Serenity of Faith

Calmness of mind, body and soul is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom. It is the result of placing faith, trust and your entire being in the hands of a loving and all powerful Creator. Peace in the being of a believer is an indication of ripened experience, coupled with faith in Someone bigger than that of self and of a more than ordinary knowledge of the laws and operations of faith.

A person becomes calm in the measure that one understands themselves as a God-created being, for such knowledge necessitates the understanding of others as the result of all things were created, and as one seeks wisdom from a loving Creator and a right understanding of morals and values seeing more and more clearly the internal relations of things by the action of cause and effect, one ceases to fuss and fume and worry and grieve, and remains poised, steadfast, serene in God’s love and inner peace.

The calm person, having learned how to let God direct his or her paths, knows how to encourage others; and they, in turn, reverence their spiritual strength in a once and forgotten faith, and feel that they can learn of them and rely upon them. The more tranquil and God-dependent a person becomes, the greater is their success, their influence, their power for good. Even the ordinary trader will find their business prosperity increase as one develops a greater knowledge in God’s will and accepting His peace in their souls, for people will always prefer to deal with a person whose demeanor is strongly stable and at peace about matters.

The strong, calm person is always loved and revered. They are like a shade-giving tree in a thirsty land, or a sheltering rock in a storm. Who does not love a tranquil heart, a sweet-tempered, balanced life? It does not matter whether it rains or shines, or what changes come to those possessing these blessings, for they are always sweet, serene, and calm. That exquisite poise of character which we call serenity is the last lesson of culture; it is the flowering of life, the fruitage of the soul. It is precious as wisdom, more to be desired than gold, than even fine gold. How insignificant mere money seeking looks in comparison with a serene life – a life that dwells in the ocean of God’s truth, beneath the waves, beyond the reach of tempests, in the eternal calm!

How many people we know who sour their lives, who ruin all that is sweet and beautiful by explosive tempers, who destroy their poise of character, and make bad blood! It is a question whether the great majority of people do not ruin their lives and mar their happiness by a lack of a God-control flow few people we meet in life who are well-balanced, who have that exquisite poise which is characteristic of the finished character!

Phil 1:6 “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ: …” (KJV)

Jn 14:27 “Peace I leave with you, my Peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” (KJV)

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Like the Sunflower

*Shared and modified by Moraldiplomat

‘I find it humorous sometimes that even the most mundane occurrences can have an impact on our awareness.

My wife, daughter, and I moved into our home nine years ago and we spent a lot of time and energy in the yard to get it looking like it does today. We live on a corner, higher than street level, and the entire side of the yard is encased by a professionally built rock wall. The front of the house though is another story because instead of a wall along the sidewalk the rocks appear to be just thrown up onto the dirt as if someone were in a hurry to finish.

We did the best we could with what we had to work with and called this area our ‘rock garden’. Whenever we had left over flowers or plants, Denise or I would stick them out front, just to bring some color to the area.

I still do all of my own yard work, even the dreaded weed-pulling. After putting on my knee pads I assume the position to clear the yard of weeds, even in the rock garden.

Last summer I had reached the end of the rock garden and found a tiny little plant that I could not immediately identify. I knew I didn’t plant it and Denise claimed that she didn’t either. We decided to let it continue growing until we could figure out what it was.

Weeks passed and as I made my way back to the mystery plant, it appeared to be a Sunflower. It was spindly looking with a tall skinny stalk and only one head on it. I decided to baby it along and weed around it. As I pulled rocks from the area to get to the weeds, I noticed something unusual. The Sunflower had not started where I saw the stalk begin. It actually had begun under a big rock and grown under and around it to reach the sun.

That’s when I realized that if a tiny little Sunflower didn’t let a big rock stand in its way of developing, we too have the capability of doing the same thing. Once our environment begins to see that we believe in ourselves like that little Sunflower, we can attain the same nourishment and nurturing as well.

First, we need to believe in God knowing we have the capabilities in us to walk in His blessings regardless of the conditions of the world around us. Like the Sunflower, it knew it had the capability to overcome its obstacle because it is aware of its Creator and had faith it would succeed.

Stand tall like the Sunflower and be proud of who and what you are and the environment will begin to support you. You will find a way to go under or around your big obstacle in order to reach an expected end (or beginning rather; or for some, a continuance).’

Matthew 6 :28-30 “And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?

For Those Who Doubt

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This story is directed at those who choose not to believe in God and for those who experience any doubt of His presence and/or existence. I recently came across a true story about a woman in Fort Myers, Florida whose mother was dying. It is my hope that this story may touch you in the same way it touched my heart. –Anonymous

The story, some of which is in the exact words of this woman is as follows:

I was fortunate to be able to sit at my mother’s bedside and have lots of talks with her during her last weeks on earth. Most of her last month was spent in a hospital until we went to Hospice House. I knew Hospice helped people die but I didn’t know they had a 16 room home in Fort Myers where people could come and die in peace. We had many conversations as she drew closer and closer to death and spoke many times about death and heaven.

