Spirit-Taught

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The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us. This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual realities with Spirit-taught words. The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit.

1 Corinthians 2:10-14

“The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God.”  Why wouldn’t we want to know the Spirit?  Why wouldn’t we be banging at the Spirit’s door wanting to enter and be in relationship with him?  “….in words taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual realities with Spirit-taught words.”  I would rather sit in prayer waiting on communion and fellowship with the Spirit than have the knowledge of every Biblical commentary written to date.  The Spirit teaches with an understanding that is beyond the mind of this world.

As Christians who want to move forward into receiving and sharing the glory of God we must be in relationship with the Spirit.  No book, man, song, movie, sermon, will ever be able to plunge the depths of God and bring understanding to our minds and souls as the Spirit can and will.  Be willing to step away from the the safety of man’s interpretation of scripture and be taught by the Spirit of God Himself.  Be willing to be spread, changed.  Be willing to trust that God/Jesus/Spirit loves  you and will teach you; one on one.

We must spread our wings and fly or be ever dependent upon others to bring us daily sustenance of their choosing.  I pray that we all choose and learn to fly.  The Spirit will soar with us to places we never imagined and feed us with nourishment that will satisfy as nothing in this world would ever be able to do.

Let’s Fly,

Kay

Shaken

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But you have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God, the Judge of all, to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.

See to it that you do not refuse him who speaks. If they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, how much less will we, if we turn away from him who warns us from heaven? At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, “Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.”The words “once more” indicate the removing of what can be shaken—that is, created things—so that what cannot be shaken may remain.  

Hebrews 12:22-27

I tend to repeat old patterns, not necessarily good patterns.  Patterns that cause hurt, discord, angst, upheaval, struggle, despair, worry, fret………  And I can get very disgusted and upset with myself and wonder why I repeat such awful behavior and vile thoughts.  (For those who see me in real life, don’t ask…I am not telling.)

While reading Hebrews today, I think I began to see a piece of the puzzle; to understand this repetition of insanity.  These repetitive acts and thoughts come around again and again to shake me off of the firm foundation.  God will allow this craziness until I can no longer be shaken; until I take a stand….until I say, “No more, it is finished!”

We so often want the easy way out, “God, just heal me.  Take these thoughts away.  Heal my wrong mind set.  Make me whole.”  God wants nothing more than for us to be healed, whole, happy….BUT we were not made as puppets.  God blessed us with free will to choose Him or not.  God gave us a mind and desires that we can either bring into alignment with Him or in opposition to Him or without any thought of Him at all.

As we live we are being “perfected” for heaven; made ready for our real home, our real country of origin.  And in doing so some shaking has to happen.  The dust and debris of this world needs to be shaken off so that we can enter the heavenly Holy of Holies.  Yes, Christ’s blood covers us and makes us ready before the Lord, but the debris of this world wants to cling tightly and steal from us the heavenly Kingdom that we can experience here, now on earth.  So God allows us to be shaken as many times as it takes, until we are ready to say, “Enough!” and stand firm, shaken clean.

I now get it why a repeated circumstance enters my life.  God is allowing the circumstance so that the dust may be shaken out of this old “rug”.  He is helping me to choose to be free.  His patience and love for me will endure.  He will not give up on me so that”….what cannot be shaken may remain.”

I so hope this makes some sense to you, Reader, because to me it was a 1000 watt light bulb that went off in my mind and my spirit.  I pray, Lord, that these words I have written bring light and not confusion.  Speak to the hearts and minds of those that read this message that they will see and understand Your Truth.  Thank You, Lord.

Getting the Dust Out,

Kay

Celebrating on the Edge

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Moses sent messengers from Kadesh to the king of Edom, saying:

“This is what your brother Israel says: You know about all the hardships that have come on us. Our ancestors went down into Egypt, and we lived there many years. The Egyptians mistreated us and our ancestors, but when we cried out to the Lord, he heard our cry and sent an angel and brought us out of Egypt.

“Now we are here at Kadesh, a town on the edge of your territory. Please let us pass through your country. We will not go through any field or vineyard, or drink water from any well. We will travel along the King’s Highway and not turn to the right or to the left until we have passed through your territory.”

Numbers 20:14-17

What territory do you need to pass through?  Are you living on the “edge” of something?

I friend and I took a hike yesterday at a park where we have been multiple times before.  I have come to this exact spot through all four seasons and in various types of weather; it is beautiful.  Yesterday when we came up over the ridge and were excited to see the vista, we were surprised and thrilled to see that someone had put Christmas ornaments on this little pine tree which is vying for life on the edge of the cliff; a little unexpected surprise upon our journey.

The interesting thing about yesterday’s journey is that my friend and  got lost about 20 minutes after seeing this glorious sight.  We got a little too full of ourselves and tried a trail that neither of us had ever been on before, in a far section of the park that we had not been.  Yep, lost, going in circles and my cell phone decided to die on me at that juncture in time.  Let the good times roll!

What is my point in all of this?  This IS the Christian life; life on the edge, passing through unfamiliar territory and at times, hostile territory.  We all too often depend upon known means for safety; i.e. cell phone.  We come through an “Egypt” experience and think, “It has to be all smooth sailing after this!”  And along the way we are given beautiful, unexpected blessings and gifts to lighten our spirits and put a spring in our step.  Then somehow we step off of the “King’s Highway”; sometimes through no intentional thought or action of our own and sometimes we get a little too big for our britches and think we can try a little on our own.

