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Love the Lord your God
 with all your heart
and with all your soul
and with all your mind
and find out what pleases the Lord.
 
Matthew 22:37 & Ephesians 5:10
 
 
 
Loving somebody and wanting to please them go hand in hand.  This is a natural connection — a relationship connection that the Lord wants to have with us.  Recently, I have been noticing many verses that mention some form of the word “please,”and I would like to share some of them with you:
 
We have confidence before God and receive from Him anything we ask because we obey His commands and do what pleases Him.  And this is his command: to believe in the name of His Son Jesus Christ, and to love one another as He commanded us. (1 John 3:21-23)
 
Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God. (Romans 8:8)
 
Jesus said, “The one who sent me is with me; He has not left me alone, for I always do what pleases Him.”  (John 8:29)
 
I urge you in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God — this is your spiritual act of worship. (Romans 12:1)
 
For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and approved by men. (Romans 14:17-18)
 
My righteous one will live by faith.  I will not be pleased with the one who shrinks back. (Hebrews 10:39)
 
We are not trying to please men but God, who tests our hearts. (1 Thessalonians 2:1)
 
Since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of His will through all
spiritual wisdom and understanding.  And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God. (Colossians 1:9-10)
 
And the Lord said to Moses, “I will do the very thing you have asked, because I am pleased with you and I know you by name.” (Exodus  33:17)
 
May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer. (Psalm 19:14)
 
“Is this pleasing in your sight Lord?” is a question that should filter our thoughts and actions.  A great love for the Lord is the motivation for wanting every aspect of our lives to be pleasing to Him.
 

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More in 2013

 
Bring joy to your servant,
 
for to you, O Lord,
 
I lift up my soul.
 
Psalm 86:4
 
 
 
New Year’s Day is one of my favorite days of the year.  On January 1, 2006, my youngest son Sterling was the first baby born of the new year in Nashville, Tennessee.  We made the news on four television stations and were highlighted in the area newspaper.  It was a fun time, but what made it even more special was that the date of his birth was an answered prayer.  I had prayed that he would be born on the birthday of my dear friend Dianne.
 
Another reason I love New Year’s Day is that it is a time for making a fresh start.  Even as a child, I liked making New Year’s resolutions, and once I even laminated the resolutions.  (I still have the list!)  This year, I am not making resolutions; I am choosing a “focus word”.  For me, a focus word defines how I want to grow, what I want to accomplish, and what I want to be like in the upcoming year.  My word for 2013 is “more”.
 
 – I want to be more aware of God’s presence.
 – I want to be more organized.
 – I want to exercise more.
 – I want to be more patient and kind.
 – I want to have more joy and more peace ….
 
I know that I cannot have “more” by my own effort.  In John 5:30, Jesus said, “By myself I can do nothing.”  So I am praying that God will “be merciful to me and hear my prayer” (Psalm 4:2) and grant my request for “more“. 
 
I would like to invite you to choose a focus word or words for 2013.  If you would like to share what you chose, you can e-mail me at spacious4@aol.com or leave a comment.  Happy New Year! 
 

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“If you had only known on this day
 
what would bring you peace.” 
 
— Jesus
 
 
As Jesus was crying, looking at Jerusalem, he said, “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace — but now it is hidden from your eyes. The days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and encircle you and hem you in on every side.  They will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls.  They will not leave one stone on another because you did not recognize the time of God’s coming to you.”  Luke 19:41-44   
 
Are there ways that we are like Jerusalem?  Does Jesus look at our lives and weep because we do not accept the peace he is offering?  Does he cry because we do not recognize the time of God coming to us?
 
The path of peace is being offered to
 
us, but we have to choose daily to
 
walk on it.
 
Thank you to Larry Cline, whose sermon inspired this post.  He posed the question, “What does Jesus find when he looks at my life?” and made the statement, “I pray that Jesus doesn’t cry when he looks at my life.”
 
 
This post was edited early this week, and was scheduled to post today.  In light of today’s tragedy in Connecticut, I almost didn’t post it.  I decided to go ahead, because especially today, we need to know the peace and comfort that Jesus is offering.  When people turn away from God, evil is increasingly apparent.  In the above verse, Jesus was predicting the consequences of the people of Jerusalem’s behavior.  Our country is experiencing the consequences of our godless ways.  Violence is continually erupting in our land.  Our only hope is to “recognize the time of God coming to us.”  My thoughts and prayers are with the families of Sandy Hook Elementary School.
 

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Through Jesus let us continually offer
 
to God a sacrifice of praise.
 
Hebrews 13:15
 
 
As we enter the Advent season, let it be a time of sacrificial praise. 
 
Praise be to the Lord because He has come to rescue us and enable us to serve us Him without fear in holiness and righteousness before Him all our days.  Praise be to the Lord, because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace.  Adapted from Luke 2:68-79 
 
 
Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim You,
who walk in the light of Your presence, O Lord.
Psalm 89:15
 

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Let the peace of Christ rule in your heart,
Since as members of one body
 You were called to peace.
And be thankful.
Colossians 3:15
 
 
My three-year old son Sterling is very affectionate.  He gives my husband and me kisses and hugs for no other reason but to show his love.  It is nice to be appreciated for who you are and not just for the things that you do.  In the same way, I believe God likes to be noticed and appreciated just for who He is.  Our praises and thankfulness are our way of giving God “hugs and kisses”. 
 
I have a long history with the book, My Utmost for His Highest, by Oswald Chambers.  In 1996, I first highlighted his July 12th devotional.  It has continued to be one of the most challenging and inspiring devotionals that I have read.  
           
 My Utmost for His Highest — July 12
We are not here to develop a spiritual life of our own, or to enjoy a quiet retreat. We are here to have the full realization of Jesus Christ, for the purpose of building up his body.
 
Am I building up the body of Christ, or am I only concerned about my own personal development?  The essential thing is my personal relationship with Jesus Christ — “… that I may know Him.” (Philippians 3:10).  To fulfill God’s perfect design for me requires my total surrender–complete abandonment of myself to Him.  Whenever I only want things for myself, the relationship is distorted.  And I will suffer great humiliation once I come to acknowledge and understand that I have not really been concerned about realizing Jesus Christ Himself, but only concerned with knowing what He has done for me.
 
My goal is God Himself, not joy and peace,
Nor even blessing, but Himself, my God.
From Him the whole body … grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work. Ephesians 4:16
 

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willing

 

“I am willing.”  Jesus
 
Luke 5:13
 
Jesus says, “I am willing…”
 
-to give you peace (Luke 7:50, Psalm 29:11)
-to be your friend (John 15:15, Luke 5:20)
-to pray for you  (Hebrews 7:25)
-to give you a full life (John 10:10)
-to show you the way you should go (John 14:6, Psalm 32:8)
-to prepare a place for you (John 14:2)
-to make your joy complete (John 16:24)
-to help you in your time of need (Hebrews 4:16)
-to give you strength (Psalm 29:11)
-to surround you with love (Psalm 32:10)
 
Questions I am asking myself:
What am I willing to let Jesus do for me?
What am I willing to do for Jesus?
 
Thank you to Jill Davis for sharing Luke 5:13 with me.

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path of peace

Her ways are pleasant ways,
and all her paths are peace.
Proverbs 3:17
 
 
This verse is special to me because it reminds me of my “Mama Sherrill,” my adopted grandmother.  Two years ago today, she went home to be with the Lord.  She radiated God’s presence and His peace; her pleasant ways and peace were because of her daily focus on Him. 

For Margaret Jane Sherrill Lynn

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