In one such conversation about heaven I said: “Mom, well… could we have a secret, something just between us? I know it’s going to sound crazy. But if you die and when you get to heaven, if it’s more than you ever dreamed it would be, if you are all right and see God and Jesus, would you send me one red rose?”

This was a very special moment between me and my mother an eternal moment. She said, “Yes, I’ll do that.”

A week later I said, “Look mom about our secret, I’ll be on earth and you’ll be in heaven. How are you going to get a rose to me?” She said to me without reservation “Honey, God can do anything!”

Shortly after that on September 16,1997 her mother died. As you can imagine this was not a wonderful time. So much to do with funeral arrangements that the woman forgot completely about the secret she and her mother had shared. Then at the funeral home, during the wake a strange thing happened. Let me share this in the woman’s words.

All of the sudden in the back of the funeral home I caught a glimpse of an elderly gentleman with a cane. I didn’t know him. I was sure that I had never seen or met him before. I turned and looked at him… as he knelt down at my mother’s coffin and placed in her hands just one beautiful red rose. I walked over to him and inquired what made him bring the rose. He said, “oh honey, for some reason all day today I had a red rose on my mind, all day I have been thinking about it. I just knew I had to get one red rose for your mother.””

Now if you’re like me, you have tears streaming down your cheeks right now. Let me suggest to you that God is real and sometimes in His graciousness and love, He will, for just a moment pull back the curtain and allow us to see beyond our limited view of life and death.

Right now if you believe this story and it has touched your heart, isn’t it about time you got right with God and accepted His Son into your heart. Don’t wait because if you do it may be too late. Accept Christ today as your Lord and Savior and become part of the eternal kingdom of God. After all heaven was more than this woman’s mother.

*My thanks to an anonymous teen. Thanks for this. Hope everyone gets this message

News Links:  Hey! It’s been a while since I posted any news links. Here

are a few that I thought was worth looking a little deeper into.

1.  Over 80 percent of popular bread brands contain cancer-causing chemicals

2. OLYMPIC COMMITTEE DECIDES TO ALLOW TRANSGENDER MEN TO COMPETE AGAINST ACTUAL WOMEN

3. NBA SELLING RAINBOW PRIDE SHIRTS TO RAISE MONEY FOR GAY GROUP THAT TEACHES TEENS ‘FISTING’

4. SORRY, HILLARY, BUT VICTORIA WOODHULL WAS FIRST WOMAN EVER TO BE NOMINATED FOR PRESIDENT

5. CANADA’S HIGHEST COURT GIVES GREEN LIGHT TO LEGALIZING SEX ACTS WITH ANIMALS

6. WAITING FOR THE MARK: DIGITAL IMPLANTS ARE BECOMING BIG BUSINESS AS BIOHACKER GROUPS GROW

7. A BIBLE BELIEVER LOOKS AT THE CULT TEACHINGS OF THE JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES

 

Acorns and Pumpkins

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An old poem describes a woman walking through a meadow, meditating on nature. While strolling about, she came upon a field of golden pumpkins. In the corner of the field stood a majestic, huge oak tree.

She sat under the oak tree musing on the strange twists in nature which put tiny acorns on huge branches and huge pumpkins on tiny vines. She thought to herself, “God blundered with Creation! He should have put the small acorns on the tiny vines and the large pumpkins on the huge branches.”

Nodding off, the woman stretched out under the oak tree for a nap. A few minutes after falling asleep she was awakened by a tiny acorn bouncing off her nose. Chuckling to herself, she rubbed her nose and thought, “Maybe God was right after all!”

 

Isaiah 55:8-9For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. ”
Rom 11:34For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor?

*Just a note- I have been posting news links I ran across that were 

not your average 6 o’clock news spots. However, I will be posting 

them on weekends. Hope you enjoy the links. A lot goes on in the world;

it’s nice to know there are still watchmen on the walls.- Moraldiplomat

I Took a Piece of Plastic Clay (Poem)

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I took a piece of plastic clay
And idly fashioned it one day-
And as my fingers pressed it, still
It moved and yielded to my will.
I came again when days were past
The bit of clay was hard at last.
The form I gave it, still it bore,
And I could change that form no more!

I took a piece of living clay,
And gently fashioned it day by day,
And molded with my power and art
A young child’s soft and yielding heart.
I came again when years were gone:
It was a man I looked upon.
He still that early impress bore,
And I could fashion it never more.

There are several things to be gleaned from this…what does it mean for you?
Ps 40:2 He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.

Is 64:8 But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.
Job 33:6 Behold, I am according to thy wish in God’s stead: I also am formed out of the clay.
Rev 4:11 Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.
Prov 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

 

 

Animals Are Parents Too

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I want to let you know about an event that changed my life many years ago. It is a memory that periodically comes and goes, but it is one of the most precious memories that me and my wife share. I am thankful that we can remember it together. It’s a reminder that things are not what they seem and that angels come in many packages.

