When Bad Things Happen to Good People

Ever go through some serious ‘shtuff’ and feel like no one understands?

Trouble in your family? Yeah, look at Joseph. He knew sibling rivalry but held onto his faith in God.

After being beat up, sold into slavery by his own brothers and experiencing more conflict than one should ever have to face  he was able to say,

You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.

Genesis 50:20 NIV

Click: http://bible.com/111/gen.50.20.NIV

to go to passage.

What about Ruth & Naomi?

“Don’t call me Naomi, ” she told them. “Call me Mara, because the Almighty has made my life very bitter. I went away full, but the Lord has brought me back empty. Why call me Naomi? The Lord has afflicted me; the Almighty has brought misfortune upon me.”

Ruth 1:20‭-‬21 NIV

For that passage go to: http://bible.com/111/rut.1.20-21.NIV

How about a man named ‘JOB’?

When he was suffering big time his own wife & supposedly godly friends didn’t bring any comfort, as a matter of fact, they actually made things worse by telling him he must have done some serious sinning and was being punished by God. He says to his wife,

He told her, “You’re talking like an empty-headed fool. We take the good days from God—why not also the bad days?” Not once through all this did Job sin. He said nothing against God.

Job 2:10 MSG

Go to; http://bible.com/97/job.2.10.MSG for that passage.

Now, consider Jesus Christ. He, who knew no sin and did nothing but good and showed nothing but love & healing, was put to death like a common criminal.

Being good in God’s eyes doesn’t mean we won’t encounter bad situation.

 It doesn’t mean that we will be sparred hardships, however,  when we do experience loss, health issues or things just don’t go ‘our way’ we know who to turn to & that we can keep holding on to His mighty hand.

It rains on the just & the unjust.

In Christ, Beetle 

If you are struggling with why bad things happen to good people and good things happen to bad people go to the post 👉 God remains.

For more go to day 1 of the @YouVersion Plan named  “Suffering”. Check it out here:

http://bible.com/r/1I

Each Morning Is New (Simple Faith)

I’m not a morning person but there is something about mornings that remind me that each day is a new gift from God.

I think most of us are trying to ‘figure out life’, its meaning & purpose. We search for answers to questions we have deep within our minds but if we are honest we can admit we just don’t know and I think once we admit we just don’t know but have to fully rely on God’s provision,  love, grace, mercy and sovereignty,  that is when we can finally find peace and salvation. That is when our hearts & minds begin to be satisfied.

It all comes down to a relationship with God, through Jesus. 

For me religion has always made it hard. Man made rules and logistics that try to put God in a box and that limit His abilities & power, that is what hurts my faith & stunts my personal growth in Him.

This world can be such a cruel place. People who try so hard at playing God and being The Savior rather than letting Christ be in charge they try to be Christ rather than be Christ-like.

“This is what the Lord says, he who made the earth, the Lord who formed it and established it—the Lord is his name:

 ‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’

Jeremiah 33:2‭-‬3 NIV

http://bible.com/111/jer.33.2-3.NIV

So, I call on Him directly and regularly, not so that I can become a god or try to do His great works but so that I can come to know Him personally and in doing so He can dwell (live in me) and love others into a relationship with Himself, using me as an instrument, a mode of transportation, in which He can reach others through.

Jesus Christ, God in the flesh, came to earth to show others God’s true attributes. 

 

He made Himself known, not to become an accessory, but rather, to be accessible.

It is through calling on Him that a relationship develops and He is able to bring us a deeper understanding and into a knowledge & wisdom that otherwise we would never comprehend.

 He didn’t do this so that we could or would come across as better (holier than thou) but so that we would be better off and humbly serve others, as Christ served & subjected Himself to the mercy of others, even to the point of death on a cross. 

Heavenly Father may we simply accept The Lord Jesus Christ as a sacrifice for our sin and let Your Holy Spirit move in & clear out the confusion, sin and chaos in our lives.

