Pity Party – No More!!

images-2 Do you ever wake up and just feel like the world is out to get you? It seems you can make no one happy? Everyone is pulling you in hundreds of directions? The harder you work, the deeper you get behind? You feel left out, not included, and just lonely – even in a group of people? Do you think if you are the nicest person and offer your help and really go out of your way for others – they will do the same? Then you get stomped on again and again. Do you let your mind start racing, start thinking all of these negative thoughts and you just start feeling worse. Well, I started my day off like that this morning. I was frustrated, sad, lonely, mad, feeling sorry for myself….you know that Self PITy that you go in. (Notice I capitalized the letters – PIT…we fall deep in that PIT of self-pity). I don’t even have anything wrong going on in my life…
I realized immediately what I was doing and so I tried to just breathe! I was going to post on Facebook a quote or scripture and I started looking at lots of positive uplifting thoughts. I was reading them faster and faster and really did start feeling better. I read them out loud, I thought and meditated over them. I found some scripture that was uplifting and even heard some praise songs. My mood was getting better. I was slowing climbing up the walls…I fell a few times when an email frustrated me or I heard others talking and laughing and I felt left out; but I was going to stop letting my mind go to the bottom of the pit again. I have always heard of the power of positive thinking but I guess I never really realize what power it can have.
As I grow older, I reflect a lot more on ways I could improve myself…I always know that I could start by not being so hard on myself. I am caring, compassionate, dependable, want to do my best always, am friendly, am worthy…wait – I am worthy. Surely I didn’t’ say that – but you know – my God gives me worth. He cared enough to pay the ultimate price of dying for me. He did that for me…and for you. So when you start your old stinking thinking – look up to God or get down on your knees. Read scripture, listen to praise music, read positive thoughts, surround yourself with positive people. Do NOT let your mind have the power to get you down…into the snake pit…of self-pity. Gosh – I am so blessed with a fabulous family, a great job with people I respect and admire; I am part of so many wonderful community groups and a great church. I am blessed! You have the POWER to change your mind from thinking negative to thinking positive.
In the Bible – David expressed when he felt times of being in the PIT. He shares in Psalm 40 and so many other places in Psalms. Psalm 40:2 He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. (He’s talking about God for those of you who don’t catch on.)
I also think about Daniel – who was thrown not only in a pit – but a lion’s pit. He came out smiling – praising God. He relied on God to get him through it. God didn’t let him down – he showed out!
So next time you start sliding into the pit – stop it. You have the power to do it – rely on your God. Change your thinking – the power is yours!quote-self-pity-is-our-worst-enemy-and-if-we-yield-to-it-we-can-never-do-anything-wise-in-the-world-helen-keller-358209

Love you lots…don’t you go have a pity party…..no more!

Leigh

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Giving Gifts

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I love being able to give gifts to others. It is so fun looking for the perfect, most thoughtful gift for that special person. It is great watching their surprise on their face and knowing how much it meant to them. The gift doesn’t have to be the most expensive – it just has to be my best at that time. That is all that God asks of us – to give our best…not THE best. So often we hold back because we feel like we are inadequate or our contribution is of little substance – don’t hold back. Share your gifts! I am not just talking about physical gifts – I am talking mainly about spiritual gifts!
One of my favorite Chapters of all the Bible is Romans 12 and it talks about how to use our gifts. Romans 12 6-8 If you preach, just preach God’s Message, nothing else; if you help, just help, don’t take over; if you teach, stick to your teaching; if you give encouraging guidance, be careful that you don’t get bossy; if you’re put in charge, don’t manipulate; if you’re called to give aid to people in distress, keep your eyes open and be quick to respond; if you work with the disadvantaged, don’t let yourself get irritated with them or depressed by them. Keep a smile on your face.
I have always been told my gift is friendliness – in fact I was always voted Most Friendly throughout my school years. I guess as I have grown older – some may call it hospitality and even in the professional world it is called Networking. I would say that I love doing that! I love making people feel included, welcome and I try to use this gift not only to improve myself but for God. I greet people at church or include people in conversations or invite them to small group or even ask them to serve with me. Your Spiritual Gifts are the gifts that keep on giving over and over!

