“Noting also the ‘massive resistance by the Swedes to all forms of coercion with regard to vaccinations’, the Riksdag also made reference to ‘frequent serious adverse reaction’ in children who receive vaccinations.” ... See MoreSee Less
I had a flat tire for the glory of God today. The tow truck operator took my car and a gospel tract. He works Sundays, but his kids ride the bus to our church, and the bus captain (a local celebrity who happens to love the Lord) comes by to see him every week. What a privilege to plant and water gospel seeds. It’s worth a million flat tires to tell folks Jesus loves them. ... See MoreSee Less
I’m thankful for the greatest earthly heros, who laid down their lives to preserve our freedom. And IMO every able-bodied person who is willing to work, avoid government handouts, and reject socialism (a compassionate idea that has NEVER worked) is also a hero. Thank you, Jesus, for letting me be born in the greatest country on earth! May each American realize our great privilege and responsibility to create a better future for all. Happy Memorial Day y’all! ... See MoreSee Less
Prayer for Moms & Rainbow Moms: Lord, I pray for the moms who feel scattered￼ today. For the one who didn’t sleep well last night and is tired to the bone but doesn’t have the luxury of going back to bed. ￼ There’s breakfast to be fixed and diapers to be changed and ￼children to get dressed and piles of clean clothes to put away but the baby is crying.￼￼ Lord give her your strength.￼￼ I pray for the young mom who wants to start freelancing and has invested in all the courses is overwhelmed with infrastructure and finding clients and setting up systems￼. Lord give her your commitment. I pray for the empty nester who wants to start something new￼ but is so afraid of wasting time on the wrong thing. She’s seen how fast the years have gone. She doesn’t want to￼￼ take her dreams to the grave with her, but she doesn’t want to die alone either... ￼￼ Lord gave her your wisdom. I pray for the rainbow mom who longs for the day she will meet her baby in heaven. I pray for all the barren women who would have gladly traded their empty arms for morning sickness, sleepless nights, diapers, and a child of their own. May these find comfort in your word. Give them influence, respect, and love that defies miscarriage and the barren womb. I pray for the mom who bore the greatest sorrow when death came calling for her child. Heavenly Father, remind her you know what it’s like to be separated by death from the one you love most. Give her grace to believe you are too wise to be mistaken, too good to be unkind. Let her see the sufferings of this life through the lens of eternity, and embrace her opportunity to repel the father of lies. I pray for the widow, navigating a new normal while riding waves of grief and uncertainty that threaten to capsize her little boat￼￼. Lord give her your peace in the midst of this storm.￼￼ Guide each one, dear Lord, according to your promise.￼
There are many devices in a man’s heart; nevertheless the counsel of the LORD, that shall stand. Proverbs 19:21
Thank you for your word. May it be a sweet source of comfort for each one today. In Jesus’ name, Amen ￼ ... See MoreSee Less
Is it impossible for God to love a schizophrenic? My friend's niece thinks so.
"God can't love me because I'm schizophrenic, and I hear voices."
Is she right?
This young lady has shown compassion, kindness and yes, even love toward others who struggle with the same issue.
Is she more loving and kind than God?
No. None of us are. If only she could see her statement for what it is: hard thoughts against a loving God.
What Are Hard Thoughts Against God? "Hard thoughts against God" was a common phrase in theological works a hundred and fifty years ago. And it's the prettiest way I know of expressing what our enemy and our flesh are constantly tempting us to do.
Hard thoughts against God are:
Thoughts that blame Him for our suffering. Thoughts that make our problems big and make God small. Thoughts that frame Him as a remote, disinterested "Higher Power" who is waiting to smack us down in a cosmic game of Whack-a-Mole.
We're all tempted to think hard thoughts against God.
My friend's niece is struggling with one of the most common hard thoughts:
"Sure, God loves others, but He doesn't have what it takes to love me. I'm a hopeless case."
