Snake In The Bed Snake In My Head (Back Yard Tales)

As I went to lay down on the lounger we keep on our back porch, I saw a snake. 🐍!

Why was there a snake on my day bed? Several reasons, just to name a few:

  • It’s outside
  • Holes in our screens
  • The sun comes in there very nicely for him to sun himself (same reason I like it)

I was still shocked and taken back. So what did I do? What was my reaction? How did I react while I was creeped out?

Well, before he could get away, something I hoped would happen sooner than later, I immediately whipped out my phone, took a bunch of pic.s, then shared it on social media.

That is when it really struck me how great it is to have the technology that enables us to do these kind of things but, on the other hand, if we do it obsessively it can have a negative effect.

Taking pic.s & sharing was not going to let my mind escape even though the snake did.

In this “snake situation” just seeing this 6 foot slithering creature gave me the gitters, the heebee jeebees, the….shi~i~i~ivers, as if it was wrapped around my shoulders and I could not get it off of me. I had to tell myself that he was more afraid of me than I was of him.

Once he did slink his way through a tiny gap between the screen & the structure, away from me, I went on to posting and share pictures of him.

The more I Shared & looked at the pic.s I was sending the more the racing thoughts began to overcome me, as if he was still there!

As if images in my own mind were not bad enough for me I willingly and literally held onto this horror by continually looking over the pictures I held in the palm of my hand (on my cell phone).

My point is that it is easy for me to set my mind on things that trouble me.

Then, as I shared with those in the social media world they chimmed in with their thoughts, their experiences, their expressions and info. on what kind of snake it was, the advice to kill it or let it live.

I recognized what knowledgeable advice I consider helpful or harmful to me and to the snake by considering the source, who was it that told me what to do or not do.

That social media frenzy wasn’t something people would consider “viral”, effecting the masses, but it was a small virus that only brought me more disturbing thought, not comfort.

Even with the trust worthy advice from a friend who owns the same kind of snake as a pet confirmed that I was not in any danger I STILL FELT UNEASY to say the least, heart rate up, adrenaline coursing thru my body. Oh yeah, freakin’ out!

The only way for me to return to a normal, calm state of mind was to stop fixating on it.

The page this snake put me on was a rampage.

Posting it where others could see it only led my mind further into a frantic panic, even long after the snake was long gone I still pictured it right there next to my lounge chair.

The state my mind was traveling to was the ‘state of confusion’.

My body remained in a fight or flight mode as I layed where the snake had once been. All threats were over and it was a thing of the past yet it still tried to rent a space in the forefront part of my mind right now.

As we create or just view and pursue viral trends, videos, memes and more that others create may we learn to

take our minds off what is viral and put our minds back on what is vital.

The Lord tells us to seek 1st The Kingdom of Heaven (Mt.6:33).

I love a good GOD FIXATION 👈 click for a great song on the subject by classic Christian Rock artists, Petra

May you also be able to set your mind on things that really matter. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus who leads the way.

Dwelling on negative things from our past or a pessimistic perspective of our present can keep us from moving into a better future.

Yes, there are snakes on the playground, in our yards, perhaps even on a chair or bed we’d normally go to for rest & relaxation. In spite of all that, in Christ we can rest assure He bruised, crushed, and danced on the head of the serpent and we are safe in His care.

For another allegory where I wrote figuratively about 👉 Keeping The Creeps Out 👈 click there or cut and pasted the following into your search bar: https://tombeetlebailey.wordpress.com/2017/06/09/clothe-filter-screen-snake-in-the-playground/

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Journaling -Private or Public

In this day & age that offers every opportunity to share, share, share on social media perhaps we need to give a li’l more consideration as to what we make public and what we keep private.

This article can stand on its own but it is a continuation of thoughts I shared in an article called👉”Snake In The Bed Snake In My Head“👈click here to go there if you want to read the 1st thought. In summary of that I had taken picture of a snake & shared it on social media. Capturing it that way only enhance the creepy thought of having a snake that close to me.

The initial thought of how technology enables us to share words & photographs went a little deeper so I split it into these two parts.

