My Heart

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My heart says You are with me Lord God,

but my eyes don’t see it,

and my mind says,

how can it be?

   

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A Sense of Community

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“The world is so empty if one thinks only of mountains, rivers & cities; but to know someone who thinks & feels with us, & who, though distant is close to us in spirit the earth for us is an inhabited garden.”

Johann von Goethe

Now if you know me, you know that I love being in nature, in the mountains with rivers, but it’s people that really bring meaning to our life, don’t they? What my wife is facing, what our children are up to, are far more important to me, as it should be.

And when we have faith, a group of people with similar faith can be so important! Yes, this can be done online but it is better I think if we have friends in person that encourage us, friends that know us well and the situations we are facing.

So many times, here and with live friends, I have been given encouragement or I’m fortunate enough to encourage them. The right words can change our whole outlook and lift us up.

So Goethe is right, the world is so much more beautiful when people are involved in our lives. A good faith family is difficult at times to find.

Do you have a good faith family? If you are searching, keep praying, and keep trusting in God. Allow Him to guide you. I remember Abraham and what he went through.

God we praise You! Continue to guide us to friends that can be encouraging. Help us to find the place You have in store for us!

Amen.

    

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Note: I’ve had trouble with wordpress lately and this did not post around 7pm like it was supposed to. So I have tried it again, my apologies.

 

Remembering What God Has Done

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“….Go into the hill country and bring back branches from olive and wild olive trees, and from myrtles, palms and shade trees, to make temporary shelters – as it is written.”

Nehemiah 8: 15b

One of the things God does in the Old Testament, is to remind His people of how He has taken care of them and blessed them. Why? Well sometimes we as human beings forget what God has done for us, and we begin to not follow Him the way we should!

So God wants us all to remember……and to follow Him with grateful hearts.

Now in this case God is giving instructions through Nehemiah for His people to remember…..a very special time documented much earlier in the Scriptures, in Leviticus 23.

In both cases (Leviticus and Nehemiah) the Lord God wanted His people to remember their freedom from slavery and all that took place in their fleeing Egypt. God provided for each of their needs in the wilderness, including shelter. So, for the people to remember, God created a feast.

Each year, and to this day, Jewish people will build temporary shelters in their yards if they are able. It is a time of celebrating freedom, feasting, and spending time together. Ain’t that so cool?!!

The shelters are called booths or tabernacles. So, the weeklong celebration is often called the Feast of Tabernacles, or in Hebrew – Sukkot. It is held in the autumn of each year and begins this year on September 23rd.

Lord God thank you for this illustration of bringing freedom to your people. Help us to be mindful of all that You have done in our lives! Help us to follow You each day.

Hallelujah and amen!

      

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quote from the NIV Bible

Opening the Door

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First, please pray for all those in the path of hurricane Florence. This is a terrible storm and several people have died already. I’ve seen the effects of a severe hurricane, including office buildings with their side torn off. High winds can break through the glass of a home and be so severe that a refrigerator can be tossed around the house. No, I’m not kidding.

Pray that God would help people and protect them as much as possible considering the circumstances. Pray also for supplies to get through to those that have lost power.

I have something else on my heart that I have needed to share for some time. So, I’ve decided to do a rare Friday posting, normally I am posting Monday – Thursday. I’m opening the door just a little on my heart.

On my heart are cultures and people from other countries. If you are from a different place, have a different culture and faith than my own, I am so glad you’re here! You are welcome here. Please feel free to make comments. I believe we can learn from each other.

Also, on my heart is to tell you I am a progressive person in a number of ways. I have in the past been a fundamentalist, and an evangelical person but no longer. I have mentioned before the Christianity of today is much different than when I was growing up, 40-50 years ago. I never grew up praying directly to Jesus, not ever. When people do this, it makes me uncomfortable.

I always pray to God, or Heavenly Father, or Lord God. That’s why I write the way I do. I often feel my faith is somewhat Jewish. For more on this please see my post “Lord God, Heavenly Father.”

I know this is getting long, but before I go, I know that horrendous circumstances can also change a person, and the way they believe. I say this not in looking for sympathy, but simply acknowledging that my beliefs have changed over time due to circumstances over a period of years.

Perhaps God uses the devastation in our lives to bring about growth. I believe he has been in my life. I wanted to share my heart today, just a little.

I wish you peace.

      

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The Lamp of the Lord

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“The human spirit is the lamp of the Lord

that sheds light on one’s inmost being.”

Proverbs 20: 27

Ever had someone share some light into your inner most being? Maybe they shared an encouraging word, that restored your hope.

I know I have – received that kind of light.

I know that God used that moment, those words said to me, to really change the way I looked at things.

We can, and do make a difference in other people’s lives!

In that way, you and I can be a lamp! Ain’t that so cool?!! Hallelujah!

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quote from the NIV Bible

Faith is Taking the First Step

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“Faith is taking the first step even when we don’t see the whole staircase.”

Dr. Martin Luther King

We know that we must believe in God and that faith is the beginning of our walking with Him.

And yet there is so much that we don’t know isn’t there? We don’t know the future and at times our lack of a clear vision can cause us to lose hope.

But this is where trust comes in. Why would we trust in God when we can clearly see everything?

Lord God help us to trust in You for what we cannot see! We praise You our God!

And we look forward to all the awesome plans You have in store for us.

Hallelujah (which means praise be to God!)

Amen.

 

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Walking Humbly with Our God

 

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“He has shown you, O mortal what is good. And what

does the Lord require of you? To act justly

and to love mercy and walk humbly

with your God.”

Micah 6:8

When I read this today I think of how we often make our faith in God too complicated! It’s actually kind of simple. We often impose cultural norms on ourselves and call it faith. Or maybe we have a list of rules.

And yet God does make it clear in this verse we are to be humble and we are to follow Him. We are to act justly, but what does that mean?

Well we don’t steal or cheat on our taxes. Instead we do what is good in the eyes of God. And notice we are to love mercy. Aren’t you glad God is merciful? Well, we are to be the same way with people we know.

Lord God, Our Heavenly Father, help us to follow You each day in a humble way. May we do right and be merciful! Continue to work in our lives! We praise You our God, and we thank You!

Amen.

      

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quote from the NIV Bible 

Mountain Skies

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Mountain skies always remind me, that we are not alone,

that I was created

wonderfully made

to walk right here

and humbly

with You Lord God.

And why is it that standing

on top of the mountain

is both thrilling,

and humbling

at the same time?

    

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