You have access to all the power you need You just gotta be sure to plug in Connect to the source of your power It’s available to you even if you’re shut in
Like a mighty wave or hurricane Power can evoke awe or cause destruction What’s the source of your power? There’s a ready source… what’s your deduction?
I bet you know where I’m going With this line of reasoning. Yup, the power I have in mind Is filled with the best spiritual seasoning!
“And they were filled with the Holy Spirit…”
In yesterday’s Mornings With Jesus devotional comments by Karen Sargent, she shared an experience she had with power cords. She was preparing for a presentation using various technology. Thinking she might need an extension cord, she added it to her equipment. However, after setting everything up, she realized she didn’t have the part she needed. Sargent wrote,
“… There was a problem. In one hand I held a three-prong plug on my laptop cord. In the other, a two-prong plugin. I checked the projector cord. Three prongs. Without the ability to tap into the electrical source… my technology was useless. I couldn’t power up.”
Sargent extrapolated, “That wasn’t the first time I’d failed to tap into a power source. Sometimes I function on two-prong faith. I know Jesus can do anything… And through Christ who strengthens me, I can do all things (Philippians 4:13). But how often do I connect to the power of the Holy Spirit, the mighty third prong?”
Karen Sargent’s message spoke to me. Yesterday friends helped us install Our Christmas tree here at home – Tucked in along the north-east wall.
We plugged the lights in after A lot of struggle to assemble it. Look closely at the lights there A section is missing … do I resemble it?
Do I lack a portion of my power Because I’m not plugged in totally? The message hit me with a jolt. It fit my plight anecdotally!
Karen Sargent ended her reflections with these thoughts:
“After His resurrection, Jesus breathed on the disciples and said, ‘Receive ye the Holy Spirit’ (John 20:22). But it wasn’t until Jesus ascended into heaven that the Holy Spirit empowered them. Unlike that useless extension cord… the ultimate power source, The Holy Spirit, is always on hand.”
What stops you from plugging in?
Sargent invited her readers to “Ask Jesus to reveal what being empowered by the Holy Spirit would look like in your life.”
Enjoy the most awe-inspiring Christmas season ever as you fill yourself with the Holy Spirit.
And let Him provide you with the strength you need to reach out in love to all those you connect with.
Do you want to bee Like a lobster every day? They never stop growing In a physical kind of way.
Each day they are alive, They eat, reproduce, and grow. One grew to forty-four pounds It was a whopping 3′ long – Whoa!!
I want to bee a lobster Who constantly grows, too. But my growth would develop spiritually Each day I travel through.
Too often we become lazy – Satisfied with our status quo. But lobsters are never complacent. No wonder they continue to grow!
I need to revive my commitment To nourish my mind and my heart With the same tenacity as the lobster. Today’s a great day to start!
“But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”
2 Peter 3:18
Today’s post was inspired by an entry in All God’s Creatures, a Guideposts publication. Shirley Raye Redmond wrote a commentary titled, “Keep Growing” for the November 27 entry.
She ended her thoughts with this quote by Oswald Chambers:
“Spiritual maturity is not reached by the passing of years, but by obedience to the will of God.”
Isn’t it interesting that when I search for photos related to obedience, the pictures all are of dogs? Not us human beings. No, the word conjures up obedient dogs! Would that we could be as responsive to discipline as a dog is! Or as committed to growth as a lobster!
Bee like a lobster Or a dog – Committed and Obedient…
Calling All Sinners!! Yup, my friends – that’s me. Yesterday I really screwed up; Of course, not intentionally.
We sinners never mean to Cross over the kindness line Into lack of compassion. We don’t commit sin by design!
So when we sinners mess up, As God knows we always do, How do we learn to forgive ourselves? Does this happen, my friend, to you?
Yesterday’s “Today in the Word” by the Moody Bible Institute, dealt with this subject right when I needed it most. The scripture for the day was:
“For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
What do I need to let go of? What did I do that was so bad? I made Bob feel like a burden Instead of making him feel glad.
I was mad that he left me At the church without a word. He was that mad that I left him. Now, isn’t that absurd?
It’s all about communication. Yes, I know, he should have said “Hey Honey, let’s go home now,” But he just left instead.
Yup, we butted heads over The slightest misunderstanding. I found another way home. Oops… that was a crash landing!
He’d only gone to the post office And then he came back to get me. I didn’t know where he had gone And his absence really upset me.
Earlier he had wanted some help On a simple music interpretation task. I was in the middle of something else And irritably made him sorry he’d asked.
Today we’re back to talking In civilian tones to each other. Yesterday’s behind us; we’ll forget How we rankled one another.
But making peace ain’t easy When you’ve crossed the kindness line. We hate to admit we’re wrong. But repentance helps us align.
Align our will to our loving call To be responsive to each need Expressed by those around us. That’s our call, our mission. Agreed?
“Let love be genuine, Abhor what is evil; Hold fast to what is good.”
In my devotional yesterday, “All God’s Creatures” by Guideposts, the writer, Jerusha Agen, reminded me of the importance that unconditional love be exhibited. She wrote about “Simon’s Love” telling about a cat who acted like a dog.
Jerusha’s favorite pet had died. It was the first time in her life She was without a dog to cuddle. But her cat took away the strife.
Her cat started acting like a dog, Meeting her at the door when she got home, And sitting in her lap to comfort her. Letting her brush him with a comb!
Her cat, Simon, knew to mourn with her. Simon seemed to know what she needed. In grief, Jerushah had been neglecting him, But Simon forgave that sin; with joy conceded.
“Rejoice and mourn with others, According to what they need,” Jerusha wrote to her readers. Ask Bob for forgiveness – with speed!
I’ll ask God to help me be more Loving and responsive to Bob. Help me with my impatience, Lord. Help me show genuine love to my heart-throb!
Here’s my heart-throb when I met him He was in the army at the time. Happy Veteran’s Day on Saturday. Ours is a long-term love sublime.
That doesn’t mean we don’t argue Or make each other mad at times. But, God tells us sinners to forgive… Just as He does – ALWAYS, not just sometimes!
You can probably relate to my “Faux Pas” – You’ve probably blundered some, too. But, God is calling us sinners: Let love fill the dog-shaped void in you!
Let forgiveness be your guiding star, Since we all forget to be compassionate – ’tis true. I’ll look for ways to show love like Simon. And God’s calling you, my dear sinner, too!!
The value of tidbits of advice differs as we hear them at different times in our lives.
As a young child, my mom’s advice always included words of encouragement: “Let your light shine.” “You can be anything you decide you want to be.” “You are more than good enough.” “Take it one day at a time.”
Mom certainly let her light shine!!
Later in life, I have discovered that I can receive valuable advice daily by reading my Bible, reading devotionals written by Christ-like, modern-day disciples, and listening to compassionate friends. They say things like:
We should never tire of seeking advice and heeding the words of wise counsel. http://www.Motivational Words of Wisdom.com always has sound advice.
It’s hard (in fact impossible for me) to narrow pieces of advice down to the one best. How about you?
God’s latest advice to me was, “Slow down and watch where you’re going!” Do you hear God’s advice being shouted in your ear at times, too?