Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Goals and The New Year
Goals are small steps we each can take to further our success in everyday life.
I try not to make new year resolutions. Instead I make a list of things I would like to accomplish in the following year. As I reflect on my current list it falls into several categories.
I am listing the top three and how I start determining my plan of action. As I focus on each area, of Spirit, Soul, and Body I will co-ordinate my personal plan of action. You do the same for yourself.
Spirit-the principle of conscious life;
1. (My intentions/goal) My mental determination to stay organized, focused and methodically move toward my goals.
This involves a whittling away of what is not necessary in my everyday life on a regular basis. To be evaluated routinely. In my case, daily, the night before a new day. As with any plan...adjustments will be made as needed. It is necessary to recognize your small and large success in a given area. Do not berate yourself at the end of the day. Find a positive and build on that.
*The important thing is to have a goal followed by action. Congratulate yourself on your success even in minuet matters. It is not whether you succeeded or failed, but that you tried. Congratulations! This does get easier.
Soul-the principle of life, feeling, thought, and action in humans, regarded as a distinct entity separate from the body, and commonly held to be separable in existence from the body; the spiritual part of humans as distinct from the physical part.
2. (My intentions/goal)My emotional well being, my feelings. My emotional well being is established by trust. Trust in the word of God and those that I am in relationship with. My immediate circle of love and outward.
For me to stay stable in this area, it is imperative that I study the Word of God on a regular basis. From this I am able to judge the proper way for me to respond to everyday life. This means that I must set aside time to read God's word daily. This is my compass, my true north.
If I am not viewing myself and others with the mind of Christ it is easy to become offended and in a ditch emotionally. I am dependant by choice on the word of God. Make time for your relationship with God.
*No relationship stays vibrant and healthy if you neglect to give time and effort toward it.
Body-the physical structure and material substance of an animal or plant, living or dead.
3. (My intentions/goal)Most of us neglect the vessel that carries us around. Our body.
I am guilty. As I age, I have noticed that my body demands attention toward its care far louder than it ever did when I was young. Obviously, better nutrition, water, and movement are in order. So there you have it. Moderation in those things that are not so great nutritionally, and a focused effort toward taking better care of the body I have been given.
*Moderation. Little by little, step by step, take better care of yourself.
May God grant each of you, His wisdom,protection and help in the New Year as you live your life in obedience to Him.
1 Thessalonians 5:23
And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and [I pray God] your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Are YOU Prepared to Live?
|Original water color painting " Weeping May Endure for a Night, but Joy Cometh in the Morning" copyright © 2005 Debbie Turner Chavers |
No man knows the time table of the Lord. We each have been appointed a time to die and a purpose under heaven.
Most of us are fairly sure that we are not prepared to die.
Yet, are we prepared to live?
Precious people all around the world died yesterday, today, and will die tomorrow.
You have been created and appointed to serve the Lord with your life and your gifting.
Are you applying yourself to your appointment? Are you loving others and walking in forgiveness?
Prepare to Love and to Live.
Today is a unique opportunity for YOU. Prepare to LIVE.
Even when your hopes, dreams, or a loved one leaves, you must live.
Grab the gift of your life and live.
Do not wait any longer. Armour yourself in His love and LIVE.
Live and love each precious moment as though it is the last moment.
Ecclesiastes 3:2A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up [that which is] planted;
1 John 3:23And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment.
1 Corinthians 13:12For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
|Enough © Debbie Turner Chavers|
1 Kings 19:4
But he himself went a day's journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O LORD, take away my life; for I [am] not better than my fathers.
1 Kings 19:5
And as he lay and slept under a juniper tree, behold, then an angel touched him, and said unto him, Arise [and] eat.
1 Kings 19:6
And he looked, and, behold, [there was] a cake baken on the coals, and a cruse of water at his head. And he did eat and drink, and laid him down again.
1 Kings 19:7 And the angel of the LORD came again the second time, and touched him, and said, Arise [and] eat; because the journey [is] too great for thee.
Now as you read this, you can see how the Lord supernaturally provided a place of rest, food, and water. Elijah was a man who lived in a human body and needed spiritual encouragement as well as physical rest and nutrition . We also need to take care of these requirements of rest, food, and water.
Elijah was tired and discouraged. We also become tired and discouraged.
Everything looks worse when you are tired. Try not to make major decisions when you find yourself in this condition. Elijah was so overcome that he asked God to let him die. As you read the rest of the chapter you will see how he continued with his doldrums to the point that he hid in a cave and God allowed him to hide, but then asked him twice "What doest thou here, Elijah?"
God allowed him to recuperate and then showed him that his work for Him was not finished.
God encouraged Elijah by reminding him that he was not the only one left who still served Him.
God also showed Elijah that regardless of the storm, fire, wind, earthquakes and such that as the commotion dies down that it is His still small voice that we will hear.
In the midst of your life....have you heard His still small voice speaking to you. Listen and remember....you will probably recall His gentle nudging to take care of yourself and to be encouraged that you are not alone.
The storms will pass and you will continue. Do not give up. We are counting on you.
1 Kings 19:11
And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD. And, behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the LORD; [but] the LORD [was] not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; [but] the LORD [was] not in the earthquake:
And after the earthquake a fire; [but] the LORD [was] not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.
1 Kings 19:13
And it was [so], when Elijah heard [it], that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave. And, behold, [there came] a voice unto him, and said, What doest thou here, Elijah?
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
1 Year Blog Anniversary/LOLO
Living out loud online. LOLO! my encouragement journal :)
I have always loved to encourage others as well as receive encouragement.
I did my part and you through your prayers and emails of support ministered right back to me:)
Thank you. I know that when we get to heaven we will know then the difference that our love and how our lives lived have affected others.
But for now I will take encouragement by the purposed and random acts of kindness from others. Mine to others and theirs toward me and mine.
You make a difference, I make a difference. Praying that we all continue fighting the good fight of faith. Loving and leaving a positive impression of God's great love toward us all.
