Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Don't fret yourself (Acts 8:26-40, 1 Thess 4:11, 2 Tim 1:7 )

"My Studio"
Yes, I do still love Yogi Bear : )

Painting and Photography help me not to worry and relax.
...make it your ambition to lead a quiet life:  You should mind your own business and work with your hands (1 Thessalonians 4:11 NIV)
7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
(2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV)

My Grandmother used to crochet all the time- there's something amazingly relaxing about taking things one stitch or one glob of paint at a time.  It's ok to turn off the TV.

Those of us who were alive in the 60's are seeing a repeat of history.  Only back then it was in Watts, California.  I listened to some kids playing a game and they asked who's fault this Baltimore and Ferguson mess was.  So I told them it was their parents.   They asked why.  I told them the parents didn't raise them right.  One of the kids told me I sounded like his Dad.  I considered it a compliment. : )  The other part to this is the decline in our schools.  We were taught right from wrong until they went into a progressive program.  Everyone should be able to do what they want?  Really?

I remember Watts.  I was a little girl.  They put all the rioting kids in paddy wagons and shipped them to jail.  They all got criminal records and were required to complete community service.  The only change they made was obtaining a criminal record to keep from getting a job, and destroying Watts.  Honestly I feel the parents should have to pay for these damages today, but I don't know how they could.  It needs to stop.  I am grateful that my governor, "Chris Christie," along with other state Governors who are helping by sending the National Guard to Baltimore.

But the kids... is this a case of older people reminiscing and not thinking about how kids would interpret it?  Watts wasn't a good time.  None of this rioting brings happiness, only despair to parents, kids, shop owners and all Americans.

These verses came to mind.  If you're an older person and want to share the good old days.  Be careful to tell the whole truth, like how many people died or were maimed in Watts.

18 “Do not remember the former things,
Nor consider the things of old.
19 Behold, I will do a new thing,
Now it shall spring forth;
Shall you not know it?
I will even make a road in the wilderness
And rivers in the desert."
(Isaiah 43:18-19 NKJV)

The only way to bring change is to work together.  Church is a big help.  Kids need Pastors they can talk to that won't get angry like parents do sometimes.  I changed entirely when I accepted Christ.  Depression to joy, I wasn't angry anymore.  And God will never leave us or forsake us.  So, yes, Church is very important.  Faith and a reason to do right is a human need.  This is a great story about how an Ethiopian became a Christian:

26 Now an angel of the Lord spoke to Philip, saying, “Arise and go toward the south along the road which goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” This is desert. 27 So he arose and went. And behold, a man of Ethiopia, a eunuch of great authority under Candace the queen of the Ethiopians, who had charge of all her treasury, and had come to Jerusalem to worship, 28 was returning. And sitting in his chariot, he was reading Isaiah the prophet. 

29 Then the Spirit said to Philip, “Go near and overtake this chariot.”
30 So Philip ran to him, and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah, and said, “Do you understand what you are reading?”

31 And he said, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” And he asked Philip to come up and sit with him. 32 The place in the Scripture which he read was this:
“He was led as a sheep to the slaughter;
And as a lamb before its shearer is silent,
So He opened not His mouth.
33 In His humiliation His justice was taken away,
And who will declare His generation?
For His life is taken from the earth.”

34 So the eunuch answered Philip and said, “I ask you, of whom does the prophet say this, of himself or of some other man?” 35 Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning at this Scripture, preached Jesus to him. 36 Now as they went down the road, they came to some water. And the eunuch said, “See, here is water. What hinders me from being baptized?”
37 Then Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.”

And he answered and said, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.”

38 So he commanded the chariot to stand still. And both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water, and he baptized him. 39 Now when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught Philip away, so that the eunuch saw him no more; and he went on his way rejoicing. 40 But Philip was found at Azotus. And passing through, he preached in all the cities till he came to Caesarea.
(Acts 8:26-40 NKJV)

Dear Heavenly Father,
I thank and praise You for kids that are raised properly and know right from wrong. I am grateful for parents who teach kids right from wrong.
  I pray You will guide those in authority.  Help them get through to these kids and parents.  I continue to lift up all the nations:  Saudi Arabia, Europe, Ukraine, Russia, Israel. Bless France, Egypt and all those in harms way.  You know all and see all.  I pray the good will prevail.  Please bless our nation with wisdom as we elect the next President.  I pray You will revive our Churches and encourage our people.

Our Father in heaven,
Reveal who you are.
10 Set the world right;
Do what's best––
  as above, so below.
11 Keep us alive with three square meals.
12 Keep us forgiven with you and forgiving others.
13 Keep us safe from ourselves and the Devil.
You're in charge!
You can do anything you want!
You're ablaze in beauty!
  Yes. Yes. Yes.
(Matthew 6:9-13 Message)

In Jesus' Name I pray, Amen   

Here's a song from JJ Weeks, Let them see You (link)

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