Kiss us with the kisses of Your lips

These things happened

to them as examples

They were written down

as warnings for us,

on whom the culmination

of the ages has come.

1 Cor. 10:11

From the beginning of time

We hear God in Scripture

He’s showing His caring love

but we also His corrective love.

His caring love is seen

As He comes near

He in a compassionate voice

walks up to us

asks questions of us

gives direction to us

provides provision for us

and He surrounds in protection.

His corrective love

We God communicating

in the bio sketches of individuals,

we hear our Lords voice

in the lives of ancient families

We see God’s sovereign control

In the rise and fall of Nations.

We see those many

Who turn their backs

on God’s caring love

Who drift off into

destructive behavior.

God provides them

God provides for us:

He His riches of grace in Christ.

When we fail to possess

all our possessions in our Lord

we’re then vulnerable

to the snares and traps

of the enemy of our souls.

If we falter

If we’re pinned to the mat

in our wrestling match

with the forces of evil darkness

We get corrected

We’re plunged into enemy captivity

We experience the losses

We endure the damages.

We study God’s voice through

patriarchs,

judges,

prophets,

poets,

kings,

apostles,

pastors

and teachers.

We hear His cautions

We feel His warnings

We ponder these lives

We meditate on His dealings

Each page of scripture

Is a fountain of life

Each word is vital to define

Each phrase of His voice

Is echoing God’s volumes

about our Saviors compassion

Our Lord Jesus love for our soul

And we muse on Him

And in adoring awe we cry

O love that will not let us go

We rest our weary soul in thee

We owe our life to You

Christ! You are

the fulfillment of the ages

You are the Ancient of days

You spoke everything

into existence

And by Your voice all things exist

You began all things

You’ll end all things

You wrote this first phrases

of life “by in the Beginning God”

You”ll soon write the final lines

displaying the wages of sin

and demonstrating eternal life

through Your glorious return

even so come Lord Jesus

In Your caring love

In Your corrective love

As righteousness and love

As justice and peace

Kiss each other

Kiss us with

the kisses of Your lips

Your love is superior

to everything this world

has to offer

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Eyes to the sun

Surviving in the extreme storm

We will dwell again in His shade.

We will flourish like the grain.

We will blossom like a vine.

Hosea 14:7

Last night it dropped down

to 28 degrees.

The plants in our garden are

bowing down in the frigid chill.

Our previously admired blooms

are constricted by ice.

There beauty and delicate

fragrance are pushed into a

wintertime hibernation

Winter is merciless,

Our flowers droop in shock,

There petals are choked by a

savage frosty strangulation.

There glory has departed.

Just to make things interesting

our thermostat is being finicky

I bought an inexpensive

replacement at Home Depot

but am puzzled with how to

replace the old with the new

Past failures in repairing stuff

makes me frozen in action

I’m unable to help my

fragile flowers until a new

resurrection in the spring sun

There are so many challenges

in our life

We need

the sun of righteousness to

rise with healing in His wings

“But for us who fear His name,

the sun of righteousness will

rise with healing in His wings;

and we will go out and skip

about like calves from the stall.”

Mal. 4:2

because of the tender mercy of

our God, by which the Dawn

will visit us from on high

Luke 1:78

For the Lord God is a sun and

a shield; the Lord gives grace

and he gives glory; our God

withholds no good thing from

all who walk with Him

Psalms 84:11

The light of the moon will be

as bright as the sun, and the

light of the sun will be seven

times brighter…on the day

that the Lord binds up the

brokenness of His people and

heals the wounds He inflicted

Isaiah 30:26

Then the lame will leap like

a deer and the mute tongue

will shout for joy. For waters

will gush out in the wilderness,

and streams in the desert.

Isaiah 35:6

Arise, shine, for Your light

is come, and the glory of

the Lord rises on us

Isaiah 60:1

Our Lord will restore our health

He will heal our wounds,

declares our LORD,

although they call us

an outcast, for whom

no one cares

Jeremiah 30:17

Nevertheless, I will bring to

you health and healing,

and I will my people and

reveal to you the abundance

of peace and truth.

