Sunday, June 18, 2017

Praise the Lord, My Soul

Psalm 103

1 Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name.

2 Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits—

3 who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases,

4 who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion,

5 who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

6 The Lord works righteousness and justice for all the oppressed.

7 He made known his ways to Moses, his deeds to the people of Israel:

8 The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.

9 He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever;

10 he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities.

11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him;

12 as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.

13 As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him;

14 for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust.

15 The life of mortals is like grass, they flourish like a flower of the field;

16 the wind blows over it and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more.

17 But from everlasting to everlasting the Lord’s love is with those who fear him,

    and his righteousness with their children’s children—

18 with those who keep his covenant and remember to obey his precepts.

19 The Lord has established his throne in heaven, and his kingdom rules over all.

20 Praise the Lord, you his angels, you mighty ones who do his bidding, who obey his word.

21 Praise the Lord, all his heavenly hosts, you his servants who do his will.

22 Praise the Lord, all his works everywhere in his dominion.


Praise the Lord, my soul.



Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Life And Gratitude

Life.

I see it everyday in the mechanical sense. 

People living life. 

The good, the bad, and ...neither...people just living.

Today someone almost took me out as I turned into an intersection. The person didn't even slow down. He sped along with his arm casually out the window. He saw me. He didn't brake before, during, or even after the near miss. I can only assume he didn't care. Perhaps he figured there was lots of time, who knows? All I know is that within that second or two of avoiding a collision, I became even more grateful for God's protection and for my life.

Life.


1. life
a. the state of one who is possessed of vitality or is animate
b. every living soul

2. life
a. of the absolute fullness of life, both essential and ethical, which belongs to God, and through him both to the hypostatic "logos" and to Christ in whom the "logos" put on human nature
b. life real and genuine, a life active and vigorous, devoted to God, blessed, in the portion even in this world of those who put their trust in Christ, but after the resurrection to be consummated by new accessions (among them a more perfect body), and to last for ever.

In the Greek language, three different words—bios,psuche, and zoe—are translated as “life” in English, and each has a different meaning. Here are some examples of where each is used:

1. Bios, in Luke 8:14: “…anxieties and riches and pleasure of this life.” This Greek word refers to the life of the physical body and is where we get the word biology.

2. Psuche, in Matt. 16:25: “For whoever wants to save his soul-life shall lose it.” The Greek word here refers to the psychological life of the human soul, that is, the mind, emotion, and will. It is where we get the word psychology.

3. Zoe, in John 1:4: “In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.” Here the Greek word refers to the uncreated, eternal life of God, the divine life uniquely possessed by God.


Life is a beautiful thing. We desire it, we search it out, but oftentimes, we avoid it. 

Life can be inconvenient, painful, frightening, and so sometimes we just exist.



In that moment of near-miss, I experienced gratitude for life. All of the things about my life in that moment that irked me became forgotten. I was just grateful.

Too often I complain about my life...I seem to hold myself to an ideal that is out of reach - whether this is good or bad...I want more life. My practical side often holds me back from doing more, and perhaps that is a good thing, but like an insatiable appetite, I want to live life more fully.

When I am reminded that God has a plan for all of us, I tend to wonder what that entails. Am I missing out on something because of my practical side? Am I avoiding life because it is too intimidating to take that step outside my comfort zone? Or is this it...my lot in life? Why am I still desiring more?!

As I grapple with my idea of what life should look like, I trust that God will continue to steer me to where that ideal life will manifest itself - moment by moment.

In the meantime, I am still mildly surprised at my response of gratitude in that near-miss moment. And despite my grumblings, I firmly hold to the belief that life is good, God is good, and I look forward to life after death with my Saviour and King...and my friend, Jesus.

For when we choose to believe Jesus is who He says He is and become Christians, our perspective on life and death changes...or it should change. 

We have new life and new hope during our life as Christians, and we have hope because we believe there is life after death. 

Life with God eternal. 

Thank you Jesus!



