Posted by: angelnotes | August 23, 2017

RePost from 2009 – Don’t Let Your Faith Fall

This weekend, I attended a Bible study.  We were researching the Rapture.  We were researching proof of a pre-tribulation Rapture.  Well, personally, I believe in one, but truthfully, if it doesn’t occur when I, a mere human being, expect it to, then that’s okay. It’s not my timing, it’s God’s timing.  Many people laugh at that belief.  We get upset, tuck our heads, and huff.  By doing this, we are losing the person that we are speaking to and ourselves.  By saying that, I mean that we are losing ourselves to discord.

One thing that is occurring today is that much discord is being sewn between each other, both inside and outside of church.  We argue over doctrinal tradition and forget why we are gathering together in the first place.  We gather together united as believers and followers of Yeshua Hamashiach.  That’s where our eyes should be.

So ask yourself this: If God doesn’t do what you expected, are you going to take your eyes off of Him?  Unfortunately, many will.  Don’t let yourselves get so caught up in man’s doctrine and you are ignoring God’s doctrine.  So, I challenge you to open God’s Word and look for yourselves.  Don’t let somebody else tell you what it says…not your pastor, not your parents, not man. Let God tell you Himself because He will give you the answers.  When you want to know something and a source of that knowledge is close by don’t you go to that source instead of asking the person next to you that’s still learning?  Well, He’s close by.  All you have to do is ask.

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Posted by: angelnotes | July 24, 2017

There is only one God only one way

There are so many gods and beliefs.  How do we know that Jesus is the only way?  Why should we believe that Jesus is the only way.  Well, there is a variety of religions.  Here is the common theme with other religions.  You have to work.  You have to be good.  Treat your fellow man with kindness and help those in need.  Pray multiple times a day.  Get your spaceship ready.  Religion and rituals.

The fact that we are fallible humans.  Even outwardly do those things, what’s inside?  What’s going on in our heart?  Who are you praying to?  Does that god just demand worship, rituals, and work?  As a human being, you cannot follow whole heartedly.  You will feel anger and hate and nothing.  You will find loopholes or bad interpretations.

Now let me tell you about Jesus (Yeshua).

John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

John 3:16 16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

John 1:1-3 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.The same was in the beginning with God.All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

Romans 3:10 10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:

Romans 8:31 31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?

Romans 3:23 23For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

Romans 6:23 23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Romans 5:8 8But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

Titus 3:5-7 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:Not of works, lest any man should boast.

You see God loves us.  We will never be worthy on our own.  God made a way HIMSELF. Why because HE loves us?  More that we can ever love.  Don’t get it twisted.  It doesn’t mean after repenting and excepting you can do whatever you want.  No.  God wants you to come home.  God wants you be with Him.  Laugh with Him.  Talk with Him.  Come to Him.  Like any parent who loves His child.  He doesn’t want a bunch of mindless rituals that have no heart.  Just like living at home with your own parents. You respect their house.  You do things for them because you love them.  You spend time with them because you want to.  That is what God asks.  He wants those hugs.  He wants to help.  He wants that come.  But if you want to do what you want to do, He will let you and you will have to face the consequences.  He’s already shown you an easier way.  Believe and love Him back.

There is so much more.

You see Jesus (Yeshua) gave us two commandments:

Matthew 22:36-40 36 Master, which is the great commandment in the law?37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.38 This is the first and great commandment.39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

You see when you do these.  Everything else just falls into place.

God Himself came down to take our faults on Himself so that we can go home.  We couldn’t do it.  Go to Him.  Talk to Him.  He will answer your questions.  He’s waiting.  I’m not going to tell you how because praying to God is a simple conversation.  Don’t let those who claim to represent Him stop you.  They are fallible broken people just like you.  Go straight to the source.

No rituals, no hate, and anyone can go to Him.  You’ll be surprised by the answers you get…if you listen.

Here is an example of how salvation works from a story I heard a long time ago.

