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Thursday, January 11, 2018

I'm Overwhelmed

"You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You have anointed my head with oil; My cup overflows." (Psalm 23:5 )

It’s been a long day. 

The traffic was ridiculous. 
You walk in and the staff meeting has begun.

You wonder how everyone else does it. 
They are all staring at you and you become self-conscious. 
Lunch consisted of a few crackers and a spoon of peanut butter. Because you arrived late, there is no time for lunch unless you want to lose more paid time.

Day is over, but the race continues.

You arrived late at the sitter because in your haste you left your keys on the work desk. 
Back upstairs to regain the car access.

Yes, more money for the sitter for being tardy again.

This is today!

Sounds familiar. We live in a rush, rush world. Everything is scheduled with no room for error. 
Error means someone loses time, money or their peace.

As you enter your home, the bag gets dropped on the floor. Keys on the table. Wallet on the counter.

It’s time to begin making dinner.

But wait……

As life’s chaos watches, a table is brought out.

Today’s memories are still flooding your mind.

Tomorrow will begin soon and there is no break for you.

He motions for you to sit.

If the staff members were present, the scene would be a little different.

You are not late but have been welcomed to recline. A special invitation.

This is not just any ordinary table. The fine tablecloth is laid out on the table for two.

At this 8 o’clock hour when darkness has fallen, he becomes the light in the dining room.

He speaks and says, “Taste and see that God is good.” (Psalm 34:8)

You feel the cares of life melting away.  The focus has shifted and it feels like you are someplace else.

His presence does that!

The conversation is more than just about the food.

To our remembrance comes the precious words of the Father.

We are loved. We are from a different world.

I could hear my heart receive the encouragement, “relax and take in my presence.”

Take the cares of the world and give them to me. “Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” (Matthew 11:28-30 MSG)

Seek my face. He reminds me that he "gives strength to the weary, and to him who lacks might He increases power.” (Isaiah 40:29)

I’m overwhelmed. “Lord, how can I do it all?” “At the end of the day, I am exhausted.”

He walks away and comes back. So tenderly, oils now dripping down my face, he reminds me that I am his. Goodness and lovingkindness will follow you all the days of your life. (Psalm 23)

Without words, his Presence speaks.

Remain in me. You are not meant to carry the burdens of this world. I took those at the cross. Don’t try to look like the world. I have purchased you out of it. Be willing to TRUST me and seek my face.

Tomorrow arrives with a new sense of Hope because he is with me!

"This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success." (Joshua 1:8)


God bless you!
Liz

Monday, January 8, 2018

A life well lived

"So they sent their sister Rebekah on her way, along with her nurse and Abraham’s servant and his men." (Genesis 24:59 )

"Now Deborah, Rebekah’s nurse, died and was buried under the oak outside Bethel." (
Genesis 35:8)

Do you know who Deborah is?

In the book of Genesis, she is mentioned twice. Once by her proper name and twice by her “profession” or a description of her life. She was a nurse.

What would “the story of our life” say?

Some feel insignificant because the business card does not carry V.P. after their name. The title does not include CEO. Business card; most of us don’t even get a card!

2017 ranked the top 500 companies in the world based on revenue. The revenue is generated by the things we feel are worthy to be purchased with hard-earned money.  Time we spend at work day in and day out.

But, there are some things money just can’t buy.

When I was a little girl I remember my grandmother making cloths for me. I still recall my ¾ sleeve shirt with reflective sparkles that matched everyone else’s shirt in my family. We all had one!

My grandfather made me an ironing board out of real wood. The craftsmanship was impeccable. I wanted to iron my dolls clothes and he granted my wish.

My mom handed me her crochet leftovers and I created a one-of-a-kind skirt that I proudly wore to school.

Money is not what we remember.

Luxuries are not at the top of memory lane.

It’s the people we interact that are held dear in our hearts and memory bank.

My grandparents and mom were creative and giving individuals. They have shaped who I am.

No great wealth, but a plethora of riches!

Deborah was Rebekah’s nurse. In the scriptures it reads that when Rebekah left her household to become Isaac’s wife, the nurse was part of the deal in those days.

Scripture also notes, that she traveled with Jacob. Interestingly enough Jacob was Rebekah’s favorite son. You remember the struggle with Esau and Jacob right?

In Genesis 35, we read that Jacob buries the nurse. What nurse? Her name is noted here. Deborah is laid to rest.