Jeremiah 33:6

For we will go out with joy,

we will be led out with peace:

the mountains and the hills

will break out before us

into singing, and all the trees

of the field will clap their hands…

Isaiah 55:12-13

He gives us power to endure

through communion with God,

but we’re in danger of being

crushed by a heavy chill

of difficult trials

We lean on Christ

He’s promised

“I will strengthen you” Isa 41:10

Katherine Lee Bates writes:

Yesterday’s Grief

The falling rain of yesterday

is ruby on the roses,

Silver on the poplar leaf,

and gold on willow stem;

The grief that fell just yesterday

is silence that encloses

God’s great gifts of grace,

as time will never trouble them.

The falling rain of yesterday

makes all the hillsides glisten,

Coral on the laurel and

beryl on the grass;

As grief that fell just yesterday

has taught the soul to listen

For whispers of eternity

in all the winds that pass.

O faint of heart, storm-beaten,

this freeze will shine tomorrow,

Flame within the columbine

and jewels on the thorn,

Heaven in the forget-me-not;

though sorrow now is sorrow,

Yet sorrow will be beauty

in the magic of the morn.

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It Is Good

With each new day and in

every situation is there’s a

new opportunity for us to have

a transforming experience through

a preoccupation with Jesus.

“When we continually immerse

ourselves in the glory of Christ,

a virtue will flow from Him to

repair all our decays and

to transform all our declines

to renew a right spirit within us.

The Spirit of our Lord will cause

us to abound in all His truth…

He will fix our soul to His object

which is suited to give us delight,

peace and satisfaction.…

When our mind is filled with

thoughts of Christ and His glory,

when our soul cleaves to Jesus

with intense affections, our

spiritual weakness is cast out,

The oppression of our disorder

will fade as our soul engages in

encouraging view of Christ and

His glory;

Everything about our Lord Jesus

has a constraining power to

lift us above our present affliction.”

Adapted in a remix of John Owen

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THE BLUSTERY POMP OF POLITICS OR WATCH FOR LOW HANGING LIMBS

As I outline 2 Samuel 15 -20 the news is blaring and Biden is bloviating

It reminds me of Thomas à Kempis words

“We Are Weary with Reading and Hearing Many Things

O God our Truth, make us one with You in eternal love.

You are all we want and desire.

Let all of us keep silent before You.

Speak to us, You, and You alone”

Jesus spoke and said:

The wind blows where it wishes, and we hear its sound,

but we don’t know where it comes from or where it goes.

So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.

The Psalmist reports:

He causes the clouds to rise from the ends of the earth.

He sends lightning with the rain and brings the wind from His storehouses.

Psa. 135:7

God fixed the weight of the wind and measured out the waters

when He set a limit for the rain and a path for the thunderbolt,

Job 28:25

lightning and hail, snow and clouds, powerful wind fulfilling His word

Psa. 148:8

For behold, He who forms the mountains, who creates the wind,

and reveals His thoughts to man,

the One who turns the dawn to darkness and strides on the heights of the earth,

the Lord, the God of Hosts, is His name.

Amos 4:13

For he commands, and raises the stormy wind, which lifts up the waves thereof.

Psa. 107:25

Fire, and hail; snow, and vapor; stormy wind fulfilling His word

It is politically stormy right now as wind is blowing everywhere

In 2 Samuel 15-20 we see

A very stormy time for David politically and paternally.

His son Absalom is working at the politics of pomp.

He got chariots and horses and fifty men to run in front of him in a pompous parade

No one had Chariots in Jerusalem. God said don’t increase your horses and chariots

David said in his poetic inspiration some trust in chariots and some in horses

but we should be trusting in the Lord.

Psa. 20:7

Samuel warned about the dangers of having a king “like all the nations,”

he emphasized such a king would have chariots and horsemen to run

before his chariots 1 Samuel 8:5, 11

Then Absalom started into THE POLITICS OF PROMISES 2 Sam 15:2-4

Absalom wanted to be great

The pursuit of greatness is inconsistent with Jesus Christ who made Himself

of no reputation.

The cult of celebrity is tricky and showing up with a gaudy chariot and designer

clothes is a contradiction to Jesus word where He says:

But you shall not be so: but he that is greatest among you,

let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that serves.

