Do You Pray Amiss?


We do not pray amiss when we pray, “Thy will be done”. Thy will be done should be our only request.

God has a plan; His perfect plan. When we acknowledge “His will” will be done, we acknowledge He is the almighty. Our heart falls to it’s knees in reverence and awe. When we pray “Thy will be done”! we are asking that “His will be done on earth, as it is in Heaven”.

Matthew 6:10 NASB “Your kingdom come. Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven”

A conversation with God, through His High Priest Jesus, need not have requests, need not be amiss. When you converse with someone are you always asking them to give you something? If that is the only way you talk to them, then you become that needy friend.


“You have not because you ask not?” We only need that, “Thy will, Thy plan be done“. Your prayer is immediately, already answered because His perfect plan, His will is done. He is the sovereign, Almighty.

James 4:3 NASB
“You ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures.”

• He promised you will have your daily need (not wants). He has answered your “give us our daily bread”. What is your daily bread? All you need is Him. He is the bread of life.

Psalm 23:1 NLT “The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need.”

• He promised healing, here and now or, in Heaven, does not matter. As a Christian you are already healed. People came or were brought to Jesus to be healed. All scriptures on healing refer to spiritual healing. Salvation is healing. Healing physically on earth may happen if it is our Lord’s perfect plan. Healing in Heaven is guaranteed and already answered. God is concerned with our spiritual healing. All verses on healing are a testament to Jesus’ salvation of our spiritual life.

Our only concern is spiritual healing; Salvation through Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection. These physical, temporal shells are insignificant in the light of eternity. Physical healing on earth was never guaranteed. We live in a fallen world. But, God. That says it all. He is still on His throne and still in control. God allowed *satan dominion (domain, as in he is running around everywhere) over the earth , not control. We need only know, God is in control and His will be done.

James 5:15 “and the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up, and if he has committed sins, they will be forgiven him.”

“Thy will be done”. He has already answered. He is waiting for you to acknowledge His omnipotence and He is omnipresent. His will; His plan. Then as you pray (converse with God through Jesus), you will not pray amiss.

In the light of eternity, temporal circumstances are a blink of an eye. His will be done, is eternal.

* lower case because he is one

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Where’s Your Baggage?


My husband traveled all over the USA, Canada, Europe, Asia. I could not count the many trips to the airport to pick him up. I arranged to meet him in baggage claim many times. As I waited I watched people as they claimed baggage. It was quite entertaining.  Baggage claim; if the luggage could talk, oh the stories they could tell.

There are SO many bags: baggage claim

  All shapes
  All sizes
  All weights
Some are:
    Worn
    Ugly
    Damaged
    Lost

Through the years I made mental notes and realized many people’s lives are like baggage claim. All they gathered and carried on their journey just kept getting heavier and heavier.

A few years ago,  when our son-in-law returned overseas, one of the bags he was carrying was lost.   According to the airlines, it  never left the airport here.  Weeks went by and still no one found the bag.  The theory is, the tag got torn off on the belt going down from the ticketing area to the sorting area for planes.  It would have been thoughtful for the airport employee at the end of the belt to mark that bag with date, time and belt. That have helped locate it, might not.  It is still missing.

So, when our daughter and granddaughters followed weeks later with their baggage, I decided to treat their bags like I do packages here in the states.  I typed up a LARGE piece of paper stating:  “LUGGAGE DESTINATION” name and address, and laid it on top before closing each bag.  We do not know if that worked because none got lost.   Maybe it helped keep them together. The lost bag ended up in a pile somewhere. Long forgotten.

Unlike our traveling baggage, we often carry our life’s baggage around daily. Piling it on day after day until weighted down we cannot function at all.    All the regrets, the what ifs, and only ifs, they load us down.  It would be nice if our baggage tags were just torn off and baggage was lost. That just does not happen in real life.  It seems to be indelibly marked with our name.  Sometimes we set the baggage down but, hold on to the tickets and go back and pick it up later.   We never learn.  The only tag on our baggage, inside and out, should read:  “Destination Jesus”.

Give HIM your tickets and let HIM carry your baggage.

Psalm 55:22 ( NASB) Cast your burden upon the LORD and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.”

Matthew 11:28 (NLT) “Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.”

What are you still carrying? You were never meant to bear your burdens. “Give Them All To Jesus”.

