A Grace Far Greater

So some days it just feels like it shouldn’t begin right? Well, beautiful one, when it’s all going in the wrong direction and up is down and right is wrong, you still have God’s gentle, sweet grace right there where you are!

Yup, in your corner and rooting for you is the God of all creation with His plan to fix and repair, soothe and comfort. Thing is, when it’s all said and done, that’s enough to cover it, so sit tight, and bask in it today. Sit tight and let Him add a sweet essence of grace flavour to your all gone wrong day.

That’s what He does. I love how He does it. 

“But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.”
Ephesians 4:7
#SoulNotesToSelf

 

A Safe Place

Sheltered in the arms of God; it’s a safe place to be. So when all rages wildly about you and your mind is doing whirling twirls in no kind of organized fashion, the place to be is quiet before the Lord and held tightly in His safe keeping ’til the quiet comes.

Just A Little Tired

Maybe there’s a whole lot of us who are tired? Tired of the way things are with no end in sight. Oh, we hear of the positive power of the positive thinker, but let’s not underestimate the negative power of the negative thinker. We seldom think about it that way, but our negative thinking, will pound us into the ground and trample us underfoot with a force so strong it renders us useless. Thing is, that kind of thinking will keep us there unless we rise to the challenge of change; change of heart, change of mind, change of thought, and a change of desire.

So, hey, let’s not allow anxieties, fears and self-destructing thoughts to trip us up and control our day. Remember where they originate from and who the enemy really is. It’s not the one that’s getting under your skin or the one who just lied to you or the one that selfishly tries to take control, but it’s the father of lies, himself ~ the enemy, who spews out his lies in your face to discourage you and bring you down! Shake that thought or Walk away from the drama when he uses that person and that ridiculous tactic to get to you. Take control of your thinking and think on something lovely, and find your spirits soaring once again 

Philippians 4:8
” 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.”

The Truth, The Whole Truth and Nothing But The Truth

 

I sat and chatted with the Pastor in the early morning hours over that first cup of coffee and we talked over some of the issues of these strange days. There are many aren’t there? We’ve been through lockdown, quarantine, phases one, two and three of re-opening and now, with twin-demic threats of both flu and COVID, it seems we’re well on our way to a possible second lockdown if proper steps aren’t taken.

So, thing is, there is a COVID 19, somewhere out there and it seems that as the daily numbers rise there are many finding out it’s very real. Whether you or I know of any is irrelevant at this stage, because whatever the problem is, media states that we, the people, with our masks, hand washing and social distancing are a very real part of the solution in a very big way. So here, we sit with these government rules and regulations and a big pandemic problem on our doorstep, that we really know nothing about, but yet we know we’re a part of and apparently a part of the solution. Rumours of a vaccine nipping at our heels, as a solution somewhere down the road, is all the talk and depending on who we listen too and what we believe, we may be lining up for it when it’s made available, or we may be running in the other direction. And so we ask, what is Truth these days? So, you and I and we and us, we sit in our socially bankrupt states feeling very attacked and manipulated on all fronts with health threats, economic crisis and so many invading fears of the day. It’s crazy ‘day’-sies isn’t it, that we cozy up by the fire in our livingrooms and invite the whole world in through a hyped-up media invading our small closed-in quarters, overwhelming us with facts, that, true or not legislate our daily decisions. So we turn off the loopy news and head on into our offices where a click of the button brings artificial intelligence and hundreds of other opinions to light, feeding our news feeds and our minds with socialities and feel-good stuff that just adds to the mix of truth or error, and who knows which is which in these strange days? And so we turn it off, maybe? And we walk away from it all with a mixed-up mind and a bag of emotions that we carry in our heart and wear on our sleeves and wonder what’s next?

A few months ago, the world seemed fine and wonderful to those of us who lived in the old “normal” of things. Travel was unbridled and unchecked as we quickly made our way from point A to point B in short order without much thought other than we were in control of the situation, our lives and our future. We partied without thought and joined in festivities at home and abroad socializing in close quarters without any threat or fear of endangering those in our circles of influence. Yeah, a few short months ago, we, the people, pretty much did what we, the people, wanted to do without restrictions, no strings attached. Thing is, things are different now and so the new “normal” is now the old world sitting on a tight shoestring, dangling on the edge of the precipice, and we, the people, are left wondering what’s next, what’s truth and what’s around the corner?

So many questions and not too many answers meet us in our morning and walk us through our days. Thoughts that taunt and tease and strike fear into the very heart and soul of us. Big men of faith, who we’ve followed and perhaps put on pedestals speak out loud and clear to sometimes confuse the issues even more and we can choose to follow them or not, maybe to our ruin, or we can turn to the only One who knows for certain. The only One who holds the world in His care and keeping. The only One who holds this whole, old world in His hands and carries us over these uncertain days. The One Sovereign God who loaned us His only Son, and gave Him up in death to bring us absolute Truth, Life, forgiveness and salvation, comfort and peace. So yeah, these days, we can run to men for feel-good answers and comfort words to tickle our ears, with sweet pleasantries! We can criticize government powers and what they stand for, and what they mandate, but somewhere along the way, we, the people,  do have to get it, that the only source of comfort comes from the only source of Truth.

Jesus, said, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” John 14:6!   So you there, sitting on the other side of this screen, You seek Him out for yourself! Hear Him out! Let His words permeate that socially bankrupt soul of yours! Let Him be your friend in your isolation and let Him help you find your way and bring you real-life for the days ahead. It’s only in our Sovereign God we can find the comfort, relief, peace and joy that we so need right now and know with discernment any kind of Truth.

#Soulnotetoself #COVID19 #Truth #Hopeinhardplaces