Until God ordains otherwise, a man ought to bear patiently whatever he cannot correct in himself and in others. Imitation of Christ by John Kempis

Archive for the ‘Religion’ Category


Proverbs 1:7

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.

Wisdom saves us from making bad choices.  When we become whimsical and lack self control we loose our faith and become fearful of suffering.  Our anger causes us to give in to self-destructive behavior.

Proverbs 1:29

Since they hated knowledge and did not choose to fear the LORD,

They were led astray by their own selfish passions.

Proverbs 2:5

then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God.

Proverbs 3:7

Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil.

Do not be influenced by worldly thinking and think your know better than God’s word.  No one escapes prideful actions destruction.  Make wise choices suggested by God’s word.

Proverbs 8:13

To fear the LORD is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech.

Flirting with evil and not realizing its slippery slope to more evil, until you are totally lost..  Then you pride causes blindness to the real danger of Hell.

Proverbs 9:10

“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.

Getting to know God through praise, prayer and adoration.  Become friends….

Receive power

Proverbs 10:27

The fear of the LORD adds length to life, but the years of the wicked are cut short.

God protects us when we follow his word.  If we are wicked we have no protection from the evils of this world.

Proverbs 14:2

He whose walk is upright fears the LORD, but he whose ways are devious despises him.

It is all about who you choose to follow.  If it is the world then it will take you to wickedness.  If it is God you trust Him in everyway and have a clear conscience.  Confession is good for the soul.

Proverbs 14:16

A wise man fears the LORD and shuns evil, but a fool is hotheaded and reckless.

The world wants you to think that there are no consequences for your reckless rebellious choices.  However if you read the word it cautions on the effects of sin to save us from unhappiness.

Proverbs 14:26

He who fears the LORD has a secure fortress, and for his children it will be a refuge.

God protects us and our families when we fear the Lord.  Even though we may not always see it at the time.  We have security in our lives.

Proverbs 14:27

The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, turning a man from the snares of death.

God is bringing life into to every area protecting us from all forms of death.  We must realize and be grateful to his Mercy.

Proverbs 15:16

Better a little with the fear of the LORD than great wealth with turmoil.

Money the root of all evil.  We desire it for power and superiority.  Wealth is the lure of evil men.  Our fear of the lord supplies all our needs.  We are satisfied.  Greed never satisfies.

Proverbs 15:33

The fear of the LORD teaches a man wisdom, and humility comes before honor.

Humility does not need honor.  God gives it to us though.

Proverbs 16:6

Through love and faithfulness sin is atoned for; through the fear of the LORD a man avoids evil.

Prayer saves us.  Our love for God keeps us from offending Him.  We are protected by our good choices.

Proverbs 19:23

The fear of the LORD leads to life: Then one rests content, untouched by trouble.

This promise of making God first protects us completely.  We will never die.

Proverbs 22:4

Humility and the fear of the LORD bring wealth and honor and life.

We will never out give God.

Proverbs 23:17

Do not let your heart envy sinners, but always be zealous for the fear of the LORD.

Fools are envious.  The world is envious and greedy.

Proverbs 24:21

Fear the LORD and the king, my son, and do not join with the rebellious,

Rebellion is the same as witchcraft.  It is easy to follow the crowd but it can take you straight to hell.

Proverbs 28:14

Blessed is the man who always fears the LORD, but he who hardens his heart falls into trouble.

Unforgiveness hardens the heart.  It is a lie that if we retaliate it hurts them.  That is trouble for us.  But trust and mercy saves us from trouble.

Proverbs 29:25

Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD is kept safe.

God should be on a pedistal in our lives as number one.

Proverbs 31:30

Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.

It is good to understand the world loves a beautiful woman.  This is empty because it does not take into account her holiness and how she loves.  It is shallow and will not be someone that will prove worthy.

Fire of God’s Love 🔥

St. John of the cross

“ Where there is no love, put love and you will gain love. “

This month I have been writing about God’s Love for us.  In my last post God said to me in prayer Tell them I love them.  So I began to see scripture and evidence of How much God loves us and how we take it for granted.   I then began to think about the burning bush and how Moses was told He was on Holy ground and not to come to close.  What power that must have been present and yet the fire did not destroy anything.

When I finished the blog post, I felt it was not finished.  I also needed someone to edit it.  Sometimes my husband does it for me but he was busy.   I was complaining to my prayer partner Jane Ann and she volunteered to help me.  Jane Ann has 11 children and not tons of time yet she said she would help me.  It was a wonderful blessing for me.  Not only did she help but wrote the whole thing over.  When I received her version I knew that she had finished it.  I went over my original writing and added her version to the end and I felt it was finally finished.  I cannot tell you the gratitude and peaceful feelings from her loving kindness to me.  It is a blessing from God that cannot be explained but must be passed on.  That is how the fire of Gods love works.  We catch the fire from someone already on fire and all the negative in us is burned away.  We are truly one in the Spirit of Gods love.

