1 January 2020

An Attitude of Gratitude

(written by Ruth Lauridsen)
I had being noticing such a grouchy attitude in my heart and so I decided to do a study on what God has to say on the subject!

This is what I came up with!

And when the people complained, it displeased the LORD: and the LORD heard it; and his anger was kindled; and the fire of the LORD burnt among them, and consumed them that were in the uttermost parts of the camp. Numbers 11:1

Murmur: Express one’s discontent about (someone or something)

Complain: Express dissatisfaction or annoyance about something.

Grumble: Complain about something in a bad tempered way.

Moreover, brethren, I would not have you ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea;… But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were over thrown in the wilderness. Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted… neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer. Now all these things happened unto them for our admonition, upon whom the end of the world are come. — 1 Corinthians 10: 1, 5-6, 10-11

Do all things without murmurings and disputing:  —Philippians 2:14

INSTEAD


Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God,And bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ: 2 Corinthians 10:5

Whatsoever things are true, think on these things. —Philippians 4:8

Whatever is true,….think on and weigh and take account of these things [fix your minds on them].
Philippians 4:8 AMP—

In every thing give thanks : for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.— 1 Thessalonians 5:18

It is so easy to dwell on the things that are painful, that annoy us or what happened yesterday, last month or last year. But God wants us to give thanks-- to think on what is true. What is true for the moment we are in now? Yesterday is gone, Today is what is before us. So whenever you are feeling grouchy or unthankful, why not STOP, ask God for help, think on what is true and give thanks!


25 March 2019

There is a Hope

I learned a new song the other day which I so love. It is called "There is a Hope."
No matter what happens in our life, there is always hope. God is the God of hope, and since God is always there, there is always hope. We can always have hope that God hears our prayers and will help us. We can have hope that good will come from our difficulties.

There is a hope when all around seems hopeless
There is a light when other lights all pale
There is a joy when all the world seems joyless
There is a faith when faithlessness prevails.

That hope is God, that light is Christ
That joy comes down to earth from Heaven
So do not trust in things that can't be trusted
But hope in God and rest your faith in Him.

There is forgiveness midst the unforgiving
There is a peace when turmoil rages round
There is a comfort in life's deepest sorrows
Anchor your soul upon the solid ground.

3 February 2019

How Often Do You Eat?

How often do you read the Bible? Every day? Once a week? Once a month? Never?
When I say reading your Bible, I mean reading it for the purpose of learning from it, not just as a tradition or something you have to do.
On Christmas day we were at my parents. We had a delicious big lunch and we all ate a lot. But guess what? In spite of a big lunch, we still ate dinner! We didn't stop eating because of all the food we had already eaten. Why do we eat over and over again, every day, week after week?
We definitely don't need all that we eat, but we do need to eat every day. Even a big meal won't keep us full for a week.
Thinking about it, I was convicted. The Bible is compared to food. And yet, I am guilty of neglecting it. I'm guilty of thinking that my physical food is more important than my spiritual food.

As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby. 1 Peter 2:2

But he (Jesus) answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.  Matthew 4:4

What about you? How important is your Bible to you?
If you want to be a strong Christian, don't starve yourself!


29 January 2019

He Loved Yet He Lingered

written by my sister, Ruth Lauridsen

“Now a certain man was sick, named Lazarus,…Therefore his sisters sent unto him saying, Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest is sick. When Jesus heard that, he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God,… When he had heard therefore that he was sick, he abode two days still in the same place where he was…Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead…Then … Jesus came…Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.”     —John 11


As we look at this story, we see two ladies who are friends of Jesus. Their brother was sick. We see that Jesus has been told that Lazarus is sick, But we also see that Jesus stayed where He was until it “was too late” and Lazarus was dead.
It seemed like Jesus didn’t care up until now, What? He was supposed to be Lazarus’ friend, How come He didn’t come and heal Lazarus straight away? It didn’t seem fair, it seemed like Jesus had let them down. But if we take a closer look, we see that Jesus had already said “This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby.”
Jesus did arrive on the scene and yes, He did care about Mary and Martha. He wept with them, and amazingly He brought Lazarus back to life. Isn’t that an example to us? We pray to God concerning something and He never turns up. “Why God?” “I thought you cared” “This sickness isn’t going away” “This relationship isn’t getting any better” “I still haven’t got a job” “I still haven’t gotten married, LORD”  
But don’t fret, dear friend. Hope on, pray on, when you pray but all seems the same with no change. Wait patiently for Him. Keep your heart soft. Let Him act in His own time and let Him be glorified. Remember Jesus does hear His own when they call and He will act in His Own time.

 Right On Time
They sent for Jesus, “Your friend’s about to die”
But tarried He still on behind, so they laid Lazarus in the tomb and they said their last Good bye. Then coming down the road was Jesus right on time.

Just hold on my Child because He’s not too far away, and He knows your need before you pray. So when your feet are weary from the mountain you have climbed, Look ahead here comes Jesus right on time!

I’ve struggled  through life’s desert. They were so hot and dry till they seemed all hope was gone and I would die. And I wondered where was He? Is He still a friend of mine. But coming down the road was Jesus right on time.
           (I'm not sure who the songwriter is)

God's Time
 God’s time is never wrong,
 Never too fast nor too slow;
 The planets move to its steady pace
 As the centuries come and go,

Let us set our clocks by Gods,
And order our lives by His ways,
And nothing can come and nothing can go
Too soon or too late in our day.
    —Annie Johnson Flint—



14 October 2018

Too Hard

Do you ever feel like something is too hard for you?
Something you know you are supposed to do, and yet you think you just can't do it?
Maybe it's forgiving someone who has badly hurt you.
Maybe it's respecting and honoring your parents when you feel that they are wrong.
Maybe it's being a kind and patient sister to difficult siblings.
Or maybe it's something different like starting a new job,
using your talents for God, or helping with a ministry.
Or maybe it's just surviving through a difficult time.
God called Moses to take the Israelites out of Egypt. Moses was completely overwhelmed and felt he couldn't possibly do it. If you read Exodus 3 and 4, you will read all the objections Moses had.
But you know, it's good to feel like you can't do something!
It's not good to complain and say, "I can't do it."
But it's good to know that you are not strong enough to do it and that you need God's help.
Whatever God wants you to do, with His help you can do it.
So what will you do when you know you should do something and yet you feel completely inadequate or that you can't do it?
Will you say, "I can't do that. I'm not good enough."
Or will you pray to God to help you and depend on His strength and help?
Feeling inadequate is not a reason to not do something. But it's a very good reason to depend on God!
If life was never too hard for you, you would never learn to depend on God and experience His help.


21 September 2018

The LORD Knoweth

(Guest post by my sister, Ruth Lauridsen)

    I KNOW thy works and thy labour and thy patience. Rev 3:2a
                                
    But he KNOWETH the way that I take. Job 23.10

    For he KNOWETH the secrets of the heart, Psalm 44:21

     The Lord KNOWETH the thoughts of man. Psalm 94:11a

    For he KNOWETH our frame: he remembereth that we are dust. Psalm 103:14

     The Lord is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and KNOWETH them that trust in him. Nahum 1:7

  …for your Father KNOWETH what things ye have need of, before ye ask him. Matthew 6:8

   The LORD KNOWETH them that are his. 2 Tim 2:19b

  Are you down and thinking that God doesn’t see you or care for you?
  Keep in mind that God KNOWS all about you, and He knows everything that is going on in your life at present! Cast all your care upon Him, He truly cares for you!