Monday, March 22, 2010

Is the Grass Really Greener on the Other Side?

I think everyone has a place that makes them say ahhhh.

This is one of mine. I have a courtyard off my kitchen with a pond, little water fall, fish and soft solar lights.

In the evening I sit out there and go ahhhhh. I'm content there. Next to my back porch this is a favorite spot.

An observation I've made through out my life is where ever I am, I'm usually dreaming about being or doing something else.

I have it on good authority that I'm not alone in this pursuit of the green grass on the other side. Or maybe it's a longing for the "good old days", either way it keeps us from the present moment and from contentment.

When we are young we get fake ID's that say we're older. When we're older, well I'd just as soon no one ask my age!

When we're single we know if we were only married things would be better. Then, when we're married we're quite sure God made a mistake and if we were only single we would be able to fulfill God's plan for us. And if we become single again we dream of that non-existent Prince Charming to ride up on his white horse and sweep us off our feet, then we'd be able to do God's will and minister to others.

If we have straight hair we pay for a perm and if we have curly hair we straighten it.

When we are driving to work we lament about our busy work days that keep us from God's work. When we are unemployed we are desperate to get that job to survive.

When we're here we want to be there and when we get there we feel God leading us somewhere else.

When we don't have kids we are desperate for them, when we have them we love them but many times we dream of the day they are doing their own laundry in their own apartment. When they are doing their laundry in their own place, we long for the dirty diapers, lingering hugs, messy rooms and noise.

Having any or all of these things in our lives is wonderful, but none of these will bring us to the place where we are content.

The only thing that will bring us true contentment is having a deep, intimate relation with our Creator.

Seeking Him, getting to know Him deeply, craving His presence, allowing Him to shape us right where we are into that person He created us to be is the only thing that will bring true contentment.

Daily striving to build such a trust in Him that we know beyond a shadow of a doubt, where ever we are, whatever circumstance we find our selves in He will change it into something good.

Phil. 4:12 Paul writes, "I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want."

I think our catch phrase should be "Thank you God for this moment, I rejoice in it, I am content here, right now, You are all I require"

To kind of bottom line it, He is all we need to be content.

Being unemployed, I'm amazed at how little I can live on, and in comparison to most in the world I have plenty. I can't complain, I must be content where I am today knowing He will turn it around for my good.

Where ever you find your self today, in plenty or in famine join me in thanking our Father for this moment. Rest assured He knows where you are. Nothing is a surprise to Him, if we trust Him and rest in His provision we will come to that place where we are content in whatever state we find ourselves.

Princess, Daughter of the King of Kings
Mother of Princesses and Princes
Grandmother of Royalty

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Light within light without

The picture was taken by my friend's daughter on a trip to Ireland.

Celtic Blessing:

May the blessing of light be on you, light without and light within. May the blessed sunlight shine on you and warm your heart till it glows like a great peat fire.

Luke 11:36:

Therefore if your whole body is full of Light, and no part of it dark, it will be completely lighted as when the light of a lamp shines on you.

When we invite the Light of the world into our being to save our souls an ember of light is planted within us.

As we read the Word, commune with the Father, and walk in His Spirit the ember of Light is fanned and becomes a glowing fire.

This glow so fills us that our outward appearance is changed. We will have a glow about us that the world doesn't understand, all it knows is there is warmth and light when we are around.

It's the Light from the Son that causes the change within us.

So on St. Patrick's Day in honor of my heritage I would like to offer this blessing to you.

May the Blessing of the Light of the World be on you. The Light of His Anointing be on you, His Light within you. May the Blessed Sonlight shine on you and warm your stony heart till it glows like a great peat fire.

Princess, Daughter of the King of Kings
Mother of Princesses and Princes
Grandmother of Royalty

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

God's Special Forces

OK, I admit the picture to the right is soooo not me. No pink, no sparkles, nothing girlie about it. But, in all the amazing ways God sees us, I believe this is His visual when He looks into our Spirit.

Last Saturday night I woke up about 3AM with my TV still on. I don't believe in accidents so we'll chalk this up as a divine appointment.

The show that was on was detailing Military personnel who are trained to serve in the Special Forces, Green Beret, Seals, and a couple Israeli branches I couldn't name.

I watched in amazement the tests of human endurance these men were put through.

God was impressing on me our true calling in Him. We are to train to be in the Special Forces of God's Army.

Each of the four men were put through a challenge and timed. Then the "fun" began.

One was put in a tub of ice water, bags and bags of ice were added trying to get his core body temperature to drop below a normal range. The man was in that freezing water for an hour, but because of his training and mind discipline he endured, his core body temperature never dropped. He was finally taken out due to concern for his heart and other internal organs not because he begged to be taken out and warmed up.

I was laying in bed covered up shivering watching him.

After taking him out of the ice bath, he was to run the same obstacle course as before, pick up his gun and fire at the person who was the threat. I watched in awe as he executed the obstacle course, picked up his gun and with pin point accuracy hit the target, perfectly. His time and his aim were more accurate after the hour in the ice bath, after the trial.

One by one I watched these amazing men go through their timed tests. Then after an unbelievable trial that would send normal human beings to the hospital, they re-executed their tests in less time and with more accuracy than they did under normal circumstances.

After his trial each was stronger and more accurate than before.

By this time I was wide awake realizing that we, in His service, are called to a higher and more specialized training. We are called to be the SEALS, or Green Berets in the Army of the Living God.

Then they showed the "baddest" of them all, he only appeared in total camouflage, half of his face covered by the night vision apparatus he was going to use and the other half painted. His name was "classified". This man was such a threat to the enemy and so valuable to our Military his name was non-existent. I am quite sure, however, the enemy knows of this masked man. It doesn't matter what his name is, it only matters that he is such a well trained, disciplined, asset to our Military that his identity is protected. WOW

By this time I'm sitting up in bed, it's 4AM now and my mind is racing. God's Special Forces.

How do I prepare for such an assignment, how do I qualify? What on earth do I, little old me, think I'm doing aspiring to be a member of God's Special Forces?

There was another Special Ops. Soldier in Judges. Gideon was approached by an Angel who said,"The Lord is with you, Mighty Warrior." Judges 6:12 NIV

God saw him as a Mighty Warrior. He saw himself as the weakest member of the weakest clan in Israel. Yet God helped Gideon assemble a Special Ops. team that when following God's orders were victorious over a much larger army.

Truth be told, I sometimes have a hard time seeing my self as the baddest of the bad. I don't see Special Ops written on any of my things, but God...... but my God says I'm a Mighty Warrior. Who do I believe, my mind that is filled with self doubt and fear or the Creator of the Universe?

I go with God's vision of me. I am a Warrior, not just any soldier, I'm a member of the elite fighting force, the Special Ops. Team of God's Army.

Training is not hap-hazard for this Elite Fighting Force. We must train daily, always wearing our battle gear, executing our assignments with precision and bravery.

Each test we endure will make us stronger and more accurate in our abilities to defeat the enemy.

My name is Classified and my desire is to have the enemy on the run as I turn in my bed to get up in the morning.

Princess, Daughter of the King of Kings
Mother of Princesses and Princes
Grandmother of Royalty

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