How did she end up with Jacob? This was his mother’s nurse now traveling with Jacob and his family. She must have been someone very special and trustworthy.

This heart warming piece of Scripture points to the incredible woman this most have been.

She was there when Jacob was a baby. She is with him now as he travels with his family, 2 wives, 2 concubines and 11 sons that are noted.

Twice she is mentioned.

This nurse must have been special not only Rebekah but to her son Jacob as well.

Scripture pauses just to mention this burial, to honor this life!

People make life special. Relationships are key!

Jesus desires a relationship with us.

He warned about being attached to the temporary trinkets of this world.

Jacob was a wealthy man. Money is not the problem. Our emphasis is the concern.

When money becomes our focus, the Scriptures warns us. “Whoever loves money never has enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with their income. This too is meaningless.” Ecclesiastes 5:10

Things come and go.

Jesus spoke about having treasures in heaven (Matthew 6:19-21).

Relationships are a precious gift from God!

When life’s clock sounds the alarm and our life is over, may we too have the honor of being remembered as people who loved and served God faithfully.

May there be a pause to acknowledge that we honored a Mighty God and served him well. That we loved people and shared God's love with all.

May our names reflect dignity, respect and be reflective of a life that pointed everyone to the Lord!

He came to save us! Save us all.

God bless you!~Liz

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Double Blessing!

Galatians 5:22-23

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

Double blessing?

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Let’s begin by adding JOY to our daily life this new year.

It’s easy. 

Take every opportunity and turn it into a time of praise!

This afternoon I was making breakfast 
(yes breakfast at 2 p.m.). I took out the left over potatoes and embellished them with onions, red peppers and a little butter. 
I sautéed the ham. 
I am now ready for my omelet. 

I cracked egg #1 and in the bowl it went. I cracked egg #2 and as it went into the bowl I heard myself exclaiming, “wow”. 

You see, my second egg held two yokes!

So what’s the big deal? It was a double blessing for me and it tasted good too!

It’s simple. 

Take every daily opportunity and see God’s hand of blessing in everything.

Fact: Double egg yokes occur about 1 in every 1000 eggs.

Keep it simple. 

Evoke a heart of thanksgiving in everyday life. 

Let you heart be filled with JOY.

It’s good for you. It’s good for those who encounter you as well.😊

Happy New Year!

God bless you!~Liz

Thursday, December 7, 2017

In a World Wind

"When the dove returned to him in the evening, there in its beak was a freshly plucked olive leaf!
Then Noah knew that the water had receded from the earth." (
Genesis 8:11)

Turmoil and life’s difficulties can leave the soul with unrest.

We wonder if restoration will arrive. We debate ourselves and find that sin is at the root of the troubles in this world.

We’ve entertain it. We adjust and make sin comfortable. We twist the Word of God to make it what we want it to say.

Our justification leads us down a road of trouble.

But, Noah was a man who was found righteous in the eyes of God.

He heard God’s direction and though it seemed ridiculous he followed through. He believed God.

In this fallen world sometimes, we are the dreamer with interruptions assailing at us. The vision was given but the realities seem to escape us.

So many days and weeks in the flooded waters.

I know I heard God.

As he waits and waits I wonder did his heart grow weary or stronger?

When we wait on the Lord, do we grow tired or does our faith increase?

“When the dove returned to him in the evening, there in its beak was a freshly plucked olive leaf! Then Noah knew that the water had receded from the earth.” (Genesis 8:11)

The preservation of the seed is remarkable!

Turmoil, flooding, shifting and the conditions of the earth God made were shaken. But the seed survived, preserved!

Noah did not plant the seed. The dove came to him with an olive leaf. Extraordinary event!

This gives me hope!

When life has been shaken like a world-wind tornado, where is the hope?

The hope does not depend on me. The hope comes from God. I am to rely on HIM!

So, like the dove sent out by Noah, I pour out my heart to the Lord. I wait on the One who preserves the seed!

God who created everything along with the Son and the Spirit hears, sees and preserves.

The Initiator of the vision is the one who makes it come to pass.

Don’t give up even though the waters are rising!

Don’t loose the vision because it was the Lord who spoke it!

Watch and pray! It is coming.

Remain faithful for God is the Promise Keeper!

