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I’ll take instant maturity, please.

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Grinning with pleasure, I watched my newly planted butterfly garden. The bold yellow of the Yarrow and the vibrant orange of the Blanket flowers were a great beginning, but I longed for all the green to turn to blossoms. I rushed out each morning, excited to see new blossoms but nothing seemed to change.

Gardening brings a great lesson in patience. Hoping for growth, we plant seeds or small plants where they will get sun, adding soil, food and water. It takes weeks, months or in some cases a year or more to get full benefit of our labor. We must trust the food, water and sun to bring the seeds to full growth.

Spiritual growth is the same. When I read an inspiring verse or book or hear an insightful sermon, I want the maturity offered right now. I read about loving others with all my heart and wonder the next day why I’m rude and uncaring. I learn about the power of thoughts and keeping them focused on truth and want victory that minute. Like my butterfly garden, spiritual maturity comes with time and the right conditions for growth.

“But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop.” Luke 8:15 (NIV)

   Perseverance produces a crop. If I want growth, I prepare my heart with prayer as I would prepare the soil. Letting the Holy Spirit break up the hard clods of sin. I plant the seeds of truth in the soil of my heart by reading and meditating on Scripture. I drink from His living water, yielding to the Holy Spirit. I spend time in His presence and His light shines on me like the sun warming my heart and bringing the seeds to life. As I listen and obey, those seeds grow and produce fruit. But like my garden this takes time and patience, daily care and trust that the fruit will come. If I apply food, water and light, my garden will grow. When I pray, read Scripture, stay in God’s presence and obey His leading, over time spiritual maturity will come.

I few years ago, after struggling to be consistent with daily Bible reading, I was introduced to the SOAP method of Bible Study. With excitement, I made it a priority every morning. After a few weeks, I wanted to see change. God helped me to see that change comes as we make these choices day by day.

It’s what we do everyday that changes us over time.

I realized I would have to be patient and faithful and trust the power of His word to work in me.

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9 (NIV)

“Be patient, then, brothers and sisters, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains.” James 5:7 (NIV)

Do you wish for instant maturity? I know I do.

     If we will persevere and keep studying, praying and applying His word as we seek to know Him better, maturity will come. Just as one day I will walk out and see a garden of beautiful flowers, there are days when I get a glimpse of His word producing fruit in my life.

Keep going! Persevere. The fruit will come!

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Ditch the Labels

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As one of a kind human beings,  let’s stop using labels to put each other in groups.

A label only tells us one small part of who a person is.

I’m an introvert but still different from every other introvert.

I’m a white female but that doesn’t fully define who I am.

I’m American but that doesn’t reveal my soul.

Because I vote a certain way doesn’t mean I’m like all others who vote that way.

To say someone is OCD, autistic, ugly or beautiful doesn’t tell me who he or she is.

We are individuals. One of a kind souls wrapped in bodies unlike any other. Each of us is a wonderful miracle. Assigning you a label doesn’t mean I know you. To know each other we must communicate, listen, understand and love. We need to look for the exquisite colors He put in each soul. Some of us hide them well so we need to be willing to take as long as we need to see.

“For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb. I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works,
And my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth;” Psalm 139:13-15 (NASB)

Father, Please help me to take time to see your unique design in each soul. Help me look for your fingerprints all around. Help me let go of labels and judging others without knowing them. Please love others through me and help me to see how much you love each thoughtfully created human being.

Most of us have the tendency to judge others based on appearance or an obvious label.(often one someone else has assigned)

Together let’s determine to know who each person is inside and show them God’s love.

“God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” Genesis 1:27 (NASB)

“But now, O Lord, You are our Father, We are the clay, and You our potter; And all of us are the work of Your hand.” Isaiah 64:8 (NASB)

*It’s estimated that throughout all of history, approximately 100 billion people have existed on earth.

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Because He Is – I Live

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S – “…He Himself gives to all people life and breath and all things…For in Him we live and move and exist…” Acts 17:25, 28 (NASB)

O – We would not exist apart from God. We do not take another breath apart from Him allowing it. He thought of us, created us and keeps us alive.

A – Do I get this? I would not even exist apart from God! How can I be so arrogant as to think I can decide to live my own life apart from Him? He gives ALL people life and breath. He alone gives us food, air and water. He alone holds the universe together. We human beings are such arrogant, foolish creatures. We think we have power or control  when we have none. My very existence comes from my heavenly Father.

Every breath I take is His grace.

Who am I to question Him?

