Sunday Scripture

1 John 4:19
We love  because he first loved us
~It is well with my soul


The Two Work Together

I've written before about faith.  There are many scriptures in the Bible that speak on the subject of faith.  I don't think I've written about combining faith with patience, but when you start to see it - like  the handwriting on the wall-  that if you have one, your REALLY need the other.
It seems like examples are all around us that combine faith with patience.  Having faith you'll get the job that God already has for you, but waiting patiently till he provides that job.  Meanwhile, you are worn out, struggling with finances, and your patience grows thin. 
Maybe you want to move to a better location, more room or maybe even a smaller house, whatever your desires are.  You feel really anxious to get a move on, so to speak.  You feel that clock ticking!  Prices are going to go up, why isn't it happening now?  Oh for patience.  I remember many years ago looking for a home.  I saw one that I really wanted....and I was already arranging the furniture in my mind.  We were ready to make an offer and someone beat us to it.  I thought I'd never get over losing that house.  I had to be patient, because I had no other choice!  In this instance, God removed the choice from me.  Now, that I'm older and wiser, I'm so glad when He does that.  We wound up with the house we are living in now.....it has served to be a better home and one we enjoy much more.
You know, patience is a virtue.  I can see how that could be true, it can be really hard to grasp on to.  I have been terribly impatient most of my life.  Looking back, I can see my impatience came from lack of faith.  I didn't have that assurance deep within my soul that God has my life ordered, that His plan and timing for me was right, and not mine.  When I lost my patience and pushed ahead with my own plans, there was always a consequence.  I was living in my own world of "now" instead of waiting on God's perfect timing.   
Patience can be hard to muster sometimes.  So can faith.  When you combine the two, life is much sweeter.

~It is well with my soul


Sunday Scripture

Psalm 63:1
O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you;
 my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you,
in a dry and weary land where there is no water.
~It is well with my soul



My husband has the National Geographic channel on TV.  I'm in and out of the room but I catch the subject of the program.  Catching drug smugglers on the Mexican/US border.  The war on drugs.  They are stopping cars at the border with a million dollars hidden in every available orifice of the vehicle.  Big money in drugs. Big demand for drugs.

Just this past weekend, news came of the early passing of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman.  Found with the heroin filled needle still in his arm.  Fame, money, talent - nothing could replace his addiction, even though he had been free of drugs for many years.  The hunger, taste and desire was always there, never leaving, just pushed down and kept just beyond arms reach  for a while.  He was not the first, nor will he be the last of the well known, and unknown to lose their lives from drugs.

The other night there was a commercial for a program that features the growing and selling of marijuana in Appalachia.  Good old boys, cultivating their crops in the woods and mountains, risking their lives to make the big money selling weed brings. 

I understand that the biggest demand for drugs is the US.  We continue to spiral downward.  The phrase "if it feels go do it", and "I need to make my own self happy" are lies from hell.  All that feels good and make us happy are not good for us.  Hollywood has shoved these lies and glorification of this life style down our throats, no wonder the youth don't know which way is up.  Marijuana recreational?  Absolutely not, it's  just the first step in addiction. 

Do I sound angry?  I admit I am, life is a precious gift, and a long life even more so.  Raising our children in a good home, one with Godly principles and morals is a given, but not a guarantee.  We are all subject to falling....every one of us, and every one of our children.  How do we win the war on drugs?

~It is well with my soul