terça-feira, 30 de dezembro de 2014

FAITHFULNESS!


It just hit me! Where does it come from? How do I learn to be faithful?
The other day this thought came to mind: how can couples remain faithful to each other this day and age? How can husbands remain faithful to their wives when the women at work are hitting on them? How can wives remain faithful to their husbands when they can be so independent, outgoing, successful in their jobs, feeling full of power? How?
Actually, when I was engaged (to be married) with Bruce, I asked a similar question to my cell group leader. I asked her “How can you love the same person for the rest of your life?” Of course I was madly in love with Bruce, but when you look around and you see so many broken homes (even in the Church), or when you grow up feeling very insecure of the love of your father for your mother,   doubts come into your heart! You don’t really know how you will be able to commit your love “until death do us apart!”
As I have reflected on that this week, it came to mind that I learn “Faithfulness” from the “Faithful One” – God alone! It is He who teaches me, molds me, rebukes me, loves on me and makes me faithful! Faithful, first and foremost, to Him! Faithful to my husband! Faithful to my family! Faithful at my work place (it is so tempting, at times, to take advantage of things at work and just “use” them as if they were my own).
That’s why in the Old Testament, God compared the sin of “adultery” to “unfaithfulness” to Him! That’s why God also compared our relationship (as His Church) to Him as a “marriage covenant relationship!” It all flows together! You cannot say you are a Christian if you do not follow Jesus Christ. You cannot say you love your brothers and sisters (who you can see) if you do not LOVE God (who you cannot see). You cannot be faithful to anyone in this life if you’re not faithful to God!


“Know therefore that the LORD your God is God, the faithful God  who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations,” (Deuteronomy 7:9) – He is “Elohim Aman” (God who is faithful!)
“Your steadfast love, O LORD, extends to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds.” (Psalms 36:5)

“The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases;  his mercies never come to an end; they are new  every morning; great is your faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3:22-23)

“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.” (Hebrews 10:23)
“He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will  find refuge; his faithfulness is  a shield and buckler.” (Psalms 91:4)

 

 

domingo, 23 de novembro de 2014

A PRAYER FOR MERCY

"Lord, I look up to you, up to heaven, where you rule.

As a servant depends on his master, as a maid depends on her mistress, so we will keep looking to you, O Lord our God, until you have mercy on us.
Be merciful to us, Lord, be merciful; we have been treated with so much contempt.
We have been mocked too long by the rich and scorned by proud oppressors."
Psalm 123

quinta-feira, 13 de novembro de 2014

DO YOU KNOW WHO IS COMING FROM DOWNSTAIRS?


 
The other day I was in the living room watching a movie with our “adopted daughter”, Angela. We were ready and expecting the arrival of some people who were going to join Bruce to watch the Packer x Bear game. The home theatre is set up in the basement and people just go in through the garage (from the outside). We can hear when the garage door opens and closes. We can hear (and feel) when someone opens or closes the door to the home theatre. We can also hear (and feel) when someone opens the door to the stairs that leads to the main floor of the house.
Having said all that, I heard movement (and noises). I heard a door opening and people coming upstairs. I knew that would be my son Jonathan and his fiancée. So happy to see them! They are always so busy with school work, jobs, responsibilities, preparation for their wedding, Physical Therapy, etc. Then they went back downstairs. A little later I hear the door opening again and as I hear the steps I tell Angela, now it’s Bruce! Sure enough! And, I can always tell when Victoria comes home! Interesting how I can tell who is coming up the stairs from our basement! By the strength that they use to open up or close the doors, by the strength of their steps I can tell if it is Bruce, Jonathan or Victoria. Each one has their unique accent and rhythm to their movements.

