Day 26: A Mild Winter

It’s January, and so far, we haven’t had much snow.  It looks like it is going to be a mild winter. Lavender plants in my front garden are still very much alive. They were frozen down one day but have not yet met their demise. They look pretty good today.

Seasons.

We depend on seasons to bring certain things, but they don’t always deliver.

Everyone knows that there are different seasons in our lives. Seasons change. And sometimes, we expect certain seasons of our lives to look a certain way. What happens when they don’t?  What happens when you know that a season in your life is over and a new one has begun, yet somehow, it isn’t at all what you expected. It wasn’t supposed to look that way. Where is all the snow? Isn’t that what’s supposed to happen now? If not now, when?

Expectations. We all have them. Some are realistic, like expecting snow in January, and others, not so much. We can set our hearts up for some serious trouble when our expectations are not met. Even when circumstances are beyond our control, we can still let our hearts become filled with hopelessness, for one,  if we do not accept what truly is. Accept it and if necessary, pray it through to the only One who can make a difference.

Jesus did not come as many expected Him to. Even those closest to Him were let down.  Yet Jesus is the answer. Jesus is the hope of glory! Jesus is the only One who saves. Many who walked with Him did not want to see the truth. They had other expectations and Jesus did not fit. Because He didn’t fit, He had to be eliminated.

How do we eliminate Christ today when He doesn’t fit, match or meet or expectations? I ask this knowing full well that Jesus is more than enough. Expectations? No. We fall short in this department. He is more than enough.

Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32

May your heart and mine rejoice in the truth that Jesus is Lord and Savior. May we be quick to discern truth from fiction. May we release our expectations to pick up and embrace reality.  May we decide to follow Jesus!

 

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Day 14: all is BRIGHT

Don’t you love a sunny day? Sunny and warm, even better. Days like these put an extra bounce in my step. How about yours?

I feel more alive on days like that. The weather is not a hindrance. The wind is calm. Precipitation is zero. Not a cloud in the sky. At least, no chance of rain or snow.  One less thing to combat, plus a gorgeous, blue sky for good measure. Love it!

All is BRIGHT!

It is usually very easy to be filled with  joy on days that are bright. Not so much if there are storms. When the wet, windy, weather ensues, it can be difficult. Even on the most gorgeous of days, we may be faced with the storms of life. And then what? How do we get through this?

Life is filled with battles. We do not like this. Who wants to fight?  Battles are real.  We can try to ignore them or numb them,  resent them, and/or ask someone else to fight them for us, but ultimately, we must fight our own battles.  And fight we must!  And they are truly a matter of LIFE and death.

What are you in a battle for? Your health? Your marriage? Your children? Your job? Your home? Your gifts and talents? Your purpose in this life?  What is being shaken? Stolen?

We have an enemy and he wants to destroy the very things God gives us in our lives. The very blessings He has given us. And we must fight and remember this.  For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. Ephesians 6:12

May we remember that we are in a daily battle, one in which you and I, through Jesus Christ, have the victory over every enemy and the authority to enforce that victory. May we fight in His authority for ourselves and for others. May we remember that Jesus is the bright, morning star. May we look to Him to light up even the most dreadful of days.

“I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this message for the churches. I am both the source of David and the heir to his throne. I am the bright morning star.”  Revelation 22:16