Be better at remembering

I know better than to let my emotions dictate my actions

but sometimes in the midst of the storm,

I allow them to take control.

What I need then to regain control is to remember …

Remember the faithfulness of my God.

Remember His promises.

Remember that He is always with me.

Remember to anchor myself in truth.

Remember that life is made up of seasons.

Remember that I am never without help.

Remember that no situation is hopeless because the One who is my hope lives within me.

Remember to resist the temptation to isolate and instead reach out to trusted individuals in my life.

Remember to pause.

Remember to breathe deep.

Remember to give thanks.

Remember. Remember. Remember.

What things would it be helpful for you to be better at remembering during challenging times?

I am joining (on a Monday), the Five Minute Friday writing community, hosted by Kate Motaung, for our weekly writing adventure. Please click here to learn about Five Minute Friday. This week’s prompt is, “Better.”

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Still

Still

  • up to and including the present or the time mentioned
  • even now (or then) as formerly
  • yet
  • nevertheless
  • inspite of that
  • despite that  
  • notwithstanding

Still. Yet. Notwithstanding. Even now.

Habakkuk had heard news that caused him to tremble within and without. That caused his lips to quiver and “decay and rottenness” to enter his bones. And yet, still, notwithstanding, he made this declaration:

Though the fig tree does not blossom
And there is no fruit on the vines,
Though the yield of the olive fails
And the fields produce no food,
Though the flock is cut off from the fold
And there are no cattle in the stalls,

Yet I will [choose to] rejoice in the Lord;
I will [choose to] shout in exultation in the [victorious] God of my salvation.

And, Abba Father, You remind me of Your instructions through the apostle Paul in Philippians 4:4-8 (AMP):

4 Rejoice in the Lord always [delight, take pleasure in Him]; again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentle spirit [your graciousness, unselfishness, mercy, tolerance,and patience] be known to all people. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious or worried about anything, but in everything [every circumstance and situation] by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, continue to make your [specific] requests known to God. And the peace of God [that peace which reassures the heart, that peace] which transcends all understanding, [that peace which] stands guard over your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus [is yours].

8 Finally, believers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable and worthy of respect, whatever is right and confirmed by God’s word, whatever is pure and wholesome, whatever is lovely and brings peace, whatever is admirable and of good repute; if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think continually on these things [center your mind on them, and implant them in your heart].

ABBA, hear my prayer: 
Still, 
up to and including the present or the time mentioned,
even now (or then) as formerly, yet, nevertheless, inspite of that, despite that, nothwithstanding … 
Help me to remain faithful to You. Help me live a life of worship. Help me rejoice in You. Help me obey You. Still.

I am joining the Five Minute Friday writing community, hosted by Kate Motaung, for our weekly writing adventure (on a Sunday). Please click here to learn about Five Minute Friday. This week’s prompt is, “Still.”�<

Context

I noticed the airplane as it headed in the direction of the airport near my workplace. It’s size, weight, and capacity were unchanged from the moment it left the airstrip of an airport that was its departure point, to the moment I noticed it flying above. But against the expanse of the sky, the airplane resembled a child’s toy. Context alters perspective.

This Advent season as we prepare our hearts to celebrate the birth of our Savior, each day moving us closer to December 25th, I wonder, what is the context for my life? What is the context of your life? Against what backdrop am I, are you viewing that circumstance which is a source of anguish? The unanswered prayer? Our deepest longing? Your greatest joy? The event that fills you with anticipation? Or dread? Context gives perspective.

May the faithfulness of our God who kept His promise to redeem us, be the context within which we frame our lives. All parts of it. In all seasons. 

Five Minute Friday: Deep

According to Wikipedia, the deepest natural point in the world is the Mariana Trench, also known as the Marianas Trench. It is located in the western Pacific Ocean and its maximum known depth is 36,070 ft (10,994 meters).

