“Each day has its own highs and lows so you might as well enjoy the ride.”~TB
I’ve been in the same place/space for over 3 months, which is about the longest time I’ve been in one spot since September 2018 when I made the wild/impromptu plan to travel the US. It was a wacky year of sorts filled with interesting people, places, and adventures. There were amazing wins and amazing losses but through it, all God never left me and I came out unharmed! I took a bunch of pictures to document my travels (which I used a couple for this post) and as I look back at them– recalling different events at various places– the only thing I’d change would be to worry less and take more pictures.
Moments in Time
Compared to eternity, life is ridiculously short. Unfortunately, many of us are so worried/focused on one thing or another, we fail to enjoy the life that God gave us. The good news is that God promises peace and not perfection, so if you’re willing to walk in faith, you can experience it. Looking back at these photos, I laugh, because if I had known what I do now, I would’ve chilled out quite a bit. But, that’s how life works, we have to make the best of what we have, practice Christ-like behaviors to one another, and enjoy the moments in time that are afforded to us. I don’t 100% know what tomorrow brings, but I do know that if we trust in God’s peace rather than our own we can learn to take the picture today instead of lamenting about tomorrow
Are you experiencing God’s peace today or your anxiety about tomorrow?
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1This is what the LORD says: “Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool. Could you build me a temple as good as that? Could you build me such a resting place?
2My hands have made both heaven and earth; they and everything in them are mine. I, the LORD, have spoken! “I will bless those who have humble and contrite hearts, who tremble at my word.
3But those who choose their own ways— delighting in their detestable sins— will not have their offerings accepted. When such people sacrifice a bull, it is no more acceptable than a human sacrifice. When they sacrifice a lamb, it’s as though they had sacrificed a dog! When they bring an offering of grain, they might as well offer the blood of a pig. When they burn frankincense, it’s as if they had blessed an idol.
4I will send them great trouble— all the things they feared. For when I called, they did not answer. When I spoke, they did not listen. They deliberately sinned before my very eyes and chose to do what they know I despise.”
5Hear this message from the LORD, all you who tremble at his words: “Your own people hate you and throw you out for being loyal to my name. ‘Let the LORD be honored!’ they scoff. ‘Be joyful in him!’ But they will be put to shame.
6What is all the commotion in the city? What is that terrible noise from the Temple? It is the voice of the LORD taking vengeance against his enemies.
7“Before the birth pains even begin, Jerusalem gives birth to a son.
8Who has ever seen anything as strange as this? Who ever heard of such a thing? Has a nation ever been born in a single day? Has a country ever come forth in a mere moment? But by the time Jerusalem’s birth pains begin, her children will be born.
9Would I ever bring this nation to the point of birth and then not deliver it?” asks the LORD . “No! I would never keep this nation from being born,” says your God.
10“Rejoice with Jerusalem! Be glad with her, all you who love her and all you who mourn for her.
11Drink deeply of her glory even as an infant drinks at its mother’s comforting breasts.”
12This is what the LORD says: “I will give Jerusalem a river of peace and prosperity. The wealth of the nations will flow to her. Her children will be nursed at her breasts, carried in her arms, and held on her lap.
13I will comfort you there in Jerusalem as a mother comforts her child.”
14When you see these things, your heart will rejoice. You will flourish like the grass! Everyone will see the LORD ’s hand of blessing on his servants— and his anger against his enemies.
15See, the LORD is coming with fire, and his swift chariots roar like a whirlwind. He will bring punishment with the fury of his anger and the flaming fire of his hot rebuke.
16The LORD will punish the world by fire and by his sword. He will judge the earth, and many will be killed by him.
17“Those who ‘consecrate’ and ‘purify’ themselves in a sacred garden with its idol in the center—feasting on pork and rats and other detestable meats—will come to a terrible end,” says the LORD .
18“I can see what they are doing, and I know what they are thinking. So I will gather all nations and peoples together, and they will see my glory.
19I will perform a sign among them. And I will send those who survive to be messengers to the nations—to Tarshish, to the Libyans and Lydians (who are famous as archers), to Tubal and Greece, and to all the lands beyond the sea that have not heard of my fame or seen my glory. There they will declare my glory to the nations.
