Tuesday, October 4, 2022

September Reflections

 

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Writing


My writing for the past month has been in my journal. I find a scripture that speaks to me and I journal my thoughts on it.


Family Plans


Jim and Roger made plans for us to go down to where he lives the end of September. Jim is from that area. We haven’t been down there since April. We did not get to go. Jim’s health is getting worse. Besides his knee replacement being “on hold” due to his A1C being too high, he has a lot of pain in that knee and other joints. Also, he is dealing with a personal health issue.

Electronics and Me


I recently got a new debit card. I have several features on my computer that are subscriptions for services. One evening, I spent what seemed like an hour trying to get into an account on one of these websites. I did not get the task done that day. I almost had the same experience a second day with a different website. I found out via a phone call that only I could change that information. I apologized for bothering the man. Suddenly, I found the right web page to get me where I needed to be.


I also tried to get into my cellphone to get my voicemail set up. (Long story). Could not get in to get that task done either. My conclusion about my relationship with electronics is that they seem to tolerate me.

A Confession I Made


Off and on for some time, I have been doing research on other houses of worship in our area. There are too many things I see happening where I have worshiped almost 20 years.


I attended a meeting of an ecumenical women’s movement recently and another lady brought up the issue that has her local church (same denomination)is having to make the decision facing a lot of churches in our denomination. I referred to a church website that listed their beliefs. After the meeting ended, I told the woman  in charge that I was considering leaving my church for another one.  Part of the issue is whether the higher ups uphold and obey our governing document and the Bible.

 My best friend has told me for sometime that she has been unhappy about some issues for sometime. No, I am not considering leaving because she is.


Intercessors of Prayer

A lady pastor in our city told me about a group called Intercessors of Prayer. It is based inVirginia. I called and requested information about the group. The group is a part of Breakthrough Prayer line. As I was transferring this to my computer, I called the group again and the woman with whom I spoke said she would call me back. She was true to her word and also told me they 'dropped the ball' and verified my information. The information should be in the mail in two days.


Some Good News

I had a check-up at the radiation doctor’s this month. I found out I have lost 18 pounds since they last saw me in June. I also found out that my compression sleeve is working as it should. (My Lymphedema number was lower.) I see her again in February and in April I will be at the two year mark since treatment and will only have to see her once a year for three years.


Kitchen Project

Our kitchen project has been rocky to say the least. We are considering looking for someone else to finish the job. Personally, I dislike dealing with ANYONE who does not return phone calls.

Children’s Moments Message

About once a month, I am scheduled to give a children’s message as a part of our worship service. I was scheduled fairly early in the month. We had no children in attendance. On another Sunday, the pastor asked me if I could do the children’s message on the last Sunday of the month. I agreed to.


My week before that Sunday turned out to be a very trying one. I kept my promise and gave the message. At one point the adults in the congregation joined in. During the service a lady came up to me and whispered, asking if I could send the message to her. She had never heard of the pledge to the Bible and pledge to the Christian flag. After service, a second woman told me she enjoyed my message and she had not heard of these pledges.


Here is the link to that children’s message. Pledges

Fall Weather

I love the colors of the season. To the north of our home is a street that has the fullest maple tree I have ever seen. One year the foilage was shaped in a prefect sphere and the brightest red I have ever seen. This year, it looks like it will be beautiful again. I plan on watching it closely to see how it develops.









Friday, September 30, 2022

A Gentle and Quiet Spirit

 

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Do not let your adornment be merely outward—arranging your hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel—rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God. 1 Peter 3:3-4 (NKJV)


Words of the Apostle Peter to those who were dispersed into five regions of Asia Minor.


His words speak of the inner beauty of the believers of Christ. Per his thought, the inner person is what God sees and deems as our true selves.


I am concerned that our world has worshiped youthfulness, forgetting that people age. Madison Avenue (the advertising industry) has caused us to forget the fact that we are aging. Several of my lady friends have aged gracefully. I have a picture of one of them and her husband in our living room.


Now, please do not misunderstand, there are things we might need to do to our skin. However, there are things we need to do to keep our inner self presentable before God.


#Reading God’s Word

# Applying what it says to our heart

# Living out His Word to others

# Seeking His guidance through prayer


Father God, Please help each one of us to be gentle and humble as we go through our days. In Christ’s Name, I pray. Amen

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Pledges


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 I gave this message at church this past Sunday.  I didn't realize that some of this information was new to some of the adults. 

Children’s Moments Message

September 25, 2022



I have been thinking about promises lately, sometimes we call them pledges. A pledge is a sincere promise we make. We make one to our nation’s flag, another one to the Bible, and one to the Christian flag.


In all three pledges, we promise to be loyal to each of these.


Pledge to the American flag


I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which is stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

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Pledge to the Bible


I pledge allegiance to the Bible, God’s Holy Word. A lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path. It’s words I will hide in my heart, that I might not sin against God. (1)

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Pledge to the Christian flag


I pledge allegiance to the Christian flag and to the Savior for whose Kingdom it stands, one Savior, crucified, risen again, and coming again with life and liberty to all who believe. (2)


We have those items in our sanctuary here at Cross Roads. I discovered something I did not know about the Christian flag. I knew there is a cross in a blue section, and the rest of the flag is white. Here’s what I learned:


#The shade of red in the Cross reminds us of Jesus’ blood that He shed because He took our sins away.


