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Jun 16, 2018

Be Still

Photo Credit Casie Steele @ https://www.instagram.com/steeleapeek/

Running. Getting through the list. First things first and then the next and the next. Just getting it done, completed, finished. Except it is never done. The list continues with new or repeating priorities, things to do, run after, feed, water or conquer. So you strap on your "I got this" attitude and set forth alone to seize the day. 

Wait! You are not alone. God has provided an ample dose of strength  wisdom, and grace to guide you on the daily journey. Are you taking the time in all of your busyness to be still and talked with Him about what you need in your day? Have you asked for wisdom, peace, favor? If you haven't, you are missing the greatest gift available to you. 

Maybe you are one who has never known the absolute small piece of Heaven being still can provide to you. I challenge you to find 10 minutes each day this week to just be still. In stillness there is peace; there is awareness of the reason you were created. In stillness is the source of your strength and your resilience. In stillness there is God. Slow down, quiet your mind, listen up. Yes, just be still. See, that is God talking to your heart. 

"The Lord your God is giving you rest and has granted you this land." Joshua 1:13



May 26, 2018

Reflection

Photo credit: Dean Johnson

Ah, reflection. You know the kind you see in the mirror. There you go. Catch a glimpse of yourself. You are a work of art! No, really you you are. You may not think of yourself as a work of art, but God certainly created you to be one. You are an original, one of a kind, limited and priceless edition. There is no one just like you. Only you can be who you are, do wha you do, love like you do and know God the way you do. See, you are special. Really and truly you are. 

You are a reflection of the One who created you, the God of the Universe. He placed your features exactly as they are. He knitted you together with perfect care and grace. He is your Father. You have his spirit and his heart. Best of all you have his love. He loves you more that you can imagine. So much that he sent his only Son Jesus to die for you! God wants nothing more then for you to know him just as Jesus does. Now there is something worth reflecting on. 

So how is your relationship with God going? Are you spending enough time with Him or are you barely connected? There is no other relationship as important as the one between you two. If you need to reconnect reach out and ask Jesus to show you the way. No one can come to the Father except through Him. 

Jesus answered, 
“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." John 14:6

May 12, 2018

Amazing Grace


We have all heard the song and know the lyrics, "amazing grace how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me...". The dictionary defines grace as "being the free and unmerited favor of God." Favor is further defined as "an act of kindness beyond what is due or usual." Knowing what we know about God and that he gave his son Jesus to die for us, we certainly understand why His grace is called amazing.

Still, many take God's grace for granted or act in a way that discounts or dismisses the miracle of Jesus. What about you? Are you in awe of God's grace or do you find yourself moving through life numb to the greatest gift provided to you? Do you model Jesus in showing grace to others or are you short tempered and self centered?  

You see, grace is certainly a gift from God. It is also a gift you can give to others. Rather than jumping to conclusion, being irritated, or judging others try a bit of grace. When you think about speaking your mind, setting the record straight or getting even substitute in grace instead.

God's grace is amazing. It is limitless, powerful, life changing and available. Tap into God's grace by walking with Him, staying grounded in His Word and being like Jesus to others especially when they least deserve any grace from you at all.

Let us praise God for his glorious grace, for the free gift he gave us in his dear Son! Ephesians 1:6

Mar 10, 2018

Perfection


We are told "to err is human". Still, many of us strive for perfection or believe others have achieved it. Perfect skin, perfect hair or perfect lifestyle seem to be just a product or purchase away. The grass is always greener and frequently the world can have you believing you too can achieve perfection. 

If you are like most people, every day you find yourself making a mistake or learning you were incorrect in your thinking, or a decision or action. It may be something simple like failing to complete a task because you are distracted, sending a text to the wrong person or making an incorrect turn while driving. It could be that you trusted someone and found them to be dishonest or thought a person was rude and learned they aren't rude at all but merely have a hearing deficit. We all have short comings and make errors. The bottom line is that no one is perfect and you can't be perfect either. 

As humbling or embarrassing as being imperfect can be, it serves as a great reminder that we are just human and the only one that is perfect is Jesus Christ. The pressure is off. You need not strive to be something you cannot be. God knows you are imperfect. That is exactly why He sent his Son to die for your sins. You are free to humbly and simply be in Christ and know that God loves you just as you are. You are perfect in God's sight because of the sacrifice and triumph of Jesus. Isn't that as perfect as you could ever want to be? 

“He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth.” 1 Peter 2:22




Feb 6, 2018

Letting Your Spirit Catch Up With You

Chapel at Providence St. Joseph Burbank, CA

And we're off! Does your life feel like a day at the races? Are you spinning in activity and finding there is not enough time in the day? You are not alone. It seems the more technology we have at our fingertips the less time we have to really enjoy the day. The 'do more with less" philosophy has only added to the problem. There is way less time for you in your day, not to mention the time squeeze that has been put on your relationship with God.

In the midst of the daily routine and constant quest to catch up, you must also take time to let your spirit catch up with you. Your spirit and your relationship with God should take top priority.  If not, you will find you are all out of sorts, misaligned, on the edge, and feeling in over your head.  Yes, I know you are too busy, too tired, and too stressed. That is even more reason to take 10 or 15 minutes to stop everything and be still. Take a deep breath. Close your eyes. Clear your mind. Soon you will feel calmer, centered, and focused because your spirit finally caught up with you. 

Now that you and your spirit are together sitting in a quiet place, you can actually listen for the still small voice of God. He is right where you are. He is resting upon you and delighted to have you in His presence. Now that is what I call the best catching up you or anyone could do.





“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” Psalm 46:10