In Jesus name and for Christ’s sake Amen

Love, Beetle 

Here is a great VIDEO WITH LYRICS but the audio is kinda poor. Under the video posted on YouTube are all the Scriptures that go with the song but again, for some reason the audio is very poor in this version:

 https://youtu.be/eQ2UCUBqrUA
Here is a better version of the audio, but no on screen lyrics:


You can also check out “If You Just Believe” by John Elefante (former lead singer from Kansas) on Amazon Music

https://music.amazon.com/albums/B003YOUADQ?trackAsin=B003YOY5M8&ref=dm_sh_mf5D5KYWltMTp33fPv0DdTWkz

Psalm 101 is Class 101

Every summer, when I’d get a break from the school year I would try to work on something. For instance, my mom quizzed me on multiplication with flash cards. Although I didn’t remember them all I did get some of them into my brain & recall them to this day.

It always helped when whatever I was working on I actually had an intrest in and it was something I enjoyed or loved, like all the major & minor scales in music. Then I discovered a whole bunch of other scales (blues, pentatonic & more). 

We are never finished learning anything and I honestly believe the first real step to grasping anything is to have a desire, not just an obligation or important reason, like the reward we may gain, but an honest interest in getting to know something.

It is the same way with relationships and life. To truly accele & develop we must have more than just a reason, we must have a consistent drive from within us to stay faithful & committed.

As we progress through life God is right by our side & the more we desire, thirst, for Him to more He fulfills us, the more we learn & progress and the more we produce.

The more we focus on Him & the less we fixate on ourselves & this world the better off we become.

Who we hang out with & work for & with make a big difference too.

Psalm 101 is a sincere prayer that I make my own:

“My theme song is God’s love and justice, and I’m singing it right to you, God.

I’m finding my way down the road of right living, but how long before you show up? 

I’m doing the very best I can, and I’m doing it at home, where it counts.

 I refuse to take a second look at corrupting people and degrading things. 

I reject made-in-Canaan gods, stay clear of contamination.

 The crooked in heart keep their distance;

 I refuse to shake hands with those who plan evil.

 I put a gag on the gossip who bad-mouths his neighbor;

 I can’t stand arrogance.

 But I have my eye on salt-of-the-earth people— they’re the ones I want working with me; Men and women on the straight and narrow— these are the ones I want at my side.

But no one who traffics in lies gets a job with me; I have no patience with liars. 

I’ve rounded up all the wicked like cattle and herded them right out of the country. 

I purged God ’s city of all who make a business of evil.
Psalm 101:1‭-‬8 MSG

http://bible.com/97/psa.101.1-8.MSG

May those of us who seek the Lord pray, “Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Let His will be done starting with us; giving our hearts to Him so “He can lead us, not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.”

“HIS IS The Kingdom, the power & the glory that goes well beyond this world, forever and ever amen.

In Christ, Beetle 


More Than Skin On Skin 

God’s Word,

There’s more to sex than mere skin on skin.

 Sex is as much spiritual mystery as physical fact. 

As written in Scripture, “The two become one.” 

Since we want to become spiritually one with the Master, we must not pursue the kind of sex that avoids commitment and intimacy, leaving us more lonely than ever—the kind of sex that can never “become one.” 

There is a sense in which sexual sins are different from all others.

 In sexual sin we violate the sacredness of our own bodies, these bodies that were made for God-given and God-modeled love, for “becoming one” with another.

 Or didn’t you realize that your body is a sacred place, the place of the Holy Spirit? 

Don’t you see that you can’t live however you please, squandering what God paid such a high price for? 

The physical part of you is not some piece of property belonging to the spiritual part of you

God owns the whole works. 

So let people see God in and through your body.
1 Corinthians 6:16‭-‬20 MSG

http://bible.com/97/1co.6.16-20.MSG


In Christ, Beetle 

Read map and Sign Post

How can a young person live a clean life?

 By carefully reading the map of your (GOD’S) Word.

I’m single-minded in pursuit of you (God); don’t let me miss the road signs you’ve posted. 

