Hey everyone! I know it's been a while since my last post but, things have been crazy around here with just life in general and then a new direction from the Lord.
I wanted to re-post one of my most popular blogs and the reason for that is due to a comment I had received just last week. This comment was left by someone who gave a name, not sure if it was the real name and did not leave an e-mail where I could send a message so, hoping that this person may come back to my blog to read this.
The comment was:
"None of these things, not a single one happened because of god...and if they did, why does god answer the prayers of one middle class white american lady who asks to have a nice date night, while letting 400 people die in an earthquake in Pakistan today? I don't know about you, but to me that makes god sound like...." (You do NOT want to know the rest!)
and by the way, big "G" please..
As a matter of fact, everyone one of these things DID happen because of God, because we invited Him into our lives and into our plans. God is a gentleman, He will not go where He is not invited or wanted! Many people and Nations do not invite Him into their lives, into their plans, or into their Nation however, they have invited false gods, false religions, and have rejected the ONE TRUE GOD who could actually save them from horrific things that happen. It is amazing to me that people will not accept or even believe in the one true God of the Bible except when terrible things happen and then all of a sudden, there is a God and why did He bring this or why did He let that happen, it is all His fault.
There has been an age old question of, "Would God send a person to Hell?" ABSOLUTLEY NOT!! It is the person who sends themselves to hell by rejecting God and His son Jesus Christ. It is the same principle for the Nations and for these things that happen. If we reject Him and say He is not real, how then can He save us.
FOR EXAMPLE: If I were drowning and needed help and you could help me, you were holding out your hand to save me but, I ignored you and acted like you were not there or even existed, at that point you cannot save me, my life is lost!
God wants to help all of us, He loves each and every one of you no matter your age, your race, your income, your political standing. God will save those who believe in Him and who call on His name. God is no respecter of persons.
"Then Peter began to speak: "I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism."
So, if God does not cause these things to happen, then who does. Well, people died, people had homes and possesions stolen and lives were destroyed. Sounds like John 10:10 to me!
"The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy:"
But Jesus says;
" I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly."
Right here, right now, I want to invite each of you who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ to ask Him to come into your life. If there is any question who Jesus is then look at this:
John 1:1 "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word WAS God."
John 1:14 "And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth."
To accept Jesus into your life, just pray this simple prayer:
I come to you God in the name of Jesus and I ask that you forgive me of my sins, I also forgive all who have sinned against me or hurt me in anyway. I believe that Jesus died on the cross and rose again on the third day. Make me a new person as of today and I will live for you from this day forward. In Jesus name I pray Amen.
Let me know if you prayed this prayer, have a prayer request or a question: email@example.com
Now, here is the original post that started this whole thing!
Also notice that I say in the post,
"Pray before you go anywhere"
that could also save you from danger!
Be blessed people!! Love you!
My husband and I always try to pray before we go anywhere and on this particular Saturday night date night, we were just not sure where we wanted to go or what we wanted to do. Then we decided to STOP AND PRAY and boy are we glad we did. We prayed something like this:
"Father God we come to you in Jesus name, and we ask that you would
choose the place where you want us to go and if for any reason we should not
go then just put it on our hearts to stay here. In Jesus name we pray... Amen."
It was funny, because my husband had just celebrated his birthday and had a wallet full of gift cards to all the restaurants we were just about to pass by and for some reason (we know the reason) we just decided to keep going, none of them seemed appealing to us. As we began to drive down the freeway, my husband said. "How about going to Joe T Garcia's?" and I agreed.
You may think this is so simple and we could have decided this on our own but I can tell you, if we had not prayed, we would have chosen something else and missed all the blessings that God had in store for us, just because we had asked Him before we went.
First off, Joe T Garcia's is in Ft Worth, we live 20 miles away and gasoline is extremely expensive. As soon as we arrived in Fort Worth and made the first turn toward the restaurant, there was a gas station on the corner that was selling gasoline for 15 cents cheaper than any other gas station. It was amazing, I have never seen gasoline that much cheaper at one station than all the rest so, we filled up. The first blessing was that God paid for our gasoline to to get there!
The second blessing was that we found a parking place in the main parking lot right outside the front door. You have to know this place. If you try to eat at Joe T Garcia's anywhere from 6-8 on a Friday or Saturday, you can expect to park in the overflow, gravel parking down the street and stand in line for at least 45min to an hour, (the food and atmosphere, especially in the outdoor dining is well worth the wait. I will tell you all about the restaurant later on in the story.)
The next miracle of the favor of God was; as we were walking up to get in line, the girl that was seating people parted the sea of people that was in line ahead of us, and as we were walking up to get in line, she hung over the railing and asked us how many, and then she asked that we follow her.
We followed her to the next favor of God, which in our opinion happened to be the best seat in the house, in the courtyard right beside the fountain and might I add, it was a bit nippy outside but while other folks had to share a heater between two tables, we had our own heater just for us.
At Joe T Garcia's, they have some folks who serve the meal and then other employees who deliver the chips and salsa and these folks usually never usually speak to us, we think perhaps they are busy or just might be Spanish speaking only but, we had the sweetest person bring us the chips and salsa and said hi, smiled, chatted for a second before he was off to the next table. My husband looked at me and said, "They usually never say anything to us." His comment just got to me and I started laughing so hard, just thinking of the multiple blessings that our God had given to us and how ridiculously beautiful God had made this night for us. As I was laughing, I happen to look to the side, to notice a lady that had been laughing just as much as I had, but her laughter came from the beer that was in her hand, my laughter came from a joy inside my heart that God loved us so. I had real joy and laughter but the lady across from me had an artificial joy and laughter.. Feels so good to have The REAL Thing!
So, from now on before you go on that date or anywhere for that matter, make sure to pray before you go for God's guidance, pray for His favor wherever you go and you will be surprised at how wonderful things will turn out.
Now for a little about Joe T Garcia's...
lovingly referred to around these parts as JOE T's
Joe T's is a Mexican restaurant that was started on July 4th 1935 and serves on two dinner menu items: Enchiladas and Fajitas and even with only the two, it is still hard to decide!! The service is prompt and the food delicious and well priced I might add, especially for all the items you get with the meal. I recommend you definitely go if you are ever in the Dallas/Ft.Worth Metroplex.. Even celebrities have lined the walls with photos and sentiments about the restaurant.
Joe T Garcia's
2201 N Commerce
Ft Worth, Texas 76164