GIVING THANKS

It’s November! I LOVE November!

It’s cold outside, it’s raining(at least here in California), I’ve pulled every sweater out of storage that I have, the fireplace is lit, and I’ve finally pulled a pair of socks onto my feet!

With November comes shorter days. The shorter days call for longer nights spent cuddled in a blanket with a warm cup of tea reading a book. I would love to tell you that I do this every night, but far too often, distractions take the place of this God-ordained time of “slowing down,” we call Winter.

We tend to complain that the days are too short and there is not enough sunlight. I get it, I love my walks in the evenings as the sun sets. I love my bike rides down the vineyard paths watching the green leaves on the vines turn to gold and orange.

But what would happen to the state of our souls, our inner beings, if instead of seeking the sunlight, we started craving the SONlight? What if we allowed the pause of winter to enter our souls and cause us to seek the son, Jesus Christ, The Son Of God. 

Your body will not go into atrophy, I promise! You do not have to give up your active lifestyle, you just have to start a bit earlier and look for the sunrise instead of the sunset!

In all honesty, I believe God created the seasons with a rhythm that we should pay more attention to.  

Spring offers that beautiful transition between some cold days and some warm. We get outside and get a little work done and then the rain drives us back inside for a time.  

Summer draws us outside even before the sun is up, as the temps grow warmer and warmer. We are drawn to the warmth of the sun and the coolness of shade, and we stay and play all day long, well into the night.

Fall brings relief as we grow weary of long hot days. The days of Fall shorten gradually and the breeze cools and the colors beckon our attention.

Finally, it’s winter and days are short, nights are long and the cold weather can only be endured for a short amounts of time. We are drawn inside, to get warm, find protection and comfort.

In this state of “winter,” we can find true warmth, protection and comfort when we sit and draw in the SON!

I can think of no better way to begin this season of winter and drawing close to the Son, than to give thanks to Him. It is after all, the season of Thanksgiving, so let’s practice all this month!

Praise The Lord. Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever.”    Psalms 106:1

Gather up your coziest blanket, grab a cup of your favorite hot beverage, and turn off your cell phone! That’s right, you read that correctly…TURN OFF YOUR CELL PHONE! Now, speak this Psalm of Praise to God.  Allow the pause of winter to calm and draw you into God’s presence. Give Him thanks for His love and goodness. Then just sit and soak in the warmth your soul really needs, the warmth that only the SON can give.

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Winter offers the perfect pause to draw warmth from the SON!

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TREAT OR TRICK?

It’s November 1st, and I could not be happier! I have often been quoted as saying, “November 1st is my favorite day of the year!” Is it because I love November? Is it because two of my favorite boys were born in November? Is it because Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday? Is it because the days are growing colder? Is it because it is Daylight Savings and I get to stay snuggled under the covers longer?

NO, NO, NO, NO AND NO! While all of these statements are true of me, they are not the reason November 1st is my favorite day of the year. There is only one reason it is my favorite and that is because Halloween is over.

That’s right, I said it, I’m that person, I do not like Halloween! I realize I have possibly excommunicated you from ever reading my blog again, but it’s true. Today is November 1st, and I woke up with a smile on my face and joy in my heart simply because Halloween is over! 

I also know that I am automatically putting myself in a very small, if not tiny to minute, population. That is why today’s blog comes with a caution sign…

BEWARE; THIS POST MAY CONTAIN A TREAT OR A TRICK! READ ONLY WITH AN OPEN HEART AND MIND!

You may be in the larger population that has absolutely no problem with Halloween. You love dressing up and having an opportunity to express your creative, kooky, fun side. You love gathering together with friends and attending trunk or treats at your local churches, bobbing for apples and eating popcorn balls with your neighborhood friends. You may love getting great exercise as you walk around your neighborhood gathering as much candy as possible or opening your door and handing it out to those cute little trick-or-treaters! You may love pumpkin carving, pumpkin seed roasting, and eating all things pumpkin! None of this is bad or wrong in anyway! To shame anyone who likes Halloween is not at all what this post is about. This post is to simply share my heart on the love I have for November 1st, which happens to be today, knowing Halloween is over! 