I’ve banked your promises in the vault of my heart so I won’t sin myself bankrupt. 

Be blessed, God ; train me in your ways of wise living. I’ll transfer to my lips all the counsel that comes from your mouth; 

I delight far more in what you tell me about living than in gathering a pile of riches. 

I ponder every morsel of wisdom from you, I attentively watch how you’ve done it. 

I relish everything you’ve told me of life, I won’t forget a word of it.
Psalm 119:9‭-‬16 MSG

http://bible.com/97/psa.119.9-16.MSG

Post this at all the intersections, dear friends: 

Lead with your ears, follow up with your tongue, and let anger straggle along in the rear. 

God’s righteousness doesn’t grow from human anger. 

So throw all spoiled virtue and cancerous evil in the garbage. 

In simple humility, let our gardener, God, landscape you with the Word, making a salvation-garden of your life.

James 1:19‭-‬21 MSG

http://bible.com/97/jas.1.19-21.MSG

In God’s hands, Beetle 

Real love

When I was a noisy, dirty, horny lil’ teenager I found myself mixing up lust with love, both four letter words that  envocte stong desires and obsession for me.

Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
1 Corinthians 13:6‭-‬7 NIV

http://bible.com/111/1co.13.6-7.NIV

As I read & try to apply 1st Corinthians 13 (all of it) in my love it defines for me what real love is.

We won’t see this kind of love in this world, each other or ourselves but we will see it in Christ, who is perfect, and as He works in us we too will take on His attributes.

In Christ, Beetle 

What Is Love Worth?


I just finished day 1 of the @YouVersion Plan Aaron Shust – Love Made a Way – The Overflow Devo. Check it out here:

http://bible.com/r/zV

If you follow that link I really don’t have anything to add.

If you didn’t follow that link consider this, 

You fall deeply in love with someone & they are very happy & patient with you but there are a few things that make them unhappy or cause undue stress in your relationship. 

What do you do?

I guess it depends how much you love them and how much stress it puts on the relationship or you spend less and less time together so that you can do your thing and they can do their’s.

God’s love is unconditional and He loves us even when we fall short but I find that the deeper into fall in love with Him & put my thoughts on Him I see a much bigger picture in life, have deeper meaning and want to show Him how thankful & appreciative I am.

Glory to God for His grace, mercy & love.

In Him, Beetle 

Life Means So Much by Chris Rice

https://youtu.be/cFn1UAtSH48     When I heard this song is knew right away I needed to include it in my journal/blog.

 Everyday is a journal page

Every man holds a quill and ink
And there’s plenty of room for writing in
All we do and believe and think
So will you compose a curse
Or will today bring the blessings
Fill the page with rhyming verse
Or some random sketchings

Teach us to count the days
Teach us to make the days count
Lead us in better ways
Somehow our souls forgot
Life means so much
Life means so much
Life means so much

Everyday is a bank account
And time is our currency
So no one’s rich, nobody’s poor
We get twenty-four hours each
So how are you gonna spend
Will you invest or squander
Try to get ahead
Or help someone who’s under

Teach us to count the days
Teach us to make the days count
Lead us in better ways
Somehow our souls forgot
Life means so much
Life means so much
Life means so much

Has anybody lived who knew the value of a life?
And don’t you think giving his own
Would prove the worth of yours and mine?

Teach us to count the days
Teach us to make the days count
Lead us in better ways
Somehow our souls forgot
Life means so much
Life means so much
Life means so much 

💿💿💿💿💿💿💿💿

I’m having a little trouble with my blog so I’m including the lyric video again here in case it didn’t show at the top…

https://youtu.be/cFn1UAtSH48


Track art

Life Means so Much

Chris Rice



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Lyrics

Every day is a journal page
Every man holds a quill and ink
And there’s plenty of room for writing in
All we do in believe and think

So will you compose a curse
Or will today bring the blessings?
Fill the page with rhyming verse
Or some random sketching

Teach us to count the days
Teach us to make the days count
Lead us in better ways
Somehow our souls forgot
Life means so much, life means so much, life means so much

Every day is a bank account
And time is our currency
So no one’s rich, nobody’s poor
We get 24 hours each

So how are you gonna spend
Will you invest or squander
Try to get ahead
Or help someone who’s under

Teach us to count the days
Teach us to make the days count
Lead us in better ways
Somehow our souls forgot
Life means so much, life means so much, life means so much

Has anybody lived who knew the value of a life
And don’t you think giving is all will prove the worth of yours and mine?

