Seek His Face Book

like_BibleRecently, I heard a study that showed social media usage is up almost 100% from 2012. Years ago people spent on average 1.25 hours a day on Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, etc.  As of 2015, that number has risen to over 2 hours/day! That means almost 10% of EVERYONE’s day (on average) is spent on a mobile phone, computer, or tablet updating or reading status alerts, watching videos, or “liking” something on-line.

To me, the number is unbelievable, because I don’t spend 5 minutes a day on average on Facebook – and I don’t Tweet or Youtube. That means somebody is out there using not only their 2 hours, but also mine! Wow!

And we wonder why our world is growing darker day by day?

I wonder what would happen if people stopped Facebooking, in order to seek His Face and His Book?

I’ve always said, if it’s in the Bible, it’s important. If it’s in the Bible more than once, then it’s really important:

Face:

“If my people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14

My heart says of you, “Seek His face!” Psalm 27:8

“You will seek Me and find Me…and I will restore your fortunes and gather you from all the nations.” Jeremiah 29:13-14

Book: 

It is written “Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” Matthew 4:4

“If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.” John 15:7

Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom.” Colossians 3:16

Raising Kids . . .

Some people say the toughest job is raising kids. Whether you are a stay-at-home Mom (or Dad) or a working parent, I think you’d agree that parenting is downright difficult. We spend countless hours when babies are very young teaching them to walk and talk, only to find ourselves years later telling them to sit down and shut-up.

Although I joke, raising kids is a very serious job that not everyone gets right. There are many parents out there who struggle to find a balance between working and parenting. Others try to balance showing affection equally among all their kids.

In the end, how do you know you’ve done a good job?

Although there are many awards out there stating: “World’s Best Mommy” or “Father of the Year” – we know that they don’t really matter. What’s important is to see the love and affection of your child being returned in kind to you. For many unfortunately, this doesn’t happen until later in life (we know it doesn’t happen during those teenage years.) But when it does, it’s probably the best feeling in the world.

Parents spend the better part of their lives parenting (say 50ish years? For some maybe upwards of 70 or even 80 years!) – it’s what we do. Providing a house, putting food on the table, teaching, etc….all because we love our children.

It occurred to me this morning that we aren’t the only ones out there trying to get back some love and affection. God has spent thousands of years, developing our house (earth), feeding us (physically and spiritually), teaching us the truth in Word, etc….all because He loves each of us: His children.

Have you showed God any love and affection today? He is your Father.

New Year’s Resolutions are a bad idea!

I think we’ve all done it – made a New Year’s resolution and then blown it. Experts say that between 80 and 95% of resolutions are blown within the first 30 days, most within just a couple weeks.

And most of these are attributed to weight loss. So why do it?

Obviously, we “want” to be healthy, but for some reason, our little minds just can’t get into the habit of better eating, exercise, and avoiding the sweets (guilty here!)

Anyways, a resolution is simply a statement – it is not a promise to anyone. And just because it’s a New Year, why is the timing so crucial? I challenge you instead to make a promise to God. Maybe today, maybe next week or even next month.

OK, some of you are saying, wait….you haven’t even given God any time recently on your blog, and now you’re trying to convict me? You’re right!

I’ve been doing a lot of soul searching and trying to figure out what plans God really has for me. Unfortunately, it hasn’t worked – I haven’t received what I think is an answer yet. For years I had a blog, then went without. Then back to the blog again a couple years ago, then it faded. I’m back.

For how long? I don’t know. I haven’t promised to God that I’m going to keep the blog going, but I will blog from time to time as I feel I have something to say.

In the meantime, I’ve challenged you to promise to God to improve one aspect of your life. NOT a New Year’s Resolution, but an agreement with God. I was convicted earlier this year to do the same, and I’ve already started. It will be hard, but I know with God’s help that I can achieve it.

I know that you can too with enough prayer and confidence that God will help you!

If…

In the wake of recent national events, I thought it was pertinent to communicate the following Scripture:

2 Chronicles 7:14 – if MY people who are called by MY name, HUMBLE themselves, and PRAY and SEEK My face and TURN from their wicked ways, then I will hear from Heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.*

The only question then is, will we do it? As a nation, will we humble ourselves, pray, and seek Him?

It begins with me…, and you…, then everyone else. Don’t wait for the next person, or you’ll be waiting a while. But if we each are the first to start, maybe we can begin a revolution!

*Capitalization mine

 

Man’s best friend

Let’s take a moment, and analyze “why” dogs are considered man’s best friend.

First, every morning he (or she) is lying in bed staring at you, just waiting for you to wake up (or maybe he starts the day for you by licking your face). It’s as if he is saying “can you believe we are still alive! It’s time to play!!!!”

