The End is Closer than Yesterday

“But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! For of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts, always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. II Timothy 3:1-9

People have been crying out “ The End is Near!”  for decades, but this description of last days seems to describe now.

I am not saying tomorrow, nor that it can not get worse, but I do believe we are in those last days.

We are definitely closer today, than yesterday.

Lovers of ourselves. We have been indoctrinated to believe we must put ourselves first. Love everything about ourselves. We are not to accept any criticism nor give any. We demand everything to be our way, for me myself and I, because of the color of our skin and or our sexual desires. No one is to question their ‘inner self’ no matter how stupid it sounds.  To love oneself above others, it is the goal. Be what makes YOU happy. .  If YOU don’t work for you, change who you are, your body, your looks, your gender.  Bruce Jenner has become a hero because he dresses like a girl. Today if you don’t like having 2 hands and think you should only have 1, then cut one off. And then you can love yourself. Society has a new name for each new ‘species’ of man, other than lunatics… Transgender, Homosexual, transracial , furries, paraphilic infantilism Continue reading “The End is Closer than Yesterday”

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The God of Peace Be With You

 Phillipians4:4Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Have you witnessed the peace that passes understanding? Those who have had husbands, wives, children die and they quote scripture and speak of the joy the loved one is experiencing, and the day of being reunited. The one with a terminal disease who is more hopeful and joyful than you, (whose only complaint today is too long a wait at the grocery store). Have you wondered on, or even criticized another for their lack of distress at the loss?  The world tells us we should wail, and beat our chests. We should stop eating, singing laughing, living, when we have trials. The world says we should be overcome by this world that comes against us. Yet God tells us to rejoice in the Lord.Always.

26 years ago between  September and December of 1989 my reasonableness was questioned.

September 23, our third son was born with Pierre Robin Sequence. In Midland they were clueless as to what to do with him choking on his tongue when he cried, so they decided to tie his tongue down. Turns out the surgeries they did in the first 2 days of his life actually did him more harm than the tongue in the way did.E with button

Our second son, who was 5 ,at this time was having what we called attacks, he had been having these since he was 2. He would go pale, his heart would race and pound so hard you could see it in his little chest. He would not be able to move for a few hours, for the pain. (5 years later found it was esophagus spasm aggravation from Celiac disease) Every 2 weeks we would race to the ER to meet the pediatrician who would scratch his head and send us home till the next time.   Scan 127

The Midland doctors insisted we gavage feed Evan, running a tube through his nose and pump in the milk.  Not being able to breast feed, I pumped, for about 5 weeks, until I realized the big boys needed mom time more than Evan needed breast milk.

Evans specialist/surgeon was in Dallas, a 5 hour drive from home. He was an excellent doctor, and probably reason Evan still here today, but ….. The instruction he gave us on the care of Evan,when he untied the unnecessary tongue adhesion.  Until his chin grew and he became strong enough for cleft surgery “ Lay him on his stomach, so he does not choke on that(tongue) and hope he keeps breathing.”

Keith worked graveyard shift at the Post office. Leaving me each night to put everyone to bed, and wake too often alone to see if the baby was still breathing.

Just after delivering the baby, while still in the hospital I had my tubes tied. The last trimester of the pregnancy I had a HORRIBLE chest cold and cough. The air they pumped in during surgery put too much pressure on my ribs that had been weakened from the coughing. I sneezed and cracked a rib, the week after I delivered.

