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Saturday, December 24, 2016

No Returns this Christmas

The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness
alight has dawned.(Isaiah 9:2)

And so this is Christmas…..


It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Songs that remind us, it’s here again.

It happens every year. We promise that we will not get ourselves worked up or stressed. We say we will not run around until we exhaust ourselves. But some of us have not been truthful to ourselves again.

It’s all in the planning!

We get the food; we invite family and friends for the pinnacle event of the year.

We have visited every mall and craft event. We tell ourselves, “I have to get the perfect gift”.

A long, long time ago in Bethlehem, so the Holy Bible says

Mary's boy child, Jesus Christ, Was born on Christmas Day.


Promises from long ago echo and our world is about to change.

For unto us a child is born, to us a son is given. (Isaiah 9:6a)

I heard on the radio, “Before the apple was fully digested, God had a plan”.

Christmas began before we started celebrating.

He did not rush, he did not stress. The One who never tires or sleeps was very careful to choose a Gift for us. A Gift that would unravel us; a treasure that we would be able to share with all; a prize to the ones that seemed to have lost everything.

The people walking in darkness have seen a great light. (Isaiah 9:2)

The Gift.

The day after Christmas is just as hectic as the days preceding it. Why you ask?

That perfect gift we choose will soon be returned. We the gift-giver failed to fully know what the recipient needed. Yes, grandma does not need new slippers. Actually, last year’s package is still in the closet. Mom and dad would love to go on that trip but what they really desire is to spend more time with the grandchildren. All that time you spent in Toys R Us getting the latest toy –yes it will be in the toy box with the rest of the trinkets very soon. Oh, and the husband that gets his wife an 80” TV. Oh sure that was for her. Let’s not forget the Christmas sweater! It will be obsolete in about 10 days.

Fruit cake. Well, need I say more?

Wow, I sound like the Grinch!

OK, let's re-focus here.

In our search for the perfect gift, sometimes we miss the mark.

We put a lot of effort in the temporary.

The eternal joys come from glory.

Our Father in Heaven knew exactly what we needed.

Truly He taught us to love one another

His law is love and His gospel is peace

Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother

And in His name all oppression shall cease

Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,

Let all within us praise His holy name


This gift comes straight from the King’s palace.

This Gift is multi-faceted.

Receive it and it continues to unfold more.

From the depths of the Father’s heart he offers reconciliation, love, joy, peace.
Once you get the gift, he is delighted if you pass it on!

Oh, but please don’t reject it.

Once you experience the Gift he causes a heart transformation that leaves us with a mark, a great seal that we can’t wait to share! There is no returning this Gift!

Take the Gift and wrap it in a conversation. Take it to the homeless or the king’s court. 
Share in the Valley or shout it from the rooftops. 
Please, share the “Good News”.

Good Christian men, rejoice,

With heart and soul, and voice;

Give ye heed to what we say:

Jesus Christ is born to-day;


He gave His best.

"Fear not, then," said the angel,

"Let nothing you affright;

This day is born a Savior

Of a pure virgin bright,

To free all those who trust in him

From Satan's power and might."

O tidings of comfort and joy,

Comfort and joy,

O tidings of comfort and joy!


Merry Christmas and to all a good night!

Happy Birthday Jesus!

God bless you!~Liz

Friday, December 16, 2016

A Ransom for Many

For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45(NIV)
It's the most wonderful time of the year!
We gather together as free men and women to celebrate Christmas. As Christians we celebrate the birth of our Lord.  In addition, we look to the cross, the place that was destined for this little innocent life held by Mary and Joseph.
A Miracle in the barn!
Yes God in the flesh, Emmanuel.  
The Scriptures read like this, "For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:45)
A Ransom.  
This little baby came to free men and women that were jailed.  A people confined by their sin and destined for separation from their Creator forever.
He stepped into time and became an exchange, a payment to free those trapped by their disobedience. 
They had traded life for death.
Here comes the Redeemer.  
"He made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to deatheven death on a cross!" (Philippians 2:7-8)
He indeed is the Savior of the World.
A ransom for many.
Are you in the many?  Truly he came to die for ALL but not all have responded.
Imagine you are held captive by an enemy.  You have been deprived of living a full life.  You have been separated from Love.  In the middle of the night the rescue plan begins to unfold. Truly the plan has been a long time in the making.  Your ransom has been paid. You are free to go.  Who would remain in the deplorable condition?  Who would choose to live life as a prisoner? Who would turn away "the rescue plan"?
"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)
A ransom for many.
Are you in the many?  
God bless you!~Liz

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

I got the Power!

