Take out the trash!

    Saturday, September 3, 2011, 12:45 PM [General]

         I live in an appartment with a room mate.  We have a communal trash can in the kitchen, but I have a small one by my desk in my room.  I have a bad habit of waiting till it is almost overflowing before I empty it.  Sometimes it is laziness. "Why bother now, it isn't full?"  Or maybe I am too busy.  "No time now, I will get it later."  Either way the garbage piles up, and fast.

         How often is this reflected in my spiritual life?  "God, I am not that bad right now.  Sure, I have problems, but I can handle them.  I will get back with you when they get too much"  Or how about "Sorry God, but I just so busy right now.  I have so much going on.  I will try to spend time with you later."  All the while, the garbage in our lives piles up, and fast!

         I am reminded of the words of a beautiful old hymn, "What A Friend We Have In Jesus."

    Oh what peace we often forfeit,
    oh what needless pain we're to bear,
    all because we do not carry
    everything to God in prayer.

         Is it foolish pride? Laziness? Or is it just that we have not yet grasped the amazing love and mercy that our Father wants to lavish on us that holds us back?  I love the word lavish when describing God's love and mercy for us.  It conjures up an almost wasteful and rich pouring out of something, and yet God has NO limit to the capacity of His grace and love for us, so drink EVERY LAST DROP of it up!!  Then pour it out to your fellow human.  You will still find yourself overflowing, He promisies it:

    13 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (John 4:13-14)

         Go to God regularly and often.  When you just don't think you have time is when you NEED to make time the most.  And remember to take out the trash more often.  It piles up quick, and it smells.




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    A 911 Call – and a Call to Jesus

    Saturday, September 3, 2011, 10:19 AM [General]

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    Signs you are growing in Grace!

    Saturday, September 3, 2011, 9:57 AM [General]

    Great read, we all need to grow in our acceptance and giving of grace.

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    LIVE Mercy!

    Saturday, September 3, 2011, 9:34 AM [General]

         This morning, my devotional was from Luke and the Study book on Luke by Michael Card.  The passage was on "The Good Samaritan."  Jesus tells us what I need to remind myself regularly.  It is not enough to know God's Word.  I must live it!

         The Preist and the Levite were very learned religious people.  They both passed by the injured and dying man.  They were so focussed on the rituals of cleanliness (SELF making them clean), that they refused to help someone in need.

         The book of Hosea Chapter 6 says this to our attempts to make our selves clean through ceremonies or our knowledge:

    6 For I desire mercy, not sacrifice, 
       and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings. 

    Jesus says a similar thing in the book of Matthew chapter 9:

    12 On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. 13 But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

         Our attepts to worship or know God become empty if we neglect the command to show mercy.  I am certainly not saying that God does not desire our worship, our sacrifice and our spending time with Him to know Him, but all these things are meant to prepare us to share God's mercy with a world around us that deperately need it.

         Jesus agrees with the man who asks what the greatest commandment is:

     25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

       26 “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”

     27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”

       28 “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”


    Go and  LIVE mercy!

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    Thursday, September 1, 2011, 10:06 PM [General]

         There is a song out by an Artist name Jason Gray called "I Am New". It speaks about our identity as Christians.  It has been a personal struggle of mine, especially dealing with my addictions.  It is so easy to see yourself as your failures and we have an enemy who is quick to remind us if we forget (For the accuser of our brothers and sisters, who accuses them before our God day and night Rev. 12:10).

         One of the impacting parts of the song is the second verse:

    Who I thought I was
    And who I thought I had to be
    I had to give them both up
    Cause neither were willing
    To ever believe

         We are torn between our struggle with who we were (and sometimes stumble and are) and the perfect person we think we have to be.  God's grace reminds us that He loves us "where we are" even as His Spirit is remaking us into what HE wants us to be, broken people who live in His grace and offer that grace to others without condition.

    Below is a YouTube link to the song and a list desctibing our identity that we have as God's children, not because we "feel" that way but because HE says that is what we are.

    Not who I was

    Being remade




    Dearly loved

    Dead to the old man

    Coming alive



    Hidden in Christ

    Made in the image of the Giver of Life





    BELIEVE the truth of this and you will be blessed, and a blessing to others!