Then, six weeks after Evan was born, on November 1, my brother, Kirk, fell in his driveway and hit his head. He died 2 days later. We dropped our older boys off at a friends house, and drove to Austin, sat in the waiting room of ICU for 2 days, with family and friends, and Evan laying on his stomach in a stroller.  We said goodbye, until we meet again,  to Kirk on November 3, drove home to get boys and drive to funeral ‘at home’ in Lubbock. Scan 13

We moved to a new home by Christmas and hosted that for all the family. Mom and Dad and brother Mike and Kirk’s fiance. Evan was not thriving well, he could not eat and breath at the same time, and burned everything he took in trying to breath. I stupidly agreed to his first immunizations, and he had a horrible reaction the the DPT and MMR-

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A couple of days after Christmas, the boys were playing with a new friend across the street, Lee came running in the house screaming Brian was hurt, bad. A little Tikes car had fallen on him.He had a compound fracture of his arm- both bones. (he had weak bones from that damned undiagnosed celiac)

Sometime during this time of tribulation, I was in conversation with my still mourning mom, she voiced a concern my cousin had for me. My cousin herself had been through some stress, a divorce, a move, a job change, and per some counseling advice and a Readers Digest article, I was due a nervous breakdown  According to the experts having more than 3 major life changes, good or bad, you were in danger. I had at least 10, mostly bad, which got you more points.

I look back at this time, and about a year beyond of a bit more and remember the sadness, but not despair. I remember the loss of dreams, and even some hope, but not faith. I know I prayed for healing of my brother, and cried the healing was not for us to experience. I remember my concern for my children’s health even the fear of losing them, yet never afraid. I cried, I sobbed, I questioned why. I prayed.  Yet I never panicked. Never did I lose my mind, my heart, my strength. I was actually stronger then,than I think I ever was. I had THAT peace.

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.

Evan has something about him that blesses those who know him. IMG_4723Celiac is EASY to fix, just don’t eat wheat and we are healthy. All of grandchildren who have Celiac have not had to endure the illness and damages from undiagnosed Celiac, as Brian did.  DSCF3431

Brian is a healthy strong brilliant godly husband and father. DSCF3418 Bones heal.DSCF3144Heck, all my boys are Godly Men!

Kirk’s daughter is a gorgeous successful mother of 2 daughtersimage_6.

Evan choked on food when he was  10 months,  and because I had gavage fed him I was able to assist the paramedics in finding his airway, when they could not. Scan 67

Evan was almost 9lbs when he was born, this weight sustained him during the time he could not eat well.

I am an expert on gluten free living, and have somewhat of an income from that.  i do

In all things, even the most heartbreaking, I can rejoiceDSCF3138. Tribulation is for a moment, and that peace that passes human understanding is eternal in Him.   DSCF3058

John 16:33 I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”If you don’t have that peace, it is not hard to get– It is a gift.

Ephesians 2:8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,DSCF3014

 

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Apostasy:Abandonment of Religious Belief

Here are several links on a series on apostasy;religious, possibly Christian, men, gone awry.  I did not know this had a name. I did not know how many many people are practicing THIS religious belief, and have become ‘werewolves’.  You never know what you don’t know.

 

Acts 20:29New King James Version (NKJV)

29 For I know this, that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock.

When Wolves Lead the Flock

  Apostasy in the Church Part 1http://www.blogos.org/keepwatch/apostate.html

Lies Under Cover

  Apostasy in the Church Part 2 http://www.blogos.org/keepwatch/under-cover-book.html

Their Greed, Your Seed

  Apostasy in the Church Part 3 http://www.blogos.org/keepwatch/greed.html

A Time to Refrain from Embracing

  Apostasy in the Church Part 4http://www.blogos.org/keepwatch/false-teachers.html

Angels of Light

  Apostasy in the Church Part 5http://www.blogos.org/keepwatch/false-teachers-self-esteem.html

Requiring a Sign

  Apostasy in the Church Part 6http://www.blogos.org/keepwatch/signs-and-wonders.html

The Partial Gospel

  Apostasy in the Church Part 7http://www.blogos.org/keepwatch/gospel-of-grace.html

Apostasy in the Church

  The True Gospel Part 8 of 8http://www.blogos.org/keepwatch/true-gospel.html

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Who Will Stand?

All who labor for Corporation United Body receive security from the corporation for a job well done. From the top administrator to the least laborer, they are rewarded for their deeds. 

