WHAT DO ANGELS LOOK LIKE?

Brushstroke Picture Frame: https://www.tuxpi.com/photo-effects/brushstroke-photo-frame

Like the little old lady who returned your wallet yesterday.

Like the taxi driver who told you that your eyes light up the world when you smile.

Like the small child who showed you the wonder in simple things.

Like the poor man who offered to share his lunch with you.

Like the rich man who showed you that it really is all possible, if only you believe.

Like the stranger who just happened to come along, when you had lost your way.

Like the friend who touched your heart, when you didn’t think you had one to touch.

Angels come in all sizes and shapes, and all ages.

Some with freckles, some with dimples, some with wrinkles, some without.

They come disguised as friends, strangers, next door neighbors, teachers, students, lovers, and just seemingly plain normal people.

They don’t take life too seriously.

They travel light.

They leave no forwarding address.

They ask nothing in return.

They wear sneakers and gossamer wings.

They get a deal on dry cleaning. LOL

They are hard to find when your eyes are closed, but, they are everywhere you look when you choose to see.

Hebrews 13:2 “Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. “

Advertisements

Airplanes And Airports

airplanes_airports

This is surely one of the easier subjects that I will touch on. Airplanes are part of our everyday life. It does not have a direct impact on our everyday life, but most of us have traveled in one, or if not, wished that there was an opportunity to get into one and feel how it feels to be so high in the air. The topic came to me in prayer this morning. The Holy Spirit made it so clear to me while I was praying / pleading for my sister and her family.

If we look at an airplane, it is beautiful and also technologically very, very advanced. While it is flying, one can only wonder at the design and power that keep this steel bird in the air. One crucial thing about these steel birds is that after every flight, they need to be checked up; the engines, the wheels, the body, every part. This is for safety reasons and to prolong the usable life of the plane.

The plane cannot be serviced or fixed while it is in the air. It needs to land at an airport. At the airport there are technicians, mechanics, workshops, in actual fact, at most airports there is every conceivable service available to get a plane airworthy again. It can be serviced, refueled, cleaned and be ready to depart again. With a loaded tank, the plane will be able to reach almost any destination on earth, but every plane is limited to the amount of fuel it can take in the tanks, which means that it cannot make every destination in one continues flight. It needs to put down to fill up again.

In my life, and also in everyone else’s lives, we need a place where we can refuel, where we can be repaired and fixed. In our lives, God is our airport and we need to frequent the airport for refueling, for repairs, for cleanups etc.

How often do we take off without having enough fuel, without a proper service? Like at the airport, where everything is available, God has everything that we need to use (flying off). God has every answer for every question.

How often do we stop for a service? Even people that have been walking a long way with God need to refuel every day. The closer your relationship is with God, the more often you will refuel; the more often you will stop for the check-up, for those repairs that need to be done before the faulty part will cause you to fall / crash.

One thing you need to remember is that the airport will never move. The plane needs to get back to the airport to be able to land and to be serviced. If the plane has an emergency, it can do an emergency landing, because at the airport there are people trained for emergencies, there are fire trucks ready to assist and there are procedures for emergency landings.

How often do we expect God to come to us, to rescue us from problems? We need to remember that we have to return to God. We can make emergency landings because God is ready and geared for every situation.

With a crippled plane, the control tower will guide the plane and direct it as to help it as much as possible to land safely. So will God always try and help His children to get back to Him. He is the only one that can fix the problem; He is the only one that knows exactly where a problem exists and what the perfect solution is for it!

In actual fact – God loves our emergencies, because it brings us to Him so He can work wonders, so He can fix to perfection. He doesn’t need our advice nor does He need our help to fix the problem. He is eagerly awaiting our return to Him. We need to start refueling more often, we need to allow repairs to small parts, to major parts, and just allow ourselves to stand in the hanger and get a proper cleanup and fix up.

Do you have regular checkups? How often do you go back to God for His advice, for His cure, for His help? Where is your airport and how well is it equipped? Is the manufacturer of your plane available or do you allow ‘unqualified’ mechanics to work on your plane? (It is like taking your Mercedes to a Toyota garage to be repaired!) Can it handle everything?

