27 October, 2019

27 OCT 2019 - How GOD moves in our world

I finally decided to do this Bible Verse post at my personal blog... and will share the link later.  It has been four days since I found these verses, and I have been thinking about them and what they represent during that time.  I may post one of the verses with the link, but I am not sure yet.

I opened my Bible on Thursday to a page in Haggai...Chapter 1:10-11 was going tobe my daily posting challenge.

"Therefore the heaven over you is stayed from dew, and the earth is stayed from her fruit.
"And I called for a drought upon the land, and upon the mountains, and upon the corn, and upon the new wine, and upon the oil, and upon that which the ground bringeth forth, and upon men, and upon cattle, and upon all the labour of the hands."

I was impacted by this because of my interest in the End Times and how GOD judges the world in His efforts to reach it, to turn their hearts to Him and change their eternal destiny.  It is a very big topic, and there are so many verses to quote, I couldn't even share them in one post anywhere.

I also noticed Chapter 2:6-7

"For thus saith the LORD of hosts; Yet once, it is a little while, and I will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land;
"And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come : and I will fill this house with glory, saith the LORD of hosts."

And Chapter 2:9

"The glory of this latter house shall be greater than of the former, saith the LORD of hosts : and in this place will I give peace."

I don't remember my impressions when I first read this section, but it seems to be about the next world... about the end of time as we know it... about the judgements of GOD.

Then I noticed across the page, in the book of Zephaniah (1:14-18) about the final judgments of GOD on earth and man.

"The great day of the LORD is near... the mighty man shall cry there bitterly.
"That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of wasteness and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thich darkness,
"A day of the trumpet and alarm...
"And I will bring distress upon men, that they shall walk like blind men, because they have sinned against the LORD : and their blood shall be poured out as dust, and their flesh as the dung.
"Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of the LORD's wrath; but the whole land shall be devoured by the fire of his jealousy : for he shall make a speedy riddance of all them that dwell in the land."

It's a scary thought, especially when the same message is repeated in so many places, and I understand they were shared many years apart.

GOD can bless or GOD can judge. It is something we have to understand and realize that we are not the ones in charge.  Ultimately, even though He has given us FREE WILL, He has the power to change things.

Drought is one of His tools, earthquakes can be one of his tools, floods can be a tool but not a global wrath, pestilence is listed as a means of judgment.  We like to say one of GOD's "lightning bolts" hit when we think GOD has judged someone we consider evil and deserving it.  I often wonder how GOD views my sins, my need for judgment, and how much His forgiveness takes away (an how much it doesn't - in consequences).

It took so many years of prayer and seeking and thought to find a place of peace about my own sins and forgiveness, to understand how GOD works in this world and our lives.  I am still learning, but I understand a lot more than when I first started looking for answers as a teen.  (I am now in retirement, past 65.) Now I search for answers about the End Times and the days of GOD's wrath in prophecy.

In my plans for Working Together, I knew that GOD had the ability to bless  one field over another, and food is such an important part of our survival.  Creating a separate community from our current world of urban conflicts seemed wise.  When I happened on the Haggai chapter as I randomly opened my Bible, I was struck by the difficult prophecies I know about, with famine and worse.  In times like that, we have no other resource by GOD... no human has the power to change our circumstances like this. We have one story of GOD providing overnight for one of His prophets, so there is a possibility of individual provisions whenever that happens, but I am not sure we can depend on that.

Who will be left on the earth when these things happen?  I don't know.  Right now, I am trying to recover my studies of the Bible and review all the foundations of my own decisions about End Time issues... because the battles have been hard in my own life. 

Whatever time I have left, I will continue to search for more answers, and to find some way to share them for the future.  I am not a scholar, just a regular Christian looking for answers.  We all have to find our answers.  We will all stand before GOD alone.

I a still trying to work through these passages.  I haven't spent a lot of time in my Bible for some time, so visiting these parts again is hard on my emotions.  I hate to see, think about, or know of suffering I cannot change, help, or eliminate.  Some things belong to GOD alone.  I pray when I can't act, and hope for His mercy on the innocent, and His provision for the suffering.

Christians will need to separate and gather to protect each other at some point.  I hope that time will be soon, all over the world.


16 October, 2019

Here I am again!

I have been searching out my options and working on a plan for online connections... how to organize my "attack" of the online world and try to create some income for my retirement years!  It's been a hard process. I am getting to the place where I can connect all my blogging and websites and shops and marketing and social media and....  I am only one person still... I have to find a solution that will work until I can hire help.  :-)  SOON, I hope.

I can't believe how long it has been!  Almost a year by the records I have.  I thought I added posts over the year, but they seem to not exist, so I guess I didn't.

What have I decided so far?

I am going to focus most of my energy on my PATREON page because it is directly related to income options and is also flexible for my life changes.

I'm working on how to set up an email list for contacting interested people about changes in my efforts everywhere. One list, I think... that will be enough for me.

I suppose we can expand that if I can hire help.  :-)

I am working on sales options... drop-shipping through a variety of online places like my ETSY shop, EBAY store, PINTEREST account, social media like Twitter and Facebook, here, and via Patreon.

I am learning Canva for posting at social media and other formats.

I am learning MailChimp for the email lists.

I am learning a lot of things... and it is all beginning to work better than I have been able to get it to work in the past.  Finally. 

I have hope.  
My faith is growing.  
I am praying more than ever!   
haha - I couldn't resis the play on words.  :-)

I still have a lot to work out, like a shipping process and various rates, the photo process for posting listings, costs I can't afford yet, and workspaces. I keep trying to build my ideas into things to post, and am going to offer my downsizing items at eBay (mostly, I think).

I discovered how to reduce my feed at Twitter with their LISTS options, so I am working on that concept. I am deciding who to put back on the main feed for receiving posts.  It is really strange to see so few posts, but I am letting it sink in for awhile while I decide how much I want to see every time I check my Twitter feed.

I have started a project to post #BibleVerses at Twitter. It began with one or two posts and then felt like a great way to make myself open my Bible and read as often as possible. I am trying to do one verse post a day, but not obligated to it so it doesn't become a chore. I am at around three months I think... or going into three months... something like that.

It allows me to comment on my lifetime experiences with the Bible and how they affect me. Some verses mean more than others, and controversies in the church are one of my pet peeves so they get included when possible.  I end up with a long thread of tweets sometimes. I am working on shortening my threads, but there is so much to share it is hard to be brief with my words.

I haven't decided what to do with my Facebook options. 

I will try to add one of my Canva creations, if I can. Blogger seems to have changed since I started my blogging - about photos, but I am trying to figure that out, too.  

My GOD help us all to find our place of safety in this life and the next. Pray for America... we are battling a lot of serious problems and no one wants to care about the ordinary people. Persecutions are increasing. We need a PLAN!

In Christ,

I guess I found the way!