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Sound Theology

13 Jun

SUNDAY MEMORIES

Judy Wills

I’ve mentioned in previous musings, that I am on facebook quite a bit.  And if I find something that resonates with me, I “save” it and sometimes use it in a blog post.

That’s exactly what I would like to do with today’s post.  I found this particular cartoon by Charles Schulz, and it appealed to me, so here it is.

Credit facebook and Charles Schulz

Credit facebook and Charles Schulz

Why did this particular cartoon spark my interest?  Well yes, it WAS, indeed, sound theology.  And sound theology from God does, indeed, have the means to comfort and reassure us.  I have, personally, found that to be quite true.

How often have I found Satan trying his best to sway my thinking to something that God would not want me to be thinking about?  Far too often, that’s for sure.

So what do I do – to get my mind off that topic and onto something pure?  I turn to Scripture.  There are many Scripture verses that I have learned/memorized, that lead me right back to God.  Satan cannot stand to be in the presence of Scripture – it literally drives him away and out of my mind!

One of my favorites – and one I’ve quoted in oldthingsrnew before is:

In this world you will have trouble, 

but TAKE HEART!

For I have overcome the world

John 16:33

But the Scriptures that help me the most, are ones that praise and adore God Himself.  They lift me up as no others.

Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God Almighty

Who was, and is, and is to come!

Revelation 4:8

and again:

Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord Almighty,

The whole earth is full of His Glory!

Isaiah 6:3

You see, it doesn’t take a lot of memory space to praise God.  But that SOUND THEOLOGY gives peace like I’ve never had before.

And just for your information – those Holy, Holy, Holy words are the words batted back and forth among the angels, before God’s throne.  WOW!  I get to magnify God with the angels!  Amazing!

I am so glad God made a way for me to praise and adore and worship Him that way!

Judy is living in Central Florida with her retired U.S. Air Force husband of 50+ years. Born in Dallas, Texas, she grew up in the Southwestern United States.She met her husband at their church, where he was attending the university in her town. After college and seminary, he entered the Air Force, and their adventures began.They lived in eight of our United States, and spent six years in Europe, where their oldest daughter was born. She was a stay-at-home mom for many years .

  Judy has always been involved with music, both playing the piano and singing. Always interested in exercise, she was an aerobic dancing instructor, as well as a piano teacher for many years, and continues to faithfully exercise at home.

After moving to Central Florida, she served as a church secretary for nearly nine years.Her main hobby at this point in time is scanning pictures and 35mm slides into the computer. She also enjoys scrapbooking.She and her husband have two married daughters and four grandchildren, including grandtwins as well as a great-grandson. She and her husband enjoy the Disney parks as often as possible.

Thinking and Understanding

25 Jan

My Take

DiVoran Lites

Rodin’s Thinker Photo Credit Pixaba

As I read my old journals, I see things that I had forgotten. In one, I read that my thirteen-year-old grandson said, “Grandmother, you’re like a Rubik’s cube, and I don’t understand you.”  I wondered what he meant, but then I realized that I couldn’t understand him either. You see, he turned out to be one of those young people whose life revolves around being a computer programmer. He didn’t take note of much else, therefore that was all he had to talk about. We deeply love each other, however, so we just communicate any way, we can. Sometimes I make a fuss over him. I say, “You’re handsome, kind, sweet, smart, and good, and I’ll love you forever. He still likes those words coming from a grandmother’s heart. 

Rubik’s Cube Pixabay

Later, a friend at the art league said she missed me when I quit going. “I like your different way of thinking.”  That was a compliment, but I had no idea what she meant. 

When we were in Europe on vacation, we ran into many people who didn’t understand our language, and of course, we didn’t understand theirs, either. 

When I thought about the most important things in life, I decided there were so many differences of opinion that I might as well pick one way and stick with it. I chose Christianity and the Holy Bible to be my lifelong guide. Oh, yes, I read lots of things besides that, but God’s Word was my most important influence. 

