Psalm 91

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God is good & He adores you!

Go for wisdom…

acquire wisdom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Proverbs 19:8 (NLT)
To acquire wisdom is to love oneself; 
people who cherish understanding will prosper.

ACQUIRE: to get as one’s own: to come into possession or control of: to come to have as a new or added characteristic, trait, or ability: to locate and hold a desired object: develop, cultivate (according to various dictionaries)

CHERISH: to hold dear: feel or show affection for: to keep or cultivate with care and affection: nurture: to entertain or harbor in the mind deeply and resolutely (according to Merriam-Webster)

PROSPER: to succeed in an enterprise or activity; especially: to achieve economic success: to become strong and flourishing: to burgeon (according to various dictionaries)

FLOURISH: to grow luxuriantly: thrive: to achieve success: prosper: to be in a state of activity or production: to reach a height of development or influence (according to Merriam-Webster)

BURGEON: to send forth new growth: bloom: to grow and expand rapidly: accelerate, accumulate, build up, increase, multiply, proliferate, rise, expand, gain, escalate, mount (according to Merriam-Webster)

Burgeoning sounds good to me! Flourishing is pretty spiffy, too!

I want to – acquire – get as my own, come into possession of, and have as a new and added characteristic, trait and ability…wisdom. I want to hold wisdom dear and precious, nurture it, cultivate it, entertain and keep wisdom in my thoughts purposely, and to have wisdom make its home in me.

When wisdom’s home is in me, I will succeed in a special and unique way and will become strong and will flourish. I will grow and thrive and flourish and be productive, fruitful and succeed richly (don’t just think money and things) at what I do. I will develop and grow and become large and strong in my purpose and calling and God will multiply the results of my efforts. This will influence others and point them to Him because my life will represent His goodness and His grace and is a witness and demonstration of Who He is and how He loves and blesses.

Wisdom prospers.

James 1:5 (NLT)
If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and He will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.

I need wisdom. Every day. In everything. More and more. I can so see where not accessing guidance and wisdom from God and leaning to my own strengths and ideas led to failures and less than His best in my life.

So, I am asking…

“Father God, You ARE generous. You ARE good. Your Word is true. I am asking for wisdom and according to James 1:5, You promise to give it to me. I will take it as my own and receive it from You as an added God-like and God given characteristic. I hold it dear and will nurture it and listen and take it deep…purposely and actively. I will put Your wisdom first and deep in my mind as I make choices and face each situation.”

“Father, I love how You love me. Your wisdom is for me and You are generous with it. You will never, ever keep it from me. Your Word says so. And, with it comes success and growth and strength and wholeness – prosperity – in every aspect of my life. You said so. With Your wisdom alive in me, others will see Your goodness working in my life and want You, too. What a gift, honor and privilege. I have You.”

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Simple things…

donkey in trees

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are surrounded by beauty and so much to truly be in awe of. Don’t let the desire for the spectacular deprive you of the appreciation and wonder in the presence of the ordinary. Because the ordinary is actually pretty spectacular.

God is good & He adores you!

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God is good & He adores you!

peaches

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

God is good & He adores you!

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See the beauty. See the good.

never lose sight of the beauty

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

God is good & He adores you!

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Let gratitude abound!

so much to be grateful for

Relax. You’ve got time.

too busy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Martha vs Mary

Spoiler Alert: It’s ok. You’re fine. Jesus isn’t upset and the Father isn’t disappointed because you are “too busy” for Him. Because you’re not. And, this isn’t about how to get up an hour earlier or stay up later or cram another group Bible study into your already daunting schedule. Relax. Ok?

Luke 10:38-42 (NLT)
38 As Jesus and the disciples continued on their way to Jerusalem, they came to a certain village where a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home. 39 Her sister, Mary, sat at the Lord’s feet, listening to what He taught. 40 But Martha was distracted by the big dinner she was preparing. She came to Jesus and said, “Lord, doesn’t it seem unfair to You that my sister just sits here while I do all the work? Tell her to come and help me.”
41 But the Lord said to her, “My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! 42 There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.”

