Lessons learned the first 50 years

I hit a milestone. I turned 50 years old. I am thankful that I don't feel 50.   I am thankful for things God has taught me throughout those 50 years. .  I have learned that God loves mercy and when I feel a sense that justice needs to happen over mercy, all I need to do is remember that I am thankful for when God gives me mercy instead of a just punishment.   (Micah 6:8 8 He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.) ( Luke 6: 36  Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful. ) I have learned that hurt people end up hurting people.   When I am able to see that I didn't hurt them but I am bearing the results of that persons hurt inflicted by other people, it helps me forgive whatever hurt they pushed onto me and move on.  (Romans 12 : 18  If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. )  I have learned that anyone who thinks they have God

:Leaning on the Loving Father

We are in the middle of uncertain times... normal difficulties of life and extraordinary difficulties of a pandemic, rocky economy, and a family life upside down. What do we do?  We must lean on the Loving Father.  Do we trust Him or do we not?   Do we know He is on your side or do we not?  Have we put our Faith in Him or have we not? If we have put faith in Him, keep on.  He is faithful.   Hebrews 10 :  23  Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. 24  And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25  not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another —and all the more as you see the Day approaching. Keep looking for ways to love on one another .. .. look for ways to do good works, for His glory, not for salvation, for HE has done it all on our behalf.  Psalm 91 says  He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his fai

Hosea 3 and 4

Hosea’s Reconciliation With His Wife 3  The Lord said to me, “Go, show your love to your wife again, though she is loved by another man and is an adulteress. Love her as the Lord loves the Israelites, though they turn to other gods and love the sacred raisin cakes. ” 2  So I bought her for fifteen shekels [ a ] of silver and about a homer and a lethek [ b ] of barley. 3  Then I told her, “You are to live with me many days; you must not be a prostitute or be intimate with any man, and I will behave the same way toward you.” 4  For the Israelites will live many days without king or prince, without sacrifice or sacred stones, without ephod or household gods. 5  Afterward the Israelites will return and seek the Lord their God and David their king. They will come trembling to the Lord and to his blessings in the last days. Hosea 4 New International Version (NIV) The Charge Against Israel 4  Hear the word of the Lord , you Israelites,      because the Lord