Does anyone read anymore?

I have spent the last couple of days reading Health care bill H.R. 3200. We have all heard talk on the radio and the newspaper about the bill but, who has read it for themselves? I asked Jake, ”Who do we believe?”

After reading it, I soon realized not all of the reporters are reading it either. I have talked to, who I consider intelligent people, who are oblivious to what’s on the bill and state “don’t worry”. After reading the bill (up to page 300) I can say I am worried. I pulled the congressional budget report of the impact the bill will have on the deficit…..I am now very worried. Why aren’t people speaking up?

People say they want health care for all…….it already exists. I see people everyday who have medical bills on their credit reports that are not paid. They still get the health care, they just don’t pay the bill. It’s a choice they make whether they want the insurance or not. The bill proposes a fabulous solution. On page 59, it says the government will have direct, real-time access to all individual bank accounts for electronic funds transfer. WHAT?
I suggest everyone go to the Government website and read for yourselves.

Enjoy!

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I just want to celebrate….

I just want to celebrate…. Steps to Pure Joy continued

Step 6: Celebrate where you are going…Heaven. Just imagine-Jesus is going to plan a place for us! “In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you” (John 14:1-3 NASB). Just thinking about the place that Jesus is going to decorate for me…build for me….one that’s move in ready, makes me want to bust with joy! I am so excited I can hardly wait to see it. I have already requested a bubble gum machine!

It is a place where God dwells among his people. “Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He shall dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself shall be among them, and He shall wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there shall no longer be any death; there shall no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away. And He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” And He said, “Write, for these words are faithful and true.” And He said to me, “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give to the one who thirsts from the spring of the water of life without cost. “He who overcomes shall inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be My son” (Rev 21:3-7 NASB). No more pain, no more hurt hearts, no more betrayal……

Later, the bible describes “the streets of the city will be pure gold, like transparent glass” (Rev 21:21 NASB). Just image it. How cool is that. I can hardly wait to slide on the gold floors in my socks and have God laugh with me. I could practice sliding up to him on my knees (like in the movie). I don’t think I will be able to walk anyway. I will be in awe of His presence. Think about God, my father, my Lord and master wiping the tears from my eyes. I am so excited I could just scream. I had to stop to run around the house and scream!
Have you noticed a common theme in the last few ideas? Celebrate the Lord. Worship Him for who He is and what He does. God inhabits the praise of his children. “But you are holy, O You Who dwell in (the holy place where) the praises of Israel (are offered)” (Ps 22:3 Amp). He loves it when we show our love for Him. When we tell Him we love Him and how great we think He is. Just noticing the blessings He gives you everyday and thanking Him for them puts a smile on his face. His love flows back to you through the Holy Spirit in the most wonderful joy you will ever experience.

Question to ponder: Do you celebrate the Lord during the week or only on the week-end?

P.S. Thank you again Mary for all your help.

How clean are we really?

A friend posted something on her blog that has made me start to think…….

She talks this week about Jesus, a toaster, and a magic eraser. Check it out…FreetoDance  What is the magic eraser Jesus is using in your life? I’m thinking when he uses it …it has to hurt. I hate pain. Does he know that about me?

She found me awhile ago and I have been watching her blog ever since. What caught my attention is she reveals she is a domestic violence survivor. It has been something I have been thinking a lot about since I met Amy. I have emailed “freetodance” and discussed abuse. What does it look like? How does it happen? She has been a big help.

You and I have talked about my friend Amy and some think she may be abused. I don’t see how because her husband is a Christian. He prays and everything. He has even started volunteering at the church. What I do know is that I need to gather more information before I talk to her.

But, here is what I don’t understand… How could someone live through something like that and still love God? How could you think there even was a God?

Mission Impossible…?

Picture this…

Me in a navy blue high bodice evening gown. I am dancing at a ball with a handsome gentleman. I slip away and run up the stairs to a dark office. With my flashlight that also doubles as a hair piece I search for the treasure. I hear something….voices and steps coming closer. I frantically search, and finally I find the diamond and run out the patio door and to the next room. Just in time. I quietly exit the suite and take the stairs up to the roof being chased by security. Once on the roof I search for an escape but discover there is no place to run.

Security thinks they have cornered me but, I run to the edge of the building, un-Velcro my pleated skirt to reveal a tight fitting black jumpsuit. I pull loose straps of a harness over my shoulders and jump over the edge of the sky scrapper. My black parachute opens and I gently swish between buildings and windows unnoticed by residents of the city. I land in the park. I nonchalantly take the parachute off, stuff it in the dumpster, and walk away seen only by a bag lady rummaging through the trash. She asks holding up the chute, “Is it worth anything?” I respond, “Only if you’re in a tight spot.” Next, I hale a cab, one pulls over and the driver is Syliva who asks, “Did you get the jewels?” I pull it out of my jumpsuit and it glistens in the lights of the city at midnight. I respond, “I could only find “Joy” but, the others must be there. We will try another night to find Hope and Peace.”

Mission impossible music playing in the background…..

