Don’t Mess with the Man!


© Jeanne E Webster. All rights reserved

 

“He is your praise and your God, who has done for you these great and awesome things which your eyes have seen.” Deut. 10:21

Moses spoke these words to Israel prior to their journey into the land of promise. He had placed the tables of stone into the ark as God had commanded, and now it was time for Israel to prove their mettle.

“Go in and possess the land which I have sworn unto your fathers.”

Moses exhorted Israel to:

Fear the Lord
Walk in all His ways
Love the Lord
Serve Him with all your heart and soul
Keep His laws
Circumcise the foreskin of your heart
Be flexible
Love the strangers among you
Trust the Lord

The exhortations above sound quite familiar, don’t they? As Christians, we hold to each of them in our daily walk with Christ. Moses was admonishing Israel to remember all that God had done for them and to cling to this great God who had brought them out of bondage. We too need this reminder.

It’s all too easy to interact with God as if He were a sugar daddy or an easy mark. NO! He is the awesome God of Israel, the great I AM! Don’t mess with the MAN! Fear Him, respect Him, stand before Him in awe, and esteem Him. He’s number ONE.

Walk in ways that reflect His love and mercy to others. Love Him with that bone-deep, heart-booming passion born from a worshipful spirit. Serve Him heartily, wholly, with all the gusto you can muster. Keep His commandments and you’ll reap many rewards. Discipline yourself, lean into the yoke and pull hard. Right next to you on the other side is Jesus. Just remember that.

Love the stranger among you, for you were once strangers also. Cling fast to the Lord and He will always be with you.

Make it a practice to praise the Lord–-with thanksgiving and a humble spirit. Think back to the wondrous moments He lightened your life. Ponder what He is doing for you right this moment. Praise Him, praise Him, praise Him . . . our wonderful Redeemer!

Amen

Daily Reminder

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© Jeanne E Webster.  All Rights Reserved.

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“He is your praise and your God, who has done for you these great and awesome things which your eyes have seen.” Deut. 10:21

Moses spoke these words to Israel prior to their journey into the land of promise. He had placed the tables of stone into the ark as God had commanded, and now it was time for Israel to prove their mettle.  “Go in and possess the land which I have sworn unto your fathers.”

Moses exhorted Israel to:

Fear the Lord

Walk in all His ways

Love Him

Serve Him with all your heart and soul

Keep His laws

Circumcise the foreskin of your heart

Be no longer stubborn

Love the stranger

Hold fast to the Lord.

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The exhortations above sound quite familiar, don’t they? As Christians, we hold to each of them in our daily walk with Christ. Moses was admonishing Israel to remember all that God had done for them and to cling to this great God who brought them out of bondage. We too need this reminder today. It’s all too easy to interact with God as if He were a sugar daddy or an easy mark. He’s not either. He is the great awesome God of Israel, the great I AM!

Don’t mess with the MAN! Fear Him, respect Him, stand before Him in awe, and esteem Him. He’s number ONE.  Walk in ways that reflect His love and mercy to others. Love Him with that bone-deep, heart-booming passion born from a worshipful spirit. Serve Him heartily, wholly, with all the gusto you can muster. Keep His commandments and you’ll reap your rewards.

Discipline yourself, lean into the yoke and pull hard. Right next to you on the other side is Jesus. Just remember that.

Love the stranger among you, for you were once strangers also. Cling fast to the Lord and He will always be with you. Make it a practice to praise the Lord–with thanksgiving and a humble spirit.  Think back to the wondrous moments He lightened your life. Think today of what He is doing for you right this moment.

Praise Him, praise Him, and praise Him, our wonderful Redeemer! Amen.

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© 2013 Jeanne E Webster.  All rights reserved

“He is your praise and your God, who has done for you these great and awesome things which your eyes have seen.” Deut. 10:21

Moses spoke these words to Israel prior to their journey into the land of promise. He had placed the tables of stone into the ark as God had commanded, and now it was time for Israel to prove their mettle. “Go in and possess the land which I have sworn unto your fathers.”

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Moses exhorted Israel to:

·        
Fear the Lord

·         Walk in all His ways

·         Love the Lord

·         Serve Him with all your heart and soul

·         Keep His laws

·         Circumcise the foreskin of your heart

·         Be flexible

·         Love the strangers among you

·         Trust the Lord

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The exhortations above sound quite familiar, don’t they? As Christians, we hold to each of them in our daily walk with Christ. Moses was admonishing Israel to remember all that God had done for them and to cling to this great God who had brought them out of bondage. We too need this reminder.

It’s all too easy to interact with God as if He were a sugar daddy or an easy mark. NO!  He is the awesome God of Israel, the great I AM! Don’t mess with the MAN! Fear Him, respect Him, stand before Him in awe, and esteem Him. He’s number ONE.

Walk in ways that reflect His love and mercy to others. Love Him with that bone-deep, heart-booming passion born from a worshipful spirit. Serve Him heartily, wholly, with all the gusto you can muster. Keep His commandments and you’ll reap many rewards. Discipline yourself, lean into the yoke and pull hard. Right next to you on the other side is Jesus. Just remember that. Love the stranger among you, for you were once strangers also. Cling fast to the Lord and He will always be with you.

