Absolute Trust

000gullsAs I watched the seagulls, I thought, “That’s the road to take; find the absolute rhythm and follow it with absolute trust.” Nikos Kazantzakis

Why do we have this insane urge to know the end before the story’s been told?

Why all the angst when we can’t find a quick and easy solution to our problems?

Why do we keep striving, and pushing, and pulling, and shoving to get somewhere when every foot fall ends in frustration?

When can we know if our efforts in these ways are outside of God’s will and working at odds with his plan for us?

Good questions, all, but only God knows these things.

What I have found true is that only God can deliver us from our restless state of confusion, and help us find the absolute rhythm that makes it possible for us to trust absolutely. Only God.

It is through Christ Jesus that we are granted a calm heart and a clear conscience.

It is through Jesus that our melody is mingled with eternity’s lyrics to create a completely, hauntingly beautiful song.

Through Jesus, human hearts bind with divinity so that the flow of crimson from a cross-shaped oak produces salvation.

Only through association with the Triune God is the source of absolute trust and harmony, and peace discovered.

Today, if you are at odds with the world and struggling to find that absolute rhythm that creates absolute trust, please consider Jesus. Invite His Holy Spirit to come in, rest in you, abide with you, guide you in every decision you make today. Stop struggling and surrender to His pace and His plan. If you do, peace will be your lot in life. If you don’t, I suspect you will continue to struggle, hoping for what the gulls have but never quite finding it.

Jesus waits. Call on Him.

Trust God from the bottom of your heart;
don’t try to figure out everything on your own.
Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go;
he’s the one who will keep you on track.
Don’t assume that you know it all.
Run to God! Run from evil! Prov 3:5-7 MSG

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The glory from three stories down

Seated in a window was a young man named Eutychus, who was sinking into a deep sleep as Paul talked on and on. Acts 20:9

Encourage one another… 1 Thess 5:11

There have been times in life when we were the center of attention: our wedding day, the day our kids were born, and that time when Bob Barker told us to “…come on down, you’re the next contestant on The Price Is Right!” Okay, so maybe you didn’t win in the big showcase showdown, but we’ve all had that experience when, for better or worse, we were the ones on which all eyes were fixed. Do you remember how that felt?

Imagine how it must have felt for everyone to gather around Eutychus after he fell from that third story window during Paul’s sermon. Imagine how panicked his friends must have been for him. Imagine how Paul felt. Now, imagine how the miracle Paul performed in that courtyard after the fall birthed hope for the many who saw what Paul did and then saw Eutychus walk again. Imagine! I bet that story was told and retold a billion times during Eutychus’ life.

Did you know the man’s name, Eutychus, means “well-fated or fortunate”? It’s true. Imagine.

Today, let’s put our fates into God’s hands. What we might call unfortunate, God might call well-fated. One thing we know for sure, God is with us if we know Jesus as Savior and King. God is for us, when we are for Jesus. God works through us, when we work with Jesus. God forgives us, because we trust Jesus. In fact, everything about our lives rests on what we do with Jesus. When we know Jesus, we know salvation, for there is no other name under heaven given by which men might be saved. Knowing Jesus, you can live a well-fated life.

Don’t wait to know Jesus. Reach out to Him today through prayer.

Hallelujah, what a Savior!!!

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All About the Bass

000bassI hear a lot of doubting going on out there, especially among young people.

“I could never do that.”

“Are you kidding me, me? No I can’t do that.”

“You’re not listening, I. can’t. do. that.”

“What’s wrong with me?”

Our world is full of self-doubt and self doubters.  Male, female, young, old, we all have reason to think that we can’t, never will be able to, aren’t meant to do that.

What? Why not?

Because you aren’t a size two?  Because you don’t have a pretty face?  Because your voices isn’t the strongest voice in the world?  Pshaw!

We need to stop talking about what we can’t do, and start believing in what we can do.

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13

Through Christ, we CAN change the world. But first, we have to believe  we can and take a chance.

Risk Something.

Act as if.

Be present, every gorgeous inch of you.

I’m posting this today, not because its all church-y or super pious, or “religious” in any way, but because young men and women need to hear that they can.

You CAN!

Being a recording star or mega celebrity is not what life is all about, and I’m not recommending that lifestyle to anyone, because lots of people get stuck there and never go beyond fame to discover their real mission is in this life.  At the same time, I am not sure the church is talking enough about what it means to be enough.  Jesus is enough!

The world will chew you up and spit you out if you allow it, and everyone has an opinion…

What really matters, is finding out what God made you to do, and then doing it.

Encourage one another!

Stop criticizing all the time.

Stop picking at each other.

You do NOT have to voice every opinion that enters into your head.

Be civil.

Become a Change Agent.

Leave your mark on this world, and let it be a mark of love, caring, and assistance.

Stand by your fellows.

Invite them into your home.

Pray for them.

Share what works for you and why.

Love your life and love what God made you to do.

You ARE special to Him and many, many others!!!

Don’t listen to the haters. Walk away from the doubters. Stand alone if you have to…

…just remember, God loves you!

YOU!

Just the way you are!

Whether you’re a size two or a twenty-two, BE YOU!

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I wanted to post a picture of my hubs and me from our Lake George get-away vacation a couple weeks ago. We love the Lake George area, particularly in the off-season, when we don’t have to fight traffic and all those tourists. Of course, that’s probably a snobbish thing to say, since I don’t live in LG and am therefore a tourist to the area myself. But of course I don’t see myself as such.