2 Peter 1:10
Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:
2 Peter 1:11
For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
2 Peter 1:12
Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though ye know [them], and be established in the present truth.
2 Peter 1:13
Yea, I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir you up by putting [you] in remembrance;
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
It might sound time consuming, but try it. You will be surprised at how much better you feel.
Thanksgiving is a national holiday. But thanksgiving is something we can celebrate daily as we think on those things which bless us.
In the Old Testament there were different types of offerings. Some were required by the Old Testament law and some offerings were free will offerings. In other words, offered at will by the individual in gratitude..
Today, Jesus shed blood made the final sacrifice by the offering of His shed blood and body on the cross. And His offering fulfilled all that was needed.
Yet, I can still offer God by my free will, a thanksgiving offering.
A thanksgiving offering of looking for the good and thanking Him. Offering Him my grateful attitude. By expressing in word and deed, that I am thankful for His provision.
You can chose to look for the good in your life and be thankful.
Give thanks with me and may you have a time of thanksgiving that does not end by the end of the day but continues in your actions daily.
Leviticus 22:29 And when ye will offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving unto the LORD, offer [it] at your own will.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Your input, your presence, are needed.
How can you add value to another person or a situation?
By volunteering to help outside of yourself and your needs.
This might be as simple as helping someone close to you. Example: A neighbor.
You have been gifted to bring about positive change in your world.
There are people and things that make up your world and your circle of influence.
You can make a positive difference.
Prayerfully consider the needs around you. The world is full of needs.
Make a choice.
Not once, but daily. Prayerfully consider where your time and effort should be spent today.
Do not make a job of it. Today. You are giving something from yourself today.
Your gift of volunteering could be 10 minutes of undivided helpfulness toward another persons need.
This is not an opportunity to be used but to be useful.
Regardless of our time commitments we can schedule a bit of volunteering.
Obviously you have commitments that need to be fulfilled. Work and family.
Yet, we as a complete package belong to the Lord. Therefore our time belongs to Him also.
Give the Lord your hands, feet, understanding, abilities, etc...
Give a few minutes or a chunk of your very precious time on a regular basis.
We all have 24 hours a day, but minute by minute we are spending our allotted time, not knowing how many minutes are in our lifetime bank.
So spend yours prayerfully and carefully.
And whatsoever ye do, do [it] heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
How great is that? Even leftovers can be a great meal from such an effort.
But for most of us, a thrown together batch of ingredients make up our meals and our lives.
Bits and pieces gathered together as we live and shop in a hurry to just get the task accomplished.
I have noticed that we tend to handle our relationships with one another in the same way.
This will work for a while, but eventually you will discover that something is missing.
Relationships are not prepackaged meals.
And a great leftover is still a leftover.
Relationships require hands on prep work. They take time. Your time.
Relationships require a gourmet meal approach on a regular basis.
This ensures that our emotional bank will be replete.
We all need to be fed.
When cooking, you can find nutritious viable options for feeding yourself and your family.
Prepackaged. Packaged meals with instructions.
It feeds you a meal, yet something is missing.
That something is the knowledge that it was intended and prepared specifically for you.
Life demands a huge investment in time and effort.
Do not give those you care about....leftovers on a regular basis.
They might be time savers, but they are not relationship savers.
We all need to feel special on a regular basis.
Anything worth doing. Is worth doing right.
Leftovers are fine occasionally.
But no one who has a relationship with you, will only want the leftovers of your time and effort.
What's for dinner?
Galations 5:13 For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only [use] not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Do Not Give Up
There are times and seasons in which we need to let go, but not give up.
There is a need to hang on to God's word and God's timing.
There have been times, when I started to give up on a situation or a person.
Yet, the Lord would impress me to give the situation or the person a bit more time.
Time to grow, time to be watered, time for the light of God to shine forth in our hearts.
In the natural our faith is matured through a growth process.
As with all things this takes time.
If the Lord plants a seed in your heart to believe for something beyond your natural mind, you need to let it mature.
Maturity happens as a thing, person, or situation is left in the ample, sovereign hands of God.
If you try to make something happen before its time, results can be less than expected.
It is hard to wait. And wait. And wait.
The Lord of the harvest knows when the seed is matured and ready to be harvested.
God knows the desires of our hearts and the good plan that He has for each of us.
Prayerfully consider your decisions.
Is it harvest time?
Or is it a Sabbath rest for you and your fields?
Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
2 Corinthians 4:4
In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
Friday, October 23, 2009
Another adjustment in our everyday life.
At this time, I am prioritizing my time commitments and falling back to things that worked better in all areas of my life.
I try out new things and ways of managing on a regular basis.
Fine tuning things as I go along, and with that acknowledgement,
I am reminded that new and different is not always better.
Time management and our lives need adjusting with the seasons.
Seasons of the year as well as the seasons of our lives.
Just as the calendar announces a soon to be time change.
We need to thoughtfully consider the changes that are happening in and around us.
There is a time for all things.
Recognizing when to spring forward and when to fall back is an important tool in our way of managing life.
I am cleaning out that which does not bring life to me and moving forward on necessary things.
I want to encourage you to do the same.
Just as the trees lose their leaves, we too need to shed the extracurricular leaves of our lives. This will free us to concentrate on the root of our lives.
In the garden, when you prune back leaves or limbs of a plant, it concentrates or focuses the strength back to the roots.
The same refocus of energy and new strength happens to us if we also prune back the unnecessary in our own lives.
If life is too hectic, too much, or you have lost touch with what is important.
Fall back or Spring forward, but do something!
Life is passing and this is the only one we have until eternity.
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
He Showed Me the Rain
I have grieved over the loss of good friends who are gone.
And I have wondered "What happened?" to acquaintances who did not stick around long enough to be more than an acquaintance.
Usually these people were needy and took the gift of friendship and left.
Friendship takes time.
Friendship is like learning to dance.
Step by step you figure out the friendship rhythm without losing your own beat.
Friends complement your dance even if occasionally they step on your toes.
As I pondered the wonder and gift of friendship, the Lord showed me the rain.