"And behold, I am sending forth the promise of My Father upon you; but you are to stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high." (Luke 24:49)

Last night as I leisurely reclined on the couch I pulled out my tablet to get some work done. 

Getting my stylus together I wanted to use it but quickly realized there was something wrong.

I called tech-support (my son) and asked him to look into the dilemma. I connected the pen via Bluetooth. Great, pen connected! I began to use it and once again I cannot get it to work.

I installed some updates on the tablet. I double checked settings. I eventually dismissed my son and proceeded to once again start from scratch. Uninstall, install, disconnect, connect and on and on it went.

About 90 minutes later I am just as frustrated as when I started. See I could click the pen and get it to open the software but it would not do anything else. It might as well be dead!

Once again you could hear my voice echoing through the house. Another call to tech support, “Mike I need your help again”.

Sometimes in life we need assistance.

We need help but often fail to tap into the answer; the simple solution.

What is the meaning of life? 
Wow, where did that question come from? 
Well, we all have a life. If you are reading this then you are actually experiencing yours! 

Is there a God? 
Well, truly there are many gods. Ask Paul .

For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: to an unknown god. So you are ignorant of the very thing you worship—and this is what I am going to proclaim to you. “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else. (Acts 17:23-25)

Yes, I am a born-again believer, surrendered my life to the Lord Jesus Christ. 

I believe he came to die for my sins and my surrender has caused new life to emerge.

Not life without meaning or purpose, but life empowered by the Holy Spirit, the third person of the trinity! Life with direction and purpose.

After the resurrection Jesus spoke to his disciples and shared about a gift he would send. “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)

Life without the Holy Spirit is powerless.

So, tech-support arrives and he examines the tablet. 

He takes the stylus in his hand and asks the question, “does this battery have power?

I could have said, “now what kind of question is that?” Instead, I said, “let me check my bag”.

Well, sure enough the stylus had a battery in it but it was the old dead battery.  No matter how many times I would have tried, the results would have been the same –ineffective, powerless to accomplish anything .

I never installed the new battery.

New battery and it worked powerfully!

No power, no victory.

Jesus, not just any god but Almighty God! Jesus the Savior of the World. 

Born in a stable. Died on a cross. Walked out of the tomb. 

Yes, he sits at the right hand of the Father.

He takes what is dead and brings it to life. 

He sent what he promised –the Holy Spirit!

He inhabits my life and gives me power to live life!

Without the Holy Spirit life is powerless.

It’s a simple solution.

He has drawn us but we must respond.

He offers the gift. Emmanuel, God with us. He sent his Spirit who guides us!

No power, no victory.

"When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus." (Acts 4:13)

Have you been with Jesus? Have you been empowered by the Holy Spirit?

"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)

God bless you!~Liz

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Are you sick?

Luke 8:46 (NIV)
But Jesus said, “Someone touched me; I know that power has gone out from me.”

A leader falls to his feet and a sick women reaches to touch him.

Both receive healing. One intercedes for his 12-year old daughter. The other unashamedly reaches to touch just the hem of his cloak.

It’s all about Jesus.

How desperate are you? How acute is the need?

This morning as social media pings all over the world, I too would like to make my mark.

I’d like to pray for the sick.

My brother-in-law Ivan is in a hospital undergoing treatment for cancer.

I’m the one running to Jesus and kneeling to intercede for him. Lord have mercy.

Heal your servant’s brother-in-law.

Perhaps you are reading this and you too need a touch from the Master.

Add your name in the reply.

I’ll pray for you.

We take every opportunity God gives us to pour out our hearts to him.

Let’s pray – this is the only day we have promised.  

Let’s come with thanksgiving and gratitude to God Almighty. Plead your cause before the Healer.

Give him praise –he alone is worthy!

Lord have mercy on us.

Touch your people. 

Draw us close to you. 

Forgive us for our sins and our casual expression of Awe for you. 

Help our hearts and even our deep cry bring your Name honor and reverence.

Help us Father.

God bless you!~Liz

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Dirt

Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground. John 8:8

Many years ago when we were building the extension of our home, during the foundation process we did something to remember all who had toiled with us in preparation to our new living room.

Many had come to assist my husband in pouring cement to what would be the place where we would gather for many years.  Friends and family would come and gather, fireplace lit and laughter filling the room.  A place where God’s grace would echo.

The foundation that held this room together was purposely inscribe with the laborers of the day.  If you are reading this, you know who you are.  Bless you!

