Tag: Jesus

Open Letter to Nancy #5


Wow! A lot has happened since last time. I have kind of not wanted to get into some of this but there are some things that bother me and that I question. Oh, by the way, hello friend! I pray for you daily that God will guide your heart and mind to His truth.

The way I understand this new ‘culture’ is if you disagree with me you will be canceled from any further attention from me. Now, I don’t know about you but that really makes no sense at all if you think about it. What if it keeps being construed to mean more than it does now?

Take your child for instance, let’s say for this argument that you have tried to teach your child to say thank you when he receives a present. He absolutely refuses because he thinks he is owed the present so no thank you is required. Impasse. Will he be suddenly erased from your concerns? Will he suddenly be on his own?


Lets go the other way now. Say you mother, or close relative and you have a differing of opinions. Let’s say, for arguments sake, neither of you will budge on how you think. Do you just walk away and pretend they are no longer worthy of your attention?


Your religion is not the same as mine – you are canceled. Your political party is not the same as mine – you are canceled. You live in a different state and won’t move – you are canceled. You won’t protest with me about what I believe – you are canceled. The color of your skin is different than mine – you are canceled. I kneel only before my God – I am canceled. I am an American Patriot – I am canceled. I believe in life – I am canceled. This could go on and on, and still it makes no sense. If we are human and we claim to be civilized humans, then every person on the face of the earth has a right to his or her own opinion without being canceled by someone who thinks differently. They are just different.

Different is not bad. Musicians are different because they hear a music we cannot hear, but they share what they hear, it moves us to tears. Artists are different because they see everything through their lens of their eyes, and what beauty our eyes stare at when they make it visible to the rest of us. People in love are usually very different and when they give themselves to each other, such a magical change it makes. Different is not bad. Different is just different, and it does not mean we should fight, lie, violent protest and threaten with death others that do not see as we see or feel as we feel. What is wrong with different?

Now I know that some are going to say what about rights of others. If what I want would cause harm or death to another, I have no right to force what I believe on any other human. If what I want causes undue fear for life, causes any other human to feel belittled or shamed for the color of their skin, black or white, then what I want is not right. But here again, I believe in right and wrong, not shades of gray or that evil is good and good is evil. As humans, as Godly women, we should be able to distinguish the difference between lies and truths and see the worth of every human being in God’s eyes because in His eyes we all are the same. Jesus died for everyone on this planet because He see the worth of each and every one.

He did not cancel that one over there because they are cross-eyed. He did not cancel the other one in the corner because they have acne. He did not cancel the person down the street because they stutter. He did not cancel the person across the street because they look different. We should do the same. Reach out to the hurting and angry and frustrated and frightened and poor and rich and powerful and weak and show them respect as a human being. Maybe people have forgotten how to be kind, how to be thoughtful, how to show respect, how to honor, how to see people. If we looked into that treasure chest and saw each person as an expensive jewel, an work of art in gold or silver or precious stones, could we make a difference?



I know you and I differ on our outlooks on life because our history is different, but that does not make either of us wrong for being different nor does it give us the right to ‘cancel’ each other. I will still call you friend and I will still pray for you daily as I follow what His word teaches. “I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people – for kings and all those in authority…“1 Timothy 2:1-2

Written in Christ’s love – Kathy

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Bible reference from New International Version

God is Standing in the Gap

We are Christians. We are warriors. We should be strong, but there is so much fear and such anxiety that we search for a place to stand. There is no firm ground in this year of 2020. It has become quicksand for people’s faith and belief. The riots, the protests, the hatred spat across the media has no end. We have gone from murder hornets to killer worms and back again to some unknown future that is anything but bright. Will there be war? Will America die? Will churches ever be the same? What do we believe? Where is our peace? Who is in control? There is turmoil and trembling and fear. Where can we go for safety? The answer is in Psalm 91.


You can go to God Most High to hide. You can go to God All-Powerful for protection. I say to the Lord, “You are my place of safety, my fortress. My God, I trust in You.”

God will save you from hidden dangers and from deadly diseases. You can go to Him for protection. He will cover you like a bird spreading its wings over its babies. You can trust Him to surround and protect you like a shield.

You will have nothing to feaer at night and no need to be afraid of enemy arrows during the day. You will have no fear of diseases that come in the dark or terrible suffering that comes at noon.

A thousand people may fall dead at your side or ten thousand right beside you, but nothing will happen to you! All you will have to do is watch and you will see that the wicked are punished.

