Pieces of Logic

What do you know logically, that doesn’t make sense spiritually?  Or vice versa.

I think of faith; like wind – you can’t see it, but you CAN feel it. 

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The word “sense” is as close to “logic” ‘as I can find in the bible and it’s a stretch!

  • Nehemiah 8:8
    They read from the book, from the Law of God, with interpretation, and they gave the sense, so that the people understood the reading.
  • Hebrews 11:19
    He reasoned that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead, from which he indeed received him in a figurative sense.

 

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Pieces of Loss

There are many variations of loss.  Of life, love, a health diagnosis, home, job, and whatever it is, is the most important thing to you at the time.  No one could possibly understand, even if they can relate – it’s not the same.  Sometimes we don’t want empathy as much as we want someone to listen.  We want someone to put up with our bad days — the days when we feel deeply alone in our grief.

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In time of grief that is so incredibly overwhelming, where do you go for peace? 

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Jeremiah 31:3
The Lord has appeared to him from afar, saying: Indeed, I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you.
John 13:34
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.
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Pieces of Broken Chain

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While doing my devotions this morning, I added music to my routine.  Blasted the volume on my laptop and plugged into YouTube and started with Selah, Wonderful Merciful Savior, then one of my favorites by Jesus Culture; “Break Every Chain.”

I was reminded of what keeps me in bondage; bad habits some might say, but I know they are more than that – they keep me separated from God.  Ironically (but not really, right???!!!), my devotion was on placing my trust in the Holy Spirit to guide and nudge me towards a Godly life, instead of living by feelings; which can change in a moment’s notice.

I have been overcome by the presence of God many times.  Music seems to be the vehicle, the lyrics speak to my heart and remind me through repetition (I listen to the same song fifty times, like I did when I was a teenager!) what my  heart longs for, to be closer to God, to live in His grace and to know that I am saved.

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Where Do You Find God?

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I find God on a quiet day, in nature, the sound of wind always reminds me of Jesus.  As if He is whispering to me.  Also in my daily devotions, or wanderings in the bible.

Today “faith” was a dominant word in my day; it came reading Hebrews; all of the people who chose (not just obey) to walk in faith.  Abraham offered up his son (how awful a decision to make), the only thing Sarah ever wanted was a child and Moses, a grown man; preferred to suffer hardships than live within the walls of great wealth.

WHY?

3 John 1:3
It gave me great joy when some believers came and testified about your faithfulness to the truth, telling how you continue to walk in it.
Hebrews 11:6
And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

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Blessed are they……

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Matthew 5:1-12

In these words and phrases we learn how to care for people.   The Eight Beatitudes form the core of the Christian life.

As Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J., writes in his Modern Catholic Dictionary, they are the “promises of happiness made by Christ to those who faithfully accept his teaching and follow his divine example.” While, as mentioned, we refer to those in Heaven as in a state of beatitude, the happiness promised in the Eight Beatitudes is not something to be found in the future, in our next life, but right here and now by those who live their lives in accordance with the will of Christ.

Courage

Courage roars.  Does it?  Sometimes it’s the still, small voice inside of us that wants to roar like a lion, but instead meows! 

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2 Chronicles 32:7  Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged because of the king of Assyria and the vast army with him, for there is a greater power with us than with him.
In the last four weeks I’ve witnessed a beautiful soul make some very hard decisions.  She stepped WAY out of her comfort zone to face her challenges head on.  She was courageous; scared, anxious, fearful, afraid of failure, but she was courageous.  As long as the beginning and end of your feelings include a positive — you’ll come out on top!
God asks us to walk in faith.  WALK COMPLETELY IN FAITH.  Not to waiver, not to say — “not today, Lord, I’ve got a lot on my plate.”  He wants it 100%, fearless, courageous, adamant!  He wants us strong and brave – because He is THERE.  All the time, He is never not there.  It’s usually us — trying to do it all on our own, that pushes Him away.
Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
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This is the day!

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What do you rejoice most about when it comes to your love of Mother Earth?  In Springtime, I’m thankful for the beautiful buds and blooms, the sunshine, birds chirping and blue skies.  Earth Day was celebrated around the world on April 22nd.  I missed it because I was traveling, so today am spreading my gratitude around like the wisps of a dandelion.

What does the Lord say about nature?

Isaiah 40:8   ……….The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.”

1 Kings 6:18  The inside of the temple was cedar, carved with gourds and open flowers. Everything was cedar; no stone was to be seen.
Genesis 1:29 Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.
Personally, I think God is disappointed that we’ve cared so little for the earth the past 75 years, but glad that we have found ways to heal her.  Love your Mother Earth is not a hippy saying, it’s a way of life.
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By loving the earth, you are loving your Father.
Matthew 22:37   Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’