Rest, Peace, Love and Time

Ephesians 5:25  “Husbands, love your wife as Christ loves the church.”

This weekend was busy…….  I hadn’t really have an opportunity to clean my house like I need too.  Touch ups but not really clean, so I was determined that I would do that.   After spending several hours cleaning and  a couple hours working in the yard, I was blessed by 3 hours of running around behind my 2 year old grandson, Weston. 20729425_10155198298772284_2148785747924374170_n And when I say run behind that is exactly what I mean.  But what a blessing he is.  All this on Saturday.  The up and at it on Sunday for church obligations  and worship.  I was in real need of some R and R.  So my husband, the wonderful man he is, did what he knows I love and need, and that’s take me for a ride on the motorcycle.  Yes, 3.5 hours of blissful riding on Sunday afternoon.  He gave me all the things I need in that 1 ride. Rest………… I had to do nothing.  Literally, nothing at all, just sit on my hiney.  Peace……….. the beauty of nature, road side creeks, lakes, sun streaming through the trees, mountain tops, farm animals in the fields and even a field of sun flowers.  If you will notice they are all facing the same way.  Towards the sun.  I pray that I’m always facing towards the Son.   Love…… he showed me love by giving to me without expecting anything in return.  Loving me without strings and knowing me enough to know what gives me peace.  Time……… And we had time together. Just he and I riding in the breeze, with the warmth of the sun on our faces and sometimes a coolness that reminds me that God still provides comfort to us.  My husband, loves me as Christ loves the church.  Christ know what his children need to find rest, what we need that brings them peace,  he loves us beyond all understanding and he will take as long as he needs to draw us closer to him.

So for this week, I’m starting refreshed by the rest, peace, love and time my husband gave me. And I’m refreshed by the reminder that God placed it all here for me to have.  And I am forever grateful.

Thank you Lord for providing places and spaces for me to rest, find peace, receive love and have the time.  Amen!signature

One Day at a Time

“So don’t be anxious about tomorrow, God will take care of your tomorrow.  Live one day at a time”    Matthew 6:34

I have had to learn this.   Some of that learning was hard!   But I have learned!  Ask God to direct my path and then wait silently for his direction.  If he leads me to take a step…. take it without fear.  If he leads me to speak…. speak boldly.  If he leads me to stand firm…. stand firm without wavering.  If he leads me to move…. move without question.

Thank you Lord for taking care of my tomorrow!  Amen!

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The Lord is my Shepherd

Psalm 23:1 The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not lack.

Psalm 23 (full chapter- click here) BibleGateway.com-Logo

As I sit and listen to a minister speak of hard times in his life as tears well up in his eyes and he talks about how this chapter, primarily the 1st sentence has impacted his life, I wondered, do I believe those things for myself?  I want to, I think I do and I pray that I show that in my daily walk.  But do I?

I have seen some very hard times.  Some I wan’t even sure I would make it through but one day, it hit me.  The Lord is “my” Shepherd.  My shepherd is really for me!  Do we know what a shepherd’s duties are in the animal world?

shepherd’s primary responsibility is the safety and welfare of the flock, according to the Mountain Plans Agricultural Service. Some flocks may include as many as 1,000 sheep. The shepherd will graze the animals, herding them to areas of good forage, and keeping a watchful eye out for poisonous plants.

Shepherd, a word naturally of frequent occurence in Scripture. Sometimes the word “pastor” is used instead ( Jeremiah 2:8 ; 3:15 ; 10:21 ; 12:10 ; 17:16 ). This word is used figuratively to represent the relation of rulers to their subjects and of God to his people ( Psalms 23:1 ; 80:1 ; Isaiah 40:11 ; 44:28 ; Jeremiah 25:34 Jeremiah 25:35 ;Nahum 3:18 ; John 10:11 John 10:14 ; Hebrews 13:20 ; 1 Peter 2:25 ; 5:4 ).

The duties of a shepherd in an unenclosed country like Palestine were very onerous. “In early morning he led forth the flock from the fold, marching at its head to the spot where they were to be pastured. Here he watched them all day, taking care that none of the sheep strayed, and if any for a time eluded his watch and wandered away from the rest, seeking diligently till he found and brought it back. In those lands sheep require to be supplied regularly with water, and the shepherd for this purpose has to guide them either to some running stream or to wells dug in the wilderness and furnished with troughs. At night he brought the flock home to the fold, counting them as they passed under the rod at the door to assure himself that none were missing. Nor did his labours always end with sunset. Often he had to guard the fold through the dark hours from the attack of wild beasts, or the wily attempts of the prowling thief (see 1 Samuel 17:34 ).”, Deane’s David.

