All posts by Lori

Grandma of 14, believer in The One True God, Jesus is my Lord and Savior. I can be found on Twitter as Lori Church, tho I don't check in with Twitter much. I write scriptures, events in my life/world as they pertain to God's purpose, and vent feelings (and thoughts) Ring in with your uplifting comments, please

Death

My ex-father-in-law just died. I have so many emotions. I have been praying. I was married in that family some odd 13 years. The man is the grandpa of my kids.

In my lazy, sideways communicating with people, I want to “friend” my ex and his family, on Facebook, and give condolences. This well educated man influenced his children and mine. He was active, ran marathons, and even wrote (and published) some books.

Coming from my Christ-centered thoughts, and there are many, I’m quoting Deuteronomy 30: 15-20. “See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction. For I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to Him, and to keep His commands, decrees, and laws; then you will live and increase, and the Lord God will bless you in the land you are entering to possess. But if your heart turns away and you are not obedient, and if you are drawn away to bow down to other gods and worship them, I declare to you this day, that you will certainly be destroyed. You will not live long in the land you are crossing the Jordan to enter and possess. This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to His voice, and hold fast to Him. For the Lord is your life, and He will give you many years in the land He swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.”

Choose life. Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life.Choose to follow Him and have life more abundantly. (John 10;10)

I care about you, my followers……..

Temptation A, Temptation B

Sometimes, I just can’t believe how we succumb to the same old temptations, repeatedly. Keep in mind, what tempts me, may not tempt you. What tempts you, may not tempt me.

I’m not necessarily talking about obvious temptations that lead to sin, but subtle temptations. Some may be tempted to rely more on their own efforts to provide for themselves. They claim God has given them abilities to work multiple jobs for income, at one time. That, in itself, isn’t a negative thing. If it takes quality time away from God or the spouse/family: it could help open some unwanted “doors”. I don’t mean literal doors, but that is a possibility also. What if we consider the spouse who is on the sidelines watching spouse become more and more tired, increasing in health issues? The watchful spouse sighs while “working -multiple- jobs- for -income” rises to leave again and again.

The Enemy of our souls knows the right temptations. He seems to know the right moments to bring them around too. Perhaps, this is merely my personal perception, but I have seen some of the Enemy’s tactics and am determined not to fall prey to temptations: even if they appear harmless.

Guard my heart, mind, and tongue-Father God. Help me to truly mean it when I say, “I have learned to be content whatever state (condition/circumstance) I am in” as Paul says in Philippians 4:11.

No Nikes

To those of you who are trying to sell or advertise shoes and hats, …. on my Christ-based blog site, please discontinue and refrain from doing this.

When I go to read sincere comments, I don’t need to see ads for shoes and more.

Thank you.

77 Days, Then he got a job….

As you know, we trusted God Almighty. We moved South again. We downsized. We had yet another life change.

My husband and I hung on while he applied for a good job where he can get medical benefits. He applied. He applied some more. He did some odd jobs. We waited. We waited some more. We went to church and heard we should claim authority over the spirit of delay. We did. My husband started his job today.

God is awesome! We are claiming Hagaii 2: 9 that says, “The glory of this latter house shall be greater than of the former, saith the Lord of hosts: and in this place will I give peace, saith the Lord of hosts.

I have even joined a small group at the church we attend….. Life is good. God is great.

People Who Need People

Barbara Streisand sang “People who need people, are the luckiest people in the world….”

Living in our “community”, I really see it better now. I appreciate the fact that we can go across the street and ask for electrical assist from a card carrying electrician. My husband just bartered some painting time with him. Great!

Bible verse that rings for this new year: John 17: 13. Jesus says: “And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have My joy fulfilled in themselves.” In themselves. In ourselves, folks!!! Let us continue to seek joy in our new year.

Jesus is joy.

Adjustments/Holiday Season

We are in the stages of painting, moving furniture around, and donating things we don’t care to keep. (or have no room for)

Yes, we truly know and have reminders that God is with us and is blessing us. He is awesome! We also know that the many details of trying to perfect our living quarters isn’t going to be accomplished overnight.

