Daily Archives: August 21, 2016

RATIONS 100 DAYS #14

My days just seem to get away with from me. A few loads of laundry. A walk or two to the garden – with the ball, of course. On a side note, did you ever notice that labs seem to fart more if they don’t have a ball to chase…do you think it is on purpose? Jump in the hot tub. Listen to a sermon that I missed last week, and the day is – suddenly – done.

Sundays are always my all time favorite. I think it was because Sundays were special while I was growing up. Stores closed. Streets virtually empty. Walks to Sunday School with Mom. Picnics with family. Play time with the neighbors and/or cousins and back road driving – if someone remembered to fill the tank before the gas station closed on Saturday.

Life is not so quiet on Sundays any more. Even in our small neighborhood, cars come and go all the time. Lawnmowers and blowers’ noise echo off the houses. And, of course, there is the occasional 4 wheeler or two.

This week I think Monday will be a favorite as well since our Littlest is coming for a visit, and maybe Buddy is coming from C-bus. It will be a busy week, but hopefully – I will find time to keep up with my RATIONS and the America’s Prayer Minute. It is so easy to get distracted in this world and lose sight of the Spirit that has become the touchstone in my life. In the noise of our modern world it is hard to listen to the quiet voice of Our Father/Jesus Christ/Holy Spirit. I need to work on this.

“Read: St. Luke 11:14-28

“When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man,he walketh through dry places, seeking rest; and finding none, he saith, I will return unto my house whence I came out. And when he cometh, he findeth it swept and garnished. Then goeth he, and taketh to him seven other spirits more wicked than himself; and they enter in, and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first’.~St Luke 11:24-26 kjv

“Goodness is never negative. Is my religion a religion chiefly of ‘don’ts’? Then it will not last. Goodness is positive. One of the bad things done to our wonderful and adventurous religion has been to give the impression that it is negative. It is thought of as drab, and limiting, whereas it is meant to be glorious, expansive, giving scope and true freedom to the personality.

“Let me think of my religion in that regard. I must step out boldly and gladly on my great adventure of faith. I must see to it that ‘the King of glory’ dwells in my heart. ‘Lord Jesus, come into my heart and reign over my life today.’

RATIONS 100 DAYS #13

Did you know that the first recorded prayer in the Bible was prayed on the behalf of others?

Not for self.

Not for a loved one.

Not for friends (although some of the city’s inhabitants were definitely related).

Not for fellow believers of Abraham’s God (although assuredly there were a few there) .

It was prayed over the people of Sodom. People who were into doing harm to others. People who didn’t seem to respect anything except self-gratification.

That was just the kind of man of God Abraham was.

“Then Abraham approached him and said: ‘Will you sweep away the righteous with the wicked?”~Gen 18:23

Abraham, the father of this new belief, set a great role model for those to follow. The first prayer out of his mouth was for others. When we pray for others we truly become a “person” of God.

Jewish wisdom points to the fact that it “seems” as if this first prayer went unanswered at best – denied probably. Jewish sages believe this was to remind Abraham that prayer is more than just a communication with a “magic being” who will grant our every wish.

Since I was late getting to the computer today and was praying The America’s Prayer Minute at six o’clock, I was thinking about how important Prayer is to our lives and to the lives of those around us. Praying for the salvation of others is a touchstone of our faith. Today’s RATION just backs that up.

“To want to be right with God, is, according to Jesus, one of the eight requirements for inner peace and blessedness. Anyone who drives an automobile knows how distressing it is to have anything about the engine out of adjustment. Any rattle, knock, squeak or pounding in the motor calls for immediate attention. On the other hand, a smooth-running-engine brings to a competent driver’s mind a very real sense of joy and security. Now, righteousness is ur adjustment ot God. Sin, selfishness, any failure to co-operate with the will of God, any defiance of the moral law will cause rattles, squeaks, and poundings in our spiritual engines. We are out of adjustment. Inner peace coes only through harmony with God.’

“Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after righteousness; for they shall be filled.~Matt 5:6

“Read: Ps. 139:23-24

“Prayer: O God, we would be a part of the great harmony of creation. We would choose to do that which is right and true, just and generous and brave, that our lives may beat in tune with the Infinite and our goals and purposes be acceptable to thee. Help us all our lives to fulfill thy holly will in the spirit of Jesus Christ, our LORD. Amen”