To give us an idea of how deep 36,070 feet is, Wikipedia informs us that if Mount Everest, which is  29,029 feet (8,848 meters) is dropped into the Mariana Trench, its peak would be 1.2 miles (2 kilometers) below the surface of the Marianas Trench.  Now that is deep; however, as deep as the Trench is, it has a limit because the Pacific Ocean has a floor. Our Father’s love, on the contrary, is limitless. There is no end to His love as reiterated throughout the Bible and stated powerfully in the song, “O the Deep Deep Love of Jesus.”*

Here is the first verse: 
O the deep, deep love of Jesus, vast unmeasured, boundless, free
Rolling as a mighty ocean, in its fullness over me
Underneath me, all around me, is the current of Thy love
Leading onward, leading homeward to Thy glorious rest above 

My favorite rendition of this beautiful song is by the group, Selah, and it is shared below. Mark Ladd and Samuel T. Francis are the songwriters and the full lyrics of “O the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus” can be found here.


I am joining the Five Minute Friday writing community, hosted by Kate Motaung, for our weekly writing adventure (on a Sunday). Please click here to learn about Five Minute Friday. This week’s prompt is, “Deep.”

*(end of five minutes).

Five Minute Friday: Value

Value – The worth of something compared to the price paid or asked for it.

What is your value? What are you worth? Not much, according tothe world’s standards, if you lack wealth, accomplishments, popularity, physical beauty, possessions, intellect, power, status, and the like.

What is your value? What is your worth?

You were worth Jesus to God. “For God so loved and dearly prized the world, that He [even] gave His[One and] only begotten Son, so that whoever believes and trusts in Him [as Savior] shall not perish, but have eternal life.” This, dear one, is your true value. This is your true worth.

I am joining the Five Minute Friday writing community, hosted by Kate Motaung, for our weekly writing adventure. Please click here to learn about Five Minute Friday. This week’s prompt is, “Value.” The definition of “Value” used in the post is from oxforddictionaries.com.

Sustenance from the archives+: Door

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The Word, in human flesh, declared Himself to be the Door for the sheep.” The Door through which anyone who enters will be saved and will be able to come in and go out freely, and will find food that sustains.

This same Almighty One, Creator, give Noah, the only one on earth during his time who found favor with God, The Almighty give Noah specific instructions for building the ark, including where to place the only door. This same Almighty God, also shut the door of the ark after all living creatures, Noah, and his family entered in.

This same Door, also sets before us open doors and stands at the door of our lives and knocks, giving us the freedom to decide whether we will open our doors for Him.

He also does a curious thing – He takes our Valley of Achor (troubling) and makes it a door of hope and expectation. What an amazing God.

Today’s post is for Day 11 of the series, “Sustenance from the archives+,” that is part of the 31 Days Free Writes writing challenge. The post was originally published on May 2, 2015. To read the post for Day 10 of the series, please click on the link below.   

Day 10: How

 

 

 

Sustenance from the archives+: Day 6 – Belong

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To live as God’s child is to know at this instant, that you are loved by your Maker not because you try to please Him and succeed, or fail to please Him and apologize, but because He wants to be your Father. Nothing more. All your efforts to win His affection are unnecessary. All you fears of losing His affection are needless. You can no more make Him want you than you can convince Him to abandon you. The adoption is irreversible. You have a place at His table.
Max Lucado
Grace: More Than We Deserve, Greater Than We Imagine

“So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when He adopted you as His own children. Now we call Him, ‘Abba, Father'” (Romans 8:15, New Living Translation).

“But when the right time came, God sent His Son, born of a woman, subject to the law. God sent Him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that He could adopt us as His very own children. And because we are His children, God has sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, ‘Abba, Father'” (Galatians 4:4-6, New Living Translation).

“God decided in advance to adopt us into His own family by bringing us to Himself through Jesus Christ. This is what He wanted to do, and it gave Him great pleasure” (Ephesians 1:5, New Living Translation).

In God’s House, you are not a foster child. You belong to Him. Chosen. Beloved. Accepted. 

NB: This post is a slightly revised version of a post originally published on this blog as “Adoption Irreversible,” on July 6, 2015.

To read posts for Days 4 and 5 (FMF) of the series, “Sustenance from the archives+,” please click on the link below.

Day 4 – Why & Day 5 (FMF) – Share