Justified Love on Behalf of A Sinner

May God Be With You,

that He wouldn’t hide in the shadows, hidden from his touch, like we do.

That He wouldn’t be like the thousand decisions we as humans have made on our own, believing we manage just fine.

Selfish souls who believe they are immutable as if they have been dealt a perfect hand and only when we run out do we point fingers.

Past time here on the land He perfected, was not created or designed to be a flaw.

How can we justify, and accept love when we threw it all away?  Each time wrapped in flesh, tied with a red ribbon.

For the thousand choices we decided, were

good.

Burn to ash for ash we are.

But He lifts our chin and says you’re mine.

The solitude He has kept and waited patiently to dust us off and clean us up and look on us with love.

Each thousand thought erased from His design, His image.

May God Be With You.

be kind and rewind

When I was younger, we had VHS tapes. In my family, any type of Disney movie was watched over and over again. When you want to watch  a movie you have to put the VHS tape into the player and push play. Very simple and a lot like a DVD. Except when it isn’t. Because sometimes when you put a VHS tape in, the movie is playing from the credits. And you realized someone forgot to rewind it. So you have to press stop, then rewind and wait for the click. Then it is ready to play from the beginning. So growing up, we would always say, be kind and rewind. It was catchy and clever and it rhymed. It was perfect. I am not saying we should go back to VHS tapes.  I think that a DVD is a wonderful update.  🙂  Yet, the action doesn’t need to be forgotten. You can still be kind. Kindness requires no level of intelligence or ability of athletics. It isn’t based on your personality.

Anyone can be kind. It doesn’t matter your age, my grandma is one of the first names on my board.  She thinks of others before herself.  Yet on the flip side, I know two little girls, whose kindness isn’t small,  it stretches farther than their little arms do.  They always take care of the grown-ups.  Whether it is giving us blankets or making sure we aren’t hurt.  They are just 2 1/2 and their kind actions surprise even me sometimes. My cousin, Emelia’s actions are always done in kindness. She does for others, what others don’t always want to do. And she does it with love. I have met a lot of people in college, but my friend Amy always comes to mind.  There is only sweetness, that flows from her heart. A heart of goodness. 🙂 My other friend Alicia, who I actually knew when I was little and is now at the same collage is also incredibly kind. She is thoughtful and things of others, including me before herself.

This week my board was full of names, and I think it speaks to the fact that kindness doesn’t require much work.  My own name was put on the board. To me, kindness is something I am good at because I love to do things for others. If it is filling my brother’s water bottle before school, or turning back the bed for my parents, I do those things because I care for them. Kindness is what Christ showed to the thief on the cross.  (Luke 23:39-43) Jesus loves everyone and no matter who you are, you are still his. Jesus’ kindness is unconditional and I strive to do the same.

Peace

Peace…

I could use some peace today, tomorrow, and the rest of the days of my life. I am not just saying that because I am a junior in college…almost a senior. That in a year and a half I need to have a job, and probably a place to live. That I really wanted to have a boyfriend, a partner in life to start dreaming about a new step in my life. Those things do complicate life…and it does raise my stress level. I suppose it is one reason I would really like some peace. I also would love some peace, so I am not second guessing….

Peace, in that who I am is alright. That is is okay I am not as determined as my sister, Molly. Who is so likable and just attracts people like magnets. . Peace, that is is alright I don’t have a sense to thrive in everything I do, like my brother, Terry.  He has this incredible servitude  for God, and he like my sister, is just a magnet for people.  Peace that isn’t horrible that I don’t have a drive to want to better my life, and job, and future like my youngest brother, Erich.  I am not doing this as a pity- part. Because without them, who would I  be? I look at my family and see that things are changing and that I might not be ready or up to the task of going along with it all. Where was I going with this all?

Peace…right?

