Frozen What?!?

In his defense Jesus said to them, "My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working." John 5:17

It's just not about whether your glass is half full or half empty it’s that in Jesus your glass is refillable! His precious promises are faithfully available to refill our glass and re-frame our perspective at all times... like for me this morning.

Over my warm cup of coffee from my kitchen table I happened to be gazing out onto my snow covered backyard which is actually more like a frozen solid tundra. Embedded into this frozen white landscape in stark contrast is black rabbit and dog excrement! Yes, and as you know, rabbits never travel alone and my dog could very well be mistaken for Ferdinand the bull. I'll let your imagination paint the picture now of just what exactly my backyard looks like and it is no Thomas Kinkade.

This could be seen as an eye sore (glass half or totally empty situation) but the more I pondered it the stronger His promise poured into my heart. My God is a God who has a time for everything under the sun (Ecclesiastes 3). He changes the seasons and that always reminds me He is always moving (John 5:17).

My backyard will eventually thaw and when it does it will be the most fertilized yard in the neighborhood AND it won't even cost me a dime.

What excrement (so to speak) seems to be frozen in your backyard? What seems impossible, unmovable and unchangeable in your life?

Jesus is a God that makes possible the impossible (Matt. 19:26). He is always on the move and those that wait on the Lord and His perfect timing will be blessed (Isaiah 30:18). Like my backyard, what seems awful now, in time will be the biggest blessing.

Dear One, Jesus loves you, He sees, He's moving, trust His process and His faithful promise will refill your cup.

Independent Read: Jeremiah 17:7

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Radiating A Filtered Perspective

For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:9

This world is very much performance driven.  And, from a very young age too.  For example, "If you eat all your dinner... you can have desert."  With social media, it's taken on new heights and depths that threaten to eat us all alive if we are not careful.

Psalm 18:30a - God's way is perfect.

So why do I strive to have MY way?  God must think I look silly straining and striving to just measure up and do all and be all "that" -  whatever or whoever "that" is.  He's probably thinking... “Girl, you are gonna pull a hamstring trying so hard. Or slip a disc with all the ways you are trying to bend over backward to do things YOUR way. Don't you know you're not built for that?  I in all My infinite wisdom did not build you to do that, or to be like so-and-so either.”

Jeremiah 29:11  - For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. 

Before I hurt myself something awful maybe I need to be more about His presence than my performance.  Look at Exodus 34:29-30 Here we see Moses spending time with God and his very face began to glow radiantly. (Who knew!?  All these expensive face creams and all it takes to glow radiantly is to spend time with our Maker...for free.)

This verse states that, Moses wasn’t aware his face had become radiant.  Moses wasn't thinking about what he looked like only what his God was like. Yet what did others notice? The radiance of Moses' face. When we marinate in His presence it will be His fragrance we leave in our wake everywhere we go. People will experience the fruit of His Spirit within us.

Jesus, make me more about Your presence than my performance in life.

Independent Read: Ephesians 3:14-21

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Where Are You Staying?

"Come," he replied, "and you will see." John 1:39

My husband and I started out the day playing Lumosity games together for fun, laughs, and maybe even to ward off the fear of losing our minds. We're not losing our minds because we have six young kids and a moose for a dog (so many blessings, right?)--but because of those six kids, the thought of losing our mental faculties in old age is even more frightening. I mean I'm already mentally planning play dates with my future grandchildren!

Why do we let fear and worry have such control in our lives? Fear is faith in the enemy, the liar... F.alse E.vidence A.ppearing R.eal.

Isaiah 9:6 states Jesus is the Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father and Prince of Peace... Phil. 4:19 says He will provide for all our needs - so then why are we so inclined to default to fear and worry?

I find a good example of dealing with fear in Luke 2:8-15. Go ahead I'll wait while you read it.

Did you notice in verse 9 that when the glory of the Lord shone around them their reaction was terrified fear? Isn't His presence supposed to bring peace and strength?! I believe it does but we must be willing to give Him a heart of flesh willing to receive Him rather than a stubborn heart of stone.

The shepherd did experience fear like all humans do but as you see in verse 15 the shepherds reaction was "Let's go..." to God. They wanted to receive Him. They were willing to let go of fear and allow His peace to be received into their hearts right THROUGH their fear! They didn't allow their fear to freeze them into a stone of ineffectiveness.

Now look at John 1:35-39.

Jesus asks two men "What do you want?" What if God asked you that? What would you say? The two men gave an answer I want to heed in my life. They answered with a question back, "Where are you staying?" Jesus answers, "Come, and you will see." Interesting that Jesus didn't give specific directions complete with land markers and an exact address. No, He said walk with Me. Just come with Me and see.

So often we want specific answers to our fears and worries but Jesus just says

“Trust Me, walk with Me and you will see. You will see how I am faithful and provide for all that you need, that my strength is perfect in weakness. My grace is sufficient."

Today I pray to choose to respond like the shepherds. To allow His peace and strength to come through my fear and worry and take His perspective on my situation and circumstances. I choose to go and see and not remain frozen in fear but to walk with Him one trusting step at a time because He who promised is faithful!

So where are you staying? I'm staying with Jesus.

Independent Read: Ezekiel 36:26

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