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The Time is Now

There's an opportune time to do things, a right time for everything on the earth...

Ecclesiastes 3:1

So many times I hear people say there isn't enough time.  Life is spent running against an unseen clock, hoping to catch an hour, a minute, or a second of time.  I use to feel this way at times; it was very challenging for me to go throughout the day without my watch on, I had to know the time.
But, I've discovered that with or without it, time passes by at the same pace. Many people spend most of their life living in the same cycle, as if each cycle were the first time. The same issues, same obstacles, same everything.
It takes courage to STOP.
Time races by, and we choose each day how to respond. You can lean into each moment and with strength choose to savor the life given you, or you can run.
I've done both.
To savor we accept responsibility for our own lives. We stop poking the person next to us and expecting them to change first. We set boundaries that bring life to ourselves and our family. We seek truth and sometimes boldly speak the hard truth.
To savor is to stand still long enough to recognize the blessings all around us. To stop talking and listen. To savor, one cannot manipulate, twist, and control.
What is happening in your life today that recycles year after year? What are  your options? Are you thriving in the blessings God has given you, or pushing them away?  Are you grasping at past mistakes and pulling them into your present? Do you feel entitled? Are you running from the given time of this moment?
Many times in the day I need to pause and just ask Jesus for help. He knows every situation, every heart and thought. I don't have the answers, but I can choose to have the faith that He does. It is up to me to stop running against the time I've been granted, and let it all go to Him.
Jesus, created time, He holds your heart, and He has it all under control today.

 

The Love of Books

 

 

You've kept track of my every toss and turn through the sleepless nights, each tear entered in your ledger, each ache written in your book.

Psalms 56:8 (MSG)

Books are a favorite of mine, I love to hold them, look at them, and read them.  I am currently reading the Book of Romans in the Bible, and for other books, I'm reading Victoria the Queen, Pure Joy, Unlocking the Destinies of Heaven, The Grain Brain, Swindoll's Living Insights on John, The Deborah Annointing, and the Ketogenic Bible. 

I love going to the book of Romans in my Bible and being reminded that life is not about my behaivor; it's about my God's saving grace.  It is because of His amazing gift to His children, that we are able to live in freedom. I've been studying  about the Books in heaven, God has books there about each of us. He has diligently written my story, and to Him it is beautiful.  Have you ever thought about this? If so, have you wondered how to access the book of your life?  

When I was a child, I imagined God erasing my name from His Book of Life.  It was a prominent picture in my mind, and it was discouraging to me to believe the lie that if I made a mistake, God would reject me. It has taken some diligent thought and persistent reading to overide that lie with truth.

Queen Victoria became queen of England at the young age of 18. She reigned for 63 years.  She knew her place as royalty, and she stood up against many false beliefs to support truth. She was strong and powerful. Her role had been laid out for, and she was determined to live it well.  We, as children of God, are like Victoria. We are royals with the blood of the King of Kings pulsing through our veins. We have a place in His Throne room, and we have power and authority in His name. So, are you believing it and grasping it? Are you walking in royality today?  Are you asking for insight into the Book that is so carefully written about you and speaking that over your life?

I'm going to keep reading, and practice believing, and take hold of all He has said!

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Got Vision?

 

 

So, lets keep focused on that goal, those of us who want everything God has for us.  If any of you have something else in mind, something less than total commitment, God will clear your blurred vision--you'll see it yet!  Now that we're on the right track, let's stay on it.

Phillipians 3:15 (MSG)

 In January 2018, I was invited to a Vision Board party.  Several women were there and together we sat around tables and cut pictures out of magazines to glue on our poster boards. The idea was to focus on a particular theme, such as a word,  my focus wandered to vision and dreams. 

I want what God wants for 2018 and beyond. And, I believe God thinks in much bigger ways than I can even imagine, and I believe He wants me to think as big as I can.  Kingdom thinkiing.  

What's your vision for the year and years ahead? God has so much for each of us, are you seeing His Vision for you clearly?  Are you committed to bringing His Kingdom to every aspect of your life and the lives of others? Are you willing to live excellent and move away  from mediocrity? 

For me, I want God to clear all my vision. I want Him to be my vision caster, and I want to believe in the vision He has put upon my heart.  I want to walk in excellence of His vision, and live for more. His more. I want to leave a legacy to my children and grandchildren that instills vision within them.

What is your vision today?  Is God calling you to spread His Kingdom beyond the limits of your own thinking?

Where will you start? 

 

 

Love Is

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love.

1 John 4:18

The last couple of years I've focused a lot on stepping away from fear, and moving towards love.  What are some of the reasons I do what I do, and say what I say?  What about you?  Fear has sometimes driven my motives.  Fear of judgment, fear of pain, fear of rejection.  What motivates you?  Do you  get up in the morning and get ready for your day because you love what you do and you love the people you will see?  Or, do you get yourself out the door because if your late there is fear of loosing your job, your friends, or reputation?  Does love move you to greater lengths and deeper places in your relationships, or does fear creep in and cause you to loose authenticity? How would your life be different if you did not experience fear? What would a life of perfect love actually look like when it comes to day to day living? 

I think fear creates chaos.  It can drive us to be too busy, too often. Fear overtakes our lives sometimes, and we don't even know it. I've been afraid that if I don't push myself to show how much I love, then I won't be loved.  Or, afraid that there just won't be enough money to go around, so I have to work harder and longer.  Or, afraid that someday I might just be all alone. Or, here's one, afraid that if I don't push my kids enough, teach them enough, keep them busy enough, they will be unproductive adults. Have you noticed the motives? Fear.

So, now that I'm in my second year of really focusing on love instead of fear, I can report that things are different.  Slower, actually. Fear still creeps in, but I'm recognizing it much faster now, and I ask myself why I'm allowing it to motivate me.  Love is not pushy. Love is not afraid of being punished. Love stands solidly on the firm foundation of all that God says, and takes one day at a time.  Fear lies everytime, working hard to convince you and me that tragedy is just around the corner unless our behaivor caves in to fears desires.  

What is your fear saying to you today?  How can you replace it with love?

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