Temporary Insanity?….

When one learns the truth…hears the truth…is convicted by the truth…

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Isn’t it “temporary insanity” to believe the deceits that violate the truth?

The core of us is not death and decay…

The core of us is LIFE…God Himself present within!

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We must hold captive thoses thoughts that speak deceit …

and turn them over to Jesus…to the foot of the cross!

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“And you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32

The Hush of Holy Saturday…

The hush of Holy Saturday descends up on the world..

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As we await with expectant hearts the event that split time in two…

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BC. and AD…

And changed our lives eternally.

The apostles and holy women awaited with hearts in chaos of grief, despair, doubt, confusion and fear.

We await with hearts of expectant joy, praise and thanksgiving.

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We know the VICTORY has been won.

Let the good news burst forth..

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and water the hearts of those in disbelief around us.

I Can’t?…

Ever said I can’t to God?…

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Fist clenched, foot stomping, I can’t, I won’t to God?

Your ways are not my ways, my ways are better, I can’t God.

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Camel squeezing through the eye of a needle too rich in rebellion, selfishness, pride, I can’t God?

Struggle continues…Chaos reigns.

Ever said I can’t to God?

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Little girl, little boy, weak whimper from within, I can’t God?

I’m lost, alone, drowning, tear-filled, I can’t God?

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I am weak, you are strong, hide me in your heart, I can’t God?

Mighty arms bend down into the lowliness…

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Drawn into the embrace of God…

Wrapped in His love…Consumed in grace.

Together, united, as one…

I CAN GOD!

“Jesus looked at them and said, “For human beings it is impossible, but not for God.  all things are possible for God.”

Mark 10: 27

All Natural…No Preservative Self…

“Everyone who has this hope based on Him makes himself pure, as He is pure.”1 John3:3

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To HOPE is to keep one’s eyes on the top of the cross….

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while keeping vigil at the foot.

How good, gracious, and merciful is our God that by merely hoping…

Our eyes set on Him who is our HOPE…

We are made PURE.

To be PURE is to be all we are called to be…

no fakes, no masks, no pretense, no artificial flavors…

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100% pure, all natural, no additives, no preservatives.

By being in Your Presence Lord in prayer…

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which in itself is an act of HOPE…

We become more purely who we are…who we are meant to be.

Litmus Test…

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What is the Litmus Test for Love?

“Love is Patient”…

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Am I?

“Love is kind”…

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Am I?

“It is not jealous, is not pompous, it is not inflated”…

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Am I?

“It is not rude, it does not seek its own interests”…

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Do I?

“It is not quick tempered, it does not brood over wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth.”

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Do I?

“It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things” …

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Do I?

“Love never fails.”

Have I?

“But when the  kindness and generous love of God our savior appeared, not because of any righteous deeds we had done but because of his mercy, he saved us through the bath of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he richly poured out on us through Jesus Christ our savior, so that we might be justified by his grace and become heirs in hope of eternal life.” Titus 3: 4-7

We have much to be thankful for!

Walking in the Garden in the Breezy Time of the Day…

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Adam and Eve walking in the garden in the breezy time of day, conversing with God.

Sigh…..can you just imagine?

But then the fall…

Discord…Disconnect…Seperation…Sin

Now we all long for Peace…

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Shalom in Hebrew.

Peace…a word that packs a punch.

Peace…a prayer.

Peace…means wholeness, completeness, perfectness, fullness.

When we greet one another with “Peace” or “Peace be with you”,

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We are actuallly saying…

“I hope this day there is movement toward wholeness for you.”

“I hope this day things in your life are as they ought to be.”

“I hope this day you are restored to walking in the garden in the breezy time of day with God.”

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Peace…a mighty blessing we bestow on others.

Peace…a paradise petition.

Peace this day, friends, may you know it and may you pass it on.

Words are powerful!

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.  Not as the world gives do I give to you.  Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.” John 14:27

In the Very Now of the Race…

Stretching…

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Elongates muscles, conditions, improves range and motion, gives increased energy, enhances coordination, and improves posture.

And gives a greater sense of well being.

Stretching prepares for future use and overuse.

And although pain in the stretching…

If held through the tension, there is a settling.

So too spiritual stretching…

A necessity.

Reading the Word and pondering a difficult passage…

Saying no to a temptation to live less than one’s dignity…

Reaching out to another against the feelings of “do I have to”?…

So many ways…

Spiritual stretching

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Enlarges the heart…

Conditions our thoughts…

Improves our “range of motion reaching out to others”…

Increases spiritual energy and corrects our Godly posture…

Helps us to grow in the truth “I am God’s beloved”…

And prepares us for whatever battle will be fought that day.

We are professional athletes in the spiritual realm…

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Running a race in which we already know the prize to be given.

The victory celebration will come soon…

But you have to STRETCH your very self in the “now” of the race.

And if there’s pain….stick with the tension until you gain the peace of the stretch!

May we all one day be able to say from the heart,

“I have competed well;  I have finished the race; I have kept the faith.” 2 Tim 4:7

Strolling in the Green Grass on the Other Side of the Fence…

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Mother Eagle builds a nest.

First weaves together thorny branches. Then lays atop soft filler.

As baby eaglets grow the space gets smaller.

Reluctant to leave, Mother Eagle begins to remove soft filler.

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 Eaglets cry as thorns poke and prod and they try to get comfortable in the nest.

Mother Eagle continues to remove the soft filler until all that is left is a nest of thorns.

Finally when the pain is too much, the eaglets begin a new journey learning to fly.

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How easy to try to plop down in a mud puddle of “maybe this is all life has to offer”….

How easy to try to live avoiding all the growing pains of life…

But this is nothing more than hide and seek living when you are always the one hiding.

Pain pushes us out of the comfort zone and brings us to a new plateau.

And by His grace the “grass is always greener on the other side of the fence” becomes the green grass we find ourselves strolling in.

Pain and the realization of hope go hand in hand.

If we choose it.

“and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.” Rom 5:5

Transmit or Transform…..

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 First steps after an injury…

so tentative.

Fear mixed with “what ifs”?

A push needed beyond our feeble strength.

Our will infused with the Divine encouraging us forward.

Be it physical, emotional, or spiritual pain.

Pain….

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One can transmit it….

Broadcasting all to join into the pity party of “I give up”, “Woe is me”, “No one has ever had it worse”

or….

One can allow the pain to transform…

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 Stretching the whole of the person in the reality of Hope.

Pain can become the leaven that allows the dough to rise.

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Pain can become the impetus for the rising to new life.

Pain and resurrection…the two really do go hand in hand.

It’s a choice.

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who in his great mercy gave us a new birth to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead….In this you rejoice, although now for a little while you may have to suffer through various trials.” 1 Peter 1:3, 6

Life is not a flat line….

Life is full of ups and downs….

Mountain tops to valleys…

Flying high….to flat on our face

Quickened heart beat when we run…

Slower beat when we rest.

Fast breathing in a hurry…

Peaceful breathing when we sleep.

Yes, Life is full of ups and downs.

Our hearts tell this story.

Our hearts live this story.

Sometimes we wish the ups and downs didn’t have to happen.

That life could be even keel….perfectly balanced.

But, ups and down….such is the way of life.

Ups and downs….such IS life.

For we all know that a flat line announces death.

“The God of all grace who called you to His eternal glory through Christ Jesus will Himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you after you have suffered a little. ” 1 Reter 5:10