January 22nd 2019

I started my day praying while still in bed but at one point not too far in I just stopped praying and apologized for babbling nonsense. Still half asleep, my prayer was all over the place and not making any sense. In the kitchen I began another prayer to Abba and thanked Him for choosing me to be a member of His family. I gave thanks for the protection I received throughout the night and for His mercy granting me another day that will no doubt be filled with His many blessings.

Then I switched my prayer from God to Jesus, asking him to strengthen my heart and my mind, surrendering both to him, to do with as he saw fit. Specifically, I was asking for the ability to be more loving, patient, generous… and then I remembered a Pastor telling me to stop asking for the same things over and over and over. “It’s an insult to Jesus, he heard you the first time.” “What you are doing is expressing to Jesus that you do not have any faith, that he is not listening or granting you these request.” I expressed all of this out loud to Jesus and I apologized to him. Then, again I switched my prayer but this time from asking him, to thanking him, for increasing my love, my patience, my generosity, gratefulness, kindness and self-control.

As my early morning auto pilot mode is programed to do, I made my way to the coffee maker. Once I had my cup of java and 3 dark chocolate sticks (they just happened to be on the counter top) I began my daily Bible study. First I go to BibleGateway.com, sign in and pray, inviting the Holy Trinity to join me and help me to take in and understand what I read. I then read the “Verse of the Day.”

Where there is a will there is a way, but so far I have not bothered to try to discover what these preselected verses are before the actual day they are posted. I’m not sure who or how they are selected, all I know is that they are different each and every day and I have no idea what tomorrows verse will be until tomorrow.

Here was my, “Verse of the Day.”  Matthew 7:7-8 (NLT)  [Effective Prayer] “Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.”

“Shut the front door!” Did you read that? Did you understand these verses, the same as I did? Jesus, just spoke to me through the Bible! “Go ahead, keep asking and you will receive.” There was no delay. I prayed, expressed some doubt, changed up my prayer and within a minute or two, Jesus clarified my doubt. What a high you get when you realize that Jesus Christ himself is speaking to you.

Now, before you go all off on how this is just a sheer coincidence, let me tell you there is no such thing as coincidence. I stopped believing that lie, a couple of years ago. I have had way too many of these same scenarios happen, for them to be written off as mere coincidences.   

Has this happened to you? I’d sure like to hear about it. Who? What? When? Why? Where? How do you know it was from Him?     E-mail me your experience,  the2yochristian@finchwisdom.com  please print “God spoke to me” in the subject bar.

December, 27th, 2018

This morning before even getting out of bed, I prayed to God our Father and I thanked Him for His great mercy, for His blessings and for His grandest blessing of all time, His gift of Jesus Christ. I thanked Him for honoring His promise to provide us a savior. 

I thanked Abba that He has chosen me to be a part of His family in eternity. I gave thanks to God for bringing me down on my knees and facing me toward Jesus, when He knew it was the right time for me.

I thanked Jesus for his parables, his teachings and the examples he set for us. I thanked Jesus for fulfilling his purpose, the plan that God had prepared for him.

I apologized and thanked Jesus for his forgiveness of my sins and for my wasting the previous day.

I prayed to Jesus that today I would be more aware of His presence moment by moment. I prayed that I would remember to pray for everything and anything that comes my way, every good thought and every blessing. I prayed for the ability to focus on him throughout the entire day.

Every morning I start my day with a coffee and I welcome, “The Holy Trinity” to join me in my Bible studies. I ask for help to understand what I am reading and how it applies to me or to relate it someone else.

First up is a preselected, “Verse of the Day” in BibleGateway.com. It was, Psalm 103:1-2 (NLT) [A Psalm of David] Let all that I am praise the Lord; with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name. Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things he does for me.

Does this prayer from David seem similar to the prayer that I had just finished praying? I just finished praising God and asking Him to help me to remember all that He does for me. So many times I find verses in the Bible that just confirm to me that I am on the right track. God, Jesus or the Holy Spirit is not speaking directly to me here but by mirroring David’s prayer with mine I am definitely being reassured that God is with me.

After reading these verses I thought to myself, “He’s Back!” I had not felt that God was around for quite some time but then I thought, “Or could it be, I am back?” I remembered that God promises repeatedly time after time throughout the Bible that He will never leave me and will always be by my side. Genesis 28:15, Deuteronomy 4:31, Deuteronomy 31:6, Deuteronomy 31:8, Joshua 1:5, Joshua 1:9, 1st Chronicles 28:20, Psalm 73:23-26Psalm 94:14, Isaiah 41:10-13, Hebrews 13:5, Matthew 28:21 .

