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Pain

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The medical and research industry has made leaps and bounds in discovering and producing products that will reduce our physical pains. Pain is usually an indicator that something is wrong in our bodies and before we seek pain medications we should find out why we have that pain. Advancements in diagnosing physical and medical problem help the doctors to determine the underlying problems of your pain.

Some pain is associated with aging or diseases that cannot be healed and often there is little to no relief. Even if pain killers are prescribed, you end up on a roller coaster ride, having to take these medications every few hours during the day and/or night. Sadly a lot of these medications have long term side effects that could cause worse problems than the pain you are experiencing. Many people today are researching and finding natural ways to relieve their pain.

Reducing pain makes it easier to get through each day but eliminating it completely may not be a very good idea as increased pain can indicate that a condition has gotten worse or a new condition has presented itself. Pain medications have also been responsible for addictions that people normally wouldn’t have and have been the causes of many drug overdose deaths.

In the spiritual/emotional realm of our lives, we experience other pains such as guilt, fear, anxiety, depression, rage and bitterness. They have discovered and created drugs to numb these types of pain, many of which affect your thinking processes and numb you to what is really happening around you. Some of them are very successful in taking away most emotional responses, leaving you feeling like a zombie of sorts.

In the John Hagee prophecy bible, on page 743, he addresses these types of pain and whether there is any value to having these pains. He says that most of Society, today considers any kind of these pains as bad and must be abolished for a person to remain healthy. Take at look at what he says.

True guilt indicates a conscience sensitive to sin. Fear prepares for a flight from danger or effort to overcome an obstacle. Anxiety indicates a person needs to reassess his trust in God. Depression is a warning that life has become a burden and either the weight needs to be lightened or help is needed to bear it. Rage suggests that a person has lost perspective and begun taking too much of life as a personal attack. Bitterness means that rage is hardening into a defensive, hostile attitude toward people and circumstances.”

These pains, like their physical counterparts, indicate that something is wrong. Action needs to be taken to alleviate these pains and get life back into a forgiven, peaceful, hopeful, patient and loving zone. Without the pains we couldn’t take advantage of the pleasures God gives us.”

My life has been a roller coaster ride of pain, starting in early childhood and continuing on through my life now, both emotional, spiritual and physical. But I have learned over the years to pay attention to that pain. If I have a new pain, I don’t automatically run for a pain killer. I assess it. Where is it at, how long does it last, does it seem to continue? I also research it to see if it is related to any of the medical conditions I already have and if necessary, if the pain lingers, I see the doctor.

But when it comes to my spiritual pain, that is another matter. I’ve learned some valuable lessons about my spiritual pain. I’m not perfect, nor will I ever be. I experience all of the emotional/spiritual pains described above at different times in my life and I have learned that I need to face them head-on.

When I feel those pains coming on, I contact my healer to help me through them. He is always on call, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and you don’t have to leave a message with his answering service and wait for him to call you back. He is always taking on new patients and the fee is simple. It won’t cost you an arm and a leg and you won’t have to take a bunch of medications, but it will take a commitment on your part. His name is Jesus.

Psalm 50:15 Call to me in times of trouble. I will save you, and you will honor me.”

Revelations 21:4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

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Tomorrow

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Tomorrow is a very special day. No, it’s not the birthday of any President or any other Politician. Its not a summer holiday like Memorial day or the 4th of July, it isn’t a Harvest celebration and it’s not the first day of school, but it is a day that we celebrate freedom, our most important freedom. We remember different wars and battles that have insured our freedom as a nation, but this man insured a freedom that no battle or war could, the freedom from sin with the promise of eternal life.

Over 2000 years ago an innocent man was convicted of crimes he did not commit and sentenced to die. You may wonder why we would celebrate the death of this individual for the three days, from the day of his death until tomorrow, the day that he was to be the only one to defeat death and rise from the grave. We celebrate this man because of who was and who he still is.

This man felt pain, suffered grief, anger and humiliation at the hands of his accusers before he was nailed to the cross. He felt love and he felt kinship and he felt sorrow. He was spit on, cursed, and ridiculed, and lied about. He was whipped with a cat of nine tails, a whip that had sharp objects attached to leather strands, that when used on a person, literally ripped the skin from their bodies. It is said that as he carried that cross, you could see his lungs drawing in a letting out air through the bloody mess of his back.

