Posts Tagged joy

Dreams and Memories

On Father’s Day several years ago, Sherry gave me a card which on the front read, “I love this life we’ve built together.” We have indeed built a life together that is wonderful, and along the way we’ve added many rooms, each built to hold the dreams and memories of that season in our lives together. The end result is not a house of brick and mortar, it is a beautiful mansion filled with peace and love. And… we’re always adding on.

But, as grand as this place is…

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In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. John 14:2

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Far and Beyond

It’s been said we only use a small portion of the abilities of our brain, and I think that’s probably true of our hearts, as well. I believe we’re capable of great achievements with our minds; and, likewise, I believe we’re capable of absorbing and giving much more love than we can possibly imagine.

I look forward to the day when I can fully comprehend God’s love. As of now, I feel I’ve only had a taste of it, and yet even that small portion overwhelms me.

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But if anyone obeys his word, God’s love is truly made complete in him. This is how we know we are in him. Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did. 1 John 2:5-6

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What Do You Want From Me?

Too many times—too much of the time—we wander through our days, feeling only the pain, seeing only the bad things, when there is so much beauty, and so much to be thankful for. Even I, as positive about life as I’ve become, find myself grumbling and blind at times. Forgive me.

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Too Much Information!

Sometimes we get overwhelmed by the things of God, and many of those times it’s because we’re confused by too much information. In our desire to know and be close to God, we try to take in too much, it all starts to get jumbled up, and we find ourselves trying to make sense of it, rather than experiencing the joy of it.

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And while they still did not believe it because of joy and amazement, he asked them, “Do you have anything here to eat?” Luke 24:41

 

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Hear the Whisper

A high school baseball player had just caught the final called strike in the championship game. Asked what it was like when he caught the last pitch, the young catcher said things were totally silent from the time the pitcher went into his windup until the time the ball smacked into his mitt. In reality, the stadium crowd was going crazy; the place was a madhouse!

 

We’ve seen moments like this in movies; the last out, the big catch, the winning run. We may have even been in situations where time seemed to pause, and the world fell silent for a few moments. Was it like that when Jesus calmed the sea? Did those in the boat live a few moments in silent, awed glory with Jesus?

 

When that final pitch was thrown, nothing else in the world was important to the catcher. The world consisted of the ball being delivered to his mitt. Likewise, in the midst of the storm, the disciples were focused on Jesus; He was their world, and without Him they were lost. We can live many moments like this with Jesus, if we’re focused on Him.

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He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed. Psalm 107:29

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Stand Back!

cannonball2Some of you (maybe most of you) probably think I’ve gone off the deep end, and… you’re absolutely correct! As pertains to my trust and faith, I’ve gone off the high dive the way I used to at the town swimming pool as a child. I’ve got a big smile on my face, my knees are tucked up under my chin with my arms wrapped around them, and I’m about to make a big splash! Back then, it was called a cannonball, and my intent was to thoroughly soak everyone standing nearby.

This time, it’s not water I hope to soak those around me with; it’s love, peace, joy, hope, and all the good things God continues to pour out on me. So if you don’t want to get drenched in some of those things, you better stand back!

For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Isn’t it even you, before our Lord Jesus at his coming? 1Thessalonians 2:19

 

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Are You Ready For Some Football?

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Would you play football without pads and helmet? Not hardly! The toughest men would not consider something so foolish! Even with all the protective gear they sometimes get hurt. Read the rest of this entry »

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