Wednesday May 24, 2017 Offspring

Posted May 24, 2017 by bgovanus
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In Him we live and move and have our being, for we too are His offspring.  Acts 17:28

Facebook is filled right now with parents proudly displaying pictures of their children’s graduation from every milestone, Kindergarten to College.  I too will be posting pics this weekend of my youngest granddaughter as she graduates from High School.  Each of us who are parents glow when we are asked about our kids and given the opportunity will pull out pictures and talk to excess about our offspring.  I love this verse then that describes us here on earth as God’s offspring.

Just imagining God pointing at you or me and saying to Moses or some angel nearby, I am so proud of that one, did you see how well she did when that tragedy or this hurtful person came into her life?  How proud I am that he chose to finish school when it would have been so easy to quit and take that job that seemed like a sure thing.  He asked my advice and followed my suggestion… because you know, he always has a choice!!!

Like my own family, each person on this planet, God’s offspring, do have choices and free will.  God’s children opt for things that surely make Him shake His head and sigh.  The perpetrators of the Manchester bombing are His kids just like the children who died there.  How devastated God must be feeling as He loves His offspring, the sinner but hates the sin.  As He welcomes to heaven those who died and hurts for the parents who will never be the same because of the loss that they have suffered because His wayward children went to the devil and murdered innocents.

God, I know that Your children cause You joy and disappointment.  Being a parent I understand that very well.  Help me to always depend on You to inspire my life so that I live and move and have my being reflect Your grace and power.  Help me to live my life as Your child. 

Monday May 22, 2017 Subject

Posted May 22, 2017 by bgovanus
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Let every person be subject to the governing authorities.  For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.  Romans 13:1

When St Paul wrote this to the Christians in Rome, they were being persecuted for believing in the WAY.  How hard it must have been for these early Christians to read these words.  I am sure they were contemplating civil disobedience and would gladly have united under someone who wanted to overthrow the regime that was sacrificing their fellow believers to the lions in the coliseum.  Being “subject” to the laws and leaders who we do not respect or trust is very hard indeed.  Today the rants on Facebook and Twitter are non-stop against President Trump and if these forms of communication existed in the early days of Christianity, it would have been the same.

It is hard to accept that we respect the office when we do not respect the man… but that is what God is asking us to do.  In our democracy, our leaders are elected by a system that has worked for decades.  Our legislative, judicial and governing branches have checks and balances that prevent a dictatorship or worse.  The time in office prevents too much damage from being done by any faction.  If I am unhappy about something, I can voice this in many ways… including running for office myself.

God has been my constant resource since the elections last fall.  I beg Him each day to minimize the impact that the dissension among our citizens might cause.  I ask Him to help those who lead us be enlightened by His direction and if that is not possible to be prevented from wreaking too much havoc.  God is in charge and will not allow our country to fail.  I pray that all will become SUBJECT to Him and pray for our leaders to choose to act as God would have them to act on our behalf.

Lord, give wisdom to our citizens and to those who lead our country.  Bless us all with deep understanding that You are the answer, the alpha and the mega. 

Sunday May 21, 2017 Ready

Posted May 21, 2017 by bgovanus
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Always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope, but do it with gentleness and reverence, keeping your conscience clear, so that, when you are maligned, those who defame your good conduct in Christ may themselves be put to shame. 1 Peter 3:15-16

The Lord promises to be my ever-present hope and presence in life so that I will be ready to give explanation and share the GOOD NEWS that He came and lived and died so that each of us could live forever! I have met many who were so confident in their message that they were off putting to those who they wanted to help to understand God’s gift to His people.  They lacked gentleness and reverence and instead were forceful and challenging.  They were not successful in bringing souls to a deep desire for their Savior.

God prepares the field and brings the seed to be sown.  It is my job then to be ready to share the seeds of faith by my actions and my words when I am asked why I have HOPE!

