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Sunday, July 11, 2010

Taking Time, Finding Rest

The LORD replied, "My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest."...Exodus 33:14

Lord, our lives get so busy,

We lose sight of what is true.

Productivity become our idol

Always seeking more to do.

It's a trap we all fall into,

Thinking more is always best.

Relaxing seems a waste of time

And it's laziness to rest.

The world keeps moving faster.

We try hard to keep the pace.

Feeling worthless when we're tired;

And need a break from life's cruel race.

Lord, You never called it lazy

Taking time to spend with You.

It's in those quiet moments

That Your presence can shine through.

Let us just remember

As we go about our days

In His presence rest is given

When we follow in His ways.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Dry Ground

"This is what the LORD says—he who made you, who formed you in the womb, and who will help you: Do not be afraid, O Jacob, my servant, Jeshurun, whom I have chosen. For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour out my Spirit on your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants. They will spring up like grass in a meadow, like poplar trees by flowing streams." - Isaiah 44:2-4(NIV)

Have you ever gone through a dry season in your life or in your ministry? Listen to Gods words through the prophet Isaiah... "Do not be afraid"...could it be in those dry times in our lives that it is fear that is our drying agent, leaving us cracked and thirsting for that life giving water? Fear can cause all progress to stop. It paralyzes, limits growth, creates doubt, holds us back, and sucks us dry from the joy and prosperity that God has planned for us.

The antidote for fear is faith. Hebrews 11:1 says, "Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see." God wants our complete and total faith in Him and Him alone. Ultimately we have the choice...once we identify the fear...we can either choose to give in to it or surrender it to God, trusting that He will help us overcome. Being sure of what we hope for. Maybe God uses the dry times in our lives to point out our fears. God wants us thirsty for Him. Consider the dry times, have we lost sight of His power and promise? He is the source of life giving water. He will continually pour out His life giving water on our dry and thirsty land and His Spirit upon those whose trust rests in Him. That is God's promise...the key to claiming it...Do not be afraid...Trust God.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Water of Life

Spirit of God, wash over me
Cleansing my mind of impurity
Fill up the cracks, revealing my leaks
Wash away all the obstacles keeping me weak.
Rush over my soul with waves of Your power
Strengthen my faith hour by hour.
Renew my heart with Your life giving rain
Quenching my thirst, removing my pain.
Plant me by a stream where Your waters flow.
As continuous nourishment to help me grow.

"Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers."...Psalm 1:1-3

Friday, July 2, 2010

Morning Walk

"It is good to praise the LORD and make music to your name, O Most High, to proclaim your love in the morning and your faithfulness at night, to the music of the ten-stringed lyre and the melody of the harp. For you make me glad by your deeds, O LORD; I sing for joy at the works of your hands. How great are your works, O LORD, how profound your thoughts!"
Psalm 92:1-5

Walking through the forest this morning, I noticed the sun emerging from it's sleep. It crept through the forest trees, creating such perfect clarity. It's light shown and danced with glimmers of hope for the coming day. I thought about God and His perfect plan for creation. God has provided all we need for each day. It's right there within our reach. but so often we are stuck in our own dark forest, and we can't see anything clearly. It is only when we look to God for our direction that we become aware of the light He gives. He sends those glimpses of light through His word, others, and nature...shining hope into our lives...In Him we will never lose our way.

Thank You Lord God for shining so brightly through your SON, Jesus...who is the SON light for our days. I sing Your praises Lord, You are good and supply all our needs, big or small. I sing Your praises with a grateful heart that we were created and chosen to be Your children, and You delight in Your creation...Help us to be aware of those gifts of light and clarity throughout our day...That we may bring glory to Your Name...Amen

Thursday, July 1, 2010

The Raging Sea and Tranquility

Living in a broken sin filled world, we often find ourselves sailing through some pretty intense storms. God reminds me time and time again of the story in the Gospel(Matthew 8:23-26) of Jesus calming the storm that rose up in the night as He was sleeping. Panicked, the apostles quickly woke their Master, asking what they were going to do? They were beside themselves with worry! Calmly, Jesus looked to His friends and asked them why they were so afraid, where was their faith? They had seen the power and authority Jesus displayed first hand, through numerous other miracles and yet fear rose up inside their hearts at the threat of drowning in the storm. With a word, Jesus instantly quelled the storm, and though they had seen this power many times before...the apostles were still amazed that this could be, and asked themselves who is this that can calm the sea? I am so thankful that we serve a God who wants us to believe and will continue to be patient and show us until we do. We know we can trust Jesus, because we can recall all of things He has already done and know that He who has power over the heavens and the earth, nature, health, creation, and even death keeps us held in the palm of His hand...it is for us to believe! Remember all that He has done and keep Jesus in your boat. Trusting Him...we will not drown. The storms may be raging around us, but in the shelter of our boat with Jesus, we will find tranquility.

My Boat

Sitting amidst the raging sea
A storm of great intensity,
Threatens to over turn the boat
I've used to keep my life afloat.

Ferocious winds whirling around
Create a chaotic deafening sound.
Infiltrating mass confusion,
Injecting doubt with fierce intrusion.

I brace myself, holding tight,
At Satan's attempt to shake my life.
Breeding fear with my boat's destruction;
Tearing at it's sound construction.

But I've got faith in the One who saves.
I'll look to Him to calm the waves,
And quell the worries in my mind...
In trusting Him, true peace I'll find.

In the midst of this impending storm
I'll find myself mended instead of torn,
Because Jesus is there in the boat with me.
Comforting, strengthening,and setting me free.