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Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Jestin Xavier: Journey in the Desert

Joshua 24:17: It was the Lord our God himself who brought us and our fathers up out of Egypt, from that land of slavery, and performed those great signs before our eyes.  He protected us on our entire journey and among all the nations through which we traveled.

There are many deserts in our lives and many places of captivity.  They sap our strength.

There are many signs that God performs in his love for us.  They bring us hope.

There are many protected journeys on which God shepherds us. We travel safely thorough enemy nations.

God says:  I bring you out of the desert because I love you dearly.  I perform great signs and wonders for you because I cherish you deeply.  I make a way for you through dangerous places because I want to accompany you.  I protect you in each day’s journey because I want to abide with you.  I myself have brought you out of arid places to a fertile place where you will flourish.  I have great plans in mind for you.  I want to free you from that binds you and keeps you from celebrating your freedom in joy with me.

When we feel trapped in our lives, we must ask God for freedom.

When we face insurmountable obstacles in our daily journey, we must ask God to make a way for us.

When we fear for our safety and fret over the enemies who will take us captive, we must ask God for protection.

Enter the word Egypt into the blog search box for more reflections on making a journey with God’s protection, or go to the Journeys of  Transformation page and consider making a journey this coming week-end.


A re-post from August 31, 2012.

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Monday, September 23, 2019

Psalm 30:6: At night there are tears, but joy comes with the dawn.  

The darkness of night seems to magnify our fears; demons multiply when shadows fall.  The morning light dispels our aches, pains and fears.  If only we might live constantly in those moments of first light.

God says: I understand why you fear the darkness; it is where the wicked spend their time.  I appreciate how much you love the light and how hard you work to bring light into the darkness.  Jesus comes to you each day in both obvious and subtle ways to replenish and nourish the energy that drains as you struggle with your dark hours.  My Spirit abides with you endlessly to lift you when you are down, to animate you when you are discouraged.  I defend, protect, call and unite you.  The darkness is empty and hollow . . . and has no power over you. Live in me and you will have the light with you always.  With me joy abides. In me the Spirit lives.  For me Jesus saves.  Come . . . and remain in me.

It is possible to live in the light even though we are surrounded by darkness.

For more reflections about dispelling the dark, type the word Light in the blog search box and see where the light leads you.  Click on the image above to read a story about two brothers and the lesson that the “first light” brought to them. 


A re-post from August 30, 2012.

Image from: http://nandini-j.blogspot.com/2012/01/two-brothers-chinese-story-on-respect.html

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Sunday, September 22, 2019

John 14:16-17: Jesus taught us saying, “I shall ask the Father, and he will give you another Paraclete to be with you forever, the Spirit of truth whom the world can never accept since it neither sees nor knows him; but you know him, because he is with you, he is in you”.

We tend to think of ourselves as independent, separate beings; we believe that our skin holds our organs in and the world out . . . and yet we know this thinking to be incorrect.  The human skin is a porous organ with billions of pores that act as gateways to the world; and just so does the Paraclete permeate our souls and call us to God.

And God says: No matter how much you try to remain apart from me . . . I will be with you.  No matter how much you struggle to remain separate from me . . . I will be in you.  This is incontrovertible. This is immutable.  This is absolute. My eternal truth will be with you and in you always . . . for this is how much I love you.

We are God’s well-loved creatures.  God’s Spirit abides within us.  We are loved.  Let us act as though we understand that it is God who made us . . . and God who is in us.

Type the words Holy Spirit in the blog search box, see what comes up, and spend some time reflecting on what it means when Jesus says that God is in us.


A re-post from August 22, 2012.

Image from: http://svm2.net/abandonedtimes/cultivating-daily-fellowship-with-the-holy-spirit-part-2/

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Saturday, September 21, 2019

Psalm 18:26-27: With the faithful you show yourself faithful, O God; with the forthright you show yourself forthright.  With the pure you show yourself pure, but with the wicked you are wily.  

God is greater than any evil we encounter in our lives.  God is more forgiving than any compassion we may be shown.  God is more gentle, more kind, more persevering and forgiving than we can imagine.  God endures.  God does not give up or give in.

God says: Do you find it difficult to think of me as wily when I deal with the wicked?  I am prudent with them just as I ask you to be. I know that the wicked believe in themselves more than they believe in me.  I know that many of the wicked are fearful and so I call them to serenity just as I call you.  I have created all of humanity and my hope is that each of you will rise to the fidelity, the purity, the forthrightness and holiness that calls you.  When you meet the wicked and do not know how to handle them . . . call on me.  My wiliness is far greater than their evil.

The practices of the wicked lead us away from life eternal.

The practices of fidelity lead us to a life of purity.

The practice of forthrightness leads us to a life of honesty.

The practice of prudence leads us always back to God.


For some additional thoughts on Purity click on the image above or go to: http://acelebrationofwomen.org/2012/07/shirlee-hall-what-is-purity/

A re-post from August 29, 2012.

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Friday, September 20, 2019

1 Corinthians 2:10: The Spirit scrutinizes everything, even the depths of God.

When a political, social or religious structure prohibits us from asking questions we need to be wary.

