Drastic Measures

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“Over the years, I’ve gradually made changes, mostly for the better, but some miss the mark; yet the daily grind and effects of practicing good life skills and making good choices are tricky issues.” ~ Jon Barnes

Right Wing

Abusive behaviors can be measured when people are always taking something from you and not giving in return, taking advantage of people’s kindness, not caring about the well being of others. These shortcut, quick fix, get rich schemes are fake attempts at learning how to love and walk with God. You cannot push your responsibilities onto someone else, because of your personal gain. Strike a balance with the give and take to bless and be blessed by God and others. If you are the only one getting all of the blessings, while the rest look at your lifestyle, a bell should start to ring in your head, signaling something is wrong.

Left Wing

Behaviors of neglect allow dumb things to occur through laziness, lack of good communication, no focus, incomplete goals, unfinished jobs, no set boundaries of daily operations and allowing people to take advantage of you. Set some time aside to help others, but you have a job to do with fixing your own problems, planting your corn, watering, harvesting, and distribution. We all have our family farms to run, without bankrupting someone else’s farm or doing a hostile takeover. Ask God to help you balance your time and efforts.

Center


Center your attention on both hands, the right wing and the left wing to balance your efforts, prayers, faith, and good works. The experience you gain by learning, listening, and applying God’s wisdom will help you to fly and land properly in all directions of travel. Help, but don’t over do it, give, but don’t over do it. Eat, but leave some for tomorrow, exercise, but don’t break a leg. Love, but do not become a prostitute for evil ways and thinking. Drastic measures can seem gradual, on a daily basis, which is a habit that is hard to detect from within. Stop setting people up with high or low expectations, but set realistic long term expectations from God for yourself.

 

Today’s Question

How do you see yourself in the Balance of love, with God and people in the Center, too Much, too Little, or not At all?
Enjoy The Reading

Exodus 2

The Birth of Moses

About this time, a man and woman from the tribe of Levi got married. The woman became pregnant and gave birth to a son. She saw that he was a special baby and kept him hidden for three months. But when she could no longer hide him, she got a basket made of papyrus reeds and waterproofed it with tar and pitch. She put the baby in the basket and laid it among the reeds along the bank of the Nile River. The baby’s sister then stood at a distance, watching to see what would happen to him.
Soon Pharaoh’s daughter came down to bathe in the river, and her attendants walked along the riverbank. When the princess saw the basket among the reeds, she sent her maid to get it for her. When the princess opened it, she saw the baby. The little boy was crying, and she felt sorry for him. “This must be one of the Hebrew children,” she said.
Then the baby’s sister approached the princess. “Should I go and find one of the Hebrew women to nurse the baby for you?” she asked.
“Yes, do!” the princess replied. So the girl went and called the baby’s mother.
“Take this baby and nurse him for me,” the princess told the baby’s mother. “I will pay you for your help.” So the woman took her baby home and nursed him.
10 Later, when the boy was older, his mother brought him back to Pharaoh’s daughter, who adopted him as her own son. The princess named him Moses,[a] for she explained, “I lifted him out of the water.”

Moses Escapes to Midian

11 Many years later, when Moses had grown up, he went out to visit his own people, the Hebrews, and he saw how hard they were forced to work. During his visit, he saw an Egyptian beating one of his fellow Hebrews. 12 After looking in all directions to make sure no one was watching, Moses killed the Egyptian and hid the body in the sand.
13 The next day, when Moses went out to visit his people again, he saw two Hebrew men fighting. “Why are you beating up your friend?” Moses said to the one who had started the fight.
14 The man replied, “Who appointed you to be our prince and judge? Are you going to kill me as you killed that Egyptian yesterday?”
Then Moses was afraid, thinking, “Everyone knows what I did.” 15 And sure enough, Pharaoh heard what had happened, and he tried to kill Moses. But Moses fled from Pharaoh and went to live in the land of Midian.
When Moses arrived in Midian, he sat down beside a well. 16 Now the priest of Midian had seven daughters who came as usual to draw water and fill the water troughs for their father’s flocks. 17 But some other shepherds came and chased them away. So Moses jumped up and rescued the girls from the shepherds. Then he drew water for their flocks.
18 When the girls returned to Reuel, their father, he asked, “Why are you back so soon today?”
19 “An Egyptian rescued us from the shepherds,” they answered. “And then he drew water for us and watered our flocks.”
20 “Then where is he?” their father asked. “Why did you leave him there? Invite him to come and eat with us.”
21 Moses accepted the invitation, and he settled there with him. In time, Reuel gave Moses his daughter Zipporah to be his wife. 22 Later she gave birth to a son, and Moses named him Gershom,[b] for he explained, “I have been a foreigner in a foreign land.”
23 Years passed, and the king of Egypt died. But the Israelites continued to groan under their burden of slavery. They cried out for help, and their cry rose up to God.24 God heard their groaning, and he remembered his covenant promise to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. 25 He looked down on the people of Israel and knew it was time to act.[c]

Love,

Jonathan

Still

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Hi Peeps,

 

Today’s Quote

 

“Move into the direction where God wants you to be still, into the storm, as He makes your enemies your footstool, in your obedience, good work, faith and Love.” ~ Jon Barnes

Ocean

Moving from your house, career, school, church, family, friends, and the likes can feel like a storm in the middle of a perfect hurricane of big waves, splashing cold water, ferocious winds, sea sickness; Pressing still with hard work, planning, praying, playing, praising, and thanking God for His protection and provision. Enjoy the ocean ride of life in the Ark!