Maybe it is too ambitious to think I could live a peaceful life. Does anyone really? I mean I am so behind with life that I am struggling to write on Peace, and I need to write on patience! I am chaining subjects here, so let’s focus on P.E.A.C.E. I think it is very interesting that when I wrote Peace on the wall, only one person’s name came to mind. That surprised me, is it that difficult to be at peace? It sort of made me feel better, I wasn’t the only one out there not at peace. From my own experience; expectations are the root of so much emotional distress. We either expect something to go one way, or a different way.  When something or someone disappoints us, we react in anger or sadness.

You can see where it is difficult to have peace…or a peaceful mind. The one person, whose name was written was a friend of my dad’s from college. We just went down to see him, and the minute I saw him, I was at peace. He really has a calming presence, and I didn’t stress over anything. True, it was a vacation, but I missed school, and so did my brothers. My sister and Dad had to take off for work. There were a lot of challenges, including driving down with was roughly a 14-hour drive. We were tired and squeezed yet when we got there, everything was alright. Pete has an incredible faith, and love for God. I think it is very interesting that he does have such a strong love for God, and a relationship with God. I can’t speak for him, but I think it does factor in how peaceful he is. From spending time with him, it is his unique loving, so a natural relationship with God.

My prayer for you and me is that you won’t let life get you down. I know this is easy to say, like so many things in this world. So I added a few bible verse to help. John 16:33 says, “I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. In this word you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” Awesome! No worries. God has got EVERYTHING under control. However, even I struggle with this. I am human and imperfect so yeah, there are times, I don’t think God has everything  under control. Silly…foolish probably to doubt the creator of the universe. But many times, I think my way is better. I can’t tell you to just forget about your worries because that is like telling a person who is on a diet just don’t eat sugar. It isn’t helpful. So I want to leave you with a few bible verses. Some that help me when the world just gets me down.

Psalm 50:15~ “Call upon me ( God)  in the day of trouble and I will deliver you and you will honor me.”

John 14:27~ “ Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

JOY

     There are a lot of joyful people in my life. My sister is the first that comes to mind…and always will.  There is a fire in her that  light to so many people and she truly is joyful to all those around her. Another person in my life that is very joyful is Shannon O’Brien. Everyone should meet her, because she is truly special. She is one of those people no matter what is happening always makes you smile. Another person in my life and my family’s  is Bonnie Etzold.  A women who took courageous steps to open a beautiful Bed and Breakfast in a Victorian House. She is someone who when around, makes you feel like you are one of the most amazing people in the world. This world, it is very hard to be joyful..and they make you see the happy spots.

     I think there are also those in my life that are joyful in their faith. The first is not a single person but a body of people. I attend Room 211 in Lincoln, and every Sunday it is a joyful celebration. Hebrews 12:28-29 says, “Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, 29 for our “God is a consuming fire.” There is a fire in me when I leave church, because the Lord is good and He shall be praised. I deeply encourage you to all visit, it will not disappoint.  There are also two special people in my ow faith journey that I really admire and look up to. The first is my Grandpa Terry. His heart is filled with Jesus’ love. When I was younger I remember being memorized by his prayers. They were so pure and clear and it really seemed like he was talking to God. My grandpa’s life is completely and totally committed to God, and it is truly inspiring.  Thank you Grandpa for being so joyful in your faith, so open that it deepens my relationship with you, and with God. The last person is my Mom. This isn’t a default response,or something to say to look good. I really believe from experiences and opportunities that my mom lives out her faith daily, and she does it joyfully!!! It is a rare gift, God’s salvation, and she doesn’t take it for granted. My Mom and I have had so many great conversations about our faith and I just can’t get enough of it.

     Thank you Lord for those you have placed in my life that live life joyfully! They are true blessings. I ask that you continue to look after them and continue to shower them with blessings. Thank you Lord, for Grandpa Terry and my Mom two people who don’t hide you from others and share generously their faith so naturally. I pray that all who reads this, are filled with the JOY that YOU give. Amen 

Two ways to live this JOY.

(1)       One way I get excited with my faith is through music, take time to listen to Chris Tomlin’s Psalm 100. If you enjoy that, listen to his whole album Love Ran Red.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGKlpB_5ADg

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(2)     My Great-Grandma Reppert always had this saying in her house, J.O.Y

Jesus. Others. You. You can remember that, when you want to be joyful!

