Pace myself

The pace leader runs a steady pace and keeps track of that pace so that the group can achieve their goal of finishing the marathon at a particular time.

I choose the Holy Spirit to be my pace leader!

I’ve not always been that way. I never have been one afraid of making decisions or jumping feet first into something I thought was worth wild. If you had a minute or two with me, I bet I could come up fairly quickly with BIG decisions I made pretty fast without any one leading or prompting me. Although the willingness to make decisions on your own is a good quality, making them on your own and without doing your home work can some times, a lot of the times, head you down the wrong path, make you run out of steam or run yourself right off the edge of a cliff because you didn’t notice it while you were running so fast.

That has been me several times. Thank goodness God can make good out of our bad! Thank goodness God himself comes to us through the Holy Spirit to lead each of our steps in this race called life.

1 Corinthians 2:6-11 Wisdom from the Spirit

 Yet among the mature we do impart wisdom, although it is not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are doomed to pass away.   But we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God decreed before the ages for our glory.   None of the rulers of this age understood this, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.   But, as it is written,

“What no eye has seen, nor ear heard,
    nor the heart of man imagined,
what God has prepared for those who love him”—

these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God.  For who knows a person’s thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him?

Now don’t be fearful of making decisions. I’m simply suggesting to you and reminding myself daily to wait on HIM to lead us. I’m getting better at that and I’ve found that life is much more peace filled because it’s in HIS timing and not in mine.

Hebrews 12:1 

Since we have such a huge crowd of men of faith watching us from the grandstands, let us strip off anything that slows us down or holds us back, and especially those sins that wrap themselves so tightly around our feet and trip us up; and let us run with patience the particular race that God has set before us.

Don’t sit there stagnant! Don’t get comfortable and settle in! Don’t wait on someone here on earth to show you the way. HE will use all sorts of ways to talk to us and lead us. I have had a friend sit across from me and confirm what I have already felt was a prompting of the Lord but my prompting must come from the Lord for it to be HIS.

Wait, listen and Move! That is the PACE that HE has for you!

Thank you Lord for always following up with me! Amen!

Who are you listening to?

How old do I have to get?

How many experiences do I have to have?

How many times will I see miracles happen?

How many promises are kept?

How many dreams are realized?

How many?

Before I quit listening to Satan’s whispers in my ear!

How many?

Genesis 3:1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?”

Now, I’m gonna admit something here. Self doubt runs a muck in my mind. It’s a learned trait. Never seemed to quiet measure up to those I sought love and admiration from. Not sure why and not blaming. It just is.

But now………. I know better. The ONE I seek love from created me, knows me and still loves me with un-measurable love.

Yet, when that crafty prowler gets in my ear, I still begin to listen.

1 Peter 5:8 Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.

It happened to me just the other day. Some things were going on in my world and Satan was working overtime. But you know what, I recognized his skeeming and called him out on it. Satan ain’t gonna win this one! Cause my God has me!

I understand that as long as I live and as long as I’m seeking my God daily, living out my salvation given by Jesus and allowing the Holy Spirit to lead me………….. Satan’s gonna keep trying!

Not today Satan!

Ephesians 6:10-18 

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. 14 Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. 16 In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; 17 and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, 18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,

Thank you again Lord!

No difference!

What do you see?

I see innocent love for a friend. A friend they don’t even know. A friend who, to them, are no different!

After just a few minutes of being at the splash pad, both my girls made quick friends with several kids. It seems that age and race aren’t an issue. So, where did it start being an issue? Will I be able to influence my girls so they continue to see no difference or will the world’s influence get them?

Can they continue to just love the love that John speaks of?

John 13:34-35 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

There are many more scriptures that speak of how we should love each other. As we age, we loose the innocence, we are influenced by the world, it’s impossible to stop. Heck! I influence my girls, that’s just how it goes. But regardless of age, race, gender or religion (or lack there of), that group of new friends, that group of old friends, our neighbors are still just imperfect people, trying to find their way in this world just like me, just like my girls. So can we put influences aside and just love.

Lord protect my girls. Protect all my grands. Protect this world from ugliness. Amen!

Where would I be?

Without Him? Lost!

I was talking to my daughter in law the other day about some circumstances in my life at this moment and she asked me what was next. You know I didn’t even have to think, which was a little surprising to me, but my response was, “I’m not sure but I’m positive it will be better”.

That would not have been my answer 30 years ago when I found myself newly divorced. That would not have been my answer 18 years ago with a sick child and a wayward child. Not 13 years ago when there was a real possibility of finding myself alone again. And surely, you’d say, how about 7 years ago as we move away from everything and everyone I knew, including our children, to move to a new state. Nope not even 7 years ago. And actually several since then. But now, my answer is, “I’m not sure but I’m positive it will be better”.

I can say that with surety because I lived through 30 years ago, 18 years ago, 13 years ago and even 7 years ago to find myself better than then. At the time I wouldn’t have thought it possible, but with HIM everything is possible.

Psalm 18:16 He reached down from heaven and took me and drew me out of my great trials. He rescued me from deep waters.

I just found a new life song. One that creates huge tears to well up in my eyes. Because today, I can say, that He rescued me with faith that he will also rescue me now.

