God’s sense of humour

 

This is the devotional i sent to Everyday Christian a few weeks ago   now God sends my own words to me as I nurse my own worry and this broken arm…  okay God  I get the message.

Worry Wort

Do you worry? Nothing I say here will change that. That is your personal choice. As a worrier you must enjoy being bothered, sleepless and unsettled. You must crave anxiety and useless concern.

You love restlessness, irritability and muscle tension. You enjoy headaches, nausea, and numbness in both hands and feet. You live with twitching, hot flashes and rashes. Of course, you must experience all these symptoms and more because you keep on doing it; worrying that is.

There is a cure, but you don’t bother with it because you like your current state of discomfort. That must be so because otherwise, you would have chosen the cure for worry.

Therefore I tell you, stop being perpetually uneasy (anxious and worried) about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink; or about your body, what you shall put on. Is not life greater [in quality] than food, and the body [far above and more excellent] than clothing?
And who of you by worrying and being anxious can add one unit of measure (cubit) to his stature or to the span of his life?
And why should you be anxious about clothes? Consider the lilies of the field and learn how they grow; they neither toil nor spin.

But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and green and tomorrow is tossed into the furnace, will He not much more surely clothe you, O you of little faith?
Therefore do not worry and be anxious, saying, what are we going to have to eat? Or, what are we going to have to drink? Or, what are we going to have to wear? (From Matthew 6:25-31, AMP)

Horrible Habits

EVERYDAY CHRISTIAN

I am surely speaking to an orderly crowd with no bad habits showing in any way. Unfortunately, you are reading a writer who has quite a few she is still trying to overcome.

Our bad habits are travel agents for guilt as we struggle with them and our failure to overcome them. The trouble is that we love our bad habits, don’t we?

Ice cream is one of my weaknesses. I like it way too much, way too much for comfort, weight loss, and common sense. I fail to control that bad ice cream habit when I purposely drive by my favorite store that sells my favorite flavor (with chocolate sauce on top!)

I could take another street to my destination but somehow I enjoy the torment of driving past (or into) what torments me.

I say enough is enough. What can we do today to help ourselves overcome the thing that we hate and yet that we continue to do?

Motto Me

 

People say wise things every day. Which of these could/should be your motto?

“Even when it looks like a dream is dead, know this: God can renew that dream and breathe new life into it.” Joel Osteen

Whatever someone did to you in the past has no power over the present.” Oprah

“An anniversary is a time to celebrate the joys of today, the memories of yesterday, and the hopes of tomorrow.” Author Unknown

“Every Thought We Think is Creating Our Future.” Louise L. Hay

“You don’t have to respond to every negative voice. You are better than that. Live above your circumstances.

No matter which one you pick, they all point to this thought from Benjamin Franklin.

“Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each New Year find you a better man.”

Never Too Late For Thanks

EVERYDAY CHRISTIAN

Yes it is the Canadian Thanksgiving weekend and we thrive on that long weekend we enjoy here. We concentrate on our three days off as though it were the end-all and be-all of life. Sometimes we fill it with family, but ofttimes folks make that one last trip up a crowded highway to the cottage.

Does a day off make us pay more attention to a holiday? I don’t think so. To many, it is just another day to get away from work. Here are some thoughts on God’s idea of Thanksgiving.

Enter with the password: “Thank you!” Make yourselves at home, talking praise. Thank him. Worship him. (Psalm 100:4, MSG)

On your feet now—applaud God! Bring a gift of laughter, sing yourselves into his presence. (Psalm 100:1-2, MSG)

Why Bother?

 

Do you wonder why God even bothers about you? Why has he made all these astounding promises to us? These verses give us the answer. Oh and don’t forget gals, he used here is all man/womankind so we are included! YAY!

“Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life, I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.” (Psalm 91:14-16, NIV)

Did you get that? Because we love him and acknowledge his name, he rescues, protects delivers and honors us.

And all we have to do is call on his name. Do you know the name he speaks of? Are you aware of the name above all names? Without it, God’s protection plan is not available to us.

That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:10-12, NIV)

Oh for the GOOD old days

 

This is a copy of a law passed in 1770 by British parliament. Be prepared to be amused!

All women of whatever age, rank or profession or degree, whether virgins, maids or widows that shall impose upon, seduce or betray into matrimony any of his Majesty’s subjects, by scents, paints, cosmetics, washes, artificial teeth, false hair, iron stave hops, high-heeled shoes, bolstered hips or padded bosoms shall incur the penalty of the law enforced against witch craft and like misdemeanors and upon conviction the marriage shall stand null and void.

Whew! Even Peter wasn’t that stern.

The same goes for you wives: Be good wives to your husbands, responsive to their needs.
There are husbands who, indifferent as they are to any words about God, will be captivated by your life of holy beauty.
What matters is not your outer appearance—the styling of your hair, the jewelry you wear, the cut of your clothes—but your inner disposition.
Cultivate inner beauty, the gentle, gracious kind that God delights in. The holy women of old were beautiful before God that way, and were good, loyal wives to their husbands. Sarah, for instance, taking care of Abraham, would address him as “my dear husband.”
You’ll be true daughters of Sarah if you do the same, unanxious and unintimidated.
(1 Peter 3:1-6, MSG)

Be Honest —

 

Be honest now.
1. Do you give God tip money, your coin leftovers?
2. Do you give according to how well the pastor’s message entertained you?
3. Do you give when you are moved by the way your emotions react?
4. Do you give but intend to give more when you get richer?
5. Do you give grudgingly, only because others are watching?
6. Or do you give your tithe and your offerings the way God gives to you?

Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again. (Luke 6:38, KJV)

You? Sleeping Beauty

 

Sleeping Beauty slept undisturbed for years and all you want to do is get one good night’s rest! Do you ever envy her?

Are you plagued with insomnia, a snoring partner, or a sleep apnea problem? What about leg cramps or restless leg syndrome? Do you have nightmares or maybe even walk in your sleep?

It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep. (Psalm 127:2,  KJV)

God says he gives us sleep; so how do we get it? A few simple things include going to bed and getting up at the same time every day. That means no sleeping in, even on weekends, and no napping during the day.

Avoid screen time before bed—no not the window netting but all those electronic gadgets we are addicted to.

Exercise early in the day. Avoid caffeine and don’t drink too much liquid. Your mother was right when she limited your milk intake by 8 pm! Some people need a light snack; others find that causes indigestion. Do what works for you.

 

Still Laughing

 

I actually teach a seminar on humor because I think there isn’t much of it going on in today’s world. I am not alone. See the esteemed folks and their quotes below.

“Humour is the great thing, the saving thing, after all. The minute it crops up, all of our hardnesses yield, all our irritations and resentments flit away, and a sunny spirit takes their place.” -Mark Twain

“Trouble knocked at the door but hearing laughter hurried away. ” -Benjamin Franklin

“You can’t stay mad at somebody who makes you laugh.” – Jay Leno

“A day without laughter is a day wasted. ” -Charlie Chaplin

“Laughter is a mini vacation. ” -Milton Berle

“Laughter is the closest distance between two people. ” -Victor Borge

“From there to here and here to there funny things are everywhere.” – Dr. Seuss

Never let it be said that God doesn’t have anything to say on the topic!

Then were our mouths filled with laughter, and our tongues with singing. Then they said among the nations, The Lord has done great things for them. (Psalm 26:2, AMP)

He will yet fill your mouth with laughter [Job] and your lips with joyful shouting. (Job 8:21, AMP)