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Is it luck?

luck. lək/. noun

1. success or failure apparently brought by chance rather than through one’s own actions.

“it was just luck that the first kick went in”

synonyms: success, prosperity, good fortune, good luck

“I wish you luck”

verbinformal

1. chance to find or acquire.

“he lucked into a disc-jockey job”

Or is it Grace?

James 1:17New Living Translation (NLT)17 Whatever is good and perfect is a gift coming down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. 
James 4:2 b (NLT) Yet you don’t have what you want because you don’t ask God for it.

It’s difficult for some to imagine that God would car about our every day lives. 

Matthew 6:26-34 New King James Version (NKJV) 26 Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? 28 “So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; 29 and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

I feel God often uses others to bring the things we need. When Martha offered to share her home, I thanked God for her and accepted her offer. I was blessed because I needed a home, and she was blessed because her motive was pure. I won’t deprive others of a blessing when they come offering a gift I need by refusing it. 

That’s grace. The Bible tells me so.

Change, the only thing I count on…

Lyrics

Come gather ’round people
Wherever you roam
And admit that the waters
Around you have grown
And accept it that soon
You’ll be drenched to the bone
If your time to you
Is worth savin’
Then you better start swimmin’
Or you’ll sink like a stone
For the times they are a-changin’.

Come writers and critics
Who prophesize with your pen
And keep your eyes wide
The chance won’t come again
And don’t speak too soon
For the wheel’s still in spin
And there’s no tellin’ who
That it’s namin’
For the loser now
Will be later to win
For the times they are a-changin’.

Come senators, congressmen
Please heed the call
Don’t stand in the doorway
Don’t block up the hall
For he that gets hurt
Will be he who has stalled
There’s a battle outside
And it is ragin’
It’ll soon shake your windows
And rattle your walls
For the times they are a-changin’.

Come mothers and fathers
Throughout the land
And don’t criticize
What you can’t understand
Your sons and your daughters
Are beyond your command
Your old road is
Rapidly agin’
Please get out of the new one
If you can’t lend your hand
For the times they are a-changin’.

The line it is drawn
The curse it is cast
The slow one now
Will later be fast
As the present now
Will later be past
The order is
Rapidly fadin’
And the first one now
Will later be last
For the times they are a-changin’.

Standing In The Gap

Trouble, pain and suffering

There is plenty in every life

Friends stand next to us buffering

Harsh winds of strife

 

When it’s my turn to buffer

For friends in the vice grip of woes

Illness that causes them to suffer

I vow I  will stand in the gap

gap

 04/18/2017

There is a strong remanent of followers of Christ who stand in the gap for America.  I believe Trump’s election was an answer to those prayers. He is in the process of making us strong again. He’s not perfect. Who among you is? Can you take God’s place as judge Judge? 

Serenity

Psalm 118:24 (NLT) This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it.

Google’s  definition is the state of being calm, peaceful, and untroubled.

What’s serenity?
Where may I buy a pound or 2?
I want to be calm
Troubles to the right of me
Fear floods from the left of me

Music is a balm,
soothes my devastated soul.
Prayer builds courage,
destroys persistent worry.
I face the world with a smile

serenity prayer

Psalms

We associate the book of Psalm with Kind David. Not so; although, he wrote over half of them, Whoever compiled the book did us a favor by naming who wrote it at the beginning of most chapters, and often what it’s purpose was. Asaph is named on 12, Sons of Korah credited with 11 and Solomon with 2. 

Psalm 23 is a favorite. It’s often memorized, and brings comfort to weary souls.

Day three of the three day quote challenge

heena

Thanks, Heena, for including me on this challenge. It inspired me to look for quotable remarks coming from friends and family. And, I got better acquainted with your blog.

 

Rules of the Challenge

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you
  • Publish 3 quotes on 3 consecutive days on your blog. It can be your own, or from a book, movie or from anyone who inspires you.
  • Nominate 3 more bloggers to carry on this endeavor

I want to invite:

Litadoolan a writer

Ramon  YA Novelist

thehappyhiakuer writes lovely haikus of course

This is my last day for the challenge. Because I missed a day I’m posting on a Sunday. It caused me to remember something I made note of from my cousin’s blog.

“In our day, heaven and earth are on tiptoe waiting for the emerging of a Spirit-led, Spirit-intoxicated, Spirit-empowered people.”

Dennis C. Tanner is a missionary to Scotland. When I read this I remembered this from the Bible, angles watch us. Why Angels?  gives these duties to heaven’s angels.

The Bible tells us that the Spirit in-dwells all who accept Christ’s redemption: .John 14:26 New Living Translation (NLT) But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative—that is, the Holy Spirit—he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you.

The people are the Christ followers who remain steadfast, not grieving the spirit, having the mind of Christ, spirit filled, spreading the good news, prayers, ready for Christ.

 

 

 

What to Do

My top stress makers:

Betrayal

Arguments

Moving

Divorce

Death

January of 2012 Martha flew in to John Wayne Airport, California. Mark and I met her there to say our goodbyes to Mark and headed out to cross the country for Tennessee. I had a stone in the center of my chest. It is tough to say goodbye. I’m a caretaker. It’s genetic, inherited from my mother. I’m a mother hen who chases after my adult chicks long after they leave the nest.

The first four of my stressors are all related in some odd way. Another odd thing is that I handle all my stressors the same way. I have a Higher Power that acts in a super-natural way to help me cope and to recover. I call Him God the Father, Jesus Christ the Son and the Holy Spirit, the Trinity. I rely on the Bible as my basic instruction before leaving earth. Here’s one verse of many that is a promise:

I will be glad and rejoice in your love, for you saw my affliction and knew the anguish of my soul. Psalm 31:7

Death comes to each of us, no escape. I don’t fear my death; it doesn’t stress me. I feel the loss of my loved ones. As many of you know my oldest son passed in August 2001. It is a sadness that is always there; the intensity has lessened. He is a follower of Christ. His assurance is eternity with God. I would not wish him back, but I look forward to seeing him again.

Everyone has some trouble in their life. “In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven. For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and the unjust alike.” Matthew 5:45 (NLT) I’ve found that my Heavenly Father is reliable and trust worthy. He knows my anguish and hears my prayers. He loves me and comes to my help.