Life rarely ever throws at you what you expect. And life, although has some of the most glorious times, also can have some of the hardest. But in this life, God has never gave up on me and always fought my battles for me.

To Him I am grateful! Amen!

5

Well, today proves that you can never be too old to learn something! My participation in Five Minute Friday writings (even though I rarely ever do it on Friday and rarely stay under 5 mins) has challenged me to seek out more information, searching through scripture to find the meaning and understanding of things more deeply. That is never a bad thing!

Immediately when I saw the prompt to be “5”, my mind jumped to the number of grands I have. 5 wonderful and beautiful blessings that God has given me. 5 new little people who challenge me to be a better version of me. 5 creations that God has placed on this earth for me to influence. 5 of His children, with individual personalities, which makes it exciting when dealing with them. Much like dealing with the rest of the world, except with more responsibility. 5 reasons to be Thankful each new day!

In my search for the meaning of 5, I found several interesting things. I’m not going to credit them all to be true or scriptural but I’ll share some of them with you and you can study for yourself. So here we go…..

  • The number 5 symbolizes God’s grace, goodness and favor toward humans and is mentioned 318 times in Scripture.
  • Five is the number of grace, and multiplied by itself, which is 25, is ‘grace upon grace’ (John 1:16).  
  • The Ten Commandments contains two sets of 5 commandments. The first five commandments are related to our treatment and relationship with God, and the last five concern our relationship with others humans.
  • There are 5 primary types of offerings God commanded Israel to bring to him. They are the Burnt Offering (Leviticus 1; 8:18 – 21; 16:24), Sin (Leviticus 4; 16:3 – 22), Trespass (Leviticus 5:14 – 19; 6:1 – 7; 7:1 – 6), Grain (Leviticus 2) and Peace Offering (Leviticus 3; 7:11- 34).
  • The Book of Psalms is divided into 5 major sections. Section 1 (Psalm 1 to 41) refers to the Passover, Israel’s beginning, and the start of the God’s plan of salvation that centers around Christ. Section 2 (42 to 72) sings about a unified Israel in the land and pictures the creation of the New Testament Church. And the others for you to find.
  • We have 5 senses, 5 toes and 5 fingers.
  • According to the Bible, there are 5 big mysteries in this world, which are represented as the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit, the Creation and the Redemption.
  • The 5th book of the Bible, called Deuteronomy, is dedicated to God’s grace.

I think that will keep you busy for a while. But to my surprise the #5 has significance!

John 1:16  Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given.

In my life 5 has great significance for many reasons. The greatest for me here on this earth are my 5 grands! And as it says in John 1:16, “Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given”.

The grace that I have today with my grands is on top of the abundant grace that He has given me throughout my life and will continue to give me until the end of my day. Not deserved but freely given.

So today Lord, I am grateful for 5. My 5 lovelies, my 5 grands. And I ask that you wrap your loving arms around them for all of their days. Amen!

Life

Life: the existence of an individual human being

And I have had almost 58 years of that!

And I’m learning to cherish each moment instead of dreaming of the tomorrows.

Genesis 1:26 Then God said, “Let us make a man—someone like ourselves, to be the master of all life upon the earth and in the skies and in the seas.” (TLB)

He created me, someone like Him, to be the master of all life! Not to master over it but to really live in it! Not to control it but to love Him so much that I would cherish all of it as it comes. Not to run away from it but to run towards all that He brings in it. I’ve been guilty of trying to be master over it, control it and at times run from it.

I love the image of the mountains with the land so green and lush, beaming with life. Elevation with hills and valleys, highs and lows, rolling here and there. Where there is fog in the valleys making it hard to see where to go as the fog lifts the higher you get. And skies clear, ready to open up into beautiful fluffy clouds and bright shining sun (SON). Life is much like this!

My life has been and still can be much like this. But I’m learning! Learning to breath slowly in the valleys. Reaching out for His hand to lead me through the fog, Guiding me up to the highest peak. I have not always walked this path with understanding that He was always with me. Hence the reason for believing that I could master it, control it and even run from it.

John 14:6  Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (ESV)

After many years of clawing my nails into the dirt and multiple scrapped knees, I have learned, I must rest in Jesus. He is the one who will lead me to the highest place, heaven, where I will be with my Father in eternity. The place where this life that I live each day is meant to end.

But until then, how am I going to live this life?

Romans 12:2  Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. (ESV)

Am I going to allow the world to form me into who it thinks I am or am I going to live this one life, the life HE gave me, seeking Him. Living this one life asking Him to mold me and show me who He created me to be. Loving as He has loved me, showing grace to others as He has shown me grace. Even in my sin He shows grace to me, when I don’t deserve it. I sin each day, yet I love Him but my human desires get in my way. And for those who don’t know or understand Him, I will show mercy for them, just as He showed mercy for my so many years before my birth and still shows mercy on me. I will live this one life each moment as if the next moment I could be with Him.

Lord, as I walk the hills and valleys of my life, I look to You to show me my next step. Walk with me, hold my hand and carry me when I need it so that I have the strength to live this life for You. Amen!