Dreaming

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I heard a song the other day that had me wondering about the lyrics. It’s the song by Josh Wilson   called, “Dream Small”.

I listened to the title and thought this guy has it all wrong. Aren’t we told to, dream
BIG? We are told that we can do anything. Shoot for the moon!

Are you dreaming big? Are you planning to write the next great novel? Perhaps you are working to be the new CEO of the company you are working for. How about the next Billy Graham.  Maybe you are going to be the greatest mom, executive worker there has ever been. Those are big dreams.

The only thing about Big dreams is that life continues to tick by with the day to day things. Do you miss the things that are taking place around you by dreaming or day dreaming of that Big Thing that hasn’t taken place yet.

Perhaps instead of being the next great evangelist, you could send a friend scripture daily to help her through the trials she is going through right now. Instead of thinking of what your great  novel will be about, share a Bible Study with a friend that doesn’t have the means to get out.

The song reminds us that when Jesus is involved with our dreams the small things become huge.

The 5 smooth stones took down the giant Goliath.

How about the boy that shared his lunch of a few rolls and some sardines, when Jesus got hold of them they fed 5,000 folks.

Its OK to dream big but don’t let the day go by where you have not asked the Lord to show you what small way you can make a difference.

A smile.

A hug.

A kind word.

These seem so small and insignificant but I can tell you from experience they can be huge and make a Big difference.

Listen to “Dream Small” and start doing some dreaming of your own.

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Every Precious One

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I really like to listen to Christian music. It seems some songs just have such an impact on me. There is a song out there now called “So will I” (100 Billion X) by Hillsong. The words are so powerful to me.

They sing ,”if creation still obeys you, so will I”. In the Bible the disciples were on a boat and the storm made the Sea of Galilee a washing machine. The boat that held trained fishermen was filled with cries for help. But in the back of the boat Jesus was sound asleep. The disciples had to WAKE him and ask if he didn’t care that they were all going to drown?

He got up and ordered the wind to stop and the waves to be still. At that moment “creation obeyed him” and all was still, except for the wonderings of those fishermen! (Mark 4:39)

As Jesus was riding into Jerusalem there was a crowd that was shouting, just like they were cheering on their favorite sports team, “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the LORD!” They had seen the miracles that Jesus was doing and had already done. The religious leaders told them pipe down, they were disturbing the peace. Jesus said if they did that “the rocks will cry out!” (“if the rocks cry out in silence, so will I”)

“God of salvation you chased down my heart though all of me failure and pride.” “Won’t he go and look for the one lost sheep until he finds it?” (Luke 15:4) “He’s the one that never leaves the one behind.”

Jesus died for everyone, no exception. He considers each of us so precious that he gave his life so we could have eternal life.

Our choice.

Accept him as our Savior, or reject him and do things our own way.

Which will you choose?

 

 

Reckless

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Are you a reckless type of person? Just this past week, if you asked my husband he would say “Yes!’ I was driving kind of reckless. I drove across 5 lanes of traffic. I did look to see if there was anyone there first, so in my mind it wasn’t reckless. It did make it hard for my husband to breathe for a second, as I kept repeating, “I looked, there was nothing coming.” We did arrive at our destination in one piece and no one was harmed by my driving.

I had never thought of God’s love for us as being reckless, but in Cory Asbury’s song “Reckless Love”, it has given me something to think about. Have a listen.

He tells us we can’t earn it, don’t deserve it, still God gives himself away. We have all been enemies of God. When we are trying to do things on our own and are positive we know best and need no one, we are enemies of God. We have all sinned making us enemies of God.

God is relentless and reckless in his love for us. He finds us seeking everything but him. Alcohol, fame, money, you name it we run after it. There is nothing that God won’t climb up, stoop down, break through to come after us with his Reckless love.

Jesus went to the cross to die for you and me. Now that is a reckless kind of love.

He loves us that much. If you don’t know him, he is breaking down walls, tearing down lies, even leaves the ninety-nine to get to you and share his never ending reckless love with you.

Don’t turn him away. Be reckless!

Whose Side Are You On?

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There are so many horrific things happening these days! If you turn on the news there doesn’t seem to be one good thing reported. Hate is so fierce. There seem to be sides that you have to choose to be on.

Mandisa has the perfect song for our trouble land. Take just a few  minutes and listen.

Whose side are you on? Left or right? Black or white?

Not the side to be on, we need to be on the side of Jesus!

His love calms all fear! Zephaniah 3:17

We are to love one another. John 13:34-35

As the song reminds us “we are the same inside, we all bleed the same.”

