Alive

F463943D-F343-4BC1-9EDB-1DD7D7747FA2“So he is the God of the living, not the dead, for they are all alive to him.””
‭‭Luke‬ ‭20:38‬ ‭NLT‬‬
Alive

I just learned that a young patient of mine died after a long battle with cancer. She had such Faith with a spirit that shined bright and beautiful. As an oncologist, I often see courage that seems beyond reason and wonder how these individuals can bear so much suffering. It is easy to say how we should face such illness, but difficult to endure when the pain intensifies beyond our imagination. Indeed this woman’s relationship with The God of The Living allowed her to pass with Peace that cannot be humanly understood.

Abide in me, and I in You

DC4D75A0-32C3-4D01-B6E5-6DC1F51E0A28“Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.”
‭‭John‬ ‭15:4‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Today I had a brief health issue that required minor intervention; yet, it reminded me of my own limitations—my mortality as a human. We sometimes forget how each day is a blessing that we can’t take for granted. Our entire life is dependent on His grace and yet we fail to trust in Him under all circumstances. When we focus on Him and abide in Him, and allow Him to abide in us, our true selves will bear our best fruits and we can experience joy beyond all understanding.

Stand Tall

D54025D5-A734-4E28-A4BA-073341F5204E“And the Lord will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched places and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭58:11‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Stand Tall
By myself, I feel weak and pitiful and pathetic and worthless. I cannot seem to stay on the right path. Trouble ensues and everything gets worse…
Thankfully I am never alone, for God is always with me. Still I stumble and fall on a regular basis, but when I am down, all I need to do is keeping looking UP! I can stand tall because He is always with me.

Aura

24FBCE06-2880-4DFF-ABA0-638CAC201A82“”And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions.”
‭‭Joel‬ ‭2:28‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Aura
Aura may be defined as an emanation surrounding the body of a living creature and regarded as an essential part of that individual.
This energy field that surrounds each person can give information about the nature of that person. All my life, I have seen auras around people and never thought much about it until I happened to stubble upon a book about them. Scientists have concluded that auras are not real and what we see are other light phenomena, but there is no clear evidence either way. Still I see what I see and I have nothing to gain by others believing me. I believe it is a visual gift that some of us have and trying to understand how to utilize its appearance is challenging at best. Anyone else who sees auras want to comment?

Positive Attitude

92043888-D550-4B1B-8107-14169C17AECB“What I say is this: let the Spirit direct your lives, and you will not satisfy the desires of the human nature.”
‭‭Galatians‬ ‭5:16‬ ‭GNT‬‬

Positive Attitude

Every day I battle with the stresses of life and maintaining a positive attitude. It seems that the world is collapsing into a chaotic quagmire of anger and hatred and hurt and pain. But I try to remember that focusing on the many blessings in my life always allows me to see with rose colored glasses. Then I realize that changing my circumstances starts within me. The Spirit inside me ultimately guides me to do the right thing, despite my contrariness and my inherent laziness. Life is a journey that should bear good fruit.

Greatness

E4F63821-F2B2-4F90-B3F1-6B2DE5CC5C0CAs we have just celebrated the 75th anniversary of D-Day and The Greatest Generation, I thought about what made them so great. I think it was their deep faith that lead to self-reliance in a time of The Great Depression and the world at war against an evil regime. My parents were in that group who grew up poor financially, but rich in spirit. They worked hard to have a better life and to leave the world a better place. It seems today we are faced with especially difficult times as well with great conflicts all over the world and an economy that dances around a major collapse. It is time for “greatness” to reappear and lead this country back on the right path.

Temptation

0EBFBD5C-7829-40A5-8604-7A7D04AEE48F“If we are tempted by such trials, we must not say, “This temptation comes from God.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, and he himself tempts no one.”
‭‭James‬ ‭1:13‬ ‭GNT‬‬

Temptation is the desire to engage in short-term urges for pleasure that may threaten long-term goals. In some religions, temptation is the inclination to sin. This desire may result from coaxing someone into committing such an act, by manipulation.
Everyday I am tempted by something and often I succumb to the urge and often it leaves me feeling empty and sad. To me, this is life’s greatest struggle. Intellectually I know the right answer, but sometimes my spirit becomes self centered and forgets to stay aligned with The Spirit.