The slow steady drizzle, a mist, and the drenching rain.
Rain that falls quickly, rain that covers with moisture and rain that arrives with noticeable intent
As I questioned Him, "How and why can we pour out love and help into another person and just be forgotten?
Used in some instances and then discarded?
He showed me the rain.
Rain that quenched the need of the earth, yet the raindrops were not noticed individually.
Yet, each drop met a need.
Rain, like friendship is a gift from God, meeting a need
Sometimes noticed only temporarily because it brought relief, not simply because it was rain.
Sometimes our gift of friendship to one another is like the rain.
Absorbed and forgotten, yet needed. A gift from God that has fulfilled its purpose.
So He uses us to rain His love and care
One drop at a time, rivers of living water, flowing out of our bellies-one to another.
Friends who had been and friends who will be...
Filled and watered by His love.
One drop at a time.
I showed myself friendly and He showed me the rain.
Thursday, October 8, 2009
What Side Are You On?
And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers.
And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.
And they straightway left their nets, and followed him.
Simon Peter saith unto them, I go a fishing. They say unto him, We also go with thee. They went forth, and entered into a ship immediately; and that night they caught nothing.
But when the morning was now come, Jesus stood on the shore: but the disciples knew not that it was Jesus.
Then Jesus saith unto them, Children, have ye any meat? They answered him, No.
And he said unto them, Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and ye shall find. They cast therefore, and now they were not able to draw it for the multitude of fishes.
After reading these scriptures, I started thinking about the sentence "Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and ye shall find."
Peter starts out doing something which appears harmless and necessary. He went to work.
When he was called, he was fishing, doing his job.
He had been a fisherman by trade. The problem was, Peter was no longer a fisherman.
He had been called by Jesus to be a fisher of men.
His calling was sure and he applied himself until he lost sight of Jesus.
So Peter did what most of us do. He did what he had always done.
He applied himself to the task of catching fish and he caught nothing!
The ocean was full of fish. But now, there was no blessing in Peter's job.
He came up empty when he worked in his own strength.
It states in John 21 that Peter was fishing naked.
Doing things your own way...leaves you naked.
And yet when the morning was come....
Physically the morning dawned and spiritually the Light of the World, Jesus appeared and showed them what was needed.
Peter put back on his covering and his obedience brought blessing.
My thought was that Peter was on the left side or wrong side of his calling.
On a daily basis we fish. Aka...work, marry, raise children, and the list goes on.
And yet if we are not doing what we know we have been called and raised up to do...we are fishing on the left side of the boat.
And we come up with nothing.
When we follow God's direction and cast our net aka our calling in Christ Jesus/our lives on the right side of the boat...we find our prosperity.
Prosperity to meet our needs, more than enough.
More than enough blessing for us as well as those whom God has placed with us.
As you read the rest of John chapter 21, you see that Jesus did not berate Simon Peter, but showed him His provision that was provided by Peter's obedience to do as Jesus instructed. Regardless, of Peter's questions, Jesus reminds him of his original calling.
Follow me and again, Follow thou me. John 21:19 and John 21:22.
Are you fishing on the wrong side of the boat?
If you are, I want to encourage you to cast your net on the right side.
Thursday, October 1, 2009
I had that kind of day last week. One thing after another gave me an opportunity to react in a not so patient way!
I found myself....puffing up. Typing this is starting to make me laugh.
I can just see my frustrated self in my minds eye.
I probably didn't look all that different on the outside....but on the inside....I was ruffled!
I tried to put a smile on my face and keep walking, one foot in front of the other.
But no. Not working.
Still smarting from the aggravation of my day, I heard the still small voice of the Lord tell me to separate myself from the group I was with and take a break for a few minutes alone.
Explaining that I needed to go sit on a bench outside for a few, I left the group, to gather my thoughts and reclaim a better attitude.
I found a bench and sat down, still puffed up and ruffled inside.
Within seconds of my obedience to separate myself and get a grip on my attitude...I saw them.
Under the eaves of the overhang of the building where I sat, were three birds.
One bird was flying in and out attending to its nest, hidden in the eave.
The other two were busy twittering and preening. As I silently watched, I noticed they would quit flapping about and would start to preen. Their feathers were puffed out!
What causes a bird to preen...is ruffled feathers!
They pull their feathers one by one through their beak and cause the small barbs on their feathers to lie down. It is hard to fly when your feathers are ruffled.
To tend to preening...you need to be still.
Thus my call to sit for a while and allow the Holy Spirit to smooth my ruffled feathers.
I needed to be still.
Not deny there was a problem, but allow the Lord to realign my feathers.
Psalm 91:4He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Flowers For YOU!
Enjoy! Enjoy the flowers and enjoy the beginning of fall.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
We are to lift one another and our burdens through physical help as well as prayerful petition.
If you ask God what to pray for and whom to pray for you will amazed.
Sometimes the request comes from someone face to face. Sometimes it is a link from someone else.
There have been seasons that I knew I was to pray. Not just my everyday communication with the Lord, but specific requests that came in such odd ways.
The seemingly random conversation overheard in a line at a store check-out, getting gas, the post office line.
Usually, most of us are processing a lot of information just with our normal everyday life and yet... If the Holy Spirit awakens your prayer response..pay attention.
Pray then, pray every time He reminds you of that person or encounter.
Praying always. Not religiously, yet thoughtfully. That He who granted you the privilege of prayer will meet yours and their need.
He awaits. Our petition, our prayer, our thanksgiving that He is who He says He is, and He will do what He said He would. He changeth not...on this you can rely.
No magic formula. But a sovereign God and Savior who will accomplish what He has sent His word to accomplish. His word will not come back void.
Pray today. Pray His word. Thank Him for He careth for you.
So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.
Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;
Sunday, September 20, 2009
So carefully think over your own heart. Is any of your behaviour caused by jealousy? Think about it and prayerfully consider what you should do about it.
Here is a brief prayer that I prayed.
Father, consider my ways and help me to choose your way. To love the unlovely, even if that is me at that time. Help me to forgive myself and others and value myself and others as you do.