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I Corinthians 12 4-11 God’s various gifts are handed out everywhere; but they all originate in God’s Spirit. God’s various ministries are carried out everywhere; but they all originate in God’s Spirit. God’s various expressions of power are in action everywhere; but God himself is behind it all. Each person is given something to do that shows who God is: Everyone gets in on it, everyone benefits. All kinds of things are handed out by the Spirit, and to all kinds of people! The variety is wonderful:
• wise counsel
• clear understanding
• simple trust
• healing the sick
• miraculous acts
• proclamation
• distinguishing between spirits
• tongues
• interpretation of tongues.
All these gifts have a common origin, but are handed out one by one by the one Spirit of God. He decides who gets what, and when.

So I encourage you to determine what you gift is and then think how you can use it for God. The blessings and gifts back to yourself are unbelievable!
I also know that I have a gift for sharing my story and I haven’t done that lately. So here is my gift to you and to myself. I am going to start sharing again. What gift will you share today?  If you are not sure what your gifts are – ask others, take course on spiritual gifts, pray….Finding your gift and using it is a great feeling!

Give a gift today!

Leigh

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Be Authentic!

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Recently I was having a conversation with a friend over lunch, and we began discussing what we liked in people; and she said to me that she liked me, because I was authentic. I pondered that for a while and I realized that it has taken me fifty LONG years to get to that point. Seems like I have always been trying to impress someone – my parents, teachers, coaches, friends, bosses….well basically everyone. I wanted to look a certain way, have a certain title, be recognized for achievements, and was just really always trying to please everyone else. I am a People Pleaser – always have been…always will be. I did realize that I could get my feelings hurt sometimes trying to please everyone though! I am often taken advantage of; but I have a better understanding of myself lately. I have spent a lot of time reflecting on who I really am and what I want to be. Sometimes, I really don’t like how I turned out and sometimes I feel so blessed. I realized when I take the positive side of things – I am happier. I have learned to find the lessons or the best practices in a situation instead of having regrets over how I could have done better. My goal now is to be my best and I realized that I really just need to please one and only one – that is GOD! The Bible tells us in so many verses to do what is pleasing to God.

1 Thessalonians (ESV) 4 Finally, then, brothers,[a] we ask and urge you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God, just as you are doing, that you do so more and more. 2 For you know what instructions we gave you through the Lord Jesus.

Ephesians 5:10 (GNT) 10 Try to learn what pleases the Lord.

Well – that is always my intention but I make mistakes – sometimes, not only am I not pleasing to God but I usually make others frustrated or mad too! We are only human! I am striving to be a better “me” and I am not comparing myself or competing with others. I used to always want to be the best – not just the best me, but the best at whatever I was doing. Now I just want to be the best I can be! I am trying not to compare myself or allow myself to have a pity party. I take pride in who I am and what I stand for. I have become so much bolder in my faith and I love it. Someone asked me to pray a non-religious prayer for a large event – I stressed all day – how do you do that? I didn’t want to offend anyone so I used careful words – it didn’t feel right. That one thing really impacted me so much! I have as much right to pray to my God and Jesus as they didn’t want me too. I don’t want to offend anyone but I want to be authentic and stand up for my beliefs. This year has been a real life lesson for me. I have changed…maybe I am finally mature at 50 – I don’t know but I am a different person. In certain areas of my life – I am not the go to person or the most popular or the friend to everyone like I used to be. I often feel isolated and even like the weird person that people make fun of from time to time. At first, it bothered me so much – then I realized that I need to control me and only me, and the situation would work itself out. I continued to be friendly, and do my work. I am still not included sometimes and I am definitely not the go-to person anymore; however, I take pride in the fact that I help others and do my job. Funny thing – I am not stressed anymore!
Being authentic is just being yourself – not trying to be like someone else. Being authentic is standing up for your beliefs without pushing them on others. Being authentic is being the best “you” that you can be in every situation….be the best friend, mom, wife, etc. Always do your best and show your care and commitment. I hate to make generalizations but I am going to right now. It seems that our society is focused on “What’s in it for me, instead of what can I do to make this a better place…” We need people to step up and step out and be authentic and show what they stand for and live for each moment and be their very best.
Blessings to you and prayers that you will learn to be authentic!

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Cherish & Devoted

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So I asked our small group for a word that meant something to them and I would write about it. The two words that I got were Cherish and Devoted. Both of these words describe a special relationship – one that is above others, one where people treat each other with respect and they nurture the relationship. This is what I want with my relationship with God – he already cherishes and is devoted to me – how can I improve and nurture my relationship to him?

CHERISH
Deuteronomy 7:6
Do this because you are a people set apart as holy to God, your God. God, your God, chose you out of all the people on Earth for himself as a cherished, personal treasure.