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    The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away....

    Wednesday, August 31, 2011, 3:52 AM [General]

    Job 1:21 b says

    "The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; 
       may the name of the LORD be praised.”


         Those words always amazed me.  How can Job feel thius way on loss?  It was a mystery!

         Recently, my life crashed.  A wonderful woman that I had been seeing for 4 months was suddenly exposed to my "secret world" of alcholosism.  This was the third time I had not been hoest about a problem in my life and it hit her full force when she called me up and I was drunk out of my mind.  She has since forgiven me, but our relationship has been severely damaged.

         We have been e-mailing during my recovery, and I got a message saying she would see me Saturday.  I was confused and wrote back, saying "you mean I can call you, right?"  NO, she meant she was coming to see me! (She lives a couple of states away).  My personal demons had sabotaged her two previous trips here, so this was like a miracle.  She said she was not doing this for herself, but that God was directing her. 

         I called her up and we talked for half an hour.  She wanted to meet face to face and we could talk and spend a day together.  I was so happy I cried.  We had a very good conversation.  About twenty minutes later I got an e-mail that said that she was not coming.  She had already made a reservation (her 3rd), but that she felt that our talk had accomplished what God desired most.  She wished me well in my recovery and wanted me to continue to let her know how I was doing.  We have never closed the door on our future, but I know I need to get better for now, and she is leaving me to do that.

         I went to bed with a feeling of loss, but felt God telling me it would be OK.  I most certainly not aggree with Him, but had no choice but to trust.  I woke in the middle of the night with this verse from Job, and while I am still not happy, I do trust the Lord to do what is best for me and her.  Another verse that springs to mind (a favorite) is Proverbs 3:5-6

    5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart 
       and lean not on your own understanding; 
    6 in all your ways submit to him, 
       and he will make your paths straight.

    I am learning that Job was a MUCH wiser man than me.

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    Tuesday, August 30, 2011, 4:46 PM [General]

    Revelation 21:27
    "Nothing that is impure will enter the city."
    This verse always worried me. Would I have enough time to fix my life and be pure before God by then? Now I understand that by GOD'S grace and HIS righteousness, I am clean NOW. When I receive my new body, ALL of the old me that used to give in to sin will have been stripped away. I will stand before my Father and He will welcome me with open arms.

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    God Gifts Us All

    Monday, August 29, 2011, 10:59 PM [General]


    A beautiful story exclaiming the great power of God to use the least likely!  Be blessed.

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    Tuesday, August 23, 2011, 10:28 PM [General]

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    4 Points of Affirmation

    Tuesday, August 23, 2011, 10:08 PM [General]

    This is a letter I just sent a friend in response to her letter!

    4 Points of Affirmation
    1) Your last email had Phil. 4:13 in it. I was writing this verse in my recovery notebook before the meeting tonight. What was the mainscripture that the group leader used?? It started with Phil. 4:11-13, then went back to v. 8-9 (plaque on your wall), and finally went back to v. 4-7 (another of my favorites). 

    2) You just shared this from Isaiah

    but those who hope in the LORD 
    will renew their strength. 
    They will soar on wings like eagles; 
    they will run and not grow weary, 
    they will walk and not be faint.
    Isaiah 40

    This afternoon on radio, they shared Isaiah 40:28-31, and that was the other verse I was writing in my recovery notebook before the meeting tonight.

    3) The person that you had lunch with that is coming to the Bridge (my church) is part of the PAIS Project. One of their main speakers was at the Bridge about a month ago (actually, the first service I attended) and I was moved to donate to them and have received sermon messages from them to listen to.

    4) "The second one was no big deal--just on the way to school this morning--and it simply read: "Smile, GOD loves you."" (a quote from your letter)
    WRONG!!!! HUGE DEAL!!!
    In tonights meeting, someone shared that they were "not where they want to be, but where they NEEDED to be". I am not where I want to be, but I am where I need to be. It is OK to be where I am (NOT staying here - stagnation), as this is just a place on the road I am walking. The point is, I can have contentment with this place here and now in my journey, so I CAN LOVE ME here and now, even if I don't love the place I am in, Especially since GOD LOVES ME.

    There are no coincidences, just times that God speaks that we do not recognize the voice!

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