May 29, 2013

We had severe thunderstorms last night and the electricity went off shutting off my computer. It will not turn back on.

I thought I had a virus and went to pctuneup.org to fix it. That was a mistake.

After downloading two programs and spending a ton of money to “fix” the virus, my computer will no longer turn on correctly. It turns on to the sleep mode and will not wake up. Even though I have instructed the computer to never go into sleep mode.

If I turn it on and shut if off several times, eventually it came back on. Our solution was to never shut it off. That is until the thunderstorm did it for us.

I borrowed my son’s laptop to post this, but I am locked out of my financial programs and photos to write frugalfish.org posts. Everything has come to a screeching halt.

As I weighed my options, I decided not to try to fix it myself. God is going to have to open a door to someone knowledgeable to fix it. Three weeks ago, I wrote this as a prayer request and submitted the card to the prayer team at church. We are all waiting on an answer.

The thing is, if an expert looks at it, they will know how to fix it the first time.

The Holy Spirit is an expert. When he revealed the Gospel to Paul, the doctrine matched the Gospel Jesus revealed to the apostles.

Galatians 1:12, “For indeed I did not receive it from man, nor was I taught it, but [it came to me] through a [direct] revelation [given] by Jesus Christ.”

“Thus Paul is an independent witness to the Gospel. Though he had received no instruction from the apostles, but from the Holy Spirit, yet when he met them his Gospel exactly agreed with theirs.” Critical and Explanatory Commentary, Vol. II

Dear Jesus, Please provide an expert for my computer. I need one my husband will approve of and one we can afford. Amen.

May 28, 2013

They took Bromfed off of the market in May, 2008. It was the antihistamine that worked the best for me. Without it, I could not leave the house, unless I was using Prednisone. Doctors have to limit the use of Prednisone due to its side effects.

In the natural, it looked like I would be housebound until I died. By faith, I continued playing the piano, believing that one day I would play in a church service again. I planned ahead, just like Joseph did in today’s verse.

Hebrews 11:22, “[Actually] by faith Joseph, when nearing the end of his life, referred to [the promise of God for] the departure of the Israelites out of Egypt and gave instructions concerning the burial of his own bones. [Genesis 50:24, 25; Exodus 13:19.]”

In November of last year, I was released to attend church on Sunday mornings. In March I was again playing the piano substituting for the keyboard player at regular services.

After reading today I realized, since that first prayer had been answered, I needed to believe for something else and act on it.

 

May 27, 2013

This Memorial Day I remember Sgt. Joseph A. Richardson who made the ultimate sacrifice on November 16, 2012. He died so I can remain free. His death was not a surprise to God.

Hebrews 9:27, “And just as it is appointed for [all] men once to die, and after that the [certain] judgment.”

Psalms 139:16 tells us the day of his death was written before he was conceived. He died defending freedom. Because of his sacrifice, I live in peace, not in a war-torn country. I am grateful for all the soldiers who are willing to lay down their lives.

And even more, for Christ Jesus who paid the price for my sins on Calvary.

May 26, 2013

My son is working out and paying attention to his diet. One day he showed me a salad he was eating for lunch. He said it was all protein: chicken, bacon, cheese, spinach…spinach?

He said, “Sure, you know like Popeye, the sailor man!”

When you want to build your strength, you eat meat!

Hebrews 5:14, “But solid food is for full grown men, for those whose senses and mental faculties are trained by practice to discriminate and distinguish between what is morally good and noble and what is evil and contrary either to divine or human law.”

“The solid meat, or food, is not absolutely necessary for preserving life, but is so for acquiring greater strength…Even strong men partake of milk, but do not make milk their chief, much less their sole, diet.” Critical and Explanatory Commentary, Vol. II

May 25, 2013

My screen saver is a slide show of photographs from 2006 to 2010. Yesterday, I saw a picture of my son holding my great-niece for the first time. I got a glimpse of the type of father he became. I thought of that picture when I read today’s verse.

Acts 13:18, “And for about forty years like a fatherly nurse He cared for them in the wilderness and endured their behavior (Deuteronomy 1:31).”

“Cherished them (as a nurse the infant in her bosom).” Critical and Explanatory Commentary, Vol. II

My granddaughter is two years old now and I know her behavior does not always please her father! But he still cares for her and endures her behavior.

Just like God does for us!

 

May 24, 2013

I had just got in the bathroom when I heard a knock on the front door. I was going to ignore it; but I looked at the clock and thought it might be the mailman with a package.

Before I got there they knocked again. I put on a pleasant face and opened the door. I frowned when I saw my son who had forgotten his key.

We all have different reasons for not responding when we hear a knock.

Acts 12:14, “And recognizing Peter’s voice, in her joy she failed to open the gate, but ran in and told the people that Peter was standing before the porch gate.”

“Not to open, for neither was it a time nor an hour of night for that, but to listen who was there.” Critical and Explanatory Commentary, Vol. II

I didn’t want to open the door because of inconvenience.

