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I See God Everywhere!

Wendy Run-Valley Head, WV
Wendy Run Valley Head, WV

 A poem I wrote, hope you enjoy. It relates to these verses: Romans 1:19,20 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God had showed it unto them.  For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse.

I See God Everywhere!

Have you ever rested by a babbling brook and found a moment of peace there?
       I see God Everywhere!
Or marveled at the sight of a waterfall cascading over rocks, it’s mist spraying in the air?
 I see God Everywhere!
Have you ever climbed a mountain and froze in awe as you stared at miles and miles of beauty below?
I see God Everywhere!
Have you ever watched the sun as it set or rose; and think what an artist God is?
I see God Everywhere!
Have you ever walked through fields of flowers, their scent filling the air?
I see God Everywhere!
Have you ever seen a snow storm, which in its wake, leaves a white blanket of purity on everything?
 I see God Everywhere!
In the darkness of night, the moon and stars sparkle bright.
       I SEE GOD EVERYWHERE!

           –Debbie Gladwell—                                                                                                        04/22/04

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COMPLETE FAITH?

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Abraham is one of the great men of faith found in the bible. His story starts in Genesis 12 when God told him to leave his country, relatives and parents. Not only does he tell him to leave, but he doesn’t tell him where he will be going.  God does, however, promise to bless him and make his name great, and also bless those who bless him & curse those who curse him.

What I like about Abraham is he doesn’t ask questions. His faith is so great he just does as God requests. Genesis 12:4&5(KJV)  So Abram departed, as the Lord had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran. 5 And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother’s son, and all their substance that they had gathered, and the souls that they had gotten in Haran; and they went forth to go into the land of Canaan; and into the land of Canaan they came.

Another act of faith happens when Abraham decides to split company with his nephew Lot because they each had huge flocks, herds and people with them.  There were so many that they started to compete for food for their animals & people.  The herdsmen started to fight amongst themselves.  Abraham a true man of God knew that the fighting would just get worse.  He told Lot to look over the land and choose which way he wanted to go and Abraham would take his animals & people the other way.  Notice he didn’t care if the land was better or not.  He knew God would care for him. Of course, Lot chooses the better land.

After Lot leaves God again speaks to Abraham and repeats his promise: Genesis 13:14-18 (KJV) And the Lord said unto Abram, after that Lot was separated from him, Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward: 15 For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever. 16 And I will make thy seed as the dust of the earth: so that if a man can number the dust of the earth, then shall thy seed also be numbered. 17 Arise, walk through the land in the length of it and in the breadth of it; for I will give it unto thee. 18 Then Abram removed his tent, and came and dwelt in the plain of Mamre, which is in Hebron, and built there an altar unto the Lord.

At one point or another, we all slip in our faith.  You wouldn’t think that a man that personally talked God would, but they are human also. Abraham doesn’t consult God & doesn’t have faith that where God leads he will protect.Genesis 12:10-13(KJV) And there was a famine in the land: and Abram went down into Egypt to sojourn there; for the famine was grievous in the land. 11 And it came to pass, when he was come near to enter into Egypt, that he said unto Sarai his wife, Behold now, I know that thou art a fair woman to look upon: 12 Therefore it shall come to pass, when the Egyptians shall see thee, that they shall say, This is his wife: and they will kill me, but they will save thee alive. 13 Say, I pray thee, thou art my sister: that it may be well with me for thy sake; and my soul shall live because of thee.

Something I never knew, but Sara really was Abraham’s half-sister.  Even though it was a half lie, it still was a lie.  A lie always affects someone, in this case the Pharaoh. The Pharaoh didn’t know he took someone’s wife.  Genesis 12:17(KJV) And the Lord plagued Pharaoh and his house with great plagues because of Sarai Abram’s wife.

Abraham also didn’t have faith when God informed him he & Sarah would have a baby.  In fact, he laughed. Genesis 17:16-17 (KJV) And I will bless her, and give thee a son also of her: yea, I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of people shall be of her. 17 Then Abraham fell upon his face, and laughed, and said in his heart, Shall a child be born unto him that is an hundred years old? and shall Sarah, that is ninety years old, bear?

