Turn

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Seems my life has been one big revolving door.  It started when I was young.  Experiences I had put me on a path I couldn’t find myself turning away from.  I’ve made decisions, decided which way to turn and always seemed to find my way back to the same point.  Lost!  Confused!  Shamed!  Guilted!  Sinful!  Back to the same place, didn’t matter if I turned left or right, went straight or turned around.  Back to the same place!

Then I was guided by a dear lady that loved me enough to be brave with me. Share with me the turn that I needed to make.

Isaiah 59:2

But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden his face from you so that he does not hear.

I know now, the right turn to make but do I always choose it?

Isaiah 53:6

All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.

I have had to suffer great pain, much heart ache and some personal losses to draw closer to Him.  To understand that when ever I’m at a cross road and don’t know which way to turn, the right decision is to turn to God.  Reminding myself each time when my sin draws me away that Jesus already paid the price for me.

2 Corinthians 12:9

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

Now, I come to a place where I know when I turn to Him it’s always going to be right.  I may have to wait on Him to show me my next steps but He will.

Isaiah 40:31

But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.

So no more revolving door for me!  I absolutely don’t always make the right decisions, don’t always take the right steps but I am aware each day that it’s a new one.  A new day to draw closer.  A new day to turn to Him and allow the Holy Spirit to guide me.  A new day to let His grace and the sacrifice that Jesus made for me renew my soul and turn me in the back to eternity.

Lord, I’m without words. Amen!

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Other

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This word, we use it all the time and probably don’t even realize it.  In the NIV Bible  version it’s used almost 1000 times.  But do we really understand and do we really want to grasp what it means?  It literally means there is additional, differing in nature or kind and an alternative.  When we are deal with a culture  that is all about “ME” and yes that includes “ME”, having an “other” in the picture may be difficult.

God is the only one that can instruct us to worship no other god, because He is like No other.

Exodus 34:14

Do not worship any other god, for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.
The bible is clear about how we should look at the other…….

Luke 6:31

And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.

John 15:12

“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.

Romans 12:10

Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.

Romans 15:1-2

We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up.

Philippians 2:3-4

Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.

Matthew 6:14-15

For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

 

So, regardless of age, sex, ethnicity, religion, geographical location, size, shape, personality, upbringing  or any other things that would draw us away from the “other” and it just simply may be because they are NOT LIKE “ME”, the bible tells us different.

Lord, help me be open to the “other”.  Amen

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Release

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We are told to in  1 Peter 5:7 Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.

That means to release them to Him.  When we wake each morning, eyes open and our minds go immediately to the thoughts that haunt us.  Those that keep us awake at night, those that cause us to react to others instead of love and those that tie us down to sin.  When we wake each morning, not releasing those thoughts to Him, we are not allowing the blood that flowed from Jesus to cover us.

Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

Trusting in the Lord completely means releasing it ALL to Him.  Holding nothing back, letting go of it, freeing ourselves from the weight.   I have released, taken back, released again, found new ones and released them.  No greater freedom than knowing that He is carrying it for you.  That I can lean on him and he will guide me.

Isaiah 43:18-19

“Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.

 God transformed me, he allowed me to release my sin, my pain, my shame, my anger, my control to Him.  I am free of them but they are not forgotten.  He wants me to use those former things, to help others.  Sharing allows others to see they are not alone.  Helps them find their strength through Jesus so they can be free.
“I am struck by how sharing our weakness and difficulties is more nourishing to others than sharing our qualities and successes.”
― Jean Vanier, Community And Growth

John 8:32

And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

I am free indeed.  Thank you Jesus! Amen!

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Settle

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Romans 2:6-8

He will render to each one according to his works: to those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life; but for those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, there will be wrath and fury.

What is your first thought when the word settle is brought to your mind?

Settle a score……..

Settle a debt……….

Settle the noises……..

Settle down………

This word could bring up a number of thoughts and emotions.  It could bring thoughts of peace or rage.  It could only involve yourself or…..

