Friday, August 24, 2012

Consider: Loving God RJD #22



“Love the Lord, your God with all your heart, and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind.” Luke 10:27, Lev. 19:18 (NIV)
   Jesus replied to a legal expert who had asked what we must do to inherit eternal life, “What is written in the law?” The expert answered by quoting from Leviticus.
               What do these words mean? Simply put, we are to loved God WITH ALL THAT WE ARE- heart, soul, strength, and mind.

               *The heart is thought to be the seat of our emotions.
               * The soul is who we truly are. Other names for the soul are persona, or spirit.
               *Our strength is our physical stamina.      
*Our mind is that part of us that controls our thoughts.

               We need to practice turning our whole selves, heart, soul, strength, and mind over to God. By doing this we would model His love for others, would be closer to God, and have eternal life.


               As I transcribed these thoughts, I realized how simple these thoughts sound. I also recognized that believing in Christ and living for Him is a lot simpler than we make it. When are we going to communicate the simplicity of living for God?

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

God, Our Guide

“For this God is our God for ever and ever; he will be our guide even to the end.

Psalm 48:14 (NIV)

               I like this thought about God. The sons of Korah wrote it at the end of what became the 48th chapter of the book of Psalms.

              “For this God is our God. . .” These words allow us to say that God is there for us. Isaiah 41:10 tells us God says “I am your God.” The sons of Korah express the idea that they recognize the role that God belongs to them, (and to us.)

               ” . . . forever and ever. . .” Sometimes we, as individuals, yearn for permanence in our relationships-personal and working. We have that long-enduring affinity when we have God. He not only will be with us while we walk this earth but He is building us a home with Him in heaven.

” . . . he will be . . .” Did you catch it? Do you see it? Our text says “WILL BE.” The phrase doesn’t say “might be”, “could be”, or even “should be.” The verb ‘will’ implies a certainty about a deed or an event. When I worked for the Army, one of the branches I worked in was headed up by a major. When he wanted us to realize we were to do something, he said, “You will. . . and he’d finish his thought.” By doing this, he left no doubt as to what he expected. That task would be done as he expected.

               ” . . . our guide. . .” God takes us by the hand and leads us through the minefields of our lives. These minefields are not always of our making. We have issues that come into our lives because of some relationship with another. Some events occur because they can be a part of life or someone can be in the wrong place at the wrong time. A man in a small town just south of where we live was there recently. He stopped his truck to help a woman who was being held by her estranged husband. The husband took the life of the man and then took his own. The lady who was in distress went to the wife of the gentleman who tried to rescue her and told her what he attempted to do. The rescuer lived 30 feet from where his life was taken.

               ” . . . even to the end . . .” Once we ask Jesus into our hearts, He is with us, guiding us every day of our lives. When we go to heaven we will be with Him forever. For this I am very thankful.

Monday, August 20, 2012

The Liebster Blog Award

        Sometime ago I was awarded the Liebster Award by my blogging friend Dawn over at beneath the surface-dawn. I was having computer issues and told her thank you for the award and I would get to doing my part for the award later on. In the aftermath of computer issues, mine crashed. I forgot. (mea culpa) Thank you for the thoughtfulness of the award.

       Recently, I received an email from a new blogging friend, Janette over at janettedolores. I thank her for the award and the touching words she wrote about this blog.

These are the 'rules' of the Liebster Blog Award:
~Thank your Liebster Award presenter on your blog and link back to his or her page.
~Copy and paste the blog award onto your blog.
~Present the Liebster Award to 5 blogs with 200 followers or less.

~Notify those bloggers that they've been presented with the award.

Thank you, Dawn. Thank you, Janette.

I had to find 5 blogs to highlight and award. Here are the bloggers and their blogs. These are just some of the ones I follow..

1.)    Sheryl Young, @20-20faithSight  She’s a Messianic Jew. She reports on current events with a Christian perspective. She also reviews books.

2.)    Jean Matthew Hall, @Encouraging Words for Writers
 She gives encouragement to all writers. Her special genre is Children’s books, especially picture books. She also heads up the Write 2 Ignite writing conference, held each spring in March

3.)    Kerrie aka: KC@ hereiamkaycee.; Kerrie lives in Australia. On her blog, she shares parts of her life and pictures of her beautiful homeland. She has a heart for children evidenced by her sharing the need of prayer for a very ill little girl.

4.)    Pam @ pamelasopenwindow.. Pam writes about God in her life, about how He makes His presence known to her.  I “met” her when mutual blogging friend’s Random Journal Day feature link-up included a posting by Pam.

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