We live in College Station, Texas and we were on our way home from Houston, Texas around the Weston Lakes area one Saturday or Sunday morning. And when I say morning, I’m talking 1:00 to 2:00 in the morning. We were on our way home and decided to stop at a local gas station to get coffee and something to snack on since it was a good hour and a half before we got home.

When we were done, we got back into our car and before I started it, we noticed a man standing outside in front of the building. You could tell that he was a homeless man. His clothes were tattered and worn and it looked like he had gone in and gotten him some coffee or something warm to drink since it was cold this time of the year. He must have not had enough money to get something to eat. That is not something I remember too well, because that is not what “moved” me.

The next thing I remember is a dog that walked up to the front of the building. Being a dog lover, I noticed that she was part wolf and probably part German Shepherd. I could tell she was a she, because you could tell that she had been feeding puppies. She was terribly in need of something to eat and I felt so bad for her. I knew if she didn’t eat soon, she and her puppies would not make it.

Me and my wife sat there and looked at her. We noticed that people walked by and didn’t even pet her, like most people do when they walk by an animal in front of a store. She might not have been as pretty and clean as most, but she still deserved better. But we still did not do anything. But someone did. The homeless man, who I thought did not buy himself anything to eat, went back into the store. And what he did brought tears to me and my wife. He had gone into the store and with what money he may have had, bought a can of dog food and fed that dog.

I know that this story isn’t as inspirational as most stories, but it plays a great part in our lives. You see, that was Mother’s Day weekend. And a lot of people forget that some animals are parents too. And animals as well as us are God’s creations too.

It would be a better story if I could remember all the details, but even without the details, I believe it still gets the message across. It took a homeless man, to show me what I should have done. He made me a better man that day.

Source: Thanks to Chris for sharing this story

Remember this also: God created the animals first, but let man name them as any parent (overseer-Gen 1:26-28) would. (Gen. 1:20-21, 24-25 with Gen. 2:19) MD

FAITHFULNESS this nations’ FOUNDATION (news)

PRAISE REPORT!

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DATED- week of Jan. 19 THRU 23th 2015

TODAY’S DATE 25,JAN. 2015

Mississippi lawmakers this week said they want to designate the Bible as the state book. At least two bills are being filed during this state election year to make the holy book a state symbol. Rep. Miles told The Associated Press on Monday he’s not trying to force religion —or even reading —on anyone. “The Bible provides a good role model on how to treat people,” Miles said. “They could read in there about love and compassion…

In 2014, Republican Gov. Phil Bryant signed a law that adds “In God We Trust” to the state seal. Legislators also begin each workday with a prayer over the microphone at the front of the House and Senate chambers (after all this is a Christian dominate nation), frequently with references to Jesus. It’s unlikely the proposal will generate much opposition in the Legislature this election year…”because the people of Mississippi respect and honor the Word of God. They are wise to do so even though the Associated Press and other mainstream media mock and demean them for doing so. It is a wise and perceptive people who honor the Word of God and seek to conform their own lives and the life of the community to the Word of God.

Following God’s instruction book (King James Bible) is always the wisest path in life, for this book is the book of life (Prov 4:22). You would be correct to understand that it is the owner’s manual given to us by our Creator (Creator of Heaven and Earth). Do you want to know how to live the right way, the way you were designed by your manufacturer? Here is the owner’s manual that if you follow it will yield the blessings our Creator (The One True God) has prepared for us.

The founders (our European Ancestors) of our land understood this as they undertook the task of creating a civil government that would enjoy the blessings of liberty.

Consider what the 2nd President of the United States, Signer of the Declaration of Independence, Member of the Continental Congress, Ambassador to France, First Ambassador to Great Britain John Adams wrote in his personal journal 2/22/1756. “Suppose a nation in some distant region should take the Bible for their only law book, and every member should regulate his conduct by the precepts there exhibited! Every member would be obliged in conscience, to temperance, frugality, and industry; to justice, kindness, and charity towards his fellow men; and to piety, love and reverence toward Almighty God…What a Eutopia, what a Paradise would this region be.”

What is it that the most recent Presidents cannot continue to carry our godly banner onward?

In contrast to that understanding is the attitude today. Nowadays many assert that the Word of God, if everyone obeyed it, would only bring sadness, misery and repression, not a blessing but a curse. Who has it right, our founders or the media, academia and elite of our day? All you have to do is look back into the not even so distant past for that answer. “Remember the good ‘ol days?” People still say that time honored cliche’. Why? Because “the good ‘ol days,” people honored God.

I’m not a legallist and I tend to lean more towards the grace of God. However, grace should never be used as a license to sin. The Law of God is good if used properly. Where do you stand on this issue? Who will you serve? The world, which says, “if it feels good do it” or will you be faithful and serve the Lord and abide in His Word? “…As for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.

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