L.O.V.E

I don’t always like my family. I didn’t really have a say in the life I was given. I even told my mama that my younger brother needed to be a girl, Sophia. But he came screaming into this world, a big loud baby boy. I didn’t have any say over it. I didn’t have any talk with God in the womb asking if I would be older or younger than my siblings. I don’t even remember what it was like in the womb, but I do find it very special that God knew me, as I grew…and he knew me even before I was ever made. Not only did he know me, but he loved me, unconditionally. How does someone love someone they’ve never meet? Love like that…I think it means more than when I say I love coffee…and I really love coffee.

Well for me, the only explanation is that…. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” He loves me. I realize a phrase like this is said a lot in this world, but when the Lord says it to me, it is a little harder for me to breath, and there is a little moister in the corner of my eye. Love, in this form is only seen by God. He is the only one who can purely, unselfishly give this love to anyone. But there are other forms of love that I have seen, and I have been blessed by.

Last Sunday night, around nine o’clock pm. the stomach flu hit my family. Hard. First my sister, then my younger brother, then me…then my mom and lastly my other brother. I won’t go into details because we have all been there and we all know it. Sometime the next day I woke up, with no appetite and still a stomach ache, the long walk up the stairs just about wore me out. But once I trudged up the stairs, my dad is standing there in the kitchen shooing me back downstairs telling me if I need anything I can just text him. All day, he was everyone’s “doctor”. Brining us little glasses of gatorade, and ice chips. It was the little things he did for each of us, that reminded me of Galatians 5:22-23. “The Fruit of the Spirit is love….”

I might not always like my family…..I mean sometimes I don’t like my friends….or random people. It is just the sinful nature that I live in. Not an excuse, just a sad reality in this life.  Sometimes I have days I am not the best company to be in, and I bet you have those days to. Love can be an abused concept. How do you trust love, when it is flawed. I don’t think you can trust your own love, it can’t be how you acted. Instead it has to be how God loved and how we can replicate that. Sometimes it is difficult to love everyone, so start small. By this simple verse in Luke 6:31

“Do unto others as you would have them do to you.” Start to love other’s like this, like the Lord did.

But the Fruit of the Spirit is…

      H    A    P    P   Y         N    E    W         Y    E    A    R    !

     I know I am a few days late, but hopefully you have still stuck to your new years resolutions (NYR). You are on track  with your new diet and you probably have hit the gym a few times this week. That is what happens when a New Year comes. We have this revelation or insight to eat better, work out, be a better person. To help us continue this goal we make, NYR.  I have got back on track…eating right and exercises again.  I ate my fair share of Gingerbread Men cookies this year…and homemade chocolate fudge. So I have been walking with my mom and I have not been snacking on Chex Mix every five minutes. But to me it isn’t just a physical cleanse, I want a cleanse for my mind, specifically  Spiritually.  What am I doing as a Christian that is encouraging my soul? I am not always  dedicated person, it is hard for me to stay on something. I am talking about devotions specifically. I get really excited on something and then I just forget to. I guess it means I am human but it isn’t enough. Especially when I think of all that I have been given. Sometimes I like to just sit down and be truly humbled by how God loves me. That I have everything I need in that moment. I love that time between God and yourself right after communion. When you are sitting in your seat and you have that time to close your eyes and be complete immersed in his love and sacrifice. Sometimes I don’t want to open my eyes, because in that moment I feel so safe and loved and whole. So I am praying that God will help me through this little journal/devotional  time.