So, with the Sunday’s experience, it made me stop and think about my relationship with the Father! I know my Father knows my every walk, my closing of doors, and my simply breathing. He knows me intimately and He knows me deeply! He loves me unconditionally and accepts me for who I am. As my relationship with my Father deepens I, too, recognize when He talks to me, when He whispers in my ear, when He walks about my house bringing peace and order. And, the same way, I recognize (more and more) how the enemy tries to lie to me, how he tries to touch my body (or anyone in my family) with sicknesses and ailments, how he tries to distract me from spending time with my Lord, how he tries and tries to move me from my position of dependency on God! Oh, Satan, you are a loser!
So, here is Psalm 139:1-18, re-written and applied to my own situation:

For the director of music. Of Neide. A psalm
1.       Lord, you know me so well and so deeply!
2.       You know my ever movement. You know when I’m going to get up and when I’m going to sit down. You know what my next thought will be even before I do.
3.       You know when I’m going out of the house and when I’m going to lie down. You know me so well that you know my favorite places to go.
4.       Before I think of a word, You already know what I’m going to say.
5.       Your presence is behind me and before me, you are all around me!
6.       That’s an amazing thing to realize! That’s TOO WONDERFUL FOR ME, even too much to grasp!
7.       There’s just no way I can flee from your Spirit! There’s no way I can run away from you!
8.       If I travel in the biggest airplanes and go up high, you are there; if I dig the deepest hole on earth, you are there.
9.       If I reach the very place where the Sun appears, or if I reach the farthest seashore,
10.   Even in those places you will guide me, your strong and mighty hand will protect me.
11.   If I think that the darkest night will hide me and every light around me will go out,
12.   Even the darkest darkness will not be dark to you; you can see me through the dark just like you see me in the day, because there is no limitation to you and your power.
13.   You created MY INMOST BEING; you knit me in my mother’s womb like I knit my scarves (each stich is so important and crucial for the whole scarf).
14.   I praise you because you have created me so uniquely and so amazingly; everything you do and make is so WONDERFUL, I know that for a fact.
15.   Even in the depths of my mother’s womb I was not hidden from you, in fact, that’s where you wove me together.
16.   Your eyes saw my body even before it was formed; and all the days of my life have been ordained by you and prescribed in your book before I was even born.
17.   HOW INCREDIBLY LOVED I FEEL BY THOSE THOUGHTS, GOD! How infinite are the sum of those thoughts!
18.   If I were to count them, I would simply loose track because they are more than the numbers I can even tell – when I wake up, I am with you, always with you, still with you, forever with you.

 

 

segunda-feira, 20 de outubro de 2014

MARRIAGE MONDAY, FROM MY HEART!


 
Last night I had a personal struggle right before I went to bed! The thought came to my mind that I’m not going anywhere with Plexus! I got a little discouraged. But, decided to just PRAY, PRAY, PRAY! I asked the Lord to renew me overnight. And, wouldn’t you know it, He did just that! We woke up with Bruce’s cell phone ringing. It was our son asking us to look for something that he might’ve left at our house. I started praying for him, that he would find that special thing. I also started praying that God would renew my faith, stregthen my faith, renew my joy. He did that almost immediately! Wow!
We went to the kitchen (Bruce and I) like we do every morning. We prepared breakfast together, ate it together, talked, planned our week (a little bit), prayed together (as we do EVERY morning), and started our day. He went on to do his things and I my things.

As I meditate on the word of God and in God’s presence in my life this morning, I just have SO MUCH TO BE THANKFUL FOR!  23 years of marriage is almost an “antique item” these days! I know that! I know that for a fact. When I talk to different people, like with my teenage students (back in Brazil) – they were very amazed that we had been married for 20 years (back then). Their experiences? Their parents have been long divorced and they switch homes every so often. They also do great international trips and have the latest in technology, clothes and schools - as their parents can afford. Still, they lack a sense of peace, organization, good self-esteem and many other things. I feel very sad when I meet those types of teens! Oh, and many of the adult students also had broken families and had many struggles! I felt for them, also.
Anyway, Bruce and I are NOT perfect, by any stretch of your imagination (although we look pretty cute together, ha!) Believe me! We have struggles like any other couples. We deal with our own weaknesses on a daily basis. I used to say that I am blessed because I got the “better Bruce”, ha! Bruce’s first wife had the biggest job of “breaking him.” Ha! Myself? Oh, I also came into this relationship with some baggage. I had to deal with some deep hurt from my upbringing. I had to be healed of insecurities and fears. I remember it took good part of the first 3 years of our marriage for me to have peace and know that this relationship was secure in God and that nothing could break it.


