MMMMMM – Why?

The tagline on my page is MMMMMM — Musings, Meandering, Mentally, Mindless and Meaningful Messages.

Ever felt like this?

Why?

www.linkedin.com/in/richbergstedt is a place to connect with me in a business relationship. This page is my personal web site that I am using as a prototype for helping others copy what I have done.

Would you like to participate in some way? Contact me at rabergstedt@icloud.com or by phone at 916.893.6226

I can offer you a role of editor, author, contributor or even, administrator. You must agree to the 6M principle!! Any articles must be focused on at least 1-2 of the M’s.

This is a volunteer proposition at this time.

Do you want to know when Jesus will return?

The disciples asked Jesus about the time that He was going to come to rule in Jerusalem — Then they gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?”

This is what His response was:

He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

Jesus established the truth that God is in control of the times and dates that different events would occur in the life of the church. But, He also promised that the Holy Spirit was going to come to empower them to be His witnesses all the way around the world.

The question we should ask is “Am I allowing the Holy Spirit to work through me and am I being a witness where my mission field is?”  Being missional is an important part of my Christian life.  I have been wrapped up at times in my Christian experience and not been able to be a witness.  Witnessing was the farthest thing from my mind.  I would have nothing to witness about!!  I am experiencing a different focus now that I feel better mentally. How long will this experience last is what I don’t know? I am trying to take steps to prevent a relapse into depression.

One of the things I am doing is becoming an online missionary with a group that uses the internet to challenge readers/visitors to experience God.  I also have been given the opportunity to participate in the missions committee at my church.  Another step, I’ve taken is to be more open about my illness.  I have asked friends to challenge me if they recognize that I am spinning down into a depressed state.  Another important way to stay in a positive mental state is to be gainfully used in the lives of other people.  So, I have been given another chance to perform in this way by teaching senior citizens how to use their technology devices more effectively.

All of these efforts must be driven by the gifts that I have been given by God.  Dealing with mental illness has been a negative influence throughout my career. It has caused me to make job changes several times.

But in each change God was in control!! I didn’t know it at the time but He carried me through. Our knowledge of the dates He will perform the miracles told of in the Bible is not important, what is important is what are we doing for Him today.

May God grant you the desires of your heart today!!

Facing Sexual Temptation | GodLife

Everyone—from presidents to preachers—is subject to sexual temptation.

Adultery. It’s a common word and a common occurrence in our society.

But adultery’s stain goes deeper than the individual. More dishonor has come to the name of Jesus Christ by sexual sin than any other sin.

You Will be Tempted.

C.S. Lewis, in The Screwtape Letters, said, “No man knows how bad he is until he has tried to be good. There is a silly idea that good people don’t know what temptation means.”

We must learn from the Lord to enjoy full mastery over sex, His marvelous gift. “For God did not give us the spirit of timidity,” Paul reminds us, “but the spirit of power and love and self-control.”

Proverbs 4:23 exhorts, “Above all else, guard your heart, for out of it flow the springs of life.” How can we do that?

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Monitor your fantasizing and daydreaming when your mind is idle. Refuse pornography, whether written or in movies or videos.

You can talk yourself into sexual sin. It happened to a friend of mine. He had won thousands to Christ during 25 years. Suddenly he left his wife and became hard and rebellious, even pretending to return to evangelism. I found out that for years he had secretly watched pornographic films, yet preached heavily against immorality. Eventually, like a serpent, it bit him. It has happened to better people than you and me.

Firmly implant in your soul God’s principles established for our protection.

Believe them, accept them, reaffirm them. Study Malachi 2:13-16 and 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8, and make Joseph in Genesis 39 a model. He faced, resisted and triumphantly ran from temptation. But be ready! As my mentor, Ray Stedman, said, “Woe to the man who has to learn principles at a time of crisis!”

The Word of God, as our meat and drink, keeps the inner man and woman strong and sensitive on a continuing basis. “Your Word I have hid in my heart, that I might not sin against you” (Psalm 119:11).

Resisting temptation by quoting scripture still is a mighty tool.

One preacher I know allowed himself to become enchanted by an attractive, sensuous convert who had made advances shortly before he led her to Christ. He resisted and she had converted.

