Letting Go

Driving to work over this past week, I have noticed the leaves beginning to change ever so slightly. At first I thought how quickly this year has sped past us – then I thought I couldn’t wait to watch the amazing colors burst forth. Then, yesterday, a friend of mine updated her status on facebook with the following statement

“The trees are about to show us how lovely it is to let the dead things go.”

Wow.  What a statement!  I don’t know about you, but I don’t always let go easily.  There is a really popular song right now (okay, mostly with those under the age of 10!) Let It Go!  We laugh and / or get annoyed with that song/lyric being played and sung over and over again – but I would like to think about that for a moment.

Let it go, let it go! Can’t hold it back anymore! Let it go, let it go! Turn away and slam the door!

How many things, emotions, people do I simply “hold onto”?  How often do I fail to go forward in my life because I won’t release these things.  What am I responsible for delaying, or even stopping, in my life because I just don’t see the dead things?  That lyric even lines up spiritually.  Repent. To turn.   Now, I am not saying that everything that we hold onto are things for which we need to repent.  But, I am saying that when we choose to “Let it Go!” we can’t keep turning around  to “check” on those things! We have to TURN.  “turn away and slam the door!”

I am not just looking for a new season.  I am ready for that season.  I am tuly excited to watch and see the trees change.  To watch the trees remind me, in the wise words of my friend, “how lovely it is to let the dead things go”.  

There are some other lyrics in that same song that I want to sing just as loudly –

And the fears that once controlled me, can’t get to me at all!  It’s time to see what I can do – to test the limits and break through……… Here I stand and here I’ll stay! Let the storm rage on…. I’m never going back, the past is in the past…… Let it Go!

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The Second Day

The 2nd day….we don’t really talk much about the second day. We tend to want to hurry from Good Friday to Easter morning and don’t really take the time to consider the 2nd day.
The day that His disciples thought all was lost. The time frame of agony and waiting. The doubt that must have consumed them. The endless hours of pain and despair,feeling that all hope for their future had died the day before. 
I think we need to talk about the 2nd day more. Because without experiencing the hurt and despair of this day…the celebration of that 3rd day doesn’t mean what it should.  Not without  the “wait”…. the “enduring”…. the need to trust….Easter morning is just hoopla if there’s not been despair. 
As we live this 2nd day…I pray that we mourn in hope. The hope that what He taught was, in fact, true. 
God is not dead, nor doth He sleep! He knows our fears and our pain as we wait in the 2nd day. 
He died to take the keys to Hell and death that we may be forgiven. No sin too small to overlook, no crime too great that He cannot bear. 
I am grateful to walk in the 2nd day – no matter how long it may sometimes last, together with a family and close friends that I know share a hope and can cry out in the morning,
“He is risen! And I am forgiven!”
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His Blood Still Works

His blood still works and I’m glad to report that it’s never lost its power!!

This lyric from a song that we are working on for Easter just keeps coming back to my thoughts.
His blood STILL works! Praise Him!

Christ is still at work among us…. Calvary wasn’t a place in a novel. It was a place of redemption for every one of us! His blood still works and His blood is enough.

I’m not feeling overly profound tonight. I just had to share this simple truth. No analogies…no extra stories. Just the saving, redemptive, forgiving, all consuming blood of Jesus. It was shed ONCE for ALL. When we repent…He freely forgives. He forgets. He redeems. He restores.

Because of His blood I can walk in true joy!

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Faith or Fear?

While driving to work yesterday in the rainy…kind of dense, shadowy morning….I was thinking about fear.  When we are driving in any kind of weather that impedes our view or compromises our normal traction on the road, it can be frightening. Trusting that the mechanics of the car and that the road is still laid out in front of us is necessary in order for us to continue driving.  If we are held back by a fear of what we cannot see, we won’t get to our destination.   I know, right???  All that from some drizzle and fog!!         

As my mind wandered from there though, I was impressed by the fact that when I am overcome with fear, I must remember the One who calmed the wind and waves is also MY personal Savior.  So, what is going to be stronger?  What am I going to let win?  My fear or my faith?

Wherever I am, God is there! And because He loves me, He goes before me. He is my protector and provider.  As the hymn says, “He is my BULWARK never failing!”  

“Fear and doubt are conquered by a faith that reJOIces! And faith can reJOIce because the promises of God are as certain as God Himself.  ” – Kay Arthur

The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? – Psalm 27:1

We cannot live the full and abundant life that Christ purchased for us – with His life-blood – if we let fear trap us and encamp all around us. We must give all our moments to Him. Yes, moments  –  one at a time – trusting that He truly is our BULWARK!

Walking in Joy…..      

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I Choose Joy Today

I CHOOSE JOY today!  Sure… there is a list of circumstances and even people who I could allow to steal my joy… but today… It’s MINE!

Today I am aware of the GRACE that covers me from head to toe.  I am fully aware of His PEACE that encamps all about me!  So… I choose to live in JOY today!  Unable to keep it from bubbling from within me!

My prayer for all of us today is this:  That I will show GRACE to every person and in every situation that I encounter.  That I will carry his PEACE throughout the day and will quietly have some affect on my surroundings. And that the JOY within would become infectious and change my little world around me!

It’s not going to be an easy task, especially today… for me… but I’m making a choice and expecting God to move in and through me today!!

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