Getting Real About Life, about Love, and about God

Friday, April 27, 2012

TGIF

I am preaching on blessing during a two week series.  Last week we looked at how we very often misunderstand God's blessings as worldly ideas of wealth, health and success.  It is true that all good and perfect gifts come from God.  However, to be blessed by God and having God show us his favor is not measured by our worldly wealth or the state,of our current health, or whether we seem successful or not.  Paul may not have seemed very successful while chained to a prison guard without a two nickles to rub together, but he was blessed by God.  He could rejoice in the Lord because of his great blessings.

Jesus says we will be blessed by God and that means that we will have a place in His kingdom.  He will comfort us.  He will show us mercy.  He will give a life and a place on this earth-- he will be our shelter, shield, and provider.  We will see him in our lives because he will be with us in all our situations.  He says we are blessed because God calls us his children.  We are blessed beyond earthly measure.  We are blessed because we have Jesus who is our blessing.

Thank you God for loving and blessing me by showing me your favor.  Thank you for calling me your child and giving me a place in your kingdom.  Thank you for your daily provisions for me and for your comfort and mercy.  Thank you that I can see you face to face and that through my day today I will see you.

Love today.

In Christ's love and mine,
Doug

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Been Away

As you can tell by the dates of my posts there has been some time pass between posts.  I have had a lot going on and time for the blog has been difficult to find.  However, I still see this as an important discipline for me.  I need to journal my thoughts and prayers.  I need to take time daily to reflect on how I am living in and living out my relationship with Christ.

Now, It is important to say that just because I have not been "blogging" it does not mean that somehow my relationship with God has been suffering.  It does not mean that I have started playing church and not intentionally focusing on being real about my relationship with God.  This has not been the case.  In fact, I feel that God has really been with me and working in and through  me as I have been away.

I have been away from wherever this is but God has always been with me.  He has not been away.  That is not why time has passed between posts.  God does not go away.  I have that promise in the scriptures.  He is faithful and will never leave us or forsake us.

God has been nurturing and comforting me through the loss of my stepmother Maryle.  This has been a great loss and I continue feel God's presence with me in this time of grief.  Death cannot separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus. I know this as a deep truth not just a memorized scripture verse.  I am so grateful for a God who cares about us enough that he transforms death into life and turns our mourning into dancing.

I think that the time is right for me to come back and try to start making this a regular post discipline again.  I am still incredibly busy but I hope to make time to ramble on here more days than I don't.  

Love today.

In Christ's love and mine,
Doug