Saturday, June 29, 2013

The Lord Is . . .







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Sunday, June 23, 2013

Dance!~

Dance!

Of course! Why hadn't I thought of that?

But wait. I'm getting ahead of myself. Let me take you back to the beginning...

It had all started when I posted the following as my Facebook status:
Lately, I've been overwhelmed by the beauty of the Lord. Everywhere I look, everywhere I go, I sense His love for me. I have to admit, sometimes, it's more than my ♥ can handle. It is then, His all-consuming love spills out through my tears. Now is such a moment. Thank you, Lord for being so very beautiful to me. How my ♥ adores you. Forever I will worship you & give you my highest praise~

After posting this, I sat back, wiped my tears and tried to continue on with my task at hand. About twenty minutes later, I received a notification that someone had commented on my post. Clicking on the notice, I found this comment from my sweet sister:

Don't cry dear...dance instead! :)

But wait! It doesn't end there!

A few days later, a dear friend posted this as her Facebook status:

One step forward. Ten steps back. Sigh.

As I read her post, it was obvious to me she was in need of some encouragement. Immediately, I reached for my Bible and prayed the Lord would give me just the right verse to share with her.

Finally, I had found it.

And let us not lose heart and grow weary and faint in acting nobly and doing right, for in due time and at the appointed season we shall reap, if we do not loosen and relax our courage and faint.
~Galatians 6:9, The Amplified Bible

I went back to my computer and shared this verse. As I refreshed the page, I discovered someone else had already left this comment:

I hope that's a dance step......I love you!

Once again...the invitation to dance~

I decided to search the Bible for any reference to the word dance. I read about Miriam (Exodus 15:20) and David (2 Samuel 6:14) dancing before the Lord in praise and celebration. Then, I came across this passage in Ecclesiastes:

There is a time for everything,
and everything on earth has its special season.
There is a time to be born
and a time to die.
There is a time to plant
and a time to pull up plants.
There is a time to kill
and a time to heal.
There is a time to destroy
and a time to build.
There is a time to cry
and a time to laugh.
There is a time to be sad
and a time to dance.
~ Ecclesiastes 3:1-4

This passage in Ecclesiastes was not new to me. I had read it many times before. What WAS new to me was the last word in verse four. DANCE! Somehow, I have managed to always pass right over it.

Sadly, my default reaction to anything, happy or sad, has always been to cry. (Just ask anyone in my family. When they see my lower lip start to quiver and take a downward turn, they know tears are sure to follow!)

DANCE!

What a wonderful idea.

As I thought about dancing, I remembered the words of an email I had received several years ago:

Dancing With God
(Author Unknown)

When I meditated on the word guidance, I kept seeing "dance" at the end of
the word. I remember reading that doing God's will is a lot like dancing.
When two people try to lead, nothing feels right. The movement doesn't
flow with the music, and everything is quite uncomfortable and jerky.
When one person realizes and lets the other lead, both bodies begin to
flow with the music. One gives gentle cues, perhaps with a nudge to the
back or by pressing lightly in one direction or another. It's as if two
become one body, moving beautifully. The dance takes surrender,
willingness, and attentiveness from one person and gentle guidance and
skill from the other.

My eyes drew back to the word guidance.
When I saw "G," I thought of God,
followed by "u" and "i."
"God, "u" and "i" dance."
God, you, and I dance.
This statement is what guidance means to me.
As I lowered my head, I became willing to trust that I would get guidance
about my life. Once again, I became willing to let God lead.

dancing in her own world
{Photo Credit}
Dancing with God.

Allowing God to guide me in all the seasons of my life.


No matter what may be happening,
good or bad,
happy or sad,
I can choose to dance because God is there,
      gently guiding and leading me
                      across the dance floor of life.

Why should I choose to cry when I can choose to dance and live in the JOY of the Lord?


Nehemiah 8:10 reminds us
     the joy of the Lord is our strength.


Galatians 5:22 reminds us
     joy is one of the fruit of the spirit.


When my heart was feeling overwhelmed by the beauty of the Lord, I cried.
 How I wish I would have danced!

When my friend needed words of encouragement, I shared a scripture to strengthen her faith.
 How I wished I would have followed this scripture with a suggestion to turn her one step forward, ten steps back into a beautiful dance with her Heavenly Father.

What about you?

When was the last time you danced?

Are you feeling overwhelmed by God's awesome love for you?

DANCE!

Are you finding it hard to keep your footing?
Is life pushing you backward each time you try to move forward?

DANCE!

Take the hand of your Heavenly Father and allow Him to lead you through this season.

