New King James Version (NKJV)
11 For the Lord God is a sun and shield;
The Lord will give grace and glory;
No good thing will He withhold
From those who walk uprightly.
For those who have read my blog for any length of time, you know I have a Chihuahua named Gracie. Gracie is my baby! She knows it, too. When I pick her up and love on her, she nestles into my neck and always puts her arm around my neck as if to hug me. She gives me kisses and then cuddles into my neck, again.
I love Gracie and I am always talking about some cute thing she has done that day, because Gracie does cute things every day! I watch her and repeatedly I will say to my husband, “Oh, baby look! Isn’t that the cutest thing you have ever seen?? Isn’t she so precious?”
Gracie sleeps with us. I usually go to bed first and read until hubby is ready for the night. Gracie goes with me. She finds her ‘spot’ under all the blankets and snuggles as close to me as she can possibly get. When hubby starts to get in the bed, I hold my hand out so he doesn’t accidentally put any weight on Gracie whereby possibly hurting her. I always say the same thing, “Watch out for the ‘baby’.” You would think we actually had a newborn child in the bed!!
Gracie isn’t fed just any food. I buy special gourmet food for her. It is full of vitamins and minerals, and there are no ‘byproducts’ that can harm her! I research what natural foods are good for her and I know exactly what should be added to her diet to optimize her health! I give her vegetables that are full of antioxidants, and fruits that keep her kidney function at its best and fights cancers as well as benefits her cardiovascular system, eyesight, and keeps her from getting arthritis as she ages. I have researched what is best for Gracie from her head to her paws!
We live in Texas and have experienced an unusually cold winter. I knew it was coming. I bought Gracie sweaters, fleece pajamas, and fleece throws to ensure she was warm! I am not a morning person, but when hubby leaves for work he puts Gracie on the couch and I cannot go back to sleep until I get up and check her fur to be sure she is warm and to be sure she is not shivering.
Now, I have said all of this to make one point…if I love Gracie, a dog, as I do…I love her so much I go out of my way to see to it she eats the best, wears the best, stays in the best health, is happy, and knows she is adored, how much more so does God do this for us, His children??
Why do I do all of this for Gracie? Because I love her with all of my heart!! She is the apple of my eye! She loves me unconditionally and I feel the same about her! For all of her love and loyalty, I protect my sweet puppy with all I have! There isn’t ANYTHING Gracie will ever be without if it is in my power to give it to her!!!! Are you not more than a dog to our Heavenly Father?? He did not even spare the life of His own Son to call YOU and me His children!
Gracie doesn’t sit and worry if she will have food available to her all day, every day. She is not worried about where she will sleep every night; She has the best spot in the house! She doesn’t cower in fear when I approach her, fearful I no longer love her, or that I will punish her for something! She runs to greet me because she knows my arms are ready to gently hold her and love her! Why do we do this with God?
Do we believe for one second God will ever let us go hungry, cold, destitute, and devoid of anything that is necessary to life? If He watches over the birds of the air, will He not all the more take care and bless us?? The birds don’t worry. They fly and seem to know exactly where to light to find food and shelter. Are you not more than they? Will God not also provide for us, super abundantly, above all we could even ask?
How anyone could question the goodness of God or the fact it is His will to bless and give us all good things is truly beyond my comprehension! It literally defies what the Bible says. God not only wills to do good toward us, but fully intends to bless those who are His own!
Have a good rest tonight, dear reader, for your tomorrows are truly taken care of! You are loved and watched over by God, Himself with an everlasting love no person and no thing can separate you from! Know, even though you may not see it all now, God has everything you need on the way. Praise Him and trust Him in the wait.
14 “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
Better is little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and trouble therewith. Proverbs 15:16
Amplified Bible (AMP)
22 Jesus answered him, I tell you, not up to seven times, but seventy times seven!
23 Therefore the kingdom of heaven is like a human king who wished to settle accounts with his attendants.
24 When he began the accounting, one was brought to him who owed him 10,000 talents [probably about $10,000,000],
25 And because he could not pay, his master ordered him to be sold, with his wife and his children and everything that he possessed, and payment to be made.
26 So the attendant fell on his knees, begging him, Have patience with me and I will pay you everything.
27 And his master’s heart was moved with compassion, and he released him and forgave him [cancelling] the debt.
28 But that same attendant, as he went out, found one of his fellow attendants who owed him a hundred denarii [about twenty dollars]; and he caught him by the throat and said, Pay what you owe!
29 So his fellow attendant fell down and begged him earnestly, Give me time, and I will pay you all!
30 But he was unwilling, and he went out and had him put in prison till he should pay the debt.
31 When his fellow attendants saw what had happened, they were greatly distressed, and they went and told everything that had taken place to their master.
32 Then his master called him and said to him, You contemptible and wicked attendant! I forgave and cancelled all that [great] debt of yours because you begged me to.
33 And should you not have had pity and mercy on your fellow attendant, as I had pity and mercy on you?
34 And in wrath his master turned him over to the torturers (the jailers), till he should pay all that he owed.
35 So also My heavenly Father will deal with every one of you if you do not freely forgive your brother from your heart his offenses.
There are things the Lord has shown during my time of prayer that I, again, am going to use my blog to keep a personal journal to note. I am learning so much about myself, and that I am not alone in some things I thought. I have heard others who have had some the same misconceptions I have had.
One of the main things I hear from people who refuse to go to church, much less become part of the body of the church, is there is such hypocrisy in the church they want no part of it.
I find it funny there are hypocrites and gossips and backstabbing in the workplace, yet these same people never think twice about going to work! They show up everyday, give their job 110 per cent, and hold their hand out for the paycheck and start over the next week. Where is the hypocrisy now? How sad, and what a tremendous misconception. Just because someone goes to church and/or is in church leadership does not put that person in a glorified body that cannot make a mistake! People are still people until we die and go to heaven.
A true Christian and true Christian leaders are still in a natural body, just you and I are, and just as you and I are capable of messing up, they can also make mistakes, misjudge situations, and not always walk in full wisdom. They are going to sometimes say and do things that aren’t the wisest things to say and do, BUT that is the way with ALL people!
I use to be of the attitude, as naïve as it is, that if you were a “leader” you were above mistakes. I put unrealistic expectations on people and got hurt and disappointed many times because I have yet to find the perfect person, especially in myself! If I can give grace and mercy to myself for MY shortcomings, failures, and missteps then I must give the same mercy and grace when others aren’t perfect. Where the hypocrisy comes in is when I don’t give the SAME mercy and grace to others that I heaped richly upon myself.
There are things people have done that could have easily been an offense with me. I may have been misunderstood, but in their shoes, would I have misunderstood the same matter? Would I have felt and reacted the way they did? Nine times out of ten the answer has been yes, I would have. Should they have chosen that reaction? Nine out of ten times, no but I was no better! Things look much different from other perspectives. Don’t let offense in, not in the least bit!! It will deplete your prayer life of God‘s power and eventually change you to someone you would never want to be!! Satan doesn’t come to make you better! He always comes to destroy you, your future, and all good things in your life and the good things that were to come! That is why the Bible calls him the thief!
When sin is purposeful, known, and enjoyed that is one thing, but when someone errs in judgement of what is the best thing to do or not do, say or not say, that is a very different situation entirely! Be a person known for great grace and great mercy! That is what I pray to be, too!
Blessings and grace to you, dear reader! I will see you next time!