As he hung upon that cross, he didn’t cuss and swear and yell at his executioners. He didn’t cry and beg to be taken down. He didn’t demand any last requests or a last meal. No, instead he hung there in pain and asked that his executioners be forgiven because they still didn’t understand what they were doing.

Luke 23:24 And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” And they cast lots to divide his garments.

As he mouthed the words “It is finished”, the curtain in the Holy of Holies was torn from the top to the bottom, and the earth gave a world wide shutter that was felt in every place. The clouds blocked out the sun and many people shrunk in terror over the sudden change in the air, most still not realizing what the cause was. At the moment, even one of the soldiers who was involved his execution looked up and remarked “surely this was a righteous man”.

Luke 23: 44-48 And it was about the sixth hour and ther was darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour. And the sun was darkened and the veil of the temple was rent in the midst. And when Jesus cried out with a loud voice “father, into they hands I commend my spirit and having said thise he gave up the ghost. Now when the centurion saw what was done, he glorified God, saying “certainly this was a righteous man” And all the people that came together to that sight, beholding the things which were done, smote their breasts and returned.

Jesus died for our sins, but he rose on the third day, defeating death and now sits at the right hand of the Father, interceding for our sins. He doesn’t look down on us with anger. He doesn’t look down on human-kind with thoughts of vengeance over being wrongly executed. No, he looks down on us with love, and he stands by our side to strengthen us, to help us when times are rough and he lives within us, guiding us as we go through this life. All he asks in return is that we believe in him, love him and share him. That we, humans with an inherent sin nature, do the best that we can to live as he has said we should.

We celebrate the fact that our sins can be forgiven through belief and love for this man, and we stand on his promise that some day he is coming back to take us to eternal life, eternal utopia, a place of love with no hate, no sorrow, no illness and no grief and no sin and no looking back.

If you celebrate this day with the other millions that do so, celebrate it for what it is, not for Easter Egg Hunts, not for a family dinner, not for a BBQ, not for a day off work, but for the fact that he died for us and will return for us some day.

If you don’t know him, there is no better time than now to talk to him, to ask forgiveness of your sins, to allow him to come into your heart an take over your life. I had a person tell one time that he would go to church and seek Christ late in life, that this was what you did when you got old. Tomorrow is never promised and tomorrow may be too late.

Happy Easter

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Are You Ready?

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Christ of the Ozarks, Eureka Springs, Arkansas

Are You Ready

We go through a lot of “Are You Ready” times in our lives. Some of these are times that we have to make life changing decisions, like are you ready to go to college, are you ready to fall in love, are you ready for marriage, are you ready for children, are you ready to change jobs, are you ready to buy that new house or that new car.

Some of these decisions make a huge difference that could last a life time, and those who think logically or were raised to balance out what needs to be done don’t make these decisions lightly. Good parents try to teach their children as they are growing up how to make good decisions.

Not everyone is raised that way. My parents mostly raised me under the “do as I say, not as I do rule”. There were times that they lied to me and times that I found out later, they tried to cheat me out of something that belonged solely to me.

I learned most of what I know on my own and I made some very bad decisions, some that I still pay for today, some that come back to haunt me and make wonder why I wasn’t a little smarter, why I jumped into things head first.

Don’t get me wrong, I was considered pretty intelligent but that was only academically. I was the original “Nerd” who got all the awards that were handed out in homeroom every six weeks. Honor Roll, Merit Roll, Citizenship, and Deans list were just a few.

Even after all my mistakes, when I was on the road to healing emotionally after almost 20 years in an abusive relationships, I still made the Honor Roll, Merit Roll, Deans List and Citizenship in the College I attended. I even got an award, and I was the only one in my class that received it “Over Coming Odds.”

You can be genius academically, but that isn’t going to help you with real life outside of your job. You need to have a different and instinctive knowledge to live in the outside world. There are pitfalls and black holes around every corner that want to suck you in and never let you go. My parents never talked to me or taught me anything about these and there was no class that I took that taught it.

I’ve been through a lot in my life, and from everything I have become stronger and wiser. The biggest lesson I learned is that I needed Jesus in my life. Once I realized that and accepted him it was like I stepped off this planet onto another.

This world is crazy, and it is getting crazier each day. Politics has become a war and not about getting people in office who really want to see this country and it’s people do better, and sadly that seems to be the case in most other countries, some of which still live under a dictatorship. Crime, war, and violence have reached unheard of levels. Families, neighbors and leaders turn on each other on a daily basis and the laws that once protected us change on a daily basis.

