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Patience

10 Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.
11 The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah. (Psa 46:10-11)

I see a stage in my minds eye. Dark curtains shroud the stage and the lights dim. Every heart is stilled and each child waits on baited breath. I am on that stage and the magician for our school assembly promises to hypnotize me. He tells me to clear my mind of any thought. At that note I strive to silence my mind, slow my breathing and concentrate on the swinging medallion in front of my eyes. Not…..Happening. In my lifetime nothing requested of me would ever be harder than this moment in time. Silence my mind! I wish it were so easy.
I have a hard time being slow. In my daily routine I spit and sputter running from this to that while all the time easily distracted by something else. I have adhd. It is thrilling and debilitating at the same time. I spend much of my life caught up in the wonder of everything only to find I have missed out on something because of distraction. Of course I know that no one can see, know or experience all of this experience called life. However the simple loss of something to the distraction of something else has a palatable pain. God calls us to be still. There must be a way to accomplish stillness. He speaks through the stillness. It is there we know Him. Probably one of my hardest tasks is to be still. I work to still my body because of my nervous energy. Daily I labor to still my voice because I rarely know silence. Yet once again God’s requirement of stillness requires silence. O sure there are times he wants us to cry out to him, call upon him, search for him and answer him. Yet for as many times he requires one, he requires the other as well. Stillness of body and silence of the mouth serve as the initial battles I fight daily. Why is there always a third? Knock three times on the ceiling ripples across my thoughts as I write this piece. Music wafts away in my mind while I “gee and Haw” trying to get the mule of my mind back into sync with my writing. Gee and Haw….Makes my reminiscent of my great grandmother. She loved to plow. She loved Jesus…O yeah. I am writing. Does that give you a taste of my mind? Believe me it is just the tip of the iceberg. Don’t get me started on the ship sinking.
I struggle with, probably, my greatest battle to corral my thoughts. They are in a constant state of flux. The simple tasks of writing an outline, formulating a static thought in a linear fashion without interrupting thoughts consumes my life. Often I am mentally exhausted. Being still of mind to hear the voice of my creator, though my constant goal, spins elusive and rare in my life. Meditation, music, and medication all work together and help but I never know these moments enough. However the command rings as clear and steady as the beat of my heart and the breath of my lungs. I long for order, I yearn to be still. My lifetime goal is to know him. People say they do not believe in, have not heard from or ever had experience with God yet I know in my heart He is there. I have heard his voice and know the nuance of his intonation. My heart quickens at his presence and I weep when I know I am doing his command. One day face to face. I shall behold him. I will know my redeemer in more than a nuanced nudge of my heart.

May my challenges never be more than my resolve in this matter. My heart cry for silence, my soul song for the sound of your voice, may their fervency echo only on the shores of heaven continually as I seek your face. Amen

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30 second devotions: Come unto me

Mat 11:28-30
28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart:and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

No other God invites you to come to Him in spite of your sins.  All others want you to clean up and earn your way to them. Jesus says come as you are and be forgiven. The poor in spirit will be made Kings and Priests. You are welcomed into His royal family.  Adoption into God’s family is the best gift one could ever have given to them. Yet so many do not receive such a gift. Fear of failure, the human desire to earn ones worth, and the simple desire for sin keeps people from asking for that gift. Sad to say even those who receive adoption do not always enjoy the love and acceptance given by their forgiveness of sins. They somehow wander into sin, stumble into sin and even walk bald faced into sin. Then because of fear that God doesn’t accept them, fear that others will not forgive them, they miss out on the pleasure of being restored and accepted in the fellowship with God and their church family. God promises if we confess he will forgive and restore fellowship (1 John 1:9). Too often they are like a bird with a broken wing. The bird will flee from those who would help mend the wing. On the other hand when a child is sick with their parent at the doctor, knowing they will get a shot, they cling the more tightly to their father. Today, you are in failure, you fear not being forgiven, not being accepted and restored. Today I implore you not to be like the little bird. Don’t run from God anymore. Be like a child and cling to your father. God loves you. Jesus asks you to simply come. Aren’t you tired of running? Come just as you are and He will give you rest.