Land

Each of us, while on dry land must build our own Ark of the covenant with love inside our hearts to burn with love for God and you should build your own Ark, like Noah, that is also fire proof to house your soul. The fact is, God gives us time to learn, use, and apply these wonderful biblical stories to reflect upon your own life, to make better choices and discussions, only to watch the hand of God deliver you out of the ways of the wicked.

Sea

Riding in the sea allows you to feel and see the constant, changing, Spiritual movement of God controlling all things in ways we will never understand. But to Him, life is like the Universe as a cup of water in God’s Hands. God never changes, only we do! Being patient and still allows you to see the movement of God from the land to the sea, too. God threw out one cup of  wicked water, just to refill it up with Noah and the Ark to start all over again! Imagine the pain God felt, having to reboot an entire world of creation, lost to evil, wicked ways of lust, pride, greed, and unbelief.

Today’s Question

At the end of each movement, challenge, and triumph, in your life, did you notice how God handled all of the strife?
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Genesis 9

God Confirms His Covenant

Then God blessed Noah and his sons and told them, “Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth. All the animals of the earth, all the birds of the sky, all the small animals that scurry along the ground, and all the fish in the sea will look on you with fear and terror. I have placed them in your power. I have given them to you for food, just as I have given you grain and vegetables. But you must never eat any meat that still has the lifeblood in it.
“And I will require the blood of anyone who takes another person’s life. If a wild animal kills a person, it must die. And anyone who murders a fellow human must die. If anyone takes a human life, that person’s life will also be taken by human hands. For God made human beings[a] in his own image. Now be fruitful and multiply, and repopulate the earth.”
Then God told Noah and his sons, “I hereby confirm my covenant with you and your descendants, 10 and with all the animals that were on the boat with you—the birds, the livestock, and all the wild animals—every living creature on earth. 11 Yes, I am confirming my covenant with you. Never again will floodwaters kill all living creatures; never again will a flood destroy the earth.”
12 Then God said, “I am giving you a sign of my covenant with you and with all living creatures, for all generations to come. 13 I have placed my rainbow in the clouds. It is the sign of my covenant with you and with all the earth. 14 When I send clouds over the earth, the rainbow will appear in the clouds, 15 and I will remember my covenant with you and with all living creatures. Never again will the floodwaters destroy all life. 16 When I see the rainbow in the clouds, I will remember the eternal covenant between God and every living creature on earth.” 17 Then God said to Noah, “Yes, this rainbow is the sign of the covenant I am confirming with all the creatures on earth.”

Noah’s Sons

18 The sons of Noah who came out of the boat with their father were Shem, Ham, and Japheth. (Ham is the father of Canaan.) 19 From these three sons of Noah came all the people who now populate the earth.
20 After the flood, Noah began to cultivate the ground, and he planted a vineyard.21 One day he drank some wine he had made, and he became drunk and lay naked inside his tent. 22 Ham, the father of Canaan, saw that his father was naked and went outside and told his brothers. 23 Then Shem and Japheth took a robe, held it over their shoulders, and backed into the tent to cover their father. As they did this, they looked the other way so they would not see him naked.
24 When Noah woke up from his stupor, he learned what Ham, his youngest son, had done. 25 Then he cursed Canaan, the son of Ham:
“May Canaan be cursed!
    May he be the lowest of servants to his relatives.”
26 Then Noah said,
“May the Lord, the God of Shem, be blessed,
    and may Canaan be his servant!
27 May God expand the territory of Japheth!
May Japheth share the prosperity of Shem,[b]
    and may Canaan be his servant.”
28 Noah lived another 350 years after the great flood. 29 He lived 950 years, and then he died.
Love,
Jonathan

The Good Hurt

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Hi Peeps,

 

Today’s Quote

“Change is a daily activity that hurts, as it is not easy to do such good work.” ~ Jon Barnes


Comfort


We get comfortable doing the easy exercises in life, while ignoring the real work we need to do for good growth and healthy maintenance. Setting up good new goals will mean we need to learn something new from God’s wisdom. The bible is old yet the information is still new to our daily behaviors and habits.

Habit


Dropping old habits and learning good new habits can be a challenge for us, as God blesses. Recognizing a turn of page in your family, career, and mindset is the beginning of improved focus, direction, and purpose. The improved new habits become more helpful, full of life, and action when we allow God to develop our new talents of service for people.

Hurts


It hurts to see people stuck in the past, living life as if it will last forever in that rut. Forgive and move on so that God’s new blessings and good work shines as a new dawn.  In your life, make the new things right, by dumping out the old stuff, cleaning old wounds, and healing your heart. The sight of success begins with happiness, working with God in our faithfulness. Hurt converts into conviction and heavenly progress.

Today’s Question

Did you welcome family flight plight of politely piloting your way through negative feelings to communicate God’s new plans with better life experiences to this new generation?

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1 Peter 5

To the Elders and the Flock

To the elders among you, I appeal as a fellow elder and a witness of Christ’s sufferings who also will share in the glory to be revealed: Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away.
In the same way, you who are younger, submit yourselves to your elders. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because,
“God opposes the proud
    but shows favor to the humble.”[a]
Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.
10 And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. 11 To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.

Final Greetings

12 With the help of Silas,[b] whom I regard as a faithful brother, I have written to you briefly, encouraging you and testifying that this is the true grace of God. Stand fast in it.
13 She who is in Babylon, chosen together with you, sends you her greetings, and so does my son Mark. 14 Greet one another with a kiss of love.
Peace to all of you who are in Christ.
 
Love,
Jonathan