Friday, May 18, 2018

Secret Revealed

A mystery is what I think of when I hear the word secret. Often spoken in whispers, something hidden away, not to be shared with any until a particular time, such as a surprise party.

Can you keep a secret? It is not the easiest thing to do, especially if it is one that will bless someone. God has secrets. He calls some of them mysteries. Off the top of my thinking for this five minutes I know of two. The mystery of godliness (1Tim 3:16) and the mystery of iniquity (2 Tues 2:7), polar opposite for sure. Does He want us to know and tell of them? Well, He does, but often He unfolds each of them slowly and deliberately, revealing just a bit at a time. Why? Because We can’t handle the whole thing at once. Our minds cannot contain the truth about either, iniquity or godliness.

I wonder though, is He just as excited to tell as we are wanting to know? I wonder also, if iniquity and godliness go hand in hand. I don't think I can know the full extent of godliness until I realize the depth of iniquity. That is why it is a slow process. That is why His grace is abundant and overflowing. That is why His mercy and patience ate much more than ours. That is why He doesn't ever, ever give up on us. He has a secret. He wants us to know it. It is the best secret that just never is fully known. Keep asking, keep looking, keep listening, And then pass on what you hear, and create that longing in someone else.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Heaven Came Down

Polka-dot third (not always in symmetry, often random)

How wonderful that I should be included in God's circle! The sun came through the window just before twilight. It wasn't its normal color. It was soft, it was bright, but not glaring, it was rich and smooth. I went outside to see what was happening. Was there a storm brewing? The clouds were not dark and ominous. Some where white, while others, grey, but not sullen. The air around me was pinkish, purple, yellow, stirred together, not pureed. I very light mist of rain, floated silently. It felt surreal. I felt I was being immersed into the sunset.

God wants to include us in His creation, for it is all His creation. He brought the sunset down for me to bask in for a few moments. I felt loved and hugged. God sent Jesus down to us to show us the Father. We didn't have to go up to find Him. There is no merit earned, no steps to climb, no fortress to build to get to heaven. It is just asking Jesus to include us in His plan and to include Him in our hearts and lives. We make It so hard and He makes it so easy.

Standing in His sunset, immersed in His glory.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Adapt or transform

More polka dot thoughts for
The word is adapt.
Late for I had a hard time with this one. And I may go against the grain here, but I seem to do that a lot.

Adapt –“ to conform oneself to new or different conditions” – a definition I pulled from  How much should I adapt to as a Christian? Two days of lethargy and sadness was enough. I prayed all day through it. I was quiet about its source, (yes, I knew) and I finally said “no”. It swept away with no apparent reason and that hints to me I conformed to a lie and acted upon it and my emotions took it for a ride. It is sometimes easy to adapt to a situation, to go along to get along, but is that what Christ instructs us to do? Adapt and conform? I see differently in Romans 12:2. “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect”.

So, I guess the big question (for me) is, “How do I know the difference”? And that is the world. What about other Christians? I need to compare scripture to scripture, not experience to experience or emotion to emotion. We are saved by regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit, not by deeds Titus 3:5. We are told to lay aside the old self and put on the new self. This doesn't sound like conforming to a person or a situation. This to me sounds like making a choice to recognize where I am operating. If I am living in a renewed mind, the will of God will prove itself to me. That is transformation. It is my choice to live there or not.

It is never a matter of adapting to someone's side. It is a matter of taking a position based on the truth we know. It is never opinion Jesus is after. It is His purpose to show us the Father. This he told Philip in John 14:8,9. “…If you have seen me, you have seen the Father…” The way I see this is that if you want people to see Jesus in you, then keep putting on your new renewed self and not just adapt to those around you. You may not be popular, you may be misunderstood, but the will of God will prove itself in your life.

This is the place I see hope, in my redemption, not in my circumstances. It is a continual process, but if it is never applied, then I will never grow. I will always remain in the same never-ending cycle. We are fine-tuned by Christ within His body, but we are not a herd nor are we clones. We are uniquely designed for His purpose and we must individually seek that through a relationship with Him.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Breaking Point

The word is release,  just short, incomplete thoughts to spark thought.

Release! Ha,  I wish we could be released from these viruses! I had a cold for 7 days. It took my energy,  my strength, my perspective. I sat around like a beached whale whimpering like a puppy. I was annoying, even to myself. I am not a good sick person. The basic symptoms ended, but weeks later I am still looking for my energy level, the virus, I believe, settling into a different area of my body. It's not just me. Others I know are going through the same thing.

