Following The Path

24 Jun

In the pathway of faith we come to learn that the Lord’s thoughts are not our thoughts, nor His ways our ways. Both in the physical and spiritual realm, great pressure means great power! Although circumstances may bring us into the place of death, that need not spell disaster, for if we trust in the Lord and wait patiently, that simply provides the occasion for the display of His almighty power.

“Remember His marvelous works that He hath done, His wonders and the judgements of His mouth.” Psalms. 105:5

While His thoughts are not ours, we are the sum total of our thoughts at any point in time. Realizing God knows our thoughts before or as we have them, we have the blessing to make the most of what we think and feel. I learned, growing up, that how you start your day sets the tone for that day. Grandfather mentored me to give thanks for another beautiful day, be joyful for how good your day was going to be and remember to give thanks for all the blessing you have received in your life. I start my day with these three little prayers of thanks every morning. God has blessed me way more than I deserve.

To say life isn’t always easy would be an understatement. But add we determine just how easy or hard our life is would, I’m sure, give some people some heartache.

Many people feel their life is always on the rocks and they live their life in calamity, while others feel you get out of life what you put into it and live full happy lives free of most burden. I believe if I make the best of a situation that a blessing will come from it. When a situation confronts you, if you turn in defeat you miss out on the blessing the situation has for you.

I have discovered there is a secret to life and it involves faith, trust, love and prayer. I faithfully follow the path God has given me trusting He will light my way. I love God with all my heart and I love my neighbors as He loves me. I pray continuously, listening to His answers as they are whispered in my ear. I never question His intentions for He knows my needs better than I.

All this is found in the bible, if one is willing to look beyond the words and follow the spirit. Yes, the bible also mentions persecution, but how one accepts it is a choice. It is a blessing to serve God. It is also a blessing to serve people in His name.

I believe that even in the darkest times, there is always a light showing me the way out. It just may be a candle at the end of the tunnel, but is shines brightly for my path.

My prayer for all is that they see the light and faithfully follow the path He has set before them. Pray continuously and listen for His answers.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

Everyday Miracles

16 Jun

Grandfather made sure I grew up believing that we are led through life by an unseen guide, making turns and decisions based in a common goal. Everything has a reason and nothing is by mistake. There really is a plan for each and everyone of us.

I can’t really tell you when this finally hit home and I realized that everyone I met in life and everyone I touched in life blessed me and them in one form or another. It was then when I learned that we are put on this earth for a very particular reason and everything we do is designed to complete the plan for our or someone else’s life.

God has planned every step of our life and, for me, when I realized this I stopped questioning His reasoning and started following the path He set forth for me. That little decision to follow His lead has turned into continuous blessings for my life. I wake up every morning eager to see what He has laid out for me this day and I am never disappointed.

I encourage everyone to open their eyes to His plan and learn to follow it without question. The enlightenment you receive will amaze you. Stop complaining about the rough times you are delt and make the best of every incident in your day. The resulting blessings will more than make up for a rough ride.

By now you are asking what this has to do with everyday miracles. We wake up to blue skies with birds, flowers and trees everyday, yet we don’t really notice them. We have stars and a moon at night, but we just take them for granted. These are there, not because of something man did but because of the grace of God.

We witness the miracle of birth, the blooming of a flower, and even the magic effect of a simple smile, yet we don’t think we see miracles daily. Most people don’t realize the power of their smile, or the simple strength of a soft touch. We all are part of a miracle without even realizing it.

That smile you shared with a stranger while walking into the grocery may have turned around his or her day. That simple thank you you shared with the checkout girl may have lifted her spirit. It is the little things we do everyday that ages someone’s world for them. You are someone’s miracle today and you just may be the recipient of someone’s gift tomorrow.

So the next time you feel you are going in different direction than you thought, take a few minutes to ask God what lesson He is sending to you. Step into that lesson and share the blessing He gives you with someone. It just may turn out to be the miracle they needed to continue on.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

By Grace Alone

8 Jun

Over the years we all learn that nothing we do is by accident. As Christians we grow in the fact that it is only by His grace that we do anything.

It is through His grace that there’s a lot right in your life. It is also through His grace we have stuggles in our life. Don’t focus so much on the struggles that you miss the gift of His grace for within every struggle there is a gift.

By grace alone we go forth and it is by grace alone we have blessings to share. So why is it that so many people spend so much time complaining about their misery than they do rejoicing about the blessings in their daily life?

In every stuggle we face there is a joy to share, if we take the time to discover it. However, most don’t take the time to do find out what the blessing is because they are so bent because of the struggle they have put in front of them. I have learned over the years to ask myself why God has blessed me with this struggle and what joy I can share with others as a result of it.

It is my opinion we exist, by His grace, to share our blessings with others. We grow through sharing with each other and each receives a bit of joy from it. This joy is a blessing that grows as we share it with others. It is a never ending process that grows as we continue to share our blessings.

As we know, life is full of rough places that we learn to overcome or work around to continue down our chosen path. God places these obstacles in our path because there is a lesson to be learned from them. As we learn the lesson we are given a blessing and when we share the blessings we are blessed again.

To grow in life, both as a Christian and as a person, we must take the cards we are dealt and make the best of it. I believe we get out of life just what we put into it so by expressing the joy in everything we are sharing the love God wants us to share.

It is by grace alone I am….

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love,

Ed

The Sounds of Silence

3 Jun

Is there really anything so silent that you can’t hear it? Not really, even silence has a sound, if you listen closely.

