Happy New year again.
This is the time of year to celebrate Jewish New Year and then to begin again with repenting on Yom Kippur. Jesus was a Jewish Rabbi so I so want to understand and participate in Jewish holidays and traditions. Often these help us see more richness in the Bible.
Yes, I know it may seem crazy but we celebrate Jan and a new year, Feb we celebrate Chinese New Year (we have many culturally different friends from our church,) in the spring we have an Iranian New Year (I worked with a doctor from Iran.).We have a corporate new year in the summer and then the fall we celebrate and reset again. So I purpose to restart anything that is not going well five times a year.
21 But in my mind I keep returning to something,
something that gives me hope —
22 that the grace of ADONAI is not exhausted,
that his compassion has not ended.
23 [On the contrary,] they are new every morning!
How great your faithfulness!
24 “ADONAI is all I have,” I say;
“therefore I will put my hope in him.
from the complete Jewish Bible.
This is my favorite verse on God renewing us with His compassion and grace, daily.
This has been a crazy year with lots of work at my ministry. Been busy and reworking the call on my life. I have been in a battle for my health and in most ways I am winning. So the shorting of my blogging. Still unable to work I am three days working at prayer ministry, and my continued studying. In my faith we believe that God’s mercies are new everyday. So forgiveness and mercy are ongoing with the renewal of our soul through our Savior, Jesus. Happy New Year , joyful new day.
Tim Tebow is having criticism for giving God credit through Jesus every time a good thing happens in a game. One of the commentators is complaining because he is tired of hearing the name of Jesus. Another football Christian suggests that bringing credit to Jesus may be overstating things or building walls with some. I do not think you can say the name of Jesus too much. Everytime His name is mentioned something is different in the spirit. That is why Satan in Hollywood loves to take the name of the Lord in vain and the name bothers so many to hear it repeated. There is power in the Name, the name that there is none like. Jesus the Son of God.
Giving God glory is part of a process and when it happens others are claimed for Christ because the sound of His name will bring those that are chosen to come to Him. What non- believers do not understand that there is power in the name and there is release in the spirit when He gets the glory. Our purpose is to glorify God and the point of our creation was to accomplish that. As we do that the heart of God is satisfied. and He loves everyone and the mention of His name is an opportunity to bring more to Him.
Complete exchange that our salvation is a glorifying moment for God. Truth is a very good deal for us. The purpose of our existence is in the accomplishment of giving glory to God that makes others come to know Him. That is a result of our love for God. It is all about His love for us.
November 22, 2011
This is a most intentional time that we have in the United States to give thanks. For those of you that do not know Whom we give thanks to, let me share the truth that there is one true God. He sent His son Jesus to earth to be human, die on a cross so we could be freed from the slavery of sin. You could say we become slaves to Christ. I would suggest you read my other blog on what it means in the Bible days to be a slave.
This week a lot of people will spend a lot of time and money gathering food and people to one place to become a thanksgiving celebration. For many the celebrating with family is painful and a lot of alcohol is mixed with the food and an incredibly difficult time is had by all.
To me the attitude of gratitude is the goal this week. Really this is practice to learn to live a life filled with gratitude. It is only in this place that the peace of the living God can move in our lives. He can teach us how to be grateful. The very first way is to recognize we need a savior. For those of you that don’t need one you may want to check out some of the modern books about hell. Consider, the most recent one about a little boy that visited heaven and met his sister that he did not know existed . She was a miscarriage and when the boy told his parents they were amazed because this child had never been told by them about her. There is heaven, there may be hell. For some of you it is faith to believe, but you have been given enough faith by God to believe, so tap into it.
I am most gratefiul, thankful and appreciative for a true relationship, friendship, and dynamic experiential time with Jesus. The Bible talks about us seeing Jesus and personal time with Him, as well as having the opportunity to hear from the Holy Spirit anytime we have a question.
