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There Are No clocks in Heaven

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Genesis 1: 2-5 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.

It appears that the Egyptians were responsible for the 24 hour day. The Egyptians were fond of counting in base twelve (instead of base 10 which is commonly used today). This is thought to be because they counted finger joints instead of fingers. Each of your fingers has three joints, so if you count by pointing to finger joints with your thumb you can count to twelve on each hand. This might seem arbitrary, but is actually just a strange as counting in base ten simply because we have ten digits.

The Division of the hour into 60 minutes and of the minute into 60 seconds comes from the Babylonians who used a sexagesimal (counting in 60s) system for mathematics and astronomy.

In this day and age we literally live by the clock. We have to get up at a certain time of day to get breakfast made, get the kids off to school and get ourselves started on our daily chores or off to work. We watch the clock waiting for break time, then lunch time, then break time, then time to leave, time to pick up kiddies, time to take them to after school activities, time to get home and fix dinner.

It continues from there. Time to do the dishes, time to give the baths and get the kiddies in bed, time to watch your special program or the news, time for you shower or bath, time for you to go to bed and then start his whole ritual all over again the next day.

We have to watch the clock to make sure we get to a doctors appointment, make a meeting on time, get to church on time, get to the store or gas station before they close. We watch the clock to make sure we make certain phone calls on time, check in on family members at a certain time or show up on time for family gatherings. We are constantly watching the clock.

Even though I am not in the work force anymore, I still watch that darn old clock. There are the normal infusion appointments to make three times a week, Doctors appointments to go to, certain times that certain medications should be taken, certain times that we like to eat, take a nap or watch a movie. We have a certain time that we call mom and a certain time that we check in on family members through social media, and we try to keep a certain time to get ready for bed.

I never thought that I would have to watch that clock as much now as I did when I worked, but it seems that this whole world is controlled by that “clock”. But when we get to heaven, life is eternal and I am so thankful that there are no clocks in heaven.

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Great is Thy Faithfulness

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Missouri sunrise by Cindy Aldridge

Great is Thy Faithfulness

 There are ups and downs throughout all of our life. There are good times, comfortable times, times of worry and times where we feel like we are walking through the valley, all alone, with no way out. There is no one, absolutely no one, who has a perfect life. Some people share their problems and others hide them, trying to handle them all on their own because they feel it makes them look less competent or successful in the eyes of others.

 

Sometimes we go through dry periods, where everything seems to be tumbling down on top of us so fast that we don’t think we can ever dig back out. Sometimes when we are experiencing these walks in the valley we feel like God is not with us, that he has forsaken us, given up on us or does not love us anymore.

But, there are many ways that he sends us messages. It may be through something someone says to us, it may be something we hear in church or read in the news. It might be something that just pops out at us as we are reading the scriptures.

The other morning, standing on the deck, listening to the church bells that play each morning, I recognized the song as one of my all time favorites the chorus of which goes like this “Great is Thy faithfulness!” “Great is Thy faithfulness!” Morning by morning new mercies I see; All I have needed Thy hand hath provided, Great is Thy faithfulness,” Lord, unto me”

Then on Sunday Morning, the song that the vocalist chose to sing was the same song. When I logged on to the Social Media later that day, the first two posts that I saw were from two pastor friends of mine. Both were exactly the same “Lamentations 3:22-23 It is of the Lord‘s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.” The verse that the song was taken from.

This is a clear message from the Lord, that no matter what happens in our lives, no matter how many times we fail, no matter how many times we end up in what seems like an endless valley, he is always there, he is by our side and he will not fail us, he is always faithful. That song has been playing in my head now for days and has greatly lifted my spirit, for it is a reminder that no matter what we are going through, he is here with us.

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Every Precious Moment

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Get off the computer, turn off your phone, turn of the radio, television, iPad or iPod or whatever device you have on. Sit down somewhere, outside or inside, wherever you are most comfortable, where the weather will permit, where you can have a few moments of peace and quiet.

Just sit there for a moment and take in your surroundings, listen to the lack of noise, enjoy the fact that there is no interruptions from any electronic devises, enjoy the fact that you sit there, quiet and peaceful in the presence of only God, and maybe have a small conversation with him.

