Happiness In Hope!

Good or bad everyone we see or encounter each day is judging.  Is watching.  Is looking for who we are.  He was the host at a restaurant where we had reservations.  As we introduced ourselves he inquired as to how we were?  We simply said,  “we are terrific and how are you doing today”?  To which he replied “better now”!  “I don’t usually get people as happy as you, walk thru the door.”  My heart skipped a beat as I thought, “we can’t be the only Christ followers that have come in here today” No matter who you are or what has happened in your day… your life… there is always hope.  I see so many people that have lost their joy.  They move thru their day not only being sad, but being hateful to others.  Hope in the life of Jesus, that can be seen each and every day, brings happiness and joy to even the worst of times.  Darkness.  Deep darkness.  Is not as much the absence of light, but more the absence of hope.  This life, and the tragedies that befall us, are normal.  Our God did not promise a smooth path each day.  He did promise he is walking with us.  He is involved in our lives and he is here… today.  I find great hope in heaven and the promise of that.  I find even greater hope in his presence each day and in his kingdom here… and now.  It is up to us, to show the hope, that comes from him.

Philippians 4:4 (MSG)

I Love You!

Perry

Welcoming Doubt!

Doubt?  I use to think doubt was frightening.  To doubt the scripture, to doubt my religion, or to doubt my beliefs, brought anxiety to my soul. I have come to understand that doubt, brings contemplation, which leads me deeper into the heart of Christ. Doubt of all the beliefs we were taught, brings a faith that produces a stronger love.  Doubt of the false pretense of human beliefs, in the rules of law, produces a better understanding of the heart of love, that is our God.  It is human nature to think what we believe is right.  “The church I belong to is the correct one.”  “The club I am a part of is superior.”  “The team I root for should be the winner.”  Why did Jesus teach almost always in parables?  In order to get people to think.  He wanted you to contemplate his teaching.  To reach into your heart and decide what you felt his message meant. It’s easy to listen to a teacher and believe everything they tell you.  It is better to take what is said.  Contemplate it… pray about it… and come to a conclusion that rest in your heart.  The truth lies in Jesus and his message.  That truth is so much deeper, than we can understand, by simply reading scripture. To doubt what is on the surface, produces a desire to better know the heart of God.  When you find the heart of God, you will experience his kingdom… here and now.   

John chap 20 (msg) 

I Love You!

Perry  

Talk To Him!

Talk to him.   Not in formal prayer, although that is okay.  But talk to him.  Every minute, of everyday.  As you would a best friend or close spouse.  As your day progresses “Thank Him” continually for everything in your life.  Talk to him about problems. Talk to him about good things.  Many times as Lorna and I are intimate, I pause in my mind to “thank him” for such an incredible act of love he created. An act that is made to bring two people as one and create a bond he so desperately desires for us.  When I turned up the volume, Whitney Houston’s voice reverberated from the speakers.  As tears flowed my grandson asked “why”?  A heart of gratitude!  The ability to hear.  The ability to have a system to play the music.  Mostly for the beauty of such talent.  A voice that could only come from God.  Pure… perfect pitch… perfect tone.  It is during each moment of our lives, good or bad, that he longs to hear from us.  To talk with us.  To know our desires, our concerns, our loves.  How many days in the past have I gone for hours, maybe all day, without a word to him.  We get busy, as we are surrounded by people, and our mind puts Christ on the back burner.  I have decided, that is the last place he should be.  Talk to him!  Every moment of your day.  You will find pure joy, will fill your soul.  1 Thessalonians 5:16 (MSG)

I Love You!

Perry

The Growth Of Faith!

Faith… as described by Jesus, always involved a heart of growth.   This time of year I am amazed, as I watch everything come back to life from a state of deep sleep.  Small seeds that dropped in the fall, become towering, beautiful plants, as the sun does its job.  Faith is the same.  As we grow in our faith, it is not about deeper belief in scripture, or God.  It is more about learning to grow in the presence of God, living in our spirit, known as love.  When Christ described faith as a mustard seed.  Faith as a new wine skin.  He was talking about faith that has room for growth.  Faith that is never sitting stagnant.  We can read all the scripture we want.  We can memorize verse after verse, but if love is not produced by our faith, it is useless.  We can show up at church every time the doors are open.  We can go to every church gathering, but if love for others is not produced, it is time wasted.  During my forty seven year walk with God, I have been a part of many christian gatherings.  I have also seen many worship, and pray on Sunday, then go out into the work place and treat others with disrespect.  That is faith only in a book, or an institution, and not in our Savior.  Love.  Pure… unlimited… untarnished… faith produces the same love that our Savior had.  Love for others that is never ending. 1 John 4:20 (MSG)

I Love You!

Perry

To Ponder His Love!

As sixty thousand pounds came out of the water, the emotion overtook me. This massive grey whale, made by God, was swimming not thirty yards from our boat.  All my heart felt was amazement, at the power of our God.  Ten miles in the ocean, no land in sight. The vast water does not rest. Knowing below me is unlimited life down to an amazing 4000 feet. All I could think of was the sovereignty of our God.  I felt so incredibly small.  Then he speaks.  I made all this because I love you!  I did all this because I care. As large as all of this is… I love you more.  I have numbered every hair on your head, and I think about you every moment, of every day.  Stop and ponder that.  Our God. The one that formed the earth, and breathed life into everything we see or hear, spends his day in thoughts of us.  In love, with us.  Knowing that… feeling that… how could your day ever be bad.  So much anger.  So much hatred.  If only… everyone could understand the depth of Gods love, why would there be anger or malice. To truly know that everything we see, hear, touch or taste was made for our enjoyment.  Was made out of an unending, never ceasing love, should bring such joy to every creature that anger and hatred would be swallowed up. All that would remain is love.  Unending love and thanksgiving for God and each other.

1 John 4:11 

I Love You,

Perry