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Morning Reminders

As I was reading JESUS CALLING this morning, this scripture from Ps 139: 1-4 was attached:

You have searched me, Lord, and know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely. Psalm 139:1–4

That’s become (1of) my favorites! It dawns on me (again) – The Lord looks at us with eyes of Love, Mercy and Grace. NOT judgement and condemnation.

One phrase I remember hearing countless times growing up (in a Pastor’s home) was: “Be careful, Jimmy, God’s watching you!” Unfortunately I usually thought of it as a warning that if I did something wrong, I’d “get zapped.” I didn’t always recognize it as a promise about His Love for me. I’ve since learned the difference, but I don’t always walk in the difference. I now understand; He keeps His eyes on me, but it’s because He desires to protect, guide and comfort me.

Now that Im old,(er) I remember the difference. He reminds me – it usually happens best in these early moments when it’s just Him and I, when we’re the only ones in the house up and awake.

“LORD, You Know what this day holds (for us)! You Know the temptation to fear as we approach the coming hours. ThkQ for this assurance – You Knew the days assigned to us before we lived our first one. (v.16) ThkQ for your Promise to ‘Never leave us, Never forsake us!’”

Keep us aware of Your Presence as we step into this day. Amen!

Today’s Jesus Calling:

“COME TO ME FOR UNDERSTANDING since I know you far better than you know yourself. I comprehend you in all your complexity; no detail of your life is hidden from Me. I view you through eyes of grace, so don’t be afraid of My intimate awareness. Allow the Light of My healing Presence to shine into the deepest recesses of your being—cleansing, healing, refreshing, and renewing you. Trust Me enough to accept the full forgiveness that I offer you continually. This great gift, which cost Me My Life, is yours for all eternity. Forgiveness is at the very core of My abiding Presence. I will never leave you or forsake you.

When no one else seems to understand you, simply draw closer to Me. Rejoice in the One who understands you completely and loves you perfectly. As I fill you with My Love, you become a reservoir of love, overflowing into the lives of other people.”

O Lord, you have searched me and know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O Lord.
—Psalm 139:1–4

Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.
—2 Corinthians 1:21–22

“No one will be able to stand up against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
—Joshua 1:5

Images of God

What’s more important, the way I see God or the way He sees me? 

For several weeks, I’ve had this thought running through my mind, “Images of God”. I’ve even done an internet search for “images of God.” GOOGLE had 212,000 images. 

Angry God. Laughing God. A punishing God.  Far away God. Vengeful God. A Loving God. Non-existent God. A God “who keeps attendance/score”. A “vice principal” God. Allah. Buddha. A socially-conscience God. A political God. 

I was born knowing God loved me. Thx, Mom! ThkQ, Dad! But I thought He kept score. I thought He loved me more when I behaved myself. AND – was ready to punish me when I didn’t. 

About 9 years ago, I prayed: “God, teach me to trust you more.” That began an almost decade-long journey that has changed how I view God. It began with a change in my understanding of how God sees me. He taught (is teaching) me – He Loves Me!! He’s my “ABBA – Daddy,” NOT my Judge! 

More to come…

I WALK DOWN THE STREET

I remember the place, I could show you the seat in which I sat. I remember the man who quoted it. I remember the recognition of how it perfectly describes my journey. It’s helped me to remember – Take a Different Path!

THERE’S A HOLE IN MY SIDEWALK

I walk down the street
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk
I fall in
I am lost… I am helpless
It isn’t my fault
It takes forever to get out

I walk down the street
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk
I pretend I don’t see it
I fall in again
I can’t believe I am in this same place
But it isn’t my fault
It still takes a long time to get out

I walk down the street
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk
I see it is there
I still fall in… It’s a habit…
But my eyes are open. I know where I am
It is my fault
I get out immediately

I walk down the same street
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk
I walk around it

I walk down another street

By Portia Nelson
1920 – 2001

AA Promises

Are these extravagant promises?

I remember the day. Sitting in an AA chair, listening  as this passage was read from The Big Book.(pg 84) I’d heard it dozens, perhaps a couple of hundred times or more, but this time was different. 

THIS TIME it hit HOME!!

Always before, I had seen the 12 promises of AA as just that – 

              PROMISES! – for the far distant future. 

 “If I work hard enough, long enough, these too may someday begin to become mine.”  But I doubt it!!

Then one day, without even knowing how it happened, the reading of the PROMISES changed for me. I realized they were becoming mine!! They describe a new reality for which I have long sought. 

I realized how much it accurately reflected the changes that had – and are continuing to take place in my life.

1.     If we are painstaking about this phase of our development, we will be amazed before we are half way through. 

2.     We are going to know a new freedom and a new happiness. 

3.     We will not regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it. 

4.     We will comprehend the word serenity and we will know peace. 

5.      No matter how far down the scale we have gone, we will see how our experience can benefit others.

6.     That feeling of uselessness and self-pity will disappear. 

7.      We will lose interest in selfish things and gain interest in our fellows. 

8.      Self-seeking will slip away.

9.      Our whole attitude and outlook upon life will change.  

10.     Fear of people and of economic insecurity will leave us.

11.      We will intuitively know how to handle situations which used to baffle us.  

12.     We will suddenly realize that God is doing for us what we could not do for ourselves.

   Are these extravagant promises? We think not. They are being fulfilled among us, sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly. They will always materialize if we work for them.

I’m reminded of what “Nice Guy Bob” told me after my first meeting more than 4 years ago: 

           “It keeps getting better!”

I had no idea how right he would prove to be. 

GRACE    #48,49,50

From “50 Shades of GRACE     …opening tomorrow in a BLOG near U!

•  GRACE is, at times a set of guardrails. At other times it’s a roadblock. It is at times the red light in your rearview mirror. It is at times an arresting officer. MOST of all, though, it is The Gift from the hands of a Loving Father

•  GRACE can be gentle. GRACE can be tough. GRACE can be a nudge. GRACE can be a 2×4. 

(50)•  GRACE and Ur EGO will never be friends. They are, in fact, incompatible.  That may seem strange, because they’re roommates. They both live in U! (‘nMe)

To The Cross

The ONLY (best) place to carry the burden of another is to the cross

 This picture was taken at the New Life Church Kids Kamp last summer as the boys and girls were leaving the afternoon service. 

… 5 hrs after posting – I just added the word (best). The worst place to put another’s burden is on Ur back. BTW – That’s the voice of experience. Been there. Done that.