So if the Lord is my shepherd then He is watching over me, protecting me, caring for my every need and will watch out ahead of me so he can guide me away from harm.  All I have to do is have faith in that.   And man can I tell you that I have seen His work in my life.

So I say to you………… The Lord is “your” Shepherd too.  Let Him protect, provide, care for and guide you in your day.

I am attaching the sermon that I referenced above.  I know that you will have tears streaming down as well.

Psalm 23 – The Lord is My Shepherd (click here)

Grateful is all I can say.  Amen!

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Grace and Peace Multiplied

2 Peter 1:2-4  Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

I choose to look at today and reach for the promises of tomorrow instead of looking back.  The only thing looking back with regret brings is the promise of heart ache.  I choose to grab hold of the grace and peace that I have in the knowledge of my Lord Jesus Christ.  His way is the only way for me.  His promises are the only promises I seek.  I have escaped my old ways and entered in the glorious ways of Him.  God allowed me to sit in my own sins, knowing that it would teach me things about needing Him.  I choose Him without reservation from unknown.  I can walk in the dark knowing that He will lead me where I need to be. Faith is my darkness and Hope is my flashlight guiding me straight to heaven with Him.

Dear Lord I pray that I will never again fear the unknown, understanding that You have the answers that I’m seeking.  I pray that I will not look into the past with guilt and I will rejoice in the opportunity to grow closer to You.  Thank You so much for being my rock, shield and guiding light.  I pray that I will feel You around me, gently touching my shoulder turning me when I am wavering and strongly wrapping Yourself around me when I totally go off the  path.  You are my savior!  Amen!

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In the Beginning

Genesis 1

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.

Full Story – Genesis 1 & 2 (Click here) BibleGateway.com-Logo

As I walk around my yard this weekend, I marvel at all the different shapes, sizes and colors of God’s creation.  And in my yard those shapes, sizes and colors change on a regular bases, with the old wilting and the new rising from the ground.  His creation is a marvelous story of His love for me. He knew there would be “Me”.  A lover of beauty and oh how it calms my soul.  I know in my own life that the old will be a thing of the past and the new will represent growth.

Take a moment, soak it in and rest in His creation.

I share with you what calms me and I pray that they calm you as well.

Lord thank you for creating such beauty for me.  Thank You for blessing me with a yard to enjoy them and a home to rest in.    And thank You for providing me with a way to share them with others.  Amen!

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You Have This

Mark 11:22 So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God.” BibleGateway.com-Logo

Blind faith, why is this so hard?  We have faith that our job is going to be here tomorrow, that the grocery stores are going to have that 1 particular food that we love, that our cars are going to start in the mornings, that the dentist will make that tooth stop hurting, that the trees and grass are going to be green, that the sun is going to shine brightly in the sky during the day, the stars are going to glisten at night and the ocean is going to be beautiful on vacation.  So I wonder how we can have faith in these things, when we don’t have control of them at all, they just happen!  The only thing really that we have control of is our own behavior, our own belief system and our own bodies (and sometimes not even that). So why can’t we have total faith in our Lord God? He is the one that provided that job so we can feed our families, he provided all sources of food for us to give us nourishment, he allowed us to have cars to make transportation easier, he gave the dentists/doctors the skills to help us, he made the trees, grass, sun, stars and ocean for us to enjoy.  So again why can’t we have faith in Him!  If our faith is weak, we will not be alert enough to hear Him calling us to that better way of life.  To that more peace and joy filled life!  Stop and think of all the things we just believe and see if God is on the top of that list and He is the one who actually provided it.  It’s not enough to say with our mouths “we have faith” and then try to control our surroundings.  Having faith is letting go of that control and letting God take the steering wheel. If He can provide all that we have, shouldn’t we think that He can provide all that we need?

Dear Lord Father…………………….I Believe, I have Faith!  I say this with my mouth today Lord and I pray that You will show me a glimpse of You working in my life.  I know with my heart that You have this and today I pray that I will trust with my mind that “You Have this!”.  Amen!

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Harmony

In a world of me, me, me there naturally comes a state of disharmony.  Which means a lot of discordfrictionstrifeconflicthostilityacrimonybad blood, bad feeling, enmitydissensiondisagreement, feuding and quarreling.