Luke 22:26

As I outlined in 2 Samuel this news channel was blaring blustery wind as background.

Biden is blurry in his Constant breezy demagoguery

It appears factious and misleading and blustery

Absalom fostered discontent to David’s kingdom to position himself

in the minds of others as the potential answer to their unhappiness.

This is the politics of promises.

Absalom positioned, early in the day, to intercept any who were

looking for their issues to be resolved.

Absalom targeted those who were bringing their cases for a decision by the king.

A “dispute” was a case by an individual who was seeking redress for some wrong

Absalom was sowing the idea that the hope for justice in the land lay in

a new source of justice, namely King Absalom rather than King David.

Saying

“I will give [them] justice” means

“I’ll declare in their favor.”

An amazing promise!

Every litigant would get

the decision they wanted.

Modern politician promise lower taxes, increase entitlements

Politics of promises pretends to be concerned for our needs and desires

They promise whatever it takes to get the individuals on board.

WHATS THE CLEAR INTENT – 2 Sam. 15:5,6

THE POLITICS OF PLEASING v. 5

5 And it was so, that when any man came near to him to do him obeisance,

he put out his hand, and took him, and kissed him.

Absalom’s politic was a strategy of charm

Absalom was behaving like the king! His kisses were insincere affection

6 And on this manner did Absalom to all Israel that came to the king

for judgment: so Absalom stole the hearts of the men of Israel.

The remarkable thing about Absalom-style politics is that it works.

It worked for him.

Absalom stole the hearts of the men of Israel” (v. 6).

Absalom worked on “all of Israel” with his strategy to arouse the affection

and support of the people. He was a success in tricking the people.

It was a deception.

Politics Absalom-style can succeed, but those who fall for it are duped people.

TAKING POWER ABSALOMS WAY vv. 7–12

His campaign to “steal” the hearts went on for four years (v. 7).

He had an ability to wait for the right time to carry out his long-harbored intentions.

So where’s the wind blowing in our present political climate?

… Why the big noise, all you politicians and political junkies?

Why all the mean plots, you groveling politicians?

Political-leaders push for position,

Demagogues and delegates meet for summit talks for their new administration,

The God-deniers, the Christ-defiers:

The plan is to get free of God! Erase Jesus Christ! Silence the voices of challenge

God is breaks out in scorning laughs

He views all this political presumption as hilarious;

God can in a flash shuts everyone up and everything down

There’s a King above every king

that ever lived

He’s above every pompous politician?

His warning is Worship GOD in adoring embrace,

Celebrate in trembling awe.

Kiss Christ!

Give Him all our affections.

Stuff can explode at any moment,

The only thing we won’t

regret is voting for Jesus! …

Every prayer of Your Kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven is a vote for Christ

Psalm 2:1-12 Remixed

And don’t drive your pompous chariot under low limbs.

Your hair may get caught in the limb snag and a fiery dart can end your parade

Politics milks our mind

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Boring Names verses Bearing Names

Are Names really boring? I suppose they can be.

I have a tragic time remembering peoples’ names.

But, a name means everything. It’s a person’s identity..

It’s their individuality and uniqueness.

But Names can be so boring. Look at the Bible.

What a drag those long lists of names are.

They sit there as Genealogical speed bumps to the literary flow of the narrative

But all these names reveal God to us.

God loves Names.

He has infinite volumes of names in His perfect kingdom.

He’s designed trillions of individuals with intrinsic unique personalities.

No two people are the same.

Each person is special with their own Beauty and worth.

The cry of the liberal mind is we need to be inclusive and embrace others.

But only God is inclusive.

He has reached out to the trillions of individuals.

He knows each name and archives them.

Who names their kid Peleg, or Jokabed?

How about Methuselah ?

Weird names, but God loves them and lists them in His Book.

When Jill and I just moved to a 55 and older community.

When I walked Scarlett I’d see my elderly neighbors bent over walkers or

leaning on canes shuffling along walking their dogs. Many of those dear ones

are gone now. We’re an eclectic group of individuals.