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In Awe of Motherhood


Honoring Moms

Growing up we went out to the front yard before church and selected a red rose to wear to church. Pinned over our heart, the rose was a symbol of honor to our mother. We always took extra roses and pins to church for others who did not have rose bushes. Mom and dad wore white ones in honor of their mothers in Heaven. Sadly the tradition is all but lost. I cling to these traditions, the honor and respect of motherhood. A simple red or white flower over the heart was a quiet, simple symbol of honor. Some churches hand out a rainbow of carnations to each female after church; a remnant of what once pointed to honoring motherhood. An all inclusive approach lessens the value of honor.

Motherhood is a blessing

Society has devalued and degraded motherhood. Tabloids, social media and photo apps exploit motherhood showing bared bodies with captions of look at my bump, my peanut, look at this bulge. Sadly, young women of faith have bought into the culture of its all about me. Instead of setting the bar, they except the lower one.

Our culture has lost the awe and wonder of motherhood. We lost the meaning of mother, mom. The whole attitude has changed to selfishness from selflessness. Once mothers placed everyone in their family ahead of themselves. Sadly, many have their looks, programs, groups and activities higher on the list than the blessings that gave them the title of mother. Slowly, the awe of motherhood has left our culture.

Young mothers discuss their bodies, compare size. They talk of ‘me time’, and how to not lose yourself in motherhood. They are more concerned with their appearance than the health of their child. The mother in-line ahead of you is groomed and adorned with the height of fashion. They try to protect their manicure and pedicure, fresh from the spa. They stand with their child in clothes too small, hair and clothes unkempt, and dirty nails. They smack the hand that reaches for candy saying there is no money for treats. The concept of selflessness long lost if ever known.

Sacrificial love, losing oneself in the care of another is Christlike. Motherhood should be the epitome of showing Christ’s love for another. Christ showed no self. His thoughts were of others while dying on the cross.

Selflessness. Motherhood. Honor. Awe. If we as Christians cannot display the respect and reverence of God’s creation, how can we expect the world around us to value life. Abortions, 876,000 a year. We cannot devalue the birth of a child and in its wake the value of motherhood. We distract the world on one hand and reference bulge, bump, peanut and yet decry abortion. What if we showed them the awe of God’s creation and the selflessness of motherhood instead? What if we returned to awe and respect of mothers and their blessings?

Motherhood, in awe of God’s blessings.

Proverbs 31:30 NASB “Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain,

But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.”

In AWE of Mothers and motherhood,

Renee’ Green 2020

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Misery LOVES company!


MiseryYou start the day and you wish you did not have to get out of bed. You know it is going to be more of the same.

Everyday is the same. 2020 virus quarantine will long be seared in your mind. The kids or spouse have gotten on your last nerve. Or, maybe the loneliness of solitude is overwhelming.

You actually miss the days you once dreaded and/or some of the problems have multiplied. Was it just a few months back?

  • You had to go to school with, work with or see someone you knew would ruin your day all over again
  • You feared your job was going in the company’s downsizing
  • You did not have enough money to pay the bills
  • You had papers to write or a pile of unending work; impossible quotas to meet
  • You had a love one with terminal or chronic illness you could not see enough
  • Or, maybe you were the one that was sick and had so many appointments to schedule
  • You were losing your home or had already lost it
  • You hated your job or you lost it

So much misery you dwelled on, making you miserable to be around. Then suddenly the whole world imploded, turned inside out. Upside down. Now you know real misery, right?

Remember the song you heard as a child, “everybody hates me, nobody loves me, guess I’ll go eat worms …”? Misery LOVES company, well usually anyway. Sometimes you just want to be left alone. No one has been down the road you are going down. Woe is you. (Remember the old HeeHaw song about right now? “Gloom despair, and agony on me whoooaa.”)

Are you laughing at yourself yet? Laughter is good. Sometimes we laugh just because we do not want to cry. Go ahead, wallow in your misery. Make every one miserable with you. Whine on the phone, social media, in emails. Life is just not fair to you. It is supposed to be fair because you deserve fair. Life should not be hard for you. You are a Christian after all. How Christ like is it to have to suffer? Made you think? I hope so.

Do you know Who feels all these feelings before you do? The Bible tells us that NOTHING touches us but that it first goes through His hands; Jesus’ hands. Everything that hurts you, that touches you, He feels it first. Everything that happens to you HAPPENS to Christ first.

