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The One Who Sweetly Heals

Exodus 15:22-27

The Israelites had gone a while in the desert without water. They found some finally but ironically it was bitter water, marah. They began doing what we usually do, murmuring and complaining about their leader, Moses, and their God, I AM. They made Moses cry but he cried out to God not about God or at God.  Crying out to God when we’re frustrated or hurting is exactly what we’re supposed to do.

God told him there was a tree whose branch would make the water sweet. Kind of like Jesus changes and softens us when He knocks on the door and comes to sup with us. So Moses put the branch in the water and the people drank freely.

Then God led them to an oasis of twelve wells and bunches of palm trees. So the people had abundance. God’s abundance can do a couple of things depending on our attitude. It can heal the fear and create confidence and rest in Him. Or abundance can cause us to expect and even demand the best only and at all times.

God meant for this time of abundance to comfort and heal them as they were  weary of the desert. And mainly it was to give them a trust in Him. He was their Healer and He was going to be beside them all the way. 

3 comments June 26, 2011

Chocolate

They say a girl’s soul needs a little chocolate every day. A lady in a Johnny Depp movie came into town with something the town had never tasted before … Chocolate. It caused people to tell this lady their troubles and they seemed to solve them.

Jewish people loved to party. Jesus first miracle was at a celebration. He turned water to wine for a wedding.

We need treats, rewards parties to get through a hectic week. We need laughter to help erase stress. We need to take advantage of these mini-vacations. They may seem frivolous but they’re healthy and important in our lives. A cheerful heart does good like medicine. Proverbs.

Add a comment May 27, 2011

Inherent Purpose

Philippians 2:2-4 …make full my joy, that ye be of the same mind, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind; doing nothing through faction or through vainglory, but in lowliness of mind each counting other better than himself; not looking each of you to his own things, but each of you also to the things of others. 

We were talking in Singles the other night about unity of the Spirit. Here’s one description of unity. We count others as better than ourselves looking out to the things of others.  

 Looking out to the things of others is not so much watching  their material goods as watching their situations to see if you can help by praying or in some other more tangible way. It’s being available for other people’s troubles and giving the appropriate assistance. Sometimes all a sick person needs is your prescence to give them a smile. It goes a long way in helping them to heal.

Everyone with no exception was born with pleasure in God’s heart and a purpose for their lives…a fresh, new little person. Sometimes someone ruins their purpose nevertheless the image of God remains. So all people deserve respect and should be looked up to so their purpose can be realized or fulfilled. My brother who is a policeman treats with respect all his juveniles who get into trouble. Each situation is different but he tries to sit at their level and discuss with them their issue. He listens and  solves it with the least amount of punishment and the greatest benefit for the youth. That should be the attitude of all of us: how can we better the other person’s life so they grow and fulfill their purpose.

These don’t come easy. But I’d love to grow in this area…treating everyone from leaders to children with respect and helping them to realize their purpose

Add a comment May 25, 2011

Heaven. For Me

And his head and his hair were white as white wool, white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire; and his feet like unto burnished brass, as if it had been refined in a furnace; and his voice as the voice of many waters. Revelation 1:14-15

Heaven is described in physical terms, things we use or have experienced…His hair was white…His eyes were as a flame… His voice as many waters…

I have an opinion that stems from this. It’s only an opinion. “I can only imagine…” But I feel that we have tastes of heaven down here. Some of them are the fragrance of a grove of orange blossoms in the spring; the smell of the just opened can of coffee and when it’s brewing and when you taste it; for me a girl when a man sings to me and it feels like God has put His burning finger on my heart and I weep freely. Another is wind blowing through my hair watching a sunset. When I’m thirsty the crispness of seltzer water ice cold.

Obviously your heaven would be a little different than mine. But my salvation and my relationship with the Lord are different. So we would all have our special gifts from God…kind of like going to Grandma’s and she cooks your favorite food

Add a comment May 16, 2011

Light Reaching Out

….giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness…Colossians 1:13, 14

Those who are wise shall shine as the stars. Ye are the light of the world a city set on a hill…In this dark world where there is fear and evil and lives are lived focused on Harry Potter and the Lord of the Rings and Twilight our job is to be a light. Don’t be tainted by darkness but let your light shine that they may see it and glorify your Father in heaven. Light in the Colossians verse above is described as patience long-suffering and joy. Those may not seem like powerful qualities but they are the qualities with power of eternity within.. our battle is not against flesh and blood but against the principalities….against darkness. So we fight it with the light.