My spirit is sensitive to the possibility that saying, “Trick or Treat,” on Halloween may be the reverse of what we should be saying or at least thinking!? Treat or Trick may be the more accurate statement.

Ask yourself if you are being tricked or treated on Halloween?

If you are being “Treated,” then indulge and enjoy! Dress up to your hearts delight and indulge in ooey gooey pumpkin treats or the sweetest of candies! Celebrate with family friends and neighbors and have a great time doing it!

If you are being “Tricked”, then you may want to take a step back, ask the God and creator of every day, if His Light is being dimmed by the dark you are celebrating?

We are cautioned by God that in Him there is no darkness at all!

And the judgement is based on this fact: God’s LIGHT came into the world, but people loved the darkness more than the LIGHT, for their actions were evil. All who do evil hate the LIGHT and refuse to go near it for fear their sins will be exposed. BUT THOSE WHO DO WHAT IS RIGHT COME TO THE LIGHT SO OTHERS CAN SEE THAT THEY ARE DOING WHAT GOD WANTS.”    John 3:19-21

So, if there is any part of your HALLOWEEN that is “DARK,”‘ then you are being TRICKED not TREATED by the great Deceiver. Jesus calls him the Father of lies. He makes darkness look like light, deceiving us into thinking it is just an area of gray, AKA “harmless fun.”

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Light will always drive out darkness!

So let’s have all the fun that this life holds as we walk in the LIGHT of Jesus Christ!

Happy November Everyone!

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DEAR JESUS, I DON’T UNDERSTAND?

If you ask me what I don’t understand, the list is very long!

I do not understand trigonometry. If you asked me to define it, I can look it up in the dictionary just like everyone else. When I do, it explains to me that it is the branch of mathematics that deals with the relations of the sides and angles of triangles, and other angles.

Now, I understand triangles! Triangles are shapes with three straight sides and three angles. They are all about the three’s!  A triangle is also a musical instrument and can be a relationship or situation involving three people. A triangle is even the correct term used for the device that positions the balls on a pool table.

However, I am still stumped on the understanding of trigonometry and truthfully, even on the need for studying it. Needless to say, my brain is not a mathematical one. But this is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to not understanding.

I do not understand why people get sick when they seem to be so healthy!

I do not understand why Autumn is not cool and breezy allowing me to wear sweaters and watch leaves fall and sip warm beverages.

I do not understand why some people are mean and hurt others with seemingly little to no remorse.

I do not understand why greed takes over a person and causes them to lie, cheat and steal.

I do not understand why life seems to favor some and fall hard on others.

I could go on and on and on, the list of what I do not understand is endless!

If you ask me what I do understand the list is very short!

The only thing that I truly understand is that God is God and I am not!

Understanding is a truly difficult concept! 

Last week we talked about enduring. We endure difficult situations and experiences and we survive, but do we understand why?  Enduring is “Faith in Action.”  It is actively engaging in difficult, hard and even unjust situations because we know God has called us to endure. We know that in doing so, no matter how difficult, God is producing His character in us as we endure. Enduring is active, understanding is not.

We may have absolutely no clue as to why we are called to endure certain situations.

Our finite brains can no more comprehend why pain and suffering are necessary than they can why bad things happen to good people.

But we have a Heavenly Father who does understand. Our God is Good! He loves us with a love that is supernatural and cannot be fully understood with our human brains.

Our God is faithful to us, protects us, stretches our faith, builds endurance in us and above all knows, fully understands and does what is best for us!

God’s BEST is not always what we want at the time, and much of the time is not something we fully understand. However, like any loving, faithful, compassionate parent, God gives us what is BEST for us.

Imagine a child out on a boat tour of the Pacific Ocean. You pull away from the shore and out into the rolling, white with foam waves that break into crystal blue water. The child peers overboard and is in awe. They stare into the glassy ocean like it is a mirror reflecting their own image back to them. They jump up and down with exhilarattion and beg you to let them jump in. 

