Good News–Bad News.
I can deal with it. Unvarnished.
Not pre-chewed for easier consumption.
Not exaggerated to make sure I get the point.
I have been SO frustrated. I understand that some players, in today’s current events, are doing their best to unravel the facts, themselves. But many seem to have an A-G-E-N-D-A.
Jesus, I begged, I just want The Truth!
Know what He said?
“I AM the way, THE TRUTH, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”
I’ve got Jesus.
I’ve got The Truth.
He Has Everything Else!
“People in need must see people who care in order to recognize there is a God who also cares.
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A government program will not, and should not, be expected to reveal the love of God.”
James Robison The Stream p. 183
Lest we feel that we aren’t far from neediness ourselves,
“For if the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what one does not have.” 2 Corinthians 8:12 NIV
Sometimes, a smile, hug or an attentive ear does wonders. Othertimes, the little we have to share can be just what someone needs to spark hope.
To the God Who multiplies loaves and fishes,
“Cursed is the man who trusts in mankind.”
It’s so easy to trust the plans and promises of men.
Think about it.
They aren’t so good at keeping promises—–
Partly, I’m sure, because they do not possess the ability (the power) to do so.
God, You don’t lack the power, nor the love. Your love toward us is perfect and unfailing.
EverDependent on Him,
” . . . Your prayers and gifts to the poor have not gone unnoticed.”
Acts 10:4 New Living Translation
“A praying life is just the opposite [of cynicism]. It engages evil. It doesn’t take no for an answer . . . Prayer is feisty.”
Paul E. Miller
A Praying Life p.79 NavPress 2009
I’m as plain-Jane as you get. I am shy and a diehard introvert. I don’t crave recognition. But when I read the word feisty, my spirit gave an in-your-face thumbs-up.
“Let it be me!”
“We must remember that the same success and prosperity that consumes some people, leading them to be totally selfish, also enables those who have been blessed and prosper to assist the poor and needy.
The Stream p.151
Worthy Books 2016
God, we’re so quick to accuse the rich—- just as some of the rich accuse the poor.
Not all rich are selfish.
Not all poor are lazy.
Help us to be slow to judge, and to be faithful and generous with what we have.
“I realized that I am not poor because other people are rich.”
The Stream p.135 Worthy Books 2016
That’s so simple, but profound to me. God has brought our family out of welfare. There was a day around Workman’s Comp ending along with every other financial support, that I thought we’d be living on boxed Mac and Cheese and oatmeal.
We don’t eat steaks—ever! (Unless a birthday coupon gives us a seriously discounted one.) But we have delicious meals. Our townhome is nice; it’s functional. It’s warm and safe and not subsidized housing. Most days, I feel pretty rich until . . . I compare. Until . . . I worry about what other people will think. And I DO. Someday, God will get me over that mountain. Until then, I thank Him for His unfailing love and generosity.
” . . . because the Israelites quarreled and because they tested the Lord saying, ‘Is the Lord among us or not?'” Exodus 17:7b NIV
Ever asked that?
I don’t think I’ve done that with the Corona Virus, (though certainly many times before). I have more- than-wished for a different timetable. I stumbled across a youtube pastor who gives a daily word (10 minutes) during this crisis. He’s done research concerning the virus; research that confirms what truth is, and what truth isn’t. He instructs us toward holiness, national repentance, prayer AND hope. “Do not be afraid!”
God has spoken similarly to my heart.
So . . . I continue to listen and to hope,
“In this world of clashing standards, we can only persuade people to consider our view when we learn to dialogue with as much grace as conviction.”
The Stream p.123;Worthy Books 2016
In day to day living, this is true. As important as grace is, so is dialogue. That involves sharing thoughts and listening to others’. During this Corona Virus, we are certainly not all on the same page. I am not fearful. I am careful and respectful.
Personally, feeling the cure is worse than the problem. Deaths via depression, addictions, or starvation are still deaths.
“I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station through which God speaks to us every hour, if we will only tune in.”
George Washington Carver
The Man Who Talked To Flowers
The apostle Paul would agree:
“For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.” Romans 1:20 NASB
The Corona Virus has had me walking outside at least once a day. Isolation is painful. Walking with God helps.