Washed Up On Shore?

Little Thoughts For Big Days
Little Thoughts For Big Days

So your beautiful, empty shell hit bottom and washed up onto shore in one big heap of debris laced with garbage, tattered shells, and stringy sea weed? Remember ~ at times like these, it’s not the end! God creates beauty out of the dump and fashions brand new out of old and rotten. It’s all ok! Shed the tears if you must and gently pick the heart up out of the heap of unclear circumstances! Some things just have no answers but everything is always ok after all, if you turn it over to the One who can fix it seamlessly. Oh it won’t be the brand new that it used to be because some of it or maybe all of it is just gone ~ washed away for now ~ just because it had to be! Maybe hope crumbled in a heartbeat and that difficult part of new, had to leave so that the growth of spiritual maturity could be born. Growth? It’s always being born isn’t it? Oh yeah, life is so confusing! So chaotic at times and so full of riddles, so truly difficult to figure out. Ashes can be turned to beauty! Heaps of rubble into worthwhile! Lost souls into found and broken hearts into new creations! What? How? Why? When? Questions ravage the mind and the soul of us as we journey through our story and some things just don’t make any sense at all or have and answers. The best news of the day is that none of it has to! None of it is ours to repair or figure out or fix. So ~ let it go just one more time! We don’t have the control, or the authority or the know how to hang on to it. It’s only ours to give over to the Sovereign One who can!

Remember Saul? His lifestyle dramatically ended on his road to Damascus, when God caught up with him, blinded him with enlightenment and washed him up on the shoreline of his self – centered life. Can you imagine the day when Saul the persecutor and murderer of believers became Paul the evangelist doing all he could to bring lost souls into the Kingdom? Saul had to die first before he could be transformed. Only God can do that! Only God can perform such a transformation! So when you feel beaten up, blinded by overwhelming circumstances, washed up on the shoreline, and dragged through the debris of unfair events, take heart beautiful soul. All unhappy endings hold new beginnings with God’s plan and direction. Your spiritual growth is about to blossom. God is up to something. He’s about to do something brand new. So smile beautiful soul and broken heart and watch Him work His awesome, miraculous repair on your beautiful, broken shell.

Isaiah 43: 18, 19
“Do not call to mind the former things, Or ponder things of the past. “Behold, I will do something new, Now it will spring forth; Will you not be aware of it? I will even make a roadway in the wilderness, Rivers in the desert.

God Bless

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Your Present Moment

Little Thoughts For Big Days
Little Thoughts For Big Days

Our omnipresent God dwells everywhere at all times but He dwells in our present moment and the key to knowing God’s “Perfect Peace” is to live in that present moment with Him, trusting His goodness for right now, this minute. To trust that God is good, and that all He does is good for you right now!!! Although He had a plan, even in our past, He doesn’t dwell there and nor should we.  If we let our minds carry us back to that place of reruns, we tend to focus on negatives with its pain, failure, fear and discouragement.  It’s a place of bondage and there’s no freedom there! It’s where we live if we harbor an unforgiving spirit ~ “in the past”, replaying the same old offense, and the same old hurt, over and over and over again. We won’t find God’s peace there in that bitter place because bitterness and anger bring about despair and a feelings of resentment, hopelessness and ruin.  There’s no peace present there.

Yeah ~ we can savor its warm memories of good times and glean a few valuable nuggets of wisdom from past experiences and God desires that, but then His call on our lives is to move on with Him one step at a time into His new graces, mercies and faithfulness. We can trust God and experience His perfect peace in our present moment, but if our thoughts wander with fearful imaginations and worry into the future~ well, there’s no peace there either. A fearful imagination full of anxiety and worry, doesn’t see an omnipresent, all-powerful, all sovereign God and His peace is absent from the mind, the heart and that precious soul of yours in the anxious moments. Trust and fear, peace and bitterness ~ well, they can’t dwell together. They mix like oil and water ~ they don’t mix at all!