I want to be friendly but I’m like my Scarlett. I’m socially maladjusted and I bark a lot.

In our community there are two areas, at different ends of the community, where the

mail is delivered. There’s about 100 mailboxes at each location, with over

300 plus names and addresses. In the morning I’d walk the dog to these two

locations and stare at the names and try to read each name mentioning them

to God.

I ask Jesus to do nice things for these people.

But there is a problem. I look suspicious, standing there staring at the mailboxes

Now they’ve removed all the names to protect people’s names.

There’s a fear of stollen identity

So I don’t stand there now.

I used my camera phone and photo bombed the names.

Of course I have a phone directory so I can bear their names to God that way.

But there was something more personal about the mail box interaction

I remember one time I was at a new Bible study.

I tried to copy the sign in list of names.

The group leader was upset with me because I was new to the group and people,

she said, didn’t appreciate me copying their names.

I guess we’re in scary times and we have to be sneaky to gather names to bring

to Jesus.

Really that is a great thing about Facebook and Twitter.

We get all of these names we can lift to the Lord.

He likes names. Names don’t bore Him at all.

Maybe a religious invader and viewed as an oddity.

I don’t want to disrupt people’s privacy.

But Jesus has been very forgiving, accepting and kind to me.

I’d like to be like that too.

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On The election

“The design and purpose of God are fixed, not fickle.

He knows what he intends.”

We often begin with a design.
We deviate from that design when see another that would be better.
We may divert again as we see that our better thing is not attainable.
We may be obliged to be content with something inferior.

But with God there is no defect of judgment
With God there’s no moment that would require amendment.
There’s no defect in His power
There’s nothing that would push Him from his first determination.

God has a plan.
We can depend on Him to fulfill His plan.
God is never random.
We insult His all knowing intellect if we suppose that he is haphazard and indiscriminate in His plan or method.

Spurgeon notes:

God has one boundless purpose which embraces all things,
both things which he permits and things which he ordains.

God boundless purpose doesn’t for a moment deny the freedom of the human will,

God in His supreme wisdom foresees all the curious twistings
of the human will,
God anticipates every devious attempt by humanity.
God overrules all the sneaky corrupt trickery and even exposes it
for His own ends.

God knows and numbers all the inclinations and devices of men.
God’s plan in its mighty sweep takes them all into account.

From that plan God never swerves.
What he has resolved to do he will do.
The settled purpose of God’s heart will stand for ever sure.

Of what use could the opposition of fallen angels or of
corrupt humanity be when Omnipotence asserts its supremacy?

When we walk outside in the morning the spiders have
spun their webs across our path during the dark night.
We plunge through all the silky threads that have been
weaved and they vanish

Every scheme, regardless how skillfully contrived and woven,
collapse to God’s purpose.

The will of God will be done. God moulds all events into his chosen form.

God’s dominion is absolute.
We can’t change God’s course.
We can’t change God’s desired end result.

“The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord,
as the rivers of water: he turn it where he will.”

God knows every means to bend the thoughts of humanity.
The darkness never overcomes the light
Evil doesn’t overcome good but good overcomes evil.

Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities,
for there is no authority except that which is from God.
The authorities that exist have been appointed by God.

Romans 13:1

No one is ultimately elected by the ballots of human determination

We make our choices and The authorities that exist are appointed by God.

Statisticians determinations mean zero

What would a statistical analysis decide about reality of God’s existence?

The existence of God is more of a realty then the existence of all of humanity

We are a vapor. We are phantoms.

Our God who knows each sparrow that falls knows precisely each step taken

Our God who knows each hair on our head knows exactly the end result of everything

In politics there are extreme polarized enemies.

If our enemy is hungry, we’re to feed them;
if our enemy is thirsty, we’re to give them a drink.

When we do this, we will heap burning coals on their head

We’re to bless those that curse us

We’re to pray for those that dispitefully use us

We’re to have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness,

but rather reprove them.

We Don’t waste our time on useless work, mere busywork,

We Don’t waste our time on the barren pursuits of darkness.

We’re to Expose these things for the sham they are.

It’s a scandal when people waste their lives on things they have to do

in the darkness where no one will see.

