A drink worth the refreshing

 

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Let my heart speak and my mind listen.  I try not to force my mind to think something but instead let my heart and mind speak for themselves.  There are times when indecision would like to complicate good and joyful choices, and sometimes it is our past that makes us sink into not making a choice that is available and there for the rightful taking.

I have been examining what this whole thought of JOY really is as I have been reading Choose Joy because Happiness Isn’t Enough by Kay Warren.  Truthfully, this author is believable because of her experiences.  She is co-founder with the pastor and her husband Rick Warren of, Saddleback church, an evangelical megachurch of several thousand members.  One key thought I take designed on my own from her book is about the heart.  The heart is mechanical in that it does it’s daily routine to pump the blood to all areas of the body; however the heart is also permeable in that it influences the thoughts of the mind and takes in a wealth of emotions like love.  When the heart wants to think the mind needs to answer and vice versa.

Sometimes we are not sure which part of our being is truly telling the truth, so we need an answer to our questions in our heart.  Kay  Warren describes in her book that this was also the life of the tribes and people of the Bible.  Take for instance the  Israelites centuries ago when they forgot the power source of God in their hearts and minds.  She explains at this time they had been freed from slavery which would have been very freeing to the heart and mind, but their heart and mind was very soon tricked to follow after other gods and make idols for themselves.  The Israelites centuries ago, may have had questions in their mind like “What is next, we’ve been fed manna from heaven daily and had a cloud to follow with us, but where are you now God?” Maybe they instead said, I am not hungry but fed, and I am just bored what can I do with myself maybe this idol will be entertaining to make, to talk to, to believe in and that will show my success?  Kay describes the human attempt to not choose God as the source of joy as Jeremiah describes relying on a “cistern for water” instead of a “living spring.”  “Cisterns, unlike living springs, Warren explains were large pits dug into rocks that were used to collect rainwater.  Not only was the water in cisterns dirty, but it could also easily run out if the rains were light that year.”

Jesus said,

“but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4:14 NIV

God offers all a true source of living water and that is Jesus.  Allowing the mind and heart to listen to his truth is cleansing and brings JOY.  What might one become by accepting his living water?

Truly,

 

 

FAITH

Brighten your night

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Fear is what we need to turn around

The fear that captivates the mind

Liking to take hold of you as if the evil of this dark world has already won

Society has its ills; there is no doubting this

There is  a need to call out societies’ troubles as humanity

Do we take the time to look at our own personal fears

Lingering on the evil that is present

Why not face fear and say “No” you will not have control over me?

Would we rather run towards fear of not believing,

Leaving the hatred, the negative power that is created by the Origin of darkness.

 

Beautifying, illuminating fear is in contrast

The fear of God

This God of the beginnings and Mightiness does not promise

One simple gift and offer a substitute that lacks faithfulness and longevity

Fearing God instead brings inner fears relieved

Promises that if I am seeking God, I am trusting in spiritual provision

Why not fear God and say “I am going to run to a true light source not an imitation”

“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”  John 1:5

 

 

Truly,

 

FAITH

 

 

 

 

 

 

Triggered to Love

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Trapped in the middle of going forward, staying where you are and backtracking is a state that seems to perplex the mind relentlessly.  For those of us that like to hold to a very strong conviction to serve others in our community, school, workplace, church sometimes these areas of service can be very difficult in measuring success or growth for others.  Following through on our convictions to serve, there will be times when it doesn’t all look positive.  One of the books that I ran to in my faith research was a book titled, Willing to Walk on Water, by Caroline Barnett.

To introduce her and recommend her book, Caroline Barnett married Senior Pastor Matthew Barnett and the two currently serve thousands of inner-city families and individuals with the basic necessities of life at the Dream Center in Los Angeles.  Her story is beyond miraculous as to how God has grown this ministry in “God sized” ways including the support of volunteers and financial resources that have been provided.  With all of the growth and visible favor, she describes the challenges that come with not always being able to calculate the good that is actually accomplished.  She recounts stories of families that have been greatly impacted by the ministry as well as those that seem to have relapsed.

While reading, Willing to Walk on Water, there were a couple of key reminders that one in a state of indecision needs to resort to and gather concretely in the constructs of the spiritual mind.

First, don’t let your mind play tricks on you.  What is healthy is that you love wherever you are and much of the time you will be asked to love in “less than lovable” circumstances.  Just as you go about loving them, go knowing God loves you dearly.

Second, let God love you.  Being willing to fall in love with who God is and that you were a part of his plan all along to bring him glory.  You can be one to show his handiwork, his interest in your soul, and his patient plan from the beginning to bring a Great Savior to redeem the souls of man.

Third, read God’s truth because it will put your mind at ease if you believe it to be the word of God.   His word is the source of all timeless truth.  I can remember plenty of times in sorrow that I found Jesus to be a Savior that sorrows with those that sorrow.

“He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.  Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.” Isaiah 53:3 (N.I.V.)

Indecision and lack of self-assurance can creep up on us, but I find when I lack control, God is willing to direct me if I submit to his ways which are better than my own.  Have you become at times less than assured of God’s providential care; I pray you will find rest of mind as you go to him.

Truly,

 

FAITH