Covered By His Perfection

So when the day is done sometimes we land headlong into the reality of our flaws and imperfections and find it’s not a really pretty picture.
 
It’s a hard place to be, to catch a glimpse below the surface of our presentation and see the effects of sin! We can deny it, ignore it, and sweep it under the carpet as we carry on or we may come to a place where we face it head-on and ask the One who is Perfection personified; our Lord and Saviour to continue to do His righteous work in us, and to complete it!
Paul saw the transforming work of the Holy Spirit in those first believers in the Church of Philippi and was confident in his prayer of thanksgiving as he penned the words in his letter to the Philippians In 1:6, “That he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Paul was grateful for them, even in their newness of life, with their flaws. He saw the powerful life transformations in their souls, their hearts and their behaviour! They weren’t perfect but Paul was confident that His God, would continue to work in them and through them, to make a difference! So beautiful soul, when that deep glimpse into our self, uncovers an array of stuff we don’t like, it’s ok. We don’t have to run and hide! We don’t have to live in denial or dust it under the rug. We just need to come to One whose still working it through with us, forgiving us and giving grace when and where it’s needed.
We are not perfect, in this fallen world, but our righteousness comes only through our Saviour’s perfect salvation. It’s His shed blood that cleanses us! His perfection that covers us, and His grace that reaches down to our imperfect state and continues to grant mercy and pardon for all that’s so wrong in us. So yeah, when the guns are fired in the streets, in the classrooms, and the bad things happen, in places that we thought we’re safe, it’s all part of the imperfect world gone wrong! A whole bunch of us “imperfects” who are in desperate need of a whole lot of a Saviour who came solely for the purpose to save us, a wretched soul and a ruined world.
 
Feeling imperfect tonight? It’s ok. It’s not your defining moment. Get alone with the Savior, the One who wants to work it out. The One who wants to work through you and for you. The One who wants to forgive, heal and restore. Beautiful soul, we’ll never be perfect in this life but we can walk and talk with One who is! He takes the initiative in the transforming work within us, but we have to be willing to let Him.
 
“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
 
2 Chronicles 7:14 (NIV)
#Safeinhardplaces #loveonthebrokenroad

Our Unshakeable Normal

So today couldn’t we all just use a little bit or normal in our topsy-turvy world. So often we wonder what normal is because it seems so far away from where we are?  Worry presents as a nagging backdrop and very bold fears fray the edges of our peace. Things that creep into the good spaces to haunt us as we forget the blessings that surround us. They come by the twos and threes, and yeah, some days they come like a marching army to take over the day. They become like obsessions that present themselves as mountains too high, too big, too wide and too daunting to even care.
These are times when we all just need to catapult into a new day with a really big faith in our really Big God, who holds it all in His hand anyway? Yeah, when life seems turned upside down, God is our stability. He’s our Normal when nothing else is. He’s our faithful when no one else is. He’s our Protector, Provider, Sustainer, Grace Giver, and unconditional lover and in our weakness, we’ve got to know that He is our strength and shield. When our weakness presents its “What Do I Do Now” moments and we feel very insecure, unsettled and much like David when he penned the words of Psalm 142, we need to respond much like he did. He’s feeling very overwhelmed by his persecutors and circumstances and reached a place of despair where he felt no one cared at all about his plight. Yet, he looks to the LORD for wisdom and in Verse 5 he comes to his senses again, where he says,
“But then I pray to you O LORD. I say You are my place of refuge. You are all I really want in life. Hear my cry for I am very low. Rescue me from my persecutors for they are too strong for me.”
David reached a place in his running from harassment, where he just knew his God was His Lord and His constant loving unconditional caregiver, surrounding him at all times, everywhere, behind and before. Covering him around and through, up and down, inside and out his God had it all together in His safekeeping. His God was unchanging; His God was always faithful, and even when trouble impacted his day, His God was unchanging, stable, always there, always caring, always providing, always protecting. So when our normal go topsy turvy and headlong into chaos, let’s say with David from his prison of turmoil and unsettled circumstances, Vs 7,
“Bring me out of prison, so I can thank you. The godly will crowd around me, for YOU ARE GOOD TO ME.”
Let’s realize even on our not so normal days, and in those not so normal moments, Our God is our unshakeable sustainer and our “normal” even in adverse situations.
~k
#Safeinahardplace

