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Grace is an Eraser

Memory is a pencil
That sketches your future
Entangled with your past.

Memory draws the chains
That won’t let you grasp
The new life ahead.

Memory shades your destiny
With a misty shade of doom
That causes doubt and fear.

Grace is the eraser.

Ever find yourself in the middle of your busy day and God interrupts you with a sermon? I’m not talking about a sermon from a preacher or evangelist, but a sermon preached by a circumstance in our life.

It could be a car abandoned on the side of the road that speaks to us saying, “You need to rest, get a tune up or you are going to break down.”

Or a turtle trying to cross a well-traveled road in the middle of the day could be saying, “There is a time for everything. If you move too soon, you might get crushed.”

One of my favorites is when someone comes to us to tell us why we should not be in a relationship or friendship with someone who is known for the mistakes they make. They give us a list of faults and transgressions and say something like, “I know people can change but….”

We then get that niggling feeling to retreat or withhold our friendship and kindness. We might be tempted to avoid that person altogether. But the Lord reminds us of the grace we received when we chose to believe. In this sermon Holy Spirit guides us to these truths.

  • He reminds us of  2 Corinthians 5:17 –  21

17 Now, if anyone is enfolded into Christ, he has become an entirely new creation. All that is related to the old order has vanished. Behold, everything is fresh and new. 18 And God has made all things new, and reconciled us to himself, and given us the ministry of reconciling others to God. 19 In other words, it was through the Anointed One that God was shepherding the world, not even keeping records of their transgressions, and he has entrusted to us the ministry of opening the door of reconciliation to God. 20 We are ambassadors of the Anointed One who carry the message of Christ to the world, as though God were tenderly pleading with them directly through our lips. So we tenderly plead with you on Christ’s behalf, “Turn back to God and be reconciled to him.” 21 For God made the only one who did not know sin to become sin for us, so that we who did not know righteousness might become the righteousness of God through our union with him. (TPT)

  • He reminds us of 1 John 1:9,

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (ESV).

He reminds us that grace is an eraser.

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Word Drops: Quickly

Quit making excuses and
Understand your part.
IMMEDIATELY
Consider your motives and the other’s heart.
Know that bitterness and resentment comes when offenses
Linger without repentance and forgiveness.
Your duty is to make things right and erase the chart.

The Lord is totally into us and our relationships. He loves it when we get along, but He knows there will be times when we have words with the people we care about. Those moments of discord don’t separate us from the love of God, but it gives us an opportunity to draw closer to Him. It gives us a chance to show our love for Him by obeying His word. We are to quickly repent, and quickly forgive.

Jesus teaches us in Matthew 5:25 – 26 that when we have disputes with someone we are to quickly make things right. In the scripture, Jesus points out that both parties are doing something. One is accusing, the other is defending. The accuser is taking the offender to court. We may not be going to court, but the Lord sees what we are doing. He is listening to the prayers and cries of the person we offend. He also sees the unforgiveness in the heart of the accuser.

That is why moving quickly to resolve the issue is important. When we hurt someone, we know it, but in our shame or embarrassment we might delay doing what we know is correct. When we make the first move to reconcile, we will not only make the wounded person feel better, but can strengthen the relationship. The relationship improves because we address the issue, make corrections, and drop it for good (erase the chart). If we are the offended, we are to forgive and make peace by letting the issue go. The case is settled in God’s court.

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Matthew 5:25 – 26

25 “If anyone wants to take you to court, make friends with them quickly. Try to do that before you get to the court. If you don’t, they might hand you over to the judge. And the judge will hand you over to a guard, who will throw you into jail. 26 I assure you that you will not leave there until you have paid everything you owe.

 

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Invitations: Win

Don’t let darkness and sorrow win.
Fight for Who you are.
ResIst the urge to quit
WheN life gets hard.

The people around you may not see
The Wonderful person you are INside,
But remember God loves the real you
That you work so hard to hide.

