planting.a.little.seed

I am definitely not a farmer in the natural world, but I understand that all things grow from seed planting.  So tonight, I’m going to plant a little seed.  It may be a very small seed, but I am planting it in a very large place.   This seed tonight is for the small group of readers I have abroad.  I have a very few who read my blog from other places in the world.  I thank you!

So this seed is found in a special blog that I follow….

http://www.pastorkemp.com

I have shared a link below of one of my recent favorites. These blogs are building blocks to life, and you will not be disappointed. So click the link and sign up today.  I’m trusting the seeds planted in your life will bring a future harvest greater than you can imagine.

Today could be different

1 Corinthians 3:6 “I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. 7 So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. 8 The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor. 9 For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building.”

Enough.is.enough

I wish I had more time to write this evening.  I need to be brief and to the point, but someone needs to know…

Enough is enough.

What I mean is …

You are enough.

You are valued.

You are bright.

You are genuine.

You are hand crafted.

You have amazing insight.

You have a beautiful spirit.

You are a wonderful creation.

You are enough!

Enough is enough!

(if you have trouble believing this….say it again, tomorrow, and the next day.)

Fresh.fruit

     Recently I was in the grocery store buying some fruit; cherries to be exact. I grabbed a bag, quickly inspected them, and went on with the rest of my grocery shopping. Even though the cherries were a little pricey, I bought them because I thought they were worth it. Every day, I would grab a few pieces, usually in a hurry, and enjoy them on the run. However, one morning, something happened. When I reached in the bag, I noticed one piece was moldy. So I stopped and decided to check the rest of the bag.   

     I got out the colander and started sorting the cherries. Of course, that “one” was not the only one with mold. So, I started tossing the bad ones and the others that appeared to be going bad.   

     Enough with the cherry story … right? Not just yet. I took time to wash them all, just in case there was leftover mold stuck to the good ones that I couldn’t see. By now, this had turned into a 15-minute project of washing and cleaning fruit. Why? Because I enjoy them and, they were expensive. 

Why does this matter? 

     Without noticing it, the busy world that we live in rubs up against us. It rubs up against our spirit. It rubs up against our mind. It rubs up against who we are. So every day it leaves a little imprint of its mold somewhere on us like lint on our clothes. It can even happen overnight. We pick it up at the grocery store, at the restaurant, at work, or the gas station. And yes, if we’re not careful, we can even pick it up at church. Yes, God forbid, but it can happen. We all carry a little mold with us wherever we go. I hope you are not offended that I point this out, because I struggle with it myself.      

   If we read the bible, we know that at the end of time, judgement comes to separate. This will be forever. However, that time has not happened yet. We have a great advantage to this moment of grace that we live in. We have time, especially for a little washing. The enemy is trying to tell you that you are too busy to care about a little mold. Do not believe him. He is lying to you.   

What can we do?

     So today, take a little time to wash off the fruit. You know, the fruit that the Spirit has given you. Wash off that speck of mold from your mind today – be fresh. Wash off that speck of mold from your spirit today – be free. Wash off that speck of mold from your clothes today – be clean. Tidy things up a little. You will be so glad you did. We all know how to do this. Take a minute to look up a scripture and let it wash over and cleanse your mind today.   

Your prayer can make a difference.

   Say a quick prayer for somebody. Or better yet, say a quick prayer for yourself. Even the smallest prayer makes a difference. Remember, with Jesus a little usually goes a long way (Fishes and Loaves, John 6:10-13). A little fresh water cleans us all up. It gives us a little more shine. It makes us a little more pleasant. It gives us a better fragrance. Isn’t this the kind of fruit you want? I know I do. Yes, it is more pleasant, tasteful, and enjoyable, without all of the mold. Oh, and by the way, good fruit is expensive. It costs. It comes with a price tag. Just ask the man who paid for it….His name is Jesus. He thought you were worth it!

broken.windows

I’ve recently been thinking of when I was in my teens, I worked in an insurance office. One particular day, I was sitting in traffic, at a red light watching the truck beside me as it rolled back and forth.  The driver was driving a five speed. When all of a sudden, the driver side window dropped. The driver quickly grabbed it with both hands to keep it from breaking. As we sat there looking at each other for a few seconds, you know what happened. That’s right, the light turned green. There, sitting in all that traffic … at a green light … driving a five speed … both hands on the window. I wish I could say I waited to see how it all worked  out, but I didn’t. I zoomed right by, thinking to myself…tough break!

