Suddenly Destruction Comes by Penny Chavers

If God does not intervene, we will, in fact destroy ourselves . . .

Jeremiah 4:20 Destruction upon destruction is cried; for the whole land is spoiled: suddenly are my tents spoiled, and my curtains in a moment.

What’s the noise all about?  Every day when we turn on the news, we hear of yet another disaster or another shooting either in our local area or somewhere in our country.  It’s a constant daily occurrence.  It never stops but rather increases.  Why is this?

We have become a spoiled people — a nation who wants our way about every minute detail of our lives.  We are so bored (especially our children) that we feel we need more entertainment.  We want more attention so we create drama where is none.  Our youth cannot get the attention they need from their parents so they act out to draw attention.

Fathers are either absent from the home and have abandoned their children or they abuse their children and their wives.  But it doesn’t stop there.  Even mothers are no longer mothers but have also become abusers themselves and/or users of drugs and alcohol.  So the children either are left to themselves to get into mischief or they run away from home and get into criminal activity.

The fabric of our society has drastically changed.  Prayer has been taken out of our schools so now teachers and students are no longer allowed to even speak the name of Jesus without retribution.  By the time our kids get into college, they no longer believe in God because our society and educators have brainwashed them into believing there is no God or that there are “many ways” to God.

Our churches have become emptied of youth and even a lot of adults have dropped out.  Some drop out because they have become disillusioned or confused.  And it’s no wonder — the fact is many of our churches are only providing a “watered-down” gospel where “sin” is no longer viewed as sin.  Right is “wrong” and wrong is “right.”

And now it is getting harder and harder to get a group of people (even Christians!) to agree on anything.  Everyone has a negative response to every comment or post no matter how sincere the person is who creates the post.  Every word is taken out of context and turned completely around.  Everyone insists that their view is the right view on every topic under the sun.  They do not want to compromise in any way on anything — no matter how simple the matter is.  If someone presents a good idea or solution to a problem, they immediately have negative responses thrown at them.  I think the problem is that every one wants to be the one to get the credit so they will shoot down everyone else’s ideas.  It’s a power struggle — a struggle to be right or to be in the limelight.  Or they just simply like to provoke debate no matter what!  And then there are those who just have a negative outlook on everything!

All this goes back to a spoiled nation — everyone wanting their own way so they kick and scream just like spoiled children do!

If God does not intervene, we will, in fact, destroy ourselves without God even lifting a finger!

In spite of all of this,  God still loves us!  He has shown us the clear path to righteousness.  He sent His only son to be our example of what love is and how we are treat one another.  We need to learn from the example of Jesus — He became humble and loved even the vilest of sinners.  Let us learn from His example.

Thank goodness for His everlasting love and mercy — He doesn’t give up on us!

 

It’s a Sad Time by Penny Chavers

Over the past week, we have all been in shock over the sad event that took place in South Florida. 

Over the past week, we have all been in shock over the sad event that took place in South Florida.  There were so many innocent lives taken that it just bewildered  and puzzled us as to what possible purpose could the shooter have for doing such a violent act.  What is so bewildering about it is that so many people were suspicious of the boy and yet nothing was done to stop him BEFORE he committed this insane act.  Since this horrible act, there have been copycat threats to our schools.

There were some at the school that showed a lot of courage and sacrificing themselves for others.  I sympathize with all those families who were affected and I pray for them that the Lord Jesus will give them peace and comfort their hearts.

In this present age that we are living in, such violence just keeps happening all over the nation and in other nations.  Lord, we pray for peace in our nation and heal our nation.  If we, who are called by His Name, would humble ourselves and pray, and seek His face, and turn from our wicked ways; then we will hear from Heaven and He will forgive our sin and heal our land.

2 Chronicles 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

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In the Blink of an Eye by Penny Chavers

What can happen in the blink of an eye? . . . . just like the wind, we cannot control . . .

