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Looking Intently

by Debbie on May 19, 2016

A Facebook friend posted a picture of a stone wall on Facebook and ask that viewers intently look at it for a while then look away and then look back at it and then we should see something other than a stone wall.

I have to admit I was looking for the face of Jesus to appear. I kept looking intently at this stone wall and then looked away but when I looked at it again all I saw was this same stone wall.

I finally personal messaged my friend and my friend explained what I needed to look for. It was certainly not Jesus. It was a large cigar stuck in the wall with ashes at the end of the cigar.

There was really no significance in the time I spent looking intently at this stone wall. However it was somewhat entertaining once I could see the cigar.

It made me think of a scripture I have read in the book of James about looking intently into the law (God's Word).

James 1:25
But the man (woman) who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it-he/she will be blessed in what he/she does.

I enjoy looking at Facebook and staying connected with friends and family but looking intently at the stone wall and seeing nothing except a big cigar, made me feel like I could have been using my time more wisely.

However, when I read God's Word and look intently into it, I never get the feeling that I am wasting my time.

If you are looking intently into Facebook everyday, could you possibly spend some of that time intently looking into God's Word?

There is no promise connected to looking intently into Facebook but there is a promise if you look intently into God's Word and continue to do it and do what it says. That promise is this: you will be blessed in what you do.

Can I make a suggestion? Will you consider trimming some time off your social media time and intently look into God's word everyday and continue to do that and hear what God has to say to you and do it so that you will be blessed?

What are your intentions when it comes to God's Word? May it always be to look intently into it, continuously, and hear it and obey it so that you will be blessed by God.

Dear God our Heavenly Father,
We are so very thankful for your Word that we have the freedom to read everyday. Please forgive us for spending more time on social media than we spend in your Word. Help us to trim some time away from Facebook and other social media sites and look intently into your Word and obey it. Thank you that when we do this, you promise to bless us. In Jesus name we pray amen.

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God’s Face Book

by Debbie on November 21, 2009

In this big world with busy schedules, it has become such a task, at times, to stay in contact with friends and even our distant family members.  In recent years technology has given us venues to stay in touch with each other that most never dreamed would be possible.  One of those venues that has caught my attention and millions of others, is Facebook.  Facebook is a global social networking website allowing users to add friends and update their personal profiles to notify friends about themselves.  This website is the most popular social networking site in the United States and even many other countries.  I have to admit that I am now on facebook and I have reconnected with many friends from the past and with family members who live a far distance away from me.  It is fun to visit these friends and family everyday through Facebook.  I am able to communicate and connect in ways I never thought possible.  I have found this networking to be so much fun, yet so time consuming.  I have found myself feeling the need to check my Facebook site in the mornings and the evenings.  It is so interesting to see what my friends and family are saying on their wall.  Some of my friends have admitted that they are addicted to Facebook.  Well, I am not addicted to it and I certainly don't want to be either.  However, I have to admit that  if I did not discipline myself and my time I could allow myself to be checking out what my friends and family are doing and saying, numerous times of the day.  However, God has reminded me that he has a book that is of utmost importance for me to be checking out and I don't need to let what others are saying and doing be more important to me than what God is saying and doing.

Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; mediate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it.  Then you will be prosperous and successful.  Joshua 1:8

God has a facebook too!  His facebook is the Bible.  When we read it we can see what God has to say and what he has been up to for years and what he has planned for the future.  So many people want to seek God for what is in his hand.  They want what he can bless them with but they never really know God.  The way to get to know God is by letting him talk to us  He talks to us through his book, the Bible.  So many want to be prosperous and successful but they go about it the wrong way.  God wants us to know him but he also wants us to know that he already knows us.  He reads our "wall" everyday.

O Lord, you have searched me 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 know it completely,  O Lord.  Psalm 139:1-4

Do you want to know God better?  Do you want to know what he has to say everyday?  Then add him as a friend today.  Check out his "facebook", the bible everyday, and meditate on it day and night.  Take some time to share your heart with God.  He will be the best friend you will ever have.  He created you and he loves you, even though he knows everything about you.  We all can use a friend like that.  God's facebook also can benefit us in ways that you might not be aware of.

The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul.  The statues of the LORD are trustworthy, making wise the simple.  The precepts of the LORD are right, giving joy to the heart.  The commands of the LORD are radiant, giving light to the eyes.  The fear of the LORD is pure, enduring forever.  The ordinances of the LORD are sure and altogether righteous.  They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold;  they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the comb.  By them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward.  Psalm 19:7-11

Did you notice the benefits of reading God's book and seeking his face?  His book contains words that revive the soul, make wise the simple, give joy to the heart,  and light to the eyes.  When we read his book and keep his word there is great reward!  Okay, so can your facebook website promise you all that?  Perhaps it is time to spend a little less time getting to know your friends on Facebook and a little more time getting to know God.  Perhaps it's time to face the book that can make you prosperous and successful!  Think about it the next time you visit your Facebook website.  There is nothing wrong with being connected with friends and family on Facebook but the best friend and connection we can ever make is with Jesus.  Give him some of your time each day and face the book that comes with a great reward!  When we look into the words of the bible we are looking at God's face!  When was the last time that you looked at God?  Log into God's book, the bible today.  By the way, your password is JESUS!

Dear God,

Thank you so much for giving us family and friends to communicate with and enjoy life with.  You are so generous to us.  God we have so many venues to stay in touch with them that sometimes we spend more time with them than we ever spend with you.  Please forgive us for letting others come before you.  Help us to be like Mary in Luke 10:38-41...who sat at Jesus' feet listening to what he said.  Help us to face the book that has many rewards and benefits, your book the Bible.  Thank you for your Word, the truth.  Help us to seek your face and not your hand.  Help us to get to know you better.  When Mary sat at Jesus feet, he told Martha her sister that Mary had chosen what is better.  Lord when we are tempted to worry and be upset about many things and spend more time trying to keep up with what others are saying and doing,  help us to stop, drop it all and face the book, your book, the greatest facebook of all, the Bible.  Thank you for your Word that is more precious than gold!  In Jesus name, amen.


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