 Mr Imuphere is an administrator of the corporation. He is deemed, by himself and some society, as superior to those lower in the hierarchy  of the corporation. He is corrupt. He is devious. He is evil. He is a sycophant, this is how he has reached this position of power .  

Mr. Imuphere has a servile group of minions, they too are sycophants, but only to him. They are his puppets. They will do his bidding. He has manipulated them into believing his lying and manipulating and immoral actions are true and good. This was an easy task for Mr. I, the minions being sycophants too, They reap from the benefits of his unjust rewards. 

In production, which Mr. Imuphere rules, the corporation has managers. These managers have integrity and are of good character, upright and moral.Those that they guide, train and direct , who  are least in the hierarchy and labor for the corporation.

The minions have tried to influence the managers to become as debased as they are. To exalt and obey Mr. Imuphere and turn away from the Cooperation UB principles.  First the managers explained the wrong and dangers in these practices.  The managers stand on truth and honor and will not compromise their belief, nor the security of those working in the lower ranks, nor the integrity of the corporation. The evil superiors began to harass the managers, in the attempt to frighten them into silence or to cause them to quit the corporation.  They began spreading lies and defaming the managers. 

 The managers for the sake of the Corporation UB are disclosed to  the corporation authorities of the corruption that was occurring . The minions accused the managers of defying authority and threatened to destroy them. Also they devised malicious lies to defame the managers trying to shift the blame, . The managers continued perform their duties for the corporation, with integrity,and never neglected their responsibility, thus proving their innocence.  The managers have hopes that not only the corporation be protected from the evil, but also the minions and Mr. Imuphere, realize their wrongs and are remorseful and turn from their evil ways.

 The truth is finally being revealed, the corruption is being realized, the managers are being heard and commended  for their integrity and standing firm in the face of adversity, for  truth. The minions corruption has been revealed and they have been removed from the security of Corporation UB, some realizing their mistakes and some are blind to their wrongs. It has not been confirmed that Mr. Imuphere has any part in this deception, he has been reprimanded for not monitoring his staff. He has convinced many, through his sycophant manipulations, he was completely ignorant of his minions diabolical plan. 

The managers acted responsibly when they reported the corruption. They saved the corporation and their fellow co workers a great deal of loss. The Managers did what they were obligated to do. They put aside their fears and risked their jobs and did the right thing.

Lets change the environment up a bit:

  • Mr. Imuphere is the President of the United States.
  • The managers are the congress and senate others who have ‘jobs’ in the government..
  •  The workers, who receive security are -We the People.  (which also includes the managers)
  • Minions: the party of the president , the media, anyone paid off.

Is the congress and senate right to oppose the President when he is committing crimes? Going against our Constitution (creed)What about Ed Snowden?

What if the President of the US said we must accept something that directly disobeys or disagrees with our Creator, God’s Word, doctrine/creed/? Such as, making a law that says two men living together and have sex with each other are ‘married’ . Or that annihilating a person with a beating heart is not murder, as long as that person resides in another body.

If a government leader decides to  demand  payment, infringes on our source of income, removes our personal choice of home, protection, food and education, medical care. Would you oppose, would your rebel? Would it be ‘right’ ? In the eyes of God?

Lets change it up some more.

  • Mr. Imuphere is an elder, or pastor, or bishop of the church.
  •  His minions are other elders, or men of power and prestige in the church.
  • The managers are deacons, teachers, leaders of the congregation,
  • The congregation is the people, the people who are vested in the church.

The elders/pastor offense is apostasy.  They have turned away from the true Gospel and are teaching heresy. They are false teachers.  Some may be benefitting a bit too much from the giving.

The Managers,those that have not strayed and fallen prey to the false teaching,  are confronting the elders on their sin. The elders  and minions  (false teachers) are accusing those not in agreement with them ,of being unloving and stirring dimension and going against God’s word by not submitting to authority.