Social media, and the Internet in general, can be a healthy way to grow & enhance a sense of community for us. It can also enable our unhealthy habits & tendencies too.

Posting pictures, opening up an opportunity for others to give their opinions, looking over, “all things snakey” only encouraged my mind to dwell on that creature.

Although it is fun to share thing, sometimes it’s better to just make some personal notes & move on.

One way I do that is by journaling.

One of my hard back journals I use as a Vent journal. It is for my eyes only. It is there that I feel free to bitch & complain about the manure (fertilizer for future growth) in my life. I don’t hold anything back. I don’t choose my words wisely in fear that anyone else will be offended by what I express.

Sometimes we need to keep some things private. The whole world doesn’t need or want to hear how bad things are for us but my “vent journal” allows for that. I write it & leave it there, not carrying it around with me like luggage & letting it effect my behavior, not continuously dwelling on things that try to weigh me down, weeds that try to choke me out or stunt my growth.

I write this in order to consider what I keep private & what I share publicly.

I’m all for the benifits vulnerability offers but some things really are T.M.I (too much information). It’s up to us to try to edit out what is no one else’s business.

Only we can determine what is worth journaling about at all. I ask myself, “What should I be giving thought to and what could be written & worth sharing?”

I use to keep a Daytimer/daily planner to keep & find important info., appointments, meetings, b-days & other dates I didn’t wanna miss.

Now, as of late, I continue to keep journaling as I’ve done since I was 8 yrs old (since 1976); however, journaling for me is a way, a place where I can think things over, perhaps at times over think things, but always come out the other end having crossed another bridge, making progressive steps forward, documenting somethings & processing other things but always, eventually resolving things in my life.

Don’t over think things; think things over.

Perhaps some of those resolutions can be of help to others, maybe some are best left private & just for me. Either way I share here, toss this out into cyberspace, message in a modem , like a message in a bottle for anyone who may come across it, as you have just now.

There is no doubt that God uses people and that we need to be willing to let Him use us but we are just instruments, we are not the source, God is.

The main point is that as I write it helps me personally work through various things, set my mind on the subjects of my life and give me a place to go but somethings are just person, too private to share & not intended for anyone else.

It is deciding what to keep private or share with the general public that can be difficult.

If you’re interested in journaling or currently keep a journal may this be an encouragement to think of your journal as a place, not a thing or an action, but an actual place that you can go to.

As important as it is to go through & work through issues, events & circumstances, we all need a private place we can go to be alone, self-evaluate, process things without anyone else commenting, putting their two cents worth in (which many times is simple just their opinion that they think is invaluable information).

As we Journal we can acknowledge the snakes, expose them but use a journal as a place to put our minds back at ease, manageable and set back on what really matters.

Key verses: Phil. 4:8-10

Snakes in the playground by Bride:

Time to “Write Right Now” -beetle

Note: I tried writing this post using a tablet for the first time, rather than on my cell phone. Unless I install the wordpress app. on the tablet (which I will do) writing in the gerneral wordpress edit is much more difficult. I went back to using my phone to finish this article.

For what it may be worth to you, thanks for reading.

Poem & Art “Dear Traveling Friend”

Poem :

“Dear Traveling Friend”

Traveling along in life
Sometimes we meet up with strife

But there is more my friend oh so much more dear friend dear traveling friend

Trust God as the moments pass by
There is always more than meets the eye
There is more my friend
Oh so much more dear friend dear traveling friend

Look toward heaven and you will see
This life is nothing compared to eternity
There is more my friend
Oh so much more dear friend dear traveling friend

We’re on a long distance run
A sprint is fine & fun
But dear traveling friend, There is more my friend
Oh so much more dear friend dear traveling friend

In just 6 days God created all that would be,
The earth, the sky the sea
So travel often, travel far or near
Never forget adventure is nothing to fear
There is more my friend
Oh so much more dear friend dear traveling friend

God’s beauty surround us
Our job is to notice and not fuss
Take it all in
Glorfy & praise Him
He is The One
Who allows us to drive, ride, row or run
There is more my friend
Oh so much more dear friend dear traveling friend…this is not the end

We share this journey we share this path
He leads to mercy not to wrath
There is more my friend Oh so much more dear friend dear traveling friend
Dear traveling friend

He traveled too, through time and space
To save the whole world, the human race
Yes He traveled too
Through time for you
He gives us freedom & opportunity too
To travel, travel on through

There is more my friend
Oh so much more dear friend dear traveling friend
Dear traveling friend
Dear dear time traveling friend.

