Broken

The cookie packet I opened recently, showed no sign of the shattered contents inside. The cookies, which had been whole and a sweet anticipation, were broken into many pieces. They were no longer enticing, even though I know that even the small pieces will still taste good; they no longer looked appealing. I had eagerly looked forward to fresh whole cookies to enjoy with my tea, but all I had were crumbs.

Each human was made perfect in God’s eyes, when first formed He delighted in our unique wholeness and He continues to do so. As we move through life we too can become broken, as we struggle against the adversities of living on this earth. We can become physically and emotionally torn apart with everyday living or unhealthy lifestyles and choices. God must look at us and sigh in disappointment as He reflects on our great beginnings to where we are now.

God gave His Son, a living sacrifice that all who are broken can be made whole. If we choose to believe this and trust His Word and His guidance, He will repair our broken-ness.

Unlike the cookies, which once broken cannot be repaired – we can rest assured that He can work in us and help us recover. He will repair our misshapen lives and choices and lead us to a renewed spirit and wholeness that we desperately desire.

No longer broken but once again whole, in spirit and self-confidence we can enjoy a new beginning under Him.

Prayer: Father, let us come to you when we are heart-broken, injured or crushed in spirit, for you will give us rest and recovery. Amen.

PATRICIA DAY

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Remember!

Remember the men and women who have given their lives, so that we can live in freedom.

Remember Jesus Christ who gave His live, so that we could experience His comfort in times of trouble, and be assured of eternal peace.

Philippians 2:29-30 Hold such men in esteem; because for the work of Christ he came close to death.

We are not all blessed with the bravery of Epaphroditus or of our military men and women – but let us never take for granted the freedom and peace we enjoy, because of their sacrifices.

GOD BLESS EACH OF THEM AND GRANT COMFORT TO THEIR FAMILIES today and always.

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What is Love?

So after asking ‘Where is the Love?’ – how do we recognize love?

The International Children’s Version of the Bible explains it perfectly. If you are experiencing a life without the following elements of respect, then it is not love!

1 Corinthians 13:4-8a Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous, it does not brag, and it is not proud. Love is not rude, is not selfish, and does not become angry easily. Love does not remember wrongs done against it. Love is not happy with evil, but is happy with the truth. Love patiently accepts all things. It always trusts, always hopes, and always continues strong. Love never ends. (ICV)

Matthew 19:14 But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven”. (ICV)

My prayer for each person living in turmoil and confusion is that you will ask God for His Will in your lives, in the Name of Jesus Christ.

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No Need to Despair

I do not apologize for any apparent repetition in my words. I feel strongly there is at least one teenager or young person needing to be saved from a life of despair – and so here goes.

Psalm 55:22 Give your worries to the Lord. He will take care of you. He will never let good people down. (ICV)

1 Peter 5:6-9 So be humble under God’s powerful hand. Then He will lift you up when the right time comes. Give all your worries to Him, because He cares for you. Control yourselves and be careful! The devil is your enemy. And he goes around like a roaring lion looking for someone to eat (destroy; kill). Refuse to give in to the devil. Stand strong in your faith. (ICB)

I am often saddened by media reports of young people in such despair that they kill themselves.

All they see in life is pressure. Be this! Do that! Wear this! Look like this! Give me this! Submit – submit – submit! Eventually they cannot cope and if they are bereft of a confidante – they give up!

An ad showing on television shows children in need of homes and the caption is, ‘Where’s the love?’ Good question!

In God’s Word – the Bible – He commands that we love one another. Sometimes, that is easier said than done; forgiveness and submission can open us up to more demands, but if we can steadfastly hang on to the promise of strength and comfort promised in those words, we will begin to gain foothold over any bullying or abuse being used against us. No, it is still not easy but the key is to respect yourself enough to reach out and then believe that there is more to life than what you have been dealt.

God has been taken out of our schools, workplaces and families so the belief is that you live and then you die. So what’s the point of living, right? There is more to life than pain or demands. It is how you choose to live that makes the difference. God does not have to be thrust out of your heart. Once you experience the love He gives, you will begin to like yourself and then you won’t want to give up – you’ll find someone you can trust to share your concerns with, and then can begin to step in another direction.

