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Woe Is Me

April 30, 2010
Do you ever have times when you become near sighted and totally focused on things that are just going on in your own little world? proverbs31_29


That “Woe Is Me” syndrome can overcome us at those times. Even if our day isn’t going well we should be thankful by good news of good things that are happening to our family and friends. Remember that good feeling we get when something good happens to our children that makes us feel proud to be their parents—that’s how God feels towards us when we do something good for others. When we go around investing our love, encouragement and care to our family, church family and friends we receive a far greater source of Godly joy than if we only enjoyed what happens to us personally.


God often uses the most unlikely people in the most unlikely places to teach us some of life’s most difficult lessons. Even though I’m in the later part of my life—I’m still learning, still growing, and still amazed at how God continues to shape us for His purposes. The service that we do for God may sometimes go un-praised by men—but when we stand before the Lord we attain our rewards.


Sometimes the problems going on in the world seems overwhelming and tend to bog us down and make us wonder if it’s worth the time and effort to reach out to others —we forget that our ultimate hope resides not in this present life but in our future home in heaven. God’s plan for us is to lend a helping hand, say a prayer , gave a smile or kind word to hurting people or maybe to rejoice and share someone’s joys to make a difference in their lives.


Our compassion and help for others is like throwing a rock in the water and the circles in the water get bigger and bigger from one little rock. God uses our touching others to accomplish great works for Him. Today we can face any problems or changes in our lives knowing our God is in control. In those times when you are not feeling as close to God as you use to be–guess who moved.

TO GOD BE THE GLORY.

Colossians 3:12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
Galatians 6:2 Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.
Ecclesiastes 4:10 If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!


This post was written by Deloris Underhill. She sends out a monthly inspirational message via email, entitled “Under-D-Hill Notes”.  Thanks to Deloris for allowing me to share – Candace Morehouse

God Vs the Tsunami

March 8, 2010

Psalm 145: I will extol thee, my God, O king; and I will bless thy name for ever and ever.Every day will I bless thee; and I will praise thy name for ever and ever.Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; and his greatness is unsearchable. One generation shall praise thy works to another, and shall declare thy mighty acts. I will speak of the glorious honour of thy majesty, and of thy wondrous works. And men shall speak of the might of thy terrible acts: and I will declare thy greatness. They shall abundantly utter the memory of thy great goodness, and shall sing of thy righteousness. The LORD is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy. The LORD is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works. All thy works shall praise thee, O LORD; and thy saints shall bless thee. They shall speak of the glory of thy kingdom, and talk of thy power; To make known to the sons of men his mighty acts, and the glorious majesty of his kingdom.

Thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and thy dominion endureth throughout all generations. The LORD upholdeth all that fall, and raiseth up all those that be bowed down. The eyes of all wait upon thee; and thou givest them their meat in due season. Thou openest thine hand, and satisfiest the desire of every living thing. The LORD is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works. The LORD is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth. He will fulfil the desire of them that fear him: he also will hear their cry, and will save them. The LORD preserveth all them that love him: but all the wicked will he destroy. My mouth shall speak the praise of the LORD: and let all flesh bless his holy name for ever and ever.

I use the above scripture to emphasize what I am about to say. The terrible Tsunami that occurred in January 2005 was not from God.

God is a good and loving God.

First I will tell you what this Tsunami means– It is a sign of what Jesus spoke about in Matthew 24:6-8 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.

In the Amplified Version of the Bible verse 8 it says; all this is but the beginning-the early pains of the birth pangs-of the intolerable anguish.

 The intolerable anguish is the great tribulation that Jesus said would occur in the last days. Matthew 24:21-33– For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened. Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Behold, I have told you before. Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not. For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together. Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.

 The Tsunami that killed 160,000 people is a sign a warning that the terrible anguish is upon us.

Why did it happen and why is there going to be terrible anguish?

 It happened because God’s protection was not there. His protection was not there because man has not understood Him or His message. Catastrophes are the inevitable result of mankind’s choices on this earth.

God’s desire is to be FATHER GOD to all. He created us to be His children. When He did that, He created us to need Him. NO ONE is complete without Him. There is no young child who can make it on his or her own. Young children need parental guidance, discipline and protection and provision. EVERYONE on this earth needs GOD THE FATHER in the same way. EVERYONE OF US is a little child in God’s sight. Why? Because He knows way more, He can do way more and He is way more than we are.

 When a person choose to go their own way do their own thing it is an accurate comparison to a little child being completely on its own.

Here’s how it works: God provided life, light and love. We have the power to choose whether we will believe Him and receive Him and enter into the Father/child relationship that He offers. If we choose not to receive from Him, the result is that we are totally vulnerable to evil. (harm) If there was only good – God- then there would be no choice to make. But there is bad. If one does not listen to and agree with good teaching, then bad teaching influences their life. If a child does not listen to his or her parents, they must then listen to the politically correct, their teacher, their peers, the books they read, the TV they watch or some other source. Since mankind does not start out with knowledge, he or she much get it from some source. God has established that He is the source of good, the source of life, the source of hope, the source of light, the source of love, the source of Truth, the source of security, the source of safety, the source of continued health, and the source of prosperity.

God has also revealed that there is bad and that the father of bad is Satan/the devil/the liar. Jesus taught that if you don’t listen to God then you have to listen to the liar. The devil wants to be your god. He uses all media that is not from God to teach a person false knowledge. A person no matter how good he wants to be can only make choices based on what he knows. So a person can feel like they are good even though they haven’t received the author of good– God as their guide and influence. They can think their choices are smart and good, yet those choices can be very harmful. If their choices go against what God has taught, you can bank on it that they are harmful choices because what God wants is to be a good Father and have happy, healthy, profitable children. Everything He told mankind to do or not to do was to protect them from harm and use them to promote good.

Did innocent people die?

Yes. Why? Tsunamis are no respecter of persons– They were in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Did God protect anyone.

Yes. There are testimonies of a few who listened to him and survived.

Did some of His own children die in it? Yes. Because at that particular time they could not hear Him. In other words as an earthly father has to either be with the child or his teaching be with the child in order for him to protect the child, so it works with God as Father. If the child is not in a position to be protected and the place where the child is, is not under protection, then there is no protection.

Did His children who died in the Tsunami go to heaven even though they were not listening to Him? Yes, unless they were, by their own choices, completely estranged from Him as they were before they became His children.

Now if that little child on its own gets hit by a car or drowns in the river or is eaten by a lion, should we blame the parent who was not given opportunity to act as a parent? No. That is what happens in a disaster. Circumstances were such that God could not stop the calamity and still be operating within the boundaries He set up as good, wise, just and right.

© Sylvia Huffnagle


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