Can your airport handle traffic regardless of weather, storms, darkest nights or even raging tornadoes? Are all the lights on your landing strip working? Is your airport available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 day a year? Do your mechanics ever report being sick or tired?

I know that my God never slumbers or sleeps. He never tires and is there whenever you need Him! Where can you find someone more qualified than God to help you, to give you rest and to repair whatever is damaged regardless of how badly damaged you are?

Do you have to pay the people at your airport to keep them working? I know that God gives to me when I ask. I don’t need to wonder because God knows all my thoughts – even before I know them myself! You can never out think or out-give God.

How far away is your airport? God is only a prayer away – He is right there! There are so many verses in the Bible that tell us about God’s grace and abundance, His mercy and how He cares for us. Won’t you allow God to be your portion, your rock, and your Saviour? God created you – He knows you better than anybody else, He know exactly where and how to repair and what is necessary for the repairs!

Do you want to fly high? Do you want to fly ‘free’? Do you? God is waiting for you to stop for the ultimate repairs at the only airport where your repairs will not cost you and where you’ll be able to refuel with the “living water” that only God can give to you.

He will give to you in abundance and He is will provide in full. God never leaves a job half finished. He always completes what He started and God never made anyone that was not worth His attention or that couldn’t come to Him! Take the murderer on the cross, when he asked Jesus to forgive him. Jesus did it without any questions asked! God invites everyone that is tired to come to Him to be revived! Make the decision and take the right action, right now is the best time there will ever be!

Credit: Chris P.

*Thanks Chris! Well said!

State of Detachment

detachment

Let us detach ourselves from things trifling and insignificant, and give ourselves up to the study of things worthy our nature and capacity. We all value our possessions, and much more ought we to estimate our time.

How many words and actions are capable of being taken by two handles, are patient of two interpretations, a good interpretation and a bad one? We are unmerciful when without necessity we are judges of evil thoughts, when we suspect meanness, littleness, untruthfulness, not to speak of worse guessing in others.

Make yourselves nests of pleasant thoughts, bright fancies, faithful sayings: treasure-houses of precious and restful thoughts, which care cannot disturb nor poverty take away from you……….houses built without hands for your souls to live in.

Every noble act of devotion to truth, every pure life unstained with evil, every word of pity, every instance of forgiving, and goodness, helps us to a better faith in that divine and eternal goodness which has no variableness or shadow of turning.

Injustice to you is not an awful thing like injustice in you.

Col 1:10 “That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; …”

1 Cor 4:5 “Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God. ”

Proverbs 15:26 “The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the LORD: but the words of the pure are pleasant words. ”

James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

Col 3:2 “Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. ”

1 Peter 3:11 “Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it. “

Forgiving Others

forgive_1

Forgiveness is a profound power that we all have within ourselves to give. It’s an unselfish act of kindness that allows another human being to begin the process of healing from their self-inflicted wounds.

Without having the ability to forgive living inside our hearts, we become mankind’s worst enemy – an apathetic and desolate soul.

If you want to make the world a better place, forgive someone for what they’ve said or done. This is the single most important thing we can do that, I hope and pray, when it goes around, it comes around.

Col 3:13 “Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.”

Credit: Greg O.

Thanks my friend, Thanks Greg!

forgive_2

 

Just Try to do What God Would Do (Retitled)

crying-girl-wallpaper-10

I am a normal 15 year old sophomore in high school that loves to play volleyball and be with her three best friends. About 6 months ago I thought that my life would change forever. And here is my story….. “- Kristen

‘My parents have always had their fights and arguments, whether it was mild or major, they always got over it. My parents also were going through a lot due to a huge lawsuit in which we are still involved in today.

Anyway, both my parents and us kids were tired of all the bickering, so they decided to be separated for a while with the chance they might get back together. So, my dad moved out and my mom was constantly depressed.

