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Saturday, May 18, 2024

No Complaining

 …that you may know what is the hope of His calling… —Ephesians 1:18

Remember that you have been saved so that the life of Jesus may be manifested in your body (see 2 Corinthians 4:10). Direct the total energy of your powers so that you may achieve everything your election as a child of God provides; rise every time to whatever occasion may come your way.
You did not do anything to achieve your salvation, but you must do something to exhibit it. You must “work out your own salvation” which God has worked in you already (Philippians 2:12). Are your speech, your thinking, and your emotions evidence that you are working it “out”? If you are still the same miserable, grouchy person, set on having your own way, then it is a lie to say that God has saved and sanctified you.
God is the Master Designer, and He allows adversities into your life to see if you can jump over them properly— “By my God I can leap over a wall” (Psalm 18:29). God will never shield you from the requirements of being His son or daughter. First Peter 4:12 says, “Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you….” Rise to the occasion— do what the trial demands of you. It does not matter how much it hurts as long as it gives God the opportunity to manifest the life of Jesus in your body.
May God not find complaints in us anymore, but spiritual vitality— a readiness to face anything He brings our way. The only proper goal of life is that we manifest the Son of God; and when this occurs, all of our dictating of our demands to God disappears. Our Lord never dictated demands to His Father, and neither are we to make demands on God. We are here to submit to His will so that He may work through us what He wants. Once we realize this, He will make us broken bread and poured-out wine with which to feed and nourish others.
2 Kings 22-23; John 4:31-54

from Jonathan Jonas

Saturday, May 11, 2024

The Process

 We need to be aware that one process is taking place while the faithful, covenant-keeping God, continues to work with those who live believing loyalty for the remaining portion of this evil age.  That process is bringing those who are His to the end of their strength.

It is a mercy driven process, but it does not feel like it, due to our position in the midst of this evil age.

It calls for trust.  It calls for community strengthening and encouraging each other in the long journey.

God carry us, through.

Sunday, May 5, 2024

Lawyers, Guns and Money or Unions and Health Care

 Warren Zevon had a great song, actually he had many, but Lawyers, Guns and Money was one of the really good ones.  He is very underrated as a song writer for our times.

In 1986 I graduated from nursing school while working for IBM.  I worked at IBM on night shift and I went to nursing school during the day, and I slept.  I had a girlfriend at the time but she really didn't need me and so she didn't require much time. IBM never had a union and for a period of about 50 years never needed one, this company never laid anyone off.  This company had good benefits and stayed very competitive within the industry. They gave out stock and rewarded employees who came up with ideas that stream-lined a process or in any other way saved the company money.  Then along came Apple and changes in technology that pushed this gigantic company behind in the tech race. So they laid off people and closed entire plants with very little warning.  A union was needed to protect the workers, but it was too late.

So I have been a nurse on and off since 1986 and I have always said I would never be a part of a union because I would not want to go on strike and walk off the job leaving my residents/patients in the care of some paper-pushing nurse or administrator who have no idea how to care for people.  Recently having been fired in Maryland (which is an "employment at will" state, which means if your boss wants to fire you and you are not a minority you will not be able to win back your job back, period) I have had to re-think my position on unions.  I know there is corruption in union leadership.  I am aware that humanity is fallen and that is why socialism and communism and capitalism do not actually "work".  The only thing that will work is when this evil age is brought to a close and Yeshua reigns over the earth from His throne in Jerusalem.  Even though, I acknowledge the corruption in union leadership, I was just watching a documentary about the coal miners strike in the 70's in Harlan County, Kentucky and it made me think.  The people at the top of any organization are driven by money.  Health Care is absolutely no exception. Government sets up a bunch of rules for health care facilities to get money and the facility is driven to do whatever it takes to obey those rules, to get that money.  The nurses, GNA's, housekeepers and maintenance people who keep the facility going and give it a good reputation are not the most important thing, the money is.  The only protection a worker is going to have is a union, and no one would ever want to be placed in a position to have to strike, but as a last resort it may be necessary.  My advice to every health care worker out there is consider becoming part of a union, because if you are not you are just a number and if you interfere with the money flowing in, in any way, you will be fired.

Monday, April 29, 2024

No One is Good

 Most of the sins in my life flow from the idea that I am good, in some way.

Most of the mercy and compassion that I show when I am surrendered to the life of God in me flows from knowing that there is no good in me.

This knowledge needs imbedded in me in such a way that humility flows naturally.

This knowledge will change the way I think, act and speak.

Maranatha!

Sunday, April 28, 2024

communication

 Sometimes it is hard and confrontational and it would be easier not to, but, communicating is so very necessary to keep the sharpness and the oneness of marriage intact.

Sunday, April 21, 2024

smile

 Four 10 hour days 

Mon.- Thurs.  

Hard work.  Laborer's union 616 

Building 8 foot fence on the ridiculous hills of WV some times at 70 degree angles.

But I am smiling more than I have in a long time.

No one reports you to HR.

No one hands you a quality improvement paper stating that you haven't done all of your 400 pages of paperwork and lies that the healthcare system is built on.

Mercy is flowing and "The Fossil" (my nickname since I am 62 years old) is being accepted and treated very well.

So 

smile.   God Most High

the God of Israel is in control.

Saturday, April 20, 2024

GRACE and Mercy ALONE

I cannot improve on this beautiful truth and the words used to share it.


 "The danger Paul warned of in Galations, we find in Collossians, and Roman's, and Hebrews. The loss of the immense treasure of dwelling with Yeshua, in the holiest of all places.


The enemy, through condemnation, and a fear of God, taught by the precepts of men, has kept the sheep out of this glorious place of communion. Through constant pressure to please the Father by some formula. When we take this bait, we live out of condemnation, fearing always a Holy God, Who is never satisfied. This is the stumbling block, which must be cast up. We do not perceive, that by our endless offerings and unacceptable sacrifices, for all the many reasons we offer them, we are robbed and spoiled of the jewel of the Church. Intimate communion with the Father and the Son.


Election, should propel us to ever deeper rest. Rest, in a God Who never changes. Who has covenanted to be merciful to our unrighteousness and to remember our sins no more. That we might enter and abide, within the veil. That even in the tribulations and fight of faith. Even in the painful endurance. Through the chastenings, the fears, the doubts and unbelief, the Unchanging, forever satisfied Father of our Lord Yeshua, remains our constant dwelling. He will finish the work of faith with power. Why? "You did not choose Me, but I have chosen you and ordained you to bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain."  David Whaley