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A Sign from God

This is a guest post from my daughter’s blog:

donutshopbluesQuestioning life and waiting for God to give me a sign that he is still with me, I decided to take a drive. I drove down the Peninsula listening to Agnus Obel’s, Riverside, song as the lyrics spoke to me like a voice in my head. Although my mind was clearer in where I feel God the most, I still was waiting on the sign that he is still with me…

…On my way back home I saw a bright yellow sign that said NEWPORT DONUTS Open 24 Hours. So I pulled right up thinking, a donut would be delightful right now.

As I walked up to the donut shop there was a middle-aged man sitting at a table. He was the only one in the small run down donut shop. He was by himself and he had a helmet with him and a bike outside. He had jagged teeth and a wife beater T on with coffee smudges. He had grey chest hair popping out from the tank top. The hair on his head was a dark grey, somewhat long and curly. It was covered with a mossy green cap set forward over his brow. He smiled at me as I walked inside. I asked the guy behind the counter for a glazed donut and some donut holes, trying to not look him in the eye with my tear stricken eyes.

“One dollar”, he said. I got out my credit card because I knew I didn’t have a dollar. “no cards after seven” he said before I could even pull it out of its wallet pocket.

“Um ok…hold on”, I said scrambling to find four quarters. I found three, and a dime. For the life of me, I dint have another dime and nickel in my whole wallet.

“Can I just go to my car for a second and come back?” , I replied not having any money and feeling like my night couldn’t get any worse. I couldn’t even pay for a dumb donut that was only a dollar!

“Yeah sure”, he said nicely. I walked to the door…scrambled for my keys before I walked past the man at the table.

Before I could get out the door the man stopped me, “mam, how many quarters are in your hand?”, at this instant I’m thinking oh great this homeless man wants my three quarters doesn’t he. He sees it and so he thinks I will give it to him if he asks….

“Um….three quarters”, I replied. “Here, stay here I’ll give you a quarter”, he said as he got up from his chair and limped over to the counter. He not only gave a dollar to the man, but he also rejected the three quarters that I tried to put into his hands….

“You have a nice night ‘mam”, and he walked out, got on his bike and road down Newport Boulevard.

As I was driving back with an enormous smile on my face, in a distance I saw the man down far yonder riding away; I thought to myself, who is this man? And then I knew……

He was my sign.

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The Sunday after Easter

Easter Sunday at our church was packed. But Easter Sunday Goers in a building aren’t a measure of anything. The Sunday after Easter it was half full. I wonder if  Easter meant anything?

The Parable of the Sower (Luke 8:4-15 (NIV))sower
[4] While a large crowd was gathering and people were coming to Jesus from town after town, he told this parable: [5] “A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path; it was trampled on, and the birds of the air ate it up. [6] Some fell on rock, and when it came up, the plants withered because they had no moisture. [7] Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up with it and choked the plants. [8] Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up and yielded a crop, a hundred times more than was sown.” When he said this, he called out, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” [9] His disciples asked him what this parable meant. [10] He said, “The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of God has been given to you, but to others I speak in parables, so that, “ ‘though seeing, they may not see; though hearing, they may not understand.’  [11] “This is the meaning of the parable: The seed is the word of God. [12] Those along the path are the ones who hear, and then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved. [13] Those on the rock are the ones who receive the word with joy when they hear it, but they have no root. They believe for a while, but in the time of testing they fall away. [14] The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by life’s worries, riches and pleasures, and they do not mature. [15] But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop.

The gospel is received in different ways, and is determined by a person’s heart. Someone who is truly saved will go on to prove it.

1 cor 3 10:15
What happened to the foundation of Jesus Christ? Did you build your house out of straw, hay or wood? If you have Jesus Christ you still have some reward, you will still be saved. But where is your fruit, where is your mission, where is your service?

Matthew 13 24:29
But let the wheat and weeds grow together, because come harvest time, only the righteous will be harvested.

I’m glad Easter Service was full, we did our job, we spread the Good News!

When life happens

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What happens when life happens, and your faith is filled with doubt?

What happens when your faith takes a detour?

When your life is in danger, (genesis 35 :2-4)
return to you roots and your relationship with God. Do you really know Him?

Reject anything that damages your relationship with God.
We worship things that draws us away from God; our jobs, substance abuse, video games, Internet, TV, Porn, a hobby, sports, etc. How many of those things take you away from Him?

God has a bigger plan. (Genesis 35:9-12) (Romans 8:29,30)
We miss what God wants us to do in our lives if we have our own plan.

Remember your sin is not greater than God’s grace. (Matthew 1:1-3)

Thoughts

spiritual warfare“For as a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.” Proverbs 2 3:7.

Blogging is all about our thoughts. Since I’ve started blogging I am much more aware of my life experiences and my thoughts on a daily basis, but how often do we catch ourselves before our thoughts become ugly? How often do we allow our minds to justify the things that we shouldn’t do? How often does absolute truth become relative?

We wrestle, and struggle in our minds against world, and when our humanistic thoughts start to follow evil, our mind becomes a battlefield, and we’ve entered spiritual warfare. In all of these aspects lie the very heart of an individual.

So what do we do?
As Christians, we seek to live by the truth and power of God, believing in God’s promised victory. We are not ignorant of the reality of evil, and the destruction that surrounds our world on a daily basis. It is in this process that we will encounter a very real spiritual struggle in our thoughts, and emotions, but we must recognize the strongholds ( 2 COR 10:1-6).

Strongholds are those things that keep our minds going in the wrong direction:
Thoughts that don’t agree with God’s word
Imaginations
Our wishes and wants
Proud thoughts
Assuming
Lust
Worry
Discontentment

Fighting the war
Our weapons of warfare are found in the Wisdom of Christ, God’s Word and the Holy Spirit. Make sure you’re wearing the breast of armor every day!

“The spiritual battle takes place in our minds, but the place we give Christ in our hearts determines our victory” ~ Magdalene

The Little Things

I’ve decided to add a new category to my blog. My blog is all about “sharing”, and as a Christian, it’s my job to share my faith also.

There are so many things that I am thankful for in my life, even the “little things.” There are so many “little things” in this world that The Lord considers valuable (Matthew 6:26), so I’ve decided to call my new category “The little things.”

So join me as I journey through life from a spiritual perspective from time to time. Continue reading