Tuesday, April 28, 2015

What is my purpose and why am I here?

I still remember the words of my friend from long ago...what is my purpose and I just want to know why am I here?

2 Cor 5:

14 For Christ's love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. 

15 And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.

The chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.  What does this mean that we enjoy God and become like Him?

I have been wondering with kids gone, husband a hard working farmer, no specific ministry and a few other struggles...what am I to do to glorify God?  Brother Lawrence a Catholic priest washed dishes all day, but he did it talking and trusting God, in His presence.  He glorified God in the simplest of things, washing dishes.  Young moms, do you wonder how you glorify God? Retired folks, like me and Danny. We do the things He has given us to do in His presence.

The Spirit, though many good friends, have been giving me food for thought.  We are born very self centered.  Even our good deeds are as filthy rags.  Because they are with the wrong motives. We want for our reputation, credit for us and to make us feel better, we want Gods glory.  We are to die to ourselves and live to Christ.  We die to the flesh and learn to live in the Spirit.  Following Jesus, to love God and love others with our whole heart, mind and strength and repent when we don't.  The problem is not that we love ourselves too little but we love ourselves more than anything. We do good things for our benefit.   But receiving Gods love for us and seeing who we are in Christ...helps us to stop beating ourselves up, like the whole world depends on us.  And it helps us from thinking we are the best thing since sliced bread. lol  

We are sinners who, if we are His, are saved by Grace.  We are now Saints, but we have the old sinful nature in this life, until we see Him face to face in heaven. Then we are like Him.   It is a struggle to remember who we are now and what He has done for us.  We must remind each other and sing His praises with joy that fills our heart.  We need one another to forget ourselves and live in light of His wonderful Glory!

We are in Christ and He is living His life through us.  We live with Him.  Partnering with Him, in His plan to glorify Himself, through and in us. What greater joy can we possibly be given.  A couple of verses to meditate on is Gal 2:20 and 2 Cor 5:14-15

Monday, April 20, 2015

Forgot the Gospel

Sorry friends.  Sometimes I can get on an introspective, downward spiral.  I never measure up of course.  It seems...the day just starts off all wrong.  I forget the Gospel and who Christ says we are in Him.

It is Springtime.  New beginnings.  The old has passed away and the new has come.  Here are a few photos that I hope brighten your day.

I love my LIFE!

Lord Change Me!

Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.

What does this verse mean?  What is a happy life?  Why do I do the things I do?  How do I influence, good or bad, those around me? Do people feel safe with me?  Can they be open and honest with me? God is changing me?  Will it be enough or do I still need my Savior?  What is just , do the next thing?  Can I move out of my comfort zone and love somebody?  Am I more about words than I am actions?  Is faith really dead without works?  What do I doubt and believe about God that affects my every day living?  How do I impose that on others?  Is it about me or God?  Are my eyes and heart fixed on Him?  Why have I been paranoid for the last 18 years?  Is faith enough?  Do I live like a slave or a child of the King!  Please Lord, change me...

I have been thinking a lot about writing to you.  About the time I would get a thought, the Lord would be teaching me something else.  I still don't have my thoughts together but I wanted to encourage you to be quiet and be still and silent, but then go about life with all you have in you.  If I don't enjoy Him now, can I rejoice in Him then?  Why do I long for heaven...Perfection, no more pain, Jesus!

A few of my family just took a trip and it was one of the most meaningful ones, I have ever taken with them.  I want to share a few of the pictures.  Blessings friends.