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Posted By Harolene

In the World English Dictionary the definition for "enough" is: sufficient to answer a need, demand, supposition, or requirement, adequate. Used as an adverb it means: in a quantity or degree that answers a purpose or satisfies a need or desire; sufficiently. If you love someone, you have to love them enough, enough to accept them just as they are, bad habits, bad breath, picking their teeth or cutting their nails at inappropriate time, warts and all; enough to accept all the circumstances and situations of their life, without complaining or throwing anything up to them in future arguments. When you sign on for marriage, you sign on for all the things you have to do for your partner. When you have children you have to have enough love to become parent, disciplinarian, nurse, teacher, and, after all is said and done, friends to them as they become adults. Enough means you will go the extra mile to fill a need for the ones you love, it means there is no greater way you can love. If you love your family and friends, you have to love them enough to keep your mouth shut in times that you want to give that sharp rebuttal, or "pay-back" for some un-kind deed they have committed. Enough means there is need for nothing else, as when God supplied food for the Children of Israel as they traversed the desert!. They went out every morning to gather Manna for the day, if they took more than they needed for that day, except on Holy days when they took enough for two days, the manna would get wormy, rot, and stink!

Think about this next time you ask God for something, He will supply your need, don't worry, He will give you enough! What do you give to Him in return for all the 'enough' that He gives to you? Malachi 3:8-11 "Begin by being honest. Do honest people rob God? But you rob me day after day. "You ask, 'How have we robbed you?' "The tithe and the offering—that's how! And now you're under a curse —the whole lot of you—because you're robbing me. Bring your full tithe to the Temple treasury so there will be ample provisions in my Temple. Test me in this and see if I don't open up heaven itself to you and pour out blessings beyond your wildest dreams that there will not be room enough to receive it. For my part, I will defend you against marauders, protect your wheat fields and vegetable gardens against plunderers." The Message of God-of-the-Angel-Armies. In Matthew 25 we read about the virgins waiting for the Bridegroom to arrive, the wise women had brought enough oil for theirs, but not enough to supply their foolish friends. Be wise and keep the oil of prayer in your lamp to light the way till Jesus comes. 

When Jesus cried to the Father "It is finished" He was saying "I love you enough!"

Posted By Harolene

Some people just have the knack of talking to anyone, no matter how important or austere they might seem. Unafraid to approach their boss for a raise, companies for donations for their church or school, these are the people that always seem to get the "yes". There are other shy souls that are afraid of their own shadow, feel "less than", and never get answers of any kind because they don't ask! When my parents got married, my dad told mother that he would never take a "hint", anything she wanted him to do she just needed to ask, be direct! Matthew 7:7-11 Don't bargain with God. Be direct. Ask for what you need. This isn't a cat-and-mouse, hide-and-seek game we're in. If your child asks for bread, do you trick him with sawdust? If he asks for fish, do you scare him with a live snake on his plate? As bad as you are, you wouldn't think of such a thing. You're at least decent to your own children. So don't you think the God who conceived you in love will be even better?  John 16:24 Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full. In all of these scriptures, Jesus is giving us His permission to ASK!

Are you afraid to go before God? Hebrews 4:16-17 Now that we know what we have—Jesus, this great High Priest with ready access to God—let's not let it slip through our fingers. We don't have a priest who is out of touch with our reality. He's been through weakness and testing, experienced it all—all but the sin. So let's walk right up to him and get what he is so ready to give. Take the mercy, accept the help. 

I am not a person that can walk in and get a big donation from anyone, I would rather give it myself than to ask, but even I understand this last scripture! Jesus stands as our ambassador, lawyer, friend, to take us right up to the Throne and say, "Father, this is my friend and she needs help!" We miss out on so much when we wait to get "worthy" before we ask, He welcomes us! We will never be as worthy as Jesus, so forget that and just present yourself! The old hymn says, "Just as I am without one plea but that Thy blood was shed for me, and that you bid me come to thee, Oh Lamb of God I come, I come. Just as I am, and waiting not to rid my soul of one dark blot, to thee whose blood can cleanse each spot, O Lamb of God, I come, I come."  You may feel older than dirt, but remember, God made Adam from the dust of the earth, so you are still His little child, and He cares for you. 

Psalm 16:11 You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore. 

Posted By Harolene

There is a song, penned by Lee Hays and Pete Seeger, called "the Hammer Song". It was playing through my mind tonight.. Let’s talk about it for a minute. The writer says, "If I had a hammer, I'd hammer in the morning, I'd hammer in the evening, all over this land", Then he says, "If I had a bell, I'd ring it in the morning," and last, "If I had a song, I'd sing it in the morning, etc." What he wants to do is "hammer out danger, hammer out a warning, then hammer out love between the brothers and the sisters, all over this land."  Then "ring out danger" and finally "sing out dangerand a warning and love between the brothers and sisters all over this land". OK, those are good and lofty words and a great idea, in the last verse we see the writer already has all of these things! "Well I've got a hammer, And I've got a bell, And I've got a song to sing, All over this land It's the hammer of justice, It's the bell of freedom, It's the song about love between my brothers and my sisters, All over this land." In this verse we see that he has realized he is already equipped with everything he needs to do what he wants, and I wonder, what happened that made him realize this wonderful thing? Philippians 4:13 Whatever I have, wherever I am, I can make it through anything in the One who makes me who I am. You can do anything you want, through and in Him, who gives you strength, the catch is this, some of the things you want to do need preparation! There was a lady who wanted to talk to my dad, she told him that God had called her into missionary work and she wanted him to get the church to sponsor her. He questioned her, because she was very adamant, seems she didn't know the language of the country she had been "called "to minister in, and she had five young children at home! He asked her, "When did you feel the call to go into this ministry?" Her answer was no real surprise to him as he was more doubtful of God calling her away from her children to go into a foreign land, "I was sixteen." Daddy told her that her missionary field was her children, until they became adults. He told her to take the time to learn the language and study the customs of the people and the Word of God to be prepared for that time. It made her angry with him, she didn't want to do that, and she wanted to go right then! I may have all the ingredients in the kitchen to make a wonderful cake, but if I don't take the time to put it together in the proper way it will not happen! 2Timothy 2:15 Study to show yourself approved unto God, a workman that doesn’t need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

