The Journey Continues: March 20, 2016

Today has been an interesting day and not at all routine.  I’ve had pets, (usually dogs) since my wife is allergic to cats, most of the years we had children at home.  Now that they are grown with their own children, I’ve enjoyed the freedom of life without pets.  However, yesterday my wife and youngest daughter went to McCall, ID with my daughter’s four kids.  The 2 dogs are now with me.  The one is timid and shy while the other is so rambunctious he runs into himself trying to decide which way to go next.  I’ll have these two for the next four days.  This isn’t a huge thing, just a reminder that the peacefulness I love can have many interruptions.

In my devotions this morning I was reminded of Matthew 5:3 where Christ says:  “Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”  This time I looked up “poor in spirit” to find its actual meaning.  I found that poor in spirit means recognizing how weak we are if we operate in our own spirit.  If we recognize we are poor in spirit we can then claim the strength of The Holy Spirit and surrender our weakness for His Strength.  This is such a simple truth, yet profound when trying to apply it.  As the ones who have begun to read this blog know, today ends the first week of it.  I can see how many are following it, but I don’t know how many actually read it without responding to it.  My pride wants my book and this blog to reach everyone who is hurting and lost.  In a week’s time I want this done.  Well, in reality, I have a very few followers and probably just a few more readers.  So, this morning when I was having my devotions Christ reminds me of Matthew 5:3–“Blessed are the poor in spirit….”  My spirit was mine rather than His at the moment of my pridefulness.  So, I surrendered it and now feel much better!  The new me knows that each one of God’s children count.  If I can help one or a million ones, it is not up to me but up to Him who leads me.

3 thoughts on “The Journey Continues: March 20, 2016”

  1. I’m following and reading your blog every day. I know what you mean when you speak of pride. When I wrote my book and put it on Amazon I thought a lot of people would buy it. Well, I found out that’s not the case. I am grateful tho for the reviews I received but…..most of those were from family. Matter a fact that’s who bought it along with a few friends. Keep up the good work!

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    1. I greatly appreciate your thoughts in response to the blog. I don’t think I knew you had written your own book. I was becoming aware of your gift with poetry. The ones I read that you post on facebook are amazing. I know that God doesn’t measure us by the quantity but by the quality of our commitment to what He calls us to do. God bless you Bert.

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  2. I am proud of my friend who has taught me much, and encouraged me in many ways. Thank you for your faithfulness Earnie. And watch out for the crazy cat if you get up in the middle of the night … there could be a sneak attack!

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