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Peace & Presence

The peace we find in the presence of Christ is like crawling under a warm blanket on a cold winter’s day or feeling the soft breeze on a warm spring morning. Seeking after God is a continual process that grows us into a deep and long lasting relationship with Him. Come into His presence and find peace.

Leaving a Legacy

We will all leave a legacy when we pass away. 

I thought about this when I heard about a co-worker named Isaac. After losing his job, he murdered a seventy-one-year-old woman with a baseball bat. When I think of Isaac, that is how I remember him. I don’t know what provoked him to do that, but I know he was under much pressure.

At a previous job, I, too, had a lot of stress. Like Isaac, I did not handle my anger well. I became angry and foolish. One day, I lost control of my anger so severely that my employer almost called the police. Had it not been for a fellow Christian woman, I might have been in jail. I was suspended for a few days and placed on medication to help myself.

Admitting my mistakes is difficult, but I can’t change the past. All I can do is change the present. I am a different person now. While imperfect in many areas, I am living for the Lord. I pray about my anger, especially when I feel stressed. Also, my attitude is different because I care about my fatal flaws.

As Christians, we need to consider our legacy after we leave a job or when we die. Do we show the world we are Christians by our love?

What are some ways you can leave a good legacy for others?  

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Cozy with Christ

It was the day after Christmas, and the house was quieter than the day before.

My goal for much of this cold Florida day was to remain in my cozy red and black checkered pajamas and cozy up in the presence of Christ. Because mindful movement helps prepare me to connect with Jesus, I headed to my sacred exercise mat to stretch for five minutes. Lying on my back, I spread out in total surrender to God while author and YouTuber, Chrystal Evans Hurst, read Psalm 91 over me five times from five different Bible translations.

Chrystal’s invitation to do this had shown up in an email about gratitude. Part of that email read, “Take the time to examine where you are now and find something that you are thankful for. When you find the beauty in your journey, you can be an encouragement for others on the journey as well. Gratitude not only affects the way you see your life gone by, but it also informs your mind and soul about what you really want to work for in the days to come. You can be grateful for the circumstances you’ve experienced, the blessings you’ve received, or just have a greater awareness of the gift of you in this world.”

I recently spent almost a month with Chrystal in her book, The 28-Day Prayer Journey, so I was excited to take her up on her offer. After Chrystal’s reading and prayer time, I sat up from my supine position and read Psalm 91 aloud from The Passion Translation. The words of God echoing from the pages through my home comforted me as I confidently prayed this prayer of safety and security.

I encourage you to find a place to get cozy with Christ and surrender your whole body before God. Open your Bible and find a passage to read over you. Then, pray it aloud. Soak up God’s cozy connection and protection, which is something to be grateful for.

What are some ways you can get cozy with Christ? 

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Valley of Decision

Entering the tenth grade in schools in my country signifies a great change in every student’s life.

Each child must decide to take science, art, or commercial classes. Their decision determines their destiny. Whatever discipline they choose defines the subjects studied for the following three grades and sets future professions on a straight course. Some choose the same things as their friends, some follow their parents’ path, and a few follow their heart. It’s all about choice.

The valley of decision is this earth—a place of reflection, contemplation, and decision. The coming of Christ is fast approaching, and the Scripture sends a wake-up call to those on the fence.

Christ said He places before us life and death. He wants us to choose life, but He won’t coerce us. Instead, He advises. The valley of decision is beyond the physical dimension; it’s a time and place . . . a lifetime.

Choice is one important thing God has given to us. We can choose to serve God or do otherwise. But when the day of the Lord arrives, God will transport us from the valley of decision to the Judgment Seat. Here, we can no longer decide. God will simply proclaim.

Today, we have the window of grace and live in the valley of decision. But the clock is ticking, and no alarm will alert us to the Lord’s coming.

What are the proper steps for you to choose to follow God and the Scriptures?

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Don't Take Salvation for Granted

The teenager wept at the altar as I knelt by her. She said she wanted to be sure of her salvation. Although raised in a Christian home, she didn’t want to take salvation for granted.

We prayed, embraced, and she thanked me as the tears fell. This girl was now a child of God, without a doubt.

Later, I was called on the carpet so to speak by church leaders because this girl was the daughter of a long-time, respected deacon. Yet no one knew she had never accepted the Lord. Fortunately for me, I didn’t know her or who she was related to. But even had I known, we would have still prayed together.

Fast forward twenty-something years to another church service. Again, I was praying with someone at the altar when laughter erupted behind me. My husband sat on the front pew with one of our dearest friends—someone who had been a deacon, taught Sunday school, and served in church for over twenty-five years. His wife assumed he was a Christian. So did his children and all who knew him. He told us he had been pretending all those years, simply going through the motions. But he was tired of the pretense. He asked Jesus to be his Lord and Savior. From that day forward, there was no doubt.

Romans tells us that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. The key word here is call. We’re not automatically saved because we go to church or because we were raised in a Christian home. Salvation is a personal, intimate experience.

My daughter once told me she could no longer believe what I believed just because that’s what I expected. She wanted to learn and know about God and His Word for herself. Instead of feeling threatened and worried, I was ecstatic. She was ready to seek God on her own and quit “riding on her parents’ coattails,” as she put it.

First of all, be sure of your own salvation. If you can’t remember a time when you invited Jesus into your heart, do it again. Be confident in what you believe. And then, never take for granted that someone has a relationship with the Lord. When He prompts you to talk to someone or pray with them, don’t hesitate.

Their eternity might rest in your hands.

 

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God's Poetic Kiss

Writing poetic prayers in rhyme has become one of my love languages with God.

Considering how quickly my pen moves across the page when writing this rhythmic way, I believe God hands me these words to express back to Him. He wired me to enjoy rhyming poetry since childhood and has blessed me to delight in Him this way in adulthood.

Jesus used poetry to share the gospel and had six books known as poetry included in the Bible: Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Job, Song of Songs, and Lamentations. Although my poetry is much simpler than God’s Word, writing these poetic prayers helps me delight in the Lord.

The Bible teaches us to pray with all kinds of prayers. So with my poetic prayers on various topics, I can’t get enough of spending poetic time in God’s presence.

Included below is a part of a longer poetic prayer I wrote during the start of the COVID pandemic, a time when praying poetically increased for me:

I enter the room of my soul and close the door
Seeking God to heal and cure
To shine His Grace upon this land
To remind us that it’s on His Love we depend.

Lift us up, God
Hear our cry
Shake this world
To in You abide.

Forgive our sins and dust us off
Help us to seek You before we take off
With our own plans
And that of man.

During my devotion time one morning, I postured myself before God, extending my arms up and out diagonally, asking Him to open my heart to connect with His Word poetically. I landed in Song of Songs. The Shulamite didn’t ask God for power, position, or promotion but for a kiss. Intimacy with Jesus Christ is more important than anything else He can give us.

God’s poetry is His kiss to us. How does God kiss you?

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