Transformation

Easter has come and gone. Do you feel any different? I don’t know about you, but I sure do. I have spent much of the Lenten season fasting and praying for God to transform me and boy oh boy has He been faithful. Well, let me be clear,He is in the process of transforming me.

I asked Him to reveal things in me that need to be changed and He sure let me have it. Funny, most of them are coming from my youngest son. I guess God is using him because he is closest to me and knows me better than probably anyone else on this earth.

Interesting how we parents spend so many years teaching our kids and then, boom, one day the tables are turned and they are teaching us. The question is are we ready to listen to them?

Transformation is a process. If we allow it, and sometimes, whether or not we realize it, we all are in the process of being refined by the great Potter. He is removing the dross and making us so like Him, that He can see His reflection in us. Isn’t that a beautiful analogy?

Today, dear one, will you allow yourself to be transformed? What impurities are there in your character that need to go so that you can be more like Christ? Ask for them to be revealed and they will be; I can assure you! But fret not, being transformed is like the caterpillar becoming a butterfly and then is set free from his cocoon. Do you want to be set free?

Transformation

Easter has come and gone. Do you feel any different? I don’t know about you, but I sure do. I have spent much of the Lenten season fasting and praying for God to transform me and boy oh boy has He been faithful. Well, let me be clear,He is in the process of transforming me.

I asked Him to reveal things in me that need to be changed and He sure let me have it. Funny, most of them are coming from my youngest son. I guess God is using him because he is closest to me and knows me better than probably anyone else on this earth.

Interesting how we parents spend so many years teaching our kids and then, boom, one day the tables are turned and they are teaching us. The question is are we ready to listen to them?

Transformation is a process. If we allow it, and sometimes, whether or not we realize it, we all are in the process of being refined by the great Potter. He is removing the dross and making us so like Him, that He can see His reflection in us. Isn’t that a beautiful analogy?

Today, dear one, will you allow yourself to be transformed? What impurities are there in your character that need to go so that you can be more like Christ? Ask for them to be revealed and they will be; I can assure you! But fret not, being transformed is like the caterpillar becoming a butterfly and then is set free from his cocoon. Do you want to be set free?

Easter – A Time of Renewal and New Life

Happy Easter and Resurrection, friends. What does Easter mean to you? To some, Easter is no big deal. To me, and to many of you who are interested in personal and spiritual growth, Easter has a huge meaning.

When I contemplate what Jesus overcame at the cross and the Resurrection, it fills me with hope. Because Jesus conquered the grave, I, too, can conquer those things that try to defeat me. Easter represents a chance for renewal, for casting off old habits and harmful behaviors, and being born again to new life.

This is the glory and the beauty of the Resurrection; that we who are believers in Jesus Christ, have the power thru His Holy Spirit dwelling within us to become new creations. I don’t have to succumb to my fears and weaknesses forever. I know that there is power accessible to me that can change, yea, transform me. I have seen it in myself and in my loved ones and it is truly a modern day miracle.

My prayer for you is that this Easter you will be renewed and transformed. May you be filled with power from On High to overcome that which holds you back from being all that you can be. Blessings and Joy to you all and glory be to God!

Easter – A Time of Renewal and New Life

Happy Easter and Resurrection, friends. What does Easter mean to you? To some, Easter is no big deal. To me, and to many of you who are interested in personal and spiritual growth, Easter has a huge meaning.

When I contemplate what Jesus overcame at the cross and the Resurrection, it fills me with hope. Because Jesus conquered the grave, I, too, can conquer those things that try to defeat me. Easter represents a chance for renewal, for casting off old habits and harmful behaviors, and being born again to new life.

This is the glory and the beauty of the Resurrection; that we who are believers in Jesus Christ, have the power thru His Holy Spirit dwelling within us to become new creations. I don’t have to succumb to my fears and weaknesses forever. I know that there is power accessible to me that can change, yea, transform me. I have seen it in myself and in my loved ones and it is truly a modern day miracle.

My prayer for you is that this Easter you will be renewed and transformed. May you be filled with power from On High to overcome that which holds you back from being all that you can be. Blessings and Joy to you all and glory be to God!

Hello world!

