Monday, February 25, 2013

Just Breathe

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. -- Philippians 4:7, NIV

Where are you right now in life?  Are you sailing along without a care in the world or do feel like a salmon swimming against the current on a long journey to who knows where?   Are you drowning in a tumultuous sea of adversity, grasping for something -- anything -- you can hold onto just to keep your head above water?

For believers, Jesus is our hope, the anchor for our souls (Hebrews 6:19).  The One who walked on water and calmed a raging sea promises perfect peace to those whose eyes are steadfastly fixed on Him (Isaiah 26:3).  Our problem is that like Peter we are so distracted by the roaring waters that we cannot hear the still, small voice of our great God beckoning us to come unto Him (Matthew 14:22-33).  We forget that He is in the midst of our storm and that to reach Him we must step out of the boat!

Paul tells the disciples to "Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus" (1 Thessalonians 5:16-17, NIV).  But isn't that so hard to do when you are dealing with personality conflicts, aging parents, job stress, financial reversal, and illness?  Sometimes it seems all we can do is just breathe.  But it is breath that gives us life and our "breath prayers" that usher in God's presence.

If your heart is so heavy that you feel you cannot pray, just breathe and whisper the name "Jesus."  All you need to say is contained in the name of the One who knows every need you have, every burden you bear, and every hurt you feel.  Just breathe...Jesus.


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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Somebody Loves You


It's late and another Valentine's Day has passed.  I hope your day was filled with lots of love and chocolate.  But if it wasn't -- if the day was a struggle because you are without a significant other or perhaps lost the one you loved this year -- I want to encourage you. 
 
Somebody loves you more than you can imagine and his name is Jesus.  Jesus knows your every move, the sweetness of your smile, and the sorrows of your heart.  He knows every thought you think and can finish every sentence you begin.  He knows the way that you take and has engraved your name on the palm of His hand.  You are the apple of His eye and He rejoices over you with singing.   He has promised never to leave you nor forsake you and to work all things together for your good.
 
If that isn't enough, Jesus loves you so much that He died a horrible death on a cross for sins He never committed -- your sins and my sins.

If you struggled to get through this Valentine's Day because you felt unloved, I pray you will ponder just how much Jesus loves you.  If you don't know that, then you must not know Him.  No matter what you have done, where you have been, or how long you have strayed in your quest to find fulfillment, He is waiting for you...to fall in love with Him all over again, or perhaps for the first time.









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Saturday, February 9, 2013

Touch the Hem

As Jesus moved forward, he faced smothering crowds.   A woman was there who had been bleeding for twelve years. She had spent her entire livelihood on doctors, but no one could heal her.  She came up behind him and touched the hem of his clothes, and at once her bleeding stopped.  (Luke 8:42-44, CEB)
 
On my way to the funeral of a dear man from church I thought happily about his heavenly reunion with his bride of over sixty years, who had preceded him in death a year earlier.  I could picture them together again, healthy, happy, and enjoying the fellowship of their Savior and the blessing of being together with loved ones who were waiting for them there. 

Those happy thoughts soon gave way to heartache as I began to think of so many who are suffering in one way or another, whether physically, emotionally, or spiritually.  Finding myself desperate for a touch from God and a miraculous intervention in my own life, I began to think of a woman who had suffered many years with an illness that no one could heal.  In her own desperation, she mustered the courage to fight her way through a crowded street to touch the hem of Jesus' garment, knowing that He alone had the power to heal her from the illness that had plagued her for so long.

Although some translations tell us that the woman walked up behind Jesus and touched the edge of his robe, I couldn't help but picture her reaching out to touch the hem of his garment.  Scripture goes on to tell us that Jesus felt power go out from Him and that He turned to ask who had touched His robe.  With trepidation and reverence, the woman came and fell at His feet and He commended her, saying her faith had healed her.

I wonder if you have reached that place of desperation where you recognize that only Jesus can put together the pieces of your broken heart, heal you physically, and restore you to wholeness?  Are you willing to submit yourself and bow before Him, with faith to trust that if you only touch the hem He will answer your prayer?  The apostle James writes, "Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up (James 4:10).  That is precisely what the woman did.  If Jesus would lift her up and proclaim her healed on the basis of her faith, will He not do the same for us?


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Monday, February 4, 2013

Nothing

Too tired to write and too weary to pray
For once I am silent with nothing to say
The struggles of life I continue to face
As each day marches on with the same frantic pace
In silence and brokenness the Lord do I seek
As in prayer I implore Him through His Word to speak
The truths and encouragement my ears long to hear
And to comfort and hold me as to Him I draw near
Nothing have I that to Him I can bring
But a heart that is hungry for the love of my King
Here in the quiet I wonder how long
It will be 'til He puts in my mouth a new song
My prayers never-ending must surely seem trite
As I lift them to heaven all morning and night
Yet somehow I think that the sound of my voice
Isn't something He dreads but a great source of joy
To the One who invites me, my troubles to cast
Upon Him, who alone knows my future and past
The nothing I offer is a sacrifice of praise
To the One who's deserving for all of our days
My nothing, my weakness, His greatness becomes
In joyful surrender, sweet Jesus, I come
My nothing I offer, laments turn to praise
A new song I'll sing for the rest of my days!


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