Tag Archive | Acceptance

Feeling Hurt by the Ones You Love?

Genesis 45:8 biblegateway.com

So now it was not you that sent me hither, but God: and he hath made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house, and a ruler throughout all the land of Egypt.

Many people feel betrayed and hurt by the ones they love. Joseph is a great example of how God can use those hurts for good and for His glory.

Joseph was attacked by his brothers, thrown into a pit, sold into slavery, falsely accused, thrown into prison, and treated unfairly for a good portion of his life.

He could easily let self pity consume him. He could have felt sorry for himself, but instead, he looked to God for help, kept hoping in the midst of his trials, and kept faith that God would deliver him.

God used all of Joseph’s trials to save Israel from starvation. His brothers came to Egypt, seeking grain and food. Joseph was in charge of the distribution. He recognized his brothers, but they didn’t recognize him.

Joseph tested his brothers to see if they had changed, or if they were still the rebellious gangsters who had beaten him. After a little fun with them, he breaks down in tears, and tells them that it wasn’t them that sent him to Egypt, but God:

And Joseph said unto his brethren, I am Joseph; doth my father yet live? And his brethren could not answer him; for they were troubled at his presence.

And Joseph said unto his brethren, Come near to me, I pray you. And they came near. And he said, I am Joseph your brother, whom ye sold into Egypt.

Now therefore be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that ye sold me hither: for God did send me before you to preserve life.

For these two years hath the famine been in the land: and yet there are five years, in the which there shall neither be earing nor harvest.

And God sent me before you to preserve you a posterity in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance.

So now it was not you that sent me hither, but God: and he hath made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house, and a ruler throughout all the land of Egypt.

Haste ye, and go up to my father, and say unto him, Thus saith thy son Joseph, God hath made me lord of all Egypt: come down unto me, tarry not:

It is possible that God is using our circumstances to bring about His purpose. Keep looking to God for deliverance, and forgive the ones that have caused you grief and trouble. Maybe it was God’s way of bringing you to a place where you can help others?

Dear God, help me to see the big picture. I am so nearsighted. I know that You have a plan and a purpose and that Your will prevails. You always do what is right. Help me to forgive others, and accept the circumstances in my life that have brought me to You. You work all things out for good for those who are called according to Your purpose, for those who love You. Thank You! In the name of Jesus, Amen.

-Dawn-

PS:  This link is a wonderful study on Joseph, with a free coloring page: http://biblebasedhomeschooling.com/forgiveness-from-his-sunflower-with-free-coloring-page/

Also, my sister called me, and told me how she picked some sunflowers for her primary kids, and told them how sunflower heads are bright, happy looking, and face the sun. That is how we should be. We need to stay focused on God, turning to Him in all our troubles.

Total Destruction:

2 Thessalonians 2:1-4

 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,

That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.

Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

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I agree with IB, and her post condemning WordPress for decorating our website.

However, we also need to remember that the rainbow is a symbol of hope to Christians everywhere. God put it as a sign in the sky to show Noah that He would not destroy the earth with a flood ever again.

Noah experienced what it was like to live in a totally sinful generation. Every human being except for eight were completely destroyed, and the earth was washed clean for a time!

Noah had a first-hand account of what it was like to see every human being destroyed by God’s wrath. That is an enormous concept for us to grasp.

We want to think of God as all love. The truth is that God hates sin! He will punish sin. The only thing that will save us is to be ‘washed clean’ by the flood of Jesus’s own blood, that washes over our sins and purifies us from all wrong.

As long as I have a voice, I will choose to let the gospel of salvation be made known. Part of the gospel message is to recognize sin, so that we can repent, and turn to God for forgiveness!  I do not support the gay agenda. Homosexuality is a sin with severe consequences. Sodom and Gomorrah are just one example. In the book of Judges is another terrible example of what this behavior does to a community.

Oh God, I am sorry for my sins, and pray that people would repent, and turn to you! You are love, and love hates sin! Help us to be bold, courageous, filled with Your power and presence at this time, in this generation! Help us to put on Your armor daily, and help us to put Your word in our hearts, so that we will not sin against you.

In the name of Jesus, Amen!

-Dawn-

PS: My post for Yesterday, was not able to be published to WordPress because of ‘some error’.