DO I NOTIs this how God intended it? Is this why Jesus died on the cross?  Is this how I really want to live my life?  I am the only one that can make that choice for me.  No one else!  But I do have the choice!

Philippians 2:1-4 

Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion,  then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind.  Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves,  not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

WE MUST HANGSo to take away the selfish ambition, to think of others more than myself is really hard. But that is what is expected of me.  To get along with and join with others that are different than myself.  To love those who in my mind might not be that lovable. To care for one another.  To live in harmony is my choice.  Is it yours?

Love, it can be hard sometimes.  Jesus lived a life in love and still paid the ultimate price for me.  Please help me walk each day worthy of His love. Amen!

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June is Over

This month has been a whirlwind!  Good but Crazy!  Started out the 1st weekend visiting out of state relatives in SC for a long weekend, then the next weekend with out of state relatives at my house for a long weekend, then out of state friend at my house for a long weekend  and then lots of friends at my house for a friend gathering this past Friday night.  I am bushed!  A good bushed!  But I have to admit that I walked around dazed on Saturday and was very thankful that I was going to have a quiet couple days at home.  There is nothing better than spending time with people you love.  They love me well and I love them well.

1 Corinthians 16:14 Let all that you do be done in love.

But I found myself a little lonely.  Feeling like I was disconnected and apart.  As I was driving to church yesterday morning, it hit me!, I hadn’t connected with Jesus “well” in almost a month.  I was connecting with everyone else but not with Him.  I can always tell when it’s been too long since I’ve had a nice long chat with Him.

So I’ve reminded myself that it’s good to love others and connect well with them but I MUST NOT let it draw me away from my best friend, Jesus.  He is what carries me through so that I can love well.  And without Him, I am reminded that I will be lonely even when my life is full of others.

John 4:13-14 (click for verse)

Psalms 1:2 (click to see verse)

I thank you Lord for reminding me that I can find rest in You.

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Hard (Deceitful)

Psalms 101:7 He who works deceit shall not dwell within my house; He who tells lies shall not continue in my presence.

Being honest and living with integrity seems to be a practice that is hard to do and a thing of the past.  Where there is deceitfulness there also lies a person that is living for self.

Definition:

de·ceit·ful -1. given to deceiving: A deceitful person cannot keep friends for long.

  1. intended to deceive; misleading; fraudulent: a deceitful action.

Synonyms:

  1. insincere, disingenuous, false, hollow, designing, tricky, wily. 2. illusory, fallacious.

Antonyms :

  1. honest. 2. genuine

A deceitful person will end up alone because they are unable to foster relationships.  To dwell in the house of the Lord we must be honest and genuine.  Ugg…….to do that we must let others inside our head, allowing them to see our thoughts, open up our hidden boxes of skeletons, feel our fears and see our failures.  But being honest and genuine with a friend (God) also allows them to balance out of thoughts, burn those skeletons, protect  us from our fears and give us grace from our failures.  God made us for relationship, He made us so that we would one day dwell with Him and He made us to care for others before ourselves.  We can’t do that if we’re not in open relationship.  Try it today.  Be honest, hiding nothing, being genuine in your relationships and see that the Lord knew what He was doing.

Lord Father, I come to you today with a full heart.  Desiring to be honest and genuine with You.  Allowing You to dwell inside me.  Directing my every move.  I know Lord that even if I didn’t verbally tell You about me, You still would know.  But the act of me opening up to You is more for me than You.  Talking to You is what brings me peace to my soul.  I am grateful Lord that You have placed in my life friends and family that I can be “REAL” with.  Never feeling that I have to hide from the truth about who I am.  I pray today Lord, that my family and friends will also understand the need for relationship with You.  Will be willing to be honest and genuine with You and they will be able to discern those that You have placed in their lives whom they can be “REAL” with.  I thank You with every fiber of my being.  Amen!

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Time

Jeremiah 29:11 

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Only God knows what is planned for our tomorrow.  It’s not my job to plan it out, it’s only my job to follow His lead.  Take the time for relationships, love, old and new.  Cherish the time today and live with the excitement of what comes tomorrow.  Thank Him for the friendships that He has given and Thank them for loving us as we are.  Living not for what is in the past but for what is in the future.  Where there is Hope there is God.

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Thank you Lord for putting MORE in my life.  Amen!

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