You may not understand
Why your heart hurts so
And relIef may seem far away
But it’s closer thaN you know.

There are trials you Will go through
But that’s part of lIving.
No one’s life is trouble-free.
The key to winNing is forgiving.

Forgive others and forgive yourself.
We all make mIstakes.
We all have regrets.
Starting New each day is what it takes.

To win.

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The darkness is real for more people than you know.

The educator/social worker in me is thinking of young people today. Lifting teens, parents, grandparents, and caring adults in prayer. Remember, you are not alone.

Based on the 2015 Youth Risk Behaviors Survey, 8.6 percent of youth in grades 9-12 reported that they had made at least one suicide attempt in the past 12 months. Girls attempted twice as often as boys (11.6% vs. 5.5%) and teens of Hispanic origin reported the highest rate of attempt (11.3%), especially Hispanic females (15.1%) when compared with white students (6.8%) and White females (9.8%). Approximately 2.8 percent reported making a suicide attempt that required treatment by a doctor or nurse. For those requiring treatment, rates were highest for Hispanic students with black males (4.0%) and Hispanic males (2.9%) having higher rates than white male (0.9%) students. (American Foundation for Suicide Prevention)

 

Psalm 130:7 “…put your hope in the LORD, because with the LORD there is mercy and with Him there is unlimited forgiveness.” (GNT)

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Invitations: Walmart Prayer Meeting

Quickly pacing past produce and frozen goods.
Aiming for the pickles and buns.
Hamburgers on the grill will make for a quick meal.
Jordyn and I make haste at the end of a long day.

We round the corner and stop on the “Bread” aisle.
Pausing to scan the shelves, we hear a dispute.
A family is in uproar and drawing us in.
Looking for a hasty escape is to no avail.

“She is so mean to me,” the man turns to me waving his arms in exasperation.
“He’s just an idiot and doesn’t listen,” grumbles motor cart lady.
“But all I am doing is trying to help,” the man looks at me with pleading, tearful eyes.
Another woman in their party cries, “This is just too much.”

Still glancing around, looking for an escape or a camera,
I turn from the buns and smile at the man.
“Remember that she has lived a long time. Love her anyway.”
“But she’s my mom. She is never kind. I can do nothing right in her eyes.”

“I see. Well, you have two choices. Hold it against her or love her.”
I tried to leave, but motor cart lady says, “He’s doesn’t do anything right, never has.”
“Lord, what are you doing? Why am I here?”
“See what I mean. It just hurts. And she says things like that, too and she’s my wife,” he points at the other woman in their group now weeping aloud. “That’s my mother.”

I smile again. “Okay. Your job is to be respectful and love. She is your mother.”
“Love her? Even when she is mean?”
“Especially when she is mean. And her too,” I point at his wife.
“Your job is to love no matter what they say or do. Just love.”

“How?” he sighs deeply.
“Can I pray for your family?”
Prayer meeting happens in front of the buns and we turn to leave.
“Grandma, what was that all about?” Jordyn asks as we grab our buns and leave.

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The great commission in Matthew 28 compels us to go and make disciples of all nations. Sometimes our “nation” is Wal-Mart.

 

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Courageous Surrender

As I walk through this land
Guide me with Your powerful hand
Love the wounded, feed the hungry, shine the light
Share the truth and give the blind sight

Pray for and heal the sick
Let my forgiveness be quick

Through me let Your presence be known
And draw others to You by the Love You’ve shown.

I surrender all
Not just the parts that won’t be missed
I surrender all
Completely transform me until your purpose is accomplished.

John 15 5

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7 Things Courageous People Will Do

David was a brave warrior for the Lord. He was bold in his prayer life as well as in battle. He is our inspiration and example for how to walk before the Lord in the light of life.

Psalm 56

Courage

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LOVE Helps Us Stand

In my pursuit to know God better, I clearly understand that He will answer prayer. He will give us insight and He will always tell us the truth about ourselves. He will uncover our secret thoughts and lay our weaknesses on the table to examine them with us. He will remind us that those who love Him will do what He says.

