Please read for me, A Sabbath Day

My dear

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Blogger Friends,

the CR leaders that I am a part of had a meeting last night about spiritual fatigue.

I realized that my work for the Lord as far as my Blog is concerned, does not give me a rest day so, I decided to take Saturdays off as my Sabbath.

Please keep following me and you can also check the Archive.

I realized that I am always tired even when I post.

I hope you all understand and suggest that others will think about that.

I love you all as my brothers and sisters Christian or not.

God bless you and sorry for been so late today. Another reason why I need the rest.

later,

Pat,

Child Of God.

God Knows … When I Wish Something Better Part 2 – Adventures in Sacred History – The Week of September 28

God Knows … When I Wish Something Better – Part 2

You will remember that Jesus made a promise to his friends just before he returned to heaven. “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in me. In my father’s house there are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you; I am going to prepare a place for you. I will go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and I will take you to myself, so that where I am, you may also be. “
(John 14: 1-3)

Years later, on the Isle of Patmos, John was able to see those dwellings in a vision that God gave him. He described the city as best he could. “I saw a new heaven and a new earth …… I saw the holy city, coming down from heaven, arranged as a bride adorned for her husband,” he wrote. “And the one who sat on the throne said: ‘Behold, I am making all things new.'” The light of the new Jerusalem “was like that of a jasper stone, diaphanous, like crystal ….. ..and the city was made of pure gold, like clean glass and the foundations of the city wall were adorned with all precious stones ….. The twelve gates were twelve pearls ….. And the street of the city It was made of pure gold …. The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, because the glory of God illuminates it …

Something Better
Heaven is a real place for real people. Are you interested? There we will not run out of time to do what we enjoy. Therefore, we will never get bored. Paul quoted Isaiah when he wrote, “Things that the eye has not seen, nor has the ear heard, nor have come up into the heart of man, are those that God has prepared for those who love him.” Wouldn’t it be wonderful to talk with Paul and with Jesus himself? And with many other loved ones throughout the history of the World.

God’s last invitation in the Bible is found in Revelation 22:17: “Let him who is thirsty come, and whoever wants to take the water of life freely.”

If we thirst for something better, if we want to enter through the gates of the holy city and eat from the Tree of Life, we will say Yes to God’s invitation. “Jesus, I decide to be Yours today. Come and live Your life in me.” If Christ lives in us, our minds will be open to thoughts of pure love. Our hands will serve with love. The character of Jesus will be our character.

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Weekly Verses – September 28

Monday

“I, even I, am the Lord, and apart from me there is no savior. I have revealed and saved and proclaimed — I, and not  some foreign God among you.   You are my witnesses,” declares the Lord, “that I am God.”
Isaiah 43:11-12
New International Version

THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY’S VERSE…

1 Peter 2 reminds us that we are here as witnesses to “declare the praises of him who has called us out of darkness into his marvelous light.”  We have seen and experienced God’s saving work.  We are recipients of his blessing.  We are the people who anticipate his mighty deliverance yet to come.  How can we remain silent?  How can we remain bitter, pessimistic, or discouraged?  The God who made the tomb empty and made the corpse our living Lord is our God and he is mighty to save.  He is our Savior!

MY PRAYER…

O Mighty God, I confess that I slip so easily into my day-to-day rut that I grow immune to the joy and excitement of your salvation.  Give me eyes to see and a voice to tell of your glorious deeds, your mighty works, and your answered promises.  I believe you are leading me to glory, so help me show and share that glory with those who do  not know you as God, Savior, and King.   Through Jesus I pray.  Amen.

Tuesday

It is the Lord your God you must follow, and him you must revere.  Keep his commands and obey him; serve him and hold fast to him.
Deuteronomy 13:4
New International Version

THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY’S VERSE…

So many people want us to follow their lead and obey their voice.   But God has proved himself faithful and loving through the ages.  In his might he is to be revered.  But rather than seeing reverence as a “church thing,”  we are reminded by Moses it is a “life thing.”  We are to obey and keep his commandments, and we are to serve him and depend upon him in our daily lives.  Rather than silence in the assembly, reverence is action to his glory!

MY PRAYER…

Holy and Righteous Father, help me take my worship outside the church building into my day to day life as I try to live what I sing, practice what I say, and pursue what I pray.  In Jesus name.  Amen.

Wednesday

Listen to advice and accept instruction and in the end you will be wise.  Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.
Proverbs 19:20-21
New International Version

THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY’S VERSE…

“Man proposes, heaven disposes.”  Most of us rush to give advice and make grandiose plans.  The wise man reminds us that wisdom comes from submitting to instruction for a significant period of time and then, only at the end of long listening, does it come.  If you are like me, you would do much better to let your plans ripen a bit more in  the light of the Lord before you launch into them.  I am comforted that James, the wisdom writer of the New Testament, reminds us that God will give that wisdom if we seek it and not doubt.

