Temple

F4CEFDF5-2C09-4C99-9E5A-FCE29D288517“Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?”
‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭3:16‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Temple

Often we look to our worldly leaders and friends for counsel and direction. Unfortunately, even the best of them, with the best of intentions, let us down. We must forgive them for their shortcomings, but remember that our Hope cannot rely upon them. Each of us is a Temple, and without His Spirit, we are lost. It is truly amazing how far our country has developed its policies to push us away from God. But The Creator of the universe is still in control and will use the bad to bring about His good. As believers, we can stand on His promises.

Odd

A50F88F8-3507-4A57-972A-6589BBA7D989“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭12:2‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Odd

Being odd can be the best possibility when you are in step with The Spirit.  Often people are bullied and chastised for being different, even when they are doing the right thing.  Seeing the painting of the platypus (http://www.sincerelysarahstudios.comreminded me how beautiful oddity can be.  We need to encourage others to be who God has made them to be, even if that seems odd.  Trying to be different to please others or because of societal pressures is not an excuse to be odd however.

Delightful Days

A88CBA6B-44D0-4AE9-AC80-91099425786B“So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.”
‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭4:16-18‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Delightful Days

My favorite artist (my daughter Sarah) does special artwork each day of February each year. Her heart is huge and full of love. She is developing her craft with such passion and joy that it will bring delight to so many peoples’ lives. She does customized work as well, always bringing her special flair. I hope that you will check out her website and share with others.

http://www.sincerelysarahstudios.com

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.

My Heart

0CC74BA5-2F8E-4E0A-B1AB-3B9BC76C2F63“Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭3:3‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Today I am feeling thankful for a loving God that has saved me by Grace.  Everyday I realize how hard life can be and how my very nature is sinful.  It is The Spirit that guides me and comforts me and convicts me, revealing the Light and the Way.  Trying to  perfect myself without Him is impossible for me.  I am weak failing flesh, but He is life.  I fall, but He lifts me up.  I worry, but He whispers “fear not”.  For me at least, Faith is tough work, but I know that it has rewards beyond my imagination. With His presence, I will endure.

Guardian Angel

74932F02-C71D-4353-B9D2-07CDCD417D77“For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭91:11‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Guardian Angel

A guardian angel is an angel that is assigned to protect and guide a particular person.  The Bible mentions angels multiple times who protect us.  As a Christian, I believe The Holy Spirit is always with me so my “Guardian Angel” lives in me.  There have been many times when I barely avoided tragedy and felt His Divine intervention personally.  Just this week, a car that was in the lane next to me suddenly turned toward my side; and miraculously,  I steered away, barely avoiding a collision.  One can argue that it was my peripheral vision automatically sending signals to my brain that reflexly caused me to turn in time.  But once in Louisville, a gentle tap on my shoulder from an “invisible source” alerted my attention to a speeding truck that would have otherwise crushed me.  Some things cannot be explained scientifically.  Do you believe in Guardian Angels?

Still Waters

DA342D47-FEE1-4EFB-B16C-2783CEFAC33F“He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭23:2‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Still Waters
Still waters are waters that flow very gently and slowly, and are soothing to one’s mind, body and spirit.  The restful peace that can result is truly a blessing.  Like so many people, I love going to the beach on a beautiful day and listening to the waves as they crash onto the shore.  But I also enjoy the gentle trickling of water in a river or creek.  These sounds seem to massage our souls.  There is no wonder that fountains and waterfalls are so popular.  Anyone else feel tranquil by still waters?