365: Barbara Thurston

When life gives you lemons make lemonade and keep praising God

7.14.15 When the world gives you lemons make lemonade and keep praising God. 
When the world discourages us, we have a choice of what we can do. We can labor in the discouragement or trouble, or we can turn and make something beneficial out of it. The Psalmist here is saying because of God’s victory, His people will turn the day of despair into a day of worship before the Lord.

“Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!” (Psalm 34:8)
“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28)

Every one of our days are “this day”. The Lord has made each and every day. Let us celebrate what God has done each day; even each and every morning we wake up alive. What a great morning prayer if we say, “Good morning Lord. This is the day which You have made. I will celebrate You and rejoice in it.” The next time that the world gives you lemons, why not shout to the Lord and give Him praise. Then go make your lemonade or pie. But remember, He gives us new days so that His plan for us can be accomplished and He can be glorified. We were created to do good works. “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:10)

When life gives you lemons, don't whimper or despair.
For so it goes, and always has -- lemons are a dare.
Rise up to face them, to use them, or share,
Dare to make lemonade, each time, everywhere.

For God made the lemons -- seeds, flowers and fruit.
Life's lemons, like real ones, are sour, to boot.
They teach us and stretch us and nearly curl hair,
But God's in the lemons. God's hope's always there.

So, look for life's sugar, the sweetness you need.
Gather your friends. You need them, indeed..
Make lemonade. Try to make it your best.
God's in the lemons and will give you the rest.

(Michael Anne Haywood)
Sing to the tune of let me call you sweetheart

When Life Gives you Lemons...Make Lemonade!
This statement is often misunderstood or misinterpreted, to me it simply means that I will attempt to turn all obstacles into opportunities! "...For I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content." Philippians 4:11

So with that being said God got us through it when I lost my job so I know He will do the same for Ernest. Friends and Family God is in control of all situations, so we need to let go and let God through all circumstances.

 

God I come to you thinking you for always being their for us. You are there through the bad times and the good times. I only want to praise and worship you. I know when no one else is there You will be no matter what. If I want to talk to you I don't have to worry about you not answering or the line being busy because your line of communication is open 24-7 and it's so amazing how so many people can talk to you at the same time and you know who they are. Lord now I ask that you be with my facebook family and friends and know I love you. I ask these things in Jesus Name Amen.

Remember what Jesus did

7.13.15 Have you ever really sit down and thought about what Jesus did for each and every one of us?  That's right I said each and every one of us.  Let's take a look and reflect a little bit on what He really did for us.  I think if everyone would reflect on what Jesus did for us then maybe there wouldn't be so much hatred in the world. 

 

Jesus died on the cross for our sins so that we might be forgiven, all we have to do is believe.  When we have faith and receive Him as our Lord and Savior then we can have Eternal Life. Jesus voluntarily bore our sins. He allowed people to lie about Him and kill Him.  He used the evil done to Him to bring good to others. He sacrificed Himself and demonstrated the greatest love of all.  On the cross is where we are redeemed, and it is where our sin debt to God is canceled.

 

How can we not want to make this a better world after what Jesus did for us.  I know God is in Heaven looking down on this world and His creation and just crying because of what we're doing.  

 

He laid his life down for us, John 10:11, "I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep."

Demonstrated the greatest act of love, John 15:13, "Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends."

 

How many of you can honestly say you would lay down your life for someone?

 

Reconciled to God, Rom. 5:10, "For if while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life."

Justified us, Rom. 5:18,  "So then as through one transgression there resulted condemnation to all men, even so through one act of righteousness there resulted justification of life to all men."

He died to sin, Rom. 6:10, "For the death that He died, He died to sin, once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God."

Died for our sins, 1 Cor. 15:3, "For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures."

He became sin, 2 Cor. 5:21, "He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him."

He finished the atonement, John 19:30, "When Jesus therefore had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And He bowed His head, and gave up His spirit."

Reconciled Jew and Gentile, Eph. 2:16, "and might reconcile them both in one body to God through the cross, by it having put to death the enmity."

Humbled himself, Phil. 2:8, "And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross."

Reconciled all things, Col. 1:20, "and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven."

Cancelled out our sin debt, Col. 2:14, "having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us and which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross."

Rendered the Devil Powerless, Heb. 2:14, "Since then the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil."

Brought in the New Covenant, Heb. 9:15-16, "And for this reason He is the mediator of a new covenant, in order that since a death has taken place for the redemption of the transgressions that were committed under the first covenant, those who have been called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance. 16 For where a covenant is, there must of necessity be the death of the one who made it."

