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Launching

Launch out into a deeper place in God
Let Him fill your emptiness
And guide you safely to the shore.

Launch out from your comfort zone
Let Him teach you how to live
And walk in darkness no more.

Launch out toward the Light of life.
His love awaits to give you new hope
And a peace like you’ve never had before.

At some point in every life there will be a launch time. Whether we are launching a new business, a new relationship, or a new attitude, launch day comes to us all.

Today is a great day to launch a new commitment to follow Jesus. He said those who follow Him would not walk in darkness but would have the Light of life (John 8:12).

We can safely launch each day knowing His Holy Spirit will

  • Teach us
  • Guide us
  • Speak to us
  • Reveal God’s plan to us
  • Correct us, and
  • Pray for us.

(John 14, 15, 16)

Why not launch out today?

Luke 5:1-11

5 One day, as the crowds were pressing close to him to hear the word of God, Jesus was standing by the lake of Gennesaret. 2 He saw two boats moored by the land; the fishermen had gone ashore and were washing their nets. 3 He got into one of the boats – it was Simon’s – and asked him to put out a little way from the land. Then he sat down in the boat and began to teach the crowd.

4 When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, ‘Put out into the deeper part, and let down your nets for a catch.’

5 ‘Master,’ replied Simon, ‘we were working hard all night and caught nothing at all. But if you say so, I’ll let down the nets.’

6 When they did so, they caught such a huge number of fish that their nets began to break. 7 They signalled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. So they came, and filled both the boats, and they began to sink.

8 When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees.

‘Go away,’ he said. ‘Leave me, Lord! I’m a sinner!’ 9 He and all his companions were gripped with amazement at the catch of fish they had taken; 10 this included James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon.

‘Don’t be afraid,’ said Jesus to Simon. ‘From now on you’ll be catching people.’

11 They brought the boats in to land. Then they abandoned everything and followed him.

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An Empty Seed

The enemy of my joy
Planted an empty seed today
He wanted to poison my soul
And drive my peace away.

He used a child of my heart
And someone from my circle of care
To discourage me
And fill me with despair.

I began to water the seed
To nurture its presence
But the Lord reminded me
I have the power to reject its essence.

Holy Spirit took me on a journey
Through the field of grace.
He gently led me to the truth
Every believer must face.

Troubles will come
Pain will try to invade
But the evidence of our faith
Is revealed in our response to the trap that’s laid.

We can fester in misery
Or seek justified revenge
But if we stand firm and resist
The Lord’s good hand will avenge.

He will take the empty seed
And work it for our good
To produce abundant fruit much sweeter
Than our hurt and anger could.

No one lives life free of difficulty, trials or disappointment. As long as we live, we can expect to face something that will try to shake our faith. It is during those times that we have choices to make. We can wallow in misery, seek revenge, or turn to the Lord for direction. I like choosing the latter because He never fails to come through for me. He may not allow anything to happen to those who hurt me, but He never fails to remind me that He loves me and He will cause all things to work for my good.

He has a plan to use everything we go through to shape us into His image. No matter what we go through in life, it will never compare to the suffering Christ endured at the hands of the people He loved. Yes, He loved every accuser, every abuser, and every betrayer so much that He laid down His life so they might live in Him.

So who am I to hold on to offenses.

Jesus teaches us in John 13:35 that people would know we are His disciples if we love. They won’t know it by the scripture inscribed t-shirt we wear, the fish and crosses we fix to our vehicles, or the tattoos we stamp on our skin.

They will know by how we offer others a reprieve. They will know when we embrace the unlovely, the rejected ones. They will know by the fresh starts we give every day. They will know when there is evidence in our own lives that His mercies are new every morning.

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Secrets Found in the High Places

A peaceful stream that lead to rest.
A loving hand that wipes away tears.
A whispered word giving hope to face a new day.
Courage to face the storms of life.
Light that outshines the darkest night.
A melodious song to chase away despair.
A God who listens and loves.
A Savior who continually prays.
A reason to ascend again.

I often find myself standing in front of a canvas or sketch book for no other reason than to meditate. During the moments I’m there my heart and mind reflect on God’s goodness, His word, and His love. From those musings I walk away with revelations and images such as the one displayed in this post.

I never thought of myself as an artist. But when I am in quiet time with the Lord, He stirs up creativity in me. I can imagine that is how musicians create beautiful worship songs.

I love that I serve a creative God who shares Himself with me. He helps me create all sorts of things. It wasn’t until I read Exodus 35 again that I realized God is the source of my creativity. He is my inspiration.

What do you walk away with after spending time with the Lord?

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Exodus 36:30-36
Then the LORD said to Moses, “See, I have chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills— to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze, to cut and set stones, to work in wood, and to engage in all kinds of crafts. Moreover, I have appointed Oholiab son of Ahisamak, of the tribe of Dan, to help him. Also I have given ability to all the skilled workers to make everything I have commanded you.