not always easy to understand . . . or imagine there’s GOOD in any of it.
I mean. There are times that it’s easier to wonder why, me? Admittedly, sometimes this question is asked as if, I’m entitled to something that I think God is withholding from me. BUT. I’m talking about this question in context of being interrupted in the times of life when everything seems to be cruising along as it “should.”
One thing I’ve learned is that I need to have a greater perspective of the now and the not yet of God. This requires me to do the stand still thing in order to see the big picture. Yep. You will see the stand still thing mentioned in the article entitled, “DIFFERENT” and hear about it tomorrow, July 16, at RED DOOR CHURCH at 10:30 am.
So. Here’s some of my perspective of this last week–take a look at these articles:
One of my favorite old houses is abandoned and neglected.
I see the charm of long ago and and the potential for something more.
And, I’m encouraged when I walk by it every. single. time. Because. When you and I invite God into the stuff of life, God will make it NEW.
The possibilities within and around us are endless when it comes to God’s NEW.
Even though the last book of the NEW Testament is a challenge to understand–it all comes together in this one sentence–“See, I am making all things new” (Revelation 21:5, Voice).
NEW is a supernatural work of God, powerfully promised.
It’s a simple and powerful prayer for this week : “God, take the abandoned and neglected in my life and make it NEW.”
Today and all things in it are new when God is invited–Kerrie
I love the early hours of the morning. It’s the time of day that’s helped me through the seasons of life, especially in the hard of it all. My soul needs the early more than it needs extra sleep.
It’s when I can actually be quiet. It’s refreshing and life-changing every. single. day.
New comes in the early morning.
I’ve seen. I’ve experienced. I know the truth of it.
The light invades the darkness of the night bringing the new of the day.
The power of it is pressed into one of my favorite God-words found in Lamentations 3: 22-24 in the Voice translation:
How enduring is God’s loyal love; the Eternal has inexhaustible compassion. Here they are, every morning, new! Your faithfulness, God, is as broad as the day. Have courage, for the Eternal is all that I will need. My soul boasts, “Hope in God; just wait.”
These words were broadcasted by the ancient man, Jeremiah, who was known as the weeping prophet. The prophet saw the world sitting deep in a dark pit. BUT. He also saw the light breaking through the darkness, giving promise and power to the deepest and darkest of times.
These words have held and changed me. I stand with Jeremiah, certain that God never fails, waiting with hope for the moment the Light breaks through the darkness with a love so powerful that our NEW begins right then and there.
Praying for your NEW in the early of the morning–Kerrie
~I hope you will take time with this God-word from Lamentations, allowing it to grab your soul. You can find a bit more about it in these articles:
We sat at the table together–a good portion of the RDC faith community–sharing lunch and conversation. One of the many things I love about our community is that we’re all ages–not young or old–BUT balanced. I think it’s easy to miss the value of what it means for all generations to be in community together.
I blame my generation. We believed our generation knew best. We were wrong. I don’t think we should segregate ages but instead integrate ages.
Anyways . . .
One of my favorites comes to the table each time we meet. She’s 84. She and my dad are the oldest in our faith community. She’s sassy and always has something to say. The thing is . . . we all lean in to hear . . . ready to laugh as well as to receive her wisdom.
Here’s my take-away from what she said this last Sunday:
Appreciate the moment.
Enjoy your life now.
I mean. Seriously. These are wise words to live by–Kerrie
Life can be different. Often.
There’s good and hard different. The thing is . . . we’re called to DIFFERENT . . . to BE DIFFERENT and to DO DIFFERENT when we choose to live the with-God life.
When the choice is made to live the with-God life, there’s an assurance life will be in the realm of God’s GOOD, even when it’s interrupted with a hot-mess.
If, you’ve lived 2.5 seconds you know what I’m talking about. You know the stuff that comes at you faster than a speeding bullet and appears to have wrecked the dreams held within you. The key is to do the stand still thing. I know this sounds DIFFERENT. It is.
The stand still thing is part of the conversation we’ll be having at Red Door Church tomorrow. And. Of course. I’m beyond excited to talk about it. BECAUSE. It’s wildly awesome.
For now, let it rest here– God’s DIFFERENT is polar opposite than the different that hits us upside down as the world spins out of control. And. God’s DIFFERENT always has supernatural GOOD in it. Always–Kerrie
Praying God’s GOOD in all things . . . I’m confident this prayer is for yours, mine, and ours . . . all the time.
I would love to connect with you.