You, as a loving, protective, compassionate parent tell them NO! They raise the level of their voice screaming and crying and jumping up and down demanding you let them jump in. “The water is so pretty,” they say. “The waves are rolling and look like so much fun,” they scream. Still as a loving parent you hold your ground, knowing that they are unable to understand the danger and risks they are asking to take.

God answers us in a similar way, just like any good and loving parent would.

“I know what’s best for you, trust me when you can’t understand it yourself.”

Do you trust Him?  Are you willing to believe that all that He is doing in our lives is what’s BEST for us? Even if we do not always get what we ask Him for?

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28

He is stretching our faith, building endurance in us, and being a good Father that works all things out together for our good.

So, I ask you again, “Do You Trust Him?”

Do you believe that even when you do not understand, God is strengthening you, showing you His faithfulness, and preparing you for the future?

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GOD IS A GOOD GOOD FATHER, WE CAN TRUST HIM EVEN WHEN WE DO NOT UNDERSTAND!

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DEAR JESUS, WHY MUST WE ENDURE?

Endurance is not fun! It hurts, it stretches, it pushes! Endurance even pulls at us and sometimes against that push and pull we can feel like taffy! The problem for me is…the taffy seems to go through the grueling process of push and pull, and comes out from under it to become a delicious candy that is not too hard and not too soft. It seems to have arrived at the perfect place of candy perfection!

Why then, when I am pushed and pulled, stretched and challenged, tested and tried, do I come out feeling like I am still on the taffy pull? Am I not complete, am I not finished, have I not yet arrived? 

As much as I would love for this to be a feel good blog post, it’s just not. The Truth is when we speak the truth in love, we must be willing to face both the easy stuff and the hard stuff.

I am at professed optimist who always sees the cup as half full! But even this eternal optimist must face the whole truth of the Word of God and not just the parts that she likes!

If God has truly given me a voice for Him, and I am called to speak His Truth in love, then I must speak the whole truth and trust that because it is from God, it is all in love! God‘s love is not like our love. God knows all things. God knows the beginning from the end. God knows that the tough stuff along with the easy stuff, will make us who He intends us to be! 

The truth is we live in a fallen world where sin has entered and in too many places has taken root! The trials that we face are part of the fact that we live in this world. We will have troubles, and we will make mistakes, we will experience disappointments even from God‘s people. We will also cause disappointment and hurt to God’s people. We will experience loss and we will grow weary, as hard as we try not to! We will also hit spiritual walls and face times that we want to quit. But the question we must face when we come to those times is the one I posed in the beginning…

“Dear Jesus, Why must we endure?”

Jesus answers us back, “endurance is what you need to keep living by faith!”

Consider it great joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you experience various trials, because you know that the testing of your faith produces ENDURANCE!”  

James 1:2-3

ENDURANCE means that we are still in it! No matter how low we have sunk, no matter how hard that wall is that we’ve hit, no matter how great the pain of our circumstances is, when we are trusting Jesus and living by faith, Jesus is producing endurance in us! And to endure means that we are getting through it!

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THE ONLY WAY THROUGH THE “TAFFY PULL” OF LIFE IS TO ENDURE!

That is why we can say along with James, that we can consider it joy when we experience trials because we know that it is producing the way through our trials, ENDURANCE!

It is hard to endure. But endurance is a way of getting through something, a certain strength that can only be built when we stay with something and do not quit! 

This is only possible through the power and strength of our Lord Jesus Christ! He alone holds all power and when He is living in us we access His power to endure!

Will you choose to access His power with me and endure? Believe me, I don’t want to sometimes! However, I do know that I want to live a life marked by faith and the only way that I can do that is to let my faith be tested to produce endurance, His endurance, not mine!

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Dear Jesus, Why Do The Giants Look So Big?

Do you have “giants” in your life? I sure do!

A “giant” is that big obstacle, hurdle or roadblock that is standing in your way. It bully’s you into submission, it looks to big to jump over and it blocks you from every side.

