DO YOU IMPART WISDOM? OR PASS JUDGMENT?

This is primarily for us older ladies…hopefully mature in the ways of the Lord.

The older I get, the more I realize that I make snap judgments on folks when we first meet.   I think most older folks do this without knowing.  Then when it is brought to our attention, we say we are just eccentric.

I find myself doing this a lot lately.  I do it…and I must admit, I really hate this flaw I have!

The other day, my mind was “evaluating” someone in a harsh way and I heard God say, “Do you recall the verses in Titus 2:3-5?  Let Me refresh your memory….  They say, ‘… teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.’  That is what I want from you…to be a teacher…not a judge!”

That was quite a reprimand!  But yes…I had it coming!

I have lived my life and am now in my 60’s.  So why can’t I make allowances for younger folks that have no experience?  Why do I berate their actions, and make little room for forgiveness and understanding?   It’s very unfair of me to have this attitude, for when I was that age, I made the same mistakes and wanted folks to forgive me!  Yet, I can’t seem to find it in my heart to forgive them.  Lord, forgive me!

I have purposed in my heart to try to do better.  I want God to use me as a teacher…I no longer want to be a judge!

Today, God gave me an opportunity to give advice to a young person.  When we parted, she said, “I really appreciate your wisdom!”  I said with a chuckle…”No, I’m not wise…just experienced!  Your story and mine are very similar!”

Remember ladies…we are to be teachers and good examples to the younger women.  If we remember where and what we came from…we will be much kinder, and infinitely more helpful!

Anita

IT WORKS! TRY IT!

My great grand-daughter was in the hospital this past week with Kawasaki disease.  She had a severe rash all over her little body, swollen hands and feet..it was awful!  It was effecting her heart and liver….

But God….  He intervened!  Why?  Because there were many prayers going up to Him.  The Bible says in James 5:16, “… pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”

Now, I’m not trying to make it sound like those of us that prayed are perfect…but since we all have been washed in the blood of the Lamb, we ARE righteous before God Almighty.  When He hears us pray, and ask that His will be done in the name of His Son Jesus, He hears and answers for Jesus’ sake, and ours because we have trusted in His ONLY begotten Son!

Do you have an insurmountable problem?  If you KNOW Jesus as your Savior, you can make your petitions known unto God the Father, and He will hear, and answer your prayers!

Prayer works!  Try it!

Anita

DUMP THOSE OLD “FILES”! PUT ‘EM IN THE CLOUD!

Old paper files are now a thing of the past.  NOW, we put all our stuff in the cloud.

I don’t know about you…but I have an old file cabinet I need to get rid of!  ….  You know…it’s that one in the back of my mind!  I’m pretty sure everyone has one.

Mine is chock full of folders that are decades old.  They contain notes on how to get revenge…get even.  Yes…they all have names of the offenders as well.  They list all the hurts and wounds caused by these folks.  Demeaning words carelessly spoken in anger.  Abuse-both physical and verbal.  You name it…it’s there!

If hanging on to all of this ugly stuff isn’t bad enough…I tend to blame every new offender and hold them in account for past violations done to me!  I run to the cabinet and pull out all the old folders of past offenses; AND, I begin a new file with their name on it.

I drudge up all the ugly, and wallow in its dirt and mire.

Forgiveness never crosses my mind.

The room in which I harbor my file folders is too full to add one folder full of good memories.

I have wasted much of my life in this room…

Time to clean out the file cabinet!

Time to let the Holy Spirit shred the ugliness!

Time to give it to the “Cloud” (Heaven), and allow Jesus to replace it with forgiveness!

Anita

THE BIBLE: JUST ANOTHER BOOK TO BE READ?

Here’s another thought provoker from Lee!  Enjoy! -anita

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When was the last time you picked up your Bible and read it? Actually read it (not just skim through a passage) and then pondered what you just read and how it applies to your life?