Teach us to count the days
Teach us to make the days count
Lead us in better ways
Somehow our souls forgot
Life means so much

Every day is a gift you’ve been given
Make the most of the time every minute you’re living
Every day is a gift you’ve been given
Make the most of the time every minute you’re living

Lead us in better ways (Every day is a gift you’ve been given),
Somehow our souls forgot (Make the most of the time every minute you’re living),
Life means so much (Every day is a gift you’ve been given), 
Life means so much (Make the most of the time every minute you’re living), 
Life means so much

Every day is a gift you’ve been given
Make the most of the time every minute you’re living
[x15]




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Life Means so Much

Chris Rice



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SUBSCRIBE

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Lyrics

Every day is a journal page
Every man holds a quill and ink
And there’s plenty of room for writing in
All we do in believe and think

So will you compose a curse
Or will today bring the blessings?
Fill the page with rhyming verse
Or some random sketching

Teach us to count the days
Teach us to make the days count
Lead us in better ways
Somehow our souls forgot
Life means so much, life means so much, life means so much

Every day is a bank account
And time is our currency
So no one’s rich, nobody’s poor
We get 24 hours each

So how are you gonna spend
Will you invest or squander
Try to get ahead
Or help someone who’s under

Teach us to count the days
Teach us to make the days count
Lead us in better ways
Somehow our souls forgot
Life means so much, life means so much, life means so much

Has anybody lived who knew the value of a life
And don’t you think giving is all will prove the worth of yours and mine?

Teach us to count the days
Teach us to make the days count
Lead us in better ways
Somehow our souls forgot
Life means so much

Every day is a gift you’ve been given
Make the most of the time every minute you’re living
Every day is a gift you’ve been given
Make the most of the time every minute you’re living

Lead us in better ways (Every day is a gift you’ve been given),
Somehow our souls forgot (Make the most of the time every minute you’re living),
Life means so much (Every day is a gift you’ve been given), 
Life means so much (Make the most of the time every minute you’re living), 
Life means so much

Every day is a gift you’ve been given
Make the most of the time every minute you’re living
[x15]

22 years, 1 month, and 17 days (Alexx)

That’s all he had here on earth 22years, 1 month and 17 days. 

On July 7th 2016 my son, Alexx Edward Bailey,  was found dead in his apartment after an overdose of medication he was taking for manic depression.

Although he was in great shape physically & spiritually his mental health had gotten the best of him.

I could write a lot regarding my only son and say so much but I think for this post I will:

I’ll let him tell you what he was all about:  https://youtu.be/zZiypQOcwwY

Here is a Playlist of all of Alexx’s videos👈

Alexx would have been 23 on May 18, 2017.

I look forward to being reunited with him in heaven.

In Christ, Alexx’s dad 

***EXTRAS***

For a menu of posts regarding Alexx (his Obituary, final notes he wrote before he died and more) go to 👉 My Son’s Life & Death 👈

I’m gathering  many of my post about Alexx and our relationship as well as how I am processing his death.  I will be putting those links on that page.

Rest

 Listen to “Psalm 23″ by Zoe Group (acapella)” lyric video on YouTube

Psalm 23 has been put to music many times by many artists. As a musician I love to hear the rhythm section (drums, bass and piano or rhythm guitar) hold the back bone of the music, however, this accapella arrangement allowed me to focus on the words.

I hope as you listen to this you will, as did I, sense the peace, comfort & rest only our Creator can give.

God’s instrument, Beetle