MEMORIALS DEPEND ON BLESSINGS

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He blesses to let the light shine through us. We are to shine to the world. His greater plan is the constant churning of His Love in us. There is God’s flowing mystery that ebbs with Jesus. Who is the greater plan, who died on the cross for all our sins. He is the bright and morning star that saved the world from sin. We are His children who look to Him in love.

2 Peter 1:19 “And we have the word of the prophets made more certain, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.”

Mark 1:  International Version (NIV)
Jesus Prays in a Solitary Place
35 Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.

Did you hear the door creaking as He opened it for you? Did you smell the dew on the ground in an earthen scent? Look up, stop for a moment with Jesus and look at the morning stars. Hold His hand and see the light shining down on Him that glistens in the wind. That path to the solitary place has some crunches of rock along the way. He holds you firmly so as not to lose your balance.

There in the dimness of lighting shadows, there are smooth clovers waiting for your knees. He holds your arm to set you down safely with Him, and clasps your fingers intertwining with His. His melody of prayer starts, “Our Father who art in Heaven, Hallowed be Thy name…” His voice echoes in the rocks around you. This is His repeated Holiness of praise. You join in the song being sung in your heart. “For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever.”
(amen) but when singing, I like Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah!

Have you thought about who would be getting up that early in the morning? When the bugle is sounding, and our military men and women are awaking in the wee hours of the morning? Would Jesus open the creaking door for them or the flap of a tent? Does He hold their hands as they walk out to the harshest of areas? Instead of bombs or gunfire being heard, can they hear Jesus singing His prayer for them? Pray for those blessings for our troops.

 

Memorial Day was a day of remembering your loved ones in Heaven. Remembering that one day we would be together again. Honoring your loved ones, your heroes, your protectors, was a day spent at the graveyards with flowers, flags, and feasting. We were taught together about life and death. Now, like many other Patriotic Holidays, they have been disallowed or dumped from memories of honor.

Memorial Day is a time for the flowers, flags, and feasting still today. It seems there are fewer in attendance at the cemeteries. Far less people attending the parades of veterans and honor of the stars and stripes. To learn and share we must hold onto His Story, His History. Memorial Day is not just one country involved, oh not so here. In America we are the one country that holds the “key” to the international compassion of all nations.

There are creaking doors, the dusk of mornings, pathways, and hope in Jesus around this world. Memorial Day is not just for one country, but for all of them. We have graveyards in so many other countries because we stood for their freedom. They have graveyards for the same reason. Memorials depend on the blessings we share with one another, remembering them in love.

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten son, that whosoever believes in Him shall have ever lasting life.”

LET FREEDOM RING IN MEMORIAL BLESSINGS

 

HE WASTED NOT ONE MOMENT

He wasted not one moment

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HE WASTED NOT ONE MOMENT
By Joan G. Allen Pfeiffer

Not one moment was wasted,
His Fields were lovingly sown.
All the first fruits of the fields,
Celebrated at Heaven’s Throne.

This is as much as He gave me for now, but I love it. He never wastes a moment. Every one is decisively planned. Were it not for the sunsets and the sunrises, He created, nothing would grow. Sometimes when I am gazing at the beauty of landscape, if I squint my eyes a little, I believe that molecules are flowing in front of me. Maybe it is just the flowing pollen from the burst of flowers. Thinking as unimaginably as I dare, the quantitative sight washes the spiritual kinetics of science. It appears as a science exam with test tubes and steams cascading in a wash of spirits.
While pursuing this physics of man, the thought of “chasing after the wind”, comes to mind. There is a Biblical verse for this:

Ecclesiastes 2:26 “To the person who pleases Him, God gives wisdom, knowledge, and happiness, but to the sinner He gives the task of gathering and storing up wealth to hand it over to the one who pleases God. This too is meaningless, a “ chasing after the wind.”

Ecclesiastes 4:4 “And I saw all toil and all achievement spring from one person’s envy of another. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.”

Ecclesiastes 5:16 “This too is a grievous evil. As everyone comes, so they depart, and what do they gain? Since they toil for the wind?”