Proverbs 19:8
The one who gets wisdom loves life; the one who cherishes understanding will soon prosper.

Psalm 119:41-48
Let your love, God, shape my life with salvation, exactly as you promised; Then I’ll be able to stand up to mockery because I trusted your Word. Don’t ever deprive me of truth, not ever— your commandments are what I depend on. Oh, I’ll guard with my life what you’ve revealed to me, guard it now, guard it ever; And I’ll stride freely through wide open spaces as I look for your truth and your wisdom; Then I’ll tell the world what I find, speak out boldly in public, unembarrassed. I cherish your commandments—oh, how I love them! — relishing every fragment of your counsel.

Jude 1:3-4
[Fight with All You Have in You] Dear friends, I’ve dropped everything to write you about this life of salvation that we have in common. I have to write insisting—begging!—that you fight with everything you have in you for this faith entrusted to us as a gift to guard and cherish. What has happened is that some people have infiltrated our ranks (our Scriptures warned us this would happen), who beneath their pious skin are shameless scoundrels. Their design is to replace the sheer grace of our God with sheer license—which means doing away with Jesus Christ, our one and only Master.

cher•ish ˈCHeriSH/ verb: cherish;
1. protect and care for (someone) lovingly.
“he cared for me beyond measure and cherished me in his heart”
synonyms: adore, hold dear, love, dote on, be devoted to, revere, esteem, admire; More
think the world of, set great store by, hold in high esteem;
care for, tend to, look after, protect, preserve, keep safe
“a woman he could cherish”
o hold (something) dear. “I cherish the letters she wrote”
synonyms: treasure, prize, value highly, hold dear
“I cherish her letters”
o keep (a hope or ambition) in one’s mind.
“he had long cherished a secret fantasy about his future”
synonyms: harbor, entertain, possess, hold (on to), cling to, keep in one’s mind, foster, nurture “they cherished dreams of glory”
God cherishes us so much! Do we cherish him? Think about your favorite possession or family and how truly special it is to you. I have a cross that I got on my Emmaus walk and I carry it with me always. It is special because I know that every one of our leaders were praying for me during our sessions and they took turns passing it around to ensure that I was being prayed for the entire time of our walk. Just knowing that people cared and they prayed for me will be something that I will cherish forever. I want to commit my life to cherish God more than I have. I take him for granted so often. I want to treat him with that special love and honor him and nurture our relationship!
Devoted – very loving or loyal. “he was a devoted husband”
synonyms: loyal, faithful, true, staunch, steadfast, constant, committed, dedicated, devout; More fond, loving, affectionate, caring, admiring
“a devoted follower of the writer”
• given over to the display, study, or discussion of. “there is a museum devoted to her work”
Romans 12:10
Love from the center of who you are; don’t fake it. Run for dear life from evil; hold on for dear life to good. Be good friends who love deeply; practice playing second fiddle.

Job 1:8
God said to Satan, “Have you noticed my friend Job? There’s no one quite like him—honest and true to his word, totally devoted to God and hating evil.”

2 Chronicles 15:7
But you, who are devoted to being with God and searching for God, be strong and do not lose courage because your actions will reap rewards.
I had never really realized how closely related cherish and devoted are. I know they are two words that I want to have for God and I am going to continue finding ways that I can really show God my love. I want to focus on him more –how about you?

Blessings…Leigh

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Palm Sunday – Jesus is treated like a King…

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Palm Sunday is the start of Holy Week for Christ’s followers. On Palm Sunday Christians mark Jesus Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem. I am preparing for Palm Sunday lesson for Kids Church tomorrow and did a little research. It was neat that this event would be prophesied in the Old Testament. I also find it very interesting that Jesus chose a donkey – a humble, hard working animal representing peace instead of a great horse of war like most Kings would ride on. The Israelites wanted him to rescue them from the Romans but he was there to rescue all of mankind that trusted in him. I know this had to be such a special day for Jesus and his disciples – they were finally receiving the glory and recognition they so deserved. What a special day for him….but only a week later – they yelled to crucify him and even his own disciples betrayed and denied him. We really need to study this special event and learn some lessons…

Definition of HOSANNA—used as a cry of acclamation and adoration

Hosanna is often thought of as a declaration of praise, similar to hallelujah, but it is actually a plea for salvation. The Hebrew root words are found in Psalm 118:25, which says, “Save us, we pray, O LORD!” (ESV). The Hebrew words yasha (“deliver, save”) and anna (“beg, beseech”) combine to form the word that, in English, is “hosanna.” Literally, hosanna means “I beg you to save!” or “please deliver us!”

