Sunday, September 8, 2013

Scripture Sunday 9.8.13

 The night is almost gone; the day of salvation will soon be here.
So remove your dark deeds like dirty clothes,
and put on the shining armor of right living.
~Romans 13:12, NLT~
    Thank you that we have a savior in a dark world. Thank you that we have a hope. Thank you that you give each of us 'a day of salvation'. I pray for those who have yet to experience their day of salvation...I ask in advance that you would soften their their eyes that they can see You clearly and realize their need for You...unplug their ears that they might hear Your wooing voice calling them. In advance I ask, Holy Spirit, that you would surround this person with Your presence at the moment when they face the most important decision of their accept Jesus' salvation.
Whoever you are...wherever you are in this vast world...know there is hope and a future for you. Remove your dark deeds, lay down your old ways, humbly at the feet of Jesus and He will cloth you in shining armor and clothes of righteousness. We all have a point in our lives when we can make that choice...I pray when your day of salvation comes, that you have the strength and humility to make the choice to accept it.
The night is fading...salvation is coming.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Scripture Sunday 9.1.13

But Lord, be merciful to us,
for we have waited for you.
Be our strong arm each day
and our salvation in times of trouble.
~Isaiah 33:2, NLT~
    We have waited on You...our hope and trust lie with You and Your promises. Be merciful to us in these times... times when it is hard to wait without seeing the fruits of our labor, or the things which our heart longs for. Be our strong arm each day...fight for us...wrestle with us against the forces that would seek to steal away that which we are waiting for...working for...trusting for. When trouble comes and difficulties assail us, be our salvation...preserve us and the dreams You have placed in our hearts...redeem what has been tampered with...deliver us. 

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Scripture Sunday, 8-25-13

Pray for all people.
Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them.
~1 Timothy 2:1, NLT~
I love the NLT translation of this verse. I keep coming back to it because it touches my heart and reminds me to think outside of myself.
   Thank you for making a world full of diverse and beautiful people...various cultures...unique communities...and one of a kind individuals. Each nation, culture, and person brings something needed and beautiful to the table of world. Thank you for showcasing your creativity and different ways of approaching life through your creatures. Lord, I pray that the peoples of the earth would see Your face and be awakened to Your forgiveness and love for them. We cannot end wars, hunger and pain...but You can bring peace to the war that rages in their hearts, the hunger in their lonely souls and peace to the wounds of their spirits. Help them to see their need for You and the hand of forgiveness  You have already extended to them. Thank you that Your promises are for all people.


Sunday, August 18, 2013

Scripture Sunday, 8-18-13

Mark out a straight path for your feet; stay on the safe path.
Don't get sidetracked; keep your feet from following evil.
~ Proverbs 4:26-27~ NLT


      Thank you that You have given me the tools to mark out a straight path for my feet...give me the strength to walk over the ups and down on this road, and the grace to stick with it. Guide me as I mark my lines through life, direct my efforts, steady my hand. Help me see through the fog of distractions Your face, Your me hear through the clamoring voices Your peaceful invitation and wooing tones. Thank you that your always with me, give me eyes to see more clearly that path You've laid for me.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Scripture Sunday, 8-11-13

This is what the Sovereign Lord says: 
Look! I am going to put breath into you 
and make you live again!

~ Ezekiel 37:5~  NLT


   Your breath brought me to life in the beginning, and it sustains me now. Breath a fresh wind over me, bring new life...hope...dreams. Revive what the enemy has withered and stamped out. Breathe Your breath into my existence and aspirations...not anything I can conjure up, but only that which comes from You. Make me live again!


Sunday, June 2, 2013

Healing Resentment, Envisioning Grace

"When things don't go your way, accept the situation immediately. If you indulge in feelings of regret, they can easily spill over into...resentment. .... Remember I am Sovereign over all your circumstances...and humble yourself under My Mighty Hand."
-Jesus Calling, by Sarah Young, May 22nd reading

I usually pride myself on my ability to see and visualize potential in a person, project, room, etc. To see what a thing can be...could be, is indeed a blessing...but can too quickly lead to pride and disappointment.

This excerpt from Jesus Calling hit me hard because it poked at a soar spot I have been struggling with...resentment.

Because I can envision what a thing or a person could or should be, I can get so fixed on that image, that I come to resent what is actually before me. I can't accept what I actually see and have because I know it could be better.

When I get transfixed on perfection, improvement and constantly visualize a better version of something, I am actually doing a number of negative things.

1. Lift myself up in pride, declaring I know best. When we look at a person or a thing and instantly chalk up a list of criticisms and improvements, we are functioning out of pride. Pride says, "I am better...others always have flaws...I can pick them out and see what needs changing." That is the opposite of love. Love overlooks an offense (Prov. 17:9), it is kind, does not boast, is not proud or rude (1 Cor. 13:4-5).

Our pride however can lead to...

2. Trying to take control myself. Do you remember the story of Sarai (Sarah), wife of Abram (Abraham- their names had not yet been changed at this point)? She saw a situation...her husband, with no heir...her womb with no child, and thought she had a solution. She had become disappointed with God and his timing, she looked and thought she saw a way to get things done. And she made it happen. In the end it caused heart ache and discord.

3. Essentially make an idol out of my ideals.  By putting so much importance on our 'perfect versions' and ideal people, we are actually making that/them a sort of idol. They distract us from God and absorb our energies. We lift up that image believing it is the best...that when we have reached its realization, then, then we will be happy.

Can you imagine if God responded the way I do? If He looked at things through my eyes?

Just imagine the perspective God has on life and the realm of possibilities He sees.

 God is the only one who will ever see all of our potential...what we could have been like had sin not gotten to us first...and it far surpasses the 'ideal version' we can ever conjure up for ourselves.

What if, when He looked at us, He resented and despised us because of how inferior we are to His perfect model? No matter what we did, it would never be good enough because His good enough is so vastly beyond what we could ever attain.

What if He saw us like that?

And He could, you know...if it weren't for grace.

Because of grace...
when God looks at us, He sees us through the Blood of Jesus...
covered in His promises, blessings, righteousness, and authority.

Time doesn't separate His perception of us...He sees our past, present and future-self all rolled up into one...He sees what will be like once we have completed this life and stand without all the junk of the world on

When God looks at me, He extends forgiveness towards me. He doesn't bring up my faults and failures to shame me or try to force me to change and improve.

When God looks at me, He extends love towards me. Gently, carefully, He molds and refines me. Imagine if He acted out of pride, He would tackle all of our faults and sins at once, and that would be too much to bear at one time.

Through the eyes of grace and love, God sees me.

Now I need to do the same when I look at others.

"Remember that I am Sovereign."

I am a little I person, He is a big God.

"Humble yourself before My Mighty Power."

His power working in others and in me is what makes change possible.

Be humble enough to extend grace and forgiveness, and humble enough to let God take care of it.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

After Much Deliberation

I'm back.

If any of my previous readers and viewers are still here, "hi" to you.

Yes, I fell off the face of the earth for a while, but I climbed my way back up and I want to write again.

As you can see, 'Streams' has had a face lift. I was never really satisfied before, and if you have been peaking in the last month or two, you will have seen all my many tinkerings to this blog.

I wanted to create a space that was calming, simple and inviting. I don't know if I quite got it yet, but I think I'm mostly satisfied and I plan to leave things 'as is' and focus now on writing.

So I guess you could say this is the official re-opening of 'Streams'. I hope to move forward from here and really settle in.

See you around?