Then, in God’s great wisdom of not losing one moment, He says this to encourage the chasing and toiling.

Ecclesiastes 5:19 “Moreover, when God gives someone wealth and possessions, and the ability to enjoy them, to accept their lot and be happy in their toil – this is a gift of God.”

Huge differences exist between earning money for a living and doing good deeds, or squandering it for one’s own enjoyment.

Laura was married to a very hard-working medical intern. If you ever heard about the “Never-ending Story”, their labor was fashioned for that very movie. The labor was hard work and a pure drudgery to succeed. The stamina required for this penniless position takes perseverance many can not complete to reach the goal of a P.H.D.

Laura worked as well. She had long hours as a nurse and knew the life her husband was facing. There was the goal to complete to help others heal. To heal those who could not afford medical fees. Their journey was ambushed by the prosperous and greed around them.

The people of the country they had promised to, now became a throw away. The lives of many were discarded as seeds that could never grow. Then an amazing thing happened. God’s light shown upon the now gifted doctor, and he awoke to the power of God’s Love. Now… now the heart could melt from ice and watch the first fruits of his medical field celebrate.

Yes, this is now the “Never Ending Story”!  No moment will be wasted ever.

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THE SHORT AND LONG OF IT

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Psalm 23:4 (NIV)
4 Even though I walk through the darkest valley,[a]
I will fear no evil, for you are with me;
your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

This is a thought that came to me while quoting one of my favorite chapters. This has been my most coveted of words throughout the trials, temptations, ridicules, pain, grief, and suffering.

One of the first thoughts that came to me was not of David being the shepherd, so much as Moses being equipped to save Israel with the staff, God provided. The Lord spoke to Moses:

Exodus 4:16-17(NLT)
16 Aaron will be your spokesman to the people. He will be your mouthpiece, and you will stand in the place of God for him, telling him what to say. 17 And take your shepherd’s staff with you, and use it to perform the miraculous signs I have shown you.”

The version of this translation is one I have in the NIV Bible I am reading. The importance of God speaking to Moses and telling Aaron what to say is specific to us. The Holy Spirit gives us each gifts, some more than one depending on His Plan. Who speaks to us to share His Word? The Holy Spirit is whom Jesus gave to us specifically to present the gifts entrusted to us.

John 16:5-7Amplified Bible (AMP)
The Holy Spirit Promised
5 “But now I am going to Him who sent Me; and none of you asks Me, ‘Where are You going?’ 6 But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your hearts [and taken complete possession of them]. 7 But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the [a]Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor—Counselor, Strengthener, Standby) will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him (the Holy Spirit) to you [to be in close fellowship with you].

Your Gifts of the Spirit are Available
1 Corinthians 12:7-10 (NIV)
7 Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. 8 To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, 10 to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues,[a] and to still another the interpretation of tongues.[

Then of course there is the time when Jesus spoke to His disciples. He gave them the readiness of their journey to share the gospel. Here is what He said:

Mark 6:7-8 (NIV)
7 Calling the Twelve to him, he began to send them out two by two and gave them authority over impure spirits.
8 These were his instructions: “Take nothing for the journey except a staff—no bread, no bag, no money in your belts”. If we look below at the description of the staff, Jesus sent them out to draw His sheep. To share and support His Children in the Gospel.

So let’s review the rod and the staff. Some think that they are one symbol existing, but Hebrew definitions indicate other wise.

The Rod The Staff
Shebat in Hebrew Mishenah in Hebrew
Protection from danger Meaning of Support
The Power of God Draws sheep to the Shepherd
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It does make sense to have two different tools. The rod was about
three feet long and attached at the shepherd’s belt. While able to hold the taller staff in one hand, he had the rod available as a weapon to drive the wolves away. The staff permitted him to keep the sheep in their pasture of protection. The crook on the end of the staff made it easier to pull the sheep back into the fold. Thus, “thy rod and thy staff they comfort me”. (Just like Moses with the Red Sea and the people of Israel, perfectly protected.)
Here is our comfort from God, the Short and Long of it!