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The Unfaithful

John 8
3The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group 4and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. 5In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” 6They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him.
But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. 7When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.” 8Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground.
9At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. 10Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”
11″No one, sir,” she said. “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”

We read this passage and are happy that we are not sinful like this woman or caught in the act of some crime. We are glad that Jesus did not welcome the idea of stoning her. But aren’t we all unfaithful? Haven’t we all something that we forsake our first love for? If ever our hearts stray from God we are committing adultery and death is just wat we deserve, but God’s law is the same as it was when he walked on earth and just the same, he catches us in every sinful act and forgives us….never condemning us.

That is something to be grateful for!
Everly
(photo found online)
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“Just what I’ve always wanted!”


I learned, or relearned rather, a lesson yesterday.
I will start off with the most shallow part of this lesson which begins with a frightful moment in 6th grade. I had always thought that it would make perfect sense if I married an artist because then he could illustrate my books and we would be like Don and Audrey Woods. While I was in 6th grade, this was about the time when I began to hear people say that God “called them to marry” so-and-so or “led them to pursue” someone. And so, as an adolescent, I thought that this meant that I had nothing to do with who I married. Then, during Vacation Bible School, I discovered that one of my peers, a boy who I was less than fond of, was an artist. I was quite scared! I thought “Oh great, now God is going to tell me to marry this guy!” So this was a fear of mine for a little while. Next, I began to hear about those girls who have all these ideals and then fall in love on a whim and marry some guy who is totally different than she expected the guy she married to be. This was another fear of mine.
Yesterday in Anne of Avonlea (which I finished by the way and will soon review) Diana Barry became engaged to Fred Wright. Anne, besides feeling alone in the world of singles, wondered what Diana saw in Fred. He wasn’t the ideal man that Diana had claimed to want. He wasn’t tall and slim, he was short and stout. He was just Fred!
Diana had changed and now no one could make her happier, and she wouldn’t even want Fred to be tall and slim because then he wouldn’t be Fred. And at this, Anne thinks that she will never change her ideals. But as we all know, she does. She finally sees the light and falls in love with Gilbert Blythe. And right as Anne says this, I think the exact same thing. But Anne changed her ways…no! Neeeevvveeer!
As this files through my head, not yet processed I learn part two of the lesson.
I was having a sort of “low day” yesterday and so I looked to my trusty black bible for help. In the Reader’s Help under “filled with longing,” I found a verse which now means a lot to me:
“Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.”
Psalm 37:4
God says that if we delight ourselves in Him then he will give us what we want.
If you delight yourself in God your desires will match His own heart and you will want to do his will. Then, your heart’s desire will be fulfilled because your desires will change.
Just like how Diana Barry was happy when her ideals changed.
So I will delight myself in The Lord and receive the desires of my heart!

Everly Pleasant
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Inspiration, beauty and such -part 2

God’s Gifts.

We’ve all heard them talked about and we’ve all talked about them. “My family, the right to worship, good health,” Are common, correct and wonderful answers. These are special things never, ever to be overlooked. Maybe you’d say “Financial stability” or “A good education.” These too are great. But the bible says:

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variables, neither shadow of turning.”
(James 1:17 kjv)

Every good gift. Every single thing. God created it all. Not just the big things. And therefore, he deserves to be thanked for every good gift. But, before you thank someone for a gift, you must first acknowledge it’s existence. Do you pay attention? Do you seek delight in all the perfect things God has sprinkled on this planet, in your life? Do you thank God for every breath you breath? Do you notice every bird that hatches? Do you really stop and smell the flowers?

No. God’s gifts are too plentiful to completely comprehend and spend time pondering, but we can all do better.

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” (Philippians 4:8 niv)

I am all for thinking. Think! Think! Think! Don’t ever stop…keep your gears turning, but the bible actually states that God wants us to meditate on purity, ponder on excellence.

1. Notice all the good gifts. Maybe you could make a blessings list like I am!
2. Thank God for them all the time. I don’t do this but I am going to work on it and so should you.
3. Ponder on them. Drink up the truth. Think about holiness and chew it like a cow does! Over and over again. ;)

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Content now…satisfied later

I go through life…

happy with what I have. I see other people, their lives, their possessions and families and friends and I am grateful. I am thankful that I am who I am. But, then I stop and think:
What is that staleness I feel in everything? Am I the only one who senses some sort of emptiness?
No, I don’t think so. I think that at one point or another, whether we know Christ or not, everyone feels this. Even the richest things in life sometimes don’t satisfy us. So I think to myself, am I to live life unsatisfied like someone who is never happy? But I am happy. Though I sense this feeling of emptiness in all things of the world, I know that I should be happy and grateful for it. That’s it.
Though I acknowledge that there is more to life then earthly things and that there is more to existence than life on earth I can still be content. Not satisfied. I do not and should not feel satisfaction from things of this world. My only true satisfaction will be after this life, beginning the moment I arrive in Heaven and for eternity. But, I am here now. I am meant to be here and make the best of it currently, so I know that part of my goal is to be content with the here-and-now as I look forward to the ultimate, the only true satisfaction of Heaven. And for anyone who hasn’t bought into this and is still stale and empty themselves, I pray for you and hope that someday I see you in Heaven. I cannot imagine how you see the world, stale and empty now and forever without the blood of Jesus to give you hope and a glimpse of a future in Heaven.
I know that the real definitions do not differ, but to me, content and satisfied are two different things.
Only Christ Can Satisfy
Psalm 81:15-16
15 Those who hate The Lord would cringe before him, and their punishment would last forever. 16 But you would be fed with the finest of wheat; with honey from the rock I would satisfy you.”
Psalm 90:14
14 Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.
Psalm 145:16
16 You open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing.
Isaiah 58:11
The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.
Job 36:11
If they obey and serve him, they will spend the rest of their days in prosperity and their years in contentment.
Everly Pleasant
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Keeping Secrets

As a child,

“keeping a secret” usually involved kindergarten crushes, picking noses or Christmas presents.

And now days it usually involves high school crushes, guilty venting or Christmas presents.

And I have very few of these. I tell Sabrina most everything and even then, there are only a handful of things that only she knows. I am not hiding much. But today I was thinking, and I came to the conclusion that there are some situations where you should keep things to yourself..or between you and God rather. Sometimes, when you have a spiritual experience I think that it should often times be kept in your heart.

Luke 2:19 says But Mary treasured all these things, pondering them in her heart. Obviously, this was not a secret. God included this in the bible, but we don’t know what she pondered. God knows, but we don’t. She kept this thoughts to herself, these thoughts on being the young virgin mother of Jesus Christ. I do have these types of secrets, the type that are from God to me and not for others to know. Now, I understand that sometimes things are to be let out…I believe strongly in this, but I do also believe in exceptions. Some things are just between you and God and aren’t to be shared, either because other people wouldn’t understand or because it would be seen as bragging about your relationship with God or any other reason. Sometimes, if I feel like I’ve done something impressive, I feel like keeping it to myself as a sign to myself of selflessness. Sure, it is tempting to brag, but that is, of course, wrong.

Also, somewhere in the bible (though I haven’t been able to relocate it) it talks about Paul having a vision (of heaven if I remember correctly) and God tells him to share what he saw with nobody.

Conclusion:

It is healthy to keep some secrets
Everly Pleasant ><>
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