Is it right to confront those in authority in our government? In our churches?

I have heard too many say believers  MUST submit to all those in authoritative positions Because all those in ruling positions are appointed by God.Usually,  this argument for the subjects to submit, is dictated by those in supremacy. They seem to have these scriptures etched in their brains:

Romans 13 Let every soul be asubject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. Therefore whoever resists bthe authority resists the ordinance of God,

 1 PeterpTherefore submit yourselves to every 3ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake, whether to the king as supreme, 14 or to governors, as to those who are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and for the praise of those who do good.

I agree I should submit to the position of authority. I am subject to those positions that rank higher than mine. God is a God of order. He did establish a hierarchy for us to function with. We do have laws and ordinance’s that protect. Speed limits, health codes, death penalty.  I disagree to  submitting to a lie, a false teaching an evil power, man made law. if my submission causes me to compromise the truth and character God expects me or all people to have. If it goes against God, I am free to rebel against authority.

Matt 23:1-5 “Then Jesus spoke to the multitudes and to His disciples, saying: “The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. Therefore whatever they tell you to observe, that observe and do, but do not do according to their works; for they say, and do not do. For they bind heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers. But all their works they do to be seen by men.”

If I  compromise, so I can convince those who would label me  disobedient and unloving to man that I am loving and obedient, by their standards.  I am blind to what God has told ME to do. I become blind being led by a blind leader. Matt 15:14   Not to mention I would not be a servant of Christ . Gal 1:10 

Jesus opposed leadership through His whole ministry. He was sent to oppose them, because He loved them.  The Pharisees, Sadducees and High priest were all Rulers of the Jewish society. They made the rules ,they enforced the rules ,they threw people in jail and crucified them for breaking law. They demanded respect and honor.  Jesus called them names of dishonor, Whitewashed tombs, brood of vipers, foolish, hypocrites. Jesus contradicted authority, when He pointed out their ignorance of God’s Word over and over again. Jesus exposed their prejudice and elitist attitude towards the people. Jesus defied their power by  resisting arrest on a couple of occasions.

Some may say we can’t compare ourselves to Jesus, cause Jesus is allowed to oppose authority because technically He IS the guy who made all  the rules.. So lets talk about some regular folk;  Daniel and his three fire walking compadre’s. They would not eat the food sat before them by the king, a huge disobedience.  Shad Me and Abe refused to worship the idol as commanded. Daniels prayed to God, with his window open,  when a mandate went out to not pray to God. They had ‘man consequence’ but God saved them from it all.  Then there are the midwives that had orders from the Pharaoh  to kill baby boys as they were born. The midwives  did not obey AND lied to the Pharaoh about it. God rewarded them. Rahab hid the Hebrew ‘scouts’ from the king of Jericho and lied about it. She is rewarded as righteous, AND is a great great great .. of Jesus.

This new movement of love love love, don’t oppose the rulers, the government, be accepting of all people, love them as you would love yourself , turn the  other cheek, again, and again, give hand outs, conform to the world, lets just all get along because God tells you to, because that is how Jesus is, God is love and loves all man, and no one is going to Hell, except you because you oppose authority,  is a lie. Those of the world,(which belongs to Satan)  live in lies and are trying to get the righteous to join them.  Not everyone is acceptable to God

Revelation 21:8 But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”

2 Peter 2:1 But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction

It is up to We who will not compromise the truth to Ephesians 6:11 Put on the whole armor of God, that we may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil  and 2 Timothy 2:15Do our best to present ourselves to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth. For 1 John 2:6 Whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.

So lets walk like Jesus. With our head up, our shoulders back, with the authority WE have in Him.

