From http://godvine.com. I think this is a good message for those that worry too much. Have a wonderful week!
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David said to Saul, “Let no one’s heart fail because of him; your servant will go and fight with this Philistine.” 33 Saul said to David, “You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him; for you are just a boy, and he has been a warrior from his youth.” 34 But David said to Saul, “Your servant used to keep sheep for his father; and whenever a lion or a bear came, and took a lamb from the flock, 35 I went after it and struck it down, rescuing the lamb from its mouth; and if it turned against me, I would catch it by the jaw, strike it down, and kill it. 36 Your servant has killed both lions and bears; and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be like one of them, since he has defied the armies of the living God.” 37 David said, “The Lord, who saved me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, will save me from the hand of this Philistine.” So Saul said to David, “Go, and may the Lord be with you!”
This past Sunday’s scripture is from I Samuel, chapter 17. This is the familiar story of David and Goliath. Most of us know the story and know that David helped the Israelites defeat the Philistines by killing Goliath with his slingshot. What some people may not know is that David was very young and Saul and others thought that David was not able to fight with the Israelites due to his age and stature. David could have been insecure about this but he decided to stand up for himself and show the Israelites and Saul, their king, what he could do.
In I Samuel 16 we read:
But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for the Lord does not see as mortals see; they look on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”
So God isn’t concerned about our appearance or our stature. He is more concerned about what is in our heart. What should we take from this? Have you ever been afraid to serve God because you don’t think you are qualified? I would challenge you to try it and you will be amazed what God can do through you.
This reminds me of the starfish story:
One day Bob was walking down the beach and he was throwing starfish into the water that were stuck on the beach. There were hundreds of starfish but he kept throwing them in as he walked along.
Dave saw what Bob was doing and asked him, “Why are you throwing the starfish into the water? It won’t make that much difference because you can’t save that many”.
Bob threw another starfish into the water and said, “Well, it made a difference to that one”.
Have a blessed week!
Thanks to all the followers of my blog! I thought it might be fun to have an interactive blog and talk about what our favorite scriptures are and why they are so meaningful to us.
I have a lot of favorites, but the one I like the most is from Romans 8:38-39.
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
I love this scripture especially when I am going through a hard time because it reminds me that God is always with me no matter what.
Now it’s your turn. Let me know what your favorite scripture is and why it is meaningful to you. I am looking forward to your messages!
Last weeks Scripture was from Luke 18:1-8 and it talked about a widow who went to the town Judge and asked for help. She asked him every day and finally he helped her just because she was bothering him. Jesus says, if that judge helped her, imagine what God can do for you, who loves you very much.
God does answer prayers and requests, much like the judge did, but He might have a different answer than you expect or he might say no, which might be an even better answer. So, when you pray, pray consistently and listen to God who has your best interests at heart.
Here is a video by Rob Bell that explains this better than I could.
I read a wonderful article from Chabad‘s online magazine. For those of you who do not know about Chabad, they are an ultraorthodox group of Jewish people and one of their missions is to help people learn more about God, Jewish traditions and scripture and to help people and families become the best that they can be. This article is called “Is God Picking on Me?” and it is about how to deal with life when we are feeling like the world is against us and how to look at your situation in a more positive way. I hope you enjoy it and if you need this article right now, I hope it helps you.
Is G‑d Picking on Me?
Saved by a tow truck driver
By Aron Moss
Does G‑d pick on some people? I think He is picking on me, because I have suffered one loss after another for much of my life. It seems that as soon as I have survived one tragedy, another one comes crashing down on me. I always bounce back, but I am starting to take it personally . . .
There was once a tow truck driver who lived near a muddy old country road. Every day he would jump into his truck and drive a mile or so to a particularly sludgy bend in the road, and every day his truck would get stuck in the mud. But it was a trusty old truck, and its chunky tires and growling engine would always be able to beat the mud and climb up onto solid ground.
Most days, as he drove along, he would encounter other motorists who had unknowingly ventured onto the muddy road and gotten stuck in the bog. Some of them had been trapped there for hours, haplessly revving their engines and watching their wheels spin aimlessly in the muck. The truck driver would appear like a savior and offer them a tow, drag them out and set them back on the road.