Rip the cover off those frauds and see how attractive they look in the light of Christ.

We’re to Wake up from our sleep,
We’re to Climb out of our coffins;

Christ will show us the light!

We’re to watch our step.
We’re to Use your head.
We’re to Make the most of every chance we get.

These are desperate times!

Ephesians 5:11-16 MSG

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Mirror Therapy

Is there anything too hard for the Lord?

Gen. 18:14

I made a characteristic mistake this morning.

I looked in the wrong mirror

The mirror looked back at my old face and lied

It said You’re not good enough

It said You can’t do it

It said You’re not as lucky as other people

It said You’re too limited

It said you’ll never be able to do it

It said Everyone can do it better than you

It said You’re too weak,

It said You’re too old,

It said You’re too dumb

It said Nobody cares about you

It said You’re not clever enough

It said You don’t do well

It said You’re a failure

It said all you can think bout is the worst case scenario

It said You’ve blown it too much

When we look in the right mirror

When we look in the real mirror we reflect correctly.

We need to look constantly in the mirror of God’s voice

We need to let Him hear our voice.

We pray for those we love

A while back I asked my grandson about his concerns

He thought for a minute and said

Grandpa, this fog worries me.

I said why?

He said the monkey bars are hard

in the fog.

He liked to get to school early for the monkey bars.

So we prayed about the monkey bars.

I asked him what he was looking forward to in his classes.

He said his favorite thing is sharing.

He had a stress toy he was taking to share with his class.

He let me hold it.

It’s a glob you squeeze.

Neat stuff.

Monkey bars and globs to squeeze.

We prayed about stress together.

I was trying to share God’s mirror with him.

God’s mirror is where we Receive –

God’s mirror says Prayer is always effective.

Ask and it will be given to us;

seek and we will find;

knock and the door will be opened to us.

For everyone who asks, RECEIVES;

and the one who seeks, FINDS;

and to the one who knocks,

the door will be OPENED.”

Mt 7:7-8

Prayer is God’s Will –

HE ASKS US TO “pray constantly”

1 Thessalonians 5:17

Even about the fog and the monkey bars

Even about the stress globs we get to squeeze

It’s actually easy to do the #1 thing

God wants us to do.

Which is just talk to Him and listen to Him

Is there anything too hard for the Lord? Gen. 18:14

No there’s nothing too hard for the Lord

Our age is not a factor-

Abraham had kids in his upper 90s

What others have doesn’t matter

God says He’ll provide everything

We have no limits

Since God is for us nothing is against us

So, what do we think?

With God on our side how can we lose?

If God didn’t hesitate to put everything on the line for us,

Since God was willing to bankrupt Heaven for us

Because God embraced our condition

Because God exposed himself to our worst by sending his own

Precious Son for us,

Is there anything else he wouldn’t gladly and freely do for us?

Who would dare tangle with God by messing with one of God’s chosen?

Who would dare even to point a finger at us in ridicule?

The One who died for us—

The One who was raised to life for us!—

The One who is in the presence of God at this very moment sticking up for us.

Do you think anyone is going to be able to drive a wedge between us and Christ’s love for us?

There is no way!

Not trouble,

not hard times,

not hatred,

not hunger,

not homelessness,

not bullying threats,

not backstabbing,

not even the worst sins every done:

We may feel like sitting ducks;

We may feel like fish in a barrel to be picked off one by one.

None of this fazes us because Jesus loves us.

We can be absolutely convinced that nothing—

nothing living or dead,

nothing angelic or demonic,

nothing today or tomorrow,

nothing high or low,

nothing thinkable or unthinkable—

absolutely nothing can get between us and God’s love

Jesus our Master has embraced us and He’s not letting go

Romans 8 remix

After they amputated Jill’s left leg they gave her mirror therapy

They gave her a long mirror while she layed in bed to show her her missing leg and the leg that was

still there

Then they stood her on one leg between parallel bars to see her missing leg

It was traumatic

It was tremendously devastating

It was horrendously scarring

We have to look in the right therapeutic mirror

Everyone who exalts themself will be humbled,

but the one who humbles themselves will be exalted.

Luke 14:11

So we humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God,

that he may exalt us in His time.

