Thursday, September 20, 2018

"Don't Rock the BOAT"



"DON’T ROCK THE BOAT”
Mark 4:37-40 New King James Version (NKJV)
37 And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. 38 But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?”
39 Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. 40 But He said to them, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?”
Our Lord Jesus was asleep and then He stood up in the boat, in the middle of that storm. That was probably going against all these fishermen had been taught since childhood – “don’t stand in the boat”, “stay low and safe during the storms” never mind talking to the wind and waves….
BUT JESUS!! How does this apply to us? We are His Bride or whatever you would like to call members of His “oil in our lamps and eagerly awaiting His return” church. We are encouraged over and over in His Word to walk in His footsteps and become more like Jesus. I think this includes our actions, words, responses and daily life choices. God is there – the Holy Spirit will teach us and our Lord Jesus is our current and permanent example! Thanking HIM!
Are we READY? I think it is past time to be radically committed to our soon and coming KING and His powerful, last days PLAN!!! HE is our all-in-all!
So, what do we need to do? Soak in His Word, LISTEN to His “still, small voice”, go when He says GO and, be willing to “rock the boat”, especially during these times of overwhelming storms. Maybe we are called to be "boat rockers"?

Friday, September 14, 2018

The BEST of BOTH Seasons

God's Beauty and Hand on the Land (Gunnison, Colorado 2016)






Sunday, September 9, 2018

I Almost Wasn’t



Lifting sunlit eyes
Many faceted green
You wrought
When I was but
Womb bound

You brought
All Your pre-thought
Me
To be
Together found

Sperm and ova united
Breath of life
You breathed
Holy Spirit ordained
Pre-held little one

Joyfully known
By the hosts
Of heaven
Before my mother
Had a clue

Cherished of God
Before my mother
Shed tears
Earthly sorrow
Uncontrolled

She made her choice
I was given life
Time
To grow
And glow and know

What You planned
For two celled
Me
Plans in time
And then Eternity

She’s with You now
And I thank her still
Her difficult choice
My life, my breath
As she exercised her will.

Jeremiah 1:5 (New King James Version)
 “ Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.”
Psalms 139:13 (New King James Version)
For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb.


Thursday, September 6, 2018

Gunnison, Colorado 2016 Gorgeous Leaves and Fresh Snow....






Little Rebel or Big Rebel Neither are “Pretty”




We have all observed or maybe been the participant in younger years the toddler’s temper tantrum. That little one defiantly saying NO, then going into a kicking, screaming, yelling fit in hopes to get his or her own way; right now, the way they want it without regards for anyone else except SELF
Do you ever wonder how God sometimes sees us? Once again I sense He is whispering to my inner ears and my heart:
"You have seen my beauty in the mountains, in the valleys and even in the desert. Know that you have beauty when you are on spiritual mountain tops or in valleys, yes, even in spiritual deserts. Rebellion has no beauty because it is not somewhere obedience puts you, but rather SELF.
Look to me for your strength and renewal, daughter. I have been with you and you shall grow to bloom again. You are loved and understood and cherished by your Lord. There is no condemnation in rest. Refresh yourself in my Word. Selah."
In Psalm 46:10 we are entreated to “be still and know that I am God”. The Lord, through David, then goes on to say that He will be exalted among the nations, He will be exalted in the earth. Let’s look at this for a minute. Does that make sense?
That the Creator of the Universe should be lifted up, should be praised and looked up to? Or would we think that a little one, crawling around and not even able to walk yet should get all that notice and adulation? Pretty easy decision with that picture, isn’t it? We are not our own God. We are not running the show. Some of us know from experience where that can take us when we try to “take over” and call all the shots. Some of us are blessed to even be alive because of the incredibly UN-insightful choices we have made. Enough said.
In Matthew 11:28 Jesus calls us to Him promising rest for all of us who labor and are heavy laden. Isn’t it great to realize that there is one strong enough to handle all our stresses, strains and backpack boulders if we simply call upon Him?
In Psalm 23:3 David is giving credit to His Lord saying He refreshed my soul, He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name sake. This, too, is taking the burden off us and giving it to Him who is able.
In 1 Samuel 15:23 we are reminded that rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, stubbornness is as inequity and idolatry, and that because you have rejected the word of the Lord, He also had rejected you from being king.
This is a pretty strong admonishment. We can easily tell that God wants to lead us and hates us to rebel, that there are consequences if we do – for our safety and for the well-being of those around us. Thank you, Lord.
Prayer: Dear Lord, help us to see into our own hearts and yield to you so we can dwell in Your peace and rest. Allow us wisdom to squelch even the mental footstep towards rebellion and self exultation. Please help us to keep humble hearts and teachable spirits before Your throne. AMEN