Our church has been on a 40 day fast. We have 9 days to go. At times it seems like a uphill climb, and for me personally, there have been many a “sniff” at the Nutella jar. Many conversations with other church members are about food, and recipes that are “Daniel fast” friendly. On the surface it seemed like it was really just a fast without nothing to show for it, but I can feel things changing. There is something to be said about corporate prayer and fasting. It strengthens the body, and it brings the toxins to the surface. This can be said about one’s personal body, as well as the church body. We are all getting leaner, hungrier and hopeful. Continue reading Hope Endures…
Prayer. What does that look like? For many of us it is a ritualistic poem that we say before meals, or when we go to church. There is an emptiness to this ritual, but there doesn’t seem to be anything else to say. Other times, we call out to God, “Help me, I can’t do this anymore, and I’ll do anything if you just answer this cry for help”. Then we forget this prayer as soon as the situation abates. We might be left with a sense that the prayer was answered, but that’s as far as it goes. Continue reading Start the Conversation…
This morning was not good. I woke up feeling tired and a little defeated. After weeks of tossing and turning with sore shoulders and neck, my tiredness is getting overwhelming. The enemy has also been messing with my sleep, waking me up in the dead of night, and making my dreams busy and exhausting. The last few days have been full of doubts. Our world is getting so messed up, and I was starting to wonder about the Word of God…”what if” questions popping up constantly. I was ready to “check out” for the day. Nothing sounded better than curling up with some fiction, and a cup of tea. I can read the Word tomorrow. I’m sure Jesus understands?
But, I couldn’t do it. Something inside of me just said, “a few minutes with Jesus is what you need…then check out for the day”. Alrighty then. Let’s get out the devotional and see what I get out of it.
Well…this is what pops up… Continue reading A New Day!!
A picture came to mind during today’s church service. So many of us sitting in the pews are cracked and broken vessels. Over the years there have been pieces broken off, and splinters that penetrated the porcelain surface. There are cracks and embedded dirt. Most of the pots have temporary glue holding them together, and some have been taped up…just barely holding on. The insides are hollow, and dark.
Jesus wants you to just throw that all onto the floor.
Let it go. Continue reading The Golden Pot
People so often distrust christianity and through that, christians, because of the judgement they grew up with. And it’s true, I also grew up feeling the judgement, and the fear of being “left behind”. Any sin that one was caught in was something that drove a wedge between God and man. There was no grace. There was little love. So society took over, and labeled us as “intolerant”. Many of my friends left the faith because they couldn’t handle the pressure of being “a good christian”.
So, those of us who stayed in the pews, many of us numb and disillusioned, were there out of tradition and guilt. We read our bibles, taught Sunday school, and tried our best to not preach intolerance. We wanted to preach love and acceptance, because that is what we wanted so badly ourselves. A few revivals swept through and infused us with fresh hope, but it didn’t seem to make much of an affect in the society around us. Continue reading Love vs Truth?
About a month ago I asked Jesus what this verse meant, and how it applies to my life.
“Be still, and know that I am God” Psalm 46:10a
Today I felt that I needed to share what He told me…I hope that this also can help someone else…
“Dear Child – first of all, I want you to BE STILL! You have spent 40+ years striving for love and acceptance. You don’t know how to BE STILL. For you, even when you’re still, you are keeping your mind in continuous motion – not listening or reflecting or absorbing my presence. I am here IN THE STILLNESS…not in those thoughts that are keeping you pre-occupied.
Next, you need to understand what it means when I tell you to KNOW that I am God. What does this knowing mean? To know me is to spend time with me. Talking, listening, and being still is the way to do it. I am your loving Father. I want what is BEST for YOU. NOT WHAT YOU THINK is best for you. Do not conform to the standards of this world, and this society. Be still and KNOW that I have a plan for you, and you alone. A specific plan for you…using the gifts, talents and passions that I created in you. Those same passions that bring you JOY! Don’t look to others to guide you.
Listen to me.
I know you, and I created you, and I have a plan for you.
And last, but most important, is that I AM GOD…I am not a fallible, wishy-washy human who flits with the wind. I am the ROCK, the FOUNDATION, and the CREATOR of all.
I AM all you need.
I AM all you need to follow and to listen to. My VOICE is all that matters.
Listen to me, your CREATOR, and the only visionary you need to have in your life.
That’s it. BE STILL…KNOW…I AM! GOD!!
You were told recently to color outside the lines. It meant that you need to stand out, to be different, not to conform to the standards that society puts on you. Each one has a different plan, a different call on their lives.
Just spend time with me – and be content to do just that!”
He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”
P.S. It is my prayer and hope that this is something you also needed to hear….