20They will bring the remnant of your people back from every nation. They will bring them to my holy mountain in Jerusalem as an offering to the LORD . They will ride on horses, in chariots and wagons, and on mules and camels,” says the LORD .
21“And I will appoint some of them to be my priests and Levites. I, the LORD, have spoken!
22“As surely as my new heavens and earth will remain, so will you always be my people, with a name that will never disappear,” says the LORD .
23“All humanity will come to worship me from week to week and from month to month.
24And as they go out, they will see the dead bodies of those who have rebelled against me. For the worms that devour them will never die, and the fire that burns them will never go out. All who pass by will view them with utter horror.”
“The sacrifice of a broken spirit that repents to God in spirit and in truth will find Jesus as Lord and Savior of all, who will help grow your faith and works in the kingdom.”~Jon Barnes”
It is the guilt of a person who looks for true answers and fair justice from God when they repent and turn from their evil ways. It is the pure love of God who finds the way to help His Children, who are interested in being helped.
The rebellious jealous children are on their own, headed for doom and destruction to be shamed in their own self-righteous stupidity of lust, greed, pride, ignorance, and lawlessness. The challenge of giving up your free will to make ignorant choices is not shameful at all. The wisdom of obeying God is Supernatural and eternally satisfying.
Put your brokenness into the Hands of God so that you may have a fighting chance against your own evil thinking and ways. Select the allow button on the computer screen of your heart to let God access all of your hate, stupidity, corruption, bad experiences, and foolishness so that the hard drive in your entire body can be cleaned, restored, and made whole.
Are you still a rebellious, broken soul doomed for hell, or will you let Jesus cover you with His Blood of Redemption, Repentance, Salvation, and New Walk with Him, as a disciple?
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1Rise up, O God, and scatter your enemies. Let those who hate God run for their lives. 2Blow them away like smoke. Melt them like wax in a fire. Let the wicked perish in the presence of God. 3But let the godly rejoice. Let them be glad in God’s presence. Let them be filled with joy. 4Sing praises to God and to his name! Sing loud praises to him who rides the clouds. His name is the LORD — rejoice in his presence! 5Father to the fatherless, defender of widows— this is God, whose dwelling is holy. 6God places the lonely in families; he sets the prisoners free and gives them joy. But he makes the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land. 7O God, when you led your people out from Egypt, when you marched through the dry wasteland, Interlude 8the earth trembled, and the heavens poured down rain before you, the God of Sinai, before God, the God of Israel. 9You sent abundant rain, O God, to refresh the weary land. 10There your people finally settled, and with a bountiful harvest, O God, you provided for your needy people. 11The Lord gives the word, and a great army brings the good news. 12Enemy kings and their armies flee, while the women of Israel divide the plunder. 13Even those who lived among the sheepfolds found treasures— doves with wings of silver and feathers of gold. 14The Almighty scattered the enemy kings like a blowing snowstorm on Mount Zalmon. 15The mountains of Bashan are majestic, with many peaks stretching high into the sky. 16Why do you look with envy, O rugged mountains, at Mount Zion, where God has chosen to live, where the LORD himself will live forever? 17Surrounded by unnumbered thousands of chariots, the Lord came from Mount Sinai into his sanctuary. 18When you ascended to the heights, you led a crowd of captives. You received gifts from the people, even from those who rebelled against you. Now the LORD God will live among us there. 19Praise the Lord; praise God our savior! For each day he carries us in his arms. Interlude 20Our God is a God who saves! The Sovereign LORD rescues us from death. 21But God will smash the heads of his enemies, crushing the skulls of those who love their guilty ways. 22The Lord says, “I will bring my enemies down from Bashan; I will bring them up from the depths of the sea. 23You, my people, will wash your feet in their blood, and even your dogs will get their share!” 24Your procession has come into view, O God— the procession of my God and King as he goes into the sanctuary. 25Singers are in front, musicians behind; between them are young women playing tambourines.26Praise God, all you people of Israel; praise the LORD, the source of Israel’s life. 27Look, the little tribe of Benjamin leads the way. Then comes a great throng of rulers from Judah and all the rulers of Zebulun and Naphtali. 28Summon your might, O God. Display your power, O God, as you have in the past. 29The kings of the earth are bringing tribute to your Temple in Jerusalem. 30Rebuke these enemy nations— these wild animals lurking in the reeds, this herd of bulls among the weaker calves. Make them bring bars of silver in humble tribute. Scatter the nations that delight in war. 31Let Egypt come with gifts of precious metals ; let Ethiopia bring tribute to God. 32Sing to God, you kingdoms of the earth. Sing praises to the Lord. Interlude 33Sing to the one who rides across the ancient heavens, his mighty voice thundering from the sky. 34Tell everyone about God’s power. His majesty shines down on Israel; his strength is mighty in the heavens. 35God is awesome in his sanctuary. The God of Israel gives power and strength to his people. Praise be to God!
