Look at the stars

I love this quote I found online.  I believe this to the very core of my being.  There is light!

Looking around at the world today and all that is happening in the news, we will notice a lot of bad; there is a lot of hatred, sorrow, terrorism, etc.  We will notice people who don’t care any more.  There is more financial stress, more destruction, and more illness, and the list goes on. Many people can grow cold and uncaring or just become immune to all the evil in the world.  What was once devastating or shocking to society years ago will be acceptable or ‘normal’ today.  Take divorce for example.  It is very commonplace today, but a couple hundred years ago, if someone were to say they were getting divorced, they would probably be either shamed or pitied greatly.  Now it is much more acceptable.

In a world growing cold, immoral, or uncaring I can find myself becoming judgmental.  It’s just not the way it used to be.  More and more of what is acceptable now was immoral 50 years ago.  It is very easy to focus on what is bad in the world.  The news, for example has mostly stories of terrorism, war, and crime with only a short human interest story at the end.  There is a way I’ve learned to stop being so sorrowful and disappointed concerning the world system.

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Look at the stars

The more darkness there is, the more stars I can see.  I can go out to the country and see an image such as the one here.  A  multitude of stars in space.  There is darkness all around, but so many stars to enjoy.  If I keep my head up instead of down, I can see more light instead of darkness.

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In the city, with all the lights, buildings, and cars, there is much less light in the sky.  It’s easy for me to be so distracted by the action, people, and things around me that I no longer see the stars.  The world is in the way.  Even when I do look up, the stars are much less noticeable.  Most of them are dimmed in the midst of the lights of the world.

Look to God

god-is-light-in-him-there-is-no-darkness-at-all-quote-1ddf4ec73a44f86ca71ac6d1320605afeThese two verses say it all.  “God is light. In Him there is no darkness at all.” 1 John 1:5.  and “Set your mind on thing above.”  Colossians 3:2.  If I keep looking up, if I look at the stars in the night sky instead of the darkness itself, I can see light.  There is still good in the world.  There is still happiness. God is teaching me not be so negative.  Do not see the glass half empty.  Do not look only to the faults in the world.  See the small points of light in the midst of darkness.  Focus on the positive.

Like Carrie Hope Fletcher said, “Happiness is always there. You just have to choose to see it. There’s no point dwelling in the dark and ignoring the light of the stars.”  See link above for more information on Carrie Hope Fletcher.

What are we becoming?

The more I see, the more confused I become. 

It never ceases to amaze me how further and further the world is straying from the Lord and His ways.  Today someone outright lied to me.  I had the facts on paper right in front of me and he refused to admit it.  My mind cannot understand how to outright lie like that.  I cannot say I have never stretched the truth or told a little fib maybe to spare someone’s feelings, but to deny the facts? Never.  If someone asks me a question, I have to tell the truth.  Jesus says to tell the truth.

jesus002I am a stranger in this world.  As I grow, I hope I am looking more and more like Jesus.  Too many times I see Christians becoming more and more like the world.  This should not be so.  We should be becoming more and more like the Father.  We should have the Father’s eyes:

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Emotions of Life

emoticonsDuring our lives, we (especially women) go through many faces of emotion.  Throughout my times of strong emotional uprise, I have vented those emotions by writing poetry.  I have compiled those times into one larger poem called “From the Heart”.  You can read it  here.

I realize at the end of those emotions that Jesus is always the answer.  When we are happy, Jesus is the reason (John 10:10).  When we are sad, Jesus is the One to whom we can run(Matthew 11:28-30).  When we are angry, Jesus takes revenge for us (Romans 12:19). 

King David complained to the Lord a lot in the Psalms; however, at the end of most of those Psalms, he would exclaim something like “But God” or “And yet will I praise You”.  Sometimes he just talked to his soul and told himself to hope in God:

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1 As the deer pants for streams of water,
so my soul pants for you, my God.
2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
When can I go and meet with God?
3 My tears have been my food day and night,
while people say to me all day long,

“Where is your God?”

4 These things I remember
as I pour out my soul:
how I used to go to the house of God
under the protection of the Mighty One
with shouts of joy and praise
among the festive throng.

5 Why, my soul, are you downcast?
Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
for I will yet praise him,
my Savior and my God.

6 My soul is downcast within me;
therefore I will remember you
from the land of the Jordan,
the heights of Hermon—from Mount Mizar.
7 Deep calls to deep
in the roar of your waterfalls;
all your waves and breakers
have swept over me.

8 By day the LORD directs his love,
at night his song is with me—
a prayer to the God of my life.

9 I say to God my Rock,
“Why have you forgotten me?
Why must I go about mourning,
oppressed by the enemy?”
10 My bones suffer mortal agony
as my foes taunt me,
saying to me all day long,
“Where is your God?”

11 Why, my soul, are you downcast?
Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
for I will yet praise him,
my Savior and my God.

