Friday, June 16, 2017

God Answers S.O.S. Prayers

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“Ask and it will be given to you;
seek, and you will find, and
knock and it will be opened to you”
Matthew 7:7 (ESV)

            After we come to the LORD we learn we can pray and ask Him for anything. We soon discover that He can answer in one of three ways, “Yes, No, or Not right now.”

            Sometimes, we make requests that, to us, are urgent. Those times we can’t find our keys require us to pray, “Lord Jesus, please help me find my keys.” I had a friend who is now in heaven who said that she got her quickest response from God when she prayed this prayer.

            Just the other evening, I received an e-mail from the lady who us designing the book cover for my upcoming book. She requested I send her a photograph of myself if I wanted my picture on the back of the book jacket.

            The first one I sent her was too small. I enlarged it. She then asked if I could scan the original into my computer and send that one to her.
     The problem was. I didn’t know where that original picture was. Part of this stems from my being a packrat. I believe the difference between a packrat and a saver is that a saver is organized.

            I looked around and said a mental prayer, “Lord Jesus, help me find that picture.” I reached over onto a shelf to some pages I had placed between these locker shelves I purchased to give me more space and pulled out a stack of papers I had clipped together to find that picture right on top of them.

            I especially recommend this remedy when you go shopping, come out of the store, and can’t find your car.


   

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Spiritual Rewards:Peace

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            “Behold the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore for the former things have passed away.” Revelation 21:3-4 (ESV)
             
            John the Revelator paints a wonderful word picture here of what heaven will be like.
What do we see from this vision?

·         God will live with us. He will assure us that He is there with us. The thought of having peace for all eternity gives me a lot to desire. When I see the news on television or read the daily newspaper, I have to remember that this world is not where we live, we are sojourners here.
·         God will comfort us. When we have anxieties in this world we wonder if things could get any worse. When God comes to reign on the new earth, trials, vexations, or problems will not exist. Those things we go through in this world do not make up the final outcome of our lives. There will be none of the trials that bring us down, even momentarily.


There are a lot of hurting people in our state. A supermarket has all but gone out of business here. The company has already closed several stores and has 44 others for sale. Two other companies have an interest in 26 of those. One of the ones that closed is where we used to do most of our shopping. One of the men who worked there started with the company over 50 years ago. He had never worked anywhere else. This store closure has affected the employees and those who shopped there. These people need your prayers. I pray they find peace about this. 

Monday, June 12, 2017

Expectations

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            In my earlier years, I used to get all excited about upcoming events. Then, I would experience great let downs. These down times led me to be noticeably depressed. My dad noticed it one time as I waited for my boyfriend from college to arrive at our house one summer. He told my mother about how I acted.

            It was not until a few decades later that I realized I did these things to myself. I cannot expect other people to do as I want because I am not them. I am only responsible to God for myself. My mother used to tell me, “The only one you can take care of is yourself.”

            I have heard it said with a Christian slant. “We are not supposed to confess the sins of others.” We are only responsible for our own sins until we confess them to Jesus. Then we learn to lay all our cares at His feet. 



This is a Five Minute Friday piece. The prompt was: Expect.


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