Did you catch that? HAPPENS, right then and there as He filters it through His nail pierced hands. We think of His suffering on the cross, dying for our sins way back then. We do not think of Him hurting now. When we are hurting we forget He is hurting right along with us. Right now; in the here and now. Jesus wept when Lazarus died. He grieved with Martha and Mary. He feels with you as well. All your circumstances pass through His hands long before they touch you.

 Jeremiah 29:11 ESV “For I know the plans I have for you, declares  the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

You are not alone, ever. He knows, He cares. Tell Him how you feel, and feel how He feels with you. You have a Savior that will always be there to carry your load. Concern over your circumstances is okay, but worrying over them is not.

REMEMBER:

1 Corinthians 10:13 ESV  “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful,

and He will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation He will also

provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.”

The Holy Spirit is the way of escape, the Power. This means that He will not allow you to go through more than will cause you to lose your faith. It does not mean He will not allow more than you can handle. He handles. He is right there to carry you through.

Keep remembering, your circumstances were filtered through His fingers first. He felt them before you. Filtered, removing anything that would not be good for you.

I Thessalonians 5:18 NASB
“in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus

If His light is shining through you, you cannot be miserable. Smile and mean it.

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BEatitudes = Attitudes To Be


BEatitudes:

When I was in college in Atlanta, we traveled over 30 miles on Tuesday night to a Bible study that sometimes had over 400 in attendance.  There was a three-piece band and a speaker.  Simple music, simple truths.  The concept was, “if you teach them, they will come” and we did.  We studied the Bible a passage at a time.  I remember it was the first time I heard the phrase “the Beatitudes are Attitudes to be”.  Most of what God has to teach us and our children is simple truths.  We just like to complicate them.

As parents or workers with children of various ages, we know “attitude”.  We probably get several doses a day.  Have you ever thought about teaching children a conscious attitude; attitudes to be?  Jesus did, and He gave a wonderful lesson that we should teach to our children early on.

English lesson:

BEatitudes!

TO BE verb and auxiliary verb

  • present singular 1st person: am (I am)
  • 2nd  person: are (you are)
  • 3rd person:  is (he/she is)

Attitudes are something you ARE and choose to BE.  Attitude is a decision.  Very early on you must teach children that they are choosing their attitudes and those choices decide how they act.  Their actions have consequences.   At the first sign of an inappropriate attitude you look them straight in the face and say, “you need to make a decision.  Make a good one.  If you continue in this ____ (name it – action or attitude) then YOU are DECIDING and CHOOSING this consequence“ (name it and make sure you stick to it).  Make sure you are in a right attitude yourself. Lose the temptation of grounding them for life attitude.  Teach them to do as you do.

You can teach them as early as two that they are ‘asking’ for consequences by their choices.  If they are acting out they choose to be punished.  Do not let them blame you.  Encourage them to choose wisely and receive good consequences.

I hear mom’s say, “he/she’s in their terrible two’s” or, “oh, he/she’s carried the terrible two’s into the terrifying three’s”.  Don’t CLAIM it for goodness sake.  Do something about it.  You do not let children control you or your home.

I know I have said it under other sections, but let me say it again.  Parenting is a SMALL minuscule picture on earth of our Heavenly Father’s relationship with us.  Remember what happens when you try to control your life; you try to control God?  Makes a mess of things doesn’t it?  Well, why are you allowing children to control you and the home?    I see toddlers in control of large adults 4x’s their size and I shake my head and think, “when did you hand them the keys?”  Most turn over control before they are two believe it or not.

I won’t mention which daughter, but one of mine wanted something in the checkout line and I said, “no”.  To which I received a tantrum, her first.  I looked at her and told her she was embarrassing herself and me and that was no way to behave in a store.  I told her to make a decision or I would have to embarrass her.  She continued to scream.  So I dropped to the floor and threw a tantrum.  She was mortified.  She told me I was ‘mbearinsing her’.   I told her I would stop if she did.  Quit laughing, it worked.  We were in Winn Dixie and a mom looked at me and said, “Oh, if I only had the courage to do that.”  There were no more tantrums in the store.  There are those that say not to humiliate your child in public.  HOGWASH! (<~ I have become my mom, it was her fav word).  Half of what is wrong with children is we are protecting them from good child rearing techniques for fear of what others will say or think.  Or worse, what some ‘professional in the world’ says will hurt the child.  The world is not in charge of raising your child.  The truth is, you answer only to God for how you turn out your kids.  Any child still living at home and you pay the bills, is your responsibility, your stewardship under God’s eyes.  I am sorry to say that an out of control teenager did not wake up that way one morning.  It started years before when someone stopped parenting and handed over the keys. It is very hard, but not impossible, to get those keys back and start over.  God expects you do to just that. With a preteen or teen you start with a heart to heart of how it should have been and how it wil be going forward  if you have to take away a lot it is hard  just keep reminding them their choices decide the consequences

