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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

60 SECOND LAINE-UNLIMITED POWER

This was a text from a friend that I received right before Christmas.
Believe big.
He is a big God.
Our God is unlimited.

Brennan Manning stated "I am flabbergasted by the widespread refusal across this land to think big about a loving God." (The Ragamuffin Gospel)

I'm sharing this because it will reinforce this truth for me.

It takes faith to believe big. Otherwise, we can't obtain freedom. When are thoughts are directed toward truth and we don't cower toward deceitful thinking, we are running the race with God.

I guess today I am making it my goal to purposefully think on the above statement.
Faith.
God is big and unlimited.
He is bigger than all of life. He is bigger than all of my hang-ups, flaws, circumstances and relationships.

I don't guess I will think this. I know I have to think this. Leaning on my own understanding gets me in trouble. Derailed. Disconnected.

God is big. I am small. I need him. Pray about everything.
It's okay. Everything is gonna be okay.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

60 SECOND LAINE-RESISTANCE, REALITY, REVIVAL

"I'm one with the force. The force is with me." says Chirrut Imwe, character in Rogue One the new Star War film.

Chirrut, who is blind, was in danger and he repeatedly said those words. The movie portrayed him as being vulnerable yet filled with hope and courage. Rogue One features the making of the iconic group known as "Rebellions" with the motto "We are built on hope".

This New York Post quotes "Rogue One is a 'Star Wars' movie for the thinking fan...

That's exactly me...a thinking fan. I can relate to the blind man and the Rebellions...the point of this 60 Second Laine.

I know that I'm physically not blind, yet like the blind man I am vulnerable and  I decided to join forces with one greater than I and say something similar to Chiruut "I can't on my own but I can with Christ." After all Christ says "I myself am in you." I overflow with hope by the power of the force (the Holy Spirit; Romans 15:13).

"Trust the force" was the last words spoken by the mom of Jyn, the chosen one to help save the Rebel Alliance.

At this time I need to feel connected to Christmas. Can you relate? Something deeper and more meaningful than the commercialism of this Holiday Season. The sacred...the holy...a baby born with a epic story...a child chosen to change the worldview...a light to this dark world. He shines so bright that when you plug into Him...your new story begins. The Rogue One story is relatable... it's all about resistance, reality and revival.

Reflect today: how you resist...the reality of your situations...how you need a revival of the soul... Trust the force with your life.



Wednesday, December 14, 2016

60 SECOND LAINE-TIMEKEEPER

She placed the box on the ground just as I was about to pass her. I stopped and asked "Can I take that to the garbage for you?"

Unbeknowst to me, I dropped my reading glasses by accident in this ladies boot next to me. Later she approached me to ask if they were mine. We connected and laughed. It was a chance to connect and start a friendship.

Let me explain why I think these small beginnings are God moments from God the Timekeeper.
I had prayed that morning that I want God to lead me. Let the Spirit guide me.

I realized that I try to make things happen in life. When will I talk or approach someone but this time I really gave it to God. So when this lady dropped the box I seized the moment to be a helper. It was a small step. Yet it was a connection.

This was a strong reminder for me that I am not here on earth to do good works to earn my way to God. I am here as a child of God living out my walk being led by the Holy Spirit. It's by grace Jesus walks me through life. I exist... I live and breathe and that is enough by God's standard.

I just want God's Spirit to lead me. I mean in my thoughts and deeds. My friend it is such joy when I wait on God for the next move. Joy! I mean true Joy!

My suggestion for the day: Pray and ask God to lead you. Don't try and guess where that will be. Just let it happen. And when it happens you will know and you will be elated. Then thank God for the moment.
Let God be the timekeeper.

Monday, December 12, 2016

60 SECOND LAINE-CAPTURE THE MOMENT

Moments in life can be so exquisite. To freeze the moment and wish that it would never end.

Have you ever had a moment like that?

When the shepherds and wise men visited the baby Jesus it says that Mary pondered it all in her heart.

I wonder if she did not want the moment to end?

After the treacherous trek and the birth of the baby in such a lowly place the Spirit of God divinely brought His believers to a place where they met the Son of God. Their hearts were made full that day.

It truly was a moment for them all.

Pause. Close your eyes. See the baby in that lowly place. Really not lowly but Holy place.
Capture the moment.

Can you see what they saw?
I feel warm. My heart full with gratitude. For this moment changed time. This moment changed me. I believed entered into a relationship with Jesus.
Leaving behind religion and entering into a relationship.

check out this Christmas song:
Noel by Lauren Daigle (check it out on youtube)
www.youtube.com/watch?v=jGg7KdN19rs
it starts out by saying:
LOVE INCARNATE, LOVE DIVINE.
incarnate=embody or represent (a deity or spirit) in human form.


"the idea that God incarnates himself in man"

Noel-first Christmas; relating to a birth



Come and see what God has done; the story of amazing love; the light of the world; given for us!


Love love it!
Meditate on this truth for today!


Tuesday, December 6, 2016

60 SECOND LAINE-URGENT

Wanting more hours in a day? Unavailable time.

The tyranny of urgency.

Everything in my world today seemed urgent.

My attitude is "Get it done." Now I mean.
My grandson said to me "Lets get these Christmas decorations done."

I stopped. Paused. Got quiet. I was reminded.
Isn't it just like us to take on the pressures, loose our focus and the result...loose peace, joy.

Of course at this time we get caught up and boy oh boy we struggle to turn off the urgent.
If you don't slow down, sit down and quiet down it happens...

I love this "Be still and know that I am."
Remember Moses asked "Who should I say you are?" God replied say "I am". He is I am.

Try this:
Eliminate words from your vocabulary like...
hurry, I should, I could, I would...remember there is good and evil in the world.
The evil wants you to feel pressured. Our mind is what could sap all our energy.
Take time to pray. Give it all to God. Even your shopping list, school work and exams.
Ask yourself "Is this really urgent?"
Replace the urgent by repeating "My hope is in the great I am."

Monday, December 5, 2016

60 SECOND LAINE-I NEED...

Meandering through a store this past weekend I saw it and had to buy it.
You know that feeling?
Mine was a silly purchase.
A kitchen towel with the words "All I need is a little bit of coffee and whole lotta of Jesus."