In Jesus name, Amen.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
I remember going to Sunday school a few times during my childhood and I left the class with this song. The song stayed with me through the years, although I did not understand its meaning, I knew I wanted to shine!
After becoming an adult, I chose to accept Jesus Christ as my Saviour and allow His light to shine in and through me. There are still many things that I do not understand. Yet, I do understand that I am to shine as a light in this dark world. You are to shine.
For years I walked in darkness and lived my life in darkness.
Nothing is clear in the dark. Only when the light is shown does the darkness recede.
Darkness does not disappear. It is still present, but is pushed aside by His light.
Jesus Christ in you is a light that can illuminate the darkness.
Today I want to encourage you to shine.
There are storms that would try to quench His light in you, yet shine.
God wants to use us to light the darkness around us.
No man, when he hath lighted a candle, putteth it in a secret place, neither under a bushel, but on a candlestick, that they which come in may see the light.
That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;
And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
Saturday, September 5, 2009
Trusting God and walking peacefully in God's timing can be like wearing your first pair of high heels.
Wobbly, at best and practice is needed.
There are things that I have desired so greatly, that I would convince myself, I surely needed to help God on this one!
Wow! Wrong!! I have never been happy with the result. Sometimes it is a small mess to clean up and sometimes it takes a dump truck!
Forget high heels....think rubber boots.
If you find yourself at the wrong end of a good intention or an argument, repent as quickly as possible. The root of repent is to turn in the opposite direction.
After falling flat on my face and rear more times than necessary I have learned to step lightly and for balance at times I have needed to walk with the Bible on my head as well as in my heart.
Ephesians 6:15And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
Walking softly and carrying His word,
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Needless, to say, an opening without a drain basket is an opportunity for a big mess.
After determining the problem, I commenced upon a solution.
A drain basket over the opening until a replacement could be arranged to be installed.
In the meantime, I had to clean out the hole, that had just received a large mess! EWW!!!
Well, I thought I had removed all of the mess from the drain. Rinse, repeat, rinse again.
It appeared clean to me.
That is, until my daughters came to visit and told me there was a slightly bad odor in the house.
After all, I had not noticed a bad smell.
My daughters laughed and told me there was definitely a bad smell which I could not smell because I had been exposed to it all day.
Hmm...that made me think.
How often does our attitude, or our outlook have a slightly bad odor? Stinky thinking
Sometimes others notice what we have not noticed and care enough to tell us.
So today, even if you think your attitude is great, careful consideration may be in order.
Spending time in God's word can be a drain basket for your less than lovely attitude.
Take a few moments and thoughtfully, stop and smell your attitude.
A lot of times upon closer inspection you will find that it is not as sweet as you once thought.
Removal of the junk and air freshener does wonders for your home.
Application of God's word and a fresh wind of God's Holy Spirit can clean up the most offensive things.
Cleaning house inside and out.
Proverbs 27:17 Iron sharpeneth iron, so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.
Monday, August 31, 2009
In Psalm 139, the Lord reminds you that before you were formed that He knew you.
If you have ever nursed a child, you know how impossible it is to forget a child. Your bosom has to be emptied! You will stop whatever you are doing to relieve the pressure.
In Isaiah the Lord reminds you that He has that same care for you.
Maybe at times it feels as though you go unnoticed or that you are working endlessly.
Take heart. Your effort is noted and appreciated.
You are not forgotten.
Slowly read and chew on the scriptures below and insert your name.
Really consider that God, the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end is telling YOU and Me that He will not forget us.
WOW! Thank you God :)
Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee.
My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.
How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them!
If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Guest author "Kristin Espinasse" of A Day in a French Life...
Thank you Kristi for allowing me to share your writing.
Recently her newsletter via her blog http://french-word-a-day.typepad.com/
recounted a story of an encounter while on vacation. I thought it was well written and touched on things that we all notice as we settle in with our faith whether publicly or privately. A light on a hilltop is to shine and we are to go and tell. In Kristin's case it was in Croatia while vacationing.
Enjoy! Story below is from the link above...copyrighted to Kristin Espinasse.
A Day in a French Life...by Kristin Espinasse
We arrived in Croatia at 10:30 at night after a 14-hour drive from Ovada. This late in the evening, I could not yet make out the charming maisonnette* that was to be our rental for the next seven days.
The location* was part of a farmhouse, long since divided up like a Kit Kat wafer. If you stood facing the long building, you could easily pick out our unit, with its cheery lavender-colored facade, its little iron fence, geraniums tumbling down the sides. Above the patio a sprawling grapevine provided shade and a visual feast: clusters of sweet fruit. The bright little abode was bookended by the continuation of a grayish colored building in need of repair and refacing.
I looked up at the grapes each night as I sat reading in a cozy, cushioned chair. Though I had brought a stack of books (ranging from "The Life of a Simple Man" to "Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress"), in the evening I took advantage of the serene setting for some scriptural study.
Around the second or third night, my feet propped up on a chair, I settled into my cozy routine. That's when I heard the crunching of gravel. My ears tuned in to the driveway, just outside our enclosed patio, as I listened to the sound of Croatian steps approaching.
I soon sensed the presence of a stranger on the other side of the fence, just inches from where I sat. "Hello," I said."What are you reading?" the stranger nodded his reply.
Caught off guard, I thought about the object of my study, and how prayer isn't something you shout from the rooftops; just like tithing -- where your left hand shouldn't know what your right hand is doing -- worship should be done in private. No need to blab about holy matters, or how much they matter to you -- when actions speak louder than words.
But with the stranger's eye now poking right through the bars of the front fence, I had no other option but to reveal my spiritual zeal.
"I... am reading the Bible," I replied."Yes, but which book?"For a moment, I was confused, for I had told the stranger what book I was reading: the Holy Bible.
I looked up at the man, who waited for my answer. He was tall and thin, with shoulder-length locks. He looked to be about my age, forty-something.
Book... In fact, the stranger had already identified the livre* that I was reading (the gilded pages were a giveaway) and wanted to know which chapter I was reading -- only he had correctly called the sections "books".