When friends, relatives or colleagues tell us to keep secrets we must not go along with the group.

When we are tempted to conceal truth, to fog reality or look the other way we are obliged to seek clarity and advocate for openness.

God says: Do not be afraid to scrutinize your surroundings; honest questions bring you to the truth.  Many will attempt to keep you far from me and away from the light but I can and do permeate all space.  I am present in all times.  I penetrate closed doors and I enter hard hearts. I soften stiff necks and I convert the most twisted sinner.  So do not fear inquiry; it becomes you.  Do not be afraid to allow your doubts to generate questions that will free you from fear.  I am open to each of you.  I have told you who I am and how I am.  I know all about you for I have created you in my image.  Scrutinize everything, even me.  I long to hold you within my own heart.

For more reflections, type the word Ask God or Asking God into the blog search box to see where the Spirit leads you.


A re-post from August 28, 2012.

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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Sirach 51:11: I will ever praise your name and be constant in my prayers to you.

When we celebrate, let us remember to thank God.

God says: I am happy to help you when you call on me.  I love to rush to your side when you are in need.  But I especially love to dance and rejoice with you when your news is good.  Remember me in joy even as you remember in sorrow.  Call on me in happiness even as you call on me in sadness.  And love me in your grief even as you love me in your exultation. 

God remains ever constant in us . . . let us try to remain ever constant in God.

For another reflection of Faithfulness click on the image above or or go to: http://biblestudents.net/2012/06/25/the-faithfulness-of-god/


A re-post from August 24, 2012.

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Monday, September 16, 2019

Psalm 121:5-6: The Lord himself watches over you; the Lord is your shade at your right hand, so that the sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night.

How wonderful it is the sun does not scorch us the moon does not lead us astray.

How marvelous it is that we are watched over and protected from the enemy.

How amazing it is that God wants to spend so much time with us!

God says: You are correct.  All of this is true. I love to spend time with you and it does not matter what you are doing.  I want to be with you in all you do.  I delight in your delight.  Watching over you is simple for me because beside you is the only place I want to be.  How wonderful you are. How marvelous . . . how amazing! 

We ought not shy away from God when he approaches.  We must remain open . . . and welcoming.  And we must be amazed . . . that we are so well-loved by the Lord himself.


Go to The Book of Our Life page of this blog to reflect on how the Lord brings himself to us in Scripture at: https://thenoontimes.com/the-book-of-our-life/  And then consider the story your life tells the world about you.

Image from: http://christianbackground.info/holy-spirit/holy-spirit-manifest-background/

A re-post from August 23, 2012.

 

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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Wisdom’s Seven Pillars

Proverbs 9:1-6: Wisdom has built her house, she has set up her seven columns; she has dressed her meat, mixed her wine, yes she has spread her table.  She has sent out her maidens; she calls from the heights out over the city: “Let whoever is simple turn in here!”  To the one who lacks understanding, she says, “Come, eat my food, and drink of the wine I have mixed! Forsake foolishness that you may live; advance in the way of understanding”.

Most of us have made preparations for loved ones who visit us as our guests. We plan and anticipate eagerly the coming of those we have invited.  We bring in food and drink.  We tidy up.  We prepare a sleeping place if our guest is to stay through the night.  In all of these ways we look forward with pleasure to sharing time and space with one who is loved.  Just so does God prepare for us.  Just so does God long to spend time with us and lavish his attention on us.  Let us take up God’s invitation.

God says: I have given you the opportunity to learn from my Wisdom.  Take advantage of it!  I have sent you the Spirit who calls out to you. Follow this voice!  I have prepared a feast of wisdom for you. Come, abide with me and partake of it!  You are my well-loved guest.

Wisdom has much to teach us.  Let us sit by her side, let us listen, and let us learn.


A re-post from August 21, 2012.

To reflect more on the opening Chapters of Proverbs and God’s Wisdom who longs to teach us, enter the word Wisdom in the blog search box. 

For another reflection on Proverbs 9:1-6, click on the image above or visit another devotion at: http://www.allsaintsphoenix.org/index.cfm/pageid/483/index.html

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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Isaiah 42:16I will lead the blind on their journey; by paths unknown I will guide them. I will turn darkness into light before them, and make crooked ways straight.  These things I do for them, and I will not forsake them.

God says: I remind you constantly that you are precious to me.  I tell you daily that I turn all harm to good.  I place my hope in you continually.  Why do you think I might abandon you?  There is nothing you can do – or not do – that will cause me to disown or desert you. I abide with you endlessly.  You are my life.  

We doubt God because we doubt ourselves.  We become anxious when we stumble into unknown places; we panic when we cannot see around the next corner in our life journey.  We look for straight ways and find crooked paths.  Yet despite all our fear, throughout our stumbling, we are well-loved.  If only we might rise to God’s best hope for us.  Let us act as though we believe that we are not forsaken.


A re-post from August 20, 2012.

To reflect more on overcoming our fear of the unknown, visit The Jesus Bridge reflection on this blog; or spend some time taking a Journey of Transformation to discover your own blind journey.

To learn more about life coaching , click on the image above or go to: http://www.pathwaysnaturally.com/lifecoaching.htm

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