Here’s what Roman’s 10:1-15 says: My message is close to you, as close as your own heart beating in your chest and as near as the tongue in your mouth.” The Passion Translation

Dove- Symbol of the Holy Spirit Photo Credit Pixabay

Millions of people also live by what Romans 12:2 says. It goes like this: “Stop imitating the ideals and opinions of the culture around you, be inwardly transformed by the Holy Spirit through a total reformation of how you think. This will empower you to discern God’s will as you live a beautiful life, satisfying and perfect in his eyes.”  (TPT)

Here’s what Romans 12:3 (TPT) says, “I would ask each of you to be emptied of self-promotion and not create a false image of your importance. Instead, honestly assess your worth by using your God-given faith as the standard of measurement, and then you will see your true value with an appropriate self-esteem.” 

Light Photo Credit Pixabay

If you’d like to have a huge choice of Bibles to read anytime you want them, you can find them in a free App on your phone at Bible Gateway. My current favorites are-  The Passion TranslationAmplified Bible, and the Message. Once you have the free App, you have free Bibles for life. 

Spirit of the Living God 

DiVoran has been writing for most of her life. Her first attempt at a story was when she was seven years old and her mother got a new typewriter. DiVoran got to use it and when her dad saw her writing he asked what she was writing about. DiVoran answered that she was writing the story of her life. Her dad’s only comment was, “Well, it’s going to be a very short story.” After most of a lifetime of writing and helping other writers, DiVoran finally launched her own dream which was to write a novel of her own. She now has her Florida Springs trilogy and her novel, a Christian Western Romance, Go West available on Amazon. When speaking about her road to publication, she gives thanks to the Lord for all the people who helped her grow and learn.  She says, “I could never have done it by myself, but when I got going everything fell beautifully into place, and I was glad I had started on my dream.”

For the Love of God

21 Dec

My Take

DiVoran Lites

Pixabay

When we moved to Florida in 1965, we went looking for a church in the denomination (religious belief system) we were used to. We found two, but one of them had air conditioning, so we chose that one. We were in for a lot of good surprises because we began to listen and learn. We went to church several times a week and left our children in the nursery. As the years flew by, they graduated into evening classes of their own. 

We kept going because our preacher and his dear wife were so close to God and their family that we wanted what they had. Also, the people in that church were wise, gentle and kind. The first thing they taught was that God loves us. Did you know that? I didn’t. But once we knew, our lives began to change for the better.

The most important thing we learned was that it was good to study the Bible for ourselves and pray alone every day.

While Bill chose to listen to Bible audiobooks on the way to work, I chose to do morning devotions while our two young children watched Captain Kangaroo.  Someday, I’d like to share the routine I have fallen into and what it does for me. 

Being at church is a tremendous help, but it can’t fill all our needs for fellowship with the Lord Jesus. All Christians know that Jesus died on a cross to atone for our sin. That is one thing all Christian churches teach, and there are many other things they agree upon.  

You see, sometimes we believe so strongly that we are in the only church that knows everything about God and the Bible that we think we might suffer if we went anywhere else.  

How do we choose churches to attend out of all the Christian churches within our reach? Most of the time, we stick to the denominations we grew up in. If our parents went to church or sent us to church, we learned what they had been taught, and our children stayed in the denomination or gave up church altogether. 

  But sometimes we may change churches for one reason or another; a move or a marriage can trigger that, and so can the fussing that might get into a church. Sometimes we get hurt and don’t want to go there anymore. 

As important as belonging to a group of Christians is, going to church is not enough. Love, peace, and joy come through the Holy Spirit straight to our hearts. Holy churches, large and small, are almost everywhere, and as Christians, we want to be involved in them and support the wonderful things they do.   

If you need to know where to go to church, ask your Father, who is in heaven and who is in you for yourself. While you’re at it, tell him thank- you for his love. 

DiVoran has been writing for most of her life. Her first attempt at a story was when she was seven years old and her mother got a new typewriter. DiVoran got to use it and when her dad saw her writing he asked what she was writing about. DiVoran answered that she was writing the story of her life. Her dad’s only comment was, “Well, it’s going to be a very short story.” After most of a lifetime of writing and helping other writers, DiVoran finally launched her own dream which was to write a novel of her own. She now has her Florida Springs trilogy and her novel, a Christian Western Romance, Go West available on Amazon. When speaking about her road to publication, she gives thanks to the Lord for all the people who helped her grow and learn.  She says, “I could never have done it by myself, but when I got going everything fell beautifully into place, and I was glad I had started on my dream.”

