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UTHE GREATEST POWER IN THE WORLD IS…

God DIDN'T

It’s hard to believe its been nearly nine months since I scribed my last appointment with God, and I can honestly write it was by choice.

Now, I’ve loved God my whole life, but it seemed that I had put myself in a place where those I loved didn’t quite understand the love that I had for God and each day when I would try and “verbally” share one of my appointments with God  it inevitably  brought on new challenges to where those who were non-believers would ask me questions and become very frustrated. Then when they didn’t agree with my answer, there would be another question, and so on and so forth, until frustration would set in on both parties, and the frustration would turn to anger. Then anger turned to resentment until one day I woke up and realized that the greatest power in the world is BELIEVING!

Just as Christopher Columbus believed the world was flat and Rosa Parks believed she too had  the “right” to sit with the “white”… Or Walt Disney who believed in the power of wishing upon stars…

There’s only one thing that a belief can’t do!

A belief in someone or something cannot get another to believe in someone or something UNLESS they believe in it too or are open to the thought of learning something new.

Now, this goes both ways.

It’s just as hard for a non-believer to convince a believer that there’s nothing to believe in. Unless two people are working together to head in the same direction it creates confusion. Just as Christopher Columbus would not put people on his ship who didn’t believe the world was flat, because that would create nothing but chaos. Or it wouldn’t have done Rosa Parks any good if she believed she had the right not to move to another seat, but then moved! And how sad would it have been if Walt Disney hid what he saw within his heart and was never brave enough to say, “A wish is a dream your heart makes… ” and then he never believed he could make his wish come true.

Yes, the power of believing is the most important power in the whole  world, and it wasn’t until I opened my Bible today and read Matthew 4… 

THEN was Jesus let up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward and hungered. And when the tempter came to him, he said, “If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.”

But he answered and said, “It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of  the mouth of God.”

Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, And saith unto him, “If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. Jesus said to him, “It is written again, Thou shalt not temp the Lord thy God.” 

Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. Then saith Jesus unto him, “Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. 

Then the devil leaveth him, and, hehold, angels came and ministered unto him. 

Now when Jesus had heard that John was cast into prison, he departed into Galilee; And leaving Nazareth, he came dwelt in Capernaum, which is upon the sea coast, in the borders of Zabulon and Nephthalim, by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles; The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up. From that time Jesus began to preach and say, “Repent for the Kingdom of heaven is at hand. Matthew 4: 1-17


When I arrived at the place where it shared that Jesus began to preach “after” he was questioned over and over and over again… I closed my Bible and SMiled. It was here where God showed me that no matter whether one believes in the Son of God or doesn’t… at one time or another the two shall meet, and God arranges this appointment not because it’s our job to change the mind of the one who doesn’t believe,  but because He gives us the opportunity to see how strong we really are in what we believe, and when we are able to find our strength that is when we are truly able to serve Him!

L.B.

Onward to the final appointments of my life. May He use the rest of my life to be of service to Him!

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GOD ACTUALLY MADE AN APPOINTMENT FOR ME!

Each and everyday the first thing I do is make an Appointment with God.  Basically what that means is I look for Him within my day and then I find scripture that verifies what I’ve found. I’ve never believed that someone should believe in something because someone tells us to. I believe that one should always be grateful for the information and then verify. It’s a lot more work than taking someone’s knowledge and making it your own, but the reason I do it is because I want to know the reason… I do it!

Anyway, a few days ago I had a doctor’s appointment, and before my appointment was over my doctor referred me to a specialist. I thanked him, left with the referral slip and prayed about whether or not I was going to make an appointment. I know what I have, and I’m tired of paying doctors to tell me about what I have, and I just finally decided that I wasn’t going to make the appointment.

A few nights ago my son asked me if I was going to make the appointment. I said, “no” and he got a little upset and made me promise that I would go. Now, being that I’m not always the best mother I told him I would. At the time I really meant it, but then yesterday I woke up and decided that I was a grown woman and at my age I don’t need to be promising something that I don’t want to do!

The interesting part about this was to justify my decision I called my mother and told her I wasn’t going to go. I called my dear friend, Barker, and told her I wasn’t to go and both of them listened and said they understood. So there! I had two people who understood the reasons “why” I didn’t want to go!

Then yesterday afternoon arrived and I began feeling guilty about promising my son that I would make the appointment and I didn’t. Finally the guilt got so bad that I looked up to heaven and said, “God, if it is important that I call this specialist will you please give me a sign. If not… I’M NOT GOING!”

A few hours later I was sitting at my desk and my phone rang, “Hello. Is Gina there?”

“Yes, this is Gina.”

“Hi Gina, I’m calling you from Dr. Cohen’s office. I see that we have a referral for you to see the doctor.”