Right Now

Song by Van Hallen, “Right Now”, enjoy the music consider the words. Disclaimer – I don’t condone all that Van Hallen does or stand for but this song & its lyrics will stir your mind :

Now, If you can carve out 15 minutes into your 24 hour day give this guided meditation a try. It sure helped me to be in the present: Future Tripping

(https://encounteringpeace.libsyn.com/future-tripping?utm_source=Nonprofit&utm_campaign=2129077e4c-daily_devo_190809&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_d4b541e96b-2129077e4c-82392437)

This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalms 118:24 NLT
https://bible.com/bible/116/psa.118.24.NLT

Do not say what great things you will do tomorrow. You do not know what will happen between now and then.
Proverbs 27:1 EASY
https://bible.com/bible/2079/pro.27.1.EASY

Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker; for he is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care. Today, if only you would hear his voice,
Psalm 95:6‭-‬7 NIV
https://bible.com/bible/111/psa.95.6-7.NIV

So, as the Holy Spirit says: “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion, during the time of testing in the wilderness, But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.

We have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original conviction firmly to the very end. As has just been said: “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion.”
Hebrews 3:7‭-‬8‭, ‬13‭-‬15 NIV
https://bible.com/bible/111/heb.3.7-15.NIV

Now, right now, is the time for Salvation.

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My Personal Testimony

“Complete In Christ”

For in Him (Christ) all the fullness of Deity (the Godhead) dwells in bodily form [completely expressing the divine essence of God]. And in Him you have been made complete [achieving spiritual stature through Christ], and He is the head over all rule and authority [of every angelic and earthly power].
COLOSSIANS 2:9‭-‬10 AMP
https://bible.com/bible/1588/col.2.9-10.AMP

It was the summer of 1981, I was only a 13 year old boy attending the Florida Music Institute (camp) when a bad practical joke went seriously wrong. The legs of the beds were detachable for storage. A few of the other boys in my cabin removed the legs of my bed but propped the bed frame up with legs in place but not hooked in so that unknowingly i would go to sit on my bed & it would just collapse to the floor. It was suppose to be innocent fun but as i walked in i noticed as i stood next to the bed & said, “Real funny guys! I can see the legs aren’t hooked into the hole.” In a boisterous cheer several of the boys flew into the air landing on my bed. It was at that moment the metal hook lunged toward the floor and pierced my left foot. I though it was just pinched but no, it had gone straight through my foot and flip flop making full contact with the floor below. The boys jumped & cheered, fully unaware of the damage done. With several of them still bouncing up & down on my bed i lifted it to free my foot.

As a result i spent the rest of my week in the nurses station after getting a few stitches, top & bottom.

To reduce the chance if infection i missed the various classes offered but was allowed to go to band practices. It was so boarded stuck in that infirmary. A man named John White brought me a few things to read. One thing looked like an action comic book. It was about taking steps to get closer to God. Up to this point in my life there were many seeds planted in my life regarding spiritual things and i had my share of fertilizer, this current situation was pure manure; but this gesture of John White was just the right amount of water to help those seeds really take growth.

There was nothing obviously magnificent or miraculous about any of this. I didn’t experience any ultimate healing physically or spiritually but now i can see how this was all part of a continuos that God had started, using everyday things, people and places to bring me, nudge me, lead me to know Him more personally so i could have a very personal relationship with my creator, not just some religious experience.

I walked, with crutches, away from that Florida Music Institute with a full scholarship to go to the Territorial Music Institute the next summer.

I returned to my last year of middle school no different from before and my foot slowly healed up nicely. Little did i know God had more for me than just that natural physical healing.

The next summer rolled around, August of 1982, and I went to the Territorial Music Institute.