It is crucial then to be willing to depend on God to give the words to say and the courage to say them.  I trust the Lord to prepare me for every opportunity to serve Him.  I never know when He will put me face to face with someone who needs to hear that Jesus loves unconditionally.  If my own stuff gets in the way or tarnishes the explanation, God is not served.  Lucky for me, I do not have to worry… if I trust in Him, He takes care of the rest.

The Lord is with you when you are with Him, and if you seek Him, He will be present to you.  2 Chronicles 15:2

Lord I stand ready to be Your hands and feet, Your voice and Your ears.  Help me always to be gentle and reverent so that every person I meet knows that You are in their life and seeks to be closer to You.  I know that if I seek You, I will never be disappointed.  My hope is in You, my Lord and my God. 

Saturday May 20, 2017 Good

Posted May 20, 2017 by bgovanus
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A good person out of the store of goodness in his heart produces good; for from the fullness of the heart the mouth speaks.  Luke 6:45

I was asked to lead a discussion on Friendship for a Women’s Executive Exchange Luncheon in June.  I have been giving a lot of thought to the friends that I have treasured through the years.  They were all “GOOD” people who from their store of goodness overflowed into my life grace and friendship.  Wondering how to describe a best friend, brought me up short.  Something very interesting happened when a young man (50) died last fall.  I attended the funeral and spoke with the family after the wake.  Thirty men came to the widow and tearfully told her that her Andrew, was their best friend.  She did not know half of these men.  I concluded from that it is possible to be a better friend to those in my life.  Andrew had the same hours in a day that I did.  So, a large quantity of time together was not the most important thing.  It was in the time spent with each person, the store of goodness in his heart poured into their lives. The quality of what they shared made all the difference.

St Paul when he wrote about love to the Corinthians gave the perfect description of a friend…Patient, kind, never jealous, doesn’t brag or act with arrogance, he doesn’t put his needs first and she always forgives.  Who would not want that good person as a friend?   Who would not consider that person their BEST friend?  So out of the mouth speaks blessings!  Out of this life goodness abounds and people are drawn to it like the disciples were to Jesus.

I learned early on in my life, to have a friend, you must be a friend.  In high school, my principal called me into her office and asked me to get to know one of the students who seemed to be a loner.  I did seek her out at lunch, invited her to come to my house for a sleepover and eventually she became a friend.  It takes one person reaching out for a relationship to start.  It takes selflessness to get close enough for friendship to grow.   Out of the storehouse of goodness that the words that will break down barriers are grown and shared.

Lord, help me to be open to the people you place in my life.  Help my relationships always be filled with the fullness of grace. I am so blessed with beautiful friends who share from the fullness of their hearts, the goodness that YOU bestow.    

Friday May 19, 2017 Teach

Posted May 19, 2017 by bgovanus
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He commanded our ancestors to teach their children, so the next generation would know the ways of our God, even the children yet to be born, and they in turn would tell their children.  Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget His deeds but would keep His commands.   Psalm 78:5-7

A popular parenting idiom is “Prepare the child for the road, not the road for the child.”  Teaching the skills to clear the path and deal with the troubles of life is much smarter than paving the way for our children.  Too many do not understand this and spend their time, helicopter parenting, using their influence to go ahead of their kids making the way smooth for their success.  This does not prepare a child for real life and thus the kids who never leave home is a reality.  Life outside is harder than expected, not fun at all to have to compete for position in a job, succeed at paying bills and raising a family of their own.

There is so much real wisdom in Scripture about every part of life and living.  The impact that God’s word can have if I choose to read and embrace His teaching not only effects my life but my children and their children.  I have been touched by so many who live their faith, their conversation and even their demeanor has captured my attention and inspired in me a desire to seek what they have… a relationship with God.  Each of us is a teacher who can reveal to anyone who is quick to hear, slow to speak (James 1:19) that the Holy Spirit can touch through a life lived in Christ.

