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Cooler Weather, Air Conditioning, and Insights

the four seasonsJuly 25, 2016 – Cooler Weather

When I was younger, the heat of the summer never bothered me, but that was before all of these climate changes with their super storms and global warming. It never seemed so unbearably hot and humid as it has this year. The humidity alone has made the air so thick you could probably cut through it with a butter knife.

The average for this area in June, July and August usually runs between 84 and 89, but this year there have been many days that have been in the mid to high 90’s. If it was drier and not so humid, it feel like I was still living in Florida, but we have been going in spurts where we have two or three days of heavy rains and then the temperature soars into the 90s for a few days.

Average high for June 30th is normally around 87, but this year it was 89. The average high for July 24 this in 90, but this year it was 95. This may not seem like much of a difference, but it is surprising what just a few degrees either way can change the whole day.

While I try to take everything in stride, as I get older, this changing weather pattern seems to zap all of my energy and actually makes me feel ill at times. Today I am thankful that it has cooled down a bit.

FansJuly 26, 2016 – Fans and Air Conditioners

Imagine living in biblical times, especially in the arid, dry desert regions that they traversed several times a year. If you knew where the water holes were or happened on an oasis, you could water your animals and refresh yourselves a bit, but for much of the way they had no relief from the sun or high temperatures that are normal for a desert area.

Now imagine what it would be like to walk for miles a day, behind stinky, sweaty, fly infested animals, clothed from head to foot in several layers of material. Women and men always wore the veils or head coverings to protect their heads from heat and cold. Sweating under all that material actually helped them to keep from becoming dehydrated as the sweat stayed wet instead of being dried in the sun.

The elite of that day may have ridden in a covered conveyance of some sort, and for sure all the upper officials of the court, temple and kings domain had slaves to fan them with fronds, leaves and man made fans to keep them cool

When I was younger, we couldn’t even afford a fan. We slept with our windows open and just learned to swat the flies away. We didn’t worry at that time about someone crawling through our window to harm us because society was much different back then. My mom would leave the front and back door open at night to let any breezes flow through.

Today, you dare not leave your doors and windows open because it is just inviting trouble. Our crime rate, our society no longer cares about it’s neighbors, the elderly, children, the poor or disabled. It seems that so many people just want to commit crimes, maybe not to see what they can get away with, but more because it is what is acceptable as a way of life now.

I would love to leave my doors and windows open during the summer nights but I know better, so today I am thankful for fans and air conditioners.

older woman prayingJuly 27, 2016 – Insights

It is not unusual for me to go to sleep praying every night. It became a habit of mine years ago. It is the most quiet time of my day and I can’t think of a better way of drifting off talking to Jesus. I wake up several times a night, sometimes to use the bathroom, or just to shift to another position, and usually I drift back to sleep talking to Jesus again.

I think that I actually talk to him more than I do most other people. It seems like I walk through the house talking to him when a prayer need comes to mind, when something isn’t going right, or when I think of a situation that needs resolved.

Sometimes prayers are answered instantaneously, other times it seems like they aren’t answered at all, yet when I look back on it later, I can see that they were answered in another fashion. Jesus doesn’t always just solve our problems, sometimes he gives us an insight into a problem or situation.

He’s done that several times with me, helping understand what the real situation or problem is, what is needed to solve or correct it and the steps to take to get this done. I couldn’t begin to count the times he has done this.

Insight is defined as a “clear or deep perception of a situation”, “a feeling of understanding”, or “the clear and often sudden understanding of a complex situation” Today I am thankful for the insights the Lord has given me.

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Grocery Stores, Gods Plan, Gods Silence

Gorcery storeJuly 22, 2016 – Grocery Stores

Yes, there were stores back in the days of Jesus. There were open air markets where people could buy their produce, there were stalls where they could by spices, silks, silver, jewelry and sacrificial animals. They were usually located very close to the palace or temple depending on what city you were in. residents of smaller villages and towns would often bring their products to the city on certain days, and especially during religious holidays, but for the most part, the poorer people could not take advantage of this shopping extravaganzas.

The poorer villagers, those who did not own or work their own property, couldn’t work a field or raise animals had to find other ways to make ends meet. Actually the bible tells us that their needs were met by the farmers who would leave anything that fell in the field after harvesting for the poor and widows to pick up. Other than that, some would sell themselves into servitude to feed their families, others would become beggars, and those that could, would move in with other family members.

