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An Uncooperative Computer

 

4478655355_aec3bae1cbIsaiah 14:24- “The Lord Almighty has sworn, “Surely, as I have planned, so it will be, and as I have purposed, so it will happen.”

I really needed to hear these words from Isaiah yesterday morning.

Nothing had gone right.

It started innocently enough. My keyboard Trackpad needed new batteries.

After inserting them, I started back to work.

The WORD program I was writing in unexpectedly quit. Although my document was finally recovered—hours later—the changes that I had made were lost, forcing me to begin editing my book over again. Days of work down the drain. (Oh, yes, I have a backup system…but that’s another story).

I scrolled back to page one.

I took a break to check my email. Mail didn’t respond. Another irritation.

Back to my document. Completing two pages, I went to File>Save.

Major problem. The beach ball kept going around (you’ll understand if you have a MAC) for more than two hours.

I’d had it. Nothing to do but use FORCE/QUIT.

I took a break to eat dinner and then attend my Bible Study group with my husband. I dreaded going home to see if my work would be recovered once I restarted the computer.

I know the Lord has plans for me as a Christian author, so I prayed on the way home that He would take control of the situation. As I went back to the computer and put in my password, I experienced peace. All was well.

Maybe you have experienced times like these. Times when everything suddenly appears to threaten God’s very will for our lives.

We wonder what we can do.

Oftentimes, WE can’t do anything. But if we remember God’s promise and leave it in His hands to fulfill, He says It Will Happen.

God’s power can work in awesome ways when we leave it up to Him to bring about success.

No plans of His can be thwarted—even by uncooperative computers.

 

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DON’T BLINK!

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I Corinthians 15:51, 52- “Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed— in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.”

We have been watching the Olympics. It is full of triumphs and heartaches.

Often times, the difference between winning a medal and losing it comes down to a hundredth of a second—less time than it takes to blink an eye!

The scripture in I Corinthians describes the Rapture of the Church.

Believers who have died before this event will be raised from their graves and will be forevermore with the Lord.

Their new bodies will be imperishable. They will never again know pain, sickness, or disease.

And it will all happen in the twinkling of an eye!

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A Little Lesson on LOVE

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Matthew 5:44- “But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.”

 

I have a new logo—a heart, with the words, “Stories of Forgiveness” inside.

Each of my three Christian Suspense Fiction books has been about something different: abuse, unbelief/pride of self, and bullying. However, the central characters all experience healing because they learn to FORGIVE.

Forgiveness has the power to transform lives. No matter who we are or what our background may be, we can each find joy, power, and freedom in forgiveness.

But what about love (you know, the heart in the logo) how does that tie in?

Some people are not so lovable. People who hate, curse, and persecute you are especially hard to be nice to. However, God says we are to do more than that—we are told to love them.

Many years ago, my pastor told me that praying for someone that had “rubbed me the wrong way” would allow The Holy Spirit to work in my heart and make it possible for me to actually come to love that person.

So, I put Matthew 5:44 to the test. Over the period of a year (it is not a one-prayer process) I found that I actually came to understand and care for the other person.

And, yes, forgiveness followed.

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You’re In Good Hands

 

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My daughter and son-in-law own an insurance agency, so I find myself paying special attention to television advertising for various companies.

 
One I haven’t seen in a long time, is for a company with a logo about being in “Good Hands.”

 
There is no denying that being in “Good Hands” brings to mind images of safety.

 
We sang a song last week in our church which brought the same feelings—Leaning on the Everlasting Arms.

 
In this world of chaos and unrest, isn’t it comforting to know that we can experience safety? Secure in knowing we belong to the Almighty God…the creator…the sustainer?

 
He is in control.

 
Yes, he allows certain things. But He works out everything ultimately for His good purpose.

 

We can face life’s circumstances with His everlasting arms around us.

 

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