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Exposing the Storms

Do you ever want to just call people out? Nothing bugs me more than when people start stretching the truth.  Or people are trying to hide the truth in the dark. Or cover it up.  Grrr.

Maybe I am a little too truthful and make my opinions too known.  But it is out there.  I own my mistakes right along with my successes.  ‘Cause here’s the thing…God already knows.  And really His opinion, His knowing is what matters.  And His love and His forgiveness are what matters. And those are what will heal me and those around me when I do mess up.

I sure wish more people would live according to that.

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I depend on Him.

When I finally confronted that black cloud last week, and talked to God about it, He told me to dance.  And I listened.  I knew I could trust Him to come through for me!  He knew exactly what I needed to do.  And dancing helped me get back into that present moment frame of mind. It reminded me that all clouds and storms will pass eventually.  That not all clouds and storms need to be mine…some might go just a little north or south, some might dissipate before they get to me, some might hit–but not have any lasting damage to me.

It was like He was a little birdie on my shoulder, chirping, “Dance.  Let it go.  Be happy.”

So I discoed.  On my porch.  In the car.  Into the school.  And ALL day in the art room.  Every single class got the chance to listen and dance a little to the Pure Disco Disc 2.  🙂 And it was the best.  Every time I saw someone smile–whether they were laughing at me or with me–every smile healed my heart.  And several kids hugged me and told me it was the best art class ever.

All this to say…God was deep in my heart, and as soon as I acknowledged that I needed Him to take that cloud, He did.  Now…this is not to say that those situations are gone.  Nope, still hanging around.  But it is to say that God took that yoke for me…I can depend on Him to remedy what needs to happen.

And the same is true for ALL of US.  Try it.

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A glorious Voice

There are so many different tv shows based on the singing talents and voices of undiscovered talent.  We applaud and follow these brave individuals as they vie for our attention and votes.  We tune in week after week, night after night to listen to the music they choose to interpret.

And yet, how often do we stop and listen to the most glorious voice of all?  How often do we truly hear God’s voice in all that He created?  As the verse above listed:

  • the shaking of cedars and whirls of oaks
  • flashes of flame and light
  • booming thunder
  • the rushing of waters

We had a rain storm just last night that woke me up and I couldn’t figure out what the strange noises were.  But now I realize that it wasn’t just the trees in the back yard and the rain on our roof, it was a lullaby from God of promises of a new day.

Let us listen each day for the glorious voice of our God.

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Hear What He Says

Last week I shared the verse about having ears to listen.  This is another take on listening to God…but this emphasizes not just the hearing, but the understanding of what God tells us.

Those of us who truly belong to Christ understand that we are to follow what God says.  I think God is whispering to a lot of people trying to pull them closer to Him, but they don’t hear it, or they don’t understand what and why.  But as followers we know the “code” God is using to get deeper into our hearts.  We hear Him all the time.  And we get it. The who, the what, they why.  And we know that even though we are small as a bird compared to His great vastness, He is taking the time to shine His love and care on us each individually.  We know we belong.

Now our task is to help others understand they belong as well.

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Love all

Happy Valentine’s day.  This may seem like a strange verse for today, but it not about Eros love, but Agape love.  As so many people celebrate the first kind, it is an even better day to show agape to all people we come in contact with.  No matter who they are, their circumstances, their opinions or beliefs.  We are to fulfill the law of Christ…love one another as I have loved you.  Love your neighbor as yourself.  Take on one another’s burdens, care for each other in the deepest and most self less ways we can.

This is hard.  It really is.  But Jesus knew what He was talking about.

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An Escape

I love this verse!  Especially when I am having a bad day and it just doesn’t seem like I am going to make it to the end of that particular struggle, or it looks like there are just more on the horizon.

Our faith helps us believe that God will not test us without giving us some escape.  It may only be for a few seconds, it may be longer, it may be for eternity when we get close to Him in heaven.  No matter what, as we endure we have hope in Him, we know He is carrying us, and that in the end He will point us in the right direction.  That He will make a way, even if it is just a little pocket, that will help us feel the strength of His love.

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By Day Commands Love

Isn’t it lovely to know that God is with us all hours of the day?  Waking and sleeping He is always with us.  He is always working toward us finding approval, encouraging us to find approval, pulling us closer to His approval.  He is whispering and singing over us.  We, too, should then whisper and sing His praises.

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Healing wings

I like to think of those good things we were clinging yesterday like this illustration.  For those of us who take the time to revere God’s name and be thankful for the goodness we will rise up into the sky–the dawn of a new day or the setting of one accomplished–on the wings of angels.  He heals us–of our sins, what we have done or left undone.  Each and every day He heals our hearts, minds, and bodies.  He pulls us close to Him and gives us hope for the next thing–in this life and in the next.

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Cling

I am a cling wrap flunkie.  No matter whether it is a brand name, knockoff, whatever–I can’t get that thin film of plastic to stick to anything.  That is unless, I wrap the whole darn thing ten times so it looks like some monster shrink wrapped thing.

