Genuine love

fellowship in the furnace

I’ve been thinking a little bit about Shadrach, Meshach & Abednego, the 3 Hebrew men who refused to worship anyone but their God and were thrown into a fiery furnace to punish them for their disobedience.  When these men were given a chance to back down & obey the king, they dug their heels in and said that their God could deliver them from the fire & even if He didn’t they wouldn’t worship any other god.  This was a really bold and even wreckless stance.  Nevertheless, they held their ground and as a result they were thrown into the fiery furnace.  When the king checked on their burning progress, he was totally SHOCKED to see the 3 Hebrew men walking around the fiery furnace along with someone who the king described as a man who looked like the son of God.  Sometimes our work with Saving Moses can be a little bit like a furnace with some pretty sketchy hotspots, but thankfully, Jesus is with us!

So for me, if Jesus is in the fire, then I want to be there with Him – better to be in a furnace with Jesus than without Jesus and no furnace.  And at the end of the day, the Hebrew men weren’t delivered from the fire but rather through the fire.  There’s tremendous fellowship potential in the furnace with Jesus 🙂

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Redemption for bad decisions

I read this morning about how king David in the Bible took a census at the end of his reign that was displeasing to God. The result of God’s displeasure with David was the death of 70,000 people. There was about to be more deaths but God stopped the carnage at the threshing floor of Araunah. David bought this threshing floor & it later became the place where the first permanent temple in Israel was built.
Our places of disastrous failure can be used by God for Their (Trinity) greatest dwelling place. In my mind, the key to redeeming the failures & shortcomings in our lives is through repenting & acknowledging our need for a greater inclusion of God’s presence into our lives. We need God in our decisions, daily living & throughout all of our lives 🙂

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focus is really important

Several years ago, I took a lesson in mountain biking and I learned REALLY quickly that where you focus is where you go.  I watched this happen with 2 of my mtn biking classmates who had major crashes because their focus became gridlocked on a hairpin turn.  When I came to the same hairpin turn, my instructor kept yelling at me to look past the curve.  My brain started to argue, but I decided to obey my instructor & I turned my head to see where the trail was going after the curve – when I turned my head to look at the trail after the curve, my bike naturally followed my focus and I never crashed in the hairpin curve.  This lesson about focus has helped me in all kinds of ways because it’s a continual reminder that I need to keep my eyes / focus on Jesus and not to get gridlocked on difficulties, impossibilities, etc – look past the curve.  Further to this point, I’ve been thinking about a really great verse in Ps 25:15, “My eyes are continually on You and you will pluck my feet from the net.”

With this in mind, here are a few things that help me to keep my eyes / focus on Jesus:

  • good praise & worship tunes,
  • being thankful
  • memorizing verses
  • prayer

Do you have things that help you to keep your focus on Jesus?  Please share!  🙂

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The answer

I find myself in a season of life where I have lots & lots of questions & not just about the weather. For me, it feels like many of my questions seem to either have no answers or they have very difficult answers and this can be really challenging. But as simple as it sounds, I’m finding that Jesus is the answer. Jesus is the answer for my need for wisdom, direction, strength, assurance, security & so much more. Jesus is my answer of peace for a troubled heart. Jesus is the answer: full stop 🙂

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You are TOTALLY cool!!

I have some amazing friends who could take virtually anything & make it beautiful. They’re amazingly creative, resourceful & have the most beautiful way or decorating & arranging things. Me, not so much. When I paint at our house or try to do something “craft-ish”, there just aren’t words to describe how bad it usually turns out. But I do have some things that I’m pretty good at – I enjoy cooking & I’m pretty good at picking up different languages (and a few other things).
But here’s what’s totally amazing & fantastic about you (and its not just about your talents or abilities): you are intensely, deeply & infinitely loved by the Creator of the universe, Who knows you better than anyone else & Who loves you more authentically than anyone. You are important, valuable & significant because your Creator loves you & this is what makes you TOTALLY cool!!!

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Keep looking up :)

Lately, I’ve had some interesting things happen in my life and if I’m super honest, I can’t say that these things are really great or encouraging.  In fact, it seems that there’s been a rather steady flow of seemingly negative things and this can of course be discouraging / disheartening.  But my purpose for writing this is to encourage you that if you’re in a rough season like me, we have to encourage ourselves to keep looking up and to keep our eyes on Jesus.  I find that when I let my focus dwell on the hardship, discouragement and challenges that I can get overwhelmed, but when I keep my eyes on Jesus I find strength for my heart and hope for my future along with encouragement for the great things that God is doing with Saving Moses.  So let’s encourage each other to keep looking up – to keep our focus on Jesus.  Like my fb post says this morning:  let’s expose our soul to faith & love but let’s guard our souls from fear & doubt 🙂

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an important lesson from tire pressure :)

I’m trying to be more proactive about taking care of my car so that Reece has fewer things to think about and so I’m learning lots of wonderful new things, which of course I enjoy for the simple pleasure of the love of learning 🙂

With that being said, I drive my car almost everyday & I don’t give much thought to the pressure in my tires until something goes wrong.  Of course it’s best to maintain consistent and optimum pressure because my car is easier to steer and drives better when the tire pressure is in the right zone.

I think the same can be true for us with Jesus:  pressure is part of life and when we keep our eyes on Jesus, He keeps the pressures of our life in balance so that we can live in optimum performance, but the key for me is focus.  Keeping my eyes on the pressures in my life can be overwhelming, but keeping my eyes on Jesus helps me to stay in synch with Jesus so He can make pressure adjustments as He sees fit 🙂

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what’s the goal?

From time to time, I like to have people over for dinner & to make a nice meal.  My goal is to have some nice fellowship time, to relax and enjoy their company.  My goal isn’t to impress them with any cooking skill – if I was doing that, we’d probably need to take them to a nice restaurant.  I’m not trying to present a pristine house that is as well kept as a museum or mausoleum.  I’m also not trying to make my family seem like they’re people different than who they really are.  My goal is simply to have some great fellowship & hopefully the food won’t be a disastrous distraction 🙂

Sometimes in life, I have to be careful to think about my goals & I find that I ask myself some important questions from time to time:

  • what is my motivation?  Am I behaving based on an insecurity or a false perception?
  • what do I really want?  Image can sometimes be an elusive adventure into empty froth
  • what is God saying in the midst of all of this?  Am I pursuing the results of God’s presence or Their actual presence?

I like it in 2 Cor 5:9 where Paul says that he makes it his goal to please Christ – sounds like a noble & good goal to me 🙂

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Listen, learn, lean

Listening is an interesting exercise – it requires us to be attentive, engaged & present with the person to whom we listen. It’s also an interesting thought to consider that we learn the best when we listen & not just talk.
In all of this, my most important focus is to listen to God, learn from God & lean into God. For me, I find that I lean & trust in God best when I’m learning from & listening to God. It’s also the converse for me that when I’m not listening to or learning from God, I find it more difficult to lean & trust in God. So lets be great learners, listeners & “leaners” 🙂

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This is really encouraging

I’ve been reading about David in the Bible & remembering that he was a man after God’s heart. In knowing this, I’m extremely encouraged because I’ve been thinking about David’s shortcomings. Once David became king, he had lots of mistakes – Bathsheba, Uriah, doing a census at the end of his life, the mess up with Amnon, Tamar & Absalom. Even with all of these failures, poor decisions & shortcomings, David was still a man after God’s heart.
David loved God & expressed his love through repentance, worship & honor.
For me this is really encouraging because I have my own fair share of failures & shortcomings but I’m very much in love w God 🙂

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