Mark 8:36

For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?

It could involve others.  But when I think of Settle, it involves me and Jesus.   I have gone to Him many times to settle my soul.  I have reached out from the point of pain and of shame.  Each time He draws me near, forgives, loves and redeems me.  Each time He settles my soul.

Psalm 23:3

He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

You alone are the one I can trust to settle me Lord.  Amen!

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Routine

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Definition of routine

a regular course of procedure
habitual or mechanical performance

 

To a very structured, very organized person, like myself, a routine is one thing that I stand firm on.  Give me a procedure to go by, tell me what steps needs to be taken and I will carry that out with great precision.  I have my routine, I get up at 5:40, get on the computer for 20 min, shower, computer, dress, make up, do my hair and I’m off to whatever that days routine calls for.  I don’t have stacks of mail sitting on my counter because I go through it as soon as it comes out of the mail box, trash or file cabinet.  That’s just me. Very routine oriented.  It simplifies my life by being on a routine and organized.  Not much craziness going on here.  But, a routine that is drawn with a very dark, deep line, not flexible is not a good thing.  Our routine must include space, space for others.

Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.

Romans 12:10

Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.

If my routine is so set in stone, what happens when the phone rings and a friend needs a listening ear?  What happens when things break, that gift you ordered don’t arrive on time, a child gets sick and you can’t go to that gathering you looked forward to and that can go on and on.  Because we live in a world with people.  Do we leave space in our routine for others.

And then, Yes, there is GOD!

Isaiah 6:8

And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.”

2 Timothy 4:2

Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.

Am I so focused on what I  need to get accomplished that I don’t hear him?  Hear His calling me.  Feel the Holy Spirit tugging at my arm, pushing me.  Am I aware that He is wanting to use me?  And am I going to be available?

So a routine is good, great in fact, to streamline and simplify our lives but don’t miss out on life around you as you live your routine.

Lord, help me be focused but flexible! Love you and I’m grateful to you! Amen!

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PROVIDE

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The truth is God made all things, owns all things and loves His children.  Me and You!

Philippians 4:19 And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.

Psalm 23:1 The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.

We can not simply sit and watch life happen to us.  There may be times when we are without ability from sickness or other outside influences and the Lord will provide as He sees necessary.  But there are things that are required from us for those provisions.

Seeking

1 Chronicles 16:11  Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always.

Lamentations 3:25 The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him;

Obediance

Luke 5:4-6  When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.”   Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.”  When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break

Faith

2 Kings 4:1-6 The Widow’s Olive Oil

Mark 6:34-44  Feeding of the Five Thousand

Ask

Matthew 7:7  “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.

Thankfulness/Gratitude

Psalm 68:19  Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior,  who daily bears our burdens.

1 Thessalonians 5:18  give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

Colossians 3:17  And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Hebrews 12:28  Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken,let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe,

Share

2 Corinthians 2:14  But thanks be to God, who always leads us as captives in Christ’s triumphal procession and uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of him everywhere.

It’s not ever His intent to withhold anything from us.

He created so that He could provide.

Take the steps necessary to reap the full benefit of what God provides.

Lord, I do not say it enough.  I take for granted each day that You will provide all I need.  I know that I should verbalize it more but I pray Lord that You will listen to my heart and know that I am Grateful!  I pray Lord that I will share that gratefulness with others so they too will understand.  Amen!

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TIRED

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SICK and TIRED

What makes you most sick and tired?  There is a number of reasons I could say I’m Tired.

I’m most Tired of being Sick and Tired!

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Psalm 83:18

That they may know that you alone, whose name is the Lord, are the Most High over all the earth.

Of our………..

Whinging instead of Rejoicing    Philippians 4:4-9

Judgement instead of Loving     Hebrews 13:1

Bitterness instead of Kindness   Colossians 3:12

Leading instead of Seeking    Matthew 6:33

Neediness instead of Abundance   Psalm 65:11

But instead of Sick and Tired, God has……..