JaneAnn Bonbrake


The Flames of Divine Love

In Exodus 3:2-4, we read of Moses’ miraculous encounter with the burning bush:

“The angel of the Lord appeared to him in a blazing fire from the midst of a bush; and he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, yet the bush was not consumed. So Moses said, “I must turn aside now and see this marvelous sight, why the bush is not burned up.” When the Lord saw that he turned aside to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.”

God reveals how the fire of his love does not destroy or consume us but burn away all evil and leave us with guidance on living a full life. God reveal the power of his love for us. God sets boundaries to protect us from destruction. Moses was changed forever after this encounter and we were too. It is obvious that Moses was filled with more grace to continue to suffer. Once the soul has learned to suffer through love, it can now enjoy the mercy of God that burns as an immense furnace of charity unfathomable in its perfection. And so we should not be afraid of the fire of divine love. Our Lord said to St. Faustina:

“Let the sinner not be afraid to approach Me. The flames of mercy are burning Me – clamoring to be spent; I want to pour them out upon these souls. Gather all sinners from the entire word and immerse them in the abyss of My mercy. I want to give Myself to souls; I yearn for the souls.”

The Fire of the Saints

Of course, all of the saints discovered this love of Christ to some degree. Some, however, experienced the flames of divine love in a remarkable way. Here, I would like to highlight three of them.

St. Gemma Galgani:

St. Gemma Galgani had an extraordinary love for God. During the course of her short life, she had visions, received the stigmata, took communion from Christ himself, and suffered terrible attacks from the devil. The flames of divine love were manifested in her physically, as she explained to her spiritual director:

“For the last eight days I have felt something mysterious in the area of my heart that I cannot understand. The first couple of days I disregarded it, because it gave me only a little trouble. But today is the third day, and this fire has increased, oh so much, as to be almost unbearable. I should need ice to put it out, and it hinders my eating and sleeping. It is a mysterious fire that comes from within, then goes to the outside. It is, however, a fire that does not torment me, rather it delights me, but it also exhausts and consumes me……Jesus, Father, will make you understand everything about it. Great God, how I love You! Oh, how love You!”

While in ecstasy, Gemma was heard to say:

“You are on fire Oh Lord, and I burn. Oh pain, oh infinitely happy love! Oh sweet fire! Oh sweet flames! And would You wish my heart to become a flame? Oh, I have found the flame that destroys and reduces to ashes! Cease, cease, I cannot withdraw my heart from so much fire. What am I saying…No; rather come Jesus! I will open my heart to You; put Thy Divine fire into it. You are a flame, and let my heart be turned into a flame!….Come then, Oh Jesus! Your heart is a flame and you wish mine to be turned into a flame as well….Jesus, I feel I must die when you are throbbing so in my heart.”

This fire caused her great suffering but also the greatest joy. On another occasion, she writes:

“My heart, Father, is the victim of Love, and I shall soon die of love. These flames of love consume my body, as well as my heart, and I shall be reduced to ashes. Yesterday, as I drew near to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, I felt myself burning so violently, that I was obliged to move away. I was burning all over; it rose even to my face. Viva Gesu! How does it happen that so many who are standing so close to Jesus do not burn to ashes?”

St. Pio gives us a description of the fires of divine love acting primarily as a source of consolation:

“I no sooner began to pray than my heart is filled with a fire of love. This fire does not resemble any fire of this lowly earth. It is a delicate and very gentle flame which consumes without causing any pain…This is a wonderful thing for me, something I will perhaps never understand until I get to Heaven.”

It is important to note that the aspiration of the Christian should not solely be in consolations such as those granted to St. Pio and St. Gemma. They are a gift from God, and if we receive them we should remember that the gift can never be greater than the giver (naturally). Thus, St. Pio offers this piece of wisdom to remind us that the fires of divine love do not come without struggle:

“In order to attract us, the Lord grants us many graces that we believe can easily obtain us Heaven. We do not know, however, that in order to grow, we need hard bread: the cross, humiliation, trials and denial.