Palm branches are a part of Christian worship on Palm Sunday, or Passion Sunday, as it is sometimes called. This event commemorates Jesus Christ‘s triumphal entry into Jerusalem, as foretold by the prophet Zechariah. The Bible tells us people cut branches from palm trees, laid them across Jesus’ path and waved them in the air. They greeted Jesus not as the spiritual Messiah who would take away the sins of the world, but as a potential political leader who would overthrow the Romans. Their shout “Hosanna” meant “save now.” In ancient times, palm branches symbolized goodness and victory. They were often depicted on coins and important buildings. Solomon had palm branches carved into the walls and doors of the temple (1 Kings 6:29). Again at the end of the Bible, people from every nation raise palm branches to honor Jesus (Revelation 7:9). Today, many Christian churches distribute palm branches to worshipers on Palm Sunday. The people remember Christ’s sacrificial death on the cross, praise him for the gift of salvation, and look expectantly to his second coming.   (Sources: gotquestions.org and scienceofcorrespondences.com.)

In the Old Testament in Zechariah 9:9 The Message – A Humble King Riding a Donkey

9-0 “Shout and cheer, Daughter Zion!
Raise the roof, Daughter Jerusalem!
Your king is coming!
a good king who makes all things right,
a humble king riding a donkey,
a mere colt of a donkey.
I’ve had it with war—no more chariots in Ephraim,
no more war horses in Jerusalem,
no more swords and spears, bows and arrows.
He will offer peace to the nations,
a peaceful rule worldwide,
from the four winds to the seven seas.

One of the few stories told in all four gospels. Here is each version. (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John) This was truly a significant event.

Matthew 21 The Message (MSG) – The Royal Welcome

21 1-3 When they neared Jerusalem, having arrived at Bethphage on Mount Olives, Jesus sent two disciples with these instructions: “Go over to the village across from you. You’ll find a donkey tethered there, her colt with her. Untie her and bring them to me. If anyone asks what you’re doing, say, ‘The Master needs them!’ He will send them with you.” -5 This is the full story of what was sketched earlier by the prophet: Tell Zion’s daughter, “Look, your king’s on his way, poised and ready, mounted On a donkey, on a colt, foal of a pack animal.” 6-9 The disciples went and did exactly what Jesus told them to do. They led the donkey and colt out, laid some of their clothes on them, and Jesus mounted. Nearly all the people in the crowd threw their garments down on the road, giving him a royal welcome. Others cut branches from the trees and threw them down as a welcome mat. Crowds went ahead and crowds followed, all of them calling out, “Hosanna to David’s son!” “Blessed is he who comes in God’s name!” “Hosanna in highest heaven!” 10 As he made his entrance into Jerusalem, the whole city was shaken. Unnerved, people were asking, “What’s going on here? Who is this?” 11 The parade crowd answered, “This is the prophet Jesus, the one from Nazareth in Galilee.”

Mark 11 The Message (MSG) – Entering Jerusalem on a Colt

11 1-3 When they were nearing Jerusalem, at Bethphage and Bethany on Mount Olives, he sent off two of the disciples with instructions: “Go to the village across from you. As soon as you enter, you’ll find a colt tethered, one that has never yet been ridden. Untie it and bring it. If anyone asks, ‘What are you doing?’ say, ‘The Master needs him, and will return him right away.’”4-7 They went and found a colt tied to a door at the street corner and untied it. Some of those standing there said, “What are you doing untying that colt?” The disciples replied exactly as Jesus had instructed them, and the people let them alone. They brought the colt to Jesus, spread their coats on it, and he mounted.8-10 The people gave him a wonderful welcome, some throwing their coats on the street, others spreading out rushes they had cut in the fields. Running ahead and following after, they were calling out, Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in God’s name! Blessed the coming kingdom of our father David! Hosanna in highest heaven! 11 He entered Jerusalem, then entered the Temple. He looked around, taking it all in. But by now it was late, so he went back to Bethany with the Twelve.

Luke 19 The Message – God’s Personal Visit

28-31 After saying these things, Jesus headed straight up to Jerusalem. When he got near Bethphage and Bethany at the mountain called Olives, he sent off two of the disciples with instructions: “Go to the village across from you. As soon as you enter, you’ll find a colt tethered, one that has never been ridden. Untie it and bring it. If anyone says anything, asks, ‘What are you doing?’ say, ‘His Master needs him.’”