A science teacher who was also a born again Christian had a conversation with captain of the football team who was also Christian.  He told him that he wanted show who God is.  The next day, the teacher brought in two dozen donuts.  He asked the class who wanted a donut.  All of them raised their hands.  So, he stopped at the first student.  Asked him if he wanted a donut.  The student enthusiastically said yes.  The teacher put the donut on the desk and told the football play to do 10 pushups.  He repeated for the next student and the next.  About the seventh student, the student said no.  The teacher put the donut on the desk and the football play still did the 10 pushups even though his arms were jelly.  The teacher continued through each student.  Some said yes and ate the donut, some said no and let it sit there, some threw the donut away, some offered to do pushups instead, but they were not the chosen one to do it, they were not enough.

Each still got the donut paid with the push ups of the football player.  You see someone else paid the price to satisfy each person’s hunger.  Someone else took on the burden regardless of the pain and discomfort for each person to be fulfilled.  Each person still had the choice to accept or reject the free gift right in front of them.

What did Jesus do?  He paid the price we could not afford or were not qualified to pay.  We only have to accept, say thank you, and the fulfillment come in.  He will help you along the way.  He’s got your back.

If you don’t know what say…Start Here:

Dear Lord Jesus, I know that I am not perfect.  I am a sinner.  Please forgive me, please help me, please come into my life and help me know you.  Thank you for taking my sin upon you.  Thank you for forgiving me.  I want a relationship with you.  I want to know you.  Come into my heart and show me the way. In YOUR name I pray. Amen

Get to know Him.  Even if you don’t believe Him, talk to Him and ask Him to show Himself.  He will.  Keep talking to Him.  No rituals, no requirements, just talk. Also open His word…the Bible.  You don’t have to start in the beginning.  Start where the Lord leads you.  You would amazed what happens when you just open the book.  Often you’re where He wants you to be to tell you something you need to know.

I love you all.  I pray this touched your hearts. If you know someone that needs to hear this…please share.

Posted by: angelnotes | July 2, 2017

There is a God and He is not a bully

Something I keep hearing if there is a God then he’s a bully, why doesn’t He fix what’s going on? OR If God is real then He is a homicidal ego-maniac and YOUR Bible proves it.  I keep thinking on that.  The fact for those that are saying that need to read the Bible or better yet ask God themselves.  God hates evil more than any of us could or would.  I don’t claim to have all of the answers, but I know one thing.  GOD IS LOVE.  HE LOVES EVERY ONE OF US.

As I approach this, I am trying to look at things through God’s eyes.  Let’s look at this first.  Why doesn’t God fix what’s going on? He did. He gave us all free will.  He gave us all the ability and choice to love each other and take care of HIS creation.  Guess what we do? We mess it up.  The best way I can explain is as a parent.  You have a child that you cannot help but love so much.  You try to lead that child.  Day by day you see your child strive for independence.  You want that child to have that independence.  He crawls, he walks, he runs.  He learns to make decisions on his own and learn from them.  Then those teenage years come and early adult years come.  The pain and heartache of watching your child fail…watching your child refuse to listen to you…watching your child that you love so much reject you and your wisdom and make small mistakes and make big mistakes.  And you know you have to let them go so they can grow and keep learning.  That does not take away from the fact that you tried.  They still make choices against your wise advice.  Sometimes those choices can carry on for generations and affect millions of people.  We live in a broken world.  That does not take away from the fact that we have a choice to mend it.  It may be as small as sharing a Twinkie or giving someone a smile.  So how is God fixing it?  He created me and He created you.  He gave us the ability to love, have patience, and grow in wisdom.  God is not somebody else that can handle it instead of you.  God is Somebody that will handle it with you and will help you…If you let Him.

Now, is he an egomaniac? Well, I’m just going to say this.  If you really read the Bible, you will learn that God destroyed people who could not be saved.  They were so far gone they had to go.  For example, Look at cancer.  Cancer are a bunch of cells that do not belong, take over, and destroy.  The only thing that can be done is eradicate it.  You cannot change cancer to suddenly love the body and act like the rest of the cells in your body. If you read many stories in Old Testament, you learn that the tribes that were eradicated had very sick and disgusting practices such as raping, pillaging, and murdering that were spreading like wildfire and contaminating mankind.

