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Spirit & Mind

Focusing our minds on Christ. . .studying His word, drawing tight into a relationship that is unbreakable. This is when His Spirit lives in our minds helping us keep our eyes focused only on Him.

The Master Designer

I love to decorate, paint, and sing.

Creating is my therapy. The thrill of turning an empty canvas into a work of art or creating something out of nothing. Turning the ordinary into the extraordinary. These are some passions God has given me.

As much as I love to decorate, I will not forget how I once decorated the pit of despair I lived in for years. The walls were covered with regret, guilt, shame, and hopelessness. This was my comfort zone ... my isolated pit of misery.

God did not create us to live in misery. He came to set us free from the chains of bondage. We no longer must be held captive by depression, addiction, fear, guilt, or shame. Liberty is found in the amazing grace of a Savior who gave Himself for us.

We can witness the true Decorator and Artist by stepping outside and soaking in the glorious beauty of a sunset. Our Master Designer, our Creator God, paints the sky with colors no words can describe. The majesty of His creation leaves me breathless. He alone is the true Artist.

But our outer appearance should reflect our inner appearance. God is more concerned about the appearance of our heart. When our heart glows with the radiance of His love, we can’t help but radiate the goodness of God. His beauty is indescribable and precious. He is the greatest treasure of all.

Be a reflection of God’s grace. Choose to allow the Master Decorator and Designer to decorate your life with His gifts of grace, love, and mercy. 

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Kris

When Kris was in high school, she stayed busy.

Staying in touch with her was difficult. Then she entered college, where she got even busier, balancing classes and working a part-time job. Kris was once close to the Lord, but her overloaded schedule seemed to have no room for God or church. She drifted. Presently, she has a job that has taken her far away from home. 

Kris has become a workaholic and has anxiety problems. I believe she tried to escape the pain of having a mom with emotional issues by staying so busy that she couldn’t feel or deal with anything. 

I can relate. My mom was an alcoholic and committed suicide when I was fourteen. This created many emotional issues for me. Thankfully, in high school, I went to a group that helped me. I learned I couldn’t run away from my problems. I needed to deal with them.

I know that Kris struggles. Her prayers for her mom were not answered as she hoped. Her mom got worse, which caused Kris to turn away from God and not deal with her emotions. Kris needs to give her worries to the Lord and trust Him. He would take away her anxiety problems, and she would have peace in her heart.

The Lord enabled me to give my worries to Him during difficult times of my life. When we give our worries to Jesus, He will bring peace to our hearts. Depending on the circumstances, He can also take away the problem. God cares for us. We merely need to trust Him.

Ask God to help you give your troubles to Him. 

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My God Is Your God

As I sat and read a Psalm one day, I thought about the passing of an old geriatric.

Over the years, while managing his daily routines, I had made him at least 60,000 cups of tea. Lovely hot cups of tea, just so. I was his tea lady, full of kindness. Nothing wrong with being unselfish and tolerant. It is good and aspiring to show compassion to vulnerable folk.

My God of compassion is every Christian’s God. I have always considered that our true love and happiness start with the grace of God. That is how I understand this part of Psalm 116. All Christians are on a staircase of blessings.

We seniors step up to the plate on our path to God. We can say each day that we awoke and are doing okay, barring all medical catastrophes. God’s good grace wakes us up for a reason. Our faith comes alive by being kind, tolerant, and compassionate to others, including ourselves. God cares about us all because He loves us all.

Yes, I have looked after everyone else. Time today to relax and nurture each grace God has given me. God knows we can’t be perfect. He is a God of compassion and grace.

How can you better experience the graciousness and righteousness of God?

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Living a Capital Life in a Lower-case World

First grade, first day of school, first assignment: copy your name on the board under the teacher’s written example.

First words out of my mouth: “You wrote my name wrong.” First impression: the amused but wise teacher never said. He had printed my name correctly, using both upper and lower-case letters. I knew only capital letters. Yet in my immaturity, I remained certain I was right.

How often do we hang on to what we believe, insisting to the Lord that we, with our limited insight, experience, and resources, hold the answers? We learned this way, thank you very much. We’ll let you know when we need help. And in the process, we miss all God wants to bestow.

The Master Teacher wants to change our name, but far more. God waits to change our lives. We no longer must settle for the bits of knowledge and experience we gain on our own. When we become children of the Master, regardless of life circumstances, we go from ordinary to extraordinary. God transforms us from lonely to never alone. The tempted one becomes forgiven and empowered. The forlorn achieve joy, and the overwhelmed change to overcomers. The Ever Faithful One offers faith. The Source of All Hope extends that hope to all. Our Wonderful Counselor stands ready to direct our lives. And heaven’s Agape Love seeks to make us a reflection of that self-giving nature.

Although I wrote my name in caps in that elementary school scene, our efforts to live in our own strength will always be lower case. Only God writes our names—our lives—in caps.

God offers the best. Never settle for less.

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How to Rise Above Adversity

Adversity. Not a popular subject, especially in these crazy days we’re living in. Most of us try to avoid it at all costs. I know I do.

Adversity entails hard times, misfortune, and sometimes even danger. If not handled correctly, it can create anxiety, fear, and depression. 

Author Chris Tiegreen suggests that whenever we run from it and refuse to face it head-on, we just might miss a tremendous opportunity for change—the God-type-of change. He says: 

Somehow we have to reprogram ourselves—or let God reprogram us—to see adversity as an opportunity to overcome, to see rejection as an opportunity to love someone radically, to see setbacks as one more step toward our destiny. We have to learn to laugh in the face of the Enemy, knowing that everything he throws at a person of faith will backfire. Rejected? Opposed? Snubbed? Maybe. Wounded? No. These things become food for us.

The person who is able to do that becomes invincible. The negative situations of life become things that energize you rather than things that drain you. Every obstacle lifts you higher. Every disease becomes an occasion to heal, every insult becomes a showcase for a response of divine love, every chain becomes a precursor to freedom, every moment of mourning leads to dancing, all the ashes become things of beauty, every cross becomes a redemption story. Weapons raised against you backfire.

Let’s face it. Life is full of adversity on many levels. We live in a fallen, sinful world, and God did not promise us everything would be perfect. But He did promise to be with us. Always. No matter what we face. He offers us His wisdom, His strength, and His peace. He promises to help us when we call on Him.

The best part is He can take any situation the Enemy means for our destruction, turn it around, and work it for our good and His glory (Romans 8:28). The Message says, That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.

Rising above adversity is a radical, purposeful lifestyle. It’s a matter of seeing things from God’s perspective and allowing His Word to guide our thoughts, words, and actions. It requires a commitment, but the results are well worth the effort.

Are you ready to rise above?

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