Let this mind be in you…

December 31, 2014

Philippians 2:5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus

Romans 12:1-2

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Having the mind of Christ involves studying His word, and actively gauging your thoughts. Do they line up with His word? There are times in life when things get tough, but remember, who gives you strength as a child of God. Don’t just look at the situation, but remember your Creator and His word.Turn to Him with your praise and your faith.

Your actions start with your thoughts, hence it is all the more important to seek His help. In seeking His word, you gain  more of an understanding for God, His desires and promises for you. Seek His voice, make yourself available to Him. When you seek after the Lord and His statutes, He will draw nigh to you and be an ever present help. There is no problem too big or too small! In the midst of seeking Him, you build your relationship with Him.

Proverbs 1:7

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

As you seek the Lord with fear, ie. reverence and respect for who He is, He will reveal more of Himself and His ways. In life, there are times where we won’t understand, or know how to proceed. But, no matter the problem, you can turn to Him. In the midst of the trials, God wants to get the glory. See your trials as your future testimony.

As you seek the Lord with a willingness and obedience to His word, you can trust Him and watch Him move in your life.


Jeremiah 29:11

December 29, 2014

 Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

As children of God, we have to keep a constant remembrance of God’s word. In those times where the enemy tries to buffet your mind, we need to counter it with what God says. When the enemy tries to come against you, remember as a child of God that God wants you to be above and not beneath. He wants your focus, worship, your faith and obedience. When your mind is cluttered with doubt and unbelief, it can become easy to focus on the immediate situation, rather than seeing the big picture. The big picture is that you are blessed and highly favored. The big picture is that in the midst of whatever you’re facing, that God’s plans for you are greater than you can even imagine. Jeremiah 29:11 is a scripture that has resonated with me lately, as it is a reminder that our thoughts should line up with thoughts of His peace, love and joy.

As a child of God, each day is a day that the Lord is desiring to get even closer to you. In the midst of the trials or difficulties that you may face during the day, see them as an opportunity that God wants to reveal that much more of Himself to you. In the rough and tough, in the sunlight of peace, God wants to get the glory. And, because of that, as a child of God, you cannot lose. Continue to seek Him and remember His word.


Without faith…

November 17, 2014

One of the traps of satan is to get you to stop believing. Believing goes beyond dreams, aspirations and different things you’ve planned in the fabric of your mind. But belief, in the core of who you are and whose you are. As believers, we have to remember we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. One passage we went over in Sunday school is Hebrews 11:6.

Hebrews 11:6New International Version (NIV)

And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

Without faith, it is impossible. There is no middle ground there. There’s no way under, there’s no way over….it is, impossible. In the midst of the impossible, we must take note of what is written, and what is not. Without faith. It does not say, without your understanding, feelings, thoughts, plans, etc. But, it says, without faith. This is a potential stumbling block, but if you believe in God and in His power and in His might, this literally propels you into beyond what you understand to be the possible.

You can go beyond your past mistakes, the different stumbles you’ve had. You can overcome your paycheck or lack thereof. You can be healed of that hurtful relationship. You can find peace, love and joy. You can overcome fallen dreams and walk in the power of the Cross. It’s when you realize that in fact you can’t and that God can, that the obstacles that are in front of you can be seen as propellers. Your success isn’t determined by who does or doesn’t like you, but Who loves you.

It’s my prayer on today that you be encouraged, knowing that as a child of God, you can do all things through His strength. Rest in Him, turn to Him, knowing and believing that He’s working it to your good. It’s in faith that it becomes possible to truly walk in freedom, in the power of a relationship with our loving savior Jesus Christ.


For Peace–Thoughts on forgiveness and healing

May 27, 2014

Something I thought on tonight is how easy it can be to think wrongly of someone. We can get caught up in our own limited vision, that we cast a viewpoint on someone that isn’t there. It’s my prayer that even if someone doesn’t understand me, doesn’t like me, whatever, that I see them with the love of Christ. The scripture that comes to mind is Philippians 4:7-8:

“And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”

When we take our minds off of what someone did or might’ve done, didn’t do, and make a conscious decision to instead ask God to love them and see them as He sees them, it becomes incredibly freeing. Just like Jesus loved even when others didn’t understand, or viewed Him wrongly, or wanted to cast Him away, He still loved. Not with self-righteousness, but because it is His will that no one be lost.