__     So I goggled Bible verses on living like the Lord. I often get caught up on one bible verse in a chapter, so sometimes what I read doesn’t actually help me.  Romans 12:2  is a pretty well known verse, but if we go back on verse and read it together, it sounds like this: “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

___     When I first read this, the first word that hit me was sacrifice. If you know the story of Jesus Christ you know he did the ultimate sacrifice. Jesus Christ came as a baby to a virgin, taught God’s Word, and then died. He died not just for the people of the time but he died for EVERYONE. In the past and in the future, all of them saved. So since he sacrificed his life, when I read this I thought is God asking us to do the same thing? In a way…..yes. It does scare me at times, for two reason one curled in the other. 1) to sacrifice means to give of yourself…do I need to die for God? That is terrifying, which brings me to 2) Fear.  It tells me that I can’t do something that it would be more work to try something that what I am just doing now.  But if you go back to the verse it says a living sacrifice. To be alive, walking this earth as a human but more immortally as a Christian. I want to live like Christ, even if that means to sacrifice my life.  Christ sacrificed himself for all of us, I want to live that way to. Giving of myself, I just don’t always know how.

___On the radio that other day, they quoted Matthew 7:7 which is “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”  When you really think about it, it seems almost selfish to ask God for something. Sometimes I think it sounds selfish..maybe not to you. But to ask for something that might just benefit me, I seem to pause, and hide myself for God…but that is impossible.  I am not trying to should self-righteous or anything, it is just something I sometimes struggle with. So when I wanted to do a study on The Fruit of the Spirit, from Galatians 5:22-23.  I just sat there and I asked God to show me what to do next.

__     Going back to Romans 12,  I wanted to hi-light verse six, even though I like to focus on verse seven. Romans 12:6 says, “We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your[a] faith;” I think it is so beautiful that even though God gave us salvation and that in itself is wonderful; he gave us all our own spiritual gift. 1 Corinthians 12:4-6  helps me understand these gifts, “There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. 5 There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. 6 There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.” Then..because I goggle verses I looked up 1 Peter 4:10-11 which says something similar to 1 Corinthians.  says, “Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve other, faithfully administer God’s grace in it various forms. 11 If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.” These gifts that the Lord gives us, whether it is to preach, teach, serve or whatever it is, we should do it through God, for God. I know that looking at that you think, I am not going to be a pastor or teacher, I understand because I am in that same predicament. I was going to be a teacher, and now I am not. But I know that I can still serve others, and I think that is what God was always getting to. We all need to be reminded that we can live like God just like 1 Peter talked about.

___    Maybe at this point you are thinking…where is she going with this? Please have patience..was that a foreshadowing?

___     One man in the bible Paul..who use to be Saul didn’t always have the easiest life. I would encourage you if you don’t know that story to read about it.(Acts 9).  Paul doesn’t always have the easiest job, but he continues to speak of the Lord. Galatians, chapter five,  Paul starts to speak of the fruit of the Spirit which are… “Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness and Self-control. Against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23.  We can live a life for God, a life as a living sacrifice, a life living like God. We can do all this because, Galatians 5:1 says,  “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” The sacrifice that I talked about in the beginning is coming full circle. God, gave us the freedom in Christ to spread the good news of Jesus Christ. Any and all things we do, we can do them because of God’s sacrifice.

~ i am blessed ~

I have been doing my thankful facebook friends, and I am not going to lie. It has been hard. Devoting almost a hour of my day to write truly thoughtful post, is difficult at times. I don’t want to sound selfish, I am just thankful of all those who have been so encouraging through this process. I am so thankful that God has walked through this, with me every step of the way. I am truly blessed by His love. He loves me, and that in itself is amazing, and I am speechless.

There have been times, I think why am I doing this? Is there are reason, or a purpose. No there isn’t a purpose or reason for my own desires. I truly wanted to do this to show others that they are good, and beautiful and loved. At times Satan likes to play with my head, tell me that they don’t deserve my words. But then I stop and think, I don’t deserve God’s love, and each day I wake up, saved from sin and death. So no Satan, they do deserve to know that they are loved. Not just by me, but though me I can show a small light of love that God has for each and everyone of them.

I got a little behind in my schedule. So with only a day left until thanksgiving I would loved your prayers that I can finish my little thankful facebook friend challenge. Thanksgiving  could be a cliche time, but to be it is one of the great times  to remember how blessed we are. Your family tradition might not include going around he table and saying one thing you are thankful for, and that is okay. I just hope that in this last day leading up to thanksgiving, the people that matter most in your life, know that you love them. I liked what my pastor said last week. He said that think of that one thing you are most thankful for and ask yourself, how are you showing that you are thankful?