I have had encouragement when I see other great friends developing their marriage relationships and growing strong in them. It does NOT come from us, friends! It is all because of the grace of God and the power of His Holy Spirit that we can have a strong marriage! There are also many things that we learn as we go. Many little details that we learn to do on a daily basis.
 

My friend, Elizabeth Ours, wrote about this on her Blog post this morning and I am copying her last paragraph: “Like football, marriage is about more than just the "big plays."  It's about systematically moving the ball down field a few yards at a time, achieving "first downs" all along the way, until you finally score. If your husband is a big football fan, you might find that your showing interest in the game earns you a "first down" in his eyes.  Who knows, you may even score a "touchdown?"  ;)
Thank you, Elizabeth Ours! Thank you Elizabeth Malcolm! Thank you Rebbecca Sherrick! Thank you Mom Marisa Rodrigues! Thank you, all Christian friends who have fought for your marriages! Thank you, God, for enabling us to have a fulfilling life here on earth while we await to live with you for eternity! Neide Colson

 
 

terça-feira, 7 de outubro de 2014

Morgan Freeman and Redemption


OR, REGENERATION AND REDEMPTION

What does Morgan Freeman have to do with Redemption, right?

Well, last Saturday night we watched the movie “The Shawshank Redemption.” When I know a movie has Morgan Freeman in the cast, I immediately have a desire to watch that movie! That was the case on Saturday evening when my husband, my daughter and I decided to watch it. What a great movie! So much food for thought! Today I decided to write about my thoughts (if anybody cares to know what goes through my mind). Lol!

Oh, you haven’t watched it yet? You should! Maybe you want to stop reading this and go to Red Box right now and rent this movie. Or, maybe you have Netflix.  But, if you want to keep reading, I will add here the sum of the movie (as per google search).
 
 
“In 1946, a banker named Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) is convicted of a double murder, even though he stubbornly proclaims his innocence. He’s sentenced to a life term at the Shawshank State Prison in Maine, where another lifer, Ellis Red Redding (Morgan Freeman), picks him as the new recruit most likely to crack under pressure. The ugly realities of prison life are quickly introduced to Andy: a corrupt warden (Bob Gunton), sadistic guards led by Capt. Byron Hadley (Clancy Brown), and inmates who are little better than animals, willing to use rape or beatings to insure their dominance. But Andy does not crack: he has the hope of the truly innocent, which (together with his smarts) allow him to prevail behind bars. He uses his banking skills to win favor with the warden and the guards, doing the books for Norton’s illegal business schemes and keeping an eye on the investments of most of the prison staff. In exchange, he is able to improve the prison library and bring some dignity and respect back to many of the inmates, including Red. Based on a story by Stephen King.”
At the beginning  you are right away confronted with the issue of “injustice.” What a terrible, horrible, bad world we live in! In many countries (more than we would like to admit) the justice systems are biased, corrupt and/or unjust! It’s been like that ever since Adam and Eve.


When you get past that….. then comes the issue of the penitentiary systems! If you are a person like me, born in a country and living in a different one. Or, if you are a person who travels much like I do. Or, if you are simply concerned about injustices all over the world, that’s one other issue to make you feel agitated when you watch movies like that.

Then, you get past the issue of prison systems (pretty much because there’s nothing you can do right now to change that situation) and you think about the corruption of the police and the prisons’ wardens as such – again, all over the world is the same thing, pretty much! It is very disturbing to think that, despite the fact that most people who are behind bars are there because they “deserve” to be there, the people who work on this side of the bars chose to work there and decided to let themselves be corrupted. They use and abuse those who have no choice because they are behind bars. On the one side, those officials deal with the “bad characters” every day and do have to be tough (I think). On the other side (of the bars) the “bad characters” have to survive in the midst of so many other “bad characters” who use and abuse each other just to establish some sort of hierarchy within those prisons. What a tough world that must be!
 