There will come a day when Jesus takes his believer to heaven with him. After that there will be seven years of tribulation. More violent, more devastating than anything we have ever seen on this earth before.

Now is the time for one of those “Are You Ready Moments”. Are you ready for Jesus return? Are you ready to to be raptured to heaven with Jesus and all the other believers or will it take the 7 year tribulation to awake you?

Matthew 10: 35-36 For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household.

Matthew 24:21 – For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.

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Where Do You Find It?

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Where do You Find It?

It’s not in your closet or under your bed. You won’t find it in the kitchen, living room, bedroom or den. You will be wasting your time and energy if you go looking in the attic, down in the basement, or in the trunk of the car.

It is not on a shelf at the local store and no convenience store or gas station carries it in their stock. Your neighbors don’t have yours and you can’t get it from you mother, father, sisters or brothers or even your best friend. Your doctor or dentist doesn’t have yours either.

Look as you will, you won’t find it in a box, or a chest or any other storage place. You can’t just call someone for it and it cannot be ordered to be delivered at your door. Your co-workers might have their own but they won’t have yours. Some people find more of it when they are alone and some claim to get theirs out in nature. Others find theirs in the pages of a book while other find it in a song, and some find theirs in prayer.

It’s free for the taking, it’s actually a gift. It’s non-transferable, non-returnable, it’s something you must keep, you can’t give it to others although you may at some point be able to help others find theirs. You can’t buy this anywhere nor can you lend it to someone else.

No one can take yours away although they can disrupt it but only if you allow them to. The true form comes from only one place although there are some who claim to have acquired it on their own. What is it? It’s peace, the only true peace that is offered to us through knowing Christ.

John 14:27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

Colossians 3:15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.

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The Last Hurrah

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The Last Hurrah

It is amazing how far we have advanced. When a dictionary usually only had definitions for a “word” they now have definitions for phrases also. I was shocked to actually find a definition for the “Last Hurrah”. The free dictionary defines it as 1. a final appearance or effort, especially at the end of a career. 2. a politician’s final campaign and 3. any final attempt, completion, performance or success or the like.

On March 2nd we had a severe weather advisory. We were to get 4 inches of snow starting around 9:00 PM and then two more inches of snow in the morning. When I went to bed at 1:30 AM Sunday morning, we hadn’t gotten a flake. I was almost certain that it was going to pass us by, but around 4:30, apparently (because that is when they issued the next warning) it started and by 10:00 AM we got our 6 inches of snow. The following two days, Monday and today we had bitter temperatures, in the 20’s.

This winter has been the worst and weirdest I’ve seen since I moved to Missouri in 2007. 61 degrees one day and 20 the next is definitely unusual for winter. But it isn’t just in Missouri. Everywhere has been alternating between ice storms, tornadoes, rain and warm days. This last storm, according to what I see on weather sites is winters “Last Hurrah”. We should be fluctuating between the mid 40’s and low 60’s starting tomorrow.

There are a lot of “Last Hurrahs” in our lives, situations where we walk away from one job or position to a better one, or where we moved from a bad situation to a better one. Life holds a lot of mysteries for us and you never know what might be around the corner. There could be few or many “Last Hurrahs”.

I have to admit that for years now, my “Last Hurrahs” have been some of the best in my life. I have gone from dangerous to safe relationships, I am now surrounded by people who love me. I have moved from low positions and/or low paying jobs to much better ones that have made my retirement much more acceptable financially.

God is always in control. When you think about that you will realize that he is responsible for all those “Last Hurrahs” that lead to new and better beginnings. I am truly thankful for the past “Last Hurrahs” that have brought me to where I am today.

Isaiah 43:18 Forget what happened in the past, and do not dwell on events from long ago.

Philippians 3:13 Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead.

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Blessed

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My normal morning routine is to make my bed before putting my coffee on, gather up laundry and take it to the kitchen. Then I put the pot on, grab the dish by the back window, throw a handful of food on it and go out and check on the stray cat that has been living around these four yards for the last few years. Even though she is a stray and lives outside, I am still concerned for her in this icy cold weather. I then take my coffee to the office and sit down to do my morning reading and prayers.