Make it a practice to praise the Lord–with thanksgiving and a humble spirit. Think back to the wondrous moments He lightened your life. Ponder what He is doing for you right this moment. Praise Him, praise Him, praise Him . . . our wonderful Redeemer! Amen.

Shalom

Whistler or Wrestler

© Jeanne E Webster

Do you whistle while you work or wrestle while you work?  Sometimes I do both.  When the body holds up and doesn’t complain too much, I whistle.  When I am all crooked and lame from aging bones, I wrestle.

Remember the tune:

Whistle while you work (whistle)
Put on that grin and start right in
to whistle loud and long
Just hum a merry tune (hum)
Just do your best and take a rest
and sing yourself a song

When there’s too much to do
Don’t let it bother you, forget your troubles,
Try to be just like a cheerful chick-a-dee

And whistle while you work (whistle)
Come on get smart, tune up and start
to whistle while you work

~Larry Morey

 

Some days we wake up with a merry jingle in our hearts.  The sun is shining, the baby is quiet, the spouse is non-combative and the dog didn’t barf during the night.  All is well with the world.  We’re whistling!

Those days may be far and few between, so get a grip and face reality.

Remember that term, self-discipline?  Use it.  Practice it.  Wear around your neck.  Cling to it like a life-preserver.  Your world will go a lot smoother if you do.  In addition, you’ll be a kinder, gentler, loving, nicer person for those around you.

Just think… each day you get to make someone’s day brighter or darker–that’s power.  You have the power to add to or take away from someone else’s day.  Why choose glum?  Why choose negative?  Why choose grumpy?  It so much easier being nice.  It takes fewer muscles to smile than to frown.  Make it easier on yourself.  Look at each day as an adventure.  You don’t want an adventure?  Sorry.  You woke up, didn’t you?  The alternative is not so good.

Have a nice day!

Are You a Whiner?

©Jeanne E Webster

 

Do you ever whine? 

You know you must attend that meeting today but you’d rather not.  No one will listen to your speech anyway. 

You know so-and-so is going to call today, but you just don’t want to talk with her.  You feel you’re wasting your time, as she never listens to your advice.

You get up in the morning and are so achy and tired, but you have to grocery shop for your neighbor.  Maybe she could wait another day, or someone else can do it this time.

Holiday gatherings are so stressful; you’d really rather stay home.  So-and-so will be there, and you do not like him at all.

Oh, it would feel so good just to stay in bed today and snuggle up in the covers.  Why not pamper when nothing urgent is brewing for the day?

“Thank God every morning when you get up that you have something to do which must be done, whether you like it or not.  Being forced to work, and forced to do your best, will breed in you temperance, self-control, diligence, strength of will, content, and a hundred other virtues, which the idle never know.  ~~Charles Kingsley

 

To be honest, I was a big whiner, especially in the morning.  I am not a morning person, more like a growling bear.  I have learned over the years that I must literally force myself to be pleasant to others in the morning.  The message has sunk through that when I work through my druthers in the morning, I have been strengthened in character and self-control.  That specific reality light-bulbed in my mind many years ago.  I have tamed the beast, mostly.

Thanks to the good Lord I have been grown up over the years through His word.   I’m not a big whiner anymore.  Yes, I still kick and scream a tiny bit once in a while, but I know the reward that awaits me at the end of the day   .   .   . 

I see that faint wisp of a smile on my Father’s face and the tiny twinkle in His eye.  Yes, He loves me so!

 

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“He is your praise and your God, who has done for you these great and awesome things which your eyes have seen.” Deut. 10:21

Moses spoke these words to Israel prior to their journey into the land of promise. He had placed the tables of stone into the ark as God had commanded, and now it was time for Israel to prove their mettle. “Go in and possess the land which I have sworn unto your fathers.”

Moses exhorted Israel to:
Fear the Lord
Walk in all His ways
Love Him
Serve Him with all your heart and soul
Keep His laws
Circumcise the foreskin of your heart
Be no longer stubborn
Love the stranger
Hold fast to the Lord.

The exhortations above sound quite familiar, don’t they? As Christians, we hold to each of them in our daily walk with Christ. Moses was admonishing Israel to remember all that God had done for them and to cling to this great God who brought them out of bondage. We too need this reminder today. It’s all too easy to interact with God as if He was a sugar daddy or an easy mark. He’s not either. He is the great awesome God of Israel, the great I AM! Don’t mess with the MAN! Fear Him, respect Him, stand before Him in awe, esteem Him. He’s number ONE.

Walk in ways that reflect His love and mercy to others.

Love Him with that bone-deep, heart-booming passion born from a worshipful spirit.

Serve Him heartily, wholly, with all the passion we can muster.

Keep His commandments and we’ll reap our rewards.

Discipline ourselves, lean into the yoke and pull hard. Right next to us on the other side is Jesus. Just remember that.

Love the stranger among us, for we were once strangers also.

Cling fast to the Lord and He will always be with us.

Make it a practice to praise the Lord–with thanksgiving and a humble spirit. Think back to the wondrous moments He lightened our lives. Think today of what He is doing for us right this moment. Praise Him, praise Him, praise Him, our wonderful Redeemer! Amen.  (jew)
~Shalom