Search For Jesus Volunteer:

http://www.searchforjesus.net/join-the-search-for-jesus-team/

I know of many good writers on WordPress. People have encouraged and inspired me with their blogs. Many of you might prayerfully consider becoming a volunteer with the search for Jesus team, associated with Billy Graham Ministries. From the website is this information:

Become a Search for Jesus Volunteer

Please prayerfully consider the ministry the Lord has for you and how to best use your gifts, your talents and your time. Review the information below to help you decide whether one of these roles would be a good fit for you.

  • A follower of Jesus Christ and believer in the power of the Gospel.
  • Agreement with the BGEA Statement of Faith.
  • At least 18 years of age.
  • A citizen or legal resident of the United States or Puerto Rico.

General Requirements:

  • Have access to a dependable Internet connection.
  • Commitment to serve.
  • Free of any medication and alcohol that would impair reasoning, response or communication.
  • Possess emotional and spiritual maturity.
  • Professional written communication skills.
  • Ability to keep conversations and personal contact information confidential.

As part of the application process, each potential volunteer will need to:

  • Participate in a phone interview with our application team.
  • Provide requested references and have positive reference feedback.
  • Purchase ($30), and successfully pass a non-refundable background check. Please note: if something appears on your background check, this does not automatically disqualify you.
  • Complete the Search for Jesus training program.

If this sounds like a good fit for you, please complete the Volunteer Inquiry form by clicking the link below.  We will contact you to discuss your opportunities with Search for Jesus upon receipt of your form.  We look forward to connecting with you!

Spreading God’s Word is so important at this time. Helping others to know Jesus is a wonderful occupation.

Dear God, please send workers for the harvest! In the name of Jesus, I ask. Amen.

-Dawn-

There is So Much Power in Prayer to God:

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And there was no day like that before it or after it, that the Lord hearkened unto the voice of a man: for the Lord fought for Israel. Joshua 10:14

Sometimes, I do not realize the power of prayer. God, the Creator of the Universe, the One Who is above all things, Who has all power and majesty and glory of the heavens and earth, allows us to speak to Him through prayer.

I was born before cell phones. Land line phones worked with telephone wires. Telephone poles were put up across America’s landscape, and are still visible today. It seems unreal that we can talk to someone without wires. We just speak into a smart phone, or a cell phone, and our voice is picked up by a high tower, and our signal is sent out to whoever we want to receive it. We can be very selective about who we want to talk with.

I find it amazing that we can communicate with God that same way. We just direct our thoughts and speech toward God, and He hears us, even our thoughts!

12 Then spake Joshua to the Lord in the day when the Lord delivered up the Amorites before the children of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel, Sun, stand thou still upon Gibeon; and thou, Moon, in the valley of Ajalon.

13 And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies. Is not this written in the book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down about a whole day.

And there was no day like that before it or after it, that the Lord hearkened unto the voice of a man: for the Lord fought for Israel. (Joshua Chapter 10)

God hears our prayers, He answers our prayers according to His will. Prayer is a much needed and useful tool for our faith.

Jesus showed us how to pray. From the time of the first man on earth, God allowed us to communicate with Him. He enjoys hearing our worship and praise, and looks forward to communicating with us. If we draw near to God, He will draw near to us.

Jesus prayed to God in the garden, before He was crucified.

 And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.

Again He prays:

He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done.

A third time, Jesus prays:

And he left them, and went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words.

Each time that Jesus prayed, He asked that God’s will would be done. Jesus was satisfied that whatever God decided for Him was the right thing that would be done.

Jesus had to drink the cup of death, filled with all our sins. He had to live through that dreaded dark day of the crucifixion. He died on the cross. At first, we might think that God didn’t answer the prayer of Jesus. But, we know the outcome already. Jesus was victorious in death. He drank the cup, and was raised from the dead! He conquered death and hell, and was raised up to sit at the right hand of God, where He is preparing a place for us.

Oh what God can do with prayer, and with circumstances that seem hopeless!!!!!  Prayer is POWER, GOD”S POWER in us!!!

Let us not take for granted the Power of Prayer to God!!!

Oh God, I thank You that You allow us to speak with You through prayer. You, Who are awesome and powerful and great and holy! There is nothing that You cannot do. Help us to have faith, and to pray and communicate and draw near to You. You are not far from any of us. I pray for Your will to be done. Please give us direction, guidance, understanding, and wisdom. Direct my path, teach me Your ways, help me to follow You, trust You, and obey You. In the Precious, Victorious Name of Jesus, Amen!

-Dawn-

Freedom and Life in Christ:

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        As you know, it was because of an illness that I first preached the gospel to you, (Galatians 4:13)

Paul, when he was ill, was welcomed by the Galatians. They were eager to hear about salvation. Paul says that the Galatians loved him, and they would have given him anything, if he had asked.

