What God Wants Most

God is no longer a God of rules and regulations; He is a God of grace and love. In the days before Jesus, salvation was something one had to earn. When Jesus died for our sins, salvation was provided to us by grace. Grace is a gift, and when we accept it, we will live a godly life as a result of it. We will obey God’s commands because, by grace, it is in our hearts and nature to do so, not because we must do so to please Him.

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I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing? Galatians 2:21

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Admitting Addiction ~ The First Step

In an earlier post, I mentioned I walk quite a bit for exercise. I try to walk at least two miles a day, and more if at all possible. My longest walk this spring is a five-miler, which I did at about a three MPH pace. I did a two-miler yesterday at a four MPH clip. The speed and distance vary based on my attitude, physical well being, weather, and other factors.

pill bugThe activity has, however, led to an unexpected consequence, in that I’ve developed a bad habit in spite of my due diligence to avoid doing so. But, when the natural order of things and speed combine, some things are unavoidable. The habit I speak of has to do with bugs—pill bugs to be exact—which are so named due to their habit of curling up into a ball if they feel threatened.

It appears the critters are seasonal, and in early spring they can be quite abundant on the sidewalks where I do my walking—especially, it seems, in or near parks. I do my best not to step on them, because it’s likely they serve some greater purpose in the ecological balance of things, but the sheer number of them makes the avoiding of all of them almost impossible. When I do step on one, it makes a nasty little popping sound.

And so, it is with shame and sadness I confess to being a pill-popper. Don’t y’all fret none though, ya hear? I can beat this!

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Who’s On First?

In baseball, the player who bats second in the lineup is someone who usually makes contact with the ball. The plan is, the lead-off batter will get on base and the number two batter will move him to the next base, so the player batting in the third position can bring the lead runner home with a base hit.

The player who scores the run and the player who gets the base hit to drive him in get all the credit and headlines, while the player who did his job as the second batter is seldom noticed. But, he’s an important part of the process.

baseball-batter-swinging-coloring-pageWe’re all part of God’s team, and our part in His plan is important. He doesn’t love the stars of His team any more than He loves the ones who don’t get the headlines. The world might not notice the little things we do, but in God’s eyes, we’re all super stars!

 

 

For even as we have many members in one body, and all the members don’t have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Romans 12:4-5

 

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I’ve Seen This Movie

I exercise every day, walking a big part of my daily routine. So it’s not surprising that my mind often returns to the scene and thoughts I describe in the poem below. I’m still healthy and strong, but I see—and feel—my body sliding down the slope. I don’t like it. No, I don’t like it at all. I’ve seen this movie before, but…

I Was Young Then

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Where’s the Peace?

 

Peace is the very essence of God’s love, and the ultimate goal. Unfortunately, our peace is often gained or increased by trial and/or discipline, which can be unpleasant or painful.

At times it seems life is just one discipline after another, and we wonder when we will get to the peace. But if we seek God, we will find His peace. Yes, we will always have difficult times, but when God’s peace begins to seep into our hearts and minds, we will be quicker to hand the difficult situations to Him, knowing He is in control.

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No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. Hebrews 12:11

 

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No Strings Attached

Why is it so difficult for us to forgive? Sometimes, we think we’ve forgiven a person, but we hold on to a fragment of the hurt or anger they caused When we hold on to any piece—no matter how small—of resentment, hurt or anger, it could be we’re not truly forgiving them at all.

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… Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. Colossians 3:13

 

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Bernie Tries to Fly

I wrote this several years ago when I still gave a birds butt about politicians and their lies. I used one of their names in the title, but the name can be changed to suit your own opinion/affiliation. Almost everyone chooses a destination, what flight path they will take, and the “leader” they think can get them there, and there’s nothing wrong with that. It’s the love-or-hate, my-way-or-the-highway, thing we’ve evolved to that caused me to step aside, and that, my friends, is pretty much the point of this sordid little tale.

Bernie Tries to Fly

It was a crazy idea, and I refused to have anything to do with it. I said, “I’ll watch, but that’s it. I want nothing to do with your feather-brained scheme.” Read the rest of this entry »

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