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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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Saturday, September 7, 2019

1 John 3:16 The way we came to know love was that [Christ] laid down his life for us; so we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. 

Jesus tells us that it is easy to love the ones we love; it is difficult to love those who do us harm.  This is one of his most fundamental – and most difficult – lessons for us.

God says: Believe me when I say that I understand that you do not want to love your enemies; yet this is the fruit I ask you to bear, the harvest I ask you to reap.  When the grain of wheat breaks open to plant something new, it plants my love within a hardened heart.  You become frustrated with the world and yet all of your struggling changes very little.  Plant the seeds I have given you to sow – use the gifts I have given you.  And do not worry about the weeds that grow up with the wheat.  My workers will tend to them in good time.  Do not worry about how much rain must fall and where you will find the harvesters.  I am with you always, offering you my love . . . laying down my life for you. 

Let us take up the gifts we have been given to share.  Let us use God’s gifts lovingly.  And let us offer ourselves as broken grains of wheat in the Spirit.  Let us offer ourselves up to rise again in newness bearing fruit for the master harvester. In this way we come to know Christ’s love.

A re-post from August 17, 2012.

Image from: http://agropedia.iitk.ac.in/?q=content/time-line-based-wheat-practices

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Friday, September 6, 2019

A Basque Shepherd

Ezekiel 34:16The lost I will seek out, the strayed I will bring back, the injured I will bind up, the sick I will heal, shepherding them rightly.   

We know shepherds who only look out for themselves . . . they are rightly powerful and self-sufficient.

We know shepherds whose only concern is the appearance they make . . . they are rightly dressed.

We know shepherds who are poor stewards of God’s gifts . . . they are rightly self-centered.

None of these shepherds rightly.

God says: I know that you see many in power who mock me and my precepts.  They seem to get away with bad living.   I know that they do not shepherd my people rightly.  That is why I shepherd each of you personally.  I try to steer you toward the good shepherds I have sent to you.  Look for them.  They will be wearing my sign . . . and they will be behave as Jesus behaves. 

When we become frustrated with some of our shepherds we must God to intervene.  We must always remember that with God all things are possible.  And we must remember that when we try to solve all problems on our own, we behave as the poor shepherds do.  We demonstrate a lack of faith on God’s will.  Let us help one another to shepherd rightly . . . for this is the harvest God looks forward to reaping – the fruits of all those who shepherd rightly.

The Basque people in southern France and northern Spain are well-known for their skills as shepherds.  To read more about the Basque people, their culture, and their presence in the American west, click on the image above or go to: http://trickfist.com/content/dirjournal/basque-dining-in-america-ethnic-food-out-west/

A re-post from August 16, 2012.

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Thursday, September 5, 2019

Henry Hillier: Harvest Time, Lambourne, Berks

2 Corinthians 9:6Brothers and sisters: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.    

God says: I know that there are days when you feel as though I ask too much of you.  I understand that there are times when you are too exhausted to take another step in your journey.  This is why I have asked you to cast your troubles on my shoulders – for my burden is light and I am ready to carry your worries for you. I see how the world draws you in and I am here to accompany you each day.  You have only to call on me.      

At times it seems as if the only harvest we reap is anxiety and sadness and we find it difficult to believe the promise of the resurrection. Yet God abides with us in our apprehension.  This is the message he wishes to give us – that despite our fears, we are saved.  Despite our dread we are redeemed.  And despite our wretchedness we are loved.  This is the miracle of God’s love.  Let us sow the love God gives to us . . . that we might in turn reap God’s love with the harvest.

Enter the word promise in the blog search box and continue to reflect on the promises God intends to keep.

A re-post from August 14, 2012.

Image from: http://www.topart168.com/oil_paintings/Harvest_Time,_Lambourne,_Berks_1481_painting.html

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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Matthew 12:24Jesus said to his disciples: “Amen, amen, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat; but if it dies, it produces much fruit.

God says: Put aside your fear about your earthly dying; do not store up things of the earth.  They are finite and do not last.  Each time you feel yourself breaking . . . or falling . . . or dying . . . you are preparing yourself to produce good fruit.  Each time you believe you are at an end . . . you are at a beginning, a beginning of a new, better, and transformed self.  Do not be afraid for I am with you in this as I am in all you do.

We are trained as children to steer clear of pain and this is understandable; yet pain will happen.  When it does, let us take ourselves to the author of life itself, and let us allow God to produce good fruit from our suffering.

To reflect more on the opportunities we might mistake for failures, type the word fruit into the blog search box and take a moment to reflect on how our brokenness can bear fruit when we welcome God into our daily living.

A re-post from August 13, 2012.

Image from: http://www.americasheartland.org/commodities/wheat.htm

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Matthew 13:16-17: God Time

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Matthew 13:16-17 Blessed are your eyes, because they see, and your ears, because they hear.  Amen, I say to you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.

We complicate life until it becomes unrecognizable.

We listen to our own voice and ignore the voice that loves us.

We what for signs of love endlessly and miss the obvious simplicity that God loves us more than we can ever imagine.

God says: I see constant striving and thrashing among my people; they reach out for what they already have.  I speak to my children endlessly; yet they turn away from me.  It brings me such joy when just one of you pauses in the minutiae you have created for yourselves to think of me.  It brings me great happiness when you call my name.  I want to do all for you.  I want to be with you.  Put aside the extraneous activities you create to make yourselves too busy to spend time with me.  Sit with me awhile. 

Let us turn off the noise and clamor of our day for just five minutes today.  And let us spend it with God.

A re-post from August 10, 2012.

For a reflection on spending time with our creator, go to the God Time page on this blog at: https://thenoontimes.com/god-time/ or type “God’s love” in The Noontimes search box to see where it leads you.

For an interesting essay on God’s Time Machine, click on the image above or go to: http://www.ucg.org/news-and-prophecy/gods-time-machine/

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2 Corinthians 4:7-10: The Potter’s Hands

Friday, August 30, 2019

2 Corinthians 4:7-10Brothers and Sisters: we hold this treasure in earthen vessels, that the surpassing power may be of God and not from us.  We are afflicted in every way but not constrained; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our mortal flesh.

It is so quick and easy – in the short term – to rely on ourselves and what we have managed to gather up from the world.  It is much better – in the long run – to rely on God who gives us all we will ever need.

God says: You begin as clay in my hands, an earthen vessel made of earth’s dust.  My son sacrifices himself to be with you for infinite time and in infinite space.  Giant obstacles become small hurdles over which my Spirit will lift you . . . if only you recognize me.   

When we depend on God we are mightier than all.  When we rely on Christ we are hope for the world.  When we love as the Spirit loves, we are eternal.  Let us give ourselves over as clay to the master potter’s hands . . . and enter fully into our promised transfiguration.

A re-post from August 9, 2012.

Image from: http://pottery.about.com/od/throwingonthewhee1/tp/finalizpot.htm

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