One possible problem with that? Christmas is less than 2 weeks away. I’d like my home really nice and orderly.

We did get the Christmas tree up, amidst the clutter……

Waiting! My husband is doing the handyman stuff himself. In the middle of doing his desired projects, he’s coming upon more and more. We realized the bathroom pipes needed work. (for example)

Ideal!! Right??

Community

Do you see the word “commune” in there? I never really thought about it till I started living in a community that’s a real ….Community.

It’s Christmas season again

It’s Christmas season and our community is in full swing.

Commune, by the way, is defined as “a group of people living together and sharing possessions and responsibilities.” We don’t actually live where we can see each other sleep. We do help each other and let each other know if there’s a free piece of furniture available. We eat together, sing together, worship together, play together and enjoy life. I really like it. I thank God for it.

Life with others

Genesis tells us God created the heavens and the earth, everything therein, Adam, … and thought it wasn’t good for the man to be alone.

At times, it’s good when we set ourselves apart to refresh, rest, and possibly enjoy time with God, but for the sake of this post, let’s focus on the being with others.

Thinking about Ecclesiastes 4: 11, “…. how can one be warm alone?” I like to be warm physically, and in my heart. You know, the feeling of having the warmth in your heart?

Of course there is a feeling of love associated with warmth in the heart, but there’s also the sense of belonging. No one wants to feel they are on this planet alone. Ecclesiastes 4: 12 says: “If one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.” We are stronger together.

Hebrews 10: 25 states how we should not forsake the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another…….” I realize we can exhort each other from the privacy and solitude of our homes, (modern technology makes this all too easy) but there is something to be said for being with others.

Jesus, Himself, is the Word (John 1:1) but He went about being with people. He exhorted, healed, and taught. He shared love. He’s our example. He enjoyed and appreciated His creation of nature, but His focus was on humans. He desired for them to be with Him in heaven, one day. He still desires this. He wants that none should perish.

I trust that Jesus went to “prepare a place for” me. (John 14:3) I trust He is coming again for me. I thank Him.

Is He preparing a place for you????????????

Change

I keep reminding that God is good!

He blessed us with change and there are details involved in the change. God is gracious and He takes care of the details. Trust Him…..

Gnashing of Teeth…

as per the scripture, Matthew 24: 50 and 51: “The master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at that hour he is not aware of. He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

Follow my train of thought, it’s gonna be quite a ride…..

As I prepared for some medical tests this past week, I had to drink some terrible tasting drink. I had to drink lots of it. I almost gagged. It was awful. I wanted to gnash my teeth and picture all sorts of images.(at the hospital with my husband)

After everything was all over with, I watched an entertaining show on TV. It was called “The Cool Kids”. If you are familiar with the actress/comedian Vicki Lawrence, she is one of the stars in this sitcom. It seems the character she is playing, is 65 years old and is frustrated or angry. She goes everywhere with a bottle of alcohol and has a “who cares” sort of attitude.

Well, in the flesh, I could picture 9 stages of a woman’s life. Since I was being forced to drink an awful colon prep drink in a certain amount of time, I decided the stages could be…

1.Childhood

2.Puberty

3.Boy Crazy

4.Marriage Mindedness

5.Kids

6.College/Career/Paying bills

7.Some Personal Accomplishments

8.A Bit of a Break

9.Anger/Frustration– (because now there are so many ailments, doctors, possibly widowhood)

See, lately there have been incidents in my life where I’ve kicked walls. I’ve wished I had a punching bag…. can anyone relate??

Let me know………Seasons of life………….

Please don’t “go there”………. Don’t be one who serves the wrong master. The end will have you in the place where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth for all eternity…

Serve God. Love and serve/follow Jesus. He is the only way to heaven.

Bliss

We were at church and heard a message on not negating your dreams. The pastor had referred to the dreams that keep you up at night….. The dreams that you feel would help to make your life complete.