The loss of a friend.

It seems like ages since we last talked. I have tried several times to sit down and write this blog, but have ended up crying each time. We had to put Annie to sleep last week. Some of you have met her. She was a lab and my best friend. I had her before I met Jake.

I took her to the vet on Monday and found out she was full of cancer. I was alone so I took her home. I cried all day waiting for Jake. He took the next day off to work and we took her back to the doctor. I held her while …………. she…..ah…..passed. Still, the thought of what happened brings tears to my eyes. The doctor gave me the choice to either sit with her or they would do it in the back. As hard as it was to hold her in my arms, I wanted to be there for her. She has always been there for me……Always.

A guy at work said, “It’s just a dog why are you crying?” Just a dog!? I never really thought of her a “just a dog”. She was a friend. Someone I told my deepest darkest secrets to and she never spread them to anyone else. She loved doing laundry! In the city, we would do the Laundromat together. There was an ice cream store next to the Laundromat….we would get the single scoop ice cream she in a dish and I in a cone. We would sit on the steps of the Laundromat watching people go by while our clothes washed. We would take off and go for long walks and drives on my day off. She had her pillow on the bed and I had mine. Although, she didn’t like to sleep there…..I think she was too hot but being a polite friend she never complained, just got up after I went to sleep and slept on the floor by me. She fell in love with Jake at first sight. When he came to the door, he immediately let her sniff him and spent more time fussing over her than me! He would always bring her a treat or toy when he came to pick me up….. he realized the way to my heart was through my protector…Annie.

I asked Mary, if there were animals in heaven? She said, “yes the bible tells us, the lion and the lamb lay down together”. I have been talking a lot to God this week, begging Him to take care of her, begging Him to have someone fun for her until I get there. I’ve pleaded with him to let me see her again and to let her know I miss her desperately. She was the best friend a girl could have.

For now, today, this second, I’m trusting Mary that I will get to see her again. I’m trusting God He can take care of her the way she likes……but…. just barely.

All this talk of joy really makes me start to think…

All this talk of joy really makes me start to think…

How can I have the joy then in a blink of an eye it is gone? Where does it go? Was I just deceiving myself thinking I was joyful when really I was just happy?

Yesterday, I woke up all full of joy. Could just bust a gut I was so joyful. Then in a matter of minutes I crying out, upset, and stamping around. Why would God let me loose my joy? Where was God in all this? I’m trying to do my part….

There you have it…. I’m one unjoyful lady wondering where God is in the bad things.

Why do bad things happen?

The best gift ever!

Steps to Pure Joy continued….

 

Step Five: Celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit. “Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father” (Gal. 4:6 NIV). God gives good gifts. Doesn’t he give good gifts?! These are gifts you can’t buy down at the Chandler Mall. Now remember, I am not talking about… meditate or think about it. I am talking about celebrate! Praise God….thank him for the gift of the Holy Spirit. This is way cool.

 You may be saying what’s the big deal about that? Who cares? Let me explain why I am so excited about this gift…The role of the Holy Spirit is to strengthen and comfort us “So the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria enjoyed peace, being built up; and, going on in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it continued to increase” (Acts 9:31NASB), teach us “for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what you should say” (Luke 12:12 NIV), help us when we are weak “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express” (Rom 8:26 NIV), and He guides us “ But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth….He will bring glory to me by taking from what is mine and making it known to you” (John 16:8,13,14 NIV). I don’t know about you, but I can’t learn the bible without His help…I am a simple person I have a simple mind. I need some guidance. He gave us the gift of the Holy Spirit so we could have Him with us always to guide us and teach us! Think about this with me. We have Him (Jesus) in our hearts to guide us and direct us everyday. This is the best thing Mary pointed out to me yet!

I have had some people say “I wish Jesus was here today so we could ask him questions-like the Apostles.” Boo hoo – “it is so much harder now because we can’t see Jesus. He is not here physically in front of us.” Hello….I don’t think they had it easier. Most of them were martyred! I am glad I was born when I was. Picture this – you are trying to make a career choice. You can’t decide on which job to take….you are trying to call Jesus. You are even text messaging him. You can’t get thru. You try everything, even paying for an airplane to sky write your question to him in the air….Nope no Jesus. He is on the other side of the world. I would use up all my cell phone minutes in the first day! Do you know how many times I talk to Him?….ask Him questions?……tell Him he’s great….better than sliced bread! I don’t need to go through any of that ……I just visit with Him and ask what should I do? What job should I take? “But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come” (John 16:13-14 NASB). He does not speak on His own initiative ….and He will disclose to you what is to come. The help you get from Him comes straight from God and He will disclose what is to come. But important key is you have to listen….be still and listen. Wait for the answer. Believe He will answer and wait. A telephone direct to God everyday, anytime…..better than the bat phone on Batman & Robin! The Holy Spirit is your red bat phone! AWSOME!

Question: Have you ever thanked/praised the Lord for that gift? Tell him you think it’s great. That was very thoughtful of him. What a super idea!