Thursday, August 6, 2009

Premio Dardos

To your left as you view my blog page, you will see a new picture. My blogging friend Jean Matthew Hall gave me an award- the Premio Dardos.

Premio Dardos is Italian for: "Prize Darts". The award is given," for recognition of cultural, ethical, literary, and personal values transmitted in the form of creative and original writing. These stamps were created with the intention of promoting fraternization between bloggers, a way of showing affection and gratitude for work that adds value to the Web."

I must add, it is a very humbling experience to receive recognition from a fellow blogger. We all have busy lives and yet we find the time to recognize the merits of another's efforts at sharing with us.

Now, in order to keep with the program, I have to pass this award on to 5 bloggers and their blogs who, I feel, live up to this honor.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Praying For God’s Will

“. . .not as I will but as You will .”
Matt. 26:39

We have times in our lives when we need to pray for God’s Will for particular issues. Usually, these issues are very complex, very far reaching, or life altering.
There is a strange facet of praying for His Will to be done. We have to realize the Lord’s plan might not be easy for us. It may not be what we want,humanly speaking. We have to step aside and let Him work.

On the other side of the situation, when we turn everything over to God and invite Him to do His Will, we experience peace. The problem is in God’s hands. We can breathe easier, see things clearer and relax.

There was a time I was asked to pray about a news story by two different people. The action taken by a woman got her into a legal situation–being tried by the state. Early on, the request was for the victim's family. Before the trial was over I was asked to pray for the woman. I was confused, both requests came from women I worshiped with at the time. I decided to pray for God’s Will.

Monday, August 3, 2009

His Glory

“I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing
to the glory that will be revealed to us.”
Romans 8:18

Our lives are not always what we would like–we have sickness, family members become ill, our grown children, for whatever reason, return home. Friends have serious trials. Those who are senior citizens realize the fallacy of the term ‘golden years.’ Some grandparents take on the responsibility of raising grandchildren.

But, as we read our Bibles,we hear from Jesus–“In this world you will have trouble. But take heart, I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33) Paul also encourages us when he writes. “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing to the glory that will be revealed to us. (Romans 8:18)

God's glory revealed to us–indescribable, unfathomable, greater than anything we have seen. Think of the most beautiful, serene setting we could ever see. That picture pales in comparison to the glory God has in store for us when we go to meet Him.

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