Have You Rolled Your Stone Away?

Easter is a day to remind Christians of our freedom! Freedom to live our lives knowing that when we die here on earth, we will be born into eternity!

Wow, what a mind-blowing gift!

And yet, if we take a look at our everyday lives, you might notice that you really have not rolled the stone away from the tomb. Some days I find myself living as if the stone was never rolled away. What about you?

To me, I use Easter as my “Spiritual New Year.” Asking myself…

Was I mindful each day of God’s purpose for my life? Or did I only call on God and live as Jesus taught, when it was beneficial to me? These are some tough questions for me. Because, my soul usually answers honestly and brings to mind events when it was all about me.

Along with questioning my last year, I begin to make a few spiritual resolutions for the coming year too. And this year my biggest resolution is to live each day with the stone rolled away. For I am not promised tomorrow and building a storehouse of things, people, and situations wastes my precious time. My gift from Jesus!

As I try to roll the stone away, there is a moment of brilliance…

JESUS HAS ALREADY DONE IT!

So, what am I doing?

My job is to live it!

What about you? Could you utilize the “Good News” of Easter Sunday to do some spiritual housecleaning in your soul?

And do you live each day with the stone rolled away?

If not, Easter Sunday is the new beginning! A newly cleansed beginning!

God Bless You! And God Bless America!

Holy, Holy, Holy (America?)

“Holy, holy, holy” in Isaiah, chapter 6, is a cry for revolution or change in Israel! It is a desperate howling to convince Israel to change their ways, before God leaves them to suffer the consequences of their choices.

When I read Isaiah today, I can still hear and feel the passion and pain of the cry. But it is not for Israel, it is for America. Because in this chapter, we are told that Israel will be laid to waste with only a stump left to replant the holy seed!

SO…

Isn’t America crashing down like a great oak laid low by the ax of her own consequences?

Hasn’t America turned a deaf ear towards God?

And hardened her heart toward God’s ways?

Yes, YEs, and YES!

We are not a family solid in our values, and loving one another despite our differences. America is a divided house of many factions. While our wealthy faction is trying to lay claim to the control of the American people. (By wealthy, I am not speaking of one political party either.) Our Democrat and Republican representatives have vested interests in the money machines, which are churning out the demise of the American people! Almost as if one group wants to devour another group, not caring about the results.

Can you feel the sadness?

And then we have the black and white factions who are living in the past. A past that neither had anything to do with and yet, they blame one another for it. Why can’t they focus on cultivating a better future for their children?

Warning Label: If you keep looking to the past, you will eventually become a pillar of salt!

Oh, I could sit here all day long naming and pointing out specific failures of America and Americans. Which is hurling us toward extinction as a country.

But, instead, I want to redirect your focus onto healing and reconciliation.

So, let’s cry HOLY, HOLY, HOLY! Fall to our knees and plead with God for healing of our land.  Beg God for forgiveness and start putting Him first in all that we do; as individuals, families, organizations, jobs, and government!

Remember America began with a Revolutionary War and maybe it is time for a new revolution…HOLY, HOLY, HOLY!

God Bless You! And God Bless America!

Isaiah Chapter 6

In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him were seraphim, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. And they were calling to one another:

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty;
    the whole earth is full of his glory.”

At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke.

“Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the LordAlmighty.”

Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar. With it he touched my mouth and said, “See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.”

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”

And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”

He said, “Go and tell this people:

“‘Be ever hearing, but never understanding;
    be ever seeing, but never perceiving.’
10 Make the heart of this people calloused;
    make their ears dull
    and close their eyes.[a]
Otherwise they might see with their eyes,
    hear with their ears,
    understand with their hearts,
and turn and be healed.”

11 Then I said, “For how long, Lord?”

And he answered:

“Until the cities lie ruined
    and without inhabitant,
until the houses are left deserted
    and the fields ruined and ravaged,
12 until the Lord has sent everyone far away
    and the land is utterly forsaken.
13 And though a tenth remains in the land,
    it will again be laid waste.
But as the terebinth and oak
    leave stumps when they are cut down,
    so the holy seed will be the stump in the land.”

 

 

Dreary Day (Ho-Hum)

Today is a dreary day in Houston, Texas. Clouds have thickened to cover the sky in a dull gray.  Every now and again, it will rain. Sometimes with a clash of lightning and thunder, and sometimes just a quiet plop of water.

On days like this, I find myself looking for the Son-shine.  God has given us a great many things on this earth and gloomy days with rain is one of them.  So, where can I find my Son-shine today?

I found it in the book of Acts, when the Apostle Paul heals a crippled man. The people of Lystra see the miracle occur and decide that the Apostles must be gods. They form a parade and are on their way to carry out a sacrifice.  Paul stops them.

And says,

“In the generations before us, God let all the different nations go their own way. But even then He didn’t leave them without a clue, for he made a good creation, poured down rain and gave bumper crops. When your bellies were full and your hearts happy, there was evidence of good beyond your doing.” Acts 14:16-18

The rain today is a clue or reminder of God’s goodness toward His children! Without the rain, crops would not grow and we would be hungry. Without the rain the pollen would stick in our throats and cause respiratory problems. Without the rain, the air would be hot, stale and unbearable.

Without the rain, I would not remember that there is a time for everything. A time for happiness and sunshine, and a time for grief with tears and Son-shine. And that God is always with me, walking by my side, holding my right hand!

Oh, I am not special because He is there for you too. Holding your hand, splashing through the puddles of life!

And that is where I find my Son-shine today, knowing God and God knowing me! I pray you find your Son-shine too.

 

God Bless You and God Bless America!