Observations, Musing & Comments About God, People & This Life We Are Living

Observations, Musings and Comments About God, People and This Life We Are Living.


Sunday, February 24, 2013

The Hoardes Are Coming


I came across one of my new favorite verses the other day when I was listening to my Bible.is app on my phone. I was making my way through 2 Chronicles 20 when I heard "For we are powerless against this great horde that is coming against us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you". The answer that followed was "Do not be afraid of this great horde, for the battle is not yours but God's."   We do have modern day hordes of stress and trouble that come against us. And truth be told, we really don't know what to do much of the time. The good news is that we really don't have to. Our best strategy is always to look to God first and let Him do the fighting. 

To get the full feel of what's going on in this passage, grab a Bible and read 2 Chronicles 20 for yourself.  Then check out this personalized break down of 2 Chronicles 20 with practical applications as I see it.  
 
Lessons from 2 Chronicles 20—English Standard Version

Verses 1-2:  A great multitude is coming against you.
Verses 3-4:  You are afraid, so look to God.  Get all your people to look to God with you. 
Verses 5-8:  Remember and confess who God is and what battles God has already won for you—“You (God) rule over all the kingdoms of the nations.  In your hand (God’s hand) are power and might, so that none is able to withstand you (God)”.
Verse 9:  What if with a plan and statement of faith—“If disaster comes upon us, the sword, judgment or pestilence, or famine, we will stand before this house and before you—for your name is in this house—and cry out to you in our affliction, and you will hear and save”. 
Verses 10-11:  Enemies will come…sometimes even after you’ve already given them mercy and grace. 
Verse 12:”For we are powerless against this great horde that is coming against us.  We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.”  Our dilemma:  Realization of the threat and our powerlessness over it. Our action plan:  Turn our eyes to God and keep them there.  Leave the judging and punishing up to God while confessing your utter dependence on God
Verse 13-14:  Gather together, stand before the Lord and wait upon Him.  Listen to your prophet.
Verse 15:  “Thus says the Lord to you, ‘Do not be afraid of this great horde, for the battle is not yours but God’s’.
Verses 16-17:  Go to the battle…face your enemies…but don’t fight the battle…”You will not need to fight this battle.  Stand firm, hold your position and see the salvation of the Lord on your behalf…Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed.  Tomorrow go out against them, and the Lord will be with you.”
Verses 18-19:  Praise and worship before the battle.
Verse 20:  Get up early; don’t drag your feet, head out for battle believing correct beliefs…” And they rose early in the morning and went out into the wilderness… Believe in the Lord your God, and you will be established; believe his prophets, and you will succeed”.
Verse 21:  The worship team dressed in holy attire lined up and marched toward the battle in front of the warriors leading them in worship…”Give thanks to the Lord, for his steadfast love endures forever.”
Verse 22-24:  March forward in faith and praise; and the Lord will fight and win the battle in the most surprising ways…often times making your enemies destroy each other while you stand by and watch.
Verse 25:  Gather the “spoil”…Riches are often found after the battle.  Pick them up and take them home.  The Lord often times provides blessings to his people when they allow him to execute the judgment and fight the battles.
Verses 26-28:  More singing and rejoicing and praising the Lord…not just once; do it again and again.
Verse 29:   We point to God’s victories not our own.  God will be feared and respected and we will be protected.
Verse 30:  God will provide rest and peace after the battle.
Verses 31-32:  Walk in the ways of the Lord.  Do not turn away.  Do what is right in the sight of the Lord.  
Verse 33:  Not everybody will accompany you as you continue to walk in the ways of the Lord.  Some will desert even after the battle has been won.
Verse 34:  Record your acts…keep your chronicles…Journal your life so that you can remember.
Verse 35-37:  Watch out for your alliances.  Don’t join with those who act wickedly even if it seems to be a good thing you are doing.  Don’t set off to build your own “ships”.  Don’t go off planning your own route.  Don’t go off thinking to provide for yourself.  Don’t go off planning to carry yourself to your own destination or the Lord will destroy all that you do to demonstrate once again how puny our own efforts are and how mighty he is.  Let us not forget to fear and respect the Lord after he has won the battle for us. 

Questions for Personal Reflection

What are the hordes that are coming against you these days?
What have you tried to do to prevent them from overtaking you?   
How have you tried to battle them by yourself?
How successful have your solo efforts been?

Today I choose to look to God and rest in Him for He will fight the battle and the hordes will be defeated. Tomorrow I will choose to look to God again.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Great News!

Someone shared great news with me yesterday; so I thought I would share it with you.  She had been struggling.  The pain had been intense. She wasn't sure what to do; but somehow she turned in the right direction.  The great news came to her while she was flipping through her Bible...otherwise known as the living word of God.  She excitedly called me to share.  The good news she found was Psalm 34: 4-6.

"I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.  Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame.  This poor man (woman) called, and the lord heard him (her); he saved him (her) out of all his (her) troubles." 

 Wow!  This really is great news and the timing of it couldn't have been better.  Amazingly she started to feel better.  The darkness started to subside.  The Light began to radiate.  No wonder they call the Bible "The Good News". 

