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Get Back vs. Catch Up

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This was in my devotions a couple weeks ago and I found it to be a very interesting concept.  I am all for getting into the Word, I try to do it every day.  But God is always one step ahead of us–so we must remember that as we read the Bible or pray to Him.

like this little prayer…

God let me be open to your plans and let me understand it through the words of the Bible.  Let me not linger on scripture as only something historical, but help me to see how it plays in my real time as I move through the day ahead of me.  I know that You have a plan for good, lead me to make good decisions so that I don’t mess that plan up.  Remind me to keep my eyes on you and trust what you have designed, so that I don’t get caught up in the mess of sin around me.  Let me be with you, as you are always with me.

Amen.

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Celebrate with Trumpets

blow the trumpet

Let’s celebrate our confidence in faith.  Get out there and enjoy the seen and unseen.  Get out there and enjoy our faith in the unseen.  Celebrate the confidence we can have that we are strong, even in our weakest moments.

That is a lot to celebrate.  Those are reasons to blow the trumpet.  All the time.

Even the lonely call of taps is a celebration of a job well done and a day well spent.  A call to celebration and strength of what has been, and what can be.

And isn’t that what sharing our faith should be???   Celebrating light and love.  Keeps rolling around to that for me.  Light and love.  Not rants and raving on sins, but sharing the celebration and calling others to gratitude.  And obedience just seems to follow in gratitude for the celebration.  Have you ever noticed that?

Yes, let’s blow the trumpet.

 

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Sand Dollar Confidence

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When we visit St. Maarten I love looking for sand dollars, alive and skeletons left behind.  Sand dollars are amazing to me–they are this strong little creature living in a harsh ocean environment.  And then when they die and lay in the sun on the sand they bleach to these incredibly beautiful, insanely fragile bits of beauty.

It makes me think again about the seen and unseen.  The body is weak. It can suffer all sorts of things and will eventually not work anymore.  My human body is seen, but it is my strong unseen soul that makes me alive.   And because of grace, because of confidence in the unseen, my soul will exist eternally in power.  So I am strong in this husk of weakness.

And isn’t that the whole story of everyday life????  We are constantly weak.  Thinking of children again, they realize they are weak and cry out for help all the time.  We as adults need to recognize that as well.  That we are WEAK and must call out and ask that we would recognize how strong Jesus makes our souls.

I don’t know about you, but that actually gives me a lot of confidence–in myself, in faith, in the seen and unseen.

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Faith is Confidence

faith is confidenceAnd then I came across this gem of a verse in Hebrews.

Children have mastered this.  Jesus knew that, that is why He wanted children close to Him and exalted their faith, teaching that all of us should be so lucky to have that kind of belief.

I made all of those little bubble/cellular things thinking of all the little things we as adults do believe in.  It is easy for us to believe science that there are stars millions of miles away, and teensy tiny neutrons and such creating our world.

I made them thinking of all things unseen little kids believe in and are aware of that are unseen.  And they could care less about neutrons.  They seem to understand early what is important, don’t they?

I want to be more child-like in my faith.  I see Jesus’ point.

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No googling

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I love a good visual and analogy, as you are learning I am sure.  I just can’t help myself.  It’s the artist in me.

Jen Hatmaker at IF came up with this one:  we cannot Google God’s answers.  We will never know it all because God is so much bigger and deeper than anything we can ever comprehend.

Don’t you love that?  I love googling things!  The beauty of smart phones is that no matter what Jeff and I are talking about we can pull up an answer and more information.  We are hooked on the History channel’s show Vikings.  As we were watching the other night we googled Ragnar and Viking history.  It can spark some good discussion, or good natured ribbing if we are checking each other.

But we can’t google God or the future or answers to our lives.  We can’t ask why there is suffering, or when or if something will happen.  That is what FAITH is for, God doesn’t need to explain Himself.  Our limits blind us to God’s capacity.  An answer is never simple with God…He is so far deep and far ahead of us we can never comprehend it.

So why worry?  Why not just be warriors of the moment?  Let go of knowing and be faithful that life will progress, not as we plan, but according to His.

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