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There’s a saying about the little things in life. It’s the little things, so the saying goes that can end up being the big things. This can be true in relationships, careers, and attitudes. A teensy mouse can terrify a huge elephant, and so the story goes, one young man with the proper vision took down a giant who had defied armies. The unnoticed dripping faucet by day rings out like a maddening racket in the quietness of night, when one longs for quiet and sleep. It’s the little things we are thankful for, we rejoice in and the little things heaped upon us that can undo us in one moment.

It’s no wonder we find ourselves feeling overwhelmed when we deal with bits of discouragement daily. Who can avoid all negativity? It is impossible. Turn on the news at any given time and you will find a plethora of information that could cause you to think locking yourself and your family in the basement with rations is a better choice than walking out your front door and living life. Certainly it is safer. But as Christ followers we are not called to live our lives in fear or discouragement. That does not we always mean we remember or believe this truth

There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.1 John 4:18

 In our flesh we are truly prone to wander from the truth. But we have One who never wanders from our side and He is Love. (1 John 3:16)

So, how do we rise above the daily onslaught of discouraging news, circumstances and events that life dishes onto our plate? How do we keep our heads above the water when we feel like we are drowning in a world sized ocean of needs we cannot meet? How do we remain positive in an increasingly disgruntled society?

I have found God’s answer through the words of Jesus Christ as set forth in Scripture in one verse in particular:

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

Jesus sets forth two facts, one directive and a promise as he prepares the disciples for his imminent departure. First, we live in a world that guarantees us trouble, recall who is ruler of this world (1 John 5:19). This is why we look forward ultimately to a new Heaven and Earth (Revelation 21:1). Second, Jesus has overcome this world through his death, burial and resurrection. Hallelujah! We are His spokespeople, the witnesses of His grace, the Redeemed. Third, Jesus affirms that in Him we may have peace. But, therein lies a choice hinging on a promise.

Jesus commands the disciples to “take heart”. Take heart? What is He saying? He is telling them to trust him! He is telling us the same thing today.

The fact is we will have trouble but the truth is Jesus lives!

As His disciples today we have a choice to make daily to fight discouragement that  would otherwise rob us of the peace that Jesus promises.

We can focus on the trouble we have in the world or on the fact that Jesus has overcome the world.

Friends, I don’t know what is troubling you today, “But take heart!”

Our Savior Lives!



                               

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Salty or Salt-Free?

“Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? Luke 14:34

Most health conscious adults today acknowledge that excessive salt in the diet is not optimal for good health. As a matter of fact too much salt in the diet increases health related risks and in the extreme can be associated with life threatening conditions. Some health conditions require minimal salt intake with the aim of a “salt-free” diet.

How completely contrary to the Christian’s call to be Salty. As far as your spiritual life goes, you can consider saltiness to be an excellent measure of your effectiveness in the Kingdom.

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A Post Valentine’s Day Look at Love

  And so we know and rely on the love God has for us… 1 John 3:16

I had finally poured myself into the welcoming comfort of my bed and was drifting off to sleep, satisfied after a long and tiring day of chores, to do’s and errands when he finally arrived.

He crouches low, to my level, seeing if I am awake. He’s got his hands behind his back and that gleam in his eyes I know well, and adore. I peek back at him with heavy lids, grateful he is home as we are being pelted by one in a series of snowstorms this winter season.

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Imperfect Prayers to a Perfect God

For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy. Hebrews 10:14

How often have we felt our prayers inadequate? How many times have we held back our heart’s cry in a group for fear of being misunderstood? What is our response to the scriptures that remind us repeatedly to  pray always?

I remember my earliest exposure to prayer. It was formal, stiff, ethereal. In a word impersonal.

I never witnessed nor experienced prayer in my formative years in a personal and up close way. Prayer was for the pious, and quite honestly, I didn’t know any truly pious people.

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Christ in YOU!

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Jesus replied, “With all the earnestness I possess I tell you this: Unless you are born again, you can never get into the Kingdom of God.” 

-From The Gospel of John Chapter 3

 

The birth of Jesus is the focus of Christmas to we who believe. At least in theory. But, the beauty of Christmas is that this tiny mysterious bundle of wisdom swaddled in hay, laying in manger one Holy Night has birthed an undeniable kingdom as prophesied from the beginning.

The beauty of Christmas is not in this one freeze frame, iconic, Christmas card image but in the powerful truth behind the picture.

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Quietude as Worship

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“O LORD, my heart is not lifted up;
my eyes are not raised too high;
I do not occupy myself with things
too great and too marvelous for me.” ~ Psalm 131:1

 Here we are, approaching fast the end of another year. The days that spread out from September through December are like scattered stones thrown out numerous, until the crisp air beckons scarves for our necks, and the falling leaves remind us that another year is almost past. The pace of our routines and return to order, after Summer,  make way for new beginnings and sometimes endings.

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Praying and Living with JOY!

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 “Because prayer happens while we are immersed in the particulars of life, there is no single formula to follow.” Winn Collier

I sat with journal open, seeking to pray but finding that the words were not forthcoming. Praying with my pen has always helped me focus my prayers, clarifying my thoughts and words. But on this morning, I could only sit, quietly staring out the window at the Red Maples in all of their splendor. My thoughts were focused, and on God’s beauty- the wonder of it all. I felt swept up to a heavenly seat, with my Father by my side, but I had no words.

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The Me I Long To Be (Ironing Not Required)

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I have a confession I would like to share with you today. I have a hard time with the domestic side of life my life. OK, I’ll just say it. I really Stink, with a capital S at the whole domestic side of life. I am convinced my mother has a gene that just did not get passed down to me. It’s the one that rejoices in ironing. I am not joking. The woman finds ironing therapeutic. Meanwhile my husband knows that asking me to iron would require us both to be in therapy.

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