Proverbs 24:29 says, 'Say not, I will do so to him as he hath done to me: I will render to the man according to his works.'
I feel this means that we are not to render evil for evil (and if that's not obvious to everyone than someone must be seeing things). The natural reaction for most people when someone else does something wrong to them is to start thinking about what they can do back. It's hard for us to get over natural tendency's on our own. So, you may say, how do we get over these since it's so hard on our own? Well, I'll tell you. GOD!!! There is no other way. You can't do anything without his help. He made everything and holds all things together. If you don't get his help you'll never get over those natural tendency's that are causing problems. We need to train ourselves so that our natural tendency's, instead of being mean back, are kindness and prayer for the person who wronged us. Yes, it's hard. None of us are perfect and it's hard to get to the point were we can change our instant feelings and reactions. When we mess up it should make us all the more eager to work harder on changing ourselves. We can ask for help, not only from God, but friends as well. Our friends can help by being there for you. They can pray for you, set you an example and listening to you when you need them to.
Today, during Wisdom Search, another verse jumped out at me.
Psalm 142:4 which says, 'I looked on my right hand, and beheld, but there was no man that would know me: refuge failed me; no man cared for my soul.'
What came to my mind when I read this were the young women who, unwisely, sleeps with or even just lives with a man and then the man leaves her. She may be pregnant or not. Her family may have rejected her. 'I looked on my right hand, and beheld, but there was no man (or woman) that would no me...' This suggests that she has no one to turn to, no one willing to know her when she needs help. '...Refuge failed me...' Her family or the man she was trusting with her life have turned away and rejected her comfort and refuge. '...No man (or woman) cared for my soul.' The people around her don't care what happens to her. No one thinks her life is worth anything. We need to be there for those women. 'I looked on my right hand...' we need to be were we can be seen if someone is looking for help. '...There was no man that would know me...' We need to be willing to be looked down on because we helped someone no one else thought it worth the effort to help. '...Refuge failed me...' We need to be able to offer a refuge to those who have been rejected by their friends and family. '...No man cared for my soul.' We need to be there to tell others that we do care for their soul. This doesn't go for just women. There are men turned away from their loved ones as well that we can help. I focused on women today because they are more vulnerable and people are more likely to turn away from them.
We need to be available to ANYONE who need our help. People can help by being there to listen. We can help by being moral support, offering our time and home and telling them, in a gentle way, about someone who cares for them and will love them always.
Again, my thoughts have just poured out. At least it's not as long as last time, right?
Lindsay is one of my new best friends. Since we've moved away from CA, Lindsay has been my dearest friend. She has filled the place of the older sister I've never had. She, and her sisters, have taken my shopping, invited me over to watch movies and asked me to help them bake. Today, Lindsay turns Twenty-two. This is the long way to say
It's snowing!!! It started snowing about seven this morning and it's not suppose to stop till four!!! We haven't been out to play in it as of yet but... the longer we wait the more snow there will be. Here are some pictures.
The woods behind our house.
The roof outside two of my brothers bedroom window.
The roof of our screened in porch.
Our back porch.
One of my crazy brothers was walking barefoot on the back porch.
I'll post more pictures after we've played in it later.
So... we were having dinner. My brothers usually do cleanup after meals but tonight a couple of them were gone and the others had school to do so mom asked my twin sisters and I to do the kitchen. We had it done in about fifteen minutes and they did a lot of it. I started thinking, while we were working, about the usual conflict that happens when you have several boys in one room trying to work together. The conflict always makes ten minute jobs take 30 minutes and reduces the time for family fun. My sisters were working together cheerfully and without conflict. The job was done so much faster and we had time to do other things.
Here is a picture of my little sisters working together.
During our daily Wisdom Search I started thinking about a couple of the verses.
Psalm 16:4a says 'Their sorrows shall be multiplied that hasten after another god...'
A lot of the sorrow in our country is most likely caused because we are chasing after "another god" of some sort. For us gals out there it could be clothes, makeup, money, a new job, boys or any number of other things. For guys it could be a new sports car, music, money, a job, girls and who knows what else. Most people have a tendency to place something before God and we wonder why we have so much sorrow and difficulties. We need to stop "hastening" after the things that don't really matter and RUNNING after God and the things that do matter.
Psalm 106:36-38a says '(36)And they served their idols: which were a snare unto them. (37)Yea, they sacrificed their sons and their daughters unto devils,(38a)And shed innocent blood, even the blood of their sons and of their daughters...'
When it says that they "served their idols" it could mean things like we were talking about just now. All of the things in the lists above can be good if done or used at the right time but they can all be turned into idols and distractions or "snares" as the Bible says. "They sacrifice their sons and their daughters" who could do such a thing? But many many people do it. They may not literally kill them though some do. The parents that do have children and put them in school and daycare are sacrificing them too. The are sacrificing the right and honor of teaching them and watching them grow. They are offering them up to the state and telling the world that they don't care what their children learn. They expect their children to learn all this junk about there not being a God and that the world is millions of years old and then believe that there is a God who made the world in seven days. Then there are the people who "shed innocent blood, even the blood of their sons and of their daughters". Those are the people, married and single, who decide that children are a problem or a barrier between them and their plans. Our country is falling apart. We have become murderers of little babies! Women who have been foolish, unwise, or just plain stupid are killing their babies for their own convenience. Why do some of the women in the army even join if they don't plan on going into combat (though they shouldn't go into combat period)? If they are going to go to all the trouble of joining then, when deployment time comes, become afraid, become pregnant until their squadron are gone, then get an abortion are murderers!!! They must not realize that they are intentionally killing a human being. Someone must teach them. Someone must go to them and tell them the terrible things they are doing. They are covering our country in "innocent blood, even the blood of their sons and of their daughters" and turning not only their own hearts away from God but God's heart away from us as a nation. We may not be able to do much. Some of us are young, like me. But, though we may be young in heart, we can still pray. For us young people prayer is our strongest weapon. Help me to fight this cruel dead with prayer.
P.S. I'm sorry if I've been rambling. I just needed to get that down on paper or something. I usually don't write a whole lot at one time but my thoughts just started to flow today.