Q and A with Me- My Answers

I would like to thank the bloggers who asked questions for this Q and A with Me. I enjoyed doing it and appreciate your questions. Please visit their blogs. Here are their questions and my answers. 🙂

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David of davidsdailydose.org asked- What is one of your favorite scripture passages, and why?

Only one of? My there are SO many. As I go through the process with my book Jesus Understands Trauma, 2 Corinthians 1: speak to me- blessed be the God of all comfort…”

Kendra of Audience of One at audience01.wordpress.com asked- I’ll tag on to David’s question, and ask which Bible character inspires you the most (outside of Jesus 😊)?

So many to choose from by Paul inspires me with his dedication to the gospel and his passion for following Jesus.

Beverley of becominghteoilandthewine.com asked- You seem to be a traveler in your younger days. Name the countries that you have visited and which is your favorite? Why?

I have visited Austria, Brazil, Canada, England, France. Germany, Holland, Mexico, Romania, and Switzerland. My two favorites were Romania and Brazil. Romania because through my seven trips there God called me to my ministry and work with other cultures. Brazil because I connect with the culture so well.

Cats and coffee at midlifecatlady64@wordpress.com asked- What is one of the worst foods you have ever tasted and what was the situation?

I would have to say some of the things I have tried cooking because I am a terrible cook. 🙂

Gary of garyfultz.com asked- From last falls comment somewhere…Have you any more thoughts on creating a bloggers conference or just a mini bloggers conference ? How many days, cost, seminar givers, places to stay, other things to do if one were to couple it with a vacation? who should lead it and how big a team of people would it take to pull off a good one?? also, what town to have it in?? too many questions?

Good questions. I am thinking about it more now. I will get back to you on it. 🙂

Alive and Well at entermypeace.wordpress.com asked- How did the hydraulic fluid work? Was it for your knee?

The hydraulic fluid worked okay and yes for my knee.

Dawn of drawingclosertochrist.com asked-What is one of your goals for 2023?

To finish and publish my book 🙂

Pooja of lifesfinewhine.ca asked- What are your blogging goals for 2023? What was the last movie you watched?

My blogging goals are to interact with more bloggers and follow God’s lead for content. The last movie I watched was Lord of the Rings Return of the King.

Michelle of Mimosa Blossom at apudiem.wordpress.com asked- What genre of music do you listen to?

I enjoy many genres-Christian, Classical, Jazz, some Pop, but listen mostly to Christian Worship music.

When We Struggle in Life-Doubt

Terri of diaryofaquadraplegic.com shared a post yesterday-God with Us. In her post she shared about her recent health struggles. We commented back and forth a little about doubt, which prompted my post today.

When we are weakened by a health struggle or a severe trial, we can tend to get down on ourselves for having doubt. It does not help when we hear things like doubt is the opposite of faith. As someone who has lived with chronic illness for thirty years and has had my own shares of struggles, I want to share a few reflections that I find encouraging.

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When John the Baptist was in jail and knew he faced execution by King Herod for calling King Herod out on his sin, he sent word to Jesus. John wanted reassurance. He sent word to Jesus in Matthew 11:2-3:

And when John had heard in prison about the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples and said to Him, “Are You the Coming One, or do we look for another?”

John was in a dire situation. He has was jail and knew he would soon die. He had doubt and wanted to be reassured. He had spent quite a bit of time calling people to repent to be ready for the kingdom. John identified Jesus as the Lamb of God and as the one whose sandals he was not fit to tie. John is the one who because of his testimony, some of his own disciples went to follow Jesus and yet in his dire situation John want reassurance.

How did Jesus respond? Did he rebuke John for doubt? Did he give a an empty cliche?

Jesus responded by giving John the proof that would strengthen John in his faith in Matthew 11:

Jesus answered and said to them, “Go and tell John the things which you hear and see: The blind see and the lame walk; the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear; the dead are raised up and the poor have the gospel preached to them. And blessed is he who is not offended because of Me.”

