Sunday, November 27, 2016

Promise and Law

It has been a busy time of celebrating family, and thus in celebrating God. Or let me say it another way - in celebrating God, I can celebrate family.  

Now, I realize that some may not have biological family, nor   any extended family; however, we are family and I celebrate you. Where is your community? Who is in that community? Allow God to draw you closer and then to surround you with a community of believers where you can feel celebrated. 

Hold on to two verses out of Psalm - God's promise, God's law. 
"Defend my cause and redeem me; preserve my life according to your promise" (Ps. 119:154).
"Your compassion is great, O Lord; preserve my life according to your laws" (Ps. 119:156).

According to your promise, according to your laws. Meditate on that and see where it takes you. It should take you to a hallelujah and peace. enough for now.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving

Blessings of contemplation and peace as you celebrate Thanksgiving. Each day should be a season of thanks. Too often, we look at what may be wrong, an irritable problem, something that has not gone as right as we think it should. Sadly, to focus on whatever it is -is just a distraction from what is right. Take time to shift your focus from the small irritables to the larger. It is in the larger that God moves and encompasses all so that what was a small irritable can be offered to God. It is then that we can give thanks for what we do have, what we have been through, who we are. You see, it is what we have been through that shapes us positively when we offer it to God. Again, shifting our focus. 

Happy thanksgiving! Happy season of giving thanks! enough for now.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

A Contemplative Season

I am in a season of contemplation and marvel. They go hand in hand. The more I contemplate the awesomeness of God in my life the more I marvel at how He loves. The more I marvel, the more I trust.

We came through an interesting presidential election. We came through. Many people are hurting, but people would have been hurting either way. This was a painful time, and people need to heal. How? Well for me- I had to give it all to God. I did. This world is God's and that is not just a thing to say. It is really something to trust.

I was in Haiti last week, and again I marveled at the resilience of people - to live. More on that later. How about you? Do you want to live? Oh I mean live more fully in what God has, and forsaking what the world says? You see, when we get quiet we can hear, we can follow what God says. Yes we can.

As I said, it has been a time of contemplation. What are you contemplating? What holds your attention? What keeps you up at night? I offer- let it go. Yes, it is difficult, we have been programmed to fix it, work it out, make it happen. Ah but when we let God take it, we can watch what He does, and we can marvel. enough for now.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

What does Change Look Like?

One question for you to consider: What does change look like? Many people who wanted change must realize that my change does not look like your change. Don't want to talk. Just want to consider how awesome God is - God who never changes, who is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. God who is still in charge. And now we watch what God is doing in our lives. enough for now.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Get Lost in Psalms

When I was in Venice, we were told to get lost in the many areas that so produced different levels of joy and adventure. I offer that life is an adventure, and today I encourage you to get lost in Psalms. That is a good lost. "Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path" (Ps. 119:103 NIV). "Direct my footsteps according to your word, let no sin rule over me" (Ps. 119:133 NIV). "The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want" (Ps. 23:1). Find a Psalm for you and stay there for a little while. In America, we are facing a rough week- the elections. 

We need to get to that place of peace and sanctity. We need to take god long breaths - breathing out hostility and breathing in peace; breathing out hate and breathing in love; breathing out disappointment and breathing in quiet. Breathe out anything that does not look like God and breath in everything that looks like God. 

Oh, not just for us, it for everyone. Breathe. Let the peace of God permeate your spirit. And rest in that.
Go ahead, get lost. enough for now.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Another Viewpoint

Another perspective. I got so bogged down with concerns and had to pause. I knew that feeling. And I knew to hurry up and get still. That is when Holy Spirit showed me- another perspective. Another way of looking at what I was viewing. Whew! When I got still I heard, my heart was stilled. Peace.

Another viewpoint. What do you do? How many times have you gotten twisted around, twirled to and fro, in your own little tornado? You know, when everything is moving and you are not the one moving it? I offer that it is not always Satan. Sometimes you are being twirled to shake off some stuff, to settle you for what you are to do. That is why you get still- to hear clearly from Holy Spirit. Stop struggling, and listen. And when you get direction from Holy Spirit, you follow. You'll know. When it is Holy Spirit you'll have a peace in the midst of the storm. And you can see clearer.

Sometimes all you need is another viewpoint. The one from Holy Spirit. enough for now.