The Work of Your Fingers

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Psalm 8

Lord, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!

You have set your glory
in the heavens.
Through the praise of children and infants
you have established a stronghold against your enemies,
to silence the foe and the avenger.
When I consider your heavens,
the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
which you have set in place,
what is mankind that you are mindful of them,
human beings that you care for them?

You have made them a little lower than the angels
and crowned them with glory and honor.
You made them rulers over the works of your hands;
you put everything under their feet:
all flocks and herds,
and the animals of the wild,
the birds in the sky,
and the fish in the sea,
all that swim the paths of the seas.

Lord, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!

I was out this morning just as the sun was beginning to wake and there before my eyes was the most glorious low hanging full moon, bright and wondrous against the backdrop of the sky.  It caused me to truly look and see.  So much of life is driving from one errand to the next, checking off our list of “to-do’s.”  But this morning God put such beauty right in front of my face that everything else fell away and I praised Him just for being Him.

Amen and Amen!!

Radiance

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Hebrews 1:3

The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His being, sustaining all things by His powerful word.

This verse is refreshment to my soul.

How can any circumstance, any struggle have power over us when we read Hebrews 1:3?  Jesus the Christ is the radiance of God’s glory!  Can I get an AMEN?!  My soul is doing the “dance of joy!”

All glory and honor to Him who spoke everything into existence.  All glory and honor to Him who sustains ALL things.

Praise Him today.  Praise Him where you are.  Praise Him in your joy and in your suffering.  Raise your eyes to His radiance and see the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords.

Glory!

 

 

 

 

Sealed

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Ephesians 1:13-14

When you believed, you were marked in Him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession–to the praise of His glory.

I am so grateful that Paul wrote the above words; words that I often turn to for assurance and rest.

I have read this passage often and yet today for the first time my eyes and mind absorbed the word “possession.”  I believed, I was sealed with the Holy Spirit to assure my entrance into God’s Kingdom and God took me as His possession; I am owned by Him.  Okay so what does that mean?  Let’s say that I own a book and someone comes into my house and steals that book, who now owns that book?  I still own that book; the other person is just a thief.  The book may be in the possession of the thief, but I am still the one who “paid the price” to own the book.  Not only that but I had stamped my name on the inside cover of the book; proof of my ownership.

Satan is the great deceiver, the father of lies, and he holds nothing back in pursuing God’s children.  I have watched too many brothers and sisters in Christ get lost in this world and tangled in the web of evil’s deception.  This passage from Ephesians is God’s contract that He paid for with Christ’s blood and sealed with the Holy Spirit.  “When you believed, you were marked in Him with a seal…..are God’s possession.”  Satan may steal a believer for a time, but that stolen believer is still God’s possession.

Glory to God!

 

Engraved upon His Hands

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Isaiah 49:15-16

“Can a mother forget the baby at her breast
    and have no compassion on the child she has borne?
Though she may forget,
    I will not forget you!
See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands;”

 

This world can be incredibly harsh.  In those times we need to always remember that the Master has engraved us into His hands.

 

image above by Philip Chircop

The Day After

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Matthew 6:12

And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors.

We ask to be forgiven as we are able to forgive.  How does that look today, the day after the terror in Boston?  What reaction does evil arouse in you, in me?  I know my heart cries for the victims and their loved ones.  I celebrate those who stepped into immediate action to help the injured.  But what do I feel/think of the one(s) who committed this horror?  I am sickened by the actions and deeply grieved, but my reactions to the one who created this horror…..good question?  God calls me to forgive as I want to be forgiven.  Sure seems like a tall order today.

Here is what I know I can and will do.  I pray for the bomber(s) to come face to face with the Living Christ.  I will not curse them or hurl judgements upon them, but will pray for the Light of Christ to fill their hearts and minds.  There is no judge or court in this world that can remove evil.  Only Christ has the power to pierce the darkness.  Only in Christ will justice be found.  Only in Christ can I forgive as I desire to be forgiven.

Cranky

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Psalm 46:10

Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!

I woke up this morning just out of sorts; cranky in other words.  Couldn’t seem to find a reason to smile.  Oh woo is me 😦   So I started asking the Big Man (God) if He had any idea what was my problem.  Looking for a reason just seemed to make me crankier…family beware.  “Come on, God, I know I should not be this way.  There are so many reasons for me to be grateful!”  And yet, no smile crossed my face.  Ever have days like that; days when the sun just does not seem to shine and energy is at a significant low?

Days like these demand a choice.  Will I lean on my mood for my day or on My God?  In the frenzy of trying to pinpoint why I was unstable there was a whisper that said, “Be still and know that I am God.”  Time to stop thinking and start believing.  Does not make me happy right away, but sure gives me a foundation to locate my joy.  Be still, be quiet, stop thinking and stand on the wonderful fact that God is God.  Rest in Him.  Rely on Him.  Give it all to Him.  Get up and smile BECAUSE He is God and I am His kid!

UPDATE on MOM:  She is still in the hospital but has taken a turn for the better.  Amen and Hallelujah!  Thank you for your prayers.

Wisdom and Grace

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Colossians 3:16

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

The picture is of my 96 year old mother and her 98 year old brother.  These two people epitomize wisdom and grace.  The have walked in the ways of the Lord since they were young children.  Their lives show the results of letting the word of Christ dwell richly in ones heart and mind.  They bless the lives of all who know them.  What an incredible legacy, an incredible example they have been and continue to be.  In these later years they have received the changes of life and body with grace and thanksgiving.

I am especially thoughtful of my mom this morning because she was taken to the hospital last night due to pneumonia.  Dear Reader, I would ask for your prayers of health for my mom and thank you in advance.