We had an ice storm yesterday. You couldn’t hardly see it. It was like a fine mist falling but freezing everything as it came down. In fact I have to try and defrost the car that looks like a giant ice cube sitting in the driveway shortly to go buy ice, because our freezer broke down.

As I walked back in the back door and the warmth of the house and smell of fresh brewed coffee hit me, I though “how blessed am I”. I have a warm place to stay in out of the cold. I have warm clothes to wear, a car, nowhere near new, but it starts no matter what the weather is and I have food to eat. I have people around or near me that love me, I am truly blessed.

Then the pictures of homeless people reminded me even more of how much I really do have, how God has always watched over me. Even though I was homeless a few times, it was never for long and it was never in weather like this. It was always just a short space of time before I had another roof over my head.

We are a small town but we do have homeless people. I wasn’t able to find out the statistics for our area but the United States Inter-agency Council on Homelessness estimates that there were approximately 6,037 who experienced homelessness in Missouri in 2017. This is just the the number they know about. I am sure there are many more that have not been counted.

I have several different problems with my joints and bones. I hurt in the morning, I hurt in the afternoon and I hurt when I go to bed, but that pain is dulled by the medications I am prescribed. When I think about the homeless, I often wonder how on earth they survive. If I was in that state of existence right now, especially without my medications, I would be in a very sad shape.

According to national standards my income is just slightly over the poverty level. In fact, for most of life I have lived very close to that figure. There were a few times I have been “comfortable” but I have never been what they call rich. I don’t think I have even reached the “middle class” category but a few times in my life. I was raised poor without understanding that I was poor and I have lived poor most of my life and it has never really bothered me.

I guess it’s because I am a millionaire in a different way. I am abundantly loved, I am saved by grace, I am forgiven of my sins and I am assured a place in that mansion in the sky.

My needs are always met, the ones that I must have, and when something small happens like the freezer breaking or the dryer quitting, I just go on and do things the way poor people do. In fact, it is my belief that when things really go south, as they eventually will, it will the farmers, the people raised on how to survive in the woods and the poor people who will survive the easiest.

Mathew 6:19-20 Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in, but store for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth and rust destroy and thieves do not break in or steal

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Avalanche

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It seems like last year was pretty bad on us, at least the last 6 months, and this year hasn’t started out all that well. Our health issues escalated and Rich had more attacks, some of them more severe than usual and I was diagnosed with more ailments. Osteoporosis was the first and just recently it I was diagnosed with three different spinal problems. The nurse literally told me that there probably was nothing they could do about the spinal issues so I now have another “pain” in my back to deal with.

If the health issues weren’t enough, the dryer quit working and the freezer part of the refrigerator quit working. The bottom part of the refrigerator is staying cool for now. The repair man said it might keep working for awhile, but we lost over sixty dollars worth of food from the freezer, had to spend money on two ice chests, paid fifty dollars for the guy just to come out and have had to get 3 bags of ice every other day, so it put a pretty good dent in our pocket book.

We have figured out that we might be able to afford a small chest freezer the beginning of the month, but we still don’t completely trust the bottom part of the refrigerator so we are being careful not to buy any food that has to be kept really cold. I’m still hanging clothes in the bathroom and dining room and wherever I can find a place to hang them.

Sometimes it seems like we have been hit with an avalanche. It seems like it just keeps rushing down on top of us before we can even catch our breath. Standing out on the back porch yesterday, while checking on the stray that adopted us, with a bitter strong wind whipping around me, I stopped and thought about all of this. It’s time like this that I have to remind myself that God is in control, that eventually he will take care of everything, but we humans are not that patient and sometimes the waiting is difficult.

Over the years I have tried to make myself think about the positives in my life even when I’m in the middle of an avalanche and thank the Lord for what I do have. Too many times he has had come to my rescue and he has answered more prayers than I can count. Too many times he has showered me with unexpected blessings.

The weather is going to be bitter cold tomorrow, colder than the wind was whipping around yesterday, colder than it has been in years, yet I have roof over my head, and warm clothes to wear. There is food in the cupboards, the furnace works, the electricity is still on, the car continues to start and I still have a large crowd of people who love and care about me close by, so even in an avalanche I am truly blessed. I thank the Lord for what I do have and try to wait patiently for answers to what we now need. I know that I will survive this avalanche because my snow remover is Jesus Christ.

Philippians 4:19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. In Glory by Christ Jesus

Isaiah 12:2 Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.