Monthly Archives: August 2015

WHAT ABOUT “NO!” I think that sometimes we are afraid to ask Jesus for help because we have already decided for Him that He is going to say “no!” (which we label as a bad thing). with finality; end of story. Second-guessing Him seems to me something we would be better off not doing. However, He can and does say no on some occasions and we need to think things through in order to respond to His will, not ours. I spent years arguing with God about everyday issues. One good thing about that was that I was certainly not a Sunday-only Christian (I considered myself to be a Christian). I feel sad now that I was so feisty with Him when He truly had my best interests at heart. I was so convinced that I was not good enough for Him and He was watching my every move with total disapproval. I knew, on some level, that He loved me, but it was a kind of love with which I was not comfortable. If anyone asked me if Jesus loved us, I’d be the first to say so. Perhaps I believed that since He loved me, I could behave however I wanted, and He would understand and accept me. I realize now that He accepted me but not some of my behavior. When He does say no to us, it is not necessarily the end of the story. He may have alternative ideas up the sleeve of His robe to present to us at another time when we are ready. In many instances, I think He says “not now” as often as a resounding no. Or, perhaps “not in the way you expect,” could be another way He answers us. It still surprises and pleases me that of all people, He took the time and made the effort to downright rescue me! I was not expecting it in the least. What further surprises me is how I actually allowed Him, with almost no protest, to be guided to the right church for me and to the healing surgery performed last year. Because I am somewhat strong-willed (and He knows it) I have not been so pliable about every issue or situation that has come up in my life or the lives around me, since my Salvation. Because some humans in my upbringing did not exactly have my best interests at heart, it is still at times difficult for me to truly understand how very much Jesus does have my best interests at heart–all of our best interests at heart. So I could not trust some humans. This does not mean that I cannot trust God. I still need to work on understanding how He is not just a superhuman; He is so much more than that. He is not limited by human pettiness and adolescent behavior coming from humans who are chronologically adults. Judging Jesus in imperfect human terms is neither accurate nor wise. When He says “no” “maybe,” “sometime,” “later,” “I have other ideas,” “wait and see,” and an infinite array of answers that are not exactly a resounding “yes,” we would do well to, as the Beatles sang “let it be.” When He has said the equivalent of “no” to me, fortunately He has never followed it with “because I said so.” Such an answer would really bug me and cause me to think He was being a control freak rather than looking out for the best for me. I so appreciate His gentleness, kindness and quietness with me. However, (I may have told you this before), one Sunday, our Bishop said, “Jesus is not a declawed lion.” That stuck with me first, because it was a catly expression; which, of course, I connect with. But it also reminded me to consider that, like my “miniature lions” at home, (who have claws and teeth and they will use them if necessary), so Jesus will get tough with us if He needs to. I remember one of my many night-owl nights, He told me to go to bed and I felt like I was being propelled to my bedroom. I said “not yet,” and He reminded me that I had asked Him to help me get to bed at a decent time so I could get more rest. Though He was saying no to my staying up way too late, He was honoring my request. When we ask Him for help, we need to be willing to accept that help when it comes, often in a variety of ways. Yes, He may sometimes say “No” and no, He will not always say “yes.” However, he is watching over us at all times, with a benevolent heart, mind and soul, and how blessed we are! In Jesus’ name.

