Friday, July 30, 2010

Isaiah 58:1-12

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"Cry loudly, do not hold back; raise your voice like a trumpet, and declare to MY people their transgression and to the house of Jacob their sins. " Yet they seek Me day by day and delight to know My ways, as a nation that has done righteousness and has not forsaken the ordinance of their God. They ask Me for just decisions, they delight in the nearness of God. 'Why have we fasted and You do not see? Why have we humbled ourselves and You do not notice?' Behold, on the day of your fast you find your desire, and drive hard all your workers. "Behold, you fast for contention and strife and to strike with a wicked fist. You do not fast like you do today to make your voice heard on high. " Is it a fast like this which I choose, a day for a man to humble himself? Is it for bowing one's head like a reed and for spreading out sackcloth and ashes as a bed? Will you call this an acceptable day to the Lord? "Is this not the fast I choose, to loosen the bonds of wickedness, to undo the bands of the yoke, and to let the oppressed go free and break every yoke? " Is it not to divide your bread with the hungry and bring the homeless poor in your house; when you see the naked, to cover him; and not to hide yourself from your own flesh? " Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your recovery will speedily spring forth; and your righteousness will go before you; the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard. " Then you will cry and I will answer, you will cry and He will say, 'Here I am.' If you remove the yoke from your midst, the pointing of the finger and speaking wickedness, and if you give yourself to the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then your light will rise in darkness and your gloom will become like midday. "And the LORD will continually guide you, and satisfy your desire in scorched places, and give strength to your bones; and you will be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water whose waters do not fail. Those from among you will rebuild the ancient ruins; You will raise up the age old foundations; and you will be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of the streets in which to dwell.

The verses in Isaiah 58, convict me and shine a bright light on the sin of apathy residing in my heart.
What is the transgression? What are we to cry loudly? The sin of self importance. The sin of indifference. The sin of chasing after fleeting pleasures. The sin of hiding a lighted lamp under the bed and not allowing it to shine forth. Luke 8:16.
The job we have been given is the job of restoration and renewal. Restoration to the areas where Truth stumbles and the people grope around in darkness during the noonday. Isaiah 59.
We are to bring the Light into the darkness, for it is in the darkness where the Light shines the brightest. The Light that penetrates to the brokenhearted and downcast drives out evil for evil can not stand to be near the Light. Jesus refers to himself as the Light of the world. His light always overtakes darkness. It only takes one candle to penetrate the darkest corner of humanity. If darkness is present it is because the Light has not entered or has been hidden under the bed of tolerance, indifference or self-importance. Another reason for darkness is sin and rebellion against God within the church. In Revelation we see Jesus warning some of the churches to repent or He will take away their lamp stand. Revelation 2:5 Is He calling us to remember the heights from which we have fallen, to repent and do the deeds we did at first? To turn away from ourselves and turn completely toward Him...

Lord, forgive me for being too busy and too focused on myself to go out and be a light in this dark world. Forgive me for downplaying my role as a mom, to the little ones you have entrusted me, to teach my children Truth and raise according to your precious Word. The Word which is profitable to teach, rebuke and train in righteousness. Forgive me for wanting to shelter them from the harsh realities of the world by keeping them from serving You out of fear. Lord, you have commanded us to be light in dark places. May we trust you as we go out into the community to be your hands and feet. May we get our hands dirty meeting the needs of those you put in our path. May I always worship you in Spirit and in Truth, not only meeting the needs of those around me, but worshiping you on your terms. May I find out what pleases you by being in your Word. For what are my deeds but filthy rags if presented to you on my terms while unconfessed sin reigns in my heart.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Darkest Hour of Night


Post written in the fall of 2009. The post is more applicable today than the day I wrote it. I thought I would re-post my thoughts as I have been again struggling with fear of the unknown. Praise God we worship Him who knows the end from the beginning and promises to be with us. I love the verse in Isaiah that states, He is with the first generation and He will be with the last generation. It brings me comfort when I look at my three precious girls and think what life might be like for them. I love them so much and will do anything to protect them but as much as I love them, He loves them more. They are His, entrusted to me, to raise to the glory of God.

