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May 26, 2019


There is a place where your heart and mind go. 
Often without realization or set as a plan. 
You find yourself there for a moment or a time. 
Feeling happy or dismayed depending on the circumstance. 
Away from the world and all its chaos you dwell.

There, where no one can intervene or interrupt, you hide. 
Thank you, wonder why, what if, and remember when all reside here. 
Tugging at your heart like an old acquaintance just dropping in 
to see if you still want to know them. 

Soon, you understand that only God deserves this space. 
Here, He influences you, oh so gently and makes
it clear. God is your dwelling place. 
The place to dwell is not away from, but rather in Him.
There you will know rest, love, grace and peace. 
He provides all you need to persevere in the world.

"How lovely is your dwelling place, LORD Almighty!"
Psalm 84:1

Apr 18, 2019

What Are You Aiming For?

Ready, aim, begin! You are off and running. On your way to the next important thing. It could be something simple like completing a household task before company arrives, or complicated like guiding your child or grandchild to make the "right" college choice. No matter what it is you have set out to do, your approach is really what is most important.

Typically it is the goal or task, the what you are trying to do, that takes all your attention and effort. In this regard you may at times be hurried, pushy, self-centered or even unintentional.  in doing so, you are likely to miss the key aim which is to do everything you do in love.

Let love lead. Let love plan. Let love create, complete, and yes, let love even listen. It's a secret Jesus knew and practiced. In every situation, discussion and trial His aim was love. How basic and very powerful! 

When your aim is love you put aside yourself for others. You see things from a place unclouded by jealousy, fear, greed or status. The end results is not personal gain but rather to experience what otherwise may never be manifested. With love as the focus your aim becomes clear. For the target of God's will is LOVE.

"Let love be your greatest aim."1 Corinthians 14:1

Apr 5, 2019

Something New

Spring time; it provides the backdrop for a new landscape filled with beautiful colors and the sweet sense of pure joy. Even the birds seem happier as the dark and grey of winter are substituted with flowers in bloom and the glorious extended daylight. It is a time of rebirth, new beginnings, blossoming and reaching for new heights.

Spring provides an opportunity not only for a seasonal change but for personal change as well. Think of this as a time to start over, get organized, and to clean out the clutter of your life and mind. You can't start a new approach, turn over a new leaf, or spring into action while holding on to that which no longer serves a purpose, is holding you back or keeping you from experiencing all God intended for you. 

What's in the file cabinet of your heart, that you have been hanging on to for way too long, and needs to be set free? Have you made the adjustments necessary to turn over the soil of resentment, hurt and disappointment so that love and peace can be planted and cultivated? Are there dreams you are preventing from blooming because of fear, doubt or procrastination? What do you need to weed out from your daily routine so that you can flourish and grow? 

It's time for you to revitalized your soul, set your sights on endless possibilities and embrace Spring - the season of miracles and hope for those who love the Lord.

He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” Revelation 21:5

Mar 7, 2019

The Voice

There is nothing more heart warming than hearing the voice of a loved one saying “Hi, I’m home” or a baby when they utter their first word and their voice is revealed. You may have been told or have told someone, “It’s so great to hear your voice”. Perhaps even heard the words, “Just hearing your voice makes me feel better”.  You have a one of a kind voice. It is as unique as your fingerprint and its sound is distinguishable from any other. It’s so unique that when you are on the phone others can identify you by your voice. 

God knows your voice. He cherishes its uniqueness and can distinguish it from all of the world’s noise. Your voice is a gift and you choose the way to use it. You can use it to speak up against injustice or to gossip and complain. It can be a vehicle to encourage or cast as a weapon in tearing others down. It has the potential to acknowledge and speak out against evil or remain silent and allow evil to triumph. Your voice can be raised up in praise and blessing or to curse the situation you find yourself in.

God desires to have you speak to and cry out to him. He also longs to hear you use your voice to fill others up with hope and to inspire the weary; to tell someone they matter, are important and to not give up. Often just a word of kindness and care can make all the difference. God knows this too and is speaking to you. You may hear his voice through the words of a loved one or raised by an individual you pause to acknowledge and get to know.

Of all the voices you will ever hear, God’s voice is the one that matters most. Take the time to be quiet and listen. When you do you will find he will provide a word that is incredibly meaningful or an entire conversation impressed upon the silence of your heart.

“Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.” Jeremiah 33:3

Feb 1, 2019

Getting to the Heart of Love

It's February and that means it's time for Valentine's and hearts. There are many expressions related to the heart. You have heard "take heart" meaning be encouraged; also "have a heart" referring to being compassionate or empathetic; and of course "heart felt" referencing sincerity. The emphasis on the heart is significant and meaningful because the heart is equated with love. 

In the Bible we are told love is the greatest of all attributes. Further we are told "love is patient and kind, never jealous or envious, never boastful or selfish or rude. Love isn't irritable or touchy and doesn't hold grudges. Love is never glad about injustice and rejoices when the truth wins out. Love always protects, always trusts, always hopes and always perseveres." 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

Our lives, families and communities can certainly use more love. In fact, a scarcity of love can be attributed to many of the problems in the world today. The solution to this isn't money because you can't buy love. The solution isn't power because you can't demand love. The solution is to increase love. That capability lies in every person starting with you and me. 

Maybe you aren't sure about the way to increase love in the world around you. Take some time to reflect and consider the way you might begin to love others with heart.  You can start  by reading the text below replacing the word "love" with your name to gain some insight.

"Your name" is patient and kind, never jealous or envious, never boastful or selfish or rude. "Your name" isn't irritable or touchy and doesn't hold grudges. 
"Your name" is never glad about injustice and rejoices when the truth wins out. 
"Your name" always protects, always trusts, always hopes and always perseveres.

Wishing you much love!