St. Thérèse is known for her simplicity in her “little way” to Christ. In her life, she experienced no visions or locutions, received no stigmata or extraordinary divine revelations. She did, however, put all of her trust in God, even as she suffered immensely through a time of spiritual dryness. At times, she felt that God was very far away, but still, the fires of divine love burned in this little child of Jesus through her simplicity, innocence, and heroic virtue. Her trust in God’s love is expressed by her as such:

“In times of aridity when I am incapable of praying, of practicing virtue, I seek little opportunities, mere trifles, to give pleasure to Jesus; for instance a smile, a pleasant word when inclined to be silent and to show weariness. If I find no opportunities, I at least tell Him again and again that I love Him; that is not difficult and it keeps alive the fire in my heart. Even though this fire of love might seem extinct I would still throw little straws upon the embers and I am certain it would rekindle.”

A different translation of the last sentiment above reads:

“Even if the fire of love seemed to have gone out, I would keep on throwing fuel in it and Jesus would take care to light it up again.”

St. Thérèse knew that God would provide. As long as she made an effort, she knew that Jesus would be there to meet her, and this is why the flames of love were never extinguished in the heart of this holy saint. Even as she lay suffering during the last months of her short life, she did not fear death, as she writes:

“No, I cannot fear Purgatory; I know that I do not merit even to enter with the Holy Souls into that place of expiation, but I know too that the fire of Love is more sanctifying than the fire of Purgatory, I know that Jesus cannot will needless suffering for us, and that He would not inspire me with the desires I feel if He were unwilling to fulfill them.”

Thus we see that the flames of divine love inspire within the soul great trust in He who bestows them.

 “Kindle In Them The Fire of Your Love”

Although the saints offer compelling testimonies to the love of God that can sometimes seem out of our reach, we should remember that this love is not for a select few. Jesus desires to bestow the flames of divine love unto all people: “I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing!” (Luke 12:49) Yet men continue to reject the infinite charity of Our Lord, because the acceptance of divine love also implies the acceptance of the Cross. If only it were known that the Cross in turn implies Joy! As St. Ignatius said,

“Ask God to send you many sufferings. The flame of Divine Love never rises higher than when fed with the wood of the Cross, which the infinite charity of the Savior used to finish His sacrifice. All the pleasures of the world are nothing compared with the sweetness found in the gall and vinegar offered to Jesus Christ.”

The flames of divine love must blaze in the night as a testimony to the eternal Truth in a world of darkness. For this reason, the prayer that should be continually on the lips of all Catholics in these times is this:

Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love.

While on earth, this fire must be fed. Through the sacraments, prayer, and earnest devotion we can keep the holy fire of the faith alive.

My Lord, grant that your Flame of Love may burn in me and, growing into a single flame, may it burn constantly on the altar of my heart. May your Flame of Love burn through my soul and consume it, so that the last day of my life may be a day of union with you forever…Amen.

-St.  Augustine

O Sacred Heart of Jesus, fountain of eternal life, Your Heart is a glowing furnace of Love. You are my refuge and my sanctuary. O my adorable and loving Savior, consume my heart with the burning fire with which Yours is aflame. Pour down on my soul those graces which flow from Your love. Let my heart be united with Yours. Let my will be conformed to Yours in all things. May Your Will be the rule of all my desires and actions. Amen.

-St. Gertrude


During my prayer time I heard very clear TELL THEM I LOVE THEM!  Everyday I had different ideas on how to tell you how much God loves you.  It was really good for me as well to see all the ways that God loves us.  I do not always see and feel loved by God, mostly because I am looking for a feeling of happiness and success.  Even though I know that love is not a feeling but a decision.  So what is love?  The scripture says;  Love is patient, kind, not envious, doesn’t boast, not proud, does not dishonor others, not self seeking, not angered, and keeps no record of wrongs.  Love never fails.  Love is listening.  Love walks beside you not behind or in front of you. How can we ever understand love until we truly understand that we are loved so unconditionally by God.  We must understand the extent that God goes to, by sending His only Son to live with us .  Jesus came to show us how much we are loved.  Jesus said, “I did not come for the righteous but for sinners.”  It is one thing for him to say, but another to live it.  He taught everyone by example.  When Jesus was in the garden he did not run away but prayed.  The angels came to strengthen him, yet he still cried tears of blood, from extreme mental anguish.  This was caused by our hardened hearts.  He still forgave us.  He was abandoned, betrayed and sorrowful even to death.  He was scourged, whipped, beaten, and unjustly condemned to death.  Then he was humiliated, mocked, crowned with thorns on his head, then struck in the head with reeds.  While the crowd yelled crucify him over and over again.  So they gave him a cross to carry for miles and Jesus fell three times.  So they made Simon Serene help him.  Veronica wiped his face and his love burned his image into the cloth as a sign of love for us.  While on the cross in extreme agony, He forgave us, and promised a prisoner paradise.  Jesus gave his mother to us before declaring it is finished.

