Individuals But Joined With Jesus

We all have opinions. We see through eyes influenced by our environment and upbringing. When influenced by the Word of God we find there is much more unity in our church and in our relationships.  When we adjust our thinking with love and respect for others we will have more peace in our land.   

Individual; But Joined With Jesus

An individual in the church; because, no one is the same.
Although all are different they are joined by Jesus’ name.
Rich and poor worship together side by side.
The confidant and the insecure in the Lord abide.
The meek and quiet spirit touches shoulders with the loud and bold.
Their prayers are heard, both of them are by God known.
If one sees in another something that is to them a shame;
All wrong should by covered by love in Jesus’ name.
When differences arise that causes disharmony or discord,
All should be put aside in honor of their Lord.
Not only should disagreements be put away,
Sometimes the fault finder needs to watch what they say.
For the thing one sees as sin, is like the speck in another’s eye, do you hear?
Sometimes the one that finds the fault needs their own vision cleared.
Be careful chosen to not becomes self-righteous, and commit even a worse sin
For even God overlooks the outward and looks deep within

Psalms 133:1
Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!

Ephesians 4:1-4
I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;

Acts 10:34
Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:

Embrace the Distance By Brenda Drake

In times like these we are called to distance ourselves to fight a battle. We can fight the distancing time or we can embrace it with a prayer.

Embrace the Distance

Embrace the distance by drawing closer to the Son.
Spend some quality time getting Kingdom work done
Call the neighbor, and near and far away friend,
Let them know you are thinking and praying for them.
Forgive the one, who has offended,
And pray for them to prove the hard feelings are ended.
Extend a helping hand reaching across the miles,
To lift another’s spirit causing them to smile.
Mend injured relationships with loved ones close at hand.
In their hurt and turmoil pray and seek to understand.
Read the Good Book and other good books too,
So the God you love and serve shines through.
Embrace the distance and spend
Some time, enjoying simple things again.
Express your feelings and listen to what others leave unsaid.
Touch by speaking wisdom as you are by God’s Spirit led.
Play a game, take a walk, sing and even dance if you can
Trust and have faith you are on God’s mind and firmly held in His hand.

Zephaniah 3:17
The Lord thy God in the midst of thee is mighty;
he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy;
he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.

Romans 8:37-39
Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.  For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,  Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

The Trouble with Troubles By Brenda Drake

He Carries our burdens

            The trouble with troubles is they are cumbersome and boggle the heart and mind.  The Word tells us to not let our hearts be troubled.  God has all things in His control.  A troubled heart does not successfully sing praises, for joy has fled.

The Trouble with Troubles

The trouble with trouble is the troubled mind,
Is filled with irritating thoughts; not as God designed.
The imagination stretches into every possible solution.
It is not as God desires…it is mind pollution.
Most of the time the answer you cannot see.
You need to place your trust in me.
The worrisome planning, and the what to do time spent,
Is not profitable. From its toil repent.
For when you cause to your head extra toil,
The acid in your stomach causes it to spoil.
Then you are unhappy in every way;
The added stress of worry ruins your day.
Praises are halted and joy has fled,
All because you did not obey what the Word has said.
Do you not know God is in control?
He is on your side you have been told,
All things turn for the best in the end;
When you are His and He lives within.
The trouble with troubles carried alone by yourself,
Is they are heavy and you need some help.
Remember, nothing is too hard for me my friend.
Have faith and watch me take care of them.

Psalms 42:5
Why art thou cast down, O my soul? And why art thou disquieted in me?  Hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of His countenance

2 Corinthians 1:2-4
Grace be to you and peace from God our father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.  Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. The Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort: Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.