Thursday, May 18, 2017

Jigsaw Puzzle

Life is like a jigsaw puzzle
Each moment is a piece.
Some are filled with laughter
Others filled with grief.

We can only see glimpses of what
Was and what we think will be
Would you rather trust God
Or fuss over a little piece

God can see our entire life
From beginning until end
Enjoy all the good parts
Give all the bad to him.

He is more capable than we
To fit the pieces together
We only see little glimpses
But he sees the whole picture.

Written By
Lisa Collier Clewis

The Christian Life=Trust and Obey

Entrust to God the things you have no control over. Be careful to obey God's commands. You are responsible for what God has called you to do that you can not pass on to someone else.

We read in Romans 12:14-21 a clear example of the trust and obey lifestyle. Romans  12:14 Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.  12:15 Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.  12:16 Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.  12:17 Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.  12:18 If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.  12:19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.  12:20 Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.  12:21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.

V.14 bless those who persecute you
V.15 be tender and compassionate
V.16 commit to living in harmony
V.16 do not be proud
V.19 as much as you can, live in peace with everyone
V.20 meet your enemies need
V.21 overcome evil with good

It can be hard to act like this when someone is purposely hurting you, using you, talking about you and mistreating you. But these are the commands that God has given us. When we fail to obey these commands and entrust to God the person and circumstances that we are struggling with we open the door for this person to cause us even more problems. Whereas, if we had continued in our faith God could use our Christ- like behavior to draw that person closer to Him.

Monday, May 1, 2017

You Can Change

I can look back over the years and see where illnesses and my attitude toward these illnesses has changed my character for the better. I have lost quite a few character flaws and wonder if I would have experienced all that growth if I hadn't had any illnesses. Chances are without the struggle I might still be out of fellowship with Jehovah only worse, with no thought of Him or where I would spend eternity.

I put the father of my children, my stubborn pride and independence ahead of God. I was unbendable and unmovable, set in my ways because I allowed my circumstances and my obsession with making things, my life, the way I thought I wanted it to be my focus. I found out that I was wrong on all accounts because I wasn't putting God first or basing my decisions on his word. What had been hardness and determination  turned into a chic with a really bad attitude who had some really bad habits like smoking cigarettes instead of eating, drinking sundrop like it was water, being anxious about everything, unable to get any decent sleep due to worrying, and drinking alcoholic beverages. I ended up on the side of the road after work one day, blind to the point I couldn't see beyond the hood of my car. Someone had to come get me and drive me home. Self abuse or lack of taking proper care of yourself mentally, physically,  spiritually and emotionally ends in disaster especially if your thought patterns, thinking, is toxic. You are what you think.

That episode was just the beginning of years of illnesses and disease. I praise my heavenly father today for the diseases and illnesses that I have been healed from and the ones that I have overcome with his help. I am a better woman, a better person, a whole lot closer to God and putting him first, dependent on God for all things, and sharing my story and his love and his holy word, the bible, with others. He is my everything and everyone to me. Jesus is the way,  the truth,  and the life and following him you will find your way, know the truth, and have everlasting life  where there is no pain,  no sickness and no sorrow.

John  14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Revelation  21:4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.