What qualities that our God has shared with us, through giving us His Son Jesus to live out and show us how much they love us.  Gods plan to allow his son to be crucified for our sins.  If that was not enough for Jesus to be resurrected, conquer death and send the tongues of fire to bring us all salvation.  The fire of Gods love entered into the world to keep our lamps lit so we can see clearly. We receive Gods love through the Holy Spirit so we are able to give it to all.  What a generous God to fill us with His Spirit to save the world.

It is obvious that Gods ways are not ours ways.  The scripture helps us see the wisdom of God, but it is so hard to understand.  Scripture says God punishes those he loves.  It is hard for us to understand why God works so slow sometimes.  Many reach the end of their lives say, God protected them.  My father said this to me and I never forgot it.

It comes down to, are we superficial in our love or are we making decisions to open our hearts to receive the love,God has for us.  Say to God my heart is yours and I trust you complete.

I am grateful you love me.   Let us give up the fear and receive all the love God has for us.  It is a decision that will change your world. I don’t know about for you, but for me God is not silent.  He sends us subtle messages to encourage us.  We must be open to see and hear them in the word, on a bumper sticker,  in a sermon, from strangers or our family.  We must be ready to hear the truth and act on it. For me this is when I feel loved by God.  It is not easy sharing the message “Tell Them That I Love Them!  The fact that God is Love it boggles the mind.  Just the fact that He created us just the way we are, and knows us completely and loves us is comforting.  I know longer feel alone.  He is so patient with us, and never corrects us unless it is perfect timing to help us grow.  We take him for granted but He never leaves.  He is loyal even thought we are not.  When we confess our sins, He forgets them.  It says in scripture when we fail God turns our failures into good.  Everything God does is for our best interest. All God wants is our friendship and love.  Our God wants to be with us. The commandments He gave us was for our own good, to save us from heartache.

Are you looking for love? If so where are you looking? Seek no further because God’s love is right now, forever, and never ending for you!

I would like to share with you 5 truths about God’s love and how much you

are loved by the God of the universe. First Corinthinas 13:4-6 tells us “ ​Love ispatient,loveiskind.Itdoesnotenvy,itdoesnotboast,itisnotproud.” ​4L​oveis

patient,loveiskind.Itdoesnotenvy,itdoesnotboast,itisnotproud.​5I​tisnotrude,​itis not self-seeking, ​it is not easily angered, ​it keeps no account ​of wrongs.6​ ​Love takes no pleasure in evil, but rejoices in the truth.” Also, 1 Jon 4:18 says, ”there is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” So you see that Gods love is patient, kindness, drives out fear, keeps no accounts of wrongs, and is not angered! ​Wow, that is the love I am looking for?

Patience is what qualities God had with you and me when He sent Jesus Christ his son to be abandoned, scouraged, humiliated, betrayed and experience sorrow in His death on the cross. He did this so it would show us how much they love us. This was God’s plan. Love is not a feeling it is a choice. This concept is hard for us to understand because we do have feelings and our

feelings get hurt or we are offended by what others say or do to us. However, if we share our hurts with The Lord, He will help us in patience with ourselves and others. “T​ he Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent” 2 Peter 3:9.

Kindness, along with patience is the second truth. This is how Jesus treats us. Even when Jesus was being mocked, crownded with thorns on His head, and struck on His headwithreeds,andyelled,“c​rucifyHim!”overandover.​Heneverlashedoutatthe

people. Under extreme anguish two people helped him with His cross, Simon Serene and Veronica. These two were examples of kindness and how kindness works is extreme circumstances. Simon helped with the physical carrying of the cross and Veronica wiped His face. Because of this Veronica’s cloth was burned with an image of Jesus as a sign of love for us.

The third truth is love drives out fear. The Scripture tells us that fear is torment. Again,

“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love,” 1 John 4:18. I am so grateful that God’s love is not dependent on my past mistakes. Let us give up the fear that God wants to punish us. God is not silent He sends us subtle messages to encourage us. We must be open to see and hear them in the Word, in sermons, family, strangers, or even a bumper stickers. Let us give up the fear and receive all the love God has for us. It is a decision that will change your world. We must be ready to act on the Word by faith. “Tell them that I love them”, is the message we all need to share.

In the fourth truth, God keeps no accounts of wrong. Whew, I am so grateful for this! Scripture says, “as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us,” Psalm 103:12. ​It is obvious that God’s ways are not our ways. In his word,..” ​but he is waiting in mercy for you, not desiring

the destruction of any, but that all may be turned from their evil ways. ..” 2 Peter 3:9. ​It is hard for us to understand why God works so slow sometimes. My father said “All my life God protected me.” I have never forgotten this. We have the help we need when we ask and surrender. That is when the fire of God’s lovewillenterinthroughtheHolySpirit. WhenwereceiveGod’slovethroughtheHoly Spirit we are able to give it to all. What a generous God to fill us with His Spirit to be able to say, “tell them I love them!”