At that moment I froze and actually started shaking, and said, “Yes. Why are you calling me? I’ve had hundreds of referrals in my life to go and see many a doctor and not one of them has ever called me to schedule the appointment. I’m the adult and am supposed to call you.”

“I agree,” she said “but for the past few days my heart kept going back to your slip and a few moments ago it was put on my heart to give you a call, so I called. You are right. We don’t call patients. It is their job to call us.”

I sat in silence for a moment and then I asked, “Are you a praying woman?”

She giggled and said, “Yes I am.”

I told her the story about how I prayed to God to give me a sign and at that moment she giggled and said, “Well,  I believe you’ve got your confirmation!”

The two of us chatted for another 10 minutes about how we both were in awe of the way this appointment transpired, and when I hung up the phone I looked up to heaven and said, “Okay. Thanks for scheduling my appointment.”

Now, I have no idea what’s going to transpire from seeing yet another doctor, but since God went out of His way to ensure an appointment was made— I’m truly excited to go and find out what this appointment is for. And, no matter what happens… I thank God each day that I’ve been able to experience so much of life and am able to understand what was written because of the life in which I’ve lived!

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

“Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! 12 So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets. Matthew 7: 7-12

L. B.

ONWARD TO  LIVING EACH DAY TO THE FULLEST!

 

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DAY OF ATONEMENT…

At sundown begins Yom Kippur, also known as Day of Atonement, and for the Jewish people this is the holiest day of the year bringing atonement and repentance. The tradition is to observe this holy day with 25 hours of fasting and prayer. Yom Kippur completes the annual period known as the High Holy Days or Days of Awe.

From the book of  Leviticus:

29 “And it shall be a statute to you forever that in the seventh month, on the tenth day of the month, you shall afflict yourselves and shall do no work, either the native or the stranger who sojourns among you. 30 For on this day shall atonement be made for you to cleanse you. You shall be clean before the Lord from all your sins. 31 It is a Sabbath of solemn rest to you, and you shall afflict yourselves; it is a statute forever. 32 And the priest who is anointed and consecrated as priest in his father’s place shall make atonement, wearing the holy linen garments. 33 He shall make atonement for the holy sanctuary, and he shall make atonement for the tent of meeting and for the altar, and he shall make atonement for the priests and for all the people of the assembly. 34 And this shall be a statute forever for you, that atonement may be made for the people of Israel once in the year because of all their sins.” And Aaron did as the Lord commanded Moses. Leviticus 16: 29-34

What I love most about this holiday is it represents three important things…

  1. Praying
  2. Repenting
  3. Giving to charity

When Jesus was a young boy he sat at the feet of the Priests and learned about Moses and the Laws of those before him, and when Jesus was crucified he basically was sharing these same three messages…

Jesus prayed…

1 After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed:

“Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. Now this is eternal life: that they know you,the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.

Jesus Prays for His Disciples

“I have revealed you to those whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word. Now they know that everything you have given me comes from you. For I gave them the words you gave me and they accepted them. They knew with certainty that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me. I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours. 10 All I have is yours, and all you have is mine. And glory has come to me through them. 11 I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name, the name you gave me, so that they may be one as we are one. 12 While I was with them, I protected them and kept them safe by that name you gave me. None has been lost except the one doomed to destruction so that Scripture would be fulfilled.

13 “I am coming to you now, but I say these things while I am still in the world, so that they may have the full measure of my joy within them. 14 I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world. 15 My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. 17 Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. 18 As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world. 19 For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified.

Jesus Prays for All Believers

20 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— 23 I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.

24 “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.

25 “Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me. 26 I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.” John 17: 1-27

 And Jesus shared the importance of repentance…

12 When Jesus heard that John had been put in prison, he withdrew to Galilee. 13 Leaving Nazareth, he went and lived in Capernaum, which was by the lake in the area of Zebulun and Naphtali— 14 to fulfill what was said through the prophet Isaiah:

15 “Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali,
    the Way of the Sea, beyond the Jordan,
    Galilee of the Gentiles—
16 the people living in darkness
    have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of the shadow of death
    a light has dawned.”

17 From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” Matthew 4: 12-17

And Jesus gave his life and all that he possessed for the charity of others…

16 Just then a man came up to Jesus and asked, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?”

17 “Why do you ask me about what is good?” Jesus replied. “There is only One who is good. If you want to enter life, keep the commandments.”

18 “Which ones?” he inquired.

Jesus replied, “‘You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, 19 honor your father and mother,’ and ‘love your neighbor as yourself.’ 20 “All these I have kept,” the young man said. “What do I still lack?”

21 Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” Matthew 19: 16-21

I believe each and every day should be a day of atonement because when we choose to live our life praying, repenting and giving that is the moment when true love arrives.

Praying everyone a beautiful day of atonement.

L.B.

ONWARD TO YOM KIPPUR!

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