Servications – serving where there is a need even if only for a short trip.

I have recently been on a trip that has changed who I am on the inside. It is hard to explain but I have been on great vacations, nice trips to the mountains, Caribbean cruises and beaches, but a trip to play compared to a trip to serve. They do not compare!

I was only there for two weeks and meet brothers and sister that will forever be a part of my life. Some I may not see again. But I tell you, their zeal for service and love for people needing to hear the truth in gods words, there trust in Jehovah’s loving care for them as they serve full time spend there resources to advance kingdom interests – inspiring is not a good enough word.

I now have direction, a purpose beyond myself. That is greater then me but that connects me to a richness in Jehovah’s organization I have never seen nor ever known was there.

Take your family and serve in a foreign county even if only for a few weeks over the summer make this your goal. Go where there is a need in Jehovah’s organization, don’t stay stuck because you are comfortable. Reach to Jehovah extend yourself to his work and the flood gates will open in ways you can’t even imagine. Happiness now you can’t even begin to comprehend until you try!

I will be taking my daughter this summer to Quito to help in the Haitian Kreyol field there. And I hope it changes her life too! For the better!

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The Kings of Judah

I have recently been reading the books of the Kings, and Chronicles in the bible and I have to tell you. There are so many lessons on those small pages for us.

When a king followed the laws they prospered and were blessed, the entire nation was. When they displayed arrogant, selfish, and disobedience. They suffered.

It is no different today! Even though we are not kings nor do we have the “law” of Moses, the principles within that law and the teaching Jesus clarified for us today. Are easy to live by. When you clearly see the blessings of doing so.

I encourage everyone to take the time to read these books and learn what you can about the god behind the nation of Israel during the rule of these kings. They ultimately lost gods favor because of violent disregard for Jehovah’s laws. Are we aware of what Jehovah asks of us today? And are we walking like Abraham with Jehovah.

Patience

Oxford defines it this way – Patience = 1 the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset:

Jehovah says it is a fruitage of his spirit. – Galatians 5:22 -23 “On the other hand, the fruitage of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith,  mildness, self-control. Against such things there is no law.”

Hebrews 6:12 “so that you may not become sluggish, but be imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.”

Col. 1:11, “and may you be strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may endure fully with patience and joy,

How can patience that single quality help us?

Being patient means you know not everything changes in a day, it gives you the time to breathe and make decisions with wisdom rather then hastily trying to fix something.

It reminds me of skilled chess players, although they have to move within an allotted time, they look several steps ahead at the consequences in a single move, it might not be seen with in two moves but perhaps ten.

Patience allows us the time to rely on Jehovah’s wisdom, and not our own.

Why hurry, we have forever and a day!

Hannah part 2

I have learned something from this fine women in the past several months.

When she approached Jehovah in prayer she was deeply misunderstood by the spiritual leader of her day, the high priest. But her knowledge of Jehovah’s was so Real. She did not get stumbled by the human errors of others, she allowed her prayers to be heard by Jehovah knowing in her heart that he and perhaps only he, knew what challenges she truly faced.

We might be misunderstood, even ridiculed harshly for things misunderstood, but we must as women find peace in our hearts with Jehovah! He is the God of the widows and the orphans! Ps. 68:5, James 1:27. He sees the coins of small value as greater then mountains of gold! He sees the many wine bottles of our tears he has stored in his memory as he looks upon us.

He does not look at us!
He sees US! Our inner hearts,
What we truly are and desire to become for him.

Getting back to Hannah, she gives her son to Jehovah at 5 years old, think about that for a moment, today our society would call that “abandonment”. But she did not give him to some stranger, she offered him to Jehovah. When we train our children to seek full time service to Jehovah and not the “things” of this world. We can be accused of abandoning our children, not raising them right, oh the list goes on… But what does this account teach us!

What has it taught me? Jehovah is our future! Do you see it? I do! I train my children to look beyond the smoke and mirrors of this shiny system and see the beauty that lies ahead, Only with Jehovah as our guide. No regrets.

As Jesus said to a well meaning but profoundly wrong brother “Satan get behind me!” As Hannah said to Jehovah in her heart! She knew she was pleasing Jehovah thru her tears! May we all be a faithful and courageous as her.

Hannah is one woman I look forward to talking with, one day soon. It might make her heart happy to know her recorded example has helped me endure today! I thank Jehovah for sharing her story with us.

Wrote this awhile back, seemed appropriate to repost since, so many in my Family are very sad today.

Ariel's Java Ponderings

Some things are just Sad.

It is ok to feel sad over things yet it is potentially damaging to stay sad.

Tears are a release of emotions a natural process for energy flow. We should not be ashamed of our tears or our emotions. They make us human. Jesus shared his tears when his friend Lazarus died even knowing he was about to ressurect him. Tears can show the depth of our feelings about someone or something.

Why has mankind made them out to be a sign of weakness, especially for men? Why are the tears a women sheds so often perceived a “weeping woman” using her tears to manipulate others.

When perhaps they are just tears. Just tears of sadness that when released, acknowledged and given freedom make room for joy once again.

Just tears. Some things are sad.

We are living in critical times. We will only walk…

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Just watched “Akeelah and the bee” and was reminded about this poem. Worth my time to bring it back into my ears. “Do all things for gods glory” 1 Corn. 10:31

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Reflect on this please….

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We are born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us, it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” – Marianne Williamson

I remember…

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Reminding myself

Just an old thought I needed to muse over.

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I always wonder why good faithful kings of Judah typically had sons follow them in rule, only to “do what was bad in the eyes of god”.

This reading offers insight into how vital it is as a parent to keep picking ourselves and our families up and keep walking in a way that pleases god.  No matter how difficult it can get.  Never loose faith in God’s promises,  do not put your trust in nobles.  And train up a boy in the way of Jehovah.

Manasseh was only 12 when he began to rule.  His father Hezekiah , had him after his illness that brought him near to death when he beseeched god with wailing.  And then Jehovah heard his tears and gave him 15 more years.  It was during those last 15 years of his life that he became father to Manasseh.  It was the last 12 that Hezekiah…

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