 God does not make promises and then break them. It wasn’t God who drifted away, it was me.

One Season And Into The Next – Part Two

The way I see it, is God figures that after my studying the Bible, daily for the past almost three years, it’s high time for me to start sharing the wealth of information He has given me with as many others as I can. So now the question is, HOW. How in tarnation am I to do that when I can’t go to church or visit friends and family to speak with them? I can’t go shopping, walk in the downtown or thru a mall to share with the people there. I can’t get a job and share with co-workers because I am trapped here without transportation. The one thing I do have at my disposal here is the internet and thank you Lord for that, otherwise, a rope and noose might start looking pretty interesting to me. So how can I share God’s word? E-mail everyone in my contact list and tell them the good news about Jesus Christ. I don’t see that working out all too well. Randomly send e-mails to businesses, nah! Post my feelings on Facebook maybe?

Now I recall that one-word message, the one that I believed came to me from God, months ago. “Blog!” So I suppose I am to start up a website and blog about my experiences, new discoveries, interesting facts, beliefs and how it has all changed me.

After a lot of praying, asking friends I trust, what they think about the idea and searching for information about blogging, I’m going for it. I haven’t the foggiest idea what I’m doing. That became very apparent almost instantly, but I’ve got the time to learn. God has made sure of that. Good thing too! HostPapa, is a Toronto based website server and they claim you can have a website up and running in five minutes. I have a gazillion notes to share so what’s stopping me, right?

I bought this website plan on January 3rd and I’m still trying to figure out all the widgets and what they do. Mostly, I have figured out what they can’t do. Heck, did you even know that a widget is actually a tool? I sure didn’t. I used several different widgets before I figured out I can put widgets inside other widgets. Too bad, there’s not a widget that can find everything I spent hours upon hours creating, only to have it all just up and disappear.

I would now like to draw to your attention and offer up my thanks to a very good friend of mine, Juan. Without his expertise and hours upon hours of unpaid service to this site, this website would never have come about. Today the website is finalized and officially posted. We are pleased with the layout, the appearance and the features. We are also confident that we can submit blogs regularly and maintain the site here on out. 

For, When You Have;

SINNED: Romans 6:23 (TLB) 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Psalm 51:5 (TLB) 5 But I was born a sinner, yes, from the moment my mother conceived me.

Do you have a scripture that you have memorized or turn to for a particular concern? Will you share it? Make this index of go to scriptures, your own.    E-mail me. I would love to add your favorite scripture here.    the2yochristian@finchwisdom.com    Subject Line:   Scriptures 

One Season And Into The Next (Part one)

For the past five years I have lived in Cuenca, Ecuador. This block of time, I believe was just one of several stages or seasons in my life that our Father in heaven has planned out for me.  My life took several giant steps forward during this season. I adopted the first dog I have ever owned. (the significance of this, well, that’s for another blog.) It was in Ecuador where I was turned back and surrendered myself to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. In Cuenca, I developed several very high quality friendships. I started to attend church regularly and began studying “The Holy Bible,” seriously. Months before returning to Canada a very hurtful broken family relationship was restored. In Ecuador, I matured and my character was changed for the better. I discovered Hope, Trust and Faith for the first time in a long, long time and I learned how to Forgive. I’m convinced that on more than one occasion I was spoken to by God, Jesus or the Holy Spirit. I also believe that I was directed to leave Ecuador and move back to Canada.

What does God have planned for me in this new season? Well! I’m really not too sure but here is what has happened and is happening right now.

While still in Ecuador my daughter suggested that she could sure use some help and wanted to know if I would move in with her when I returned. She was running herself ragged going back to school, holding a part-time job and caring for her daughter on her own. I agreed that I would be willing to help her out. (God just provided me with a home)  Now, at that time my daughter was living in London, a city with a population of 334,000. A month before moving in with my daughter and granddaughter, she moved out of the city and into a small village.

Here in this little hiccup on the highway between nowhere and somewhere, I find myself with no phone, no television, no shopping, no church, no restaurants, no coffee shops, no barber, and no buses or taxis by which to escape. There are roughly fifty houses here, two of which used to be churches. Thursday mornings are the most exciting time of the week and I look forward to them because the garbage truck comes by and picks up the garbage. I get to wave at the driver/sorter/compacter/collector man.