God gave a manual on teaching attitudes to yourself as well as your children.  These are simple Bible truths that Jesus taught in Matthew 5. (This is greatly simplified due to BLOG constraints – everyone should really do a thorough study of God’s attitudes TO BE.)

  • 3“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (our BEatitude is recognizing we OWE all to God) God is teaching us and we need to teach children, that we are blessed by Him and stewards of all that we have; we should have a humble and thankful spirit and not a proud and greedy one
  • 4“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted” (our BEatitude of SORROW  for sin that brings repentance, recognizing when we do wrong and REALLY being sorry) God is teaching us, and we need to teach children, that we should be sorrowful over sin and wrong doing; that we are dependent on the Holy Spirit to walk daily in Him and that we cannot do so without Him. Teach them to yield to that conscience; yield to the tugging of the Holy Spirit.  We know when we are doing wrong and we know when we are ignoring that tugging on our conscience.  If we ignore, the Holy Spirit within us grieves.  We ignore that, we harden.
  • 5“Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth” (our BEatitude of  SUBMISSION to God) God is teaching us, and we should teach our children,  to be quiet and rest in Him, to not get upset when we are wronged but to turn the other cheek and show His love to others as He has shown it to us.  We are to be patient with others as God is with us, that includes being patient with the children you are teaching patience!
  • 6“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled” (our BEatitude is one of SENSING our need for God and striving to be more like Him) God is teaching us, and we should teach our children, through two things the human body can understand, hunger and thirst.  These needs keep us alive and our hunger and thirst for righteousness are vital to our spiritual life just as food and water are to our physical body.  Priorities must be set and followed.  Putting God first makes everything else fall in line.
  • 7“Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy” (Our BEatitude is one of SHOWING Christ in our actions) God is teaching us that when we hunger and thirst after Him, our ACTIONS will show Him.  This is our testimony in action.  We show love for others as He has loved us.  For a long description of LOVE see my “For The Greatest Of These is Love” post.  We give forgiveness as we are forgiven.  We show compassion, pity, patience, just as we have been shown them by Him.
  • 8“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God” (Our BEatitude is one of seeking His Holiness) God is teaching us, and we should teach our children,  to put away the world and seek only that which is pure.  God cannot look on iniquity so having it in our heart separates us from Him.  To see God, we must have a pure heart.  Pure hearts come from what we put in our minds through our eyes and ears.
  • 9“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God” (Our BEatitude is one of SOLVING not creating problems) God is teaching us, and we should teach our children, to strive to get along and find good in others and situations.  To establish Peace through Him.  Our light in a dark world should bring comfort and peace.  As the old saying goes, “if you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem.”  When actions display God in us and not us in the world, then we are part of the solution.
  • 10“Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven”(Our BEatitude is one of SELFLESSNESS) God is teaching us, and we should teach our children, that when we take on all of these BEatitudes, the world will not understand.  Sometimes you will be walked over, made fun of and some will even give their lives.  This is hard for us as adults and certainly not something little children can grasp.  We simple must teach them that sometimes, even though we are doing right, bad things are going to happen; people are going to hurt us.  This is when it is even more important TO BE the BEatitudes through His strength in us.
  • 11“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me”(Our BEatitude is one of STEADFASTNESS standing strong in the Power of the Blood).  In America today, Christians are being picked apart and ridiculed.  You and children will face more and more verbal, if not physical, persecution for standing in the testimony of Christ. During these times our resolve may weaken, or we may become apathetic if we do not stand in His Power.  There are times when I just get quiet and pray, “Lord, by the Power of the Blood, for the Victory that HAS BEEN ONE, I bind satan from this situation.  What is bound on earth is bound in Heaven. (Matthew 16:18)  I claim this VICTORY.”  And then I move in His Power, not my own.

Learn the BEatitudes and pass them on to your children.  What’s your BEatitude today?

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