guidance

Waiting for a Ride

This is Dan, my Tuk Tuk driver in Cambodia. We’ve known each other for more than 10 years & I massively appreciate him!  He has helped me buy replacement clothes when my luggage hasn’t turned up. He’s collected me from the airport at really late hours. He’s driven my kids around Phnom Penh & he continually puts up with all of my random questions. We also talk about where we could place nightcare centers for easy proximity for their moms. Dan is AWESOME!!

In some ways, Dan reminds me of Holy Spirit & doing practical living. Holy Spirit will navigate our path / journey to get us to good & safe destinations. Holy Spirit helps us with practical needs & Holy Spirit lives to dream with us on bringing genuine love into daily living. Let’s stay committed to doing life with Holy Spirit regardless of when, where & how!

 

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What If . . . 

When I was in high school, I thought very seriously about trying to get accepted into Annapolis, the Navy Academy in Maryland. For awhile, I was pretty serious about this idea & tried to accomplish some of the entry prerequisites. In hindsight, that idea seems pretty crazy, particularly when I think about my personality & abilities. 

Today, as I thought about the Annapolis idea, I found myself thankful that God has been directing my life, with great skill & wisdom. I thought about what my life would look like had I gone down the Navy Academy path – WAY different, for sure!  
So here’s the brief takeaway: let’s be mindful that we let God direct our steps, lead our decisions & manage our priorities. It’s very true that Father Knows Best 🙂
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lead us not into temptation

Temptation can be such an enchanting topic – we relish the allure of chocolate, ice cream, exercise endorphins, someone uber-cute of the opposite sex, a cool pair of jeans or shoes that are WAY out of the budget, an addiction we’re trying to break, . . . . .  choose your pleasure.  And Jesus teaches us that when we pray, we should ask our heavenly Father to lead us not  into temptation.

compassIn an earlier blog, I asked why Jesus would teach us to make this request considering that He, was led by the Holy Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.  Furthermore, there’s lots of New Testament verses that tell us that tests & temptations (generally the same word in the Greek) are good for us with the strength & character they build.  So given these thoughts, why does Jesus teach us to make this request of our Heavenly Father? 

Here’s my sense on this conundrum (nice word, eh?):  I think we miss the main point of what Jesus is saying when we get hung up on the temptation topic.  I think Jesus’ main point was that by teaching us to pray that God leads us, He implies that we will follow God & that He will direct our lives.  To me, Jesus’ primary objective for this request is for us ask God for His direction & guidance in our lives.  

Fundamentally, each of us need for our heavenly Father to lead us each day.  After acknowledging this need, then let us add that we’d prefer to avoid temptation – but if God should direct our paths in any given day past temptation, then let me encourage you to look to Him for the exit ramp from the temptation (1 Cor 10:13).  But let us daily request our Father’s direction – we desperately need it.

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temptations – help!

Dearest friends, I’m asking for your help again – sorry to be “needy”.  Two things:

  1. can anyone tell me if I can allow someone to put a picture in a comment?  If so, how do I do this?

TWO: This one is tricky.  I’m working on the part in the Lord’s Prayer where Jesus teaches us to ask the Father to lead us not into temptation. How do you deal with this in relation to Matt 4:1, where it says that Jesus was led by the HS into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.  Furthermore, in James 1:13, it says that God doesn’t tempt anyone.  So what do you think Jesus means in the Lord’s Prayer when you consider James 1:13 & Matt 4:1?  Any help, insights, thoughts would be more than appreciated!!!!!

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