To Be Like God We Must First Be In God and Ask For God In Us
Faith Allows Us To Hear This
blessing”. The car breaks down: I love you. I have this. This will be a blessing. The storm damages your home, the doctor comes back with bad news, a loved one passes away; I love you. I have this. This will be a blessing. In fact we ask for this when we ask for our daily provision, our “daily bread” and further we ask that it be provided as the Lord determines best: “Thy will be done”. Faith allows us to be positively patient; I may not see the specific reason or blessing at this very instant but I am certain that it will come. The world has the exact opposite perspective; Oh no, here we go again, tragedy upon tragedy, fear and despondency. Let us pray for the faith and strength to reject the world’s view and live confidently, peacefully and yes, even joyfully expectantly into the lovingly faithful view of Jesus Christ.
Can You Feel His Love?
The Certainty of Disciples
Think upon the certainty of the disciples the day after the Resurrection. They had been with Jesus, witnessed His miracles, heard His teachings, experienced His great love, watched His crucification and now personally beheld His resurrection. In the Book of Acts we see, with the promised coming of the Holy Spirit, the boldness and confidence of their faith filled lives and the conviction of their spirits in living out the mission Christ had for them. If we ponder it a little, should it be any different for us? Do we not have the Word through which we can learn the same teachings and miracles of Christ? Have we not personally experienced His love and blessings in our lives? Do we not have also have the promise of the Holy Spirit to reside in us? Then, in the same boldness and confidence let us go forth in acts of love, blessing and faith, claiming those acts in the name of Him who we are as certain in as those first disciples is the One True Resurrected still living Son of God, Jesus Christ our Savior; bringing His light to an increasingly dark world.
JESUS CHRIST IS RISEN!!!!
Drink in the Joy
Experience the Peace
Realize the Redemption
Give glory to the Grace
Celebrate the Victory over death…
Bask in and be determined to share the Love
JESUS CHRIST IS RISEN!!!!!!
OUR SAVIOR LIVES!!!!!
A blessed and happy Easter to you
May You Have a Blessed Good Friday
Food and Drink Indeed
Jesus said to all who would come to Him, these words in John: “Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life and I will raise him up at the last day. For My flesh is food indeed and My blood is drink indeed”. Jesus promises that as we do this in the Spirit, we abide in Him and He will abide in us. So was we reflect on the upcoming sacrifice of Jesus Christ for our lives and our salvation, to consider finding a place of worship today or tonight with a Maundy Thursday Service where we can commemorate the Last Supper of Christ and renew our abiding in Him. May you have a blessed Maundy Thursday
Let Us Go and be B.I.G.
Let Us Not Become Warped
Prayer, Obligation or Desire?
Here’s a couple of questions for us. First, do we pray on a regular basis? Hopefully the answer to that question is yes. So if we pray on a regular basis do we approach it as an obligation or a desire? If we see prayer as an obligation, like how society sees paying taxes, then more than likely that approach will minimize the effectiveness and blessings from our prayers. Quite often with obligations we put them off as long as we can, just go through the motions to get through them and primarily focus on ourselves in the execution of them. Yet if prayer is actually a desire of ours, something we truly want to do then our approach is likely to be quite different. We will make it a priority. We will make time to pray. More than just time, we will focus our energy on being present and intentional in our communication with our Creator, Heavenly Father. We will see value in the experience and blessing in the opportunity. We will not rush through it on our way to the next more important thing, but understand that it, because of Who we are interacting with, is the foundation for most all things. How we approach the need for and the execution of our prayer life will definitely impact its effectiveness. Let us strive not to look at it as some taxing obligation.
Judgement versus Salvation, Turmoil versus Rest
In Jesus’ own words: “I did not come to judge the world but to save it” and “Do you suppose that I came to bring peace on earth? I tell you not at all but rather division” also “Come unto Me all you who labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest”. Is Jesus being contradictory here? No, not at all. Jesus Christ is separating the worldly from the spiritual; the faithful from the disbeliever. Jesus is clear, not everyone will believe in Him, not even in the same family. That will cause earthly conflict, turmoil and division because of Him. Yet for those who do faithfully believe, the will be saved by His grace and can find a true and everlasting peaceful rest. Thus in placing Jesus Christ first, we can through Him, overcome the division and turmoil of this world and find rest and harmony as well.
Blessings in the New and the Same
Stop! Let us stop for a moment. New day: thank you Lord. New week; thank you Lord. New month; thank you Lord. Same caring, blessing and most of all, loving Heavenly Father, who gave His only Son that we might be able to come and have a perfect relationship with Him, thank you Lord. Now with that perspective, that foundation, let us go forth.
The Blessed Reason For This Season
In Isaiah 44 we read what this season is all about, what our Lord God really wants, what His actions, the shedding of His Blood and sacrifice of His body was meant to bring about. Isaiah 44:22: “I have blotted out, like a thick cloud, your transgressions and like a cloud, your sins. Return to me for I have redeemed you.”
Feeling the Presence of the Lord our God
God Using His Power to Fulfill His Will and Bring Us Victory
Blessed Words of Hope, Redemption and Love
Being Careful Not to be Counted as One of This Generation
Adultery is the act of being in a promised special intimate relationship with one, yet breaking that promise and having that same relationship with another. Jesus accuses an entire generation and in fact defines faith adultery as seeking some sign before or as a requirement to actually believe, to enter into that special, faithfully intimate relationship only with Him. Yet Jesus did promise a sign and that was the sign of Jonah. Additionally, He also fulfilled that sign, …dying for our sins and then rising again on the third day. As we reflect this Lenten Season on our relationship with Jesus Christ, we would be wise to look at our thoughts, words and deeds in answering this questions: Is the Easter sign of Jesus Christ enough for us today to be fully committed in faith, or are we seeking after additional signs or worse yet, trusting in earthly signs to direct who and what we have faith in? We are pretty quick as a society to look past the commitment of adultery. We live in great eternal peril should we believe our Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ or the Holy Spirit share that same perspective.
The Lessons of God in Each New Season; In Each New Day
Yesterday the thought was about the changing of the season. Today let us understand that this Spring is, in God’s perfect plan, a new season. We tend to think in terms of four seasons that just repeat themselves over and over. Rarely do we say Spring 2017 is here. Thus often, we can be tempted to miss the newness and the growth potential God has for us in each new season. Through God’s Grace, He longs to use each new season, in fact, each new day to teach us about His perfect plan for us and the blessings contained in those plans. So let us not see this season or even this day as simply a repeat of yesterday or, last spring. In Abraham, Moses, Ruth, David, Mary and Jesus Christ’s disciples, we see how God used all the seasons of their lives to grow them into the saints He desired them to be. God will do nothing less for you and I if we will be faithfully open to the blessed lessons He wishes to teach us this and each new season.
The God of All Blessed Seasons
On this first full day of Spring we are reminded of this lesson of certainty, that seasons do change. Also that seasons change, not based upon the whim or plan of man, but through the overall perfect plan of He who is in ultimate control, our Heavenly Father. Now it is true that in a day’s time, not all the flowers suddenly bloomed or the temperatures became warm. There is patience involved in seeing the unfolding of the new season. But rest assured, inevitably those changes will come, no human or other power can stop them. Thus should you feel stuck in a season of darkness, despair and/or desperation that you in your power have not been able to change, reach out in prayer and faith to Almighty God asking Him to change your season. Then watch and experience the God of all seasons; natural, mental and spiritual as He comes in His love to change your season to one of peace, blessings and joy.
“Through” Means Exactly That!
So many people know and love the 23rd Psalm. Though I think there is one thing that might get overlooked in all that blessed imagery and that is the word “through”. For David writes: “though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death….”. Thus he makes it clear that it, the valley, may be a place we might find ourselves in during a journey but we are not meant to stay there. The valley is a temporary place, though even if we find ourselves there we are not to fear the evil of it, but we certainly should not be taking up permanent residence there. So should we feel that we are stuck in that place, let us call upon the strength of our Merciful Heavenly Father, through the Holy Spirit being confident He will not only show us the path out of the valley to the green pastures but supply us the blessings and the strength to make the journey
Really Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day
On this St. Patrick’s Day it might be wise to remember and ponder these two things. First, prior to being a missionary in Ireland, Patrick had been kidnapped and held in Ireland for over six years until he escaped. Second, he felt that he received a mission from God to forgive and return to Ireland to bring Christianity to the Irish people. So far from being a reason to have a party and drink green beer (no judgement here for I have done that a time or two), who is God calling for you and I to forgive this day and where does He want us to go to share His message? Have a blessed and safe St. Patrick’s Day
Reach Out for Help and Blessings
Take great comfort from these words from Isaiah in Chapter 41: “For I the Lord, your God, will hold your right hand. Saying to you: ‘Fear not, I will help you'”. Thus let us make sure that we willingly, faithfully and expectantly reach out to God, giving Him our hand to hold onto lest we miss out on the help and blessings He promises and longs to give to us
The Ultimate Resource
I wonder how we would answer this question, both in words and how we live our lives: Is God just a resource, albeit a good one, but one resource amongst many, like eating healthy, exercising, having a budget etc. for living a successful life? Or conversely, is God the foundation of every resource in our lives, the only true First Resource upon which any and all aspects of our lives are framed and lived? It is not just an academic, rhetorical or irrelevant question. For I believe it is an extremely important question to ask ourselves because the answer will determine both whether we have a truly successful life now and for all eternity. Let us place God as the One True Perfect Resource
Shopping With God
Do not fear but in faithful confidence go shopping with Our Heavenly Father this day for He has blessedly wonderful things in store for you.
The Large and the Small; God Desires it All
Let us ponder this for a moment, the same God tells us these things; that the very hairs on our head are numbered and we can also move mountains. What those two different statements tells us is that there is nothing, no detail too small, too insignificant for it to matter to Him. By the same token there is nothing too large, no obstacle too great, no challenge too difficult that God can not allow us to overcome it. Thus, because He desires us to, let us bring it all to Him; including that which may seem small and insignificant as well as that which may seem overwhelmingly large. Know that God, through His mercy, grace and love will see us successfully and blessedly through all
Means or Ends, What Matters More?
Jesus Christ, both through His teachings, but especially how He lived His life, reminds us that the ends will never work, will never really satisfy unless supported by the appropriate means. In other words, values do matter. In fact, values matter more than results. Yet also take heart in this, we are not left to our own strength, our own desire to have and live out the correct means, the appropriate values. Jesus promised the blessing of the indwelling of no less than God Himself in the person of the Holy Spirit to come and be with us, instruct us, comfort us, fight along side and for us against a world where ends, at any cost, are only what matters.
