Find Your Focus


So some days when our perspective is clouded, our insight dimmed with disappointment, our focus out-of-focus and what we thought was our high calling appears to have done the Humpty-Dumpty to below zero, the thing is, it’s not the deeds or the successes that matter in God’s economy but it’s our sincere faithfulness in the small things that take the front seat! So when selling lemonade in the kiosk doesn’t trump the chocolate cake in the finest of dining, it’s all ok, because it’s truly in our ‘faithfulness’ to His work, not our performance that our God is faithful to us. Yeah, He’s the winner in our losses and the joy in our disappointments. He’s the strength in our weakness and the heights of our success in our lowest of lows. It’s not about us! It’s never about us and I love how He brings us back in touch with reality when we get hit with a bit of cloudy perspective!

The amazing thing is too, there’s blessing there in that ‘clouded’ perspective! It really does have a silver lining after all and in the big picture of God’s economy you can know that with all that you have to know! Our disappointments are truly “His” appointments for such a time as this. So when the platform does a bit of a downslide on the downlow and our egos develop a flat, it’s always all ok! The flat is right where God wants to bless us in order to propel us on to greater things.

Oh I love how He looks after us and all the little things of our lives. I love how He takes care of every little thing that pertains to us, yeah, even enough to use disappointments in order to carry out the best for us in this journey! That’s what He does! I love how He does it! Don’t you?

The poet of Lamentations in 3: 22 -23, knew the faithful love of our Lord. It was His basis for recovering from deep depression after the ruin of Jerusalem in a catastrophe that wiped out the Kingdom of Juda; it’s capital, it’s temple and it’s people. Such a dreadful wipe-out it was but our poet knew that God is absolutely reliable and so can we if we back up a step or two and take a look at the evidence in daily mercies seen every day. Yeah, He is faithful even to end of our big day, our hard times, and our difficult decisions. And in those down slopes and wipe outs and in those deep depressions He is faithful! Always faithful! You can know it!

~k

Lamentations 3:22-23
The LORD’S lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, For His compassions never fail.

1 Thessalonians 5:24
“Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass.”
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Forgive?

Accept The Loss And Lose The Bitterness

A little bit about forgiveness, and something I wrote a year or two ago, came through my memory news today. Always relevant and A soul Note to self today with a picture taken on the Atlantic waters. I love the trail of fading water in the backdrop/past and the glistening water in the forefront, depicting so well the power and the delight of forgiveness as God works on our own hearts to free us from the stuff of the past. Beautiful soul, It’s in the letting go and leaving it behind, that we can find that glistening, sparkling element of life that says it’s all ok, no matter what! ❤

Raising four kids over my ‘mom’ years has taught me some interesting and valuable lessons about forgiveness. I’m still learning but I’ve realized it isn’t about the other person or the offender at all. No ~ As selfish as it sounds, It’s about the “me, myself and I”, before the Lord, in the situation, and His power and His strength in us, giving us the ability, to accept the loss or the hurt, regardless of how deep it may go! We have to get closer to God in order to forgive and accept any loss. You see beautiful soul, simple ‘acceptance’ releases the chained weight of the bitter spirit. That bitterness that binds and tugs around the ankle! Simple acceptance, like a key clicked in the lock, sets us free of the offense! Yeah, simple, straight forward acceptance! It’s the only way! Only then can I ‘begin’ to heal in the whole healing process. It won’t be instant, it never is, but just as time heals a surgery, a wound, or a broken bone; the broken heart, the pain of offence and the hurt of loss also heals with time, if we’ve accepted the loss before our Lord who lost His life at the hands of the angry mob. What did He do? He prayed, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” They weren’t asking but He accepted His brutal treatment and ultimate loss of life on the cross and all for us, who are so undeserving! So must we ask God to forgive them and “accept” our lot and our loss. Yeah, when we accept the loss,  and it can’t get any worse so, what does it matter? It’s done! it’s over! It’s happened and we can’t change it! So we accept it and we learn from it!  The irony is this, that when we accept the loss, the upside is, we lose the bitterness and the anger that drives us crazy.  We  forgive and we are forgiven over and over and over again in this life and each time we move on hopefully a little smarter and a little wiser in our journey!