My mom and my father-in-law were there that day.  Today they are in glory with the Lord.  I love the fact that their names are still written in the concrete foundation; beneath the living room floor where I gather daily.  

Those who gave of their time have made our living room what it is today.

It was a simple gesture but a warming sentiment in my heart.

Today that memory came to my mind when I read Jeremiah 17.

The Lord was speaking through Jeremiah about those who sinned and turned away from the Lord. 

Those who turn away from you will be written in the dust because they have forsaken the Lord, the spring of living water.” (v. 13)

We always have an option to turn to the Lord.  Let’s not wait until the Lord has to get our attention because we refuse to obey.

In the Book of John, we see a women caught in adultery. Her accusers bring her to Jesus.  

They expected Jesus to condemn her. What they encountered was grace for the sinner. 

The Bible says that Jesus stooped down and began to write in the dirt.  The Scriptures doesn’t elaborate on what was written. 

After reading Jeremiah today, I wonder if the accuser’s names were being written down, one by one. 
Names in the dirt that will be blown away with the winds of the day. Never to be remembered.

Jesus came was to minister grace and mercy; the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring us to God
(1 Peter 3:18).

When the self-righteous accuse –they find God himself speaking directly to them.

Are we listening?

No one is good, except God. (Romans 3:10)

The Lord is always giving us opportunities to experience and also to exercise his mercy and grace; to be imitators of Christ. 

Let's do as he does.

As we receive his mercy and grace, our lives become alive in Christ.  It causes us to be victorious over death!

“The one who is victorious will, like them, be dressed in white. I will never blot out the name of that person from the book of life, but will acknowledge that name before my Father and his angels.” (Revelation 3:5)

”Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” “No one, sir,” she said. “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.” (John 8:10-11)


Mercy and grace extended to us that we in turn would do the same.

God bless you!~Liz

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Black Friday

A day to give thanks!


Black Friday.  

A day when the red line becomes black. 

It’s an irresistible encounter.  
I must have it!

Just take a step back and stop.  Look around.  The crowds are everywhere. 

We’ve known the day is coming. The streets and sidewalks are full and some are ready to succumb to the advertisement.

Black Friday is known for the day the retailer turns deficit into a profit.

What if I could do this on a personal level?

Black Friday. 

It’s a giveaway day. 
Do you see it? A purple robe.  A hand-made crown.
Rush in. 
It will cost you nothing!  It will cost him his life.

See him?

He will take our insufficiency, all that we don't have and pay for it all.

Yes, it’s been told.  Yes, it has come to pass.

The King of Heaven will pay for the sins of men.

Black Friday.

Follow the crowds.  It leads to the sign that reads, “King of the Jews”.

It’s a madhouse.

The weight of the world on his shoulders.  He falls to the ground.

The crowds are everywhere.

Strike him on the face.

Strip him of his clothing.  The one-piece garment has worth.

Come and see as lots are cast.

Many are close but have not entered in.

I’ll watch from afar.

Today is the day where the debt can be turned around.

Then the words are heard in all creation, “It is finished”. (John 19:30)

Yes, the signs all pointed to this day.

This is the day of thanksgiving! 

He who had no sin died for the one ravished in depravity.

He pushed through the crowds.

He carried the cross.

He paid for our sins.

It’s not a temporary event.

It’s an eternal, life-giving changing experience!

He who had no sin offers this gift.

And wherever we are all we have to do is receive.

A heart of repentance he will not turn away.

Will you receive the gift of eternal life? 

Jesus, the Savior of the World!

A Black Friday Event!

“Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool. (Isaiah 1:18)

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Near & Far

"Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful." (Joshua 1:8)
Missionaries have great opportunity to share the Gospel.  We often read of those ‘called by God’ that travel to remote places to speak and demonstrate the Good News.
I think at times we feel that we need to travel far so that those that ‘have not heard” can hear the message, this great life-saving discovery. Yes, “for God so loved the world that he died”; died for all sinners far and near.
So, here I am shopping.  Just walking the isles of the store.  I wasn’t in a rush so I browsed every isle, looked at every rack and then finally made it to the front of the store.
I took my two items and placed them on the counter.  The cashier takes my money, returns the change and slides the plastic bag with my stuff close to me.
My eyes dash to the bottom of the bag and I took a double glance.  
Without any hesitation I asked the cashier, “is that right?”  “Does that say John 3:16?” 
She did not have an inkling at what I was talking about.  
On the bottom of my plastic bag, the words “John 3:16” were imprinted on it.
I quickly asked her, “Is this a Christian company?”  
She shrugged her shoulders; clueless, no idea.  
So what does Liz do?  
I unfolded the Treasure; the Good News; the Gospel!
Smiling, I told her, “John 3:16 is Scripture”. 
Another shrug.
“Never heard it?”  She replies, “no.”
What?  This is not the other side of the world.  This is my backyard.
Hmm, ok Missionary Liz has about 15 seconds before the next customer comes to the register. 
“John 3:16 –for God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have everlasting life.” 
Eyes fixed on me.  It was foreign to her.
“It’s in the Bible, read it. 
Smile
Have a great day!”
See, there was no time to further discuss or talk about Jesus after all the next customer is looking at me.  Actually she too is listening, hallelujah!
My hope is that my conversation will reverberate in her mind and soul.  
I wonder if she will ask her manager, “did you know our bags have the words “John 3:16” on them? 