During my meditation times this week, I’ve been led to the book of Romans several times. This morning as I was reading Romans 14, I experienced a sweet revelation. I am not a judge. I already knew that, but having God hand you a mirror is a lovely experience.

As I read through the verses, I could see myself as I encountered individuals covered with tattoos and piercings, people who neglect their children, people who were scarred and disoriented because of substance abuse, and people who have decided there is no God. I had made myself judge. If not by my actions, it was by my opinion of their lives.

I am not a judge.

Romans 14:4 is the “ripping off the bandage” scripture for me, “Who are you to judge the servant of another? To his own master he stands or falls; and he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand.”

The truth is, no matter what people do or how they choose to live, God is able to make them stand. God makes Himself available to every one. The problem is, some have trouble seeing God because as God’s ambassador, I am not showing them who He is. I am not representing the Kingdom very well.

They don’t know He is with them, because they see others judging them. They don’t see His love in the smile I could be giving. They don’t see His love by the service I could offer to help a struggling mother or father with their children. They don’t see His love in the gesture I could give by providing a meal, a fresh change of clothes, or a warm blanket to the ones who are lost on the streets.

2017 is coming to a close, but the opportunity to love is not. Everyday is an invitation to share love and compassion. We may not always understand others’ weaknesses, but it isn’t our place to know that. Our assignment is to love them.

I pray that God will show us what “loving them” looks like for the individuals we encounter.

I Am Not Judge

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You’re Qualified by Love

In my dream during the night I was at a school banquet with different people I have known through the past thirty years. I was very glad to see them, but they all seem to have something they were holding on to that kept them from enjoying the banquet set before them. As I woke up and meditated on the dream, the Lord helped me see that the people had caged themselves in. They’ve built their own cages that are keeping them from walking in freedom.

I believe the Lord wants many of you to know that divorce does not disqualify you, nor do your mistakes and failures. He knows the plans He has for you and no plan of His will be thwarted (Job 42:2) by your behavior. Just like our children cannot thwart our plans to love them and care for them, so God is with us. We didn’t just walk away and leave our children in the store when they had tantrums because they couldn’t have what they wanted. No, we picked them up and took them home. We still love them and desire the best for them. We see that they attend school, they eat until they are satisfied, and they have clothes to wear in every season.

Our heavenly Father will not leave us nor forsake us. He loves us with a perfect love. Our mistakes and failures do not disqualify us from being His children. He will correct us because He LOVES US! He will guide us if we will listen. All is not lost. Our destiny is still decided. He is waiting for us to step out onto the path He has set before us. He will guide us.

Scripture reading for today. (Daniel 9: 1 – 19 & Romans 12:1 – 2).

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You are not disqualified
Because you fail.
You are not fogotten
Because you leave the trail.

You are not unwanted
Because you slip and fall.
I AM here to lift you up
Because I love you through it all.
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14 Days of Blessings: Day 11

Today I wish you connection.

I don’t know of any other season where the whole world seem to be trying to make connections more than the Christmas season. Families are reconnecting. Friends who haven’t been in touch for a while get together to celebrate.

When Mary found out she was carrying the promised child, she went to visit her cousin Elizabeth. Both women were facing unusual circumstances and could relate to each other. The scripture says the baby Elizabeth was carrying jumped when Mary arrived (Luke 1). The two infants made a connection in the womb that would last a lifetime.

As you’re preparing for the upcoming holidays, I pray that you find a way to connect with people you haven’t seen in a while. Reconnect with estranged family members. I also pray that you will find time to reach out to someone who is alone this season. It’s true what they say. No man is an island.

Connect Blessing

 

 

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14 Days of Blessings: Day 8

Today I wish you laughter.

Have you had a good belly laugh lately? If not, I suggest viewing the video below.

Remember that a merry heart does good like a medicine (Proverbs 17:22).

Laughter Blessing