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Spirit & Body

We have two bodies as such. The physical body and our spiritual body. The Spirit is an important part of both. Giving our hearts to Christ brings that spiritual body into balance and therefore, helps us understand the ups and downs of the physical body – even accept them when others cannot.

Seeing Life Clearly

It happened again.

I got behind a semi-truck, and the road spray from his tires flew up on my windshield. My vision momentarily clouded, I activated the windshield washer on my car, and the wipers swayed across my window. Then the message popped up that I needed to refill the windshield washer fluid.

I needed to recharge the washer fluid reservoir so that the fluid could dissolve the dirt and mud on my windshield. Without this, I would drive with difficulty, hardly able to see where I was going. The dirty window in front of me clouded my vision.

We take visibility—both physical and spiritual—for granted. We think we can see far enough ahead until something comes into our life that makes us re-examine ourselves. It could be an illness, a job setback, or something that happens to our spouse and children. Or that our vision gradually clouds over time from lack of spiritual input.

Asaph had a similar problem. He struggled with the wicked always getting ahead in life. Although he did not want to believe it, he looked through fogged lenses. Only after Asaph went back to God and His sanctuary did he get the right perspective on life and God’s plans for it.

We get God’s perspective on what we go through by reading and meditating on His Word. In it, God reveals a clear picture of His nature as well as His plan for our lives. When we think we can manage without spending time in the Bible, our thinking becomes cloudy, and we lose our heavenly perspective.

What can you do today to plan for a consistent intake of God’s Word? Maybe you need to clean your spiritual glasses so you can see God as He is.

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Butterflies

“Look! There’s a butterfly!”

When we say those words, any person within earshot will turn to look at the butterfly. As the tiny creature glides through the air, we observe them with wonder and awe.

What is it about butterflies that makes them so universally loved? Perhaps it is the beautiful colors on their delicate wings. Or the graceful way they fly from one flower to another. It might be that butterflies suddenly appear at the same time each year when winter turns to spring and flowers have begun to bloom.

When I think about butterflies, I remember that every magnificent butterfly was once a lowly caterpillar crawling through the grass. How does a wormlike earthbound creature become transformed into a graceful, winged butterfly that floats through the air? I know there is a detailed scientific explanation for this phenomenon, but I like to look at each butterfly with childlike faith and simply believe it’s a miracle.

And with childlike faith, I also believe that the same God who changes a caterpillar into a butterfly can also transform our lives if we allow Him.

All our sins were placed on Jesus when He died on the cross. When we put our trust in Him, He sends His Spirit to live in us. He then begins the process of changing us from the inside out. Gradually, we become more like a butterfly and less like a caterpillar.

The transformation process is gradual. Our part is to remain close to Him. Talk to Him. Listen to Him. Obey Him. Trust Him. Relax and allow Him to do His transforming work.

The next time a beautiful butterfly glides by you, remember it was once a lowly caterpillar. Then remember that the same Creator who transformed the caterpillar into the butterfly is also transforming you.

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His Eye Is on the Sparrow

In 1905, Civilla Martin wrote a song entitled His Eye Is on the Sparrow.

Whitney Houston sang the song beautifully many years later. It became my dad’s favorite hymn. Every time I sing or hear it, I think of my dad and thank God for God’s faithful provision.

One evening, my husband and I were driving home through a winter storm. When we started, the roads seemed okay. But the closer we got to home, the worse they became. I was nervous and jumpy. Whenever my husband would apply the brakes, I’d grab the side of my door.

Then I received a text from a friend who knew we were on the road, asking if we were home yet. I replied that we were not and that I felt as if I were either going to burst into tears or get sick—or both. My friend sent the symbol of praying hands in her next text. I was humbled and thanked her.

The next morning, while sitting at the table with my warm cup of cocoa and my phone, I saw a tiny sparrow land on the snow beneath our bird feeder. Did he worry about the falling snow all around him? No. Did he worry that we might not replenish the feeder? He didn’t.

If God takes care of a tiny little bird, why should I doubt His provision for me?

Give thanks for God’s ever-present, precautionary, and provisional hand over your life.

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My Cinnamon Roll Prayer

“Want cinnamon roll on potatoes?”

“What?” I questioned my just-turned two-year-old granddaughter on her unusual request.

“Cinnamon roll … on potatoes!”

“Sissy, I don’t have any cinnamon rolls, and anyway, we don’t eat cinnamon rolls on potatoes.”

Fortunately, Sissy’s older and wiser four-year-older brother interpreted, “She means sour cream. She wants sour cream on her potatoes.”

Ahhh. Request granted.

 I identify with Sissy’s communication calamity. Words sometimes fail me when I make my requests to God and when my good intentions to pray fizzle out. Like my granddaughter, I need an interpreter, and I have one in the Holy Spirit.

When my mother died, words could not express my grief. My mind could not articulate the immense horror of a loved one who committed suicide. And words were lacking at the end of an exhausting day of diaper changing, laundry, and cooking for my terminally ill mother-in-law. At such times, knowing the Spirit understands and interprets brought great comfort.

We can rely on the Holy Spirit within to clarify our feelings to God our Father when we feel discouraged, empty, and unable to describe our heart-felt emotions. We can talk to Him, not worrying about our word choice, and know He hears and understands.

Thanks to her older brother, Sissy enjoyed her potatoes with sour cream, not cinnamon rolls. And I am trusting my heavenly interpreter to make sense of my words when I feel weak, overwhelmed, and confused.

Take all your needs and emotions to God.

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Commotion in the Clouds

An ear-splitting boom thundered above.

Startled, my husband stopped talking mid-sentence. Others around us froze in their tracks. Simultaneously, heads turned skyward, searching for the source of the blast. Cries of amazement rang out, and fingers pointed as an object emerged through the clouds. A space shuttle descended for a landing at the Kennedy Space Center.                  

Despite our awareness of the impending arrival, everyone jumped at the boom, announcing the space vehicle’s grand appearance. Before that point, we had been distracted by informational displays on the ground. Our attention centered on things around us, not what was going on in the sky. But our focus changed with one deafening blast.

With such a momentous event about to occur, how could we Space Center visitors have been so distracted from the event we had come to see? Although we anticipated the shuttle’s arrival, we were not ready for it.             

Those present for the shuttle’s landing that day mimic many believers. Christians know Jesus is coming again. His return will resemble a shuttle landing. He will appear in the clouds, accompanied by a loud sound—trumpets rather than a sonic boom.

But knowing Christ will return and preparing for that event are two different things. If we are so caught up in what goes on in our lives, we will be caught off guard when He appears.

Jesus instructed us to watch for His return. Unlike a space shuttle, we do not know what day He will return, but His command requires active looking and readiness, not general anticipation.

Be prepared for Jesus’ emergence in the clouds by prioritizing spiritual, rather than earthly, concerns.    

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