Ah dear friends,
once again our nation has been shaken! The catalyst was horrifying, unnecessary, cold with no regard for life. The protests are justified and necessary - however the destruction and stealing uncalled for and in a way took away the voices of those who are advocating peacefully but rightfully for change!
The results of ungodliness and SIN are ever more rearing its head and unless we, as the people of God, begin to repent and turn from our own wicked ways and humble ourselves and pray - we will continue to see the effects of sin. God WILL heal our land, but we have a lot of work to do in the spiritual realm.
At the moment of writing this I still haven't wrapped my head around it all.... it starts with each one of us, each individually seeking the Lord of how we can shine His light. Maybe it's not in a grand scheme for many of us, but we each can reach, comfort, help, encourage and actually LISTEN to: a neighbor, a person of color, someone who is going through hard times, someone who has lost a loved one, first responders, a law enforcement officer (not all are bad!!!!).
I have often wondered what the significance of the masks is. Now please hear my heart, I'm not talking at all about the virus and the need for the social distancing, the need for protection. I'm talking about a spiritual significance of this virus showing up and we all wear masks. Like as if prophetically we have been shut up. Muffled. As to be quiet. As not to speak out. Or as in we HAVE been quiet, we haven't spoken out. Spoken the TRUTH of the Word.
As churches (rather I should say buildings) are "opening back up" we now should wear masks especially when singing?!!? This brought tears to my eyes and spiritually it bothers me extremely and deeply. SPIRITUALLY I see this as if our praises are muffled. Stopped in their effectiveness! Maybe this is a physical manifestation of what has already has taken place spiritually over the last few years...?
Social distancing....again maybe another prophetic significance of how we as the church have been distancing ourselves from one another - way before the actual virus had us do this physically? Have we distanced ourselves from people because of their differing views on whatever the strife of the day is? Have we distanced ourselves from our brothers and sisters because we don't agree with them? So much division alone in the church. We act like the world does!!!!
We have stood by and agreed with the world on abortions and homosexuality and the moral decline in our country is off the roof! We are not to "throw away" the people caught up in it, but we must deal with the SIN!!
Finally, have we thus distanced ourselves from God also? Have we distanced ourselves from true faith? Real faith? Jesus said in Luke 7:8 in the last part: However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth? I'll be the first to admit, I'm not always strong with walking in faith. Stuff shakes me! I have worries, fears too.... But then I'm always reminded that God is still in control and I MUST TRUST Him!
So, please....take it for what it is - MY thoughts, things I'm sensing in the Spirit, things I've been wondering about. Trying to look at this from a possibility of spiritual significance aspect and I hope you allow me to present this to you. You may not agree, or you may, and that's ok too.
I fear for my fellow human beings and brothers and sisters in Christ of color, of other nationalities and white too. We are all created in God's image, something we seem to forget!
What is happening in our country and all over the world is the result of SIN, plain and simple. When have we truly repented? I'm not sure if we can still reach this society for God 🤷♀️, I pray it's not too late. Today is the day to start.....
Pray, seek God, have compassion, be caring, treat other human beings with kindness no matter how they treat you! It starts with us individually reaching the individual!
There are NO events for MUSIC or JEWELRY (or even BBQ) 😢, as now ALL of scheduled summer events have been cancelled by the events coordinators. We are still hoping for one August event for BBQ at the Summerfest in Deerwood, MN.....
JEWELRY however is available online in my Etsy Store: www.etsy.com/shop/NotesNBling
All my new summer line is listed as are most of my designs. I was SO excited to show it - so please take a look. I'll be running a few sales here and there throughout the summer.
So, by the time shows can start it'll be fall already and I'll have to start working on a new fall line.... 🤔
FIREWORKS for Warren and I starts up end of June and runs through July 5. For some reason the Fireworks Tent sales have been declared "essential". 🤷♀️
So, since we had agreed to do the two tents again this year, we must fulfill our obligations.
We will have a TNT tent at Westside Liquor again in Waite Park (across from the Mall and Scheels) and our other tent will be in Sauk Rapids at the Coborns Grocery Store.
We pray for a good season, since there is no other income for us this summer with all the cancelled events (including BBQ events)....
We would love if you'd come by to get your fireworks from us if you're doing fireworks at home and we'd appreciate it a lot if you could share with your friends about our locations.
We will have social distancing in place and also the shopping experience will be a bit different as it usually was in past years, but we will have fun and still help you find the fun fireworks you're looking for.
Let's keep the focus where it should be. On our precious Lord and Savior and upon the Word of God! The following verses are SO good. What principles to live by in these days!
Psalm 37:1-9. 1. Do not fret because of evildoers, Be not envious toward wrongdoers.
2. For they will wither quickly like the grass And fade like the green herb.
3. Trust in the Lord and do good; Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness.
4. Delight yourself in the Lord; And He will give you the desires of your heart.
5 . Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, and He will do it.
6. He will bring forth your righteousness as the light And your judgment as the noonday.
7. Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way,
Because of the man who carries out wicked schemes.
8. Cease from anger and forsake wrath; Do not fret; it leads only to evildoing.
9. For evildoers will be cut off, But those who wait for the Lord, they will inherit the land.
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Psalm 100 Scripture
1 Shout joyfully to the LORD, all the earth.
2 Serve the LORD with gladness; Come before Him with joyful singing.
3 Know that the LORD Himself is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.
4 Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him, bless His name.
5 For the LORD is good; His lovingkindness is everlasting And His faithfulness to all generations.