Weather Check OR Attitude Check-up

A cold, not now! (wah-wah!)

I don’t think anyone likes a ‘Spring Cold.”

I have been a bit under the weather for the past several days and it has not be the most joyful of journeys lately.

The weather changes from warm to cool. The wind blows. There is just enough moisture flower, trees, grass and weed bud and bloom.

So now is this a cold or is it allergies?

Many of the symptoms are the same…you just tend to feel crummy. You have a sore throat, headache, itch…now that one is the alergies…runny nose and eyes. Along with being tired, blurred vision and a bit aches…sigh. Oh wait maybe it is a touch of both…what a deal.

Psalms 118:23-24 (KJV)
This is the Lord‘S doing; it is marvellous in our eyes. 24 This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-…,10, 11 (KJV)
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: 2 A time to…10 I have seen the travail, which God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised in it. 11 He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.

ERRRRCCCHHHH…..coming to a screeching halt!!!

Who is in control here anyway?

Can I change the weather? Do I think if I lived in a bubble everything would be ok? NOPE! and NOPE!

So what am I complaining for?

I need a check up.

A check up of the attitude of what I like and don’t like. No I don’t like colds and allergies. God has allowed it to be and I am able through His providence to take an allergy tablet or a cold pill if I wish, but my complaining will not take care of any of it.

If I were to ask god could choose to heal me. I absolutely believe it. Have I asked? Uh, no. Ya don’t ya don’t receive. Just as it says in Ecclesiastes, there is a time for all things. There are times I have asked and “life” as the Lord sees fit to do needs to take it course.

So when I find myself complaining about the day I need to remember this is the Lords day and not mine. He is with me and has promised to be there always. (Hebrews 13:5)

This might sound kind ridiculous, but, “Lord thank you for the weather, the budding of plants and the wind. Without these things I also would not have the chance to enjoy the beauty of Your creation and the wonder of it. Thank You.

Lord bless you all until we visit once again later.

Correction hurts, but is good for us.

 

Dim Moon-lite Sky - photo by Candy Clonts

Isaiah 59:10
10 We grope for the wall like the blind, and we grope as if we had no eyes: we stumble at noonday as in the night; we are in desolate places as dead men.

Oh my heavens why post a verse like this. It is the truth.

When we do not allow judgements in our lives and receive them, we are like a blind man walking around trying to feel his way around. We continue to strive with ourselves and the Lord, we stumble and fall, again. We then feel absolutely lost and without cause or reason, we will eventually give up.

How can we stop stumbling  in the dark, turn on the Light. We need to get back where we once were. Fine! How?

Revelation 3:19
19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

Rebuke and chasten, in short, you might say, is not receiving God‘s judgements in our lives. God loves us enough to stop us, tell us what we are doing wrong, but the rest is up to us. We are to repent. We are to turn away from what we once were doing, go in the opposite direction, and that is back to the will of God. “Lord, why did this come about? What is it You are wanting me to learn in this? How do I do what You are requiring of me?

Seek the Lord

First of all, talk with Jesus. Tell Him you are sorry, truly sorry. Then ask Him what it is He wants from you and what you need to do from here. He will show you. God corrects those He loves. When you feel the sting of the correction, what are you going to do with it. Get angry and blame or accept the blame? Are you getting stiff-necked like Pharaoh and reject what the Lord wants of you? You can do that. Or, will you say, “Okay, Lord here I am, I have fallen and yet You are there, so where do I go from here, help me to turn away from what has displeased You, I desire for our relationship not to be hindered.” God will then jump with joy…My Dear One has returned, He will shout. Then the good things just begin, sweet fellowship with Jesus; unhindered fellowship with Jesus.

Hebrews 12:12-13
12 Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees; 13 And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed.

 These verses have taken me by surprise a few times. What these verse are really speaking are, let me show you in the Amplifed Bible and what it says there.

 

A life in Christ is a life of sacrifice of self.

Hebrews 12:11-13
11 For the time being no discipline brings joy, but seems grievous and painful; but afterwards it yields a peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it [a harvest of fruit which consists in righteousness—in conformity to God's will in purpose, thought, and action, resulting in right living and right standing with God]. 12 So then, brace up and reinvigorate and set right your slackened and weakened and drooping hands and strengthen your feeble and palsied and tottering knees, 13 And cut through and make firm and plain and smooth, straight paths for your feet [yes, make them safe and upright and happy paths that go in the right direction], so that the lame and halting [limbs] may not be put out of joint, but rather may be cured.

In short what it is tells us, correction and discipline in our lives is not FUN but PAINFUL. I am sure we can all agree to that. But the results of it is far more wonderful IF we allow it to do its work in us. Stop with all the feelings, pouting, anger, pride and so on. Now just get up, get over it, wipe those tears, settle those emotions and do what is right before the Lord, turn to Him. 

