God Goes Beyond

God Goes BeyondHave you ever pulled into a gas station and asked for 2 gallons of gas and had the attendant fill up your tank?

Have you asked for a pound of hamburger at the grocery store and had them give you two?

If someone were to ask you for help across the street – would you continue to help them farther?

When approached by a homeless person asking you for spare change – did it occur to you that they look like they could use more than spare change? So, don’t you wonder why they don’t ask for more?

Could it be because they know they wouldn’t get more if they asked for more?

Have you ever asked God for something and gotten less than you needed? I don’t mean less than you wanted – but less than you NEEDED.

I don’t think I ever knew the difference until I was homeless.

I remember in school – if a teacher said we had to read 2 chapters of a book as homework – you can bet that I did not read one word beyond 2 chapters.

Does anyone besides me see a pattern here? Seems to me, throughout the scriptures, God makes a point that we should not only love our neighbor, but that love should be so strong that it should compel us to go beyond what they may ask or need – including our enemies!

Matthew 5:41 And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.

Matthew 5:42 Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.

And why might you ask?

The way I see it, God is our highest example of going beyond when we love others – in other words, he does not ask anything of us that he hasn’t already given us himself.

Matthew 7:7-8  Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:

For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

Matthew 7:9-10  If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?”

 Each time that I have gone to God with specific needs, in his answer to my prayers, he has given me so much more than I even knew I needed!

In those times I receive no answer and I realize his answer is no – even when God takes me in a different direction – he takes me farther than I had thought possible because all I could see through my eyes was a closed door.

I have learned in serving him, that God can see beyond closed doors which sometimes are nothing more than our minds that are limited by this world.

So imagine how you and I can be this kind of blessing to others when in our charity and love, we give more than someone actually needs?

Paul and love, ha!

Planting Potatoes:

I would like to share this good read with all my friends and hope you are as blessed as I am for reading it!

Originally posted on ColorStorm:

There was an observation made recently in another post regarding ‘love’ that the apostle Paul spoke of, contrasted against the love of a parent toward a child, and in this comparison, Paul’s brand of love came up as it were, ahem, miserably short. It is interesting for two reasons.

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One, because this idea is narrow and selfish, secondly, because a high level of hypocrisy must be utilized to even suggest such a thing.

In a conversation with an unbeliever, and using 1 Corinthians 13 as a springboard, a friend asked this fair question:

Do you truly know more than Paul did about this one subject we’re speaking of?

And this immediate response was given:

‘Paul made it clear that he felt that sex was something people should avoid if possible. He seems to never have known the love of a woman, and never sat by the bedside of…

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The greatest love

Planting Potatoes:

Never been one for sappy love stories – but this one has got to be the best love story ever told! I hope it blesses every one who reads it!

Originally posted on Daily dose of gratitude:

Today’s post is written by my friend Betty Gail Jones. Thank you, Betty Gail, for the beautiful reminder of the greatest love of all.

There once was a man who lived in perfect paradise where he was surrounded by riches and beauty.  Every hour was filled with wonderful music, and he continually experienced peaceful serenity in his home.  He had servants who adored him and met his every need.

His heart, however, was overwhelmed with a longing to be with his love.  He had watched her and seen her struggles.  Her life was filled with grief and disappointment.  She was a victim of the chaos which surrounded her.  War and pestilence had torn her.  He was to be her “knight in shining armor,” her rescuer, and nothing could hold him back.  He would go to her – move into her neighborhood – and care for her like no other had…

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Tapping into God’s Agenda

Planting Potatoes:

I would like to share this wonderful message with my friends….

Originally posted on Sherline's Watchu Thinkin' Blog:

Hi Everybody!

So Today I want to focus on us as Christianstapping into God’s Agendafor this Year of Divine Grace. Stop what your doing and listen for just a moment. Ask yourself this question…“Are you where you should be right now?” if the answer is “No”, then consider that you are outside God’s agenda, you are outside God’s plan for your life, you are traveling on the road of mediocrity that leads to nowhere and realizing that that isn’t where you want to be will lead you to look back, turn around and walk back on God’s designed path for your life. It says in God’s Word to …seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you [emphasis added] – (Matthew 6:33).


What does that really mean?

It doesn’t mean that if you do church activities “in…

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Truth in love..by a good father

Originally posted on Tresor:

Good Good Father – HOUSEFIRES II: http://youtu.be/djrY_eFDOwE

One of the many ways God speaks to me is through music. The lyrics and even just the beats get me. They communicate something so much stronger I think then just words. Cause its personal..and straight to my heart.

This is one of those songs.

I haven’t been able to get this song out of my mind for the last month. I am not sorry for that. Cause its something I need to be reminded of everyday.

You are a good good Father..its who You are. I am loved by you..its who I am.

This past year and half has been a hard one for me. I say half cause it really started while I was still in Reno. Got into a dark place. One that I was uncomfortable in. Instead of allowing God to heal those things..I ran back to things I…

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Ready Or Not

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2015 – Are you ready?

I’m about as “ready” as these squirrels outside hopping around searching for those nuts they buried last fall – if they could just remember where they buried their food ~ all that hard work will not be in vain I’m sure.

I quit making new year’s resolutions about the same time I was in the hospital wondering if I should plan on coming home or not – and someone told me that the best way to make God laugh –

was to tell him what you have planned for tomorrow. 

Truthfully, that is when I finally relaxed – when I realized that I had no control over tomorrow.

I was either going to live or I was going to die. It was really as simple as that.

Kind of like boiling potatoes – not really much to it – just a mater of time.

I stopped being a patient worrying about dying and became a patient thankful I was still alive. Did you know, doctors think that’s pretty important?

hmmmm – must be why God has told us not to worry about tomorrow huh?

