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Posted By Harolene

An old saying came to my mind that I couldn't quite remember so I typed it into a search engine and found out something that was very interesting! The saying is, “Be careful how you treat people on your way up, because you see the same people on the way down as well.”  The interesting fact is this statement's origin, I found that it was written in the Torah, and is a quote from the great-grandson of Levi! Again I thought of how life is like the Ferris Wheel, there are people trying to climb the ladder of success, while some are already at the top, climbers are coming up, others going back down to retirement, either voluntary or forced, everyone would love to stay at the top and just float. Quoted from Rabbi Pinchas Winston: “Whether you like it or not, your success always depends on other people, and just the way you do not want to be used or abused, neither do the people you are dealing with, so you need to be nice! Nasty people might get ahead and claw their way to the top, but can it really be called success if no one else is happy about their accomplishments?" Since we are such emotional people, and because our happiness is so dependent upon what others think of us, who can truly be happy if they are hated? It's like having a lot of money and no one to spend it with, you may enjoy the pleasures you can build your outside world with, but can you be happy if your inner world is miserable? Usually this kind of person is insecure and that isn't even their fault. It probably comes from unresolved issues from childhood. This type of person is easily hurt and offended and quickly become resentful, frustrated, and angry. As a result, some become reclusive, while others become offensive.

Proverbs 19:6 Many seek favors from a ruler; everyone is the friend of a person who gives gifts!

Proverbs 18:24 There are “friends” who destroy each other, but a real friend sticks closer than a brother.

Jesus talked to His disciples one on one in John 15, if we could live by that chapter and believe it, there would be nothing we could not see accomplished. Verse 12-15 This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you. There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. 

Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so…s

Posted By Harolene

"Call me if you need me and I'll be right there!” "You need a friend? You GOT a friend as long as I am around", "I love you baby there will never be anyone else like you."

That last line has probably been used more times than toilet paper and instead of cleaning a mess usually creates one! I looked to see if there was a legitimate definition for the phrase "lip service" there were two! They are: Verbal expression of agreement or allegiance, unsupported by real conviction or action; hypocritical respect: and insincere support or respect expressed but not put into practice.

Two scriptures address this, first is Matthew 5:33-37  “And don’t say anything you don’t mean. This counsel is embedded deep in our traditions. You only make things worse when you lay down a smoke screen of pious talk, saying, ‘I’ll pray for you,’ and never doing it, or saying, ‘God be with you,’ and not meaning it. You don’t make your words true by embellishing them with religious lace. In making your speech sound more religious, it becomes less true. Just say ‘yes’ and ‘no.’ When you manipulate words to get your own way, you go wrong." Then in James 5:12 And since you know that he cares, let your language show it. Don’t add words like “I swear to God” to your own words. Don’t show your impatience by concocting oaths to hurry up God. Just say yes or no. Just say what is true.
One thing that is upsetting to me as a mom and grand mom who is concerned about the feelings of my children is the way little children are used by people whether it is between divorcing parents or by someone trying to impress a single parent that has a child by getting close to the little one and then upon realizing the mom or dad of the child is not going to date you seriously or, better yet marry you dump the poor unsuspecting child. I have seen it over and over and that really makes me sick. The child doesn't know why one more parent figure has disappeared from their life; it has to affect their self-esteem, thinking it somehow their fault. My children were 14 and 4 when my divorce was final, their dad was welcome to come into the home any time he could and took them out for lunch or dinner twice a week, it is a habit that still stands to this present time. What happened between us was not their fault and I didn't want to deprive them of that father-child relationship. Children are not chattel to be moved, traded or bargained with for your convenience, period. Matthew 19:14 But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” Children are a treasure and should be treated as such. Psalm 139:13-16 Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out; you formed me in my mother’s womb. I thank you, High God—you’re breathtaking! Body and soul, I am marvelously made! I worship in adoration—what a creation! You know me inside and out, you know every bone in my body; You know exactly how I was made, bit-by-bit, how I was sculpted from nothing into something. Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth; all the stages of my life were spread out before you. The days of my life all prepared before I’d even lived one day. 
Bottom line is this,in fact they are Jesus' words paraphrased, "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you!" We expect God to answer as soon as we call, isn't that right? Live according to that one little statement and you will live a happier life and those around you will know that when you say, "Just call me",you really mean it. 

Posted By Harolene

We all have hopes and dreams about what our life should be and when it doesn’t turn out the way we had hoped, disappointment brings along a companion, his name is depression. Depression is like black smoke that drifts in hugging the floor so you won’t notice, then it is on you, surrounding you and the weight of it drags and pulls you into the depths of the pit. 