So ~ beautiful soul, live for now, for this sweet and precious moment of life! Breathe in the grace of the moment, even if it involves pain, sorrow or difficulty. Friend, if He holds the song sparrow in its delicate flight, He’s got you and He holds you when you rise and when you fall. You never slip too far for grace to find you! When the mind is steadfast on Christ, His peace will embrace you and fill you ~ His grace will catch you, sustain you and carry you because He is good and He is just and you can trust Him for that.  That’s what He does!  I love how He does it.

Step Into Peace And Grace Today
Step Into Peace And Grace Today

“Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.”

2 Peter 1 – 2

What Do We Do With That?

Little Thoughts For Big Days
Little Thoughts For Big Days

So, was it really so? Did a co – pilot take down the plane? So ~ then no one really knows who’s flying our planes these days, taking who knows who to who knows where ~ or not??? Just sayin’
— feeling confused.

So what do we do with that? This world is so messed up and apparently we can’t trust the pilots, even though they’ve made it through their high quality testing and all security rules and regulations. On board to assist in the flight of a plane and instead take it over and take it down with all passengers in one big explosion! How senseless? How crazy? How would this happen with our strict security regulations of air flight? No answers and never any concrete solutions. Not in this world.

There are no concrete solutions to the abstractness of everything going on around us? It appears the more men try to fix issues and take control the more out of hand it gets. It shakes the very core of our being and strikes fear into our souls. For sure this is a time when we need our faith in God to be a substantial concrete foundation for our fleeting lives; built on the solid rock that can’t move or wash away or change with the winds, or the times. An abstract faith in stuff won’t cut it to give us any sense of peace because possessions are here today and gone tomorrow. They explode in plane crashes, go up in smoke with fires, rust and decay in bad weather. Yeah, maybe they’re  fun for a time but without any promise of hope!  We need God ~ the One True sovereign God who knows the end from the beginning and knows that the world is the way it is because sin is sin and the world is full of it. The One who knows planes will go down, trains will derail, cars will crash, people will kill, and thieves will steal! The One who knows fires will devastate, tsunamis will flood, earthquakes, volcanoes, hurricanes and tornadoes will destroy! He knows all about the bad things and the sin that rampages the world. and yet, in His love, He came to offer the salvation solution and free us from its icy grip. The world won’t heal until it’s people do and the salvation God offers is the only way!

Turning, repenting, humbling and healing. It’s the only way to find peace in a senseless world where there is no peace.

2 Chronicles 7: 13 -14
“If I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or if I command the locust to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among My people, and My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land. “Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to the prayer offered in this place.…

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Our Problem? Our Heart!


Romans 13: 6,7

“This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing. Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.”

Our world is in a distressing condition with conflict upon conflict and wars within and between countries but more than that, within the hearts of individuals. Sin is man’s basic problem and he is hopelessly engulfed in it. We tend to believe that the problems are political or economical and are a result of unwise ruling and choices. At such a time a this, we must remember that even though God ordains governments and calls us to be subject to them in Roman 13: 6-7, it doesn’t mean that Satan isn’t roaming about seeking to get in there with his power and influence. Even though we may not approve of all that goes on in our government, it’s in God’s sovereign hands and it’s authority over us serves a divine purpose under God to bring about fulfillment of prophecy.

Jesus spoke to the Pharisees in Luke 20:26 with instruction to give to Caesar what was Caesars and give to God what belongs to Him. But, in all honesty, do we do that? Do we really give God all that is His by giving of our time, our prayer, our passion, our thoughts, and our trust? They all belong to Him, yet we hold back from Him on so many aspects of our living. He has so lavishly graced us with salvation and the Hope of Glory and yet we fail to focus on Him as our solution. Perhaps much change would happen within our homes, our families, our schools, our churches and our governments, if within our hearts we could find the respect and honor for our Creator; the all-knowing, omnipotent, and omnipresent God in charge and then because of our love for Him..treat others with the love, forgiveness, respect and honor that we owe them simply because God requires it of His people, His disciples and His followers.

Let’s be challenged today to honestly evaluate our own hearts before God before criticizing another. Perhaps our own spiritual laxadasical attitude plays a big role in the distressing condition that we find the world and it’s governments in. Perhaps the real problem lies within ourselves.