food to eat? Give them a nice warm coat this winter? Put them up in an apartment to help them get back on their feet? Give them a family for the holidays? What if I don’t have money though, then what can I possibly do? Can I do anything at all then?

The answer my brothers and sisters is YES, YES WE CAN!

We can smile, we can offer a listening ear, a shoulder for them to cry on, a heart to give them love, a message of hope from their maker above.

A simple “Hello, how are you?” will do just fine. It’s not about the quantity of who we help that matters, it’s about the “quality” of our help to them that matters. It doesn’t always come in gold, green, silver or fancy cars and millions of dollars.

Sometimes the greatest gifts and the smallest acts of kindness can mean so much more to someone than any of those things, all it takes is US reaching out to a dying destitute world that is asking “WHERE IS GOD?”

So, I guess the answer to that question would be this, my friends…

God is right there within you, If you are a Christian today, asking yourself where God is in all this mess, just look in the mirror,  he’s supposed to be dwelling within YOU. YOU are his hands and feet, YOU are the one who can make a difference if YOU just will. That’s where God is, he’s inside of YOU and me, and the rest of those that follow him.

To those who don’t believe in God and for an unfortunate reason don’t see God in his proclaimed followers, do me a favor. Please, KEEP looking. SEEK and you WILL find him.

He’s right there my beloved friend, he’s reaching out to you in more ways then one but because you are so resistant to him you are purposely blinding yourself from him and he wants you to see him, but you choose not to look for him.

Do please choose today to start looking again, if you’ve somehow stumbled upon this blog and my website, I hope that you can see God in me and the words I choose to share.

 

For God So Loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son that whosoever BELIEVETH In him should NOT perish, but have EVERLASTING LIFE. – John 3:16

 

That scripture stands true for you today my friend, he’s reaching out to you, don’t give up, it’s worth it; just keep trying.  God loves you my dear friend, and if you need to contact me personally, you can do so by clicking HERE.

May God be with you this moment, wherever you are. He loves you.

Until next time…

SHALOM –

Looking Beyond What You See…

Jan
09

Rafiki

Today, I would like to talk about looking deeper into the life that we live – such as life in general, or the place that you are today. I like talking a lot about my faith and the trials and tribulations that my faith has brought me through.

I’d like to discuss many things today, not just about my faith but more of why my faith is so strong, why I believe In God and why there isn’t a doubt in my mind that he exists.

 

Look Beyond What You See…” – Rafiki “The Lion King”

 

When you’re born in to a family like mine, you can’t help but to believe in God, not that any of his word has ever been crammed into my head by force – everyone when they’re little (almost everyone) has been to Sunday school and remembers hearing the teaching of his word. Well I myself have always had a belief in him since I was four years old. You’ve got to look beyond what you see, to unveil what you can’t see.

From a very young age, I have experienced many miracles throughout my life. I have felt his presence. I have even heard his soft yet strong voice. I’ve witnessed angels guarding me. You have heard me write about when I was four years old locked in the basement of this house that sets in St. Louis Missouri. I have wrote about witnessing the beatings my mom was given by the man she was married to. He was a preacher, went to church every Sunday, led everyone to believe he was an upstanding citizen like most men who beat on women do I guess, but there is also those that doesn’t surprise you as much.

 

Any of my readers ever watch Touched by an Angel? I’ve caught more than a few episodes of this show during my lifetime and the way that the angels appear to the people in the show is very unique as well. I don’t feel that the creators interpretation is entirely far-fetched.

Once, while sitting in the basement at four years old watching my mother getting beat, slammed into mattresses, and box springs I remember it appeared to be foggy as if there was smoke everywhere, like time had stopped and I remember sitting on this bench beside of me was this person glowing and that person told me to not be afraid. Never did that person identify itself – but their presence was definitely known, as was God’s. I like to call that person an Angel. I know it might sound a little bit crazy, but I remember it very clearly – and it was very real.

I recall the “Angel” returning to my rescue more than once during my time in St. Louis. My mom took this man back twice; the second time we almost didn’t make it out alive. Luckily, though, both my mom and I had a very faithful family and faithful friends. My grandma, my mom’s grandma, my family’s Pastor and his wife all sent up many prayers for us. There isn’t one doubt in my mind that those prayers didn’t help my mom and I make it out. God was watching out for us the entire way. My mom was punished for her actions, but that was her own fault. But because God is loving and merciful, he showed her the mercy of letting her get away from that man.

Well we’re just getting into the miracles that I’ve witnessed – and I was just FOUR! That was just the beginning! It wasn’t long after we were home there was only more trials and struggles for my family. My grandma had her mother sick to take care of, my grandpa sick to take care of, my mom sick to help take care of, my uncle, me and all the other work that takes place on a 20 acre farm. That most certainly was a test on my grandmother’s part but she was strong and faithful to God during those times. Another reason I believe so much, seeing everything she’s been able to withstand even before I was born.

People look at my family and they see where we are, but that’s all they choose to see. They don’t take the time to look beyond what they see. They don’t take the time to try and see where we’ve come from. Instead they just jump to being green with envy over the good that God has blessed us with. Yeah, we have blessings such as our 1988 40′ ft Prevost bus. They see that and think either we’re somebody, or that we’ve got some big money, God’s money and that we’re just using it up. But that would be a huge misunderstanding.