It can be a person, situation, mindset, or anything at all that is hindering or stopping you from moving forward.

Every time I think of being stuck and moving forward, I think of the Israelites stuck in the desert with Moses. They had been in slavery and bondage in Egypt for over 400 years!

You read that correctly…400 years!

God miraculously frees them. You would think that for at least one year after they would still be rejoicing, throwing a party, and praising God.

Nope, their human nature had taken over, like ours so often does, and they were grumbling about their conditions. They grumbled about where they lived, what they had to eat, how long it was taking etc., etc., etc…

I can hear the echos now, “Are we there yet?!”

They were even asking to go back to Egypt, back to being slaves!

Has your life ever gotten so far off track, that all you see are “the giants?”

The pressures of life that are so great that you see the “giant” of discouragement bullying you until you feel helpless.

The people in your life that hurt, disappoint and even slander you seem to be the “giant” of despair that leaves you hopeless. And the failures and frustrations in your life that shame you and seem to be the “giant” of disillusionment that keeps you from moving forward.

You may have one, or two or even all three of these giants! Or maybe you have a different giant. No matter what kind of giant we face we have a God who slays them!

If we look to the Israelites and Moses in the desert all those thousands of years ago, we can learn a very important lesson!

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IF WE FACE OUR GIANTS ON OUR OWN WE FEEL LIKE GRASSHOPPERS BUT IF WE KEEP OUR EYES ON GOD OUR GIANTS BECOME THE GRASSHOPPERS!

After only one year in the desert the Israelites had taken their eyes off God.

As the people grumbled and complained, Moses sent 12 spies to search out the land. Ten of the spies came back and reported that while the land was good and, “flowing with milk and honey,” the people were bad, in fact they were Giants and it was not safe to enter the land! Only 2 men kept their eyes on God and saw that the victory over the “giants,” was there’s in the power of the Lord God!

But The Lord is with us. Do not be afraid of them.” Numbers 14:9

Friends, Moses asked the 12 men he sent out to check out the land, two questions: One, What is the land like? And Two, What are the people like?

All 12 men came back with the same report about the land. They could see that it was good and that it was flowing with milk and honey! A good place for God to lead them to!

But only two men came back with a positive response about the people! They did not see their size ”giants,” as an obstacle, hurdle or roadblock to what they knew there God could do!

Joshua and Caleb knew that their God was a Giant Slayer!

What “Giants” in your life do you need God to slay? Just keep your eyes on him! The Lord is with you! Do not be afraid of the Giants!

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DEAR JESUS, IT DOESN’T FEEL LIKE ALL THINGS ARE “GOOD” RIGHT NOW!

If you have been around the church any amount of time, Romans 8:28 should be familiar to you.

“AND WE KNOW THAT ALL THINGS WORK TOGETHER FOR GOOD TO THOSE WHO ARE CALLED ACCORDING TO HIS PURPOSE.”  ROMANS 8:28

We hear it spoken whenever a problem arises. We hear it recited when we ask for counsel and go through problems. We listen to it preached on and feel like everything should be coming up roses.

Problem is, everything is not coming up roses.

When we are hurting, hopeless and helpless the last thing we need is someone telling us, everything is good. The truth is, everything is not good! Simply because we do not want to face, step into or admit that everything is not good, does not change the fact.

A simple phrase like, “It’s all good,” does nothing to take away the hurt, hopelessness or helplessness. The reality that we do not have the time, desire or ability to change someone’s hurt, hopelessness, or helplessness does not mean we should “All Good” it away!

I am not condemning or chastising anyone. I myself have been caught in situations where I feel desperate to help and powerless at the same time. I would be lying if I did not confess that Romans 8:28 popped into my head immediately. 

What would happen when someone in pain came to us, and instead of quoting Romans 8:28 right away, or responding with, “It’s All Good,” we paused, took a breath and spoke Truth?

IT’S NOT ALL GOOD, BUT GOD IS!

This is the TRUTH of Romans 8:28!  

