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Too Short

Life is simply to short to be concerned with things that simply do no matter.  I remember once being encourage to “stay in my lane.”  Those words have never left me, and I remember them often.  Why?  Because they are simply true.  Each of us is uniquely gifted to do something in this world.  We are purposefully designed.  We each have something to offer.  Some may do something grand and visceral while others may do something with soundless, roaring thunder.  Does it matter?  Should you be disgruntled because you don’t look, speak, act, do, write, or whatever it is you do…like somebody else?  Well, stop it!  Stop looking at others and comparing yourself.  Stop looking at others and thinking you’ll never measure up.  Stop it, and stop it now.  You are a treasure.  A person of immeasurable worth.  This isn’t just some self talk to make you feel better.  This is truth.  And what is truth you may ask?

Truth, is this.  We were created by God for God to His good work, and he gave us each talents, gifts, and abilities.  Jesus Christ is the Good News of God bringing restoration and reconciliation.  All you have to do is believe, accept Him as Savior and that He died and rose again for your sins.  Know that God has something for your to do.  I sum it up as I once learned it a couple of years ago–Love God.  Love Others.  Do what His Word says.

Each one of use is unique in our design.  Some of us can sing.  Some of us can write.  Some of us are great at sports, while others of us can reconcile the worst of enemies.  Some of us have the gift of mercy, and some of us make people laugh.  Whatever your gift is, use it.  Don’t let it languish because you decided all of a sudden there just wasn’t a place for your kind of gift.

Forget about the naysayers.  You’ve only One person to answer to.  At the end of it all, what do you want to hear?  “Well, done good and faithful servant. Because you have been trustworthy in a very small matter, take charge…”  or “You wicked servant! You knew, did you, that I am a hard man, taking out what I did not put in, and reaping what I did not sow? I tell you that to everyone who has, more will be given, but as for the one who has nothing, even what he has will be taken away” (Luke 19).

I don’t know about you, but I long to hear him say, “Well done, beloved daughter.”  Change.  This means a change is coming, and it starts with me.  It can start with you too.  Beloved, just do it.  Whatever He has called you to, don’t be afraid.  Go for it.  You’ll find wings and feet to your faith that will cause you to take amazing flight.

Besides, you only seek to please an Audience of One.  Where is your gaze now?

That’s a little something to consider.

The Not-So Life

Having walked with Jesus for a while, I’ve come to see this life in a new light. There have been assumptions, misrepresentations, poor excuses, flimsy foundations, preconceived notions and the like. All of which have no place in this Christian life, or at least all of which come to nought at the foot of the cross.

Wrestling today with faith. The hope in the unseen. Believing in fruition while not seeing fruit come to bear. Happy-go-lucky doesn’t work. Pretending doesn’t work. Saying all is well and okay doesn’t work. Trying to “feel” better doesn’t work. I have come to the bright conclusion that all God cares about is me and nothing more. To Him it’s all about relationship. No, I don’t mean to put words in God’s mouth and speak for Him. I can only share what experience and His word has taught me. At the end of it all, he wants me—not my degrees, not my career, not my hopes, not my dreams, not my mishaps, not my misgivings, not my songs, not my writings. Now before your jaw drops in utter disbelief, stop. God wants every part of me. What he wants most of all is my heart. Nothing is worth more to Him than that. Look at the life of David. He was a man after God’s own heart. I want to be that kind of woman. One who chooses Him with reckless abandon.

What does that mean? What does that look like? It’s not the same for everyone. Each of us is on this journey—walking in faith. The more you walk, the more your faith is tried and tested. I desire that I may be found faithful about all else. Does this mean my life will be peachy? Does this mean my life will be always perfect? Does this mean that I will have my way always? Does this mean I always know what I’m doing or should do? Does this mean there will be no adversity? Does this mean I’m in some warped holding pattern till He returns? By all means, no! He’s looking under the surface—turning my life inside out. What does he find? Bones of unbelief, sin, faithlessness, harbored complaints, brittle belief? And when His fire comes, what remains? All tough questions. He knows the weakness of my frame. He spurs me on. He reminds my He is good. He reminds me that He’s still God. He whispers, “I’m with you.” He reminds me it’s not about me. He reminds me that his grace is sufficient. He reminds me that I don’t have to always be perfect. He stand between me and guilt. He pushes away with great forceful compassion the overwhelming tide of self and other criticism. It’s a battle. He’s fighting for me. He does for me what I cannot in any way do for myself. That’s my God. He’s my savior.