Our money comes from our own pockets. We’ve had people give us (small) donations here and there over the years, but we’ve never begged them to give us the money. We’ve never asked for money at all. God has always taken care of us. It often upsets me how quick people are to judge, but that’s only because they don’t know where we’ve come. Even still after they know, sometimes it still doesn’t change the way they look at us and I guess that’s just fine you can’t make people like you. But they can help to make you!

 

I’m still not finished, people! I’m still testifying. I’m still only about six years old now at this time. My faith was strong but somewhat weakened at that age because of losing my great grandpa on my grandpa’s side of the family. It hurt me a lot when he passed away and I became very angry with God for taking him away from me. Losing loved ones is still something I have difficulty dealing with and something I fear. But I have to keep reminding myself that grandparents, family and friends are only borrowed for a time. They are here to love us, be there for us and teach us many valuable lessons and then when it is their time, God takes them back. They are forever living in our hearts, though.

One of the things I learned from my great grandpa refers to his and my favorite scripture:

 

“This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” –  Psalms 118:24 K.J.V.

 

Whether it was cloudy or raining, sunny outside or not, my great grandpa would always get up and say:

 

“This is the day that the lord hath made, it’s good because Jesus’ is in it.”-  Franklin Tune

 

There again, it is about looking beyond what you see. With everything that’s gone on in my family’s life and everything that I’ve witnessed, my personal experience… everyone in my family ( including myself) shouldn’t be here today. We really shouldn’t be alive, but I believe God has spared my family and I for a reason and a purpose – a good reason and a good purpose.

My grandpa is a walking miracle. There isn’t a person in my family who hasn’t been fought to be alive, especially my grandma. The doctors tried to kill her at birth!  She’s a survivor, we’re all survivors. With all the glory and blessings he’s placed in my life, I can’t help but believe that God is real.

It’s simple really.

So my dear friends I ask that you do this, for the sake of yourself and the sake of others:

Take the time to LOOK BEYOND WHAT YOU SEE … whatever that may be.

Sincerely,

Daily Walks With GOD

Jan
06

Daily Walks With God

Yesterday  I talked about my new devotion with my best friend. Well, today I’d like to talk you about my recent reinstated devotion to God all on my own.

Last year in the month of October I started  walking – daily. Well, after writing about  praying with my best buddy I went outside about 2:30 in the afternoon and noticed that it was a lovely 48′ degrees out and the sun was shining brightly it was beautiful. I was filled with a rush of energy and decided I was ready to begin my daily walk again. Not only for my physical health but also for my spiritual health as well.

 

I like to call them my “Daily Walks With God” a mile each day to this little church where I have a short rest time and then I embark on my return to the ranch. The photo above is the lane that my route normally takes place. It is an experience that can be breath-taking walking down this little lane makes for much time to think about the things  going on in my life that is stress relieving for me. The smell of honey-suckle that intertwines through the barbwire fences, the scenery of pastures most of the grass is still green and filled with cattle. Funny how every time passing them they run up to me like wild, but if they only knew how much I enjoy a good hamburger!

 

“All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking.”
― Friedrich Nietzsche

 

This quote explains the perfect example of another plus in walking! I have many great thoughts while on my walks! As a matter of fact, the thought to write this blog post about my daily walks was while I was on my daily walk yesterday! So many things to think about, with every step goes yet another thought of doubt and worry. Only to be replaced by thoughts of belief and inspiration. Where does the “Walking With GOD” part come in?

I’ll tell you now. On my walks, I feel a sense of his presence with me. I mean, what better place to feel God than the great outdoors that he created? You can feel his spirit dwell in the great tall pines; you can feel it coming from the sun shining down on you; you can feel it from the water (we have a creek on our property); you can feel it from the soft yet sharp breeze of cold air. You can hear his voice speaking to you through the whispering pines, and you can hear it through the running water. It’s quite funny how many times I’ve either driven myself down this little road or been riding in the car going down this little road – but none of it even comes close to the experience of actually…

 

WALKING  IT  WITH GOD

Talking to him about the things going on, not in a manner of prayer but just having a real genuine conversation with him as if he were walking right beside. Because I most definitely believe that he is walking right there with me. He gives me the strength to continue my route and the energy to even begin it. Physically and spiritually while on my walks I am overflowing with an enormous amount of strength and energy from above, it fills me with great joy, peace, serenity and happiness.

 

Today I will be going on my walk for the second time this year. With the weather changing it had gotten harder on me to go – but with weather permitting I’m going to walk every chance I get! So if you’re in a difficult time of your life right now, why don’t you just step outside reach out for his hand and have a walk with God? He’ll be there to guide you through whatever situation you’re going through. Also, like I said, not only will it be healthy for you physically, but spiritually as well.  Now do you see how this ties in with my post from yesterday? They both have to do with taking the time out for God because he took the time out for you before you were even thought of. He loved you before he ever spoke you in to existence and he knew you were special before you ever were brought to this earth. He knows where you are going, who you are going to be, and what you are going to do. God has a plan for each us. Let’s take that walk with him while he shows us what that plan is.

 

I pray you are all blessed with a great day in Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

Sincerely,

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