Next, start thinking of interactions you have had over the last few days with your kids, your spouse, your family, your friends and even those you work with or see at the stores, doctors office, library or other public venue. What were those interactions like. Did you talk to everyone you met, at least saying hello or giving a hug , a handshake, a pat on the back or “how are you doing”?

This world has become so fast paced, so technical that we often miss the opportunities for someone to affect our day or for us to affect their day in a positive way. It seems that we are always rushing around and no matter what we do, we don’t have enough moments in the day to do all that we push ourselves to do.

When my son was little, I missed a lot of those precious moments. Because I got involved with the wrong individual and ended up in an abusive situation that it took me years to get away from, I was not allowed that special time with him, as much as I would like to have had and I missed out on many things I wanted to say to him. I had to work double shifts or two jobs and he would be asleep when I got home. This person did not allow me to be the one to take my son anywhere because he knew that I wouldn’t come back if I could get away anywhere with my son.

I tried to make up for this when I got away from that evil human being, but my son was already an adult, working and raising a family of his own. We had special times with family, and he and I had a strong bond, but that didn’t replace the time we lost together when he was small. I lived with him and his family off and on for seven years, but still because I had to work and he had other obligations. But he was grown up now and those childhood special moments could not be regained.

There are so many precious moments you might be missing, especially if you allow your children to be enveloped in electronic devices, especially if you are hooked on them too. Don’t make yourself so busy that you miss those family times together or those one on one talks that you and they don’t even realize you need.

I have regrets, I’ve lost so many precious moments with my relatives, with friends, with loved ones because I made such huge mistakes when I was young. I lost a lot of precious moments with my siblings because of my mistakes and sadly I only have one sister and one half-brother left.

I try to make as many precious moments as I can. I guess later is better than never. I reach out more to others than I had time to before. I consider every encounter, every conversation, every interaction as an opportunity for precious moments, maybe not always for me, but possible for others as well. I thank God for the precious moments I do have to hold on to. Don’t lose out on all those precious moments you can have, remember that tomorrow is never promised.

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Half Full or Half Empty?

glass of waterHalf full or Half Empty?

You’ve heard this reference probably many times in your life. They set a glass or cup on a table that is only partially filled with water and they ask your opinion “Is the glass half full or half empty?”. It’s a lesson on how to look at things in a positive way. If your perceive it as half empty, then they suggest that you feel like your life is lacking and should learn to look at it as half full, so instead of seeing your life as lacking, it is half full with room for more.

I suddenly thought about this today so I did a little research. A person can go 30 to 40 days without eating depending on their general health and age. They can go 3 to 5 days without water, again depending on their health and age. The average person can only survive 3 minutes without breathing before damage to the brain, heart and other organs begins, although some divers have been able to train themselves to hold their breath for a full 22 minutes.

Now let’s look at the glass again. We have to definitely have air and water to survive for any amount of time. I am looking at my glass a little differently now, for indeed it is all the way full. Half of it is water and the other half is air.

I just love it when I get these little bits of wisdom, these different ways of looking at things and I am most sure that they come from the Lord. He is always teaching us through our life experiences and every so often he throws in a little tidbit like this. My glass is definitely full to the brim and over flowing for it contains everything I need to have to survive.

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Rose Colored Glasses

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We meet a lot of people in life. Some are family, some are friends, some become family and others remain just acquaintances or strangers. There are different people that come and go in our lives that leave a lasting affect on us. There are also those who are in our lives for the long run.

We have those that leave a bitter taste in our mouths when we think about them and we are usually very glad when their journey takes them far from us. There are those that we like, and those that we love, and those that don’t make a big impression on us one way or another, and there are those who absolutely inspire us.

She always has a smile on her face when you see her, and hugs are always there for free. She doesn’t look for arguments, in fact she will try to put a more logical, positive spin on anything that has negative overtones.

As her one friend said “she looks at the world through “Rose Colored Glasses” and I have to fully agree. She loves nature, she loves taking pictures of her farm and especially the sky. She is enthralled with the things that God has created.

She never complains even though some would say she has a right to. Unlike some people who have been through their own personal hell and came out bitter, she came out more thankful for what she does have.