I have been a secret, equal opportunity judger on this one for as long as I can remember. Seeing both sides. A little tough on both of them. I SO want to be like Mary. Yet, I can relate to Martha who resents her. But, how could Martha NOT SEE how important it was to soak up all that Jesus had to say???? Yet, Jesus and His posse had descended on her house and she was responsible to make sure everyone and everything was taken care of and provided…on top of whatever else had to be done on a normal Martha day – unless those things could be put off to make tomorrow more complicated.

Hmmmmm. Torn. Pressured. Offended. Maybe a bit overwhelmed.

Been there? Our hearts yearn for more of Him. To even know what that means in the real world in a real life with real responsibilities and very long days with not enough time in them.

So, we can find ourselves in a very Martha place. Because that’s what our lives look like. A wonderful opportunity walks through our door to spend time with the Master and all we see are the things we need to do. And Him in our house quietly adds pressure to the to-do list and the condemnation in an already crazy life.

So, we make resolutions, grit our teeth, set the alarm earlier, force some quality time with Him (or hate ourselves for every time we hit “snooze”) and wonder why this life doesn’t feel abundant.

It doesn’t have to be an either/or, Martha OR Mary life. I’ve always had the impression that I was either a Martha OR a Mary.

I’m both. You’re both. Not Martha from 9 to 5 and Mary from 5am to 6am. Both. All. Day. Long. 24/7/365.

Really???? How does that work?

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Nothing is impossible

audrey hepburn impossible

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There’s a challenging day ahead for me. Maybe for some of you, too. These lyrics have been swirling through my spirit the last 24 hours…

Don’t need to wait for the sun to shine
. Don’t need to wait for the clouds to clear, 
I’ll still sing. 
I know that my God You’re so good

Don’t need to wait for the waves to still
. Don’t need to wait for the storms to calm
. I’ll still sing. 
I know that my God You’re so good

I praise You. You are for me. 
I praise You. Yes, You love me. 
I praise You. You are faithful
. I praise You. You’ll see me through

Your goodness, Your mercy
 shall follow me all my days
. Your goodness, Your mercy 
shall follow me all my days

Words and music: Andrew Tan

Whatever’s in front of you…

If God is for you, what or who can be against you? (Romans 8:31) And, God is definitely for you.

With God, nothing is impossible. (Luke 1:37, Matthew 19:26, Mark 10:27) Jesus said so. Nothing. What we’re facing hasn’t stumped Him or outmatched Him. Whatever it is falls into the “NOTHING” category here.

He’s already overcome whatever it is. Jesus said that here on earth, we would have difficulties and even some harsh stuff happen. But, He said to go ahead and be cheerful (whaaaaat???). Why? Because He has already overcome this world and all it has to throw at us.

John 16:33 (HCSB)
“I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. You will have suffering in this world. Be courageous! I have conquered the world.”
John 16:33 (NLT) “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”

So, let’s have peace. Let’s take heart and be courageous. He’s conquered and overcome. Already. For us.

Here’s one of my absolute favorite songs. “Nothing Is Impossible” by Planetshakers. I don’t even know how to estimate how many times I’ve listened and sung along. Do yourself a big favor and listen/watch.

God is good & He adores us.

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Get ready to party…

party time

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I love Psalm 91. It is bold. It is assuring. It is over-the-top. It’s truth.

Psalm 91:14-16 (MSG)
“If you’ll hold on to Me for dear life,” says God,
“I’ll get you out of any trouble. 
I’ll give you the best of care 
if you’ll only get to know and trust Me.
 Call Me and I’ll answer, be at your side in bad times;
 I’ll rescue you, then throw you a party.
 I’ll give you a long life,
 give you a long drink of salvation!”

Stand on it. Stand in it. Stand behind it. Hold on. For dear life. He’s got it – and He’s got you. Get ready to party.

God is good & He adores you.

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All things ARE possible!

all things are possible