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Letting Go

Savanna1My beautiful lab, Savanna, is old.

Yes, there it is. I’ve said it.

For almost sixteen years we have shared the  ups and downs of life.

I could always count on Savanna’s soft nuzzling of my hand but these days it’s all that she can do to stand up. Her big eyes meet mine and I know she wishes that she could do what she used to do.

But old as she is, she’s still teaching me lessons like the one  I learned today.

This morning she surprised me as the playful pup in her surfaced.

Before I could pick it up from the floor, she grabbed a crumbled scot towel in her mouth.

“Oh come on, “I begged. “You don’t want that.”

I took hold of the white part still showing and tugged.

But Savanna pulled back. No, she wasn’t going to let me have it.

This was simply too much fun.

I tried again but she turned her head determined to hold onto the paper.

Then a brilliant idea came to mind. A dog bone.

I stood up and felt her eyes watching me wondering why I had stopped the game.

As she turned to walk around the other side of the room, I took a dog bone from the box,

quickly slipped it in my pocket and went back to her.

The sides of her black mouth bulged revealing the hidden treasure she held.

“Savanna, want a bonie?” I called flipping the dog bone close enough for her eyes now dim with age to see.

Without thinking, she dropped the crumpled towel and gobbled up the dog bone.

I quickly scooped up the wet ball of paper and smiled with relief. And while my loveable lab continued to look for the missing treasure I pondered what had just happened.

If someone has something or is into something that is not good for them,

give them something better that you know they will like.

If you or I find ourselves holding onto meaningless or possibly harmful stuff,

let’s intentionally distract ourselves with something better.

Raise the ladder.

Choose the healthy and edifying.

Turn from in order to turn to.

Help me, Lord, to give up those things that are just not good for me

and to take those crumbs of real nourishment that you throw my way every day.

 

 

Walking on Water Today

2108_1036461988186_5311_aI’ve longed for a walk on water faith from as far back as I can remember.

Yes, I have wanted to be able to be put in that dungeon with hungry lions and like Daniel,

not flinch.

Yes, I have longed to be able to walk up to my giant with a strong faith

only to see him crumble at my feet.

Or if only I could have the faith that confidently walks around Jericho only to see its walls fall crashing down.

But I my knees always knocked in fear

and my hands shook when faced with conflict.

No, it wasn’t until I began to change my focus that things began to change.

Instead of gazing at the enemy

I began to upon His Power.

Instead of measuring the thickness of those Jericho walls and counting the number of teeth in the lions’ mouths

I realized His Greatness.

Instead of running the other way

I learned to take steps toward my fear.

What a difference that began to make in my life.

Fear is a monster that grows in power the more we focus upon it.

What if?

What if?

What if? Heart-pounding anxiety, stomach-clenching dread.

But for every fear we have

there is an answer.

Do you long for a walk on water faith?

Turn your focus upon the One Who loves you with an everlasting love.

Realize that He is more than enough to handle every problem you face,

every difficulty that arises.

every crises that comes your way.

And get out of the boat.

It’s the only way you’ll ever know that He will do for you what He has done for others.

Join me, won’t you, in developing a walk on water faith?

Interested?

You are not alone.

 

 

 

 

Shining Moments

The day dawns early here in Virginia

as we begin another week.

I find myself saying it again and again

“You can do it.”

Yes, you can complete the tough homework assignment

and you can do well on that Math Test.

You can climb that mountain

You can.

You can.

You can

if God is in it.

Our world easily falls into cheerleading everything and anything and anyone.

But nowhere in the Word are we told that the power is within us.

No, quite the opposite.

The power is in Him working in and through us.

With God all things are possible. (Matthew 19:26)

When the Spirit within says to climb that mountain

He gives the Power to do just that.

When Love says go

He enables us to do that.

Many times I hear of people who start strong

but then they are met with difficulties.

Discouragement creeps in.

Disappointment takes root.

Doubts taunt the mind of the one who at one time thought they knew.

Lean into the Heart of the One Who always keeps His Promises.

Step forward

not back.

The battle belongs to the Lord.

Yes, you can do it.

Surrender to His Will

allowing His to work through you.

Sense the flow of His Energy as you keep moving forward.

Focus on that moment of victory

crossing the finish line

walking the stage to get that diploma

graduation

coming back with a child in your arms

holding that book in your hands.

Faithful is He who calls you who also will do it. (I Thess. 5:24)

His love in my loving

His mind in my thinking

His life in me living

each and every day.

 

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