Where Do You Find God?

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I find God on a quiet day, in nature, the sound of wind always reminds me of Jesus.  As if He is whispering to me.  Also in my daily devotions, or wanderings in the bible.

Today “faith” was a dominant word in my day; it came reading Hebrews; all of the people who chose (not just obey) to walk in faith.  Abraham offered up his son (how awful a decision to make), the only thing Sarah ever wanted was a child and Moses, a grown man; preferred to suffer hardships than live within the walls of great wealth.

WHY?

3 John 1:3
It gave me great joy when some believers came and testified about your faithfulness to the truth, telling how you continue to walk in it.
Hebrews 11:6
And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

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Random Pieces

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Today, I found a two sided piece of paper;  it fluttered from somewhere and landed behind my desk.  There are a few scribblings and a date of 12/4/2013.

These exact kind of notes were the reason behind “The Pieces” book.  I wanted to share what God had shown me, inspired revelations that carried me from bad and sorrowful moments in time, to joy filled and peaceful days.

A few of my ramblings:

2 Peter 3:18 SPIRITUAL GROWTH:  Read scripture, apply the truth.  Admit and assume responsibility for failure.  Commit to change.

Philippians:  Joy, is a calm delight from God.  The worldview of joy is “happiness is based on what happens,” but joy, in reality – is the fruit of the Holy Spirit.

Paul was in jail during this time, he remembers people in his prayers; he thanks God for his situation, he encourages others.

Ephesians 2:15 (my take):  It’s a harsh world for those who are not believers in Christ.  I was under a terrible impression or just didn’t want to see – that the most noble and good people are still not of God.  They are still on the wrong side.  It’s not my place to judge, but do I have responsibility of those I love to save their soul?  You bet!

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Blessed are they……

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Matthew 5:1-12

In these words and phrases we learn how to care for people.   The Eight Beatitudes form the core of the Christian life.

As Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J., writes in his Modern Catholic Dictionary, they are the “promises of happiness made by Christ to those who faithfully accept his teaching and follow his divine example.” While, as mentioned, we refer to those in Heaven as in a state of beatitude, the happiness promised in the Eight Beatitudes is not something to be found in the future, in our next life, but right here and now by those who live their lives in accordance with the will of Christ.

On This Day

Facebook has a feature called “On This Day,” it’s a flashback to the past, a year ago, three years ago, 6 years ago.

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And, as only Facebook can do, it picks out the positive during that time frame.

Unfortunately, life can be ugly or hurtful.  And looking back a year, or three is not something most of us want to reflect on.  Why?   We have enough to get through in the day-to-day.  Human beings struggle.  So does a Christian.  We are not immune to heartache or bad memories.

Philippians 4:12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.
Hebrews 11: 39 These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised, 40 since God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.
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Less feelings, more Jesus.  Less worry, more prayer.  Less heartache, more healing. 

Courage

Courage roars.  Does it?  Sometimes it’s the still, small voice inside of us that wants to roar like a lion, but instead meows! 

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2 Chronicles 32:7  Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged because of the king of Assyria and the vast army with him, for there is a greater power with us than with him.
In the last four weeks I’ve witnessed a beautiful soul make some very hard decisions.  She stepped WAY out of her comfort zone to face her challenges head on.  She was courageous; scared, anxious, fearful, afraid of failure, but she was courageous.  As long as the beginning and end of your feelings include a positive — you’ll come out on top!
God asks us to walk in faith.  WALK COMPLETELY IN FAITH.  Not to waiver, not to say — “not today, Lord, I’ve got a lot on my plate.”  He wants it 100%, fearless, courageous, adamant!  He wants us strong and brave – because He is THERE.  All the time, He is never not there.  It’s usually us — trying to do it all on our own, that pushes Him away.
Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
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This is the day!

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What do you rejoice most about when it comes to your love of Mother Earth?  In Springtime, I’m thankful for the beautiful buds and blooms, the sunshine, birds chirping and blue skies.  Earth Day was celebrated around the world on April 22nd.  I missed it because I was traveling, so today am spreading my gratitude around like the wisps of a dandelion.

What does the Lord say about nature?

Isaiah 40:8   ……….The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.”

1 Kings 6:18  The inside of the temple was cedar, carved with gourds and open flowers. Everything was cedar; no stone was to be seen.
Genesis 1:29 Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.
Personally, I think God is disappointed that we’ve cared so little for the earth the past 75 years, but glad that we have found ways to heal her.  Love your Mother Earth is not a hippy saying, it’s a way of life.
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By loving the earth, you are loving your Father.
Matthew 22:37   Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’

 

Holy Week

What does the word “Easter” mean and does it have the same significance as “The Resurrection”?

According to Merriam-Webster:  Easter is a feast that commemorates Christ’s resurrection and is observed with variations of date due to different calendars on the first Sunday after the paschal full moon.

I’ve answered my own question!  Still, I think the word “Easter” in the minds of many, means bunny rabbits and baskets filled with candy, patent leather shoes, white gloves, floral dresses, and a big meal after church.

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From Palm Sunday until a week later, there is much to be mindful of.  In a period of seven days, Jesus goes from being hero-like, a big parade complete with palm fronds, children waving and smiling — to Crucifixion, death, burial and then the big TA DA day; the big reveal you might say; roll the stone away and Jesus is gone.  He Has Risen!  Hallelujah!  But do we miss the “in-between”?

There is no exact way; it is what you believe and what is comfortable for you.  The following link is common throughout Catholic and Christian faiths.

How to observe Holy Week