You trust in the Lord for you protection. You have made God Most High your place of safety. So nothing bad will happen to you. No diseases will come near your home. He will command his angels to protect you wherever you go.

The Lords says, “If someone trusts me, I will save them. I will protect my followers who call to me for help. When my followers call to me, I will answer them. I will be with them when they are in trouble. I will rescue them and honor them. I will give my followers a long life and show them my power to save.

Trust in God. Trust in His promises. Trust in His Word.

In Christ’s love I write

Edited by Spark34 Editorial Services

Photos by Pixabay

Bible verses from Psalm 91 from the Easy-to-Read Version compiled by the World Bible Translation Center.

Disturb the Waters

Prayer by Sir Francis Drake

Disturb us, Lord, when we are too well pleased with ourselves, when our dreams have come true because we dreamed too little, when we arrived safely because we sailed too close to shore.


Disturb us, Lord, when with the abundance of things we posses, we have lost the thirst for the waters of life; having fallen in love with life, we have ceased to dream of eternity, and in our efforts to build a new earth we have allowed our vision of the new heaven to dim.


Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly, to venture on wider seas where storms will show your masjesty; where losing sight of land, we shall find the stars. We ask You to push back the horizon of hopes, and to push back the future in strength, courage, hope and love.


This we ask in the name of our Captain, who is Jesus Christ. Amen

Sir Francis Drake, the first of twelve sons, was the second person to circumnavigate the world which took three years. History shows he was not a perfect person; full of flaws and discrepancies of faith and life. He was totally human like we are. But at some point in time, he found who he needed, Jesus.

The prayer above is a heart felt prayer and one that I need, as a fellow human, to pray and think about more often. If I allowed God to disturb the waters of my life, what could I accomplish? Could I change my little corner of the world, or could I change the world? Should I stay complacent with where I am, secure and safe, or am I brave enough to become the warrior that I see inside of me?

Who do you see inside of you? What are you afraid of, or what are you satisfied with? Have we both dreamed too small? Maybe our small dreams were enough but if you are like me, there is a pull, a tension, a desire in our hearts to be more. There are things that are not done. There are things that only you or I can accomplish. God made us and designed us–purposely and thoughtfully and intentionally. You and I are here to do what He saw when we were thought of by Him.

This unique design is what calls out to our hearts. It beckons us. It seduces us with more. No one can do what we do, like we do. Because of this pull inside of me, I pray this prayer with passion:

Disturb me, Lord, that I might seek Your face. I will find in You the strength to accomplish what You have designed. I do not have to see what that design is, I just have to follow. As I follow make me hunger for more and more of You until nothing else matters, until the earth fades and all I see is Your majesty. Disturb me, Lord, until all that will satisfy me in this life is life with You. Amen (let it be).

In Christ’s Love I Write – Kathy

Photos from Pixabay – in order – Dimitiris Vetsikas, Macb 3T, free-photo, Johannes Plenio.

Dominion

Dominion: origin – middle English via Old French from medieval Latin – ‘lord, master’

…let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth Genesis 1:26

God created everything beautiful. There was nothing that He created that was not perfect. After everything was created, the hills and mountains, the valleys covered with flowers, the trees, and the animals, He created us.

He gave everything to us. Everything that He created He told us to enjoy and have dominion.  We controlled everything. 

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New to the Journey

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I kind of jumped in last time talking about getting out and about, doing some normal things, and trying to move forward. I am going to back up a little bit and tell you what I felt in the beginning. To know the whole story I did write a book, My Loss, God’s Promises. It tells more but I am going to share some of the first days for those who are just beginning this journey.

When I first lost my husband I could barely breathe. I really did not want to breathe but I kept on living. I was angry at God for letting him die. I was disappointed in God by not giving me what I wanted. I hurt. I cried until my head felt like it would explode, took some pills for the pain, and then cried some more.

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You never just “get over it”

In our hurry up world, when everything is fast food, instant service, faster WIFI speeds and everyone and everything is at lightning speed, grief is not. Grief moves along at its own pace and shows up whenever it wants, wherever it wants and however it wants.

I don’t know about you, but I get really tired of grief showing its ugly face when least expected. The other day I was at Wal Mart. They were playing music from the 70’s and I was not really paying attention until suddenly I recognized the song that was playing from when we dated. There, right smack dab in the middle of the underwear department, I started crying. Not just a few boo-hoos but really sobbing.

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