Don't be discouraged if your ministry, career as a songwriter, or whatever you want to be  doesn't become instantly successful, you can't grow a stalk of corn over night, but when it's ripe, it sure is good dripping with butter!

Posted By Harolene

Sometimes it does feel that even when we are trying our best to do good things and get the best we can out of life, things happen that hinder it. I say that if you have placed your entire life in the hands of God and trust in Him completely, then when someone slams a door in your face, look for the open window, or perhaps another door! Remember this, "Sometimes when there is a closed door and God opens another one, there is Hell in the hall." Does that mean that because God is giving us something good we have to walk through Hell to get it? I don't know the complete-all-the-time answer for that, but I do remember the story of Joseph, that after he was sold into slavery by his own brothers he ended up being the ruler of Egypt second in command only to the Pharaoh! At the end of the story his word to his brothers was, “you meant this for evil but God turned it for good!” So we see that in that case he walked through Hell in the hall to get to the best door. 

Maybe you are going through a tough time right now and need to know exactly which door to go through, well here’s what I do, I pray that the wrong doors will all be slammed in my face so that I don't have to make a decision. Does that always work? No, if it did we would never gain wisdom, knowledge or understanding.

Here's help: Revelation 3:8 I see what you've done. Now see what I've done. I've opened a door before you that no one can slam shut. You don't have much strength, I know that; you used what you had to keep my Word. You didn't deny me when times were rough. When I read those words I know that God's plan for my life cannot be stopped if I trust Him, He opened a door that no one can slam shut! Don't be afraid to step out on those plans, but if they get stopped, don't be devastated, just consider it a shut door because if God had opened it, it would have remained open, put your life in His hands! Look for the open door but don't be afraid if you find a closed one, if you face Hell in the hall, He will get you through it! 

Posted By Harolene

20-20 Hindsight, I looked it up, is the perfect understanding of an event after it has happened. There are many things in my life that I have had this wonderful "after vision" about and it has never done me any good, after the fact. The only way hindsight does us any good is if we learn from our mistakes so that we never make that particular mistake again! We end up beating ourselves up about things we didn't know. It would be like trying to stand an infant on his feet and then beating him because he couldn't maintain his balance and walk! If you knew you were going to have a wreck, it wouldn't be called an accident, right? So we have wrecks in our lives and we have to pick up the pieces and carry on.

Let's look at some mistakes, King David made a big one when he lusted after Uriah's wife Bathsheba, and had him killed so he could have her for himself. Pretty bad, wouldn't you say? But, what he did right was to be contrite and ask for forgiveness. Psalm 34:18 If your heart is broken, you'll find God right there; if you're kicked in the gut, he'll help you catch your breath. Psalm 51:17 Going through the motions doesn't please you; a flawless performance is nothing to you. I learned God-worship when my pride was shattered. Heart-shattered lives ready for love don't for a moment escape God's notice. David was forgiven and called a "man after God's own heart". Samson laid his head in the lap of the beautiful, sweet talking, enemy and had a haircut that changed his life! The soldiers came to take him and he didn't even know God had departed from him, he shook himself and found his strength was all gone, I wonder if he turned and saw his luscious locks laying on the floor before he realized what had happened. He was taken; his eyes punched out, tied to a grinding stone, like a mule, and served as entertainment for his enemies! The story ends when his hair had grown again and he asked God for forgiveness and took out more enemies than he had ever conquered in his whole life. Rebellious Jonah cried from the belly of the great fish Jonah 2:7 As my life was slipping away, I remembered the Lord. And my earnest prayer went out to you in your holy Temple. When he repented, God forgave him and the fish spit him out on the shore of the place he was told to go in the first place!

What have YOU done, killed a person to take their spouse? Broken a sacred vow to God and "cut your (spiritual) hair? Rebel against the Plan of God for your life and run the other way? Whatever you have done wouldn't be worse than any of these things, and even if it were, God is still in the business of forgiving us our trespasses, the way we forgive those who have trespassed against us. I slipped that one in on you, didn't I? Yes, that is the condition of our own forgiveness, and I am telling you, from personal experience, it is the hardest thing to do. We have all sinned and come short of the Glory of God, what's different about you? Repent, make a U turn, and never make that mistake again. We all have temptations but 1Cor.10: 13 No test or temptation that comes your way is beyond the course of what others have had to face. All you need to remember is that God will never let you down; he'll never let you be pushed past your limit; he'll always be there to help you come through it.