Matthew 6:34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

That is when I started laughing with people and becoming a general nuisance to my doctors and medical staff as I began harassing them daily about when my therapy was going to start.

(actually, I think the reason they sent me home was not so much because I worked so hard in therapy, but because they just wanted to get rid of me!)

I realized that God had saved me and now it was time to go home.

I was looking forward to going where God was taking me.

I couldn’t see where he was taking me – but I still wanted to take the first step!

“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.

I didn’t need to make a list because my life is God’s thing - not mine.

Looking forward to.

Looking forward to and planning, the way I see it, are two squirrels looking for a different nut, if you know what I mean.

I read all the time of people who are told they don’t have long to live so they make plans ~ a “bucket list” of things they want to accomplish and experience before their lives end in this world.

I didn’t make a bucket list – for pretty much the same reason why I don’t compile new years resolutions.

I don’t want to make a wish list of things that will tie me to this world.

People express sadness towards those who don’t have a “bucket list” as if it is a bad thing – but seriously – without the pressure of a list hanging on my shoulders – I have great peace.

I don’t believe there is even one thing I can think of in this world that could match what God has promised me in the next – so – I won’t spend my time wishing for anything.

Our society has flooded us with the notion that there is some magic power in resolutions – that somehow, if we are determined and work hard enough, we can achieve anything.

How much do you think you can achieve in your life without God?

Making a bucket list for your life – is like planning your neighbors life – it’s not yours to plan is it? Yes, we have free will to make such a list and I think that is the main reason why so many people get lost in this world.

To me, free will doesn’t mean that I am free to have anything I want in this world. I believe God gave us free will because our lives bring him glory when we choose his will and not our own.

Jesus died for us – certainly not because he deserved it. Jesus chose God’s will – he didn’t make a bucket list of all the places he hadn’t seen yet – or things he would love to do someday, he simply recognized that his life belonged to God – it was why he was in this world – and the whole time he was here – he stayed focused on that reason. Nothing else mattered to him. 

The devil tempted Jesus and lets face it, offered him some pretty cool things. Anyone but Jesus would have been led to believe they had the freedom to “go after” their heart’s desires. Funny thing though, these offers came with a condition that Jesus bow down to the devil.

So where was the free will in that?

Seems to me, if Jesus had chosen that bucket list, it would have made him a prisoner. 

The bucket list that the devil offered Jesus doesn’t seem so grand when we see where following his own will would have led him.

We all desire to make changes in our lives to be sure and to make real changes, we need to be resolute in our efforts, especially when we feel God is leading us somewhere. But the actual change we are looking for does not come merely from making a list  i.e. new years resolutions or bucket lists, and displaying them for the world to see.

This may be the leading reason why exercise equipment ends up sitting in the closet – and new gym memberships are canceled in March. Just saying ~

Do you think before Moses lead God’s people out of bondage and through the dessert he wrote a resolution and shared it with everyone first? He just did it.

Do you think David was a strong warrior in every battle and became a great king because he had a great bucket list? Do you think he wrote a bucket list, with killing Goliath being number one on his list? He just did it!

Do you think just anyone could have built the ark if they had made a firm resolution to do so and then “put their mind and energy into achieving it?”

How many of you really believe those self help books that tell us we can do anything if we just put our minds to it?

Certainly, God enables us – he guides us – makes us strong – he sure has enabled me – but we must seek him first!

Matthew 6:31-33 31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?

32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.

33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

I believe, with all my heart and mind, that the only reason I will have success in achieving my dreams and hopes this year, will be because God wanted me to. I believe that only God has the power to work through the circumstances of my life - not me.

That’s why I will bring my plans to him for approval first - just like David did.

1 Samuel 23  “Therefore David inquired of the Lord, saying, Shall I go and smite these Philistines? And the Lord said unto David, Go, and smite the Philistines, and save Keilah.”

Yes, I have dreams – it is fun to dream isn’t it? Sometimes, dreaming gets us through some tough times I know. But I know God has a plan for me and the only sure fire way of being ready for his plan – is to not let these dreams that are swimming around in my brain make me miss an exit God wants me to take in this life because I was too occupied with my own dreams.

I will spend my energy thanking him for what he has already given me and spending my days conducting this life that God has given me - wisely. –

not dreaming I had a different one. 

1 Samuel 18:14  And David behaved himself wisely in all his ways; and the Lord was with him.

Rather than relying on what he thought he could do for himself – David must have thought it better to have God with him and in that way, he would be far more blessed by trusting God rather than wishing for complete control of his life, right?

What would you rather have -

A wish list that may or may not come true, based on your own power -

Or the power of God working in your life and having everything that does happen in your life be what God really wants to have happen in your life?

I will look forward to this new year with excitement and wonder for what God has planned for me ~ I will look forward to each tomorrow that God gives me – and thankful for his will in my life.

I just won’t make any plans.

I leave it all up to God.  

 

I leave it all up to God.  

Opportunities In Trials

Originally posted on Unshakable Hope:

In the midst of a trial, the greatest temptation we face is to hunker down and wait for the storm to pass. I don’t believe this is ever God’s will.

We tend to view trials as a kind of imprisonment, thinking our life is on hold until the day we’re released from the grip of the life challenge. ALS has made me a virtual prisoner of my own body for the last 18 years. It has been a very cruel warden. But I look around me and see other people fighting illness or trying to overcome addictions, depression, abuse, debt and so many other cruel masters.

We must continue to hope and pray for freedom from whatever is trying to “holdus,” and we should do everything in our power to move toward that goal. But, in the meantime, we should look for opportunities for God to use…

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