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I, the Lord, have spoken!

*GOD*day!

Read this passage from Jeremiah:

Jeremiah 20

Life’s Been Nothing but Trouble and Tears

 1-5The priest Pashur son of Immer was the senior priest in God’s Temple. He heard Jeremiah preach this sermon. He whipped Jeremiah the prophet and put him in the stocks at the Upper Benjamin Gate of God’s Temple. The next day Pashur came and let him go. Jeremiah told him, “God has a new name for you: not Pashur but Danger-Everywhere, because God says, ‘You’re a danger to yourself and everyone around you. All your friends are going to get killed in battle while you stand there and watch. What’s more, I’m turning all of Judah over to the king of Babylon to do whatever he likes with them—haul them off into exile, kill them at whim. Everything worth anything in this city, property and possessions along with everything in the royal treasury—I’m handing it all over to the enemy. They’ll rummage through it and take what they want back to Babylon. 6“‘And you, Pashur, you and everyone in your family will be taken prisoner into exile—that’s right, exile in Babylon. You’ll die and be buried there, you and all your cronies to whom you preached your lies.'”

 7-10You pushed me into this, God, and I let you do it.
   You were too much for me.
And now I’m a public joke.
   They all poke fun at me.
Every time I open my mouth
   I’m shouting, “Murder!” or “Rape!”
And all I get for my God-warnings
   are insults and contempt.
But if I say, “Forget it!
   No more God-Messages from me!”
The words are fire in my belly,
   a burning in my bones.
I’m worn out trying to hold it in.
   I can’t do it any longer!
Then I hear whispering behind my back:
   “There goes old ‘Danger-Everywhere.’ Shut him up! Report him!”
Old friends watch, hoping I’ll fall flat on my face:
   “One misstep and we’ll have him. We’ll get rid of him for good!”

 11But God, a most fierce warrior, is at my side.
   Those who are after me will be sent sprawling—
Slapstick buffoons falling all over themselves,
   a spectacle of humiliation no one will ever forget.

Jeremiah Is In Big Trouble Now!

Or so you would think if you just stopped reading right there.  Now granted, I’m not sure I would want to own up to being so verbal before GOD, but Jeremiah, he’s just telling it like he feels, and like it is, well, at least to his worn out, weary troubled soul.

Read on now and find out how just Jeremiah hit that high not of woe is me, he quickly pulls back and knows that he’s got to get it together.  As we often say, if GOD calls you to it, He’ll see you through it.  Jeremiah and many other folks in the Bible teach us this.  So, take a read and see for yourself just how Jeremiah turns a frustrated and quite honestly, I think a very lonely time in his life, over to GOD quite quickly.

Jeremiah 20

 12Oh, God-of-the-Angel-Armies, no one fools you.
   You see through everyone, everything.
I want to see you pay them back for what they’ve done.
   I rest my case with you.

 13Sing to God! All praise to God!
   He saves the weak from the grip of the wicked.

 14-18Curse the day
   I was born!
The day my mother bore me—
   a curse on it, I say!
And curse the man who delivered
   the news to my father:
“You’ve got a new baby—a boy baby!”
   (How happy it made him.)
Let that birth notice be blacked out,
   deleted from the records,
And the man who brought it haunted to his death
   with the bad news he brought.
He should have killed me before I was born,
   with that womb as my tomb,
My mother pregnant for the rest of her life
   with a baby dead in her womb.
Why, oh why, did I ever leave that womb?
   Life’s been nothing but trouble and tears,
   and what’s coming is more of the same.

Jeremiah, Bold Before Men, Oh So Broken Before GOD

He’s my hero Jeremiah.  I mean that.  I know a lot of people choose so many of the NT people as their role models but I just loved Jeremiah from the get go.  I truly think there are a lot of people like me out there who also love Jeremiah and his desire to want to get the Word out to the Body.  The Body before him that just kept on getting all excited during the miracle and blessing times, the times of being saved, but then they go back to all their planning and fun and games, and well quite honestly if you can’t see this is how it is today, and I do believe it, and that we have way, way to many good feeling times going on, as opposed to someone being willing to step out of their comfort zone, like Jeremiah did, and be oh so bold before the Body.

I can’t help but think of a line from a movie, well two actually.  Here is the first:

Eric Matthews: Why don’t you just shut up?
Gracie Hart: Why? You’re shutting up enough for both of us.

I think that sometimes that is exactly what GOD is saying to us.  We’re doing way to much shutting up to each other.  Last evening at dinner my son and daughter and I had this amazing conversation about judging.  I know right?  We had sides, yes it’s okay to judge, no it’s not.  You know how it goes.  What in the end we discovered, or at least I was hearing, is it is okay to have those scales of justice on the table of life.  Something we don’t see to often in all these super duper big new shine, shine on me churches.  We have people still doing the same old go to retreat and come back all refreshed, but quite honestly, all that money spent to feel oh so good, didn’t really make any lasting changes.  It just was whoop-d-do feel good times.  It keeps going on and I think GOD is saying, you know pastors, governing church bodies, you are shutting up way to much.