Dance!

Of course! Why hadn't I thought of that? ~




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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Forever~





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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Yes, He is~









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Sunday, June 16, 2013

For HIS Name's Sake~

I don't tell you this to boast, but to make a point.

When I was little, I almost never got in trouble. (At least not while I was outside the walls of our home.)

I never got sent to the Principal's office.
I never had a "run in with the law".
I was a good kid who always tried to be on my best behavior.

Like I said, I don't tell you this to boast, but to make a point. And, my point is this. How I behaved reflected on my parents. I knew what I did would either bring them praise or....embarrassment. I knew this because my father had told me so.

"Stac, (my daddy always called me Stac) wherever you go and whatever you do, remember this. You're a Mitchell. You're wearing my name. When you were born I proudly gave you my name as your own. Wear it proudly. Never do things that will bring shame to you, to me, to your mother, to your sisters or to our family name."

Now, I have a new name.
I have been adopted into a new family.
I am now a daughter of the King of Kings, and Lord of Lords.
I now wear HIS name.

As a Christian, I, too, have a responsibility to be on "my best behavior".
Not to bring praise to me,
but to uphold the name of my Heavenly Father,
to live my life for His name's sake.

As a Christian, my behavior is directly interwoven with God's reputation.

Through reading God's Word and the guiding of the Holy Spirit, you and I have come to know the true character of God. He is merciful and just, forgiving and kind, faithful and true. We know who God really is. But sadly, not everyone does.
Your life may be the only Bible some people read. ~Author Unknown
Stop and think about this for a minute.
(You may even need to read this a couple of times before the depth of the meaning soaks in.)

When our behavior tarnishes God's reputation,
His true character is in jeopardy of never being seen by those around us.


When we call our self a Christian, we are wearing Christ's name.

As our children, our neighbors and our co-workers watch us living out our lives,
are they seeing Christ for WHO HE REALLY IS?

As we
drive down the street,
shop at the local grocery store,
step into the movie theatre,
cheer on our favorite team,
wear our favorite outfit,

are we helping others to focus in on who God is

or

does what we do make is difficult for others to see God at all?


Are we bringing glory and honor to His name,
or are we tarnishing His reputation by our un-Christlike behavior?

What is your life telling others about your God?

What is mine?

Are you and I ruining God's reputation?

Or, are we living in such a way that the beauty of His character is
unmistakable,
              undeniable,
                         and oh, so very inviting?

Are we living our life for His name's sake?

Let your light so shine before men that they may see your moral excellence and your praiseworthy, noble, and good deeds and recognize and honor and praise and glorify your Father Who is in heaven. Matthew 5:16, The Amplified Bible

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Friday, June 14, 2013

No. Matter. What.~

It was one of those slow motion moments. The kind that happen in a second, yet seem to defy time and render you powerless to do anything to change the outcome.

You know.  The child seated precariously on a chair. You reach and you try, and even though it all happens so slowly, it an instant you are scooping up and wiping tears.

The slip on the patch of ice you didn't see. As soon as your foot leaves the ground you know you're going down, and yet time seems to warp into eternity, as you wait for the impact.

Sometimes life hits us before we even know what's happening. 
In a matter of seconds,
that feel a lifetime long,
we stumble and try hard not to fall.
We watch as all that is precious to us shatters into a million pieces right before our very eyes.

broken glass
{Photo Credit}


And we wonder.

"God, why did you let this happen? Why didn't you step in and do something?  Why didn't you prevent this from happening in the first place?"


Moments that catch us by surprise, and then, leave us shaking our head in despair.
And yet, nothing catches God by surprise. 

Has it ever occurred to you that nothing ever occurs to God?
~ Unknown

In every moment of our life,
the fast and the slow,
the ones we have seen coming,
and the ones that slip in unexpectedly and knock us off our feet,
God is there.

Before the foundation of the world was ever put in place, God IS there.

Before the diagnosis of cancer, God IS there.

Before the divorce papers arrived in the mail, God IS there.

Before the son or daughter rebels, God IS there.

Before the accident happens, God IS there.

But, don't forget...

                    God IS also there

                                in   the   midst.

                  And, God IS there

                          in the moments and  the days and  the months after.

NO matter what may happen.

NO matter what is happening at the moment.

NO matter what has happened.

God IS there.


And, because GOD IS,
you and I can keep the faith.



Because GOD IS,
you and I can face today, and tomorrow and the day after that.


Because GOD IS,
we can sweet up the shattered pieces, place them in HIS hands, and know that God is still in control of our life.


