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  1. Psalms 33:18 “Behold, the eyes of the Lord are upon those that fear him, upon those who hope in his mercy.” It is good to fear the Lord and to be in awe of his great might and power, but we must also believe in his abundant love and hope in his endless mercy, for the mercy of the Lord also reveals his great power, for often to forgive requires greater strength than to avenge. The Lord is kind, the Lord is good, and the Lord is merciful.
  2. Courage is something that we admire, and as a nation we should honor those who display great valor and courage. We hear of the courage to face perilous circumstances, and there are stories of extreme heroism by soldiers, police officers and firefighters who risk or sacrifice their lives to protect the lives of others. There is courage in the moments when facing fear and danger, but there is also courage to be seen in the ordinary days of our lives. I have great respect for those who have the courage to risk their lives in battle or those willing to run into a burning building to rescue someone, but I also admire the courage that I see in those who rise up to meet each new day. I admire the courage of mothers who work more than one job, those who work endless hours sacrificing to provide for and nurture their children, and I admire mothers who work endless hours at home caring for their families, for mothers must rise up even when they are too tired or sick to rise up, but they rise up to meet the needs of their families each day. I admire the courage of men who rise up each day and go to work long hours, men who sacrifice their own health and their own dreams so that the dreams of their family can come true. It is not always easy to rise up each day and do all that is needed, but it is done every day by billions of people on this earth and many face great adversity and exhibit extraordinary strength and courage in simply doing what must be done. Abraham Lincoln said, "I am a slow walker, but I never walk back." Some interpret this to mean that if we complete a task slowly and methodically but correctly we will not have to go back and redo the task. I personally feel that he understood that there is power in a new day and that we must learn from the past but we must move forward and not go back. Some days are hard, and some are even harder, but there is power found in the courage to let the day past be past and there is courage to rise up each day and find the beauty and power of that new day. I am, at times, like the turtle, I am a slow walker, but I try to move forward each day and I seek to never walk back. Progress made is progress made. So here is to the courage of a new day.
  3. I love those scriptures thanks for sharing. I also think of the one in Proverbs.... "Pro_1:7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
  4. I agree. As stated in my original post, "Godly fear is not being terrified of an angry and cruel God for the Lord God is love, and his kindness, tenderness, gentleness, goodness, love and mercy have no end." thanks for the input....
  5. Of course Christianity is about being kind. If we are to be obedient then we must follow the commands of the Lord. The Lord Jesus told us that all of the law and the prophets hang upon the laws of loving God and loving our neighbor. Would not love be seen in kindness, patience, love, gentleness? I repented a long time ago and was baptized. I have repented since when I have sinned. I seek to be surrendered unto the Lord. I wasn't trying to address all those issue within this one topic. You state that "Christianity is not about being kind or nice, it is about obedience to Jesus. Literal obedience, doing what the 10 commandment say after ones confession that Jesus is ones Lord and saviour." I believe repentance and baptism is the first step of a long journey of following a path of light. I am truly amazed that you can equate a Christian walk without kindness!
  6. So Close, Yet Still Far The Lord is within my heart this day, He dwells within and I feel His presence, I see His love in the sunrise, I know that by His hand we peacefully dwell. The Lord is so close unto me this day, He is close, so close, yet still far, I feel His presence, I seek His voice, I desire to be ever so nigh, so very close. I see His power in the world around me, I see His mercy and I know His great love, He is all around me, so close, yet still far, I desire to be close, closer and closer still. I have seen miracles, I have had prayers answered, I have seen so I know that He is, The Lord hears, He sees and He hears, He knows my desire, so close, yet still far. The sick are anointed and the Lord heals, the sick are anointed and sickness remains, Prayers are heard and miracles occur, prayers are heard and change does not come. I cry out my Lord, I cry out and I seek, Lord,why are you so close, yet still far? Break me and cut me deep my Lord, purify me and consecrate my life for your will. Let your power be seen, let miracles of healing fall down, fall down like rain, We cry out, the sick and the hurting plead, save us O God, save us dear Lord. In hospital rooms, in churches and in bedrooms around the earth we cry, we cry Lord, Hear us O God for we believe, we believe, for we know that you are so very close. So close, yet still far, I will walk the desert sand, I will pay the cost, I seek to do your will, Take my heart, take my life dear Lord, let me be yours, let me be yours always. I seek to be your servant, I desire your glorious power to manifest in my life Lord, Help me Lord, forgive me Lord, use me Lord, for I am so close, yet still far.
  7. Psalms 4:8 "I will both lie down in peace and sleep; for You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety." Sleep is a precious gift and one that many do not know with consistency. We all have had our "sleepless" nights, those nights when our minds refuse to disengage and our bodies will not cooperate either and we toss and turn through the night ever searching for that perfect spot in the bed where sleep will at long last come. I sleep well most nights, and for this I am grateful, but even when sleep eludes me I still feel at peace for I go to bed with peace of mind and I feel safe within the sight of a God who is ever watchful, a God who does not sleep or grow weary. (Psalms 121:4-8) I am very grateful for those who serve in the military to help keep us safe as a nation, and I am very grateful for the dedicated police officers who work through the night patrolling our streets to help us sleep in safety. I am grateful, but my peace and my safety comes from knowing that I am in the hands of the Lord, for to dwell in the presence of the Lord brings peace like nothing on earth can equal. May the Lord bless and keep all of us well this day and may we all dwell yet another day in safety and peace.