Distracted, I had to look down to the delicate pages to answer his question."Romans," I informed him.The man nodded and there followed a moment of silence, one I was anxious to fill. Only, what to say?
"Do you read the Bible?" I inquired, feeling like a Sunday school teacher's pet. I hoped I didn't sound that way -- but I could think of nothing else to say."Sometimes. When I am not working," replied the stranger.
I remembered the other Croatians that I had recently met, all of whom were so busy working to make ends meet that vacation--even home-bound R&R and meditation--were an unaffordable luxury.
"Do you live around here?" I asked."No, I live in the city." I thought about all the HLM's* we had passed by, dingy gray façades that were peeling like sunburned giants. The dilapidated units were piled, one over the other, sky high. There were hundreds of humble abodes within one dismal block of concrete. The blocks crowded the graffitied commercial centers, where we went to buy our bread and butter. What a contrast these "homes" were to the charming vacation rentals on the coast....
"My grandmother lived there," the stranger continued, pointing to a house up the dirt lane. "She passed away three years ago. She was ninety-one."
Listening to the grown man talk about his grandmother, I was lost for words, but managed a random reply:"She had a nice life," I offered, once again petting another's pride.
"Not a nice life," the man corrected, "a long life".
Having said a simple goodbye, the mysterious man walked on, leaving me with the power of words--exact words, not fluffed up, flattering ones. I made a commitment, then and there, to make an effort to practice precise speech, to slow down in time to search for les mots justes,* for exact words--and to have the confidence to deliver them. Even the overworked stranger had made the time, and had had the self-respect, to do as much.
I closed my "books," as the stranger had justly called them, and relished the unexpected lesson, on truth, that I had learned from the other side of the fence.
Monday, August 24, 2009
Knowing Your Purpose
Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he was come from God, and went to God; He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself.
The thing that jumped off the page to me was that He knew. There is a time in your relationship, in all relationships that you have to " KNOW."
You have to know that though people fail, GOD does not.
And even when your natural inclination is to panic...you know there is no need.
There is no need because He is Jehovah Jirah, your provider.
There is no need because you know that the Father has given all things into his hands and that he came from God and he went to God.
And just as Jesus was able to focus on His mission because he knew his purpose and what he was on this earth to do, you too can focus on your mission. God has promised to work all things for our good to those who are called according to his purpose. Now is not the time to panic..know your purpose.
Jesus was able to do the things he did because he knew who he was.
Do you know who you are? If you belong to the Lord, then He lives in you and through you.
And who you are...is a new creature in Christ, you are HIS.
I am not suggesting that you act as an ostrich with your head in the sand. You are in the world and life happens. But there is a peace in knowing that he who loved you, loved you to the end.
Focus on your purpose. Do not be distracted.
Jehovah-Jireh, your provider will sustain you through each step of your journey. He will never leave you or forsake you.
Know your purpose. Commit to your purpose. Carry out your purpose.
Now before the feast of the passover, when Jesus knew that his hour was come that he should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end.
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
Thursday, August 20, 2009
This is Painful.
At times I have willing submitted to a known area of needed breaking down and fixing.
And at other times, I have been broken and fixed......screaming and kicking, all the way to the potter's wheel! It hurt each time, willing or unwilling. Each choice brought a different form of pain.
Yet each time there is a beauty that appears in my character that I have to acknowledge would have never of happened unless the breaking occurred.
Oh! Sometimes.... I can see the crack of "less than" concerning His will in my life.
At times it is glaringly obvious to others and myself.
At times it is a struggle for me to understand or see the less than divine nature I exhibit.
God wants to conform you and I into the image of Jesus Christ. This is painful.
Our natural man appears deformed spiritually and Father God desires CONFORMED.
You see, we have been made a new creature in Christ Jesus when we accept His shed blood for the forgiveness of our sins.
God only discards our sins....not us.
So we are remade, day by day, into a vessel of use, fit for His plan in our lives.
Again, this is painful.
So back to the original question. Are you broken? Well, be encouraged that there is a wonderous repair happening in you.
For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God
2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Be Not Weary-Life Happens
Some days it is nothing but sheer effort that moves us forward. It may be from a general lack of rest,difficult people and difficult situations, to there just doesn't seem to be an end in sight.
Ever have one of those kind of days? or weeks? or months? I have.
Well the scripture below has been a softly humming song in my mind all morning. I want to suggest that you take a few moments to consider the need to realign your mind with God's good word to you and me.
He promises a harvest if we persevere until the end. Do not think it unusual, that with the best laid plans that life still happens.
The issue is not life but how we skillfully apply God's word to our lives. Remember it is not that you will not have cause to be weary, you will. Just remember that there is a harvest time coming, do not give up!!!! Rest as you need to, think on His word, and do not consider it unusual the trials and testings that happen to us all. Be in it to win it.
And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
Saturday, August 8, 2009
Letting Go of Cockatoo Dreams
And yet.......here we are.
So busy pleasing others.
Reaching out for ......the elusive self.
Pushing down our needs.
Giving out seeds.
Seeds sown.....to others who have grown.
Past our self-sacrifice to parts unknown.
And yet.....here we are.
Waiting on the harvest.
Heart in hand, thoughts afar to times past
When we toiled.....to see a harvest at last.
Everyone seems to be on a journey to find themselves.
And yet....here we are.
~Debbie Turner Chavers
I have written some of my thoughts as poetry at different times in my life. This poem and others are in my journal titled "Letting Go of Cockatoo Dreams".
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
I was reading Deuteronomy and saw how important encouragement was to the promotion of good things and God's plan for man.
Moses was told to encourage Joshua, because he would cause Israel to inherit the plan of God.
Do not belittle your ability to truly make a difference by your kindness to someone and the gift of encouragement that could make all the difference in the world.
Joshua was an anointed leader that God used to bring about His plan for Israel. Yet, obviously he needed encouragement. You need encouragement. I need encouragement.
The next time you are stirred to send a note, a smile, or anything that would encourage.