In addition to patience, kindness, no fear, not keeping accounts of wrongs, the fifth truth is, love is not easily angered. Psalm 86:15,”​But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.” Our God wants to be withus.ThecommandmentsHegaveuswereforourowngood.Pslam7:11,“G​odisa fair judge, a God who is ​angered​ by injustice every day. ​…​ God is a righteous judge, And He is ​not​ angry at all times. ​…”

Looking for love in all these 5 truths can lead you to know you are loved. Choose love today, make a choice to love. I hope you make a decision today to know the God and His son Jesus who made you and all the stars in the sky as well as every sand on the seashore. Choose to love someone on purpose today and do not forget to love yourself as God does. 💗


Are you a Christian that is all in, or:

Is money a priority over morality?

Has a hardened heart closed all compassion?

Will prejudice blind you to the truth?

Does fear of opinion replace good choices?

Have you prayed and believed or just despaired?

Where is your faith, is it in God or intellectual lies?

Is happiness more important than Holiness?

Has your fear of hypocrisy blocked your surrender to God’s love and His Church?

Do you read the Word diligently or do you spend time being entertained by your compulsions?

Do you take all God has given you for granted and never share it with others?

Are you blinded by sin and deceived that you are better because of a past spiritual encounter with God?
Have you given up because of a sin you cannot stop and think God has no mercy for you? God wants you to be ALL IN and know his Love for you. Repentance is all He requires. No longer listen to the world. Just tell God all your sins and receive His merciful love. Then give it to all you meet.

Liberated Woman

I was young, cowboys and Indians fascinated me.  We had 4 channels pm our black and white t.v. that showed movies about the old west.  My first Woman role model was Anne Oakley a sharp shooter on the road in the late 1800’s.  It is very exciting to me that she is still a great role model after all these years.

For some time now it has troubled me that we women think they can be just like men which is impossible.  Men are stronger and think totally different than women.  Why would anyone want to deny being a woman?  How could a profession and power be that important?  Women’s lib says we can do anything the same as a man.  Well that is a lie.  I feel that they are trying to get respect the easy way by intimidation.  I believe that Anne Oakley (Phoebe Ann Mozee) was able to be a liberated woman in the late 1800’s.  Anne Oakley was top shooter in the Buffalo Bill Wild show. She was a capable marksman, better than the men, with a career showing off her ability.  The men in her life respected her and accepted her shooting ability.  She did not dress or act like a man and never lost her femininity.  She did not have children however, her nieces and nephews had all her love.

Anne Oakley is remembered as one of the leading women of the American West.  Her father and her stepfather died when she was a child, and she went to live at the Dark County Infirmary, where she received schooling and sewing instruction while helping in the care of the orphaned children.  She returned to living with her mother and her second stepfather in her early teens, when she was able to help the family by hunting game for a grocery store.  She earned so much from her skills that by the time she was 15, she was able to pay off the mortgage on her mother’s home.  A young woman so skilled she independently helped her family.  What a testament to true womanhood.  A helpmate who supports to the best of her ability her family.

Frank E. Butler a top vaudeville performer and top shooter, Anne Oakley beat him in 1875 at a Thanksgiving Shooting competition.  They Married the following year.  They were married 50 years.  After Frank’s partner became ill in 1882 Anne Oakley took the partners place in the show.  How amazing is it that she was even considered to take his place at that time in history.  She must have been a competent woman.  Not a threatening domineering person.  This is why I admire so much.  She allowed men to be men and she was not threatened by them.  However continued to be the best at her skill.  For 15 years they traveled with the Wild Bills Wild West Show.  Anne Oakley was the star of the show and her husband worked as her manager.  She amazed the audiences by shooting off the end of a cigarette in her husbands mouth.  She also shot things by looking into a mirror and shoot wholes through cards.  She entertained Queen Victoria and Shot a cigarette out of Kiaser Wilhelm’s mouth.  We are now seeing the courageous accomplishments of a liberated woman.  A woman that never acted and dressed like a man but was equal and was true helpmate.

Anne and Butler were in a railroad accident in 1901, even though she was partially paralyzed, she recovered and continued to work on stage in The Western Girl and also a Buffalo Show.   She shared money that she made with her extended family and giving donations to charities for orphans.  During World War 1, Oakley volunteered to organized a regiment of female sharpshooters, but her petition was ignored so, instead, she helped raise money for the Red Cross with exhibition work at army camps.  She was a generous giving woman, who cared about her family, and community.  Never forgetting to share her knowledge with other women to improve us all.

