Happy Thanksgiving

Blessings and Happy Thanksgiving

Preparing to share the holiday with family and friends, or perhaps participate in a community service activity?  During these activities,  celebrate the knowledge that you are neither barren nor unfruitful. Our Lord and Savior blessed you with power, and purpose.  The purpose for which you were created is being fulfilled, and the time spent in learning who are you, and whose you are is producing fruit which can be shared to encourage, and assist others who are on the path as well.

As one of those on the receiving end, I want to take this time to express my appreciation.  You are a blessing to me, to your community and families, and to the body of Christ.  May this Thanksgiving be a time filled with the wonder of Christ’s love, and the knowledge that you matter .

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Doers of the Word-A Gentle thought

In the book of James, chapter 1, verse 25, “But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.”

This day be a doer of the Divine Word of God.  Let the light of Christ fill each movement, thought, and action.  Breathe in our Lord this day.  Let your heart be willing and stirred to do the work set before you with dignity, and a grateful heart.  Do all to the glory of God.  Let your works be a testimony to His love.

Dear friends, look into the glorious light of love that is Christ, and experience His blessings and grace which are new every morning.  Shalom

Charting Your Relationship with God

Charting your relationship with God opens your life to the beauty and love of God. How does one chart their relationship?
What does the Bible say? It said “seek ye first the Kingdom of God”; “love God with all your heart, mind and soul”; “love your neighbor”; “love Christ as he loves the church” and there is a lot more, but the consistent message is love.
I’ve shared lots of love messages in this blog through the stories of triumph, pain, sacrifice, suffering, and of hope. Loving God with excellence is my desire, and my course. I don’t meet the mark in every situation. Sometimes, I flat-out blow it. But I’m “pressing towards the mark of the high calling in Christ Jesus”.
Charting our relationship with Almighty God is a daily journey of discovery, and restoration. It is our opportunity to hit the pause button, and see with faith-filled eyes His promise to never forsaken or leave us.
I encourage you during those moments of reflection, when the air is thick with gratitude or despair to sense His amazing grace and love. IN THAT MOMENT, put a pin in it. Yes, right there on your heart space. Pause. Wait. Don’t rush or turn away. Gently allow your spirit to kiss the hem of his garment, and receive the gift of Him. Breath in gratitude for the gift of love. You’re charting your relationship.

God waits for us in every moment of life confirming and reestablishing those divine connections. For many of us all it takes is one breath and one thought of Him, who is everything. Tell God you are turning your compass due north, straight back to Him. A little latitudinal adjustment is a good thing, when you’re charting your relationship with God- our bright and shining star.
Because it’s all about love.

Mountaintop

Never measure the height of a mountain until you have reached the top.

Exodus 4 records a discussion between Moses and God, as Moses was receiving his commission to return to Egypt and freed the Israelites.  Moses voiced several concerns during this exchange.  1) What if they don’t believe me? 2) Who should I say sent me? 3) I don’t speak well. 4) Finally, I can’t be the one, send someone else.

Disbelief, confusion, lack of qualifications and just plain fear sums up Moses’ objections to God when confronted with his commission.  He questioned and challenged God’s decision.  He couldn’t possibly be the one.  All the evidence pointed to the contrary.  The mountain was huge. Didn’t he realized that  Pharaoh had sought to kill him when he ran away after committing murder.  Moses had found sanctuary, started a new life and thought he had it made, until he turned towards the burning bush.  Didn’t God realized it?  Maybe he needed to remind God of his limitations, and the size of the mountain.  So Moses began explaining to God that mountain was too big.  How could he possibly reach the top?

Think of it!  Being told by God you must go back, and face trouble with a capital T; face uncertainty, ridicule, and possible death.   The mountain was enormous.  However, God never tells us to look at the mountaintop.  Instead He tells us to look at HIM and peer into the power and majesty of who He is.  This is what God told Moses to tell the Israelites if they questioned him.  Tell them I AM sent you.   The great I AM who surpasses all mountains has sent you to free my people.

Our mountains are covered with all the same emotions Moses experienced; guilt, shame, doubt, fear and sin.  But those same mountains, while covered with the stains of Adam’s sin can never reach beyond our God.  As you go to the mountain, you will find the cross of Christ shining brightly, solidly anchored above the guilt, shame, doubt, fear and sin.   Take the word of this phrase “Never measure the height of a mountain until you have reached the top” to heart.  As Moses looked past the mountain into the face of God, he was able to begin his commission of serving as God’s liberator for his people.

Don’t measure the mountaintops with its challenges, obstacles, pitfalls, roadblocks, missteps just begin climbing.  Our God has already scale the highest mountain, so you can reach the top.  Amen!