I was so excited because I love music so much.

I was so pumped up to go!

I was all packed & equipped, mainly with t-shirts for the band Rush , one for every day of the two weeks i’d be gone. I was determined to learn to play the drums like Neil Peart (their drummer).

The music classes at camp were really intense but I soon found out I was learning more than music. I had just turned 14 and wanted to grow up & be more mature.

One day, during Recreation time, I met Chuck Whiten (a teenager working at the camp).

The Rush shirt i wore that particular day was the catilas that struck up our conversation.

He told me I should talk to the boat man because that guy could tell me things that I didn’t know about Rush. HAH! I doubted anybody could tell me anything more that i didn’t already know about the band because I was such a big fan, I worshipped them.

So, I went down to met the young man taking care of the boat docks, Tim Williford, and he told me not only about Rush but a lot about all the different rock bands from the 70’s and 80’s. He also gave me a real heads up warning that bands were actually preaching messages that weren’t necessarily healthy for my spiritual life. Just like any other artistic expression, music gives artists a chance to share their personal philosophy on life, love, happiness, pain and sorrow. People sing about what is in their hearts. Too often in the 70’s & 80’s the message the popular bands were sharing were simply & almost exclusively about sex & drugs. Their awesome rock music was a means, a mode of transportation, for them to glorify what they considered to matter the most in life, what life is really all about, according to them. At that time i wasn’t aware of any “Christian rock artist” that also shared they belief, hope, shedding light on all that Christ is & what He does. I had never really considered that musicians were simply artist who were spilling they guts, bearing their soul, singing about what they put their faith in (positively or negatively) It really got me thinking.

That night a Christian band called “Triumph” performed. It was pretty cool to hear music that wasn’t, “Churchy” and they were good musicians so I had respect for them.

Allen Wiltshire, keyboardist & one of the singers, was really different from most people I knew associated with my home church. He was young, in shape & a great musician. In between songs he mentioned people that we read about in the Bible that had an “encounter with Christ“. Two of the people I remember vividly were Zacchaeus and also a lady that Jesus observe from afar who gave just a small amount of change, basically her last dime (all she had), as a contribution to the synagogue. He talked about their eagerness to give their all to God.

That evening we were challenged to make a decision, to make Christ Our Lord, to give Him our all. This is the first time I thought about it so deeply, Christ as Lord? I mean,

I loved God & my parents were Christians but Christ wasn’t my “Lord”, he wasn’t my master. If you had to ask me at that point in my life what did I love more than anything else I would have said, “The band Rush!”, without any hesitation.

So, that summer night, August 8th 1982, I prayed and ask Christ to be my Lord. As I invited Him into my heart. His Holy Spirit made a drastic change in my soul.

When I went back to my cabin I went through my suit case and got all my Rush shirts and actually ripped them up. The other young men that were in the cabin with me were so confused by what I was doing. I explain to them that I just needed to get rid of all this “stuff” because that’s all it was, just stuff. What really mattered the most was Christ. Too many other things were getting my full attention. It was time to grow & remove some of the objects that slowed me down.

When I got home from Camp I couldn’t wait to tell my parents & friends all about it. I tore down the posters I had all over my room, including the ones on my ceiling above my bed. I got rid of all the cassette tapes I had at the time as well as the vinyl albums. I didn’t boycott Rush or rock n’ roll I just knew that it couldn’t be something that I worshipped. It was time to go on & grow up in life, put away childish things while at the same time becoming a true child of God. I was now so much more aware of the message that I was being fed by many of the rock bands I loved so much and I didn’t like it. I no longer admired them as I did before.

I recognized when there was poison being packaged as pleasure.

I wanted, desired, better things for my mind, body & soul. All they (many popular rock bands at the time) really sang about and lived out was the glory of sex, drugs and rock and roll. My perspective was shifted. It wasn’t that rock ‘n roll music itself that was evil it just a tool, a mode of transportation, that could be used to drive us closer or further from the lifestyle Christ wants us to have.

I didn’t want to take in anything that emphasised or glorified a lifestyle that led me further from the relationship I started with Christ, one He was giving me.

