The other day I was having a conversation with a friend. At the time they were lamenting about their current financial situation just as we were passing some rather expensive beachfront homes. They made a comment and used the term “have and have nots”, presuming that one class is suppressing the other class.
I was a bit taken aback by this line of conversation as I have always considered this friend to be a wise and no nonsense kind of person. I left the statement go as I know sometimes when we are just letting off steam and thinking out loud, we let things fly that we really didn’t mean. I turned the conversation to something else.
Later that night when I was alone I thought about that statement, the “have and have nots”. It’s certainly been used for political gain by the so called “haves” to work up those who consider themselves the “have nots”. But as I thought about it and how my friend had gotten themselves into their financial situation, I knew and I really think they honestly knew, it had nothing to do with someone else taking what was theirs.
Then I thought it’s not the “have and have nots”. It’s the “did and did nots”. Continue reading
I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart;
I will recount all of your wonderful deeds.
This is just a short piece for Thanksgiving.
Perhaps every day should be a day of thanksgiving. Every day you open your eyes and draw a breath is another day of a gift we were given. Every day you can wake up and have a thought and a feeling is more precious than any other thing on earth.
Yet we set aside one day a year to appreciate all that we have every day. Continue reading
What gain has the worker from his toil? I have seen the business that God has given to the children of man to be busy with. He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. I perceived that there is nothing better for them than to be joyful and to do good as long as they live; also that everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toil—this is God’s gift to man.
Ecclesiastes is one of my favorite books in the entire Bible and King Solomon is one of my favorite persons in the Old Testament.
The above passage talks about the most recurring theme from all of King Solomon’s writing.
The theme that’s been my words to live by, which is summed up in verse 13. Continue reading
For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit.
This verse caught my attention when I read it. What made me stop and write it down was the paradigm shift I had when I read it.
I originally thought this verse to mean you think and act according to worldly wants and desires and you pay the price. You think and act of God and you are saved.
I still believe that, but this time I saw an affirmation of my belief in the simplicity of life and God. I saw the simplicity of getting your relationship with God and in doing so you are filled with the energy, the will, the Holy Spirit of God. Continue reading
2nd Corinthians 1:9
Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death. But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead.
When I read this verse I knew I wanted to write about it. It wasn’t clear on my thoughts or how to explain them. I knew this verse meant something to me.
I turned to reading the commentary written about this verse by John Gill. Continue reading
See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil. If you obey the commandments of the Lord your God that I command you today, by loving the Lord your God, by walking in his ways, and by keeping his commandments and his statutes and his rules, then you shall live and multiply, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land that you are entering to take possession of it. But if your heart turns away, and you will not hear, but are drawn away to worship other gods and serve them, I declare to you today, that you shall surely perish. You shall not live long in the land that you are going over the Jordan to enter and possess. I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live, loving the Lord your God, obeying his voice and holding fast to him, for he is your life and length of days, that you may dwell in the land that the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.
These six verses are what follows the verses I wrote about in my previous post It Is In Our Hearts. In verse 11 through 14 Moses tells the people of Israel that the word of God is very near. It is in your heart and in your mouth.
In verses 15 through 20 Moses continues by letting the Israelites know how simple life really is. Continue reading
This is the final piece in my short series of posts about my writing habits or better yet the loss of my writing habits. The previous two posts were originally drafted back in September of 2016 shortly after I had made the move from Pennsylvania to Florida. This piece I drafted, edited and posted today.
How far have I come along with my new writing habits? Well, not as much as I would like, that’s for sure.
Looking back at my composition books and reviewing the dates that I have been writing, I can see just how much my writing has slowed down. At one point over the past six months I went an entire month without writing a single new post.
Prior to my move in September of 2016 it would take me a little under three months to fill up all 200 pages of my composition book. And I would have the front and back crammed with notes of new ideas.
The last composition book that I filled with posts took me eight months. Reviewing my current book, it looks like I am back to writing something at least once a week. I use to write something at least every working day, 5 days a week.
Honestly, right now, I have to force myself to write. Continue reading