The world has changed dramatically over the centuries. In modern times there are programs to help the poor, the disabled and the widows. They no longer have to go out to fields to glean the leftovers. They can get help with buying food, and with our modern grocery stores, they can find what they need at reduced prices in the generic brands.

Today I am thankful for our grocery stores since I fall into that category of society.

Hands holding the worldJuly 23, 2016 – God’s Plan

I’ve heard it preached over and over again most of my Christian life. God has a plan. God has a plan for every person on this earth, even those who haven’t turned to Jesus yet, even those who may never even have heard about him. God has a plan.

When I look back at some of things I have done with the Church, and I look at how I felt at the time, I’m still not sure what God’s plan for me is. Is it possible I have already met all the requirements of his plan for me? Could it be he used me to bring someone to Jesus, or maybe he just wanted me to say something to the right person at the right time. Maybe he wants me to continue with praying everyone, or maybe he does want me to right.

I worked in on the praise team, I taught children’s Sunday School and Church, I worked in the bus ministry, I help feed the homeless, I did visitations to nursing homes and many other small chores and necessary acts on behalf of the church, but they were all temporary and short lived as God moved through different levels in my life.

Sometimes he doesn’t allow us to know his plan, but works it through us anyway. Today I am thankful that God does have a plan for me.

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July 24, 2016 – God’s Silence

I know you’ve gone through it just as I have. Silence, those periods in your life where it doesn’t seem like God is moving, like he isn’t listening, that maybe he is on vacation somewhere and doesn’t realize what’s going on in your life, what you need help with. Of course, those of us who truly believe, know that this isn’t true although we often wonder why he is silent for different periods in our lives.

Sometimes we might believe that we have done something to anger him, so he is ignoring us for awhile, or maybe he has more important issues to attend to than our silly little wants and needs. We may often think that he has totally forgotten us, because, after all, he has to be concerned with 7.4 billion people all at the same time. He isn’t just concerned about the 2.1 billion that are Christians, a number that grows by leaps and bound each day, he is concerned about all of them.

Recently a friend of mine on Facebook mentioned she had been listening to a sermon on the radio. The speaker was talking about when God goes silent. He said that when God goes silent in our lives, it really means that he is in the process of doing something wonderful for us and will bless us with it when he determines it is time. I would love to believe that, but sometimes I think God goes silent on us on occasion to give us time to reflect, to look inward, to meditate on our belief and our faith.

Today I am thankful for the times God goes silent, for I believe something better is coming next.

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Health, Wealth and Happiness

Hands holding the worldJuly 19, 2016 – Health

We are an unhealthy world. There is no end to the list of virus, diseases, and illnesses that affect us. From the common cold to cancer, the list just goes on and on, with diseases and illnesses that affect different parts of your body, your mind, your nervous system and your immunity. Every year more and more afflictions are discovered and the scientists go into overdrive to find a cure.

I’ve read many articles that also tie your mental health into your physical health. Stress, depression, anxiety and other mental problems can actually cause or help cause certain illnesses to appear or advance.

I know it is hard to keep a good attitude when you are diagnosed with something that has the potential to completely change your life or even kill you. It is hard not to jump into that “woe is me” syndrome that so many people already dwell in, but it is scientifically been proven that a healthy mind, a spiritual life and a positive attitude can directly affect your health.

When I was diagnosed with uterine cancer over a year ago, at first I was a little frightened. But my doctor assured me it could be taken care of because I had consistently followed up on my yearly exams and it was caught early.

After I went home from my appointment where they set my surgery date, I suddenly felt an overwhelming peace about the whole situation. I knew God was in control and everything would be alright, and it was. They got it all and found no other traces of cancer cells.

Today I am thankful for my healthy mind, my spiritual walk with God and his overwhelming healing and love.

common senseJuly 20, 2016 – Wealth

When I was a youngster, like so many others, I often dreamed about being rich. I wanted that huge mansion, those expensive clothes, the jewelry, the butler, the maid, the limousine and an unlimited supply of money. I thought that was the life, because most people thought that way.

As I grew older and had to deal with the true life, the one where I had to work and nothing was handed to me on a silver platter, I learned to appreciate the things I had, the things “I” worked for, the achievements “I” made, the feeling of accomplishment that came with all that.

Today I realize that being cash-rich is not all they make it out to be. Unlimited cash cannot replace the love of family and friends, it cannot buy you those kind of relationships. It cannot buy your way into heaven, it cannot buy you respect, true friends or true family. It can’t buy you God.