Wednesday, January 4, 2017

word waterfall


healing
direction
love
pace
Spirit
vanilla
tropics
sky
blue
freedom
peace
alignment
minister
fulfillment

Friday, December 30, 2016

Everything Is Beautiful In Its Time

Read this carefully:

There is a time for everything,

    and a season for every activity under the heavens:
2     a time to be born and a time to die,
    a time to plant and a time to uproot,
3     a time to kill and a time to heal,
    a time to tear down and a time to build,
4     a time to weep and a time to laugh,
    a time to mourn and a time to dance,
5     a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
    a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
6     a time to search and a time to give up,
    a time to keep and a time to throw away,
7     a time to tear and a time to mend,
    a time to be silent and a time to speak,
8     a time to love and a time to hate,
    a time for war and a time for peace.
9 What do workers gain from their toil? 10 I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race. 11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet[a] no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. 12 I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. 13 That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God. 14 I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it so that people will fear him. ~Ecclesiastes 3 (bold mine) 

This is a very thoughtful and encouraging passage. And as I read these words, the line "He has made everything beautiful in its time" jumped out to me.

God has made everything beautiful in its time.

There is a time for everything, and in that time, God has a plan, a purpose, a moment where there is great significance. Sometimes we can't see it, or we ignore it, but there is no moment (and all that moment contains) that is overlooked by God.(It reminds me of the Butterfly Effect.) 

God is in control.

When you are under dark skies, oppressed, or discouraged, recall this verse. There is a reason for what you are experiencing. Keep hopeful and vigilant to what God is doing in and around you, and look for the Spirit of God in times of trial. This may require deep soul-searching, particularly when times are bleak, but don't despair, "this too shall pass..."


There is a time for everything.
~
Live in the now, 
Look for the beauty, 
Do good, 
Rejoice in the Lord - for He is good, and His love endures forever!

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Wisdom

Live Well, Live Wise

 Do you want to be counted wise, to build a reputation for wisdom? 

Here’s what you do: Live well, live wisely, live humbly. 

It’s the way you live, not the way you talk, that counts. 

Mean-spirited ambition isn’t wisdom. 

Boasting that you are wise isn’t wisdom. 

Twisting the truth to make yourselves sound wise isn’t wisdom. 

It’s the furthest thing from wisdom—it’s animal cunning, devilish conniving. 

Whenever you’re trying to look better than others or get the better of others, things fall apart and everyone ends up at the others’ throats.

 Real wisdom, God’s wisdom, begins with a holy life and is characterized by getting along with others. 
It is gentle and reasonable, overflowing with mercy and blessings, not hot one day and cold the next, not two-faced. 
You can develop a healthy, robust community that lives right with God and enjoy its results only if you do the hard work of getting along with each other, treating each other with dignity and honor.
~James 3:13-18 MSG

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

We've Got This

We've got this.
I've got You,
You've got me.
We've got this.

Frustration with being in the frame of mind that I am in hinders me from enjoying the now.
Fear, doubt, confusion.
Maybe God really doesn't have my best interest at heart; after all, His way and His thoughts are higher than mine...so, it would not be so absurd to think that what I want, or what I think I want is not the same as what He wants for my life?

Of course it is not the same. But, God is Love. (1Jn4:8) And if God is Love then I can postulate that being the source of love, God has my best interest at heart, and God having my best interests at heart means that I can rest in the knowledge that God will provide all my heart's desires...because He loves me.

And that's that!

Well...no, not actually.

I don't even know my heart's desires. And what if I think I desire something when really I would not want it at all?!

And what if I deny something that which I would actually want, because of not being able to see what it is at the moment?

Hardship. Hardship and anguish, that's what.

But then, what if through that hardship and anguish I become more aware of what I really want? And what if that experience makes me a better person and deepens my relationship with God, and then I am able to testify even more to His love for me?

Sigh...Ya see where this is goin'?

Sometimes, I get royally ticked at God. Thankfully, He is not only Love, but the God of mercy and infinite patience as well! That being said, He seems to want me to grow into this ideal He has for me by allowing me to make my own choices and then drawing the best and the worst out of me along the way. Sometimes, I can see what He is doing; other times, like recently, I have no clue what He is up to and I really have to struggle to keep my faith strong in the knowledge of His love for me. It can be very difficult...and quite frankly, I don't like it - not one bit! (Insert arms straight at sides with fists, scowl on, and stamping of one foot!)

It is all about relationship.
Me knowing Him.

He knows me.

He's got me.
I've got Him.
We've got this.


I can't do it without Him.


 ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LordAlmighty.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Encouraged in Heart and United in Love

 My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, ~Col.2:2


Who have you encouraged and shown love to today?

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