This facebook challenge as been very nurturing from me as well. I just hope that through this all, through the thanksgiving feast, and the family and friends that YOU know that GOD LOVES YOU! No matter what you have done in the past, or what you are doing now, God sees you as his own child. That is what I am MOST thankful for. I have a faith in a God who LOVES me.

I am thankful for my friends….

I have around 250 Friends on Facebook. As we are in the month of thanksgiving, we tend to live more grateful lives. Not that this is a bad thing or a put  down. It is just an observation that I have noticed on social media. So I decided after searching on pintrest, that I could make my own Thankful/November/ gratitude challenge.

I like all my friends on facebook, so I just hope that I will appreciate my friends more, and the friendships I share. It will not be an easy challenge as I hope to cover all my friends. However, if I spend time on pintrest, scrolling through delicious pumpkin bread, and lattes and trying to find new clothes for my christmas lists; I hope I can invest time into the friends I have. I think it will test me, to ask myself the question…why am I friends with this person. Did I send a friend request or accept one because I truly like the person, or was I just doing it for  some facebook creeping? Though this challenge I hope that you look at you own Facebook Friend list, and really appreciate who they are. 🙂 

So with only 20 days till Thanksgiving, I have to write on roughly 13 people’s facebook wall. But I am up for the challenge. Once I start I am on a roll. 🙂 Then at night, before I go to bed I will say a prayer for each of them. Last night was a little difficult, because remembering all those names is hard. So today I made a list on my phone to remember. This way the names will be on my phone, as a constant reminder as the day goes on. I only ask my fellow followers that you pray for me. That I have the diligence to stick with it. That I can write meaningful messages, and that what I say can be a small fraction the love Christ has for all of them!

” Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” ~  1 Thessalonians 5:18 

National Day of Prayer

Fold Your Hands with Me

“Our Father who art in heaven,  hallowed be thy name.

Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses,

as we forgive those who trespass against us,

and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory,

forever and ever.  Amen.”

I have been a mind that has become so tired, it doesn’t seem to grasp much information. I have been two eyes that haven’t seen far enough and I have been a heart that has carried way too much. I lie to myself and say that I am bored but in reality I am restless for answers. I have grown and diminished, in my faith. I have reached so far for things, but once I found an answer it was to difficult to decipher. So I stopped. I stopped flooding my brain with theologian books. I stopped scouring the bible looking for my answers, and they trying to decode them. I took a deep breath and I waited. I listened to my own heart beat slow down and after awhile, I feel. I dropped  to the ground, I folded my hands tightly, and I prayed. “God, take it away, the pain, the restlessness and when it is gone just hold me.”

I had written this essay for one of my classes, I was reading over it and I ended up  pressing delete. Because I realized that I needed to be honest with myself, and the previous paper was just a cheep imitation of what was happening. I am in a state of wondering. If there was ever a time to be a Nomad, I would choose right now. Because that is exactly what my mind feels like at the moment. I am still in a process of really listening for the Lord. However, I would like to think that as the days, and months and eventually years go by I will hear the Lord’s voice more and more. I use to scoff at those who would say that “God talked to me” or “I heard the Lord’s voice”. But if I don’t have faith in God, then what are my prayers?  Far it be from me that I would just want God to answer me, and do what I want. Matthew 19:26, “Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” I think that those around me, have given up on that leap of faith. That courage the disciples took to follow Christ. Sure they had Jesus with them physically, they could put their arm around him, and I might not be able to. However, if God tells us that all things are possible then why couldn’t hearing his voice in prayer be possible. So many people in this world, are lost and confused. But if our lives as christian’s starts to look similar to everyone are we any better? If we shy away from the thought of God speaking to us, then we are no better then the unbeliever.