Our Actions and Reactions to “Being Wronged”
The difficult and at times troubling reality is that there will be times when those around us, even and especially loved ones will let us down. It is at those times we should look to the example of Jesus Christ in our response. For first He had to go out and call His disciples, they didn’t come flocking to follow Him. Then once they did commit to following Him, they argued about who was the greatest, one rebuked Him and told Him He was wrong. The entire group fell asleep when He really needed their support and in His darkest hour, they all fled Him and left Him alone to His fate. One even betrayed Him. What was Jesus Christ’s response to these actions? Did He judge and condemn them? Did He banish them from His sight? Did He was His hands of them? Not Hardly; instead of washing His hands of them; He took a bowl, knelt down before them and personally washed their feet. Then He instructed them, and through them us as well, that if we are to be true followers of Him, we should be able to do the same. That is something we need to consider in this world of getting even and getting back at those we think have wronged us. We should reflect on Jesus Christ’s example as we contemplate our actions and reactons to those, God in His infinite wisdom, has placed around us.
Receive a Blessing, Be a Blessing, Share a Blessing and Live Blessed
Take time for a blessing today. Take a walk in the sunshine or at least fresh air, take in the budding trees, the spring flowers, the beauty and blessing of God’s creation. Take a moment to savor a scrumptiously delicious meal. Be a blessing as well by giving a smile, perhaps a hug, a kind word, a generous ear and/or an I love you, to someone in need. Pray. Reach up to the Creator God who willingly calls Himself our Heavenly Father. Receive a blessings, be a blessing, share a blessing and experience your life as the blessing it was intended to be.
Jesus Christ Came That Our Lives Would Know Abundance
Without doubt or hesitation but with confidence and thanksgiving let us live into the declaration and promise made for and to us by Jesus Christ: “I have come that you may have life, and that you may have it more abundantly”. Let us not be fearful or hesitant in seeking after that abundant life for Jesus also promised that those who seek for and through Him, will find.
Let Us Call on Jesus Christ to Calm Our Storms
“Peace, be still!” With these three words Jesus Christ took power of major earthly processes and powers, over the processes of weather, storms, winds and waves and the powerful impact they were having on the small boat, completely negating and silencing them. And why did Jesus speak these words, to display this power; as some flashy display of His might to bring glory to Himself? Hardly, Jesus acted because His disciples pleaded with Him to. Now scripture tells us that Jesus had been asleep so one supposes that the experienced fishermen on the boat had tried all in their power to make it through the storm before waking Jesus; but to no avail. Friends, Jesus Christ has the same power today for you and I. Whatever earthly or spiritually evil storms the enemy is throwing against us, Jesus Christ can silence them and bring calm into our lives. Finally, we don’t have to wait until we’ve exhausted all our ideas and efforts to call upon Him. Call on Him today in faith and Jesus Christ will surely, mercifully answer
Through Jesus Christ, Life is Not About Escaping
When Jesus Christ invites us, almost pleads with us to come unto Him, it is not an invitation to escape from the world but rather a beckoning to overcome the world through Him just as He did. He is not a vehicle that we use to flee from fear and hatred but the only true resource to triumphantly crush fear and hatred through peace, joy and most importantly love. So let us come to a full embrace of Jesus Christ where we find that life is not something to try and find an escape from, it is a gift to be fully lived into. Blessings to you this day and week.
Relax and Be At Peace God Is In Control
In Ecclesiastes Solomon declares: “And there is nothing new under the sun”. If we are open to it we find comfort and solace in this statement. For seemingly new problems and challenges are arising constantly; new threats and troubles bombard us from all around. So if you’re feeling majorly stressed out; take a walk outside, find a budding tree or a new flower and let them reassure you that all is a part of a cycle, there’s nothing truly new. And the most comforting aspect of this comes from the realization that God is at the head and controller of those and all cycles. God is ultimately in control and His love and power will see you and I through. He’s done it before. He promises to do it again.
Showing Respect for God by Showing Respect for Each Other
Respect. One might wonder with how we are interacting with each other, face-to-face, on social media, the language we use, the volume and anger of our rhetoric; just how much we respect the lives of others around us and perhaps even life itself. It starts with how we respect ourselves. How the language we use with ourselves the actions we take that impact our physical, mental and spiritual health shows self respect. Yet if we respect ourselves how can we quickly turn and disrespect those around us? God created each of us and in His eyes we are equal. If we proclaim a belief in Him then we are taught to respect and love those whom He created. So today as we think to speak or before we click post or share on our various media sites, does our communication demonstrate respect? Let us remember that disagreement is not an entitlement to or reason for disrespect.
Prioritize prayer. Please don’t believe that you’re too busy or that you’ll get around to it sometime later. Please don’t feel that it isn’t really important, relevant or worse yet that it doesn’t really work. Don’t think it is only a Sunday or church thing. Right now the All Powerful Creator of this world longs to connect with you, to listen to you, to help you, to show love to you. Give Him a chance. If you’re not sure what to say or where to start, try using Our Father who art in heaven……… Please pray. You need it, we need it. You’ll be glad you did
The Most Human Cry There Is!
The most human cry there is. Jesus Christ promised us in Mark: “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes”. In John, Jesus Christ proclaims: “I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also and greater works than these he will do”. Then, faced with that question from Jesus about what do we believe comes a response that is both hopeful and anguished: “Lord I believe, help my unbelief!”. For in that reply in Mark, we hear the summation of our human condition. I do believe. I have hope in my belief but I also know, in my fallen condition that my belief is not perfect. I know I do doubt. So I know that I desperately need the Lord to help my with and in my unbelief. Thus if you are finding yourself in a place of need, of despair and anguish, with seemingly nowhere to turn, believe in Jesus Christ. Call out to Jesus Christ for both help in the situation plus also a more perfect belief knowing that He will blessedly answer both. Oh by the way, the man who cried out about needing help with his unbelief, Jesus miraculously answered his prayer and healed his son.
Jesus Christ Calls to Us; Never Quit!
Never give up! Never give in! Plus understand this, we have a player-coach-Savior named Jesus Christ who knows each of His players by name and loves each player, has been here and played the game of life perfectly, knows all the winning plays and is not only undefeated but promises to each of us, if we’ll but abide in Him, we will not be defeated as well. How can we be sure that Jesus Christ is all in for us? He died for you and I and our sins to prove His Father’s love and His point.
In Communication as in Life, the Power of Finding That Common Reference Point
Effective communication often starts and is facilitated by finding some aspect of common understanding. Imagine for a moment that you’re trying to communicate with someone who only speaks a different language; to get anywhere, you’d need to find some common reference point. Additionally to find that common reference point, you’d more than likely start out with relatively simple aspects/concepts and build from there. Too often today even if we’re speaking the same language, our communication attempts fall frustratingly short of bringing about the results that move us forward partly because we assume we are starting from a point of common understanding. Whether with/in business, family and/or friends, if you’re finding your communication efforts are not having the desired effects, take some time to reflect on: to what extent have you and the other party(ies) achieved some simple, basic level of common framework, context and/or identified reference point. With that strong foundation in place, your communication can go forth to build amazingly powerful relationships and successes. May God Bless you this day and all your communications.
The Damaging Impact of the World View
Snow blindness is a temporary loss of vision that comes when unprotected eyes are exposed to harsh sunlight being reflected off a shiny surface like snow. Though temporary, it can be debilitating and painful. There is another type of blindness the can also be debilitating and painful which if we’re not careful might become permanent as well. That blindness is “world blindness”. That blindness occurs when the images of this world like hatred, greed, violence, lying, distrust and selfishness blind us to the blessings, promise and love that this life has to offer. In both cases, to ward off the blindness, the eyes need to be protected. For snow blindness, a good pair of sunglasses and limiting the amount of exposure will do the trick. For “world blindness” the protection comes from prayer, studying the word and fellowship with others who will share love and messages that uplift. As with snow blindness, limiting your exposure to the negativity of this world’s messages can also help. Hoping your vision of the blessings and promises of this life comes into sharp focus this day
Handling the Groanings of Life
It is understandable that we might look around at this world or even ourselves and groan at times. In fact, we read in Romans 8:26 “the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered”. Our challenge is to not let groanings grow into a despondency that saps our strength of faith. One way to keep that from happening is to focus and reflect on what is said in Hebrews 4:15: “For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses but was in all points tempted as we are yet without sin”. This same High Priest, Jesus Christ promises peace and rest for us and proclaimed that we can be of good cheer in that He has overcome this world and through Him, in faith, we will overcome as well. Thus to the extent we find ourselves discouraged or despondent today, let us shift our focus from the state of this world to the love, power and grace of this world’s Savior, Jesus Christ
Being In and Expressing Our Anger?
There are many voices raised these days in harshness and in anger which some might even term “righteous anger”. Yet I think we would be wise to hear and reflect on what the Word teaches us about being in and expressing our anger. “Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor and evil speaking be put away from you” (Ephesians 4:31). “And whoever says to his brother…..but says You Fool! shall be in danger of hell fire” (Jesus teaching in Matthew 5:22). Finally “A soft answer turns away wrath, but harsh words stir up anger” (Proverbs 15:1) Thus today, let us be masters over our tongue and speech, being quick to think but slow to speak, insuring our words are used to be a bridge between and mend divides not cause or deepen them
Be Careful Concerning Distractions
This day can often be a day filled with distractions and busyness. So from Psalm 40, let us hear the following so we may keep our focus: “Blessed is the person who makes the Lord their trust” and “Let all who seek You rejoice in You”, and finally “Yet the Lord thinks upon me. You are my help and my deliverer”. May this note find you having a blessed weekend
My Approach to This Day?
What shall I consider my job or my tasks for this day to be? Perhaps some insight and inspiration from Paul will help: “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Therefore as we have opportunity, let us do good to all” (Galatians 6:9.10) May today you find your heart not lost and your harvest bountiful.
By Our Generosity We Will Stand!
From Isaiah we read: “but a generous person devises generous things and by their generosity they shall stand” (Isaiah 32:8) So in what way can we show generosity today? And remember this, it’s not just or even primarily about money. We can be generous with our time, our patience and/or our forgiveness. We can be generous as a listener and we can always be more generous with our love. Finally, as it applies to our desire to be generous, let us heed the exhortation of Paul in 2 Corinthians: “let us each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity, for God loves a cheerful giver. So may it be that we feel the blessed love of God as we go forth this day with cheerful generosity.