Life is not good all the time, but God is!

The comfort and reassurance of Romans 8:28 is that WHEN, not IF, we go through hurtful, hopeless and helpless times, if we walk in the light of God’s goodness He will work it out for His good!

The beauty of the scriptures is that they all work together in harmony when we read them as our love letter from God! They make beautiful music in the Truth they speak.

In first John 1:5 we read the Truth about God’s goodness, His holiness is revealed. In God there is only light, no darkness, and He is All Good!

“This is the message we heard from Jesus and now declare to you : God is light, and there is no darkness in Him at all!” I John 1:5

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OUR LIVES ARE NOT ALL GOOD BUT OUR GOD IS!

In another passage God tells us that we WILL go through trials and hard times but to not FEAR because He has overcome them all!

Life is hard! People we love go through difficult times and so do we. On this side of heaven, it is not “All Good,” but glory to God, HE IS!

So when you find yourself or someone you love or have been asked to comfort, in that inevitable place of pain and hurt this side of heaven, remember for yourself and point others to the good, holy, perfect light that can heal all, God!

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DEAR JESUS…WHY DO I KEEP DOING THE SAME WRONG THING OVER AND OVER AGAIN?

“To attack on all sides; assail to trouble greatly or grievously; to afflict with mental or physical suffering; harass:”

This is the definition of the verb, “BESET.”  Now before you write it off as some old, antiquated term(AKA King James Version), let’s dive deeper into it’s meaning.

Attacked on all sides…Do you ever feel like you are being attacked at every turn? That no matter what you do you seem to come up short in your struggle?

Troubled greatly or grievously…Are you or have you ever been so bothered by something that you can not rest or sleep? It even produces anxiety and it causes anxiety and unsettledness in your soul!

Harass…Have you ever been so afflicted by something that it causes you mental and physical distress?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions then you understand the term BESET!

Let me speak for myself when I say, I understand this old, antiquated term BESET quite well!

For the majority of my adult life I have woken up every morning and started with the best of intentions on a healthy eating and exercise plan. Only to fall short over and over again, sometimes on the daily! Now this may or may not be a “BESETTING” sin for many of you. But for me it is a matter of self-control. I give it to God regularly and then take it back on my own almost as regularly! 

So is it hopeless or is there a way to gain victory over a BESETTING sin?

Hebrews 12:1  (NLT)

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.”

There is good news, it is not hopeless!

The only bad news comes when it is hopeless because you keep relying on yourself!

Leave it to God to give us the solution in the next verse!

Fixing our eyes on JESUS, the author and perfecter of our faith.” Hebrews 12:2

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TAKE YOUR EYES OFF YOURSELF AND PUT THEM ON JESUS FOR THE VICTORY!

When you are walking in the presence of Jesus, full of His spirit, you will have all of the fruit of His Spirit! And for me, that includes self control! What fruit of the spirit do you need Jesus to give you the victory for? 

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DEAR JESUS…WHY IS IT SO HARD TO PERSEVERE?

Starting and failing, does anyone have a problem with that like I do?

I have the best of intentions to get up early every morning and spend an hour with God before I start my day.

I have a perfect plan for my healthy eating to start and stay on track.

I have prepared my mat for pilates in the morning to stretch my body and clear my mind.

I have scheduled time in the late afternoon to get my cardio in before sunset.

I have bought the book and signed on the dotted line to begin that new bible study.

I have visited the bookstore (yes, an actual brick and mortar store) and paid for the book to read that will provide me with mental stimulation while I relax.

The list goes on and on, and repeats itself over and over as I START AND FAIL AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN!

Is it time to throw in the towel? Do I need to wake up and smell the coffee? Am I destined to defeat? NO, NO, and absolutely NOT!

NO, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.

Romans 8:37 NIV 

In the NLT it says it this way;

NO, despite all these things, OVERWHELMING VICTORY is ours through Christ, who loved us.”  

Romans 8:37

Now that is something I want to grab hold of! Overwhelming victory is ours in Christ Jesus our Lord. Then why do I start and fail over and over again?