Later, eloquent men tried to persuade the Galatians to follow the laws of the Jewish people.

Paul wanted the Galatians to know that they were free in Christ, and were no longer under the law of slavery.

He gave the figurative example of Hagar and Sarah.

One woman had a child, born of flesh, and he was born into the slavery of sin. Hagar represented Jerusalem with all its laws and religion.

The other child was born of Sarah, and was born of the divine will of God. He was born into freedom. He was born from above, — the new Jerusalem from heaven.

As Christians, we are children of a divine promise. We are born, not of flesh, but by the will of God.

In Christ, we have freedom, liberty, and everlasting life. We have forgiveness of sins, and the power of God in us.

Dear God, thank you for this great gift of salvation. None of us can follow the law without sinning. You gave the ultimate sacrifice for our sins, –Your precious Son. Then, You raised Him up in power and glory and honor. Just because we believe in Jesus, You allowed us to be Your dear children, heirs with Christ. That is such amazing grace! I gladly accept the freedom that You offer through Christ. Help me to not be deceived by false teaching and false religion. Thank You! Amen.

-Dawn

Great is God’s Faithfulness:

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Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. Lamentations:3:22,23

I have been busy working. I have rushed through some of my posts lately, and made grammatical errors, but hopefully the message is clear. I will catch up on reading posts this week. I enjoy reading so many blogs. I love the pictures, stories, and news that many people share. I am so thankful for so many Christian bloggers, and people who share their beautiful photography, poems, and more! Thank you!

After work yesterday, I took my dogs for a walk, and enjoyed the evening, and seeing the sun set over the mountains. I found a couple morel mushrooms. They were by a creek, where I have seen moose frequently.

I am so amazed at God’s creation. There are wonders to find everywhere!

God shares all these things with us, the sunny days, the rainy days, the treasures of the coastal areas; the seashells, fish, and salty air. Treasures of the mountains; pine trees and smells, mushrooms, gems, wildflowers, and scenery. Treasures of the plains; fields of grains, sunflowers, rich soil, sunsets and rises that are visible for miles.

It is so easy to take for granted that we breathe God’s air that is designed specifically for us, made up of just the right gases. Plants and trees give back to the atmosphere the oxygen we need.

We have water supplies from streams, waterfalls, lakes, rivers, and oceans. Lightning gives nitrogen to the soil in the spring and fall, giving nutrients to the soil.

God doesn’t need us, we need Him.

His mercies are new every morning. He doesn’t consume us. Instead, He continually cares for us.

Some people have become so wise and arrogant in their own eyes, that they have forgotten that they revel in God’s gifts every day.

Enjoy God’s blessings and mercies, and thank HIm today, for all the wondrous things He has done.

Thank You, God, for Your great mercy, love, and forgiveness. Thank You for making this amazing creation of earth, and all that is in it, and the firmament, and light, the sun, stars, moon, and planets. You made all things to work together, and made a sustaining creation. Help us to see Your beauty daily. In the name of Jesus, Your Son, Amen.

-Dawn-

God’s Grand Design Includes You!

Romans 12:3-5 New International Version (NIV)

Humble Service in the Body of Christ

For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.

I had an interesting conversation with my husband today. He told me about a man who was bitten by a spider many years ago. His leg turned dark where he was bitten. He didn’t feel good.

A doctor, who believed in natural medicine, prescribed a powder made with ground up cockroaches and other things. This man told my husband that he felt better after taking it, and he keeps some around, just in case something happens.

Cockroaches! Who would have guessed they could be good for anything?

I searched Google, and sure enough, the Chinese have cockroach farms, and sell them to pharmaceutical companies.

Sharks are also used in medicines. There is usefulness in even the strange creatures of this world.

God did not make things by mistake. All of His Creation was made with a purpose in mind. He thoughtfully designed this world.

I read once that scientists spent billions to design a self sustaining world, but they forgot to add enough bacteria to deal with the waste in their utopia. They could not accomplish a mini self-sustaining world.

Every one of us was made with purpose. Maybe you don’t feel that you are important? You are! In God’s eyes, you have worth. He sent His own Son to die for everyone who would believe on Him. God loves you! You will always have purpose in His world!

Each member is important in the body of Christ, and each function is needed.

Thank You, God, that You created this world with such a grand design! You are our Creator! Help us to know Your will for our lives, and to do what You have called us to do. In the wonderful name of Jesus, Amen.

-Dawn-