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 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 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

 

Day 115: Psalm 145

Psalm 145a (from Biblehub)

A psalm of praise. Of David.

1I will exalt you, my God the King;

I will praise your name for ever and ever.

2Every day I will praise you

and extol your name for ever and ever.

3Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise;

his greatness no one can fathom.

4One generation commends your works to another;

they tell of your mighty acts.

5They speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty—

and I will meditate on your wonderful works.b

6They tell of the power of your awesome works—

and I will proclaim your great deeds.

7They celebrate your abundant goodness

and joyfully sing of your righteousness.

8The Lord is gracious and compassionate,

slow to anger and rich in love.

9The Lord is good to all;

he has compassion on all he has made.

10All your works praise you, Lord;

your faithful people extol you.

11They tell of the glory of your kingdom

and speak of your might,

12so that all people may know of your mighty acts

and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.

13Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,

and your dominion endures through all generations.

The Lord is trustworthy in all he promises

and faithful in all he does.c

14The Lord upholds all who fall

and lifts up all who are bowed down.

15The eyes of all look to you,

and you give them their food at the proper time.

16You open your hand

and satisfy the desires of every living thing.

17The Lord is righteous in all his ways

and faithful in all he does.

18The Lord is near to all who call on him,

to all who call on him in truth.

19He fulfills the desires of those who fear him;

he hears their cry and saves them.

20The Lord watches over all who love him,

but all the wicked he will destroy.

21My mouth will speak in praise of the Lord.

Let every creature praise his holy name

for ever and ever.

May you and I exalt the name of JESUS forever. May we ascribe to  Him the worth He deserves. May we lift up our minds, our hearts, our voices, and our deeds to Him. May we lay down our weakness, our pain, our worry, our struggles as we trust Him with all things. With the knowledge of His love and mercy! YOU ARE GREAT BEYOND MEASURE!!!  IN JESUS’ NAME, we ask!  Thank You Father God.


 

Day 96: such a lonely word

Billy Joel sang about it years ago. “Honesty is such a lonely word. Everyone is so untrue.” Now you may have stopped dead in your tracks and thought about how many people you know have been dishonest with you or with someone else. Perhaps politicians and lawyers stereo-typically came to mind. How about someone you will never forgive because of their hurtful lies?  Parents, close friends, colleagues…..spouses?

 

There is plenty of TRUTH to all of that, but do you consider yourself  part of the EVERYONE in that phrase?  

I know I hadn’t thought of myself that way for the longest time. And since I’m still very much in process, uh, on this earth, I’m sure God will reveal more and more of the how dishonest I can be. I would say mostly with God and myself.

Do we really know who we are and what we are capable of or do we simply look at others as BAD and ourselves as GOOD?

How are you and I doing in respect to HONESTY?

Have we been an honest friend, sibling, child, parent, co-worker, neighbor, loved one?

If  we stop to think about it and begin to get honest with ourselves, we will see how dishonest we can be with ourselves. Make sense?

Father God, we ask You to reveal to us the TRUTH about ourselves. Help us to be honest with You, ourselves and others. Give us wisdom and grace to receive the TRUTH and trust how much You know everything about us and LOVE US ANYWAY. Thank You for loving us enough to send Jesus to die for us that Your Holy Spirit could come and reveal such things to us. Bless YOU JESUS!!!

Day 90: It’s getting colder…brrrrrrr

Fall is here and after some beautiful weather, it is now getting colder. There isn’t anything we can do about it. If you live in a place with dramatic seasonal changes, well, you live in a place with dramatic seasonal changes. PERIOD.

We certainly can’t control the weather.  However, we can prepare for it. If we know ahead of time what is coming our way, it is wise to get ready.

Where and how do we get our information?

http://news.yahoo.com/farmers-almanac-predicts-another-nasty-winter-154326000.html

 

What are our needs?

How much time do we have?

Can we afford what we need?

How can we help others?

We simply HAVE to get ready or risk being taken over by the extreme weather.

ISN’T PREPARING FOR THE COLD WEATHER ALOT LIKE PREPARING OUR  HEARTS??????

 

And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold. Matthew 24:12

If we take a hard look at what else is brewing around us, it is safe to say that LAWLESSNESS HAS INCREASED. The bible has told us it would. Are we ready? Will the love in my heart and yours grow cold?

Where and how do we get our information?

What are our needs?

How much time do we have?

Can we afford what we need?

How can we help others?

cozy fire

May our Father in Heaven continue to point your heart and mine to His Holy Fire, that our love would not grow cold. May we keep watch and prepare for the well-being of our hearts. May your heart and mine continually seek our Lord Jesus Christ and be informed by the Holy Spirit in conjunction with the Body of Christ. All in Your Name Jesus.

 

Day 86: great

Jesus is GREAT yet when He walked the earth, He did not consider himself to be GREAT. He instead was humbly great. We are talking about Jesus here. He is the King of all kings! He is the Lord of all lords. God has given Him GREAT AUTHORITY. HE IS THE VERY IMAGE OF GOD THE FATHER. Yet He was humbly great.

 

Kinda puts who we are in perspective……..

 

GREAT IS THE LORD AND WORTHY TO BE PRAISED!!!!!

 

May my heart and yours bow to the ONE TRUE KING. May we seek to be more like HIM rather than the GREAT the world tempts us with. May we seek to be humble like Jesus Christ that we truly may be great.