Get into the boat.

God granting miracles

A religious man is on top of a roof during a great flood. A man comes by in a boat and says “get in, get in!” The religous man replies, ” no I have faith in God, he will grant me a miracle.”

Later the water is up to his waist and another boat comes by and the guy tells him to get in again. He responds that he has faith in god and god will give him a miracle. With the water at about chest high, another boat comes to rescue him, but he turns down the offer again cause “God will grant him a miracle.”

With the water at chin high, a helicopter throws down a ladder and they tell him to get in, mumbling with the water in his mouth, he again turns down the request for help for the faith of God. He arrives at the gates of heaven with broken faith and says to Peter, I thought God would grand me a miracle and I have been let down.” St. Peter chuckles and responds, “I don’t know what you’re complaining about, we sent you three boats and a helicopter.”

This Joke got me to thinking about how sometimes we take all the good things God blesses our life with.  We pray for many things and we know what we want but yet when the blessings pass us by because only see what we want to.  God can bless us in many ways  with  things that look the same, maybe a  job, a home or someone to love us.  Our idea of what we want is not going to be the same as what God will offer us, it’s up to us to not over look it and jump in the boat when it comes our direction.

Giving Up?

Have you ever felt like giving up? Elijah did. The Lord had just used him to show the nation of Israel that the Lord is God (1 Kings 18). Yet, the threats of Queen Jezebel so alarmed him that he ran to Beersheba, 100 miles south (19:3). Then he walked another 150 miles south to Horeb, the mountain of God.

I alone am left; and they seek to take my life. —1 Kings 19:10

Twice God asked Elijah what he was doing there (vv.9,13). Both times he answered with identical words—“I alone am left; and they seek to take my life” (vv.10,14). He had become so preoccupied with his own fears that he had forgotten what God had done through him at Mount Carmel. Despite his great victory, Elijah plunged into the depths of discouragement. How easy it is for us to do the same.

God did not accept Elijah’s notice that he was quitting. Instead, He commissioned his tired servant to handle three major tasks (vv.15-17). And by the way, Elijah was wrong when he said he was the only faithful one left. God had 7,000 others who had not bowed to Baal (v.18).

Perhaps, like Elijah, you are despairing at the circumstances in your life. Let God speak to you (v.12). Instead of allowing you to quit, He will show you what you can do through His strength.

Open Up to Others

Social networking is big business. Things like Facebook, e-mail, and texting reveal our hunger to connect with one another, yet many people still feel lonely. The fall of Adam and Eve usually brings to mind the disconnection that sin created between God and mankind, but it also affected all human relationships from that time onward. As a result, fear and pride threaten to keep us in bondage to isolation and self-protection.

Surprisingly, many homes, workplaces, and churches are gatherings of strangers. Even husbands and wives can live in the same house without really knowing each other. Being able to list many facts about those we live and work with is not the same as really knowing them. To some degree, whether we are known by others is our responsibility. Even the friendliest person may not be able to penetrate someone else’s self-erected walls. To be known, we must risk opening up and letting others in.

Paul pled with the Corinthians to open up to him as he had to them. Because they’d built emotional walls, their relation-ship with him and their effectiveness as a church were hindered. Of all people, believers are called to live in open honesty and accountability with one another. We cannot shut everybody out and expect to have an open relationship with God.

Relational walls can be hard to recognize. Unforgiveness, a sense of unworthiness, and fear of rejection are common reasons for self-protective barriers. Ask God to reveal any ways that you’re shutting someone out. He will help you demolish all hindrances to your relationship with Him and others.

The love of my life (Part 2)

This is the second part of how I meet my fiancee Julie.   If you haven’t read the first part, read it hear.

I sent 10 or 12 friend request to different women that fit my search results.  I think maybe 5 or 6 of them added me as a new friend.  Of  these, Julie was one of them.  One of the things I liked about Julie’s profile was a picture that said; God Rocks.  I didn’t know much about Julie, I knew she lived near Waterloo, IA. and was going to UNI.  The other thing I really liked was Julie’s Blog, the first one I read was called “Testing”.  That was August 10, 2009 and the last thing she said in that blog was, “I feel like a failure.  I have failed her.  I have failed myself.  I don’t know what to do now.  Someone help me figure this out.  God give me wisdom to figure it out.”, and this is part of my comment I made to Julie.  “God knows who we are and we have too keep trusting in him. You are not, will never be a failure. You said it yourself, you are making progress! As you make more progress the devil will just try harder to get to you”.

That was the start of great friendship and we chatted on Facebook, on August 23, 2009 I got a email from Julie saying, “Just wanted to let you know that I am thinking about you today, hope you are doing well.  I admire your love for Christ,  you rock.  I hope we can get to know each other better.  I think we have a lot in common.” Our first date was October 27, 2009 it was a rainy night and we meet at a restaurant in Cedar Rapids.  After dinner we talked for a hour or more and then I walked Julie to her car and I kissed her in the rain.  That weekend Julie came down to see me and we had a great time.   8 days later after listing to Zac Brown, “Whatever it is” over and over all day on my MP3 player, I sent Julie a text message asking her to marry me.  And the rest is history, (She said YES!).