Walkin’ In The Light?

Psalm 119:105
” Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.”

Scripture defies the darkness and it’s pages exude references to the radiance of Christ, the Light of the World. John 8:12, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”

During the Festival of Shelters, sixteen golden bowls were filled with oil and lit. Jesus stood beneath them in the inner courts of the temple, in a section known as the Treasury, John 8:20 and said that He was now the source of the Light.

The Light of Jesus brings salvation, not just to Israel, but to us, the world, regardless of who we are, race or location. As Christ Ones abiding in His words, in obedience to His perspective and guidance we will not only walk in His beautiful light, we ‘become’ as light reflecting the radiance of Christ in our character. Phil 2:14,15.
Let’s be honest and ask ourselves a point-blank question. Is our light shining? Is it radiantly obvious in our actions? In our behaviours? In our countenance? Is it shining forth to light up the dark corners for others or do the batteries weaken somewhat as life happens and takes us with it? Yeah, maybe we need to recharge before the God of our salvation and the Christ who stood under the sixteen golden bowls of oil lighting the temple and point-blank stated in John 8:12, “I am the light of the world. If you follow Me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.” NLT Study Bible.

Philippians 2:14, “Do everything without complaining and arguing. So that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives, as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people.”

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After The Storm ~ Then What?


So today God, just wrap your arms into one big hug for all of us down here. So many of us just need a big heaping dose of what You can give at this moment. For all the tossed, torn, tattered, broken, bruised, and battered, ruined and restless, wearied, wrecked, worn and weathered parts of us today. Yeah, for all of our vulnerable states that we find ourselves in, You alone know how we got there, from beginning to end. You alone are the keeper of our lives, our souls our journeys. You know hearts, concerns, motives, the why’s and wherefores, and in all of our confusion You understand everything!

So after the storms what then God? What then? After the ruin, the loss and the destruction of life itself and it’s surroundings? Yeah, what then? When the storm churns, and our hearts fail us and we grieve our losses. Where do we begin to make things new when we don’t even know what’s broken?

So we turn to our Maker, our Creator, our Grace Giver, our Mercy Giver, our Sustainer, our Provider, our Redeemer, our Saviour, our Care Giver our Life Preserver and our Salvation on the sea of turmoil. You alone God, are Our Deliverer in times of distress, fear, and chaos. When everything goes wrong, and under, You throw us the life jacket and say, “Peace be still” to the storm!

Oh yeah, you and I and we and us, let’s say with the Psalmist in Psalm 55:1 “Listen to my prayer, O God. Do not ignore my cry for help! Please listen and answer me, for I am overwhelmed by my troubles….Vs. 6 -8 “Oh, that I had wings like a dove; then I would fly away and rest! I would fly far away to the quiet of the wilderness. How quickly would I escape from this wild storm of hatred….ah, but then David chooses to change his focus and trust in His God and in Verse 16, he reminds himself and us when he pens “but I will call on God, and the LORD will rescue me. Morning, noon and night I cry out in my distress and the LORD hears my voice. He ransoms me and keeps me safe from the battle waged against me, though many still oppose me.

David knew all too well the battles of the storms within and without. So ok, God, right now at this moment, give us all a heaping dose of Your sustaining grace laced with mercy for the roads of our lives that we face today. Give us safety on the journeys we find ourselves taking, whatever journey it might be and just like you kept David in his fear, keep us safely tucked in Your care.
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Watched

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John 13: 34, 35.
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
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As Christ loved and does love, so we must love and accept others unconditionally. It’s been said that pastors and leadership live in a fishbowl, and it’s true as every action is pretty much known by the flock, but really, whether we like it or not, all Christians are transparent. We are watched, sized up and evaluated by other believers as well as non believers. If they don’t like what they see, we quickly get labeled as the hypocrite. What do others see when they view our lifestyle, and our attitude towards others? Evidence of love for others in our lives is far reaching and will affect the way we live our lives. It will affect our behavior, our grace giving, our values, our trust and our attitude. Love is the base of our salvation and is truly evidence of an authentic, true relationship with a God who IS Love.

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After The Wings

Little Thoughts For Big Days
Little Thoughts For Big Days
Little Thoughts For Big Days
Little Thoughts For Big Days

I’ve been raising Monarchs this season and finding it a delightful past time. This is the first one to emerge from it’s snug chrysalis where it made it’s amazing transformation from Caterpillar to wings. It’s been a beautiful journey so far with these amazing creations that God has given to grace our world.

Free At Last
Free At Last

So a few hours later our first hatchling from the chrysalis was taken outside to dry in the soft breeze. The breeze caught his wings and he took off in a first, unsteady flight and flew right into a spider web. How disappointing and distressing to watch it go down but at the same time, it was a wonderful feeling to come to his rescue. So, carefully loosening him free from the web and brushing off the sticky silk from his feet and face, we ventured over to the butterfly bush where he hid under a few leaves and spent many more hours on sweet, nectar flowers! Later in the day, it was a delight to see him in brilliant, beautiful flight and freedom. No more crawling on the milkweed, but now soaring in the wind with beautiful grace!

What a spectacular journey and transformation from caterpillar to butterfly and yet his unsteady wings of freedom, weren’t even enough. They quickly ushered him into trouble and landed him smack dab in the middle of a dreadful and invisible web of deception. He wasn’t strong enough yet to fight it on his own and without human rescue, he wouldn’t have made it. He would have had to succumb to the entrapment of the deadly web and all just after gaining a new freedom. It makes me wonder how anything survives on it’s own in the wild! It’s also a good reminder of how we need a Saviour to rescue us from the dreadful web of sin. Our unsteady wings of freedom lead us quickly into invisible webs of trouble to quickly entangle us and without a Sovereign God, who is rich in mercy and grace coming to our aid to free us with His awesome and amazing plan of salvation, we too, are entrapped before we ever begin our life journey! We sit wrapped in the sticky pleasures of our selfish desires without any hope of escape! Praise God, He made a way for us to be set free through Christ who came to our rescue! Through the cross, the shed blood and His divine, glorious resurrection and transformation, we too, can be set free in beautiful flight when we seek Him and ask his forgiveness.

Isaiah 53:6
We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.