Breath

breath

“And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being” Genesis 2:7, NKJV). Breath. The difference between life and death.

When in a resting state, an adult takes 12 to 20 breaths per minute. Sometimes, however, even when we are breathing normally physically, life experiences, like a blow to the solar plexus, leave us struggling to catch our breath emotionally and mentally. To be in such a place during the Advent season when many are caught up in preparations for Christmas, can exacerbate the struggle to breathe. There is only One who can restore our breath. The same One who “breathed the breath of life” into Adam. This is a promise of Emmanuel, “God with us.” He is with us to heal us and restore what we need to live again.

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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. 

Hope

The world waits for a miracle
The heart longs for a little bit of hope
Oh come, oh come, Emmanuel
A child prays for peace on Earth
And she’s calling out from a sea of hurt
Oh come, oh come, Emmanuel

The lyrics above are from the song, “Light of The World,” by Lauren Daigle, Paul Duncan, and Paul Mabury. May you be encouraged as you listen, even if you have heard the song before. May we find comfort in the truth that because of Jesus, the Light of the World, we are never without hope. May we set our hope in God (Psalm 78:7, NKJV).

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.

Family Resemblance

Family Resemblance

For most of my childhood into my early teens, I was puzzled when asked by strangers, “You are a Wright, aren’t you?” More often than not, the question was followed by a variation of the statement, “I do not know you; you must be one of the younger ones but I knew your _____ (insert name of one of my siblings).” Why was I puzzled? I could not understand what the strangers saw in me that revealed my family ties. That was until the day I looked at one of my siblings and saw my cheekbones and eyes in her face.  Family resemblance.

Most of us have similar physical features, mannerisms, behaviors as our families of origin, sometimes even going back a generation or two. Those who have accepted Jesus as Savior, are members of another family. God’s family. Even when our behaviors say otherwise, we are His. Even when we question our salvation, we are His. We are not impostors like Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter. For years he pretended to be a member of the wealthy Rockefeller family and called himself, Clark Rockefeller.” We are children of God.

It is true that in some moments or seasons, through our choices and behaviors, our resemblance to our Heavenly Father may appear slight. Even then, we are still His children and He continues to do what He predestined, that is, conform us into the image of His Son. The Family resemblance may not always be evident and others may question that we are members of His Family. He never does. Let us take our cue from Him. We are His.

“But when [in God’s plan] the proper time had fully come, God sent His Son, born of a woman, born under the [regulations of the] Law, so that He might redeem and liberate those who were under the Law, that we [who believe] might be adopted as sons [as God’s children with all rights as fully grown members of a family]. And because you [really] are [His] sons, God has sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying out, “Abba! Father!” (Galatians 4:4-6, AMP)

“Beloved, we are [even here and] now children of God, and it is not yet made clear what we will be [after His coming]. We know that when He comes and is revealed, we will [as His children] be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is [in all His glory]. And everyone who has this hope [confidently placed] in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure (holy, undefiled, guiltless).” (1 John 3:2-3, AMP)

 

N.B. The original version of this post was published on September 28, 2015, as “Monday Vitamins: Family Resemblance.”

Five Minute Friday: Repeat

Repeat

Sometimes I ask, “Can you repeat that?” because I did not hear what was said or did not hear clearly what was said. But sometimes when I ask, “Can you repeat that?” it is because what was said filled me with joy and wonder and I want to hear it again and again and again. The repetition causes the truth to take up residence deep within.

Such is the case with the truth that God is with me, with you, and will not forsake us ever. And He repeats it in Scripture in the Old and New Testaments. To a nation. To individuals. Here are some examples. In a time of transition, He said to Israel, “Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One  who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you” (Deuteronomy 31:6).

And to Joshua, “No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life; as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake you (Joshua 1:5). 

In Isaiah 41:10, He says, “Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand. 

And in Matthew 28:20, “I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

Let us develop the habit of repeating only His words to ourselves.  “For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope” (Romans 15:4).

FMF

I am joining the Five Minute Friday writing community, hosted by Kate Motaung, for our weekly writing adventure (on a Saturday). Please click here to learn about Five Minute Friday. This week’s prompt is, “Repeat.” The definition of “repeat” is from merriam-webster.com. All Scripture references are from the New King James Version.  

Sustenance from the archives+: Together

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I read the prompt and the first thing that came to mind was the verse,  “And He Himself existed before all things, and in Him all things consist (cohere, are held together)” (Colossians 1:17, AMP) 

He holds all things together.
He holds all things together.
In Him all things consist.
He is the Word through Whom all things were made
and He holds all things together.

He holds all things together.
The planets that are known and unknown to us.
The oceans teeming with life.
He holds all things together.

The earth on which I stand with all its many components.
The molecules and the cells.
The flowers and the plants and the trees.
All creeping things. 
Times and seasons.
He holds all things together.

He holds all things together.
Including me.
When I am falling apart or think I will.
When my world or my heart is shattered.
When the things that I valued and held close, tried to guard, are breaking apart in spite of my efforts.
He holds it all together.

Held.
In His hands.
All my moments.
All my days.

Held.
By Him.
Cohered.
Brought back together.
Made new.
Made whole.

“He Himself existed before all things, and in Him all things consist (cohere, are held together).”


Today’s post is for Day 29 of the series, “Sustenance from the archives+,” that is part of the 31 Days Free Writes writing challenge.  The prompt is, “Together.” The original version of this post was published on April 18, 2014 as, “Five Minute Friday: Glue.” To read Day 28’s post please click on the link below.

Day 28: Song