Sunday, October 26, 2008

Manna In the Desert

"He found him in a desert land And in the wasteland, a howling wilderness; He encircled him, He instructed him, He kept him as the apple of His eye." (Deuteronomy 32:10 NKJV) The Hebrews, after suffering many years of painful slavery were released just to wander in the desert for 40 years. And, when they were freed, I'm sure they left with only the clothes they could carry, and a minimum amount of food, water, and money. According to The Holy Bible it appears that at some point, while wandering in the desert, they ran out of food and water, and it was probably scorching hot. But, as always, God provided for their needs. He gave them water, meat, and manna. The current world conditions were are living in with a poor economic status, high prices, natural diseasters, and people losing thier jobs, homes, and all they have, could be looked at as living through a desert land. But, we all need to realize that God IS in control and that He will provide for our needs, even if we can't see how. Somehow it will all work out in the end. That is where faith and trust in God come in, and strength for the journey. God provided for His chlidren then, He will provide for us now, and in the future. That has not, and will never change. "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever." (Hebrews 13:8 NKJV) Love, Beau

Sunday, October 19, 2008

What's In It For Me??

Some, who consider turning their lives over to God, wonder what's in it for me?? What do I get out of it? When one gives onesself to God, it is no longer about you, but about serving God and allowing Him to work through you. You are blessed by blessing others. In turn, if you have total faith and belief, you receive eternal life. That is what's in it for you. God wants to give you a piece of His kingdom. You become His heirs. And, this is what you inherit: "Then He who sat on the throne said, 'Behold, I make all things new....It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts. He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son.'" (Revelations 21: 5-7) The New Jerusalem: "The construction of its wall was of jasper; and the city was pure gold, like clear glass. The foundations of the wall of the city were adorned with all kinds of precious stones: the first foundation was jasper, the second sapphire, the third chalcedony, the fourth emerald, the fifth sardonyx, the sixth sardius, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh jacinth, and the twelfth amethyst. The twelve gates were twelve pearls: each individual gate was of one pearl. And the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass...The city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it. The Lamb is its light. And the nations of those who are saved shall walk in its light, and the kings of the earth bring their glory and honor into it. Its gates shall not be shut at all by day (there shall be no night there). And they shall bring the glory and the honor of the nations into it. But there shall by no means enter it anything that defiles, or causes an abomination or a lie, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life." (Revelations 21: 18-21. 23-27) What an awesomely, breathtaking gift! God seems to ask so little for us to receive so much. So, the next time time you're asked, or being asked, "What's in it for me" if I turn my life over to God think about this! Love, Beau

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Living Peaceably

"Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God." (Matthew 5:9 NKJV) Here in the USA we are presently getting ready to vote for our new president. Mom hates voting times. The votees bicker and argue with each other and say not so nice things to and about each other. In every social blogging community we have been in, even the Christian ones, there have been disagreements and hurts at times. Mom just wishes, just for once, everyone would just get along and "PLAY NICE!" God wishes that too. It doesn't like it when His children fight, argue, and don't get along. We think it probably hurts Him and makes Him sad. God says lots of things about being peaceful and getting along, including the peace MAKERS are His children. He also says, "Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you." and "This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you." (John 14:27, 15:12 NKJV) What God is telling us is that HE gives us a deeper peace that we can't find for ourselves on this earth; and, that we are to love and care for one another as HE loves us...
unconditionally and equally. God loves us all the same. To love like God, and to find His peace, we need to see and be above the worldy things. We need to love, care, and find peace at a divine level. I believe I said this last week, but it's worth repeating: Seeing others as God sees us will allow us to see others in a more positive way. So, the next time you are tempted to bicker with someone, and or get sucked into a situation, see the divine and be a peacemaker instead. As a famous singer once said, "All we are saying is give peace a chance..." (John Lennon) and let's all just play nice. Love, Beau

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Beauty in the Maker's Eyes

"And God made the beast of the earth according to its kind, cattle according to its kind, and everything that creeps on the earth according to its kind. And God saw that it was good...Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good." (Genesis 1:25, 31a) We all have things we don't like about ourselves...our looks, size, shape, personailty, mood, whatever. But God made us and, HE said it was good...VERY good. We are supposed to see others, including ourselves, through the eyes of God. So, when we look in the mirror and see our reflection we are seeing someone that is good just the way they are. Sure, there are things we can improve about ourselves...our weight, our hairstyle and color, being more patient and understanding, being more compassionate, etc., one is perfect...but we are to like and love ourselves unconditionally just the way we are at this particular moment. So, the next time you look at yourself in the mirror see yourself as God sees you...beautiful...and say aloud to yourself, "I am a child of God and I am beautiful." (Yeah, you'll feel silly, stupd, weird, and embarassed saying it for a while, but eventually you'll start believing it if you say it enough.) Love, Beau