LOVE! The Appropriate Response to Fear
We hear it quite often these days that we live in a time of great fear. We hear that people are afraid of terrorism, of losing their rights, of the warming of the earth, of not having enough (fill in the blank), afraid of, of, of. Often we believe that to overcome fear requires strength; strength in numbers, strength in arms, strength in knowledge, strength in power. But through the Holy Spirit, John in his letter writes, John 1, 4:18, “There is no fear in love but perfect love casts out fear”. Thus let our response to fear, both the fear we feel inside as well as the fears of others, be love. As well through faithful prayer and supplication let us be striving to perfect our love through Jesus Christ that we may boldly go forth in fearless love to bring peace, joy and light to this fear filled world
Having Spiritual 20/20
From the Word, two thoughts about vision: “The lamp of the body is the eyes. When your eye is good, your whole body is full of light” (Luke 11:34). “Turn away my eyes from looking at worthless things” (Psalm 119:37). Today we will almost constantly be using our eyes; we will look, gaze, stare, glance, look over, look past and yes even be blind to. However, let us not allow the world to dictate to us the objects of and for our vision. Let our eyes not go wandering after the visions of what is valuable in this world. Instead, let us use our eyes to seek, find and constantly fixate on the Light provided from above. Knowing as we lovingly gaze on the Light of Jesus Christ not only will our path be illuminated with blessings and strength, but also through Christ, we can be a beacon of His Light to guide others as well
Being Mindful How We Plan
Let us be mindful as we launch into this week as through the prophet Isaiah we read: “Woe to the rebellious children who take counsel but nor from Me and who devise plans but not of My Spirit. Yet we also hear in Proverbs: “Commit your works to the Lord and your thoughts will be established”. Therefore, let us seek counsel through prayer and study of the Word what we should do and commit those plans to the Lord and reap the blessings and benefits He will establish for each of us.
Ice Can Teach Us A Valuable Lesson
Ice, that is the ice that covers roads and sidewalks can be a great teacher, equalizer and bringer of humility. For the ice cares nothing about someone’s stature, economic standing or perceived level of power. It teaches us through the notion that it has a certain slick nature to it which requires a certain pace and response to that nature. We learn the humbling lesson that no matter who we are, no matter what we drive, if we attempt to operate in a manner that disregards that nature, damage is very likely to result regardless of our actions or desires. Similarly, God has a perfect plan that has an attached nature or characteristics to it. If we proceed within the parameters of those characteristics then our journey will be a blessed one. However, it is when we are not humble and attempt to provide our own nature, move at our own pace, disregard the perfect parameters God has put in place, we are bound to experience slips and slides toward our own destruction. Fortunately, even at those times, God stands ready to answer our call, rescue us from the situation, and placed us back on the perfect path of His blessed plan for us.
Christ Wants That We Should Be Love
It is clear from how Christ lived and the things He taught, Christ wants us to be love. Now mind you it not to simply be in love with a person, a job or a thing, but to be love. Why? For one because of what love is and what it is not. If we are love we are not fearful or anxious, are not envious or prideful, are not angry or vengeful. We are generous. We are and spread light. Because love conquers all, we are victorious. One more thing, Christ knows that we can not be love on our own. We have to be in Christ to be love and he openly invites us to be in Him. So we need to ask ourselves as we go through the day; when we’re driving, at work, at home, with friends or family, on the internet or Facebook, whatever and wherever, at this moment am I love? The more that we can answer yes, the more we’re living the life as it is intended
From 1 Thessalonians A Blueprint for Action
“….comfort the faint hearted, uphold the weak, be patient with all……always pursue what is good for both yourselves and for all” May it be that we look for opportunities and act on those opportunities to live out these exhortations this day. Peace, grace, joy and especially love to you this day. Amen
Don’t Do It!
Don’t do it! You may be tempted but don’t do it. The presents have been opened, the wrapping paper and decorations are being returned to their place of storage. Loved ones may have or are in the process of heading home. The every day routine may be settling back in. But do not relegate Christ’s gift of love and salvation to one certain day or time of year. Don’t let His light of love for you become a dimming ember. Don’t allow the processes and concerns of this world to steal the peace and joy that Christ came to this earth share. Live the gift. Love the gift. Share the gift that is Jesus Christ.
Happy New Year and New You!
To love is to abide in Christ and to abide in Christ is to love. It is more than any year’s resolution. It is a way of living, a state of being. It is the state and the only state by which the joy, peace, freedom and power of Jesus Christ will be experienced. Thus through the Grace of our Heavenly Father, by the gift of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, may each day going forward in all the days, months, and years to come find you receiving in and living out the love of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Happy New Year!
A Blessed Certainty in A Time of Change
This sure seems to be a time of and sometimes drastic change. Sometimes the change is daily; yesterday it was near 70 degrees and today it will be in the 40’s. Sometimes the change is more far reaching like a new president or the death of someone famous or a cherished loved one. With all this swirling change around us, sometimes we may be inclined to lament that there is nothing sure to hold onto. It is at those times especially, to remember this; the God of the universe, the Creator of all things loves you personally. That will never change. And He promises that His love will sustain you no matter what else might change. Even our sin can not drive His love away. How can we be sure? Even with us being sinners, in perfect love our Heavenly Father sent His Son, Jesus Christ to sacrifice Himself for our salvation. Thus be at peace knowing that can and will never change.
Timing is Everything
Timing is everything. A celestial event had to be planned in a distant past for its light to arrive to mark the blessed birth. The migration of the sheep, leading the shepherds had to be just then. Simeon had to be at the temple that very day to witness the presentation of Our Heavenly Father’s, Christ. None of these things were coincidences or happenings of random chance. In the same way, you being here today, where you are, who you are is no simple twist of fate or cosmic roll of the dice. You are a key part of God’s eternal perfect plan. His Will, will be done. It’s by acknowledging His plan and humbly living into it, that we will reap the planned blessings and experience His love to the fullest.
The Heavenly Host is Still Singing
As they have done from that first night over 2000 years ago, the heavenly host still sing the praises of Christ’s coming to earth for our salvation. May His Joy and Peace reign in us. Merry Christmas!
The Myth and Its Danger of Self-reliance
Here’s our conundrum (not God’s), the more we buy into the myth of self-reliance the less we ask and rely on God. Consequently, the less we ask of God, the more we impede His blessings. Understand, He will not forsake us. However, He won’t reward our prideful, self destructive behavior either. Thus, let us be humble and ask of and rely upon our Heavenly Father, in faith and gratitude and experience all the blessings He has in store for us.
Joy to the World!
Joy to the world, God came down to earth as a baby to live among us! Joy to the world, God came to earth as fully human to know and share our experiences! Joy to the world, God sacrificed Himself that we might live! Joy to the world, God rose again and now resides in power in heaven! Joy to the world the Lord has come! The Lord loves you. The Lord will keep you. Joy to your and the world!
Considering Is and Should
Living In This Mindset, This Soulset
Let us strive to awaken and start each day with this mindset, this soulset. The Creator, Almighty God, our Heavenly Father, cares for you and I by name. This omniscient, omnipresent God loves you and I by name. The King above all kings is going to take care and provide for you and I based on our individual needs. Let us have unwavering faith in this; in our God. Think about the peace and love we can feel, share and spread in living out that faith.
We Can Have Joy This Day
Have joy today! Why and How when the world seems to be in such a state? Because the Lord is come! Because the Savior reigns! Because He rules the world with truth and grace! Please notice the tense and action of this carol is in the present. Jesus Christ is come today 11/28/2016. Jesus Christ does reign in 11/28/2016. Jesus Christ does have in His rule truth and grace for you and I this very Monday. So let us not only repeat but fully live into the sounding joy!
As we enter into this celebratory time of and for Thanksgiving, I believe we would be wise to contemplate from whence being thankful comes? I believe the basis for being thankful is love. If love is not present then being thankful, especially when attached to a festival/holiday becomes more of an obligation than desire, let me find the correct words and/or the acceptable object to meet my mandatory/expected expression of gratitude. Is it any wonder that this time of year can seem hollow and lack meaning? Thus let it be our goal to seek, find and then spread a love that not only we but those around us can be truly, deeply, enrichingly thankful for. May you have a blessed, happy and love filled Thanksgiving
Love. It can not be mentioned too much, thought about too much, sought after too much, given too much, received too much,, Love was and is the essence of and permeates every action of Jesus Christ. To love, He told us, is the greatest commandment. Thus love should be our focus. To love like Christ, impartially, overwhelmingly, with dedication and intention until the love we receive from God permeates every fiber of our being, is the foundation of every thought and every action, until spreading God’s love becomes as natural to us as taking a breath of air. Have a lovely, loved filled day.
Handling Fear Through the Psalms
For those who may find themselves in a feeling of fear and/or despair, regardless of the reason, listen to the Psalmist and take heart: “Whenever I am afraid I will trust in You. In God I will put my trust, I will not fear. What can flesh do to me? (Psalm 56) and, “You crown the year with Your goodness and Your paths drip with abundance.” (Psalm 65) Finally, “He brings out those who are bound into prosperity” (Psalm 68). Know that you are not forgotten or left behind. The Very God of Creation knows you by name and will not be slow to hear, protect and restore you when you cry out to Him.
Putting “First Things First”
We are told and surely it is a wise thing to “Put first things first”; ah, but then the fun begins. What “things” are those which should be placed first? Also, who gets to make the decision on what goes first; spouse/significant other, children, boss, friends, parents/relatives, you, God???? If you find yourself stressed or confused/frustrated with this concept, take heart, the Bible offers words of wisdom. For Jesus Christ tells us to seek first the Kingdom of God. Paul also reminds us that although there are a great many virtues, faith, hope among them; that it is love which we should place first for it is the greatest. We must also understand that this is our choice to make. Oh it is true we may cede this decision to another; but, in being honest with ourselves we must admit that we give it away versus it being taken from us. Put the Kingdom of God first. Put love first. In doing so watch the blessings that will flow forth from that.
Take a deep breath IN……and……Out. Now, at some point, take a moment to pray, to connect to the One True and Eternal Seat of Perfect, Loving Power. Try to block out all the worldly noise and angst allowing an alignment of your spirit to His Spirit. Then go vote in confidence and peace however you feel led. Again IN……and…..OUT. Have a blessed voting day.
Should You Find Yourself Anxious
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6,7 This is especially true today if there is anxiety about an election or let’s say it getting darker so much earlier. For the true seat of power is the Heavenly Throne in which God will always sit, never to lose an election or be overthrown. Likewise, His light never fades regardless of the season or time of year. No darkness will overcome it.