Today I am thankful for the riches I have in the love and caring of family and friends. I am thankful for the riches I am building in heaven because I have accepted Jesus as my savior and king and try to lead a Jesus filled life.

hen and chicksJuly 21, 2016 – Happiness

What makes you happy? Having that new Lamborghini? Buying that 30 room mansion, sailing out on that huge yacht, going to all the elite events for the rich an famous? Maybe you are happy having people swarm around you, acting like they adore and love you when all they really want is to be seen with you because you are well known.

Does your happiness lie in materialistic things, like all the latest electronics, that vacation villa, the latest fashions, having more and better things than your family. Remember what Jesus said “It is easier to get a camel through the eye of a needle than it is for a rich man to get to heaven”.

Life goes quickly, it can end suddenly, unexpectedly, you never know when your time is up.

I find my happiness in the little things that constantly remind me of the power and awesomeness of God, the little things that remind me he created everything and he loves me.

When I watch all the little birds coming to get the seed I put out with them, when I see the squirrel finally become brave enough to come up on the deck and get a drink, or when a butterfly lands on my hands as if to say high on its flight to who knows where, there is my happiness.

Knowing the people who care about me, who love me, who would do anything for me and me for them. Knowing in my heart that maybe I have helped some of them draw closer to the Lord and watching them grow in his love every day, there is my happiness.

It’s been said often enough that happiness is within oneself and I truly believe that. No one person is responsible for making you happy. They may add to your happiness, but you have to find true happiness inside and you can’t do that without God.

Today I am thankful for my happiness.

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Dreams, Modern Tools and Grudges

starry skiesJuly 17, 2016 – Dreams

PTSD – Post Traumatic Stress Disorder affects millions of people everyday. Symptoms may show up soon after a traumatic event or they may appear days, months or years later. A person who suffers from PTSD can have dreams and flashbacks that disrupt their daily lives. They may even create their own phobias to help them stay clear of the events, noises, places or smells that bring back memories of the event.

For example, a rape victim may constantly watch over their back every where they go, or check the locks on windows or doors several times before going to bed. A war veteran may jump at the sound of a car backfiring because it sounds like gun shots, or he may avoid news about wars and events overseas. PTSD victims may have problems sleeping, going into certain places, eating certain foods or taking part in certain activities. Many may become reclusive. Some of them may have a constant sense of fear, shamefulness or startle easy if someone walks up on them unexpectedly.

I suffer from PTSD. There are times I find myself in the middle of the room when a flashback occurs and I have to shake myself out of and force myself to think and do something else. Other times it happens in nightmares and I wake suddenly out of a deep sleep and lay awake for awhile trying to clear my head, telling myself it will never happen again, or I will never see that person again.

The Lord has given me a blessing in all of this. For quite sometime now, when the horrific nightmares come, I can remember them vividly when I wake up, but all memories of the dreams are gone the next morning.

Today I am thankful that he takes the memories of those dreams away.

toolsJuly 18, 2016 – Modern Tools

Primitive man did not have the means to make tools like we have today. First off, they didn’t have the knowledge for mining and refining metals. They didn’t have electricity to run molds, dies, and other machinery that is used today for making tools.

Their first weapons, their spears and knives were often made from sharpened wood or ivory. Hatchets and axes were made of stone attached to wooden handles with leather, vines or their version of rope. Sharp objects were often attached to handles and used in much the same way for hewing down brush, killing animals and digging up the ground.

Over the centuries man has evolved into a super being that uses tools made by machines out of treated and hardened metals. He no longer has to search the fields and woods for wood for handles and rocks with sharp edges to make his tools out of.

Whatever you need to do today, there is a special tool for it. Besides hammers, screwdrivers, chisels and such, there are special tools for putting up drywall, special tools for building engines, and even computerized machines that make any part that is needed in construction, car production, airplane manufacturing or the like. These huge tools eliminate the need for man to use his physical strength to accomplish what he wants to.

I’m just an elderly lady who doesn’t have much strength in her arms. I cannot drill holes in anything with a screwdriver, so I use a drill. I cannot work on my own car, but there is a garage down the street that has all the necessary tools to fix it for me. Today I am thankful for all our modern tools.

anger faceJuly 19, 2016 – Grudges

There are many people today who hold a grudge against someone else. They nurture it, feed it, take care of it and never want to let it go. They dwell on it, talk about it, make plans to do something about it, but never do. It is like a child to them. They don’t want to let it go.