Maybe you're struggling with that thought, too.
Friend, you are not a hopeless case.
You are not beyond the possibility and reach of grace.
I know, I know... you've messed up. Alienated those who were once closest to you. Broken promises. Failed to keep those New Year's resolutions. Made shameful choices you now regret. You're still battling your love-hate relationship with sweets, self-indulgence, and all those insecurities from 7th grade.
I get it.
And so does God.
That's why He gave His Son for us.
The Christian life is a daily battle to replace hard thoughts against God with truth from His Word. Here are three truths to keep handy for battling hard thoughts against God.
Truth #1: God loves me Never doubt God's love for you. It's your enemy that plants hard thoughts against God.
Romans 5:6-8 says,
For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
How would your life change if you decided, once and for all, to believe God's Word over your feelings and over your flawed interpretation of your past and current circumstances?
Truth #2: All Things Work Together for the Good of God's Children Seriously. Jesus is King, ya'll. Ain't no reason to be stressing over the news or whatever.
Last week a friend sent me a video of some guy presenting information about a pro-vaxxer agenda involving forced vaccinations, metal bracelets, chips, and other stuff that sounded like it was straight out of 1984. At least, I think so. I only ever read the Cliff's Notes.
Anyway, her note prefacing the video was like, "God help us! Lord Jesus come quickly!"
And hey, I did watch the video. And it is pretty frightening to see our freedoms disintegrating before our eyes.
But ya'll need to read In Editha's Days. [Available free on Internet Archive, or in paperback on Amazon. Check out this post on my blog for links.] It's a well-documented historical novel about The Inquisition. (Side note: Wikipedia is sooooo off on their Inquisition page! For realsies. But I digress.)
During the inquisition, my Anabaptist forefathers were tortured and burned at the stake. They were hunted and killed for refusing to baptize their babies or accept infant baptism for church membership. Their babies were thrown into lakes and rivers to be drowned. They were driven from their homes by persecution and spent decades praying for religious liberty while enduring unspeakable atrocities simply because they "defied" the status quo by holding to the Bible instead of the Catholic or Protestant churches who were alternately in power.
I'm not happy about the prospect of forced vaccination. I'm appalled that Americans are being jailed for refusing to become wards of the State. But God has a right to arrange my life however He sees fit. And no matter what that looks like, He's already promised to work things out for my good and His glory.
Who knows? Maybe I'll be forced to be vaccinated and end up telling a stranger about Jesus who otherwise would have never heard how much God loves them? Or maybe my husband goes to jail and leads a fellow inmate to Christ?
I can't force our leaders to follow the Constitution. I can vote. I can fast and pray. I can take whatever actions God leads me to do. But after it's all said and done, the battle is the Lord's, not mine.
What scares me most isn't the infringement of my rights as an American. What scares me is my tendency to deceive myself. My propensity to major on the minors. My habits of self-reliance, self-promotion, and self-indulgence.
And guess what? God can handle all of that AND Coronavirus, too.
How would you face all the terrifying Coronavirus news if you really believed - no matter how things play out down here (this life is a vapor, you know) - that God is still God and He cares for you?
Nothing can touch you without His permission. He can use quarantine, flawed leaders, partisan-biased news, financial loss, and even tragedy for our good and His glory.
Truth #3: God Wins It doesn't matter who's in the Whitehouse. It doesn't matter what pandemic or economic collapse is just over the horizon. Jesus is still in control, ya'll. You can't impeach Him and He's not gonna resign.
Check out SM Lockridge's brilliant message on YouTube - That's My King! at www.youtube dot com/watch?v=VwQqQkdn_5Q
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I read the back of the book and we win.
This is the hope God offers those who trust Jesus' blood for the payment of their sins. (Romans 3:23-26)
Please, for the sake of your daily joy and peace, trust Him not only for your soul's salvation but to guide and protect you here below. Let His love bring you peace and joy in "unprecedented times."