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When we struggle because of illness, a terrible trial, it is what we do with our doubt that matters not whether we have doubt. If we look to Jesus within our doubt, within our suffering, he responds as our Sympathetic High Priest just as he did for John the Baptist. Jesus knew the situation John was in and gave John what he needed. We do well to remember the words of Hebrews 4:14-16:

 Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.  Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

When we struggle, when we doubt, when we are overwhelmed, let us come to Jesus to receive grace and mercy in our time of need.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Story Time-My Countryside Experience

This past Sunday I had an adventure out in the countryside. My Sunday morning group was invited to have lunch in the home of friends who live outside the city. As I share about my adventure, I am sure it will amuse my fellow bloggers Gary of garyfultz.com and Alicia of forhispurpose.blog. Gary is such an outdoorsman that he could have his own show about outdoor adventures and I am sure he would have made a good mountain man if he had lived in the 1800s. Alicia lives outside a small town and plays with coyotes.

.Going to my friends’ home. I drove five miles outside the city on a paved road and then a mile on a gravel road. However, returning to the city I needed to take a different route because I was going to the Ukrainian church for their Youth Group Christmas Program. So I drove on a different road. It was a gravel road. I drove on it from 190th street to 140th street where it changed to be a paved road the rest of the way. That means I drove fifty blocks on a gravel road.

As I was driving, I kept looking for deer that might jump out. I also wondered if I might see coyotes or even a mountain lion. It was a real outdoor adventure for me. You will be glad to know I made it safely back to civilization. When I reached the paved part of the road, that was my thought, “back in civilization”.

I know you might be wondering how it is that a man who has been on eleven ministry trips to other counties could feel a bit overwhelmed by the drive on a gravel road. In my defense, those trips were all to other cities in other countries. They were in civilization too just in a different country with a different language. In such a setting I am in my element.

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My gravel road adventure gave me a new appreciation for the journey Joseph and Mary would have taken from Nazareth to Bethlehem that first Christmas. They would not have even had a gravel road to journey on. The setting of the birth of Jesus was primitive by today’s standards, even countryside standards. Our Savior, the King of the Universe, chose to leave his throne and glory in heaven to be born in very primitive and humble surroundings.

By the way, I need to wash my car but it has been so cold this week that I can’t because the doors could freeze shut. That will have to wait to next week when it warms up.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Cloudy Rainy Days are Good For…….

Where I live, we are having a few rainy days, as in a lot of rain. I am grateful it is not snow because if this amount of rain came as snow, I would be stuck at home for a few days. Cloudy rainy days are good for something near and dear to my heart.

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Naps and sleeping late. When it is cloudy and rainy it is so easy to sleep late. Since today is a planning day for my morning class, I can sleep late as in NO ALARM CLOCK. 🙂

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I think a nap or maybe two will be on the schedule for today as well. Cloudy rainy days are great for naps.

I am not certain but a visit to the coffee shop might be on the agenda today. It will depend on the nap situation. If I make it to the coffee shop, some writing will occur. Sunday morning I had a break through with writing in my book Jesus Understands Trauma. It is a addition of discussing forgiveness and reconciliation.

My little sister in Jesus Alicia of forhispurpose.blog lives in my state but out west where the deer and the antelope play. They are having snow today, so she might get snowed in. I am not sure if one can be snowed in when one can ride a horse. Alicia lives out west in the ranch and farm area, so I am sure she can ride a horse.

Do you like cloudy rainy days? If yes, what do you like to do on such days?

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Found — My walk with Christ.

Pinterest. I have foundMy long lost desireMy knight inShining armorMy rescuerMy preciousMy bright lightMy Shining SunMy Everything. But allIsn’t well yet.He’s perfectBut am notThe castle is readyBut i didn’t knowThat i preferred the dump betterI sneak out lateTo hung with His enemiesMy tormentorsThey hold out glitterHow do I resistSometimes all i wantIs to hide from […]

Found — My walk with Christ.

My Recent Absence

My little sister in Jesus Alicia of for hispurpose.com texted me yesterday to check on me because I had not posted in a few days. That was so nice of her. I am in the midst of my second bout of bronchitis in 5 weeks. It seems I can go a few years with no episodes of it and then get hit with repeated ones.

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Monday I went to Urgent Care and had breathing treatments. The doctor was kind and she prescribed 10 days of prednisone and ten days of antibiotics. She also encouraged me to buy a home nebulizer and prescribed the stuff to put in it. I bought one and am using it at home.

Yesterday evening I felt good enough to go to an appreciation dinner at the Ukrainian Church I teach English class at. There is so much to share from that evening, that it will be a series of posts. I sat with my friend Alex who sometime between 7:30 last night and hopefully by the time this posts, will be a grandfather. His daughter went to the hospital to be induced for labor.

Prayers would be appreciated for this bronchitis to be healed up.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.