The pit is the place Joseph found himself after his brothers argued about what to do with him, the prized son of Jacob and Rachael. He was a boy, only seventeen years old, and a shepherd with dreams of grandeur wearing a colorful coat given to him by his proud dad. I wondered if after Joseph had gone through all the hell he suffered to get to the place of power, as second only to the Pharaoh, he ever thought of the terror of the pit or the years spent in prison, after being accused of rape by the wife of his employer. Psalm 28:1 David cries out to God, “Don't turn a deaf ear when I call you, GOD. If all I get from you is deafening silence, I'd be better off in the (pit) Black Hole.” He put his life and plea out there in front of God, the Great Judge, and then said “I'm letting you know what I need, calling out for help and lifting my arms toward your inner sanctum.” You can see he has surrendered himself up to God, knowing that He is merciful. By verses 6-7 we see his mood and spirit had totally changed! “Blessed be GOD—he heard me praying.  He proved he's on my side; I've thrown my lot in with him. Now I'm jumping for joy, and shouting and singing my thanks to him.” It’s up to us to keep moving our feet in the pit as dirt is being dumped in on top of us, so we may be able with the help of the Lord God, to climb out of the doldrums completely victorious! 

Two other people come to mind here, the first is Rahab the harlot whose decision to save the two spies from the Camp of the Israelites saved her own life and the lives of all her family. That was the day she climbed out of her pit of sin and self-degradation and become the grandmother of Boaz, who was the grandfather of the Psalmist and King, David, listed in the lineage of Joseph the man chosen to be the earthly father and mentor of our Lord Jesus! Then there’s the woman at the well that Jesus stopped and asked to draw some water for Him. She questioned Him as to why He would ask her, and He replied that if she only knew whom it was she was speaking with she would be the one requesting living water so that she would never thirst again! He then told her all about the disappointments and mistakes of her life.

I don’t think that the woman at the well started out as a young girl hoping to have five husbands and then living with one to whom she was not married, yet her particular pit had put her in this bad circumstance, Jesus pulled her out of it that day.

Joseph, King David, Rahab, the Woman at the well, and Harolene, all got help because they asked for it.

You have not because you ask not.” James 4:2

Posted By Harolene

I started to think about what confusion really means and the way I see it, it is the devils way of getting us so out of the frame that we forget to have faith, forget to pray and on top of that remember to snap at the first person that comes at you with another big idea! I looked up some scriptures that would help me and I thought some of you might need them also!

When God gave Gideon the command to go get the Midianites He gave him a plan to confuse the enemy! I'm sure you know the story found in Judges 7, but just to refresh; a very small number of men, with a pitcher in their left hand which covered a lamp, and holding a trumpet in their right hand went to the enemy camp and surrounded it. At the signal they broke the pitchers and with loud crashes with the trumpeters blowing their trumpets and all the rest yelling the sword of the Lord and of Gideon to the top of their lungs, the enemy became so confused they began to attack each other and ran away! Gideon's army won the battle with God's plan of confusion! James 3:16 For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there. Did you notice that confusion was listed with 'every evil thing'? 1 Corinthians 14:33 For God is not the author of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints. Would you say then that peace is the antithesis of confusion? Absolutely! Isaiah 26:3 You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You. Psalm 85:10 Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other. Psalm 119:165 Great peace have those who love Your law and nothing will cause them to stumble.

Feeling better yet? From Psalm 23 He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; Now I feel better, He restores my soul. Restore: Bring back; reinstate, Return someone or something to a former condition, place, or position. That was the answer I needed, to be restored, I remembered an old chorus: Here's my cup Lord, I lift it up Lord, come and fill this thirsting of my soul, bread of heaven feed me till I want no more, here's my cup, fill it up and make me whole!

This is a No Confusion Zone!

Posted By Harolene

I saw a trailer for a horror movie and I had to look away!! For the life of me I can’t figure why people will pay good money to go to a movie to get scared out of their skin! I have read that your body doesn't know real from fiction and when you are sitting with your adrenaline rushing your body is in a fight or flight response and you are creating a situation in yourself of extreme distress as if you had an anxiety disorder! Now I know that if you are an adrenaline rush junkie you have just stopped reading, but if you haven't, hang on a minute, let's talk. God created us with this response so that we gain strength in a time when we desperately need it! Other wise he wants us to have peace! Psalm 119:165  Great peace have they who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble. Isaiah 26:3 You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you. Isaiah 11:6 The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. Does that sound like God wants us to have anything besides a peaceful life? Does he want us to be afraid of anything, including the devil himself?  2Timothy 1:7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.  1John 4:17-18 God is love. When we take up permanent residence in a life of love, we live in God and God lives in us. This way, love has the run of the house, becomes at home and mature in us, so that we're free of worry on Judgment Day—our standing in the world is identical with Christ's. There is no room in love for fear. Well-formed love banishes fear. Since fear is crippling, a fearful life—fear of death, fear of judgment—is one not yet fully formed in love. We see that it is love, and knowing we are loved, that enables us to live free of fear and torment, and to have that sound mind! John 3:16 This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. 1 John 3:1 What marvelous love the Father has extended to us! Just look at it—we're called children of God! That's who we really are. But that’s also why the world doesn’t recognize us or takes us seriously, because it has no idea who he is or what he's up to. A song says, “When He was on the cross, I was on His mind", I like to think that He looked through eyes that were covered by His own blood and saw me on the day I was born in Greenville General Hospital! He knew me, He loved me, and He died for me. I feel ashamed of deeds, thoughts, attitudes, anything that I have ever done that has caused Him pain after all He has done for me. If you haven't told Him lately that you love Him, why not do it right now?

Philippians 4:7 and the peace of God which surpasses understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Experience peace in Jesus name!