Changes in Life

Something exciting is available around the bend.  I know it.  It has to be.  Because otherwise I would not be here.Kinkade, Life's Journey

There are many changes in life.  One of them is retirement.  I wouldn’t say I really retired in the classical sense.  I just quit my job for several reasons that I need not go into in this blog.  Having done that, however, I’m finding myself at home with not much to do.  I realized that I have a lot of potential in me.  There is talent in there somewhere.  We all have gifts and abilities that should be used.  Otherwise, why are we here?  I have sat in my home and contemplated this for a few days.  Watching TV, reading books, playing video games, and surfing the internet is fun, but is is not useful.  There is no purpose in that for me.  Who am I helping?  So, I think it is time to start blogging seriously again.  There may be some nuggets of truth, some encouraging words, or some happy, funny stories and poems that I can write that will improve someone’s day, make them feel better, or maybe even change their life for the better.  Therefore, after 3 years, I am beginning my WordPress blog once again.  I am looking forward to what God has in store for me around the bend.  I am excited about life in general and how technology has made it so easy for us to influence a multitude of people on a daily basis.  So be looking for my blogs.  Let me know what you would like me to write about.  Hopefully, you can comment on my posts to let me know if I have somehow encouraged you, or helped you discover new truths of life and God.  Retirement will be fun now.  I have a goal, a passion, a mission, and that is writing!!

Awesome God

 

God is so awesome.  He forgives all our sins and makes us clean and brand new.  He is our strength when we are weak.  He perfects us;  He completes us.  AND when we fail Him, TIME AND TIME AGAIN, Jesus says, “Father, I’ve removed their sins from them.  I have covered them with My blood and they stand before You clean, without sin.”  Whatever we cannot do, God does in us and through us if we only trust in Him.  Praise His name.

LIVE FOR TODAY

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Matt. 6:34 states “do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” 

In today’s society with the economy, politics, etc. the way they are we need to focus on today.  Focus on this moment right now.  We need to forget about yesterday and it’s guilt, mistakes, missed windows of opportunity, etc.  We need to trust in God and not worry about what will happen tomorrow.  Let go of the fear, worry, unknown, etc.

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Prov. 3:5,6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths.

Trust the Lord with your future.  It belongs to Him.  He knows what is coming.  Only then will we have the peace that comes from knowing everything will be okay.

I Set My Heart

Set Your Mind on Things Above

Vs. 1: Set your mind on things above;Presentation1
About the Savior and His love;
Let Earthly things just fade away;
And know that Christ will come some day.
(See Colossians 3:1-4)

(Chorus) I feel the Spirit rising in me;
I feel God’s Spirit setting me free.
I feel His joy now flooding my soul;
I know God’s love is making me whole.

Vs. 2: This world may look so dark and grim;
But the light is here, just look to Him;
Troubles press on every side;
But in His love I will abide. (Repeat Chorus)

Vs. 3: Though in this world the troubles come.
Jesus, my Lord, has overcome.
So now by faith we can believe
We all have the victory.
(I John 5:4 and John 16:33)

Bridge:
I set my mind, I set my heart
I choose to dwell on things above.
I set my mind, I set my heart
I choose to speak about His love.

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HEAVEN

HEAVEN

Brilliance of light; brighter than day;
Millions of worshippers sing and pray;
Freedom is ours beyond compare
For God has erased all our worries and cares.
No sadness or pain or darkness of night;
No clouds of sorrow or anger or fright.
No poverty, hunger, or crime exists.
No hatred or murder, abuse or tests.
We all overcame by the blood of the Lamb
And we sing endless praise to the great I AM.
All questions are answered; time comes to an end;
And we finally see Jesus our Savior and Friend.

Millions are gathered together to see
The Master Creator who set our hearts free.
And at the great banquet we dine with the King;
We feast at His table, and gifts we bring;
We dance and rejoice with no tears to think of;
We laugh in His freedom and walk in His love.
We all live forever in radiant light
For once we were blind, but he gave us new sight.
Once we were lost and hurt and alone;
But He showed us His comfort and gave us a home.
What delight, what wonder we feel in this place
As we see our beloved, The Prince, face to face.

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Live, Laugh, Love

I woke up today in a great mood because I had a wonderful dream. I believe dreams are a picture of how our soul is doing. In this temporal world here on Earth, I have fears, worries, heartache; but in my dream last night, and periodically in the past, my dreams have been full of joy. I have no recollection of my present situation. I am just in a dream having fun, no inhibitions.

It was a crazy dream where my son was in town visiting (He was always a happy child. I rarely ever saw him sad or mad. And when he was, it was short-lived) and checking out the house we had just bought. He was running around excited about the house. Then it skipped to a scene where he was laughing and jumped into a swimming pool with his clothes on. As I looked, I saw several people in the pool with clothes on.

We don’t own a pool, and he has already seen our house which we bought at the beginning of this year, so the dream was unrealistic, but it was what was in my soul at the time.

To me, the dream was symbolic of just spontaneously having fun, whether it’s planned or not. Have fun wherever I am, whatever I’m doing and with whomever is in my company at the time. And now worrying about how it is “supposed to be done”. Life is to be enjoyed. Life is to be loved, lived to the full. Jesus came that we might have life more abundantly (John 10:10). It is the thief, the enemy, the devil who tries to steal our joy and our peace and kill our dreams and hopes.

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So, today, I will LIVE, LAUGH, LOVE and have fun in whatever I do.  I will learn to be content whatever the circumstance (Phil. 4:11).

Have a wonderful day!