  8. Psalms 34:7-9 "The angel of the Lord encamps round about them that fear him, and delivers them. (8) O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusts in him. (9) O fear the Lord, you his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him." I believe in God and I believe in Jesus his Son. I try to follow their commands and I seek to live a life that is pleasing unto them but I am not afraid of the Lord. Godly fear is not being terrified of an angry and cruel God for the Lord God is love, and his kindness, tenderness, gentleness, goodness, love and mercy have no end. I have come to understand that godly fear is rooted in love, not in dread and terror. Godly fear is rooted in love and is within hearts of love. When our love is great we are willing to sacrifice and do whatever is needed to protect, shield, and nurture the ones we love, and we also do not want to fail them or disappoint them. As a child I was given correction by my parents, and it was always rooted in their love for me, but most of the time my correction was not the time out chair or standing in the corner, it was administered to my behind by a wooden paddle that my Father had named, "Love" and the word love was written upon it. They corrected me for they loved me, and their love was expressed in many ways and I have always known their love. The worst thing that I could imagine in my youth was not a spanking, it was my Father or Mother telling me that they were ashamed of my behavior or that they were disappointed in me. Godly fear is rooted in hearts of love, and I love the Lord and I do not want the Lord to be ashamed of my behavior or to ever be disappointed in me. Godly fear is not terror, it is love and it is love that leads us to worship and to glorify and honor the Lord God and Jesus his Son. I still desire my parents love and I still hope and pray that in me they are not ashamed and that my life has not been a disappointment unto them and I feel the same about the Lord. I do not fear evil but I fear to do evil, not because I am afraid of the wrath of God, I fear to do evil for I do not want the Lord to be ashamed of me or disappointed in me. Godly fear is rooted in hearts of love.
  9. Our lives are truly filled with moments and the moments are what become etched within our memories. The Lord has told me to pause throughout the day and to just think upon him for a moment. Those moments become precious and important to keep me focused and upon a path of his desire each and everyday. I have a brother whose heart is bonded with mine. We have a closeness that is a blessing from the Lord. I share some of his words about "moments" as well. In my office upon the wall there is a sentence framed that I see most days. It states, "We Don't Remember the Days, We Remember the Moments." Life is filled with days that quickly pass and within each day there are moments, and most just blend in with the passing days, but in life there are moments that remain etched within our memory and forever written upon our heart. I do remember the moments, some good and some bad. I remember the moments when I have been notified that one of my loved ones has died, those moments remain. I remember the moment I first saw my wife at a college dance and she was dancing with a nerdy looking kid and I knew in that moment that I had to meet her. I remember the moment I was baptized, I remember the moment that I saw my children born and the moment that I held each one for the very first time. I remember the moment when I walked my oldest daughter down the aisle on her wedding day and I remember the moment that she blessed us with our first grand-child. I remember the moment when I first learned to ride a bike and the moment I sat in my first car. Life is filled with moments and we are blessed with the memory of those moments. Moments of great joy and moments of great sadness all shape our mind and our heart. I have been blessed far more than I deserve and punished far less than I deserve by a most merciful God, and I am grateful for all the moments that life has given me and I anticipate all the moments yet to come. Have a blessed day, and may it be filled with precious moments of love and light.
  10. Welcome Priscilla. You will find many topics to join in with and hope you truly enjoy this site. I have found it to be a blessing.
  11. Tenderness shall never become an attribute not desired and not needed. The tender touch of a mother's hand upon the forehead of a sick child has soothed and comforted billions of children over the ages of man. The tender touch of a woman upon the arm of the man she loves shall not pass away as something old fashioned and no longer needed. The tender touch of a father as he wipes away the tears of his little girl when her heart is broken by her first love is a love that shall always find expression as long as hearts can be broken. We need tenderness that reaches out to comfort and give strength and hope unto others. Men were created by the Lord to be the stronger vessel, and in physical strength this is clearly the design of heaven, but the strength found in a woman's heart is a strength of amazing power. Tenderness still dwells in the heart of a man who walks in the footsteps of Jesus, the man who seeks to be pleasing unto the Lord, and tenderness still dwells in the hearts of women who follow the heart within. The strength found in a woman's heart is not the same strength found in the strong arm of a man, but a woman's heart can teach, guide, comfort, soothe and restore lives in ways that men will never fully understand or be able to emulate. Tenderness has been shown unto me all of my life, and it shall be a need all of my days. Let tenderness be seen, let tenderness be given freely from hearts of love, and let tenderness ever be the way of mankind.
  12. I am in agreement with the throw away diapers! My wife and I had twins so that was a big deal. However, I shall rise in defense of the hand crank ice cream churn. When my grandkids come over it becomes an experience for them as they take turns adding ice or salt and they take turns with the crank. They all get to contribute to the dessert and hopefully becomes a wonderful memory for them. The electric is more convenient but not nearly as memorable! Thanks for your post and I never tried sucking the salt chunks that doesn't sound good, plus I needed to save all the room I had for the ice cream!
