The Light That Can Save Your Life.

I love to get up early and have my quiet time before the race of the day begins.  When I get up it’s still dark outside most days of the year.  I immediately grab my cell phone and turn on the flashlight feature to help guide my way.

Before cell phones we always had flashlights and candles handy if the power went out during a storm and a small flashlight by the bed for the bathroom journeys in the middle of the night.

We take this light feature for granted that when we flip on our cell phone there will automatically be light to guide our path.  Psalm 119:105 says “Your word is a lamp unto my feet and a light for my path.”

I learned this verse in Bible school when I was in elementary school.  We sang the song and said the pledge.  I’ve heard sermons on this verse and read devotions about it.  I’ve even used this verse in previous writings I have done.  But for some reason, today, it really hit me.

I need that flashlight each morning to show me what path to take so that I don’t run into a wall or furniture as I head from one spot to the next until I can turn on the overhead light.  Without that light, I would stumble.  This verse says “your word” is a light for my path.  The Bible.  The path of my every day life.  Without the words of the Bible – the light for my path –  I will stumble.

It’s silly to try and find our way in the dark when we have a flashlight at our fingertips.  So why in the world would we try to find our way through this dark world, take a chance at continuing to stumble when we have the light of the Word at our fingertips?!

I encourage you today to open your Bible, ask God to lead you to the exact verses that will help light your path today so that you can walk in His light and not stumble over the things in your path.  A few minutes in The Word to light the path is better than stumbling through the dark of the day and injuring something or someone very precious to us.

Hope your day is filled with light and the Joy of the Lord!

 

Keep Movin’!

Doctors tell those with fibromyalgia to “keep movin'”.
Fitness instructors say the most important thing to stay fit is to just “keep movin'”.
Step trackers buzz an annoying alarm when you have sat too long and remind you to “keep movin'”.
Event workers yell to crowds of people entering the concert to “keep movin'”.

What if I don’t want to keep movin’?  What if I want to just sit and sulk a bit?  What if I am tired – both physically and mentally?  What if I think I just can’t live this life one more day?

Well Toby Mac’s latest song, Keep Walkin’ has a few answers for us.

Another heartbreak day
Feels like you’re miles away
Don’t even need no shade
When your sun don’t shine, shine

Too many passin’ dreams
Roll by like limousines
It’s hard to keep believin’
When they pass you by and by

I know your heart been broke again
I know your prayers ain’t been answered yet
I know you’re feeling like you got nothing left
Well, lift your head, it ain’t over yet, ain’t over yet so

Move, keep walkin’ soldier keep movin’ on
Move, keep walkin’ until the mornin’ comes
Move, keep walkin’ soldier keep movin’ on
And lift your head, it ain’t over yet, ain’t over yet

Echoin’ inside your head
Are the words that your sweet momma said
“Shoot for the moon, my dear”
So you took aim out of this atmosphere
Between high stakes and pump fakes
You’re feelin’ like you can’t buy a break
I can hold your hand, but I can’t turn your eyes to freedom

I know your heart been broke again
I know your prayers ain’t been answered yet
I know you’re feeling like you got nothing left
Well, lift your head, it ain’t over yet, ain’t over yet so

Move, keep walkin’ soldier keep movin’ on
Move, keep walkin’ until the mornin’ comes
Move, keep walkin’ soldier keep movin’ on
And lift your head, it ain’t over yet, ain’t over yet

Hold on, hold on Lord ain’t finished yet
Hold on, hold on He’ll get you through this
Hold on, hold on These are the promises
I never will forget I never will forget, so

I know your heart been broke again
I know your prayers ain’t been answered yet
But it ain’t over yet, it ain’t over yet

So get up and move, keep walkin’ soldier keep movin’ on
Move, keep walkin’ until the mornin’ comes
Move, keep walkin’ soldier keep movin’ on
And lift your head, it ain’t over yet, ain’t over yet

We all need to keep movin’ for the Lord even when we don’t want to or think we can’t.  He’s got a plan.  He’s not finished with us yet.  When we think we just can’t take one more step or we can’t force ourselves to get out of bed today or we can’t dare to face the hurt of what the day may hold, just know that God’s holding your hand and will get you through this.  Come on.  Let’s help each other…let’s keep movin’ one step at a time.

 

What’s Your Megaphone Used For?

You all know what a megaphone is, right?  It’s a cone-shaped object that people use to amplify their voice when needing additional attention for their cause.  The most common use of a megaphone is probably at a sporting event.  We see cheerleaders use them to fire up the crowd with the latest cheer to rally around their team.