Because GOD IS,
you and I can trust God,

No. matter. what.~


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Thursday, June 13, 2013

In My Father's Hands~

The everlasting God is your place of safety,
and his arms will hold you up forever. Deuteronomy 33:27


And so the story goes.......


A pastor was on a long flight between New York to Texas. The first warning of approaching problems came when the Fasten Your Seat Belts sign on the airplane flashed on. Then, after a while, a calm voice said, "We're sorry, but we will not be serving the meal at this time as we are expecting a little turbulence. Please be sure your seat belt is securely fastened."

As the pastor looked around the aircraft, it became obvious that many of the passengers were becoming apprehensive. And then the storm broke, The ominous cracks of thunder could be heard even above the roar of the engines. Lightning lit up the darkening skies, and within moments that great plane was like a cork tossed around on a celestial ocean. One moment the airplane was lifted on terrific currents of air; the next, it dropped as if it were about to crash.

The pastor confessed that he shared the discomfort and fear of those around him. As he looked around the plane, he could see that nearly all the passengers were upset and alarmed. Some were praying. The future seemed ominous and many were wondering if they would make it through the storm.

Then, he suddenly saw a little girl. Apparently the storm meant nothing to her. She had tucked her feet beneath her as she sat on her seat; she was reading a book and everything within her small world was calm and orderly. Sometimes she closed her eyes, then she would read again; then she would straighten her legs, but worry and fear were not in her world. When the plane was being buffeted by the terrible storm, when it lurched this way and that, as it rose and fell with frightening severity, when all the adults were scared half to death, that marvelous child was completely composed and unafraid.

The minister could hardly believe his eyes. It was not surprising therefore, that when the plane finally reached its destination and all the passengers were hurrying to disembark, he lingered to speak to the girl whom he had watched for such a long time. Having commented about the storm and the behavior of the plane, he asked why she had not been afraid. The child simply replied:
global hands
{Photo Credit}

My Daddy is the pilot of this plane,
and he's taking me home.
~ Author Unknown

Heavenly Father,
With you, we have nothing to fear. ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. You are our Abba Daddy. You have us in the palms of your nail-scarred hands. As we journey through life, help us to remember WHO is with us, WHO is guiding us, WHO is taking us safely home. Let us rest in you and enjoy the ride. In Jesus' name, Amen.~






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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

The Greatest of These~






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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

It's Coming - Don't Give Up!~







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Monday, June 3, 2013

Living Free!~

An ant may not have much to show for himself,
no fancy car,
no high dollar home,
no star on Hollywood Boulevard,
but according to Proverbs 6, this little guy is our model for success.

Diligent.
Hard working.
A self-starter, go-getter, living-free trend setter.

Proverbs 6 is all about living free, and the ant shows us how.

1. Don't set a trap for yourself

My son, don't put up money for what your neighbor owes.
Don't agree to pay up for someone else.
Don't be trapped by what you have said.
Don't be caught by the words of your mouth. ~ Proverbs 6:1-2, NIRV


The ant doesn't say "yes" to anything that one day may have him wishing he'd said no.

He tends to his business.

As a result, he lives free.

2. Don't steal tomorrow's rewards by wasting today

The ant doesn't kick back and simply hope, come winter, he will have food to eat or an anthill to call home. With no one other than himself to spur him on, he awakes early each day, making the most of every moment, every opportunity, every day to ensure his needs (and the needs of his family) are met and to witness hope turned into reality.

He tends to his business.

As a result, he lives free.


3.  Don't tear down, build up

There are six things the Lord hates.
There are seven things he cannot stand:
a proud look,
a lying tongue,
hands that kill innocent people, 
a mind that thinks up evil plans,
feet that are quick to do evil,
a witness who lies,
and someone who starts arguments among families. ~ Proverbs 6:16-19, NCV

The ant doesn't concern himself with the affairs of others. He spends his time concentrating on his own responsibilities and actions. He doesn't judge, compare or criticize.  He doesn't plot evil or device ways to harm.  He lives in community with all the ants in his colony. 

He tends to his business.

As a result, he lives free.

Yeah I'm Free, Free Fallin'
{Photo Credit}

Living free.......

Tending to HIS business. 

Doing what God has called us to do. 

Accomplishing that for which we were created. 

Building up the body of Christ. 

Bringing glory and honor to our God.


Like the ant,
may we listen to the voice of our creator and live our lives
tending to HIS business,
living in the freedom that comes when we live according to HIS wisdom.

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Sunday, June 2, 2013

He Bends Down to Listen~






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