If anyone has the right to hold a grudge, I would be one of them. I would hold a grudge against anyone who made me angry, hurt my feelings, physically abused me or just annoyed me. I would hold a grudge against those who thought they were better than me, those who lied about me, and those who talked about me.

Four months ago, when my son passed away, a certain person turned his death into an attention getting device on Facebook By posting lies about their relationship, which was non-existent to ranting and raving about how they didn’t know what they would do without him, to openly accusing him on Facebook of committing suicide, the list just is just so long.

At first I was angry, but I said nothing. Then I was hurt, but said nothing, then I was told about more lies, but still I said nothing. After reading everything that was posted, and knowing my past experiences with this person, I could see that it was an effort to gain attention and I ended up feeling more sorry that angry at them.

This person is on my prayer list, just as others are who have wronged me in the past, and today I am thankful that God showed me early on that holding a grudge is just as damaging to yourself as it is to the other person.

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Running Water, Eyes and Ears

waterJuly 14, 2016 – Running Water

Nomadic tribes didn’t have a chance to bath daily. If their travels took them past a lake, river or stream, they may have made camp to replenish their water supplies, water their animals and bath. Men and women bathed separately and a women who was having her monthly was separated from the whole population.

Bathing became a trend during the days of Rome. Water was supplied to public baths via aqueducts. Some of the baths were for the rich, some for men only, and others were used by both men and women. The bath was also a way to relax while conducting business or visiting with friends.

Purification baths that the priests were required to take before performing their duties in certain parts of the temple had to be done in living water. Living water was water that was moving from a natural source such as a river, aquaduct or stream. They couldn’t just fill a container and bath in it.

Before bathing became popular in other parts of the world, around the 1700’s, many people though that bathing too often was unhealthy. Those who had servants could depend on them to haul water to the house and heat it. Those that were poor would bath only once or twice a year, and then the same water was used for everyone, with the men and boys bathing first, then the women, girls and finally babies. That is where the saying “don’t throw the baby out with the bath” came from.

Today, our cities have water and sewer systems that are complicated and reliable. We have water treatment plants that insure our water is clean of bacteria and germs. We don’t have to wait until we find a river or lake, we don’t have to haul buckets of water up to the house and heat them and we don’t have to wait for it to rain before we bath. We simply turn on the spigot, step in the shower or let the bath tub fill, and bath.

Today, I am thankful for running water.

eyeJuly 15, 2016 – Eyes

This “thankful” subject may be a repeat, but that is bound to happen. There are so many things that I am thankful for, and trying to list them one by one for 366 days, I am bound to repeat some here and there.

When I was a teenager, I wondered what it would be like to be blind. I don’t know why that subject seemed to interest me so much, but I would perform experiments around the house to see how much trouble I would have getting around if I couldn’t see. I would close my eyes and walk through the house with my hands out, feeling for the furniture that I knew was there.

Sometimes I would count the steps from the bedroom to the bathroom, from the bathroom to the living room and so on, then I would close my eyes again and try making my way through the house without bumping into something by counting the steps. I actually did pretty well.

Through the years I have practiced that wherever I lived. I wanted to know if there was a black out, that I could make it safely through my house. I also believed that if someone broke in, I would have an advantage over them because I would know exactly where everything was in the dark. Some of my friends and family have told me I have cat eyes, because I can get around in the dark much better than any of them can.

I am not blind, and with the blessings of God I may never be. I don’t have perfect eyesight, but it isn’t all that bad. I know if I became blind, I could adjust, but for now, today I am thankful for my eyes that see.

B ig earsJuly 16, 2016 – Ears

When I lived in Cleveland, all I ever heard were the sounds of the city. Traffic going up and down the streets, the occasional siren and more often than I wanted, gun shots. When I moved to Largo, Florida, I was so surprised. Yes, there were the sounds of the city, but there were other sounds also. The mobile home park we lived in was enclosed and private. You didn’t hear as much of the traffic and when you woke up in the morning, all you could hear were the sounds of a thousand birds. That’s literally what it sounded like outside my bedroom window. I never saw any of them pecking around in the grass, but you could here a multitude of them in the tree outside.

It was much the same when I lived in Barre, Vermont. It took me a few months to realize I was actually living in the mountains. Early morning you would wake up to different bird calls, and if you were on the road early enough, it wasn’t unusual to see a moose, some deer, or some smaller woodland creatures.

In our back yard, here in this little rural town in Missouri, we have built a bird feeder. Every morning the doves are cooing in the trees, the cardinals are singing on the porch railing, and you can hear the chirping of a variety of sparrows, all waiting for me to bring their breakfast out to them.

