Posts by Deanna Young

I-What? I-When? Eye-Where?

iPad. iPod. iPhone.
Mac. Dell. Thinkpad.
Google. Yahoo!. Firefox.

All this technology makes my head spin.

But it also makes my vision blurry.

Do your eyes ever get tired and burn with blurred vision from staring at a screen too long? If you think about it, our eyes are looking at screens most of our waking day.

For me, I start the day looking at my screen when my alarm goes off. One of my daily devotions is delivered to me on the app on my phone causing me to look at the screen again.

As I get ready for work, I continually look at the phone screen to see what time it is. I may write a blog or check my Facebook page on my computer therefore looking at another computer screen.

I look at the radio screen in my car and if I’m going somewhere unfamiliar, I look at the GPS screen. My job requires continuous work on a computer where I have two screens set up to maximize my time. I text, call and Facetime on my phone screen.

When I get home at night, I am staring at the large screen in my living room to catch up on the latest news or enjoy a few episodes of my favorite sitcom.

Now we have screens we wear on our wrists that talk to the screens we keep in our pocket and the ones that sit on our desks. It’s crazy!! No wonder our eyes get tired, itchy, red and blurry. We never seem to take the time to look up from our massive number of screens to just look out into the distance to refocus; to enjoy the beauty of what’s around us. There is more to life than screens.

God is waiting for us to take our eyes off of the worldly things that cause us blurred vision and to focus on the One who can give us clear vision. The world continues to blur our thinking and our vision with all the ways of the evil one. There are so many things clamoring for our attention. The devil wants us to be confused and blurry eyed all the time so that we are constantly looking to the world for the answers.

But Jesus says, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life.” He is All. He can clear our blurry vision and clean out the cobwebs of confusion. If you are seeing blurred vision and not sure which way to turn, open your Bible, look for a Bible-based church and call out to Jesus.

He is the correction goggles that clears our vision.

iPad? iPod? iPhone? Nope. Eye on Jesus!

(*And as a trademark professional, I must add that iPad, iPad, iPhone and Mac are all registered trademarks of Apple, Inc.  Dell is a trademark of Dell, Inc. Thinkpad is a registered trademark of Lenovo, Inc. Google is a registered trademark of Google, LLC.  Yahoo! is a registered trademark of Yahoo! Inc. Firefox is a registered trademark of Mozilla Foundation. 🙂  )

Make the Choice to Fly!

It’s morning.

I can hit the snooze or get up now.
I can eat a  donut or fix some protein-filled eggs.
I can read my Bible or watch an episode on Netflix.
I can get to work on time or be a “usual” 10 minutes late.
I can lay out something for dinner or plan to swing through a drive thru tonight.

So many decisions to make just in the morning alone.  Throughout the day, I have to make decisions to get my steps in or stay sitting on my tooshy.  I can eat a healthy lunch or enjoy a high calorie, mid-afternoon crash option.  I can talk about my coworker behind their back or I can address the issue to their face.

There are a lot of decisions to make in one day – which route to take, which clothes to wear, who to call, where to go, when to go, etc.

But there is one decision we can make starting out our day that can affect our entire attitude.  And that decision is whether to trust God with our worries or carry them with us all day.

One option brings peace and joy.
The other, stress and unhappiness.

When we have a choice, why would we NOT choose peace and joy?  It seems so simple.  But every day we struggle with which one to choose.  Make a bold step forward and every morning, first thing, choose peace and joy and let God take care of the worries, stress and unhappiness and turn them to pure light in your life.

It seems so freeing….I think i could fly!

You’re Invited….

*She sat in the corner at recess hoping someone would ask her to play.
*He stood on the rocks just waiting for the nod to join the kickball game.
*She waited by the phone for her invitation to the party.
*He paced the hallway hoping she would say yes to the prom.
*She checked her email again for a second interview request.
*He stood outside the church drumming up the courage to climb the steps.

It’s hard to be the outsider.  No matter if you are 5 years old or 95.

Everyone has a need to be wanted.  To be asked to join.  To be accepted.  To be a part of something bigger than themselves.

And when that invitation or nod or phone call or open door comes, it’s exhilarating!  You’re on top of the world.

For a while.

Until the next time you wait for the answer, the invitation, the call, the text.  And the feeling of loneliness and fear of non-acceptance creeps in again.

It doesn’t have to be that way when you know Jesus.

He has already sent you the invitation.  He already died for you.  His door, and arms, are open wide just waiting for you to say YES to His invitation.  You are already accepted.  You are already wanted.  You are already invited to be a part of something bigger than yourself.

Say Yes to Jesus.
Walk up the steps.
Open the door.
Read the Bible.
Get on your knees.
Lift up your hands.
Bow your head.
Accept the gift.

Jesus saves.

Jesus loves.

No strings attached.

You are accepted.

John 3:16 – For God so loved the world that He gave his One and Only Son to die so that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life.

Grab My Hand. The Wind is Strong.

The large pine trees were swaying so strongly it seemed they were flirting with the ground.

The illuminated American flag cracked with every sharp whip.

Mature tree limbs snapped as they were tugged past their limit.

That wind was strong as it caused my car to sway back and forth between the highway lines.  I saw garbage cans sailing through fields and plastic toys tumbling through yards.

Things just flopping around whichever way the wind took them.

It reminded me of our society today.  One day people are supporting a cause and the next day the same cause is taboo.  People just flop around through life going whichever way the loudest voice leads them.  And unfortunately that voice is sometimes the voice of evil.

Before we know it, we have been blown so far away from the voice of truth that we stand in a wide open field alone.  We may find ourselves sinking in a pit of miry clay or drowning in a sea of brokenness.

But the Voice of Truth is there waiting to calm our storm.  He’s not blowing from one thing to the next dragging us out to destruction.  No.  Jesus is waiting with strong arms to keep us safe from the chaotic wind that can snap us and flop us around in wishy washy lies.

He reached out and pulled Peter from sinking in the water when Peter took his eyes off Jesus.
He healed the sick and diseased and caused the blind to see.
For goodness sakes, you all, He rose from the dead!

Yes. The same Jesus who did all those miracles can bring us back from the outskirts of where we have been blown by the worldly wind.  Grab His hand.  Pull yourself back up.  Let Him lead you to solid ground.

He’s not floppin’ around in the wind.  He controls the wind.  He is the captain. I want to hold His hand during the storms of my life.  I hope you do, too.