Now you can ask if there is a God, what did He do to help?  In the Old Testament, He walked with man and talked with man.  He tried to guide them.  He sent men to help Him spread his message and this carries on today.

There are no real good answers on why some bad things happen besides we live in a broken world.  Don’t think for one minute that God is not crying with us and is not trying to help us through.  He hurts when we hurt.  Think about it this way, when your son or daughter rejects what you’ve been teaching them…how does it feel?

Here’s a question:  Why doesn’t He just take our free will away?  Do you want to live in a world where you love someone and have them love you back because they have to?  or laugh with you because you tell them to?  or cry because you make them? I don’t.

In the New Testament,  He added a game changer.  He came, died for man and man’s brokenness, and rose again.  Not just Christians but ALL man.  God’s Word says He came to seek and save all who are lost.

2 Peter 3:9: The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

Because we are broken, He came and sacrificed Himself during one of the most brutal times (if not the most) in history.  He conquered death so that we may have life with Him.

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

It is amazing when you look for God what you see:  A baby’s laugh, a sunset full of colors, beautiful ocean waves of greens and blues, grandma’s infectious smile.  It goes on and on.

Till next time – for part 3.  Hopefully my thoughts won’t be so jumbled.

I love you all and may the Lord bless you and keep you.

 

Posted by: angelnotes | May 18, 2017

Why should I believe in God? Science

So, I have been pondering about why people don’t believe in God.  Why would they not believe in God…a creator…a supreme being?  Some would say…science says there is no God because there is no proof of God…Some would say, there is no God because if there was He’s a bully that lets bad things happen…Some would say, if there is a God, then everyone worships Him according to their belief system.  There are many other things that some say.

Well, let’s look at the science and I will not bore anyone with details.  In studying science, I realize science cannot exist without God. Things do not come from nothing.  It’s simple mathematics…nothing plus nothing equals nothing…nothing minus nothing  equals nothing…nothing times nothing equals nothing…nothing divided by nothing equals nothing.  Something needs to get things started.  Something needs to exist to move things along.  In saying this, science can speculate the process, theorize the action, and suggest the catalyst.  Is it not just easier to believe that one God moved this along than guess what happened?  YES and it’s scientific.  If you simply look at the seven days of creation, it is a scientific process.  Why would someone take the time to make up a process that makes absolute sense as you move through the days?  Let’s look at those days…

Genesis 1:1 says in the beginning GOD…You have the Creator…the One that set the action in motion…That’s a start…HE created heaven and earth – the materials.  THEN HE forms those materials.

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

Day 1: Light (Day) and Dark (Night) – These needed to be created first.  This is a foundation of creation.

  • Genesis 1: 2-3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
  • And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness

Day 2: Waters – Skies, atmosphere, ocean. Now we have the next item needed for creation.  Water refreshes, provides oxygen, helps nutrients flow…Another foundation of creation

  • Genesis 1:6-8 And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so.And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.

Day 3: The waters are separated and dry land appears with grass, fruits, substance for life. – The final foundation food and oxygen

  • Genesis 1: 9-13 And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so.10 And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good.11 And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.12 And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.13 And the evening and the morning were the third day.

So there are the materials needed to get started….next are the elements needed keep up the flow.

Day 4: God created the sun, moon, stars and other heavenly bodies.  These help with time and space by providing signs and helping us tell time and seasons.

  • Genesis 1: 14-19 14 And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:15 And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so.16 And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.17 And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth,18 And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.19 And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.

So now God created a watch and calendar to ensure His creation moves and grows.

Day 5: God created the water creatures – Fish and Birds.  Animals for the waters and firmament. More life.  They keep the waters and sky flowing. Of course they do much more.  Also remember, this is pre-fall, pre-evil earth.  No harm, no fowl…hahhahah I crack myself up.  Do not think of what is happening today.

  • Genesis 1: 20-2320 And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.21 And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good.22 And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth.23 And the evening and the morning were the fifth day.

Day 6: Land animals including man and woman.  Ever notice the common build mammals have? It’s not evolution.  They were created the same day. It’s logical.