I have always loved the sounds of nature, the rustling of the leaves in the wind, the bubbling of a fast moving stream, the chirping of the birds, the chattering of the squirrels, and even the mooing of the cows. It just seems so beautiful compared to the engines of cars, the honking of horns, the blare of sirens and the distant gunshots you hear in almost any large city.

Today I am thankful for my ears that are blessed by all the beautiful sounds God created.

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Signs, Temptations, and Little Pleasures

turtle speed limitJuly 11, 2016 – Signs

We live in a world full of signs. Enter, Exit, Stop, Yield, No Crossing, No Shirt No Shoes No Service, Men, Women, or Caution are just a few that you might see on a daily basis. Whether you are driving down a street, walking into a store or business, you see signs all over the place.

Jesus sends us signs too!! The clouds in the sky tell us it is going to rain or snow, the sun tells us it will be a warm or hot day, dead or dried plants tell us there might be a drought and a strong wind could indicate a damaging storm.

But he gives us personal signs too. Sometimes it might be a thought that pops into your mind, a feeling you get in your heart, a voice telling you to do or not do something, or the hair on the back of your neck standing up warning you of something or someone behind you.

He sends us signs of peace, like the cardinal that comes down on the deck each morning when I come out, or the four doves that don’t fly away when I am talking to them. A gentle breeze blowing through the trees or the scent of my flowers on my porch are all signs to me that he is near.

He gives us signs in our health as well. A sharp pain in the chest, a swollen ankle or foot, a severe headache, a rash, or a stomach ache indicate something in our health isn’t right and we usually go to the doctor if the signs persist.

Today I am thankful for all the signs in my life that tell me he is near.

common senseJuly 12, 2016 – Resisting Temptation

We are all born with a sin nature thanks to our original parents, Adam and Eve. It develops more and more as we grow and are influenced by events and people around us. As children we may be tempted to lie to our parents. As Teens we may be tempted to drink or get involved in sex or drugs, as young adults we may be tempted to hurt the ones we are supposed to care about.

This world today is full of more temptations than ever in the past. It seems that almost all the sitcoms on television now, all the movies being made all have scenes involving sex, lies, alcohol, drugs and violence. Even the video games they create for us or our children are made around the idea of hurting or killing someone.

It gets worse every day. Some drugs are being legalized. Bathrooms are becoming transgender and drugs, alcohol, perverted sexual behavior, lying, killing, cheating and more are common in most of society every day and no one seems to even bat an eyelash.

Our children and grandchildren are growing up believing it is alright do drugs, drink, participate in sex outside of marriage, have sexual relations with a person of the same sex, wear clothes that reveal everything, take what they want even if it means taking something that doesn’t belong to them, and hurting or killing someone is just part of life.

Today I am thankful that he Lord has taught me to resist the temptations that are out there, I have no interest in any of them.

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July 13, 2016 – Little Pleasures

Someone once said “it’s the little things that count”. In fact many businesses teach this to their sales people and customer services. Remembering and calling someone by their first name, complimenting someone, and reaching to shake their hand are just a few they recommend.

Being kind to strangers, giving someone your seat, helping someone with their bags, or helping someone across a busy street, saying hello, waving, smiling, shaking their hand, giving them a call, bringing a small gift, paying a visit, and just being nice can make someones day.

There are probably many “little things” that make your day better. Maybe your boss gives you a compliment, your child says they love you, you hear from a long lost friend, or you hear a song you’ve always liked.

Maybe it’s hearing your wind chimes tinkle on the porch, watching a butterfly around your flowers, seeing the birds surround your feeder or watching the squirrel burying his nuts in your back yard. It could be as simple as watching a beautiful sunset or sunrise, feeling a cool breeze on your face, or sitting in your rocker on a warm summer day.

Maybe it’s a smile, a wave, a honk or a hello from your neighbor. Maybe it’s the sound of a child’s laughter or the cooing of a little baby, or maybe it’s the just the peace and quiet of a beautiful evening. Maybe it’s seeing that first tomato turn red, that first pepper or cucumber on the plant, or that pumpkin seedling sprouting up out of the soil. You don’t have to spend money to enjoy the little pleasures in life, they are mostly free and worth so much more than any materialistic wealth.

Today I am thankful for the little pleasures in life.

