Look at the stars

I love this quote I found online.  I believe this to the very core of my being.  There is light!

Looking around at the world today and all that is happening in the news, we will notice a lot of bad; there is a lot of hatred, sorrow, terrorism, etc.  We will notice people who don’t care any more.  There is more financial stress, more destruction, and more illness, and the list goes on. Many people can grow cold and uncaring or just become immune to all the evil in the world.  What was once devastating or shocking to society years ago will be acceptable or ‘normal’ today.  Take divorce for example.  It is very commonplace today, but a couple hundred years ago, if someone were to say they were getting divorced, they would probably be either shamed or pitied greatly.  Now it is much more acceptable.

In a world growing cold, immoral, or uncaring I can find myself becoming judgmental.  It’s just not the way it used to be.  More and more of what is acceptable now was immoral 50 years ago.  It is very easy to focus on what is bad in the world.  The news, for example has mostly stories of terrorism, war, and crime with only a short human interest story at the end.  There is a way I’ve learned to stop being so sorrowful and disappointed concerning the world system.

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Look at the stars

The more darkness there is, the more stars I can see.  I can go out to the country and see an image such as the one here.  A  multitude of stars in space.  There is darkness all around, but so many stars to enjoy.  If I keep my head up instead of down, I can see more light instead of darkness.

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In the city, with all the lights, buildings, and cars, there is much less light in the sky.  It’s easy for me to be so distracted by the action, people, and things around me that I no longer see the stars.  The world is in the way.  Even when I do look up, the stars are much less noticeable.  Most of them are dimmed in the midst of the lights of the world.

Look to God

god-is-light-in-him-there-is-no-darkness-at-all-quote-1ddf4ec73a44f86ca71ac6d1320605afeThese two verses say it all.  “God is light. In Him there is no darkness at all.” 1 John 1:5.  and “Set your mind on thing above.”  Colossians 3:2.  If I keep looking up, if I look at the stars in the night sky instead of the darkness itself, I can see light.  There is still good in the world.  There is still happiness. God is teaching me not be so negative.  Do not see the glass half empty.  Do not look only to the faults in the world.  See the small points of light in the midst of darkness.  Focus on the positive.

Like Carrie Hope Fletcher said, “Happiness is always there. You just have to choose to see it. There’s no point dwelling in the dark and ignoring the light of the stars.”  See link above for more information on Carrie Hope Fletcher.

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!!

FROM THE HEART

by  Terri  Byars  October 2000 to January 2001 /All rights reserved

Depression.  Hopelessness.
All seems lost. Nowhere to go.
Want to leave. Hit bottom.
All is useless.  What is the point?
I cannot do this anymore.  Are you there, Lord?
Return me to the place of joy.
Trust.  Rest.  Confidence.
Confidence in You alone.
I want to forget.  Laugh a little.
Live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.
Read the word. Live in His love.
In Your light, Lord.  Let me/I live there alone.
Get rid of darkness. Take me to the Light.
Pure Joy

Confession.  Repentance.
Not my will, but Your will be done, Lord.
Tears.  Grief.  Hopelessness.
Wondering what is wrong, how to fix it.
I can’t do it in my strength.
I cannot proceed until all my strength disappears.
Transformed.  Renewed.
A living sacrifice presented to God.
Tears.  Grief.  Brokenness.  Hope.
Hope in God for the help of His presence.
I cannot stand.  I have fallen.
I have to be carried. Lord, lift me up.
Confession.  Repentance.

Brokenness.  Childlikeness.
Total desperate dependence on the Lord.
A need.  A longing.  To be satisfied.
Never able to be filled.  A need to be empty.
I can’t be filled until I am empty.
I cannot be satisfied until all my desires disappear.
Crucified.  Dead to self.
Following Him closely every moment.
A need.  A longing.  To hear His heart.
A pure heart.  Single-minded.  Holiness.
I can’t see without His eyes.
I cannot walk, Lord, hold my hand.
Brokenness.  Childlikeness.

Selflessness.  Generosity.
Do nothing out of selfish ambition.
Focused inward.  Self-importance.
What can be done to fix my problem?
It’s not about me and my problem.
It’s not most important to get my needs met.
Humility. Think of others.
Consider others needs above my own.
Focused outward.  Self-abasement.
Other’s need are more important than my own.
Lord, what can I do for others?
God’s grace will abound toward you.
Selflessness. Generosity. 

Closeness.  Intimacy.
Single-minded, wholehearted devotion to God.
Affections.  Desires.  To have the answers.
Never knowing.  A need to be dependent.
I can’t be secure until I let go.
I cannot be secure until I step forward without knowing.
Hang on loosely.  Lean on Him.
Moment-by-moment clinging to Him.
Affections.  Desires.  Seek those things above.
Confidence in Him.  He knows.  He’s Daddy.
I cannot walk without holding His hand.
I cannot survive without looking to Him.
Closeness.  Intimacy.

