OUR GOD SEES WHAT NO ONE ELSE CAN

December 5, 2016

James Cameron, an explorer and filmmaker for National Geographic, was the first human to make the 2 hour, 36 minute descent into the deepest part of the ocean in March of 2012. At the depth of 8.6 miles, he saw what you and I will never be able to see in the Mariana Trench…but God can see it. He created it.

Thousands of years ago, when choosing the successor to Israel’s King Saul, the prophet Samuel was sure it would be Jesse’s handsome oldest son Eliab. But the Lord chose the unlikely youngest son, and informed the prophet that he saw something in David that no one else could see; God saw David’s heart. He created it. 1st Samuel 16:7

Our God alone can see our heart, too. Think about your heart and meditate on what God says about it.

  • If you are brokenhearted, “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” (Psalm 147:3)
  • If your heart is restless, “Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him; do not fret…” (Psalm 37:7)
  • If your heart needs cleansed, pray “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” (Psalm 51:10)
  • If your heart is heavy, “Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you.” (Psalm 55:22)
  • If your heart is anxious, give Him your anxiety and “…the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:7)

Only God can see inside our heart. He created it. That’s why we can be open and honest with Him, and praise Him with David, who wrote: “I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” (Psalm 139:14)

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OUR GOD IS THE MASTER OF MULTI-TASKING

September 19, 2016

Guinness World Records 2013 reported that Alex Barron holds the world record for most objects juggled: 11 objects. Intense daily practice, sharp focus and concentration helped get Alex the title. That’s quite impressive, considering that in our daily juggling – also known as multitasking – we can hardly stir the soup and answer a question simultaneously! Thankfully, that isn’t the case with God; He’s the Master Multi-tasker.

Anthropomorphology, applied throughout Scriptures, attributes human characteristics to God. Consider some of the activities He has been performing simultaneously for millennia.

“The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and His ears are open to their cry.” (Psalm 34:15) He is concerned about every detail of our lives and thinking of each of us personally, while also spinning the universe in perfect, precise synchronization. In Psalmist 139:7 we read: “How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand.”

Alex Barron’s record, while impressive, doesn’t come close to God’s record. I stand in awe of our God who is the Master of multi-tasking; but what really brings me to my knees in worship is knowing that along with everything else He’s doing, He’s thinking about me!

(Please join me each Monday of 2016 in my quest to know God better)


OUR GOD IS OMNIPRESENT

August 1, 2016

“Lola, does God have a car?” The spontaneous question our nine-year-old grandson hurled at me from the passenger seat left me fumbling for words. Keeping my eyes on the road, I replied, “Well, actually, God doesn’t need a car.” Before I could explain more, he came back with his own conclusion, “Oh, yeah, that’s right, because God is Omnipresent. He doesn’t have to get anywhere, because He’s already there.” I was amazed that at his age, Jehiel knew the word “Omnipresent” and understood the truth.

The Psalmist gives insight to the truth of God’s omnipresence in Psalm 139:7-10, assuring us that there is no place that God is not present. Then he declares, “Even there (Where? Everywhere!) Your hand shall lead me, and Your right hand shall hold me.” (Where? Everywhere!)

When discouraged or in despair, you ask “Where is God in all of this?” remember: God is omnipresent. He doesn’t need a car to get to where you are, because He’s already there. He is with you to lead you and to hold you. Believing that will make all the difference in your life. Thank God today that He is Omnipresent!

(Join me every Monday as I share more discoveries on my quest to know God better)


OUR GOD, OUR CREATOR

March 28, 2016

God’s creativity is beyond our imagination. All of His designs are unique and perfect; we can’t comprehend the intricacies of His creation. There are some interesting facts about the human body on www.factslides.com/s-Your-Body and here are some of them.

  • Your nose can recall 50,000 different scents.
  • Your eye can distinguish about 10,000,000 different colors.
  • Your brain, in your lifetime, can hold up to 1 million, billion separate bits of information (one quadrillion!!)
  • Your heart will pump enough blood to fill 200 train tank cars in your lifetime.

Of all the amazing facts about our bodies, one shouts out, “You are OOAK!” (One Of A Kind): your tongue print, like your fingerprint, is unique.

Our Creator God made each of us unique and special; OOAK. We were not mass produced, and we’re not clones. God is responsible for our unique existence from the moment of our conception. In Psalm 139:13,14 the Psalmist declares: “…You shaped me first inside, then out; you formed me in my mother’s womb. I thank you, High God – You’re breathtaking! Body and soul, I am marvelously made! I worship in adoration – what a creation!” (The Message)

So when you look at yourself in the mirror, stick out our tongue. It proves that you are OOAK. Then join the Psalmist in praise to our God, our Creator, who made you unique – and special!

