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!

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Day 121: temperature

Temperature can be defined as how hot or cold the body is. Lately, my body has gone through some temperature changes, rendering me HOT most of the time. It has it’s pro’s and con’s. I can endure the elements better, but when I am indoors, I feel like I may humanly combust.

The Word of God mentions temperature when referencing our relationship to God.

I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm–neither hot nor cold–I am about to spit you out of my mouth. Revelation 3:15-16

Lukewarm. It seems ideal. A comfortable place. But here, lukewarm makes Our God want to spit us out!!!

When I think about my life in relationship to God, I think of my cold, hard heart towards Him or times when my heart has been on FIRE for Him. But what about the times when my heart is neither? What then? Is it that I’m not concerned about God at all? Is being lukewarm being dishonest before God?

Why is lukewarm something that is not palatable for Our Lord?

May my heart and yours steer clear of lukewarmness. May we be in the will of God and bring His Kingdom come into all areas of our lives and the lives of others. May You give us wisdom as to why lukewarm is so distasteful to You Father. May we seek You with our whole hearts and be filled with Your abundant LIFE! In Jesus’ name.

Day 120: He Is The WINNER

Jesus Christ has won it all. He has won back our relationship with GOD ALMIGHTY. He won it all for you and He won it all for me. More than the choice you make during this election, the greater choice is this: Will you choose Jesus to be your Lord and Savior? He is the lover of Your soul and He knocks on the door of your heart hoping that you will answer the call. In a time of so much uncertainty, one thing remains. Jesus has victory over sin and over death. All other ground that you may choose to stand on is sinking. Jesus Christ is the winner of the battle over death. What will you choose? Life or Death. I choose LIFE. LIFE. LIFE. He is a sure thing. He is not a man that He would lie. He is the author and finisher of our faith. He is and always was and always will be. Where will your hope lie? In a world that is passing away or in the ONE that can give you eternal life? Choosing Jesus will be the best thing and the MOST IMPORTANT thing you will ever choose. Do it. Don’t wait. The time is here and the time is now. Simply invite Him in. He’s been waiting. You will never again be the same. Lord Jesus, we ask You to take hold of us. We surrender our lives to you. We proclaim that we have sinned against You and we receive Your forgiveness. Come into our hearts. Make Your home in us. We choose You. We love You because YOU FIRST LOVED US!!!  Thank You Jesus!!! Ah, now that is the ticket! All of heaven rejoices!!! LIFE. LIFE. LIFE.

 

 

Day 119: shining

Today the sun was shining and all seemed right with the world.

Have you ever had days like that?

It all started with a girl’s meeting and a whole lot of love, LIFE, and laughter.

From there, it was a day filled with joy and productivity. Denying myself in tired moments and pushing past them to spend time with the man I love.

COMFORT took a backseat and I feel so much better for it.

How often have you and I sought out COMFORT over CALLING?

May my heart and yours choose LIFE. LIFE. LIFE.  May we choose what is BEST realizing it is not always the path of least resistance. May we live to be with others, especially those we love and be fully alive and fully present with them. May we grow to be more and more like YOU JESUS. Thank YOU LORD!!!!

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
John 15:13

Day 118: Age

Is anyone else out there hung up on their AGE? If you are reading this then surely you are still among the living and therefore have an AGE otherwise known as the amount of years lived on this earth.

What is your age?

Has your age plagued you or hindered you in some way?

You’re too young to (fill in the blank).

You’re too old to (fill in the blank).

AGE.

What does it mean to you?

What does it mean to GOD?

Even to your old age and gray hairs
    I am he, I am he who will sustain you.
I have made you and I will carry you;
    I will sustain you and I will rescue you.

Isaiah 46:4

No matter our age, He never changes. May our hearts rest easy knowing that God never changes and will ALWAYS be for us and never against us as He knows us because He made us. He sustains us, carries us and rescues us. Our age never discounts us where God is concerned. May my heart and your heart receive this truth and bask in His great and unending love for us. In Jesus’ name.

Day 117: squirrels

I was outside doing my thing in the garden when a great ruckus caught my attention.

SQUIRRELS!!!!!!!

Squirrels chasing each other up and down tree trunks, over lawns, leaping from branch to branch all while squeaking and screeching as squirrels do. At one point I watched as two squirrels fell from a tree. The silent fall ended up in a great THUMP! No squirrels seemed to be dead or wounded. I checked.

It was quite a scene to witness. The squealing of squirrels socializing on a sunny Summer Saturday.  SWEET! Long live the squirrel!

May my heart and yours look for LIFE. LIFE. LIFE. today. Squirrels risking life and limb in pursuit of LIFE. LORD, You gave it all that we may have life and abundant life. May we drink from that wellspring of LIFE today as we surrender and are filled up to overflowing with the contentment of knowing we are loved and Your pursuit of us is unrelenting. In Jesus name!

Day 116: Depression and Despair

As I title this post, I realize it should be written as a letter, so here it goes.

 

Dear Depression and Despair,

It’s really quite sad that I am writing to either one of you. How can you even be in my mind? Why are you both here? Is it because of my diet? My thought life? I suspect both of these.

I think the real reason I’m writing to you both is because of fear. Fear that I won’t lose weight. Fear that my brother will never see TRUTH. Fear that I will never overcome the obstacles in front of me. Fear of MYSELF.  Ugh, and then you both come to me and it solidifies the FEAR. I feel HORRIBLE and HOPELESS.

That’s why you are here, isn’t it?  To make me feel this way.

So now I am letting you both know, with the mustard seed of faith in the LORD JESUS CHRIST and HIS finished work on the CROSS, that I am not afraid. Well, I am afraid, but God commands me not to be. So in His Word I take my stance.

But WHY? WHY shouldn’t I be afraid. The feelings and circumstances are frightening. And you know that, don’t you. Of course you also probably know that these things that I fear have not happened and may not EVER happen. And yet, you know that I want to hide out under the covers and there you are waiting for me until I am worried and stressed beyond measure.  Am I using you or are you using me???

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Isaiah 41:10

I want you to both know that I am going to walk away, no, run away from you and into the arms of my SAVIOR and cling to HIS Promises.

Jesus is FOR me. Jesus DIED for me. Jesus LIVES in me. Jesus LOVES me despite myself!

He get’s it. He understands.

Why would I spend my time with the two of you when I could be spending my time with JESUS?

Depression and Despair, I am leaving you. You have been with me long enough. It is time for me to let go and trust someone other than myself. It is time to stop believing that you will take care of me. It is time to stop being ruled by fear and instead to be ruled by LOVE.

Good bye.

Sincerely,

The Long Island Yak