“Your life is boring when you have accomplished nothing with what God has given you because you buried your talents in the dirt and wasted the time of development and mentoring.”~Jon Barnes
Walking with God is exciting with new adventures to face at every hand.There is no time to be boring while walking by faith, not by sight!The success of each mission is granted by each step you take in the right direction, as new doors open and close for your protection, growth, and maturity. There is no need for you to live in a spiritual house that is boarded up.
Master the board game of boring by bringing your fresh ideas to God for approval. His guidance and confidence in your abilities to do good things will overwhelm you.Just pick one of the great ideas God has given you and finish the job.Practice makes perfect so play the game every day and listen to what God has to say.Your playground will become more interesting, fresh, and new each morning.
Let God put a big, permanent smile on your face, as you love everyone around you, particularly your enemies, and enjoy the transformation of lives right before your very eyes.That smile you have will make everyone else smile and work to do a better job.
Remain diligent and focused in your best effort and you’ll be remembered for the quality of work you produced.
Is your life boring because God is not present in your lifestyle?
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For the choir director: A psalm[a] of David, regarding the time the Philistines seized him in Gath. To be sung to the tune “Dove on Distant Oaks.”
1 O God, have mercy on me, for people are hounding me. My foes attack me all day long. 2 I am constantly hounded by those who slander me, and many are boldly attacking me. 3 But when I am afraid, I will put my trust in you. 4 I praise God for what he has promised. I trust in God, so why should I be afraid? What can mere mortals do to me?
5 They are always twisting what I say; they spend their days plotting to harm me. 6 They come together to spy on me— watching my every step, eager to kill me. 7 Don’t let them get away with their wickedness; in your anger, O God, bring them down.
8 You keep track of all my sorrows.[b] You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book.
9 My enemies will retreat when I call to you for help. This I know: God is on my side! 10 I praise God for what he has promised; yes, I praise the Lord for what he has promised. 11 I trust in God, so why should I be afraid? What can mere mortals do to me?
12 I will fulfill my vows to you, O God, and will offer a sacrifice of thanks for your help. 13 For you have rescued me from death; you have kept my feet from slipping. So now I can walk in your presence, O God, in your life-giving light.
“Lord, I pray that I honor you in all that I do and become a blessing to my family, friends, students, and enemies all around the world in this new year.”~Jon Barnes
My daughter and I were cleaning out the garage with here children and we found my first recording on cassette tape, with a cassette tape player from 1995.After reading the liner notes, looking at pictures, listening with headsets, it finally occurred to me that I successfully recorded my grandmother, mother, friends, and myself to share with my grandkids.What a blessing to share!
The flight of time can be seen and measured in the hands of your children and grandchildren because your life is a documentation and summation of all the things you do care about, love, and share.Make sure that what you do is worth keeping and sharing.You don’t want to be embarrassed when your kids, grandkids, and next generations google, read, listen, and reflect upon your life.
I am grateful to be able to see my family grow, read, listen, learn, and become inspired by the hard work and helpful suggestions from the ideas God has given me over the years.Technologies will come and go but the Word of God and its contents will forever remain the same, to get you through The Pearly Gates.Good people will always be noted for doing the Good work God has for them to do each new year and your reward will be great in Heaven.