1 Peter 5:6

Humble yourselves before the Lord and he will exalt you.

James 4:10

We may be old

We may be weak and in pain

We may have failures and defeats

We may have lost and missing parts

We may have sorrow upon sorrow

Is anything too hard for the Lord?

God’s mirror says look,

I am the LORD, the God of all …

I made the heaven and the earth

by my great power and stretched out arm,

and there is nothing too hard for me

Jeremiah 32:27

God’s mirror reflects

That Jesus looks at us and says to us,

With people this is impossible;

but with God all things are possible.

Matthew 19:26

The poet cries

Help, GOD—

the bottom has fallen out of my life!

Master, hear my cry for help!

Listen hard! Open your ears!

Listen to my cries for mercy.

If You, GOD, kept records on wrongdoings,

who would stand a chance?

But fortunately, as it turns out,

forgiveness is Jesus habit and that’s why You are worshiped.

We pray to GOD-

we want to make our life a constant prayer-

We wait for what you God to say and do for us

Our life’s all before God, our Lord,

waiting and watching constantly for His amazing miracles

Looking in the right mirror

With GOD ’s arrival comes love,

with GOD ’s arrival comes generous salvation.

He’s not looking at our weakness

He’s not looking at or keeping records of our failures,

He’s not looking at weaknesses,

He’s not looking at flaws,

He’s not keeping track of our faults or sins

He only sees Christ in us and us in Christ

Psalm 130:1-8 remix

With Christ for us nothing is against us

We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us

Is anything too hard for the Lord?

No nothing is too hard, nothing.

Not even the monkey bars in the fog.

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Bless Him

Be thankful to Him, and bless His name

Psalm 100:4

To bless His name is to praise

We praise each of His qualities

We praise the beauty of Christ’s personality

Spurgeon notes that

Our Lord wants us to entertain high and happy thoughts

concerning His blessed person.

Jesus doesn’t want us to think shabby thoughts of Him;

It pleases Him that His espoused ones are delighted with:

His beauty

Overwhelmed with His luxurious delicacy,

Astounded with His rare and ravishing delights.

He has revealed Himself as the “pearl of great price”

His beauty is peerless,

His fragrances are as a “bundle of myrrh”

in its refreshing bouquet,

His lasting perfume is like the “rose of Sharon”

in its lasting aroma,

He is the “lily” in its spotless purity.

God esteems Him the unique and Only Begotten,

He is Heavens greatest unspeakable gift to us.

The Angels think of Jesus, as the name above every name

as they count it their highest honor

to veil their faces at His feet

To see Him is deeply inspiring

we sing His well deserved praises constantly.

High thoughts of Christ enable us to act consistently

In closeness to Him.

The more deeply we love someone

the more highly we esteem them.

Our Master’s excellencies are

awesome,

uplifting,

stirring,

arousing.

We Study Him in His glory,

before he took on Himself our nature!

We think of the mighty love that drew Him from

His throne to die on the cross!

We Admire Him as

He conquers all the powers of hell!

We See Him risen, crowned, glorified!

We Bow before Him as

the Wonderful, the Counsellor, the mighty God,

He is stimulating in His love to us

we want could adore and love Him

we want only to bless and praise Him as He deserves.

He receives us and He embraces each expression

from our hearts in a loving embrace

He bows low

He lifts us high

We are blessed In His majestic person

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We’re married to another

The maligning masses

can sap our strength

But they drive us into

the arms of Him

Who alone is our only comfort

and strength

When stuffs falling apart

We get alone with God

He went up on a mountainside

by Himself to pray.

When evening came,

He was there alone.

Matthew 14:23

Christ Jesus, in His humanity,

felt a need of complete solitude

to be entirely by Himself,

alone with Himself.

We know how draining

others can be

We get exhausted

our energy drains.

Jesus expresses this

He felt the need

to be by Himself

to regain His strength.

Solitude was important to Him

We see His high calling,

His human weakness,

His total dependence on His Father.

we need times of solitude—

times to deal with

the spiritual realities of life

and to be alone with God the Father.

We can’t ignore

our special times of solitude

Our fellowship alone, with our Lord.