When everyone is off to work and school, the one thing I do have, is a lot of time, a lot of time alone, a lot of time to think and a lot of time to ponder and muse. Time to consider things, like the relevancy of why. Why am I here? Why am I alive and why does my heart still tick? Why so imprisoned? Why so isolated?

Here’s what I figure. God brought me out of Ecuador and plunked me down here in metropolitan Shedden. Yes, the place actually has a name. For a month and a half, I lazed around rested and ate myself up 2 sizes before I started to think about the WHY. Obviously it was to bring me to a point where for lack of anything else to do, I would ponder, analyze, pray, figure and muse about my life more deeply than ever before. But now the question becomes WHAT. What can I do to fight off boredom? What do I do to keep from fading away? What is my purpose for living?

For, When You Are;

Need some confidence, a little moral support, maybe some reassurance? How about some instruction, guidance or advice? Search alphabetically here for whatever it is that you need.

AFRAID: Deuteronomy 31:8 (NLT) Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; He will never fail you nor abandon you. Romans 8:28 (NLT) And we will that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them.

ANXIOUS: Philippians 4:6-7 (NKJV) Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Luke 12:25 (ESV) And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?

BACKSLIDING: 2 Corinthians 13:5 (ESV) Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test 1 John 1:9 (ESV) If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.                                                                                           

FRUSTRATED: Isaiah 41:10(NLT) Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand. John 16:33 (NIV) “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”                                                                                                                  

LONELY: Matthew 28:20 (NLT) “And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” John 14:18 (NLT) “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.”

SAD: Psalm 34:17-19 (NIV) The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; He delivers them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. The righteous person may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all; Joshua 1:9 (NIV) Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.

SICK: Proverbs 3:5-6 (NKJV)Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. 2 Corinthians 4:17 (NKJV) For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory,     

TEMPTED: Matthew 26:41 (TLB) Keep alert and pray. Otherwise temptation will overpower you. For the spirit indeed is willing, but how weak the body is!” 1 Corinthians: 10:13 (TLB) But remember this—the wrong desires that come into your life aren’t anything new and different. Many others have faced exactly the same problems before you. And no temptation is irresistible. You can trust God to keep the temptation from becoming so strong that you can’t stand up against it, for he has promised this and will do what he says. He will show you how to escape temptation’s power so that you can bear up patiently against it.

THANKFUL: Psalm 106:1 (ESV) Praise the Lord! Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever! Colossians 3:15 (ESV) And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. God is our refuge and strength a very present help in trouble.                                                                                           

IN TROUBLE: John 14:1-3 (NKJV) “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.   Psalm 46:1 (NKJV) God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.    

WEARY: 2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV) But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Matthew 11:28-30 (NIV) “Come to me all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”  

WORRIED: Matthew 6:25-27 (NKJV)“Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? 1 Peter 5:7 (TLB) Let him have all your worries and cares, for he is always thinking about you and watching everything that concerns you.

Do you have a scripture that you have memorized or turn to for a particular concern? Will you share it? Make this index of go to scriptures, your own.    E-mail me. I would love to add your favorite scripture here.    the2yochristian@finchwisdom.com    Subject Line:  Scriptures 

Why This Website?

For me, it took about two years from being knocked to my knees, having to crawl back to Jesus and arrive on the path that I am on today. [Thus, “The Two Year Old Christian” title of this website]

Maybe this has happened to you too, and wouldn’t you agree that once you’re back and you’ve been accepted, you had better strap in tight because you’re in for the thrill of your life. Matthew 11:28-29, Jeremiah 29:11) You just want to shout from the rooftops the transformation you’re experiencing, to share it with as many people as you can.

A while ago in the early morning on August 13 th 2018 to be exact, {I wrote it in my journal} I believe that I was given a grandiose idea. It came to mind as a simple message, just one word, “blog.”  I know what a blog is, but what about it?  Was there one waiting for me in my inbox? Should I be paying extra attention to blogs that I subscribe to? Is there something I should be searching for? Maybe I’m to write one and start sharing what I have learned.

I had forgotten all about this idea until recently when once again through a series of events, I was gently reminded, “blog”.  Now I felt compelled to sit down and take a serious look at myself, my surroundings, my recent past, and near future. As near as I can figure, I’m to write and share my experiences and newfound knowledge in a blog. Now, anyone at all that knows me can tell you that I am about as technological and computer minded as a gnat. This idea was most certainly not my own.

Through these pages, I will share my experiences and discoveries as I continue to walk along with Jesus. The good, the bad and even the ugly. This bit of scripture came to mind, “Give praise to the Lord, proclaim His name; make known among the nations what He has done.Psalm 105:1 NLT