Did you notice how the quality of your work affects others and does God respect your efforts all year long?
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For the choir director: A psalm of David.
1 I waited patiently for the Lord to help me, and he turned to me and heard my cry. 2 He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along. 3 He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see what he has done and be amazed. They will put their trust in the Lord.
4 Oh, the joys of those who trust the Lord, who have no confidence in the proud or in those who worship idols. 5 O Lord my God, you have performed many wonders for us. Your plans for us are too numerous to list. You have no equal. If I tried to recite all your wonderful deeds, I would never come to the end of them.
6 You take no delight in sacrifices or offerings. Now that you have made me listen, I finally understand[a]— you don’t require burnt offerings or sin offerings. 7 Then I said, “Look, I have come. As is written about me in the Scriptures: 8 I take joy in doing your will, my God, for your instructions are written on my heart.”
9 I have told all your people about your justice. I have not been afraid to speak out, as you, O Lord, well know. 10 I have not kept the good news of your justice hidden in my heart; I have talked about your faithfulness and saving power. I have told everyone in the great assembly of your unfailing love and faithfulness.
11 Lord, don’t hold back your tender mercies from me. Let your unfailing love and faithfulness always protect me. 12 For troubles surround me— too many to count! My sins pile up so high I can’t see my way out. They outnumber the hairs on my head. I have lost all courage.
13 Please, Lord, rescue me! Come quickly, Lord, and help me. 14 May those who try to destroy me be humiliated and put to shame. May those who take delight in my trouble be turned back in disgrace. 15 Let them be horrified by their shame, for they said, “Aha! We’ve got him now!”
16 But may all who search for you be filled with joy and gladness in you. May those who love your salvation repeatedly shout, “The Lord is great!” 17 As for me, since I am poor and needy, let the Lord keep me in his thoughts. You are my helper and my savior. O my God, do not delay.
“The new things that God shows me each day, every hour, or second are so subtle, sublime, simple, yet extremely complex, I am rendered overwhelmed with joy, awe, and delighted with anticipation for the next lesson, session, and second.”~Jon Barnes
Stay in the second with God so that the patience you receive from His wisdom will feel like an eternity.Since God is the master of all time, space, matter, and Spirit, we are all like dust particles floating lightly in the light, fully exposed, recorded, and documented, like babies being born and washed by the nurse Angels from Heaven.Just be cool, God has your back.
God is always wiping us down like little babies because we refuse to be potty trained with the Word of God. Once we are mildly proficient in the task, soap, and water is an ideal method of hygiene to be used each time you visit the restroom.Still, God uses the Blood of Christ to wash away our ignorance, sin, and wickedness each day, like a much-needed shower for pigs wrestling in the mud. Get in the habit of repenting each day for your shortcomings, because it keeps you humble, honest, and focused on improving your spiritual, mental, and physical life.
Use the Blood of Christ to wash, humble, and follow the logic of God’s Spirit in how you should speak, behave, listen, work, love, and approach new goals, objectives, challenges, and issues.The new things that God is showing you each second of the day is NOT new to Him! So trust Him. Stay fresh in His Ideas and you will clean up your own mess with each second that you walk with God.
Why are you trying to play God, by thinking that you are always correct in your assertions, thoughts, ideas, feelings, and limited wisdom, with every second that you breathe?
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A psalm of David.
1 The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need. 2 He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams. 3 He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name. 4 Even when I walk through the darkest valley,[a] I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me. 5 You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies. You honor me by anointing my head with oil. My cup overflows with blessings. 6 Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the Lord forever.
“Sometimes you need to rest from all of your hard work so that your mind, body, heart, spirit, and soul can enjoy the fruits of your labor.”~Jon Barnes
Hit the reset button when you take time each day to reflect, relax, and balance your activities in love with your life.Some days may seem more productive than others, but to God, they are all the same, containing the same amount of time for you to breath the same volume of oxygen to live.What you do with it counts and is recorded.
