Hope

Hope… hope is very important; it can make a big difference in the way you think, the way you act, the way you feel. If someone doesn’t have hope, things can look pretty dismal. Sometimes it could be a case of life and death to the individual. Everyone needs hope. I bet a lot of people would like me to go on by saying it doesn’t matter where you get your hope as long as you have it. That statement, although contrary to popular belief, is untrue. It  does matter where you get your hope from. If you put your hope in the wrong places you are destined to be let down. Proverbs 11:7 “Hope placed in mortals die with them; all the promise of their power comes to nothing.”

God is where we should put our hope. He is real and true hope. Psalm 62:5 “Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him.” God is a God of hope… Romans 15:13 “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

Jesus (God’s son) was killed in a gruesome way so that we could have eternal life with God (even after our earthly bodies give out and die). Jesus was the perfect sacrifice. Why? Because Jesus was a man (and God), and he was perfect; he never sinned. That is why he can save us. He had all the sins of everyone past, present, and future, on him as he died. 2 Corinthians 5:21 “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” He died so we can be saved. Jesus is our hope. God is our hope. Jesus is the only way to escape eternal death (hell). Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Friends, put your hope in the true hope, not earthly hopes that will lead to death and disappointment. Jesus did not stay dead, God raised him back to life. 1 Peter 1:21 says, “Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God.” God is the best source of hope that there is. Sometimes, we who know this already still tend to forget, and lose sight of the goal. Hebrews 12:1 tells us, “Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.” Hebrews 12:2: “Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

I want to leave you with this final verse… John 16:33: “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

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Spring Fever

It’s a snow day today and I want it to be summer or at least spring. Two days ago it was 15 degrees C and I was outside playing sports with my brother in just jeans and sweater. I think I have spring fever. I think even my dog has spring fever, before all this snow got dumped on us, she was outside playing on the deck just like it was spring, or summer… or fall.. or anything but winter. For me, I like the first bit of winter, because, then it is new and fresh, and exciting. I like winter before Christmas, I look forward to Christmas, it is nice to have snow at Christmas, but snow and below freezing weather after Christmas gets old pretty quick. Don’t get me wrong I like living in Canada where there is all the different seasons, but I wish winter was a little shorter and summer a bit longer. So here I am on the second day of march, on a snow day, sitting inside with spring fever. Maybe it will melt quickly and spring will come soon. I can only hope… and a few prayers on that topic couldn’t hurt anything. 😉

Friends

Everyone needs friends. Some people are fortunate to have lots of friends living close by to them, others are not so fortunate. I have a couple of friends but I hardly ever see them or spend time with them. I feel lonely. My friends have their own lives to lead I can’t expect them to make a lot of time for me. But it is still hard. Maybe you have experienced this, if you have I am sorry for you. It is tough feeling lonely. But there is a positive. I have one friend who is always with me and never leaves me, he is always close by to me. Sometimes I try to run from him but he never leaves. He is a great listener, always available 24/7. Sometime I forget all of this so it is a good reminder for myself. Jesus can be your friend too. I’m blessed with a supportive family and a God who cares for me… but it is still hard, and I do feel lonely, I know I am not alone but I still feel that way sometimes. I need to go out and make some more friends, but I stay home a lot more than I probably should.

Button

I just got a cat yesterday she is cute kitty, her name is Button. She is a beautiful black

kitty, she is seven months old. I also have a dog. Cat’s and dogs both are great

companions. I am thankful for them, without them, my family and God I would be a lot worse off. God is good all the time, all the time God is good. Sometimes it is just hard to see the good in everything. I have to learn to trust God more and turn to him. He is my strength otherwise I would have no hope.

My favorite verse:  “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.
    What can mere mortals do to me?” Hebrews 13:6

And a few other reminders I need, and maybe you do too:

“Come to me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28

“He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:29-31

 “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.  That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:9-10

“I waited patiently for the Lordhe turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth,a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the Lord and put their trust in him.” Psalm 40:1-3

 

The Light

The Light

As darkness dawns
A new monster spawns

Fear lurks slowing
The eyes light glowing

What is out beyond your sight?
You start to shiver in your fright
What is growing in the night?