Do you know what that means?” 
I believe I left an imprint; the fragrance of Christ was sprinkled on her heart.
Lord, cause her heart to search. Let her heart be pricked by your Spirit.
The store is Forever 21.  I don’t know much about the store.
This I do know, if they are willing to stamp every bag and honor the Lord, then I will take every opportunity and speak of His Great Grace!
What a great experience!  I was so excited!
Are you ready?  
We never know when we will have to speak of this great treasure in jars of clay. We get the opportunity to speak of this all-surpassing power that is from God and not us. (2 Corinthians 4:7)
Oh, yes –the Savior of the World!
God bless you!~Liz

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Bird on a Wire

Genesis 4:7 (NIV)
If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.

1 Corinthians 15:56-57 (NIV)
The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

It has always been a fascinating view --birds, sometimes by the hundreds sitting on electrical lines.  The captivating  display is that they don't die.  They don't get electrocuted.  They sit there as without a care in the world.

Yes, there is a scientific reason.  These birds that perch on an electrical line do not complete a circuit. In order for electricity to run "full circle"  the bird would have to touch the other power line.  These birds seem to avoid death while basking in the sun.

Death is the Scriptures is described as the payment for all who have sinned.

Well, I prefer to sit on an electrical line and bask in the sun!

Truth is we do have a choice, an option not to die. 

This "full circle" has been intercepted so that the connection that leads to death is not completed.

Oh, we all physically come to an end but our spirit lives on.

When Jesus went to the Cross and died, he did it to break the cycle that would bring death.  He rose on the third day from the grave to conquer it!  Indeed he has!

The choice is ours.  We have sinned.  We are going to die.  Jesus, steps in and cuts the shock, the sting of death and proposes the Gift of Life. 

Pretty much, Liz is sitting on this line and soon she will die and forever be separated for the Lord.  But a way of escape has been made available to her.  Jesus indeed will complete the circuit and die. His death will bring me life. (John 3:16)

If the bird chooses to move from his position and his wing touched the other line; indeed this bird will fall and be no more. The circuit will be completed and he will die.  I'm not sure if they are that smart but they have found a way to enjoy their little lives and live while relaxing in the sunshine! 

I have chosen to move from my sinful, rebellious way and reposition myself in the Grace & Mercy of God.  I'm not that smart. Actually,  I was blinded by sin.  But God in his great Love has drawn me and loved me to life.

Every choice, every action, everyday we can select death or life.  Eternal life has been secured for me but the enemy of my soul continues to lure me to actions that will kill the joy that God has purchased for me.  I choose The Life, The Truth & The Way!

Two lines.  Two options.
Stay planted on the One line. 
Death has been conquered and the Redeemed Life is ours!

God bless you!~Liz

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Check-up!

Psalm 19:8 (NIV)
The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes

So the changes are coming!  Seasons are the change.

Yesterday I made a trip to the gas station.

Because of the cool air that is transitioning into our days, my vehicle tire was a little low.

I put gas in my car and inched over to the air pump.  There was a line!  I waited a few moments and then told my husband, "let's go run some errands and return".

The TPMS ((Tire Pressure Monitoring System) on my dash warned me that the weather change had affected the tire pressure.  My car was no longer running at its best. The tire was deficient; the pressure was low and my travels whether I knew or not were being affected.

The Tire Pressure Monitoring System, what a great tool!

"Let's do a pulse check".  That saying does not necessarily mean to check our heart, though a beating heart is really a great thing! 

We use this language to re-evaluate, to examine; to do a "check-over" to make sure all is going well physically, spiritually and mentally.   Are there any lights flashing indicating an unbalance somewhere?