Today I ask you:  what’s your megaphone used for?

Maybe you say, “I don’t even know what is important to me.”  “If I had a megaphone, I don’t know what I would use it for; what I would shout out loud for.”

I bet if you stop and think, you have a cause that means a lot to you but you haven’t identified it as a “cause to get behind.”  Let’s think about it:

*Do you have a friend or family member serving in the military?
*Do you have a loved one suffering from Alzheimer’s disease?
*Have you lost someone close to you to cancer?
*Does your heart ache to work with children and help them know how important they are?
*Do you want to bring awareness to the environment and teach others how easy it is to recycle?

I bet if you think long and hard, there are things that tug at your heart that you rally around and want to promote to others as you get on your soap box and hold your megaphone.  I have several things that cause me to grab my own megaphone – children who suffer from life-threatening illnesses, women who have goals and dreams but aren’t sure how to make them happen, and finding ways to make a difference to someone every single day.

And in the midst of all of our soap box intentions, the desires of our heart and megaphone holding we find God waiting.  He is waiting to be the center of our rally.  He wants to help us with the desires of our heart.  David tells us in Psalm 37:4 to delight ourselves in the Lord and he will give us the desires of our heart.

It doesn’t mean we will get everything we want but He knows the deep desires of our heart and if they line up with His will, He wants to help us make that happen.  Verse 5 says “commit your ways to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this:  He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.”

Whatever is the deep aching desire of your heart, ask God to open the right paths for you to get out your megaphone and serve the cause.  And in all that you do, do it for Him and he will make the way straight.

Grab the megaphone.  Stand on the platform. Shout it out loud – Hip, Hip Hooray.  God is the only way!

A Royal Pain With A Heavenly Ending.

As the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana’s death approaches, you can find many documentaries with theories of conspiracy and murder about her death.  I have watched a couple of them and no matter what the “theory flavor” of the day ends up being, the end result is the same.

Princess Diana dreamed of a fairy tale life and the wedding of the lifetime appeared to be just that.  How many of you remember that beautiful wedding on July 29, 1981?  I remember setting my alarm to get up at like 4 a.m. to watch the most-awaited ceremony in history.  The 25-foot train and 10,000 pearl-beaded dress was the envy of all pre-married gals across the world.

The recent documentary also gave listeners a look into the rules of being a part of the monarchy.  It didn’t appear that “feelings” or “heart-felt” anything was a part of that family at the time.  Diana had to abide by certain rules all the way down to scheduling an appointment with Charles if she wished to talk to him before they were married.

She was required to dress a certain way, walk a certain way, say certain things, refrain from saying certain things.  She was even taught the appropriate way to wave.  Each morning she was given her schedule as to what her day would consist of rather than a request of what she wished to do.  It became a nightmare of rules instead of a fairytale of relationships.

After her death, I’m sure you remember vividly the picture of her sons walking behind the casket, solemn faces to the ground, hands folded in front of them performing their royal duty.  But they had lost their mother!  I wanted to scream for them!  I wanted to say “enough with the rules!  Let the poor boys cry!”  But that’s not how royal rules worked – at least not then.

It makes me think of the Old Testament versus the New Testament in the Bible.  The Old Testament was full of rules and what needed to be sacrificed for particular sins.  One sin may require the sacrifice of one type of animal while other sins required the sacrifice of another animal.  Most of the time it was sheep and lambs that were required for sacrifice.  Can you imagine taking time out of  your busy scheduled to gather the required number of animals for your sin and follow all the rules of sacrifice only to turn around and have to do it all over again?  You would get nothing done except sacrificing the lambs.

But thank God that He gave up His only son to be the sacrificial lamb for us in the New Testament.  Even God realized that all those rules were too much for the sacrificing.  We still have rules to follow in the Bible:  the Ten Commandments, love your neighbor, share the gospel of Christ, live for Jesus every day.

But no more killing of animals and placing them on the altar.  Jesus did that for us.  Just one time.  He was the Ultimate member of the Royal Family and He endured unbelievable pain and suffering for you and for me so that all we have to do is believe in Him, live for Him and ask Him for forgiveness when we fail and He gives it to us.  No, we don’t deserve it but that’s why it’s called Grace.

Let Jesus into your heart. Although no fairytale life is promised, there are no stiff rules of sacrificing lambs required.  Just love, grace and a heavenly ending to live happily ever after with the King of Kings and be a member of the Royal Family forever.