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

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Day 102: An Ode to CHK FLK PG


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by the Long Island Yak


Grow in grace

Grow in love

Grow in everything above

Grow in kindness and compassion

Do not let your life just happen

Grow in goodness and forgive

 When you do the LIFE will live

Grow in patience with yourself, your neighbors, friends and strife will melt

Grow the fire that’s within

In humble stance we will begin

Grow in LOVE above it all

And we will see death’s kingdom fall


Day 93: boasting

Ya’ know, boasting is an interesting pastime, don’t you think? Have you ever participated? I have!

Here is the definition of boast as determined by dictionary.com: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/boast

What are you and I boasting about? It is usually something having to do with ourselves, isn’t it? How much money we make….how smart we are……how talented we are…….how compassionate we are………how good we are……….how BAD we are……….

You name it! It’s there for the boasting. When we boast, what are we trying to accomplish?

WORTH?

IMPORTANCE?

SUPERIORITY?

ACCEPTANCE?

JUSTIFICATION?

I wonder if you have had the same experience I have…..that when you boast, you eventually realize that there is something not quite right. Your theory about yourself is somehow squashed. We are somehow, wrong and we think WAY TOO HIGHLY of ourselves and not HIGH enough when it comes to JESUS and others: Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem the other better than himself. Philippians 2:3

But there is only ONE that deserves boasting and that is Jesus Christ. Through HIM and HIM ALONE do we find our real worth, our soul importance, our PLACE, our acceptance, and our justification. Through HIM we find the LOVE we so desperately try to create for ourselves.

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…even the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all those who believe; for there is no distinction; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus;…Romans 3:22-24

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but let the one who boasts boast about this: that they have the understanding to know me, that I am the LORD, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,” declares the LORD. Jeremiah 9:24

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Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.” 1 Corinthians 1:31

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…so as to preach the gospel even to the regions beyond you, and not to boast in what has been accomplished in the sphere of another. But HE WHO BOASTS IS TO BOAST IN THE LORD. For it is not he who commends himself that is approved, but he whom the Lord commends. 2 Corinthians 10: 16-18

May my heart and yours conclude moment by moment the TRUTH: There is none like YOU LORD JESUS! May we see ourselves as we truly are and not who we think we are or think we need to be. May we truly look at the plank in our own eye and not the speck in our brothers. May our LIVES seek LOVE from our Father in heaven that we may be filled up and poured out on others. May we boast in YOU LORD!!!! Thank You Jesus. For only YOU CAN DO THIS IN OUR HEARTS. Make us willing LORD.

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?

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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 89: the g o a l

For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ. Galatians 1:10

 

May my heart and yours seek to please God and God alone. May we recognize the difference by the illumination of the Lord Jesus Christ. May we remember that He Knows Our Names and He sees us. One day He will be the one to say, “Well done good and faithful SERVANT.” Lord Jesus, strengthen our hearts.

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.

Day 35: f e a r AND t r e m b l i n g

What are you faced with today? What have the last few days been like for you? For me,  a whirlwind of emotions and challenges have lifted my feet off the ground.  Tossed and turned by the winds of confusion, doubt, judgement, un-forgiveness, guilt, shame and a host of other debilitating issues, fear settles in.  A crash landing is imminent!

Have you ever been in a place where you were sure you were about to crash and burn?

I brace myself for the fall. I am terrified. I do NOT want to go out like this. No. Surely there must be way to land GRACE-fully. A way to grab hold of a LIFE-line. It’s hard to see with such strong winds gusting about. My own strength kicks in, but it is unable to sustain me. It is too weak. It fails. I’m a goner as the last deadly gust is about to throw me down hard….WOOSH! Another wind lifts me up, holds me safe and close, and reminds me that I am terribly loved. There is a great and sorrowful exchange of my stuff for His before He sets me down again on solid ground. Fully loved. Completely forgiven. Totally accepted. NEW.

God is our refuge and strength,
    an EVER-PRESENT help in trouble.  Psalm 46:1

May your heart and mine grab on to the Hand of the only One who can save us. May we CRY OUT to Jesus in the midst of every storm. May we repent for the sin in our hearts as we examine them again and again. May we receive the love and forgiveness that Jesus freely offers.