We don't have lights that inform us that there is something wrong. What we do have is the Holy Spirit of God that speaks and gently warns us that our attention is required; something is not right; pay attention, we need an adjustment!

I ran my errands and returned about 90 minutes later.
Lo and behold, there is still a line!

So, I got on the long stretch of vehicles and waited.  I looked behind me and even the Police Officer was in line.The season's change had affected everyone.

There is a system that has been made available to us.  This is the PRAYing system.

Feel a disturbance, not sure what is going on inside you?  There is heaviness in your soul.  Your thinking is off. Your joy is diminishing.  You're pointing fingers and blaming everyone for your heart's condition?

GET ON LINE!  Sit at the Master's feet.
Amazingly it seems we are always 1st on line.
No waiting.  He inclines his ear to the righteous.

Hear I am Lord.  Changes have arrived and I need a check-up!
Sadness and suffering has gripped us? Are we stagnate?

I'm on line Lord.

He brings joy to my heart!

God bless you!~Liz

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

The Arrival

One day Jesus said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side of the lake.” So they got into a boat and set out. As they sailed, he fell asleep. A squall came down on the lake, so that the boat was being swamped, and they were in great danger. The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!” He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm. “Where is your faith?” he asked his disciples.In fear and amazement they asked one another, “Who is this? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him.” Luke 8:22-25


Why all this trouble on the lake?
I said this earlier in the week, "If Jesus said, "let us go over to the other side of the lake", well we will indeed make it to the other side of the lake.
If you continue reading the story we see that Jesus and the disciples finally arrive on the other side.
My comfort and strength is in knowing that Jesus leads and I follow. 
So, what happened once they arrived?
"When Jesus stepped ashore, he was met by a demon-possessed man from the town." (v. 27)
The disciples were still shaking; their tremulous flesh responding to their boat ride. 
Now here comes the welcoming committee in Gerasenes. 
The darkness that could not stop them in the water is now trying to disrupt the Kingdom of God and his people one more time.
“Who is this? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him.” (v.25)

As we read we discover along with the disciples that the One that silences the wind and calms the storm will deliver this man who was under the authority of darkness.
Every demon in him knew who Jesus was.
When he saw Jesus, he cried out and fell at his feet, shouting at the top of his voice, “What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg you, don’t torture me!” 
This possessed man who for a long time had not worn clothes or lived in a house was about to encounter his Liberator! He was possessed by a legion of demons. 
I love the visual I get.  
Every knee will bow! 
This army of demons had to bow before the Presence of Jesus! 

The Devil and his malignant army tried to bring disruption on the boat.  
The men were in danger. Jesus never denied that danger was at hand.  
What Jesus did was command the storm to come under submission.  
The One in authority spoke and it was done. (Matthew 28:18)
The storm is a decoy, a distraction, a snare, a trick to keep us from arriving.
It's more than the storm.
We have something to accomplish once we arrive.
Therefore I remember and reassure myself today.  
If Jesus, says we are going over to the other side, rest assure "oh my soul" we are going to arrive! 
God bless you!~Liz

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Did you see those colors?

Ecclesiastes 3:1
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:Seasons are built
into time; seasons of change.

Could it be that they are changing already? You know those green leaves.

As I drove to work this morning there was a hue of color shadowing the mountains in my view.

Change is not something we are always ready for.

But ready or not here it comes.

Life is not a stagnate experience.

Life has joys, sorrow, death and all kinds of revolutions that we embrace and sometimes we just miss.

New jobs, no job, richness and poverty at times. Babies are born. Did you see it coming? Did it surprise you?

Today life is changing for us.

Do you perceive it? If not, dig a little deeper because it's here.

We don't always see it at a distance because perhaps we are not ready; not looking for it.

Those quiet prayers we uttered to the Lord, He is still working things out for us in all His Sovereignty.

Lord quiet my soul so I may see your hand. Open my ears so I may hear you speak.

Adjustments are part of life. Embrace the Perfect Hand of God.

Leaves change. Life too!

God bless you!~Liz

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Mercy

Romans 6:2 (NIV)
What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase?  By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?


Sometimes confession is the only thing that will release us.

I confess.

I'm running late to work this morning.

I looked westward into the countless vehicles coming in my direction. 

Concerned I drove one-quarter mile to the highway entranced and notice the traffic.  It was like a parking lot. Different shades of color on every rooftop, all on a stand still.  I now understood why the local road was so occupied.

I remembered I was familiar with another road that seemed a little out of the way, but I challenged myself to take it.