Hebrews 12:1-6
1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, 2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. 4 Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin. 5 And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: 6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.

 We have hope. Much hope! Jesus and all the heroes of faith of  Hebrews chapter 11, are our great examples, our “clouds of witnesses.” they and Christ wet through what they did for something greater than themselves, a prize, a better thing (Heb. 11:39, 40). Jesus endure for the Joy that was set before Him. We are His joy. He is our prize, our goal.

Philippians 3:12-14
12 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. 13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, 14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

Christ Jesus is our prize. As long as we are in these human bodies we are going to have short comings, but we get up and press forward. Press forward to the high calling…our high calling is Christ Jesus Himself.

We have hope. We are shown grace and mercy. We are shown and given much love through Christ our Lord. Be not weary dear ones, but encouraged.

Before I leave you I want to tell you a story on this subject:

A little boy had to be taken out of the room full of family members over for Thanksgiving for misbehavior. His father had spoken to him several times. So dad picked up his son and took to the other room an dspanked the boy. The father then again asked his son why he had gotten the spanking and he told his father word for word what he had done and why he was taken to the other room. His father picked him up, hugged him and told him that was why he was spanked. Then his father kissed him and told him he loved him. As they returned to the room, walking out chipper and with a smile on his face, the boy passed his grandmother, she said, “Oh, I love you.” The little boy replied, “Not you too, Grandma.” 

The little boy knew he had disrespected his grandmother. It saddened him not that he was going to be spanked by her as well, but that he heard those words, “I love you.”

God doesn’t correct us out of anger but from a great love for us.

Lord bless you until later. Trust you rest in His great hope and enjoy His grace supplied for you.

**NOTE: The little story I just relayed to you may raise a few eyebrows concerning spanking. That is not my subject nor am I going to spend my time discussing it or debating it. I know some do not believe in spanking a child, spanking and abuse are two VERY  different things. The Bible is clear on the subject.

What is God trying to teach me?

Where I grew up in the mountains of New Mexico. April 2010 by Candy Clonts

It has been about  three weeks since my last post and it seems as if it were longer than that.

So many things have taken place. My brother got sick  and needed to help him. I came home for a few days and tried to play catch-up at home and have some time with my family, but God had other plans down the line.  My younger sister, at 48, had a heart attack.

We live in a small, mid-size, community with a small hospital, so they air-vaced her out to a larger hospital, 2 hrs. away, driving time, one that had a cardio unit.

All first initial tests revealed shed was having a heart attack and her blood tests were continuing to elevate.

BUT GOD, had other things in store. She had an angiogram done and there was no damage to the heart, valves are working properly, and the blood flow is good. Then there was an ultrasound of other arteries throughout the body, all clear of blood clots and no thinning or other blockages. Later and echocardiogram, again everything looked good.

It was determined she had a “muscle spasm” of the heart aka “mild heart attack” and a BIG wake-up call for all of the family.

I have been home for a few days and still exhausted.

I have had to ask myself “Lord what is going on here? I know that You are in control of ALL things and I don’t question that, what is it You want me to teach me, see and learn from this? What changes do I need to make in my physical and spiritual life?” There have been other quandaries also, but….

My sister is home and recovering well. She is going to have to change diet, exercise and a few other things as with most, if not all cardio patience.

The reason this has been seemingly so hard, is that 2 years ago this June I almost lost my dad (3x in a 2 month span of time) to cancer, followed by many complications. This and other illnesses have left him in a wheelchair and dependant on others, especial my mom and sister, for many things…not everything. He was hospitalized for about 3 months. Then a year ago in March my mom was diagnosed with COPD and congestive heart failure. Following in April with a heart attack and a quadruple bypass and a 3cm aneurism in the arterial artery below her stomach… I feel I have had my share of ups and downs with “scary” family health issues. But that is not my call, nor is it within my control.

I KNOW that the Lord is wanting more of me given to Him, He desires a relationship with me and with you. Yes it has been a struggle to say the least at times, but “God is faithful”.  (Hebrews 10:23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)

Jeremiah 29:11 
    For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

Thank You Lord, this is my hope in You. You are the One that knows what I need down to the very last detail. I am trusting You, “I have no other place to go.” (John 6:68 …Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life.)

Proverbs 6:20-23 
    My son, keep thy father’s commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother: [21] Bind them continually upon thine heart, and tie them about thy neck. [22] When thou goest, it shall lead thee; when thou sleepest, it shall keep thee; and when thou awakest, it shall talk with thee. [23] For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life:

This is my hearts desire to know His Word, to hold on to it, believe it and obey it.

His grace is amazing and His hope is indescribable.

Thank you my Lord and Savior; Master and Creator of all things, You are the Author of my life and You write my life story and I ask you help me to live it so that it is pleasing and honoring unto You.