Live in the Present

5F962604-2EC1-4410-BBA2-3D923BB4DC71“Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭12:12‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Our church message today is that God is always with us each moment and we must live in the present.  The many distractions of this world tend to misdirect our focus on things that do not bring us closer to God.  Indeed we should be still, away from the “noise” and feel God’s presence.  Only then can we live to our true identity.  As the new week begins, I will strive to stay in the moment and live in this awareness and stop worrying about what lies ahead.  God is with us always and will be there forever and all we have to do is have Faith.

New Year’s Resolution

14BCF8B6-C084-4E2B-B379-D5B3FDB0EFD1“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
‭‭Jeremiah‬ ‭29:11‬ ‭ESV‬‬

The New Year brings so much to mind. Mostly I am thankful for all the blessings in my life—Faith, family and friends.  Just to be alive to experience it is a joy and I know that God’s plans are far beyond my wildest dreams. My resolution will be to strengthen my faith and follow His ways more nearly. Each new year, indeed each new day, we have a new opportunity to improve ourselves. I pray for strength to honor this commitment to obey His commandments, and to enjoy the process.

Forgive

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“Pay attention to yourselves! If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive
him, and if he sins against you seven times in the day, and turns to you seven times, saying, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive him.””
‭‭Luke‬ ‭17:3-4‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Forgive

Recently a retired minister told me how his family still blames him for the death of one of their relatives. All he had done was wired money to her at her request. His action came from his love for her. But her boyfriend who was drug addicted murdered her for that money. Clearly the minister had not done anything wrong, but years later he struggles with guilt, which has been reinforced, if not caused, by his family members blaming him. Now I feel certain that he has counseled people during his pastoral career about such undeserved guilt, but he has suffered for many years. Hopefully my discussion with him eased his conscience and reminded him that God forgives us when we repent and turn from our sin. In his case, he didn’t need forgiveness, except from himself.

 

December

5ACC3B75-2D82-442C-918E-9E90ED587991“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
‭‭Jeremiah‬ ‭29:11‬ ‭ESV‬‬

December

December is always an exciting month. It brings winter and Christmas, as well as a break from school and work for some. This year it is the last month before the start of the twenties. I am so hopeful that this new decade will bring positive changes in our world. Obviously we cannot predict the future, but we can trust that God will keep His Promises.

Rejoice

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What a beautiful word that describes the fruits of a joyful heart! In the middle of the night, someone described me as a “badass” in the good sense—someone who energetically plows forward. Though my feelings might not always be so pleasant, I rejoice in the hope of Our Savior. I realize that helping others is my calling and healing is my gift. Even when our healthcare system is anything but caring, I still have to care with deeds, not logos and advertisements and scores. I recall a song’s words from my childhood, “though I felt confused and lonely, God felt my anxious tears; now my heart adores my Savior and my soul is filled with praise.” Let us rejoice in His goodness and mercy!

Hope

26FC1776-92C5-42EF-B59B-C12B9B617692“I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope;”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭130:5‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Hope

Some people have reminded me to be more positive in my BLOG posts, even though I see them as mostly positive. Living in today’s world, there is a spiritual warfare surrounding us that has escalated beyond my wildest dreams. The level of suffering and pain has reached new heights. Often, I feel helpless because one person can only do so much to correct the many problems of society. I struggle to maintain some sense of self worth, in an environment that seeks to criticize and blame and harass. What can we do? I always come back to God and rest assured that He is our only Hope. Praise be to God!

RomCom

22DA6294-53D9-40C8-BCBE-1F979EFE6B95“But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him”—”
‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭2:9‬ ‭ESV‬‬

RomCom

Last night I watched a romantic comedy, a romcom. Yes, I actually tend to like them because they leave you feeling pleasantly satisfied that all worked out well. As I quietly pondered why romcoms evoke such emotions, it occurred to me that life is meant to be similar. If we put our faith in God, He will make everything work out—that is the promise and the ultimate delight. What joy we can have through Him as we live with this hope. And just like the romcom, we will live happily ever after.