A rather loud message to display in my kitchen.

I need a lotta of Jesus He is my source of
perfect love and forgiveness. He gets me, He accepts me just as I am, I am enough.

Open the good book and discover one of the Christmas names "Immanuel" -God with us.
Say "Surely God is with me. Show me your presence."
I delight in waiting for this answer.

SURELY GOD IS WITH US. We need a lotta of Jesus.

Friday, December 2, 2016

60 SECOND LAINE-DISTRACTED

Red Wine could actually help you lose weight.
This is what the msn.com headline news reported today. Are you wondering like I am, how could that statement be true?

I have every good intention to spend time with my friend Jesus but I got
DISTRACTED...DETOURED...DERAILED...

Have you been there? Enough with the headline
I have only sixty seconds of your time. I read an article and it suggested to repeat regularly:

"Our hope is in you alone"

It comes from Psalm 30:22
The article continues on explaining the names of God and gives me references for further reading. That helps me to define really who my hope is in...healer, provider, lover, protector, soul keeper...
Something to think about this new day.

Repeat with me:

My Hope is in you alone. (I plan on repeating this through out the day).

This will help me to be free from distractions...gotta go...feeling full...feeling like I had a cup of joe with a friend!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

60 SECOND LAINE-TIME

I woke up with the I gotta syndrome...
the list was racing in my mind...the reasoning...it figures...it has to be NOW!  I gotta do this and that now...

then I finally focused on the Pandora song playing, it is well.

Is it well?

Then I sat and read...what does Jesus have to say about time management...

Jesus is never harried.  He is steady. He is connected; strong; disciplined.
Jesus was getting His much needed sleep and was interrupted by the disciplines with their worry of the storm. He stopped and found time to help.
When Jairus was grieving with his daughters fatal illness. Jesus went. On the way Jesus stopped and helped the women with the issue of blood. He makes time.
He manages time with excellence. No worries.

As I follow my laine i will pray and remember Jesus makes time for me; He teaches me to make time. I will take time to use my time wisely.
Let's go laine...gotta go...

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

60 SECONDS LAINE-Declaration of Dependence

A flash in my mind.
The laine's (path) I have taken.
My younger years laine was following my parents.
My teen years laine was following my impluse of teen pleasures.
My twenties something laine following my heart to marriage with my high school sweatheart.
Laine struggled in my mid-twenties. The lack of peace and feeling connected. My misconception of religion verses relationship.
The laine was lonely and feeling empty.

The laine to find peace began with a prayer. God if your there help me.
That's when the laine directed me to Jesus.
I had been trying to figure out so much about life on my own. I was gonna make things better.
Jesus taught me my declaration of independence was not working.
Laine signed her declaration of dependence, October 2, 1992.
Laine went on merrily singing, I Have Decided to Follow Jesus.
Each day Laine will write 60 seconds heart 2 heart just being Laine.
formerly Elaine the pain now just Laine. Laine is okay. (I mean that in a good way.)


Tuesday, November 15, 2016

PROMISE KEEPER

I was trying to eradicate the negative thoughts by shear willpower. It helped a bit but I was not feeling free.

Praying all my thoughts to God asking for renewal, rest and reassurance only then did I begin to sense a power to overcome.

It is continuous...

Surrender, giving my thoughts to him (Phil. 4:8 my thoughts), renew (Romans 12:2), asking Him to guard my mind (Phil. 4:6).

He is a promise keeper.

I picture a guard at the gate of where thoughts begin and there He is whispering not that one, it's a lie, how about this one instead, for I can make it through anything in the One who makes me who I am.  I can, I can do it! Can you?

Concentrate now, it begins with complete surrender. To know Him is to love Him. To love Him is the beginning of understanding...relief...help.

Have you really given it to Him? That's a good question to ask yourself.
Begin now:
Father I'm struggling. You say you can show me how to be renewed, rested and reassured. Show me. Thank you Lord. You find me just as I am. I am waiting. I am watching. I am ready. In Jesus name. Amen.

I am changed by your love. Not by my might but by your Spirit. I receive this healing now. You know asking for more faith is healing. This is true healing. Forever!!

Part of the process for Peter, who denied Christ three times, was that like you and  I he thought he could make things happen with his shear will power.
The revelation for Peter was seeing the risen Lord once again knowing full well. This is God. This is the great I AM. This is the one. The one we were waiting for. Knowing it deeply once and for all. It clicked! It changed the trajectory of his life. He now knew I can't but HE CAN!
Depleted of self and full of Him. Great love, great power!
Can I shout it from the rooftop!
Not yet! But I sure look forward to the day. The day when there will be those that listen. Listen to the lover of our souls.
For today if you are choosing to read this. I pray your soul is skipping a beat with me. It is exciting to realize that HE CAN. He is a PROMISE KEEPER.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

ELECTION; FEAR NOT

I felt tired so I found a spot to rest. My mind racing with the past week and now this week about to dawn on us a new President of the United States. I focus on my breathing...in and out..I am breathing. That's all that matters...I am breathing...in and out...grateful...I have no other answers to this election or for that matter many things in life.

Life takes twists and turns. I am alive for a reason. As I read I am assured He will provide an escape from my fears. But how can I be delivered from recurring negative thoughts. Occupy my thoughts. He protects us from all troubles. Most reassuring; He is watching over.

Do not fret. Sometimes He allows things and it takes time to understand. Sometimes I never understand. It is expected that when we go to our Father He takes care of things. We may or may not know how. When I approach my perfect Father it is with a awe and reverence that He will act in the best for the good.

I breath...I rest...I wait...with hope.

King David calls on the people to praise the Lord for delivering him and for His goodness to His people concerning the righteous path to a long life. He provides for His own. He reminds us to seek peace and pursue it.

His love matters...check yourself...do you know Him...do you have a relationship. (not religion) But a relationship.

Pray to God...let me see you...let me know you...let me learn of your ways...let me be known by you...let me love you and be loved...give me the ability...Amen.

The Father speaks:  The world appears to be a mess. Rest assured my child I am with you! Look through the dense fog of gloom and see I am with you. I am the light of the World and I love you! Pray...ask anything in my son's name.


