To Someone Who Is Black and White From Someone Who Is Grey…
She sees me as so miserable and unhappy and forever lost from the “funny, happy go lucky” person I once was – in my youth and as I grew; the “always to make happy laughter.”
Yet as I grow, yes older, my joy is so ever present from inside – kept there in ponder, and none may even see. Perhaps in showing, I’m afraid the joy seen will not be its true source portrayed. Because God and His grace through Jesus is my joy! I ponder and enjoy and fulfill on His presence in me and especially as I read His word.
Never is there a promise joy gives you smiles – joy from within may be solemn yet overflowing. The joy I feel may bring me to tears – so a smile may not be. Yet let that joy forever be when from God. And may you one day see.
In quiet you may notice God’s grace. Upon your own heart, I pray you find and recognize. I pray God opens His words to you. And in His joy may you see of mine and smile in sharing – God’s love for each of us! May our Savior Jesus Christ shine in our hearts together.
If ever there was a time I need to write, it is now. My world around me makes me feel upside down and in chaos. Where will we lead us? And those divided will cause desolations. Our earth is groaning from us and know this – when the end is here there will be desolations in “divers” places – our created desolations. Already in many places.
As Fall is approaching, I must change my venue. I’m suddenly left in the bareness of bars from my porch railings. The birds I’ve been listening to are now few to hear. The thick trees of my vision are now bare to the sky. The vivid color of petals in every direction are now faded or fallen to the ground. I know ahead soon will be the gray and the dull and the weary to look at. I must change my venue. For winter is soon…
As our young ones may enter into a new path or the same – day by day, as we help to guide their help.
When I look back, I know some things I ever said were even a matter. Yet I suddenly realized I have lived with you longer than any I can think of. And I do know you. I know a hidden part of your heart. If there’s ever one thing you’ve heard from me, let it be this. Keep God in your being, always. When there’s no other one to your help of your comfort or company, He’ll be there – Jesus our Lord is always there with you – always. You can always talk to Him; let Him talk in your mind and you need no other anything.
The matter is not where you are, what you have, when is the right time, nothing – nothing at all matters but God in you. And God will encircle your life and ease in it’s borders. He will enter your heart and your mind and your soul. And you will find His way delving through every being in your presence. In all your circumstances and needs and hurts and even wants.
He will provide for you His way. And the being of God in you is all that is to matter. Talk to Him always and then listen to Him in your soul. He will protect you in all you grow through – to Him. (10/15/08 5AM)
In read 9/10/22: Isaiah 54:13 “and all thy children shall be taught of the Lord; and great shall be the peace of thy children.”
As we’ve tried to take prayer and the mention of God and our Faith from our world…bring Him back, while there is time.
Come to the Lord while He is near. Come to Him while there is time. (in read Isaiah Chapter 55)
We can pretend all we want. We can come to show ourselves for others. We can make our face to please, for show, and clothe ourselves to shine as crimson. (Jeremiah 4:30) Yet we cannot change what is to come from how we are. For our efforts have been chosen of those in vain. Our decking of ourselves does not show but only we are spoiled. For God is not pleased by our vanity. And as we have caused our world to howl, know its mourning is from God to repent us. He will not turn back from this. (4:28) He will not repent from showing His purpose in us. Our way is not to be – we are altogether vanity. When our world continues this way, we only bring sorrow upon sorrow. We are grieved on every side. (Jeremiah 5:3, 6)
As I read Isaiah 58:12, I see hope for change. “The restorer of paths to dwell in.” “They that shall be of thee shall rebuild old waste places.” Our sacrifice to God is to take away the yoke (and pointing of finger), to undo burdens, to cast away stumbling blocks. These make us worthy to be called. “Not doing our own ways or pleasures or words.” (Isaiah 58:13) Delight thyself in the Lord. “…my Spirit…and my words shall not depart…” forever (59:21). We see how we can build our seeds – our world, our eternity, and restore our paths to dwell in. For eternity, when there will be time no longer.
Take the paths God lays before us and build to His glory. In Him our praise may move a means to our eternity. Praise to whom our help comes from and by whom we have hope. What be our hope for eternity…when there is time no longer? If we wait until too late, when will that be? Our cost is not from pocket, no money can buy God’s riches. No money can know His thoughts nor ways. We come to God empty – our contrite hearts and feeble minds we lay at Christ’ feet. And He will renew our spirits free of charge. (“…freely given to us of God.” I Corinthians 2:12)
So why wait until His nearness may no longer be offered? When will that be? May we all come to Jesus while there is time. Before eternity, before that final time He will be calling. (Isaiah 57:1) “The righteous perish and no man lay it to heart, and merciful men are taken away and none consider…taken from the evil to come.” (and 65:12) “…when I called you did not answer, when I spoke, you did not hear…” As our hearts are weighed to turn to Jesus, we need not subdue or ignore. “…before they call, I will answer and while they are yet speaking I will hear.” (65:24) We are weighed for a purpose – when will it be too late to follow? All things we do, still we are not at peace without our Lord. We eat but are hungry, drink and are left to thirst. As our spirits are vexed and ashamed (65:13, 14), we cannot be full in our hearts.
Come to rest where rest and peace can only be…with God as our center. May we all come now, draw near unto God, and He will draw closer to us. As your words move deep into our souls, as you speak, may be listen. (65:19) “…and the voice of weeping shall be no more.”
“…I will liken him unto a wise man…” (Matthew 7:24)
Do you remember the words that follow? And the words just before?
A wise man — what I prayed for my entire life – do I remember? I hope to have obtained just a bit by now. And I can see where wisdom be, therein lay perhaps hardships and pain, empty and lonely…perhaps. That which makes the heart grow strong through God, who turns and makes us to where we need. Wisdom can be as a gentle gift brought and raised by even fury.
The words God shows us to build this wisdom? To hear those words not only, but as well to do. And this wisdom, upon a rock. Wisdom is not washed away. Nor is there wisdom ever beaten away. Wisdom…planted by God in the works of our heart into our life. To build our life upon His rock not sand, to be flooded by this world.
Let God build the wisdom we need to help others – to love others – to see Him, Jesus in our wisdom. Built upon a rock where we can look upon it all, and in rich soil by His feeding into our lives.
Think how God came down to man…in a manger. He shows us to see how He came, and to use how he came – in a simple manger. In all its lowliness and meekness and pure – the manger. No frills or pomps, no loud and boisterous music, just the pureness of angels and the hearts of those who witnessed.
God shows us His coming, as the lowliness in His birth; how we should come to know as well, and to know and love all others, our neighbors, …humbly.
Why do we pray? We pray to open God’s grace into our life. God’s grace. It’s what He has for us; to give freely. It’s not what we earn or deserve. It is God’s gift to us – freely given of the love He has for us.
Grace – I am never able, worthy or understanding of how – but grace comes to save my soul – to save all the souls Jesus prayed for. Because without grace, we never would see God’s mercy.
God’s grace is ever sufficient. And our plans may not be what God plans, but His grace will get us through and lead our hearts by His strength and will. And we are able.
Through you, God has made us shine. He has gifted and blessed the hearts of this church as His plan placed you here. But do you “light a candle and put it under a basket”? God says to “feed His lambs” and you my dear friend have many more to feed. We do not hold your flaming candle just for us now, but we praise God He leads you and your dear, dear family as you feed many more.
As God moves you and those not yet even known, I pray He leads them to the open arms and open and loving hearts of you and your family. And I can see a good thing as we must let you go.
Is it weird that a certain other country visited this blog many many times before our election? Now they stay away. Is that weird? Because they went from 9 to well over 100 visits during…yet they stopped. Is that weird?