Posts Tagged ‘inspiration’

“Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace removed, says the Lord, who has compassion on you.” – Isaiah 54:10

Trust in the midst of turmoil; love in the midst of hate; compassion in the midst of judgment; peace in the midst of confusion. Try to wrap your mind around it. You can’t. You won’t. Not completely. The Father God – the Ancient of Days – His ways to our ways may be compare to a drop to an ocean. There is no comparison – the mass, the depth, and the movement between the two is vastly distinct; one clearly more powerful than the other. That’s our ways and God’s ways. He is God. And there is none like Him.

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29 Jesus answered him, “The first of all the commandments is: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one.

30 And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment.

31 And the second, like it, is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’There is no other commandment greater than these.”

Mark 12:29-31

Sometimes we make things too difficult.

Let’s make it simple.

LOVE the LORD your GOD with ALL your HEART. LOVE your NEIGHBOR as YOURSELF.

Done.

Everything else will fall into place.

Galatians 1:10

Posted: September 9, 2012 in Faith, God, Jesus
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 “For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ.”

 ~ Galatians 1:10

I’ve been hit with this verse. Hard. It pops up everywhere.

And I’ve come to this realization.

So perhaps I’ve come to the place where I am not seeking to please men; great. That’s a start. But unless I replace it with seeking to please God, I may have given up on pleasing man but I am now only focused on pleasing myself. That want of man’s approval must be replaced by a want for God’s approval or else it rests on a want for my approval. And that’s wrong. It’s selfish.

Maybe you gave up living for man’s applause. This is good. But now live for God’s.

Psalm 46:10

Posted: September 8, 2012 in Faith, God
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He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

~ Psalm 46:10

Be still?

God, I don’t know how to be still.

But please. Please teach me. ‘Cuz I want to learn.

Psalm 34:1

Posted: September 3, 2012 in Do Hard Things, God, Overcome
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“I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.”

– Psalm 34:1

We complain over the stupidest things. So your little brother tracks mud on your clean floor, so a customer argues over the price of a sandwich, so a friend forgets a special date, so a car cuts in front of you, so, so, so what? Anyone can complain; we all know how to do it.

But be different.

Be God’s kid and let praise rip from your mouth.

 

I lay under the fireworks tonight. They crackle and burst and explode above me; the brilliant color reflects in my brown eyes.

And I wonder.

My Jesus…what if our love were like this?

Like this.

Like a speeding missile, shooting high and far into the world around; always pointing upward to the One who ignites us. This love explodes! It bursts into an array of color and wonder and joy. Its fingers reach out; it touches others. They too, are ignited. They too, explode, and do the same. More color. More wonder. More joy.

And more love.

It’s an array of color. It’s fireworks.

It’s beautiful.

Go make fireworks, my friends. Ignite hearts. Fan the flames of souls. And together we will create a beautiful array of color.

“Elegance is not about being noticed, it’s about being remembered.” – Unknown

He helped me carry my items. He opened the door for me. He smiled and treated me with respect.

He is remembered.

Do not lose elegance. Do not bury grace. Do not allow chivalry to die.

Give them life and allow them to regain the strength and fervor they once had.