When you honestly want to improve yourself, your standing, and purpose in life, you will step up your game and do the work that is required to balance all of your efforts, goals, dreams, and desires.They all will line up with God’s framework and personal plan of reality if you love God.Each step is ordered with a reset button of repentance, by faith, love, and action to keep you on the straight and narrow path into Heaven.
Repeating the plan that God has set for you is a lot of fun because of your experiences and fruit from your labor nets amazing results.Notice and be happy in the success God has given you, rejoice and be glad to be a blessing to others.Hit the reset button each day and do it again.Something new always happens, in spite of the repetition of daily activities.Don’t forget to smile!
Are you amazed at the new things God teaches you each day or do you know it all and don’t need a reset button from your pride and arrogance?
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For the choir director: A psalm of David.
1 How the king rejoices in your strength, O Lord! He shouts with joy because you give him victory. 2 For you have given him his heart’s desire; you have withheld nothing he requested. Interlude
3 You welcomed him back with success and prosperity. You placed a crown of finest gold on his head. 4 He asked you to preserve his life, and you granted his request. The days of his life stretch on forever. 5 Your victory brings him great honor, and you have clothed him with splendor and majesty. 6 You have endowed him with eternal blessings and given him the joy of your presence. 7 For the king trusts in the Lord. The unfailing love of the Most High will keep him from stumbling.
8 You will capture all your enemies. Your strong right hand will seize all who hate you. 9 You will throw them in a flaming furnace when you appear. The Lord will consume them in his anger; fire will devour them. 10 You will wipe their children from the face of the earth; they will never have descendants. 11 Although they plot against you, their evil schemes will never succeed. 12 For they will turn and run when they see your arrows aimed at them. 13 Rise up, O Lord, in all your power. With music and singing we celebrate your mighty acts.
“There is enough on your plate to do your job, work, planning, reading, studying, eating, andexercising well, so that your relationship with God and others improve as you age, for all to see and tell.” ~Jon Barnes
Many are called but few are chosen because we are so busy sticking forks into people’s eyes with the mean things we say and do.Close your mouth, get to work, exercise your faith, eat less, and use your fork properly.Stop blaming everyone for your own problems, faults, and lack of focus. Stick a fork in your balloon of pride and do what God says, by not being lazy or foolish.
Expect what God says to work for you in your life, otherwise, you are not eating and chewing your spiritual food correctly.The more you chew on God’s work, the better you will understand and digest the milk, meat, vegetables, and potatoes.Drink and keep lots of Holy Water, with the Blood of Jesus to keep yourself clean after each meal.
Bless your food, give thanks, close your mouth, chew your food, stop complaining, and talking about negative stuff all of the time.Wipe your face and hands during and after your meal and be thankful for what you have and the improvements of progress.Take the time to finish what God has on your plate and stop eating from the plate of others.No need to be greedy, gaining weight, being nosey, and doing incomplete work.
Will your relationship with God, your spouse, family, friends, and enemies improve because your plate is cleaned each day by obeying God and finishing your own work?
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40 Then the Lord said to Job,
2 “Do you still want to argue with the Almighty? You are God’s critic, but do you have the answers?”
Job Responds to the Lord
3 Then Job replied to the Lord,
4 “I am nothing—how could I ever find the answers? I will cover my mouth with my hand. 5 I have said too much already. I have nothing more to say.”
The Lord Challenges Job Again
6 Then the Lord answered Job from the whirlwind:
7 “Brace yourself like a man, because I have some questions for you, and you must answer them.
8 “Will you discredit my justice and condemn me just to prove you are right? 9 Are you as strong as God? Can you thunder with a voice like his? 10 All right, put on your glory and splendor, your honor and majesty. 11 Give vent to your anger. Let it overflow against the proud. 12 Humiliate the proud with a glance; walk on the wicked where they stand. 13 Bury them in the dust. Imprison them in the world of the dead. 14 Then even I would praise you, for your own strength would save you.
