On Purpose

It told a story. A story of a boy and girl gone sour.
A story of drowning sorrow and chasing blues. 

I still hear it — I don’t want to hear it but it comes uninvited. 

Songs matter. 
Lyrics matter.
Music matters.

The words live on after the song is played. 
So be careful what the lyrics say. 

Do the lyrics give you hope? 
Do they encourage you to live healthily, and wholesomely? 
Do they let you know there is GOD; that He cares and He will help you? 

Then why listen  — on purpose? 

No Bucking, Please

As I scrolled a bit on Facebook this presented.

Sheep without a Shepherd. 

There is only One SHEPHERD but He has called His people to shepherd one another. 
When I look out what do I see?  A world of people without the Shepherd and without anyone to shepherd them.  Sadly from the evidence, neither do they want to be shepherded; not by HIM and not by His people (redeemed sheep).

People want to do their thing. 
And left to their own devices,  people want to SIN. 

And what does the Bible say? 

23 For what one earns from sin is death; but eternal life is what one receives as a free gift from God, in union with the Messiah Yeshua, our Lord.  source

But let me get back to sheep and the Shepherd. 

According to a Duck Duck search, there are 74 verses in Scripture addressing sheep and a shepherd.  LINK
I didn’t know that — did you? 

Sheep need shepherds. 
Sheep do really stupid, dangerous, even deadly things without a shepherd. 

Our SHEPHERD watches over His Sheep — we know that with certainty and we are grateful. I surely am!
Even so, we are one another’s keepers. Like it or not — it is what it is. 
Feed my sheep He said.   John 21:17

It’s a whole other session but husbands, you are to shepherd your wives. Read up on what a Shepherd does for the sheep — and take care of your wife that way. (Admittedly, it will take some spiritual insight and maturity to gasp this.)  Hopefully, she is truly a sheep and will not buck you. 

To purchase a copy LINK.
I receive no compensation for this. 

You can also read all Four Gospels, start to finish, chapter by chapter, book by book, and observe JESUS as you read – what He said, how He said it, to whom, and what He did. You will learn a lot!

Love, Kathie

Not Kidding

Looking at some posts from years ago, I think I should tell you some things change; GOD is not one of them (Hebrews 13:8) — HE does not change but He does change me.

I hope you can say the same.  (Romans 12:2)

So, from time to time some posts may go missing.  Others may remain with a modification or two — as I find them that is.  Twelve years of writing is a lot to cover.  Not kidding. 

Love, Kathie 

Ooops. Recount. That’s 15 years here at WordPress. 2007 – 2022 (so far). 🥰

Queen of the Night

Something personal. 

We have a plant.  Actually two.

Queen of the Night Cactus. Here’s a LINK to read about this special plant — amazing!  

One of the two plants bloomed this year!

What is so special about that?
Well, the Queen of the Night Cactus, only blooms at night, and only ONCE does each bloom open; it also closes by morning – not to open again.
Once a bloom develops on the cactus and that bloom begins to turn upward, you must keep watch.
Every night you must check to see if the bloom has opened.

Perhaps this reminds you of a passage of Scripture.
It does me.
The Parable of the Ten Virgins.  Matthew 25:1-13.
I hope you will read it.

Now while the groom was delaying, they all became drowsy and began to sleep. But at midnight there finally was a shout: ‘Behold, the groom! Come out to meet him.’

11 Yet later, the other virgins also came, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open up for us.’ 12 But he answered, ‘Truly I say to you, I do not know you.’ 13 Be on the alert then, because you do not know the day nor the hour.

More of our story and perhaps you will see the parallel of the parable. 

No upturn yet.
Still, we watched.  A few days passed and then the upturn began – sorry I don’t have a picture of ours but the link above will show you how it looks when it begins to upturn.

Our daily night watch began.  With a flashlight in hand, we stepped onto the back porch and peered into the darkness with the flashlight directed toward the Queen.
Nope. No opening.

On one particular night we looked early, 8:00 ish I think it was. 
No opening.
We chose to retire early that night, read Scripture, talked a bit, and we were just about to turn out the light. It was 10:00 ish.
You may think what you like but I am convinced Holy Spirit nudged me to go look.  Again.  And again He nudged.
We have to go I said.
We did.

Look what we would have missed had we ignored the promptings.
We would have missed the most beautiful, glorious flower I have ever seen — in our own backyard even! 

And you know what I believe?  Our Father GOD didn’t want us to miss it. He didn’t want us to miss that glorious beauty He prepared for us.
He doesn’t want us to miss the beauty of His Heaven either.  None of us. Not one of us does He not want to come, repent, receive and believe. 
All it took was obedience to the call, the promptings of GOD. 
That’s all it takes to see the glory of GOD. 

What have you missed because you have ignored the promptings of GOD? 

The blooms were closed by morning and they opened not again.

Love, Kathie