The Pilot

5 Jul

SUNDAY MEMORIES

Judy Wills

I found the following in some of my papers.  This was not MY experience, but one worth knowing about:

Years ago, I was enthralled as I listened to a pastor who for several years had faithfully served the church. His executive responsibilities had taken him all over this country. As he concluded his message, he told of one of the most frightening yet thought-provoking experiences of his life. 

Credit Pixabay

He had been on a long flight from one place to another. The first warning of the approaching problems came when the sign on the airplane flashed on: Fasten your seat belts. Then, after a while, a calm voice said, “We shall not be serving the beverages at this time as we are expecting a little turbulence. Please be sure your seat belt is fastened.” 

As he looked around the aircraft, it became obvious that many of the passengers were becoming apprehensive. Later, the voice of the announcer said, “We are so sorry that we are unable to serve the meal at this time. The turbulence is still ahead of us.” 

And then the storm broke. The ominous cracks of thunder could be heard even above the roar of the engines. Lightening lit up the darkening skies, and within moments that great plane was like a cork tossed around on a celestial ocean. One moment the airplane was lifted on terrific currents of air; the next, it dropped as if it were about to crash. 

Credit Pixabay

The pastor confessed that he shared the discomfort and fear of those around him. He said, “As I looked around the plane, I could see that nearly all the passengers were upset and alarmed. Some were praying. The future seemed ominous and many were wondering if they would make it through the storm. 

Then, I suddenly saw a little girl. 

Credit Pixabay

Apparently the storm meant nothing to her. She had tucked her feet beneath her as she sat on her seat; she was reading a book and everything within her small world was calm and orderly. Sometimes she closed her eyes, then she would read again; then she would straighten her legs, but worry and fear were not in her world. When the plane was being buffeted by the terrible storm when it lurched this way and that, as it rose and fell with frightening severity, when all the adults were scared half to death, that marvelous child was completely composed and unafraid.” The minister could hardly believe his eyes. 

It was not surprising therefore, that when the plane finally reached its destination and all the passengers were hurrying to disembark, our pastor lingered to speak to the girl whom he had watched for such a long time. Having commented about the storm and behavior of the plane, he asked why she had not been afraid. 

The sweet child replied, “Sir, my Dad is the pilot, and he is taking me home.” 

There are many kinds of storms that buffet us. 

Physical, mental, financial, domestic, and many other storms can easily and quickly darken our skies and throw our plane into apparently uncontrollable movement. We have all known such times, and let us be honest and confess, it is much easier to be at rest when our feet are on the ground than when we are being tossed about a darkened sky. 

Let us remember: Our Father is the Pilot.

He is in control.

Credit Pixabay

And Jesus said:

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.

 I do not give to you as the world gives.

Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

John 14:27

Judy is living in Central Florida with her retired U.S. Air Force husband of 50+ years. Born in Dallas, Texas, she grew up in the Southwestern United States.She met her husband at their church, where he was attending the university in her town. After college and seminary, he entered the Air Force, and their adventures began.They lived in eight of our United States, and spent six years in Europe, where their oldest daughter was born. She was a stay-at-home mom for many years .

  Judy has always been involved with music, both playing the piano and singing. Always interested in exercise, she was an aerobic dancing instructor, as well as a piano teacher for many years, and continues to faithfully exercise at home.

After moving to Central Florida, she served as a church secretary for nearly nine years.Her main hobby at this point in time is scanning pictures and 35mm slides into the computer. She also enjoys scrapbooking.She and her husband have two married daughters and four grandchildren, including grandtwins as well as a great-grandson. She and her husband enjoy the Disney parks as often as possible.

Psalm 91

16 Mar

My Take

DiVoran Lites

Psalm 91-God’s take on the Coronavirus

Paraphrase by DiVoran with thanks to Sid Roth

Description: Dwarf Rabbit, Color Dwarf, Pet, Rabbit
Photo credit Pixabay

Beloved,

I am your only God. 

Put all your confidence in me.

I am the hope that helps you and the Stronghold that shelters you.

 I rescue you from every hidden trap of the enemy. 

I protect you from false accusation and every deadly curse an enemy

Would like to put on you. 

My arms wrap around you and protect you.

Run in under my covering and hide.

 My arms of faithfulness shield you and keep you from harm. 

Whether by day or night, you need not have a fear of the spirit of darkness. 