Think of it this way! Have you ever forgiven your kids, even when they haven’t asked? When they’re young, we do don’t we? And in their child-like simplicity they forgive us when we fail them in their little worlds, so big to their concerns. It’s all in a days work and just a valuable part of training in kids-world and parenting. However, as they get older with their own minds and rebellious behaviors, it becomes a little more “adult like” difficult and chances are they’re not asking because they don’t care. So, rather than harbor it, holding it against them ~ we have to accept what they’ve done, forgive and let it go and yeah, maybe ten times a day or more and always with the knowledge of another day tomorrow with maybe more of the same scenario. Remember the offender seldom asks nor do they have the ability nor power to heal. If we depend on the offender for our healing we may take the bitterness to our grave.
~k

Matthew 18: 21, 22
“Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times? “Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.”

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What If’s And What Now’s?


So there’s maybe a whole lot of us coming up against a week of what if’s! What if that medical test result isn’t good? What if the finances just aren’t there? What if the kids get this dreadful flu? What if work is just bad news? What if I get that sore throat with this big weekend coming up? What if? What if? What if? and what if? Oh my, so many fears, so much to wrap the head around. So much to plan for! So many hats to wear and so many that don’t even fit any more. What are we suppose to do when life comes at us from all angles with a driving force and gusty winds that knock us flying face first into a deadlock? Opposition with no progress. Yeah, what do we do with that? What do we do with that stuff that comes a calling, to call us out of our peace corner and out of our comfort zone; to set us on edge ready to crack or explode or break into a kazillion pieces? How do we manage it when the “What if’s?” become the “What Nows?”

Well, our Psalmist in Psalm 73, Verses 24 – 25, 26, 28a, speaks out to His God and confirms God’s guidance for the godly through their troubles and changes their misery into glory when he pens the words, “You guide me with Your counsel leading me to a glorious destiny. Whom have I in heaven but You? I desire You more than anything on earth. My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; He is mine forever…..I have made the Sovereign Lord my shelter.”

So hey you beautiful one with the beautiful soul and all the what if’s, what for’s, and what now’s; yeah you, all wrapped up in those fears; God’s got this. He’s got all of it. Some things may not be as we wish, but He’s got that too. He knows what’s up and what’s happening. He knows the prodigal. He knows the estranged family members. He knows the kid problems. The thing is, He knows you inside out and right side up in every direction and at every turn. He’s never taken off guard and though our health may take a slide downward and our spirits may grow weak at the thought of it all, He is still our perfect shelter and He is still now and always ours forever! That’s our sweet promise from Him to us and you can take to the bank of life.

Our Psalmist knew it even in his weakness and confirmed it to His God in written word for us today, right now, for such a time as this.

So ~ All that stuff? Cast it out and away!

1 Peter 5:7
“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”

~k
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Wholehearted Committment


Deuteronomy 6: 4 , 5.

“Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.”

The Israelites stood on the verge of the land God had promised to them. A land already established with large cities they had not built. Living accommodations, richly stocked with produce they had not grown and cisterns they had not dug. Verse 10 -13. They were not to forget their God in their land of plenty. They were not to allow their wealth to distract them from their God who rescued them from slavery in the land of Egypt. They were to fear Him and serve Him with wholehearted commitment. They were to commit to His commands wholeheartedly, for He alone and He only was worthy of their worship. They were to love Him with their heart, soul, mind and strength, or, their intellect, will, emotions and spiritual and physical being. They were to live, sleep, breathe and digest His commands as they talked of them, taught of them, slept on them, rose with them and wrote them over doorposts and on gates through the custom of the mezuzah attached to doorframes of houses and buildings. When passing through the doorways they were to touch the mezuzah to show respect and dependence for the Scripture. They were about to prosper at the gracious hand of their God but not without obedience to Him.

Where do you find yourself today? Some remote place where God seems distant and ungiving? Maybe a land of compromise? Maybe a land of plenty has distracted you from His gracious hand. On a scale of one to 10 where does your obedience fall? Peer through that opaque veil and catch a fresh glimpse of God once again. Try giving adoration to the only one worthy of your worship, and reestablish your priorities as you enter into your promised land to take possession of your fullness of life in the Lord.

As true believers then, Let’s be challenged to stamp God’s commandments on our hearts in wholehearted commitment to our God, the only one worthy of our praise. Let’s be challenged today, to live lives of holiness as we strive to love Him with our whole selves: our intellect, will, emotions and our spiritual and physical being. He has called us to a life of obedience, therefore, we must live, sleep, breathe, teach and digest His commands as we respect and depend on His Word for His promise of abundant life even amidst the difficulties.
~k

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