It's been awhile, hasn't it? Life has gotten busy and in the midst of the busyness I have lost my footing and focus. I have allowed everyday life to soak up my creativity and steal away precious moments with my God. Life has gotten louder and in the brief moments of silence my fears have screamed at me.
I have been honest with you in previous posts that I struggle with fear. Fear of things not seen. I have also mentioned in the post, Fear of Things Unseen, that fear is a form of worship, for what I fear will be what I will eventually bow down to. If it is a fear of the spirit world, I will give the enemy power over my life that is not due him. And if I'm fearing all the evil in the world than I am in fact denying, He who lives in me is greater than he who is in the world and I am worshiping and giving power to the enemy of the Living God.
If it is fear of pain, which I also struggle with, then I will keep myself from situations that will result in me feeling uncomfortable or pain. I will build up a wall around my heart to keep from feeling anything at all.
I want to share with you what I have been wrestling with so that you can be encouraged to stand firm on the promises of God in the midst of all we see taking place within our country and in the world. I personally feel a sense of urgency and a call to repentance for our Salvation is about to break forth like the dawn but just as the darkest hour of night is right before dawn, I feel like our darkest hour is yet to come. We need to be praying for strength to endure the night and determine before hand, to fear God not man. Praying our house will not be broken into during this dark hour of night and when the thief comes we will be found faithful and sensible. For Jesus' words in Matthew 24:42-46 are to the expecting and the unsuspecting servants, "Therefore, be on the alert for you do not know which day your Lord is coming. But be sure of this, that if the head of the house had known at what time of the night the thief was coming, he would have been on the alert and would not have allowed his house to be broken into. For this reason you also must be ready; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not think He will. Who then is the faithful and sensible slave whom his master put in charge of his household to give them their food at the proper time? Blessed is that slave whom his master finds so doing when he comes."
What is the coming of Christ compared to? The coming of Christ is compared to as a thief in the night. A thief that comes to the expecting and the unsuspecting. A thief that comes in the darkest hour of night when mockers are mocking and following after their own lusts. 2 Peter 3:3. An hour when the faithful are working and watching for His glorious appearing.
Who is the faithful servant? The faithful servant, according to Jesus, is the servant who is watching, waiting and working. A servant whom is feeding the household of God, the church, with spiritual food and nourishment. The servant who goes into the dark places and allows the Lord's brilliant light of Salvation to break forth like the dawn to people who are walking in darkness. We must have a heart to bring the Light of the world into the dark places of humanity and not be ashamed of the Gospel and of Him who opens eyes that are blind and ears so they can hear. It is only in the name of Jesus that the light breaks forth like the dawn. It is during the darkest hour of night that our light shines the brightest. It is the light of Christ that exposes sin for the sake of freedom and brings people out of the darkness and into His glorious light.
I'm watching, waiting and working.....

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Yeshua

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He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, "He is my refuge and my fortress my God, in whom I trust." - Psalm 91:1-2
To dwell is to abide in, to find rest in, to depend upon. A dwelling is also a place. A place where we can find rest in a world that is not our own. It can be a place where we retreat to when weary or afraid. After all, we are strangers and aliens in a foreign land. Have you felt like one lately? That this world just isn't what it's supposed to be? If you have then this promise is for you. If you dwell in Him; you will find rest. He will be your refuge and your stronghold. He will be your strong tower and mighty deliver. To dwell in and on the promises of the One who is called "Faithful and True". He will restore your strength. He will equip you for your divine calling.
If you make the Most High your dwelling-even the LORD, who is my refuge-no harm will befall you, no disaster will come near your tent. Psalm 91:9
To trust is to know for certain that my Lord will not tarry forever and will come back to get me when the curtain closes this side of eternity. To trust completely in things not seen. As we see all that is taking place around us, it is my prayer, we will put our trust in Jesus and determine not to fear man but to fear God. To trust that He is faithful unto death and no one can take our crown. For what we suffer this side of the curtain is just a vapor of time compared to our eternity with Him.
Jesus came the first time to dwell among us to reveal to us the truth. The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. John:1:14. The same God that spoke creation into being limited Himself to a single cell in the womb of a woman. He came down from His heavenly throne to live in our world under the same limitations you and I live under. He suffered death, so that by the grace of God, he might taste death for everyone. Jesus will come again to take us to be with Him where He is. The One who was and is and is to come has defeated death and has made provisions for us, his children, when we dwell in Him.
Paul tells us in Hebrews,"that it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the author of our salvation perfect through suffering. " Hebrews 2:9,11.
Fitting for God to make US perfect through HIS suffering. Our salvation through His suffering. Our salvation when we trust in His provision and sacrifice. He also refers to Jesus as the author of our salvation. He is the one who is refining us and is in complete control of all things including our salvation and our suffering.
Lord, may I never take your suffering for granted. You died once and for all for the sins of all those who call on your name. Your name is a strong and mighty tower. Your name is a dwelling. Yeshua.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

The Turtle

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Hannah is my middle child and she is affectionately known as Turtle. She is never in a hurry, in fact, if she thinks you are trying to rush her she will deliberately take her time. Where as Hannah is affectionately known as Turtle, mommy is not so affectionately known as the Cheetah rushing around hissing at everyone in her path.
Hannah enjoys the little things in life. She is a sponge and loves to learn about new things. She absorbs her surroundings and loves to share all she is learning with her family. One day at the pool, Hannah, saw an ant in my bag. She said, "Look mommy, there is an ant in your bag". She gently reached down and rescued the ant from mommy who was about to squash it. She then proclaimed, "Did you know that an ant is an exoskeleton which means that it's skeleton is on the outside of his body." Ok, moment here, I just had to look up the official word for what you call a skeleton on the outside of the body. I didn't want to blog about it and call the pure creature by the wrong name. I asked, "Hannah how on earth did you know that?" She responded, "Mrs. Curtis told me". Turns out her four year old preschool teacher taught them about exoskeletons in preschool. I'm so thankful for the Mrs. Curtis' of the world. Hannah loves animals so much, including insects, she remembered all about the ant and its purpose in life. My precious turtle loves to take the world in and share it with those around her. She loves to see the good in life and finds purpose and meaning in everything.
Lord, in my moments of rushing around may I take the time to enjoy the idiosyncrasies of each of my three beautiful children and cultivate the good in each of them. May I slow down and enjoy the little things in life and find purpose in the insignificant.

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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Bubble Gun

Bubble Gun Gracyn and her bubble gun. She kept shooting me as I was trying to shoot her with my camera. This was the final result. She didn't listen to my reasoning about "perfect lighting" and wanting her to sit still so I could get a "good" shot of her with her sisters she just kept chasing me with that dang bubble gun declaring, "gottcha".