Posted in Walks With God

Where ever you go, I go…

Or Following Jesus…

Courtesy of: www.inspirational-bibleverses.com
Courtesy of:
www.inspirational-bibleverses.com

 

Matthew 16:24-26

My friend and I had a discussion about self-esteem, and she provided links about self-esteem not being biblical.  Being open-minded, I took a look at the article, and it has caused me to really take a closer look at what I have learned through the years.

24 Then Jesus said to His disciples,

 “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, 

and take up his cross and follow Me.

Taking up crosses, crosses.  Are these burdens?  Or are these the weight of our sins?  I think it is the combination of both.  Denying ourselves is not being selfish or self-centered.  I try my hardest not to be.  I think we all have moments when we are faced with being selfish.  I catch myself most of the time.  I hope.

25 “For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.

We need to give ourselves over to God and follow where he leads.  He will not forsake us or lead us astray.  We tend to lead ourselves astray with all the temptations around us.  Focusing on Him is hard sometimes, but we must stay the course and not be lead into temptation.

26 “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?

“I would give anything to have…”  I would give anything to be able to…”  “I would sell my soul…” Have you started a sentence or two this way?  I have caught myself saying this.  We all have desires and wishes.  It becomes in a problem in our Christian lives when we want something so bad, we are willing to sacrifice anything to attain it.  When we step away from God to make our desires reality, we are forsaking Him.  Remember, He gave us our gifts and talents.  When we create, give of ourselves, or help others, we are glorifying Him.

Truth time

I have never thought of myself as pretty.  I know that I am smart and talented, but it wasn’t until I chose to follow God that I realized it was through Him.  He makes in his own image, and therefore we must do things that glorify Him.  I have fallen short, been so deep in despair that I have thought of taking my own life.  I have been selfish, and self-important.  There were times that I put things before Him.  I have always prayed for His guidance and grace.  We all need it, though some of us think we can do it alone.

 

Until next time, God Bless.

Posted in Personal, Walks With God

A little less lonely…

Neville Longwhiskers
Neville Longwhiskers

Most people would say it is impossible to be lonely in a house full of children.  They would say the laughter alone would be enough to make them feel a part of something.  I think those people have never had to be apart from someone.  I miss Buddy.  A month at a time on the road is hard on both of us.  Internet connections and Skype aside, it’s lonely not having the one you love with you.

My kitten makes me feel less lonely.  He comes and either sits, waiting for me pick him up and put him in my lap, or he jumps if he thinks I am not paying attention.  He plays with my earbud cord, and, the next thing I know, he is asleep in my lap.  He is positively adorable.  how can you not love something this cute?

My checklist
My checklist

This is day two of my checklist.  I have it on my laptop.  Another might join it.  I haven’t decided.  Yes, breakfast is listed.  If I don’t have it there, I get so wrapped up in my work, it’s lunch before I know it.  I know, I have a lot of social media to cover, but, at 15 minutes each, I think I can handle it.  If I don’t time myself, I will be puttering around all day wasting time, and getting nothing accomplished.

My bible verse today was Hebrews 13:5-8

5 Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”6So we can confidently say,

 “The Lord is my helper;
I will not fear;
what can man do to me?”
7 Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith. 8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

It’s just nice to know that He is always there, and never changes.  In this world where things get lost, tossed in garbage heaps, and re-arranged, it’s wonderful and comforting to know that you can always count on Him to be there when you need Him the most.

Until next time, God Bless.