It was a clear.  I am now on schedule to arrive to my destination with maybe a 5 minute delay.

Roads are a funny thing especially when construction has somehow changed the landscape.

So, I am almost there.  GPS says exit N or S.  The roads signs say A or B.  A quick decision puts me on the entrance to the NYS Thruway.  What,  Huh, I just came from there!

Where is my exit?  This highway leads me South to where I just came from or North where I do not want to go to.  I asked the Toll Booth Collector, "I need to get off here".  She replied almost in her own familiar frustration, "this is their way of making driving better". 

Well needless to say I was annoyed.

I drove north with the closest exit being 20 miles away.

I confess.

I drove for about 5 miles and made and illegal U-turn. Only police are allowed to do this.

I have not elevated myself to the highway authority. On the contrary,  I understand I will probably be penalized and ticketed.  The E-Z Pass system will probably note what I did and negatively reward me for it.

I am not endorsing this move. 

I write to share that confession is good.

Today can be called Tell the Truth Thursday. Well everyday should be that!

Today's lesson: Repent and don't do it again.

Truly, I confess and cry out for mercy.

God bless you!~Liz

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Chains off!


On the very night when Herod was about to bring him forward, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and guards in front of the door were watching over the prison. And behold, an angel of the Lord suddenly appeared and a light shone in the cell; and he struck Peter’s side and woke him up, saying, “Get up quickly.” And his chains fell off his hands.  (Acts 12:6-7, NASB)

Have you been struck lately? Well, what kinda’ question is that?

When I think of chains, most of the time I think of restraint; an instrument causing restriction; something limiting me.

Sometimes restriction is for our own safety, perhaps even for training or a waiting period.

A prisoner is held in chains for fear he will run from the law; put behind iron bars so that they won't escape. But what if you are innocent and wrongly accused?

Those same chains and cell still keep you unless you are released by the same law that convicted you.

As a child of God we are often asking God to free us from chains, difficult situations that have bound or trapped us. But what if God has freed us and we are still detained.

Life is full of exciting roads to travel but sometimes we are afraid to put our feet on new pavement. FEAR itself can keep us, speaks to us, convinces us we will never be free to move forward.

Has the Lord spoken to you about a new road?  Have you come to a crossroad and are afraid to make a turn? Perhaps its fear of the unknown? Does your heart quiver because you do know that something new is coming but you have never threaded those waters before?

Chains are important.

If you have a new pet, a dog for example and you are trying to train him, you will probably use a chain. You restrict him for his own protection. We don't want this creature to escape or end up in danger.  You keep him bound so he won’t harm himself, even worse bite someone.

But, who would keep the dog tied forever? Does not this poor four legged ball of fur need freedom to run and play and explore? Once trained, he is now free. He knows his boundaries.

You are on the waters and your boat needs to anchor. You are enjoying a quiet time, maybe fishing. Soon the clouds come in and you are in the midst of a storm. It’s time to go, but you can’t seem to pull the anchor out of the crevice that has obstructed it. Don’t you do everything in your power to be free? Cut the rope if possible or just chuck the rest of the anchor overboard. But you must go! The anchors purpose is no longer needed.

Amusement parks use chains and ropes to control the lines. They bring order to the masses who want to go on the new thrilling ride. Once you arrive, those chains mean nothing to you anymore. They no longer serve a purpose. You have arrived and the ride is about to begin. Buckle up, here we go!

What if we have been restricted for a short time by God for my own good? He has been training us and soon he is about to launch us into areas of the unfamiliar? Will I refuse and hold dear to my familiar chains? Sadly, sometimes that does happen.

We must decide that it’s time to move forward.

We must get on our feet and embrace the new journey.

Peter was in jail not because of any wrong he had done. He experienced an incredible encounter with an angel from the Lord. The Scripture reads that Peter was commanded to stand up after the angel struck him; in other words, he woke him up and got his attention.

As he obeyed, the chains fell off his hands! Hallelujah! No longer a prisoner; the innocent man was set free. The ministry that the Lord had given him was unfolding!

I don’t know why he startled him that way. But, as he obeyed, THEN the CHAINS fell off.

I think the Lord is about to strike some of us.

He is going to rouse us out of our slumber.

He is going to get our attention and when we respond THEN THE CHAINS WILL FALL OFF!

The preparation is over.

It’s time to move.

We have been trained; we have endured storms, and the ride is just a few steps away.

We are about to tread new waters.

The road is new and I shout out “I am not afraid.”

Chains off—Ride begins!


God bless you!~Liz