My Thoughts on Summer Ready Bodies

According to my blog timeline, I started writing this post on March 11, 2015. To say that this one has been hard to write is an understatement, and I still feel I have not done an adequate job getting what is in my head into this post. It is my prayer that this post may encourage you.

“Summer ready body”; unless you are living under a rock you have heard this at some point in your life.  I have steered clear of any health and fitness websites and pages because I know that around summer time this phrase is plastered everywhere with pictures of as good as unclothed women. I have always struggled with this concept of urging women to shape up in time to flaunt their bodies in what I can only assume to be revealing summer clothes; why else does your “summer body”  need to be different from your “winter body”? I don’t know about you, but I have an all season body. This year I am more saddened by this concept, because I am seeing so many ladies that profess to be born again believers in Christ saying this, and falling for this phenomenon. Continue Reading

What it Means to Me

*I have a few other posts, that I desperately need to work on, but I thought since tomorrow is Good Friday I would try to put into words what Jesus’ death and resurrection mean to me.*

Today as I was driving to work I was overwhelmed at the love of my Saviour, and I started to sing:

Oh, how I love Jesus,
Oh, how I love Jesus,
Oh, how I love Jesus,
Because He first loved me!”

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My Thoughts on Flossing

It was a few weeks till my dental appointment, and I was not exactly excited. There is just something about sitting in the chair feeling completely out of control and helpless; at the mercy of the man with the cold, sterile, metal tools. I went about my mouth hygiene routine meticulously those next few weeks preparing for the appointment. One area of my mouth hygiene routine where I tend to slack is flossing, and as I understand it this is generally a worldwide problem. As I was preparing for my dental check-up I was flossing daily, often twice a day, versus the 3-ish times a week it usually was. I was not going to have to listen to the “you need to floss more” lecture from the guy with cold, sterile, metal tools. At this point you are probably asking yourself why you are reading about flossing, and why you should care, well last night the word “flossing” popped into my head as I was preparing to do my nightly bible reading, and it lead me off on a rabbit trail…

The Lord God is coming back. We do not know when, but we do know that He is coming, and that we need to be ready if we want to spend eternity with Him.

“Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.” -Matthew 25:13

Often times we find ourselves cleaning the surface of our lives, brushing the places we think the people can see. Since we know without a doubt that our “appointment” at the judgement seat of God Almighty is coming, should we not be “flossing” regularly, keeping every nook and cranny clean before Christ? Sin is sin and it needs to be dealt with. Just as dental floss removes plaque and bacteria from the hard to reach places, obedience to Gods word and repentant hearts helps keep the buildup of sin at bay.

“And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.” -Hebrews 4:13

We may be able to hide our sin from fellow man, but God knows all and see’s all. One day, whether we are ready or not,  we will stand before the God that created the universes, a Holy God, a Righteous God, and I want to be ready for my appointment with Him, and it is my prayer that you feel the same. May He receive all glory, honor, and praise.

 For it is written:

As I live, says the Lord,
Every knee shall bow to Me,
And every tongue shall confess to God.”

So then each of us shall give account of himself to God. -Romans 14:11-12

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Goodness of the Lord

“For the word of the Lord is right,
And all His work is done in truth.
He loves righteousness and justice;
The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.” -Psalm 33:4-5

Some days when I see disturbing news headline after disturbing news headline I question if there is any good left in this world. Just yesterday I resigned myself to that thought, and I was brought to tears thinking about how evil humanity can be. I was feeling pretty defeated.

I usually have BibleGateway open on my computer because I like to read The Word on my coffee breaks. I find it helps me keep my focus on what is important throughout my day. I have learned that God is not a God of coincidence; things don’t just magically happen, and He truly knows all things, and He knew what He was doing when the above verse (Psalm 33:4-5) was the verse of the day on the site.

For the word of the Lord is right, and all His work is done in truth.”

The Psalmist shows us the high thoughts he had of God and His infinite perfections. God’s word is right. There is nothing missing, nothing wrong with it; it is totally right. His promises are wise, filled with goodness, and sure. There is no unfairness in His threatenings, they are good, for those are there to deter us from evil. His commands and instructions agree with the rules of fairness. God’s word is right, and any deviation from it is wrong.

“He loves righteousness and justice;”

God is just. There is no flexing this way or that way, He is just in every sense of the word. He can never do wrong to any of His creatures. He is always ready to remedy, and set things right with those who have been wronged, and He does this with delight. He himself is righteous and He takes pleasure in those that are righteous. There is nothing but righteousness in the condemnation He passes and judgement in the execution of it. God loveth righteousness and is just in all His ways.

“The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.”

This is the part that I needed to hear. I was failing to see the goodness of God in the midst of all the evil. God’s bounty can never be exhausted. The provision that is made for all of creation plainly declares that the earth is full of His goodness. There are no exceptions – the most dry desert, the darkest, the hottest, the coldest; they are all blessed with the common blessings bestowed in all nations. How shameful is it not that the earth, which is so full of God’s goodness, is so empty of praises to Him that made it all. The multitudes that live upon His bounty, that thrive from the blessing of the life He gave, and so few live to His glory.

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Selfish Writing

I have a craving to write today. I have a blog post that has been sitting unfinished for quite some time, but I am stuck, and I need to step away from it for awhile. Sometimes my thoughts form into to blog posts so freely, and I can barely get my fingers to type them out fast enough, other times, like the mentioned post, every word is a struggle. It is often through the difficult posts that the Lord shows me that I must humble myself before Him, and allow Him to teach me the lessons I sometimes feel I’ve already mastered.

When writing about my faith, which is the majority of my posts on here, I find that I have failed to prayerfully consider the things I am writing. There are times that I have started writing a post thinking “I bet this will get lots of attention“. Oh how self seeking we can be! I am glad that the Lord has been gracious enough to show me my selfish ways. It is a hard lesson to learn, and it is one I have to continue learning daily. I want the things I post to glorify Him that gives me the ability to write. I am not a super writer, and I know there are grammar police out there that would like to teach me a thing or two, but I trust the Lord will provide clarity and understanding to those that read. It is my prayer that my posts can be encouraging to those that read them. I love to hear thoughts from my readers. In the last while my views have gone up considerably, so I know you are out there; I would love to see some comments.

So, back to my craving to write… I am working on a post that should be up in a day or two!