Swerving and Swaying

 

As I was out and about yesterday, there were two vehicles in front of me with their flashing lights on. The rear car was being towed by the front car. It wasn’t a safe situation, so I kept my distance.

 

fall-folliageAs I followed this pair, I realized that neither of them were very good drivers. If one swayed, the other followed. They were in both lanes of this two lane road and also on the shoulder.

 

On occasion sparks would fly. The chain between these two vehicles didn’t seem to be the safest way to transport the obviously disabled car.

 

And then it happened. The chain broke and both vehicles took a quick right turn and stopped by the side of the road. I was thankful that while these two vehicles were figuring out their next strategy that I was able to get around them safely.

 

The swerving, swaying, jerking, unexpected movements and unsteadiness remind me that sometimes in our lives we seem to be following God’s plan well. And then something causes us to become unsteady and get off track. It could be an incident. It could be someone. It could be an attitude. It could be a temptation.

 

Whatever it might be, we suddenly find ourselves on the side of the road of life in a broken-down vehicle and what seems to be the one who took us down this road.

 

When we are in this position, we have the best roadside assistant plan available. Grace. We can call on the One who is able to do far more than we could imagine. We can call on the One who has lavished His great love upon us. We can call on the One whose mission is to seek and save the lost. We simply need to call Him.

 

But what is best is if we strive to never get in this position at all.

 

So how can we be steadfast in our daily walk and not wind up on the side of the road?

 

Ask for God’s help! Psalm 51:10 (NIV) gives us David’s prayer. Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” David realized that a steadfast spirit would wane with the situations of life and that only God could restore it within him.

 

Know that God will come to your aid just when you need it. 1 Peter 5:10 (NIV) says, “And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. To him be the power forever and ever. Amen.” What a blessing to be able to approach God’s throne with this request.

 

What are the results of being steadfast? Psalm 112:6-8 (NIV) assures us, Surely he will never be shaken; a righteous man will be remembered forever. He will have no fear of bad news; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord. His heart is secure, he will have no fear; in the end he will look in triumph on his foes.”

 

Are you catching some of these phrases? renew a steadfast spirit,” “restore and make you strong, firm, and steadfast,” “no fear of bad news,” “his heart is secure,” “trust,” “look in triumph on his foes.” What promises! And God can make these promises because He is steadfast in all His ways.

 

Psalm 111:7-8 (NIV) tells us that our God is steadfast. The works of his hands are faithful and just; all his precepts are trustworthy. They are steadfast forever and ever, done in faithfulness and uprightness.” I don’t know about you, but that spurs me on to “hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful!” (Hebrews 10:23 – NIV)

 

By staying the course, sticking to the narrow path, we know we are heading in the right direction. I pray that God’s words would resonate in your mind when you are tempted to get off track.

 

“Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” (1 Corinthians 15:58 – NIV)

 

Grace and peace be yours in abundance,

 

Donna

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Precious Words of God

 

I needed a little break this morning, so I dropped by Pinterest and found some beautiful words from God’s Word filled with encouragement. Since I needed them, I thought you might too. So here are the verses that stuck out to me today. I pray that you will find exactly what you need in these words as well.

 

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Grace and peace be yours in abundance,

 

Donna

 

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A Rosy Journey

 

I have had a super busy month or six weeks. I’ve had things to accomplish at home and at work and sometimes they overlapped. I’m still not out of the woods yet, there’s still lots to do, but yesterday I took a break from everything.

 

rose-garden-collageA friend at church mentioned that she had gone to the rose garden in Longmont and had enjoyed her time there. Without a moment’s hesitation, I decided that’s where I would head after church. I grabbed a bite to eat and took it to this precious gem of our local city. And I savored the sights and sounds and scents of this little park.

 

I walked each path and took in the beauty of these roses. It was obvious that it is the end of the season, but was amazed at the beauty that these blossoms still contained. Even in their last stages of life, some of these roses were so beautifully different from when they were a young bud. They showed experience and wear and tear. They had endured the elements of the world and had survived.

 

I was also amazed at the variety. I’m usually drawn to yellow roses, but I couldn’t help but take in the different colors of coral roses out there. They were beautiful! And then there are the roses that have definitely been genetically altered with their cool stripes. And they were so different from one another. Some had lots of petals that spread out while others were more traditional looking and very sleek. Some of the plants were bushy with thin stems while others had sturdier, straight stems.

 

I was a bit surprised to find that many of these roses didn’t smell like anything. They were beautiful, but they had lost every bit of their scent. I don’t know if it’s because of the genetic stuff, but they were lacking what roses are supposed to have. A rosy scent! And then, oh, I’d get a whiff of that scent. I thoroughly enjoyed those moments.

 

This garden is a memorial garden, so there are benches and trees and war memorials all around the garden with such sayings as, “Blossomed on earth to bloom in heaven” or “Like a rose you were beautiful in life and people around you blossomed.” What a legacy these people left.

 

And then, after my long walk, I sat. In the garden. With my Jesus. I sang to Him. I prayed to Him. I listened to Him. And I walked away from my time in the garden refreshed and rejuvenated. I might have to go by that special place more frequently.

