Good day to each of you reading this column and I wish to thank each of you for taking the time to read my column. As I read the Bible daily and I am in the book of Exodus, I liken to myself to Moses in the fact that I am not a great writer like Moses was not a great orator but that God has a plan and utilizes all things for his glory.
Great writers like great orators set people on fire and make their desire so great that they reach and seek that which may seem out of reach. Like Moses, I move much more slowly and put my best foot forward to write what the Lord puts before me.
Since the Christmas holidays are before us, I wish to THANK each of my fellow editors in the TKC magazine for lifting my family up with their pointed and informative articles throughout the year.
By reading each of the other articles, they provide their thoughts and inspirations that they dealt with throughout the year. Believe me, sometimes we all experience “writers’ cramps” and it is my wish to provide those reading this magazine with thoughts and writings that you can take with you daily.
Fellow Christian, have you ever heard that small and quiet voice speak to you? When doing something wrong, have you heard that quiet voice let you know that it is wrong? Have you listened, truly listened? Have you awakened in the night to hear God’s voice?
So why do I ask these questions? We live in a society where noise is constant, and we are bombarded with noise—Noise as we awaken and noise before we close our eyes.
So what is the answer—Turn with me to Psalm 23: 1-3 (NIV) The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul.
He restores my soul—God does not shout—God leads, and we follow beside the quiet waters to restore our soul from all the bombardment of each day’s activities and all the noise we have faced from sunup to sundown.
Are you ready for a quick laugh? The way I look at it, if the children are still alive when my husband gets home from work…I’ve done my job!
What do you call two birds in love? Tweethearts
Will Rogers famously said: If we get 1/10th of what’s promised to us in these acceptance speeches, there wouldn’t be any reason to go to Heaven.
Everyone was seated around the table as the food was being served. When little Andy received his plate, he started eating right away.
“Andy, wait until we’ve said our prayer,” his mother reminded him.
“I don’t have to,” Andy responded.
“Of course you do,” his mother insisted. “We say a prayer before eating at our house.”
“That’s at our house,” Andy explained, “but this is Grandma’s house, and she knows how to cook!”
One of the many lessons that my parents taught me was—Tell the world what you have done after you did it. Very Bold, no just stating a truth and the simplicity of that truth.
It seems in our society that we have politicians, decision makers, business owners, neighbors, friends, acquaintances and each of us “who wish to toot their horn” before it is time.
I am sure that you remember the story of Chicken Little who said the world was coming to an end multiple times and then finally it did, and no one believed him.
We are bombarded with those who tell the world what they have done or what they were going to do, and they never did for whatever reason. Why is it that we, as people, wish to tell those who listen of what we are going to do or accomplish and never do it?
We bargain with God by saying that we will do a task if he will grant us a blessing or if we win the lottery, we will give lots of money to God if he allows us to win. I guess we think of this as a win/win situation.
Moses dealt with the Israelite people on the subject of promises & pledges made to God—Turn to Numbers 30:1-2 (NIV) Moses said to the heads of the tribes of Israel; “This is what the Lord commands: When a man makes a vow to the Lord or takes an oath to obligate himself by a pledge, he must not break his word but must do everything he said.
God was not bargaining, he was commanding that your word was your bond and that your vows must be fulfilled. If you broke that vow then you broke both trust and your relationship with the one you made the vow.
God never puts the cart before the horse—God shows by example that we are “to toot our horn” after we have completed our task and to do it in a complimentary way. If we are to follow God’s way, our best example is to be a man or woman after God’s heart as shown by David.
Jesus reiterated in Matthew 5:33-37, the importance of telling the truth, keeping your word and telling the world what you did after you did it.
It is my observation in today’s society that it is easier to tell a lie than the truth—our society has become so callous that we accept a lie knowing that it is not the truth.
As I was growing up, I was told to take a person at his or her word and that was the “gospel”, but the climate has changed radically for truthfulness is so very rare in this day and we hear of many people ending their statements with the words “I promise.”
In conclusion, why is it necessary to conclude with “I promise” if one tells the truth to begin, then his word would be his bond and he would have told the world what he had done after he did it.
Matthew 5:37 (NIV) Jesus said it best—Simply let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes’ and your ‘No’, ‘No’, anything beyond this comes from the evil one.
May we bless and glorify God in all that we do, to Him be the Glory evermore.