FAITH

johnny_graduation_friends2013On the day of my son’s fifth grade graduation celebration, the giant sky was filled with huge billowy threatening dark rain clouds.
The wind blew in at least 10 miles an hour, the gusts at fifteen. I attended the program at school, and gave as many hugs and words of encouragement to the neighborhood children who were wondering if we were still going to have a pool party.
I had spent a fortune on hamburgers, hot dogs and the like, and my husband and I had spent two diligent weeks raking the bottom of the pool and blasting it with chemicals. It was 99% bright blue, and astonishing to look at. What a mess it had been. Together, our efforts combined brought that beautiful clear sparkling pool to life.
But these deep dark clouds were looming over head, and it was only 60 degrees or so; the celebration looked grim as I shuffled quickly to the car.
Off in the distance, I saw a small patch of bright blue where somehow the luminous clouds had avoided, and I whispered to God, “Please Lord, these are your children, they have worked so hard in school this year, they deserve a great celebration.”
Once home, I still hurried along with the preparations, laying out all of the snack foods, folding towels and setting out chairs.
Eliza, my little sweet one showed up first, as usual, and my husband growled at the fact that she wanted to jump right in. Even my own children still had not put their suits on yet, for we were all holding our breath and squinting at the threatening sky. The entire area was covered with the thickest black clouds you can imagine, and guests started to slowly show up. Soon, I was surrounded by anxious children, who wanted to play in the drizzling rain anyway. I sat down on one of the lawn chairs sighing, and looked up at the sky. There again was that forsaken little patch of bright blue, who knows how it could have been.
So I reached my arms up to Heaven, and in front of everyone said in the loudest voice I could muster, “Lord Jesus! I have great faith in you Lord! I have great faith that this sky will completely clear of all of this stormy weather, and it will turn to THAT color blue,” I said, pointing at the curious patch. All of the children laughed, some of them sneared, and they turned to my husband with anxious looks for a better answer to the problem at hand.
Well, He said, “Go ahead and get in, but if it starts to rain or we hear thunder, you have to get out immediately.”
And so fifteen of them jumped in mostly at the same time, except my little Jazmin, who is afraid of the water.
I laid back on the cold lounge chair, and shivered at the sky.
A half of an hour went by, and the clouds still loomed, even darker, and more threatening, so I cried out again ,”Jesus! I have great faith in you Lord! I KNOW you will clear this sky!!”
The children ignored me this time, their little bodies shivering trying to have fun in the cold and wet.
My dearest friend in the whole world showed up, with her three children, and just as she did, the air got lighter, the sky got a little brighter, and the wind kicked up and started to blow the clouds Eastward.
A half an hour later, the sun was shining down on all of us, there was only a trace of clouds left above us, and it was really starting to warm up. I started pointing to the sky saying, God is so good!” Angie, my best friend, agreed.
Not even fifteen minutes after that, warmth spread over the entire back yard, the sky cleared absolutely completely, the bright bright blue stood out to our amazement, and the wind died down.
All of the mothers who had come fully dressed were now starting to sweat, but not me. I had been wearing a sundress the whole time.
“The amount of faith of a mustard seed can move a mountain.” That’s what he said in His Good Book. This time, faith beckoned the wind, the rain, the massive thunderous clouds, and my heart as well, for I will never forget that gift he gave me in return for my hope in His glory.

What IS a blessing?

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Isn’t it great that you can speak directly to the Creator of the Universe
Isn’t it great that you have an open channel to the King?
For prayer does not go unanswered.

In this day and age
Prayers are precious and few
and he listens intently.

“I do for you-
You do for me”
It takes on a whole new meaning
When you are in service of the king

Amazing it is
To be in his service
happy are those who serve
for the King of the Universe hears, and grants, and blesses

What IS a blessing?
A blessing is not stumbling when you walk or talk
A blessing is being able to run
A blessing is being able to be heard
A blessing is food on the table
Food in the lunch bags
and bills that have been paid.
We have so many blessing that remain unseen
as we all have conversations outside in the day
and no bird poop falls on our heads
and no cars run off the road and kill us where we stand.

A blessing is the beautiful sky and the puffy white clouds
the wind that blows the pollen to the stems
and the flowers that bloom
A blessing keeps the sharks away as you swim
a blessing is the bed you sleep in
and being able to get up out of it.
All of these things that go unnoticed
unseen, and unrecognized
is Jesus chasing you, protecting you
and keeping you for his own.

We are the world
and the souls belong to Jesus because he earned it
He keeps us all safe, everyday
and when the blessing is death granted
we fear it.
But really, it is a blessing still for;
little do we know of what he has prepared for us
and what lies ahead in the afterlife.

Remember when people only lived thirty years
and little ones died while still looking up at their mother
and tornadoes took houses and farms alike
and entire towns died of disease?

Those we the days when sin ran ramped
And no one remembered our Lord
His blessing ceased, graces were lifted and revoked
And we died in droves.

A blessing is the technology that keeps us living 100 years
A blessing is getting to see your great grandchild be born
A blessing is a car that will get you to church in three minutes

Our Lord holds the world in his hand
And he loves us
Sad to say some people completely disregard his sacrifice and existence
but they are still blessed because of the prayers of the faithful
they are still chased down for the devout’s sake
and not left behind
because of prayer

The Lord has so many names
and multiple promises to be had
Choose and name and call it
“Savior”
“The Christ”
“Redeemer”
“Divine Mercy”
“Lord of Compassion”
“King of the Universe”
“Beloved Son”
“Lord of Lords”
“Jesus Christ”
Pick a name , and then call it
Say a few prayers, bank on his promises
Those who do not are missing out of the best thing in life;
Serving the King,
and receiving his grace.

Fear not, if you have not prayed, because *I* have prayed for you.
I only wish that you would help me do the same for others.
prayers do not go unanswered

When you are grieving
and desperate
when something goes drastically wrong and you are left saying
“God, if you exist, please help me!”
The Lord jumps up and down and smiles
and all of Heaven rejoyces because you have called his name.

But it’s the times when the house is dark, the sun has not yet risen, and you grumble as you make your coffee, rubbing your eyes to make them see….it is in those moments…
when you barely need him, that when you call his name and say “Good morning”, and any prayer you can offer, it is then that his heart absolutely melts, adn the trumpets of Heaven blow, as another sinner has come to Chirst.