Biblical Truths to Remember: 
  • We can seek the Lord and when we do, He will answer.  Wow!
  • When we seek the Lord, we will be delivered from our shame and fear.  Wow!!
  • Being delivered from our shame and fear, we will be radiant.  Wow!!! 

Thursday, June 14, 2012

God's Mercies are New Every Morning

The photo is from our 2011 Summer Vacation.  Here you see the sun rising over Lake Huron near St. Ignace, Michigan. This beautiful sunrise reminds me that God's mercies are new every morning.

This is the Ephesians 4:15 Counseling Services Business Logo created by my talented son William.  A million thanks, Mi Amor for all the time, talent and love you invested in creating this logo for me

Friday, June 1, 2012

So It Turns Out That We Needed A Lot Of Help

So if you happened to browse my website a couple days ago and then again today, you may have noticed some changes.  In fact, you likely noticed a lot of changes...everything has changed!  It's a completely new website.  As it turned out, we needed more help and problem solving than we originally thought.   We asked for a little bit of help and ended up getting a whole lot of it!  But I have to admit, it was kinda hard accepting it.  I had a hard time letting go of the website that William and I built even though I had cursed it many times while in the making of it.  I kept trying to do something I didn't know how to do; and I kept trying to make it do things that it I didn't know how to program it to do.  But still,  I didn't want to give up.  I didn't want to let go.  I didn't want to let go of the idea that we could do it ourselves.  I didn't want to let go of my son's determination to be my "tech man" and make this work for me.  I did not want all our efforts to be for naught.  Emotion warred with reason.   Feelings blurred facts.  But we talked it out.  We expressed our feelings.  We researched the facts.  We did the pros and cons... and in the end, we decided to move forward with a new plan and a new tech man.  Well, a new plan anyway...William will always be my tech man.  I say with no shame whatsoever, I will always need technological help.  And I will be ever thankful to William who so graciously drops all to come help when I call.

That all being said, I have a new best friend in the integrated website business.  Jaswant Pujari of Therasoft Online.  What a help he has been!  I actually may not have to pull out the rest of my hair in frustration now.  Since I can't be an all self sufficient expert on all things, it's good to come across a few experts that are willing to come a long side, go beyond the call of duty and just help out. 

So the first moral of the story is..Do not fear...Help will come.  The second moral of the story is that it really is OK to let go of something that isn't really working even when you've worked really hard on it.  If it's not working, it's not working. It's important to know when to let go and when to hang on.  In this case, it was time to let go and make room for something new.  New can be good.             

We All Need A Little Help Sometimes

Originally Posted on May 29, 2012

Good Evening,

If you’ve been browsing around my website this evening you may have noticed the new edition of an online registration feature.  If so, you also noticed that it doesn’t work.  Sorry about that.  I’m hoping to get it fixed tomorrow afternoon.  I don’t know how to fix it myself.  I need help…I need soooo much technical help.
Anyway, this is the story of my failed “client portal” link. My online “complete practice management” tech man said “No problem.  I can get that up for you in a few minutes”.  But he couldn’t.  So we called the website tech man.  He said, “Sure thing.  I can help you folks with that”.  He looked and he tried and he asked questions for which I did not have good answers.  It’s like a foreign language to me  Finally he said, “I think I’ve got it.  Just let me put you on hold while I try it”.  I waited on hold for several minutes; growing later and later for my next appointment,  until the call was dropped.  The cheery telephone waiting music just suddenly went silent. Not knowing what else to do, I went on about my business.  My next appointment was still waiting for me.  About a half an hour later, a tech gal from the first company called and said, “Good news.  We got it fixed.  Your online registration is working now”.  But it wasn’t. I was disappointed…but not despairing.  Help will come again.  I know this because I already have a 4:00 appointment set with them for tomorrow. We’ll try again then.

I’ve discovered that many things in life are like this.  We try something new.  It doesn’t quite work out like we expect.  It’s disappointing.  We don’t know how to fix it ourselves.  We need help.  Sometimes we need just a little bit of help.  Sometimes we need a whole lot of it.  When we ask, sooner or later help will come.  Sometimes the help is just what we need, when we need it and it feels great!  But sometimes, it’s a little bit disappointing.  Sometimes, the help that comes first, just isn’t enough.  So we need to ask again.  And when we ask again;sooner or later, more help will come.  And sooner or later, the help will be enough.  And sooner or later, our problem will be resolved…we will get what we need.
Such is life.  We will have problems.  If we persist in asking, we will get the help we need.  So don’t give up.  Persist!  Keep on asking!  Help is on the way!

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it well be opened.”  Matthew 7: 7-8

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.  Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.  And you will seek Me and find me, when you search for me with all your heart.  I will be found by you, says the Lord, and I will bring you back from your captivity.”  Jeremiah 29:11-14a

Grace and Peace

Welcome


Originally Posted on May 28, 2012
 
Hello,

Welcome to my blog.  It’s brand new and I’m just learning how to use it.  A million thanks to my son William who is my tech man for both my website and my blog!  I’m just getting started so there’s not much to see or read yet but I have a few ideas percolating.  It should be fun…at least it should be fun after I master the technology.  In the meantime, I ‘m just learning as I go.  Thanks again Williamo!

May God Bless You With His Grace and Peace