God bless you!~Liz

Friday, December 1, 2017

Was Blind But Now I See

" “Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” (2 Kings 6:16)

When babies are born their eyes don't have the ability to fully focus. Their eyes are developing.

"Babies learn to see over a period of time, much like they learn to walk and talk. They are not born with all the visual abilities they need in life. The ability to focus their eyes, move them accurately, and use them together as a team must be learned. Also, they need to learn how to use the visual information the eyes send to their brain in order to understand the world around them and interact with it appropriately." (aoa.org)

“And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat; and she gave also unto her husband with her, and he did eat. And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig-leaves together, and made themselves aprons. (Genesis 3:6-7)

Adam and Eve's were not ready to have their eyes opened via disobedience. Their forced eye sight was more than images that had to be interpreted by the brain. Their souls were exposed. Their spirit died. Their transgression delivered death. (Ephesians 2:1)

They sewed figs leaves together to hide what their eyes were seeing. Where once there was no shame, their new gained sight brought some new visitors; more like enemies! Shame had now made itself at home. Disobedience lead to death.

“No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him.” (John 6:44a)

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)

When God opens our eyes the dead come to life. We are born again and able to readjust our sight to see life and interrupt life through a new set of "lenses". Our relationship with the Father is restored. Eternity becomes a focal point.

A submitted vessel surrenders all to the Lord. He has all we need to live, he makes provision and leads us to overcome evil.

In the story of Elisha we see trouble surrounding Israel. The king of Aram had encircled Elisha and his servant.

When we wait on God he is able to "open our eyes" to see the unseen.

The serpent promised Eve that she could be like God and what was delivered was death.

God desires obedience and He delivers life.

" “Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” (2 Kings 6:16)

“And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha." 
(2 Kings 6:16-17)

If you are unfamiliar with the story of Elisha. Here we see Elisha, a prophet, but a man none the less. This is not a superhero. This is one called by God and he obeyed!

In the middle of this war, God opened his eyes to see in the spiritual realm what God was doing.

Obedience always leads to life!

When the serpent deceived Eve he showed her a peek into the spiritual realm. Death was waiting and indeed greeted her and Adam just as the Lord had spoken. In addition, their authority to rule over all God had created was now up for grabs.

When the Lord intervenes in the lives of men and we obey he delivers the truth. We get a front row seat of what is happening. He gives us understanding and wisdom.

" “Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”

The vision assured them of the unseen realities all around them.

Praise the Lord!

So what do we want? Should our eyes be opened prematurely? Should we listen to the lures of the devil who is aware of the spiritual realm but wants us dead?

It is wise to seek the Lord who can open our eyes to life! There is something happening in the unseen. For the believer, God goes before us. He speaks and reveals to us his plan, is provision and protection as in the testimony of Elisha.

There is a warning in the Scriptures, DO NOT get involved in witchcraft, sorcery, those how want to reveal our future to us. The serpent lured Eve and she received exactly what God has already spoken--death. "For rebellion is like the sin of divination and arrogance like the evil of idolatry." (1 Samuel 15:23)

God is merciful. The covering that Adam and Eve made for themselves out of fig leaves was inadequate. "Jehovah God made for Adam and for his wife coats of skins, and clothed them.” (Genesis 3:21 )

The coats of skin, a foreshadow of the cost it would take to cover the sins of the world. Blood was required. Someone had to die.

Disobedience has an effect and an action that is required.

Someone sins – Someone has to die. The law required blood.

Christ offered himself –the Lamb of God to bring restoration and right relationship with us and himself.

Obedience…sometimes is seems difficult but really to do otherwise brings destruction.

God loves us!

God bless you!~Liz

Friday, November 17, 2017

Reject or Inflict

They took Jesus, therefore, and He went out, bearing His own cross, to the place called the Place
of a Skull, which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha. There they crucified Him, and with Him two other men, one on either side, and Jesus in between. Pilate also wrote an inscription and put it on the cross. It was written, “JESUS THE NAZARENE, THE KING OF THE JEWS.” Therefore many of the Jews read this inscription, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city; and it was written in Hebrew, Latin and in Greek. So the chief priests of the Jews were saying to Pilate, “Do not write, ‘The King of the Jews’; but that He said, ‘I am King of the Jews.’” Pilate answered, “What I have written I have written.” (John 19:17-22, NASB)

Is he King to you?

When confronted with the Truth what is our answer?