The truck driver’s son once asked him, “Why do you always drive down this muddy road? You always get stuck in it. Why don’t you take your truck somewhere smoother, where the road is clear and dry?”
“That’s the whole point,” said the trucker to his son. “My tow truck has the power to get through that mud. The only reason I pass by there every day is to find others who are stuck and can’t get out themselves. That’s what a tow truck is for.”
Some souls are like tow trucks. They somehow have the strength to burst through the thickest and muddiest roads of life. No matter what life throws at these people, they muster the inner fortitude to get through. And so they keep getting thrown into the abyss, over and over again.
What these souls probably don’t even realize is that they are helping others. When you face a tough time and beat it, you bring light into that dark place, which can shine a path for others who are stuck in their own darkness. It could even be that the only reason you had to pass through that dark roadway is to help drag other souls out of their darkness.
Sometimes we help others directly, by sharing our experiences and teaching a new way to those who can’t see a way out. Or it may happen indirectly. The mere fact that you went through it and survived blazes a pathway, opens a door, and other suffering souls whom you may never meet suddenly find a way out of their quagmire and are set free.
So perhaps you are a tow truck soul. Perhaps sometimes you are being towed. We all experience both. But if we would realize that every time we conquer our own darkness we may be helping someone who can’t help themselves, we would be inspired to keep on trucking.
Thanks so much to the new people following my blog! Tomorrow I will be giving the prayer for peace during the service and I wanted to post it here. I believe it is a prayer that can be said for all of us! May you have a wonderful week!
Divine Creator of all Being, we would like to offer a prayer for peace and in quiet reverence we humbly acknowledge our joyful gratitude for the life, intelligence, potential, agency, and worth of each other and all others. Help us recognize and appreciate our commonalties as well as our diversity of beliefs, values, and achievements.
We have come together today with many concerns, burdens, hopes and dreams. We ask that you surround us with your spirit as we seek to know you better and learn how to share that spirit with others.
May each one of us, whoever and wherever we may be, experience your in-dwelling Presence, guiding, comforting, sustaining, healing and enlarging our attitudes and actions.
Help each one of us understand how others feel, care, and need the love we have for them.
May we care enough to earnestly develop the will and skill for truly listening to each other so that we can bring healing and reconciliation to our congregation, communities and in all our relationships.
May we each and all incarnate hope, love, joy and peace in all our interactions so that Peace may become actuality today and tomorrow for all the peoples of our communities and the planet earth. In Christ’s name we pray, Amen.
Recently I had something terrible happen to me and I was mad at God. So I decided not to go to church for a while. My parents sensed that I needed a break from church so they invited me to go on a “road trip”. They are new in town and wanted to explore southern California. They love history so I thought it would be fun to go to the missions in Oceanside and San Juan Capistrano.
We had a lovely breakfast in Del Mar and then went to Mission San Luis Ray de Francia in Oceanside which is one of the largest missions in southern California. It was a beautiful place and full of history and interesting facts about early California. I was having a great time until I walked into the sanctuary of the mission. I had forgotten that missions were also churches which is just where I did not want to be. I spent a few moments in the sanctuary and tried to pretend that God was not there and then I went on to see the other historical artifacts at the mission.
We then went on to Mission San Juan Capistrano. There is a lot to see there and the first thing you see is a sanctuary that is in ruins due to an earthquake that happened in the 1800s. It was really interesting and I thought, “Oh good, there is no church here that I have to worry about”. Well, I was wrong. I went all around and looked at all the rooms and artifacts and the last place I ended up in was, you guessed it. The new sanctuary that was put up later on after the earthquake.
I had to admit it did have a presence in it and I started to deal with my feelings about God. In the Catholic faith they have many saints and I didn’t know much about them, but they had one statue of a saint off in a special room in the church and it was the saint that dealt with the very thing that I have been dealing with for a long time. I stopped there for a while and offered a prayer that God would help me get through what I needed to and I stopped and looked at the candles there and although I did not light one, I understood what they meant.
All I can say to this is that God knew that I could not meet him in the usual place that I worship at and He found a way to find me in the mist of my pain and for that I am grateful. May God meet you where you need Him also.