So which side are you on?

Don’t Let Me Go!

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I can remember as a child of being afraid in the lake we used to go to in the summer. My mom would never come in higher than her shins, but my dad was a whole different story. He would swim out so far I thought he was headed home by water!

He would come back for me and my sister. He would coax us to let him hold us and take us into the deep. I remember clinging to his neck so tight and saying, “Hold on to me! Don’t let me go!” I am not sure if he heard the panic in my voice but his answer would always be the same, “I’ve got you.”

Flash forward to now, my dad has long ago gone home to be with his Father. I am now turning to my heavenly Father and holding tightly saying the very same words, “Hold on to me! Don’t let me go!”

Those days when life just overwhelms me with grief, “Hold on to me! Don’t let me go!”

When once again I do those things that I said I would never do again, “Hold on to me! Don’t let me go!”

People reject me or let me feel let down by their unthinking words, “Hold on to me! Don’t let me go!”

This song by King and Country talks about just this thing. Have a listen.

There are so many places where God reassures us that he is always with us and he will never let us go.

NO MATTER WHAT!

Deuteronomy 31:6 tells us, Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Hebrews 13:5 also reminds us, God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”

There are many other places you can find in God’s Word, God is telling each of us, “I won’t let you go child, I’ve got you.”

When you are afraid, for whatever reason, be assured, God will never leave you.

Don’t believe me.

Check for yourself.

Read God’s love letter to you, The Bible.

Raise Our White Flag

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White Flag. What do you think of when you hear these words? Surrender? I give up? No more? You win?

This new song by King & Country is so wonderful. Watch and listen to O God Forgive us.

As you hear the words of the song do they ring true? Do we want “drive through peace and instant hope”? Is our doubt so thick we couldn’t cut it with the sharpest knife. These words are too close to the truth.

As we look at this world and where we have ended up, fighting over statues, even names of streets for goodness sakes. Yet do we tell our children there is a better way? Do we share with them that there is a God that takes away sin? Do we come to this same God EVERY day or are we too busy and want that instant hope?

The words continue with “young and old, black or white, rich or poor,  there’s no divide”. Why can’t we see this? We are all the same in God’s eyes? He created each one. We are different in the way that our own children are different. But we are the same in the same way our children are the same, they are ours.

I don’t think I can say it better than the song writers:

Run wild. To risk everything. To hold nothing back.
To lay it all on the line: your reputation, your success, your comfort.
It’s that moment when fear is overcome by faith. Live free.
It’s not the liberty to do whatever you want whenever and wherever you want,
But rather it’s living in accordance with the author of humanity
And finding freedom by connecting with the creator who conceived you.
Let the light flood into your eyes for the first time.
Feeling the blood course through your veins, finding the truest version of yourself
By knowing the one who knows you even better than you know yourself.
Love strong. Because you were first loved. Because without love we all perish.
Because the earth and the stars can and will pass away, but love, love will always remain.

1 Corinthians 13:13

“And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.

Even If

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Have you ever had a time that a theme in life just keeps popping up at the oddest moments? Well for the last few weeks that has been  happening to me.

Our pastor has started  a new series entitled “Shattered”. It is based on the book of Job. How his life was fantastic one minute and the next everything was gone.

Then as I read a blog of a friend this morning it was about “Broken” and how we are ALL broken at one time or another.

Got an email from a friend that is suffering in all areas of her life.

In my life there are things that weigh heavy like a mountain on my chest.

Broken.

Shattered.

In the blog my friend shared this song by Mercy Me. Perhaps you have already heard it but take a few minutes and listen to the words once again.

Everyone has troubles, is broken, shattered at sometime in their life. Probably more than one time. But did you notice that the words said, “I know your able, I know you can.” We seem to know that God is all powerful, he is more than able. We know there is nothing he can’t do. But is that enough? Is that helping your struggles right now? Do you trust him to be enough?

Listen to the very next words. “But even if you don’t, my HOPE is you alone!” Did you catch that?

Even if you don’t. Even if God doesn’t take away the pain. Even if God doesn’t “fix” the problem. Can we get to the place where we can say, “My Hope is YOU alone”?

When Job lost all his possessions, family, and wealth. He was broken, shattered, but he was able to state the fact that all he had was from God. Then he worshiped God. God WAS his hope.

We need to get to the place where God is our hope alone.

Not what we can achieve.

Not our finances.

He is able. Even if is seems He doesn’t answer the way we want.

Trust him.

Seek him.

Then you can say just like the song,

“IT IS WELL WITH MY SOUL.”