“I will give thanks to you, O Lord,
for though you were angry with me,
your anger turned away,
that you might comfort me.
I will trust, and will not be afraid;
for the Lord God is my strength and my song,
and he has become my salvation.”
for the Lord is good,
for His steadfast love endures forever!’
Think of H.A.R.D. When It Comes to Conflict Resolution
What Does the Bible Say?
Personally, I want to learn to resolve a conflict.
What if God Had a Cell Phone?
Many years ago, a dear friend of mine introduced me to her father who gave me this verse to think on Jeremiah 33:3, ‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know’ (NIV). This would later lead me to contemplate on what God’s cell phone number could be using two words, Cry & Call. There are a number of scriptures that refer to crying out to God or calling on his name.
“The Lord is near to all who call on him,
to all who call on him in truth.
19 He fulfills the desire of those who fear him; he also hears their cry and saves them.” (ESV)
“I cry out to God Most High, to God who fulfills his purpose for me.” (ESV)
“I call out to the Lord,and he answers me from his holy mountain.” (NIV)
“I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised,
and I am saved from my enemies.”
“In my distress I called upon the Lord;
to my God I cried for help.
From his temple he heard my voice,
and my cry to him reached his ears.” (ESV)
What might that number look like?
When you use numbers from the phone to replace the letters you get 279-2255. Mind you, this is not a for real number but just something to consider to help you to remember that when you cry or call out to Him in truth He fulfills the desire of those who fear Him and will answer their cries.
Proverbs 1:20 -30 gives good reason why God does not answer when people cry out to Him.
What great and unsearchable things has God revealed to you when you call to Him?
Something funny happened while I was in Las Vegas visiting family. My brother & I went to lunch at Layer’s Bakery where they have a peanut butter puddle cookie. There was a gentleman with his beautiful black poodle. I wrote this little story based on our experience there. For you see, I very much like Dr. Seuss.
Peanut Butter Puddle With a Poodle Story
a mighty one who will save;
he will rejoice over you with gladness;
he will quiet you by his love;
For today, I thought that I would make Saturday an acronym day, so here it is.
Sam (I refrain from using stupid.)
God’s plan of salvation is just that simple. He calls us to look to the cross. John 3:14-15, “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up,that whoever believes in Him may have eternal life.” There are times when we make it harder than what it really is. John 3:14 is one of my favorite verses because it is so simple; look to the cross.
Do you have an acronym that you would like to share?
My disclaimer: I know that every believer’s relationship to God is different and unique. You may not have the same experiences and that is okay. I am sharing because I want to bring Him the glory for what He is doing in me.
Treasures are from God Above.
I thought that today I would focus on the treasures that God has given me as I put Him first and how I look at things differently. In every situation, there is something to be thankful for and to consider as a gift from God. For instance, when I left Las Vegas God had brought snow to the mountain tops and instead of complaining for the colder temps I thought what a send off for the mountains were beautiful. Another of His gifts was the pleasure of sitting with Jamilia from Australia. You see, my older son has a fascination with Australia. She was returning to Perth, Australia, after a 5-week journey to Trinidad and back. Only God could have done that knowing what a treasure this would be. I have her picture to treasure.
James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. (ESV)
God does not change! Just today talking with a new friend and a treasure, J.R., I realized how amazing that is. God’s love, mercy, grace, and compassion never change. Think about this for a moment! We would not still be here if God changed. He is the only being that does not change. Think how many times that you change your mind in a day let alone a week. If God was like this we would all be dead.
What treasures can you find to give God thanks for today? Give Him thanks for being unchangeable! Count your blessings. Go and tell someone. It is good to share. An attitude of gratitude will lift your spirit. Therefore, rejoice in the Lord, again I say rejoice! Praise the Lord now and forever!