I’m just saying, if you take a look at how Jeremiah handles things, even in some of his most frustrating times, GOD is right there beside him to guide him all the way, even through the woe is me, beam me up GOD times.

You can even jump ahead and just as sure as shoot’n you can see that GOD has something to say about some of those preachers out there who are trying to get people to behave in a manner becoming of a CHRISTian.  It’s that balance, those scales of justice and love.  We’ve got to get on with the business of not going on retreats, but maybe holding a few all night events within the Body where we do some crying of our own, some cleaning up of not the church grounds, but of the church people.  I think it’s high time, I truly do.  I think it’s high time before we hit our lowest time and GOD says, enough is enough.

We’re so busy trying to get the outside world in, but how can we when what’s inside isn’t all that appealing; trust me I know this I work in a very secular world.  Sure you’ll always be able to draw in people who don’t really want to change, but how is that any different?

We had a discussion last evening as well about traditional services vs. contemporary.  We discussed how each of us like something different, or how we don’t care for one or the other because of how people behave.  Neither side came out a winner.  That in itself should tell us all that something within us all has to change.  It has to change because we can no longer afford to do business as usual.  Usual has to leave the building completely so a brand new, not survey says, but GOD ordained and led ministry can come forth out of us being willing to submit to the harshness of that change.

Personally, it sure doesn’t sound like good times does it?  Yet, can we afford any longer that furnace of transformation?  I think not.  I know not.

Any one up for a quick fire?

Probably not.  At least I was willing, as the song says, “I will not be silent any more.”  I’ve got everything to gain and that which I let go of is for His glory, and always my good.

Jeremiah P.S.

I’m not recommending that we all get out there and get all sassy pants in GOD’s face about whatever we are going through.  I’m just saying that GOD understood the passion behind Jeremiah and his obedience to do what needed to be done for GOD.  Jeremiah’s failure comes with frustration and getting all up in GOD’s face about it.  Let’s face it though, it happens.  I have a friend who say’s “Ministry would be great if it weren’t for the people.”  I know, right?  If you work with people you get this.  We the people, tend not to do much that forms that perfect union thing.  We in fact do much that hinders the plans of GOD.  So, just be really careful going, and doing what GOD leads you to do, and don’t get all crazy up in GOD’s face when the people don’t get you.  GOD does, and in the beginning, middle and end of it all, if you are obedient unto His plans, it’s all gonna work out to His perfectellence!

Until all have heard of His Love,

Jeannie Bee

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Hanger Recipe Holder

*GOD*day!

Hang On – help is on the way!

Proverbs 19:21
We humans keep brainstorming options and plans, but God’s purpose prevails.

Every day should have purpose for each of us.  It’ll be as individual as GOD made you.

Purpose can also be in the form of repurposing, which is exactly what this blog is about today.  Sometimes though, we even have to repurpose ourselves.  Sometimes in order to find or have purpose, you have to let go of that which doesn’t even begin to define what you were made for, and allow the Holy Spirit to reuse in a manner becoming of something new.

Inspiration or Desperation,

Take your pick…

Today’s purpose  came in the form of reusing a hanger in way that it was not intended for.

I’m just going to keep this one short and simple and let the picture do all the talking.

 

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Living His Dream

*GOD*day!

We get it all so wrong.  What do we get wrong?  We get the whole idea of living the dream wrong.  People say it all the time, but what they are really talking about is having.  Having more and more things, and more and more money.  More, in the commercial is what everyone wants.

No, not everyone.  I’m a part of the not wanting more generation.  I’m at my best when I’m living in the center of His will.  Right now, I don’t believe I am.  I truly now believe that this position I’m in, was of GOD, but not meant for a permanent thing.  If that upsets the apple cart of someone else and their dream, well, they just have talk to GOD to get on the same page.  And no, don’t even try to manipulate me into thinking that I’m failing GOD.  I put my best foot forward and sometimes, that’s all GOD wanted of you.  Everyone after all is always telling me to get out of my comfort zone.  I look at them as if they are speaking a foreign language when they say those words.  Why?  Because I’m seldom comfortable.  People who say that just think they themselves are some big old risk takers, or they are miserable minded people who want you to be in their dream, aka. nightmare on people street.  No thank you!

So today, once again I’m keeping it short, sweet and all because of being inspired and fulfilled by the Holy Spirit.  Tomorrow when I get to work I’ll put that best foot forward again, and if I end up crying again, or it doesn’t work out, this day to shall end.  It always does.  All I know is the beginning and ending of my day just needs to be in the center of His will and way for me.

Until all have heard of and know, His Love,

Jeannie Bee

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Christian Pop Culture

*GOD*day!

“Tomorrows another day.”  Ever been told that, or worse said it flippantly to another person.  Or maybe you just didn’t say it flippantly, but you said it.  Well today I as thinking about that and I that, well yippy-skippy, what if I’m not looking forward to tomorrow cause it’s more of the same of which I want to get away from.  Like the song: ♪♫ I want to run away, I want to fly away ♪♫  So, well I was thinking about that, I was reading an email from a dear sweet friend.  As I was writing back this idea “popped” into my head.