Psalm 34

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

THERAPY

She laid the crying boy under the bush to keep him from the hot sun. She walked 100 yards from him and dropped to her knees. I can't bear do see him die. I have nothing to give him. She wretched with pain, tears streaming down her face.

God heard the boy crying. The angel of God called to Hagar "What is the matter. Do not be afraid. God has heard the boy crying as he lies there. Lift the boy up and take him by the hand. I will make him into a great nation."

Then God opened her eyes and she saw a water fountain. So she filled her water bottle and gave the boy a drink. God was with the boy as he grew up...

As I read this story in the bible I was reminded that that same God exists today, he sees me, knows me, loves me, watches over me.

That same God exists for you!

The best therapy we could give ourselves is to find a quiet space to reflect on this truth. A sacred spot where we connect with the God of the Universe. It is recorded that he knows the secret place where we were formed, He saw us grow in the womb, He wanted us to be born, He has a plan for us.

The thought calms my body, mind and soul. I am renewed. Whatever the circumstance I must trust.
He says "I know the plans I have for you. They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.

Be still...calm...let go...let God...

Imagine a world full of people connected to God waiting on Him to fulfill the purpose, void of striving and stress. It is in the striving and stress that we react and it is not always with right motives and a heart full of love.

Pray...listen...love...


Friday, September 16, 2016

I GET TO

I get to get up and take a warm shower.
I get to make breakfast and there are several choices included.
I get to pray and spend time with Jesus.
I get to go to work.
I get to come home and rest, go for a walk or bike ride.

This list could go on and on.

I am reminded that I have a choice to focus on things that really matter.
Not waste energy on negative talk.
As I walk through the day everything I think, say and do is a choice.
Will I put things into the right perspective.

I was just sitting here before I wrote this praying.
I get to find a spot in my house and spend a quiet moment being still.
I read this.
In union with Jesus you are complete.

Enough said for today. Peace be with you.


Thursday, September 15, 2016

WHO CARES

WHO CARES:
if your shirts wrinkled.                                                    
if your hairs not perfect
if you forgot your cell phone at home
if the dishes are dirty
if the laundries not done
if your beds not made...blah, blah, blah.

Why do I judge myself if things are not done perfect?

I'm sure you could go on and expand the list if you want. Maybe you could set your mind at peace by just giving yourself permission to not be concerned about such unimportant stuff.

WHO CARES:

God's not remote; He's near. We live and move in Him, can't get away from Him!

These words are sacred.

The Lord makes His face to shine upon us and is gracious to us.

Maybe today we need to look around and catch ourselves when we're being hard on ourselves and ask "Who cares?"

Enjoy the new mercy for today. Be glad!

Saturday, August 27, 2016

RANT, BE VULNERABLE

 shout at length in a wild, impassioned way-RANT

i woke up today and found FB post with this guy who does short video's called daily RANTS.

i laughed out loud.

Like for instance he had a rant about the chip on credit cards; swipe or insert .i often sit in line at the stores wondering do i swipe or insert? Come on don't you wonder to? Then after waiting so long after you insert there is this loud noise that makes you jump feeling you've been rejected by the cc company. LOL!
As he described that moment of truth I laughed. It reminded me of how good it feels to laugh. i mean really gut laugh. It feels so good! And to laugh about the silly things we do and go through is even better. Having this guy just be honest about things is kind of refreshing. Refreshing because it is honest truth and i feel like ranting about it too!

Sometimes we are trying to be so politically correct in this world that we miss on just being honest acknowledging that things are really out of control. Watching what we're saying holding things deep within where there is hurt and pain. Holding things deep could create depression and bent up fears. We can talk ourselves into incorrect thinking. LIES! The lies within can destroy us. When a leper is suffering you see their wounds and know their hurting and it's not good. But pain inside not spoken outward can create the leprosy inside of us.

The new buzz words i hear "Being vulnerable". i have to be honest i'm a skeptic of being vulnerable. Vulnerability has caused me pain. When i tell someone how i feel and then get shot down and told don't feel that way, you're sensitive.  if there's anyone out there who wants to listen and just say "You're feeling bad, it's okay." Validate my feeling even if you don't agree. Some say well do you want me to let you go on thinking things wrong or seeing it wrong. isn't that the listeners opinion too! See now i'm ranting.

You're probably like "Elaine, where is this going?" i ask God "What should i write about?" i think about my day so far. My devo's are calling next to me so i pick one up and it says this "A mind that is unfocused is vulnerable to the world, the flesh, and the devil, all of which exert a downward pull on your thoughts. Lack of direction, me yes me!

those words "Vulnerable and unfocused" tho.

The writer suggest the best remedy is to refocus your mind and heart on Me, your constant Companion. He will never let you down. He never gets things wrong. He isn't so much concerned about what you're getting right. He is concerned about your focus, so He can help you get focused. The getting better at doing right comes later.

In the back ground as i write i hear Him calling. Calling me to Him. Am i listening to my thoughts or to Him. Man if i could glance at His eyes, just one look at His face. Only to see His face. With His beautiful presence He can take me into His sacred holy place. i reflect on what the saints are doing in heaven. It says they are bowing down in a great concert with everyone singing praises to the Father. HOLY! HOLY! HOLY! They cry out. My deceased Jesus loving friends are worshiping the King. i join "On earth as it is in heaven". A glimpse. HOLY! HOLY! HOLY! LORD GOD ALMIGHTY! Crying out...with tears. it feels good to join with all of heaven and cry out.

Tears fall and i realize my focus is off. i need more of Him to settle my wrestling heart. my angst! The Psalmist writes  "By your words I can see where I'm going; they throw a beam of light on my dark path. I've committed myself and I'll never turn back from living by your righteous order. Everythings's falling apart on me, God put me together again with your Word."