In a surge of anger I hid my face from you for a moment, but with everlasting kindness I will have compassion on you,” says the Lord your Redeemer.
Ephesians 2:8-9 

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.

But I am like an olive tree flourishing in the house of God; I trust in God’s unfailing love for ever and ever.
Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies.
Thank you Lord!!!!!!!!

 

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Regret

Philippians 3:13-15

Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you.

Isaiah 43:18-19

“Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.

Shadows of Regret can take over our thoughts, over shadowing any miracles happening in our lives.   We will not see or feel the blessings that our God has promised us if we are continually looking to the past to find our future.  Our future begins when we begin trusting Him fully, not allowing Satan to use our past to feed our regret.

I have had my share.  I still have a few. But I’m learned that God does not want me to live in them.  Some regrets were by my doing and some not but they are all in the past, done, not to be relived again and again.

2 Corinthians 7:10

For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death.

My regrets are washed clean by Jesus’s blood.  Hopefully I have learned by the lessons I have overcome, hopefully I will not repeat them again.  I’m sure that I will stumble, I am human. But He will pick me up and wash me clean again.

Lord, Thank You for my life and my hope.  Amen

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BEAUTY

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Genesis 1:27 So God created mankind in his own image,  in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.

Genesis 1 (Creation – Full Chapter)

As I gaze out my desk window, I see trees with no leaves, brown grass, rain soaked ground and a dull blue sky.  To most, this is not beauty.   But as I continue to gaze I’m reminded of the One who created it all.  He is the creator of beauty.  He created the different seasons for a reason.  In the winter season, everything is taking a rest.  Replenishing it’s roots so when the spring season arises beauty in it’s purest form will emerge.   Each season has it’s own beauty.

The same goes for me. When I was young I had the beauty of a child and as I age my beauty simply gets more distinct.   I’ve had to grasp the realization that my outer beauty is not what My God is most interested in.  Obviously, if the outer skin was something that He put great importance on, then we would all be the same on the outside.  But it’s our inner beauty that He holds to the highest standards. If I was honest, and I will be, my inner beauty hasn’t always been that of His standard.  I was filled will anger, judgement, shame, guilt, pride and resentment.  Sometimes our experiences in this world can bring out all types of inner ugly.  I’m grateful that He was patient with me.   He has been full of mercy, grace and forgiving me of all my inner ugly.  I rejoice and now I call myself “beauty”.

We all have that same inner beauty that He created, we just need to seek Him to find it.  I’ve come across many who have allowed the experiences of this world to rob them of the beauty that they possess.  I have learned that the beauty that God placed in me can be used to help others find theirs.  By having mercy, grace and sharing God’s forgiveness with them, they are able to realize their inner beauty that God filled them with.

So we need to STOP looking at the outer beauty of things and people and remember the inner beauty God placed there.  Love and experience the beauty of this world, filled with mercy, grace and forgiveness, sharing His beauty.

Lord I thank You for your patience with me.  I thank You for keeping me from wondering too far off the path.  I thank You for your Son who sacrificed so that I would have an opportunity to show others who You are.  I’m Grateful!  Amen!

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Why?

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Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

James 1:5-6 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.

Hebrews 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

We tend to ask “Why?” when things don’t go the way we wanted them to go.  We ask “Why?” when bad things happen to the innocent.  We ask “Why?” when we can’t seem to change our own sin.  Why do we ask why?

Do we lack the faith to know that God is in control even if we don’t understand the outcomes?  Do we lack the hope to give to others who are in the midst of a trial?  Do we lack the trust to leave it up to God teach us what we need to know and give us the strength and power to make the necessary changes?

If our faith, hope and trust is based on our own sight then it definitely can lack but if it’s based on the unseen Christ we will lack in nothing.

We will not ask Why when we suffer or see suffering of this world because we understand it is of the fallen world but we will rejoice, being filled with hope, courage, strength and endurance because of our knowledge of Christ.

Hebrews 11:1

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.

Romans 15:13

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.

Psalm 9:10

And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you.

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