15 “Take a look at Behemoth,[a] which I made, just as I made you. It eats grass like an ox. 16 See its powerful loins and the muscles of its belly. 17 Its tail is as strong as a cedar. The sinews of its thighs are knit tightly together. 18 Its bones are tubes of bronze. Its limbs are bars of iron. 19 It is a prime example of God’s handiwork, and only its Creator can threaten it. 20 The mountains offer it their best food, where all the wild animals play. 21 It lies under the lotus plants,[b] hidden by the reeds in the marsh. 22 The lotus plants give it shade among the willows beside the stream. 23 It is not disturbed by the raging river, not concerned when the swelling Jordan rushes around it. 24 No one can catch it off guard or put a ring in its nose and lead it away.
“The sounds of silent vibrations hold the true meanings of your intentions to let God know who you really are in Him and they account for your existence, destiny before, during, and after time, space, and age of ages.”~Jon Barnes
I feel that you cannot comprehend what God is saying unless you allow Him to teach you all things.If not, you will read and know God’s words and works, but you will still be evil and not comprehend Good.If not, you will hear, understand and know that good new but you will adamantly reject God’s Truth and replace it with your own truth.I feel there is hope if you do the listening and work of faith in love, by talking less.
Who you are vibrates in the continuous loop of time, space, matter, math, and logic to God in His Own Language of Wisdom that surpasses any understanding, as you are without excuse for knowing and understanding who God is!Your foolishness consumes and destroys your own soul with your own actions of vibrations before you speak a word or do work.Follow God’s vibrations of love and light from His Word and you will be the salt of the earth, singing and living with joy.
Become and develop your true vibrations in God before the devil steals them from you, based on your acceptance to the team of evil.Resist the temptation of disobedience, sin, and mayhem.Become the Child in Christ with your consent and constant deeds of repentance, acceptance, work, and faith in God that vibrates your name into the Book of Life, with the Blood of Christ in ink.
Is your name written in the Lamb’s Book of Life or did your vibrations erase your name from God’s true destination for your soul?
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Elihu Presents His Case against Job
33 “Listen to my words, Job; pay attention to what I have to say. 2 Now that I have begun to speak, let me continue. 3 I speak with all sincerity; I speak the truth. 4 For the Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life. 5 Answer me, if you can; make your case and take your stand. 6 Look, you and I both belong to God. I, too, was formed from clay. 7 So you don’t need to be afraid of me. I won’t come down hard on you.
8 “You have spoken in my hearing, and I have heard your very words. 9 You said, ‘I am pure; I am without sin; I am innocent; I have no guilt. 10 God is picking a quarrel with me, and he considers me his enemy. 11 He puts my feet in the stocks and watches my every move.’
12 “But you are wrong, and I will show you why. For God is greater than any human being. 13 So why are you bringing a charge against him? Why say he does not respond to people’s complaints? 14 For God speaks again and again, though people do not recognize it. 15 He speaks in dreams, in visions of the night, when deep sleep falls on people as they lie in their beds. 16 He whispers in their ears and terrifies them with warnings. 17 He makes them turn from doing wrong; he keeps them from pride. 18 He protects them from the grave, from crossing over the river of death.
19 “Or God disciplines people with pain on their sickbeds, with ceaseless aching in their bones. 20 They lose their appetite for even the most delicious food. 21 Their flesh wastes away, and their bones stick out. 22 They are at death’s door; the angels of death wait for them.
23 “But if an angel from heaven appears— a special messenger to intercede for a person and declare that he is upright— 24 he will be gracious and say, ‘Rescue him from the grave, for I have found a ransom for his life.’ 25 Then his body will become as healthy as a child’s, firm and youthful again. 26 When he prays to God, he will be accepted. And God will receive him with joy and restore him to good standing. 27 He will declare to his friends, ‘I sinned and twisted the truth, but it was not worth it.[a] 28 God rescued me from the grave, and now my life is filled with light.’
29 “Yes, God does these things again and again for people. 30 He rescues them from the grave so they may enjoy the light of life. 31 Mark this well, Job. Listen to me, for I have more to say. 32 But if you have anything to say, go ahead. Speak, for I am anxious to see you justified. 33 But if not, then listen to me. Keep silent and I will teach you wisdom!”
