Confirmation

 

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Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us,  just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word.  With this in mind, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, I too decided to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus,  so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.

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These last few months, life has been full of land mines.  Unfortunately, I have stepped on a few and suffered the repercussions because of them.  It has been a time where joy and sorrow coexist and in that my thoughts have often been muddled.

My mother was given an original pastel art work of the most beautiful depiction of the crucifixion that I have ever seen.  I recently had it reframed and housed behind a protective glass.  I picked the finished piece up from the framer on the first day of Lent; not intended….but so appropriate.  Yesterday while a friend was visiting at my home, I pointed to the portrait of Christ and said, “I fell in love with Him when I was 16 years old.”  And BOOM, just like that, I was flooded with the unquestioning fact that I am in love with Jesus and have been since I was a young teen.  There was something so powerful in physically pointing to the One that I love and declaring who He is to me.  It went from being words that I have said time and time again, to a reality that flooded my being.  I am in love with Jesus the Christ.

Picking up the Bible this morning, I chose to begin reading the Book of Luke once again.  I was struck by the words, “…so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.”  Certainty, confirmation, assurance, guarantee……  This Christian walk happens in a world full of land mines.  It is ridiculously easy to allow our minds to become muddled, clouded, preoccupied, unproductive for His Kingdom.  BUT our God is great and so awesome that He does NOT leave us out there to wander in circles, but provides ways that we, “…may know the certainty of the things we have been taught.”  He provided that for me yesterday in that beautiful artwork.  He drew me away from a field of land mines by reminding me of the account of my own walk with Christ.  He filled my soul with the certainty that what I have based my faith upon is true and sure.  He provided me the opportunity to declare out loud my love for Him and it immersed me in a flood of love and affirmation.

Pay attention to the confirmations that God is placing in your path.  He desires for us certainty in this life we live for Him.  If your mind is muddled, look up instead of within.  Draw out of yourself and be open to seeing, hearing, smelling, touching the confirmations that the Lord is providing for you.  The Lord does not leave us or forsake us…..of this I am certain.

Bless Your Heart,

Kay

 

Foreign Aid

Ruth 1:1

In the days when the judges ruled, there was a famine in the land, and a man from Bethlehem in Judea, together with his wife and two sons went to live for a while in the country of Moab.

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Don’t you find it interesting that this set apart people, the Israelites, often had to leave the God given land of Jerusalem and Judea in order to survive?  The land flowing with “milk and honey”, the land blessed by God, some times was not safe.  Was it that God could not provide for His people or was something else a foot?

To the Israelites, a Moabite was unclean, vile.  And yet it was to Moab that Elimelech, Naomi, Mahlon, and Chilion move when Judea no longer could provide nourishment.  Why?  Is there a lesson for us in just this very first verse of the Book of Ruth?  I think the answer is “Yes.”

Sometimes staying amongst our “own people” is detrimental to our well being.  Sometimes life is preserved by “outsiders”, those not like us; looks, beliefs actions, likes, dislikes, etc.  Sometimes refusing to move on from the old ways, can mean starvation; starvation of the soul/body/spirit.  Sometimes a Moabite is just who we need.  Sometimes a Moabite is who God is helping us to meet.

It is much too easy for us Christians to keep the box of what we believe so neat and tidy that there is no room for growth, no room for nourishment, no room for blessings, no room for God.

I challenge all of us to break out of our self-imposed boxes and travel with God to places and thoughts previously unknown to us so that we can stretch and grow as Believers in Christ.  I would like to hear about the Moabites you meet along the way and what you learn from them.  God did not set us apart to exclude others. We have been set apart by blessing so we may be a blessing to others.

Bless Your Heart,

Kay

In the Land of the Living

Psalm 27: 13-14

I am still confident of this; I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.  Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.

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Dear Friends,

I am preparing today to go to another funeral.  This time the funeral is for an 18 year old young lady.

Prayers are always answered but not always the way we desire for them to be answered.

When darkness rips beauty away, I am drawn to the Psalms.  When I hear repeated callous remarks from some who call themselves Christian, I am drawn to the Psalms.  When nations fight in horrific acts of terror and violence, I am drawn to the Psalms.  When my soul has been battered by that which is in opposition to Grace, I am drawn to the Psalms.  When sin/evil/darkness destroys and I feel absolutely helpless and inadequate in the face of such ugliness, I am drawn to the Psalms.

My heart says of you, ‘Seek his face!’  Your face, Lord, I will seek. (vs 8)  And as I sought your face today, Lord, you told me that I WILL see the goodness of the Lord NOW in the land of the living.  Just wait for it.  Hang in there.  Be cheered.  Be strengthened.  Breathe.  Kay, wait for Me.  I, the Lord, have it all handled; just wait and see.

It is good to be reminded that God will prevail.  That this world He created is His and His goodness will be seen.

I needed that reminder today.

Kay