Seeking Beauty for Ourselves While Being the Beauty for Others
Find some beauty, something beautiful today. We are being bombarded by images of ugliness and derision and if we’re not careful, we may fall into the trap of seeing those images as the norm. Yet beauty not only exists but is extremely prevalent and surrounds us at every moment if we will but be open and searching for it. And one more aspect to consider, in addition to finding beauty can you and I be the beauty or at least contribute to the beauty for those around us. Seek the beauty, be the beauty.
Lessons From Falling Leaves
From the leaves on the trees, this time of year, we can see this valuable lesson, there can be great beauty in transitions. Yet in contemplating this lesson we must focus on a vital key difference. At the end of their transition, leaves fall to the ground. At the end of our transition from this life to the next, by the Grace of God Almighty, through the sacrificial death and resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, we will rise to be in eternal union with our Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ and all believers who have gone before us. I hope that you’re having a blessed Fall season
Have a God Blessed Good Day
Let’s consider this today, God knows you by name. God loves you personally, by name. God wants you to have a good day. Above any circumstances and any other persons, God has the power to make a good day happen. Go have a God given, blessed good day.
What is Truth
Pilot asks an extremely essential question to Jesus when he asks: What is truth? There was Pilot’s worldly truth that he had all the power over Jesus, over the Jewish Nation, that the Romans were the supreme, all powerful force of and for all time. Then you have Jesus Christ’s eternal, real truth; that Pilot had no power except that which had been granted him by God Almighty and only granted to Pilot to fulfill God’s perfect plan of salvation. We are faced with the same choice today; to believe the worldly, false truth (otherwise known as a lie) of our own self-power, self sufficiency and ultimately our own mastery of our destiny and salvation. Or, we can humble ourselves and believe Jesus Christ’s accurate truth that all true power, including our destiny and salvation, resides in and emanates from our Loving Heavenly Father who longs to reveal His truth of love and grace to us by being in a blessed relationship with us. So which truth will we decide to believe and live by?
We have a choice today. We get to choose what we set as our priorities for today. Put God first? Abide in Christ? Why would we do that? Well for one thing we can not truly put God first, abide in Jesus Christ and not have love as our primary focus. So what is a better focus for us today; our ambition, our pride, our fear, our wealth, our lusts, our power, our physical appearance? Can any of those truly be better for us than focusing on love? Like it or not it is our decision to make. I pray we make it wisely, this day and every day. Have a loving day.
“For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses his own soul” (Mark 9:36) “From within, out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit….” (Mark 7:21) There’s been a considerable amount of talk recently that issues are what matter and not values; that what a person says about some aspect of society is more important than their fundamental beliefs that shape what they say. It seems that Jesus Christ would see it differently. Enron, Wells Fargo, Burney Madoff, the killing of 29 miners at the Big Branch mine, were all at the core of it, failures in values, not a difference of focus on issues. Issues change and focusing on them is expedient. Values remain and much more often than issues, dictate the nature and appropriateness of our actions.
“Don’t be quick to get angry because anger is typical of fools” (Ecclesiastes 7:9) “But I say whoever is angry with his brother shall be in danger of judgement” (Matthew 5:22) I’ve heard a lot of talk about anger and being angry lately. It seems we’re an angry society, we’re doing this, saying that because we are angry as if that is justification for our words and deeds. Yet scripture and psychologists agree and warn us that the decisions we make, the actions we take in the midst of anger are questionable at best but more likely dangerous with disastrous outcomes. We must ask ourselves: Are we angry? If the answer is yes then we should refrain from making any decisions until we can move past our anger. Think on this, how many decisions made in anger have you regretted? Then ask, how many decisions made from love have you regretted? Let us insure that we pick the most appropriate state.
In Jesus Christ the Storm is Not the Norm
In Jesus Christ the storm in not the norm. Especially for those who experienced the storm over the day and a half last weekend (and I know some are still experiencing the aftermath) please take note of the weather, not just today, but this week and even longer; the peaceful, tranquil nature of it. If we’re open to it, nature may be showing us a great spiritual truth, that although storms indeed will come, the storm is not the norm but peace is the norm. Likewise, Christ promised us, not that storms in this life won’t come, in fact just the opposite. However, if we abide in Him, He promises through the gift of His peace, we can be calm through any storm, knowing Christ will never let us founder or be washed away by the tribulations and tirades of this world. May you find peace this and each day.
Make Prayer a Priority of Preparation
It is an interesting thing that when preparations are urged for hurricanes or natural disasters things like food, evacuation plan, gas, batteries, important papers and more are mentioned and I agree with all that. What so often gets left out is prayer. So often requests for prayer only come after the disaster has passed. Yet it seems that prayer is equally if not more vitally important before hand, showing the faith to believe God is in control and reaching out to Him before may end up drastically changing the tone of needed prayer after. So let us be in prayer for all those who, not only have already felt the brunt of Hurricane Matthew, but for those who are seemingly in its path.
Find Times and Reasons to Use This Phrase
“I thank God for……….” is one of the most important, valuable and powerful statements we can make. Let’s find reasons to and times to use it very frequently. I am thankful for everyone who reads this post. Have a blessed day.
Beware Focusing on Predictions
There are a cacophony of predictions out there; some about the weather, elections, the price of things, number of jobs, stock market, temperature of the planet, the length of life and on and on. Many of these predictions portend dire and fear inducing consequences. Yet remember these are all human generated. Christ warned us against focusing on them. Instead, know that our Heavenly Father made today and sits over it on His throne is the only sure thing. Thus let today and the love He has for us today be our focus.
Do Not Fear Conspiracies
From the book of Isaiah, words as pertinent and applicable today as they were when written, thousands of years ago: “Do not say ‘A Conspiracy’ concerning all that people call a conspiracy, nor be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled. The Lord of Hosts, Him you should hallow. He will be your sanctuary. And I will hope in Him. (Isaiah 8:12, 14, 16) May you have a day free from fear.
More Than Okay
At times, and especially when times get hard, we oft times use the phrase in comfort: “It will be okay”. Yet Jesus Christ wants us to know that in and through Him, it is never just okay. He wants us to know that in and through Him, especially in the tough times, He is right there with us bringing, blessings, strength, peace and yes, even joy through the love He so freely shares with us. The world settles for okay; but for Jesus Christ, standing at the right hand of God the Father Almighty, okay is never good enough. He died in our place to make that point. Call upon Him and have a blessed day.
So this may be too personal and as such I apologize, though I believe there may be some gospel foundation for it. It seems to me that our “struggle” with money has less to do with the volume we have versus the inordinate importance, focus and yes, sometimes fear we daily live by in our pursuit of more, our tremendous struggle to never relinquish any of what we have and our sense of worth based on the success of those two actions. It is important to remember that in bowing down to the golden calf, our ancestors were worshiping a powerless creation of their own making. We must be extremely careful that we have not created a modern day equivalent in the symbol $. God knows our lives, our very souls are more valuable to Him than that. In fact He died for us to make that very point. Have a blessed day.
So, would our thoughts about the mosquito change at all if we became aware that in the few drops of blood she’s stealing, is a cell that was destined to become cancerous and spread, disastrously throughout our body but now has been removed by that mosquito? No don’t get me wrong, I’m not defending or touting the wonders of the mosquito. I only mean to point out how God in His infinite wisdom and power uses all things to work His will and His blessings whether we know and understand it or not! Thus let us be thankful to God in the name of His Son, Jesus Christ, through the revelation of the Holy Spirit. Have a blessed day.
Blessings In The Calm As Well As The Storm
As we see today, storms pass. Yet there may be some clean up to be done and that is true whether the storm is a physical or personal one. So we’d be wise to remember this; first, to be thankful for the passing of the storm and the calm that follows. Second, no matter how horrific or powerful, how overwhelming the storm seemed as we were in the midst of it, we were never alone. We were and are never helpless against the onslaught of this world. At our side was and is One Jesus Christ, who in love and power, will see us through every storm and through whom, no storm will ever defeat us. May you have a blessed day.
Blessed Are The Poor…..
In the very first beatitude, Jesus Christ seems to make it very clear; God will never love our money. God will never love us for our money. To be blessed, we need to be needy, be needful, feel truly poor without Him, regardless of what is in our financial accounts. Thus, based on our thoughts, our strivings and our behavior; where are we putting the greatest effort? Our accounts in the earthly realm or our Heavenly Kingdom and Heavenly Father relationship? Which will enrich us more?
Fear and Love?
I believe that there is much to learn and emulate from the disciples’ reaction to Jesus in Mark 4:41. For you see, when they witnessed Jesus Christ calm the raging wind and make smooth the tumultuous sea they were awestruck and fearful at His power. Yet they also still loved Him. Likewise, I believe, it is appropriate for us, God’s creation to be awestruck and fearful at the immeasurable power of our Almighty Heavenly Father. At the same time, we must remember that our Heavenly Father wields that power in perfect love, unceasing mercy and everlasting forgiveness. How do we know? While He has the power to raise from the dead, the one He chose to sacrifice for our salvation was not one of His own creation but His Only Begotten Son. Therefore, let us be made both fearful and totally loving of the Father, through the Son by the Holy Spirit. Have a blessed day.
A Question of Purpose?
So today’s question concerns purpose. First, do we believe, have faith in, that God has a specific plan to which he has, with equally specific intent, placed you and I here to fulfill? Or are we the product of a biological process allowing us the freedom to derive our own plan, purpose and destiny? If we believe the former, then to what extent is the complete revelation, the total understanding of that purpose important? You see it seems to me that Peter once saw his purpose as a fisherman, Saul (only later to become Paul when his purpose changed) saw his purpose as the destroyer of Christ’s new churches, Mary saw her purpose as a daughter, eventual wife and even mother but through conventional earthly processes. However, through Jesus Christ, each was shown a new, greater and more blessed purpose. So be certain that you have a God given purpose. Yet don’t be too concerned about completely defining, confidently understanding what that purpose is. Rather, let us be completely in Christ, being open to the leading of the Holy Spirit, to be directed to and down the path of Our Heavenly Father’s choosing, knowing the blessings that path will bring.
How Are You? Asks The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit
How are you? Understand I ask, not as some meaningless platitude or casual greeting. I ask because I care. Yet we all know that regardless of your answer and my desire, my ability and resources to effect much of a difference are limited. But understand this, there is another, actually a team of others who are asking you, by name, that very same question. They are the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. They too ask because they also care deeply about you. Plus, be assured of this, their love knows no bounds, their resources are infinite and inexhaustible and they stand ready willing and able, regardless of your answer, to work with you to make it better. So make sure you take the time to answer them in full truth and candor. Then be ready to experience that they will stop at nothing, even death on a cross to make it better.
