Jonah

Jonah.

The whale.

Brings back memories of Sunday school. But, I have been studying the book this week and I was struck by this verse. It takes place after Jonah repented and went to Nineveh where the people repented and turned to God.

Jonah 4:1-2 AMP But it displeased Jonah exceedingly and he was very angry. And he prayed to the Lord and said, I pray You, O Lord, is not this just what I said when I was still in my country? That is why I fled to Tarshish, for I knew that You are a gracious God and merciful, slow to anger and of great kindness, and [when sinners turn to You and meet Your conditions] You revoke the [sentence of] evil against them.

Do you get what Jonah is saying here? He didn’t want to preach repentance to Nineveh because he knew if the people heeded his warnings, God would forgive them. In other words, he didn’t want God to show his grace on these evil people.

It makes me think, are there people in my life that I would rather God punish than forgive? Are there people in my life that I am unwilling to forgive? Are there people we are unwilling to pray for because we are afraid of what God might actually do for them?

I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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Closed doors, sailed ships, and other myths…

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Wonderful blog by my friend, Marilyn. Closed doors? Missed opportunities? Build your own ship.

Originally posted on luceleaf journal:

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     For most of my life, I’ve had a love/hate relationship with process. It took me a long time to realize that process doesn’t equal failure. I used to think that if something didn’t come easily to me, as many things did when I was younger, then I must not be good at it. I didn’t understand the difference between having a natural aptitude for something and having the ability to acquire and cultivate a skill. As a result, for many years, I saw failure as a finite thing, and I also began to equate missed opportunities with failure, because I thought opportunity, also, was a finite thing. “The chance only comes around once in a lifetime.” “That ship has sailed,” etc. etc.

     I would look back on my life and see certain moments where an open door had been slammed shut, and I would wonder, what if it…

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Fourth Friday Share!

Today’s Fourth Friday Share is a place that is close to my heart. Please allow me to introduce you to Pregnancy Care Center. The work they are doing is outstanding.

Take a look at their website and consider volunteering or helping them financially.

Some of the services they offer are:

Pregnancy Testing

Ultrasounds

Coaching

Healthy Pregnancy Education

Guy Support-employment, education on issues guys face during a pregnancy, relationship courses

Choices Project for Students-in school education

ICU Mobile Unit-near two major college campuses

Pregnancy Care Center

The Truth I Want

I’ve been on a new eating plan for about a month. I got up this morning, walked to the scale and I had gained two pounds.

People.

I was discouraged.

I drug myself back to my bedroom, moping around, getting ready for work.

My cousin has a saying, “Speak those things that aren’t as though they are.” This thought went through my mind and then God spoke to me, “Have you asked Me to help you with this? Have you thanked Me for what I’ve already done and what I’m getting ready to do?” I used to have this habit of finding things in my daily life to thank the Lord for…and if I had a need, rather than telling God, I need this or I want that, I would say, “Thank You that You…”, or “Thank You for…”. That would cause my heart to focus on the positive of the situation rather than the negative.

So, today I begin again. I will speak the positive. I will speak the truth I want in my life as though it already is. I will give Him praise.

O sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth!
Sing to the Lord, bless (affectionately praise) His name; show forth His salvation from day to day.
Declare His glory among the nations, His marvelous works among all the peoples. ~Psalm 96:1-3 AMP

Your Enemy~A Word of Encouragement

What is your enemy today?

Fear? Anxiety? Stress? Illness? Money? Is there a person coming against you? What is your enemy?

Call to the Lord.

Praise Him for He is your Strong Tower (Proverbs 18:10), Counselor (Isaiah 9:6), Healer (Exodus 15:26), Comforter (John 14:26), Provider (Philippians 4:19).

God is greater than anything or anyone who may come against you.

Psalm 18:3 I called to the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and I HAVE BEEN SAVED FROM MY ENEMIES.

Noise noun 1. sound, especially of a loud, harsh, or confused kind:

Sitting in the quite of my house I feel comforted by the sound of nothing. Sometimes I just want to “be”. I want to be able to hear my thoughts; to hear God’s voice. I can’t hear His voice with other voices coming at me from televisions, radios, phones, computers—people.

Anymore it’s a constant barrage of voices telling me what to wear, think, eat, say, don’t say…It’s just noise. Sometimes I think I’m too used to the racket, because when I don’t have it, my ears seem to scream at me in the silence. I’ve been sitting here trying to hear God. But, for two or three days it’s just seemed to be empty space surrounding me.

Yes, I know God is here. I know He has something important for me to receive. Maybe He is trying to teach me to just wait.

To be still.

To practice quietness.

Maybe He is whispering to me and there is still so much noise in my head that I can’t tune in enough to hear Him. I can feel my anticipation rising. I hope He reveals His plans for me sooner, rather than later. But, if not, I will stay preparing my heart, tuning out the chaos of this world—waiting.

Isaiah 30:18 AMP And therefore the Lord [earnestly] waits [expecting, looking, and longing] to be gracious to you; and therefore He lifts Himself up, that He may have mercy on you and show loving-kindness to you. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) are all those who [earnestly] wait for Him, who expect and look and long for Him [for His victory, His favor, His love, His peace, His joy, and His matchless, unbroken companionship]!

 

My Forgiveness Hero

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Forgiveness.

Wow. That is a heavy word, packed with so many emotions.

There are several heroes in my life. One of them is my brother. He set the bar, the standard, to which I hold everyone else up to when it comes to forgiveness.

You see, my brother has been through many trials. Some were self-inflicted, others just happened. There came a day when he decided to make a life change. Once he made the decision, there was no going back. Do you know what he did? He called or met every person he thought he might have hurt along his journey, and apologized. Not only did he say he was sorry, but he stated what he had done and asked to be forgiven.

He said, “I am sorry for _____. Will you forgive me?”

It was a very humbling thing, to have a person come to me in a such a vulnerable manner. I can’t tell you how I admire him for what he did during that time. He became a man in my eyes.

There is freedom in forgiveness for both the offender and the recipient.

Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. James 5:16 ESV

 

Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. Ephesians 4:32 ESV

 

For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. Matthew 6:14-15 ESV