Three years later, he saw her again. He drew close to offer an “innocent” kiss nothing more, he tells us when the young woman started quoting, “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your strength, but with the temptation will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it” (1 Corinthians 10:13). He left in a hurry!

God will remove His hand from your service to Him if you allow lust to lead you to actual sexual immorality. Samson lost his power. “He did not know that the Lord had left him” (Judges 16:20). So many friends started out well—winsome, friendly, authoritative. Where are they now? I can think of half a dozen on the sidelines because of money, sex, or pride. Useless, lonely, fruitless, bitter.

Beware:

Failure does not occur suddenly, overnight, in one blast of a careless moment or the explosion of uncontrolled passion. Dr. George Sweeting of Moody Bible Institute said, “Collapse in Christian life is rarely a blowout. It’s usually a slow leak.” When a man takes that fatal step, it has been gestating in his soul for months, perhaps years. Toying, daydreaming. One step at a time, the sensitivity level lowers. Then, the unthinkable occurs.

Have you stumbled in this sensitive area of your life? Confess, make amends, clear yourself with the proper people. Where are you in your walk with God? If you must get reconciled to Him, do it now! “He who comes to me, I will in no way cast out,” the Lord has said.

Sexual holiness demands we not play games in flirting, body language, and clothing. In the cases of fallen men I know, they first failed in precisely those areas. Keep friends accountable before drastic failure, discipline, and sadness happen.

— Read on godlife.com/en/article/facing-sexual-temptation

The barking dog

Omg….
The neighbors have been complaining that my dog had been barking non-stop. I hate the electric zapping bark collars, so I purchased a humane citronella collar. When a dog barks, it shoots a blast of citronella under their nose and apparently, they don’t like it.
This morning I was getting the collar ready and filled it with the citronella liquid. And that’s where my morning should have ended. But no, it’s me, and I begin to become curious as to “how” the collars actually work.
So, I’m standing by my back door “barking” at my dog’s collar. Nothing happens. I make sure it’s turned on, check the fill level, and go through the “getting started” check list one more time. Again, I bark. Nothing happens. Now I’m not quite sure, why I had this next thought, but I did…I put the collar on. I seriously extended the band and fit the growl box against my throat and barked. Apparently, the collar only works if it feels vibrations, because I immediately received a blast of citronella to the face.
I began coughing, which only caused the collar to continue squirting bug spray over and over into my nasal cavity. I’m now on my hands and knees in my back yard, trying to breathe, and to make matters worse, the damn dog is barking. So, between coughing and yelling at her to shut up, I’ve emptied over a dozen blasts of citronella to my face. During all of this ruckus, I’m trying to undo the clasp of the collar, which has somehow managed to weld shut during this whole fiasco.
I finally get the collar off and threw, yes, I threw that inhumane thing across the yard, and lay in the grass sucking in the cool morning air. In the middle of thinking this is probably the dumbest thing I’ve done in a while, I hear laughter. MY NEIGHBOUR SAW THE WHOLE THING! He was laughing so hard he couldn’t breathe. Between gasps, he tells me, “I was gonna come help, but every time I started to climb over the fence, you’d set it off again and then I would start laughing and couldn’t make it.” So now, not only are my eyes red, but my face and ears are too. After checking to make sure I was ok, we parted ways and I went in to shower so I wouldn’t smell like ode de’ Tiki Torch.
Lesson learned: next time (yes, there will always be a next time with me) make sure that:

  1. Don’t fill the collar before trying to set it off.
  2. Remember your neighbor is not a good source of help in a comedy crisis situation.
    On the plus side, I won’t have a mosquito problem for a few days!
    Even though this does sound like something I’d do,
    I hate to break the news that it’s a copied story that gave me a good laugh so feel free to do the same.????

Companion animals

What is the purpose of a companion animal for a person who has a disability? Who can get one and how does the animal affect the person’s life?

One solution is to Google the phrase — companion animal. Another would be to talk with your therapist about it if you are seeing one.

Another way would be to ask me for my first-hand experiences. I would be glad to answer any questions you have.

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