What can happen in the blink of an eye?  In the blink of an eye, you can lose everything you own through a disaster like a tornado.  A tornado can come up so fast and furious that you have little or no warning.  It can rip right through your home and destroy everything.  In the blink of an eye, your life can be snuffed out in a car wreck on the highway.  One wrong move or wrong decision while driving can cause you to swerve into an oncoming vehicle or vice versa — someone can swerve into you.

There are so many things that we do not have complete control over — no matter how hard we try.  Our life is but a vapor — just like the wind — we cannot control where it goes.  Only the One who made the universe and everything in it can control what happens in this life.  That is why we need to pray to the only one who can control events and circumstances in our lives.  Otherwise, we are at the mercy of these events that can happen in the blink of an eye.  Should we just leave everything to chance?  Or should we pray and put our trust in the One who has the power to control these things?  If we submit our lives to Him, Jesus, our Savior, then there is one blink of an eye that we can look forward to.  When He comes back for us, we can be changed in the blink of an eye — changed from corruptible to incorruptible — changed from darkness to light — and we can live with Him forever and ever.

How awesome is that????

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Miraculous by Penny Chavers

. . . who is millions of miles away from the earth . . .

There is nothing more miraculous than the birth of Jesus Christ.  To be born of a virgin definitely qualifies as miraculous!

What is even more miraculous is that the Creator of the Universe, who is millions of miles away from the earth, loved us so much that He sent His son, His only son, to this earth to die for our sins.

Another miraculous thought is that even though we should look like tiny dots to Him running around here on earth like teeny tiny ants, He knows the very number of the hairs on our head.

As you celebrate this Christmas, think about the Miraculous Birth of our Lord and Savior!

Be Blessed this Christmas!

 

Black Friday Craze by Penny Chavers

It has become a popular annual tradition.

(using many of the daily word posts: see the words in bold/italicized)

The Gremlins are out for the Black Friday sales.  It has become a popular annual tradition.  Our friends and our neighbors, who seem to be so normal, go through a transformation when this day comes around.  Suddenly, they become like toxic sludge, a mixture of mud that is unrecognizable.  They succumb to a temporary state of mind which causes them to seek a particular trademark of an item they just have to have.  And when they find it, they will clutch it for dear life until they can get out the door with it in their hands.

Enlighten me please — why has this Black Friday tradition become such a risky business?  You have to be brave to venture out on this day because if you cross the path of one of these Gremlins, it could cause a riff.  Just the thought can make you faint and stiff.

It’s the way of the world now in which we live — the gifts have to be the most fashionable, the most popular, it’s what kids expect and it’s what they prefer.  No longer do they stick to the rule “do not peek.” So, on this Black Friday, these nice friendly neighbors come out and, even though there is no gratitude, they refuse to deny the desires of their children, grandchildren, and all, so they push and they shove just to get the fluff and all the other stuff in the mall.

So what does it matter if someone gets hurt or dies in the rush?  As long as they get what they are after — right?

Who cares if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul?

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Too Many Interests by Penny Chavers

People have many interests . . .

People have many interests including myself.  It’s good to have interests but sometimes we have too many interests to maintain.  It would be good if we could focus our attention on specific interests – those that we love the most and eliminate the rest.  Too many interests takes up too much of our time and then we do not become proficient in any of them.  I, for one, have more interests than I can handle. There are just so many things that I want to learn and become good at.  For example, I love to play the piano but I don’t have enough time to practice so I can become proficient at it.  And I love to sew but there are just not enough hours in the day to do all these things that I love to do.  Maybe one day, I can really decide which interest I want to really focus on and become good at it.

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Elastic Humor by Penny Chavers

There are many forms of elastic . . .

If your elastic is plastic you will be fantastic!

But if your elastic is paper, it will be drastic!

Paper clothes are for paper dolls

not for people who shop in malls.

There are many forms of elastic

For many a use and type

such as wash and wear so people won’t stare.

But what’s up with all the hype?

And who is going to care?

Cotton and rubber good for swimwear

So, in saltwater, it won’t tear.

Polyester can be a bit stiffer,

But I beg to differ.

Some shrinks less

but if it comes undone,

it will be a mess.

Some is made of acetate

But hold on to your plate

It must be hand-washed

and not suitable for swimwear.

