I Shall Be Satisfied ~ God is enough for me

Psalms 17::15As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness.”

We all have “things” we like in this world…and that’s okay.

It’s when the things in this world become so important we actually don’t want to leave it, that things get out of sorts – our priorities get skewed – and we forget that God is all we need.

I don’t know about you, but in my life, I have allowed things in the past to block my view of God and during those times when I was angry with him because I thought we went away from me…..he was actually the same, in the same place…..I know now that it was me that changed; I had allowed the world to distract me so much I couldn’t even see him.

Have you ever had one of those days, when you looked everywhere for your glasses, only to find they were on your head all along…..?

Look at the world around you ~ the more “things” that the world invents, the more that a technological world can offer, the more God seems to disappear from the scene.  Inventions are great – medicine, transportation, etc. The problem arises when these things are made available, we are immediately told that we cannot possibly live without them..yet, weren’t we living before they came along?

Seems to me, back when the world had less, much less even, our world had more of God.

So what has changed?  NOTHING – well, at least God hasn’t!

I don’t think it’s wrong to have comforts in this world – I thank God each day for all my comforts. But there is a difference between what brings us comfort and what we actually need to live. I believe God does distinguish between the two.

I feel particularly qualified to speak to this subject since I have been both blessed abundantly by God for my needs and comforts, and I have also been totally without anything but the shirt on my back.

And yet……

God’s grace proved to be sufficient for me during the darkest times of my life. Turns out, I really didn’t need a house, a car, a change of clothes for every day of the week, a computer, a cell phone, a job, an Ipod…..nope, I didn’t really need anything! So why did I feel so needy?

2 Corinthians 12:9  And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

It’s not God that makes us feel so needy……it’s the world that constantly pushes us to have things; to acquire more and more and more and more…..isn’t it interesting how it seems the world has so much to offer, and yet actually has nothing to offer us that matters once we leave this world?

In the end ~ you will take nothing with you – not even your family. Is there anything that you “own” right now that you think would make a difference for you when you pass from this world? Anything that could possibly keep you from leaving this world?

Try this excercise….

Divide a piece of paper in half…..title one side God, the other World.

Now, think of everything you “own” right now….

What you think you need for God…list on that side of the paper, and likewise, what you need for the World, list on that side of the paper.

This little exercise may take some time – but actually – it shouldn’t take any time at all if you think about it….

Psalms 62:5  “My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him.”

 

 

Exaltation in Everything

Planting Potatoes:

I was blessed by this post and would like to share!

Originally posted on The Christian Gazette:

Acts 16 unearths yet another story of perseverance in the face of adversity. Paul and Silas had just had an encounter with a slave girl who had a spirit by which she predicted the future. Through their time with her, Paul commanded the spirit leave her, and thus ended her ability to make money for her owner. The slave owner was so enraged at the two disciples, that he had them dragged to the marketplace to face authorities, then brought them before the magistrates, which resulted in the public stripping and beating of the faithful followers of Christ. After they had been flogged, Paul and Silas were thrown in maximum security prison, despite being peaceful men. Considering the agony they had likely endured, most would have been whimpering in a corner of the cell. However, not the case with these two. About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing…

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Our ministry

Planting Potatoes:

good message I would like to share with my friends!

Originally posted on In My Father's House:

ReconciledAs far as I can tell, our ministry in Christ is two-fold. It’s about identity and reconciliation.  And we cannot do the latter with the right heart without seeing the former.

Both have everything to do with connection–a life embraced, to embrace.

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The Faith of New Life

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In witnessing the birth of my grandchild, and watching the transformation of my daughter into a mother, it occurs to me that God has much more faith in us ~

than we have in him.

As evil overtakes this world we live in, we can see it’s doom coming……never mind that God’s word tells us what is going to happen.

And yet…..

Isn’t it amazing that God continues to bring new life into our world?

Maybe it’s because he knows that each life has already been saved by his grace and the sacrifice of his son Jesus Christ?

 

God Takes and He Gives

I have been silent since my Grandmother passed on -

but now I want to climb to the tallest mountain and shout -

my first Granddaughter has arrived!

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I can’t help thinking that my dear Grandmother is a part of this beautiful baby – and in this way, will continue to be a part of my life until I get to see her again!

I pray that I can be to this child even half of what my Grandmother was to me.

I pray God will be with her all her days.

I want to thank my daughter for working so hard for the past nine months while she waited so patiently for God’s timing!

(including the extra 2 weeks!   :)

Praise God for the life he brings into this world!

Another Angel In Heaven – Goodbye Grandma

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My Grandmother has lived a long life, and after running a very long race, God has called her home.

I am so sorry I was not there.  But my faith is strong and so I know God will not let the circle be unbroken…….

She has served so many, so well, and we have needed her so much in this world…..

but I guess God figures we can make it the rest of the way without her.

I thank God for blessing my life with her.

There are so many memories I cannot recall because they are all wrapped up in a fuzzy haze…but there are a few that stand out.

I can remember two instances where she literally saved my life.

I can remember being taken to church every Sunday and being “marched before God” as she always put it.

Seems she always had gospel music playing on the radio as she was busy cooking another meal for us; but her real favorite was Billy Graham as I recall.

I remember the birthday cards…..in fact, even when I was in the military, no matter where I was stationed…I always got a birthday card and Christmas card with a $5.00 bill in them.

I remember how she held my daughter in her arms, loved her, changed her diapers…I am so thankful that she got to meet my daughter.

I thank God for the sacrifices our Grandmother made for us. All her life, she put everyone ahead of herself. Some would say that our Grandmother never really got anywhere in this life….but the way I see it…..she got further than most of us will ever go.

Grandma is now enjoying her rewards in heaven. The way I see it, she must have a lot of treasures stored up by now……

Grandma never showed emotion much – it just wasn’t her thing – but now I believe she is singing with the angels……

Grandma always had a way of making us feel like we had a lot – even when we didn’t think we had much.

My Grandmother was not afraid to face the devil and do anything necessary to protect her family.  I know her many prayers reached heaven for me and the rest of my family….

and I know God heard her because we are still here.

Grandma did her best to keep God in our lives – but I think the best thing she ever did for me was to keep me before God.

My heart is filled with joy that Grandma is in heaven and even though she most likely left this world thinking she didn’t have much impact…..I believe she was met by Jesus and he said, “well done good and faithful servant.”

Grandma walked through many valleys while in this world……

and now it’s time for her to go rest high on that mountain.

Goodbye Grandma – I love you.

Jesus Called Us First

My wife placed a plastic owl in our backyard that hoots when something moves in front of it. I usually begin watering in the early hours of the morning…..being not quite awake yet……until the owl speaks to me of course.  ;)

The past few mornings, doves that live in our trees, have taken to answering the little plastic owl every morning. When I move away from the owl so that it ceases to make a call ~ the doves call out to it.  I guess they are expecting the owl ~ or what they think is another dove ~ to answer their call.

I wonder ~ how many people in this world give up on God because they don’t hear him answering their call when they feel they really need him?

After pondering this question this morning ~ I realized that most of the world has it backwards.

Seems to me that God has called out to us long before we ever call out to him so when we do get around to answering his call ~ we think we are the first to make the call and so ~ we are mistakenly disappointed when we we don’t hear an answer.

So, when circumstances in our lives bring us to a place where we feel the need to call out to God…..aren’t we actually just answering him?

I have always known that God would come into my life when I asked him to ~ but sometimes…..I may not recognize his answer……