My daughter use to write a song on heart over and over the refrain was "Put together your heart." She knew God will put together all our broken pieces of our heart. He is the heart surgeon. He makes things new and right.

i guess i've laughed, cried and it's only 12n. What's next? i have to say peace remains in my heart. peace that my savior is there. i really don't know which way things will go but i have my peace. the one thing i asked of my Jesus on Oct. 2, 1992. i just want peace. not having all the answers i by faith got a sense of God's wholeness, and i knew everything was coming together for good. he was putting my heart back together. that's my story. a heart repair. without his presence i feel empty. he is my peace. the thing i crave.

i guess i've now laughed, cried and been vulnerable. i'm wrapping up with those words "being vulnerable". i'm gonna ask God who i can be vulnerable with. but i know for sure that i can be vulnerable with Him. he already knows anyway. but being vulnerable with Him allows me to release those emotions contained deep within me that are rotting inside of me.

oh, and about the guy who RANTS, come on he's kind of funny. i'm glad i got to laugh. (Graham Allen)

by the way i like to type and not be perfect at times. the reason for the lack of structure in this article. i hope you bear with me. but it is kind of freeing to just write. write where the spirit leads me with out being perfect.

i have trusted what the psalmist knew to be true about God. if you want to put together your heart the psalmist says "Put together with His word."
so if you want to track those words down here is where it is from
Psalm 119
Philippians 4 (sense of God's wholeness)
i quoted from the Message bible.

WRAP UP:
i just reread this message. which again you need to know when i sat down i didn't have a clue what it was gonna be about.
the words i guess God wants me to focus on today that you may consider also. (see he's trying to help me, us?)
focus, be vulnerable, put together my heart, rant

i can always rant to God and he still loves me. big shout out to God!








Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Dilemma

Gripping the chair barely standing he was in intolerable pain. I feeling so hopeless as I watched him retching in pain. God, help us, what do we do?

You may have seen a situation that seems so hopeless like there is no solution.
That day I could only think there is no solution to this problem.
Till the cry for help...
Then out of blue someone calls to check up on us. They did not know of the crisis that was occurring.
I quickly updated them. With there clear head they said call this person they may know what to do. Someone else calls and directs me to call the Doctor. I had thought that and dismissed it as the Doctor will just say to go to the emergency room and the hurting person didn't want to do that.
But the person said call the Doctor and call me right back and tell me what he says. It was so direct I obeyed.

Pause.
God got the ball rolling to begin the journey of healing. these phone calls were a direct answer to the cry for help.

Each phone call brought up ideas of things to try. Prior to the calls my mind was blank with no solutions.

Now the ball was rolling. The calls generated opportunities to try new medications and after waitng several hours some pain relief came. I emphasize some relief because it just took the edge off of things.

We all have our dilemmas in life. Our initial reaction is to always go straight to doom and gloom. Meaning thoughts race through our heads like "This will never get better, how will I continue to live like this? how much more can I take?"

I'm telling this story because it is a testimony. Meaning I watched by and witnessed this occur and now I want to tell my story.

Every story we tell is valuable when retold. It is not fair judging how big or small it is but just that in the end there is a moral of the story. Do you know what I mean? When someone asks "Why are you telling that story again?" I say "because it will help others who think their situation is impossible and there is no hope. I just experienced the same thoughts yet we found a solution and the problem was resolved. I thought there was no hope also. I want to encourage others you can get to the other side of a crisis or journey. The story dictates the NEVER GIVE UP mentality for the reader or listener."

Having dealt with people, who are feeling down and out, whose life situations appears to warrant the giving up mentality, sometimes all they need to hear is a story where someone triumphed.

I can go on and on with triumphal stories, but my purpose today is just one simple story that encourages you.

I hear you, I feel some of your pain, I am sorry you are going through this thing....just start with a cry of help and wait...wait for the the phone call...wait for someone on the TV to say something...believe that God can and will use anything to help out the cause. I could do a shout out right now and I know the readers will have a story...like I was watching this and they suggested this.

My next point is that sometimes we discount things that happen after the cry for help and then we miss the rescue. Because it is a rescue. God promises to rescue us.

Like right now I have a choice to name this article NEVER GIVE UP or DILEMMA or is it something else?

Be encouraged friend that nothing has to end with hopelessness.  How many times have you gotten past the dilemma and thought "Why did I almost give up?"

Friday, July 22, 2016

LOOKING FOR THE GOOD

Romans 8:28 and we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. 

 As I sat and talked with the Physical Therapist looking for answers regarding my hurting back she said “This is good.” I’m like good! I’m in pain!” She explained “It’s always good to get help and learn better habits to take care of your body. Better to make the changes now then try in future years when it maybe to difficult.  I’m gonna help you!” I so needed to hear something “good”. Her words were a direct answer to my prayer earlier that day. “Lord I need some relief.” This taught me to look out for the “good” in situations. It’s a promise of God. 

Will you pray with me; Dear Lord, Thank you for looking out for me. Help me to find the good today. Amen.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

SPECTACLE

The dinner was perfect, the food exquisite and the company divine. Upon leaving we looked at each other and shouted “let’s get our next visit on the calendar” As I lay in bed that evening I thank God for the smiles, laughter and great food. The best of times! Having quality family time is priceless.
I went to a wedding recently, I love weddings. Everything was perfectly orchestrated. It was a Christian celebration, filled with the vows promising to serve Jesus, music selected that had meaning to the bride and groom, beautiful people and beautiful flowers. Gazing across the room watching the eyes of the proud parents, grandparents other family and friends. What a delight!
A few days later to my amazement I read this passage:
“Then the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!” And he added, “These are the true words of God.” (Revelation 19:9).
The wedding was still fresh on my mind. I was smiling as I reflected on the celebration and all of the thought and time put in for the big day. The parent’s sacrifice to pay for this union and make it a special day for the bride and groom. The love in their eyes. The dedication in their hearts. The details. They cared deeply. The hard work paid off.
Those two experiences gave me a taste of  the promised wedding feast that will be put on by God in heaven one day. My soul anticipates what will certainly be a regal celebration.  A wedding feast for us. God is so generous and loving.
God wants to do that for us one day. What a gift!  A wedding made in heaven. It will be a spectacle– something that can be seen or viewed, especially something of a remarkable or impressive nature. But here my father promises me a wedding supper with Jesus! My mind can’t wrap around the thought of a grand wedding put on by an extravagant Father.  I know God doesn’t do anything cheap. I know he never lies. The angel felt compelled to remind us it will be true. It will come!
It lifted my spirits! The hope! Something to look forward to! How many times do I complain “I have nothing to look forward to!”
On this day my mind is blown away that I just had a great time at a wedding and then boom, I’m reminded that God promises to throw the greatest wedding ever.
Do you know the one who makes this promise?
I love this invitation.
Let your mind wonder and imagine our Father in heaven has a wedding awaiting us all in a new earth.

