Lent 40 JoY

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Lent 40 JoY
One of my favorite verses is found in Hebrews 12. It says, “for the JOY set before Him, He endured the cross.”

The entire portion says: Hebrews 12:1-2 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross,despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

Sometimes there are things we simply have to endure. Jesus endured the cross for us. He asked 3 times for that “cup” to be removed and yet added, “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” (Luke 22).

We sure can ask not to need to endure but if we must then somehow we can also do it with JOY. Not giddy-excited-happy-clappy joy but a quiet enduring joy that comes from a heart that KNOWS that no matter WHAT God is WITH us.

As we remember…and look forward to Resurrection Sunday, Lord help us to endure and also teach us what true JOY is. We find JOY when we know that somewhere someone is GLAD to be with us. No matter what.
And help us be that someone for another at times.

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Lent 39: Ripples

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Lent 38 “Help My Unbelief!”

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Lent 38
 
Don’t you love the story found in Mark 9:14-29? A father is asking for his son to be healed. It happens like this: “But if you can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.” 23 And Jesus said to him, “‘If you can’! All things are possible for one who believes.” 24 Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!”
And just like that, the boy was healed.
 
The part I like is that the father needed to have more faith and he asked Jesus to help his unbelief and Jesus healed the child.
 
Where do we need to be open, vulnerable, and honest and cry out to God, “I believe; help my unbelief!”?
When we do, I believe He will.

Lent 37 TRUST

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Lent 37
 
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be FRIGHTENED, and do not be DiSMAYED, for the Lord your God is WITH you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9
 
Wherever we go…everywhere we go…every moment of every season….including whatever “moments” this day brings us. Happy moments, Joy moments and scary or sad ones as well.
 
We, me and the Littles, were playing here the other day. Looking for a thought for today I saw this picture and remembered Joshua 1:9

Lent 36 No Need to Fear

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Lent 36
The photos are the exact same place on the exact same day. But in one there are waves and in the other calm.
 
Calm is the natural state of that water.
Peace is our natural state too.
We were created to live in joy and shalom.
 
I had the Littles with me yesterday.
A rather large boat went past way out in the water.
 
Suddenly to their delight, waves appeared.
Both boys were delighted and full of joy.
 
After the waves passed I asked the older one (7) what caused the waves?
He was completely befuddled. So I asked him, what happened just before the waves?
Still mystified.
I said, “Remember that BIG boat? It caused the waves.”
We were intentional to see the wake and waves from the next boat that came along. It was much smaller.
 
Sometimes, isn’t life like that for us? We are going along and life is calm. Then suddenly with no warning life is full of waves. Sometimes we delight in the good surprise but other times, not so much. Thank goodness we have a God who is always with us and so we do not need to fear.
 
The river returned to peace and calm. Kason learned a new fact. I think I learned a lesson too.

Lent 35 Compassion of God

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Lent 35

Have you experienced the compassion of God? Do you NEED to experience His loving compassion?

He is compassionate. Slow to anger and abounding in grace. And because he is, especially once we have experienced God as El Rachum, we then will find it normal to show compassion to others. Not always easy but the norm.

Exodus 33:19 And the LORD said, “I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the LORD, in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.

Isaiah 54:10 For the mountains may depart and the hills be removed, but my steadfast love shall not depart from you, and my covenant of peace shall not be removed,” says the LORD, who has compassion on you.

Colossians 3:12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

Lent 26: Heart

Psalm 34-18a

Lent 26
From the Heart of Abba

Hear the hearts.
Listen beyond the words,
And hear….. truly hear,
The hearts.

See the hearts.
Look past the exterior,
And see …..truly see,
The hearts.

Smell and taste the aroma,
Of “Christ in me”,
Open your senses to go past the exterior,
To the hidden hearts.

Speak truth with love,
To love the hearts,
Seeing Me within each one,
For I created each heart

Touch each heart,
With the touch of My Love,
So the hearts will open,
To receive Life.