 

The Bible, of course, is more than just a book; the Bible is God’s own words on virtually every topic that affects our lives! Which is what He intended in the first place. God oversaw the pens of some 40 men who wrote the Holy Scriptures. When Jesus spoke of the Apostles and their words, He said it was not them (the Apostles) speaking but “the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you.” [Mt 10:19-20]

 

I never cease to wonder that God, in His great plan for His creation, gave us His own words—His thoughts, His wisdom, His truth—to guide us in living day-to-day. Beyond sending us His own Son to live and die for us, He gave us insights into His own mind!

 

I came across an interesting phrase the other day: a writer (Dr. Burk Parsons) said, “When I read the Bible, it reads me….” I love to encounter unusual phrases like that which cause me to stop dead in my tracks and ask myself, “Whoa, now what does the writer mean by that?!” His point was that, when we take the time to open and read the Bible, the Holy Spirit convicts us, comforts us, humbles us, and assures us of important truths. Reading the Bible is not just a physical or mental exercise, it’s also an emotional, educational and spiritual endeavor.  Dr. Parsons also said, “Anyone who says the Bible is boring isn’t reading the Bible with a heart of faith….”

 

Lots of people own one or more Bibles—according to Relevant magazine, the Bible still is by far the most read book in the world with over 4 billion copies bought in the last 5 years alone. I have traveled extensively for work over the last several years. Every time I packed for a trip I felt compelled to put my Bible and study devotionals in my suitcase. I just wanted my Bible there with me, no matter where I was. But having a Bible in your possession isn’t the same as sitting down and reading it and thinking deeply about what it’s telling you.

 

Dr. Parson noted that people everywhere are constantly looking for a word from God. He says, “If we want a special word from God, we need only open the Bible and read it….” Think about it: the words of the Bible are not thoughts from some author like J.K. Rowling or James Michener, even as successful and widely read as both of those authors are. No, the words of Scripture are God’s words; God is speaking to you and me in the pages of the Bible. I find that wonderfully incredible. I hope you do, too!

-Lee Pierce

WE HAVE SO MUCH, THANKS TO THE LORD

Take a look at this from our own, Lee Pierce!  Good one brother! -anita

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Are there things you wish you had, but just can’t afford them? I’m not talking about far-fetched things. Like 10,000-square-foot houses or 120-foot yachts; I’m talking about maybe some basic things. A new dress, a newer car (to replace the one that’s falling apart), a new TV maybe… Things we wish we had.

Sometimes, when I’ve thought about something I wished I had, another thought comes to mind to put things in perspective: Most of us – even the poorer ones of us – have more than most of the people now populating earth. Further, we have more life luxuries than even the wealthiest of kings in ages past. Now, I’m pretty sure I know where – or from Whom – that thought comes. God is reminding me of how well He is providing for me and for my family! Just the other morning, as I was showering, it occurred to me to thank God for the blessing of a warm shower when there are so many people around the world who either can rarely bathe or who do so in a cold river!

My thinking was piqued the other day by a recent article in Our Daily Bread. The article topic was on our propensity for forgetting God’s faithfulness in caring for us. The example used in the article was that of the Israelites and their complaining to Moses that they were starving in the desert after leaving the abundance they enjoyed in Egypt. I guess they quickly somehow forgot how onerous was their treatment at the hands of the pharaoh and how miserable was their life as slaves!

Most of us who know a bit about the Bible know that God responded by sending manna to slake their hunger. But He also provided meat [Ex 16:12-13]. Yet the people complained [Numbers 11:4-6]. As I thought about this situation and the people’s ingratitude, I wondered how I would have responded. Would I have been so ungrateful? At least in part, I think about how awesome it would be to see God’s hand wonderfully at work day after day. Every evening there was meat, and manna for bread every single morning. And all of this was not due to the efforts of the local equivalent of the Salvation Army; rather this was God’s hand clearly at work each and every day, right there in the middle of the barren desert!

I guess my amazement comes because so seldom can we know for sure that God has done something for us. I know, of course, that many events in our lives, things we know are near impossible yet they come to pass, are born of God and we should by all means give Him the credit and the glory. But this provision for the Israelites in the desert was clearly all of God and could have come only from Him. A true no-doubter! I guess I would hope that, with that knowledge, I would have been ever so thankful and on my knees in prayer and thanksgiving every day. I hope you can say that, too! He deserves it!

-Lee Pierce