Appearances can be deceiving. You might convince yourself that the other person does not need it, yet it is needed.
Everyone needs encouragement.
Everyone has a God given destiny and our encouragement can make a difference.
Deuteronomy 1:38 But Joshua the son of Nun, which standeth before thee, he shall go in thither: encourage him: for he shall cause Israel to inherit it.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
What Are You Doing?
Thus the question. What are you doing?
Ah! What am I doing? A question to which I am not sure how to answer. The doing part I can manage quite well, since laziness has never been an issue. I have had many others, such as procrastination, fear, selfishness, and the list goes on. But not true laziness that caused me to waste time, money, or effort on the behalf of someone else and their interest. But the dilemma is when I am doing something for or about me.
But, I digress! The question still awaits an answer. What am I doing?
So here I sit......thinking. As I mentally walk around this question I have to view it as though I am advising someone else. What would I tell someone else?
Make a plan and execute the plan. Easy. Right? NO.
So maybe I need to look at what I am not doing to decide what I am doing.
Here is what I am not doing.
1. I am not running ahead of God, looking back to see if He has caught up to me and my plan.
2. I am not fretting about things that I have no control or authority to change.
3. I am not waiting to see how I feel about His word before I move in obedience to His word.
4. I am not looking at another person to do for me what only I can do through my choices.
5. I am not leaning on my own understanding.
Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
There is my answer. What am I doing? I am in the process of trusting God with all my heart.
Simplified this equals....
Always do the right thing and expect God to do His part.
You can do this. I can do this.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
There is a blessing that one receives from being faithful. The Lord promises that if you will be faithful in little that He will promote you to greater authority or ruler over many things.
In the natural, the first thought is that promotion is realized in the physical realm. But as you think on it and experience the reward of this you come to realize it is a spiritual reward as well.
The act of faithfulness in any area cost you something. Yes, there is a price to be paid.
Faithfulness requires commitment.
If not to the person or situation, then most certainly to God's word.
Matthew 25:21 ends with joy, but the process of faithfulness usually starts with tears or anger.
It is hard to be faithful.
To continue to believe the best, to do the best, and to keep pressing in and on regardless of the circumstances. But, I want to encourage you to do just that.
There is a reward.
God promised and He can not and will not lie.
1Samuel 15:29 And also the Strength of Israel will not lie nor repent: for he is not a man, that he should repent.
His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Take up your cross and follow me. I for one am glad that His cross is empty and that He is risen! But today I am contemplating "my cross" as His disciple. What about that cross? He carried His cross and rose in victory to sit on the right hand of the Father. But we are still here.
My cross. Well on all accounts that just sounds awful! Who wants a cross?
Oh, yes, a beautiful ornamental cross that we can display as a jewelry accessory. But a cross that I need to carry and not even on a trail of my choosing? Wow! Sounds like that might be difficult.
As followers of Christ we each have a cross to bear that is ours in particular.
And even as the man conscripted to help Christ carry His cross to Golgotha we too have help when the load is too much to bear because of the task set before us.
Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
My cross appears to be the things in life that cross my path that I must walk out to the glory of God and the continued growth I experience as I obey His word in my everyday life.
Deny myself is what I am doing when I refuse to do what I want to do naturally and do instead what I believe God's word tells me to do in any given situation according to His written word in Scripture.
And sometimes the load is bigger than my faith or my natural ability and I stagger as I walk the path of obedience assigned to me.
And yet, the Lord will send me a helper to accomplish the carrying of the required load. Sometimes my helper is another person who helps shoulder the load physically or points my eyes heaven wards. It is easy to become over whelmed with the difficulty of life when your eyes are not lifted upward.
Following Him is what happens as I lay down my will and pick up my cross.
Not your cross
Not His cross
And as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name: him they compelled to bear his cross.
Saturday, July 4, 2009
|Are You Thirsty?|
© Debbie Turner Chavers
And yet....there is a cool spot of shade and running water just ahead. There is a spring of living water that beckons and with the last of my resolve I push through until I fall in an exhausted heap of need beside the still water of His presence.
My soul hungrily devours His presence, until peace replaces my need and strength floods my soul.
I have watched others running with all their might toward a goal of dubious value and yet they knew they had to train, and strengthen their body's endurance to last until the finish line. There are people who will stand on the side lines to cheer them forward and hand off a cup of water to help them on their journey. There is an inner urging to keep moving toward the finish line.
A focused intensity.
There is a need to focus our intensity. It is easy to lag behind and lose focus of why you entered this race of your faith. The marathon of life makes many demands upon your being. It is necessary to renew your strength and refocus as you run. The Lord is in the race with you. He is encouraging you onward and hands you a cup of living water as you thirst. The race has a beginning and an end. He sends you off, He provides for you as you run, and He waits at the Finish line for your triumphant entry. Do not give up.
Be in it to win it.
I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus
Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Words, Weed and Reseed
Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
An Excerpt From " A Dog's Purpose"
Here is a list of things you could learn from a dog.
When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.
Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.
Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure ecstasy.
Stretch before rising.
Run, romp, and play daily.
Thrive on attention and let people touch you.
Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.
On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass.
On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree.
When you're happy, dance around and wag your entire body.
Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.
Never pretend to be something you're not.
If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.
When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by, and nuzzle them gently.
ENJOY EVERY MOMENT OF EVERY DAY
Everyday of our life is a gift. Take the time to slowly unwrap the paper, admire the bows, and share the gift.
With a smile at the thought of God's beautiful handiwork which He created ...by creating YOU.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
In life, you may find yourself directionally challenged. I have a sure compass that gets me to my destination safely every time. In the natural I use the GPS and all available resources.
In the spirit I have learned to follow the bread trail. Whenever someone is lost they will tell you to leave a noticeable trail of where you have been.
Mark a trail.
Studying and reading the Word of God gives us a trail or path to follow.
If I seem to lose my way, I return to the last piece of bread (God's written word) that I dropped into my spirit.
Life can be an obstacle course if you do not have a clear sense of direction.