But I say, have no fear!
For always, Jesus is near!

He is a Light in the dark
Things start to look less stark

Now there is no fright
Sleep sound tonight
For Jesus is the light

In response to word prompt Creature

Treasures In Heaven

Maybe you’re dreaming about that new car or getting your nails done, getting that new t-shirt, or getting that kitten. Maybe all your attention is going into getting that raise at work. Maybe you’re like me, and you’re spending a lot of your time stressing out about things that don’t really matter. Things like losing that few pounds, or going to that appointment next week.

The thing I”m learning is, none of those things really matter in the long run. Things rust, thieves steal, weight comes and goes, life happens. Matthew 6:19-24 says, “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal,  but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”  

The world tries to sell you so much stuff that you don’t need, and things that are actually not important. The things that really matter, are the things that last into eternity after death. Everyone lives forever; it is where you will live that is the question. God want us all to spend eternity with him, but he leaves that decision up to us.

How much time do I spend worrying about earthly things when none of it will last into eternity? I bet no one is going to be fat in heaven, so why stress so much about it? I’m recovering from anorexia, so this new thought is like totally mind blowing for me. Why do I worry so much about weight when it doesn’t really matter? Yes, our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit if we are God’s children, and God wants us to take care of our bodies. However, I’m sure he doesn’t want us to go to the extreme, and unhealthily obsess about our looks and weight. It is not the outward appearance that really matters; more importantly, it is who we are in the inside.

What do we spend out time doing and thinking about? Is it honoring to God? We should be asking ourselves if we will bring whatever it is, with us into eternity. I’m not saying we shouldn’t enjoy ourselves if it is honoring to God, I’m just saying for me anyway, I want to turn my focus toward the things that really matter, and things that will last.

It is my heart’s desire to follow God, but the world and its desires, and advertisements, sometimes sidetrack me, and I get caught up in the latest thing that I think I need. 1 John 2:17 says, ” The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.” And Matthew 6:33 says, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” I want to try to seek God’s kingdom and store up my treasures in heaven, rather than on earth? Is anyone with me?

How To Train Your Dog To ‘Hug’ You (Aka Deep Pressure Therapy)

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Dogs are a wonderful creation of God. They are more than simply a pet- or at least my dog is to me. My dog is my friend, buddy, companion, and. Helper. My dog follows me around the house everywhere I go and sits or lays beside or on me. I think she would do almost anything for me, and me for her. But sometimes when I am really distressed my dog doesn’t quite know what to do, she will just look at me almost saying, “I know your upset, I want to help, but how?” In this post I will teach you step by step how to teach your dog to give you deep pressure therapy, or simply ‘a hug’. Deep pressure therapy is very helpful in calming anxiety and helping you to focus in on the moment, if your anything like me you may need a lot of help doing those things sometimes. These steps are based off of your dog already knowing basic commands.

Step One-
Have a special treat ready. Lie down on a bed, couch, or floor, then get the attention of your dog.

Step Two- Call your dog beside you.

Step three-
Bring your hand with the treat to above your face hovering over your chest, slowly lead your dog to walk on top of you. Give treat.

Step four-
Repeat the same step, except this time, give the command to lye down when the dog is on top of you. Give treat. Work on this until the dog will readily lye down on top of you with its paws on your chest. If it is a big dog they may only put their paws and chest on you, if it is a small dog they can lay right on top of you.

Step five-
Switch the command from lay down to ‘Hug’ Or whatever cue you want to give. Practice until the dog will give you ‘a hug’ at any moment.

Step six-
This is a more advanced step. Once your dog readily will give you ‘a hug’ by your cue, you can train it to give you a ‘hug’ by your distressed symptoms. For example if you hyperventilate when your really anxious, then for this exercise fake the noise and say “hug”. After a bunch of practice your dog will learn to give you a hug when you hyperventilate.

That is the 6 steps to teach your dog how to hug you. Enjoy your dog hugs!