Romans 12:2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

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The Pyrenees and the Hare

This is Gauge, actually 12 Gauge is his full name. Count the back toes. 6 on each paw, he has extra dew claws,  he is half Pyrenees. The animal shelter only told us he was part Australian Shepherd. I think it is only a small part.   I suspected he was of big heritage when  my 12 week old sized puppy only had 4 teeth, and had to gum his food until he grew a full set. Then those extra dew claws, gave my vet and myself the clue that he was a Pyrenees

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Gauge grew into our suspicions, in ways other than just size. He hoarded treasures as a pup, he is protective of his domain/ and herd (people and cats and other dogs, horses) in a passive aggressive way. His domain goes as far as he can go, he respects fences IF they are there. Gauge possesses his herd, by sitting on us, laying his paw on us ( a hint to pet). Gauge does not like intruders, of the animal kind.  He is ok with other people, as long as he can keep an eye on them. But animals, birds, dogs passing by, packrats, rabbits, he does not like them on his house, in his trees, under his piles of junk, running across his ten acres.  He will lay in wait for the morning dove to dare to light on the roof top, then bark for an hour until she flies away, he convinced it is because he accomplished his duties. He will spend days ripping through the trashed fence panels to get to the pack rat he heard scurrying underneath. He allowed a neighbors dog to spend the day with us, until she dared walk into his pen, and rubbed against me for a pet, then all hell broke loose.

A few months ago Gauge was barking and barking and barking and barking at a 7 ft piece of PVC pipe laying in the field. it had been laying beside the well house. I thought the wind must have really been bad for it to have ‘flown’ out there. I hollered at Guage to ‘Shut UP’.  He did, for 5 minutes. I decided he had a packrat trapped. There really are not any other critters around here, with the overabundance of coyotes, hawks and the drought. I walked out in the field to investigate and stop the barking.  My idea was to pick up the pipe and dump out the rat, and Gauge would catch it in one gulp (he has done this as I flipped up wood stacks for him) This worked perfectly, except a cottontail fell out instead of a packrat. Packrats, he can eat but not bunnies. I screamed at Gauge to drop it, and he just bit harder, the rabbit squealed. I screamed again. Gauge turned and ran away from me, to go eat in peace. I hollered my apologies to the rabbit and went in the house, mortified.   I will flip my car before I hit a rabbit in the road. This day, I served one to be eaten alive by a giant canine. 

Day before yesterday, Gauge started barking at the PVC ,in the morning.I wondered if it was a packrat or a rabbit. We could be getting rabbits now that we got a bit of rain. In the evening when I fed, I had to call Gauge up from the pipe, where he had been peering in all day. I figured the critter would bolt out as soon as it sensed the enemy leaving. It didn’t.  Just before dark, I notice Gauge back at the pipe, peering in. He had not forgotten his mission. He wasn’t hungry, just had to get rid of the intruder. Stupid rabbit, or rat it should have ran when it had it’s chance!  Yesterday morning, I saw Gauge had drug the pipe about 100 yards, and was peering in it still. I can’t believe the critter is still in it, Gauge must be keeping a 24 hour watch, he is obsessed. At noon  Gauge is still with the pipe, picking up the end of it and dragging it in circles, kind of comical, and smart of him, he will shake it out, since I won’t. I forget about the rabbit or pack rat and Gauge, till feeding time, and again I have to call him from the pipe. Surely the thing will run out now.  At midnight last night, I realize it has not, Gauge is barking as he as been all day previous.  DSCF3074

This morning I look out and Gauge is asleep at the end of the pipe, which has moved another 50 feet at least .  He won’t come when I call him. The other two dogs run to him and try to convince him to come play. He can’t , he is focused, he has lost focus on his real purpose, he is obsessed with this pipe and it’s content, nothing else. He has chewed the end of the pipe trying to get his prey DSCF3075

