Entry from, ‘How To Weave The Character Of Christ Into Your Life’. Ecclesiastes or “The Preacher”. (Jesus Christ Is God’s Preacher Of The Good News For All!) A book written by Timothy Baugh.

“For in much wisdom is much grief: (For with increased insight comes more disappointment and heartache) and he that increases knowledge increases sorrow.” (because when you understand more you will add more pain and suffering in this life.) Ecclesiastes 1:18. (with my own insights added.)       How true are these words! Jesus for this reason was described as “The Man of Sorrows”. Yet, even with this insight and knowledge into the human condition He still knew the best Good News ever! He knew of God as LOVE, PEACE, JOY, BEAUTY, STRENGTH, SECURITY, COMFORT, NOURISHMENT, LIFE, TRUTH, LIGHT, AND WISDOM. All this, and much more besides! We too, through Jesus ‘alone’ learn of the purely human perspective on life. Wisdom, education, knowledge, pleasure, happiness, power, influence, religion- all these and more are considered and evaluated in His Gospel. All of these have their temporary value so that in the proper time and place they should be appropriated, but they have only lasting value as man relates all of life to God. Reverence and respect for God, and a genuine devotion in serving God are essential in making life worthwhile.       Prayer– O, our Father and truest friend, We give thanks unto You. You are what makes all worthwhile. You are all Goodness Itself. And truly, Your mercy endures forever. We adore You and Your Son, Jesus, our Savior. Fill us now with Your Holy Spirit to live this Life with insight, and yet ever willing to want more of You and less of anything else. In the name of Your Son, Jesus Christ, we live, move, and have our being. Hallelujah! Amen.

Hello my Blogger Friends, I have been nominated for the Sunshine Award!

 

 

I had 3 nominations in these almost 2 years of Blogging and when it gets to that, I freeze and don’t know how to handle the instructions

This time I am humbled and grateful to have been nominated but the site is a .com. is this truly a real nomination? I can’t believe and truly humbled.

I want to thank Shegoz.com for the nomination. Please look at this site for me.

Thank you,

Pat, Child of God.

 

YouVersion Devotional

Starfish
Have you ever picked up or touched a starfish?

The name, starfish, hints at magic and mystery. As if they have fizzled down from the heavens to plunge into the sea. When they wash up on shore, they are the darlings of beachcombing parents because starfish are beautiful, benign, and beguiling. Completely safe to pick up and examine.

But starfish are neither stars nor fish. The scientific community calls them sea stars. You can find starfish from icy polar regions to the steamy tropics in a kaleidoscope of colors. They can be teeny tiny or gigantic—like the sunflower sea star, which can be three feet across and crammed with sixteen to twenty-four arms.

The charming starfish—seen on any beach in the world, seemingly captive of the waves, harmless to humans—is not really all that weak and helpless. They are in fact, patient and persistent predators.

When the starfish encounters a tightly closed oyster, scallop, or mussel shell as he roams across the seabed, he wraps itself around the shell in a tight embrace. Slowly he exerts outward, suctioning pressure until the bivalve cannot resist. A tiny slit emerges as the shell opens, just a crack.

This is all our patient predator needs. He then extends his stomach outside his body and into the shell through the tiny opening. He digests the meat inside and slurps up its tasty meal. Then his stomach retreats back into the sea star. His persistence has prevailed.

Our starfish’s surprising tenacity gives us hope. His charming, small, decorative appearance hides his amazing ability to crack open tough cases. He reminds me of the little old ladies in church with their blue-tinged hair. These ladies seem frail and innocuous. But when she’s alone, the little old lady rises up in the full armor of God, like a ninja warrior in prayer. She won’t give up, she won’t shut up, and she doesn’t cease putting the pressure on until she sees victory.

This is how we crack tough cases: persistent prayer.

James 5:16 tells us, “The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.”

When Peter told Jesus, “You are the Christ, the Messiah,” Jesus said that upon that confession, this bedrock of truth, Jesus would build his church. And then he adds, “And the gates of Hades will not overcome it” (Matthew 16:15-19). Meaning, our prayers are to reach into evil and dissolve it. And the gates cannot stand against it.

Persistent prayer may sound soft and squishy, but it’s like a sea star. In tough cases, it’s lethal.