Endurance. Perseverance.
Falling. Crawling. Moving forward.
Trust myself. I can do it.  I have the ability.
Try and try. Striving. Straining. Pressing.
I can’t keep going on my strength.
I cannot do this anymore without His Spirit.
Not my righteousness, but His.
Walking on. Press on toward the goal.
Trust Him.  Availability. Faithfulness.
Keep my eyes on Jesus who endured the cross.
I will keep going.  Earnestly pray. Have Faith.
Seek peace. Pursue righteousness.
Endurance. Perseverance.

RUN THE RACE TO WIN!!

Where is God?

ONE NATION UNDER GOD? INDIVISIBLE?

Sometimes as I watch America, the so-called “Christian Nation”, fall farther and farther away from the Faith of our Fathers, I wonder what God thinks about us now.  How does God think about a nation who kills millions a year because a woman is not ready to give birth to a baby and take responsibility for her actions?  How does God feel when we accept same-sex marriage as being a choice or a right when it goes totally against Romans chapter 1?  How does God feel when Christians live in sin, drinking, gambling, having illegitimate babies?  Sure, we all sin.  None of us are righteous on our own merit, but it seems like Christians should look different from the world and grow more and more like Jesus and not more and more like the world.  How does God feel when we go to Church just because it’s Sunday, or just because we want to meet a girl (or guy) or just because our Mom made us?  When will we start seeking God, renewing our mind, becoming separate from the world? 

God is still sovereign.  God is still on the throne.  I have to believe that, but I don’t see it.  I have to believe it by faith because the word says it is true. 

Where is God? 

The sun is shining, but I barely see it.  My heart is full of grief.  “It rains on the just and the unjust” the Bible says somewhere.  Sometimes I wonder, where is the justice in that?  Joel Osteen, the pastor of maybe the biggest mega church in America, many times talks about the favor of God.  “We have the favor of God” he says.  If we are favored by God, why are Christians in poverty? 

I’m still praying, I’m still believing.  I live by faith, not by sight.  God is still sovereign.  He is good all the time.  Lord Jesus, shower your presence on your people.  Let us rise up and be blessed.  Amen.

Come quickly, Lord, take us out of this mess.

 

 

CAST YOUR BURDENS

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When I think about this, I like to think of a fisherman.  When he casts his line, he casts it out there too far to reach.  It flies forward hundreds of feet and sinks into the ocean.

When I cast my cares on Jesus, I need not just lay it as His feet, just within reach, then pray a while, pick my burden back up and leave.  How many times have I done that?

When I cast my burden into the depths of the sea, Jesus walks right down in there and picks up my burden, carries it to the Father, and Abba Father, “Daddy God” takes care of it for me.

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Thank you Lord, for taking this from me, removing it from my shoulders forever and lightening my burden.

A new Me by 53?

A NEW ME BY 53

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I am totally having trouble sticking to this goal.  That is why I haven’t posted in this category for a long time.  I’ve gained weight again so the body part is really going down the drain.  The soul part is up and down.

  Emotions, can you trust them? 

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Spiritually, God has never failed me yet.  I am hanging on to Him like glue.  I may not be praising or praying as much as I used to, or as much as I’d like to, but I am still in love with my King and asking for His help constantly.  Life is hard, but God is good, all the time.

There is something magical about the new year as far as resolutions and re-committments, so I think I will re-start this 1-1-13.  There are a few nutritionist on WordPress that I follow.  If any of you have any suggestions on how to beat this stuff, let me know.  I’ve tried almost every diet in existence.

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Dont Lose Your Dream

HAVE YOU LOST YOUR DREAM?  HAVE YOU GIVEN UP ON YOUR HOPES AND VISION?

God is such a life-giving God.  He brings life to that which was dead.  When we trust in Him, He can bring life even to our dreams and our hopes.  Sometimes growing up we have these dreams and hopes of what life as an adult will hold.  We hope to aspire to a certain career, or family, or marriage, etc.  As life goes on, we find ourselves just going through the motions and taking what comes.  Life throws a few hard balls and we are hurt, wounded in action.  Sometimes fear creeps in and we lose our dream thinking “It will never happen, why try”.  Well I am writing this to tell you, God is a God of hope.  Again, I say, He is a God who brings life even to our dreams and hopes.  Give Him your dream.

 

 

MAYBE HE WILL GIVE YOU A NEW DREAM

Even when your dream fades or you find it is no longer possible due to physical, financial, relational, etc. difficulties.  God will heal your hurts when these things happen.  He will give you joy in the midst of your broken dreams.  He will give you peace in troubled times.  He will mend your broken heart,maybe even give you a new dream.

 

 

 

MAYBE GOD IS CALLING YOU TO HIMSELF

As troubles come way, God is saying, “Come unto me all who weary and I will give you rest.”  He wants to hold us.  He wants to hide us in the shelter of His wings and renew our song, bring us joy.  He desires us to run to Him when we cry.  He will fill us with joy unspeakable and full of glory.  Come to Him everyone.  Come to the God of all comfort and be blessed.  Even in the midst of a storm.