Do you count sheep to go to sleep?
God’s gate is not locked…but only one way to enter…Jesus.
Or maybe wonder how can sheep live in the desert?
Can an oasis provide for all the sheep?
Do sheep have a sense of a direction or need to rely on their shepherd?
Maybe that’s a bit too much to help the mind clear for dozing…
Basics for sheep – greens, water and a shepherd. If one strays – the shepherd goes after the one. He risks his life for his sheep.
We are like those sheep. We stray more than we know. Our shepherd keeps calling, looking, seeking to bring us back with the flock.
Are you hearing the shepherd call? Do you know His voice?
I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
Categories: adventure, change, comfort zone, expectations, follow God, God is faithful, Jesus, peace, real love, relationships, trust
Tags: gate, sheep
Do you jump to conclusions you don’t know are truth?
(we become what we think)
We have thoughts faster than our mind can process. They’re not always about others, often they’re about ourselves.
…someone didn’t return our call – they must be mad…
…no thank you for the meal – it must have been bad…
Walking down the street, Jesus saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked, “Rabbi, who sinned: this man or his parents, causing him to be born blind?”
Jesus said, “You’re asking the wrong question. You’re looking for someone to blame. There is no such cause-effect here. Look instead for what God can do.
John 9:1-4 Message
This blind man was healed with spit and mud. Some thought that impossible and others were upset it happened on a Sabbath. Were they looking at the right thing?
God did not create in black and white. He has great imagination. He likes the word mystery and speaks in parables…not to confuse but because He wants to be the one to help us to understand.
Note to self: stop trying to figure it all out on my own…listen to Him.
Categories: adventure, confusion, expectations, faith, God first, Holy Spirit, influence, meeting needs, mystery, ponderings, prayer, rest, trust, wisdom
Tags: focus, questions
Have you ever climbed a pyramid?
The angle is steep, the steps are slim, and there is no hand rail. I was thankful the one in Mexico was an excavated site and a hill alongside allowed a gentle walk down. Imagine all these being been built without machinery.
I was pretty naive when I told God I would follow wherever He led. Some may think I still am, but I feel like Peter, “Jesus, where would I go? You have the words of life. I’m committed and confident that you are the Way, the Truth and the Life.” John 6:68, John 14:6
I’m not in a distant country as I imagined since that Mexico trip in 2000, but even here, some steps seem treacherous, the safety net is invisible, and I often wonder if I’m even climbing the right mountain.
My faith is in you Lord and I trust Your beautiful imagination is designing something incredible!
Categories: adventure, comfort zone, expectations, faith, follow God, God is faithful, hope, Jesus, living in fear, praise, seeing beyond, trust
What do you have faith in?
To some the paycheck is faith.
For others health, meds, or insurance.
Maybe it’s family or friends.
Most have given up faith in social security…(sigh)
I remember when some of my faith was in alcohol and escape…
Thank you Father for a different faith. Faith that defies the logic of the brain and goes to the creative core. Faith that knows Your love and trusts Your word. Faith that brings peace in turmoil and light to darkness. Faith that shows me in the mirror that I am more than a conqueror with You.
Hebrews 11 talks about the history of great faith and it’s not just for a good story – it’s for us to build upon…
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for…who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised. Hebrews 11:1-2, 33
**with every reassuring part of God’s word there are parts that make me go “Huh?” So I press in, pray, ask, listen, and seek more…thanks for joining as I do. Bless you!
Categories: attitude, blessings, expectations, faith, God is faithful, hope, meeting needs, peace, praise, real love, trust
“Don’t let someone dim your light, simply because it’s shining in their eyes.” ~ Unknown
Do you find most people want to dumb down their capabilities and amazing parts of their lives OR put their billboard in your face?
To me it seems like more extremes than betweens.
Is it lack of confidence?
Are they thinking its humble?
Did they forget who created them?
I was thinking of the creation story and God making man AND woman in His image. He did not distinguish between believers and those who don’t.
A few weeks ago I was picturing people everywhere holding little mirrors.
Pick up your little mirror. What do you see?
None of us carry all of Him – but we all carry some of Him.
Do you see Him? Can others?
I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Ephesians 4:1
Categories: attitude, day to day, expectations, follow God, Holy Spirit, living in fear, negative words, pleasing others, rejection, relationships, seeing beyond, trust
Tags: humble, mirror, reflection
Paintings often have a life of their own. They weave a story that isn’t always part of our plan. Creating live during worship stretches me and many weeks it’s actually difficult. This was one.
In February I decided I would try a continuing piece as we studied the journey of Jesus in the writings of John.
Abstract and realistic? Are you sure God?
A woman was very touched the first week and asked if she could buy it. I asked her to wait until it was finished to decide. Rivers were flowing from her eyes as she saw a special message from God in the final piece.
It makes the difficult and unknown so very worth it!
We don’t always know our impact on others, but He does. It’s not about all of it being easy. It is about sharing what He needs us to share.
Categories: adventure, anticipation, blessings, comfort zone, expectations, faith, follow God, Holy Spirit, influence, meeting needs, pleasing others, praise, relationships, trust, worship
Do you ever think back to how you viewed a tough situation before and now would say, “That was nothing!”
It makes me laugh… there is never boredom on this journey!!!
I remember when I thought following God’s plan would be the smoother road!
He knows how to lift us out of the pit, breathe life into our souls, give wings to our dreams, and hold us tight as we prepare to jump what seems a great abyss…
We are never alone. Father, Son and Spirit are with us every step of the way – IF we invite them on the journey…
Imagine what four can do instead of one…
Mortals make elaborate plans,
but God has the last word.
Humans are satisfied with whatever looks good;
God probes for what is good.
Put God in charge of your work,
then what you’ve planned will take place.
Categories: adventure, anticipation, follow God, God is faithful, Holy Spirit, hope, Jesus, mystery, relationships, trust
Tags: challenges, plans, success
This is not just a vision test…
Cover one eye – look at your surroundings.
What is the main difference seeing with only one eye?
Unless you have some other unique thing – the main difference is a limited field of vision. The scenery doesn’t change it is just how much of it you see.
Now cover half of your brain -
Did you find that a little difficult?
What is the main difference if using one side of your brain?
Our sight is very similar to our brain – logic vs creative, knowledge vs revelation.
We have gotten very used to using the grown-up, rational, and responsible part of our brain so we can be serious and conscientious people. But God created us ALL with a right brain too – a creative side. A place of dreams, passions, and innovative ideas. Unfortunately we often outgrow.
Maybe it’s time for some change.
Sometimes we have to use our imagination to see things differently.
As snow slowly melts, we get a glimpse of the grass that will eventually spring to life. We remember and imagine how it will be again.
How often are we trying to get something back to where it was before?
A recent message used an image of a spiral staircase. Yes, we go in circles but our steps should be taking us upward.
In Philippians Paul shares amazing progress even while in jail. He continues to rejoice and writes…
Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky… Philippians 2:14-15
If our focus is up – nothing can keep us down!