32-33 The two left and found it just as he said. As they were untying the colt, its owners said, “What are you doing untying the colt?” 34 They said, “His Master needs him.” 35-36 They brought the colt to Jesus. Then, throwing their coats on its back, they helped Jesus get on. As he rode, the people gave him a grand welcome, throwing their coats on the street. 37-38 Right at the crest, where Mount Olives begins its descent, the whole crowd of disciples burst into enthusiastic praise over all the mighty works they had witnessed:

Blessed is he who comes, the king in God’s name! All’s well in heaven!    Glory in the high places!

39 Some Pharisees from the crowd told him, “Teacher, get your disciples under control!”

40 But he said, “If they kept quiet, the stones would do it for them, shouting praise.”

41-44 When the city came into view, he wept over it. “If you had only recognized this day, and everything that was good for you! But now it’s too late. In the days ahead your enemies are going to bring up their heavy artillery and surround you, pressing in from every side. They’ll smash you and your babies on the pavement. Not one stone will be left intact. All this because you didn’t recognize and welcome God’s personal visit.”

45-46 Going into the Temple he began to throw out everyone who had set up shop, selling everything and anything. He said, “It’s written in Scripture, My house is a house of prayer; You have turned it into a religious bazaar.” 47-48 From then on he taught each day in the Temple. The high priests, religion scholars, and the leaders of the people were trying their best to find a way to get rid of him. But with the people hanging on every word he spoke, they couldn’t come up with anything.

John 12 See How Your King Comes

12-15 The next day the huge crowd that had arrived for the Feast heard that Jesus was entering Jerusalem. They broke off palm branches and went out to meet him. And they cheered:

Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in God’s name!

Yes! The King of Israel! Jesus got a young donkey and rode it, just as the Scripture has it:

No fear, Daughter Zion:    See how your king comes,    riding a donkey’s colt.

16 The disciples didn’t notice the fulfillment of many Scriptures at the time, but after Jesus was glorified, they remembered that what was written about him matched what was done to him.

17-19 The crowd that had been with him when he called Lazarus from the tomb, raising him from the dead, was there giving eyewitness accounts. It was because they had spread the word of this latest God-sign that the crowd swelled to a welcoming parade. The Pharisees took one look and threw up their hands: “It’s out of control. The world’s in a stampede after him.”

Funny thing about Palm Sunday is that everyone praised Jesus and honored him and showed their love, but only one week later – they yelled crucify him! Many denied even knowing him – including his most beloved followers. Do we praise Jesus on Sundays and then deny him during the week? What are some things that we can do each day to show Jesus that we adore him and he is our king? So this next week is HOLY WEEK and we need to remember what Jesus did for us…Friday he stretched his Palms and had large nails pierce them with our names on them so that he could save our life. Not just mine but all that trust and believe.

Here are a few videos that I enjoy about Jesus and Palm Sunday.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQ23ryYK8ac

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMKNbLd0dfg

Blessings…

Leigh Christian

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God Games – Simon Says? God Says!!!

Activity010aSIMON SAYS….GOD SAYS

Simon Says….I use to LOVE to play that game! You would listen really close and then do the action if “Simon” said to do it. You were not supposed to do the action if “Simon” didn’t say to do it! This game is fun and also is a great way to improve listening skills and following directions. It is a fun way for smaller kids to learn these skills. Maybe we grown-ups could learn to follow directions and listen to what God says!
You will find in Deuteronomy 13:18 “Yes. Obediently listen to God, your God. Keep all his commands that I am giving you today. Do the right thing in the eyes of God, your God.” Just like the game of Simon Says reminds us to listen and follow directions then do what was said…that is what God tells us in the Bible. Listen, follow directions then do.
DO not do things if Simon didn’t say..reminds us – don’t do things that GOD doesn’t say. We find perfect words in Romans 6:22-23 “But now that you’ve found you don’t have to listen to sin tell you what to do, and have discovered the delight of listening to God telling you, what a surprise! A whole, healed, put-together life right now, with more and more of life on the way! Work hard for sin your whole life and your pension is death. But God’s gift is real life, eternal life, delivered by Jesus, our Master.” Do not listed to sin…it lies, cheats, steals, stresses you, and just gives you wrong ideas and information. You will find regret if you listen to sin…just like if you don’t follow what “Simon Says”…Remember if you moved and Simon didn’t say to and you felt so bad and you got kicked out of the game? While Simon doesn’t give you another chance…our wonderful forgiving God does. He lets us keep playing the game – if we ask for forgiveness. You see he had his only precious perfect son take all the blame and shame for us so that we could stay in the game.
Ephesians 6:12-13 MSG tells us, “And that about wraps it up. God is strong, and he wants you strong. So take everything the Master has set out for you, well-made weapons of the best materials. And put them to use so you will be able to stand up to everything the Devil throws your way. This is no afternoon athletic contest that we’ll walk away from and forget about in a couple of hours. This is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish against the Devil and all his angels. Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out.” These words are such good advice – help each other in this game of life, pray for each other, encourage each other, be prepared, listen to God because he gives us the right advice and the right tools for life.
“Simon says” listen to God…..- now follow the directions….
Many blessings,

