Day 123: The Sweet Scent of Spring

Today is a windy, Spring day.  The air is sweet. I breathe it in and every fiber of my being is filled with delight.

It is INCREDIBLE!

LIFE. LIFE. LIFE.

My nose takes in the sweet air.

My lungs open up to receive this truly life giving experience.

My brain has somehow translated the process and has determined how sweet the scent actually is.

WHAT A GIFT!

PSALM 103

Today, may my heart and yours take delight in the ONE who has created the SWEET SCENT OF SPRING. May we marvel at the work of HIS HANDS. May you and I seek to discover the richness of the love of Jesus, who took such great care in creating us to experience joy. JOY!!! And LIFE everlasting!!!!

 

 

Day 122: alienated

Ugh! That word! Alienated. It is especially ugly when preceded by the word PARENTAL.

PARENTAL ALIENATION

Are you familiar with this terminology? It means that a PARENT is made ALIEN to their own children and vice versa. It is a terrible thing to happen. Especially when a parent wants nothing else but to know and be known by their own children. Parental alienation usually occurs because of divorce when one parent has custody of a child and does everything they can think of to keep the child from developing a relationship with the other parent.

PARENTAL ALIENATION

Can parental alienation be compared to the fall in the Garden of Eden?  At the moment when Adam and Eve believed the LIE, that their Father God was holding back from them by forbidding them to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, they were alienated by what they had discovered. It was as though the relationship they had with their Father was severed because they no longer accepted His unconditional love. They now had the power from the fruit of this tree to judge and they were naked and ashamed. God didn’t want them to experience this, but it happened. And when it happened, the alienation began.

I don’t know about you, but I think that there is a pretty awesome answer to restore broken relationships, relationships broken by the belief in the lies of the enemy. Satan, the father of lies.

You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

John 8:44

The answer if JESUS. He was alienated from His Father in order to take our sins upon Himself. He willingly went to the depths of Hell to reclaim our relationship with our Heavenly Father. We need only believe.

 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

John 3:16

Jesus made a way for us.

The Father made a way for HIM. 

May my heart and yours rejoice in JESUS, the author and finisher of our faith. May we believe in the restoration of all relationships, in and through Jesus Christ, despite the efforts of Satan to thwart them with his lies and the people he uses to spread them. May we remember that our battle is not against flesh and blood…….

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age,[a] against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

Ephesians 6:12

May we do this all in the mighty name of Jesus and the Life. Life. Life. He has given us!