Jesus maintain His full strength

and power for His work

By His fellowship with the Father

We need this quiet time.

God desires that we would

understand a practice

Of Quiet time

This is our privilege,

Our time alone for God.

As Andrew Murray noted:

“Yes, having God all alone

to ourselves and knowing

that God has us

all alone to Himself!”

Lamartine,

the French Romantic poet

wrote of how his mother had

a secluded spot in the garden

where she spent the same hour

of each day.

He related that nobody

ever dreamed of intruding

on her for even a moment

of that time.

It was the holy garden

of the Lord to her.

Pity those people

who have no such place!

No more will anyone

call you Rejected,

No more will anyone

call your country Ruined.

You’ll be called

Hephzibah (My Delight),

and your land Beulah (Married),

Because GOD delights in us

and your land will be

like a wedding celebration.

Isa 62:4-5

We are married to another

Even to Him

who is raised from the dead

Jesus said

“Go into your room,

close the door and pray”

Matt 6:6

As George Matheson noted

“for it is in quiet solitude

that we catch the deep

and mysterious truths

that flow from the soul

of the things God allows

to enter our lives.”

A Meditation

O soul,

Let me practice being alone

with Christ!

“When he was alone

with His disciples,

He explained everything”

Mark 4:34

We wonder about the truth

And it can be true of our life.

If our desire is understanding,

then lose the crowd,

Like Jesus did.

Matt 14:22

Let them

“go away one at a time . . .

until only Jesus [is] left”

John 8:9 with us.

George Matheson writes:

Have we ever pictured ourself

as the last remaining person

on earth,

or the only person

left in the entire universe?

If we were the only person

remaining in the universe,

Our every thought would be

“God and I …! God and I …!”

And yet He‘s already

as close to us as that.

He is as near as if

no heart but His and ours ever

beat throughout

the boundlessness of space.

O my soul, practice that solitude!

Practice dismissing the crowd!

Practice the stillness of our heart!

Practice the majestic song

“God and I! God and I!”

Let no one come between you

and your wrestling angel!

We will receive conviction

We will receive pardon,

when we meet Jesus alone!

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He will strengthen

“Be of good courage,

He will strengthen our heart,

all you who hope in the Lord.

PSALM 31:24”

“For a concert violinist,

strength is four finely tuned strings;

the absence of a string

would put most violinists

in a position of weakness.

But Israeli-American violinist

Itzhak Perlman is not most violinists.

And Perlman knows something

about weakness to begin with.

Afflicted with polio as a child,

he wears braces on both legs

and walks with the help of crutches.

Getting on stage and seated for

a concert is no small matter.

One evening in 1995,

while performing with an orchestra

in New York City,

one of the strings on his violin broke

It hung limp

off the side of the instrument.

The loud Snap!

ricocheted through the hall;

it was obvious to everyone

what had just happened.

The audience, as well as

the conductor and orchestra,

assumed they would pause

the concert

while Perlman repaired,

or replaced, his instrument.

Instead, the great violinist

closed his eyes for a moment

while the audience waited in silence,

then motioned to the conductor

to begin the piece again.

What would be impossible for all

but a few human beings—

playing a violin concert

with four good strings—

was translated into something

no one else could have done:

play the same concert

with only three strings.

As he played, in his mind

Perlman was adjusting,

recomposing, innovating,

and performing on the fly,

turning a position of weakness

into a performance of strength.

Itzhak Perlman’s lifetime

of familiarity with the violin

allowed him to turn

a moment of defeat

into a masterful victory.

We have to develop the resources

we need to adjust,

We must recompose,

We must innovate,

We must prevail

when confronted with

our own challenges.

This means

knowing the source of strength

that allows that to happen.

Our strength is in God,

not ourselves .

Stopping the “concert” of our life

is not an option

when we feel weak

or overwhelmed.

We have to diligently open our heart

to the Lord

and ask for His strength,

He will fill us with it!

He’s promised too.

It is through our faith,

the Lord will use our weakness

to make us strong.”

“Be of good courage,

and He will strengthen our heart,

all you who hope in the Lord.

PSALM 31:24”

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