Yes, my husband agreed it’s time we prepare for “the move” South. Yay!!

Yippee!!!!!  Hallelujah!!!!!!!!!!!!

God had to speak to my husband…

Every good and perfect gift comes from the Father of Lights…….. The Father……… GOD

Abba Father

Yes. God is my Father in a personal sense of the word. He’s my “daddy”, if you will. He’s enabled me to lose 11 pounds in 3 weeks, so far. (Yay!) He’s enabled me to travel, continue with life, have children, watch my children grow and have their own children, He’s let me see babies born and older folks pass away to heaven. He’s held me through divorces, depressions, illnesses, loneliness and much more. He’s let me experience being a published author and has always tended to my finances. I’m a well cared for child of God who can climb up in my heavenly Father’s lap and abide in His arms.(This is “perfect” Barbie going to her 45th class reunion. She’s changed. God is going to let me go to my 40th High School class reunion: “Thank You Father.”)

He gives me Spiritual gifts such as discernment while also giving me messages from pulpits. (or choir lofts) He makes sure I hear exactly what I need to hear from Him, when I need it because He has always cared for me. Always. Psalm 139:13 says: “For You created my inmost being: You knit me together in my mother’s womb.” (NIV)

Even before I was born, God knew I’d be set apart for Him. I would write for His glory. I’d be married to the man I’m married to now. He knew I’d thank God for my husband and I would learn as I go with him.

When I was young, I always played Barbie dolls for hours on end. I always thought the epitome of life, for me, would be to fall in love and get married. I asked God for a Godly husband. He gave me one. See Matthew 7: 9. (“Which of you, if your son asks you for bread, will give him a stone?”)

I’m still asking and waitingand God has heard and will answer.!!!!!!!!!!

God has more for me, even though this aging body isn’t as agile as it once was. He loves me.

He loves you. He will love you forever and ever. Do you trust Him?

Do you love Him?

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Things they are a-changin’

I realize I haven’t written for a while.

For so long, I was consumed with moving back to Florida, I was lost. Yes, I let me go. I let my health go, my weight go, my feelings go. I became a sort of numb.

The opportunity presented itself for me to take back my health. I’m taking back my peace, also. I’ll one day be able to cross my legs like this again. I’m not so consumed with Florida. This is a miracle. God is good.

So, I started a healthier eating decision. I’ll take my health back. I’ll feel better physically and emotionally. I have many mini goals, so I’m looking forward to my journey. I Have Something To Look Forward To. Yay!!!

I’m viewing this realistically. I’m approximating nine months to a better me. Nine months? Yes, this is as unto a pregnancy. That’s how I’m looking at it.

Get ready world, you are going to be seeing less of me: literally. Ha!

With my support team in place, I’ll not pout about the move from one state to the next so much. My focus is on getting rid of the tummy pains I’ve had, some bleeding I’ve had, and more. These vegetable/vitamin enriched foods, that are lean and green, are going to help me with my arthritis, also. I can’t wait till people start to notice and ask, “Have you lost weight?”  BIG Smile.

I am reminded I can do all things through Jesus Christ, Who strengthens me. Thank You, Jesus.

Are you interested in starting a health regime? Want to do this with me?? Let me know………..

Thanks

Sometimes I Just Can’t Believe It

Let me begin by saying God is love. Everything I write is based on my love for God, but, I am living in a real, sinful world.

That being said, there are some recent writings that I am thrilled with. There are some I’m confused about and can’t believe folks are still not getting that sin is sin.

I’ll start by saying that my blog posts can be found via goodreads.com author page: Lori Church. I’ve seen some comments that want to know where else I can be found. I can be found on Facebook via sanity in the waiting page and more. I am happy to say, I am seeing positive comments on this blog. Thank you!

I saw where this blog site is a 71 on woorank. Woorank is a site that sort of grades blogs and such, I believe. My response, is as always: WOW!