The title “The Shawshank Redemption” itself, leads me to think about the meaning of the word “redemption”. Redemption is a noun and it means (from an online dictionary): “1.  an act of redeeming or atoning for a fault or mistake, or the state of being redeemed; 2. deliverance; rescue; 3. Theology - deliverance from sin; salvation; 4. atonement for guilt; 5. repurchase, as of something sold; 6. paying off, as of a mortgage, bond, or note; 7. recovery by payment, as of something pledged.” So, again, with that title, you’d think the Shawshank prison would be working on helping the men to be redeemed, right? Not so, unfortunately! The really sad part was that the Warden called himself a Christian, read the Bible and cited verses to the inmates all the time, amongst other crazy atrocities that went on, in the name of Christianity.


Nevertheless, there were a couple of great things in the movie that really tugged on my heart. The one I want to talk about is “hope.” Here is a dialogue between Andy and Red to help you get a little “feel” for the movie:
Andy: I had Mr. Mozart to keep me company...[points and taps his head.] It was in here. [gestures over his heart] And in here. That's the beauty of music. They can't get that from you. Haven't you ever felt that way about music?

Red: Well... I played a mean harmonica as a younger man. Lost interest in it, though. Didn't make too much sense in here.

Andy: No, here's where it makes the most sense. You need it so you don't forget.

Red: Forget?

Andy: That there are places in the world that aren't made out of stone. That there's... there's somethin' inside that they can't get to; that they can't touch. It's yours.

Red: What are you talkin' about?

Andy: Hope.

Red: Hope? Let me tell you something, my friend. Hope is a dangerous thing. Hope can drive a man insane. It's got no use on the inside. You'd better get used to that idea.

Andy: Like Brooks did? (Brooks had lived most of his adult life in prison. He was institutionalized. When he got freed, he ended up taking his life because he couldn’t take the freedom, he didn’t know what to do with his life).

 
 
 
So, that got me thinking about hope even more! What is hope? Why do we need hope? After having gone to Africa 6 times now, and seeing how the African people don’t have much hope, I have come to understand a few things. The Africans, for example, don’t live too long. Their life expectancy is only 40 years old. So, I understand why they wouldn’t have much hope. Hope for what? Life is VERY short for them! Why would they work too hard if they’re going to die anyways. Why would they desire a “holy” life, if at the end of the day their lives are way too short!
Wise Solomon once said, “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.” (Prov. 13:12 NIV) Or as the ‘Message’ says, “Unrelenting disappointment leaves you heartsick, but a sudden good break can turn life around.”


Right? I don't think so!


So, Red had lost hope. He decided to just enjoy life in prison. He found a way to be useful for his colleagues (inmates). He was even afraid of being freed and end up like Brooks.

Once a year Red would go before an Officer’s Comission and be questioned as to whether he thought he had been “Rehabilitatated”. For about 40 years he tried to convince them that “yes” he was ready to be freed, he had learned his lessons and he could go back to society. Here is his last encounter with the commission (forgive me for printing some curse words, I’m just copying them, I don’t use them nor believe in them!):

Rehabilitation Officer: Ellis Boyd Redding, your file says you've served 40 years of a life sentence. Do you feel you've been rehabilitated?

Red: Rehabilitated?... Well, now, let me see. You know, I don't have any idea what that means.

Rehabilitation Officer: Well, it means that you're ready to rejoin society, to-

Red: [Interrupting] I know what you think it means, sonny. To me it's just a made-up word. A politician's word, so that young fellas like yourself can wear a suit and a tie and have a job. What do you really wanna know? Am I sorry for what I did?

Rehabilitation Officer: Well, are you?

Red: There's not a day goes by that I don't feel regret. Not because I'm in here, or because you think I should. I look back on the way I was then: a young, stupid kid who committed that terrible crime. I want to talk to him. I want to try to talk some sense to him, tell him the way things are. But I can't. That kid's long gone and this old man is all that's left. I gotta live with that. Rehabilitated? It's just a bullshit word. So go ahead and stamp your forms, sonny, and stop wasting my time. Because to tell you the truth, I don't give a shit.
And, then he was set free!