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Stress, Creativity and Protection

sunrise-in-the-countryJuly 6, 2016 – Stress Relief

life is busy. Life is hectic. Sometimes everything can build up on you to the point you feel like you are going to burst. Many people, like myself, don’t often see the stress building up until they have a complete meltdown. In these instances a person can become very emotional, maybe crying a lot or becoming angry over the smallest thing.

We aren’t made of iron or wood, even though some of us think we are. We are emotional creatures. Not only is there a limit to what we can do, what we should do physically, but mentally as well. There are a lot of ways to relieve stress, but many people just get too busy to think about it. Sadly this can have a lasting effect on their lives when it finally starts to boil over.

The last week and a half has been pretty busy, pretty rough. Not only was it the week that bills are paid, gas is put in the car, but the months groceries have to be bought, doctors visits attended to, infusions for Rich and many other minor chores that just have to be done. Rich got sick, the next day I got sick, then the next day Rich had an angio attack in his throat. As if this wasn’t enough mom fell and hurt herself.

I don’t often have meltdowns. I am usually able to get through all things by being as patient and cooperative as I can. By trying to be polite to everyone I have to deal with, by trying to organize everything into an easy route and in timely fashion and by praying a whole lot, I usually get through the first week of the month without too many problems.

I had a meltdown. What did I choose to have a melt down over? Of all things, a baked potato. I won’t get into all the details, but after all was said and down, apologies made and everything discussed, we finally figured out that the poor baked potato had nothing to do with it. We had a good laugh over it, but I learned a lesson from it to. I learned to notice the signs that tell me enough is enough and I need to back off or slow down.

Ephesians 4:26-28 Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil. Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need.

Today I am thankful that the Lord allows me to learn lessons from my sometimes silly and unnecessary actions.

bucket of flowersJuly 7, 2016 – Creativity

God gave us a lot of attributes when he created us. He gave us seven basic emotions: Anger, fear, joy, sadness, surprise, contempt and disgust. , but there are many sub-emotions that come along with that such as resentment, anxiety, grief, love, trust, anticipation, pensiveness and boredom just to name a few.

He also gave us many spiritual gifts, each person having a specific set that he decides they should have; discernment, evangelism, faith, giving, knowledge, servitude, wisdom and teaching are just a few of them. He also gave us creativity.

Without creativity, we would live in a very different world. It was creativity that brought us all the technological advancements we have made like cars, jets, ships, television, cell phones, computers, rockets, stoves, refrigerators, radios, microwaves, arts, music, fashion and so many more. If man hadn’t used his creativity for cooking food faster, no one would have invented the microwave. If man hadn’t sought a way to communicate easier and quicker, we wouldn’t have phones, cell phones, e-mail, texting, telegrams or computers.

If man didn’t see the wonderful colors, shapes, scents and scenes that god gave us we wouldn’t have perfumes, designer clothes, works of art for our walls, or all the little nick-knacks, vases and statuettes we love to set around our homes. We wouldn’t have different houses, different windows and doors or different styles of dress without the imagination of man. We wouldn’t be able to create beautiful objects of arts, garden designs, home decor, new and delicious meals or children’s toys.

There are just so many things in today’s world that are the product of someones creativity.

Exodus 35:31“And He has filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding and in knowledge and in all craftsmanship”

Today I am glad that God instilled us all with emotions, spiritual gifts and an creativity.

Hands holding the worldJuly 8, 2016 – Protection

Everyday, when I log onto the internet, I see a multitude of horrible news stories. Police shot by snipers, another person shot in a traffic stop, another rape, another murder, another terror attack or another mass shooting fill my front page.

Besides all the violence and crime, there are also so many stories about intense weather affecting thousands of people, destroying homes, causing the death of those who cannot get to safety, ruining cities and towns. Add to that all the medical news about new diseases, new virus, or new forms of cancer.

Then come the warnings about different health products that are not healthy, additives in your food that could be killing you, side effects from medications that can shorten your life, new mutations in insects and reptiles that can cause debilitating diseases or death.

It seems like the majority of the news today holds something to fear, something to be aware of, something to worry about or something to stay away from. Everyone can fall victim to any one of these, that is a known fact. No one can predict from one day to the next what will happen, what will be discovered. Unfortunately, just about everything happening today is in the bible, close to the time that Jesus will be coming back. Most of it has been predicted.

But I have peace in my faith in the lord. All of my life he has protected me, even in dangerous situations that my bad choices put me in.

2Thessalonians 3:3 But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one

Isaiah 41:10  fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Today I am thankful for his protection.

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