Her faith amazes me. She never seems to worry about what she needs, she says “My Father” will take care of it or “it’s on it’s way” and she is always right, for eventually what she needs appears, sometimes through direction from the Lord and sometimes he has it delivered right to her front door.

We relate on so many levels and think so much alike, but I don’t think I am her equal when it comes to looking at the world through “Rose Colored Glasses.” I still struggle with anger, disappointment and worry at times, but, hopefully some day I will attain the gift of being able to look through “the Rose Colored Glasses” like my little sister does.

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Writers Block

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All writers experience writers block from time to time. Whether they are writing a script for a movie, working on a book, or writing an article for the news. Sometimes words don’t click in our brains the way we want them to and we end up with a piece that doesn’t say what we want or turns into a long, dragged out mini book that is boring.

I write. It’s what I do when the Lord inspires me to. When I was working on the 366 days of Thanksgiving, I would have the list in front of me for that day, but not always was time on my side. While some of the “thankful’s” explained clearly what I was thankful for on that day, others that were too quickly written sounded dull and boring.

I haven’t written for awhile because I have been slammed with an extensive case of “writers block”. I have a few articles in the works but they are way below the standards that I set for myself so until I can figure out how to rearrange them or reword them, they will sit in the “later” file.

Don’t get me wrong, I believe I live a very blessed life. It took me years to learn how truly blessed I was. It took me years to realize, that even when I was walking through the darkest, blackest valley in my life, Jesus was right there next to me, making sure that I didn’t go through more than I could handle, making sure that I would make it through.

There is so much light in my life now. I am no longer the “woe is me” person that I was many years ago. I may not be rich in material things and some months, the month outlasts the money, but we always make it through and I have learned not to stress over it.

This light that I talk about doesn’t come from the sun or a lamp or any artificial source. It comes from the people around me that the Lord has put in my path. I am so surrounded with this light, the love of those near me that sometimes I feel like my heart will burst.

And that’s what it really is all about. When you’ve accepted Jesus and start living the way he prescribes, it becomes easier and easier to leave the stress behind, no matter what may be happening, whether you are on top of the mountain or in the valley. It’s called having faith. It’s called trusting in the one who saved you. It’s called love. 1 Corintians 13:13 “ and now abide faith hope and love, these three, but the greatest of these is love.

I am ever so thankful for the Lord, for teaching me how to love and be loved, by showing me that in this corrupt and evil world there is a way to find peace. I talk with him daily and while there are no levine flashes or thunderbolts or burning bushes, he answers me. He answers me with love and peace and direction. He puts in my path the people who can help, or those that I can help, those that love me and I love them.

I know eventually that I will get past this case of “writers block” and will get back to writing more often than I have been, but in the meantime I must practice patience and wait on the Lord.

Isaiah 40:31 -“but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”

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Doors

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We spend a lot of our life opening, closing and going through doors. Think about it. We go in and out the front and back doors of our house. We walk through office and business doors, doors on churches, schools, libraries, grocery stores, neighbors houses and those of relatives. How many times a day do we open and close our car doors?

If we are kind and caring, we may often open and hold doors for friends, relatives, children, the elderly, the disabled or just the person behind us. A true gentleman always opens and holds the door for his wife, girlfriend, mother, mother-in-law or any other woman in his presence. He will also show the respect of holding open the doors for his parents and grand parents.

God opens doors for us all of our lives. Doors to different levels like enabling us to walk through to a better job, get medical treatment we need, or buy a house. He will open doors that lead us to the love of our life, the house we always wanted or a spiritual need we have.

Often, in our rush through our daily lives, we miss those doors and go through one of our choosing that sometimes ends up being catastrophic or stressful, but further down the path of life, he will present the right door again, at the right time after we have learned not to ignore the doors he presents to us.

Sometimes he will open doors for us that we have asked for in prayer if he determines that they are the right doors for us to go through. If you are asking for a door to be opened for a selfish reason, you more than likely will find that door locked.

Matthew 7:7 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.

There is one door he will not open on his own. Because he gave us free will, allowed us to make our own choices, that door remains closed until you open it yourself. It is the door to your heart. He stands at that door and knocks :

Revelation 3:20 ‘Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me

Will you open the door?