Living in grace
Running life’s race
For undying love
That will forever last
Going about my life
Along my usual path
Awaiting my answer
Believing to come soon
Giving thanks everyday
One day I began to see
Someone drawing nigh to me
I wondered if could you be
The one I prayed for sent to me
The Expected You
C. S. Lewis 1942
Satan: “I will cause anxiety, fear and panic. I will shutdown business, schools, places of worship and sports events. I will cause economic turmoil.”
Jesus: ” I will bring together neighbors, restore the family unit, I will bring dinner back to the kitchen table. I will help people slow down their lives and appreciate what really matters. I will teach my children to rely on me and not the world. I will teach my children to trust me and not their money and material resources,”
I saw the above piece on my FaceBook Page. Not knowing much about what C. S. Lewis writings I shared it. A friend messaged me and told me he didn’t write it. Kudos to the person writing this because they hit the nail on the head-so to speak.
Many people feel anxiety, fear and panic. They are in a situation that they do not have control of. Their daily schedule has been shut down and they don’t know what to do with themselves. Many parents are overwhelmed staying home with their children – they don’t know what to do with them outside their preplanned daily schedule of outside activities.
Jesus brings calmness and a new perspective of the changes to make our lives better across the board. Just maybe the majority of folks won’t want to return to the rat race they were participating in. Reflecting on past lifestyles could open up a new revelation of how this down time is for our betterment.
When we get so rattled we blame God for this terrible mess we’re in just remember these two scriptures. They could bring comfort, peace and rest.
Psalm 24:1 The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it. The world and all its people belong to him. (NLT)
Isaiah 55:8-9 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts. Nor are your ways My ways,” says the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.” (NKJ)
God knew about this before we did because He is all knowing and knows how this will end. His plan for us is good and not evil.
The pandemic situation we are surrounded by has taken my prayer life to a higher dimension than ever before.
On the way to work I was praying for churches and church leaders when all of a sudden I saw mega churches and their leaders (no one in particular) and then heard the following scripture: Luke 12:16-21. The most earthshaking to me was verse 21. “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God”. (NIV) Are the mega churches built for God or the man building them? I’m not saying mega churches are wrong but what is the motive behind them.
Maybe during this time of shutting in we all can reassess our relationship with the Lord and have a willingness to repent and change what he reveals to us so we can be who he created us to be – a fierce army – when this is over.
Our work is not done but in a sense it’s just beginning. There’s a lot of afraid people in the world – saved and unsaved alike that need a reassuring word from God. That’s what God’s army is here to do – to share the truth.
I Want To Be More Than Just Me
I want to be a writer. I believe I would be a good one. Distractions come my way. Ideas that are deposited in me are snuffed out. My memory fails so I don’t remember the snippets that would make for a great story. My recorder is forgotten and the creative flow is dammed up. No matter what tries to stop me I will put words on paper until I accomplish what I set out to do.
I want to be an artist. My paintings are beautiful. Many have said so. Full of color and life that draws you in to become a part of the community. Then appears an old nemesis fear slithering in with the same old plan to steal, kill and destroy. For some strange reason I succumb to those old outdated tricks. All my creativity comes to a halt. I’m shut down and can’t deliver. I’m telling that voice to shut up and I’m arming myself with my paint brush, paint and canvas and going to war.
I want to be a musician. Music was built in me before I was born. It’s always playing in my ear. Sometimes songs I’ve heard. Other times songs that are being birthed. There are also personal songs that are between me and my Lord. When music starts dancing fills in my feet. Melodies circle me. How do I capture them and express them? I lift my voice and sing. I’ll dance with the broom while sweeping my floors. I’ll be the best pianist that ever tickled the ivory keys.
My goal is to conquer the fleeting moments of creativity and let the masterpieces flow from my being. I will express the ideas that come forth from the Throne room at the time they are to be released. I believe I can and I will.
I want to be more than just me. This is me!
Is there anything that is preventing the creativity in you from coming forth?
The sound of the shofar is a divine message
Sent to you and me
Things in the past no longer can be
Because we’re being set free
Hear the sound,
The glorious sound
I participated in an art class today where I created this beautiful masterpiece.