There is a candle in every soul
Some brightly burning, some dark and cold
There is a Spirit who brings fire
Ignites a candle and makes His home

Carry your candle, run to the darkness
Seek out the hopeless, confused and torn
Hold out your candle for all to see it
Take your candle, and go light your world
Take your candle, and go light your world

by Kathy Troccoli

Add a comment April 10, 2011

A Pretty Face

We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus, praying always for you…

There are a lot of people for which I should give thanks. There are people who have invested their lives in me. There are people I love. 

People are valuable and thankfulness is a precious and rare quality. It’s becoming on everybody and important to our spiritual peace.

Thankfulness is becoming on everybody because of the smile it grows in the heart. In photography there are filters of different shades and colors. CertaIn shades are becoming on certain people. But no filter can help an angry face. That’s the kind of face a grateful heart will cure.

Peace is a desired and necessary hidden quality. Being thankful for those who need our forgiveness gives peace. It goes beyond what is normal into the spiritual.

I need peace. I want a smile from my heart. Thankfulness needs to be cultivated in me.

Add a comment April 5, 2011

Smile

1 Chronicles 16:10-12 “Honor His holy Name, let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice, Search for the Lord and for His strength, seek His face always. Remember the wonderful works He has done…”

When we seek Him we pray for His will with all our heart. Or we might pray for our hearts deepest desire. Either way we want the answer from Him not from anyone else. We know He has the power and the heart to give the answer we’ve been needing that’s the perfect fit for us.

Hearts that seek Him can rejoice. We may be waiting on an answer but we know He has the strength to carry us. We should be seeking the face of Him whom we love. His face may have the smile we need, it may have the tenderness we’re longing for, it may have an encouraging look to keep us holding on.

If we remember His wonderful works in the past it’s easier to trust Him with our present and future. Sometimes what gives us the strength to keep on is His answered prayers in the past. And stories of the Old and New Testament where God loved them and did what they needed at the time are the spur we need to go on.

The point of these verses is for us to rejoice. God is strong, He is willing to be found, He is willing to carry us and His past and present and future are full of wonders. Nice to rejoice in Him!

Add a comment March 24, 2011

No Grumbling…Rejoice!

Philippians 3, 4, & 5

Add a comment March 21, 2011

You are Treasured

At the beginning of your petitions an answer went out, and I have come to give it, for you are treasured by God… Daniel 9:23 Daniel was fasting and praying, confessing his sins and the sins on behalf of God’s people. Humility must mean a lot to God. When we confess our sins His ears perk up. Isaiah confessed his sins and his people’s sins in Isaiah 6 and Nehemiah did the same in Nehemiah 1. God heard their prayers and called them out for a specific, meaningful work to do.

I was reading a devotional about at the end of the day going through our day with Jesus. Tell Him our joys, our frustrations, our sins and thank Him for His mercy during our day. This is something I’ve never done. I confess my sins once in a while but not daily. I want to be treasured by God and I want to make a specific effort to confess my sins daily and also to be grateful to Him. Talking with Him is so powerful and the privilege we have is to touch God’s heart. What will He call us to do or be if we spend time before Him with a deeply humble spirit?

1 comment March 16, 2011

Your Name is Perfume

Song of Solomon 1:3 ‘your Name is perfume poured out.

Luke 7:38 …she began to wet His feet with her tears; and she wiped them with the hair of her head and kissed his feet…and anointed them with the ointment (perfume).

She loved Him. Jesus had shown her His integrity by not succumbing to her but leading her to a new life. Jesus had seen deep in her soul to the little girl who was hungry for love that was pure. Jesus had shown her grace to cover her sins, which Luke says in the Bible, “were especially wicked.” So the grace had to be especially poignant. Jesus had become her best Friend. He was her I AM.

So when she poured out the perfume she was pouring out His Name, which is everything He had been to her. That’s where the emotion came from, just going through her heart and mind about what He had done and who He was. Something about Him touches our heart of hearts in the most powerful way. We’re overwhelmed with His Name, His character.

Add a comment February 7, 2011

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