Anne Oakley’s legacy was captured in the Irving Berlin‘s musical Annie Get Your Gun in 1946, based on her life story, with Ethel Merman and later Broadway incarnations staring Reba McEntire and Bernadette Peters.  In 1935 another film which was historically inaccurate called Annie Oakey.  Finally in 1950 a film was made Annie Get Your Gun staring Betty Hutton.  Many books for kid and adults as well.

My life was impacted by a strong competent woman that Men admired.  Woman do not need to change their feminine and nurturing and become more like men.  We need to do what we do best and change the world with who we are meant to be.

Healing the Soul

Healing the Soul

Heal all the wounds that have blocked me from loving.

Open my blocked heart and heal my wearied soul.

So that your Joy can fill my life with abundant peace.

Give me patience to accept my cross.

Help me to be understanding with myself and others, and give me self control to stop my tongue from evil, so that I may be kind and generous to all.

That my goodness will be an example and my faithfulness will console you Lord.

I am weak and sinful but I love you and trust you completely to heal my soul.

I am weak and sinful but I love you and trust you completely to heal my soul.

Man not only has a living soul but he is a living soul. The Bible says: “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living soul” (Genesis 2:7)

Ezekel 18:

Behold all souls are mine; the soul of the father as well as the soul of the son is mine: the soul who sins shall die.

We must never take God’s mercy for granted.  He has given us the word to guide us to the truth in our lives.  When we are dead in sin it is easy to be deceived.  We begin to slowly move toward evil.  It does not take long and we are doing all the evil we have worked to hard to quit.  A good example these words came into my mind during prayer.  “I understand your frustration.  Why are you so mean to me?”   I began to feel sorry for myself remembering everyone who had been mean to me. The next day I thought that God may have wanted me to write about understanding those who are mean.  Then today I realized that he was talking to me.  I had been mean to family.  God was telling me. “Why are you upset I am understanding and giving you grace to deal with these frustrations.  So stop being mean to those who upset you.  Now I am ready to repent.

2 Peter 3:9

The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.

We should always remember God loves us.  He does not expect us to be perfect only sorry, not ignore our imperfections and allow Satan an open door to punish us.  We must have sincere regret and remorse with sorrow to grieve and lament our sins.

Jonah 3:10

“And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way.  and God repented of evil, that he would do unto them , and He did not.

Be proactive and confess your sins and let God love and forgive you.  We receive mercy from God scripture says we should be merciful in return.  It is not Gods will to turn us over to Satan to torment us.  Pride is our biggest problem in letting go and being merciful.  Pride allows satan to humiliate us.  We are deceived into thinking we are better because of our status, wealth, education, our calling, and Godly acts.  We excuse our bad behavior and even justify our evil actions.  Yet we are not willing to do the same for those we refuse to forgive.

Take a different course of action that causes radical change of moral conscousness.  Which causes us to agree with God.  Directing our emotions to urge to change our will and turn away from sin.

Holding grudges causes us to have bitterness.  Change your thinking of condemnation and guilt, forgive immediately.

Hebrews 12:15 Watch out that no poisoness root of bitterness grows up to trouble corrupting many.

Our daily examination of our attitudes and actions, allows the Holy Spirit to convict us to see our true human nature causing us to be more balanced.

Matthew 6:15 But if you refuse to forgive others your father in heaven will not forgive your sins


Holy Spirit as I read your commandments bring to mind any sin I need to ask forgiveness and give me courage to repent.

The Ten Commandments

1. I am the Lord, your God.

2. Thou shall bring no false idols before me.

3. Do not take the name of the Lord in vain.

4. Remember the Sabbath and keep it holy.

5. Honor thy father and thy mother.

6. Thou shall not kill/murder.

7. Thou shall not commit adultery.

8. Thou shall not steal.††

9. Thou shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

10.Thou shall not covet‡ your neighbor’s wife (or anything that belongs to your neighbor).

Sins with the TONGUE

Did I engage in any form of Lying?

Proverbs 8:7-8

” My mouth speaks what is true, for my lips detest wickedness.  All the words of my mouth are just; none of them is crooked or perverse.”

Did I flatter someone?

Job 32:21-22

“I will show partiality to no one, nor will I flatter any man; for if I were skilled in flattery, my maker would soon take me away

Did I manipulate someone for my gain or advantage?

Judges 16:15

Then Delilah pouted, “How can you say you love me when  you don’t confide in me?  You’ve made fun of me three times now, and  you still haven’t told me what makes you so strong.”

Did I speak too hastily?

Proverbs 29:20

Do you see a man hasty in his words?  There is more hope for a fool that for him.