No matter what our emotions are, we can rest assured that Jesus will be there for us.

 

LIVE FOR TODAY

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Matt. 6:34 states “do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” 

In today’s society with the economy, politics, etc. the way they are we need to focus on today.  Focus on this moment right now.  We need to forget about yesterday and it’s guilt, mistakes, missed windows of opportunity, etc.  We need to trust in God and not worry about what will happen tomorrow.  Let go of the fear, worry, unknown, etc.

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Prov. 3:5,6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths.

Trust the Lord with your future.  It belongs to Him.  He knows what is coming.  Only then will we have the peace that comes from knowing everything will be okay.

I Set My Heart

Set Your Mind on Things Above

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About the Savior and His love;
Let Earthly things just fade away;
And know that Christ will come some day.
(See Colossians 3:1-4)

(Chorus) I feel the Spirit rising in me;
I feel God’s Spirit setting me free.
I feel His joy now flooding my soul;
I know God’s love is making me whole.

Vs. 2: This world may look so dark and grim;
But the light is here, just look to Him;
Troubles press on every side;
But in His love I will abide. (Repeat Chorus)

Vs. 3: Though in this world the troubles come.
Jesus, my Lord, has overcome.
So now by faith we can believe
We all have the victory.
(I John 5:4 and John 16:33)

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I set my mind, I set my heart
I choose to dwell on things above.
I set my mind, I set my heart
I choose to speak about His love.

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HEAVEN

HEAVEN

Brilliance of light; brighter than day;
Millions of worshippers sing and pray;
Freedom is ours beyond compare
For God has erased all our worries and cares.
No sadness or pain or darkness of night;
No clouds of sorrow or anger or fright.
No poverty, hunger, or crime exists.
No hatred or murder, abuse or tests.
We all overcame by the blood of the Lamb
And we sing endless praise to the great I AM.
All questions are answered; time comes to an end;
And we finally see Jesus our Savior and Friend.

Millions are gathered together to see
The Master Creator who set our hearts free.
And at the great banquet we dine with the King;
We feast at His table, and gifts we bring;
We dance and rejoice with no tears to think of;
We laugh in His freedom and walk in His love.
We all live forever in radiant light
For once we were blind, but he gave us new sight.
Once we were lost and hurt and alone;
But He showed us His comfort and gave us a home.
What delight, what wonder we feel in this place
As we see our beloved, The Prince, face to face.

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Blessings through the Psalms: Chapter 3

Psalm 3 Blessings

How many of us have heard the phrase “You can’t do anything right” or “How can you be so stupid”  I still say that to myself when I make a mistake.  It’s just the perfectionist in me.  But God sees us as “holy and blameless in His sight” – (see Eph. 5:26-27) 

God blessings seen in Psalm 3:3 – He gives us protection, honor and self-confidence.

  Steel_sq_shield_detail1.  PROTECTION “You, O Lord, are a shield for me…”  This shield David is referring to symbolizes protection.  The shields used then were full body shields protecting the entire length of your body from head to foot.  When people were in battle, they stood back to back four in a group all carrying these shields so they were enclosed all around with full body steel shields. 

God is our protection from everything around us.  Nothing can harm us if we trust in Him, NOTHING!

 

HONOR “my glory”  This means God gives us honor.  He gives us self-worth.  Without Him we are nothing, but with Him in our lives and in our hearts as our savior and the one we follow, He gives us significance and purpose.  He makes important and gives us honor.

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Confidence

CONFIDENCE  “the lifter of my head”  Our sin covers us with shame and we bow our heads in humiliation realizing that we are flawed, we are nothing, we are lost.  God gives us confidence so we can lift our heads in pride and satisfaction knowing we are a child of God and are forgiven of anything we did wrong. 

  What we need to do is see ourselves as God sees us.  Not as we look in a mirror, not flawed, not stupid, not abandoned, not worthless. 

We are strong, we are pure, holy, and blameless in His sight because we are His children and He made us with a unique purpose.

Verse 5 blessings – Rest and Strength

Rest “I lie down and sleep” The Lord gives us rest as we trust in Him because we need not worry.  We can be assured that He has all our problems in His hands and can take care of us.  So with a peaceful life, we can be free to rest in Him and relax so we can sleep.

Strength “I wake again because the Lord sustains me.”  He gives us strength to arise and accomplish our task for the day.  We can look to Him for our purpose for the day.

Verse 7-8 blessings – Salvation

Salvation “Salvation belongs to our God”.  God saves us from all our troubles.  When we receive negative thoughts such as “I will never get it right” or “I’m can’t do this” that is from our enemy, the devil.  God saves us from all those negative thoughts and gives us assurance of who we are. We can do all things through Him.  We are victors in Christ, more than conquerors (see Philippians 4:13 and Romans 8:37).

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