The whole separation was hard, but it was not that hard. She was always onto us kids, so one day I finally asked her what the deal was. She asked me if I really wanted to know and at that time, I didn’t realize it, but the way I would forever look at my dad would totally change.

She told me that the real reason that they split up was that my dad had cheated on her for like 2 years. I was devastated. I didn’t know whether to be sad, or to punch a hole through the wall. So I called up my dad and let him have it for about an hour. Then I refused to speak to him for about 3 months.

As of right now, we are finally on speaking terms, but things will never be the same as they were before. But, I learned that some things you just have to let God handle, and that would be more punishment than anything I could ever give.

So if you are in the same predicament that I was in, just try to do what God would do and things will work out for the best.’

Written by Kristen D., Age 15 — Texas

*Thanks Kristen for sharing; keep the faith!

young-women-reflection-of-christ

 

Put Your Heart on the Line

Modified 11-02-2016: I had originally posted and dedicated this to inspire two new people who interestingly entered mine and my wife’s life. Will spare you the details, but it seems they no longer want any part of our lives, in more ways than one. Ya know, as Christians, we don’t always make the right moves, say the right things, and possibly our beliefs differ greatly from one to another, but at the end of the day, their are no other higher powers to rely on, except for God. There is no other higher than Him. Oh, maybe in your speech, or your thoughts, but they in fact dwell alone. Until we reach out to the One true God, Creator of the universe, then there will always be two sides around every corner. And, in Amos 3:3 it says, “Can two walk together, except they be agreed? ” We just could not agree, us and the now our silent acquaintances. 😦      –Moraldiplomat 

dragonfly_1

Live out each day but not too fast
Don’t plan for the future, don’t live in the past
Smile at strangers and you just might change a life
Offer kisses and hugs even in pain and strife

Don’t count all your money, count all your friends
Don’t look to the dark side as a means to the end
Shake off your stresses, your worries, your cares
This life is a challenge, so take on the dares

Don’t tell people your heartaches, tell them your dreams
Let them know that life can be better than it seems
Don’t number your problems, number the stars
Gaze up to Heaven and see the distance isn’t far

Don’t let your whole life be ruled by your fear
Cherish the memories of all things you hold dear
Don’t hold back the tears as they fall from your eyes
Don’t give in to sadness, or fall for the world’s lies

You can fly with the angels, you can sing in the night
Don’t let your head doubt what your heart knows is right
Whisper a secret to the dawn of the day
Look to the Lord for only He can show you the way

Don’t run from the truth, but accept it with pride
Don’t keep all your feelings sheltered inside
Let your silver turn gold, let your hopes all come true
Pray for other people’s joys and your sorrows will be few

Let the glow in your heart reflect in your soul
So you know what it’s like to have and to hold
Until eternity you see, may you treasure the sights
That this life had to offer, God’s blessings and delights

Search for contentment in each person you meet
Let yourself find freedom, don’t just stand still on your feet
Dance, be at ease, for you’ve got one life to live
Put your heart on the line and give it all you can give

Acts 17:27 “That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: …”

come-unto-me

We Just Have To Believe

gods_grace

One night my brother and I sat in our basement discussing our problems, one in particular, our father. Our father had just recently turned himself in for stealing.

He had stolen from us, (his own sons, which totaled to be quite a large sum), other family members and who knows who else. You see my father has a compulsive gambling problem, which has lead him to lose everything in his life including his family.

But that night as my brother and I talked, I mentioned to him that although our father has done so many terrible things, I still loved him greatly. My brother said he felt the same but this greatly confused me and made me feel lost.

As we talked, I brought up the Bible, God, and Jesus Christ. I told him there was a passage I wanted to read to him. So I went and retrieved my Bible from my bedroom. I couldn’t remember exactly where the passage was but as I was searching, I came across a passage that has forever changed me. It was “2 Corinthians 9:8”

As I read the passage I realized why God can forgive and love us even after we have committed such harsh sins. I don’t believe I had stumbled onto this passage by accident. God shows his meanings to all of us, we just have to believe.

2 Corinthians 9:8 “And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work: …”