Lessons from Owner’s Manual #141.
Why do we doubt? Let’s be honest, sometimes I doubt stuff. I wonder why I pray so hard for something to happen and things stay the same. Why do I continue to hurt when I pray for relief from my pain? Why, when I know others are praying for me, am I not healed? Is it a lack of faith on my part? I do not doubt God at all. The doubt comes from me. When I really get down to it, most of my pain comes as a result of choices I have made. I choose not to take heavy duty pain meds, due to choices I have made in the past. Have found my pain tolerance has increased, and I thank God for that. Even my choice to become a Marine many years ago, that put me in harm’s way. God is the constant. Even when I doubted and ran from Him He continued to love and protect me. And He still does. See, I don’t go through anything alone, God is always with me. And I know, no matter what, it will be ok. And the “it” is me. Thank you for reading these Lessons, feel free to share, and as always, I look forward to your comments.
Lessons from Owners Manual #142.
Father’s Day coming up, let me tell you about my Father. He is the great creator. He is LOVE. He is not responsible for hate, envy or strife. He sent His only Son to die for you and me, so that we can live with Him forever. My earthly dad was a great example of His love. He was patient, kind, and preached my Father’s word for almost 70 years. He passed last November at the age of 91. He and mom were married 71 years before she passed. Dad was not perfect, though he was in my eyes. He didn’t lecture me, he led by example. He showed me what God’s Love was all about by the way he treated others. He also led by example the Word of God. Many of you knew him well and admired him for how he was and things he did. I got to see him inside our family. What you saw in public was exactly the way he was in private. He always worked a full time job while being a full time Pastor. And you pastor’s know what that means. On call 24/7, he always took the call. Sometimes folks would show up in the middle of the night with a sick child, dad let them in, and prayers began. I have seen babies with the thrash. Dad would pray, and blow his breath into the baby’s mouth. The blisters would immediately start to disappear. Did my dad do that? As he explained it to me, my Father did it, using my dad because of my dad’s faith. I could go on and on, but I won’t. Today I will bask in my Father’s Love while fondly remembering my dad. Thank you for reading this. May you know and love your FATHER. As always, comments welcome and feel free to share.
God bless all of you.
Lesson from the Owners Manual #143
Lesson from the Owners Manual #144
Faith without works is dead. Ever hear that? Well what does it mean? Let’s say a guy has severe back pain (I do) and prays for relief. Now he can just sit and pray, and request prayers from others, and even take medication, but unless he puts some work in, nothing changes. The Owner’s Manual shows that folks healed had to take some action. Pick up the bed, wash them, go show themselves, etc. So this guy has to first believe with all his heart that he can be healed and then get up and walk. Even though it is painful, he prays for strength to walk through the pain. Even when he feels like he may collapse, he prays. And somehow he is able to make it to where he was headed. His prayers were answered, and now it is time to give praise. Perhaps it was just a trip from bedroom to bathroom, or living room, but there was a time this just wasn’t possible. This is a day in the life of many people. So give thanks when you are able to jump up, run outside, jump in your car and speed off. I will continue to put work with my faith, and give praise for the small Miracles. Continue to keep me in your prayers, and continue to have faith, with works. Thanks for reading this and comments are welcome.