I mentioned the two events to represent quality time but the even higher quality is yet to come and God will make a “Spectacle” out of His long awaited feast. It’s true!

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

FLAWLESS

Google searched "flawless" and Beyonce' appears. Fair enough she is an epic icon that's pretty flawless. The world votes, she is "FLAWLESS."

Next up on google  appears the song by Mercy Me called FLAWLESS. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wjLlLPZderk

check it out.
A hero takes stage to really qualify the true "Flawless" of today.
As the video scans people who have flaws, and then it happens, we are reminded that the cross has made us "flawless".

This idea to write about the word flawless came from what I read today:

30 
As for God, his way is perfect:
    The Lord’s word is flawless;
    he shields all who take refuge in him. Psalm 18:30

Yep, the word caught my eye.

His word is flawless. He is flawless.
The perfect role model.

The ultimate use of the word.
I just love the way God wants to take my eyes off what's happening on earth and help me pay more attention to the happenings of heaven.
Love it!

God thank you for helping me to catch of glimpse of your view. FLAWLESS.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

WINDOW INTO THE HEART

God is all knowing.
I love him.
As I started my day today I read this.
"Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom." Luke 12:32

I felt like a child and this verse was comforting.

I greet the day and ask "God give me what I need to be a light."
One is of my artwork. the other is taken in my front room (where I sat this morning).
These are glimpses in my heart today. I will carry these images with me. In peace I will be led. What is in your heart?
Have a blessed day!

Monday, March 14, 2016

COFFEE ART

i'm really enjoying doing coffee art here are some samples. The below picture is painted with real coffee.
If you want to purchase one let me know. I can also take orders with other ideas. elaine@elainejames.com

Thursday, March 10, 2016

JITTERY

I was off on a tangent running around putting stuff away and cleaning just about everything in my house. I felt jittery! As far back as i can remember when i would get jittery i would clean. i guess you could call it nervous energy. I can't make a decision I would just start putting stuff away. Only thing i could figure is that things are out of control this was one thing i could control. I also think that if my   house and counters are clear then i felt things would be okay. I could also think more clearly.

Do you ever get that way?

After a quick clean up today. I felt better of course.  I came across my recent artwork of this blue bird
. Pictured here.
I put this verse to it.
Matthew 6:26 
Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?

Nice reminder don't you think?
Anything to help the nervous Nelly in us all.
This helps me to remember what really is important.


Monday, March 7, 2016

TREASURE

I was thinking of the people God puts in my life each day. Each person was created by God.

I sort of had a dah...moment. Like God's whisper said care about the whole person. Jesus invited many to food before he spoke. Think about. He fed over 5000. Then went on to speak.
He broke bread with the disciples and then spoke.
When Jesus came back from the dead he sat on the shore grilled some fish and called the disciples to join Him.
I love when Jesus met the man on the road to Emmaeus
he talked with him. He invited him to come to dinner and it was when he broke the bread that the mans eyes were opened. Then the man realized who he was dining with, Jesus.

Jesus wants us to get to know people. Get to know and really be engaged.

Lord help me to meet people where they are at and love them.

I read this today.
Godly wisdom helps us distinguish the treasures from the trash in our lives.
Our sins are forgiven as far as the east is to the west.

Be on your way and love one another.

LUKE 24:17 He asked them, “What are you discussing together as you walk along?”
Jesus meets us where we are at and He wants us to meet others where they are at.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

ACCIDENTS

Bamm! I slammed on my brakes as a car cut in front of me and I could not stop!


I sat shocked, my heart was racing and my body was tingling. I was physically fine but just stunned. I began to pray God help me get through this.

I had just come from the beach where I had relaxed and rested.

Then this happened.

My day started with God choose me. I want to go where you go. Holy Spirit direct my path.

What?!

I still believed in the prayer.

I got out of my car still knowing GOD IS WITH ME. I walked to meet the person in the other car and police man.

Miraculously everything went smooth and the accident was not my fault. Her family showed up and kept apologizing. The police man was most helpful. Deep within me I just kept remembering my prayer that morning. God use me.
That meant to me to always be an example of Christ.
God showed me how to be humble, gracious, slow to anger and compassionate.
It would be a process but I did it and I got through it. I have prayed for all involved since that day. Maybe someone needed to be prayed for.

An old saying is ....  Happens! You are going along and things happen. I felt what I learned through this was when things hit the fan how do we navigate through it. We maybe surprised like I was. The other people stayed with me until I was completely taken care of and back on the road. I just felt like God was reminding me that he is there for me.

After the day I processed this also:

I began the day saying , so and so has it so hard Lord how will you help her get through it? It seems like too much. 
I am reminded that God helped me get through the accident. Everything in life is not perfect. Just as God helped me he will help others. I can encourage others with this story. Hopefully their take away will be, God will helped me too!



Monday, February 22, 2016

PRAYER

What helps you to get through a day? What helps you get rid of everything or anything that gets you down during your day? What  helps you feel validated and secure?

I like prayer.
Prayer makes me feel like a warrior.
It helps me not to feel defeated and broken.
It releases me to have more life here on earth.

Try this: pray for our country, yourself, loved ones, enemies and strength for you to go on.

God knows what's going on. But he still wants to hear from you.

It is your communication with Father God.

May you find peace and love that he cares and loves.

Celebrate life!

Lift your eyes to heaven and talk.

With all prayer and supplication, praying at all seasons in the Spirit.


Thursday, February 18, 2016

REAL LIFE

LIFE right now is about
love
rest
relationships (people and even dogs)
caring
being present (in the moment)
focusing
letting go
communicating well
difficult conversations
past
present
future

So much, right?
Do i have to explain?
I wonder if these words resonate with you?
Each word can contain a story, an explanation. My blog would be full. Like my mind is full. 100% full. I have to delete or do something with the thoughts.

