Love the dove in the photo. Sign of peace.
"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
1 In you, Lord my God,
I put my trust.
2 I trust in you;
do not let me be put to shame,
nor let my enemies triumph over me.
3 No one who hopes in you
will ever be put to shame,
but shame will come on those
who are treacherous without cause.
4 Show me your ways, Lord,
teach me your paths.
5 Guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God my Savior,
and my hope is in you all day long.
6 Remember, Lord, your great mercy and love,
for they are from of old.
7 Do not remember the sins of my youth
and my rebellious ways;
according to your love remember me,
for you, Lord, are good.
8 Good and upright is the Lord;
therefore he instructs sinners in his ways.
9 He guides the humble in what is right
and teaches them his way.
10 All the ways of the Lord are loving and faithful
toward those who keep the demands of his covenant.
11 For the sake of your name, Lord,
forgive my iniquity, though it is great.
12 Who, then, are those who fear the Lord?
He will instruct them in the ways they should choose.
13 They will spend their days in prosperity,
and their descendants will inherit the land.
14 The Lord confides in those who fear him;
he makes his covenant known to them.
15 My eyes are ever on the Lord,
for only he will release my feet from the snare.
16 Turn to me and be gracious to me,
for I am lonely and afflicted.
17 Relieve the troubles of my heart
and free me from my anguish.
18 Look on my affliction and my distress
and take away all my sins.
19 See how numerous are my enemies
and how fiercely they hate me!
20 Guard my life and rescue me;
do not let me be put to shame,
for I take refuge in you.
21 May integrity and uprightness protect me,
because my hope, Lord, is in you.
22 Deliver Israel, O God,
from all their troubles!
I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world
What if we could build this board game for all decades of life?
There used to be a board game that was teaching the pitfalls of life. I promise you one of the photos was before John Belushi's fame, but the date at the door looked exactly like John Belushi at his rumpled tux worst. My cousin Anne Cable said they should have used young Jack Nicholson with a grin and the caption, "May I date your daughter(s)?" The game did have a door that you could shut!
Thank God He does over look our sins. Particularly the sins of youth.
Remember not the sins of my youth or my transgressions; according to your steadfast love remember me, for the sake of your goodness, O LORD!
We should recapture the Board Game Biblically.
What will you pray for???
In our childhood, we need bullies. We get to bring home discussions to our dinner tables of kindness, humor and avoidance. Overcoming worries. Turning the other cheek sometimes means, move away from the bull.
We need princesses to learn about that. We need teachers who teach the need to PRAY the school year will end. We need our siblings to practice overcoming rudeness. We need the opportunity to learn fun in conversations and mercy.
We need homes calling us into parents' arms. We need Churches reinforcing the good values and stories of God that truly fill the Light of God within us. Wow! We had great Church at HopePointe reading a poem about filling what is dry and dust to become strong and filled with God. We had the best Christmas music. We had a message of being filled with God's Love to know His Hope.
We need married couples proclaiming durability in families.
We need time to see... stars and discuss aspirations. We need gratitude not to look down upon those not as fortunate. We need works of charity regardless our circumstances.
We need to Begin seeing through the negative to Claim the Positive. We get to. Each day try again. Building our lives to please Jesus. Help people to be their best to please God and please themselves. This is the best framework for the opportunity for happiness.
We truly need to understand the decade of life and know what happens during this time period.
Ahhh the golden teenage years. Mine were the best of times, the worst of times.
When our brains reach hormonal identity seeking.
Our abilities sometimes outstrip those of our parents.
When we, in our infinite wisdom, look to our piers to raise us. Buhwaaaa.
These years set a balance beam of us to carry us into adulthood. We are usually a little ungrateful to realize that we are comforted and cosseted by provision of goods and love by our parents.
Flesh has allure for the first time and we are so jaded not to realize, this is a time of great innocence still. Statistics say the majority of teens are abstinent. A statistic largely overlooked. Rejoice!
This is time of the Lie. Kids lie routinely about their experiences and are believed. We need an alert system to the kids listening to the other kids in middle school, junior high school and in the the beginning of high school.
Our kids have much greater freedoms, American parents are getting tired. Schools have a hard time finding volunteers.
We need to step to the plate and say - these are your most Fertile Years. For Pregnancy.
Wait - your Self-Esteem will rejoice to wait.
Don't even think sex - it's a skill. And bad sex is Very Memorable.
Don't put yourself in the position of guilt for life.
Twenties - have risks, rewards and opportunities
Back of the line in employment, refrigerator art is not going to get you the praise. Where the heck is that window instead of the cube?
Not like Home
College Friends move all over the planet
Ambitions and abilities separate friends
Life realizes there is a pull to Patterns and Choices
Marriages cause separations of friends - who are you really seeing
The doors and the opportunities are open if we take them
Adventure to do what you have always wanted to do
This is your time now. Your house - your authority. Form who you are. What is righteous goodness feeding and encouraging a meaningful life to you?
Friends form in adult lives for life.
Families form to support each other - encouragement is required.
A great time to realize still sexual responsibility. Love making builds a family and creates boundaries of protection. Other - hurts.
Church is good in these generations.
A filled soul is - Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
A starved soul is - immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these.
We get to do the Work of Jesus. In all generations. We get to. Think about what decade you are in. Look at the opportunities and the opportunities for a solution. We are building a life to for our soul wrapped bodies to meet - the greatest Love of the universe - Father God who invites us through Jesus Christ - to tell Him what choices we have made to be the people we are.
When the song of the angels is stilled .
When the star in the sky is gone.
When the kinds and princes are home.
When the shepherds are back with their flock.
The work of Christ(mas) begins:
The find the lost,
To heal the broken,
To feed the hungry,
To release the prisoner,
To rebuild the nations,
To bring peace among brothers,
To make music in the heart.
Alleluia! Unto us a child is born.
Pray together, God loves us to pray together. When two or more are gathered in prayer, God is in their midst! Matthew 18:20
Rick Warren said this praying together and being honest is the path to the genuine love God tells us of. God never said sit up straight. He said let Love be genuine.
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.
Oh Father God, help us to encourage others to know how much You love us.
Help our house - a word for family - and our soul - to be built up so well that this is a haven to see - like Christmas lights are. We give You our ideas, lives, each cell in our bodies to know and dwell there. Help our souls be a haven for You and Your delight.
Father God, I'm still so enamored with the true documentary of the wife and brother-in-law that changed hospitals and got lawyers to put Vitamin C in her husband to save him from dying of flu. We hope always to inspire love in each other and acts of love and mercy. Let us be this Light of Jesus.
Forgive us when we are wrong. Guide us Good Shepherd to be in Your plan and path. And let us always place our Love and Hope in You. Bless the prayer requests we have and have been asked to pray for.
Keep us as Your own forever. And not least, we pray for our nation and the people of our nation to let Your Light shine forth bravely. In Jesus Christ. Amen.
♔ Lord Jesus Saves †