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?

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.