(Join me every Monday of 2016 in my quest to know God better)


LOOK WHAT ELSE MADE THE HEADLINES!

August 3, 2013

Since I found out how entertaining headlines are, I’m on the lookout for new ones every day. I still don’t read the articles; I just keep shaking my head in unbelief as I mumble an “Are you kidding?” to myself as I read how ridiculous some of them are. Read the latest bunch and you might find yourself just as appalled as I!

Does Happiness Make You Fat? I can’t seem to make the connection here. Experience has shown me that what I eat makes me fat. It’s superfluous to defend that fact!

Cellphone Use May be Making Us Fat.  The more you talk, the more you eat? The Apostle Paul disciplined his body and brought it into subjection. (1 Cor. 9:27). We should be moderate in all things, too!

DirecTV to Launch Channel for Dogs. So can we assume that the actors and news anchors will also be dogs? Shows about dogs, by dogs and for dogs?

Are Open Relationships OK? That’s not God’s plan. His plan is 1 + 1 = 4. (1 man, plus 1 woman, equals  a marriage relationship 4 ever.)

Will Owning a Home Really Make You Happy? No guarantee! Proverbs 16:20 says: “…whoever trusts in the Lord, happy is he.” Homeowner or non-homeowner!

Need a Reference? Hire a Liar! The Apostle Paul foresaw that when he wrote that “evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.” (2 Timothy 3:15)

Avoiding Estrogen Treatment Can Lead to Death. Last time I heard, everything leads to death. Hebrews 9:27 reads “…it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment…” with or without estrogen!

Could There Be Another You Somewhere New? I’m not sure how I got to that “Somewhere New”, but I am certain that I’m on God’s wonderful earth by His design. Psalm 139 assures me of that.

Can Thoughts and Words Affect Water? Absolutely!…but only the words of the Creator and Sustainer of the universe.  He spoke the words that created water. Matthew 5:45 says that “He sends the rain on the just and on the unjust.”

Dream Control Could Make Sleep Extra Satisfying. When we trust in the Lord, we enjoy extra satisfying sleep, because HE controls our dreams and our lives; we are safe in Him. Psalm 4:8 states it well: “I will both lie down in peace, and sleep; For You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.” THAT is extra satisfying!


…So Where’s the Lord in All of This?

December 9, 2010

Sometimes circumstances overwhelm us, plans don’t turn out the way we want, we are thrust into unexpected situations, or maybe we just don’t know what to do next. It’s easy to look around and ask: “So where’s the Lord in all of this?” When that question pops up in our mind, it’s good to know the truth about exactly where He is. Here’s that truth:

HE IS NEAR ME WHEN I CALL UPON HIM! The Psalmist affirmed that “The Lord is NEAR to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth.” (Psalm 145:18)
HE IS UNDER ME – HOLDING ME UP! In Deuteronomy 33:27 we read a very comforting promise: “The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.”
HE IS GOING BEFORE ME! God promises me: “I will go before you and make the crooked places straight.” (Isaiah 45:2)
HE IS BEHIND ME AND ABOVE ME! In Psalm 139:5 we are assured of His protection. It reads: “You have hedged me behind and before, and laid Your hand upon me.”
HE IS BESIDE ME, HOLDING MY HAND AND ASSURING ME OF HIS HELP! Through the prophet Isaiah God promises me “For I, the Lord your God, will hold your right hand, saying to you, ‘Fear not, I will help you.’” (Isaiah 41:13)
HE IS WITH ME ALWAYS! The comforting promise Jesus made to His disciples before He ascended to heaven is still valid today. He said: “I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20)

So that’s the truth about where He really is. He is near me, under me, before me, behind and above me, beside me, holding my hand, and assuring me of His help. He is ALWAYS with me. THAT’S WHERE HE IS!


WEEKLY READING PLAN Sept 6 – 11 ….. Feeling Alone?

September 6, 2010

Here we have another series of verses to read. They are precious promises that we can lean on when we feel alone. Read them, meditate on them, praise God for them, write them down, memorize them! If you don’t have your Bible handy, look them up on www.biblegateway.com. It’s a wonderful resource to find any passage, in any translation. Have a wonderful week, Trusting in God’s great precious promises!