Today’s reality is that the not-so life and the almost will be but not here is not something for me to get bent out of shape over. The trappings of this life seek to crowd out the voice of the One who loves us so. The trials of this world seek to cloud the view of his steady eye on us. The temptations on this earth seek to derail an intimate life with Him. But God, our great and mighty God, will not have it so. Consider that he wants us to be with him. Consider that he is not willing that we perish forever separated from communion with Him. What can this mean? That he will not give up on us. That he will still show Himself faithful, patient, and longsuffering. Who wouldn’t serve a God like this? Who wouldn’t want relationship with a God like this?

A little something to consider for today—are you pressing into the Savior? Have you turned your eyes to the King? Have you forgotten your Good God and gazed at the domineering mountain of circumstance in your life? Journey with me. Let’s be real with the Lord. Let Him in on all that troubles you. Wrestle with Him. He’s not giving up on you. He’s not giving up on me. He is going to be faithful to complete a good work in each of us. Friendship with the King can be wonderful in ways we would not have thought. Beloved, now is your time to allow Him, the Father who loves you with an everlasting love, to make this not-so life an abundant life.

John 10:7-21, Psalm 27, Jeremiah 31:3

Because

Marvelous by His DesignI don’t feel like writing. Does any one ever “feel” like doing anything? I suppose that is why the discipline of writing is so tough. One must summon the courage to face the blank page. One must record thoughts and ramblings. One must persist. You never know when that “one great thought” will present itself. So I write–type rather. It is my custom to write by hand in a journal. There’s something therapeutic about it, but I am finding that the online narrative of life works just as well. So that was my little something to consider for today. That and the fact the God loves me. God loves you. Nothing you can do will make Him you less.

God pursues us. He wants relationship with us–intimate communion. WOW. The God of all creation has a desire for you and I. Amazing. Feel His love. Hear His voice calling out to you…whispering over the silences in your life…he says…. “I love you. You are forgiven because of the blood my Son, Jesus, shed. Come to me, and you will find rest for your soul.” So today, considering returning to the King. He’s waiting for you with outstretched arms. You’ll find no greater love.

Lord, I prayed. Why is my world falling apart?

Written 2007

Psalm 27

 1 The LORD is my light and my salvation—
       whom shall I fear?
       The LORD is the stronghold of my life—
       of whom shall I be afraid? 

 4 One thing I ask of the LORD,
       this is what I seek:
       that I may dwell in the house of the LORD
       all the days of my life,
       to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD
       and to seek him in his temple.

 8 My heart says of you, “Seek his face!”
       Your face, LORD, I will seek.

 10 Though my father and mother forsake me,
       the LORD will receive me. 

 13 I am still confident of this:
       I will see the goodness of the LORD
       in the land of the living
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Have you ever really stopped to ponder the depth and breadth of Psalm 27?  For me it is an anchor of faith.  I have thought and pontificated upon this Psalm many times.  I sometimes question how many of us actually let the Word of God richly dwell in us and take root in us.  For all of you who feel like you are being test with out end, don’t lose hope.  God is always, as ever, faithful

God will test and prove our hearts.  Where does your loyalty lie?  Do you really mean what you pray like David does when he say, “One thing I ask of the LORD, this is what I seek;” or have you ever desired to be drawn near to God; or do you do simply offer up vain and empty words expecting nothing in return?  God will often take us up on our prayers.  Don’t be angry or upset when your life is turned upside down and inside out.  God is at work actively answer your prayer to draw near, to dwell in His secret place, and to be made more like Him.

We don’t get to define what the answers to our prayers will look or sound like; yet we can have the heart of David in Ps. 27:3:  “Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then will I be confident.”  He was calm and cool in the midst of the storm.  He willfully chose to believe God had the best for him even though Saul sought to destroy David, and even his son rose his hand against him in dishonor.  David was rock steady in his faith.  He didn’t waver.  In the moments of stress, strain, and pain, we gain the joy of the Lord.  We gain God’s strength in our weakness.  We press in and sit at His feet.  We hear His heart beat and feel His breath upon us.  We can feel His eyes lovingly watching over us—gazing on us as a mother does to her newborn.  We can praise him every chance we get.  Live.  Live.  Live. 

So today—right now—are you ready for God to make good in His promise to hear your prayer?  Get ready.  It may not look like you wanted, but God will be faithful to draw you near and call you beloved.  Run to the secret place.  Dwell in the shadow of the Most High God.  He will never let you down.  He’s waiting and watching for you.  The next time you ponder God’s word, remember…He always makes good on His word.  He keeps his promises.