Oh what a bear (bare)!

This elastic humor is going to get you nowhere!

Elastic

 

A Leaf in the Wind by Penny Chavers

All we can do is ride along . . .

Our lives are like a leaf in the wind.  We don’t know where that wind is going to take us.  It just blows us around from one point to another.  All we can do is ride along like that leaf.  We cannot say we are going to stop the wind so we can fall down to the ground when we want to.  We have to accept where that wind takes us; BUT, if we are born of the Spirit, we don’t have to worry because the Spirit is life and will take us where ever it is we need to be.

“The wind bloweth where it listeth and thou hearest the sound thereof but canst not tell whence it cometh and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.”

John 3:8

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Tentative Plans by Penny Chavers

Plans change constantly which prove that these things are not in our control. . . .

When you make a tentative decision, that means you are just unsure.  How many tentative decisions do we make on a daily basis?  We go about our lives day in and day out making plans for shopping, for appointments, for events, etc. as if we are in control of our own lives.  But are we?  Who is really in control of our lives?

Plans change constantly which prove that these things are not in our control.  We can only tentatively make plans.  God can change everything in an instant.  Thinks happen beyond our control.  Sometimes it is a good change but sometimes it is a bad change.  What seems to us like a disaster could actually be a blessing in disguise.

We don’t understand the ways of God but if we trust Him, then we know that He has our best interest at heart.  Bad things do happen to good people.  When someone passes away, we always assume it’s bad but who knows what would have happened in that person’s life if they had lived?  Something far worse could have happened to them and they could have died later in life in their sins; whereas, if they pass away as a Christian or as a child, then we know they are in heaven.

God is sovereign and He has everything under control.  He is not surprised by anything that we go through.  He has placed each of us in this time period that we are living in for a divine purpose.  It’s up to us to seek Him to understand what that purpose is. Who knows the lives that we may have an impact on if we choose to pursue the purpose and plan of God?

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“Ascend Above the Clouds” by Penny Chavers

Pride goeth before a fall.

I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.  Isaiah 14:14

This is taken from the passage in Isaiah 14:12-17 where satan was cast out of heaven. He was the most beautiful angel in heaven but because of pride, he was not satisfied with that.  He wanted to be like God Himself.  He allowed pride to come in and distort what God had created him to be.

He wanted to be worshiped so he persuaded a third of the angels to follow him instead of God.  Because of this, God cast him and that one-third of the angels out of heaven and there is a theory (which I tend to agree with) that this probably happened between Genesis 1:1 and Genesis 1:2.  If you notice, it says in Genesis 1:1 that God created the heavens and the earth.  And then in verse 2, it says the earth was without form and void.  Why is this if God had just created the heavens and the earth?  Since everything God created was perfect, then the earth would not have been without form and void.  So, it stands to reason, that something must have been happened to cause this.  In Luke 10:18, it says that satan fell like lightning from heaven.   [This is probably why it says in Proverbs “pride goeth before a fall.”]

I imagine that when this happened, it would have created such a force that it destroyed the earth (or “messed” it up pretty bad — anyway it was no longer perfect).  God does not and can not tolerate any sin in heaven so I am sure His wrath was kindled just a little when He cast him out.  So because of this pride that Lucifer allowed to enter into him, God not only cast him out of heaven but He caused him to become like a worm who was very ugly to look upon.  Instead of being the most beautiful angel in heaven, he became the ugliest of ugly, a worm.  That is what sin does to you — it can take you from the palace to the pit and turn your world upside down.  What once was beautiful and good becomes ugly and bad!

One day, if you know the Lord as your Savior, you will be able to see what the devil (satan) really looks like and you will be able to say “Is this the one? The one who caused me so much pain in my life — who caused so many problems for me?  Is this the one?”

How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning!
how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven,
I will exalt my throne above the stars of God:
I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.
Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.
They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying,
Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms;
That made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof;
that opened not the house of his prisoners?  Isaiah 14:12-17

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters.  Genesis 1:1-2

And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.  Luke 10:18