I believe because of Abraham’s slips of faith that God tests him. Genesis 22:1-3(KJV) And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am. And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of. And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which God had told him. Notice Abraham had so much faith he did not even question God.  I’ll be honest I don’t think I’ve arrived at his level of faith.  I know it’s wrong, but I am weaker.

When they arrived, Isaac noticed he had everything necessary for a burnt offering except the lamb.  Abraham replied God would provide.

Can you imagine how Abraham felt when he saw no sacrifice, but he still intended to obey God. Genesis 22:9-13 (KJV) And they came to the place which God had told him of; and Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood. 10 And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son. 11 And the angel of the Lord called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I. 12 And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me. 13 And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son.

Abraham had an abundance of faith wouldn’t you say? He fully trusted God. Because of Abraham’s GREAT FAITH & OBEDIENCE, God blessed him mightily.  Genesis 22:15-18(KJV) And the angel of the Lord called unto Abraham out of heaven the second time, 16 And said, By myself have I sworn, saith the Lord, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son: 17 That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies; 18 And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.

He That Is Within Me!

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A poem I wrote for your enjoyment, but I also hope it helps someone who might be suffering, feeling unloved..

He That Is Within Me!

There is an angel watching over me,
and a Holy Spirit within me.
How then can I go astray?
Are they not with me every day?

Of course, you silly child, the Holy Spirit whispers to me.
God gave you a free will,
but often you won’t listen to me,
BE quiet, BE still.

Satan too whispers in my ear,
loosen up, have some fun you are so drear.
Come on, what do you have to fear?

I find myself weak,
and temptations seem oh so sweet.
As I struggle and believe no one cares,
my burdens seem to lessen as I give them to Jesus to bear.

I hearken to the Holy Spirit voice;
which Jesus placed within me.
There are no wiser words then what he whispers to me!
“Greater is He that is within you,
then he that is in the world.”

I often fret and worry about those who have gone astray,
and will not accept Jesus as their Savior.
They have no hope and are lost within their sin,
they are empty with nothing within.

–Debbie Gladwell—
12/31/16

THE FIG TREE FAITH!

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Jesus used many common elements when teaching his disciples.  In the following verses he used a source of food (fig tree) and hunger, both of these things his disciples had experienced.
Mark 11:12-14 (KJV)  And on the morrow, when they were come from Bethany, he was hungry: 13 And seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came, if haply he might find any thing thereon: and when he came to it, he found nothing but leaves; for the time of figs was not yet. 14 And Jesus answered and said unto it, No man eat fruit of thee hereafter for ever. And his disciples heard it.

Why exactly did Jesus curse the fig tree? It is said that the fig tree was in leaf but had no taqsh (little knobs that appear before the fig, some people ate them).  No taqsh meant the fig tree was not going to bear figs. This is a prime example of mankind, sometimes we look promising, but bear no fruit for our King. I’m sure he gets very upset with us also.

The disciples heard Jesus curse the tree, but yet Peter questioned why he cursed the tree. Mark 11:20-25 And in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots. 21 And Peter calling to remembrance saith unto him, Master, behold, the fig tree which thou cursedst is withered away. 22 And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. 23 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. 24 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. 25 And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.

Some believe that the fig tree represented the Jewish Nation.  It had the appearance of outwardly observing his law, but in reality, as a nation they lacked faith & were not fruitful. Remember they even rejected Jesus. The withering fig tree is a picture of what happens to a faithfulness nation that bares no fruit for God.

Jesus also reminded Peter that if you have faith in God, he will provide you what you need, be it food or anything else.  Jesus also wanted his disciples to realize how important faith & prayer are. A person empty of faith is not a true believer and their prayers are not heard.

So, what is faith?  To me faith means believing & acting on something you know to be true, even though you cannot see it.  You know the wind is there, but you cannot see it. Jesus says to possess faith is not to doubt in your heart.  Think about it, if you doubt do you have faith? No!

Jesus also makes a promise at the end of verse 24 that whatever you saith, and desire when you pray you shall have them; however; there are conditions: you must have faith and your faith should be accompanied with not holding grudges towards others.