Now, the difficult stuff. I was almost bowled over when I read a post on a Christian based page on Facebook, where the person asked the world what they thought of living together outside of marriage. I’m sure the responses were immediate, with the negativity and scriptures. After seeing many responses, the writer of the post added that they didn’t say they were engaging in fornication. So, if I understand this, there’s a Christian person, writing to Facebook about moving in with the opposite sex, on a Christian persons’ page, asking where and if God says anything about living together.Well, God made humans to be sexual creatures. If not already, the situation where the couple is going to, or is living together, will be tempted to sin. Agree??

Marriage and relationships can be difficult. There’s no need to add difficulty like temptation, fighting over temptation, or, when things are just messy: having tensions rise. When there is tension, even the cap being left off the toothpaste will bring about arguments, yelling and who knows what else. The Apostle Paul knew this stuff and wrote to have folks just try to avoid all this mess at all cost. 1 Corinthians 7: 8 and 9 say: “I say therefore to the unmarried and widows, it is good for them if they abide even as I. But if they cannot contain, let them marry than to burn”.

I mentioned this verse to the person on Facebook. I added “than to burn in hell forever”. That is what Paul meant.

Boy! You would have thought….I don’t know what. I got a response from that person, that said they, in no way thought they would burn forever…. that that was ridiculous. Ummmm…..are people still reading the Bible? Are they asking God the meanings of what they read???? I know 2018 is a sinful time and in the end times people will not be given to marriage and so on…..BUT…..

Thou shalt have no other gods before Me

Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image

Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord in vain

Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it Holy

Honor thy father and mother

Thou shalt not kill

Thou shalt not commit adultery

Thou shalt not steal

Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor

Thou shalt not covet

These commandments still stand today.  Believe it!!!

“Life is like a box of Chocolates”

As per the line in the movie : “Forest Gump.

When I have those moments when nothing else will do, this is the size box of chocolates I desire!

I recently went to a museum where they had a “Chocolate Experience”. They told of the origins of the cacao tree and how the sweet, milk chocolate we love to eat, started as a bitter powder from a seed. There was much hard work put into harvesting, processing and the discovery that if you added milk (later added sugar) to the powder, you could have that delicious bar of chocolate to enjoy. (think Nestle and Cadbury brands)

Time was involved. Years of discovery and different peoples developed the finished product. Processing and hard labor took place, but now we can have the joy of chocolate on our tongues.

I, too, am a work in progress.

Christians are constantly being molded and conformed (developed) by God. I thank Him because “He that began a good work in me, will be faithful to complete it….unto the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1: 6.

Fourteen

Fourteen thousand dollars!

Yes, we are going to get that much money in less than 5 days. I have spent the money in my head several times. I’ve imagined how I’d move to the state I love to live in.  Since I love to write and make lists, I’ve listed and calculated how the monthly bills would be and every detail. I’ve imagined my new life with the sense of community I lack and desperately seek. I’ve prayed. I’ve sought God. I’ve talked to God about my hubby’s part in all this plan of mine. I’ve lost sleep…. Get the picture?!?!?

Alas, don’t you know what reality will be, though? I, the submissive wife, will submit. Before, when there was talk of a 5 year plan, that seemed unbelievably hard to fathom. Now, there’s a more simple 1 year plan. We will strive to turn the 14,000 into 70,000 in a year: then the move South will come.

A more “simple plan”?  There are approximately 330 days till “plan” can take effect. What can I do to make time speed by??

I’m reminded of the song by the group Lincoln Park. (remember them?) “In The End” had lyrics like “I’ve tried so hard and come so far, but in the end, it doesn’t even matter. I had to fall to lose it all, but in the end, it doesn’t even matter.” The lead singer of these lyrics ended up killing himself.

What’s it matter? I’ll keep my anonymous blog and I’ll hang in there 330 days. Perhaps I’ll get more involved in church. For a while, there was a thought I’d get a paying job. I’ve applied some places, but seems I’m hard to hire.Soften the days?????????

“Fill the days, oh God”…………….