Obviously we made it out.  “How?”, you ask.  Great question!  We had a MAP!  Old map, outdated map……but still a map.  On the map were large landmarks. The landmark that put us back in the right direction was a creek; a stream of life……  Oh!  “The Water of Life”, you say.  Absolutely right!!!!  With the Bible, our map for life, and the Lord, our living water, we will always find the right direction.  Once we figured out which way we needed to go it still was a good long trek to familiar territory, but we had direction.

So if you are living in “Egypt” right now, God will free you if you ask.  If you are traveling through a “foreign” land right now, God will make a way for you, just stay on the “King’s Highway.”  Enjoy the blessings along the way.  AND if you get too big for your bitches and wonder off, look for the “signs” of our Living God and consult the “Map.”

Going hiking again tomorrow BUT this time we are going with my friend who knows the park like the back of her hand!  Always take God along, He built this world…..He knows it like the back of His hand.

Let the Adventures Roll,

Kay

The Son

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“The Son is the radiance of God’s glory…..”

Hebrews 1:3

Wow!  Awesome!  Gives me chills!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

What an incredible message for a Monday morning.  Make this verse your prayer for the entire day.  Just keep repeating it over and over and let’s see what this Monday will bring.

Loving His Radiance,

Kay

Keeping Watch

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This is the back side of my garage.  The brick building in the distance is the nursing home where my mother currently is living.  As I have shared prior, we purchased our current home in a sheriff sale and the house and property needed major work.  I have spent two spring/summers spending, what seems like endless hours in the yard, removing the jungle of weeds and overgrowth to reveal the plants that were suffocating underneath.  Lots of hours outside, lots of hours where I felt as though I was all alone in a nightmare of choking plants.

This afternoon I walked over to the nursing home to visit Mom.  While there I ran into a dear friend from back in high school days, and while talking with her another graduate from our alma mater joined in the conversation.  Participant number two works at the nursing home and she proceeded to tell me a story of an older gentleman who lives on the second floor (Mom lives on the 3rd floor).  She told me that this man watches me while I work out in my yard.  He tells the nursing home staff, “The pretty lady is not home, she just left.”  Or he will fill them in on what he has seen me doing on any particular day.  He keeps close tabs on my whereabouts and refers to me as the “pretty lady.”

I found it very interesting to learn that all of those hours, days, weeks when I felt completely alone, there was someone keeping watch over me and sharing my activities with others.  Whereas in some circumstances this situation may feel creepy, I felt comforted.  I was reminded that my Savior watches over me constantly, knows my whereabouts and keeps His angels alert concerning me.

Psalm 121
A song of ascents.

1 I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
where does my help come from?
2 My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
3 He will not let your foot slip—
he who watches over you will not slumber;
4 indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The Lord watches over you—
the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
6 the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.
7 The Lord will keep you from all harm—
he will watch over your life;
8 the Lord will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.

Now when I go outside I am going begin waving to the second floor of the nursing home.  Have no idea which room is his or if he will ever see me, but feel that in waving I am saying, “Lord, I know You are here with me, I know You cherish me and declare me lovely, and I want You to know that I see You and I thank You.”  The Lord loves us in more ways then we will ever know.  Amen and Amen!

The Pretty Lady,

Kay

 

 

 

Wandering Far from Home

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“Does God give you his Spirit and work miracles among you because you observe the law, or because you believe what you heard?”

Galatians 3:5

So where have I been again?!  Consistency has not been my strong suit for many, many months now.  Truth be told, I have been wandering….drifting.  Trying to make sense of worldly issues that are none of my business, but I have allowed them to hang heavy upon my heart and mind and it has robbed me of joy.

If faith is based upon right and wrong; good and evil, it will not hold up to the lies of the Deceiver.  Living by the law takes way more effort and energy than any human possesses.  Living by the law is living by our might and power.  There have been times in life when issues have blind sided me, hit me by surprise right smack between the eyes.  Due to the uniqueness  and suddenness, I have often times reverted to trying to mentally resolve the issue/conflict through the lens of right and wrong.  I am 56 years old, why have I not figured out yet that just does not work?!  The only thing that way of thinking does is to send me into mental gymnastics.  Exhausting and wrought with turmoil and heaviness; no peace.

Then I decide to go “home”.  Home, the place where my Savior lives.  Home, the place where acceptance is without question.  The only thing that Jesus really ever asks of us is to be home with Him.  I am using “home” figuratively.  It is not the house where I live or the house I lived in as a child, but the life that Jesus created for He and I to dwell in together.  And when I am home with Jesus, He asks me, “Do you, Kay, believe what you heard?  Do you believe what I have told you?”  And when I stop thinking about what is right and wrong and when I start listening to the voice of my Lord, the spark of peace begins to ignite  once again.

So I am trying to find my way home again.  I have been wandering for far too long.  I hunger for His peace.  I am choosing to spend time remembering what the Lord has told me.  It is not always an easy choice to make when the world is jumping up and down screaming, “Look at me, over here, look this way!”  But a choice that I am deciding to make each moment of this day.

Have you found your way home?

Kay