Maybe you may not know this about me, but for the past twenty years I have been recovering from thinking too much. At times when I am really thriving and I'm really doing well keeping up with my thoughts, giving them to God, really giving them to God and leaving them. You know like a normal person taking in a thought and doing something with it right away. I picture a thought coming in my brain and then it goes in the right file on the shelf (staying on the shelf unless guided by God to take open it up again). It's pretty good. My desk is clear (my mind) and i'm flowing. Love that! Do you know what I mean. I have written before about flowing, being in the moment, if something comes my way I just really am relying on God and handling it well. I hope you know what i am talking about. Did you catch what I said a few sentences back? I wrote "like a normal person". i take it back now. I am normal. We all are. We have different factors that make us process thoughts differently. It's not beneficial for me to say i'm "abnormal." It is more beneficial to say "I am a child loved by God led by the Holy Spirit and I am doing the best I can. Really?"

So right now I have to be more intentional with my thoughts. A month from now I may not have to.
I have to pause and laugh. Every time I go to a Weight Watchers meeting I get the jump start I need to realize using the word "diet" verses lifestyle does no good. That the stories in my head about food may not be the whole truth and nothing but the truth. You know when you say to yourself "well I cheated I ate to much, i give up." i have always thought I could take what the weight watcher coach says and their materials and apply it to my thought life it would slim down my thinking. Get it, slim down! I truly have experienced freedom and know not to give up and tomorrow will be another day. But the approach to take control of your body is the same with the mind. It's what you feed it. Feed-food and thought, get it?

Getting back to the word "recovery". I use to get up and give a talk and say I'M HEALED from anxiety. But now I think the better word is recovering from too much thinking. It is a process. Some days I'm patting myself on the back and other days I'm making my lists of thoughts and intentionally going through them one at a time. You get it, right? A year may go by I'm flowing. At other times it's a couple of months, days, minutes, seconds and then I have to do a thought check list. It just depends.

So today my reflection is this.
Rejoice in the Lord ALWAYS again I say rejoice. Paul wrote this.
Even in the midst of being shipwrecked three times. beaten, starving, having high tangible needs and the worst being wrongly accused and imprisoned. STOP! Can you reread that list. He rejoiced despite of his pain. Bring it on today I say. Give me some of Paul's soul food.

Here's his soul food:
1. God took Paul, a christian murdering man, knocked him off of his high horse and helped him become a LIFESAVER.
2.  The more Paul learned about Jesus, the more he experienced His love. Deep experiences and spending time with Jesus did that.
3.  He focused on living this life with Christ and got to the place of stating "well, if I die i gain more life.

He rejoiced! He FULLY was all in. You know when you get engaged, hopefully you are fully declaring your love and you're in!

So for today maybe you get what i am saying and you want to rejoice like i do. Here's what i'm gonna do.
pray
giving each of my things on the list to God.
i am going to cut off conversations in my head that are warped, imaginative, impulsive, loose,, my emotional and stop it! God help me! Amen.
remember my soul food:
just a few.
1. a month ago i was in palm springs enjoy God's creation and God reminded me of His promise to stand by me no matter what. He did this with a sky display of rainbows that blew me away. It was supernatural and it was a soul food for me.
2. Multiple times God wakes me up with a song on my heart. i have it journaled. i'm talking about even a country song i had not heard for years. out of the blue. it jolts my thoughts in a new direction for the day. Did I emphasize multiple times.
3.  On some pretty glim days i meet random people in the grocery story, cafe or one time (get this) in a mattress store (the sales person noticed i was jolted, asked me if I was ok and proceeded to pray over me).
Need I go on with the list. If you need soul food go to Acts 2 or 4 it may help.
I remember just the other day I was struggling in a relationship, thankfully i prayed and ran to find some comfort from the Lord. i read this (if I had enough time i would tell you have i ended reading 3 John 1) "Dear friend, do not imitate what is evil but what is good. Anyone who does what is good is from God. Anyone who does what is evil has not seen God. From reading that I dropped my head and the only way i could respond was confession of how i had not been imitating God. After an exchange with God i felt forgiven. My message in my head that day. Love and relationships are so important to God. Don't run from that relationship. Restore it, learn from it, be vulnerable, humble.....i had the desire to do it and i rejoiced in the midst!

I keep going on tangents. This is real life. i'm being real. how about you? i don't know what will hit you in this article but maybe you want to comment back and be vulnerable too!

Thank you for taking the time to comment.
Rejoicing!
Elaine

Just an encouraging edition. Please open your mind to soul food. If you are saying i don't have a soul food list. that stuff does not happen to me. that is all good for you Elaine. i ask you to consider asking God for help, for experiences, for guidance...then...wait...look...talk...ask questions...expect something.


Saturday, January 30, 2016

LOVE

Love is patient, love is kind...When I look at this picture I think of the personal love the Father has for me. I wrote last week about Joshua Tree National Park. I am excited to include this account of my day at the park.
My daughters and I were driving through the park when suddenly we saw in the distance the picture below. I stopped. It really felt surreal. We all thought we were imagining things.  At first we noticed the sky and thought there is a storm in the distance. Then we saw a faint rainbow. The expanse of the area was so mammoth this photo could not do it justice. we all agreed something supernatural was occurring. There were three rainbows at one time. they were faint but they were there. i was like we have to capture this! but the rainbows were faint. i actually asked at one point "God is this like a personal show for us?" Within seconds the rainbows got so bold and brighter in color. ugh! we have to capture this! well as you can see we did not capture in photo. But as we drove away we each commented that this is forever etched in our heart and minds. FOREVER! Things like this do not happen everyday. But i don't know about you i really needed this in my life. a moment of reassurance of the promises God made to me. He is alive! he lives! Have you gotten to the place in life where you just feel empty? like you ask yourself what is going on? I have been? but then this happened.God watching over us. it's like he saying "make me the center of your life. i will make sense of things that don't make sense. just hang in there. wait. you will see." I never regret waiting. never. because when he is the center then this occurs and i have no doubt he is here with me.
the bible has accounts just like mine. take for instant shadrach, meshach and abednego going in the fire and the king asks "there is four in the fire, who is the fourth?" Penticost, The Transfiguration -  Jesus said this, he took Peter, John and James with him and went up onto a mountain to pray. While he was in prayer, the appearance of his face changed and his clothes became blinding white. At once two men were there talking with him. They turned out to be Moses and Elijah—and what a glorious appearance they made! 
What does all this mean? Stop asking why is this happening to me in life and ask a new question "Does God really exist and if so does He love me? Show me God." The answer is in the photo below. He loves me and cares, I just got to hang in there. Skeptics. I hate when others think my story is overspiritualizing. i say don't read the bible then. the bible has supernatural stories full of supernatural unexplainable accounts. but that is the beauty of God. He is God. He can do anything. He wants to show-up for all us. He fills me with hope. He gives me the faith to believe. He gives me grace to continue on. Next time your down, look around. Miracles occur all around you. A baby. Someone smiling at you. A rainbow. Focus on something to be grateful for. That's what keeps me going. I would love to hear God accounts from you. Anybody got any?

