Leb Blog

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