Posted by: The Quiet Christian | January 1, 2018

Simplify for 2018

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*Photo courtesy of getoneword.com

If you haven’t read all about the One Word resolution method, you may be missing out! It can really change your life, and it’s much easier to do. My word for 2018 is Simplify. I thought I’d share some thoughts this year on simplicity in hopes that someone will google the word (because it’s their word also) and we can explore it together.

It’s interesting when you apply one word to everything. How should I clean my house? Simplify. How do I start on my schedule? Simplify. Easy right? Takes the guesswork out of everything. You begin to apply it to things you often do. Last night, for me, it was bible-study.

I have a regular course of study I follow, but I often flip through my bible and just read randomly.  I often feel God nudging me with His words, and I try to apply what I’m learning to my own life. Since my brain is on wondering how to simplifying everything I read these words:

Don’t you realize that you are mine and I’m a part of you? Do you actually think it’s more important to be focusing on what you have, while what I have given you remains a mess? Think about this! Put some thought into what you’re doing! 

You spend a lot of time spinning your wheels.

You wonder why you are overweight?

You wonder why you don’t feel right?

You shop for things you don’t need, that have no purpose.

And you don’t save or invest in worthwhile projects, and squander money!

Get up off your booty, work hard, and go get it done so I can take pleasure in how well you maintain what I have blessed you with and so you will be a testimony of a godly life! Did you really think you wouldn’t have to put any effort into this? I gave you this life and all you have and why would I take it away? Because you are so busy with all the other things you think are so important while you yourself are in ruins!

Okay, so that’s not how it was written, but that’s what I heard. Point taken. At least now I know where to start this year.


The real scriptures I read (ESV):

1 Corinthians 3:16 – Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?  (Don’t you realize that you are mine and I’m a part of you?)

Haggai 1:4 – Is it time for you yourselves to be living in your paneled houses, while this house [God’s temple] remains a ruin? Do you actually think it’s more important to be focusing on what you have, while what I have given you remains a mess?

Haggai 1:5-6 – Now this is what the Lord Almighty says: Give careful thought to your ways. Think about this! Put some thought into what you’re doing! 

You have planted much, but have harvested little. You spend a lot of time spinning your wheels.  You eat but never have enough. You wonder why you are overweight? You drink but never have your fill. You wonder why you don’t feel right? You put on clothes but are not warm. You shop for things you don’t need, that have no purpose. You earn wages, only to put them in a purse with holes in it. And you don’t save or invest in worthwhile projects, and squander money!

Haggai 1:7-9 – Go up into the mountains and bring down timber and build the house, so that I may take pleasure in it and be honored, says the Lord. Get up off your booty, work hard, and go get it done so I can take pleasure in how well you maintain what I have blessed you with and so you will be a testimony of a godly life!

You expected much, but see, it turned out to be little. What you brought home, I blew away. Why? Did you really think you wouldn’t have to put any effort into this? I gave you this life and all you have and why would I take it away?

Declares the Lord Almighty, “Because of my House, which remains a ruin, while each of you is busy with his own house.” Because you are so busy with all the other things you think are so important while you yourself are in ruins!

Posted by: The Quiet Christian | November 15, 2017

I’ll Pray For You

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My mother says this to me often. She and I are not of the same religion. Still I am grateful when I think of my name on their altar, where she and her group of friends, some who don’t even know me, bow their heads and plead for my cause.

My friend’s daughter, a Wiccan, says she hopes the Gods smile down on me and that she will send me good energy. I have only one God but I know He loves her enough to hear her plea for energy in my behalf.

My Catholic friend says she will light a candle for me. My son-in-law says, “Insha’Allah, If God wills it,” and then gets on his knees for me at his mosque. My Pentecostal friend says she will pray over me. My aunt says she will ask the elders of her church to lay their hands on me. I am touched by their concern despite the fact that I don’t practice my faith in the same way. My neighbor, who is agnostic simply says, “I’ll be thinking of you.” I’ll take that too.

Whether these people believe in the same God I do, or not, is beside the point. My God believes in them. It doesn’t matter if He is exactly who they think He is because the God I love cares for the compassionate requests of all of His children. And when they raise their voices to Him, in whatever religious place, ceremony, ritual or language they use, I know that His translation skills are universal. His is the ear of a patient father, who feels the worth of our reaching and hears the language of our hearts.

All prayer, all concentrated love and concern for others, counts in heaven.

“Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:26‬ ‭ESV‬‬
http://bible.com/59/rom.8.26.esv


More from the Bible about Praying for Each Other

“I desire then that in every place the men should pray, lifting holy hands without anger or quarreling;”
‭‭1 Timothy‬ ‭2:8‬ ‭ESV‬‬
http://bible.com/59/1ti.2.8.esv

“Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭18:19‬ ‭ESV‬‬
http://bible.com/59/mat.18.19.esv

“Therefore…pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.”
‭James‬ ‭5:16‬ ‭ESV‬‬
http://bible.com/59/jas.5.16.esv

Posted by: The Quiet Christian | November 8, 2017

Fall Back

psalm 107Time changes are funny things. You know they’re coming, you don’t believe it will make any difference at all, and then suddenly you realize how exhausted you are; a lot like trials in general.

I whisper to myself, “I should write this down.” How many times have I said that this year? How many times have I forgotten or gotten side-tracked? Does that make me a bad person or just really forgetful?

“Write this down,” He speaks to me again. God and I have become quiet friends over this past year. I’m learning things I thought I already knew. I thought I believed in Him but I only had faith. I’ve found this is not the same thing. (I should write that down.) I thought He expected so much from me but realized that I am the expectant one. (I should’ve written that down too.) I thought I knew His heart; I had no idea why. (I didn’t record that somewhere?) He does answers prayers. He will protect me. I am heard. (Where are my notes?)

I didn’t spring forward, I fell back. Lucky me, He loves me anyway. He didn’t expect me to do a thing. I’m tired, but I’ve learned so much.

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