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Friday, December 30, 2011

And now......a whole new year ahead of us.....

How will we spend the new year? You know.....we....us.....we may be the only "Jesus" they will ever see!

so.....who are these "they"?

They....are your unbelieving friends and family and aquiantances...

"they" are people you see in the mall.....

"We" are, in a manner of speaking " the fifth Gospel"

There are 4 gospels in God's word, the Bible....

and for those who never read this most beautiful book....well they only see "us" They see if we are honest and remind the "check out chick"....that she forgot to notice something in the trolley....

They watch to see if we are patiently waiting for our turn to be served, even if some one else pushes in......

They see when we are not patient and make a mental note......as to maybe "how rude we are?"

I have a friend who is not a Christian....when I ask her where she believes she is going when she dies..... she says...."I am going where ever you are going!" I sure hope and pray she does, but.....

Have you ever noticed that at funerals.....every body automatically assumes the deceased has gone to heaven? Even if he/she died an alcoholic....Not that I am saying that, that is not possible...it is......but...hey!

I hope and pray that my Lord and Saviour....the precious Son of God...Jesus.... will not be disappointed in me in the coming new year!

I pray that He will be proud of me......and encourage me to do even more for His Kingdom. I would accept it as a privilige and an honour! I hope and pray you will do the same!



Friday, December 23, 2011

What is under your tree?

Emotions are magnified a hundred-fold at Christmas, and the strain on small budgets so enormous as the desperate desire to "provide some Christmas", becomes the driving force and critical budgets are busted wide open. There is nothing placed under the tree or wrapped in glittery paper which truly has any real value.

What truly has value is not what is under the tree, but He who hung upon the tree. What truly has value are the hearts which gather together in love which is shared. The poorest table becomes a King's feast when family gathers to partake. A bowl of watery soup is a true feast when it is blessed by God and partaken by hearts which love. Our Lord was laid in a humble manger among the animals, the lowest of environments, below even the humblest of abodes, as He came to save all from the lowest of circumstances.

Christmas was outlawed by the Puritans in America, because it was a European time of debauchery and excess, gluttony and drunken revelings. It was the Germanic and European influences which brought it back in the 1800s. It is the corporations which truly celebrate as soon as they can shove Thanksgiving aside.

May we place the the Lord Jesus Christ as Lord of our lives, and may we lay the stress and need to buy huge quantities of glittery fluff aside, and seek to share true unconditional love with our families and those around. A five dollar bill in a charity bucket will mean so much more than a fruit basket on a table. May we take the time to share His love and our love with those dear ones, and those around. We have so many blessing so much to be thankful for. May we reach out in love and caring. May God so bless you.

Thank you Caretaker...

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Breaking those walls.....

Have you ever had someone in your life that you didn't quite click with?

Someone who is perhaps in your family.......

or within your circle of friends, which life is going to continually keep bringing to you, and things just never really hit it off as you would like.

You both feel awkward, when together, or perhaps there are mixed messages being sent and misunderstood, and no matter how hard you try to explain your intentions....
it just does not seem to work out the way you’d hoped!

So, you think, that, maybe if you just back away from this person......
it would make things better.
Cut off communication all together.....

let them come to you if they want something.

Or....... you do the opposite...... and get right up in their face.....

But still nothing....

still there is this awkward tense feeling between you.......
that seems to be an invisible force field that shuts both of you out.

Perhaps you are really good at explaining to everyone else why things don't work between you and if only they understood you better things would be ok.

Maybe you don't really know why you don't get along......

its not like you have done anything wrong......
its not like you have mistreated them or said hurtful things.....

maybe its just easier if you assume there is something wrong with them and they have a problem with you....
rather then you being able to do anything about it at all!

This situation can drag on for years......
because you are both avoiding each other, and this invisible force field that keeps you apart seems to get stronger as time goes by.

And don't believe for a second it isn't bothering you .....it is!

And don't believe for a second it isn't taking up valuable space in your heart.....it is!

Don't you dare kid yourself that it isn't affecting the other person either......
if you are feeling it.......they are feeling it...... and perhaps even more so then you.

I learned only just recently that I was affecting someone close to me,
and I could easily say "yes" to all of the things above.

I was plodding along in life feeling as though I was doing everything within my power to be the right person in this situation, (as though that meant there was a wrong person.)

We get so caught up being right or being wrong that we forget how to reach out to each other and meet in the middle.