The song by Simon and Garfunkel, “The Sound of Silence” is thought to be about the inability of people to communicate emotionally and spiritually with each other and God.

In reality I think it has a far deeper meaning than our inability to communicate with God or to recognise those whispers in our ears as His words. The truth is we turn off listening to others as well as with God. We have some preconceived notion that no one listens to us so why pay attention to others. That and the fact people today are so wrapped up in their social media program, the hardly notice the world going on around them.

Paul Simon originally wrote the song back in 1964 as an intro for his group early one morning around 3:00. It is not sure if it started out as a prayer or not, but sure has the right beginnings.

Hello darkness, my old friend
I’ve come to talk with you again
Because a vision softly creeping
Left its seeds while I was sleeping
And the vision that was planted in my brain still remains within the sound of silence
.”

I don’t know about you, but most of my prayer answers come in the form of dreams in the dark of night and I just can’t get them out of my mind until I act on them. God is relentless when it comes to that, at least to me. As much as I try pushing the thought aside He keeps pushing it right in front of me until I pay attention and act on it.

In my post Solitude, I talked about how we are to pray in Solitude so we can have unfettered access to God and not be disturbed by outside influences. His answers to our prayers often come in the form of whispers in our ears and hearts and also in the form of dreams or visions.

The root of the problem is we either don’t listen of just refuse to accept what He is telling us as an answer to our prayer. This is why it is so important to pray in Solitude without outside noises interfering. His words are soft and gentle whispers that you really need to hear and follow. God’s answers to our prayers come in the form of visions, whispers in our hearts and ears as well as some messages slapping us right in the face with reality.

Some say it is just a coincidence when that happens, but I don’t believe in coincidence, there is a reason for everything that happens in life. Ask yourself the next time something pops into your mind out of the blue just what God is trying to tell you. You just might be astonished at the answer. Face it , God talks to us, we best learn to listen.

Life, for me anyway, has been full of good and not so good times. It has been through these times that I have become to know God and learn that He is always there for me. I have learned to listen to what God tells me and I grew to know never question where He leads me. Faith in His love has carried me through many hard times. I look forward to my morning quiet time with Him because He always has a blessing for me to share.

Listen to the silence in your world, the sound may just open your eyes.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

Is Bias Ever Healthy?

30 May

I have been burdened with this thought for a few days now, so decided to write about it. Just how healthy or unhealthy is Bias in the church or for life in general?

As a Christian, I believe the bible is the word of God and that Jesus is the only way to Salvation. I also believe that I am to be a living example of my faith and share my love of God with all. Lately I have listened to fellow Christians talk about how people who don’t think or believe the same as they do are totally wrong and that got me thinking.

Why is it that if someone thinks or looks differently than you, they are messed up? What happened to mutual respect for the feeling and beliefs of others? Something is amiss here and I think that something is unfettered bias and the resulting lack of respect for others. We have turned into a people of uncompromising noncompassionate zealots.

I was raised differently and see this as unhealthy not only unhealthy the Church, but for the entire population. We live in a world that is getting smaller by the day and in this world there are thousands of religions. In the United States alone there are over 300 different religions, each thinking theirs is the only way into heaven.

Mutual respect for the beliefs and feelings of others is the only way we, as a people, can grow and learn. It is time to realize not everyone in this world is the same and just because they think and look differently doesn’t make them wrong. It also doesn’t make us right!

As a Country, the United States, has become more polarized over the years and some have used this to build a great divide. This has not only hurt the Country, it has hurt the people and the church. It is time for everyone to wake up and start examining themselves. Is this what God expects from His people? I don’t think so. God is love and He expects us to love all regardless of their beliefs.

Yes, there are thousands of religions around this world, but believe it or not there is only one God!

So is Bias Ever Healthy? In my opinion never.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love,

Ed

We Should…

28 May

We should be better Christians if we were more alone; we should do more if we attempted less, and spent more time in retirement, and quiet waiting upon God. 

The world is too much with us; we are afflicted with the idea that we are doing nothing unless we are fussily running to and fro; we do not believe in “the calm retreat, the silent shade.” 

As a people, we are of a very practical turn of mind; “we believe in having all our irons in the fire, and consider the time not spent between the anvil and the fire as lost.” 

Yet no time is more profitably spent than that which is set apart for quiet musing, for talking with God, for looking up to Heaven. 

We cannot have too many of these open spaces in life, hours in which the soul is left accessible to any sweet thought or influence it may please God to send.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love,

Ed

Life and You

26 May

Life can seem ungrateful and not always kind,
Life can pull at your heartstrings and play with your mind,
Life can be blissful and happy and free,
Life can put beauty in the things that you see,
Life can place challenges right at your feet,
Life can make good of the hardships we meet,
Life can overwhelm you and make your head spin,
Life can reward those determined to win,
Life can be hurtful and not always fair,
Life can surround you with people who care,
Life clearly does offer its ups and its downs,
Life’s days can bring you both smiles and frowns,
Life teaches us to take the good with the bad,
Life is a mixture of happy and sad…

SO

Take the life that you have and give it your best,
Think positive, be happy, let God do the rest,
Take the challenges that life has laid at your feet,
Take pride and be thankful for each one you meet,
To yourself give forgiveness if you stumble and fall,
Take each day that is dealt you and give it your all,
Take the love that you’re given and return it with care,
Have faith that when needed it will always be there,
Take time to find the beauty in the things that you see,
Take life’s simple pleasures, let them set your heart free,
The idea here is simply to even the score,
As you are met and faced with life’s Tug of War.

Have a good day everyone.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love,

Ed