The next richest thing I have to be grateful for is the friends I have. I am blessed beyond measure because my adopted family of God has some of the richest relationships on the planet. I am also blessed to have friendship amongst my immediate family. Those take work and investment of time, all of them, but I believe God created us to be in relationship with Him and through our relationships with others is how He heals our brokenness.
HAPPY THANKSGIVING, and thanks for visiting Nanaswordsofwisdom.com/blog
Ok, today I am trending a turnaround.
Have you ever had a water pipe that began to leak, all of a sudden. A hole appears and water is gushing out and it is going everywhere, or a septic backup and human waste is coursing back into your house. Well, you have to call a plumber or if you are young and healthy you must fix it, right away. It is not a problem that you can ponder and process the way to fix because other wise the problem with grow, and expand and damage so much more.
So it was sort of with me as I had a physical health problem build a large wall in my life right in front of me blocking everything from going forward, and I am through incredible, pain, mission failure and angst.
I apologize for being so long since I made a blog entry. I have gone through some crazy sickness and energy collapse.
I have written about my health journey and you can read under personal health on my blog if you are interested. It is about our broken system. If you never have experienced and if you are nearer the 50 yr mark get ready cause if you are unfortunate in health you will walk through the broken doors. I never have understood with all the American knowledge and smarts how we let our healthcare system get so corrupt and ineffective for the average patient. That doesn’t mean the workers are that way they seem to be trapped in the same kind of system. We have other countries to study who have health care systems why can’t we study them and pic what works well and leave what doesn’t?
Is it possible that on Fat Tuesday. Mardi Gras, the Lord may be grieved. If He had disdain for us that so many put on the Lord, He might rejoice that tonight and for weeks before the Lenten holiday people will destroy themselves with sin. By the way, the only thing that Mardi Gras was stopped for was two world wars, enough sin going on there.
Ok, if you were a parent and you told your child that on Friday we will sit down and list all the bad things that you have done. Because I love you I want you to understand what those things are bad for you and how they have harmed you. Then because I have unconditional love for you I want you to know that I will forgive you. We will try to figure out better behavior that will keep you safe and will not make you sick.
But oh, if you have chopped your hand off with that axe I told you not to play with, or you have lung cancer cause I told you not to damage your body, well there is still a consequence to that. You cannot breath and you have no hand. So was that binge of revelry and ultimate rebellion even close to worth the loss of your hand, or the person that you harmed because you got so drunk in your blackout you raped a little girl by the name of Suzy. Was all that momentary supposed pleasure, that soon turns to vomiting and massive headaches even remotely resemble fun now?
If you are a parent can you even begin to imagine why this child that you love more than anything else wants to incessantly choose behavior that will hurt themselves and others.
Does the depravity and craziness of a debauching week or month or lifetime make any sense when you are on the outside looking in. I spent many years as a bartender and unfortunately to the bar help the drunk is never cute, or funny, just sad and pathetic…
So God does not want you to choose that and I DARE say that He is probably very sad that the Catholic church (pope Gregory X111 in 1582 made fat tues, the tues before ash wednesday) began the start of lent by spending weeks before practicing sin, as if we need practice…And the point was leading up to the biggest gift mankind received Jesus the Risen Lord on Easter. Boy, Satan has sure usurped that one in Mardi Gras. 🙂
I have two grandchildren that live near me. Staying close to them is an easy thing, they come over several times a week. We go to the park and we go swimming and we go many places. I am always searching for things that we can go and do that does not cost us much to do. We live in Atlanta, Ga. area and there are many things to do that cost plenty of money. In the indoor days there are many creative things to do, but that is another topic.
Today I want to talk about the five grandchildren that are about a seven hour drive away.
We make as many trips as we can afford right now and often are taking long weekends to do that. That is great , but in lieu of that we are experimenting with other ways. The oldest son is ten and he is typing and now attempting email through his mom’s email. I am working on getting my son to hook up a camera to do skype. One of my patients said that her grandchild knew her after watching her on skype. The baby knew her voice and face and they actually had a great time when they finally met because of those connections.