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STUPID QUESTION: Some people are reluctant to ask Jesus for help for fear they are asking Him something stupid–a stupid question. I believe that to Jesus, there is no such thing as a stupid question because He has all the answers. In fact, I believed this and have stated it so in my own life. However, during my life as a blind person, I have heard some doozies. I realize that some people are slow to ask me about how I function independently as a blind person, for fear that I will make fun of them for their “stupid question.” I try very hard not to poke fun at someone’s questions about blindness, though, at my age, I have been asked some questions that could be filed under “stupid.” “How did you know when your baby was crying?” someone asked me one time. Huh? My hearing is perfect in one ear and not all that bad in the other. Did my blindness somehow cause me not to hear my daughter cry? Though baffled, I just laughed inside and answered that I could hear her cry. Quite often, at restaurants, the server will look at a sighted person accompanying me and ask “does she want???” How does the other person know what I want if I haven’t told him/her? What ever happened to addressing me directly, to discover what I want? Many times the sighted person with me or I will need to help the server understand that I am perfectly capable of answering the question myself. Sometimes I have said something like:”She is right here; She is able to tell you what she wants,” and then they realize that it is better to speak to me; that my hearing and thinking work fine. I’ve been asked numerous times “how do you tell your cats apart?” Hmmm. How could I *not* know? I think to myself as I answer:”Each cat who has owned me has something distinct about them. I can tell by their meows, their tails and body shape, and their behavior. When I hear a crash in the other room, I know which one did it. So what I do is filter out the element of stupidity and simply answer the question as best I know how. I want people to ask; to discover how blind people can function. Who knows; one day they may personally need to know. It does not hurt anyone to know. I think Jesus filters out the stupidity in our questions and answers us without humiliating us, too. I believe it is much better to ask Him whatever it is on our minds and hearts and not worry about whether we’re asking a “stupid question” or not. The answers can be helpful and enlightening no matter what the question. As I’ve stated before ASK equals “Always Seek Knowledge.”–no matter what. We may receive answers from Jesus that will change our lives forever. It happened to me. It can happen for you, too.

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BLESS OUR ANIMALS Psalm 148 King James Bible Praise the Lord From the Heavens! 1 Praise ye the LORD. Praise ye the LORD from the heavens: praise him in the heights. 2 Praise ye him, all his angels: praise ye him, all his hosts. 3 Praise ye him, sun and moon: praise him, all ye stars of light. 4 Praise him, ye heavens of heavens, and ye waters that be above the heavens. Let them praise the name of the LORD: for he commanded, and they were created. 6 He hath also stablished them for ever and ever: he hath made a decree which shall not pass. 7 Praise the LORD from the earth, ye dragons, and all deeps: 8 Fire, and hail; snow, and vapour; stormy wind fulfilling his word: 9 Mountains, and all hills; fruitful trees, and all cedars: 10 Beasts, and all cattle; creeping things, and flying fowl: 11 Kings of the earth, and all people; princes, and all judges of the earth: 12 Both young men, and maidens; old men, and children: 13 Let them praise the name of the LORD: for his name alone is excellent; his glory is above the earth and heaven. 14 He also exalteth the horn of his people, the praise of all his saints; even of the children of Israel, a people near unto him. Praise ye the LORD. Some people do not realize the importance of the animals our God has created for us. I think about my cats:Maryah, Toby and Laynie, and I bless them and thank Jesus for them! They are part of my family and I love them. They keep me from having separation anxiety, living alone. They always recognize that I cannot physically see but they never, not even once, have ever acted uncomfortable, afraid or disgusted by it. They acknowledge it, and work around it. Several times now when I drop a small object, Toby will move to it so that it is between his front paws, waiting for me to come and find him and the object. When he thinks something is amiss here in our home, such as the day when we had a bunch of ants visit us, he meows and carries on until I figure out what the issue is. He is looking out for me because he loves me. Jesus made our animals and blessed us with them. If you don’t have a family animal or two, you are missing out. Go out to a shelter and adopt some who need loving homes. Do this for them. Do this for Jesus! In Jesus’ name.

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MAKE A JOYFUL NOISE! Psalm 100:1 {A Psalm of praise.} Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands. 2 Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing. 3 Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. 4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. 5 For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations. King James Bible The Bible does not say present Him with professional music, though that is certainly okay I am sure. It says “make a joyful noise!” so pick up something that makes a good noise and “play” it, singing! Pots and pans, spoons, anything. Do this so He can hear you. Do this in His name! Not because I tell you to but because He tells you to! Jesus wants and deserves our praise and joy no matter how things are going in our lives. Ask Him for what you want and rejoice before it ever comes to pass! We don’t give Him enough praise for what He has already done in our lives, what He is doing for us today and what He will do for us in the future. Give Him thanks; give Him the glory, as you make a joyful noise!Do it now! Right now! In Jesus’ name!

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