P – I worship you Father! My Lord, my Creator, my  God. You are everything and you hold everything together. Thank you for allowing me to live. Thank you for allowing me to know You. Thank you for this moment of breath, of peace, of hope. I love you Father. I trust You. My heart is yours and my life is in Your hands.

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He Also Made the Stars

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“And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light.” Genesis 1:3

“…He also made the stars.” Gen 1:16b

The first recorded words of God are, “Let there be light.”

Light is everything. Without light there would be no life. Light gives us warmth, shows us the way, protects us from danger and keeps us alive. Sunlight is essential to physical and mental health. How could light just appear? How can it be explained other than the Creator spoke it into existence?

Then in verse 16 a simple statement, “He also made the stars.”

He made stars beyond what is possible to count. He made stars that stretch into a universe of which there appears to be no end. Stars that inhabit galaxies beyond count. Wonders we can’t imagine.

Oh, by the way, He also made the stars.

That alone should bring us to our knees before Him, to our faces in worship of this powerful God who also made the stars.

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I take so much for granted. Light for example. I take it for granted the sun will come up each day. I take it for granted that when I flip a switch the light comes on. This is a gift from a holy God.

I talk to Him each day but do I remember this is the LORD God who made the stars, who spoke light into existence and who took dust to make the miracle of a human being?

How can I ever come to Him casually?

He is amazing! He is worthy of my praise and worship. He chose to reach down and save my soul. He chose to send Jesus to earth to live and die for those who had already rebelled. Words cannot express what I owe Him.

This God who “also made the stars” loves each one of us with an everlasting love. He thought of us before He ever said “Let there be light.” He thought of us and knowing we would choose to sin and rebel against Him, decided in advance to send Jesus to live and die for us so that we can live with Him forever. He made it possible for us to come to Him even in our sin. We can come boldly to His throne anytime of day or night and talk to Him, give Him our petitions, praise Him, and worship Him.

Father God, You are worthy of all my worship, all my heart and soul. I stand before you in awe of your majesty and power. The invitation to come directly to you and talk to you is an indescribable gift. I love you LORD. I want your will to be done in every part of my life and who I am. I worship you my Creator and my Lord!

May we come to Him in worship every day throughout the day!

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Death Has Been Destroyed

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I enjoy using the SOAP (Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer) method of Bible Study. Today’s chapters have some powerful truth:

S – “He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, but has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.” 2 Timothy 1:9-10 (NIV)

O – What powerful truth in these two verses! He HAS saved us – a done deal not because we deserved it or did anything but just because of His own grace. He has called us to a holy life, a set apart life. He gave us this grace, this unmerited favor, this unearned pardon BEFORE the beginning of time. BEFORE creation! It was a done deal before He ever said “Let there be…” The truth was revealed when Jesus appeared on earth. Jesus came and destroyed death He DESTROYED DEATH!

Isn’t that what every human being has wanted who was ever born?

He brought life and immortality – He brought the truth of eternal life to light when He lived out the gospel.

A – Death is not real. It has been destroyed. We are rescued. We are free. We just have to believe and trust Jesus. Death appears to be real. Death seems to have victory. But we have to look at what is unseen. We have to in faith believe that this enemy no longer has power. We may have temporary separation on earth but our loved ones in Christ will never die! This grace is found in Christ Jesus.

We must seek Him while we can! (please click for more info)

Someday we will see that this life was a mere second in all of eternity.

P – Thank you LORD God for saving my soul! Thank you for giving us grace before you even created the world! You are an amazing wonderful Father and God! I love you and I want you to have all of my heart and soul.

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Free to Choose

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LORD God,

Everything is in Your hands.

From the tiniest microorganism

to the largest star in the farthest galaxy.  

  It’s all Yours.

You made it all.

You spoke it into existence.

You hold it together.

Everything is interconnected and points to Your glory.

There are so many miracles all around us we don’t see.

The human soul, thought, memory, hope, and dreams: all from You.

Every ability I have is from You.

Every good gift in my life is from You.

What am I beside You?

I am a speck of dust. Powerless before You.

Yet You choose to give me freedom.

Freedom to believe or doubt.

Freedom to follow You or turn away.

Freedom to trust You or to depend on self.

Freedom to build or destroy.

I can choose death or life.

But I have no power to change the consequences of my choices.

I will reap what I sow.

God Almighty, please help to choose life everyday.

I know my eternity is secure in the hands of Jesus who died for me.

Help me in my everyday walk to choose You, to choose life,

to sow love, joy, peace, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control.

I can’t do it without You. I yield to You my LORD.

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Worthy of Praise

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Connecting Truth and Beauty

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