God's Goodness

Traveler

i shall live

i shall die

i won’t regret

and wonder why

life was hard

with many lessons

i had to learn..

days of rejection

times of tears

lack of courage

as i faced my fears..

but I would not trade

my life for any other

for through it all

i got to know my Father..

not my earthly one

whom i did not get to know

but the creator of earth

to me He did show..

how to be humble

in all of my ways

loving and kind

does He wish to instill

as He continues to shape

my heart and will..

to be a reflection

of who He is

He walks with me daily

and directs my steps

He counsels me in the night

and comforts me too..

peace in His presence

so many good gifts

Thank you Father

for all that you give and do..

                        rgould

 

Today’s thoughts.. Train rides allow me time to think and see sights that I would not normally view while in a car. The train is not for everyone. Some want to get to their destination quickly. I am in no hurry. Along the way I always meet someone special. Sometimes you hear conversations that you would rather not listen to. I can often pick up on when the train attendants are tired, and like in everyday life, there are those that like to push someone’s buttons. Despite the unpleasantries I take it all in and make use of the time to pray for the strangers on the train..

 

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Through the Eyes of a Child

I am back home after my adventures with the grand littles. I only used my phone to take photos. It was different for me, as I enjoy the use of a regular camera. But wanted to avoid extra weight and I am still struggling with why certain photos, from a particular camera are going to neverland.  I often like to capture a shot that is not posed. I wondered what my grandson was seeing and thinking about the boat ride. Here is another one that I have posted previously on his first Metrolink train ride.

Mile’s is a deep thinker and this grandmother was certainly impressed with his many skills. Grandma Bobbie, as I am known to my grandchildren learned some new things about herself. The process of aging slows one’s body down, and the energy level is quite not up to par. Times of feeling somewhat fragile and not as strong is quite an awakening. But this adventure was not about me, but the opportunity to allow the little’s to see grandma in her silliness, singing songs along with them and hopefully seeing that she is young at heart.

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renewing of the mind

Sunday Soul Search

Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

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Structurally Sound

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Many cities have bridges. This is one in Portland. Since we are now closer to this city we are getting out a bit to explore, because the VA medical center is there.We can all agree that preparation for building bridges takes a lot of planning. It is not something that can be accomplished on a whim, without consideration. It takes people working together, those with knowledge, insight and experience. The safety of lives that travel depend on the wisdom of all to build what is structurally sound. In Matthew 7:24-27 we are told a parable of the wise man who built his house on the rock. When the storms beat upon his house, it did not fall because it was built on the rock. Not made in haste in an unsafe location prone to possible flooding. In verse 26 it says But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house in the sand: 27 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on the house; and it fell. And great was it’s fall.. 

Today, I write this because I am concerned about the amount of negativity being spewed out in the atmosphere. There is disrespect, meanness, evil intention and much more. I tend to be sensitive to those that are criticized for their appearance. I was born an average sized baby, but God’s plan was for me to be petite. So while everyone around me was getting taller in junior high, my height remained the same. I have had my share of being made fun of in my lifetime. It caused a serious lack of confidence in my young years, which carried over into my adulthood. So when people are bombarded with criticism and disregard for their appearance, I take notice of it.  I love all of Psalm 139, but 13: says, For you formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. 14: I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well.

We build with our words. The Bible tells us that we either curse or build up.

Proverbs 18:21 The tongue has the power of life and death, and those that love it will eat its fruit.

Ephesians 4:29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, buy only what is helpful for building other up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.

James 1: 26 Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on your tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless.

Colossians 3:8 But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander and filthy language from your lips.

Colossians 4:6 Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. 

Exodus 20:7 You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.

It seems that it has become fashionable for some to fling certain words of profanity around as though it’s just fine and acceptable. I find it very sad for the children being exposed to it. Stuff that used to be considered wrong or not appropriate, has been watered down to make it appear to be right and ok. We would all benefit to think before we speak, and for many it would be beneficial for speak less. To do so usually takes time to step away from the platform of life and do a heart check. Seeking God to search our hearts and expose what is offensive and expose the sin.

God, I pray for hearts that will yield to you in true humility and seek your face. May we admit our weaknesses. May we let down the walls in our hearts and seek your forgiveness. May we recognize our need for you, in living out our lives according to your will. Help us Lord in our frailties. I ask this in the mighty name of Jesus..  Amen