I’m posting this for any one of the dear people in my life who, like me, aren’t looking forward to tomorrow because of maybe a “missing” that will be present.  Maybe because of some frustrations from a job, like me!  Or, it could be like yet another friend, a burden needs to be completely lifted.

One way or another I do know this, as we all in-Christ know, but this is GOD to hear.

It’s what GOD is serving us on the table of this life so that we can lean on Him and learn.

Until all have heard of and know, His Love,

Jeannie Bee

 

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Out withThe Lion and in with The Lamb

*GOD*day!

Life Is But A Dream

Sometimes it can be, and other times life can be sort of nightmarish.

July goes out with The Lion and August Comes in with the Lamb

It’s the only way for a CHRISTian to travel along the roads of this life we live here in the cruddy here and now.

So far so good!  July is but a blur.  I know, right? It’s suppose to be ♪♫ life is but a dream ♪♫ but July was more like a nightmare for me.  I’ve been training at a new position and I thought it was just about going to be the death of me.  I remember when I got hired, it was a joke when said, but all the same, I considered doing this.  Calling in dead!  At one point I just had such an influx of new information coming into my head I thought that literally, maybe it is possible, like people who spontaneously combust,  my head would truly explode.
Praise ye The Lord – This did not occur

Hallelu, Hallelu, Hallelu, Hallelujah,
Praise ye the Lord!


Hallelu, Hallelu, Hallelu, Hallelujah,
Praise ye the Lord!


Praise ye the Lord, Hallelujah,
Praise ye the Lord, Hallelujah,
Praise ye the Lord, Hallelujah,
Praise ye the Lord!

Having your wits not about you is a very scarey thing.  It felt as if everything I learned had just vanished from my head and it was scarey.  I’ve never experienced anything like that in my life.  I did not, I do not, like that!  It gave me sort of an understanding how panic stricken Alzheimer patients feel.  To have information gone out of your head, it’s very traumatic.  You literally do know it, but somewhere it gets lost or not transmitted, or who knows.  No matter what though, people who suffer from such dementia are really in such an awful place.  I know now that my head cannot handle that much information coming at it that fast.  I also know a little more about my learning style and why school was always difficult for me.

I’m prayerfully on the other side of July, well actually I am, we all are, cause it’s August now =) LOL  I’m happy.  July, with the exception of that scariness, is but a blur to me.  I don’t even remember the 4th of July.  Crazy talk right?  I don’t.

The great part of it all is through it all, and in the end, I’ve learned to count on Jesus even more.  I’ve also learned what it is like to have friends in your corner when you got to the mattresses.  Even when leaving work today, after clocking in at 5AM. and out at 6:16AM, I said to my manager as I was leaving, ooh the gun (handheld scan gun), I almost forgot to put it away.  Then I said, yes I did, leave the gun, take the Cannoli.  He started laughing, as did I.

It felt good to leave work with a smile, and laughing at myself, and not taking everything in as if it’s the end of the world.  It’s not.  Because the end will come when GOD says so, and not a minute sooner or later.  In that I find comfort and joy.  Yes, it is well, with my soul, and all that is within me, praise His Holy Name!

Have a blessed and bountiful day in-Christ Jesus!

Until all have heard of and know, His Love,

Jeannie Bee

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Sweet Potato Pie Muffins

*GOD*day to you, whether it’s top of the morning, nap of the noon, or you are ready to sleep away into sweet Jesus dreamland, GOD-day to you!

The truth about baking for me is it takes my mind off things.  The thing is, lately I’ve had no mind to even be able to really bake.  I’ve tried, but my heart just wasn’t in it.  I love playing around with ideas for baking and coming up with my own ideas.  I like doing stuff other people come up with too.

If someone has done what I’ve done here before, I must have missed it, cause this was in my head, out of head into the bowl, into the oven and onto the plate, all by my little old self.

My Pie Picking Idea Out of My Head

Jeannie’s Sweet Potato Pie Muffins

In case anyone cares…

I just used store bought premade crust.  Used the acorn cookie cutter to cut the shapes.  I made a sweet potato muffin batter.  Dabbed the outside of the bottom crust with a little meal for sealing.  Put a tablespoon of the muffin mix in the center.  Put another cut-out acorn crust on top.  Sealed it with a fork.  Sprinkled with a little sugar and baked at 375ºF, on a lightly sprayed cookie sheet, for about 15 minutes, do it until they are lightly brown around the edges.

NOTE: It’s not the filling that you have to be concerned with cooking through.  That worked out wonderful.  It’s the pie crust. =)

When it was all done I took a heaping tablespoon of prepared icing and placed in a small bowl and microwaved it for about 30 seconds.  I brushed it over the tops of the pie muffins, and wah-lah!

Happy Baking,

Jeannie Bee

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Schooled

*GOD*day!

Today’s lesson will be by the Book:

On the board:

The test will come when you are faced with your own:

Until all have heard of and know, His Love,
Jeannie Bee

 

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