Did my words cause division

Matthew 5:9

Blessed are the peacemakers; for they shall be called the children of God.

Was I argumentative or Contentious?

Proverbs 20:3

Avoiding a fight is a mark of honor, only fools insist on quarreling

Did boast or speak with pride?

Proverbs 27:2

Let another praise you not your own mouth; someone else, and not your own lips.

Did I engage in self putdown?

Exodus 4:10

Moses said to the Lord, “:O Lord, I have never been eloquent,  neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant.  I am slow of speech and tongue.”

Did I slander someone?

Philippians 4:8

whatever things that are true, noble, just , pure, lovely, and of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy about someone, I comment only on these things.

Did I gossip?

Proverbs 18:8

The words of a gossip are like choice morsels they go down to a mans inmost parts.

Did I meddle in anybodys affairs?

2 Thessalonians 3:11

Some of you are living idle lives refusing to work wasting time meddling in other peoples business.

Did I betray someones trust?

Proverbs 11:13

A gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy man keeps a secret.

Did I belittle someone?

Ephesians 4:29

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building other up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.

Was I cynical, scornful , or sarcastic?

1 Samuel 17 28-29

Now Eliah his oldest brother heard when spoke to the men; and Eliahs anger burned against David and he said

“Why have you come down? and with whom have you left those few sheep in the wilderness?  I know your insolence and the wickedness of your heart; for you have come down in order to see the battle.” But David said

“What have I done now?”

Did I speak as a Know-It-All?

Proverbs 12:23

A prudent man conceals knowledge.

Did I use harsh abusive words?

Proverbs 15: 1

A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.

Did I fail to speak with tact or diplomacy?

Colossians 4:6

Let your conversations be gracious and effective so that you will have the right answer for everyone.

Did I attempt to intimidate with my words?

1 Samuel 17:44

The philistine said to David.  “Come to me, and I will give your flesh to the birds of the air and the beasts of the field.

Was I rude?

Isaiah 35:8

There will be a highway called the Holy road.  No one rude or rebellious is permitted on the road.  Its for Gods people exclusively.

Was I critical or judgmental?

Matthew 7:1-2

Do not judge, or you too will be judged.  For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged.

Was I self absorbed in my conversations?

Philippians 2:4

Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.

Did I use profanity?

James 3:10

Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing.  My brethren, these things ought not to be so.

Did I complain?

Psalm 142:1-2

I cry aloud with my voice to the Lord; I make supplications with my voice to the lord I pour out my complint before him; I declare my trouble before Him.

Did I retaliate?

1 Peter 3:9

Don’t repay evil for evil.  Don’t retaliate when people say unkind things about you.  Instead, pay them back with a blessing.  That is what God wants you to do, and he will bless you for it.

Did I accuse someone?

Revelation 12:10

The accuser of our brothers, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down.

Was I discouraging?

Job 29:24

When they were discouraged, I smiled at them.  My look of approval was precious to them.

Did I express doubt and unbelief?

Mark 11:23

For assuredly, I say to you whoever says to this mountain, “Be removed and be cast into the seal.”  and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.

Did I talk too much?

Proverbs 10:19

When words are many, sin is not absent but he who holds his tongue is wise.

Was I discreet in my discussions?

Proverbs 2:11

Discretion will protect you and understanding will guard you.

Did I keep silent when I should have communicated?

Ecclesiastes 3:1,7

There is a time for every activity under heaven…. a time to be silent and a time to speak.

I don’t know about you but I did not do well with this list.  I am overwhelmed with my tongue control.  I need self control.  I need self-compassion right now, if I am able to be successful in changing my bad habits with my tongue.  I think that making a gratitude list will be helpful in reminding myself of my many blessings.


In My Fathers house, were wolves ready to devour My sheep.  My leaders in the faith were filled with pride.  My shepherd’s were drunk with power and my sheep were being devoured by all forms of evil.  My grief was great as I was not accepted.  There was nowhere or no one that really cared to know me personally.  I was a threat to their perceived power.  They could not see the truth.  They had lost their way.  There was no life in them only death.  How I longed to love them all but their hearts were closed.  I cried out to My Father and He answered me, “Son you must sacrifice all to save them from their sins.”  I said. “Let your will be done.” J.C.

Thanksgiving and Family


We all go to family functions and Thanksgiving is the most attended.   Sometimes we dread it and sometimes it is really fun.  We are happiest when we are Thankful for everything in our lives.  Trouble starts when we begin to judge and start stinking thinking about something we have not forgiven.  We are always justified in this mental masturbation, of self pity and criticism of our perceived enemy.  This usually happens when our hearts have been hardened with sin.  We are proud and do not turn to God and repent of the negative thinking.  We are in denial of our own participation into the supposed enemy we have imagined.  In our own superiority we will criticize and gossip to cover our own inferiority.  We find those who feel the same way about the enemy, which reassures us that we are ok in our sin.