  • You must accept the plan of salvation to obtain true faith.  Only true believers can possess  complete faith.

Why Can’t the Church just be the Church?

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The Church has gotten away from being the Church today.
We have a program for this and that,
and on the Great Commission have turned our backs;
because, hey there’s a program for that.

 People are dying and going to hell each day,
because we don’t tell them God’s way.

In your neighborhood people are hungry, sick, dying and in despair.
How about showing them,
YOUcare!

 Every Christian has a job to do.
programs are nice but do your job too.

God didn’t say give me your money;
then kick back and take it easy honey.

If everyone was doing their share,
then the church would be made up of people who truly care.

 Why can’t the church just be the church;
which through each person Christ works?

                                             –Deborah L. Gladwell–
October 4, 2007

DID JESUS HAVE FAITH? 2 of 2

 

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Jesus part God & part man knew things that we are never privy to, but does that mean he didn’t feel pain or fear?  No of course not.  Even though he knew what the future held; he too felt things the same as you and me.  He too had to keep his faith in God!

Luke 22:41-44 And he was withdrawn from them about a stone’s cast, and kneeled down, and prayed, 42 Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done. 43 And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him. 44 And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.

These verses describe Jesus’ agony for his upcoming death.  Yes he knew he was going to be betrayed, tortured and crucified.  His feelings were so great knowing the upcoming events that he sweat drops of blood (I am told this is humanly possible to happen). Can you imagine the stress and heartache it would take to sweat blood?

Jesus held unto his faith through prayer.  The same tool of talking to God is available to you and me. In the Garden of Gethsemane Jesus prayed for God to remove this terrible future of hurt from him. We should pray for God’s will to be done not ours. Jesus prayed, and an angel strengthened him to do God’s will.  But knowing what was ahead he prayed even more earnestly, but He still did God’s will.  This took great faith people.  I am glad mankind’s future doesn’t lie upon me, because I am weak & probably would have taken the easy way out.  We are truly blessed that Jesus had such strong faith and love for mankind.

Did you know Jesus was tortured and mocked before he was crucified? This is why he prayed the above prayer at the Garden of Gethsemane, he knew all that would happen.

Matthew 27:27-31  Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the common hall, and gathered unto him the whole band of soldiers. 28 And they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe. 29 And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews! 30 And they spit upon him, and took the reed, and smote him on the head. 31 And after that they had mocked him, they took the robe off from him, and put his own raiment on him, and led him away to crucify him.
Matthew 27:35-37  And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots. 36 And sitting down they watched him there; 37 And set up over his head his accusation written, This Is Jesus The King Of The Jews.

*The word “crucifixion” comes from the Latin crucifixio, or crucifixus, meaning “fixed to    a cross.”
“Roman crucifixion was an ancient method of execution in which the victim’s hands and feet were bound and nailed to a cross. It was one of the most painful and disgraceful methods of capital punishment.”

Even after all this torture Jesus says in Luke 23:34b Father, forgive them for they know what they do.  I don’t know about you, but I can come to no other conclusion than Jesus was a man of GREAT FAITH. How else could he have handled all the pain and humiliation that he faced and still forgive his tormentors?  He had faith because he believed in God even though as a man he could not see him.

We can learn much from Jesus including faith because he lived as one of us.  He felt pain, discouragement and heartache. He taught us by example not words.

* https://www.thoughtco.com/facts-about-jesus-crucifixion-700752

For God So Loved the World!

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A poem I wrote.  I hope you take the time to read & see what both God & His Son Jesus has done for us.  Mediate & truly let it sink in.

May each of you have a blessed day!

For God So Loved the World!

Be we awake or be we asleep;
into our minds sin creeps.

 Still Jesus gave His life;
to make us justified.

He knew we would never be perfect until we die;
all He asks of us is to believe,
call upon His name and let him in our hearts abide.

 God made this plan as simple as can be;
so everyone would understand including you & me.

God made the plan & Jesus paid the price;
as a God/man sacrifice.
Because (John 3:16) God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

                 –Deborah L. Gladwell—
October 20, 2007