Seeing God in Life’s Transitions
Transitions, evening to morning, summer to fall, earthly to eternal, not only take place under the watchful Eye of God, but are an important part of His perfect plan. Thus it is for us to see God in our life’s transitions so we may experience the blessings He has planned for us through them.
A Cherished and Blessed Freedom
So if you’d indulge me in voicing a different perspective or maybe a different angle on the issue. For to me, the foundational aspect is not whether a person stands or doesn’t stand for the playing of our National Anthem. What I find of greater importance, what I truly cherish about this nation, is that we have the freedom to make that decision in the first place. That at the core of our national values, should someone exercise their freedom in way I disagree with (which I …do in this case) that they have the given freedom to do so without fear of legal or directed retaliation from the state. Of course we should not lose sight of this, that this freedom, along with the others, has been and continues to be purchased and paid for by the very high price of sweat, tears and the very blood of those wonderful men and women who have placed others before self in service to this great country. That is why I think it is even more impactful for those who, in humility, gratefulness and pride, choose to stand for the playing of the National Anthem of this great but not perfect country, because we do so, not out of obeying some law or fear of not standing, but from the cherished freedom to stand to make that statement for all to see. Thanks for your indulgence and hope you have a great day.
A Prayer for Teachers
Our Most Gracious Heavenly Father as Moses taught Joshua, Samuel taught David, Paul taught Timothy, and Your Most Precious Son, Jesus Christ, taught His disciples, You have made known the importance You place on the act of teaching and the value You see in those whom perform that function. So it is that we pray for all those who now step forward to take on the extremely challenging task of teaching the young ones You hold so dear. Pour out Your Spirit of patience and openness upon all, including teachers, administrators, parents and students. Patience and trust to see that all and especially the teachers are working diligently with the success of the student as their overarching goal. Openness to the aspect that different ideas can work, that experience is a benefit, and one size or idea does not fit all. Pour out Your Spirit of desire and respect upon the students, Most Merciful Father, that the students’ desire would be to learn and obtain the life knowledge which will carry them with the swiftness and depth down the paths You have put forth for them. Respect that they would treat their teachers appropriately, listening and absorbing the lessons so generously given. Surround each school, each school bus, with Your angels to see all safely through the school day. Finally, Dear Father testify to and strengthen each teacher, that they may know the pleasure that You have for those who faithfully heed and carry out this most noble calling. That Your will be done in the education of these young treasures we pray in the Name of Your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
The Soul and the World
It would be wise for us to understand that the “world” has no soul. Yes there is “worldly” focus, rationale, feelings and desires leading to “worldly” behaviors. The soul, our spirit is a gift from Our Heavenly Father, freely breathed into us as part of our creation. Thus there will be times and they may come often where we will find the worldly in conflict with our God given spirit. It is at those times we need to rely on, through prayer and the merciful guidance of the Holy Spirit, on the connection between the created and the Creator’s Spirit, to discern the blessed path to take.
Let’s Make Sure We’re Not Living Half Baked Lives
All the necessary ingredients are there, freely supplied by Our Heavenly Father. There’s faith, hope, generosity, courage, mercy, humility, forgiveness and most of all love. Let us not leave these ingredients wasting away on the shelves of our lives; but instead, by combining them together in the crucible of our souls and baking them with the heat of our hearts, let us produce a delicacy of life not only immensely satisfying in our own consumption, but also generously shared with a hope and love starved world. Have a blessed and happy baking day.
Our Proper State of Being
In directives Jesus Christ gave to us for living He said: Be of good cheer, Be at peace, Be not anxious about, Be not fearful, Be in faith, Be in love with Me AND one another. He did not recommend: Be doubtful, Be despondent, Be anxious about, Be hateful of. Understand He who gave us those first words, came to us, lived with us, died for us AND Jesus Christ was not speaking His own words but the Word of Our Heavenly Father who sits on the All Powerful Throne who has the love and power through the Holy Spirit to bring about the peace, good cheer, blessings and most of all love, regardless of the circumstances we find ourselves in today. Which BEing resonates with you this day? I pray you have a blessed day.
Words We Need to Hear From our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ
Let these words from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ sink into your very soul: You are loved! You are forgiven! You are loved for all eternity! Is there anything more we need hear??? Have a blessed day.
Christ Teaching Us to Put First Things First
In the Gospel of Mark, when Jesus Christ first forgives the paralyzed man’s sins and then heals his paralyzed legs, Christ is demonstrating what is the most important and teaching us to do the same. While we often find ourselves praying and being concerned about things like physical health, finances, occupations, and human relationships; Christ would have us focus first on the health and our relationship with God. It is through our relationship with Our Heavenly, leading to strong spiritual health, that we are subsequently prepared to appropriately receive and handle the blessings God desires to shower upon us.
Connecting Hope to God Through Prayer
Hope is the energy supply of life as food is the energy supply of the heart. Yet imagine taking the time and energy to prepare a wonderful, heart healthy meal and then never eat it. All that effort and energy would be wasted. Hope is like that if we don’t take the time to connect our life’s hopes to God through prayer. It is in taking the time and effort to connect our life’s hopes to God’s Perfect Will, that our lives are filled with the blessed assurance of hope fulfilled. May we take the time and effort to make that connection this and every day. Peace and Blessings to you in the name of Jesus Christ.
Those Who Mourn Will be Comforted
One of the most powerful proclamations, that also comes with a promise, that Jesus Christ made was: “Blessed are those who mourn for they will be comforted”. So should you find that you are in a place of mourning this day be confident of this, Our Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ as well as the entirety of the rest of the Heavenly Host stand ready to surround you with blessed, redeeming/restorative love and strength this day. May it be that you experience their Peace, Strength and Love intended for you this day
Going Forward in Knowledge
Good afternoon, blessed afternoon. Noah knew it. Moses knew it, David, Ruth, Daniel and Mary knew it. Especially Jesus Christ knew and knows it. God is on His throne. God is ultimately in control. Being certain of that, each of the aforementioned people lived their lives in faith, hope and loving obedience in service to God as well as those people around them even during seemingly perilous times. God IS on His throne. God IS still ultimately in control today. Thus let us not live fearful, hesitant, downtrodden lives. Instead let us be full of faith and hope, going forward without worldly fear. Let us resolve to generously serve and love all whom God, in His magnificent and perfect judgement has decided to bring across our path today. Knowing that by the Grace of Almighty God we will be triumphant
The Fruitful Search for Peace
Peace does exist but we have to be very intentional about where we look to find it. If we look to the world, its institutions, its processes, and/or its promises, our search will bear little fruit and much frustration. If, however, we turn in faith to our Heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ His Son, then a sustaining, all encompassing peace will be freely given and poured out upon us. Choose peace. Choose our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. Pray you have a peace filled day.
Like Jesus Christ, Let Us Extend Our Hands in and of Love
Let us not grow tired of, nor be slow in reaching out our hand of help, friendship and love to others; especially those who are hurting, neglected or downtrodden as well as to those who are simply different from ourselves. It is true that our extended hand may get slapped away by some. Yet let us be like Jesus Christ, who, even though His hands bear the scars of hatred, never ceases to reach out with His hands in love to all who are in need.
Envy Leads to Strife
We’ve heard it said that we are not to covet. In fact it is the tenth commandment. But a little envy is okay isn’t it? We must be very careful in that our desiring to have, yearning to have often starts with our being discontented with ourselves and our place in life and then wanting what another has. The danger is twofold. First, we only see their world through our own eyes without seeing their true reality and trials. Secondly, we often find ourselves less than grateful for the blessings, graciously bestowed upon us. Thus let us strive to keep envy far from us.
Patience is a Virtue but Must Be Used to Be Virtuous
“Patience is a virtue.” No I am not claiming that I originated that saying in that the virtues of patience are extolled often in scripture, but it is one I wholeheartedly agree with. Yet a couple things, first, patience, like any virtue, is only of value if it is actually used. Second, again like any other virtue, utilizing patience benefits both the person receiving the patience AS WELL AS the person providing the patience. Both have lower blood pressure, less anxiety and less drama. So give being a little more patient a try today.
A Respite From the Heat
As our Heavenly Father has provided us with things like water, shade and shelter to ward off and protect us from the ravages of excessive heat, He has also supplied us with the protections of faith, hope and love to stave off the ravages of hate despair and hopelessness. Today let us use these protections for ourselves and spread their use to protect others.
A Great Reason to TGIF
The main reason for us to give thanks for Friday (and the other six days as well) is that God is on His throne and reigns over all, Jesus Christ came to be and now lives as our Savior and we have the gift of the Holy Spirit within us to guide us. It is in that knowledge that we can go forth in hope and faith that in the name of Jesus Christ, we well do great things. Have an awesome weekend
Pray! Please Pray!
Pray! Please pray! Take time to pray. We will not, can not defeat the evil of hate on our own. We must connect to the Highest Power of love to overcome the prince of evil of this world. Connecting to God and, through Him, resisting the urge to hate is the only path forward.
Wisdom From Ecclesiastes
From Ecclesiastes 2:24 “Nothing is better for a man than he should eat and drink and that his soul should enjoy good in his labor. This also I saw from the Hand of God
Have You Ever Gone on a Blessing Hunt?
Okay try this experiment but only do this if you’re not driving or otherwise engaged in hazardous activity. STOP! Silence and clear your mind. Take a look around you. Now tell me what you see. Do you see life? Do you see people who are fed? Do you see people conversing and perhaps even a smile or two? Where you are right now, do you see a lack of active war, combat or violence? If you see any of those things then you are witnessing blessings. Wait, I know the world is going to disagree. So I’m going to give you permission to use a phrase your parents may have told you not to. Tell the world to SHUT UP! That is to say, if you’re open to looking for and seeing them, blessings are happening all around you. Two more things; are we thankful for the blessings we encounter? And if someone else was looking around, would they see and/or count us as a blessing? Have a blessed Wednesday.
A 4th of July Prayer
Our Most Gracious Heavenly Father, thank you that You gave me the blessing living in this great country of the United States of America. Thank you for the all those of faith who came before me with their service and sacrifice to You as well as for this country allowing me to now experience this profound freedom and blessings I have today. Forgive me, Most Merciful Heavenly Father, for the times that I have either taken for granted or selfleshly attempted to exploit this freedom for my own personal gain and fallen short of being Your beacons of love, service and justice for and to the rest of the world. Thank You that You continue to bless us even with our faults. Watch over each of us and pour Your Spirit out upon us that we would strive to use the liberty and blessings You have so lavishly provided to lift up the fallen and downtrodden in truth, justice and most importantly love, thus living out the mission and plan that You have for us individually and collectively as this country. That by Your Mercy and Grace we would be a nation under You, Oh God and through you show mercy and grace to all Your creation with the goal of easing all suffering and bringing praise to Your Most Holy Name. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen
Two Revolutions That Shook the World to Celebrate
As we prepare to remember and celebrate one revolution let us not forget a much older revolution which started with 12 people when their leader died and rose again. Both revolutions shook the world but only the first one has eternal consequences. One of the overriding desires of our founding fathers was that we have the liberty to celebrate Christ’s revolution, should we desire to do so along with our country’s revolution. Let’s take them up on that.
