Friday’s Question

Do we spend more time anticipating the miraculous that we miss the day to day joys?

Psalm 23:1-4

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The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing.  He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley,I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

 

2 Corinthians 9:8

And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.

 

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

I don’t know about you, but I’m a dreamer.  I love to dream about the possibilities if………………..  We each dream about the future for different reasons.  I think for me, I dream because I feel my past was so heavily consumed with the evils of life that I didn’t have the knowledge of the good He was doing.  But what if my dreams are coming true right here/right now and I’m missing them because I am dreaming about what ever I have conjured  up in my head for the future.  Whatever I think will heavily consume my past.  And I’m not watching for how God is blessing me today.   So for me, I’m not going to STOP dreaming of the possibilities if………………  but the possibilities are going to be filled with the expected dreams of what God is doing right here/right now.  I can now see that even in the evils of my past, God was walking through them with me, marking out my path and watching me grow stronger in Him.

My dreams can never out shine the dreams that God has for me.

Lord Jesus, You are my dream come true today! Amen!

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Hidden Spaces

Psalm 16:11

You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

Hebrews 12:1

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,

Colossians 3:1-25

If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Put to death therefore what is earthly in you:   (click for FULL CHAPTER)

Hidden spaces in our soul.  Most of us know what this space is.  Most of us live with spaces that we don’t want to come into the light.  Out in the open for the world to see. Most of us live in the darkness of our sin or the sin committed against us. The darkness can overtake us, keeping us in the shadows of fear and shame.  The pain of that sin can over take us, Keeping us Hidden.

But there is a way out of that darkness, those Hidden Spaces. And His name is Jesus.

No longer living under the weight of the sin and no longer living in the Hidden.  Asking Jesus to come into our presence.  Inviting Him into our heart, our soul, allows Him to envelope us. Covering our darkness with His light.  Never to be hidden in darkness again.

Lord, I’m grateful. Grateful that You have shown me a way out of my hidden-ness. Helping me feel the shame, guilt, and pain but not allowing it to over take me.  Not letting the sin cover up Your Goodness but allowing Your Goodness to cover up the sin.  I’m grateful!  I pray Lord that You will guide me to others that need Your light.  Give me the courage and fearlessness through knowing You to show others the way out of their Hidden.  Help me be bold in You and in You alone.  Amen!

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Friday’s Question

How do you know when God is pushing you to move?

Exodus 29:19-21

“Now take the other ram, and have Aaron and his sons lay their hands on its head.  Then slaughter it, and apply some of its blood to the right earlobes of Aaron and his sons. Also put it on the thumbs of their right hands and the big toes of their right feet. Splatter the rest of the blood against all sides of the altar.  Then take some of the blood from the altar and some of the anointing oil, and sprinkle it on Aaron and his sons and on their garments. In this way, they and their garments will be set apart as holy.

I found out tonight!  He showed me that I’m listening to him but he wants me to listen a bit closer, stretch a bit further and move a bit beyond.  Opening myself up to NEW. Opening myself up to UNCOMFORTABLE. Opening myself up to feelings of UNQUALIFIED. Just to remind me that I’M HIS, I’M WORTHY and I’M CAPABLE.  He will never push me to move into an area without going on the ride with me.

In the first step tonight I learned……

It’s okay to remember

There is satisfaction to be found

Even in the ugly

God is close

Change and freedom is mine

New life

Welcomed

Serving

God is Close

Blessed

Who am I

The possibilities

Singing and Surprises

Some joy Some hard

Write to show who you are

Write because Jesus made right, all the wrongs

With his hands on me

My past was killed

And I was made right in his eyes

His blood was sprinkled on my soul

My hollowed was filled.

Thank you Lord for Stretching me.  I pray that others will feel your tugs and move where you lead. Amen!

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Our Sin is a Symptom

Have  you ever asked yourself “Why”?  Why do I act this way?  Why do things keep happening to me? Why ……………………?

Maybe, just maybe, the answers are easier to find then we think.  The answers are within us!

Openly examine and confess my faults to myself, to God and to someone I trust.

Matthew 5:8  Happy are the pure in heart.

But it’s not easy or I would go as far as saying “it’s impossible” to go it alone.

Do I _____________________?

live in denial

justify my behaviors

continually repeat bad behaviors even though I’m convicted to stop

live more concerned about others thoughts

withdraw within my own 4 walls

self seek

or

Do I ______________________?

seek out Jesus’s love and guidance and insight

admit when I have done wrong

ask others to help hold me accountable

wait for God to show me my weakness

search out lasting, strong relationships with others

serve others

My sin is a symptom of my choices.  The unseen things that are harboring in my heart. Things I haven’t given over to God.  So I’m choosing to seek out God to help me make better ones.

Lord, Where would I be without you?  I shutter to even think.  I am grateful for your steady hand in my life.  Help me to look beyond myself and be that hand for others.  Amen!

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Can you Imagine?

Luke 24:32  They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scripture to us?

“I can only imagine” by Mercy Me (click to listen)

As I’ve gone through this week, with the resurrection of Jesus Christ heavily on my mind, I wonder if I had been born in those days of Jesus, would I have believed?  Or would I have been one of those that doubted?

The same questions can be asked today.  As He works in my life, as I see His love carry me through, as I see His great miracles of this century, do I believe?  I sit in quiet places, asking Him to speak to me and guide my steps, and He does.  He still speaks!  His scriptures are available to us now. And is my “heart burning within me while He talks?”

I can only imagine the pain that they must have felt as the man, Jesus, hung on that cross.  The loss of HOPE that they must have had.  But to walk into the tomb 3 days later to find Him gone. Was there immediate response fear? Or was there great anticipation?

Luke 24:45-49 click to read on  bb0426db8457b4301c6e9ab4fc778351

He rose again to show us that we can still have the Hope of Salvation in Him.  And He has given us the Holy Spirit to walk us through our days.

Lord, I so look forward to the day that I can stop imagining and see you FACE TO FACE. Amen!

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