The why is in the I! Every statement of attempt at a new start above, I began with I!

I have prepared, I have bought, I have visited…..I, I, I!  

On my own, I can not accomplish it. The victory is mine through Christ Jesus who loves me. He loves me so much that He died for me! Through His death I have the VICTORY!

Just take a look at the passages from  Romans 8 that come right before verse 37.

Is there ANYTHING that can separate us from God’s Love? What if we have trouble, distress, disaster, disillusionment, discouragement or DEFEAT? Defeat that causes us to start again and again!

NO, despite all these things overwhelming VICTORY is ours through Christ Jesus who loved us.” Romans 8:37

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VICTORY IS OURS THROUGH CHRIST JESUS OUR LORD NO MATTER WHAT!

True failure is in giving up and not trying. No matter how many times you have to “Start,” He is right there with you encouraging you to victory! Turn your “I” into a “He” and see the victories add up!

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DEAR JESUS…Why is it so hard to change?

I like to think of myself as a flexible, adaptable person. I can jump into most “new” situations with little to no anxiety. I enjoy learning something new, visiting places I’ve never been, eating foods I’ve never tasted, being introduced to people I’ve never met before and even attempting a language I’ve never spoken before! But ask me to change my Christmas morning from presents, coffee and sour cream coffee cake in Christmas Jammie’s, to stockings and a formal sit down, dressed in your Christmas best breakfast and I become the Rock of Gibraltar! “Thou Shall Not Be Moved!”

Whether change comes easy to you or you have already broken into a cold sweat just thinking about it, change is hard! It requires us to let go of something to take hold of something else. In letting go we feel loss, vulnerability and fear. In grabbing hold of something new we feel similar. The new brings fear of the unknown and complete vulnerability in embracing and learning the new.

The problem is we do not grow if we do not change.

God desires us to grow, and in order to grow we must change!

One of the most painful seasons of change I have ever observed was watching my grandson learn to ride a bike! He is hands-down the most coordinated, gifted and natural athlete I have ever seen! Therefore, my husband, his Papa, who adores him and loves nothing more in life than doing activities with him, set out on a quest to teach him to ride a bike!  His sister who is 2 1/2 years older had mastered the bike at a very young age! But her brother was not following in her footsteps. Papa bought him a new bike just his size, he bought him all of the padded gear necessary so he wouldn’t hurt himself, and set out instructing him on all the finer points of bike riding! Cade would have nothing to do with it. Weekend after weekend Papa bribed him, I mean told him he would reward him, if he would just try riding. Cade wasn’t bending! Papa coerced him saying that he and his sister were going to go on a long bike ride, didn’t he want to come too! Cade stubbornly refused to ride the bike and ran the entire bike ride along side the two of them! Papa never gave up offering him money if he would ride etc. etc. etc…a whole year went by and Cade out grew the first bike! When the size of the bike became his excuse he received a new one for his birthday! His dad worked with him holding the back of the bike seat and showing him all kinds of strategies! It was still incredibly painful to watch as Cade could not overcome his fear of letting go of something old and embracing something new! 

Now before you go and write us off as torturers or something, please know that we know Cade. We knew he was more than capable of balancing on and riding a bike! His fear and vulnerability had just taken deep route and was consuming him. 

Now you’ve probably already guessed the end of my story. The minute Cade decided to let go of his fear and embrace the new he took off like a light! It’s true, that’s exactly what happened and he’s never looked back!

Do you ever do that? I know I do! I can feel so comfortable and in control of where I’m at that the thought of letting go and embracing something new chills me to the bone.

If Cade would have done that he would never have learned to ride a bike! And if we do that, we will never grow and become the children God intends us to be!

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GOD INTENDS FOR US TO CHANGE BECAUSE HE INTENDS FOR US TO GROW!

Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature.

Hebrews 5:13-14

Change is essential for our spiritual growth! It is frightening and difficult  but we do not have to do it alone!

Just like Cade’s Father and Grandfather held onto him until they could let go and he could do it on his own, your Heavenly Father will hold onto you!

