Eternal Glasses

Look to now to do what is right

But do not neglect the eternal.

Yes, serve and work and enjoy your life

But never forget the eternal.

Yes, we are here now to work and enjoy

But keep eternal glasses close by

And when you decide to do wrong or do right

Never forget the eternal.❤

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Somewhere Along the Way

Somewhere along the way

After I had prayed

A burden lifted off me

And I walked a lighter step.

Somewhere along the way,

I prayed for God’s wisdom

And suddenly the once thought overwhelming

Melted like butter in step.

Somewhere along the way

When I prayed for my children

They accepted God as their own

And each step grew more joyful.

Somewhere along the way

We got closer to the day

God will take us home

In the glorious, joyful rapture.❤

Consequences Abound, As Does Forgiveness

The enemy, either within or without, whispers lies upon lies and pushes the notion into our heads that forgiveness hurts or is difficult while not forgiving is much more painful than that. Forgiving actually frees us. We are free when we forgive, especially when we forgive ourselves. How can this be? It is because forgiveness is a result of obedience to God and a full disclosure of truth (also God) and both of these set us free and heal completely. We are not animals that need to be punished, we are precious children of God 2ho need to forgive and be forgiven. Sin has its own consequences and repentance after forgiveness is the key to God’s sin eraser in thr heavenly realm. Consequences of sin need not imprison any of us, regardless of what we have done and truth/confession and forgiveness/repentance are they key to that. True confession and obedient forgiveness and repentance are not suggestions but requirements for grace of eternal forgiveness from God. He knows this will heal us and He really wants us all healthy and in relationship with Himself because He loves us so much. Give it up and let it go. It is time. ❤

Every Morning is New

Every morning starts your life over. Sleeping is a reset and recharge. Morning starts new with new opportunities, new grace from God. Stop worrying for today is all you have to think about. You have one thing to do. When that is completed, do the next thing. Fresh. New. Do away with the past, it no longer exists. Forgive all hurts and pains from yourself and others. Forgive freely because God forgives freely and you want Him to forgive you freely. Be as generous with others as you want God to be to you. Every day is a new start to do this. God says love today, serve today, forgive today, pray today. This is your only job. It helps to look at this day through the lens of eternity. In fact, we have a goal. We have a goal of eternity with Christ, eternal life with Him in heaven. And if we live this new day here with that perspective, it is simple, doable, lovely. Then tomorrow, you have a fresh new day again. Each day you life with the goal of eternity. This, my friend, is a beautiful day. And that will always be true.❤

Lamentations 3:22. “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. 23. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”

Life’s Strange Journeys and Perfect Imperfection

I believe that from conception, we are destined to be on a strange journey until we leave this body and go to our eternal destination. I believe that we are on that strange journey partly because of the choices we make out of pride, selfishness, greed or even good intentions, but also because of the choices God makes in leading is toward Himself and a glorious eternity. I believe life is beautiful because everyone’s strange journey is unique. Even if it parallels another person’s journey, the giftedness of each person is unique, their looks or ethnicity is unique, their other relationships are unique, and these differences are part of the beauty. And all the twists and turns make it even more beautiful and hopefully closer to God. And my own personal story, wrought with glory, joy, happiness, intense pain, more intense pain, almost killed me pain, beauty, nature, travel, lots and lots of people, distance at times and now extreme closeness to God, music, art, leadership, degrees from formal education, life education, children, husband, and grandchildren, and weirdness. This has been the highlights of my life. I would not change a damn thing, not even the near death experiences, not even the depression, and definitely not all the good moments or those two seconds when life was perfect and I felt loved unconditionally by a person which faded fast. All of it and definitely my relationship with God my Father, I would not change one thing. It is accumulatively strange and beautiful. No one’s story is mine. No one’s mind is filled with my memories and story. These together are my steange and amazing journey. And yours is just as unique and strange.and beautiful. This is exactly as God designed and intended. Perfectly imperfect.❤

Contemplations on Being a Misfit

I have never fit in, always stood out like a sore thumb. My mom said that was my uniqueness and that strong leaders rarely blend in. I think that is partly true. Part of it is that I am an alien. Not an outer space one, but that I am a Christian, so my home is heaven and my Father is God. That makes a person weird in a society that worships the limited human as God and is petrified of death. I see eternal plus big picture and others see temporal plus details. And that difference of vision makes me very very weird. People don’t know what to do with me but follow if I deign to lead if the moment calls for it. It is just how it is. It used to be a lonely life but the closer I get to my Father God, the less lonely I feel. And I know forever looms closer than it ever has, so it’s all good.❤