Then, although you may play ball for just a few minutes, you are probably like the rest of us, and begin your day by showering, dressing, then off to work – at which point you may put your dog outside or into a crate for the next grueling 9-10 hours that he has to sit alone in “jail” awaiting your arrival later that evening.

Has he built up a grudge against you in those 9 hours? No, instead, it’s as if he forgot you are the one that put him in there, and he is soooooo happy you have rescued him, that he’s ready to lick your face all over again (and of course, play ball). For the next several hours, you prepare and eat dinner, watch TV, do some chores, all the while, pushing the dog out of the way so you can get your things done, or so you can see the TV.

All the while, the dog is loyally at your feet, whether laying down, sitting beside you, or jumping on your lap.

Never once does the dog get mad at you for the circumstances that you have caused. Instead, the dog loves you no matter what.

That’s why dog is man’s best friend.

I wonder does Heaven consider man God’s best friend? After all, we should love him no matter what (and honestly, God is not generally the one causing our circumstances).

Performance Review Time

It’s that time of the year when big (and even small) businesses get down to the basics and review “how did we perform in 2014?” For some businesses, individuals are also rated on their performance and receive bonuses, raises, or pats-on-the-back for a job well done. It’s a question of what did you do to enhance the company’s bottom line?

But the real question is not how well did your business do last year. It’s not even how well did YOU perform as a worker. The real question is how did you perform as a “Christian?”

Did you follow God? Did you grow yourself?

Did you improve His bottom line? Did you advance the Kingdom of God by discipling a lost person, or a new Christian?

Did you join a small bible study group, a prayer group, or enhance your Bible study through a reading plan?

Maybe the answer is no. If so, that’s ok! Why?

Because our God is willing to forgive us for our past mistakes. The next question then is not about making a New Year’s Resolution, but rather a commitment. Are you ready to commit to God that you’ll improve your life this year through growing your relationship with God in 2015?

It’s almost Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving – The day of the year that we all stop for a brief moment (long enough to eat a huge meal), and spend time with family. What could be wrong with that?

Well, many families look forward to the get together, but almost all people dread that one person, or that one thing that will be said or done, and perhaps ruin the whole day. But why? It’s a ritual, a tradition, maybe a habit that seems to happen every year – and it just wrecks the whole day for everyone.

This year, I ask you to look past that. Look instead to the positives!

If we consider a larger event, say 2000 years ago, Jesus didn’t dread what His Father would do when He was on the cross. Jesus knew that He had a job to do: to pay a penalty we could not afford. He knew that His Father had a plan, He knew His Father would turn away from Him, yet Jesus still stood proud and did it.

Sure, He was dismayed at first, and prayed fervently almost all night that there would be another way, but in the end, I believe He knew that there was no other way. And when it came time to be Thankful, He gave all Thanks and Glory to God, for He knew that God the Father had a better and bigger plan than what He could pray for.

He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit. – John 19:30

So, this year, don’t dread that obnoxious Uncle with rude body sounds or that mustache-lipped Aunt with snide comments about how fat you’re getting…, instead, use the joy in your heart that Jesus provided to allow you to enjoy your Thankful weekend!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Beautiful!

What do you want?

What will you do with it, if you get it?

And what do you have to give?

Beautiful by Dan Bremnes <click link @ left to listen>

Lord I give You everything
Anything You want from me
Take my past and my future
I lay it at Your feet

Yeah
I’m after Your heart
You’ve stolen mine
I give You my all ‘cause You gave up Your life
I’m not who I was
Simply because
Oh, You set me free

And You
Changed me from what I used to be
Opened my eyes
Now I can see
You’re making this life so beautiful
And You
Making me who I’m called to be
Rescued my heart
Now I am free
You’re making this life so beautiful
So beautiful

This interesting prayer to God is a great way to start your day!

Happy Veteran’s Day!

American Heroes IIIt’s Veteran’s Day? What does that mean? To many people, especially those that have lost a loved one in a foreign war, it’s a day to stop and reflect on that loved one’s loyalty to their country and to us, the people that they have protected.

To others who don’t honor our armed forces, they don’t see the value in respecting a soldier. However, as the poem below implies, “it is the soldier” that provides these freedoms to Americans that allow them to have opinions, even if they are wrong.

Take a moment today and thank a Veteran for their selfless service in protecting your life and freedom. After all, Christ gave His life so that you can have freedom.

It is the soldier, not the reporter, Who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the soldier, not the poet, Who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the soldier, not the organizer, Who has given us the freedom to demonstrate.
It is the soldier, Who salutes the flag, Who serves beneath the flag,
And whose coffin is draped by the flag, Who allows the protestor to burn the flag.
Attributed to: Charles Michael Province, U.S. Army

13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”— 14 so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promised Spirit through faith. – Galatians 3:13-14