I decide to go and end this.  I am going to look first to see if bunny or rat. I am thinking of where to dump if  it is a rabbit. To not be an accessory to murder again. I then think how rude/mean/ it is to Gauge who has been so diligent to watch and wait.  I get to the pipe and try to look in, Gauge literally pushes me away. He is totally obsessed, controlled by the thing in the pipe, he can’t see me as his master anymore. I tell him to back away, he won’t obey. I go to the other end as he pokes his nose in the end I just tried, I catch a glimpse of the bunny ear silhouette before Gauge comes and shoves his nose in this end. I realize now I will be helping Gauge, by removing this obsession. I run to the other end stick the camera in and snap

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I run to the other end as Guage is running to steal my place again, I catch a glimpse of the cotton tail and flash another picture.  Gauge pulls his head out of the opposite end, blinking from the flash. HADSCF3077

Knowing a nasty sneaky rat will not run out on my arm, I pick up the pipe. The 3 dogs are now dancing around, sure I am going to treat them as I did before.  I take it to the fence and drop one end over and shake. Nothing comes out.  I pound a bit. Nothing. I then think ,it has been a couple of days, maybe it is dead and bloated in there.  I shake a bit harder, I hear a scratching of nails, it’s hanging on for dear life.. It does not know that bright light now means freedom , it has been so long seeing the face of death in that light.  Finally I shake hard enough and it can’t hang on, it drops from the pipe.  I thought it would dart off. It did not. It  sits there wet and dirty from it’s own urine (fear). Barely moving. Not laying in shock, just sitting, and creeping, smelling fresh air. Gauge is on the other side of the fence, still obsessed, ready to pounce. The rabbit is just feet away, I could reach through the fence and touch it. Instead I run for my camera, that I left behind when I picked up the pipe.  By the time I turn it on and it digitizes, the bunny is becoming aware he is free, and starts to hop some, slowly.

DSCF3079  Objects appear further and dryer than they actually are.

The more the rabbit moves the more aggressive Gauge becomes, he runs the fence, throws dirt and leaps around.  I wonder if he will decide he is capable of jumping the fence (he actually can if he wanted to). The rabbit gains speed and sense as Gauge’s frenzy grows, the rabbit disappears in the brush, and Gauge stares at attention for a few minutes.

I and the other two dogs pick up the pipe and move towards the house.  By the time I reach the well house, and prop the pipe up there, hopefully so another rabbit won’t take up refuge there, Gauge has joined us. All the dogs smell the fear seeping out of the pipe still. Gauge sniffs, I tell him to leave it.I start towards the water trough, the two female dogs run ahead to show me they need me to fill it, Gauge starts to walk beside me, leaning on me. He hasn’t been paying attention to me in days, I realize, and he does too.  I bend to turn on the water, he leans on me.  He is relaxing, he has forgotten his obsession, he reaches out to his master, lays his paw on me to pet him. I do. I take a picture of him as he looks into my face. I see the wound on his nose from his focusing on the wrong thing. Focusing on his want, and not his need. Forgetting his purpose.

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I have been praying for job position that Keith put in for within his company.  It is  bigger, more powerful, more responsibility, more bucks,(but maybe relocation or lots of travel at least),  it would be above those that are now above him.  For him to have that position would solve a lot of problems for he and his colleagues. The job he has now is itself, great, it is great pay, good hours, good benefits, exactly what he(we) have prayed for, for years, it provides all we need. There are some problems, it could be better, and my prayer was for the better. I have prayed and prayed for the ‘bad’ to go away, that this higher position be Keith’s so he could MAKE the bad go away for himself.  He recently got notice that he would not be chosen for that position.  He was fine with it, said the company does not promote up that many steps, ever, even if he is qualified. I was disappointed, mostly with God for not answering my prayer. I had prayed, believing, knowing He would give me/we what we wanted. No one would be hurt by this, more than likely people would be helped, Keith really really is qualified and knows the way to resolve the problems….But instead God, just let it go, did not give it to Keith.Yesterday I was disappointed.  I had diligently prayed for this.