  • Genesis 1: 24 -3124 And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.25 And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.29 And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.30 And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.31 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

I realize this is a quick look.  I simplified a lot.  I could add a lot more.  As you can see, creation was completed in a certain order.  Everything was created in a scientific, methodical way – starting the GOD.

Isn’t that easier than just guessing or better yet believe it took millions and millions of components and years?  It’s just easier to believe that one GOD started it all.

See you next time when we talk about how there is GOD and HE’s not a bully.

Posted by: angelnotes | April 30, 2017

Reposting – Pondering – from 2009

Where do you do your best thinking and pondering?  Me?  Well, my best thinking is done within four little light green and white walls.  Yes, folks, it is my bathroom in a nice warm shower.  What was I thinking about?  I was thinking about something I try to often think about…what has God done for me?  As usual, I thought of my life as everyone sees it.  I have a husband, two beautiful sons, loving parents, and terrific friends.  As I attempt to think deeper, things that come to mind are even more material: home, food, job, car, etc.  And, while I am very grateful and realize that I have more than most, there is only one thing that I should have thought of first.  He loved me so much that He died for me.

  • Before I was, He died for me.
  • Before I took my first breath, He died for me.
  • Before I ate my first bite or spoke my first word, He died for me.
  • Before anything I have done or will do, He died for me.
  • Before I chose him to be Lord of my life, He died for me.

Isn’t it amazing that is not often the first thought?  The first thought is normally something tangible.  The fact is, whether or not you have accepted or rejected Him, He still loved you so much that He died for you.

Think about it.  A perfect God left the comforts and beauty of heaven and came to this earth to be a poor lowly carpenter’s son, not the son of a rich king.  He grew up to be a teacher and healer who lived among the poor, not a person of power.  His closest friends were fishermen and other unnoticeable characters, not people with status.  He came as a perfect God who allowed imperfect man to beat Him with bone, glass, spikes…etc, to strip Him of His clothes, to spit on Him, humiliate Him, and to hang Him on a tree.  In the midst of this, He still showed forgiveness for man.  In the midst of this, He showed His love and mercy.  In the midst of this, He shouldered all of this to save us.  Would you have done it?  Could you have done it?  Sometimes, I shudder at the pain He went through for ALL of us.

For those of you, who refuse the documented and founded evidence of this occurrence, remember this:  He still loves you and died for you, too.  He did not just die for those who choose Him.  He still died for all of us.  He still is the perfect sacrifice.

What many of us go through in a lifetime is nothing to what He went through in a couple of days.  Sure, many were treated and died in a similar way.  But, if you were omniscient, omnipotent, omnipresent, omni-benevolent, what would you do?  As a human, I would just start over or “trash” the project.  He didn’t.  He came to fix what WE broke.  Oh yeah, people, He created us in perfection.  We screwed up and lost it, but still, He loved every single one of us so much that He died for us.  In other words, He fixed it.

So, in your peaceful quiet spot, what do you think about

Posted by: angelnotes | February 15, 2014

What Do You Think About?

I’m going to reblog some of my posts for years ago. I need to hear them too.

Angel's Notes

Where do you do your best thinking and pondering?  Me?  Well, my best thinking is done within four little light green and white walls.  Yes, folks, it is my bathroom in a nice warm shower.  What was I thinking about?  I was thinking about something I try to often think about…what has God done for me?  As usual, I thought of my life as everyone sees it.  I have a husband, two beautiful sons, loving parents, and terrific friends.  As I attempt to think deeper, things that come to mind are even more material: home, food, job, car, etc.  And, while I am very grateful and realize that I have more than most, there is only one thing that I should have thought of first.  He loved me so much that He died for me.

