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On Earth As It Is In Heaven

On Earth As It Is In Heaven

Monday, October 24, 2016

A Manifestation of Glory

Today's Proverb reminds me to slow down...to cease and desist from reacting and to pray.... and ponder.... and respond with grace.  Solomon promises that we manifest glory when we overlook anothers transgressions. To  not enter into the debate or the onslaught.  To not respond to the argumentative spirit that seeks to draw us in, but, rather, to think and ponder and pray these things in our hearts.  Ultimately, to pray for those that attack us and to offer forgiveness and blessing is a manifestation of Christ in our life.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Exceptional In The Ordinary

 THis morning's devotional summed up our study of the Proverbs, taken from "My Utmost For His Highest":

"But it does require the supernatural grace of God to live twenty-four hours of every day as a saint, going through drudgery, and living an ordinary, unnoticed and ignored existence as a disciple of Jesus. It is ingrained in us that we have to do exceptional things for God--but we do not. We have to be exceptional in the ordinary things of life, and holy on the ordinary streets, among ordinary people- and this is not learned in five minutes"-Oswald Chambers

This is why I study the Proverbs everyday, one verse at a time---to learn a Holy obedience to the ordinary.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Praying For Those With No Voice

A false witness will not go unpunished and a liar will be destroyed. Proverbs 19:9

Praying for those today that the world has turned their back on, the women and children in Syria, in Africa, in South America, in our backyards and in our front yards. I remember today, that God bends down to listen, so we must pray as long as we have breath.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Hearing the Hurting

Today's Proverb is 19:6
"Many seek favor from a ruler; everyone is the friend of a person that gives gifts.

The picture above is me trying to find Dinah, an Old Testament young lady that was only mentioned long enough to tell her story of surmised rape. I don't know why my head meanders where it meanders, but somehow I linked these two together.  So many times woman are not heard and money and gifts speak louder than the truth.  Power and prestige are valued more than a hurting young lady.  A little bit of Dinah's story: She struck out into the land of Canaan one day to seek out other young women of the area.  The prince, Shechem, saw her---seized her ---and raped her. You can check out the full story in Genesis 34.
Dinah, after all these years, was a pawn in a power game. Today my prayer would be that we bend a little lower and we listen just a little stronger----to hear the stories of those that are hurting.   I pray that we can validate their pain and sit next to them for a little while , while the world continues to turn.  To be able to say, "I see you, I hear you, and I am so-so sorry."

Friday, October 14, 2016

Get Out Of Jail Free

19:5 A false witness will not go unpunished, And he who speaks lies will not escape.

I think we can all bear witness to this.  At some point we have all told a lie and felt the shame and guilt as it squished us under its weight.  The lie becomes difficult, a task master, something that has to be protected at all costs.  Exhausting and anxious, our days are filled with “keeping it all together”.   Perhaps this is punishment enough, perhaps this is an eternal non-escape. Forget about getting caught in the lie, carrying the lie is enough of a burden.
Don’t we just do that to ourselves though? We can come before the Lamb, enter into the throne room of grace, and inhabit the destiny of royalty.  But the pulls of our earthly flesh are hard to extinguish and we find ourselves living amongst the consequences of our decisions.  Jesus, with His hands held out offers us a life of abundance. A life filled with fruits of the Spirit.
My prayer for us today is that we would change our glasses and the lens from which we look at life.  I pray that we would see earthly things as a distraction and an entrapment, keeping us form our Kingdom purposes.  I pray that each one of us can rise up to who we were created to be and operate as the highest calling on our life.  We got a “Get Out OF Jail Free” card, through Jesus, and I am cashing mine in today!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Join Our Creative Revolution!

Wealth makes many friends, But the poor is separated from his friend.
This proverb saddens my heart, because we can be like a raven following after the next shiny object, can’t we? We will peck anothers eyes out if we feel we might get a token or shekel.
So, it got me thinking, what is the hope in today’s message?  I think that we need a Savior. Without a Savior, we are not inclined to generosity and compassion.  We are not inclined to helping the lowly and ask or help ourselves.  Without a Savior, I am selfish and conniving- I know because I remember me before I fell in love with my Jesus.
So, today I want to share Salty Sidewalks with you – a ministry that intentionally spereads the Gospel through the Arts----because the world needs a Savior and its our job to make disciples.
So check out Http://www.saltysidewalks.com or join in the revolution on our facebook page. He needs a creative army to love the world through color, want to join in the fun? 

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Let It Go.....

The foolishness of a man twists his way,
And his heart frets against the Lord.
Today’s Proverb makes my heart sad, because I know each one of us have found ourselves in opposition to the Lord.
Here our foolishness lands us in a situation where we are overthrowing our journey and standing in opposition to the Lord. Through our foolishness we are self- tormentors and we have sided with the enemy of our peace. Fretting is to be visibly worried or anxious. Our Proverb tells us that this is pure foolishness. It overthrows our journey and it topples our apple cart.  We stake ourselves against the goodness and the grace and the sovereignty of our God.
Do you ever feel like you are slipping down the “fretting” rabbit home, lost in the foolishness and not able to come up for air?  Ruminating and losing the battle.  Rumination is “the compulsively focused attention on the symptoms of one's distress, and on its possible causes and consequences, as opposed to its solutions. “

 I can get stuck in a frame of mind and keep playing things over and over.  (Enter the “Frozen” track, “Let It Go”.  )
Elsa gets me, look at her song:
“It's funny how some distance,
makes everything seem small,
and the fears that once controlled me,
can't get to me at all.
It's time to see what I can do.
To test the limits and break through.
No right, no wrong, no rules for me!
I'm free!”
I am free!  I serve a good righteous, sovereign God who has set His affections on me. Most of my fretting is about letting people down and them not liking me. ….let it go…….God loves me.
It’s funny how some distance makes everything seem small…let it go……..distance from the situation, proximity to God.
The fears that once controlled me …..let it go…..if God is for me who can be against me?
Cant get to me at all….let it go….because my God is peace!
It’s time to see what I can do
To test the limits and break through
No right or wrong no rules for me….let it go…and release into His plans and His love.
This has been a public service announcement from God, Lisa and Elsa, reminding us all to place our cares with Him and let Him navigate their course.
Be Blessed and fret free today!!!

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