In my own family, I have 3 boys and 1 girl.  The boys say that I favor the girl and the girl say I favor the boys.  I tell them to tell each other and we all laugh.  We all have unresolved issues with parents and siblings.  Our world is in great need for us all to understand each other better.  First we have to understand ourselves.  It is good to look at your reactions and ask yourself, when did this feeling start.  Ask God to heal your wound so you do not wound others and forgive all.

luke 15: 11-32


Then he said, “A man had two sons,


and the younger son said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of your estate that should come to me.’ So the father divided the property between them.


After a few days, the younger son collected all his belongings and set off to a distant country where he squandered his inheritance on a life of dissipation.g


When he had freely spent everything, a severe famine struck that country, and he found himself in dire need.


So he hired himself out to one of the local citizens who sent him to his farm to tend the swine.


And he longed to eat his fill of the pods on which the swine fed, but nobody gave him any.


Coming to his senses he thought, ‘How many of my father’s hired workers have more than enough food to eat, but here am I, dying from hunger.


I shall get up and go to my father and I shall say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you.


I no longer deserve to be called your son; treat me as you would treat one of your hired workers.”’


So he got up and went back to his father. While he was still a long way off, his father caught sight of him, and was filled with compassion. He ran to his son, embraced him and kissed him.


His son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you; I no longer deserve to be called your son.’


But his father ordered his servants, ‘Quickly bring the finest robe and put it on him; put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet.


Take the fattened calf and slaughter it. Then let us celebrate with a feast,


because this son of mine was dead, and has come to life again; he was lost, and has been found.’ Then the celebration began.


Now the older son had been out in the field and, on his way back, as he neared the house, he heard the sound of music and dancing.


He called one of the servants and asked what this might mean.


The servant said to him, ‘Your brother has returned and your father has slaughtered the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.’


He became angry, and when he refused to enter the house, his father came out and pleaded with him.


He said to his father in reply, ‘Look, all these years I served you and not once did I disobey your orders; yet you never gave me even a young goat to feast on with my friends.


But when your son returns who swallowed up your property with prostitutes, for him you slaughter the fattened calf.’


He said to him, ‘My son, you are here with me always; everything I have is yours.


But now we must celebrate and rejoice, because your brother was dead and has come to life again; he was lost and has been found.’


November 13th 2018

I am healing your nation.  Be open to healing in your family.  There is time still to be totally healed.  Pray for the terrible destruction to be avoided by repenting.  Turn from your wicked ways.  Turn away from Pride, Fear, Self Pity, Bitterness and Unforgiveness and being Judgemental.  Confess your sin.  I am a loving god who wishes only your best, repent!  Be healed and delivered.  Then I will heal and deliver your nation.  Give me all y our cares, worries, and hopes.  I am the Lord your God and only I can change things for the better.  Confess and Repent.

Let’s look at the older brother’s resentment for doing what is right.  He has stayed and put up with the father and done what it is right.  Did he do it from the kindness of his heart?  Or was it to be superior?  Did he know how much his father loved him?  I think he thought that He had to earn his fathers favor by doing what was right.  He did not love his brother and want what was best for him.  Pride blinded him so much that was enraged at the prodigals return and did not see the miracle of the his brothers changed heart.  I so relate to this thinking that if I do what is right God will be happy with me.  But God wants my heart to understand His Merciful love.  I do not have to make that happen, God gives it freely.  God makes everything work for good for those who love Him.

In conclusion the Prodigal gets it.  He knew that his father would accept him back.  He was so sorry for his sin and was welcomed with open arms by the father.  This is what God does for us.

Which brings me to Thanks Giving with family.  It is a time to be grateful for each and everyone of our family members.  Look for the good things and ignore the bad.  Go to the family with the same forgiveness of the Father.  The World doesn’t need anymore dissension and anger.  What the World needs now is Love.

This was a message on Facebook the day I wrote this message

Today God wants us to know that love is the opposite of logic.

Logic is argumentative, aggressive upon the mind, splits the world into right and wrong, us and them. Love is generative, compassionate, embracing all creation. Logic pays attention to what is being said. Love pays attention to how things are said. Logic leads to debate. Love leads to communion. Practice love to be closer to God.

I just entered to win a copy of the elegant new Advent book WOUNDED IN SPIRIT by David Bannon from @ERBks! You can too: http://ow.ly/Uljt30mH0Ql

%d bloggers like this: