Blogtober 7th – Be Kind Always, For it Could All Be Over in an Instant

I woke up with a headache, after sleeping in a recliner last night next to my client’s bedside. Tomorrow will mean a visit to the chiropractor. I also woke up with a conscience ache. I wasn’t kind yesterday. Whatever anyone else did or was doing makes no difference. I’m not responsible for them, I’m responsible for me. I looked for scripture to support me and the passage I was looking for did support me, but just a few words later it turned right around and cut me. I just won’t do it anymore if I have an ounce of control of my own thoughts and my own tongue. “Holy Spirit take control, take my body, mind and soul.”

 

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Prayer, Hope, Courage…

"We hear all that’s wrong with America today. I don’t even listen much to the news anymore. It depresses me: all the criticism, all the self flagellation. As one who’s come from abroad and made this now my home, I want you to know, many times when I come back from a long journey—and I travel over 200 days a year—I come back home, put my suitcase down, and my wife will tell you I get on my knees and kiss the kitchen floor and thank God that I’m home again. This is a nation that’s been blessed of God, empowered for such great tasks, and there are thousands and millions who come to its shores to find that kind of succor and hope and the opportunity to succeed and succeed again even when you have failed in several attempts." – Ravi Zacharias, National Day of Prayer address, 2008

I had a dream…and then I awoke

 

 

I was sleeping peacefully, when suddenly I dreamt that I looked out through the backdoor window and saw low, dark, gray clouds moving swiftly across the sky. The wind was whipping through the trees and our windchime was beginning to ring. As the first drops of rain started to fall, I said calmly and aloud, "Wow…these storms can really come upon us so quickly and without warning"

…then I woke up.

I was wide awake with the understanding that I was being called to pray. There was no time to not pray. The call was urgent. I prayed, not knowing why, but some thoughts came to me while I was praying.

I had a thought of large numbers of people – people I knew- that have no hope of Christ or of heaven, and yet God’s angels stand with sickle in hand, ready for the harvest. When the storms come, and all eyes are on us, the need is urgent for us to stand side by side with Christ and praise him and thank him and reflect his glory, that those around us would be able to see Him and know Him. Too often though, we draw more attention to ourselves than we do Christ, and the harvest withers or blows away from our neglect, or is poisoned by our bitterness.

The storms are coming faster now, making the opportunities more plentiful to heed Christ’s words that follow:

Luke 6:27-36

27.

"But I say to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,
28.bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.


29."Whoever hits you on the cheek, offer him the other also ; and whoever takes away your coat, do not withhold your shirt from him either.


30."Give to everyone who asks of you, and whoever takes away what is yours, do not demand it back.


31."Treat others the same way you want them to treat you.


32."If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them.


33."If you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same.


34."If you lend to those from whom you expect to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners in order to receive back the same amount.


35."But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return ; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High ; for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men.


36."Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

The National Day of Prayer

 

Well, I took a break from blogging and posting on message boards and most e-mailing, for the month of April.  I listened to very little music and radio and watched very little TV.  I did read the news and watch my e-mail for important things, as the point of the media fast was to pray and wait on the Lord for answers to some questions that we’ve had for a long, long time. 24 Hours after I started the media fast, God started answering those prayers and it’s been a tremendous time of refreshing.  Our life as a family is changing drastically now, and the changes are much needed.  Last night at church, the pastor who gave the message said how God wants "face time" with us, eye to eye.  I realized last month how fractured and hurried our habits have been.  

Today is the National Day of Prayer.  The pastor added last night that he has heard people say, "Prayer Works" and he replied to that "Prayer IS Work.  When the work of prayer is done, the rest of your work is as good as done"