There are no boundaries to God’s power to teach.  My daughters are both teachers.  One teaches seventh grade Biology and sets an example of peace and power to her students both in the public school, on Sundays at her church and to her three young sons.  The other teaches in her job, how to give the best Customer Service to clients across the globe, to the people in her Divorce Care classes and to her three children.  Both live their faith and share it so many now know the ways of our God through them.

Today Lord, I pray for all who seek to teach their children, whether those “children” are their own or the children of others.  Whether those children are 5 or 50 years old, each of us need a teacher, a mentor who can educate in the way to go.  Give me the grace to learn something new each day from Your Holy Scripture and from those around me.   Open my ears to hear! 

Thursday May 18, 2017 Times

Posted May 18, 2017 by bgovanus
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There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die.  Ecclesiastes 3:1-2

This verse became a beautiful song, Turn, Turn, Turn, that was quite popular, written originally by Pete Seeger in the late 50s.  The Byrds adapted the lyrics and released their version in 1965.  It is as timely today as it was 3000 years ago.

Today, Gary and I celebrate 32 years of marriage.  It was God’s perfect timing when we met, quite by accident through a mutual friend on a blind date.  Gary was fighting the idea of a blind date and called my home when I was at work and my work when I was at home.  God intervened there and I switched my schedule and we finally chatted on March 24, had our first date March 29 and got married 7 weeks later.  And they said it wouldn’t last!

There is a time for everything!  As we look back over 32 years that were marked with the deaths of parents and loved ones, the weddings of my daughters, the birth of our six grandchildren these times seem like they happened yesterday!  The passing of the years so quickly flying by but the moments that take our breath away are those that stand out in full vibrant color!  These times that we were touched by God!

God has taught that His gift is the time that He has given to live a life apart from Him, here on earth.  I will be going back to be with Him and when I do, I want to be able to have something to give to Him.  Those that I have taught about Him and invited to be in His family are my testimony.  Opportunities, that I do not act are gone forever.  Time waits for no one, so I must be ready, willing and attentive!  God has been so good to me, blessings abound in my life with Gary, my family, and my friends.  The time is always going to seem short and in comparison, to eternity… it truly is!  That is why I am always intensely and purposefully active, I don’t want to waste a minute of the time that has been gifted to me.

Lord, I am so grateful for the moments that You have graced in my life.  Help me to always light the way for others so they will be with You forever.  Open my eyes and my heart to recognize the times when You are blessing me. 

Wednesday May 17, 2017 Interests

Posted May 17, 2017 by bgovanus
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Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.  Philippians 2:4

One of my “interests” has been writing.  I write nearly every morning these scripture blogs, and very often I write in my journal.  I also have been blessed to co-create four books with a variety of authors.  The latest of these projects is launching on Kindle this morning.  I have been honored to share the creative journey with fourteen authors in this book discussing FAILURE.  I felt called to pull this book together as Editor/Publisher because I have learned the hard way that experiencing failure can be the most devastating and debilitating life experience.  But God does not intend for it to be that way!

A failure like my first marriage left me a hot mess… vulnerable and broken.  It took me seven years to get to be whole enough to be ready for another relationship.  Then God sent Gary into my life.  Then my business failure, left us financially bankrupt and me emotionally wrecked again. The lessons I learned prodded me to want to share with others so that they would not fall into the same trap.

Uniting with others who have similar interests to do good and make a difference in the world has always helped me to keep moving forward.  If this can be a priority then objectivity has a chance to move in and replace the brokenness of any trauma, any loss, or any failure.  Perspective of the others in my life has helped pave the way to healing.  Putting their interests ahead of my own, helped me to find a reason to move forward even when I did not want or feel that I could.  The Lord knows that concentrating on others helps me move out of the darkness that is focusing on myself.

Lord Help me always to keep my focus in balance… Making others interests a priority and driving force in my life.  It is in giving that I receive.

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