Sunday, April 8, 2012

Turn About

Lied to,
Lied about,
Slapped in the face,

The world says to write you off;
To stop enabling you to cause me pain.

Jesus says to turn and offer the other cheek.

So, pardon me while I stare intently
And see through the eyes of the Father’s love.

Excuse me while I make a spectacle of myself
And weep at the brokenness within.

Rejoice with me in praising God for
Who we both are 
because of Jesus’ completed work on the cross.

And as I forgive,
Look upon me
With wonder and awe
As we turn our backs on the things
Which once kept us at odds.

Friday, April 6, 2012

God Thoughts No. Fifty Eight

For those who know Jesus ~

Every year is Leap (for joy) Year.

Every week is Holy Week.

Every Friday is Good Friday.

Every day is Christmas AND Easter.

Every minute is Thanksgiving.

~Because a real relationship with Him 
& a true knowledge of who He IS
results in True peace & unending Joy!

He IS Risen!

Thursday, April 5, 2012


Yesterday afternoon and even early this morning, 
I was tempted to give into feeling 
defeated & overwhelmed 
by life’s circumstances.
But each time I have been on the verge of uttering 
(to the Lord),
“I can’t do this anymore. I cannot go on one more day”,
 Holy Spirit whispers, 
“Not by power. Not by might. 
It is by My Spirit that you can endure.
 It is not you who must go on,
 but I, the One who is carrying you that will go on.
 It is less about (your) running the race 
and more about (you) allowing me 
to carry you to the finish line. 
It was never you to begin with.
 It has always been Me.”
What a Loving, gracious God!

There’s an old hymn which says, 
“Thy loving-kindness is better than life.”
But what I have come to realize is that 
His loving-kindness IS life.
Without it, we would never survive this world.

It is His Grace which allows us
to function on any level to begin with.
It is not our might or our power, 
but HIS Spirit who enables us 
to endure, live, succeed, prosper…breathe.

This takes the pressure off of us
and allows us to lean into Him.
What a Loving, gracious God!

Another thing He has been teaching me 
(for the past several years now) 
is that He relates to each of us on a personal level.
As a loving Father, 
He knows what each one of us needs 
based upon our 
lives, circumstances, upbringing, personalities, etc.

It is not our right to judge 
or discount another’s experience with God 
just because it does not measure up to 
our own experience with 
or perception of God.

God is bigger than that.

He is all-powerful, all-knowing,
 holds the world in the palm of His hand 
and He is never wrong.

Who are we to say 
that He must operate 
within the bounds of our own narrow-mindedness?

Besides, we’ve been given the mind of Christ, 
so why not use it?

Thank you, Holy Spirit, for reminding me.
Thank you for your faithful, loving-kindness!
What a Loving, gracious God!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012


There is a common term used in Christendom to 
describe those who place their faith in Christ;
~ Believer.

Those who say they are Believers say that 
they believe that Jesus Christ is who He says He is;
sovereign, holy, kind, humble, meek, hopeful, 
selfless, patient, long-suffering, honest, all-powerful, 
wonderful, counselor, healer,
Savior of the world;
~mighty God

People flocked to Jesus because He was
 kind, gentle and filled them with Hope.
He changed the atmosphere by simply walking the earth.

Therefore, if one is a Believer,
There is absolutely no reason (or right) to be
negative, caustic, mean, rude, proud, 
selfish, impatient, intolerant, dishonest, pessimistic, 
judgmental, angry, fearful, skeptical, worried,controlling, 

Instead, Believers are to be full of Hope, Joy & Love.
Believers have been commissioned to tell of 
the Good News, 
which is, Jesus IS Lord; 
Savior of the world; 
the very embodiment of Joy & Love.
Believers are to be Light & Salt;
piss & vinegar!

To all the Believers out there 
–may Joy, Love & Hope
 motivate & drive you as you 
radiate His goodness!


Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Desires - of Men & God

Fickle man desired more knowledge, 
thus the partaking of the forbidden fruit.

Fickle man sought a king, 
someone to make rules and decisions for them, 
thus, a king was appointed.
As power was given to a man in order to rule over the people, 
war broke out within the ranks; 
the children of God.

Fickle man desired freedom,
 yet could not maintain faith in God without rules, 
thus, the Law was given.

Unhappy with God’s rules; 
unable to fulfill the Law, 
fickle man desired more.

Singular men, throughout the ages, desired more knowledge, 
of God,
thus they were called out by Him and given
 instruction, tasks to complete
and promises to look forward to.

The Creator has a desire as well;
for each of His children to realize the fullness of His Love.
The fulfillment of that desire is Jesus.

Jesus, King of kings, came to earth;
to give full knowledge & understanding (revelation) of God
and granted us full, free relationship with Him.
He redefined &  simplified the Law with one word

The natural outcome of a realization of this Love is
 a life fully yielded to Him.
Fruit does not bear itself. 
The plant in which it is rooted does the bearing.
We cannot bear fruit in and of ourselves.
Fruit comes naturally to and from 
the life of one who has yielded completely to its source
 – God.

A life completely yielded to God 
will naturally fulfill the Law 
– Love.

If this is not the natural outpouring (fruit) of your life, 
then go back to the roots.

Sit. Steep. Marinate.
Receive a new filling of God’s Love.

Then, get back out there and pour!
Pour out the Love which you have been so freely given.
When you feel empty, revisit the Source.

It is a simple cycle;
One which glorifies the Living God who created you;
One which encourages and edifies the one whom it was created for.

Monday, April 2, 2012

God Thoughts No. Fifty-Seven

"And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers 
that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, 
he will certainly care for you. 
Why do you have so little faith?
 'So don’t worry about these things, saying, 
‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ 
These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, 
but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs."
Matthew 6:30-32

The longer one 
(has no choice but to)
 put these words into practice,
 the sooner they become 
words to live by.

I have learned,
by personal experience,
that it is through the trials in life
that a person realizes,
how good and gracious God really is.

"Such love has no fear, 
because perfect love expels all fear. 
If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment,
and this shows that we have not fully experienced
 His perfect love."
1 John 4:18

Indeed, this perfect Love
of His
is the very essence of who Jesus is;
a loving, gracious Savior
who knows our every need
and delights in fulfilling all of them!

So, if He is for us,
who cares who is against us?

Victory is ours because
He (has) already won!


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