It Finally Occurred To Me…

that the answer to a recent challenge was found in three letters; one vowel and two consanants. Sometimes I can be so dense

In wrestling with HOW

                                           I only had to know WHO.  

Funny how rearranging one vowel and two consonants alter one’s perspective. 

It occurred to me that while I prayed for strength in the challenge, wisdom to pull it off and 

                                          grace to receive the accolades…only a little,

that through all the blood, sweat and tears, as if the whole of success rested upon the whole of me; 

It finally occurred to me I had failed to do the one thing necessary, 

with the one attitude necessary.

It occurred to me I had only to….

                                           ASK!

Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives, and (s)he who seeks, finds; and to him(her) who knocks, it will be opened. Matt 7:7-8

Ask and you will receive, that your joy may be full. John 16:24                            

Just Ask. Three letters. One vowel and two consonants.

You do not have because you do not ask. James 4:2

What a great idea!  

It finally occurred to me.

Reflections in the Mirror

I don’t like looking in the mirror but I need to get ready for work every morning and I need to at least look presentable.

I don’t like my mirror, or rather the reflection I see. Can I get a witness?

Who do you see when you look in the mirror?  Whose image?  Do you like what you see?

or do you, like me, wish for different

Because you feel…

Different or…

Unattractive?

Life has taught me a number of lessons.  Making friends with my mirror, accepting and believing the truth of who I am, are just two of my latest.

Wouldn’t it be nice for a change to remember the truth that we are “fearfully and wonderfully made”;

That the pinnacle of all creation occurred on the sixth day.

So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them…Then God looked over all he made and saw that it wad very good! And evening passed and morning came, marking the sixth day.  Genesis 1:27 &31

Lets make a habit of celebrating the One whose image we bear instead of criticizing the self whose image stares back at us every morning.

Or

Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe.                                                                                       Proverbs 29:25

We can either spin our wheels with all of our frenzied best, to perform for or please everyone, or anyone, or noone; 

OR…

We can relax in the skin with which we are fearfully and wonderfully   wrapped,

to be the blessing we were meant to become, 

by living a life we were meant to live, and pleasing an audience of…

Only One

     
          

          

              

          

           
    

I Dare You

And to one he gave five talents, to another two and to another one, to each according to his own ability.                                                     Matthew 25:25

On this eighth day of the second month of 2016, I have finally decided to do with my life something I should have been doing all along;

I’ve taken on a dare

to be the ME I was created to be.

Today feels risky because while I’m not afraid to get my hands dirty, I tend to shy away from risk.  And besides, I need my sleep…I want them to like me…I really do want to fit in and look cool fitting in!

They’re so much better at this than I am!

And besides…

I’m not that talented!

Today feels risky but I’ve also decided that I’m tired…

 of reasons for failing and excuses for failing to try;

of merely dreaming and failing to see those dreams fulfilled.

I’m weary of focusing on my SELF

and losing sight of my God!

After a long time the lord of those servants came and settled accounts with them.  So he who had received five talents came and brought five other talents…His lord said to him “Well done good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord!”

Matthew 25:20-21

And so it went with the one to whom was entrusted two talents.

But here’s what happened with the third…

Then he who had received the one talent came and said, “Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed and I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground.  Look, there you have what is yours.”

But his lord answered and said to him, “You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed. So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest. Therefore take the talent from him and give it to him who has ten talents. For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away.”

Matthew 25: 24-39

If you read on through verse 30, this “unprofitable servant” is cast into “outer darkness where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

I don’t know about you, but I do not relish a future of weeping and teeth-gnashing.  After all, isn’t life here hard enough without investing into a hard future?

So today on this eighth day of the second month in 2016, God presents us with a dare.

Go on…

be the BEAUTIFUL YOU that God created when He first breathed His life into you.

Go on and look at Him instead of yourself.

Go on…

I dare you!

 

 

A Funny Thing Happened on the way to Day 21

A funny thing happened on the way to day 21 when I collided into the unexpected.  Twenty pages shy of my destination, I tripped…

Behold the former things have come to pass. And new things, I declare; before they spring forth, I tell you of them.  Isa 42:9

over words highlighted in yellow.

I’d been reading about God’s Sovereignty and the verse from Isaiah was not part of that; or was it?

Arriving at my destination, I collided a second time,

No weapon formed against you shall prosper and every tongue which rises against you in judgement, you shall condemn.  This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord.  Isa 54:17

with a birthright, I had never before embraced…

fully, that is;

because…

a funny thing happened on the way to 18.

Somewhere along the way, when messing up while growing up cost nothing but time;

somewhere along the way when falling down meant being picked up and loved anyway;

somewhere along the way when getting lost always meant someone would come running, and being found meant hugs and kisses and sometimes tears,

somewhere down that long ago road I believed a lie

and stopped short.

I wonder how many of you have believed the same?

This is what I wished I’d have heard; this is what I believe I am finally hearing now and this is what I want you to hear…

You are loved.

You are accepted.

You are beautiful and desired.

You are strong and capable.

You are intelligent.

You are My perfect creation and I’ve created you perfectly.

You are fearfully and wonderfully made.

You are My child and I have loved you, I always have,

with an everlasting love!

Can you hear Me now???

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And September Happens

Dusk clings,

its paths laced with russet gold;

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and September happens in                                                                                                                                                               holy unfolding.

IMG_1020IMG_0935 There is an ebb and flow, a rhythmic grace, a rhyme and reason to seasons and lives,

even when the rhyme appears to have no reason.

To everything there is a season. A time for every purpose under heaven.                                                                          Ecclesiastes 3:1

To every ending, a beginning.  Last week, one season ended so another could begin.  I have now officially rejoined the working world and am earning my keep.  It’s been a wild ride.  And I praise God for His provision.

But there’s something I miss.

I miss the time I had; when God felt close because I drew near.  When questions led not so much to answers, as much as they did to Him.

I miss the place of purging and burning away, where dross removed revealed brilliant gold, where doubt revealed faith, and weakness…                                        His strength.

I miss the place of healing and mercy; the place where my impoverished lack proved…                                                                                                                                 His exceedingly and abundant provision.

I miss it and I want to go back.

Seasons change and Septembers happen to us all.  For me, it’s been a job and income, new opportunities, new challenges along with a bit of, stretching, perhaps even a wee bit of…                                                                                              compromise.

I want to go back.  The good news is I can, if I want to.  And I’d love some company. So consider this my invitation.

Will you join me today in seeking His face and approaching His throne?

Come with me and together we will find mercy and grace to help us; not only in our time of need, but always and forever.

He Promised!

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