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Just for today…

Just for today, I will choose to let go of the negative people, events and circumstances in my life that I cannot control or change.

Just for today, I will thank God for my blessings and continue to ask him to light my way according to His will.

Just for today, I will breathe in and be grateful for the life that I have been given.

Just for today, I will greet all with a smile and do my best with the talents I’ve been given.

Just for today, I will nourish myself with exercise and wholesome food, thanking God for the vessel He has given me.

Just for today, I will listen without judgement and answer with kindness to those who would seek counsel.

Just for today, I will accept who I am, where I am and that the God of the universe loves me unconditionally.

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“It is one of the most beautiful compensations

of life that no man can sincerely try

to help another without helping himself.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson –

 



He will cover you.

(Courtesy of Google images.)

“He will cover you with his feathers,

and under his wings you will find refuge;

his faithfulness will be your shield…”

Psalm 91:4

Faithful.

Constant.

True.

Loyal.

Amazing.

Just.

Compassionate.

Merciful.

Omnipresent.

Forgiving.

Strengthens the weak.

Protects the weary.

Refuge for the wounded.

Solid rock.

Sovereign.

God.



Hurricane by Natalie Grant

 

For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form,

and in Christ you have been brought to fullness.

He is the head over every power and authority.

Colossians 2:9-10



The simplicity of love.

Sometimes I imagine God to be like an old Asian man sitting on top of a mountain, smiling and laughing with a twinkle in his eye. (Bear with me on this blog post – it may get strange – but, if you’re still reading my posts, methinks you enjoy a bit of strange.)

You make this tough, arduous climb upwards in search of “purification” or “spiritual progress” and when you get to the top, where you’re sure you’ll be closer to God and you’ll have reached some revelatory high of spirituality you find God to be smiling and laughing. You tell Him how sorry you are for all your mistakes and flaws. He just looks at you playfully and laughs, perhaps giving you a gentle pat on the shoulder. You ask for forgiveness and feel in your heart the urge to spill more details of how you’ve failed and stumbled, but the twinkle in His eye and the look of unconditional love stops you in your tracks. You realize that He already seees everything you are and everything you’ve done.

You see in that moment that nothing is hidden from God and nothing has been hidden from Him. And any attempt to explain to Him or talk to Him about your failings is met with childish laughter – not a mocking, silly laugh, but a jovial and pleasant giggle lifting straight from the belly. You feel that He is pleased you’ve come to sit with Him and all He wants you to do is be in his presence and to share in the joy of his love.

When I think about the love of God, I think about this giggling old man on the mountain (perhaps influenced by too many martial arts movies and culture) but I see how funny we humans are. We strive in the flesh to be worthy of union with God and the idea of being spiritual, instead of just accepting God’s love and sacrifice through His son Jesus…

Jesus said in Matthew 11:29, “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”

This is such a contrary message than the one the world gives us, which is to strive, try, work and earn our livelihood, our respect, our worth, our career, our education and our credentials. The prerequisite for connection with God through Jesus is purely acceptance and receiving His gentle and humble love.

Still, this is often easier said than done – easier written than felt. Because we’re still facing challenges and struggles in life. We still have responsibilities to ourselves and others, goals, families, emergencies and situations that demand our attention and cause feelings of perpetual struggle. But Jesus did not say “take my yoke and then you’re good to go” – He said, “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me.” This is comforting because life with God is a process and a journey with endless lessons in learning.

If you’re not learning, you’re not growing! It doesn’t matter if you’re 65 or 12. It’s not over until it’s over.

And it’s never too late to learn the simplicity of love…

the gentle willingness to submit and accept that every day there is so much to learn.

I see that love displayed through the innocent curiosity and endless forgiveness of a child, the playful obedience of a young puppy to his master, the patient kindness of a parent to their child and the uplifting support of a loving husband to his bride.

Happy learning today 🙂

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(Quote from Ministries of Truth for Women Facebook page Bethlehem, PA)



Somewhere along the Way…

Somewhere along the way

if you lose your sense of wonder

and the thrill of new beginnings

or an exciting dream to ponder…

Somewhere along the way

If you allow bitterness inside

or misery to ruminate,

and jealousy to hide…

Somewhere along the way

if your burdens grow so heavy

that your mind and soul drag

with infinite stresses as a bevy…

that threaten to break you

shape you and make you

define you, confine you

rewind you, design you

mistake you for worthless

assume you’re no good

If you find that your past

looms closer than it should

And you tell yourself you’ve done all that you could

And the pressure surmounting hits like a wave

And the darkness consumes like an unending cave

Breathe in and step back

Let Christ be the God a midst all your lack

He’ll fill in the spaces

He’ll bind up the wounds

soothing the places

hurt and unhealed

touching with love

a pain deep concealed.

With time and release…

Search Him and seek…

A heavenly peace

Shed for the weak.

Isaiah 40:29-31

29 He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.
30 Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
31 but those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.

 

 

 



May we think of freedom…

Some thoughts on freedom…

what does it mean to be “independent” and what does “freedom” mean?

 

“Freedom has its life in the hearts, the actions,

the spirit of men and so it must be daily earned and refreshed –

else like a flower cut from its life-giving roots, it will wither and die.”

– Dwight D. Eisenhower

 

“I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do.

I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them;

if I find them too obnoxious, I break them.

I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do.” – Robert A. Heinlein

 

“Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better.” – Albert Camus

 

“Freedom is what you do with what’s been done to you.” Jean-Paul Sarte

 

“May we think of freedom, not as the right to do as we please, but as the opportunity to do what is right.” – Peter Marshall

 

Happy 4th of July and Independence Day and may true and lasting God-given freedom reign in our hearts and in our homes and in our country and in our world.

 

More words on FREEDOM.



Breakthrough.

the feeling of being tangled

pushed around beneath a wave

hitting unexpected

sand scraping elbows and thighs

hitting bottom

again

pulled by force above, beneath and around

grasping for the surface

you are

done with the deep turbulence underneath

panic setting in

the strength of push and pull

keeping you from breakthrough

separated from sweet oxygen

oppression keeping you from the gentle surface

the light of day

being kissed by rays and gentle breezes

where things are clear. evident. safe.

your eyes look up and the light seems so far

so dim beneath the awful droning chaos

the cruel relentless cycle of the water.

the attacks of waves

the roaring presence of inevitable nature.

the crushing, isolating pull.

you open your mouth to scream

and water rushes in

silencing attempts.

muffling your cry for freedom.

Thinking about all the troubles and strife of life this morning and praying for emotional healing for so many hearts and souls… This poem is just a metaphor. Walking toward the light at the end of the tunnel is a process. Knowing that truth and good always win is a daily exercise in faith. I flipped through my daily quote calendar and today’s words are: “What’s true of biology is also true of faith: If it isn’t growing, it’s probably dead.” It’s an unattributed quote and very interesting… and holy moly, it’s tough to believe that it’s July already! Sometimes I think “summer” should be renamed “time warp.”

 

For by the grace given me I say to every one of you:

Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought,

but rather think of yourself with sober judgment,

in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.

Romans 12:3 

 

 




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