I decided that the best thing to do in life wasn’t to rock and roll all night and party every day in that way.

I no longer wanted to run with the Devil or drive down the highway to hell.

The real party, the real celebration, was in knowing my Creator on a personal level, not religion, not church, not trying to just go along with what somebody else has told me, somebody else’s philosophy, but a personal encounter with Christ so that I could be made complete in him.

While I was at that music Institute I met two young men, I can’t remember their names right now, but they were brothers. They wanted me to play the drums for some rock song that they were going to do for the talent show. I was amazed because the words to the song they wanted to do were about telling others about Christ. They were doing a cover of the song by The DeGarmo and key band called, “Go Tell Them.”

I was so excited to be able to still Rock and play the drums but now with a message that was about Christ. Words that pointed to & glorified Him. I asked them to make a list for me because I had no idea that there were so many different rock bands out there that were like this.

This was in 1982 and Christian music that rocked was kind of controversial for some people.

I remember at one point in my home Church one young adult had loaned me an album, they were either on tape or on vinyl back then. Listening to it before i had committed my life to Christ I didn’t really enjoy it that much. It was rock and roll of sorts but at the time I really felt like,

If it was Christian it probably wasn’t going to be very good or something I would enjoy listening to.

I realize now that’s because Christ wasn’t complete in my life I didn’t really even give it a chance. It was Pam Bridges, one of the young ladies that ran the youth group, that gave me that album by the band called “Servant”. It was pretty cool so she got my interest but I returned the album and just politely said, “Thank You.”

After I allowed Christ to be the center of my life I ended up loving the band. Their music was good but their message was even better.

The young men who performed the song by The Degarmo & Key Band (click for playlist) at camp told me about bands that were more along the lines of my taste for music like: Petra, Resurrection band, The Daniel Band. (Click any of those for a playlist). Those were the genres I still prefer to this day.

So, when I got home from camp I searched to find that music. It was really difficult! We didn’t have amazon music, spotify, iTunes or youtube. Most regular record stores didn’t even carry it. If they did carry anything like that is was under the “gospel” section, not rock.

Then I discovered that there were some stores that sold Christian books and material. They were sometimes called family bookstores or simply just Christian books & supply stores. The radio stations didn’t play any Christian rock during regular broadcasting hours. After a few years went by I final found out that real late on a Saturday nights sometimes they would play some Christian rock on Christian radio but it was so late on a Saturday night and I wanted to be rested up for Sunday morning. It was so difficult to capture those radio shows that featured Christian rock. During the day they barely played “contemporary music”, it was so rare, and again controversial to some people including my own grandmother.

Some people from past generations were even saying that God could not be glorified through rock and roll. Many believed the beat itself envoked the devil.

I found out years later that the founder of the Salvation Army said, “Why should the devil have all the good music?” and I started to realize that the devil doesn’t.

However, for some reason there were those who claim to follow Christ who believed & would bouister that there was only certain styles of music that were ordained by God, that would glorify God or that God could use to reach others. Sometimes people who claimed to be Christians were the very ones who were trying to feed me empty philosophy. I found out that if I was going to continue to grow I’d have too keep my personal relationship with Christ fed regardless of others. I still listen to all kinds of music regardless of how it is labled but, just like with anything, I have to consider what I am eating (taking in) and ask Christ to remain on the throne of my heart.

So it’s been a long journey for me since 1982. There’s been times where I have gone through what people call, “backsliding” where, for whatever reason, I would find myself not close to Christ or not in a relationship with him that’s full of love for Him & others, two-way communication, living to please Him rather than please myself. Today i’m so grateful for God’s grace, knowing that I’m able to continue to walk and live with Him. I’m at a point in my life right now where I live by what He promised is in His word, thinking specifically of Romans 8 where He tells me, “Nothing can separate me from the love of God.”

On my end I do my best to keep my relationship with him as tight as possible, sold out to him, complete in Christ, so that there’s no room for anything else to take His rightful place.