My conclusion? He was set free once he showed the commission that he had really understood why he had gone to jail, and proved to them that now he was really thinking “right!” It didn’t help him just to say the right words year after year. It helped him when he really understood what life was all about (after 40 years in prison).

Hope? Hope is what keeps a human being alive! Hope is what propels you and I to continue living this tough life! Hope is a piece of eternity instilled in yours and my heart! Hope is what God gives us because He set eternity in our hearts. Hope is what Andy had for his own life and his inmates’ lives. Hope is what Andy got to share with Red. Here is another dialogue between the two friends:
Red: I don't think you ought to be doing this to yourself, Andy. This is just shitty pipedreams. I mean, Mexico is way the hell down there and you're in here, and that's the way it is.

Andy: Yeah, right. That's the way it is. It's down there and I'm in here. I guess it comes down to a simple choice, really. Get busy livin' or get busy dyin'.

Oh, how right was Andy! “Get busy livin’ or get busy dyin”. Which one is it? Which one is my decision today? And Andy had so much hope that he made up a plan in his mind and worked on it for twenty years without letting anybody else know. He loved his friend Red enough to give him clues and to instill in Red a small, tiny, little hope to keep going.  A small, tiny, little idea of what life would be like beyond those walls and bars. So, when Red finally gets out of prison he goes to that tree where Andy had mentioned to him, he found a box with an envelope. Money and a letter that read:
Dear Red, If you're reading this, you've gotten out. And if you've come this far, maybe you're willing to come a little further. You remember the name of the town, don't you? I could use a good man to help me get my project on wheels. I'll keep an eye out for you and the chessboard ready. Remember, Red. Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies. I will be hoping that this letter finds you, and finds you well. Your friend, Andy.


And then he says to himself on his way to meet Andy:

I find I'm so excited I can barely sit still or hold a thought in my head. I think it is the excitement only a free man can feel, a free man at the start of a long journey whose conclusion is uncertain. I hope I can make it across the border. I hope to see my friend, and shake his hand. I hope the Pacific is as blue as it has been in my dreams. I hope.
Yes! Andy got his message across to Red!

 
Well, the next morning (Sunday morning) as I was reading “My Utmost for His Highest”, by Oswald Chambers, he was talking about “Regeneration and Redemption!” So, I decided to just copy his words, instead of trying to explain them to you – as I would just be spoiling them for you.
 
If Jesus Christ is to regenerate me, what is the problem He is up against? I have a heredity I had no say in; I am not holy, nor likely to be; and if all Jesus Christ can do is to tell me I must be holy, His teaching plants despair. But if Jesus Christ is a Regenerator, One who can put into me His own heredity of holiness, then I begin to see what He is driving at when He says that I have to be holy. The Redemption means that Jesus Christ can put into any man the hereditary disposition that was in Himself, and all the standards He gives are based on that disposition: His teaching is for the life He puts in. The moral transaction on my part is agreement with God’s verdict on sin in the Cross of Jesus Christ.
The New Testament teaching about regeneration is that when a man is struck by a sense of need, God will put the Holy Spirit into his spirit, and his personal spirit will be energized by the Spirit of the Son of God, “until Christ be formed in you.” The moral miracle of Redemption is that God can put into me a new disposition whereby I can live a totally new life. When I reach the frontier of need and know my limitations, Jesus says – “Blessed are you.” But I have to get there. God cannot put into me, a responsible moral being, the disposition that was in Jesus Christ unless I am conscious I need it.
Just as the disposition of sin entered into the human race by one man, so the Holy Spirit entered the human race by another Man; and Redemption means that I can be delivered from the heredity of sin and through Jesus Christ can receive an unsullied heredity, viz., the Holy Spirit.”

Well, if you’ve lasted this long reading my thoughts, I thank you for that! I ‘hope’ and I ‘pray’ that somehow this will bless your day. I hope and I pray that somehow this will instill in you more hope than you used to have, and this will even propel you to share the hope you have with others! I hope and I pray you be faithful to God and very loving towards others!

