Songs: (1)…”Starting All Over Again,” (2)…”In This Life,” Israel Kamakawiwo’ole, (3)…”Amazing Grace,” The Oak Ridge Boys,” (4)…”America, The Beautiful,” Katherine Lee Bates (1913), Lyrics posted in “USA Flag Site.”
Bible Verse: Deuteronomy 6:5 (The New International Version – NIV), Verse 5: “Love the Lord with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength.” (From The Bible Gateway).
Message: I grew up in the 1960s. At that time, religion was part of the school curriculum. Instead of being taught in school, we were allowed (with our parents’ approval to attend) on Wednesday (every week), at 2:00 pm to leave the campus for Bible Study. There were two groups, “The Protestants,” and “The Catholics.”
My parents signed up for the Protestant Group. I loved attending the Bible Study. When I was in the 8th grade, I met this wonderful teacher. Her lesson for that day was “The Importance of Prayer.” She spoke with such love, and authority with a good message to go to God when you are happy, sad, angry or just needing God’s Help. She took questions from the class. Everyone had a different question.
One girl asked “She wants to be rich,” What should she do? The teacher said, “Ask God, and if He wants this for you, He will do it.” I asked, “I want to be successful in school, what should I do?” She said, “Talk to God, take everything to God. He will give you answers to your questions.” Then after the lesson, we were dismissed for refreshments, a hot dog, and a cookie, and drink.
I loved the lesson, and the last one to leave the room. I went up to her, and thanked her for a wonderful lesson that I loved. She said, “You are different from the others.” (I don’t know what she meant, perhaps it is because I was the only one who wasn’t interested in being rich, and famous). ha, ha, ha….. Anyway, she took my hand, and looked me in the eyes, and said, “Will you make me a promise? Will you promise to talk with God, everyday, about anything that bothers you, make you sad, happy, and whatever else you are thinking of?” I said, “Yes, I promise to talk with God everyday.”
That was the first time and last time I saw her. She died that week from a heart attack. I never forgot her message to me. In fact that was the best message I have been asked to do. God became a big partner in life. I talk with God much in the same way I would talk to anyone. I am respectful, and appreciative for the daily talks with God. From this advise, I too have told my sons to go to God everyday, and speak your concerns whatever it is.
So, today as we approach a New Year, 2017, my message to you is to talk with God. In this life, we sometimes have troubles, big or small, whatever it is that can be discouraging. Well, talk to God, and He will calm your heart. Between you and God, your problems can be solved. His advise is always to bless you, and give you everlasting hope. Some answers will come soon, and sometimes the answer is years later. But it is solved for you.
This year consider your life to be good, and successful. God is the ONLY ONE to solve your problems. Others can’t do it for you, especially our government. Your life belongs to you, a precious gift from God. You are the only one with your own DNA. No one else is like you. If you find it hard to talk with God, just say, “Thank You God on a daily basis.” Your words will flow without your ever thinking of it.
Until next time, “Let God be your partner.”
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