Rhoda did not want to open the door because of the time of night.

Today God is knocking. Will we open the door?

May 23, 2013

I wanted to go to church last night, but it is only safe to go when it is under 80 degrees and softly raining. The pollen count has to be in the green zone.

The day was overcast and it looked like it could rain at any time. But the email I received yesterday said the pollen count would be in the yellow zone.

I went to a different allergy website and it was still in the yellow zone.

I typed in the zip code of my home town and still got the yellow zone.

Fifteen minutes later, I went back to the website and typed in the zip code of the town my home church is in and where the service was to be held. It still said yellow zone.

I was kicking against the goads.

Acts 9:5, “And Saul said, Who are You, Lord? And He said, I am Jesus, Whom you are persecuting. It is dangerous and it will turn out badly for you to keep kicking against the goads [to offer vain and perilous resistance].” Amplified Bible

A goad was a stick with a pointed end used to prod animals along.

“The metaphor of an ox, only driving the goad deeper by kicking against it, is a classic one, and here forcibly expresses, not only the vanity of all his measures for crushing the Gospel, but the deeper wound which every such effort inflicted upon himself.” Critical and Explanatory Commentary, Vol. II

By the fourth time I checked the pollen count, I was depressed and battling self-pity. Normally, I read the email, accept the restriction, and plan something to do during that time.

I spent those hours watching “High Chaparral” while I finished my grocery list, mended and embroidered on a quilt square. I enjoyed myself because I completed my tasks for the day and had time to sew…

…In spite of the fact it started raining an hour after my family left!

 

May 22, 2013

The air care helicopter flew over my house as I headed to the kitchen for a second cup of coffee. I immediately started praying for the family, the patient and the medical staff treating him or her.

Every time I hear the helicopter I am transported back to April 15, 2010 when the patient was my father. Twice they lost him on that ride and twice they were able to revive him.

I pray for the family first because I can relate to them the most. I also know how the support of family keeps a patient fighting to stay alive. My mother and sisters were with him at the first hospital but I had to wait until my children drove home from work and school. We raced to Iowa City and beat the helicopter! He had family by his side until his death.

I have been totally housebound for six years now and once during my devotions I asked God, “Why?” A helicopter took off from the new hospital built a mile my home at that moment.

God told me one of the reasons was so I would always be available to pray when the helicopter was needed. When we go through difficult times God is always planning for it to be used in a way that will bring good.

Acts 8:1, 5, “…On that day a great and severe persecution broke out against the church which was in Jerusalem; and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles (special messengers).” “Philip [the deacon, not the apostle] went down to the city of Samaria and proclaimed the Christ (the Messiah) to them [the people].”

“It was the deacon of that name, who comes next after Stephen in the catalogue of the seven, probably as being the next most prominent. The persecution may have been directed especially against Stephen’s colleagues.” Critical and Explanatory Commentary, Vol. II

God used the severe persecution as a way to start spreading the Gospel to the entire world.

“Tradition says he (the eunuch) was the first preacher of the Gospel in Ethiopia…” Critical and Explanatory Commentary, Vol. II

May 21, 2013

Pastor started a new sermon series entitled “Strapped.”

Sunday he gave us the “Six Principles of Increase“:

  1. Work
  2. Diligence
  3. Wisdom
  4. Waiting
  5. Mentorship
  6. Integrity

As I examined my life, it was the last one I felt I could improve on the most. I must remember I work for God and the Holy Spirit is my manager. God takes giving my Manager the proper respect very seriously.

Acts 5:3, “But Peter said, Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart that you should lie to and attempt to deceive the Holy Spirit, and should [in violation of your promise] withdraw secretly and appropriate to your own use part of the price from the sale of the land?”

  • If I spend a few hours playing Spider Solitaire when I should be writing a frugalfish.org post…I am lying to the Holy Spirit.
  • If I do not correct a financial error that is in my favor… I am lying to the Holy Spirit.
  • If I spend two hours on Facebook and call it my “Lunch Hour”…I am lying to the Holy Spirit.

The wonderful thing about God’s grace is all I have to do is repent, and when possible, correct my errors.

Then it is forgiven, forgotten, forever!

May 20, 2013

I can relate to the man who was lame from birth. My disease made its ugly appearance when I was 3 months old. I understand having a medical condition for decades. When I read today’s verse, I wondered how Peter knew just what to do.

Acts 3:7, “Then he took hold of the man’s right hand with a firm grip and raised him up. And at once his feet and ankle bones became strong and steady.”

“…precisely what his Lord had done to his own mother-in-law (Mark 1:31).” Critical and Explanatory Commentary, Vol. II

There was more than one miracle that happened. Not only were his bones healed but he walked. He had never learned how to walk, but he did it anyway! He also leaped.

Babies creep and crawl before they stand and learn to walk. This man stood, walked and leaped in a matter of minutes.

God not only healed his bones, he trained them.