Have a blessed day!

Neide Colson.

 

 

sábado, 23 de agosto de 2014

For the director of music. Of David. A Psalm

You have searched me, Lord, and you know me.
You know when I sit and when I rise;
you perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying down;
you are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord,
know it completely.
You hem me in behind and before,
and you lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too lofty for me to attain.


Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.
If I say, "surely the darkness will hide me
and the light become night around me,"
even the darkness will not be dark to you;
the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you.


For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother's womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be.


How precious to me are your thoughts, God!
How vast is the sum of them!
Were I to count them,
they would outnumber the grains of sand -
when I awake, I am still with you.


If only you, God, would slay the wicked!
Away from me, you who are bloodthirsty!
They speak of you with evil intent;
your adversaries misuse your name.
Do I not hate those who hate you, Lord,
and abhor those who are in rebellion against you?
I have nothing but hatred for them;
I count them my enemies.
Search me, God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead in the way everlasting.


Psalm 139

sexta-feira, 22 de agosto de 2014

A SONG OF ASCENTS (Psalm 121)

"I lift up my eyes to the mountains - where does my help come from?



My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.

 
He will not let your foot slip - he who watches over you will not slumber;


indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.


The Lord watches over you - the Lord is your shade at your right hand;


the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night.


The Lord will keep you from all harm - he will watch over your life;


the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore."

quarta-feira, 13 de agosto de 2014

FORGIVING AND BEING FORGIVEN


So many times have I shared about this issue before! So many times has God allowed me to forgive someone and feel His forgiveness in my life! So many times! And more opportunities He gives me every day. More time with family will do just that! Yes, my family is the first one that I need to forgive on a daily basis. They are also the first ones who have to extend grace towards me.

Each one of us has our “idiosincrasies.” You know, those things that make us unique! Those things that we can’t really explain, like, ‘I can’t touch that glass,’ or ‘I make my bed using the ‘envelope’ style,’ or ‘how can someone not do it the way I do it.’ And many other little habits that we start from birth and take to the grave. Those are the things that make us unique. Those are the things that people cannot understand. Those are the things that only God knows and understands about us.
So, as we make new friends and as we spend more time with them, those opportunities to forgive and to be forgiven will show up, sooner or later. If we are “real” they will show up sooner than later – we might have tough experiences, but we will also grow from them. If we are “not real” they may never show up - those are the “smoothiest” relationships. But for people like me, who has no fear of sharing what I think or feel (with many people, not with everyone, though), we tend to attract those who are like-minded and we tend to repel those who can’t understand us or really can’t “stand” being around us.

I do “understand” how some people might not like nor enjoy being around people who are “real” and whose personalities might seem the “confrontational” type. I do “understand” how some people might not like nor enjoy being around people who talk too much (been there, done that) or even people who talk too little (sometimes it can be very uncomfortable). What I can’t “stand” is people who run from “confrontation” and live a life that seems to be “out” of this world. I can’t stand people who talk too much about themselves and listen too little to others. I can’t stand myself, sometimes, when I get into those wrong modes or attitudes that lead me away from people or send the wrong message that I don’t love them. Well, since I’m not perfect and since I need many people’s forgiveness as well as I need to forgive so many on a daily basis, I decided to sit down and write about this issue again.
You see, while alive on planet earth we will have relationships! Having healthy relationships require that we know ourselves well so that we can learn about others well. Knowing ourselves well require that we spend time with God and allow Him to show us our own flaws. When we allow God to show us our flaws, we also accept His healing. When we accept His healing, then we are prone to extend that same grace and healing toward others. The story comes full circle when others forgive us for our wrong doing, wrong sayings, wrong thinking, wrong attitudes, shortcomings and idiosincrasies.

