Getting Real About Life, about Love, and about God

Thursday, May 31, 2012

An Invitation

Tomorrow I will start a journey.  It is a journey that consist of reading a Psalm a day for 150 days.  However, I do not intend for this to be a bible reading plan or for it to just be something that I can look back on and say, "I accomplished this."  I am not just trying to get all the way through the Psalms.  This is a journey.  A spiritual discipline to connect to God and have his word get through me.   I intend to read and meditate and to pray through each Psalm and listen for God to speak to me.  I intend to have has word convict me, shape me, comfort me and turn my world upside down.  I am seeking God not education.  I am seeking God not an accomplishment.  I am seeking God not a Psalm.

I want to invite you to join me on this journey.  I am devoting my blog space for the next 150 days to the Psalms.  If you want to join me on this journey you are welcome to come each day and read my reflections on the journey.  I ask you to read a Psalm and seek each day with me and share your thoughts, on the Psalms not on me, in the comments.   If this is not what you are looking for I invite you to check back after the 150 days are over and see where the journey has taken me.   I hope that many of you will take the journey because I believe that God will do a mighty work in our lives, shaping our character and growing our relationship with him,  through this discipline if we make it about seeking Him.  

Love today.

In Christ's love and mine,
Doug

Friday, May 11, 2012

TGIF

"I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart;
    I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.
I will be glad and rejoice in you;
    I will sing the praises of your name, O Most High."

                                                                          Psalm 9:1-2

Love today.

In Christ's love and mine,
Doug

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Spring Morning

Yesterday was one of those days to open the windows and let the spring air move through the house.  We left the windows open through the night so this morning I awoke to the sounds of the morning coming to life.  We have a birdhouse outside the window that my son Tanner built in scouts and there is a bird who has been busy building a nest in the house for the past few days.

This morning I could hear the birds singing outside.  The songs of the birds as they worked and started their day filled my home.  I could not help but think about how joyful they sounded as they started the day and how often times I groan to get out of bed.  They go about there work with a song, with energy, and vitality.  I have watched this bird building the nest for the past couple days.  One twig at a time, one blade of grace or stray peace of treasure at a time the bird works through the small hole at the entrance of the house.  Sometime it takes the bird several tries to get her piece of home furnishings into the hole.  But, she keeps trying,  And she is still singing.

I think Jesus told a story about birds.  We can learn from these birds.

What is the song in your heart?  Are you singing it as you awake each morning and go throughout your day?  Is the song resonating in your heart and resonating from you as you do your daily work?  When you face challenges do you keep singing your song?

Jesus wants to be our song.  He is the source and the giver of each day we have.  He is the reason to sing each day.  His praise should be constantly on our lips.  He is our hope.  He is our strength when we are weak, our joy comes not from our circumstance but from our Lord.

Love today.

In Christ's love and mine,
Doug

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

What is in You

I read this verse this morning first thing and it has me meditating on what is in me and does it show in how I live my day?

" For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline."
2 Timothy 1:7


We have been given a Spirit of power.  The same power that raised Christ from the dead has been given to us. The power that God gives us is the same power that calms the raging seas and restores sight to the blind.  It is the same power that healed the leper and cast out demons.  It is in me and you.  It is God's gift to us when we give pour lives to him. 


The same love that is touched the leper, not just pronounced a healing, and turns the other cheek is the Spirit that is within us.  The love that lays down his life for his friends and for those that rebel against him is in you and me.  It is a Spirit of love.  God gives us his heart when we give him ours.


And it is the Spirit of self-discipline.  God gives us his Spirit and his Spirit helps us to get control of ourselves. When we give up the control of our lives and live by the Spirit, it is then that we really gain control and have the power to be self-disciplined.  Until we do we will always struggle with to do what God desires us to do.  Too often people think that they must get themselves together and then they will give their lives to Jesus.  The truth is that we can't get things together until we give ourselves to Jesus and he gives himself to us.  Then we receive the power, the love and the self-discipline that can only be found in Christ.

What is in you?

Love today.

In Christ's love and mine,
Doug