Even in a time of disaster, with thousands and thousands being killed

 you remain unscathed and unharmed. 

You will be only a spectator as the wicked perish in judgement. 

Living within my shadow, you will always be shielded from harm.

 Evil cannot prevail against you and disease cannot affect you. 

I send special angels with orders to protect you wherever you go.

They defend you from all harm. 

If you walk into a trap your angels are there to keep you from stumbling 

And get you out of it. 

When you walk unharmed among the fiercest powers of darkness

 you trample all evil beneath your feet.

Because you are my great love and lover,

 I protect you and set you high up in a safe and secure place.

 Every time you pray, I answer.

 In time of pressure and trouble you will feel my presence.

 I am your glorious hero.

 I give you the feast of a full life and see to it that you enjoy the fullness of my salvation. 

I am the Lord your God, and you are my beloved. 

My banner over you is love. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9nKx_kU_yxw How to stop the Coronavirus in its tracks, by Sid Roth

Scriptures From The Heart

29 Apr

SUNDAY MEMORIES

Judy Wills

 

 

Back in 2000, when I was diagnosed with breast cancer, my church family gathered around me with so much love and support, that I knew God’s hand was in it.

Since my tumor was slow-growing, my surgeon and I decided we could wait a month for the surgery. I told him that we had a trip planned and paid for coming up before that month was over. And, as it turned out – he and his wife were going on a trip to Greece during that month, as well. So the month-away was a good decision.

We had a great trip. We met with my brother and his wife (Bill and DiVoran Lites), and went to Albuquerque, New Mexico – our home town. DiVoran is a writer, and had a writers conference to attend. We just went along for the ride, and thoroughly enjoyed our time in Albuquerque. We met up with quite a few of our growing-up friends while there.

When we returned from that trip, our mail box was overflowing – with cards from people in our church family. And each one presented me with their favorite scripture verse!

Now, I had already been given a couple of scriptures that meant a lot to me (please see my post of May 18, 2014 – Be Still and Know

 

 

And the post of March 2, 2014 – Earthquake1 Chronicles 29: 10-11).   But these scriptures just homed in on how great our God is, and how He was taking care of me.

One scripture that I’ve enjoyed, is John 16:33. So many times I’ve heard people read that scripture and say “in this world you will have trouble, but take heart, I have overcome the world.” Now, that really is what it says, but then I correct the speaker by saying, “no, you are saying it wrong; it should be said:

“In this world you will have trouble.

But take heart!

I have overcome the world.”

That middle section really must be said with GREAT emphasis!! Jesus Christ, our Savior, has OVERCOME this puny world! And he’s OUR Savior! Woohoo!!

Here are some other scriptures that were presented to me then:

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.  Psalm 46:1

Under His wings you shall be safe.   Psalm 91:4

When I said, “my foot it slipping,” Your love, O Lord, supported me. When anxiety was great within me, Your consolation brought joy to my soul.  Psalm 94:18-19

O Lord my God, I take refuge in You; save and deliver me….  Psalm 7:1

God is with you in everything you do.   Genesis 21:22

Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you.  Psalm 55:22

O Lord, you will keep us safe and protect us…..   Psalm 12:7

Keep me safe, O God, for in You I take refuge. Psalm 16:1

 

 

Can you see why I was in tears after reading some of these scriptures? Not only these scriptures, but the words of comfort from friends was just what I needed to strengthen my heart and mind as I prepared for the surgery, and the future treatment.

I just wanted to give you these scriptures – they are from my heart to yours. Perhaps someone reading this post will need one or more of them in the near future. They are yours for the asking.

 

 

 

 

Masterpiece of God

10 Apr

A Time to Live

Melody Hendrix

 

 

 

I am retired and enjoying life. My hobbies are my 5 grandchildren, son and daughter, and my loving husband. I am a photographer and extreme nature lover. I love spending time in my garden or in the wilderness connected to God my Creator.
Melody

First Cigarette

9 Apr

My Take

DiVoran Lites

 

 

 

I saw Daddy’s cigarettes behind the bar.
And thought of glamorous movie stars
Holding cigarettes in dainty poses

One Camel won’t be missed
But what if Daddy catches me?
What if Mother is disappointed in me?
I drew one cigarette from the pack
Snatched a book of matches
And ran the two blocks home from
The restaurant we owned.