He redeemed us, 1 Pet. 1:18-19, "knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, 19 but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ."

Bore our sin, 1 Pet. 2:24, "and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed."

Died for sins, 1 Pet. 3:18, "For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, in order that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit."

Propitiated our sins, 1 John 2:2, "and He Himself is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world."

He fulfilled prophecy, Psalm 22:14-18, "I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint; My heart is like wax; It is melted within me. 15 My strength is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue cleaves to my jaws. And you lay me in the dust of death. 16 For dogs have surrounded me. A band of evildoers has encompassed me; They pierced my hands and my feet. 17 I can count all my bones. They look, they stare at me; 18 They divide my garments among them, and for my clothing they cast lots."

He fulfilled prophecy, Isaiah 53:4-7, "Surely our griefs He Himself bore, and our sorrows He carried. Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. 5 But He was pierced through for our transgressions. He was crushed for our iniquities. The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, and by His scourging we are healed. 6 All of us like sheep have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; But the Lord has caused the iniquity of us all to fall on Him. 7 He was oppressed and He was afflicted, yet He did not open His mouth. Like a lamb that is led to slaughter, and like a sheep that is silent before its shearers, So He did not open His mouth."

He fulfilled prophecy, Zech. 12:10, "And I will pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and of supplication, so that they will look on Me whom they have pierced; and they will mourn for Him, as one mourns for an only son, and they will weep bitterly over Him, like the bitter weeping over a first-born."

 

God I come to you saying I am ashamed and sorry that you have to see what your created people are doing in this lost and dying world.  I am so sorry that this world is so full of hatred and disregard for others.  Please be with my facebook family and friends and know I love you.  I ask these things in Jesus Name Amen. 

 

Racism

7.12.15 How many of you are getting sick about seeing so much stuff about racism? This world is going down hill along with us. God doesn't like what He sees and hears. Let's see what God says about racism.
Got questions. org says: The first thing to understand in this discussion is that there is only one race—the human race. Caucasians, Africans, Asians, Indians, Arabs, and Jews are not different races. Rather, they are different ethnicities of the human race. All human beings have the same physical characteristics (with minor variations, of course). More importantly, all human beings are equally created in the image and likeness of God (Genesis 1:26-27). God loved the world so much that He sent Jesus to lay down His life for us (John 3:16). The “world” obviously includes all ethnic groups. Jesus commands us to love one another as He loves us (John 13:34). If God is impartial and loves us with impartiality, then we need to love others with that same high standard. Jesus teaches in Matthew 25 that whatever we do to the least of His brothers, we do to Him. If we treat a person with contempt, we are mistreating a person created in God’s image; we are hurting somebody whom God loves and for whom Jesus died. Racism, in varying forms and to various degrees, has been a plague on humanity for thousands of years. Brothers and sisters of all ethnicities, this should not be. Victims of racism, prejudice, and discrimination need to forgive. Ephesians 4:32 declares, “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” Racists may not deserve your forgiveness, but we deserved God’s forgiveness far less. Those who practice racism, prejudice, and discrimination need to repent. “Present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God” (Romans 6:13). May Galatians 3:28 be completely realized, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”

412 teens.org says:If you have been the object of racial hate, prejudice, or discrimination, you must forgive those who have hurt you. Ephesians 4:32 says, "Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you." We may not think racists deserve our forgiveness, but we didn't deserve Christ's forgiveness either. Though He was beaten, tortured, and strung up to die a painful death, He still willingly and lovingly said, "Father, forgive them!"
This is why it's so important that we allow God to heal our hearts and forgive others. Not forgiving someone only hurts you more. Just like loving people, forgiving someone can seem impossible. But as Christ is the ultimate example of forgiveness, through Him, nothing is impossible. Allow Him to teach you how forgiveness can set you free from the hate.

Racism/Bible info.com says: In Heaven, we all will worship the Lord together. It's in the Bible, Isaiah 66:22, NIV. "As the new heavens and the new earth that I make will endure before me," declares the LORD, "so will your name and descendants endure. From one New Moon to another and from one Sabbath to another, all mankind will come and bow down before me," says the LORD."