But I can cling to God.  Like that piece of lint or the dog hair or a burr that refuses to come off my favorite clothing.   I know that He is what is strong and good in my life.  He is what gives me hope in this wide world.

Do you cling to what is good?  Or do you brush it aside and focus on the bad things that happened in your day?  Uplifting quotes to make your bad day so much better: perspective in five minutes:

I found this on Pinterest and it made me smile.  We all know people that milk that bad stuff.  That go looking  for it.  Today I challenge you to find 3 good things in your experiences and cling to them.

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Understand

Let’s pray today:

God, we come before you humbly in awe of your works and thankful that you inspired humans to record them so that we may learn about your greatness, your vastness, your amazing love.  Remind us to open your record often, clear our schedules, lead us to put you first, and open our hears and minds to understand the gift of the scriptures.  Let your words sink deep into our hears so that we would believe and recognize their importance in our own lives.  Bless all those who find comfort and discernment on its pages.

with praise to you Christ,

Amen

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Great Works

This verse refers to ALL the works of God…but I am going to focus on the ones recorded in the Bible.

Studying the Bible is so different from just reading it.  I have never read the Bible all the way through.  But I spend every morning reading and digging deeper into selected texts.  I read commentaries and histories and other studies to help me understand the poetry, context, deeper meanings.  There are so many layers to the words and stories of the Bible!  We can take them at face value, but we can get so much more out of those simple words in a not so simple book when we take the time to understand them, apply them to our own thoughts and emotions, and enjoy them in a bigger context.  We can find that they will point to things in our daily life, or we might find that we will have to wait for heaven to enjoy the full meaning and promise of those phrases.

Nothing is ever simple with God.  That is for sure.  I mean, look at the complex world He created!  Why would His inspired texts be any different?  He knew, and planned, to make His works something that would take careful consideration so that we would melt it into our hearts, brains, and the very fibers of our beings.  And He knew that when we take the time to dig deep into them we would truly delight in His works.

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All scripture

The Bible.  It can be such a blessing when it is used the right way.  When it is used as a teaching tool.  When it is used for hope and love.  When it is respected. When it is used in context.

God inspired people to write down important things for us to learn.  God inspired people to record true events.  God inspired a how-to book that would equip us for good work.  God inspired a book that proves He is in control, knows all, and He is the only one allowed to judge us in the end.

I had a college professor who did his best to find all of the incongruencies with history, different translations, and point out all of the human fallacies associated with the Bible.   He got to me for a long time.

Until I realized.  He forgot to enjoy the inspired aspect of the Bible.  He forgot to respect its poetry and teachings that would last for an eternity that would outlast any human tinkering.  He forgot to lecture on studying the deeper meanings of the Bible.  He forgot that God is so much bigger and awesome and creative–that He would never reveal everything.

We are so blessed to have such a record of so many inspired writers.

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Whole heart, soul, mind and strength

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At the center of it all is God–He created it all, He planned it all, He will redeem us all.  When we keep His love in the forefront of our minds it is so much easier to be obedient to His word with sheer gratitude for all He is and does.

To many of us are leaving our love for God out of our everyday conversations.  We love Him–but is it with ALL our heart, soul, mind and strength?

Or only when His love conforms to our opinions?

While we are all really good at sharing our opinions, we are not always good at stepping back and critiquing our own words. We are not always good about considering their impact.    Often we think because it is our opinion, our story, our understanding that it is the only and right way.  We too often forget that everyone has a different story and understanding of reality.

Before you share your thoughts practice the pause…go to God.  Ask Him to work through your love for Him to fill your mind and soul.  Ask Him to give you strength to fill your heart and words with His love.  Then  share His love through your words.  So that others can find hope through a deep love of God as well.

 

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Strength

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I am not one to pray for specific things or answers.  I pray more for what I know God can provide for sure:  strength, patience, peace, vision, love, all that good stuff.  Because I have come to understand over the years that I am not going to get what I want right away, but in His time.  But I can get immediately what God wants for my soul, the things only He can provide, the things that are always with me if I only recognize that He is by my side standing with me.  Do you understand this?  Let’s all take just a minute today to pray that we can feel God standing beside us feeling His power work in our souls to help us cope with the ways of humans, the truth that we are on Earth and out of control, and that we need only trust in Jesus and His plan.

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Blessed Under Trial

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This is one of my favorites from this year’s calendar.

Sometimes when we are in the midst of trials, feel jailed in our own world, locked up in stress, sadness, chaos, anxiety–whatever it is–it is really hard to feel blessed and feel God.  Those are the times when we might be questioning the most.  And in those times we must remember God never promised to save us from trials here on Earth.  Our blessings in faith will come later–we will spend this very short time on Earth in trial, but we will spend eternity in His loving arms, in peace.

We just have to look for the peace, and the little reminders from God in the midst of it all.

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