I look forward to the day where I will go and be with Him and live in His kingdom, surrounded by His presence but I realized today that even now (before I die) I’m part of his kingdom. Yes, I’m still in this old Earth Suit. I’m in a foreign land where perhaps the majority doesn’t follow the orders of the one true King of all kings, but, I can follow Him and trust Him all the way until one day I leave this world and join Him forever in His eternal kingdom.

Becoming one with God’s Living Word here is what I read, hear, drink in, believe and desire for all believers: I want them to be encouraged and knit together by strong ties of love. I want them to have complete confidence that they understand God’s mysterious plan, which is Christ himself. In him lie hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

I want them to be encouraged and knit together by strong ties of love. I want them to have complete confidence that they understand God’s mysterious plan, which is Christ himself. In him lie hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

I am telling you this so no one will deceive you with well-crafted arguments. For though I am far away from you, my heart is with you. And I rejoice that you are living as you should and that your faith in Christ is strong.

And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him.

Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him.

Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.

Don’t let anyone capture you with empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from the spiritual powers of this world, rather than from Christ.

For in Christ lives all thefullness of God in a human body. So you also arecomplete through your union with Christ, who is the head over every ruler and authority.

When you came to Christ, you were “circumcised,” but not by a physical procedure. Christ performed a spiritual circumcision—the cutting away of your sinful nature. For you were buried with Christ when you were baptized. And with him you were raised to new life because you trusted the mighty power of God, who raised Christ from the dead. You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins. He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross.

In this way, he disarmed the spiritual rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by his victory over them on the cross.

So don’t let anyone condemn you for what you eat or drink, or for not celebrating certain holy days or new moon ceremonies or Sabbaths.

For these rules are only shadows of the reality yet to come. And Christ himself is that reality.

Don’t let anyone condemn you by insisting on pious self-denial or the worship of angels, saying they have had visions about these things. Their sinful minds have made them proud, and they are not connected to Christ, the head of the body. For he holds the whole body together with its joints and ligaments, and it grows asGod nourishes it.

You have died with Christ, and he has set you free from the spiritual powers of this world. So why do you keep on following the rules of the world, such as, “Don’t handle! Don’t taste! Don’t touch!”?

Such rules are mere humanteachings about things that deteriorate as we use them.

These rules may seem wise because they require strong devotion, pious self-denial, and severe bodily discipline. But they provide no help in conquering a person’s evil desires. (Colossians 2:2‭-‬23 NLT)

That initial practical joke going terribly wrong with ending up in the infirmary forced me to stop, evaluate & not just get into God’s Word but allow His Word to get into me. Even tragedies God can use for His good.

God has a plan for each of us. He knows how to lead, we just need to accept that & follow Him.

Cheers to eternity with Christ, all the birthdays I’ll enjoy here & forevermore.

Rushing Wind by Keith Green: https://youtu.be/jWHssWNwu5s

37th Spiritual Birthday

I never thought my ability to walk would be taken away for me. I never thought I’d fail & fall and muck my life up as much as I have in the past 50 some years of my life. It’s all just part of being human. It’s only natural that our health & our hearts to faulter; however, i believe in a Supernatural God who is able to save me from this life & preserve me into the next.

So, contrary to my physically health that fails time & time again my Spiritual growth & new life in Christ will go on.

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.
2 Corinthians 4:16 NIV
https://bible.com/bible/111/2co.4.16.NIV

Back when i was 14, the night of August 8th 1982 was the night i lowered my will and asked the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead to fill my life, become The Lord of my soul. Many other things were my ‘Lord’, controlling & dictating what i did & didn’t do, until i took this step.

You ask me how i know God lives, is real & cares? Because He lives within my heart. More than a feeling, it’s faith.

I continue daily now to ask Jesus Christ to be my friend, saviour, hero and life preserver. I’m amazed how He does it. Oh, how awesome it is how He sends His Holy Spirit.

Here is to 37 years of walking with God in a very real world & looking forward to forever with Him.

By His Grace & mercy.

God’s living Word says this,

“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.

Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.

When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

…and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.

Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly (completely) as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Colossians 3:1‭-‬4‭, ‬10‭, ‬15‭-‬17 NIV
https://bible.com/bible/111/col.3.1-17.NIV

But first and most importantly seek (aim at, strive after) His kingdom and His righteousness [His way of doing and being right—the attitude and character of God], and all these things will be given to you also.
MATTHEW 6:33 AMP
https://bible.com/bible/1588/mat.6.33.AMP

If you are interested in reading more of my online publications please go to the “About” section (https://tombeetlebailey.wordpress.com/about/)

Also, if you’re wondering what led up to all this, new life, being born again, striving to know God, for me personally go to: My Personal Testimony (https://tombeetlebailey.wordpress.com/2019/08/08/my-personal-testimony/)

To this day i am truly grateful that i started this new life in Christ, He got a hold of me, i came to embrace Him & He embraced me. In my journey i’ve journaled things leading up to now and i’ll continue to do so & share it with the world around me.

Song arrangement by Phil Laeger, “I’m In His Hands”:

Some Assembly Required

I have 5 children. When they were really young on Christmas morn. I’d sit with a variety of little tools:

  • Every style of screwdriver [Phillips, Flat Head & others I don’t even have a name for)
  • Severaleral Allen Wrenches
  • Scissors (just to open it)
  • Ratchet set
  • Duct Tape &
  • Every size battery I knew of (C, D, 9v, AA, AAA).

I’m sure you can identify with how frustrating it is just to get through the unboxing just to find 52 twisty ties holding tiny parts in place as if the toys come to life & try to escape.

Also, too often the tiny plastic door holding shut an empty battery reservoir has screws with a head shape few screw drivers fit.

Much to my surprise there were occasions when the toy would not be assembled at all. Not only some assembly was required but complete assembly was required. It would take quite a bit of time to put it all together before working properly, let alone work at all.

For us to function well & enjoy life to its fullest what does God require?

Well, He tells us, He instructs us, in His Word

What he requires of us is this: to do what is just, to show constant love, and to live in humble fellowship with our God.
Micah 6:7‭-‬8 GNT

When we truly fall in love with God our desires change & He transforms us.

As me grow in a relationship with Him we want to please Him more than ourselves.

So, one may ask what does God want?

Will the Lord be pleased if I bring him thousands of sheep or endless streams of olive oil? Shall I offer him my first-born child to pay for my sins? No, the Lord has told us what is good. What he requires of us is this: to do what is just, to show constant love, and to live in humble fellowship with our God.
Micah 6:7‭-‬8 GNT

https://bible.com/bible/68/mic.6.7-8.GNT

Enough said.

Extra🎸🎹🎼🎶Extra🎶🎼🎹🎸Extra:

Song by Petra, “God Pleaser”: https://youtu.be/QH7qXqHUrE4

Say It With Music: Borderline by Newworldson

Lyrics:

Keep your soul in mind when you reach that borderline
There’s a crossing that divides right from wrong

There’s a line in the sand
Have you chosen where you stand?
You can linger but you can’t linger long

When you’re standin’ at the borderline…

Better believe that there’ll be snares
Better believe you’ll see your share
Better believe temptation’s gonna come around
You gonna stumble here and there
You gonna think that life’s not fair
You gonna feel just like the world is tryin’ to bring you down

There’s a fork in the road
Do you know which way to go?
You can’t always see what’s comin’ round the bend

You better watch for the signs if you’re gonna walk that line
Or you just might have to turn around again
Turn around…
Standin’ at the borderline

Credits

Source: Musixmatch
Songwriters: MOORE RICHARD ALEXANDER / PARISIEN JOEL ANDREW / ROGERS MARK SHAWN / TOAL JOSHUA FRANKLIN / OMAWALE JONAH NADIR
Borderline lyrics © First Company Publishing

You can also check out Borderline by Newworldson on Amazon Music
https://music.amazon.com/albums/B005RJF1WG?trackAsin=B005RJF3BK&ref=dm_sh_l16XXHVbJVqnHblp02oCsVD93

Live Love; There is a way

Jesus said,

My Father’s glory is shown by your bearing much fruit; and in this way you become my disciples.