God's word will lead us in the right direction. I don't know about you but I think it is time for a snack!
I think a bit of bread would satisfy me:)
Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
Monday, June 15, 2009
But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
Monday, June 8, 2009
The weather was balmy, but regardless of the beauty of the day, weeds are not welcome in my garden! It has been awhile since I weeded the beds and they needed attention.
It amazed me as I gardened how even weeds can blend in and not seem so bad...thus my lack of attention to this area.
The last time that I weeded the garden and flower beds I carefully pulled and pried gently until I thought I had removed every little bit of the rootlet. Weeds have a way of blowing in from other yards and through the air via birds, insects, etc....
As I felt the warm sun on my face and back, I pondered all the activity and growth of these unwanted visitors.
It reminded me of myself and my walk with the Lord.
My soul tends to get weeds in the garden of my heart and mind if I am not regularly tending to their care. Bad habits and sin have a way of leaving rootlets that without the regular watering and light of God's word tend to start growing again.
I may convince myself at times that my garden is just fine ...Thank you!
But just like my rose and vegetable garden I soon see evidence of a few weeds amongst the roses in the garden of my heart without proper attention on a regular basis.
The scripture reference below said this about tares.
tares- a kind of darnel, resembling wheat except the grains are black
The important part of this to me was that it resembled wheat.. it wasn't wheat.
There are things that I allow at times, convinced that they are part of a good harvest.
But without the light and truth of God's word it is easy to be deceived by the appearance of a weed.
My garden once again...for the moment is weed free.
But least I become deceived by appearances...I must observe carefully the planting and harvest of my garden and the care that it requires to give an account to the Lord of the Harvest.
Remember...the Word of God zaps weeds at the root when applied liberally.
So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares?
I recently received a blog award by a lovely lady named Helen. I will post it and the future recipients a bit later. Thanks Helen:)
Sunday, May 31, 2009
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Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Dorcas was someone in the bible who was known to live this verse of Proverbs.
Acts 9:36 Now there was at Joppa a certain disciple named Tabitha, which by interpretation is called Dorcas: this woman was full of good works and alms deeds which she did.
Acts 9:37 And it came to pass in those days, that she was sick, and died: whom when they had washed, they laid [her] in an upper chamber.
Acts 9:38 And forasmuch as Lydda was nigh to Joppa, and the disciples had heard that Peter was there, they sent unto him two men, desiring [him] that he would not delay to come to them.
Acts 9:39 Then Peter arose and went with them. When he was come, they brought him into the upper chamber: and all the widows stood by him weeping, and shewing the coats and garments which Dorcas made, while she was with them.Dorcas was sick and had died,
Acts 9:40 But Peter put them all forth, and kneeled down, and prayed; and turning [him] to the body said, Tabitha, arise. And she opened her eyes: and when she saw Peter, she sat up.
Acts 9:41 And he gave her [his] hand, and lifted her up, and when he had called the saints and widows, presented her alive.
Acts 9:42 And it was known throughout all Joppa; and many believed in the Lord.
Just as Dorcas, we too can make a difference by our giving.
Because of her giving, others sought the Lord in her healing and others were led to believe because of her being raised from the dead. Her reaching out to others through service to the needy pointed others to Christ. How cool is this!
Your dispersing or giving to others can have the same effect. That which is dead, can be resurrected unto new life. The word stretcheth had a dictionary link of "to disperse or break apart as bread to others.
"So on days that you are feeling stretched beyond reason.
I hope you remember Dorcas and take heart that your stretching is not in vain.
Monday, May 25, 2009
But I also think that we should thank those who have sacrificed through their daily service to the betterment of their families, job, or country.
There are many unsung hero's amongst us.
Today, look around.
Who amongst you has given more than they thought they had? Who has died to self?
Today recognize not only the dead, but the living. The parent who has stood by you through your difficult years. The friend who responded when others had given up on you.
Yourself, when you put others first, to your own hurt.
Yes, remember the sacrifices of those who have gone on. Yet, I ask you to also remember to thank those who daily die to their own needs......so that you might live.
For those of you who have gave and gave some more,
Monday, May 18, 2009
Proverbs 31:17 She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.
I have fretted for the last time over an appropriate outfit. I have determined that this is my fashion guide for timeless fashion style that works on every occasion.
To gird means to wrap up. Loins were the lower back- which is considered a place of stability and strength.
In the physical my imagery is of a toned, wrapped up, strong woman.
To see her properly we must consider her clothing, armor, or wrapping!
Ephesians show spiritually how we should be dressing daily.
Going about undressed or without proper clothing is not an option for the woman of God.
If we are dressed in the spirit of God, all can behold our individual beauty.
This creates a fashion sense that never goes out of style!
Ephesians 6:10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
Eph. 6:11 Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
Eph. 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high [places].
Eph. 6:13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Eph. 6:14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
Eph. 6: 15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
Eph.6:16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
Eph.6:17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
Eph.6:18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
This chapter in Ephesians is giving us our armor or dress list.
When we wrap or gird ourselves in the truth of God's word we are strengthened
for every task and foe before us.
The Lord literally is our strength and stability in an unstable world.
Are you prepared to walk in your new fashion sense that equips you for every occasion?
Friday, May 15, 2009
And if you are one of my neglected ones. You are important and I am glad you are my friend.
Working on shewing myself friendly,
A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.
Sunday, May 10, 2009
You are one who will make a difference.
Only you can decide the type of difference you will make in this life. Choose your actions carefully.
Our ability to influence is astounding. One does make a difference.
Many assume that they are just one person and that their choices and life do not make a difference in this world. This is not true and it is only the enemy of what is best for you who tries to convince you otherwise.
Jesus Christ was one person, one person who knew what he needed to do,
and did it.
How we conduct ourselves on a daily basis should be of great importance to us as individuals.
For surely our sons and daughters are observing our choices and behavior.
One to One
For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.
: for in the image of God made he man.
