Sunday, July 13, 2014
The Holy Spirit amazes me.
About a week ago, I rearranged my house. Many times I have done this and many, many times the result has been unsatisfactory, which means it either didn't look right or it wasn't actually functional for my life. I have neither a fancy house nor fancy belongings, and as much as I've wished that I were more talented an interior decorator, I question how "fancy" my skills are as well. I can definitely tell the difference between a Holy Spirit-led project and a Jade-led project.
I see in my home a reflection of the changes Jesus is writing within me, rearranging my feelings about him and my understanding of who I am in him as well as giving me a fresh vision of his heart's desire towards me. As in my home, I recognize that there is a distinct difference between his ways and my own.
Monday, July 7, 2014
Friday, July 4, 2014
I love this photograph taken around 1975 and from the U.S. National Archives. It speaks sweetly to me of the safety which I am wrapped in and of those who have served our country to give that blessing to me.
Immeasurably blessed of the Lord am I to live in such a great country.
Thursday, July 3, 2014
Recently, I received good news. The opposite could have very well (and deservedly) taken place, effecting me detrimentally in several ways. The only reason this did not happen, the only reason this news is happy and not sad is because God spared me, has shown mercy to me, has surrounded me with His "songs of deliverance" ( See Psalm 32:7). My good news should have been bad news. That would be the natural consequence of my choices. I praise God in the light of his blessing to me, surely his most wayward and transgressive child, for not giving me what I deserve.
To be at peace mentally and emotionally is natural for humans to want. I think that kind of peace must come from being grateful and content with life the way it is. A longing for true and deep, abiding spiritual peace is a more insistent desire which can only be met by knowing Jesus Christ as one's personal savior - the lover of one's soul.
Monday, June 23, 2014
Someone once told me, "When you know who you are, they can't touch you."
All of my life, fear and defensiveness have marked much of my interactions with others. Just before sitting down to write this, I had to interact with a person who I have historically had a very difficult time communicating with. After getting off the phone with her, I realized in disappointment that I had been afraid during the course of our conversation; afraid of her and of her personality.
A sense of failure welled up in me following this familiar and unpleasant exchange. I felt angry with myself that I had failed: that I been afraid of her, and that I had not done a Christ-like job of overcoming my feelings of fear.
As a child of God in Christ Jesus, I believe that the authentic realization that I am complete in Christ (Colossians 2:10), that "I have not been given a spirit of fear..." (2 Timothy 1:7) and that "...he himself is our [my] peace..." (Ephesians 2:14) releases me from bondage to fear in my human relationships even though I may sometimes feel afraid.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”