For a while I did not believe. God’s mercy and patience sought me and rescued me from sin.

We can reject or inflict.

If we reject him there is nothing else that can rescue us.

Not my good works, not my money, not my name.

There is only ONE that saves! (Acts 4:12)

If we accept him who has come into the world, we are released from out debt of sin and we inflict damage to the kingdom of darkness. Darkness will no longer have authority over us.

I bow the knee. I repent and Hail Him King of the Jews and King of Liz!

God bless you!~Liz

Saturday, November 11, 2017

How many stamps am I worth?

Memories are a funny thing.

I’ve been awake for about an hour and just like that something triggered and brought to life these hidden gems, even made me smile.

When I was a little girl living in the Bronx, I remember walking the streets under the raised train tracks. I can still hear the chuck-chuck-chuck rhythm in the background. I never second guessed the noises in the air. It was city life.

Hand in hand with my mom we’d walk to our destination. One hand holding mine and the other in her pea coat pocket with her booklet.

There was this Redemption Center that we would go to. We’d browse the front window and then walk inside. Based on how many stamps my mom accumulated; this determined the item we could take home.

But what if we were missing a stamp?

Redemption is “the action of regaining or gaining possession of something in exchange for payment, or clearing a debt.”

It was a lot of work to own anything on the window display in exchange for the stamps we collected. In never really amounted to anything big. The prize always seemed out of reach.

What if the item or object is unattainable? What if my booklet is deficient in pages or the stamps that I collect are not enough?

The Bible tells a story of this exact thing.

Often sin is spoken as something someone else is doing. It’s the evil we see on TV. It’s the criminal that often repeats the offenses. Even a child is taught to share otherwise they grow up selfish. But, what happens when we grow up and are now mature?

Are we now exempt? We’ve learned right from wrong. We’ve arrived. Right?

Somewhere in our walk we have forgotten that the smallest of wrongs have accumulated. They have joined together to taint our behavior, actions and even our outlook on life. We have become familiar with the “noises of the world” that they don’t even affect us anymore. At least we don’t think so.

Let’s go down memory lane again.

Magilla Gorilla, do you know who he is?

He spent a lot of time in a window hoping someone would redeem him; purchase him, love him and take him home.

The jingle went like this, “Gorilla for sale. Take our advice, at any price, a gorilla like Magilla is mighty nice. Gorilla, Magilla Gorilla for sale!”

I remember thinking, poor gorilla. No one wants him.

Sometimes we feel like that poor creature. Here I am! Someone, love me.

We want to be loved and cared for. We feel the wrongs of yesterday have taken something form us. Perhaps we are right.

Yet, there is a Redeemer that is quite familiar with all that we have done; all that we have lost.

The loss is his.

He longs to bring us home.

His walk has been long. He has paid the price for the one he yearns for, you & I.

You see, I have gone to the redemption center and brought out my booklet.

I have a stamp for obeying my mom. I did all my homework. I did not steal the gum from the corner store. Oh, I did lie to my dad about that thing he said I should not do. Can I still redeem my stamps?

The Lord is aware of how many good things we have done. He knows we desire to do what is right but sometimes fail.

Who will redeem us? Was this not the cry of poor Magilla Gorilla?

Jesus will walk the road,” With shouts they insistently demanded that he be crucified, and their shouts prevailed. 2So Pilate decided to grant their demand. He released the man who had been thrown into prison for insurrection and murder, the one they asked for, and surrendered Jesus to their will. (Luke 23:23-25)

“Then he released Barabbas to them. But he had Jesus flogged, and handed him over to be crucified. (Matthew 27:26)

Jesus is aware of all my sin. Yes, the things that I have done. And, he still loves me. He is the only one who has what it takes to redeem my life. “Without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.” (Hebrews 11:22b)

Who will take this little girl home?

“And I was included in Christ when I heard the message of truth, the gospel of my salvation. When I believed, I was marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing my inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.” (Ephesians 1:13-14)  

It's personal.

The Redeemer said I am worth it! My debt was cleared. He said he would take me home.

Jerome Avenue in the Bronx, the Redemption Center.

The treasure was not always what was in the window. The prize is the great memory of being with my mom. Walking hand in hand. Secure &. loved.

He did it once and for all.

I got my new song to sing....I am redeemed...you set me free......

God bless you!~Liz