Like waves in the ocean, such is life. It seems we are released from one trial and yet another one is right behind it,  or more the case, overlapping. I looked up the different waves. Each one has its own construction and release based on the depth of the water, the length of the wave and the velocity of the wind. They all do have a breaking point, where the wave crashes and is released.

Such the waves in the Christians life often reflect the depth, length and velocity of our relationship to God and people. We cannot stop the trials from coming or life from happening. The joy is that we will one day be released from our bodies of death into a body incorruptible.

Until then, I wish I was healthy!

Saturday, March 31, 2018

God meets Me in the Middle

Writing on the word "settle" linked with

“Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of[ your evil behavior.  But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation if you continue in your faith, established and firm, and do not move from the hope held out in the gospel. This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant. Col 1:19-23

Today is Saturday,  the day after Good Friday and the day before Easter. I am thinking about the disciples and deliverance and being settled in between. Oh the Christian now can be settled. We know the history. We have the Holy Spirit who is our witness and comforter.

Are we always settled? I'm not. I just peeked at a few things that happened after the crucifiction. Mary Magdalene and Mary, the mother of James and Joses were looking from a distance to see where He was laid. They sat across from the grave, I'm sure in great grief,  but also I suspect they were figuring a plan. When they returned home they and some other women prepared spices and perfumes. My question is, how did they expect to get on the other side of that stone?

The Sabbath was the next day. It was Jewish law they could do nothing but rest. I know that grief sometimes buffers anxiety. In grief everything seems to slow down. There's not the energy for any adrenaline surge in any direction.

Do you remember the story of Daniel? King Darius was deceived into issuing a law that anyone found serving any other King for 30 days would be cast into the lion's den. His governors of his kingdom hated Daniel and knew he prayed to God. So he was caught and it was told to the King. This upset him but there was nothing he could do to revoke the law. He said to Daniel “The God who you constantly serve will himself deliver you. A stone was brought and laid over the mouth of the den and the King sealed it with his own signet ring and with the signet rings of his nobles so that nothing would be changed in regard to Daniel.” Dan 6:16-17. The rest of the story? God shut the mouths of the lions and delivered Daniel.

I see a few similarities here.

What do I do when I see my hopes hanging, bleeding out before me. And there are laws, either of the land or of my own making that cannot change. Can I be settled knowing that God will deliver me? There are things that I cannot change, and things that can never be undone. But I can continue in faith and don't move from hope of the gospel.

These are just a few thoughts to get us thinking in this journey of ours.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

When The Road Bends

Ps 143:10 “Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground.”

Do you have specific daily routines? Have you ever noticed that one change can throw you off completely? With me it started with one gradual change and then over time I notice it is affecting my whole day. It is like a domino effect. My thought patterns are more displaced. Add sickness to the mix and suddenly I feel I am under an avalanche of misguided emotions and thoughts.

But even in these times, the Father is not moved or shaken. Neither should I be. Changes will come. They are good. Sometimes God allows the routines to go to bring me out of the monotony. Sometimes a rest is needed so something else can be accomplished that I don't even know. Even though the schedule may be different,  God is still asking that I follow His leading, maybe down a path I have never been.

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Saturday, March 10, 2018

When I Am Just Too Tired

FiveminuteFriday (on Saturday)
Five minutes of thoughts into words.

Ps 62:1 “Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from Him”.
My actions tell me when I'm overtired:

Like the time I worked overnight and couldn't get the proper sleep for ten months andmended up not knowing my name or what day it was half the time.

Or the time I was driving with some ladies to a Bible retreat after working all night long. The first thing I did was go through the easy pass without having an easy pass transponder in my car. I argued with them until they refused to go unless I surrendered my control.

And then one day I went to make coffee and instead of putting coffee in the filter, I put the cat food. Multi-tasking is not my forte when tired. Luckily I noticed in time.

What about the time I baked oatmeal cookies and while eating them I realized I had left out the oatmeal. They became brown sugar, raisin cookies. A new recipe is born.

Some things make for good stories later, but not all. The most frequent and obvious telltale sign of my lack of sleep is my emotions. I tend to get very annoyed very quickly.

Stress, anxiety or poor decisions are all factors of sleep deprivation. A scripture that comes to mind is Romans 12:1, 2 “Therefore I urge you,  brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not conformed to the pattern of this world,  but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”

Whereas there is responsibility and definite work to be done and concern to be had in this world,  I need to examine the patterns of the world by which I shape my life. Renewing (waking up, strengthening,  regenerating) my mind to Christ's will transform me more and more. Tired should be healthy and sleep, restful.