Loving God!

Some days I see him on the corner, near our house.  His legs are so bent, he would fall over, if it weren’t for his cane.  He can’t speak. One of his hands is deformed and of not much use. To take a blessing, he has to balance on his cane, in order to use his good hand. His hair is grey… his eyes are full of love.  As I gave him some money, I prayed.  I wonder about his journey… his life.  I touch my heart and point at his, so he is aware that I love him.  He does the same, but points to the heavens.  As I drive away my heart is filled with compassion, but also with shame.  It is easy for me to love God. Wearing nice clothes, healthy limbs and an expensive truck.  Here is a man that loves God, in a life that seems to be nothing but hardship.  I wonder, if I were in his shoes, would my love for our Savior still be strong?  Would I have love for others, that could be seen in my eyes.  All my life I have lived in comfort… in blessing… in never ending joy.  We need to stop, and notice those less fortunate than we.  God puts them in our path to teach.  To teach gratitude, and to teach unending love.  I am still praying for him.  I am also praying, I don’t take one blessing in this life for granted.  After all, each blessing, is but a gift from God! 

Matthew 6:34

I Love You!

Perry

Grateful Heart!

Seven thirty.  As I walked outside, the temperature was perfect.  The sun was shining thru the trees, as to create beams of light.  A few clouds billowed in the sky.  Pure joy came over me.  My hands flew into the air.  Laughter came from deep inside.  I shouted “Father thank you for such a magnificent day!  You are an amazing God!”.  So easy to have a heart of gratitude, on such a day. However, doesn’t he want us to live our lives with such a heart?  To lay our burdens on him, and spend our days in prayers of thanksgiving.  Tragedy will always happen.  He whispers… I have this, so rest in my presence… and be thankful for all I have given you.  It’s hard at times.  Loved ones die. Satan punches at you daily, thru temptation… thru financial hardship… thru hateful people… thru medical issues.  As hard as life is sometimes, Jesus came to destroy that hardship, and give us a peace that passes understanding. We simply have to lay all those burdens, at his feet. Be thankful first for his presence. Then spend each day looking for the joy in life, that he creates. The darkness will only last for a short while.  New joy comes in the morning.  I pray we find a way to have lives of daily thanksgiving.  For me, just knowing that he is my God, brings joy to my soul.  Philippians 4:6 

I Love You

Perry

Don’t Need Proof!

As we toured the museum, and the replica of Noahs’ Ark, a strange feeling came over me.  I was almost ashamed, at the amount of money the founder had spent, in an effort to prove his point and disprove another.  He had invested millions, with the purpose of trying to prove that the word of God…  mostly the old testament, was true.  The whole premise of the exhibit was to bring light to facts, as he knew them, in an attempt to disprove science.  As I examined the displays, my heart spoke to me.  God doesn’t want to be proven.  He wants our faith.  It’s easy to love something or someone that is seen… felt… and right in front of you.  It takes greater dedication and commitment to love someone or something based on shear faith.  If God wanted us to believe in him, based on proof, he could have easily left behind so many things to prove his existence and that of his son.  Then why did he not do that.  Why not leave us the chalice from the last supper?  Or the tablets of law inside the Ark?  Why not the cross its self?  Because we would worship those items instead of him.  He doesn’t want proof. He doesn’t want worship of that proof.  He wants desire… faith… and worship of him.  Only that will prove we truly love him.  Hebrews 11:1 – 3

I Love You!

Perry

What Do You Believe?

So much of our belief system, the ideas of our theology, come from our parents… our families… our traditions.  We believe half truths, because we listen to the stories of our ancestors, and those that lead our churches.  Do you wear the name Jesus?  Do you claim to know his heart and the words of his story?  We have a Savior, who loves us more than we could know.  He doesn’t follow rules.  He doesn’t worry about the traditions of families, or the laws of religion.  He is consumed with love.  He wants us to lay ourselves out bare before him, with no facade… no pretense.  When God spoke to Adam and Eve, after their mistake, he asked “who told you, you were naked”.  It was not about clothing.  God wants us to be exposed before him. He doesn’t want pride, he wants honesty.  He wants us to know, his forgiving nature.  It’s about making ourselves humble before our fellow man.  Making ourselves open, to being fully human, and not worrying about if we look weak to others.  As you come to a understanding of Jesus’s heart, you will see that he laid himself open, to all mankind, in order to save us.  There is freedom in doing the same.  The only truth that matters, comes from the one who has scars on his hands… his feet.  The rest is simply wasted time. 

1 John 4:7

I Love You!

Perry