Day 69: ugly

“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.”

-Oliver Pratt

Does the eye see the heart or simply the exterior of what lies before it? What do people see when they look at you and me? Do they see real beauty or the image of beauty? Do they see what is real and what is true about who we are, or do we hide behind the images of ourselves we have created to keep ourselves safe?

Do we ever acknowledge the ugly inside? Are we even aware it is there? And what IS the ugly anyway? Is it just us trying to navigate through LIFE without the BEAUTIFUL ONE guiding our steps and directing our paths? A nature we have received through being born into this fallen world as a fallen human beings?

We may appear to be beautiful to the eye of a beholder and we may even allow ourselves to feel good about that. We are beautiful, for we have all been created in God’s image. This is the TRUTH.  What then when we don’t believe it? What happens when the ugly comes oozing from our hearts in all it’s depravity and that’s all we can see…..and sometimes even all the beholder can see. What then?

Then, we turn our eyes upon BEAUTY. To Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith. The one who promises that He will be faithful to bring to completion the work that He has begun in each one of us.

And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. 2 Corinthians 3:18


May your face and mine be unveiled as we look upon the glory of the LORD. May we continue to be transformed by His Holy Spirit. May we remember who we are in Christ and who HE IS and be thankful always. He is madly in love with us.

In Jesus’ name.

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Day 68: what do you see in the clouds?

The sky was exceptionally beautiful to me today. As I left my place of work and entered the outdoors and fresh air, I gazed up and saw a row of clouds streaking across the sky. They were equally lined up and wispy, yet powerful…..like angel’s wings.

Could it be?

I thought for a moment about what to expect from looking up  into the heavens. And as I did, I remembered that we are to expect Him, the One, the KING, to come out of the very sky I gazed upon. He will come in the clouds. Look up and watch and wait and see. The Bridegroom is coming again.

Look, he is coming with the clouds,” and “every eye will see him, even those who pierced him”; and all peoples on earth “will mourn because of him.” So shall it be! Amen. Revelation 1:7

May we look up and look for Jesus to come again. May my heart and yours be filled with anticipation of His return. May we get to know Him as we are known that we might live with Him forever. May we receive His unfailing love and forgiveness even now. HE’S ALIVE and HE IS CRAZY ABOUT US!! Thank You LORD!

 

Day 67: FAITHFUL

There is One faithful one…..I don’t know about you, but I am learning to embrace the brokenness in my heart and accept the brokenness in the heart’s of those around me.

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 2 Corinthians 12:9

Day 66: What then can we say?

Sometimes we say things that can be very hurtful to others. Sometimes we say things that are very edifying to other people. Our words are powerful and we need to be careful with them.

A heart can be lifted or lowered based on the choice of our words. The power of LIFE and death are in the tongue. What the tongue releases comes directly from our hearts.

A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. Luke 6:45

What comes out of our mouths is an issue of our hearts. What is in your heart? What is in mine? It’s easy to tell by what comes out of our mouths. May we not ignore what we say, but use our words as a gauge to see what we are allowing our hearts to be filled with. To see what wickedness we are still operating from.

23 Search me [thoroughly], O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts!

24 And see if there is any wicked or hurtful way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting  Psalm 139:23-24

Is there a place we need to forgive? Repent? Release? Heal? What are our words giving away? Do they hurt or heal? Are they good or evil? We need to know. We need to ask. This is what reflects our hearts.

May your heart and mine realize that only Jesus can make our hearts right. May we commune with Him often and bring to Him everything about our hearts and let Him do what He needs to with the raw reality of our confessions. He know about it all anyway and He cares deeply for each of us. May we let Him exchange all evil in our hearts for His goodness and righteousness. May continue to die to self as He fills us with new life. May we be encouraged as we come boldly to the throne of God to receive nothing but His kindness towards us. Thank You LORD that my heart and yours are in the BEST hands ever.

What then shall we say?  Here’s my heart LORD. Speak what is TRUE.

Life in the Spirit

8 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.[a] For the law ofthe Spirit of life has set you[b] free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin,[c] he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit.For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law;indeed, it cannot. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you.Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. 10 But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11 If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus[d] from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.

Heirs with Christ

12 So then, brothers,[e] we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. 13 For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. 14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons[f] of God. 15 For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit ofadoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” 16 The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.

Future Glory

18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. 19 For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. 23 And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.

26 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. 27 And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because[g] the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. 28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good,[h] for those who are called according to his purpose. 29 For those whom heforeknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. 30 And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.

God’s Everlasting Love

31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be[i] against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? 33 Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies.34 Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.[j] 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 36 As it is written,

“For your sake we are being killed all the day long;
we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”

37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.  Romans 8

 

Day 65: HELP

Lately, I’ve realized how much I need help in one way or another. I’ve also listened to a friend express her need of more help as she is growing older. I’ve been painfully independent for a long time now, and often times too proud to ask for help. But LIFE was not made for independent living. We need each other and we need to ask for help from time to time. Perhaps more often than we think. There are others who have more experience than we do, or have gone through similar things, or who have done extensive research in areas where we NEED HELP and we could only benefit from those things. Why not ask?

Jesus has gone through everything we could ever be troubled with. He is amazing! He knows every need  we have. He is our Provider.

God is our refuge and strength,
    an ever-present help in trouble.
 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
    and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
 though its waters roar and foam
    and the mountains quake with their surging.

Psalm 46: 1-3

May my heart and yours know that in every situation there is  and can ever be, Jesus goes before us and He is also with us. May we remember Him and cry out in our times of need. Jesus saves!!