Monday, December 18, 2006

Psalm 51:10-12

Okay, so you won’t believe how this week has gone for me. Let me tell you….
Hello. It’s Me, God.

I wanted to take some time and talk to you personally. Bo is doing okay with this memory verse thing, but sometimes you need to just know some stuff straight from Me.

Trust me, he doesn’t even know I’ve done this.

So, here I am, and I’m thinking of how God would want me to handle this situation….
See? He doesn’t even know that I have taken this over. Okay, here is what I want you to know this week…

Psalm 51:10-12-“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me away from Your presence, and do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, and uphold me by Your generous Spirit.”

Sometimes, people are going to do things to you; wrong things. They are going to take advantage of you and use you. And worse yet, sometimes, you’re going to do it yourself.

Don’t look at me like you are all innocent. I created you. I know EXACTLY what you are capable of doing. I’ve already seen it. Bo had something happen to him and he made a choice.

He prayed to Me. At first, he started praying for everything around him to change. He wanted his wife to change; and some of the people he came into contact with in his life.

Then, I talked to him. And I brought this verse up to him. I told him that sometimes, YOU are the change that’s needed in a situation. You see, you all get so wrapped up in your own little world. You want everything to fit into your plan.

You forget about Me, and My plan. Remember; it’s not about you, it’s about Me. You gave your life over to Me; and I told you that I would take care of everything.

You don’t do it on your own. I do it through you. And you need to realize that, before you ask someone else to change, you need to see if you need some changing.

I love you. And I would NEVER, EVER tell you something just to hurt your feelings. That’s not how I work. I am here to uplift you, and help you to look more and more like my son, Jesus.

When I look at you, I see Him. And as you grow spiritually, I see more and more of Him in you. Sometimes, it seems frustrating to you. Trust Me; I can see a LOT further than you can.

Give Me a chance to help you. And most of all, don’t take what Jesus did, and just throw it aside. Help Me to get the Word out to everyone, that I love them all.

Let me change your heart; and touch you with My Spirit.

Anyway, I’m going to go now. Bo will be easing into his finale soon. I’m working on him about not being so long winded. Just remember, it’s a process.

I love you.


So anyway, I just wanted you to know what God showed me in my life, so you can maybe learn from it and grow.

God loves us; and this season is the perfect example. I hope you can touch someone else for Him this Christmas.

I don’t know if I’ll have anything next week, with it being Christmas and all. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

Be blessed in the Lord,

Bo J.

Monday, December 11, 2006

Nahum 1:7

Nahum 1:7-“The LORD is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; and He knows those who trust in Him.”

It’s Christmas time again in the world. Peace on Earth, goodwill toward men and all that. Do you remember when Christmas was that one time of year when the world was like what we all wanted it to be?

Do you remember? I do.

Now it has become so commercialized. Christmas comes earlier each year. And now it’s a war. It’s a war between stores; between shoppers; between people who are normally decent, sane citizens. All of a sudden, they become violent, crazed animals; seeking what they can get at the expense of those around them.

And don’t forget about the ever expanding use of the words “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas”. Don’t even get me started on that. Wherever you stand on that issue, it’s sure to be on the wrong side of someone else.

Who is this season dedicated to glorify? Do we remember? No matter what the world says, or what the current, politically correct greeting is, God’s Son is the center of this time.

Is God still on the throne? Well, is He? If not, then let rampant consumerism run amok and let everyone just do whatever feels good and right. Don’t try and say that there is black and white in God’s laws; just let everything be a nice shade of gray.

But if, if God is still on the throne; at what point did He give a rip about what the world thought of Him? Is He less powerful because someone got offended at a word or group of words? Am I less His child?

No, not at all.

He knows me; he knows my trust in Him and His ways for my life. Does that mean that I am doormat for the world? By all means, NO! But there is also a verse that speaks to us, prohibiting us from getting caught up in foolishness of disputing stupid, vain things. (Nope, you have to personally ask me what it is, if you don’t know it already.)

Trust in God to make His will known. He has governed and existed WAY before we came along, and He doesn’t need us to validate His laws and statutes. He made them plain, and said they would not pass away. Heaven and Earth will go to the wayside, before His Word passes away.

God came to Earth as man. He came without sin, and lived among us. He listened to us, ate with us, slept with us. He cried with us, and for us. He watched us live and die by our own deeds. He died for us, and our sin, that we might live with Him forever.

He knows you, and He knows me. Nothing, NOTHING, in the world can take that away from us. Each day the world travels down a path of destruction. It does so of its own decision.

Our job is to take as many off the paved road leading to destruction, and get them to walk the dusty road with us to the streets of gold in Heaven.

Be God’s hands and feet this season. Be secure in the knowledge that no matter what anyone calls it, He knows your heart, and knows that you trust in Him.

Be blessed in the Lord today,

Bo J.

Monday, December 04, 2006

Colossians 3:23-24

I work at the Y-12 National Nuclear Security Facility. I am a Senior Radiological Controls Technician. That’s a fancy name for the guy you see in the movies with the yellow clothes on and the Geiger counter clicking away madly.

Yes, I’ve heard all the jokes-“Do you glow at night because of all the radiation?” “How many toes do you have?” There are many, many others we all endure because of our chosen profession.

I am also what is known as the Lead (pronounced as with a long E sound-I do that for my HSM guys. Hey, I love them; but sometimes they scare me with their thought processes…) RCT. That means that I am the second-in-command.

My supervisor’s name is Jesus Christ.

Whoa there Bo! We were with you up until that point. What do you mean by that? I mean, don’t you have someone there at the site you work for?

Well, yes I do. I have someone that I am RESPONSIBLE or ACCOUNTABLE. That is our immediate supervisor. As far as Whom I work for; that is Jesus. Need proof?

Colossians 3:23-24-“And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.”

Okay, let’s remember something here. Sometimes, my job is NOT to introduce a new truth into our life; but to remind you of one that is already present in our lives.

We know this. We all know this. Deep, deep, deep inside, we have heard this. But it’s SO hard to put into practice, isn’t it? We want to argue and fight, and complain about what we do; and how much we DON’T get paid enough; and about how I just SHOULD NOT be made to do certain things…

We love to complain. But now read this again, and take hold of it in your life. What if you took this truth, and really, REALLY tried to act it out in your life tomorrow ALL DAY? What would that look like?

But you just don’t UNDERSTAND the boss I work under. Yes, I do; His name is Jesus; and you accepted Him into your heart when you became a believer. And when you did that, you took His yoke upon you. And when you do something in the work world, it’s for your Ultimate Boss.

Believe me; this one hurts me as well. However much it pains us, though, it’s the truth. It comes straight out of the mouth of God. And it is profitable in my life, as well as yours.

What if all Christians, for one day, took this seriously? Do you think we could change our world? I do. Can I do it on my own? Can I take this seriously, and do it; will it change the world?

It would change mine. It would change how I look at things. It would change how I reacted to the new deadline; the changed priority; the seemingly unreachable goal.

Sometimes we don’t need new stuff. Sometimes we need the old stuff dusted off and refreshed in our minds.

No matter what you do-homemaker, student, mainstream worker, CEO-this is relevant to you and your daily life. You can’t escape it; and you can’t ignore it.

Let go, and let God. Do everything just like you’re doing it for Him. It will all work it in the end.

Be blessed in the Lord,

Bo J.

P. S. If you try this, and you have a praise report; let me know. Give God the glory. We pass around everything else we get on e-mail. How about some personal God stuff in our little family here?