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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Spiritual Infrastructure

 
in·fra·struc·ture  n. An underlying base or foundation especially for an organization or system.


I was watching a History Channel documentary on the aging material infrastructure in the United States.  Infrastructure is crucial for our survival and has great potential for disaster if not maintained or improved. 


Here it comes...it got me thinking (again)...



We also have a spiritual infrastructure, 
and its maintenance is imperative!


Weak foundations of buildings, tunnels, bridges, dams, etc. present a substantial risk of catastrophic collapse. If our faith foundation is weak, it too will collapse, destroying our moral compass.  Maintaining a close relationship with God is the concrete and rebar of our spiritual life. 

If roads remain in disrepair, the cracks and potholes will continue to expand - impeding fluid movement from one point to the other or worse yet, causing us to disappear into a dark abyss.  If we fail to acknowledge the cracks and potholes (sin) in our lives and refrain from asking for His forgiveness and mercy, our joyful path will be fraught with continuous detours of hopelessness and despair.


 

 
“Everyone who listens to these words of mine and

acts on them will be like a wise man who built

his house on rock. 

The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew

and buffeted the house. But it did not collapse;

it had been set solidly on rock."  


Matthew 7:24-25

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Conversing with God






In our faith journey, it is imperative we quiet ourselves to hear God's word. What is just as important is to speak to Him.  Below is an excerpt from my devotional, “Embrace the Morning,” included in the soon to be released, “And God Still Loves Me.” 


 





Life is teeming with obligations and activities. At times we become overwhelmed; we lose track of priorities. The foremost priority, our relationship with God, unfortunately, gets lost in the chaos. We put off praying for a quieter time, we miss church to relax, and that cycle continues.

Curiously, what we don't realize is that if we maintain our daily relationship with God, all things will fall into place. Psalms 107:29-30 makes it entirely clear, “He hushed the storm to silence, the waves of the sea were stilled. They rejoiced that the sea grew calm, that God brought them to the harbor they longed for.”

Regardless of how busy we are, if we start the day conversing with God, He will still the storm before it begins or give us the strength to withstand it. If we end the day thanking God, we will retire serenely, becoming refreshed to Embrace the Morning.

Luke 2:22 told us, “When the days were completed for their purification according to the law of Moses, they took him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord.”

We too need to present ourselves to the Lord through prayer and meditation. He knows we are here, but wants us to talk to Him and focus on His word. Through our quiet time with Him, we are renewed in spirit and ready to face our daily challenges head-on. 
A PRAYER


Father, forgive me for the times I have failed to present myself. May I become rededicated to set aside quiet time with you in prayer and meditation.  My Precious Savior, guide me to follow your word in my thoughts, words, and deeds. At day's end may I count my blessings with love and gratitude.  Amen

HAVE A BLESSED DAY!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

The Risk of Replay



We are all sinners; we are human, after all. Turning back the hands of time to reverse our words or actions is impossible.  All we can do is ask for forgiveness and move forward, resolving to do better.  That’s all well and good; however, how many times do we receive forgiveness from God and others yet still wallow in guilt by recounting the transgressions in our minds, over and over again?  Why is it so easy to give forgiveness than to accept it? 

Being an overachiever in the mistake department, I struggled with accepting forgiveness for many years, especially for my abortions. Why?  Because I could not forgive myself.  No matter how hard I tried to move on, I continued to browbeat myself unmercifully ... hating myself for what I did to my children, isolating myself from  family and friends I had hurt, and worse yet, isolating from God ... feeling unworthy to be in His presence.

Through after-abortion healing and a renewed relationship with God, my faith grew leaps and bounds and relationships improved.  Now, whenever tempted to dwell on past transgressions, I play a little mind game.  I picture Satan with a DVD of my failings.  He’s cackling and sneering while continually hitting the replay button …  an evil attempt to imprison me in guilt and remorse, separating me from loved ones and distancing me from God.  Seeing that image puts everything in perspective and brings a smile. I'm able to  laugh and say,  “You’re playing a blank disk, Satan ... God and I have already hit the delete button.”


Then I declared my sin to you; my guilt I did not hide.
I said, “I confess my transgression to the LORD,” and you
took away the guilt of my sin.
(Psalm 32:5)