There’s Independence to Celebrate and Independence to Run From
Ah the 4th of July weekend. That time each year when we celebrate the values of freedom, justice and equality on which this great nation was founded and which has served us faithfully across the centuries. However, in our zeal to celebrate our independence, we must not rush to, or desire to be independent from the One True Higher Power; our Heavenly Father. To be faithful to Him assures our victory and to desire to be independent from Him brings about our defeat and destruction. A happy, safe and blessed 4th of July Holiday to you and yours.
What Doe Is it Mean to be Rendering?
When Jesus asks about the image on a piece of money and, because of the image, makes a distinction between what should be rendered and to whom, He is talking about much more than money. He, is in fact, making a clear distinction between being tied to our earthly made things versus understanding that we, ourselves are actually made in an image of Someone greater than ourselves and should be rendering ourselves to Him, that is God, Our Heavenly Father. That rendering means we should be loving instead of hating, forgiving instead of condemning and showing mercy instead of judging.
We Should Ask Ourselves; Are We Walkers or Jumpers?
Have you ever noticed this about Jesus Christ; He never jumped. He did not jump to conclusions or jump to judgement, He was not inclined to jump to accusation and never jumped out of anger and/or fear. Instead Jesus was very deliberate. Even when it came to being on water; He walked. He walked into cities and towns. He walked into homes. He walked into temples and even walked into the wilderness. He walked to find and reach us where we are. Finally, He walked to His own death to save us. Now doing something like jumping into a pool is a fun and fine thing. Yet perhaps if we spent more time walking with others instead of jumping at them using Christ as our example; well maybe, just maybe we’d find our movements and actions more fruitful as well as blessed.
Words of Wisdom from Proverbs 30
“Give me neither poverty nor riches. Feed me with the food alloted to me lest I be full and deny You….or lest I be poor and steal and profane the name of my God.
If There is Tribulation, How to Have Good Cheer or Peace?
Jesus Christ is very clear, we will have tribulations……..period. Thus here’s our choice, do we focus on the tribulation, even if we’re trying to solve or move past it, elevating it to the most important aspect of our life? If we do that, it is very probable that cheer and peace will flee. On the other hand, we can choose to focus on Christ, on His power, His intellect, His plan, His love and His promise that because He has overcome the world, that through Him, even with tribulation, we can be of good cheer, we can have peace, knowing that, again, through Him we will overcome as well. I pray that we make the choice of cheer and peace this day.
A Dad’s Take on Father’s Day
Okay Dads, if you’ll indulge me a little as we are celebrated this day about how we need to also celebrate others. What and Why?
1. That there is someone else who came into our life with love, trust and faith in us who would combine with us to bring about a wonderful new life.
2. That we were given the awesome gift and opportunity to love, guide and shape another human being(s) into seeing and seeking their fullest potential
3. That we have been so rewarded by the gifts of love and genuine whole hearted effort to achieve a personhood for whom we can see the fruits of our labor.
You see, being a father is not a sacrifice it is the most wonderful blessing imaginable. So it is only a true and right thing to do that as we receive such wonderful thoughts and deeds; that we, in all humility and love, pledge ourselves to be ever increasingly thankful, generous and loving for the amazingly incredible gift of fatherhood
Thinking, Pondering, Current Times?; Don’t Forget Prayer to Avoid Fretting
This may seem like a time that screams out for thinking, pondering and yes, perhaps even fretting. However if we will be diligent in starting with, sometime in the middle and ending in prayer during our thinking and pondering, then we will be blessed in grace mercy and love with little to no need for fretting.
Love Will Conquer But Also Needs To Be Spread
It is very true that love will conquer all. However, love is like lamp hid under a bushel or salt left sitting in its shaker, in that unless love is spread, it is of diminished value. The world is in great need of you and I spreading that love today.
Words of Comfort and Blessing
Rejoice! Again I say Rejoice. In the world you will have tribulation but BE OF GOOD CHEER, I have overcome the world. My peace I GIVE TO YOU…let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid!
Talk May Indeed Be Cheap but Silence Can Be Very Expensive
While I certainly understand the sentiment underlying the phrase: “Talk is cheap”; we must understand that the lack of talk or deafening silence can be incredibly expensive. Jesus Christ so often saw value in taking the time to talk to His creation; even those who did not believe in Him or were His enemies. May we be like Christ and invest our time in talking with respect and love to others around us.
Revisiting or Visiting the Basic Premise
Sometime we just have to revisit or, if we’ve never done so, visit for the first time the premise that God Almighty is, and has the power to be, totally in control or He does not. It’s a simple as that. If we say, yes He does; then let us accept His power, submit to His plan, fully realizing that it is His plan, thus reaping the benefits, blessings and love that come with His control. If we say no then we must rely on our own power, our own plan, submitting to nothing else and hoping we have enough power and that our plan is wise enough to see it happen. It is solely and souly our decision to make. I pray we make the correct one.
Humility or Humiliation? Our Response to Being in the Presence of God and His Word
Humility or Humiliation? Unfortunately most anything around the concept of “humble” seems to have little value in today’s world. However, understand this, to feel humility is a choice that you and I make. Whereas to feel humiliation is to feel something that is thrust upon us by some outside force. So here’s the all important question that we must contemplate concerning being in the presence of Almighty God or when we read or hear preached the perfect Word of Jesus Christ, do we have an overwhelming feeling of humility or, instead, do we feel an overpowering sense of humiliation? How we answer that question will significantly determine our acceptance of Their Love, Grace and Blessings in our live
Prayers Needed For Those Who Take Up Their Cross and Voluntarily Enter Into Harms Way For You and I
Requesting prayers as yesterday was not a good day for the stateside military. Now please understand that I don’t mean to minimize the additional risk that those who are deployed to a combat zone face. Yet yesterday shows us with such tragic clarity that the phrase “in harms way”; for our service men and women, also law enforcement and firefighters is not so much about a location as it is the inherent duties they take on every day that they put on that uniform to serve and protect you and I. So pray for the injured and the families of the lost at Ft Hood. Pray for the Blue Angels and the family of the Marine pilot killed. Pray a prayer of thanksgiving that the Thunderbird pilot who safely escaped his crash. Pray prayers of thanksgiving and for safety for all those who voluntarily put themselves in harms way for us.
Jesus Christ Never Plans to Leave You In The Same State He Met You
While it is a great truth that Jesus Christ will come and meet you where you are, understand it is never His plan to leave you there. For Christ longs to lift you up, heal you up, love you up to the wonderful person you were created to be in Him. Thus we must make sure that we don’t just have an encounter with our Risen Lord but live in a relationship with Him so that we may become who we are truly meant to be.
In the Name of God Let Us Be Their Living Legacy
As we go forth this Tuesday after Memorial Day let us be of this mind. Let us be determined to think thoughts, take actions, have a spirit that not only honors, but will improve and shape this great country and through it the entire world to be the better place that God intended it to be and the fallen sacrificed for. Let us strive to make this their legacy.
Honoring Those Who Sacrificed on Memorial Day
It would do us good to contemplate and act on the hope infused in the act of those who gave as Lincoln so eloquently spoke it: their last full measure of devotion. For you see the hope is twofold. First ,that their sacrifice would not have to be shared by those fighting next to them and those who would come afterward; that their sacrifice would be sufficient. Second, that the nation they so honorably sacrificed for would carry on the ideals of freedom, equality, love for one’s neighbor as themselves, making their sacrifice one not in vain. As we might guess, Christ said it best when He proclaimed, there is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for another. So it is this day if we truly want to honor, sincerely want to commemorate their sacrifice, honestly want to support the families impacted by the sacrifice of ones so dear, we must do more than just remember. We must pledge to live into and share that love with the mission of hope that in so doing, we may decrease or even remove the necessity for other men and women who serve our great nation to give that ultimate sacrifice.May you have a blessed Memorial Day. Remembering again the words of Christ that for those who mourn this day, they will be comforted.
Remember the Importance of Inviting God
Let us remember today, regardless of activity, work or recreation, travelling or staying at home, socializing or in isolation, especially this weekend memorializing or commemorating, whatever and wherever we might be, inviting God to be with us there will bring blessings, peace and love.
Whether Led or Driven, I am Blessed
I must confess that sometimes God leads me, but sometimes, when I am slow, God must drive me to the destination that His plan has for me. Yet I declare whether willingly led or reluctantly, stubbornly driven, I am blessed and thankful for His loving guidance.
How God Would Like us to See and Use “Your”
Have you ever really looked at the word “your”? Ever really contemplated it while your throwing out phrases like “your problem”, “your failure” or “your trouble”? You see, if you look closely, “your” is built by taking the word “our” and sticking a “y” in front of it! HMMMMMM Is it possible that actually the word your has some implied connectivity to it? Just maybe, when I’m pointing my one finger at you and saying your, I should be reflecting on the other fingers on my own hand that are pointing back at me? Is there some aspect of our failure, our trouble, our problem; in your? Now understand the same holds true for “your success”, “your riches”, etc. It seems to me that it is about the shared nature of our reality. When God urges us, nay; commands us to love one another in the good and the bad, He is truly desiring that we be in the nature of seeing the “our” in your. Your thoughts?
The Paradox of Becoming Large by Being Small
Today I long to feel small. Now understand that I don’t mean insignificant. I mean I desire to connect with the Living God in all His immensity, all His grandeur, the very Creator of the universe and all within it. How could I not feel small. Yet, in His mercy, He will lift me up in the greatness of His love and save me by His immeasurable grace. I would rather be small in Him than be the largest of the large in this world without Him.