“Doing more work for God with the resources that you have, while being obedient, is eternal contentment for the Soul, Spirit, and Love of God with great respect and reverence.”~ Jon Barnes
It is music to my ears when God smiles at what I’m thinking, doing, saying, eating, wearing, and working on.I don’t need a title, pat on the back, or recognition, but when it comes, I’ll be thankful just the same.People will also call you out and thank you for the amazing work that you do, just as others will lie on you and ignore your great work.Count it all as joy and keep singing your music to God. He can Hear You before you make a sound!
Making a difference in the lives of people, family, and yourself is a challenge, yet God makes it seem effortless when you follow His Flight Plan.The Angels of Air Traffic Control will assist you in takeoffs and landings with all of your travels.God’s Heavenly Planes do not Crash, Delay, Stall or Run out of Fuel.Keep your Flight Plan to make your life more enjoyable and easier and shine with God’s Speed that is Effortless.
When I began to use my own money and time for my own ministry of help, my life started to make some sense.It took me a long time to figure this out, writing books, making CDs, and sharing them in many ways.My motives became more effortless and fruitful with giving, sharing, and caring along with the balance of buying, selling, and making because God is the center of my focus.
Are you using God’s model for ministry from the Bible with wisdom, simplicity, and honor or is your bank account the center of your attention?
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11 Then Zophar the Naamathite replied:
2 “Are all these words to go unanswered? Is this talker to be vindicated? 3 Will your idle talk reduce others to silence? Will no one rebuke you when you mock? 4 You say to God, ‘My beliefs are flawless and I am pure in your sight.’ 5 Oh, how I wish that God would speak, that he would open his lips against you 6 and disclose to you the secrets of wisdom, for true wisdom has two sides. Know this: God has even forgotten some of your sin.
7 “Can you fathom the mysteries of God? Can you probe the limits of the Almighty? 8 They are higher than the heavens above—what can you do? They are deeper than the depths below—what can you know? 9 Their measure is longer than the earth and wider than the sea.
10 “If he comes along and confines you in prison and convenes a court, who can oppose him? 11 Surely he recognizes deceivers; and when he sees evil, does he not take note? 12 But the witless can no more become wise than a wild donkey’s colt can be born human.[a]
13 “Yet if you devote your heart to him and stretch out your hands to him, 14 if you put away the sin that is in your hand and allow no evil to dwell in your tent, 15 then, free of fault, you will lift up your face; you will stand firm and without fear. 16 You will surely forget your trouble, recalling it only as waters gone by. 17 Life will be brighter than noonday, and darkness will become like morning. 18 You will be secure, because there is hope; you will look about you and take your rest in safety. 19 You will lie down, with no one to make you afraid, and many will court your favor. 20 But the eyes of the wicked will fail, and escape will elude them; their hope will become a dying gasp.”
“Waiting for the next step by faith is as important as looking, accepting, and taking that next step of faith to complete each unexpected step with God.”~ Jon Barnes
What happens next are the steps you must take today to complete your mission for today.Tomorrow’s steps will be ready for you tomorrow.Your list of steps and things to do is a plan of action that is subject to change on the spot since God knows the future and path you are taking.Trust God to hook you up and not yourself.Stop worrying and follow His plan as it comes.
Future plans must stand the test of time in your heart and mind to bake like a cake until it’s time to put candles on it. Short term and long term plans begin to look alike because you are aligned with what God wants you to do and your flexibility of obedience is amazing.God’s miracles and rewards are stunning each day so document your story as proof to yourself, how God exists in your life.Pay close attention to Him and not yourself.
These baby steps are a major accomplishment for you, but they are miracles to each person you help along the way, by faith, because they can see the hand of God on your life, as it touches others.You were in the right place at the right time to minister to people, whether you realize it or not.What you stand for and how you present the Gospel of Jesus with your personal movements, thoughts, and actions is like publicly reading the Bible aloud in the street, at home, work, or on vacation.The next step is another presentation.
Did you miss the next step into God or are you still stumbling, falling, or broken into pieces, with nothing to present for God?