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NEW SERIES, Dear Jesus…

It’s September, school has started and they’ve released pumpkin spice lattes again and we are in the middle of a heat wave. In California right now there are record breaking high temperatures, severe heat warnings, and days on end with no relief! You cannot even escape to Newport Beach where they are known for their moderate temperatures and even they are in the 90’s! Lake Tahoe and Mammoth, the same!

The heat wave will end, as miserable as it is, and the cooler temperatures will come.

So, why do I mention it?  I mention it because it is our human nature to long for something better. To anticipate change when we think it should come. And unfortunately, to grow weary in the waiting.

I have shared with you before that Summer and heat are not my jam. So, the extension of it when Fall is anticipated, is hard to handle. I long for those crisp morning walks, with leaves turning, sweaters worn, and a hot pumpkin spice latte being sipped.

Now, if you love Summer and the heat is your friend, then put yourself in the month of February with the temperatures still in the low 30’s! You long for a morning walk without your puffy coat. The warm sunshine streaming through the tree branches and filling you with joy and happiness. Either way, my point is made, we long for something better.

We want COVID to become a word we faintly remember hearing once or twice in the past. We want that relationship healed that seems to have been severed for so long. We want that job we have longed for to become a reality. We want that child we have prayed for to come back to Jesus. We want that loved one(or ourselves), healed from that sickness. We want that dream to become a reality. More than anything else, we want that promise from God fulfilled!

Waiting is one of the most difficult things we face in life. You don’t believe me? Think about the last time you stood in line anywhere. You may have reacted in one of several different ways. You may have stood there in perfect calm and peace focusing your mind on something else until the line moved and you finally reached the front of it. If so, you should be writing this Blog, not me! Most likely you sighed heavily, rolled your eyes and stepped into the line as you accepted your fate of WAITING! If you were having a bad day, you might have uttered a few choice words and turned and walked away. There was no way you were going to wait. At your best you might have chosen to use the opportunity to show goodwill and accept your fate of a slow moving, long line, and let the person in front of you go first.  This may have calmed you a bit, but the frustration of waiting still loomed.

We do not like waiting. We want what we want and we want it now!

So, when God calls us to wait and endure, what do we do?

Recently, in one of my morning readings I found the answer…

We GO, ENDURE, and TRUST again and again and again!

I’m sure that is not the answer you were looking for. But, that is the answer God gives through His prophet Elijah.

He (Elijah), said to his servant, “Go up and look toward the sea.” So he went up, looked and said, “There’s nothing.” Seven times Elijah said, “Go back.” I Kings 18:43

They were living through a severe drought and famine.  Does anyone else besides me feel a “severe drought” of health, kindness, economy, godly commitment to His Word and Truth? 

We must still GO!

God had promised rain but there was no sight of it. Not a single cloud in the sky!

Does anyone else besides me feel dry and weary from the belief that something better is coming but the waiting is leaving me parched?

We must still ENDURE!

They went to look for rain at the edge of the sea, and kept going time after time even when they could see nothing!

God has told us He will never leave us or forsake us. He has promised to hear our every prayer and answer them according to His will. But we have waited, and endured and we grow weary and discouraged.

We still must TRUST!

If God has said it, He will do it!  We must walk by FAITH and not by sight!

Let us not grow weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”  Galatians 6:9

God knows we will get tired and grow weary but He is faithful to supply all of our needs if we just keep GOING, ENDURING and TRUSTING!

On the seventh time, he reported, “There’s a cloud as small as a man’s hand coming up from the sea.”  I Kings 18:44

Friends, going, enduring and trusting over and over and over again is HARD!

But our God is FAITHFUL! He is looking for “SERVANTS”, that will listen, look and obey when He tells us to GO, ENDURE and TRUST again and again and again!

When we keep enduring we will begin to feel the drops of rain that He has promised to those who BELIEVE! 

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FAITH TO ENDURE CAN ONLY COME THROUGH JESUS CHRIST LIVING IN US!

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