As Nature Teaches us, The Son Will Vanquish Gloom
Alas, understand this, gloom outside is a function of meteorology. Gloom on the inside is a function of spirituality. Both have a conceptual similarity when it comes to dispersing the gloom. For the sun will eventually burn through and dissipate the outside gloom while calling on and relying on the Son, Jesus Christ will vanquish all signs of internal gloom. Thus try and not let the outside overwhelm the inside by calling on the Son and letting Him shine through
We Need to See Jesus Christ as More Than Just a Historic Figure
It is vitally important that we understand and live into the fact that Jesus Christ, our Savior is very much alive today. I think too often He’s thought of and even revered as some iconic historical figure like a Lincoln, Washington or Gandhi. Thus the cross becomes a statue to admire but it and He who hung from it have little relevance in today’s world. Yet, nothing could be further from the truth. As Christ lives today, so does His wisdom, His power and most importantly His Love, making Him and His message as equally relevant and needed today as it was 2000 years ago
Becoming Engaged Through God in the Changes in Our Lives
When we find ourselves in the midst of life’s changes we are faced with the choice of having to accept the change in a begrudging way or want the change in an engaging way. Thus I turn to the Word for guidance and find that wonderful, guiding message in Roman’s 8: “And we KNOW that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose”. May we decide to want to be engaged in faith as God moves in our lives.
A Thought/Soul Experiment
Einstein the great physicist and mathematician was known for what were called “thought” experiments. These weren’t just thoughts of whimsy because once he thought them, he researched and followed through with them until he came to a conclusion. Some if not most of his notable breakthroughs started in this way. So I have “thought” and/or “soul” experiment for us today. What would it be like to express to God and really mean it: “God because of You and through You, I have enough, thank You”? That’s it; again, to not only say it but truly believe it. There is a second part. If we can’t express that; what is it going to take for us to get there? How much more “enough” do we need?
Christ Tells and Shows us the Power of Fellowship
“Again I say to you that if two agree on earth concerning anything they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven. Matthew 18:19. This shows the power and wisdom of coming together in fellowship. Thus let us find that trusted “another” , come together and agree on something,spiritually needed and then take it to our Heavenly Father.in the name of Jesus Christ. And if you’re having trouble finding that someone leave me a reply and I’ll fellowship with you.
Christ Things First versus First Things First
The wise goal is not to put “first things first” for that will allow things like worldly fears, responsibilities and even pleasures to have a higher priority than Christ. That is the “Martha” way. Let us be wise and follow the “Mary” way which is to put “Christ things first” (Luke 10:38). It is then that we can truly live into, with confidence, the passage in Romans that reads “All things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose”
Don’t Let Your Tank Get or Stay Empty
Feelings of fear, despondency, despair and hopelessness are sure signs that our spiritual tank is nearing “E”. Stop to refill with prayer and scripture. Read the blessed promises of the 23rd Psalm, John 3:16, Matthew 11:28 and Romans 8:37-39. Should your tank be near “F”, don’t be afraid to share love and compassion knowing that Christ’s supply of each is inexhaustible. Either way, know Jesus Christ stands always ready to restore, refresh and sustain all believe and call upon His Holy Name.
God’s Love the Gift that Needs Regifting
The truth is that the Gift of God’s Love is the only gift that not only is it appropriate for but, is actually designed to be, can only be adequately utilized if it is regifted. And in all honesty it doesn’t even need to be rewraped
Caring is a God Given Gift
Of all the ” I don’t…….” statements, probably the most damaging is I don’t care. It’s also the statement that is completely under our control. Caring is a God given gift but the rewards can only be felt if used. So care, care about someone. Care about the world around you. Care about your dreams and aspirations. Care about yourself. Say: ” I care”
Understanding That “This Day…” is Also a Gift
It would be wise and fruitful for us to understand that when we pray: “Give us this day……” that “this day” is as much a gift as the petitions which follow it. Thus let us strive to live and love into “this day” as the gift that Our Heavenly intended it to be.
Some Things Are Meant to be Shared
Ever tried to hug yourself? Now, I’m not talking a virtual, or spiritual, being kind to yourself kind of thing but wrapping your arms around yourself. Or how about this try shaking hands with yourself. Seem kind of awkward? Well here’s the thing some expressions of support, gestures of friendship, actions of love, are primarily meant to be, have their greatest meaning, when they are shared. So do yourself and someone else a favor today; share a hug, extend and shake a hand in friendship. Feel the blessings that come with sharing of those gestures.
This Foolish Worldly Message Must Be Combated
Psalm 14 tells us “A fool says in his heart there is no God”. Unfortunately, that this idea is an idea that is spreading is no joke. Thus it is all the more important that we live wisely communicating boldly and in a loving manner, both in our speech and our lives that there is the God who created and loves all of us and that is the God we serve.
Abiding in Christ, There is No “Better Than You”
It seems a principle message of Jesus Christ that in life we can and should strive to be better yet dropping entirely the “than you” after the “better”. In other words if the aim of our “better” is not to assist others in being better then it has little to no value. Let us be open in helping others and being helped to be and do better.
Our Choice Tells A Lot About Who We Follow: To Bless or To Curse
Today God will give us an opportunity to bless someone. Today, Satan will give us an opportunity to curse someone. The world will know who it is we follow by which choice we make. Take the time today to receive a blessing by being a blessing to someone in need.
Amongst others, let this be our prayer:
Our Most Gracious Heavenly Father,
Lead me that I may lead,
Guide me that I may guide,
Humble me that I may show humility,
Heal me that I may be a healer,
Grant me peace that I may become a peacemaker,
Most of all love me that I may share and spread Your love,
In the name of our Risen Lord, Jesus Christ we pray. Amen
No Matter the Depth of the Dark, The Light is Coming
The gospels tell us that as Christ hung on the cross, a darkness spread across the land. One can only imagine that to the disciples and Jesus’ Mother Mary, the darkness seemed that much darker and never ending. Yet it did end. Darkness always ends. By the power of love, light triumphs over darkness and Jesus Christ rises again. It has always been thus. Even in the very beginning, God commanded: “Let there be light” and it came. So if you find yourself in a place of darkness be assured of the fact and look to Light that will surely come. If you find that you are basking in the Light, become a mirror, a beacon to shine His Light into an increasingly Light starved world.
What We Can Take Away From Christ’s Sacrifice on the Cross
What Jesus Christ demonstrates by His sacrifice on the cross is just how much He is willing to endure, how much He is willing to forgive, how much He is willing to love each of us. No matter the depth of our despair. He is right there to lift us up. And should we find ourselves at some blessed height of wonderful grace, it is Christ who has brought us there. Thus regardless of the depth or height we find ourselves in today, remember the prayer that Jesus, Himself prayed to His Father for each of us; “that the love with which You loved Me may be in them and I in them”. May you have a blessed, loved filled Good Friday
Be Neither Confounded or Bewildered but Be Assured in Jesus Christ!
It is possible that as we experience events in this world and witness the world’s response to those events we may find ourselves confused and bewildered. Yet as we prepare for Easter this Sunday, I am encouraged and emboldened by one of the last promises that Jesus Christ made to His followers. Jesus promised: “Most assuredly I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also”. Thus let us go forth assuredly that believing in Jesus Christ, we can heal, we can bring peace, we can sooth the hurt, we can spread the Father’s message of love and redemption and we can bring love. Be not confused nor confounded but be committed to and be in Jesus Christ and experience the wonders we, through Him can bring to this world.
Is This All There Is?
Down through the ages, philosophers and the common people alike have asked the question: Is this all there is? And the answers down through the ages fill volumes. Yet the answer is amazingly simple. If by “this” you mean God, then the answer is simply yes! The challenging part is “this” being God makes “This” beyond our ability to define or completely comprehend. The most we can and should do is to accept that “This” is not only all there is but all that is needed and then accept and be thankful for the love and blessings that come through This.
Jesus Christ and Easter Shows us That Evil Will Be Defeated
We wake today seeing the evil prince of this world using his tools of hatred, separation, fear and hopelessness to reek havoc and death. While we grieve with the Belgians we must first not fall into the temptation to use those same tools but strengthen our resolve to rely on and use the tools of God; faith, love, hope and the coming together to defeat this evil. And do not despair, through Jesus Christ, whose power over the evil of death we celebrate this Sunday, this evil will be defeated.
Spring and Creation
As we turn our thoughts to the coming of spring, I think it’s important for each of us to remember and understand that we are a part of God’s creation. Creation did not happen because of or for us and simply for our pleasure. Thus we should be humble, respectful and very careful about how we care for His creation. Which especially pertains to how we care for each other. May you have a glorious, blessing filled Easter and Spring Season.
The Danger in Anger
You may not have noticed that the word danger is made up of the word anger with a “d” attached. Jesus Christ taught us that we indeed are in danger of judgement when we have anger with each other. The antidote for anger is forgiveness and love
Our Form based on His Function
It is said that in terms of design, form follows function. If God’s design, His function for us is to be all about love; first receiving His love and then in turn, returning His love to Him and sharing His love with others, then what form should our lives take to carry out this function? Let us strive to form our lives to function as vessels of as well as distributors of His love.
The True Seat of Power
Let us remember this and rejoice, there is only one throne, one seat of power that truly matters and it is occupied by the All Powerful, All Loving, God Almighty now and for evermore.
From Whence Does My Hope and Help Come From?
Praise the Lord! Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for His help, whose hope is in the Lord God. Psalm 146 Be confident, have joy and be a peace today knowing even if you are having problems, Our Creator Lord God is right at your side to be your help and sustainer.
Do You Find That You Are an Observer or Participant?
The challenge with being an observer is that it normally requires a certain amount of distance and disengagement. Whereas a participant can be right in the middle and totally engaged. Let’s try to be more a participant and less an observer in our lives and our relationships, especially as it pertains to love.
Achieving greatness is the process by which you step out in faith in Jesus Christ and attempt/succeed in doing what you and/or the world thinks is impossible.
When We See the Cross do We Have a Vision of Christ?
Sight is merely the physical process of light entering in through the eyes, being processed into neural inputs and becoming images in the brain. Vision is an entirely different process. Vision is the process of adding context and meaning to those images, hopefully allowing us to make wise, impactful choices concerning our actions and behaviors based on those images. Sight without vision is a particularly dangerous type of blindness. Thus when we see the cross to we get the vision of Christ’s sacrifice, love and redemptive plan for us. Do we have a vision of Christ that impacts how we see and love others? Does our vision of Christ bring light into our world that we in turn radiate out to all others? Let us strive to have that loving vision of Christ and then see the impact it makes to the world around us.
Neither Going it Alone or Leaving Others to Go Alone
When things get tough it may well be that the tough get going, however the going is easier if the tough have someone to go along with them. If you see someone going through tough times, reach out today to lend a hand.