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While we were in LG, we went to Prospect Mountain State Park. It’s a beautiful place to see the LG valley in all its glory. Gorgeous view. I recommend the trip to the summit and walking the easy trail back down to the shuttle area. If I can do it, anyone can.  Here’s a graphic I grabbed from the Lake George Guide site that shows a view of the lake below the mountain. I’m not sure this was taken from the summit, though, cuz I didn’t see this much lake, this close.

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Lake George has lots of outlet malls and amusement and water parks, and the lake to bring folks in. We loved visiting nearby Glens Falls on our most recent trip, and stopped in at SPOT cafe for a cup of Joe and a bagel twice while we were there. We also visited The Log Jam restaurant for supper one night. We were tired, it was late, and we just wanted to chow down and get to our hotel. This was perfect. The salad bar was wonderful. It was pricey, but they had no problem with us sharing an entrée. BBQ ribs. Soooo yummy!

Dining at the Log Jam, Lake George, NY

Dining at the Log Jam, Lake George, NY

The Log Jam is close to the outlet malls and easy to access at 1484 State Rt 9, Lake George, New York 12845. Try it out when you’re in the area, but bring your card with you.  It’s easy to spend a lot of money in this yummy spot along the way.

I could write more about our trip, but I’ll save that for another day.  We had a good time, but spent too much of it on the road, from NEPA to NYS to VT to NH.  I must say, though, the mountain vistas were spectacular along the way. I only wish I could have read  more.  Ah, well, I can do that any old time, right?

What did you do on your vacation? Where did you go?

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Middle Aged Stream of Consciousness flowing through the Uncanny Valley

lorihoose:

My talented son rendered what was in my head without talking to me. For me, it symbolizes the chaos going on in my cabasa on any average day, but particularly lately.

I may not be thinking the same things he’s thinking, but the number of thoughts screaming for recognition inside my head is familiar to me.

Guess the acorn doesn’t fall far from the tree. Sorry, son. ;)

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Uncanny Valley

This week is the opposite of a planned clean computer generated image. Just drew and let it be what it was. The only computer interaction was scanning it.

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No Time

Many, many thoughts have been swimming through my head lately, and I want, oh how I want to write about them.  Why can’t I?  Where does the time go?  Why can’t I organize my life in such a way that I have the time I need to get this stuff on paper or into cyber space?

Only God knows these things.

I seem to find time for almost everything except writing.  Well, that’s not true. I do write, but usually the writing I do is more a devotional style or little quips and quotes posted to facebook.

And speaking of facebook, is anyone else frustrated with all the junk that is posted there these days?  Maybe it was always full of junk, but man, it seems full of junk these days.

Anyway, back to writing, or kabitzing, or whatever it was I was doing a minute ago.  I had tons of ideas for essays on my way to work this morning. So many topics I want to chime in concerning, and so many points I want to make. There is a ton of great information in the Bible that speaks to man’s condition in these days. I want to apply it all to what’s going on around me, but where do I find the time?

I could watch less TV. Seems like a no-brainer, I know, but if the TV is still blaring in my living room, writing is hard.  It just is.

I could quit my job and stay home to write.  Ah, but then the phone would ring, and I’d have to keep going to McDs to post my blogs, and after a while I wouldn’t be able to buy the gas it would take to make that trip, so quitting my job is probably out of the question.

I could wake up earlier.  That’s an option I ought to explore, but I’m betting that if I did wake up earlier I would snore through my writing.  Not if I went to bed earlier, though. Yes, this seems like a doable thing, a possible solution.  I might try getting up earlier.

I could take a break on the weekends and travel some place quiet, and write there.  I have actually thought of this solution more than once.  Where, oh where, is our time machine.  I could go to so many interesting places to write. But then, would I?  Or would I want to see the sights?  Still, a trip to Boston or Phili for the weekend, hold up in a hotel to write, that sounds fine. It’s just not an everyday solution.

One thing I know, this neighborhood is familiar territory for me.  I’ve been here many times before: Excited about writing, but lacking the time to actually do it the way it needs to be done.  Maybe I’ll try visiting that website that tells ya how to write a novel in 30 days.  I could use a push right now.  Anyone out there want to join me?  Let’s make time to write together.  And if that’s not something you’d like to do, just pray for me. I know the answer is out there–I just have to find a little time to think about it.  :)

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Disputable Things

It were endless to dispute on everything that is disputable. William Penn

Accept the one whose faith is weak, without quarreling over disputable matters. Romans 14:1

Encourage one another… 1 Thess 5:11

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I have resigned from the debating team!

These days, it makes no sense to me to argue with another about matters that are disputable or decided by opinion and personal preference. I wasn’t always eager to step down from such activities, but these days, I am. I’ve lost interest in going at another believer at length, while trying to convince him or her to see things my way, especially when Scripture is the topic of hot debate. Instead, I’ve learned to depend on two guiding principles to help me stay far away from controversy with others:

Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. 1 Peter 4:8

…if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you. Phil 3:15

Today, if you’re struggling with a friendship or family connection that leads you into arguments about disputable things, my advice is to resign from the debating team.

Step back.

Give yourself a moment to reflect on what’s being said.

Use Holy Spirit discernment to determine if this is about doctrine or opinion.

If this conversation (argument) you’re involved in is about matters of opinion and not related to revealed truth as accepted by the body of Christ, Church tradition, or family rules of behavior, speak your piece calmly, then walk away, praying and trusting fully in God’s ability to guide you and those you love closer to grace and away from conflict.

Prayer and meditation help in determining which battles to fight and when to walk away.

Prayer always makes the choice easier and our goal attainable.

Prayer puts us in the place where we can speak honestly to God.

Meditation allows God to speak honestly with us.  When we listen and act according to His dictates we many not be popular, but we will most likely be guided by a sense that it is well with our souls.  That’s serenity, and its worth a lot!

 

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