Leigh  th

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Games with God

God placed this on my heart in several ways this weekend. Do you remember those fun games when we were kids – you know…Hide & Seek or Freeze Tag or Mother May I? hideandseek

Seems like it was yesterday but then again seems a lifetime ago. My next few blogs will be my sharing about games that we play with God. Sometimes we don’t even know there is a game, or that we are playing; but if we step back and look…we are playing games with God.
I saw on Facebook the cutest little girl sharing the story of Jonah. She was animated and just told it with such passion.

https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=1605448749869&set=vb.1645657270&type=2&theater

I really listened…I realize that I am like Jonah sometimes. God tells me to do things and I don’t always step up and say yes to God. I run away and hide, or at least I think I hide but God is good at this game!

Jonah chose a boat crossing the sea to hide from God and that didn’t work out for him. Storms were brewing and Jonah knew it was God coming for him. Jonah asked to be thrown overboard because he knew he couldn’t hide. Still Jonah feared that he didn’t want to do what God wanted….once again…almighty God showed Jonah who was in charge. Jonah ended up swirling around in the belly of a whale. Oooh Gross!

I find myself playing games with God and try to shy away from doing what God wants me to do. Sometimes I tell him I am too tired, or don’t feel good; other times I tell him that I am too busy taking care of family work, people that need me and there is no more time left; and then there is times that I just pretend that I didn’t hear him or feel him guiding me.  God alwasy knows what is best for me…why do I hide?  In Matthew 6:33 you will read…“If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.

I forget that sometimes God just wants to love me. He isn’t always expecting me to do things for him. In this world, we forget that God has no ulterior motive or that he just loves us no matter how we act or what games we play. I think I want to change and stop hiding from God but I will start seeking him. In Deuteronomy 4:29-31 But even there, if you seek God, your God, you’ll be able to find him if you’re serious, looking for him with your whole heart and soul. When troubles come and all these awful things happen to you, in future days you will come back to God, your God, and listen obediently to what he says. God, your God, is above all a compassionate God. In the end he will not abandon you, he won’t bring you to ruin, he won’t forget the covenant with your ancestors which he swore to them.
God listens, and understands and is truly forgiving and gracious and has complete love for each of us. We find in Luke 11:9 – 13 “Here’s what I’m saying: Ask and you’ll get; Seek and you’ll find; Knock and the door will open. “Don’t bargain with God. Be direct. Ask for what you need. This is not a cat-and-mouse, hide-and-seek game we’re in. If your little boy asks for a serving of fish, do you scare him with a live snake on his plate? If your little girl asks for an egg, do you trick her with a spider? As bad as you are, you wouldn’t think of such a thing—you’re at least decent to your own children. And don’t you think the Father who conceived you in love will give the Holy Spirit when you ask him?”

Why don’t we remember this when we are trying to hide from God…the best thing is to seek God! The best way to do this is just talk to God and fall on your knees and pray. There are no losers in this game with God – we are all winners. We get advice from James in James 4:10 MSG “So let God work his will in you. Yell a loud no to the Devil and watch him scamper. Say a quiet yes to God and he’ll be there in no time. Quit dabbling in sin. Purify your inner life. Quit playing the field. Hit bottom, and cry your eyes out. The fun and games are over. Get serious, really serious. Get down on your knees before the Master; it’s the only way you’ll get on your feet.”
Next time – play hide and seek with God – except – just go straight to the seek part and seek God! He will always be found and ready for you to find him.

5-4-3-2-1 Ready or not….here I come! Go Seek God!seekgod

Many blessings!

Leigh

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