April 9, 2018 – Reliance
From the time we are born until the time we die, we learn to rely on certain things and people in our lives. As children, we rely on our parents to provide a roof over our head, feed and cloth us and teach us right from wrong. We rely on our teachers to fill our heads with the knowledge we need to survive out in the world.
When we are grown we learn to rely on our jobs to provide enough income to live on, we learn to rely on our family to be there in times of trouble, and we learn to rely on our spouses to always be by our sides, loving us, caring for us, supporting us.
But all of this reliance we take for granted is temporary. Some parents don’t provide for their children the necessities that children need to grow into mature, respectful and faithful adults. Some get so involved in what they want or what they are doing that they rely (there’s that word again) on the school, the church, baby-sitters and electronic devices to give their children what they need.
Jobs can be lost, spouses separate, schools only have so much leeway in teaching our children, and electronic babysitters? The electronic babysitters teach our children about violence, about infidelity, about immorality and children exposed to them from an early age do not learn to think for themselves.
They don’t learn to use their imagination and certainly don’t learn any morals. They end up “following” the crowd because that is the only place they feel they fit in. They don’t develop into caring, respectful, reliable adults. They grow up looking for someone to lead them and usually pick the wrong person to model themselves after.
There is only one in this world that you can totally rely on. That one is Jesus. If we rely on him and not ourselves, others or worldly gains and conveniences, we will never be let down. He is and will always be there for us. When people make promises today, not many mean them and feel it is no big deal to break them. Jesus, on the other hand, made promises that he keeps. Today I am thankful that I have learned to rely on him.
Psalm 18:2 The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold
April 10 – Rapture
Some day the Rapture will come. Although there are three main thoughts on this: that the rapture will come before the tribulation, that the rapture will come midway through the tribulation and that the rapture will come just before his glorious appearing, I hope for the first belief, that it will come before the tribulation.
The bible clearly states that at some point, Jesus will return and rapture his church away, after which there will be a seven year period of tribulation for those left on the earth. During that seven years there will be much pain and anguish. Many will turn to Jesus, but they will suffer for not believing before the rapture.
There are some people who believe we are in the tribulation now, that it is just starting, yet the bible clearly tells you that there are certain things that must happen first, although with everything happening in the world today, we may be closer to the rapture than we realize. If you have read your bible, you can clearly see that much of what is happening in the world today was predicted.
Today I am thankful I am a Christian and that I will be in the Rapture, whenever Christ comes back for his people.
1 Thessalonians 4:17 Then we which are alive [and] remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
April 11 – Gloomy Thoughts
While I would like to claim that I am always a cheery person, it isn’t the truth. Like everyone else, I often harbor gloomy thoughts. Much of it depends on my illnesses, whether I had a decent nights sleep or tossed and turned all night, and a lot of it depends on the weather, because gloomy weather causes problems with the two forms of arthritis I have and my migraine headaches.
While I try to always show a cheery side when others see me, it is not always easy to do. Life isn’t always easy. It wasn’t meant to be. I do know that if I can cheer someone else up, it usually cheers me up as well, so I always try not to complain to others.
I know a lot of people that deal with invisible diseases like I do. For the most part, most of them try to hide their pain, the uncomfortable side effects of the diseases and medicines they take for them, but there are some who don’t even attempt to hide how they are feeling, because they haven’t learned the benefits that positive thinking has and for some, they are in so much pain that they don’t have the will power to think positive.
I don’t like to read gloomy posts on social media but I do for two specific reasons. I want to pray for those who are having problems and it also helps me to look at my illnesses and problems in a different light. When I realize what some people are going through, my problems don’t look as big as they did before.
Today I am thankful that the Lord shows me ways to expel these gloomy thoughts.
Romans 12:2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
April 12 – Patience
I had a young lady tell me that when I became a Christian, I did a 360 degree turn around in my attitude and habits. I had my sister tell me once that she thought I had the patience of a saint. But in truth, I may not be as patient as most people think.
There are things that could irritate me. There are things that could make me angry, but over the years the Lord has shown me that most of these things are minor, that they really aren’t worth getting worked up over. He has also shown me how to see things from different angles.
For instance, what sense does it make to get upset or angry over something that is no ones fault. What sense does it do to feel put out over something that no one but God has control over. My sister has a saying she has used for many years “it is what it is” and the idea is that you just accept whatever is going on, if you have a solution, use it, if you don’t accept that you don’t and get on with the other things in your life.
Life throws a lot of inconveniences at us and it is the attitude you take in dealing with them that make all the difference in your world. When something happens that could irritate, make me angry or inconvenienced, I hear that still small voice from the Holy Spirit saying “have patience, this is not worth getting upset over” and then I remember sis’s favorite saying “it is what it is”
Today I am thankful that Lord has shown me how to have patience through everything.
Psalm 37: 7-9 Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices! Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath! Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil. For the evildoers shall be cut off, but those who wait for the Lord shall inherit the land.