Friday, May 1, 2009
I Can Adjust
There is a season for all things, and in managing your choices and your life, there is a need to recognize a season. I relate most easily to raising my children and keeping an orderly home, in that order. In essence, the CEO of my own mini corporation. Running my home life in a smooth fashion was time consuming, yet necessary for the good of my family, as well as my sanity. As they grew, I had to adjust my means of operation in every area of our life, to accommodate the continued growth. This was not always enjoyable, yet, very necessary.
Every time there was growth, there was adjustment. Life does not come with an extra hook or extra buttons for increase. You can only zip up so much and then it is time to move on, into a different season. You may experience many emotions while managing your life. But keep in mind, this is but for a season. This too shall pass.
Have excellence as a personal motto, so that, regardless of your title...Mom, CEO, or Grandmamma you can enjoy your season from a measured distance or right in the midst of things.
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Job Description: Salt and Light
Prioritize...this gets your head above water every time.
Our job description is not how much we get accomplished, but the way it is accomplished.
We are to show excellence in our endeavors, but foremost our given job description is SALT and LIGHT
These actions and attributes will place us in areas of authority, service, and recognition.
In the natural world as well as the spiritual world, what is sown is reaped.
At times, I find myself being pepper instead of salt. It may be hot but it is not digested.
Our actions should make others thirsty for the good things of God.
When we commit ourselves and our given job/ or duties to the Lord, we will be light.
This action causes blurry to come into focus and darkness to scatter. Fear not...be a light. Everything can be diligently accomplished if you remember and commit to your job description as a child of God.
Remember...we are to be(active verb=action) SALT and LIGHT.
Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.
Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
Monday, April 20, 2009
And The Winner Is?
But before the world was made God had already chosen us to belong to Him and to shine in a dark place. The shed blood of Jesus made a royal way for us to walk into the presence of God, the ruler of the Universe. On life's stage, we all have a spotlight to stand in. That light is the Light of the World, Jesus Christ.
You have the unique ability of sharing what God has done in you and for you through His son, Jesus Christ.
You are a star! And the winner is? Insert your name. Shine...for indeed... we are watching.
But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;
Sunday, April 12, 2009
If God asked you a question, what would it be?
I never really considered how often I ask a question. Being a fairly practical person I want to get an answer and bring any subject to completion when dealing with business.
But relationships don't happen that way. And that is the difficult part! There are so many nuances and reasons why people do what they do. And usually they do not give a second thought to any of this! Well, I believe we need too! Have you ever tried to work on a puzzle where one of the pieces is missing or there is a piece that almost fits, but, not quite?
Ugh! This will send me to my knees. Literally. Where is that piece?
That's the way I feel at times dealing with people who make me look for the missing piece in a relationship and look and look and look.
This train of thought was brought about by mulling over some personal issues. Well, like I said...I like completion. So my thoughts were twirling around in my brain sphere with WHY don't they just tell me...why don't they listen?
And then......it happened.
I found the piece I was missing in this puzzle as I lay quietly pondering my WHY"S. I didn't need to keep asking Him questions. My answer was in His question to me!
If God asked you a question, what would it be?
God what do you want to ask me? I bet the question has something to do with what you are experiencing. I did and His question got right to the heart of the matter! My heart.....my center.
You see...you can't ask for me and I can't ask for you.
But if you ask Him......you might be amazed at His question and your answer.
I asked Him.....Lord what would you ask me?
Go ahead....Ask Him. He loves to tell us His heart.
And Jesus answered and said unto them, I will also ask of you one question, and answer me, and I will tell you by what authority I do these things.
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Save the Date
I like to eat in my dining room at times and remember meals eaten with others as I sit there. This is usually a good memory, but the other day I saw it in a different light. I sat there eating the simple meal that I had prepared and I realized that none of my loved ones were seated in their appointed chairs. No one on this day showed up for supper, but they all know that they have an open invite to share a meal with me. Some days they take me up on my invitation, but this day I sat alone.
As I contemplated this train of thought I began to think about the Marriage Supper of the Lamb.
And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.
I wondered how the Lord will feel if you and I are not in our appointed seat when the Marriage Supper of the Lamb is seated. He has issued an invitation to Come and Dine. We have received an invitation from the Lord of Hosts to partake of His glory in heaven and be seated in Heavenly places with Him. He left us with the ability to take communion, rejoicing in His shed blood and by His stripes we are healed and can now have forgiveness of our sins and open communication with God.
If for any reason you have not RSVP' d or in modern lingo "Saved the date" for the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. What are you waiting for? God loves you and has a place for you. Do not delay. Respond today.
And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me.
And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.
After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.
Jesus saith unto them, Come and dine. And none of the disciples durst ask him, Who art thou? knowing that it was the Lord.
Thursday, April 2, 2009
This thought stuck with me through the years, so it was not surprising to me for the Lord to use an onion skin to make a point with me.
I look for active ways to live my life in Him to the fullest and yet on some days it all seems pointless....to my flesh.... all my striving to love others as He loves me.
And yet there is that onion thing!
If you reach out regularly to be a blessing to others, you probably get discouraged. I know that I become discouraged! At times it is a real struggle to keep moving forward in my love walk.
Recently someone I love dearly, threw years of love and care away.
I cried, then I got angry, and then I surrendered.
I surrended the thing I had given and placed it in my Father's lap.
As I sat tearfully before the Lord, listening to praise music, I noticed a piece of onion skin nearby.
An onion skin?
Well, all I can tell you is that God spoke to my heart with that layer of onion skin.
I was reminded that my walk came in layers also and that I needed to peel back another layer to get to the heart of the matter.
I saw that another layer of my walk with Him was to worship Him even as I felt sorrow.
So I perceive that....my walk with God is in layers too, just like the onion.
Because it seems that layers are peeled away as I seek Him and His way.
An onions odor seems to get stronger as you peel it and get to the core.
I pray that my layers and yours will have the sweet odor(to exhibit the peculiar characteristics ) of Christ as we learn how to live this life, layer by layer.
For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish:
New Living Translation
Our lives are a fragrance presented by Christ to God. But this fragrance is perceived differently by those being saved and by those perishing:
And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.