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Oh be careful little ears what you hear…

Pr. 14:7:  “Go from the presence of a foolish man, when you do not perceive in him the lips of knowledge.”

Does anyone besides me find it nearly impossible to watch movies and tv shows these days?  We’ve never had cable, but we do have a subscription to a streaming company where we can get certain shows.  Besides a series my husband I watch together, I only try to watch this a few times a month.  Honestly, I’m not even sure why I continue to try at all.  Yesterday I tried to find a “feel-good” movie and within the first 30 seconds of the PG-13 movie I had chosen, there were 3 curse words.  Really?  It’s so frustrating.

I could have kept watching.  It’s just the way things are now, right?  But I turned it off.  Why?  I could tell there was nothing good that show could offer me.  If the writers aren’t even able to fill the first 30 seconds of a script with conversation that doesn’t include expletives, then they likely have nothing to say that I need to hear.  There are certainly much more interesting and creative ways to draw someone into a movie.  A God who created things as interesting as giraffes, rainbows, and Venus certainly made our brains more creative than curse words.

The same applies with co-workers, friends, family and church members, etc.  If we find that our conversations are being filled with foolishness…things that not only do not point to God or His will, but point away from it, then we need to ask ourselves why we are still in the conversation.  There are times when we need to speak up, change the subject, or simply walk away.  Not every conversation is worth joining or worth our listening ear.

When I cannot find a movie worthy of my attention, I usually turn on my praise and worship songs.  That’s probably where I should have turned to begin with.  When we cannot find a conversation worthy of our attention, we can turn to find one that is, turn to prayer or praise, or simply find quietness where God can speak to us individually.  My advice:  surround yourself with others who believe in the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords, just as you do.  Attend a church that speaks life, truth, and encouragement.  Ask the Lord to show you someone who needs an encouraging word.

If we are hearing or talking about the blood and the power of Jesus, then we’re in the presence of something that’s not only “feel-good,” but will guide us towards the Savior who will be coming back for us all.  “Oh, be careful little ears what you hear.”  The negative things affect us, whether we want to believe it or not.  If we are setting our minds on things above, we will continue in knowledge and be in a position to offer the same to others around us.

Filtering,

jamie

I have good news

Pr. 25:25:  “As cold water to a weary soul, so is good news from a far country.”

I have good news.  Jesus is coming back for us!

“Behold, I am coming quickly!”  Rev. 22:7

“Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord.  See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain.  You also be patient.  Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.”  James 5:7-8

We must establish our hearts, to choose Him once and for all; and wait patiently on our reward.  Like the crop, long-awaited, He will return.

Rev. 21:1-5 tells us, “Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away.  Also, there was no more sea.  Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.  And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people.  God Himself will be with them and be their God.  And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying.  There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”

No more death.  No more pain.  No more tears.  If we but patiently endure while on this pilgrimage in this foreign land, our reward will be given.  Sometimes our lives can be painful and even feel consuming, but we can trust in the Word that is proven, that is pure, and that endures forever.  God says He will make all things new.  His return and our great reward will redeem all the pain we’ve experienced in this life.

We must find the strength to trust Him in all things.  He has plans for our lives, and more importantly for our eternity, that are perfect.  We must allow Him to be the refuge for us in this life, patiently enduring and trusting in Him.  If we do that, we will dwell in the place where there is no more curse.  Our pain will be over and we will be surrounded by the glory of God for eternity.

Be ready.  The King is coming!

Enjoy the refreshingly great news,

jamie

Give!

Pr. 28:27:  “He who gives to the poor will not lack, but he who hides his eyes will have many curses.”

I have always loved the positive side of this verse.  The not so positive side; however, is a little scary.  If we hide our eyes and pretend we don’t see needs we will have many curses.  I don’t know about you, but I don’t want many curses.

We cannot hide our eyes from the needs around us.  God doesn’t play the “I didn’t realize the need was so bad” lying game.  God knows what’s in our hearts.  The Lord can see into the depths of our souls and He knows the truth.

What is beautiful is that if we give to the poor we truly will not lack.  I have never gone a day without my needs being met.  I have had hard times.  I have had times when I almost didn’t have food.  The Lord; however, always provided for my every need.  Always.  He is faithful.  He does not allow us to give and not receive in return.

Try Him.  Trust His word enough to give it a shot.  He will come through for you.  He will always be the Provider He promised to be.  He will supply your needs just as He said He would.  He will provide you with a box of food.  He will pay that bill.  He will even give bonuses sometimes:

This morning, we had a wonderful family adventure, walking to the new McDonald’s in town.  We laughed, yelled, looked at the creek, picked wildflowers, took pictures, enjoyed each other’s company, and smiled the entire time.  On our way back home, a couple stopped us and asked about our flowers and what we’d been doing.  They had the biggest smiles on their faces, and before they drove off they gave us $20 to take the kids for donuts.  How sweet was that?  We praised God for the bonus!                I think He liked our family day.  🙂

Not only did that couple give, but we were blessed by a bonus.  Thank you, Lord.

Put Him first.  Tithe your first fruits.  Give to those in need around you.  By putting your faith and trust in the Lord, you CAN do this.  You can trust in the fact that He truly is who He says He is and He will meet your needs.

If we hide our eyes, we will also find that He is who He says He is, but it won’t be so lovely.  He cannot lie.  Don’t even let the curses come your way.  Just give!  You can never out give the Creator of all things.  He’s the One that made everything in the first place.  I think He can handle the rest.

Never lacking,

jamie