God, being God, has the right to not forgive us, if He decides so. At the same time, He will not do that because God is love, gracious and forgiving! He will not do something that goes against His own character. Any time we come to God with a repentant heart, He will accept us, forgive us and heal us. So, if God has forgiven you, why not forgive others? Are we better than others? If God has extended grace towards us, why not do the same for others? If God patiently works with us and waits that we see what He sees, why don’t we treat others patiently? I used to have very short tolerance towards people’s mistakes and even towards my own mistakes. I used to be a “perfectionist!” I used to be an “abide by the laws” type of person until the day I had an encounter with God and He started working on my character, showing my flaws, showing my imperfections and also my idiosincrasies. Then, He started teaching me a new way of life, a new lifestyle, a lifestyle of forgiveness. A lifestyle, in which, I receive and accept His grace first thing each morning - that sets the tone for the whole day and determines how I treat others. A lifestyle through which I show love towards others by serving them and not pointing fingers when they mess up. A lifestyle of a giver not a taker!
How do you want to live your life? As a sucker - sucking life of everyone around you? Complaining about your relationships to each new friend you make? Complaining about your family members? Or, do you want a life of a giver? A giver of love, giver of grace, giver of gifts, giver of everything? Remember, the more you give, the more others will give to you! The more you for-give, the more others will for-give you.


GIVE
FOR-GIVE
GIVEN
FOR-GIVEN

Neide Colson.

 

quinta-feira, 7 de agosto de 2014

WEDDING TIME IS CELEBRATION TIME!

How I look forward to Jonathan’s and Sarah’s wedding!
Only 4 months away. It will be a great time of celebration!
We will celebrate life!
We will celebrate family!
We will celebrate God, most of all!
We are hoping to have all the family here!
It’s been a while since we had everybody together.
Six years ago when Kim had cancer
We all rallied together to help the Shades.
We went through “cancer” together.

We have been there for each one of their weddings.
First, Tammy & Marcos’,


Then, Kim & Jim’s,


Finally, Heidi & Brandon’s.


Now we eagerly expect for Jonathan & Sarah’s wedding.
And we prayerfully await for Victoria’s future husband and wedding!
My heart cannot express the joy for Jonathan and Sarah.
My heart cannot cry out in joy for the blessings on our family.
My heart CANNOT fathom all the joy!

Neide Colson.

quarta-feira, 6 de agosto de 2014

SÓ ME RESTA LOUVAR!

Só me resta louvar,
Só me resta adorar
O Deus que me criou,
O Deus que me salvou!

Quando a tentação vem, eu venço.
Quando gritar eu quero, me contento.
Quando chorar preciso, me entrego.

Me pergunto se algo fiz de errado.
Ele me responde, "Pode deixar, Eu re-faço!"
Me pergunto se algo ainda posso fazer.
Ele me diz, "Pode deixar, Eu defendo a tua causa."

Me preparo para o dia
E Êle me prepara.
Me preparo pra vencer,
E Êle me adestra.

Meu Senhor e Salvador,
Êsses não são clichés.
Meu Redentor e Libertador,
Êsses O descrevem muito bem.
Meu treinador e adestrador,
Isso Êle é também!

O dia vai passando,
O coração vai acalmando.
Entro e saio resolvendo a vida,
O meu Senhor sempre no comando.

Guardando os alimentos ou me relacionando.
Almoçando ou me preparando.
Limpando a cozinha ou descansando.
Em tudo vou louvando.
Em tudo vou adorando.

Por isso digo e repito:
Só me resta louvar,
Só me resta adorar.
O Deus da minha vida,
O Deus da minha lida,
Só me resta louvar!

Neide Colson.

terça-feira, 5 de agosto de 2014

Baffled I Am!

If God is the giver of life,
If God is the One who has the right to also take life,
We should accept when He gives and when He takes.

If God is the Sovereign God,
We should let Him decide how many children we will have.
We should also accept when He decides to take a loved one from us.

If God is our Lord,
Why do we question Him with His decisions?
If God is our Savior,
Why don’t we accept His salvation and deliverance?
If God is our Creator,
Why do we question His designs so much?
 
Baffled I am with the way we act and react
To God’s design, salvation and decisions.
Baffled I am with the way we take our lives into our own hands
After we have made a decision to “follow” Him.
Baffled I am!
 
Neide Colson