February 8, 2018 – Jesus
You know, sometimes I would just like to shake some people and tell them to “wake up and smell the coffee.” As I look around me on a daily basis and see the miraculous works of God, I don’t understand how they can say they don’t believe.
Then I have to take a step back into time and remember that my previous life was not one that honored God. While a lot of it was just survival, still I could have found the time and willingness to stay close to my Lord, but for a long time I did not do it.
I reconnected with Jesus in February of 1992 at a church I was invited to by a small child. I’ve gone through many levels, walked through many doors since then and it has been onward and upward since.
When I look around this world and see what God has created, when I read my bible and begin to understand the real sacrifice of Jesus, it is just so hard for me to understand why so many of my friends, so many of my family members still refuse to have their eyes opened even as mine were.
As with so many circumstances, I will continually pray for them. Sometimes we are not the ones that are meant to lead our cherished ones to the Lord. As bad as that feels, I pray that some day the Lord will send them someone they will believe. In the meantime I am so thankful that God sent his son Jesus as intercessor between us and the father.
John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
February 9, 2018 – Forgetfulness
I walk into the kitchen and I stand there. What did I come in there for? I’ll walk out, go do something else and then suddenly remember why I went there. I sometimes think that my forgetfulness is a sign of my advancing age, but I’m not what is really considered old yet.
I don’t forget important things, like paying bills and taking medicine, just little things like looking for my glasses or searching for a book, or finding my keys. It always seems to come back to me and my day goes on.
Medical research says that short term memory loss is normal for most people in this day and age, even the young ones. It’s not because we can’t focus, it’s because there is so much more information and activity that crowds our mind.
I won’t believe I am in the early stages of dementia or Alzheimer, really, I did look up the symptoms, but sometimes I do get frustrated over these small memory lapses. All in all, I do live a very blessed life and today I am thankful that my forgetfulness is not as big an issue as I sometimes think it is.
Isaiah 46:9 Remember the former things of old; for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me,
February 10, 2018 – Unconditional Love
We use the word very often: Love, but do we actually, completely understand what it means. Think about it, you love your new car, you love that new dress you just bought, you love that new phone you just got or you love the way your hair looks today. You love your job, your love your spouse, you love you children, your parents and your siblings, but should the love of humans be grouped with the love of objects?
Dictionary.com gives a whole list of definitions of love, but I am only going to use a few of them here. 1. a profoundly tender, passionate affection for another person. 2. a feeling of warm personal attachment or deep affection, as for a parent, child, or friend. 15. to have love or affection for: All her pupils love her. 16. to have a profoundly tender, passionate affection for (another person). 17. to have a strong liking for; take great pleasure in: to love music. 18. to need or require; benefit greatly from: Plants love sunlight.
These definitions covers a broad spectrum and several of the definitions fit with each of us, for example, I love my family and friends, I love different types of food, and most of all I love Jesus.
Sadly there are few who understand unconditional love. Their love for others or the love they receive from others has certain conditions attached. “If you love me, you won’t look at other women”, “If you love me, you’ll let me go out with boys”, “If you love me you’ll buy that diamond ring for me”.
Animals are capable of love, even the wild ones. that’s why you see in these documentaries and lion defending it’s mates or its cubs, a mother bear leading her cubs to food or a mother hen sheltering her chicks.
Animals often learn to love their humans as well. Dogs, cats and even birds express their love for their owners in different ways, wagging their tail, muzzling your hand, chirping when you walk in the room or sitting in front of you waiting to be petted. I think animals have a better sense of unconditional love. They love their humans even if they might forget to stop and pet them or talk to them.
Jesus loved everyone unconditionally. Not once did he say I’ll love you if you do as I say. He loved/loves all of us, even the wayward ones who have not yet turned to him. Today I am thankful for the unconditional love of Jesus and my family and friends
1 Corinthians 13:13“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”