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Sight I

Posted on April 7, 2015 at 1:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Sight II

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Freedom

Posted on April 6, 2015 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Butterflies - A symbol of resurrection

Posted on April 5, 2015 at 3:25 AM Comments comments (0)

What kind of love is this?

Posted on April 3, 2015 at 11:45 AM Comments comments (0)


Heavenly Papa, Holy Lord, Precious One,


Did you weep when your son "cried with a loud voice, 'Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?' that is, 'My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”' (Matthew 27:46).


Did you wring your hands when haters mocked your son, Jesus?


Did sorrow saturate your heart when enemies stripped clothes off your son’s body, poked him, spat at him, yelled, laughed, beat him, and slapped him over and over again?


Did it break your heart when your son’s closest friends and companions betrayed him, abandoned him?


Did you want to hold Jesus when pain wracked his body?


Did you grieve when your son believed you had forsaken him?


What kind of love is this? - The kind of love that considers us worth dying for – perfect love from God. 


Thank you Holy God, Heavenly Papa, for giving us the most precious gift of all. Thank you for presenting us with the most treasured gift in your possession - your only son, your baby, your loved one, your beloved, Jesus.


Perfect love triumphs over death. Thank you precious Jesus for dying for us so we can live, eternally.

A Deeper Relationship

Posted on March 30, 2015 at 1:45 PM Comments comments (0)

May my meditation be pleasing to him, for I rejoice in the Lord (Psalm 104:34).



Some of the ways you know that your relationship with God is deepening is when you begin to:


- care what God thinks and says (John 5:19*)

- see yourself through the lens of God’s love (Psalm 139:14)

- believe God is with you, even when you don’t hear his voice or sense his presence (Psalm 121)

- appreciate that you don’t have to have your act together before you spend time with God (Psalm 139:1–12)

- realize that God’s love and approval means more to you than it once did (Galatians 1:10)

- acknowledge the significance of Jesus to your sense of well-being and purpose (Matthew 11:5)

- rejoice in being a work in progress (James 4:10)

- let your hair down and have fun with God and others. Even God knows how to have fun (Psalm 16:11)

- value that God is not a formula (Isaiah 55:8).



Some of the ways you know that your relationship with God is deepening is when you can:


- rejoice in God, even when the desires of your heart are not met (Philippians 4:4–9)

- see beauty in the midst of desolation (Isaiah 61:3)

- embrace “the peace of God which surpasses all understanding” (Philippians 4:7)

- learn something new about God (Lamentations 3:22-23)

- argue with God, knowing that he won’t turn his back on you (Job 13:3)

- cry on his shoulder and experience his comfort (Psalm 18:6)

- abide in God knowing he will abide in you through Jesus (John 15:5)

- forgive those who have hurt you (Matthew 6:14–15)

- experience the fullness of joy in God (Matthew 6:16:11)

- say you are in need of God’s forgiveness (Luke 11:4)

- bring your doubts, fears, and worries to God and he won’t turn you away (Matthew 6:25–34)

- say that you know Jesus loves you (1 John 4:19).



*All Scripture cited from the New Revised Standard Bible.

Who can compare?

Posted on March 30, 2015 at 12:35 AM Comments comments (0)


You have multiplied, O LORD my God, your wondrous deeds and your thoughts toward us; none can compare with you. Were I to proclaim and tell of them, they would be more than can be counted

(Psalm 40:5).


I heard an incredible sermon at the beginning of Lent. The preacher said that when we compare ourselves to others it is as if we are standing in a funny house of mirrors.


Why do we gaze on reflections of ourselves that are distorted, disfigured, contorted?


Why do we place our identity in those things and people that cannot see our true worth and value?


Why do we place a higher premium on the views of others than ponder the unsurpassable wisdom of God?


And finally, have we asked God to show us how to see ourselves through his lens of love?


My sense is that when we see ourselves through the lens of God's love, place our sense of worth in his hands, and learn to trust him with our sense of wellbeing, we will experience a freedom that we have never known.


Let's allow God's thoughts to become our thoughts. Let’s encourage one another to see ourselves through the one who cannot be compared to anyone or anything.




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Hope

Posted on March 30, 2015 at 12:25 AM Comments comments (0)


“And now, O Lord, what do I wait for? My hope is in you" (Psalm 39:7).



Hope can be found in the one who is the essence of hope — God through Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit.





Trustworthiness

Posted on March 29, 2015 at 8:30 AM Comments comments (0)

 

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,

and do not rely on your own insight.

In all your ways acknowledge him,

and he will make straight your paths

(Proverbs 3:5-6 NRSV).



God's trustworthiness is unmatchable. When in doubt, and when you don't know how to respond to a situation, ask God to help you make choices that are grounded in his wisdom. 

Finding Rest

Posted on March 28, 2015 at 7:45 AM Comments comments (0)

30 The apostles gathered around Jesus, and told him all that they had done and taught.31 He said to them, “Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. 32 And they went away in the boat to a deserted place by themselves

(Mark 6:30-32 NRSV).



As the apostles “gathered around Jesus”  (Mark 6:30), they did not hold anything back when they told him “all that they had done and taught” (Mark 6:30). And Jesus listened. He listened and pondered his apostles’ words. He savored their excitement. He did not rush them as they took turns telling their stories. No. Instead, Jesus listened to all that they had to say.


Let us encourage one another to tell Jesus about the comings and goings of our day. 

Let us encourage one another to make time to listen to how Jesus responds to what we share with him.


When the apostles finished reflecting on the activities of the day, Jesus told them to “Come away to a deserted placed all by [themselves] and rest a while” (Mark 6:31).


Even Jesus understood the importance of going away to a lonely place to find rest for the mind, spirit, and soul. Even God understood that rest was a rhythm of life to be cultivated. Remember, “on the seventh day God finished the work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all the work that he had done” (Genesis 2:2). If the God of the universe found time to rest, why can’t we follow his example?


Let’s ask God to help us find rest for our mind, body, spirit, and soul. Let’s ask God to shepherd us to a place where we can get away from the busyness and tasks dominating our days. And let us allow God to cradle us in his love.


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