Monthly Archives: March 2013

Cows, Love and Good ol’ Boys

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So today I was thinking about Jesus and how He makes all things new. Last Saturday we had a calf born here. New life is an amazing gift. One moment Pearl, our long horn heifer is pregnant and the next minute there lies a baby steamy and slick on the ground. Immediately my mind began to think of that calf as sweet and mine..My husband ~RJ was out of town with his BFF who gave us the long horn heifer in exchange for looking after his cattle when he obliged his love and moved to Colorado.

Now, if you don’t know for yourself the ins and outs of the cattle trade let me tell you it’s a constant trade. ~RJ took care of his friends cows because he loves him. His friend gave ~RJ the long horn, Pearl because he is a good ol boy. Pearl was pregnant then and gave birth last year to a calf that I lovingly named Gypsy. When we finally brought Pearl and Gypsy home to the Str8 ranch, wouldn’t you know, Gypsy jumped the fence..well in the cow business you don’t keep a jumper! So now we have traded Gypsy 1 for another heifer, Gypsy 2..I sure hated it because I liked Gypsy 1. She was my first heifer . But all is well that ends well.Gypsy 1 is gone and now we have Gypsy 2 who will make more babies. I will not let my mind think of them as pets. I have learned my lesson with Little Jim, Pearls latest calf. He is completely worthless to us to keep him as a pet but I love him and that’s that..

So the moral of this rambling is…you eat some, you breed some, and you trade some. BUT…the ones you really love… You keep and the ones you can’t keep because ‘this is a business’, you keep somewhere else. So, we have a few cows here and few cows there at the mercy of some good ol boys who love my husband very much.

Standing around listening to good ol boys talk, I remember still… God makes all things new. 2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. The evidence is in the giving and the helping and at the end..a bear hug where one good ol boy says the the other, “I love you.”

Hope the Critical Christian

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I am overwhelmed when I think about how much He loves me and He forgives me with such compassion. I am going to draw from His goodness overflowing and pardon those who offend me. I am going to offer compassion instead of criticism.

Instead of slinging stones at sally sinner for her flaws, I am going to pray for God to perfect her to His perfect will and not my own. Who knows what someone has been through. The way people behave is linked to so many things. We all have different personalities and temperaments. People have things they are dealing with and others are just hot heads and big mouths but Jesus loves them none the less.

So today I pray for a heart of joy and compassion. I think about Jesus on this day being criticized to the point of calling for his death. He still loved, even to His last breath, all those who were sinning against Him.

Create in me a clean heart o God!

ARE YOU LOST?

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Are You Lost? (part 2)

 
Read: Luke 15
 
Maybe you are a new christian that will get lost, or a long time christian that has gotten lost, or maybe you are lost now. 
 
I want to talk to you today about getting  into God’s will. If you are in God’s will you may be thinking that ” getting lost” will  not happen to you. 
~ it can happen to anyone of us at anytime. 
~ 1 Corinthians 10:12…Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall
~1 Peter 5:8 b the devil walks around like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour.
Let’s compare the “lost sheep” Maybe you were in your race as a christian and you got “luke warm” you wandered off, to the “lost coin” you were not found yet. ( not a christian) or maybe you were the “lost son”, you deliberately left God’s will.
 
Getting into or back into God’s will must be deliberate!
 
Luke 15: 11-17 This story is familiar to some of us, like this man, one day we are ok and then after a time of making wrong decisions we ended up in a really bad situation. The son ended up penniless, homeless, starving, degraded to the point of feeding pigs and eating their left overs.
 
Let’s look at his steps downward 
1.)  SELFISH~   12 “And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living.”
~ He disregarded his father and his goodness, hard work and his father’s  legacy. 
~ He wanted his money and he wanted it now.  this is the world we live in…i  want to feel good, i want that new car, I want to do it my way..
 