So what does it look like to pray to our Heavenly Father? To be different from others, so that instead of looking like everyone else we stand out. Standing out so much others will questions and then we can give the glory to the Lord.  John 17:20-23 says, “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— 23 I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.” Our prayers are also in for that one-on-one time with the Lord, with our Father.  Matthew 6:5-15 gives a excellent portray of what that all means. So that how we live in time with the Lord will be seen in our hearts and on our faces.  Matthew 6:5-6 says, “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 6 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” At the time I don’t know what the reward means however, in a different translations it might help. From The Message bible, verse six says, “The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense his grace.” Instead of knowing the reward we will get from God after doing something right, it is shifted to developing a better understanding and a stronger relationship with God.

“Prayer is simply communication with God who loves us and invites our prayer. it is important part of the Christian life, and a great blessing. Our gracious God invites us to talk with him-to share our joys and sorrows, our need and desires. He promises to hear us and he promise to answer,” Called to Believe, Teach and Confess by Steven Muller. Yet, prayer seems like the most intimidating action to do with others. I was so nervous to pray in class in high school. It had nothing to do with God. Sadly, he was the furthest thing from my mind. It was my own fears about if I would mess up. Satan can even use something as wonderful as a special connection with God to leak sin in. I allow these fears to corrupt my time in prayer with God.  I am very blessed to have a godly people in my life. I look up to my grandpa. When my family is around he and my grandma, he always prays. It is this wonderful prayer. He always thanks those who have prepared the food, and then the food itself. He also remembers to thank God for his sacrifice. My grandpa is wonderful at prayer. I have come to realize he, like so many others in my life always remember to be very thankful and humble in their prayers. They also are very true to who they are. They don’t embellish their prayers to sound like someone they are not. They just pray to the Lord through Jesus Christ. As stated in John 14:6, “ I am the way the truth and the life. No one come to the Father except through me.” This continuous relationship with the Lord is rooted in prayer.

When I was younger I was given a beautiful form of, “Prayer Hands,” as a music box. It was shaped as two hands in all white and there are pretty pink flowers around the border. You twist the nob on the bottom and it sings, “The Lord’s Prayer. I have always like that visual representation of prayer. I was curious to see  if there was more to the story, and there was.

There were these two brothers, who lived in a small village near Nuremberg They grew up with may siblings and their father worked long hours. The two were aspiring artist. They flipped a coin to see who would work in the mines and who would go and study art. Albrecht won and went away to school for his art. Albert worked in the mines for almost four years paying for his brother tuition. When the brothers were reunited, Albrecht  had all the teaching he needed  so he wanted to give that same opportunity  to Albert go to school. However, the toll of working in the mines had taken everything out of him and he could not even hold his hand up. So to show the sacrifice of one brother to another, Albrecht  drew his brother’s hands together. It was originally called “Hands, however later it was called, “Prayer Hands.”

This world isn’t easy. There are so many struggles and challenges in the world. It is very easy to get swept up in the pain and problems. However, in hope we can pray to the Lord and know that he is listening. In today’s society a person can really wonder if someone is there for them. But no one should worry that the Lord isn’t. So my prayer for you, is that you know a few things. 1) You are a Child of God  2) The Lord of the entire universe, not only knows you by name but loves you unconditionally. 3) Even though you and everyone else in the world, including me  should receive eternal punishment and death, God called down at your baptism and said, “You Are Mine.” Just three things, like my grandma always says, Father, Son and Holy Ghost.  Prayer has a funny way of sneaking through our defense. I think it is God’s gentle way of saying, I am your God, I love you and I will be with your through, everything.

Amen

“Here it Comes!”

A fine line across the sky,

separating what was,

and what was to come.

SPACE

Deep blackened clouds rolled

in with the threat

of a pouring rain 

that no one realized

SPACE

was about to drop from heaven.

SPACE

As we hurried to our car

locked the door and just

about pulled out, it came.

SPACE

An exhilarating movement

of this wave of rain

seen across the

staggering light post.

SPACE

“Here it comes.”

That is all I thought

as the rain descended

and the roads became rivers

and the day was as dark as night.

SPACE

The powerful force

controlled by the

One who all created it.

SPACE

SPACE

“Here it come!”

Enjoy the rain

all the time

because God

has everything

under

control!