Come In Out of the Cold and Into the Warmth of Jesus Christ
Have you ever been sitting outside on an extremely sunny bright day and although the air is very chilly, the heat and brightness of sun makes you feel warm? That is how the warmth and light of the Son, Jesus Christ feels. The world around us may very well be filled with the cold of hate and despair but we can still bask in the heat of Christ’s brilliant love. Come out of the cold today and come into the ever present eternal light and warmth of Jesus Christ.
The Benefits of Having Specific Faith
Notice Jesus Christ does not ask where is your hope? Instead He asks where is your faith? In that question He is asking do you or how much do you believe in Me; Me as the Son of God who loves you and came to save you? So let us be purposeful and specific in our faith. We have faith, in Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten Son of Our Heavenly Father, truly God come to earth. We truly and completely believe in Him and His perfect, all powerful love that will keep and sustain us through any and every earthly trial and then usher us into the presence of Our Heavenly Father for all eternity.
What Moving Toward True Comfort and Contentment Looks Like
It is not as important that I am comfortable and content when I see myself as it is that I can see the Hand and Spirit of God in my life, moving me to a place where He is comfortable and content with me and I am comfortable and content being in Him
What God Teaches Us Through Nature About the Storms of Life
God uses nature to teach us a great many things about life. Take storms for example, in nature storms will come and whether we attempt to or not, we can not control them. Yet by the Grace of God they pass. He will see us through them. Also in nature the times of peace and calm far outnumber the times of storm. Thus the lesson for life is that we may find ourselves today in the midst of a personal storm and that storm may seem never ending. Maybe that is because we are trying to control it ourselves. Let us learn from nature and give control to Almighty God who will dissipate the storm and bring us to a place of His intended peace.
Let Us Stay Focused on the Only Vision that Truly Matters
With everything that is swirling around us today it is easy to lose focus, to allow the things of this world, like some cosmic fog, to hide from our vision what is truly important. What we need to see is that we were created for just this; to receive the Love of Our Heavenly Father and in turn share it with others around us whomever they may be. Thus let it be our true desire, our primary goal, this and everyday to lock our focus on that and receive all the blessings that vision has in store for us.
Allow the Light of Jesus Christ to Disperse Your Gloom
Gloom is as much a state of the spirit as it is an aspect of meteorology. Should you find yourself in a state of gloominess today then pray for the Light of Jesus Christ to come and disperse the dark chill, replacing it with His Warm Light of love, hope and peace.
What Difference Does Using “This” versus “Our” Make in Our Lives, Love or Faith?
Question for today; do you tend to use “this” more; as in this country, this company, or this family or do you tend to use our; as in our country, company or family in discussing things you are a part of? Matter? Well “this” is just a way of delineating one thing from another. Whereas “our” denotes connection, engagement, a level of ownership and responsibility. This country is in trouble. Ahh who cares, someone will fix it. Our country, our company, our family is in trouble. Then I need to be engaged, I need to be determined, I’m taking some responsibility to turn it around. I wonder if there was less “this” and more “our” whether we’d see a difference in our days and in our lives?
Jesus Christ Will Stop at Nothing and Nothing Can Stop Jesus Christ From Getting to You Where You Are
Feeling stuck? Feeling like there is a storm raging around you and you’re being battered by the waves? Jesus Christ will stop at nothing, He will literally walk across the waves to come where you are, in the midst of the storm. Once there He will calm your storm and bring peace. Have faith to look for Him. Have faith to call to Him. For He is there.
How Blame Stops Us
Assigning blame is about justifying the phrase “I can’t (or won’t) until you do_______ (fill in the blank). It is the recipe for disaster in any organization, from families to business and yes even government. The phrase to use instead is “Help me understand so that we can_________” One leads to stagnation the other to movement.
The Power of Using Your Love This Day
Do you know what you can do with your love today? You can heal a broken heart, fill an empty spirit, lift a fallen hope. All these things and more are possible with and through your love today but only if you will take the time to share it. TGIF
Do We Feel That Fatherly Relationship with Our Heavenly Father?
So we say “Our Heavenly Father” and based on God’s own words we are correct in doing so. But do we actually feel and experience that relationship? Do we feel the daily overpowering love He has for us? Do we truly trust His perfect plan and His power to see it implemented for each of us? Do we truly, deeply, sincerely, have hearts filled with love for Him? They say you can’t pick your relatives but in this case they’re wrong; dead wrong. God does choose. Our Heavenly Father chose you!
See if This Will Help With Your Day
I’ll start and you finish but you can’t stop until you reach Amen. “Our Father, who are in heaven, Hallowed by Thy Name………”
His Peace Through Our Storms of Life
Though storms may swirl around us, Christ promises us peace for Christ was blunt in telling us that there will be trouble in our days. Yet He is even more reassuring in promising that as long as we remain In Him, He has overcome any and all trouble and will do the same for us. So whatever storm(s), be they physical, mental and/or spiritual that you are faced with today, be in Christ and let His Love and Peace carry you through your storm to be in a place of blessed peace.
Celebrating the Day After
Here’s the challenge with the focus of and celebrating “special” days whether they be Valentines Day, Mother’s/Father’s Day, Christmas, Easter and even birthdays; there’s always the day afterwards. It’s as if the world is telling us: “You’ve had your special day” and now it’s back to the grind and drudgery of living, of focusing solely on me, the world, or perhaps yourself. But truthfully, is your valentine any less precious today than they were yesterday? Do we want them to feel that way? Christ tells us He is in each day and His Love and Support are in the forefront or each day. Thus there is nothing wrong with celebrating special days but if we’re open to it and look for them, there are plenty of reasons each day to celebrate. Happy Day After Valentine’s Day
Warding Off the Coldness of Bitterness in Our Lives
While walking around in single digit temps this morning, the phrase “bitter cold” came to mind. Interesting that I’ve never heard it said to be “bitter hot”. I believe that is because bitterness is associated with the discomfort of deep numbing cold. It is the same way in our lives and our heart. Bitterness often comes from a coldness in our heart towards some person or something.and it makes our life very uncomfortable if not painful. Thus, like we apply layers of clothing to ward off the outside bitter cold, let us clothe our heart in layers of love, starting with God’s love, that we may ward off and/or banish the inward bitterness in our life. May you stay safe, warm and blessed this weekend.
It Takes Experiencing God’s Love to Truly Know God’s Love
We can stand inside watch the tree limbs move, see the leaves tumble across the yard and deduce, know that the wind is blowing. Yet we will never experience actually experience the wind, know its true nature until we step outside into its presence. Likewise, we can read about God’s love, watch it impact other’s lives, and believe that it exists but we will never experience it until we step out in faith and prayer and seek to come into His presence. It is only then will the true nature and power of the His love be revealed. Let us take that first step or continue taking those steps today.
Love is the Basis for Movement
Trying to have a deeper, long lasting, more fulfilling relationship with God, or anyone else for that matter without love, is like trying to walk around the block on a treadmill. You may expend copious amounts of time and effort but in the end, when you step off the treadmill, you will find you have not moved one inch toward your destination. Let love be the foundation of your relationships and watch it propel you to the place you want to be with them.
Proper Focus of Repentance
Repentance is not so much focused on the guilt of what was done wrong but on the sincere acknowledging of the wrong and then the true, faithful desire to do what is right and better. Prayers for a blessed Ash Wednesday.
Let Our Heavenly Father’s Love Wash Over You
Know today without any shred of doubt that you are loved, deeply and intimately at this very moment by the Creator God of all things, Our Heavenly Father. Be in that love allowing it to wash over you, cleansing you and replacing all fear with blessed peace.
Thoughts on Wisdom in Winning and Losing
Whether we win or lose, the wise remember that there will always be a “next step”. For while winners may justifiably celebrate they must remember their win is in the past and thus ask what’s next. Conversely a loss does not make one a loser so they must ask what did we learn and move forward. Either way the real truth is, win or lose, there are reasons to be thankful to Almighty God for His eternal, sustaining presence in all of our attempts.
Thought on Self Esteem and Self Respect
We would be wise to learn and/or remember that esteeming and respecting one’s self has nothing to do with esteeming and respecting any other person less.
Embrace and Submit to God’s Power, Love and Plan for You
If you find some frustration or you are dismayed that one day it is 70 degrees outside and the next day it’s snowing and we have absolutely know power to impact it, try looking at it this way and take heart. For there is nothing random about it. This shows the power of Almighty God who has a perfect plan and reason for each day including the weather. Likewise, each day, God has a perfect plan for each of us and the power to make it happen. It is for us to relinquish our desire for total self control and determination and accept the blessings of God’s love, control and plan. Happy Friday to you all.
Learning About Prayer
So unless I’d taken a trig class, if someone said “cosign” to me I would only think it had something to do with a loan. But to understand how cosine (the math term) works you have to have studied trigonometry. Effective prayer is similar. We all have different ideas about how to and what prayer is all about. Yet to use prayer as Our Heavenly Father intends takes study in His word as well as faithful practice. Prayer, as Our Lord intends it, is one of the most powerful spiritual life tools we have.
Seeing Our Father’s Love
When you see Our Heavenly Father paint the morning sky in brilliance and beauty, He is merely showing the lengths and depth of love He is willing to share. This day be His canvas allowing Him to paint His love into your life in that way you become His masterpiece.
His Light Will Shine Through
As no earthly cloud can completely block the light of the sun, it is also true that no earthly distress or darkness can block the Power and Love of the Son come to earth. Thus let us go forward in confidence and peace in the Light of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Antidote to the World’s Chaos
As the world spins, seemingly out of control, remember this: There is no chaos in Heaven, there is no chaos with God. Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Go forth, not in fear, but in His blessing today.
Anger is Poison
Anger is like poison to the heart, mind and soul with loving, forgiveness the only true antidote. If you find yourself low on that go to Him who has it for all of us in endless supply. He will be glad to give you a refill.
Life is More Than Mere Existance
I hear the statement life’s too short to……….but what I’ve found is that life can seem, or at least the days can seem pretty darned long if we can’t find something to enjoy, something to be grateful for, something to feed our souls. Don’t just exist; excel!
What is the Meaning of True Value
We must be extremely careful lest we fall into the trap of measuring value primarily based on financial gain. Thus seeing little to no value in a spectacular sunrise, the bright smile of a child or the warm embrace of a loved one.
Drama versus Passion
Being dramatic is about acting. Being passionate is about living. It is up to us to determine which way we want to approach things.
How do You See Challenges?
Challenges and problems, like clouds can seem solid enough to not only obscure our vision but keep us from soaring to the heights of our dreams. Let us then adopt the perspective of the pilot who sees clouds as nothing more than wispy, barely consequential factors to be dealt with as he/she travels on to fulfill their destiny.