Mom’s World

So you’ve just wiped up spilled milk, scrubbed crayon off the wall, threw in your fourth load of wash for the day, wrestled up a quick, nutritious lunch for your hungry brood, kissed a hurt and sealed it with a band-aid! You’ve rocked, and lulled, and sung sweet lullabies, while all the while just wanting to have a spare minute for yourself but you can’t find one anywhere. The day wears on and the hours are tedious and so the same with whines, and cries, and fussiness and wet diapers, and quarrels, and how come no one ever told you that motherhood assigned you referee credentials? So, you’re a mom, and when you signed up for parenthood, you were unaware of its strange mix of excitement, fear, joy, panic, happiness, sorrow, fun, or anxiety. But it is and there you are right up there in the top ranking of it all, and it’s awesome but it’s scary, and it’s sheer delight but it’s frustration, and it’s rewarding but it’s so time-consuming. Oh, so time-consuming!! Yeah, motherhood; there’s really nothing like it on the planet! Its challenges are out of this world and it’s rocked yours to the moon and back. It’s got you booked solid ~ hook, line and sinker and drowning in its many demands! The hats you wear are ridiculous and next to impossible and your sanity? Well, it’s gone south for a break and right now as you think you might go under for the very last time, know that you won’t! You won’t because your job is the toppest of the top-notch jobs in the whole wide world.

You’ve been entrusted with gifts from heaven, all ‘little life’, wrapped up and so tenderly placed in your lap. And there you are!! Smack dab in the middle of days that don’t end and nights that don’t sleep. Those gifts of life are yours to cherish, to love, and to nurture, guide, teach and train and when that journey overwhelms your beautiful soul, remember King Lemuel’s mom had some good words of advice for him in Proverbs 31: 10, 17, 25, 26, 28. She told him exactly how fortunate he would be to find a woman of noble character just like you. You may be tired and exhausted but your value is outstanding… “A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies…….she sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks…she is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue…Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also and he praises her.”

God hasn’t promised pastel rainbows for your days of motherhood, in fact, some days might just well be purple and red, but He has promised joy to the mom who seeks Him and grace for the one who walks the ho-hum of the daily journey by His side. No, your rewards won’t necessarily be seen nor given out today there in your little kitchen nook, but your loyal works and your tedious steps will etch their memories into little hearts that will grow big and strong to become mom and dads of their own little gifts of life. So mom, take heart! Your tasks performed faithfully today will navigate back and will find their way into your seasoned heart of hearts when all you have left are the memories of the long lost, good old days. So yeah, beautiful Mom, enjoy these joyous but trying days of motherhood. They’ll be gone all too quickly.

Rest For The Weary

Sometimes it’s just one little thing that haunts you and keeps you from joy in that soul of yours. Sometimes it’s just something small but so overwhelming that it takes over your thoughts, your focus and ~ your life. You can’t live without thinking about it and you certainly can’t live comfortably with it in your every moment.

What is it that has you so fixed in its bondage that you can’t get free? A health issue, a financial strain, a bad choice, a child, a prodigal, an offence, a job, maybe a relationship or a relative that has your heart and soul so tormented that it seems to stalk you relentlessly, hounding your every day and your every sleepless night? Where does it end and where is relief from the torment? Matthew reminds us of the Lord’s words in Matthew 11: 28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Friends, there is no other place to rest your weary, troubled mind but in the Lord’s care! He’s got you and He’s got your problem. So let Him take it and then ~ oh soul, find rest and find that joy that comes in that simple trust and that sweet, child-like faith.

Jeremiah 31:25
I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint.”