Saturday, February 22, 2014

It has happened....



What a beautiful day!  Sun is shining.  Temperatures are going to be mid to upper 60's.  Makes my heart very happy.  And my body feel even better.
If you have read any of my post you know God often used Sampson to speak to me.
Well today...I just happened to look down at Silas & heard this:  "Just like you.  Just like most Christians."  "You only want to get so close."
Do you see how close Silas is to the sunlight?  But do you see where he is lying? Isn't that what we do?  We want to be near, but not near enough.  Moses walked up to the burning bush & got close enough that God told him to take his sandals off.  But I/we don't want to get close enough to do that.  It might cost us something.  It might hurt.  But oh how good it feels when we do.  Look at what happened next:
 
Smack in the middle of it.  There's your challenge. Get right up next to our Father.  Bask in His light & presence & see how much better you feel.

Friday, February 14, 2014

What a Valentine's Day is here



There is never a need for the pretty flowers. I have him every day.

 
All the chocolate.
I have them everyday.


 
Or even the jewelry.
Because when I have all of the above on a daily basis, then I have Valentine's Day everyday.
They all have my heart & I will love thme forever.
 

Monday, February 3, 2014

At home in the world

Romans 12:1 & 2 has been spinning in my head for a week now.  "So here's what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life-your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life- and place it before God as an offering.  Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him.  Don't become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking." The Message. 

I received a catalog in the mail Saturday.  It was from one of my favorite places.  One that I love to shop at just about as much as I love diet coke, coffee & chocolate.  So I have just scoped the pages and dreamed and lusted after all things beautiful.  Planning & plotting of where I could use things in my home to make it prettier.  This snow day morning as I was still scoping & planning this jumped off the page and slapped me in the face.  Hard!
 
Do you see what it says??? Be at home in the world.  Now I know they are referring to the cozy room in this ad. But that statement hit like a ton of bricks.  Paul tells me in the verse I quoted not to conform any longer to the pattern of this world.  But isn't it so easy to do just that.  Become part of the world.  To be at home in the world.  But this world isn't home.  I'm just passing through. 
Oh, I want to and will enjoy all the pretty's I can.  But they won't decorate my heavenly home. 
Paul also writes in Colossians 3:1&2, "Set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.  Set your minds on things above not on earthly things."
I don't want to be so consumed with the things of this world that I miss out on my heavenly home.  I don't want to be so conformed to the world that I miss out on what "Daddy" is saying.  But the world is so much louder isn't it?
The world says look at me & do what I do.  But....God says... No, look at me.  Renew your mind so you can see &  know, what my will is.  My good, pleasing & perfect will.
I can't do that if I am at home in the world. 
So my question to you is this: Are you at home in the world? Are you comfortable here?

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Be still my soul



I didn't buy a ticket for this.  I didn't mean to even be here.  But I am here none the less.  This is a pretty big boat.  Out on uncharted water.  Oh there have been many to ride these waves.  They  lived to tell about it and I will too.  But this is my first time. 

"Be still my soul: the Lord is on thy side:
Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain:
Leave to thy God to order and provide:
In every change he faithful will remain."

I've never been good at being still or quiet.  But that is one of the requirements on this big boat. 
I've so many thoughts going on inside my head and I can't articulate them.  Not because I can't find the words.  Oh, I can find the words believe me.  But in this case, it's best I don't.  So I must sit still. 
Since I have ended up on this boat one thing has happened.  I have ended up at the feet of Jesus.  A place I am familiar with, but had left for a bit.  I thought I could just stand at a distance.  Come to find out, that doesn't work out to well. No, He beckons us back.  Which is a good thing being that is the best & safest place.

"Be still my soul: thy God doth undertake:
To guide the future as He has the past. 
Thy hope, thy confidence let nothing shake:
All now mysterious shall be bright at last.
Be still my soul: the wave and winds still know:
His voice who ruled them while He dwelt below."

While I have been on this boat and at His feet I have been reminded of many promises.  Things and people of this world will hurt.  Sometimes they will hurt you bad.  But they aren't permanent.  My GOD IS!.  The things and people of this world have never died for me.  HE DID!

And as the days click away on this boat and in this life, they are clicking quickly toward a return or a departure.  Either way, one sweet day I will literally be at His feet.  Casting my crowns.

"Be still my soul: the hour is hastening on:
When we shall be forever with the Lord,
When disappointment, grief, and fear are gone:
Sorrow forgot, love's purest joys restored. 
Be still my soul: when change and tears are past,
All safe and blessed we shall meet at last."