 

So here are a few lessons I learned while walking through the rose garden:

  • Even if you’re entering the “last season” of life, you can still encourage and share your Christ-like beauty with others
  • Bloom. Regardless of what’s going on around you.
  • Don’t allow the world to take away your “scent.”
  • No need to be like someone else (unless it’s like Christ). You are uniquely and beautifully made.
  • Leave a legacy.

 

The obvious hymn came to mind… “In the Garden,” but the one I landed on was “Jesus, Rose of Sharon.” It isn’t a hymn that we sang…at least, I don’t remember ever singing this hymn. But the lyrics and the beauty of the melody helped me as I spent these precious moments with Jesus. I pray you’ll find some encouragement from this song as well.

 

“Jesus, Rose of Sharon”[i]

 

Jesus, Rose of Sharon, bloom within my heart;
Beauties of Thy truth and holiness impart,
That where’er I go my life may shed abroad
Fragrance of the knowledge of the love of God.

 

Jesus, Rose of Sharon, sweeter far to see
Than the fairest flow’rs of earth could ever be,
Fill my life completely, adding more each day
Of Thy grace divine and purity, I pray.

 

Jesus, Rose of Sharon, balm for ev’ry ill,
May Thy tender mercy’s healing power distil
For afflicted souls of weary burdened men,
Giving needy mortals health and hope again.

 

Jesus, Rose of Sharon, bloom forevermore;
Be Thy glory seen on earth from shore to shore,
Till the nations own Thy sov’reignty complete,
Lay their honors down and worship at Thy feet.

 

Refrain

Jesus, blessèd Jesus, Rose of Sharon,
Bloom in radiance and in love within my heart.

 

Click here to listen to this beautiful hymn.

 

Grace and peace be yours in abundance,

 

Donna

[i] “Jesus, Rose of Sharon,” words by Ida A. Guirey, music by Charles H. Gabriel, 1922.

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“O Love That Will Not Let Me Go”

 

This old hymn came to mind this morning and I wanted to recall more of its lyrics. So I pulled out the old hymnal and read through them. I was not disappointed in their meaning to my life and I might add, to yours.

 

The love that God and Christ has shown to mankind is beyond words, but the Apostle Paul tried to give us a good picture in Romans 8:38-39 (NIV). “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

 

How awesome!

 

canyonAs I stood at the edge of a canyon in Moab, Utah this past weekend, I was separated from the ledge on the other side by an enormous cavern, a deep river and many rock formations. But even that could not separate me from God’s love. Those precious moments this past weekend helped me to see the vast love of my heavenly Father.

 

So today, I offer the lyrics to “O Love That Will Not Let Me Go.”[i] I pray that you will find some encouragement.

 

O Love that will not let me go, I rest my weary soul in Thee;

I give Thee back the life I owe, that in Thine ocean depths its flow

May richer, fuller be.

 

O Light that foll’west all my way, I yield my flick’ring torch to Thee;

My heart restores its borrowed ray, that in Thy sunshine’s blaze its day

May brighter, fairer be.

 

O Joy that sleekest me thru pain, I cannot close my heart to Thee;

I trace the rainbow thru the rain, and feel the promise is not vain

That morning tearless be.

 

O Cross that liftest up my head, I dare not ask to fly from Thee;

I lay in dust life’s glory dead, and from the ground there blossoms red

Life that shall endless be.

 

Grace and peace be yours in abundance,

 

Donna

[i] “O Love That Will Not Let Me Go,” words and music by George Matheson and Albert L. Peace.

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“Step Into the Water” – Monday Musical Musings

Well, it’s Monday…my last day of time away with Mason for our anniversary. And one of my favorite things that I was able to do this weekend was to wade in the water of the Colorado River.

 

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As I stood there, the words to the song, “Step Into the Water” came to mind. Take a look at them.

 

Chorus:

Step into the water, wade out a little bit deeper;

Wet your feet in the water of his love.

Step into the water, wade out a little bit deeper;

Come join Angels singing praises to the Lamb of God.

 

It’s time we the people, stand up for what is right,

It’s time we squared our shoulders back and raised our swords to fight.

For the Bible is my weapon and the Spirit is my shield.

The Church needs more of its members to be workers in the field.

(Chorus)

 

There is victory for the Christian who walks the narrow way,

There has been a prize appointed for the soul who does not stray.

Though I want to live for Jesus and be all that I can be,

So that I can rest with Him forever, live eternally.

(Chorus)

 

I believe we can all learn a lesson from these lyrics. When we step out in faith, we can believe that God will do remarkable things in our lives. And the very cool thing is that we have His Spirit within us to battle the evil one. His Word is our sword…what an awesome piece of armor we have been given.

 

So, as you go through your day, think of the many ways God has asked you to step out into the water and then take the step…maybe go a little bit deeper.

 

Now if you want to listen to this great song, click here.

 

Grace and peace be yours in abundance,

 

Donna

 

“Step Into the Water,” written by Kirk Talley, Kirk Talley Music, 1982.

 

 

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