But oh how I’ve thought of that driver many times since then. I have to laugh out loud now every time my car window breaks … and I’m stuck somewhere pulling that window back up. Life’s funny that way. We are all constantly juggling and shifting problems in life. On most days, we all need an extra pair of helping hands. You know…one hand to hold the window up from crashing, one hand on the steering wheel, and one hand to change gears.  

It’s in those times, I can hear a still, small voice inside me say …” For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV)

In verse 1, Jeremiah’s letter says, “This is the text of the letter that the prophet Jeremiah sent from Jerusalem to the surviving elders among the exiles and to the priests, the prophets and all the other people Nebuchadnezzar had carried into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon.” I’m guessing, life wasn’t necessarily good for them at that moment.  But verses 5-7 state… “Build houses and settle down; plant gardens and eat what they produce. Marry and have sons and daughters; find wives for your sons and give your daughters in marriage, so that they too may have sons and daughters. Increase in number there; do not decrease. Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.” God’s promises were absolutely still intact. Nothing about His Word had changed. His promises were still alive and well. God knew life was going to be challenging  as far back as the beginning of time … the moment Adam and Eve stepped out of the Garden of Eden, but He also knew that His promises would continue to unfold, even in the face of adversity.

And so it is with us today. You may feel a little stuck at a green light, unable to move because you are holding onto that window with both hands. Still, you can be assured that God’s promises for you are “Yes and Amen”. 2 Corinthians 1:20 says, “For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.”

So, Yes….you will let go of the broken things. Yes…you will place your hands to the steering wheel. Yes… you will move forward.  His promises are true … Yes!

Amen.

Dark

Sometimes God’s greatest work in our life – is done in the darkness. 

Genesis 1:2 states…. “Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.”

It’s the dark room of our life that brings the most development and creativity.  
Even our dark moments … Can become our most holy place where the Lord is with us….changing, developing, growing, shaping, and coloring in the events of life.  

1 King 8:10 And when the priests came out of the Holy Place, a cloud filled the house of the Lord, 11 so that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud, for the glory of the Lord filled the house of the Lord. 12 Then Solomon said, “The Lord has said that he would dwell in thick darkness.”

Keep your focus on Him! You will not be aware of everything that He is doing, but trust His nature – He is there with you and He is working.     

Look.up

Good morning….

It’s been a while since writing, but I’m in the middle of taking a break from social media for a little while.  I thinks it’s funny that even though I feel like I need a break … I can’t get you to read my blog unless I’m online….

So let’s get this going….

What can I say to you today that is inspiring and encouraging?

I think, what I want to say is ….

Look up!

First of all, my reason for taking a break from socializing online is obvious.

I need to ‘look up’ from my phone. I need to readjust my perspective.

Looking up from my phone, helps me to notice the people and things right here where I am.

I’ve been a little surprised that it is also bringing some order back into my life.

I’ve been surprised that I feel like I can slow down a little and think about what I really need to do.

I’ve been surprised that I’m worrying less about whether or not my life measures up to those around me.

And I’ve been a little surprised at how God is choosing to speak.  I’ve been on such a quest to seek Him out for so many years.   There joy in the adventure of seeking out to learn something new about an all knowing God, to learn more about Jesus.   I’ve been on an intense quest and thirst for his knowledge for so long….

But now… It’s wonderful, to know that wherever I am … He finds me.  I had a brief encounter recently in Panera bread…it was one of those God moments.   Where He found me.   He spoke to me.   He poured out of someone else into my life.  It was refreshing, it was life giving.  He looked down, and saw me.

So Look up today ..with great anticipation and expectancy, that when you look up…He will see your face.  He will find you in the vast sea of all those faces looking down at their screens.  He will say … “There they are … I want to do something good for them today … I want to give them a little nod, a smile, and a wink of the eye to let them know they are loved, and I am carefully watching over all things they are concerned with.”

Look up.

Abraham got a vision for his life when he looked up…..Genesis 5:5.   “Then the Lord took Abraham outside and said to him, “Look up into the sky and count the stars if you can.  That’s how many descendants you will have!”