Monthly Archives: March 2012

A 5 letter word for….

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6)

The other day, I was “flipping” through the channels, and landed on an old movie I had never seen before.  In it, the man and wife had each bought a newspaper, with the intention of completing a the crossword puzzle; each without the others’ help.  The wife worked away at hers, thinking aloud…while the husband tried to woo her with his answers.  It went like this…”A four letter word for beautiful…Sara.  A four letter word for wonderful…Sara.  A four letter word for magical…Sara.”  You get the idea. But it made me think…we could do the very same thing with Jesus. 

  1.  A 5 letter word for “Love”….Jesus
  2.  A 5 letter word for “Master”…Jesus
  3. A 5 letter word for “Truth”…Jesus
  4. A 5 letter word for “Healer”…Jesus
  5. A letter word for “Grace”…Jesus
  6. A 5 letter word for “Mercy”…Jesus
  7. A 5 letter word for “Intercessor”…Jesus
  8. A 5 letter word for “Shepherd”…Jesus
  9. A 5 letter word for “Life”…Jesus
  10. A 5 letter word for “Hope”…Jesus
  11. A 5 letter word for “Teacher”…Jesus

    12.   A 5 letter word for “Sacrifice”…Jesus

 And on and on it goes.  Everything good.  Everything wonderful.  For as His Word says…He IS called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace…and so much more!  Alpha and Omega, King, Deliverer, Forgiver…so many things…wrapped up in Jesus!  Think about it…and let me know what you come up with.  But I do know this…there’s NOTHING we can come up with that HE cannot handle.  Even as he was speaking to His disciples He said, “In the world you will have trials and tribulations; but be of good cheer.  I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)He is capable of overcoming any problem we can come up with.  Anything.  Just give it over to Him.

“Dear Lord, thank you for all that you are, and all that you do.  Help me to remember that there is NOTHING you can’t handle!  Amen.”

Walking in the Dark

Have you ever tried walking in the dark?  It may seem easy, at first…we think, “Oh, I won’t turn on a light…I only have a little way to go.”  But things look different in the dark.  They even feel different in the dark!  Somethings even sound different in the dark!  And as we try to make our way in the dark, we may stumble…and even fall.  But when we have the light, we can see clearly.  Both the path, AND the obstacles.  We can see where we need to step…and what we need to avoid.  It’s just like that with our walk with God.  When we try to go it alone, without God, we stumble and fall.  We get hurt.  But when we walk in theLight…in HIS LIGHT,in HIS WORD, the path is much clearer.  We can more easily see the dangers and pitfalls.  And we can easier avoid them.  We may still stumble and fall, and even get hurt – we are human, after all  – but the likelihood is much less, the danger much less, the pain, much less severe. 

“Dear Lord, please help me to always remember to walk in Your Light.  To use Your Word as a light unto my path.  To never, never try to strike out on my own, without Your Word to guide me…no matter how near the destination may be.  Thank you, Lord, for Your Word, to guide us, and to show us the Way.  Amen.”

Don’t run out of Gas…

Mark 1:35.  Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.

I am stuck.  Ran out of gas.  Again.  My gas gauge isn’t working properly and my odometer doesn’t work at all so, try as I might, this DOES happen from time to time.  The bad news is -my husband has to come and “rescue me”.  The good news?  I have a little time- to myself- to think…pray…work on this blog.  I almost called a friend to chat-but thought I would utilize this “forced quiet time” instead. 

Isn’t that how our lives are, though?  Sometimes the “gauges” on our lives don’t work properly.  We get caught up in life, of busyness, church work, family obligations, meetings, housework, homework. And our spiritual life, our quiet time with God, suffers.  Then God, in His infinite wisdom, will sometimes cause something to make us slow down a bit, or even stop and have a “forced quiet time”.  Maybe it’s a slow crawling lane of traffic on the interstate.  Maybe a dead cell phone.  Maybe even running out of gas.  Anything that takes our focus off our “distractions” and puts it squarely right where it belongs…on Him.  On our Father.  Our Savior.  Our Shepherd.  Our Lord.  Our Compass.  The one who always leads us in the right direction…if we will but follow…  And His gauge ALWAYS reads right.

“Oh God, you are my God, and I will ever praise you.  I will seek you in the morning, and I will learn to walk in your ways and step by step you’ll lead me, and I will follow you all of my days…”( Hillsong, “Step by Step”)

Dear Lord: Help me to see opportunities you place before me.  To praise you.  To follow you.  To seek you.  And help me to remember to always have a quiet time daily…DAILY…and VOLUNTARILY…with you.  Help me to remember that if I happen to forget, you’ll provide it for me…one way, or another.  Thank you Lord, for all that you do for me; for all of my blessings..and yes Lord, I thank you that I ran out of gas…so I could have this quiet time with you.   Amen.