I ask the Lord to help me in this area. I strive to try to see things from another’s point of view, but, I still need His help. The beauty of it is, is when we repent and ask His forgiveness and seek His healing and cleansing, He’ll work it out to the good and for His glory. He can heal those hurting places and mend those wounds. Let go of the judgment book that you aren’t meant to carry to begin with. Watch Him heal you and restore any broken place. Watch Him deliver and set free, even those relationships that may seem unrecoverable.

I come humbly now,

seeking your grace

I realize that I need

to seek your face.

 

I see someone else’s blood

on my sleeves,

not talking about murder

but these thoughts need

 

to be replaced

by His grace

I’m reminded that I

can call Your name

 

Jesus, please help

me to judge myself

I’m thankful for

your love and help

 

to help me see

the good in all,

the love of Christ,

grace and peace.

 

I let go

of the past hurt,

I let go

of any shame

I let go

those places

that I’m not meant to carry

I let go

of the judgment

as I think of the cross

You already paid the cost

You already paid it all

 

No need to worry,

no need to fear

the joy of the Lord

the joy of peace, near.

 

 

 


End-time economics…

May 24, 2014

End-Time Economics

History of gold
    Biblical Perspective
    Historic Perspective
        To Modern Day Fall from gold standard
    Why falling away from the gold standard is fallible
    Why it only supports the scriptural reference(s) within Revelation
    What it means in terms of Current-day economics and beyond
        You can no longer buy or sell–you can no longer exchange your money for true
        Value…gold. In the end, Who is the true source?

Looking at the value of the dollar today is truly shocking. In a previous generation, it was not unheard of to go to the store and buy a meal for a family with spare change, literally. Nowadays, a single good steak can cost in double-digit dollars. In the 1980s, a gallon of gas could be had for less than a dollar. Today, we’ve seen gallons of gas exceed $5.  Clearly, the dollar has lost value drastically. But, what does it mean?


Something New

February 15, 2014

I fear I walk alone
In the corners of time,
There’s something missing
Like an avalanche without
The snow, the cold
Lives on in the breaths
Of children running outside
In the echoes of  joy,
Reticent of a moonlit
Shadow, in the breath-breaking
Shouts. There’s something old,
Something new, willing
To break the white veil
And paint the grass underneath
To the unseen springs of water.
And though the grass is buried,
It will rise again
And though there’s times of silence–
There’s time to laugh
And though there’s clouds,
There’s a chance for solace–
To hold hands after
A long cry.
And, in the cold, it’s hard to run,
But without the cold,
Tears won’t fall
From smiling dimples, footprints
Creating mental postcards.
Hold my hand, as
Memories can be
Like loose-threaded tapestries
Like seed-whisked wind,
Summer grass meddling
in watermelon patches
watching underneath fireworks, running
To the fall’s leaf’s peaceful surrender…
Falling with feathers
Into knitted caps
Running for apple cider,
And hot chocolates.
And through the memories–
Waiting, like warm cheeks
For the shock of cold fingers–
In the waiting, embracing
Something new.


New poem “Brave”

February 28, 2013

Brave

At night, I hear my dreams
Wanting to hold near
Then I utter prayers,
Trying not to think of self
There are so many out there
Needing help
Needing prayers
Somebody out there
Is thinking this too,
Our prayers can collide
And bring healing through
Hurting broken hearts
Where someone is wishing on stars
Not knowing where to go
Waiting for someone to understand
Homeless, in a tattered home
On a planet not theirs
Wearing new soles,
Yet walking around hurt,
Like the shoes have holes–
Walking the dirt, the night
Sky cradles clouds, interlocking
Fingers over the dark blue
light, lingers through
My thoughts of you
Now, I lay myself to sleep
Hold on, I hear myself say
Don’t let go of your dreams
Pray the Lord, our souls to keep


What Truly Matters

January 15, 2013

Today, I’ve been thinking on how in the midst of making decisions, indecision is right there to counteract forward movement. You can rationalize all the reasons why not to make a step. It’s funny how it can be easy to come up with ideas why something won’t work. All the while, God is right there, saying He’ll never leave you nor forsake you. Wanting to remember when Isaiah said that no weapon formed against you shall prosper. Wanting you to truly grasp when Paul said in His word that all things work together for your good; when you love the Lord and are called according to His purpose.

It’s in the midst of doubt that you have to remember God’s word. What He said about you is what will stand the test of time, against negative emotions, thoughts and fears.  When all else seems like its falling in quicksand, it’s the word of Jesus that will help you to stand. As I find myself discerning God’s will, it’s a reminder that you have to focus on His word and His promises. But, like in the situation with Jonah, be willing to follow the direction He gives you.