#The blue reminds us of the water of baptism. It also reminds us of Jesus’ loyalty to God.


#The white reminds us of Jesus’ purity. He was without sin until He went to the Cross for us. (3)

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1.http://www.ccabrazil.org/uploads /4/3/5/9/4359809/christian_flag__bible_pledges.pdf

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3. http://en.wikiepedia.org/Christian _Flag#:-text=The Christian Flag was first to arrive for the event/

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Let Your Gentleness Be Known

 

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Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand.

Philippians 4:5 (NKJV)


As believers, we must not haggle over unimportant details.  One afternoon recently, I had two incidents with a clerk at our CVS store. I had to ask where something was that I could not find. His response was, “Aisle Seven.”


Instead of responing to my query, I felt that he should have accompanied me to the area. That to me is good customer service.


When I checked out, I had two coupons, one of which did not get applied to my bill. I was not in the best frame of mind when I left the store. I did not know that the second coupon was not applied until I had returned home and checked my receipt.


I decided how to handle my response on this. This is not the first time I have had issues with his service.


Then, I read this scripture. I do have some work to do on this gentleness issue. When I was asked to evaluate the service I received (online), I gave the store middle valued response. When I had to evaluate the person who checked me out, I gave that person low markings.

My reasoning for the action I took was as follows:

# I am a senior citizen, in my late 70s. If a person working in a store treats a senior citizen badly, it reflects on the store. I have seen people in the business world help and guide an elderly person through the process he or she has to go through to complete their transactions or even to find what they are looking for.


# I walk with a cane, it is sometimes hard for me to get around. When I have to hunt for the location of a product, I get frustrated when I have looked and still can’t find it.


As I said above, I do have some work to do on this gentleness issue.


Friday, September 16, 2022

Patience and Gentleness

 

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By long forbearance a ruler is persuaded, and a gentle tongue breaks a bone.

Proverbs 25:15 (NKJV)


Moses listened to the Lord and patiently awaited the day that Pharaoh would finally let the Israelite people depart Egypt and head to the land God had promised them.


Hannah exercised patience and faith as she awaited receiving her first-born son, Samuel. Hannah also practiced gentleness, although it was difficult, as she endured the taunts from Peninnah.


When we have stress-causing circumstances in our lives, we have to practice patience and, yes, gentleness in our daily lives. We may have to spend more time with God, as he gently whispers words of comfort, healing and love into our ears as we face overwhelming circumstances in our lives.


When we hear things from others that upset us, we need to apply the rule that our mothers said, “If you can’t say anything nice, say nothing at all.” This was a rule that a lot of us senior citizens heard from early on in our growing-up years. It is a pity that this rule seemed to fall by the wayside during the last half-century



Can we begin teaching this “rule” to children of these times?

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Show Humility to All Men

 

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Remind them to be subject to rulers and authorities, to obey, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing all humility to all men. Titus 3:1-2 (NKJV)


Paul’s words to Titus whom he describes as a “true son in our common faith.”


Paul lays groundwork here for believers to follow.

* To submit to rulers and authorities.

* To not speak badly about anyone.

* To live peaceful lives.

* To show humility to all we know.


Paul makes some very strong points, getting to the core of human relationships. He writes these words to a pastor who is young. Titus faces a huge task, that of establishing churches.


As we go through our days, we must follow these words of guidance from Paul. We are tasked to helping enlarge the kingdom of God, however, we must learn to daily practice gentleness.


This is a very difficult thing to do. Recently, I received a phone call from a friend who lives in my neighborhood. She wanted my advise on something. She told me her feelings on an issue and I told her that if she felt uncomfortable doing what she was asked, then maybe she should not do it. She had some good reasons about why she felt the way she did. I could have been more gentle about certain related issues she spoke of. I intend to be more careful in the future.


Do we always find ways to show humility to those around us?


Saturday, September 10, 2022

Bear with one Another in Love

 

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I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with long-suffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit, in the bond of peace.

Ephesians 4:1-3(NKJV)


Words of Paul written to Ephesian believers.


walk worthy of the calling


He encouraged them to live in a way that reflected God to others. He goes into detail as to how that would look. As we read those words, they can also apply to us who live in the 21st Century.


with all lowliness and gentleness,


As believers in Christ, we must abandon all thought of ourselves as being better than others. We must also respond to each other with tenderness, no matter how others treat us.


bearing with one another in love,


Believers must accept those around us in love and be available for others as we can be. I sometimes find this difficult to do given the mindset of those in the world.


endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit


Paul’s purpose in his ministry was to introduce people to Jesus Christ and then to educate them in the ways of Christ. His goal was to unify those converted to the faith.


in the bond of peace.


Paul tells his readers, then and now that all we should do must have peace as its ultimate aim. I have had times when someone in the business world has been almost rude in response to a question I asked. In one instance, the woman could have explained their position better than she did.


Do you find it difficult to bear  certain people in your life?



September Reflections

  www.papertraildesigns.com Writing My writing for the past month has been in my journal. I find a scripture that speaks to me and I jou...