MONDAY: Isaiah 41:10. Besides the promise that God is with us, what other promises does He give us in this verse? See if you can find three of them. _______________________________________________

TUESDAY: Deuteronomy 31:6. Besides this promise that God will be with us, what other promise can we claim in this verse? _____________________________________________________________________

WEDNESDAY: Joshua 1:9. A reason not to live in fear: God is ____________________________________

THURSDAY: Psalm 139:7-12. Where can I go? The Lord will be with me even ________________________

FRIDAY: John 14:15-18. Jesus promised that we will not be _____________________________________

SATURDAY: Hebrews 13:5. We can have contentment knowing that ______________________________

BONUS!! Genesis 39:2,3,21,23. What did Joseph experience even in this horrible time in his life because God was with him? ____________________________________________________________________


A VERY IMPORTANT PERSON

May 2, 2010

In a very small- almost unknown – town in Argentina, on May 2, 1984, a very important person was born. The news of his arrival didn’t make the headlines, and it wasn’t on the evening news. In fact, only a few people knew about him – just our family and friends (and the Doctor, of course!). He may never hold a public office, or get into Guiness Book of Records. He may never be the world’s best at anything, or be the richest. But he is very important. On that day in May, in Caseros, Entre Rios, Argentina, our youngest child was born. We named thim DINO!!

“Important? What’s up with that?” you might ask. “Sure, important!” I would be very quick to reply. “Here’s why.” Then I would tell you that Dino, like each one of us, was important to God even before he was born. He was so important, in fact, that God had a plan for him way back then. The Psalmist David penned a truth that not only can be applied universally to each of us, but in this case it can be applied specifically to Dino. It is found in Psalm 139:13-16, and reads like this:

 You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them.”

Dino - A Very Important Person!

Not only is Dino important to God, each of us are equally important to Him. We are on God’s mind and in His heart. He loves each one of us with everlasting, unconditional love.  He proved how important we are to Him when He sent Jesus to die in our place. You may not feel important, the world may not consider you important. But YOU are a  Very Important Person.


“So Where Did You Meet?” (Part 2)

March 18, 2010

“I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well….Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed, and in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them.”

Psalm 139:13-16

The “Lord, I want to go visit Argentina some day, but I have to learn Spanish first” prayer was prayed. God allowed me to learn Spanish, and I got that part of the prayer answered, and checked it off my list. Life went on. I graduated from Chippewa High School, and commuted to the University of Akron, where I was carrying a double major in Fine Arts and Education, as well as working full-time for my brother Russ, who was initiating his Chiropractic practice in Sterling, Ohio. Somehow in the busy-ness of that pace, that only an 18-21 year old can manage, I forgot about the other half of the prayer I made some years earlier. A visit to Argentina was the last thing on my mind as I juggled a very hectic schedule. In October of my senior year at the U of A, I almost couldn’t handle it all anymore. I got home late one night, and my parents announced: “We’re going to Brazil and Argentina in January and February. We want you to go with us.” With the prayer I prayed 7 years earlier forgotten, of course I answered, “No, thanks.” Then I even tried to re-direct their plans, adding: “You’ve already been there. If you want to travel and spend money, why don’t you go to Africa, or Europe, or somewhere you’ve never been?” That didn’t work. They insisted. “No, we’re going to Brazil and Argentina, and we want you to go with us.” I repeated my “NO”, because I wanted to graduate in June with all my classmates. After a few days of mulling it over in my mind, and sick of my pace, I remembered that I prayed that God would give me a chance to visit Argentina, and conceded. That trip was part of what God already had written in my book…

In January, we visited several places in Brazil, then in February, we went to Argentina. My prayer was finally answered!! Immediately I was very impressed with the friendliness and openness of the people. The first night we were there, we attended a baptismal service in the city of Lujan, Buenos Aires. Little did I know that my future husband was in that same room! Although we didn’t meet, years later a friend sent us a picture of the group that was present, where we are both seen.  That wasn’t chance. It was written in God’s book before we were born!

Being in Argentina, we did quite a bit of traveling. I met a lot of young people in different cities, who I started writing to when we returned home. I never thought that one day I would live close to them and share life experiences with them for 27 years! Even to this very day, some of these people are among my dearest friends. Along with the letters I exchanged with these new friends, one day I got an envelope from Argentina, with the name JORGE NEMEC in the return address. I knew I never met anyone by that name, and mentioned that to my parents. In that letter, Jorge introduced himself, and gave me a little of his life story. He told me he had a personal encounter with Jesus, and that he knew that God was calling him to be a missionary. I was impressed and decided to answer him. It only costs me a postage stamp. That letter was also part of what God already had written in our book….

Part 1 of So Where Did You Meet?” was posted on February 27, if you didn’t get to read the beginning of our story. In future blogs you’ll read more of what God had written in our book. We fell in love….


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