  • Before I was, He died for me.
  • Before I took my first breath, He died…

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Posted by: angelnotes | February 14, 2013

Eating right should not be hard work

Posted by: angelnotes | February 12, 2013

Check in day

So, I joined a support group of close friends that are on the same journey that I am.  Today was weigh-in day.  I, for the first time, shared my weight.  It took every power in my being to fight back the tears…fight back the shame…fight back…  It started out as a good day.  I ate right and exercise, but it’s just day 2.  I had no food for lunch for the week so I went to the grocery store.  I went straight to the fruits and vegetables.  Okay very yummy…but I walked through the store.  I passed the potato chips; I passed the cookies; I passed the cereal;  I passed.  Funny thing?  I didn’t pass them to resist.  I passed them because I didn’t want them.  So, what happens the day that I do want them?  Do I jump in and say “Forget it! Tomorrow’s a new day!”?  No,  I stop and think about the cost and if it’s worth it.  If I fall, I better be ready to burn the intake even more and/or give up something else. This isn’t just a journey to be fine.  Heck, my hubby loves all this.  My son still hugs me and wants to hang out.  My daddy still holds me and tell me that I’m his baby.  It’s about getting healthy; living healthy, so I can get healthy and stay around to keep getting that love.  

Posted by: angelnotes | March 18, 2010

Don’t sweat you are loved

Almost daily, I have been dealing with tension headaches.  I am constantly stressing out over juggling being everything to everybody…a great daughter…a great wife…a great mother…a great friend…a great pet owner.  Oftentimes, I hear, “Just stop and think about yourself for once.”  I do, I take an hour hear and there to stop.  Sometimes it’s enough and sometimes it isn’t.  Sometimes, I want to run away and change my name.  Then I remember one very important thing:  I am loved.  My parents love me; my husband loves me; my sons love me; my family loves me; and my friends love me.  I think how selfish is that to just leave them when they have given me what I need the most. 

My mom is the most wonderful and beautiful human being.  She doesn’t even realize how wonderful and beautiful she is.  She has been my rock my whole life even when I’m not hers when I need it the most.  My dad is the best, too.  Just knowing what he gave up so he could be a part of my life and have me as his daughter.  Both of them have sacrificed so much just so I can be successful.

My husband…I don’t know what I did to deserve him.  He’s a quirky pain in my butt, but the one thing I could never doubt is how much he loves me.  He knows me better that I know myself, which sometimes can be very scary.

My sons?  Yes, they give me more grief than I can bare sometimes…especially the older one.  But even today, when I look at them, I still the same sweet babies that I held in my arms.  Secretly, as much as I act like it irritates me, I still love it when they say “Mom, can you make me something to eat or drink.”  I just will never like, “Mom can you buy me….”

My family, even I don’t see them for a long time…they still make it point make sure that I know that they love me.

My friends.  Most people are blessed with just that one special friend.  I have been blessed with many.  These are friends that I have been through this and thin with.  Friends that have known me for so long…they are family.

So why am I sharing this with you?  Well, you may or may not have as many people in your life that show you love as I do, but I’m sure you have somebody who loves you.  Somebody who needs you as much as you need them.  They may not be in the shape and form that you expect, but they are there.  Finally and most importantly, our Great God the most high loves you.  He is your Father, Mother, Family, and Friend.

Until next time my friends.

Posted by: angelnotes | October 14, 2009

Don’t Let Your Faith Fall

This weekend, I attended a Bible study.  We were researching the Rapture.  We were researching proof of a pre-tribulation Rapture.  Well, personally, I believe in one, but truthfully, if it doesn’t occur when I, a mere human being, expect it to, then that’s okay. It’s not my timing, it’s God’s timing.  Many people laugh at that belief.  We get upset, tuck our heads, and huff.  By doing this, we are losing the person that we are speaking to and ourselves.  By saying that, I mean that we are losing ourselves to discord.

One thing that is occurring today is that much discord is being sewn between each other, both inside and outside of church.  We argue over doctrinal tradition and forget why we are gathering together in the first place.  We gather together united as believers and followers of Yeshua Hamashiach.  That’s where our eyes should be.

So ask yourself this: If God doesn’t do what you expected, are you going to take your eyes off of Him?  Unfortunately, many will.  Don’t let yourselves get so caught up in man’s doctrine and you are ignoring God’s doctrine.  So, I challenge you to open God’s Word and look for yourselves.  Don’t let somebody else tell you what it says…not your pastor, not your parents, not man. Let God tell you Himself because He will give you the answers.  When you want to know something and a source of that knowledge is close by don’t you go to that source instead of asking the person next to you that’s still learning?  Well, He’s close by.  All you have to do is ask.

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