Bible study. org says: First, you might ask yourself a question regarding racism. How would you like someone to tell you that you are not liked you because of your skin color or ethnic origin? Would not you want a chance to show them that you were a decent person? If you think you are a unique person and that no one is exactly like you, you would be right according to the Bible. So is the person you disdain. Humans, in general, have a great deal in common. God says He made all humans of one blood (Acts 17:26). We all eat, sleep, drink, go to the bathroom, and share numerous other characteristics. Whatever skin color we may wear does not make us any less human than another. We all have feelings. Most of us want others to like us. What is the purpose of not liking another human? Satan is brilliant when it comes to orchestrating deception. He has managed to persuade people to make problems when there need be none. No more effectively has He did this than with false concepts about "race." The devil has deceived people into thinking something is a problem simply by defining it into existence. God created this universe and everyone in it. People exist in their variety because God designed it that way. Put simply, racism is a CRITICISM of His handiwork. If you said you did not like me because of some physical characteristic, I might say, "Look buddy, your complaint is with the One who created me. I cannot change a characteristic you do not like just because you ask. None of us has asked to be on this planet nor to possess the characteristics that they have. It is between you and God if you choose not to like someone. Complain to Him!"

With that being said we need to come together and pray that God change the hearts of the evil ones who are causing all the racism stuff. We need to come together as a Nation and bring God back to where He needs to be, make God feel wanted in a world who needs Him more now then ever. Remember the song Jesus Loves the Little Children: 
Jesus loves the little children
All the children of the world
Red, brown, yellow
Black and white
They are precious in His sight.
Jesus loves the little children
Of the world.

Jesus died for all the children
All the children of the world
Red, brown, yellow
Black and white
They are precious in His sight.
Jesus died for all the children
Of the world.

Jesus rose for all the children
All the children of the world
Red, brown, yellow
Black and white
They are precious in His sight.
Jesus rose for all the children
Of the world.

 

God I come to you asking that you be with the evil people who are in charge of all the racism. I know you made each 1 of us in your image and we should love as you love. We need to let you be in charge like you are meant to be in charge. We need to let go and let God. I lift this racism problem in your hands and ask that you help this great nation of yours to turn back to you like they need to. If more people loved you this world would be a much better place. I pray Lord that this world turn away from their evilness and turn back to you. This place would be great if people turned to You more then to the world. I ask that you please be with my facebook family and friends and know that I love you. i ask these things in Jesus Name Amen.

Self Righteousness

7.11.15 Have you ever come across someone who seems to be self-righteous?

A self-righteous person thinks their beliefs and morals are better than everyone else's. If you're quite sure the charity of others pales in comparison with yours, you might be self-righteous. Join the Old English words self, meaning "one's own person," and rightwise, meaning "virtuous," and you've got somebody who thinks very highly of their own morality. A self-righteous person thinks they can do no wrong, and goes about with a "holier-than-thou" attitude, judging and scrutinizing everyone else.

Have you ever come across someone who thinks they are never wrong no matter what? Well let's see what God says about this attitude.

The story of Jonah and show how Jonah was just as much in need of God's grace as the sailors and the Ninevites. But the fascinating thing about Jonah is that, unlike the pagan sailors and wicked Ninevites, Jonah was one of the "good guys." He was a prophet. He was moral. He was one who "kept all the rules", and did everything he was supposed to do. He wasn't some long-haired, tattooed indie rocker; he was a clean-cut prep. He wasn't a liberal; he was a conservative. He wasn't irreligious; he was religious. Not only in the story of Jonah, but throughout the Bible, it's always the immoral person that gets the Gospel before the moral person. It's the prostitute who understands grace; it's the Pharisee who doesn't. It's the unrighteous younger brother who gets it before the self-righteous older brother.

Job 32:1-2
Job's three friends cannot convince him of his unrighteousness, not merely because he is righteous in his own evaluation, but also because their arguments have no effect on him. He seems determined to keep his own opinion of himself in spite of all their reasoning.
. God inspires Isaiah to warn Israel that all their "righteousnesses are like filthy rags," since their sinful attitudes pollute their deeds. The impurity of their motives taint all their prayers, sacrifices, offerings, and praises, thus God deeply detests and abhors them. Like the Laodiceans, they cannot see their true condition.

Matthew 6:1-4

1 Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.
2 Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
3 But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth:
4 That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.
A Christian should not let his light shine to be praised by others, but to bring glory to the Father. The Pharisees acted to be seen of men, but true Christians behave to glorify God, caring little what people may think of them. It is by our conduct, not our pomp and circumstance, that others may be brought to honor God. We should live so that people may see from our good works the proper nature of God's way of life. Good works cannot be hidden because they stand in stark contrast to the ways of this wicked world (I Timothy 5:25). These works are required behavior at home and in the outside world.

 

God I come to you asking that if I ever have a self righteous attitude you show it to me and take it away, because I only want to make you happy. I know there are times when I fail you and I am ashamed of those times please forgive me where I fail you. God be with my facebook family and friends and know that I love you. I ask these things in Jesus Name Amen

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