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Imagine That

May the God of hope fill you with joy and peace in believing, that by the power of the Holy Spirit you will abound in hope and overflow with confidence in His promises.
Romans 15:13 AMP

One morning as I was reflecting on the day ahead, my imagination took me away . . . I pictured a floating bottle. I let the video play out in my mind . . . I could see myself placing all my cares in it – corking it – and throwing it as far as I could out into the water. I watched it float out of sight.

It was comforting to watch that scene unfold in my mind, for that’s where all the confusion takes place . . . in my mind. I just let the bottle float away!

God has given us the gift of a creative mind. It sees possibilities and they, in turn, create faith. If we didn’t have the ability, for instance, to imagine ourselves differently, there would be no hope in believing we could change!

When a new Christian reads John 3:16 – For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life,
he finds out that he, himself, is in that verse – and believes that God loves him and sent His Son, Jesus, to die just for him! In his imagination he can see himself washed clean, standing before the wonderful God who loves him.

We can place ourselves into word pictures. For instance, Psalm 1 describes the believer who delights in God’s words and meditates on them continually. That person is like a tree planted by water, bringing forth fruit, prospering in all they do!

When we read the words of this Psalm, a picture forms in our mind, and it resonates in our spirit. We take the promise of what God is offering to us and say - “Yes, Lord, this is who I want to be!”

A song written a few years ago, “I Can Only Imagine,” is an amazing inspiration! The        writer imagines the wonderful moment when in Heaven we see Jesus for the first time.

          Surrounded by your Glory what will my heart feel.
          Will I dance for You, Jesus, or in awe of You be still.
          Will I stand in your Presence, or to my knees will I fall.
          Will I sing hallelujah, will I be able to speak at all.
                    I can only imagine!
                    I can only imagine!

Father, thank you for the gift of imagination that sparks my faith and confidence in You!


No Wasted Weakness

And we know with great confidence that God causes all things to work together as a plan for good for those who love Him . . .
Romans 8:28 AMP

Growing up at my house was a life of nothing wasted. For instance, left-overs were never thrown out but turned into “lovely” other meals – served several times more!
Mom saved everything – nothing wasted!

In the present I have often said to myself, being sick or side-lined for any reason is such a waste of time! But a few weeks ago, I had a fall and found myself in a leg brace walking like a penguin – stuck at home – and my independence very much interrupted. I quickly decided that this would not be a worthless experience.

Some said to me that this injury happened in order to show me that I need to slow down. I don’t think so. When my knee heals my schedule will be the same as it was before, and I had no complaints! So what does it mean when I am set aside for a while?

It means that God gives me a special seat in the front row for listening.

My confinement pulls me into a place of closeness with Him.

I realize my flesh is always weak, not just the day I fell, but every day.

I have had to depend on others and they haven’t been able to depend on me – a prescribed humbleness!

I am not “marking time,” waiting for life to be normal again, but I remain in the present by drawing God into my ordinary moments.

I always have the choice to look away from the things I see around me and, instead, look to the One Who sees me!

Isaiah 40:29, 31 says, He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength. Those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint!

Father, thank you for “wait” time, knowing it is Your good plan that works in my life every day!



And now, dear children, continue in him, so that when he appears we may be confident and unashamed at his appearing. 
1 John 2:28

I exercise regularly at a local gym. Since I have been going there, I have observed something I call the "January syndrome." This phenomenon occurs annually.

Every year around January, a new group of people pour into our facility. They are filled with hope and enthusiasm at first. However, the reality of maintaining an exercise program soon sets in. Many of them are overwhelmed by the effort and commitment. They gradually come less often and finally, not at all. 

On the other hand, some of these newbies refuse to give up. They continue exercising and are faithful to the disciplined lifestyle.

The challenges of exercise are similar to those we experience as believers. Godly living is hard work. It requires commitment. Sometimes it is painful. 

Even with the help of the Holy Spirit, living for Christ everyday is an enormous challenge. 

John, the beloved disciple, knew this to be true. Just like us, he battled a sin nature clamoring to embrace the world and indulge the flesh. He also experienced persecution and suffering for preaching the gospel. In spite of all that, he persevered. 

Toward the end of his life, John wrote to the early church encouraging them to be steadfast in serving Christ.

He told them this: And now, dear children, continue in him, so that when he appears we may be confident and unashamed at his appearing...(1 John 2:28).

John's words remind us life as we know it is temporary. The challenges we face will not last forever. What's more, our toughest challenges are great opportunities to demonstrate our love for Jesus. 

If we are faithful in serving Him, we will be confident and free from shame when we see Him.

Father, help us focus on Jesus and eternity so we will persevere.


The Bear That Came to Town

Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways.          
Proverbs 4:26

Last fall my husband and I spent a week in Avon, Colorado. One day while we were in a restaurant, we saw a crowd gathering outside around a crabapple tree. They were pointing toward the top of the tree and snapping pictures.

Squinting through the window, I saw the outline of something big and brown among the leaves and fruit. With the next the breeze, I got a clear view of the dark shape. It was a bear eating crabapples.

That's no Teddy Bear, folks! I thought with a jolt of fear. The people below the bear were much too close.

Apparently they thought a bear that came into town was harmless, but I have heard park rangers preach the opposite. They repeatedly warn that wild animals are always unpredictable and dangerous. I was relieved when a policeman arrived a few minutes later and moved the crowd back.

The situation with the bear reminded me of the careless way we often approach sin. We think we can cozy up to it for a while and safely back away when we're ready to leave. Not so.

An old saying sums up the reality of sin's power this way. It states: "Sin will take you farther than you want to go, keep you longer than you want to stay, and cost more than you're willing to pay.Whoever said that knew the truth about sin.

God wants us to take sin seriously and be thoughtful as we make our choices. Proverbs 4: 26 admonishes us, Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways.

We've been warned and know the danger. We should be mindful of it. 

A wise woman would.

Father, may we apply Your Word in our lives and honor You.


A Teachable Spirit

The fear of the Lord teaches a man wisdom, and humility comes before honor.
Proverbs 15:33

The young man sitting across the table confided, “When I was twenty-five, I thought I knew everything and was bullet proof. Nothing could hurt me, and no one could teach me anything. In the past few years I’ve discovered neither of those was true.” 

He paused and then added, “Today I know how fallible I am. I realize I can learn a lot from other people. Now in each new experience I look for what God wants to teach me.”

As he talked, I thought about the difficulties I’d seen him go through. I realized he could have become bitter and hard as a result. Instead he’d chosen to be teachable. 

In the trying times, he’d learned humility and gained maturity. Now he was older and wiser. 

For a Christian that’s as it should be. As we grow older, we should grow wiser. However, it doesn’t always happen that way.

Sad to say, I’ve met some senior citizens who were neither wise nor humble. Their spiritual and emotional maturing hadn’t kept pace with their chronological aging.

Proverbs 15:33 says, The fear of the Lord teaches a man wisdom, and humility comes before honor. That tells us to have an attitude of respectful reverence toward God. When we do, we automatically position ourselves where we should be - humbly beneath Him. Then we become teachable. 

In that posture of respect and humility we are ready to learn from God and from others.   

Father, help us be life-long learners, humble and teachable.