Friday, May 31, 2013

Mind your own business


Are you minding your own business?  Don't we all have a tendency to allow our curiosity to let us drift away as we watch the lives of others around us. Though there may be thoughts that certain people do not deserve what they have in life, I believe our observation, at best, is to allow ourselves to be challenged to come up higher in our own lives.    
Just so you know, you're not alone!  In the book of John, we see Peter doing this same thing.  Jesus just had this grand discussion about love with Peter. Jesus clearly instructs him what to do with his life and even tells him how he would die!  Imagine Jesus plainly laying it all out for you.  You might think if He did, you would not have a problem staying focused on the plan.  Not so! Peter looks over and sees John and is like, 'Hey wait a minute Jesus, WHAT ABOUT HIM!  I know you just told me what You have for my life, but...but...how's it all going to play out for John?"

Then Peter, turning around, saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following, who also had leaned on His breast at the supper...Peter, seeing him, said to Jesus, "But Lord, what about this man?" 

If you haven't noticed already, it's John who is being spoken of and John is the very one writing this about himself...ha ha.  Yes, there is humor in the Bible.

Jesus said to him, "If I will that he remain till I come, what is that to you? You follow Me."  John 21:20-22 NKJV

We all have our own business or busyness, depending on what you're trying to accomplish in a day.  Is it possible to keep the focus?  Be encouraged that the plan is set before you in the words 'Follow Me."  If you would but choose to follow Him, this is how to walk in love and accomplish the true business of life.  It comes down to the fact of a temporal or eternal work.  

Saturday, May 25, 2013

What face do you have on?


Those who look to Him are radiant, their faces are never covered with shame.  Psalm 34:5 NIV

Radiant caught my eye in this scrippy.  A big smile came across my face when I looked further into the original meaning of radiant.  It means to SPARKLE!   The immediate thought of my girl friend (sparkle girl, you know who you are) inspired me to jot a quick thought. 

When we bring an image of our friend to mind, we don't have to second guess who we know them to be.  The true person of the heart, the inward person, shows on their face and is known by us as well as others.  Are they cheery, words full of life, or perhaps a downward smile with negative, life-taking words?


Just as water mirrors your face, so your face mirrors your heart.  Proverbs 27:19 MSG

 * It is understood, however, that we all go through trials of life when our hearts are heavy.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Is it a mystery to you?

I cannot recount the number of times I've heard someone say, "God works in mysterious ways!"  Let me clarify this today - He did not plan it to be this way.  In John, Jesus said if we would but believe in Him we would see.  See what?  See spiritual truth that He wants to show us.  Though we may understand the day as light and the night as darkness, Jesus is speaking about our spiritual senses, not the natural.  Darkness means dimness or obscurity.  I could jump out of my skin reading the Greek translation of light, which is to manifest (reveal).  God wants to reveal Himself to us!  He does not want to remain a mystery.

I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness.  John 12:46

My cousin Karen helped me consider this more plainly.  She told me before she knew the Lord, she knew He was 'with' her at times.  After she gave her life to Him, she was aware He was 'in' her.  Talk about closeness, oneness, intimacy of knowing one another.  This morning, I just saw in the scrippy what she told me!

Jesus promised to give us a helper in our life, someone who would live on the inside of us, His Spirit.  

the Spirit of truth whom the world cannot  receive (it could if it chose to believe in Him), because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be IN you.  

Today, you can know that God is not mysterious. 

Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.  But Got has revealed them to us through His Spirit.  For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. 

Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.  1 Corinthians 2:9-10, 12

Here's an easy breakdown: 
1.  Believe that Jesus is who He said He is, repent (turn from your self will to His will).
2.  Make the choice to walk in the light (His Word) every day.  He reveals Himself in His truth.

He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me.  And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father and I will love him and manifest (reveal) Myself to him.  John 14:21





Friday, May 17, 2013

Simply Joy

This picture, to me, is how it is to be in love with the Lord.
Joy unspeakable!



Friday, May 10, 2013

what is YOUR best foot forward


The phrase 'put your best foot forward' came to mind this morning.  What followed was the thought of being one who imitates Jesus - surely this would mean putting my best foot forward.  I was curious to know more about this phrase and found out, YES, I got it right!  This pharse means to embark on a journey or task with purpose and gusto.  What could be more purposeful than imitating Him, full of His life and ready to give to others!

Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children. Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ.  Ephesians 5:1-2 NLT

I read to 'put your best foot forward' is an odd saying for us to use because it implies three or more feet.

The 'best' is the name we give  for something that surpasses all others. Something that surpasses one other is specifically called 'the better', as in one's wife being called 'one's better half'.

In case you're interested in when this phrase was 1st recorded, it is in the 2nd edition of Sir Thomas Overbury's poem A Wife, circa 1613:  "He is still setting the best foot forward."

What is your best foot forward?  Would like to know your thoughts too!

Saturday, May 4, 2013

The Spirit of the man lives on


My Mom sent me some quotes this morning.  This one, in particular, was too good not to pass along!
“Jesus himself did not try to convert the two thieves on the cross; He waited until one of them turned to him.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Letters and Papers from Prison 

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Possible?


Rethink possible
This is what AT&T changed their slogan to a few years back.  Do we really want to rethink what is possible when we can know what is possible?  Possible, by definition, means that you may know, may happen to come to pass, may be done. 
In the story about the rich young ruler, I find it interesting he asked Jesus the question, “What do I still lack?”  He just got through telling Jesus he basically had kept all the rules, so it’s like he is saying, “Am I missing something here?”  Makes me laugh because I know Jesus had the answer.  Jesus wanted his heart – a heart separated from the world and its concerns.  Jesus makes it simple!  He says, “Follow Me.”  Here is the key to what makes following Him possible and knowing what possible is!  To believe in Him with all your heart.

I’m sure we can all identify with the rich young ruler, perhaps holding a bit too tightly to our earthly possessions or relationships, believing they will bring us the happiness we desire in this life.  When you believe in Him, you are connected to the true riches, the riches of heaven that He freely gives when we desire a relationship with Him first.  Here you will find endless possibilities. 

Matt. 19:16-26 NASB

16And someone came to Him and said, “Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may obtain eternal life?” 17 And He said to him, “Why are you asking Me about what is good? There is only One who is good; but if you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments.” 18 Then he *said to Him, “Which ones?” And Jesus said, “You shall not commit murder; you shall not commit commit adultery, you shall not steal; you shall not bear false witness, honor your father and your mother, and you shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 20 The young man said to Him, “All these things I have kept; what am I still lacking?” 21 Jesus said to him, “If you wish to be complete, go and sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” 22 But when the young man heard this statement, he went away grieving; for he was one who owned much property.
23 And Jesus said to His disciples, “Truly I say to you, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. 24 Again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” 25 When the disciples heard this, they were very astonished and said, “Then who can be saved?” 26 And looking at them Jesus said to them, “With people this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” 

It begins with the decision in your heart.