Each morning I rise very early to motivate my men to get up and begin their day. As I encourage them into their day, God encourages me in mine. As I brew my husbands individual coffee and my cup of tea [gave up all other beverages…coffee included for 42 days, Lent from Clean Monday on until Easter, although I believe it has become my preference.] I begin to pray in the Spirit. Thus begins my tea time with Father God. I have been doing this for better than a year now, if my calculations are correct, and it too has become my preferred time of day.
A Time for Everything
1There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a (A)time for every event under heaven–
2A time to give birth and a (B)time to die;
A time to plant and a time to uproot what is planted.
3A (C)time to kill and a time to heal;
A time to tear down and a time to build up.
4A time to (D)weep and a time to (E)laugh;
A time to mourn and a time to (F)dance.
5A time to throw stones and a time to gather stones;
A time to embrace and a time to shun embracing.
6A time to search and a time to give up as lost;
A time to keep and a time to throw away.
7A time to tear apart and a time to sew together;
A time to (G)be silent and a time to speak.
8A time to love and a time to (H)hate;
A time for war and a time for peace. 9(I)What profit is there to the worker from that in which he toils?
10I have seen the (J)task which God has given the sons of men with which to occupy themselves.
God Set Eternity in the Heart of Man
11He has (K)made everything [a]appropriate in its time He has also set eternity in their heart, yet so that man (L)will not find out the work which God has done from the beginning even to the end. 12I know that there is (M)nothing better for them than to rejoice and to do good in one’s lifetime;
13moreover, that every man who eats and drinks sees good in all his labor–it is the (N)gift of God.
14I know that everything God does will remain forever; there is nothing to add to it and there is nothing to take from it, for God has so worked that men should (O)fear Him.
15That (P)which is has been already and that which will be has already been, for God seeks what has passed by.
16Furthermore, I have seen under the sun that in the place of justice there is (Q)wickedness and in the place of righteousness there is wickedness.
18I said to myself concerning the sons of men, “God has surely tested them in order for them to see that they are but (T)beasts.”
19(U)For the fate of the sons of men and the fate of beasts is the same. As one dies so dies the other; indeed, they all have the same breath and there is no advantage for man over beast, for all is vanity.
20All go to the same place. All came from the (V)dust and all return to the dust.
21Who knows that the (W)breath of man ascends upward and the breath of the beast descends downward to the earth?
My focus was ECC 3: 2-3 for today.
I have highlighted and embolden it above.
Obviously I am in a time of life and death, healing, uprooting and building up. My job, now a volunteer situation, has been put back in a state of grace. The grace is that my family has never been more financially stable, praise God! God is awesome, He will most definitely us the foolish to confound the wise.
The only true income is my husbands, the bills, again, remain the same with some increasing, yet we are okay. However, I need to contribute to my family and household. Otherwise I feel unproductive and useless, becoming depressed. Yet our diligence in faith and to our church and pastors God has rewarded, blessed and confirmed prosperity and promises to us.
Our reward, blessings and confirmations? Here is just one blessing testimony for you.
Last week I went to pay our gas bill by phone, which is how I always pay it. Like many dealing with the economy we are on the Budget plan to get through the winter season without termination of services. A blessing in and of itself. I punched all the appropriate buttons for the automated system and it kept missing, or so I thought, that last number of my account number and giving me the balance of what I thought was another person’s account. Saying that we had an $11.00 credit and the bill was paid. I repeated this to major annoyance about four times! I then hung up for the fifth try and asked for a customer service rep. She politely informed me that to pay the bill with her would be an extra charge. My response wasn’t even polite, though it wasn’t altogether out of line either. I informed her that she or a supervisor needed to make the system work, as I had had this problem in the past. I added, as politely as possible that I simply refused to pay the company and extra $10.00 to Pay My Bill.
With that she went through an extended version of verifying my account information, which I probably deserved. She then informed me that my account indeed had been paid on the 15th, a Monday which is not possible as Don gets paid on Tuesday! I had her confirm the account was in Don’s name and that there had not been a mistake made by another customer, somehow. She assured me by giving me the name of the person who paid, Donald, and the date, time and amount of the payment. Now while Don assured me that he DID NOT pay the bill, we were beginning to believe we might know who did…A blessing shared with the core group at church!
So the point?, you might be begging for at this point.
I intend to share my Morning Tea and God sessions with everyone here. To cultivate the writing that God returned and impressed upon me could be my source of income. He also returned to me my photography, which I use to illustrate my words at times. I post some here, others on my child blog which one can reach by my sidebar, but most on Deviant Art
, where it can be sold. Wish me luck…I hope to be a blessing with all of this.
Meet you here in the AM with my tea…God is coming are you?
Here is a gem I got permission to use by the artist: Worship by ~Liliana7910. Please check out her work on dA; the picture is a link to her page and gallery.