To go or not to go

For those who think not going to church is that important or you’ve lost your confidence in it…. Note Jesus went to church.  He even could have said I don’t need to go.  He could have said they are hypocritical and ignorant of God’s whole word.  He could have said I’m smarter than the are,  I don’t need instruction….   But check out
Luk 4:16
16 And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up:and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read.

He went regularly and he participated in corporate worship,  bible study.  You should too.

Mercy without delay

Mercy without delay!
Rom 8:34
34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.

Do you feel condemned or defeated at the moment? Maybe you feel as if the whole world is against you. Even the heavens seem as brass when you pray. Be of good cheer Christ the risen has the right to condemn you but if you throw yourself upon his mercies you will find he forgives you. He also stands up for you when the world condemns. He speaks up and represents your case when the accuser brings charges. You have access and immediacy to your intercessor. He does not forget you or lose your case. You are his and He is yours. Mercy can be yours without delay. Just cry out. He will hear and help you in your day of trouble.

He hears my cry

Psa 18:6-7
6 In my distress I called upon the Lord;
to my God I cried for help.
From his temple he heard my voice,
and my cry to him reached his ears.
7 Then the earth reeled and rocked;
the foundations also of the mountains trembled and quaked, because he was angry. (ESV)
In the earlier verses David expressed his faith in God’s faithfulness and his defense of his children. In 6,7 and on in the poem here cries out to his God from the depths of struggle. As if he were caught in a dry Gulch suddenly filled with the sudden rain he is ensnared by the wall of water rushing towards him. Death has bound him as a spectral enemy; he has been thrashed about and beaten by his enemies.  He walks thru a field of snares and hidden traps. He cries out in terror against a foe of immense dark intensity.  Yet away in His temple God hears and comes against those ungodly enemies.  Roaring and thundering from the heavens God answers in his anger against the evils coming against his child.  With great dramatic description David elucidates the awesome fearful power of the living God.  None indeed, can stand against his might.  Such is the hope of all God’s children.  We do not trust in faith but in the our God who is faithful. We do not trust in a hope so kinda,  once and a while,  only weekend working God.  Our Father is aware of our infirmities.  He does not sleep or go on vacations.  He is never out to lunch nor is his prayer line ever busy. He indeed is our strength,  our supply,  our source.  No enemy nor evil can stand in his wake.  When we cry out to him,  he hears,  he answers in power and great might.

The day is the Lord’s day

Psa 118:24
24 This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.

Do you feel flustered, aggravated, discouraged or depressed? Does uncertainty hover around your mind like vultures waiting for the kill? We have a faithful heavenly Father. We can trust him for his character remains intact. We can be patient on his answer in the day of trouble for his timing is perfect. We can face any problem or foe for his strength is inexhaustible. We can rely on his answer for his wisdom is true. The skies may seem dark and the winds may howl threateningly but our Father efficiently will sufficiently answer our call and meet our needs in a timely manner. Thus we may rejoice and be glad today. Don’t let the fears of tomorrow steal the strength of today. Don’t let the anxieties of life swallow your joy today. You can patiently confidently rest in the work and will of our Father.

The day is the Lord’s day

Psa 118:24
24 This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.

Do you feel flustered, aggravated, discouraged or depressed? Does uncertainty hover around your mind like vultures waiting for the kill? We have a faithful heavenly Father. We can trust him for his character remains intact. We can be patient on his answer in the day of trouble for his timing is perfect. We can face any problem or foe for his strength is inexhaustible. We can rely on his answer for his wisdom is true. The skies may seem dark and the winds may howl threateningly but our Father efficiently will sufficiently answer our call and meet our needs in a timely manner. Thus we may rejoice and be glad today. Don’t let the fears of tomorrow steal the strength of today. Don’t let the anxieties of life swallow your joy today. You can patiently confidently rest in the work and will of our Father.