Some people play instruments by ear.  Meaning, they don’t have to use music to play the song.  I wish I could be that talented.  Nope, I have to play by the music.  Although, thanks to a special lady working with me, I am beginning to be able to pick up a few songs by ear.  I love music.  It has always been a part of my life.  My mother was insistent that I learn to play the piano. She spent her hard earned money just for me to be able to take lessons. (which I didn’t understand that at the time.)  Oh, I would get so mad at her because she would make me practice every day for thirty minutes.  Sometimes that was the longest thirty minutes there ever was.  Because of my mother’s continued pushing, I learned to play the piano.  Now, I am so very glad that she did.  Playing the piano and organ are special to me.  Thank God for that gift and my mother’s strong hand.  I didn’t want that hand to warm me up as Mother would say.  I wasn’t necessarily scared of her.  I just knew she would carry through with what she said.  I hated cutting that peach switch! I learned early on to get a good one.  If I didn’t, I get a spanking with that little one; and then get another spanking with the second better one.  To say I was a little hard headed could be an understatement!

This got me started thinking about playing it be ear where my Christian life is concerned.  There have been times when I have played it be ear in my walk with Jesus. Thinking I knew what was best for me and mine. That didn’t work out too well.  I would just make a mess of things and make it so much worse.  After a few of those catastrophes, I knew I couldn’t do it.  Notice I said a few of them, meaning yep, my hard headedness prevailed.  It took several mess ups and God hitting me with a 2x4 before I gave in. I didn’t learn with the smaller board, so He had to make it bigger like my Momma’s switches.  I don’t have to play my Christian life be ear.  There are many avenues that I have to keep me from these hard lessons.  There is: prayer, the Bible, Christian friends, let go and let God.  Letting go was the hardest lesson.  I have learned that if I do let go, God takes care of the situation.  It is such a relieve to know that God’s shoulders are much bigger than mine. I don’t have to carry the burden.

This also started me thinking about the lost that do not know Jesus.  How difficult the world must be!  Where do they have to go for relief?  Some the bottle.  Some Drugs. Some sexual abuse of others.  The list goes on and on. It doesn’t have to be this way.  The weight of the world doesn’t have to be on the lost person’s shoulders.  Give up, accept Jesus as you savior, and let God.  Without the assurance of salvation, you have only one other place to spend eternity, which is hell.  Hell is real.  It’s not a joke or a party.  It is spending eternity in fire, brimstone, and nashing of teeth.  It doesn’t have to be this way.  Accept Jesus and spend eternity in the beautiful streets of Heaven.  Do you know where you’re eternity lies?  There are only two places: Heaven or hell.  God Bless Amen

Revelation 21:8 - But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

Matthew 25:46 - And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.

Romans 6:23 - For the wages of sin [is] death; but the gift of God [is] eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

John 14:2 - In my Father's house are many mansions: if [it were] not [so], I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.