It wasn't enough for me to be able to tick all the boxes towards my right or wrong actions.....

because right or wrong had nothing to do with it.
What finally dawned on me was that by doing nothing......
I was doing something.

Often we sit ourselves in a righteous place and look down at all the things going wrong in our circle of friends or family, and cast that judgement on others, purely because we think that taking ourselves out of the picture....... also takes out the responsibility to be a part of the problem.

Sometimes all we need to do is offer a hand of pure love into the mix.......

something that will encourage a relationship from a place of compassion and a place of friendship without the idea that something needs to be fixed......and this in turn will begin to take down the wall that was created.

I realized this year with someone very close to my heart, that while I was standing back watching a wall being built and taking no responsibility......
that this was the same as handing over the bricks.

Rather then standing there watching the wall go up......
I made a decision to help bring it back down.

Not by way of judgement and not by way of - 'you need my help'
but with a mindset of love and compassion for the person whom I did not
want to shut out of my life.

My life is more enriched by having that one person in it,
then having a wall in my way forever.

Don't think that letting people build up walls for themselves....
doesn't fence you in.
Maybe you are the one who needs to reach out with forgiveness, kindness and compassion.

Remember.....everything starts with a thought......

So choose your thoughts from a loving place!

Holiday seasons are a great time to bring down walls together......

remind yourselves that we are all in this together......

keep your families close to your heart and visualize them with loving kindness and glowing smiles even if there is distance between you.

They will feel it, and you will in turn be bringing down the walls that stop us from loving each other, and you will shorten the distance, not further it!

When I think of my family and friends I always do it with a smile on my face no matter what has happened between us, because I want them
to know that it is all about wishing them love and happiness, not about past differences.... which can't be changed anyway! The past is the past!

Whose day can you brighten today just by smiling for them?

Have a wonderful Christmas weekend in whatever way you celebrate, and make sure you start everyday thinking good thoughts about all those you love for 2012.
Happy thoughts to day my friends, happy smiling thoughts to you all..

Charlie G Hunter

bless you Charlie....

Monday, December 5, 2011

What will you get for Christmas?

I John 2:28, "… abide in Him, what when He appears, we may have confidence and not be ashamed”
Revelation 22:20, “Surely I am coming quickly.” Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!”

Donald Grey Barnhouse told of a story he read in a London newspaper about a divorce case heard in the courts of that city.

A wealthy young man had gone away to war soon after he was married. His new bride wrote him of the demanding schedule she had to keep as a nurse in a certain hospital. Apologizing for her infrequent writing, she explained that she was spending a great deal of time with the wounded.

Several months later when the man was scheduled for leave, a friend suggested, “Don’t announce your coming. Slip in quietly.”

Arriving in London, the young man went directly to the hospital, but his wife was not there.

He then went to their house, where he was told by the servants, “Oh, she will probably be at the tea dance at the Ritz.” Going there, he found her in the company of another man.

How shocked and ashamed she was at her husband’s appearing! In the above text Jesus said, “I am coming quickly.” My brethren, when our Lord returns, we don’t want to be found flirting and preoccupied with the things of this world. Jesus told His disciples that God had not given them specific information about “times or seasons” (Acts 1:7). He wanted them, as He wants us, to live in an attitude of expectation. The apostle Paul echoed this when he spoke of Christ’s return as “the blessed hope” (Titus 2:13).
Christ came as a babe He gave His life for you and me!
What will you get for Christmas?

Do you live expectantly for His return?

"How"..... do we live expectantly for His return?

Jesus instructed the disciples to be witnesses to all the world Acts 1:8. Paul said, “Watch and be sober” (1 Thessalonians 5:6) and love other believers (vv. 12-15). John urged us to walk in close fellowship with Jesus (1 John 2:28-3:3), and to purify ourselves so that we will “not be ashamed before Him at His coming” 1 John 2:28.

The Lord’s any-moment return is no cause for date-setting but for watchful expectation.
I submit to you if we want to receive our Lord’s approval at His return, we must always be ready.

Jesus didn’t tell us to “get ready,” but rather to “be ready” (Matthew 24:44). We are to live constantly in a state of spiritual preparedness, anticipating the moment when He will appear and ask us to give an account of our stewardship of what He entrusted into our care. What if He came for us today? Would you be ready for His return?”

May I live so that I shall be ready
With joy my Saviour to meet,
And feel no alarm at His coming,
But hasten His heralds to greet - Anon

Jesus could come at any time – so be ready all the time!


Thursday, December 1, 2011

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