MY PRAYER…

Almighty God, teach me your ways and help me discern your paths for my life.  I have so many plans and schemes, but I know if they are not from you, they will not stand.  Lead me to your wisdom and I pledge to you that I  will not only seek to know it, but also seek to live it.  Through Jesus I pray.
Amen.

Thursday

Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.
Psalms 62:8
New International Version

THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY’S VERSE…

It is so hard to share the secrets of our hearts with anyone.  We want to keep our secret failings, embarrassments, and sins hidden, fearing others would reject us and we would shame ourselves.  But hidden sin is only hidden from us, not from our Father.  Hidden sin festers in our hearts and drives a wedge between us and the God who would forgive us and empower us to triumph over it if only we would pour out our hearts to him, because he is our refuge.

MY PRAYER…

Loving Father and Holy God, today I want to confess to you several things on my heart.  Father, I am afraid for others to know that I have. Holy God, I have sinned and ask your forgiveness for. Eternal Lord, I get anxious about. You alone are my refuge and strength.  I trust these confessions with you and ask that you strengthen me by the power of your Holy Spirit not to fall into these same traps again and again.  In Jesus name I pray.  Amen.

Friday

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and  he will make your paths straight.
Proverbs 3:5-6
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THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY’S VERSE…

When things are tough, I find it easy to call on God and lean on his mercy and grace.  He’s my ripcord Savior.  But I must confess, when I’m reveling in his blessings and things are going well, I am so much like the Israelites and forget to acknowledge that all the blessings I have and all the opportunities I have received come because of his grace.  In my joy and success, I need to learn to acknowledge him!

MY PRAYER…

Gracious Father, every good thing I have in my life has come because of you.  The family I have been blessed with, the protection I have received, the values that I hold, the successes I have enjoyed, the hope I have, the salvation I have received, and the future I anticipate are all mine because of your grace and not my goodness.  Thank you! Thank you! Through Jesus I thank you more!  Amen.

Saturday

“I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Jeremiah 29:11
New International Version

THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY’S VERSE…

When Israel lay devastated in the face of a ruthless enemy that would rob all glory and strip bare the very soul of God’s people, God issued his promise.  While the destruction visited upon them was in response to their rebellion and sin, God’s punishment wasn’t punitive alone, but redemptive.  In their destruction, God promised prosperity, hope, and a future.  Just as a doctor must cause pain when he sets a broken bone so it may heal, God’s discipline is not capricious but curative and ultimately life-giving.

MY PRAYER…

In my struggles, O Lord, help me find your grace — not in the relief of struggle and pain, but in redemption and change to your glory.   By your grace and through my Savior I say it. Amen.

Sunday

Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.  Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is — his good, pleasing, and perfect will.
Romans 12:2
New International Version

THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY’S VERSE…

Don’t be molded by the world.  Wow, isn’t that a tough one to obey?  It’s a reminder that what we think is one of the places of greatest spiritual warfare.  Sloppy thinking is more than sloppy, it’s dangerous because we are fed messages constantly that distort God’s truth and holy values.  But rather than being incensed by the world acting like the world, let’s be transformed by renewing our minds and doing what Paul said he did — take every thought, every word, captive for Christ.  We often think a tithe is giving ten percent of our money, but an even more vital tithe is giving ten percent of our thought time totally to the things of God!

MY PRAYER…

O Lord, please guard my soul from pride, my heart from callousness, and my mind from too much focus on unimportant things and not enough on your things.  Teach me in my heart what it means to be about my Father’s business, especially in the world of my thoughts!  Through Jesus, my greatest example of time spent with you. Amen.

Grace Moments Devotions – October 1, 2020

October 1
Big forgiveness, big love
Pastor Mark Jeske

There are some very bad boys in the Bible. Some bad girls too. One of them had been so convicted and so encouraged by Jesus’ teachings that she chose a very unusual way to thank and worship him. She brought a jar of extremely expensive perfume, poured it on his feet, and dried them with her hair (!) as she wept in gratitude.

Have you ever been terrified that you had outraged God so deeply that you were going to hell for sure? Have you known the deep despair of the damned? This woman had. Whatever pleasures and profit she thought she had gained in her sinful life crumbled away, and she thought she was lost forever. Jesus gave her hope of God’s favor, and her heart started beating again. It changed her life.