I love you just as the Father loves me; remain in my love. If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father’s commands and remain in his love.

“I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.

My commandment is this: love one another, just as I love you.

The greatest love you can have for your friends is to give your life for them. And you are my friends if you do what I command you. I do not call you servants any longer, because servants do not know what their master is doing. Instead, I call you friends, because I have told you everything I heard from my Father.

You did not choose me; I chose you and appointed you to go and bear much fruit, the kind of fruit that endures. And so the Father will give you whatever you ask of him in my name. This, then, is what I command you: love one another.
John 15:8‭-‬17 GNT
https://bible.com/bible/68/jhn.15.8-17.GNT

There is a way by NewWorldSon:

Regurgitating, Retreating and Retweeting.

“Put that in your blog & stroke it.” -Ed Bailey

As my dad shared what really matters & never changes, God’s reliable Words, he concluded with that quote. It was an 80 year old man’s version of a mic. drop.

Here are some thoughts that helped me RESET a few things this morning. (Notes from – day 1 of the @YouVersion plan ‘The Reset’. Check it out here:

http://bible.com/r/404)

Ya know, when you die in a video game you’re playing it’s no big deal, ya just get another life or reset the whole game.

Real life is different, we don’t always get a second chance at a first impression or 1 time opportunities, let alone to live life as we know it here & now.

Yet,

In God’s pure plan when all is said & done we’ve only just begun.

I can hear people shouting #YOLO now (you only live once). It’s a moto some live by, perhaps too often while partaking in dangerous behavior and activities that risk life, limb, health and/or sobriety. Consider what most mean by that (YOLO) and what people mean by a “bucket list”.

With each moment, each step

It’s time to reset and to place our focus back on who and what really matters.

Just as if i am going to some special resort or camp for a retreat, i’m considering these next few moments as an opportunity to refresh my soul through the living Word of God, asking Him to recharge our Spirit.

Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop & look around every once in a while ya may miss it. -Faris Bulour

Everyone desires to be in control. We all want to dictate, predict and map out every little detail, event & happening but the reality is that, although we can basically keep some type of schedule, ultimately we do not have as much of a say in life as we think we do.

Speaking to people waiting in an emergency room or experiencing the sudden, unexpected health change of a loved one will reinforce that fact.

However, one thing remains in the midst of all the demands, pressures and sudden impacts that life brings and that’s God, our source.

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. -Hebrews 13:8 GNT

It’s a life with Him in us and us in Him that allows us to not only strive but survive & thrive.

As believers

He is the source of our strength, the key to our peace and the reason we live.

Retreats, seminars, Sunday gatherings, special weekends are great but for me the key is to get connected & stay connected to the source so, as we face the battle we need not retreat. WE CAN REMAIN STANDING.

AGAIN,

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
Hebrews 13:8 GNT
https://bible.com/bible/68/heb.13.8.GNT

Need more help, guidance & encouragement? Check out the short reading plan, “The Reset” at:
http://bible.com/r/404

Keep on

  • Asking God for the grace to pursue Him in prayer and in His Word.
  • Ask God to make you more aware of His presence and leading throughout your day.

Look straight ahead with honest confidence; don’t hang your head in shame. Proverbs 4:25 GNT

https://bible.com/bible/68/pro.4.25.GNT

God says,

“But I will bless the person who puts his trust in me. He is like a tree growing near a stream and sending out roots to the water. It is not afraid when hot weather comes, because its leaves stay green; it has no worries when there is no rain; it keeps on bearing fruit.
Jeremiah 17:7‭-‬8 GNT
https://bible.com/bible/68/jer.17.7-8.GNT

Instead, be concerned above everything else with the Kingdom of God and with what HE requires of you, and HE will provide you with all these other things.
Matthew 6:33 GNT
https://bible.com/bible/68/mat.6.33.GNT

May we all let God pull the weeds out of our life so that, like weeds, worries about this life, the love for riches, and all other kinds of desires won’t crowd in and choke out the message, and keep us from bearing fruit.

(Mark 4:19 GNT https://bible.com/bible/68/mrk.4.19.GNT)

Go with God, beetle