I still believe in snail mail especially when we are trying to make new connections with children. There is nothing like a small hand written note that you could reread time after time or pictures to send and I like to include stickers that you can buy at a big lots cheap or a dollar type store.
You can have several little things that you could put in the flat envelopes so you don’t have to spend a lot on shipping. I do know that a small shipping fee may be worth putting a bunch of little trinkets wrapped in a box. When my children were young my Mom always sent so many little things to the kids that often were of less value than the cost of the box mailing. To this day my adult children remember the effort that she made to think of them on holidays. They knew she did not have much money or spend a lot to let them know she wanted connection with them. With talking, and texting, mail, email, facebook,
Twitter, there are lots of electronic methods to keep in touch. The main thing is to keep in touch. Being a grandma is the best.
New Years day has come and gone. Since I have moved around the United States and lived in different places I have made notes on the different new year celebrations. Some people eat black eyed peas and cabbage. In the south collard greens are a special treat and normally easy to come by even in the beginning of winter.
In NW Arkansas they had to have cabbage and corned beef. Certain foods would indicate good luck if you ate them the first day of the year. I live in Atlanta, a very cosmopolitan, international, city, and I have the privilege of meeting people from all over the world. As I learn about other people and their way of celebrating different things I learned that not every one has the same new year. My Chinese Student friends have a new year shortly after the calendar new year we celebrate. In 2011 it is Feb 3 and the year of the rabbit. Apparently they have a very old calendar and base it on the lunar cycles so it changes all the time. So I can commemorate new year again. Then my Iranian boss celebrates on the spring solstice often at Sunday 2:oopm March 20.
Ah and then in the fall the Jewish new year begins September 28 2011 at sundown. Let’s see, that makes, one two, three, four, new starts. Each one has a different way of celebrating although I enjoy the ones that include food, so many different types of that. Then there can be new goals, new guidance, new excitement.
One of my favorite scripture that allows me to have a renewed mercy every morning is lamentations 3:20-23(amplified version)
But this I recall, and therefore I have hope and expectation: It is because of the Lord’s mercy and loving kindness that we are not consumed, because His tender compassions (mercy) never fail. They are new every morning, great and abundant is Your stability and faithfulness.
As I meet the one true Jesus in the morning with worship to commune with His father, I am reminded that I have a new chance every morning (or whenever I ask) for new mercy and forgiveness anytime I have the courage to repent, forgive and be forgiven. Lots of chance for new beginnings.
Ok grandmothers and parents alike. It is harvest time and how do you want to teach little ones the beauty of celebrating bounty? The goal for me was to teach thankfulness for food and how we can turn crops into goodies to eat.
I am always looking for opportunities to teach the children the miracle of plants because there is nothing more miraculous than a seed. (Animal seeds too) A tiny thing provides all the directions for a duplicate and multiplying food producer. One tiny tomatoes seed made a one half bushel of tomatoes for us in dry weather and excessive heat conditions. Imagine if the conditions were more perfect, what can happen. So even though we live in a city the project was harvest. The local church had a pumpkin fund raiser. The boys (ages five and three) had as much fun with the wagon as the pumpkin. So we pulled the wagon and compared sizes. The pumpkins were marked so we picked out the pumpkin and pulled the wagon to the place to see what size to figure out what price.(a little math lesson)
When we got home the boys helped me crumple up newspaper and fill some clothes to make a scarecrow. They learned what is a scarecrow and why do you have to scare crows. The pumpkin was hallowed out and about 2 cups of pumpkin came out of the extra inside.
This week we are making pumpkin puree and muffins to see about how this pumpkin turned into food. As we cut a scary face and lit it I taught the boys my understanding of evil and good and how I depend on Jesus when I am afraid , great teaching moment. The large pumpkins cost five dollars. The scarecrow cost nothing. The time together was priceless. So free and cheap ideas boil down to teaching our children what we know and believe. In a survey of many children of all ages the thing they most wanted from the adults in their lives was to spend time with them, imagine that. Most of all spending time with them teaches them that we prize our relationship with them.