The peanut gallery in the house wanted to criticize her. Jesus shushed them and taught a powerful lesson: “I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—as her great love has shown. But whoever [thinks he] has been forgiven little loves little” (Luke 7:47). Those who think they need no Savior, who think they are fine and righteous and moral people on their own, feel no obligation to serve anybody. But the gospel of forgiveness of sins through the blood of Christ is a transformative experience. Those who are grateful for grace show it by their changed lives.

Their worship is intense. Their love is from the heart.

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Are You Encouraging Your Child to Cheat?

You may be subconsciously pressuring your kids to cheat.

by Angela Guzman

It is never too early to begin teaching your children good morals and ethics. Parenting.com published an insightful article about kids and cheating in school. The feature included insight from Thomas Lickona, Ph.D., author of Raising Good Children and Character Matters – How to Help Our Children Develop Good Judgment, Integrity, and Other Essential Virtues. Lickona said, “You want to get good behavioral habits established while moral reasoning is developing and deepening. There’s research to suggest that even young children are more sophisticated and morally observant than we might give them credit for.”

As parents carry out their daily regiment, it is imperative that they assess their own actions – whether they are intentional or not because kids soak it all up. Cheating is closely associated with lying and stealing; therefore, parents must make sure they are tying up the loose ends and making that correlation for their children. Even though it may seem like it’s common sense, it’s really not for children. They need those lines defined.

Parents are subconsciously pressuring their children to cheat. One way is the pressure that parents put on their children. Obviously, this is not intentional, but kids are feeling the heat. Instead of asking our children what they learned, oftentimes we ask them, “How did they do?” As innocent as that sounds, it can be taken as a form of interrogation or a form of measurement. Another way to communicate a conversation starter with your child would be to pose the question, “What did you learn?” This provides the child with an opportunity to dive into a lesson they found interesting and there is no indirect interrogation.

Even though we’re not promoting cheating, when parents pressure their children to feel like they need to be more or be better, there is an underlying amount of expectational guilt that a child feels – which brings forth the feeling of needing to cheat.

Another way society encourages our children to cheat is through the rules we enforce. If a child feels like they have no say, then that child may be more compelled to go against the law. Some parents may parent by the notion that their rules are final and there is never any room for negotiation. However, how would their parents feel if they didn’t have an opportunity to be themselves within reasonable terms? Clearly, a parent should create good boundaries and household rules. But parents should consider giving their children a say and incorporating their voice into the conversations. Not only will they feel empowered, but they’ll have an opportunity to grow their maturity.

For example, if your child wants additional TV time, you can involve them in the conversation without pointing fingers. Try this approach. Your child can have more TV time if they complete their chores without being told, finish their homework with no problems, and if they demonstrate a positive attitude. The additional TV time can be as little as 15 minutes or as much as 30 minutes. If a child feels like they are being heard, valued and had an opportunity to participate in the regulation then they are more likely to not be deceitful. However, if your child does not do all the things you’ve listed out, then you can calmly explain that they didn’t hold up their end of the bargain – and you can revisit the rule for adjustment later. Ultimately, children want to be involved and seen.

Lastly, another big was parents encourage cheating is their own actions. As a parent, be honest and ask yourself, are you completing your child’s project for them, doing your child’s homework instead of explaining it, not writing accurate information on their reading logs, or answering questions for them? If a parent is doing any of these things, they are essentially crippling their child. Children learn from examples and if a parent is setting the stage by not demonstrating what accountable behavior looks like, then they are encouraging their child to cheat.

Schoolwork and homework are hard. There are new ways teachers are teaching our children and parents are struggling to identify what has changed. Nonetheless, it is all part of the parenting job. Instead of filling in the answers so a to-do item can be crossed off the list, parents must take the time invest in their child. Identifying and designating these learning opportunities will be a great way for parents to level with their children and teach them good values by experience. By implementing and taking advantage of these teaching opportunities, parents will enrich and empower their children with a good foundation.

The reality is parents are not aware that they are encouraging their children to cheat. In many cases, parents assume that their children know right from wrong and already are equipped with the common-sense essentials to navigate through life. However, that is incorrect. Parents must heighten their senses and be aware of the many ways they are subconsciously contributing to their child’s behavior and actions. The little things really matter and have more influence than they like to believe. Parents should involve their children with the development of household rules, be more aware of the pressure they are inadvertently placing on their children and assess their own actions and mannerisms. Each parent and family dynamic are different, but if every parent can put in the extra effort they’ll see a big return. In the end, they’ll most likely view parenting with a different lens and learn new ways they can be a better individual.Angela Guzmanis a Writer at Large and a Huffington Post contributor.