God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains;
it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world. C.S. Lewis
Pleasure doesn’t teach us little
but rather whispers “enjoy”
Our conscience will lead us
if its message we’d employ
But God must loudly then
shout at us through pain
That is if our attention
it’s His wish to sustain
For in this deaf world
He does need a megaphone
And it is only pain
that does the work alone
So then do not complain
if that’s what it takes
The fault is our own
’cause God doesn’t make mistakes!
Teresa Marie 11/23/11
Five Finger Prayer
This is so neat. I had never heard this before. This is beautiful – and it is surely worth making the 5 finger prayer a part of our lives.
1. Your thumb is nearest you. So begin your prayers by
praying for those closest to you. They are
the easiest to remember. To pray for our
loved ones is, as C. S. Lewis once said, a
2. The next finger is the pointing finger. Pray for those who
teach, instruct and heal. This includes
teachers, doctors, and ministers. They
need support and wisdom in pointing others in
the right direction. Keep them in your prayers.
3. The next finger is the tallest finger. It reminds us of
our leaders. Pray for the president,
leaders in business and industry, and
administrators. These people shape our
nation and guide public opinion. They need
4. The fourth finger is our ring finger. Surprising to many is
the fact that this is our weakest finger, as any
piano teacher will testify. It should
remind us to pray for those who are weak, in
trouble or in pain. They need your prayers
day and night. You cannot pray too much
5. And lastly comes our little finger
– the smallest finger of all which is where we
should place ourselves in relation to God and
others. As the Bible says, ‘The least
shall be the greatest among you.’ Your
pinkie should remind you to pray for
yourself. By the time you have prayed for
the other four groups, your own needs will be
put into proper perspective and you will be able
to pray for yourself more effectively.
We should all take heed to this message, life wouldn’t look so bleak and we’d find ourselves growing closer to God.
All that is not eternal is eternally out of date.
All that is not eternal
has not value or worth
In sands of time but a kernel
that we spend upon this earth
We’ve run after silver and gold
in pursuit of our ultimate dreams
but as in the days of old
wealth is not what it seems
For it lasts just a little while
then can easily be taken away
and it’s our soul that we defile
for pleasure that fades in a day
In this life we want everything
that our neighbor has and more
but when we die what can we bring
of those things that we once adore
For the earthly things quickly do go
from the in to the out of date
when eternity is but a stones throw
and today is what seals our fate
So if you desire eternal reward
then what you now must do
is spend your life on what’ll afford
the gold of heaven to you!
Teresa Marie 6/24/11
Oh, how greatly has the man advanced who has learned not to be his own, not to be governed by his own reason, but to surrender his mind to God!
I have a splitting headache, so this won’t be very long. I checked my e-mails, found this quote on there and pondered it for a few moments. I thought to myself, “How true! These old Preachers and Evangelists sure were spiritually wise.” Then I began to remember some of the books that I have read which were written by or about some of the “greats”, for instance: Billy Graham, C.S. Lewis, Mother Teresa, Saint Therese, etc.
There is much to be said about the wisdom that comes with age as well. Some of it may be spiritual and some not, but all should be recognized for what it is – experience. And that is what these people really had that is far and few between these days, an “encounter” with God. They experienced His glory, His powerful presence. It marked them and everyone that they came in contact with, especially because they carried His “aura” on them. There was a glow, or so I’ve read, about some of them that could literally be felt when you were in close proximity to them.
I’ve read and heard stories about some of the old tent healers where the glory of God was manifested so strongly that people were healed without even being in the tent and the glow of it would light up the night sky for miles. Can you imagine? How marvelous would that be?
I know that my tiny glimpse that I was given will carry me until the day that I pass over, so I can’t fathom how these people would have felt on a daily basis. I also know that with great reward comes great sacrifice too. I don’t know that I could have done what some of them did and that makes them even greater in my eyes. There is much to be learned from those who’ve gone before us if we will only listen.
I pray for revival to spread through this country and world! I pray for believers and non-believers alike to have an experience with God and His spiritual world! I pray that people will begin to take heed to the words of wisdom that have been written down by those who came before us! I pray that all believers in Christ will begin to teach by example and not just words! And I pray…
Always remember that Jesus died for us because He loves us!
The problem of reconciling human suffering with the existence of a God who loves, is only insoluble so long as we attach a trivial meaning to the word “love.”
Why is suffering allowed at all?
It’s a question asked by many
when any tragedy does befall
in a land of milk and honey.
How can a loving God exist
Who’d allow such a bad thing?
It’s what some people insist
is a total lack of reasoning.
But what it comes down to
is how you would define love
’cause the capacity that’s in you
doesn’t come close to God above.
Would you take your only son
and kill him this very day?
For that’s what God had done
when He gave us the Way.
That’s how love is truly defined
and the greatest kind I know.
So it’s in the suffering that I find
the evidence of His love will grow.
Teresa Marie 4/28/11