2.) HASTILY~ 13 ” And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living.”
~ not many days: he went quickly
~ to a far country: sounds far away, like a million miles but a far away place can be one step outside the will of God
 
3.) WASTEFUL~ still on verse 13, he wasted his substance with riotous living.
~ how many of us does this fit? is our sin not wasting us away?
~ alcohol and drug addiction, sex, money, theft, 
~ brings to mind Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, they die because of      their riotous living and we say what a waste…
 
4.) SEPARATION~ he left his family, friends, everything that he knew.
~ would you use that drug in front of your family? 
~ would you announce to your family that you just stoled clothes from Walmart? 
~ are you proud to have to make that phone call for bail money?
~he rejected everything that was good in order to follow his own selfish desire
 
5.) ROCK BOTTOM~ 14 “And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want. 15 And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine.16 And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him.”
~ Now he had wasted his money on sin, his life on sin and now he is hungry
~ that life of sin is now rock bottom..this is where the only way to look is up
~ And now….he wants to go home
 
Things Begin To Change
 
1.) AWAKENING~    17 “And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father’s have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!”
~not because he missed his life back home, his family…he was HUNGRY
~ he had the o-no moment, probably similar to hearing these doors lock behind your for the 1st time.
~ God knows that you wouldn’t return to Him if you could have your needs  met in sin.
 
2.) REPENTANCE~  18 “I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, “
~ definition : a change of mind that leads to a change of life: to turn around  from.
~ admitting that you are solely responsible for the mess you are in.
 
3.) HONESTY~ still on verse 18; when you repent you have to become honest. 
~ then you will know that you are serious about changing your life
~ stop making excuses for your behavior
~ stop blaming everyone else
 
4.) HUMILITY~  19 “And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants.”
~ he came home with no conditions
~ ready to make changes with no argument
 
5.) RESOLVE~ 20 “And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.”
~ he decided what needed to be done and he did it
~ what are we waiting for
 
So, lets review what just happened in this story. He hit rock bottom and that was his AWAKENING.,that lead to REPENTANCE, and now he had to get real HONEST and look at all the wrong he has done and in HUMILITY do what needs to be done to RESOLVE the situation…
 
This parable is a story to teach is how Jesus welcomes us home no matter where we have been. These steps I have shared with you are relevant to mending relationships, not just with the Father..anyone.
 
Many thanks to Brother Glen Shuman for this lesson.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Me, Myself and Hope the Holier Than Thou

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My Bible study group decided on a book by Lisa Harper called “stumbling into grace”. Great book except that she is digging in my trunk! This ‘digging’ has brought me once again to a place of ‘soul searching’ that I don’t enjoy. While I don’t care for this process, I have once again arrived here. Jesus must think it is necessary.

When I do a clean out, I have to do a thorough job..doesn’t everyone? So now we are detoxing the soul , taking a long hard look at myself. Yuk! I know that I am not good, that no good lives in me and that compared to my Savior all of my good is but filthy rags..Go with me as I discover just how filthy I am.

In this book that I will refer to as stumbling, Lisa asks some questions such as, What are you scared of? What keeps you bound? Unhealthy thoughts? How do you honor God in the midst of people problems? You get the gist. In reading and answering the questions in stumbling I have really had to put some thought into the answers. After all, I have to share this information with the ladies, and I don’t want to share too much about myself. Especially when the news is less than flattering.

So days go by and I am learning more and more about myself. Needing more help than I originally thought, I turn to a devotional plan to help detox my soul. More bad news..I am the exact kind of person that I don’t like. When did I become so self-righteous? When did it become okay to agree with someone when they are dead wrong? Or worse yet, I am dead wrong and I refuse to hear someone else rebuke my behavior? When did it become okay to talk about people instead of to them?

I have a very important calling on my life. If I am going to try to motivate people to live better I should definitely practice what I preach. I love Jesus so much and I know that He loves me. So much like my husband, I want to please Him. I want to look good, smell good and behave well, not so that He will love me but so that He desires me. I am not impressed with outright mean, hateful people. It is safe to assume that he is not either. Pray with me as I allow God to do His work in me. I will no longer be a lying, gossiping self righteous person.

PSALM51
1 Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.
2 Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.
3 For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.
4 Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.
5 Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.
6 Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.
7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
8 Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.
9 Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.
10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
11 Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.
12 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.
13 Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.
14 Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness.
15 O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise.
16 For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering.
17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.
18 Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem.
19 Then shalt thou be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering: then shall they offer bullocks u