Hunkered down in the tall grass
That hid me completely
Without thinking of the smoke
That must rise into the blue sky
Without thinking of the tinder dry grass
Catching fire and burning down the house
I took a drag
Coughed…coughed…coughed
Ground it out in the dirt.

Didn’t smoke again
Until eight years later
Beauty school in Albuquerque
And a big contest to test our hairstyling
So nervous
At Toddlehouse my teacher, Monique
Gave me a cigarette
Here this will calm you down
Is dizzy the same as calm?
Monique gave me a whole pack
Take these home and practice

My young husband and I shared the habit.
After three years I yearned for a child
I worked until my seventh month
Not smoking because even the smell
Made me nauseous
I stopped then, stopped for years
Through the birth of another child
And the move to Space Center country
And I started again.
By then we knew smoking killed people

One day Bill asked the Lord to
Take away his craving for cigarettes
He pulled the pack from his shirt pocket and
Threw it in the trash.
He never smoked again
I prayed too and eventually
God helped me quit
Neither of us ever smoked again
Nor wanted to.
Thank Jesus for His saving grace.

May Your Faith Bloom

17 Jan

Bill will be on a break over the next few weeks. I will be posting random pictures and posts until he returns. If anyone would like an opportunity to share a blog or photo, leave a comment and I will send you and email-Onisha

For today, I am sharing this inspirational photo from Crosscards.com. They have wonderful cards.

 

How to get rid of panic attacks.

11 Nov

Walking by Faith, not by Sight

Janet Perez Eckles

 

 

Reblogged 11/11/17

 

Temptation got closer and I nearly succumbed to a low-grade panic attack.

Excitement was building in me as I sat at the gate in the San Francisco airport. The trip from Orlando had been long, but I was now closer to my final destination. Once I boarded that 30-passenger plane, I’d soon be in North Bend, Oregon to keynote a ladies’ event.

But that anticipation vanished when I heard the gate agent make this announcement. “We’re offering a $300 credit for any volunteers to stay and we’ll pay hotel and meals.”

Gulp. Does that mean the plane is full? With white cane in one hand and my bag on the other, I was ready to board.

The airport escort who was to help me in the plane leaned toward me. “They are in big trouble because you, who needed assistance, should have boarded first. They didn’t do that. And now no more passengers can board because the plane has reached the weight limit. Next flight isn’t till tomorrow.”

No way. If I missed this flight, I’d miss the event which had been booked one year in advance.

But before my heart would begin beating fast, I was distracted by the flare of anger from passengers to my right and my left. Cursing, ranting, accusing and nearly attacking the gate agent.

I could’ve joined the madness. Or I could’ve panicked, complained and demanded my right to board. But I learned that I must never, never give something or someone the power to rattle me.

How about you? Here are three stern instructions from God that keep us from granting power to external influences:

  1. Refuse to give the situation the power to control our thoughts. All begins in the mind. We can choose thoughts that align with the victim mentality, thoughts of indignation, or thoughts of dark defeat.

Or instead, go with this option: “…whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.” (Philippians 4:8)

God’s excellent plan for me to speak would prevail no matter the flight obstacle. That became my foremost thought.

  1. Refuse to give it the power to bring on worry and anxiety. No one can make you worry. No one can make you frustrated. And still, no one or nothing can bring about anxiety…unless you give it the power.

God says “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?” (Matthew 6:27)

  1. Refuse to give it the power to take over your emotions. The world gives us reasons to be frazzled, and we receive it. Announcements at airport gates give us news that brings on stress. Sadly, we receive it. And others give us reasons to make our blood pressure rise, and what do we do? We give it the power by receiving it.

Good news is that victory comes when we refuse to give each of the above power. And, instead receive what Jesus offers: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives.” (John 14:27)

Receiving His peace brings the most important solution—a calm heart. And with that peaceful heart I smiled big when the airline attendant said, “C’mon Mrs. Eckles, take my arm, we’re going to board you now.”

Father, I confess. I’m tempted to burst into negative emotions when things don’t go my way. Help me to remember that with You at work in me, I have all the power to conquer any attacks of panic, of fear or worry. In Jesus’ name, amen.

When facing panic attacks, can you identify to whom, or to what have you given power?

Janet

Video sneak peek: https://youtu.be/oZptO6OkLEY

 

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