Life is hard and it is not always easy to know who and what to trust. The advice in the bible is constant and trustworthy – but you first have to open a bible, explore what is within its pages and begin to believe the contents. There is no deception only love!

Passages to help you get started…..

Psalm 34:18 The Lord is close to the broken-hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

John 14:27 I leave you peace. My peace I give you. I do not give it to you as the world (or its people) does. So don’t let your hearts be troubled. Don’t be afraid. (ICV)

I pray that the Lord will give you understanding in all things, that you will make wise choices, and that these choices will lead you God-living people, who will listen and guide with no strings attached.

Find a church that teaches Old and New Testaments: one with a strong youth membership that is nurtured and encouraged. That will be a step in the right direction and will lead you to a better place, because once you learn to respect yourself you will stop wanting to be a people-pleasing person, when those people are asking you to submit in ways you are uncomfortable or threatened with. There really is much more to life than that!

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Fall Cleanup!

My husband and I spent last weekend winterizing the garden. Raking leaves – bagging leaves and adding some to the compost. Front and back the gardens looked – well – tidy again. Frost-bitten annuals were removed and all we could see was the green of the lawns again with flower beds devoid of fallen leaves.

Overnight a strong breeze could be heard outside and, yes you’ve guessed it, all our efforts appeared to have been in vain. Where we cleared and cleaned was once more leaf covered.

Sin can be like that. We allow all kinds of it into our hearts, minds and spirits, allowing it to accumulate until we are overwhelmed by it. We try to change our ways and clean ourselves up spiritually, changing one wrong and containing others, but a breeze in the darkness of the recesses of our minds takes over and litters our thoughts again. Result? What we had attempted to clean up is once again cluttered and unruly. Untidy to our eyes. How must it look to God’s? All our good intentions apparently meaningless, yet for a while seemed effective.

Ecclesiastes 1:3 – What profit has a man from all his labor in which he toils under the sun? (NKJV)

Ecclesiastes 1: 6 – The wind goes toward the south, and turns around to the north; the wind whirls about continually, and comes again on its circuit. (NKJV)

We can try to clean up our acts, but if we do not have God in our lives those efforts will be meaningless. Sin will keep on returning to our lives, like a disruptive breeze and we will continually strive to make a difference to lifestyles or thinking patterns – but until we halt trying to do it alone and leave the inevitable clean up to God – nothing much that we do will make a lasting difference.

Prayer: Abba, we ask You for guidance and for wisdom and discernment, as we try to eradicate all that is not of You in our lives. Amen

Dark Zone ?

A recent program on Doc Zone covered how media and fashions trends are affecting our children and youth. They called it ‘the sexualization of our children’ and it was not a pretty picture.

Fashion for children – girls in particular – has been dressing them, more and more, in miniature editions of adult clothing – portraying a tiny woman and not a child. This has affected their thinking and eventually their actions and emotions, that are devoid of what is good and truly respectful. They do not respect themselves; boys respect girls even less, especially if denied physical satisfaction……on and on the program covered (too bad the girls clothing didn’t too) how fashion, media and magazines and models, as well as entertainment ‘idols’ emit the idea that exploiting a child to be sexually attractive is what life is all about. Nothing else matters! WRONG!

I share this for all the children and youth that might be exposed to this Christian website …… please know that you are a child and a child should NOT be expected to be a small adult! You are meant to have fun – good clean childlike fun and not be an enticing piece of flesh for someone else.

I was sickened by what I heard on this program – children are being used in the most sickening ways and are losing respect for themselves and for each other. What kind of society is this going to produce a few years hence?

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 tells us a different story of what regard for self and others is all about…….

Love makes you patient and kind

Love is not jealous, love does not brag

Is not proud, love is not rude nor selfish

Love does not become angry

Love does not remember things you have done wrong

Love does not like people who tell lies, only truth

Love patiently accepts and trusts

Love always hopes and always remains strong.

True love never ends but grows stronger each day. (ICV)

It is NOT about selling yourself for the pleasure of others, but all about loving who and what you are, and treating others as you want to be treated.

Prayer: God help us in all our ways and let us be guided along a true and righteous path, knowing that this will produce good results. Amen

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