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2 Chronicles 9
Visit of the Queen of Sheba
9 When the queen of Sheba heard of Solomon’s fame, she came to Jerusalem to test him with hard questions. She arrived with a large group of attendants and a great caravan of camels loaded with spices, large quantities of gold, and precious jewels. When she met with Solomon, she talked with him about everything she had on her mind.2 Solomon had answers for all her questions; nothing was too hard for him to explain to her.3 When the queen of Sheba realized how wise Solomon was, and when she saw the palace he had built,4 she was overwhelmed. She was also amazed at the food on his tables, the organization of his officials and their splendid clothing, the cup-bearers and their robes, and the burnt offerings[a]Solomon made at the Temple of the Lord.
5 She exclaimed to the king, “Everything I heard in my country about your achievements[b]and wisdom is true!6 I didn’t believe what was said until I arrived here and saw it with my own eyes. In fact, I had not heard the half of your great wisdom! It is far beyond what I was told.7 How happy your people must be! What a privilege for your officials to stand here day after day, listening to your wisdom!8 Praise the Lord your God, who delights in you and has placed you on the throne as king to rule for him. Because God loves Israel and desires this kingdom to last forever, he has made you king over them so you can rule with justice and righteousness.”
9 Then she gave the king a gift of 9,000 pounds[c] of gold, great quantities of spices, and precious jewels. Never before had there been spices as fine as those the queen of Sheba gave to King Solomon.
10 (In addition, the crews of Hiram and Solomon brought gold from Ophir, and they also brought red sandalwood[d] and precious jewels.11 The king used the sandalwood to make steps[e] for the Temple of the Lord and the royal palace, and to construct lyres and harps for the musicians. Never before had such beautiful things been seen in Judah.)
12 King Solomon gave the queen of Sheba whatever she asked for—gifts of greater value than the gifts she had given him. Then she and all her attendants returned to their own land.
Solomon’s Wealth and Splendor
13 Each year Solomon received about 25 tons[f] of gold.14 This did not include the additional revenue he received from merchants and traders. All the kings of Arabia and the governors of the provinces also brought gold and silver to Solomon.
15 King Solomon made 200 large shields of hammered gold, each weighing more than 15 pounds.[g]16 He also made 300 smaller shields of hammered gold, each weighing more than 7 1⁄2 pounds.[h] The king placed these shields in the Palace of the Forest of Lebanon.
17 Then the king made a huge throne, decorated with ivory and overlaid with pure gold.18 The throne had six steps, with a footstool of gold. There were armrests on both sides of the seat, and the figure of a lion stood on each side of the throne.19 There were also twelve other lions, one standing on each end of the six steps. No other throne in all the world could be compared with it!
20 All of King Solomon’s drinking cups were solid gold, as were all the utensils in the Palace of the Forest of Lebanon. They were not made of silver, for silver was considered worthless in Solomon’s day!
21 The king had a fleet of trading ships of Tarshish manned by the sailors sent by Hiram.[i]Once every three years the ships returned, loaded with gold, silver, ivory, apes, and peacocks.[j]
22 So King Solomon became richer and wiser than any other king on earth.23 Kings from every nation came to consult him and to hear the wisdom God had given him.24 Year after year everyone who visited brought him gifts of silver and gold, clothing, weapons, spices, horses, and mules.
25 Solomon had 4,000 stalls for his horses and chariots, and he had 12,000 horses.[k] He stationed some of them in the chariot cities, and some near him in Jerusalem.26 He ruled over all the kings from the Euphrates River[l] in the north to the land of the Philistines and the border of Egypt in the south.27 The king made silver as plentiful in Jerusalem as stone. And valuable cedar timber was as common as the sycamore-fig trees that grow in the foothills of Judah.[m]28 Solomon’s horses were imported from Egypt[n] and many other countries.
Summary of Solomon’s Reign
29 The rest of the events of Solomon’s reign, from beginning to end, are recorded in The Record of Nathan the Prophet, and The Prophecy of Ahijah from Shiloh, and also in The Visions of Iddo the Seer, concerning Jeroboam son of Nebat.30 Solomon ruled in Jerusalem over all Israel for forty years.31 When he died, he was buried in the City of David, named for his father. Then his son Rehoboam became the next king.