Today  I read in Mark 11 of  Jesus killing the fig tree, then explaining to the disciples whatever they ask for with faith, they will have, even if it be moving mountains. I read the same in Mathew a week ago. A week ago I was obsessed to get what I wanted, I have not been paying attention to my Master, I just saw my want.  This morning, I knew my ‘want’ was not given to me, (us) I read of moving mountains, again, it means something different today.  I prayed and cried, because my faith obviously is not enough. I quit looking at my want, and looked back to my Master. What is in the way? Mark 11:25 If you have anything against anyone, forgive him…. Mark 9:23 If your can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.   The job, the position may still be a possibility for Keith, yet what he has now is all we need. God is answering prayers to get rid of the ‘bad’, just not my way.  Mountains will move, fig trees will die.  I have been Gauge, obsessed with MY want, and forgetting all my needs supplied by my master.  I have been the rabbit, clinging for dear life, covered in my own filth, not seeing freedom is mine if I just let go.

I am forever amazed at how close and active God is in my life, always.  Yet I still cry out “Lord I believe; help my unbelief!”Mark 9:24

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Hey Batter Batter

“But God can throw us curve balls.” This was added to a text from a friend as she was explaining her hope for good test results.

Too many times I hear statements like this of our Father. Believers making God the reason for all things that happen in this world, good, bad and otherwise. God being the one responsible for the trials we face, because He orchestrates everything. God is our Creator. God is our Father. God is our Savior. God is not our destroyer.

God does not throw curve balls. God is not in the position of trying to get us out of the game. God is not on the opposing team.  God is not playing with us, nor competing with us. To put God in the place of the pitcher or an opposing team player we bring Him down to our level. God is not equal to man, we are not equal to Him. We sin. We fail. We get hurt. We compete to get on top, for our glory.

In the baseball analogy, God would be the commissioner. ( and a bit more, the inventor of the game and not elected by man and never makes mistakes). God makes up the rules, He explains the rules, in His Word. The rules explain how to play the game.  The commissioner  sets the standards of being on The Team. God applies the consequence to offenses. He creates justice.  God is over the coaches and teams, even the one opposing coach and team.  There are two teams. The opposing team and the believing team. The Believing team’s coach is the Holy Spirit, who happens to be really close to the Commissioner.  Those who don’t believe in the rules and regulations of the Commissioner, are just spectators. Those spectators have opportunity to join the eternal game, anytime, but they have to abide to the rules and believe in the Commissioner.

The commissioner is not subject to the powers of an owner, nor a coach. The description of the baseball commissioner on Baseball Almanac can describe our God well.Beyond the obvious jobs of coaches and players, there are countless support and administrative personnel facilitating the “behind the scenes” aspects of the sport. Since its inception, professional baseball has appointed one top executive, the Commissioner of Baseball, to oversee the entire operation and maintain the integrity of the game. Unfortunately, like most public officials, the Commissioner is often forgotten in times of prosperity, yet the first to be blamed when problems arise. It is a job that requires not only a tremendous love for the game, but also an even greater patience for the media.

The curve balls of life are thrown by the opposing team, this sinful world. Satan is coach of this team and he has a damn good pitcher. The balls thrown are illness, physical death, famine, debt, wealth, pride, success.  We are given instruction on how to or if to hit these balls if we have the faith to believe in the instruction and the Commissioner that gave us instruction we know what to do with these pitches. Sometimes we will panic or don’t take the signals from our coach, and swing at balls we aren’t to swing at and we strike out. Not out of the game, but back on the bench for awhile.

The Commissioner is in charge of it all, yet  He does not; throw the balls, catch the flies, swing the bats, yell from the dugout, tell the pitcher what to pitch, hire the umpire, kick the dirt, make bad calls, hit home runs…… God created it all, set it in order, and maintains the integrity of His creation. Unfortunately He is often forgotten in times of prosperity, and is the first to be blamed when problems arise. It is a job that requires not only tremendous love but also greater patience.