Thursday, January 28, 2016

SUPERNATURAL

They were all together in one place. Without warning there was a sound like a strong wind, gale force—no one could tell where it came from. It filled the whole building. Then, like a wildfire, the Holy Spirit spread through their ranks, and they started speaking in a number of different languages as the Spirit prompted them.

When something happens in the world the social media goes crazy and possibly a story goes viral.

Can you imagine if the story above happened today? Hopefully whoever was there would have caught it on their smartphone video to help the world understand what happened. 

Back in biblical days we know there was no social media only word of mouth. Can you imagine saying I never spoke french before but now I speak perfect french. People would think your sort of crazy. Or even telling how you got to the spot where this gathering was and how you knew you were meant to be there.

I hear these buzz words christianese, soft-self the gospel story, give it the light version, be more seeker friendly, don't overspiritualize.  

Some of the stories in the bible contain heavy spiritual lessons, hard sell and pretty direct language. The stories come from prophets, teachers, judges, scribes and Jesus himself. 

I was just wondering if people out there have comments on this subject.
When something happens in modern day, some have said it is a coincidence or you made it up. 

But the supernatural has no bounds or limits. Does anyone have trouble telling God stories and you find others thinking your crazy? Have you stopped telling your stories because of the negative feedback?

Anybody out there who is shy in telling God stories because the world tends to not want to hear them or you get negative responses so why say them?

I'm kind of hoping we will encourage each other. How we came to Christ. How God speaks to you is important. 

There is no shame in telling our stories or sharing the gospel. If we able to share it is a gift. A gift to talk about our savior and how he works in our lives.







Monday, January 18, 2016

GIFTS

I read this scripture today.

A widow's son was raised from the dead. Jesus told her "Don't cry."

The observers who were filled with awe praised God and declared "A great prophet has appeared among us." God has come to help his people. This news about Jesus spread throughout Judea and the surrounding country.

I have had a lot of time alone in the past months. Before this time of rest, I was in a place of filling my schedule with my thoughts and work. I stress "My" thoughts. Interestingly I quit everything. Let me make it clear. I didn't quit on my family, God or my home. I just quit "Work." 

I am so tempted to fill my time with anything. The loneliness can be hard but after much time I realize that the loneliness is good. The pain is hard but I just know God is here. He is with me and everyday is a gift. For now I must just be quiet.

Back in November 2015 I found a discipline of St. Ignatius. He found his way to the heart of God. At the beginning of the day or the end of the day I do a time of "Examin." I play music or get quiet and just reflect on the gifts of the day. I began to see God in a new light. From the smallest of things I saw God. From seeing my daughter smile. Or someone enjoy art. That is a gift. When I read scripture and make a personal connection that is a gift. That means I experienced God. He showed up. I didn't need someone to be raised from the dead to see God. I see God in moments. 

Do you experience that?
I love Zephaniah 3:17 he rejoices over me with gladness; quiets me with His love; he exults over me with singing. 
If He gave peace to Zephaniah he can show me peace. Our scriptures are full of the promise of inner peace. That's what matters. 

I have to be honest. There was a couple close to me that weren't getting along. It disturbed me. I got a little caught up emotional so I decided to text some close friends and ask for prayer. I know I must trust in the power of those prayers. What came out of the those prayers? I woke up the next day earlier than usual with this song on my heart "Jesus at the center of my life." I have not played that song for years or heard it recently yet It was on my heart and I was fighting getting up and paying attention to it. Then I reached for my phone brought the song up on youtube. The first singer who sang that song that was on the play list was Israel Houghton. I said to myself "No, this can't be." Let me explain. Israel Houghton had come to our church the weekend before and I missed the service. I felt a little guilty that I didn't attend. I didn't know he sang that song so I clicked play. It was beautifully sung and it reminded me that nothing else matters but Jesus at the center of my life. My heart truly exploded with love that I played it like three or four times. 

During the playing of the song I experienced so much strength in the Spirit. I knew things would be okay. I heard in my heart "Elaine, you missed church but i can bring worship right here in your room, anytime any place. I am here." It meant so much that God exalted over me with singing. He let me know the Spirit was moving about to help and all I have to do is pray, worship and enjoy the peace. 

I went on with my day filled with power. It is so true. God came down to help us be alive in the Spirit. 

I'm focusing on being Spirit led not Elaine led.


Pray, Jesus I want you to be the center of my life. From my heart to heaven be the center. Nothing else matters. Strengthen me to allow this transformation to happen. From beginning to the end. Amen.

After thought. Found out Israel sang this song at the past weekend service. Why do these things happen? I say to myself, dah, you have asked that Jesus show up. He wants to make himself known and real!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cF8IfktCgqk
listen for yourself.

He is above and beyond anything in our life. Above our pain, loneliness, worries, anxieties, relationships. Above it all.




Thursday, January 14, 2016

SIMPLY THE BEST


I HAVE BEEN ENJOYING DRAWING THIS PICTURE FOR THE LAST SIX WEEKS.
I PICKED THE PICTURE RANDOMLY OUT AT ART CLASS.
AT THE FIRST GLIMPSE OF SEEING THE ORIGINAL PHOTO OF THIS PICTURE I JUST WAS DRAWN TO IT AND COULD NOT WAIT TO DRAW IT.