  13. Honor given will lead to honor received. Simple words, but words filled with truth and power. In these days of darkness and confusion we find that the concept of honor is not held dear and followed as in days past. There was a time when children honored their parents as the fifth commandment instructs us. Once honor was given unto the elderly and unto the sick and the weak. Men honored their wives, and we honored our mothers and our fathers, and honor and respect was shown unto women and men who were our elders and the responses of children included the words, "Sir" and "Ma'am." We, as a nation, used to honor our veterans and showed great respect unto those who served and defended us. We, as a nation, once honored our flag and all would stand when our flag was presented and our national anthem was sung. We, as a nation, once honored God and sought to walk in his ways and follow his commands. Honor given will lead to honor received, these are words of the Lord God and they are words that should guide us this day. If children will show honor unto their parents and unto all adults they will receive honor. If we show honor unto others, unto men, women, and children we shall receive honor, and if we show honor unto God and Jesus, his Son, we shall receive honor. When you watch the evening news it is clear to see that in our nation there is a lack of respect for those who deserve our respect and a lack of honor bestowed upon those that we should honor. Honor given will lead to honor received so let us honor those to whom honor is due. Romans 13:7 "Render therefore to all their due: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor."
  14. The Touch of the Masters Hand Twas battered and scarred, and the auctioneer thought it scarcely worth his while to waste much time on the old violin, but held it up with a smile; "What am I bidden, good folks," he cried, "Who'll start the bidding for me?" "A dollar, a dollar"; then two!" "Only two? Two dollars, and who'll make it three? Three dollars, once; three dollars twice; going for three.." But no, from the room, far back, a gray-haired man came forward and picked up the bow; Then, wiping the dust from the old violin, and tightening the loose strings, he played a melody pure and sweet as caroling angel sings. The music ceased, and the auctioneer, with a voice that was quiet and low, said; "What am I bid for the old violin?" And he held it up with the bow. A thousand dollars, and who'll make it two? Two thousand! And who'll make it three? Three thousand, once, three thousand, twice, and going and gone," said he. The people cheered, but some of them cried, "We do not quite understand what changed its worth." Swift came the reply: "The touch of a master's hand." And many a man with life out of tune, and battered and scarred with sin, Is auctioned cheap to the thoughtless crowd, much like the old violin, A "mess of pottage," a glass of wine; a game - and he travels on. "He is going" once, and "going twice, He's going and almost gone." But the Master comes, and the foolish crowd never can quite understand the worth of a soul and the change that's wrought by the touch of the Master's hand. Battered and scarred, rejected, neglected and forgotten many walk through the days of their lives. In the days of Jesus and his disciples the lepers were the outcast of society. Who are the lepers of our day? Some walk as outcasts due to choices made, but often the ones we pass by are victims of a world filled with pride and selfishness, filled with hearts hardened and filled with blind eyes that will not see. I pray for the eyes to see, for in my life I have passed by the hungry, the lost and the hurting without lifting a hand or a prayer. My heart has softened and I see more than in past days, but I pray that I will never pass by and not see. The touch of the Master's hand can still heal the sick, can still rescue and save the lost, and his hand can still show us the value of the battered, the scarred, the rejected, the forgotten and the lost. We are not the Master, but we are to be instruments in the Master's hand, and our life is to be a melody that calls out unto all who are in need. May the instruments in his hand open eyes and open hearts and not pass by without seeing this day.
  15. As For Me... Joshua 24:15 "And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom you will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord." "But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord." The last part of Joshua 24:15 is a well known phrase that is found framed and mounted upon walls of Christian homes around the world. If you are the head of your household you can state that you and those who reside within your home will follow the Lord and serve him. But in truth, many families are not united in faith and are not united in purpose and not all follow the same path. My children are grown and each must follow the path that is set before them, but we did raise our children to believe in the Lord God and the Lord Jesus and to obey them and to serve them. In our world today we often hear people who claim to speak for the majority. Some of the values that we see on display and the opinions that we hear by some who say that they represent the majority of a particular segment of the population does not always appear to be truly representative of that majority. I find that I am rarely in a position to speak for others with total assurance that my words are reflective of their hearts and minds. I come to the conclusion that I can always honesty say, "as for me." I can speak of my values, my convictions, my beliefs, and my faith with the fullness of assurance, but it is difficult to speak for others unless you truly know their heart. I know the heart of my wife, and I can speak with assurance about many things, for we have shared values, convictions, belief and faith. It is good to know the hearts and minds of others, and it is a blessing to be close enough to others to know what they believe, but to speak with assurance that the majority feel a certain way is not an easy task. The Lord, however, can speak with assurance for he knows our hearts and minds and he knows our every thought, word and action. He can speak for you for he knows you. I am a minister and I preach from the Word of God, but for me to speak for the Lord God and his beloved Son I must know their heart and mind, and this is revealed in their Holy Word and I seek to understand and know their hearts. As for me... I will serve the Lord and I pray that I serve them well.
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