You will not always understand. There will be times where it seems like He doesn’t hear you. It can get frustrating. But, it’s in those times, that He wants to show you that much more of who He is.

The past few months has been a time period where I’ve been seeking Him and the enemy has tried to discourage. Not necessarily with finances, or with material things; in those intimate places that God knows you hurt, but He’s waiting for you to trust Him.  I can say, that God has proven Himself faithful time and again. He is still breaking up fallow ground in some areas, but it’s in those times that God is healing and preparing. If you are in a season where you’re facing a decision or He is healing you, restoring you; be encouraged! He treasures you as His child, so much so that He gave His only Son for you. He is the master creator, who knows you by name, with all of your faults and all of your beauty. Seek Him and His word, and allow Him into those places that hurt. He knows how to restore, how to heal and how to give you true joy.

 


Call on Him

December 10, 2012

I Kings 18:16-18: So Obadiah went to meet Ahab and told him, and Ahab went to meet Elijah. When he saw Elijah, he said to him, “Is that you, you troubler of Israel?” NIV

 

Reading this passage and chapter today, a few things stuck out to me. In the midst of all of the adversity, Elijah had the holy boldness to standup and proclaim God’s truth. In the midst of being called outside of who he was, he stood in his identity as a child of God. So many times, it’s easy to feel inadequate or that you’re not enough. But, that’s a trick of the enemy! You have to remind yourself, through prayer and God’s word, just who you are. Even in the midst of your hurt, your struggles, and your trials, God wants to reveal Himself to you. Also, there comes a point where you have to believe it for yourself who you are in God, and not rely on others’ opinion. There comes a point where yes, you can hear positive, but when the negative comes, when people don’t understand you or what you’re about, that you have to remind yourself that God fearfully and wonderfully made you. More so, God has a specific plan ordained for your life. 

The trials in your life are not to destroy you, but to shift you, strengthen you, and get you to increase your dependence on God. When you call on the name of Jesus, He will be sure to answer. It may not seem like it, nor may it feel like it, but God is there.


Lakers, Phoenix, Oh Ya!

November 14, 2012

The sports world is abuzz with NHL talks, NFL scores, Phil Jackson debacles and Phoenix fisticuffs. As of today, I’m still at a bit of a loss in regards to the Lakers rationale in not hiring Phil Jackson. A coach who’s won 11 championships, is an adept manager and psychologist who happens to know x’s and o’s seems just what the doctor ordered for the Lakers. For the Lakers to get this to work, unless D’Antoni has suddenly picked up how to coach defense, they will have to bring in a coaching staff that knows how to stop opponents. But, even if they do, I’m still trying to understand how in the name of catfish, that you stand up arguably the greatest coach of all time…

Imagine my surprise Sunday to see NASCAR highlights and see the rumble in the desert. Almost two days later, and my stance hasn’t changed; I support my driver. The great thing about this debacle is the sports world is abuzz about NASCAR, excitement is in the air, and Jeff Gordon may have just that much more motivation to layeth the smackdown and dominate in 2013. If people feel that JG was being disrespectful, I ask that you consider the following…

Clint Bowyer got into Jeff on at least three occasions: Martinsville spring race, a few weeks ago, and of course, Sunday. Furthermore, it wasn’t just that Bowyer hit Gordon, but the nature of the hit, cutting down his tire when JG gave Bowyer plenty of room to pass. Why did Bowyer get into Jeff’s tire? Was it intentional; you’d have to ask Clint. The bottom line is, Jeff’s been on the other side of the shoe more than once this year, and he finally had had enough.

Folks have been quick to say Jeff cost Clint a chance at the title. The other side of the pillow: that wreck cost Jeff Gordon a shot at the top-5 in points. After beginning the year with a blown engine and a 35th place finish, being wrecked or hit by Clint Bowyer at least three times, along with a host of other issues throughout the year and to still have a shot at the top-5 in points; it’s understandable why JG was a little frustrated. While it’s unfortunate that Logano and Almirola were involved, there comes a point where you have to let the offender know, I’m not pleased.  ‘Back in the day,’ it wasn’t as rare to see a driver let another one know that they were not pleased. Please see Dale Earnhardt, Rusty Wallace, Darrell Waltrip and instances such as night Bristol races in the 90s, the ’79 Daytona 500, etc…

With the title up for grabs, It’s my hope that the season ends safely on Sunday with a great title battle and Jeff Gordon in Victory Lane. Frequently, I’ve heard that NASCAR needs to go back to the ol’ time way. You saw a bit of it Sunday.