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.
It came like smoke that fills the top of the room. It flows through the ceiling and covers the eight foot ceiling above you. It fills the room slowly, steadily and then all of a sudden every cubic inch of air is suffocating with this evil presence. It is Grief. It is loss and it is pain. The whole room is filled and all of a sudden you cannot move and your arms do not want to move. You are looking at something trying to remember what it was you were doing.(oh, that could be old age..hehe). “Oh, where am I ?” you ask in your mind, or maybe out loud, because it can make you lonely and you talk to yourself. You look around and you see people but at the same time you are alone. YOU are the one that cannot reach out. Because the grief has wrapped you as a thin layer of skin of pain, numbness and tingling all at once you cannot feel the presence of another.
It is grief. It is loss. When did it happen?. How did it happen? Why did it happen? There are no answers. You have not understood how it came upon you but you are like engulfed as if an octopus with the tentacles are wrapped around you and consider that the suction cups on you are sucking the life blood out of you. A serious layer of sorrow and indescribable tiredness overwhelms you. It can fall off the cliff and become full blown depression. But maybe not. There is a glimmer of light on the horizon. You hear a voice that reaches through the fog or smoke surrounding. You hear another person asking if they can make you some food. You stumble to the kitchen and sit and try to eat. It is not enticing. You can go through the motions but when you put food in your mouth you feel too tired to chew. You think if you could sleep you may be able to wake up and it will be gone. But then, you do it and when you wake, it is still there. You don’t know exactly what to do about it. Again a phone call. Someone says they are sorry. You wonder why they are sorry because they cannot possibly understand what you feel. You certainly do not. It is Grief, it is loss.
How do I get rid of it? Will it ever go away?. It seems it may not. Everyone in the house is touched and the pain continues. The dog even tiptoes around. She has understood. It was her sister, that she had never been away from for over thirty minutes. It is hers too. And the others in the house feel it although it was not their loved one that is gone.
From Alfred Lord Tennyson’s poem In Memoriam:27, 1850:
I hold it true, whate’er befall;
I feel it, when I sorrow most;
‘Tis better to have loved and lost
Than never to have loved at all.
When grief or loss pays a visit, this does not seem so true. As time will make a wound into a scar, we can almost believe this until we have a new love. As time changes the scar, we can massage it to help it heal. In spiritual ways there are things to talk out with God. When you have grief or loss you must go through it. I heard once it said if you are going through hell, do not stop. I think grief is like that. Do not plan to stay there but it is different for each one of us. Check out the http://www.petloss.com/rainbowbridge.htm if you have lost a pet. If you have a family member you may read Heaven is for Real., Or The Boy Who Went to Heaven.( Go through my Amazon.com Link and help us out) There are lots of tales of those that have died and have returned and have seen heaven. My most reliable story is the one about Jesus Christ and what he says about getting to heaven. There is one road.
I have lost both my parents, and many of my close pets. Grief does get more tolerable but the missing doesn’t go away. For me I focus on the good memories of the loss and that helps me handle what never leaves. Again, it is a process and my biggest grief is loosing much of my health. I may recover some of it, but aging often reduces it. That one just frustrates me and I need more prayer. Consider that another entry at another 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
I was reading about the expression, “More than one way to skin a cat,” in reference to how our words may appear to slander another’s ideas of proper, or cat lovers abound and how would that expression fly in the face of someone you were trying to make peace with, or inspire to have a relationship with Jesus. So one reference said that the skin a cat actually referred to skinning catfish where the skin is pulled off the animal as it is turned inside out.
So the natural process in my investigation takes me to the language is changing website and it occurred to me that I had frequently heard some younger people actually saying LOL instead of laughing in a particular situation. Now I know they say technology has helped us but as I learn that my smart phone does not accurately predict the words I am typing, and even will not let me call a rug shampooer a rugger, as my five year old grandson so aptly named it (my immediate family knows what that is) it hit me that spelling laughter may be the ultimate insult to the gift of laughter (I believe given by God) Ok, so our creator has made a thing that when we laugh causes our positive emotions to reduce stress, lower blood pressure, and the cardiac benefits are equal to exercise. So what has technology done when some think our friends on facebook are true human encounters and instead of the emotion of laughter we abbreviate the most important benefit and say LOL. Come on now, we need to laugh at the irony of life , the complexity of problems, not at the expense of others but with others.Watch a comedy with a friend today or go bowling, nothing is funnier. Try and have fun tackling anything new to boost your brain cells and improve your health. I vote to take away LOL in conversation, laugh for heavens sake… and for your sake. Jesus laughed, and He frequently corrected with mirth.
And what if they studied the effect that the Joy of the Lord has on us, consider the joy that in all circumstances gives us strength, the joy knowing how much He loves us. I know that has health benefits.
Today we are deep into the season of summer and at our church we have a program called Breakthrough to Joy. I facilitate a small group we have after our praise team leads us to His spirit. Then we have a teaching . Then we have an hour small group. This program is developed by the Oaks of Righteousness team(the Robinsons and others) and they are in process to get the program on the web for others to enjoy. I have facilitated small groups for 6 years. The time I went to take the class myself, my father went home. I did not think he was going to be with my Jesus but I was shown by the Lord, that he is singing in His choir. Several faithful praying people reached him for Christ at the end of his 88 years. Amen. This program set me free, and I think the prayers and “outside of time” work that I did with Jesus has made a difference in my life, and I have seen it in my children’s lives. Until I came to Liberty church in Marietta, Ga. I had never experienced anything like it and I have worked alongside of others to show everyone who wants to know that you can have an intimate relationship with Jesus. He will set us free from wrong ways of doing and thinking. The principles are all in the Bible but when worked together to perfect a relationship with Jesus, He shows up and will change your heart, even the subconscious heart that we know not of. It strengthens families and the body of Christ for bringing Glory to our Lord. Check it out through Oaksofrighteousness.org, (we have one on one prayer ministry available) or through Liberty Church.org that is full of major resources from our talented teachers and pastors, it is all on the web.
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?