THE MOST OUTRAGEOUSLY COOL THING HAPPENED RECENTLY. MY FAMILY PLANNED A TRIP TO PALM SPRINGS. MY DAUGHTER SPENT SOMETIME RESEARCHING THE AREA AND CAME UP WITH AN ITINERARY OF THINGS TO SEE WHEN WE ARRIVED. I NEVER QUESTIONED THE ITINERARY FOR I SIMPLY LOVED THE IDEA THAT I WOULD JUST GO WITH THE FLOW AND SHOW UP AT EACH ADVENTURE. FIRST UP, JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK, I HAD NEVER HEARD OF IT AND DID NOT KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THE PARK. WHEN WE ENTERED THE PARK MY EYES WERE DRAWN TO THE THOUSANDS OF TREES ALL AROUND ME, JOSHUA TREES. THE TREES IN MY DRAWING!  COME ON THIS IS A COINCIDENCE, RIGHT?

MANY WILL HAVE THERE OPINIONS ABOUT COINCIDENCE BUT I JUST HAVE TO BELIEVE IT IS NOT ONE. YOU SEE I HAVE BEEN ON A JOURNEY TRULY SEEKING THE LORD WITH MY HEART, SOUL AND LOVE. I KNOW JESUS IS GOD WITH ME BUT I JUST NEED TO SENSE HIS PRESENCE. I PRAY THAT PRAYER LORD I TRUST YOU. YOU PROTECT AND GUIDE ME AND PROMISE TO BE THE ONE TO SUSTAIN ME.

FOR ME THIS REPRESENTS THE WHISPER WITHIN ME. CALLING ME SOFTLY TO HIS HEART. SOFTLY STATING "I AM HERE WITH YOU, I TAKE THE WORRIES OF YOUR DAY. I'M HERE. I'M REALLY HERE. TO GIVE YOU FAITH, HOPE, TRUST AND MY LOVE." MY ABBA FATHER WANTS TO DO THIS SMALL ACT OF KINDNESS TO SHOW ME HIS LOVE, HIS DESIRE TO BE MY COMFORTER FOR EVER. IT MEANS HIS SPIRIT WALKS WITH ME GUIDES ME AND TALKS TO ME. IT IS VERY PERSONAL.

I CAN ONLY IMAGINE THOSE IN THE HALL OF FAITH FROM THE BOOK OF HEBREWS HAD ENCOUNTERS LIKE THIS. THEY KNEW WITHOUT A DOUBT THAT JESUS WAS EVER PRESENT IN NATURE, IN FACT ALL AROUND THE RANDOM APPEARANCES OF GOD HELPED THEM TO HAVE CONFIDENCE IN TIME OF PAIN. WITHOUT THE ENCOUNTERS MY TRUST IS SKETCHY. YOU KNOW LIKE A WAVE I WOULD BE TOSSED TO AND FRO.

THIS ASSURANCE MAKES ME STEADY. MAKES ME STRONG. IT'S REAL. IT'S GENUINE. IT'S VERY PERSONAL. IT'S COURAGEOUS. IT'S BOLD. IT EXCITES MY WALK AND ENERGIZES ME TO GO ON.

THERE IS NOTHING THAT CAN EQUAL THE POWER OF THE WHISPER. THE INTIMACY OF CONNECTION WITH AN ALL KNOWING GOD WHO CARES FOR ME. IT TAKES AWAY THE WORRIES OF THE WORLD AND REASSURES ME THAT EVERYTHING WILL BE OKAY.

OH HOW I NEED THAT.
OH HOW I CRAVE IT.
I AGREE WITH THE PSALMIST DAVID WHO DECLARED "IT IS BETTER THAN LIFE." THE EVIDENCE THAT GOD EXISTS IS BETTER THAN ANYTHING. IT IS FREEING. IT FILLS ME WITH HOPE.

I CARRY ON TODAY WITH THE MEMORY OF THIS APPEARANCE. THE ADVENTURE.
I WRITE BECAUSE MY HEART TELLS ME TO.
I WRITE BECAUSE MY HEART IS FULL OF DESIRE FOR ALL OF GOD'S CREATION TO EXPERIENCE THE LOVE AND THE POWER OF GOD. TO SHOUT IT FROM A MOUNTAIN TOP WOULD BE SO COOL.


FROM MY HEART TO HEAVEN JESUS IS THE CENTER. NOTHING ELSE MATTERS.
LIKE THE ISRAELITES FOR EVER HAD THE PICTURE OF THE PARTING OF THE RED SEA, I HAVE THE PICTURE OF THE MODERN DAY MESSAGE TO ME THROUGH THE JOSHUA TREES.

IT IS SIMPLY THE BEST. IT'S THE STRENGTH FOR MY JOURNEY TO CONTINUE. HIS PRESENCE HELPS ME. GOD PERSONALLY GOES WITH ME. HIS PRESENCE IS MY DAILY DESIRE. IT DIRECTS MY FEET ON A PATH THAT IS SWEET. IT IS FULL OF PEACE.
PEACE A WORD THE LORD KNOWS I NEED.
PEACE DOES NOT MEAN EVERYTHING IN MY LIFE IS PERFECT, THEREFORE I HAVE PEACE. NO, IT MEANS HE IS CARRYING ME. HIS PRESENCE IS HEAVEN TO ME.

WHEN I WRITE THIS IT IS LIKE I GOT A SHOT OF TRANQUILITY.

MY FATHER IN HEAVEN I PRAY FOR THE SOUL READING THIS RIGHT NOW. MAY THEY EXPERIENCE GOD IN A NEW WAY THAT GIVES THEM SATISFACTION IN LIFE SO THEY TO CAN CARRY ON. THANK YOU FATHER FOR BRINGING THIS PERSON TO THIS BLOG. HOLY SPIRIT PLANT A DESIRE IN THE HEART OF THE ONE WHO READS THIS. LORD SHOW THEM YOUR HOLY PRESENCE IS BETTER THAN ANYTHING. IT IS WHAT REALLY MATTERS.

THANK YOU LORD FOR THIS PERSONAL REMINDER OF HOW SWEET YOUR PRESENCE IS TO ME. THANK YOU FOR BEING SO GENTLE AND HUMBLE WITH MY HEART AND SOUL.