Welcome to WordPress.com. After you read this, you should delete and write your own post, with a new title above. Or hit Add New on the left (of the admin dashboard) to start a fresh post.

Here are some suggestions for your first post.

  1. You can find new ideas for what to blog about by reading the Daily Post.
  2. Add PressThis to your browser. It creates a new blog post for you about any interesting  page you read on the web.
  3. Make some changes to this page, and then hit preview on the right. You can alway preview any post or edit you before you share it to the world.

Overcoming Tribulations

Today is Holy Thursday and my week has been hectic so far. As I go about my business thinking about all the things that have to be done since I got back from vacation, the pressures of work and life, to be honest, I am feeling tired from it all.

But then I think about Jesus. What might he have been doing on this day so many years ago? What thoughts filled his mind? He knew what the next few days had in store for him and I can’t even begin to imagine how he must have felt. Pressured? Stressed? Tired? Angry? Or not…

My trials and tribulations are nothing compared to His and this helps me to put mine in perspective. Yet, my Father in Heaven cares for me just as much as He cared for Jesus. We were never promised a rose garden in this life. Jesus said “In this life you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer, for I have overcome.”

The miracle that Jesus gave us is that no matter what we are going through in life, we can rely on His strength, His power, and His Grace to get us through it; that is the miracle of the Resurrection. Somehow by coming to the end of ourselves and realizing we cannot accomplish everything on our own and that we need Jesus, we are reborn and made new.

For me is is an iterative process. I am constantly dying to old habits and old ways of thinking and being remade by God’s grace and mercy. What about you, dear one? Are the tribulations of life wearing you down? If so, why not give your burdens to Jesus? Let Him carry them and show you the way. Jesus said “I am the way, the truth and the life and no one comes to the Father but by me.”

“Come unto me, all you who are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest.” It is a promise for all of us this Easter season. Will you take Him up on it?

Overcoming Tribulations

Today is Holy Thursday and my week has been hectic so far. As I go about my business thinking about all the things that have to be done since I got back from vacation, the pressures of work and life, to be honest, I am feeling tired from it all.

But then I think about Jesus. What might he have been doing on this day so many years ago? What thoughts filled his mind? He knew what the next few days had in store for him and I can’t even begin to imagine how he must have felt. Pressured? Stressed? Tired? Angry? Or not…

My trials and tribulations are nothing compared to His and this helps me to put mine in perspective. Yet, my Father in Heaven cares for me just as much as He cared for Jesus. We were never promised a rose garden in this life. Jesus said “In this life you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer, for I have overcome.”

The miracle that Jesus gave us is that no matter what we are going through in life, we can rely on His strength, His power, and His Grace to get us through it; that is the miracle of the Resurrection. Somehow by coming to the end of ourselves and realizing we cannot accomplish everything on our own and that we need Jesus, we are reborn and made new.

For me is is an iterative process. I am constantly dying to old habits and old ways of thinking and being remade by God’s grace and mercy. What about you, dear one? Are the tribulations of life wearing you down? If so, why not give your burdens to Jesus? Let Him carry them and show you the way. Jesus said “I am the way, the truth and the life and no one comes to the Father but by me.”

“Come unto me, all you who are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest.” It is a promise for all of us this Easter season. Will you take Him up on it?

Getting Away From It All

Last night, I returned from a week’s vacation to the Caribbean. The pace of life slowed down tremendendously. No one was in a rush to do anything. The taxi lady kept us waiting 30 minutes while she waited for more passengers. The smoothie attendant wasn’t even at the stand for ten minutes and then casually sauntered up to her post. As my son put it, “They are on Caribbean time”.

My life here, however, is hectic and busy. It seems no matter how hard I try to slow down and simplify, the busyness of life creeps back up on me and before I know it activities, distractions and responsibilities overwhelm me.

What to do?

I think the answer is to be found by looking at Jesus once again. What did he do when the people crowded upon him, demanding healing, help, and clamoring for his attention? He departed to a place of solitude, usually early in the morning to spend time with the Father.

Time alone with God refreshes, restores, and renews my energy. The busier I am, the more time I need alone with God. I am able to clear my mind of all the clutter and noise and just be. I am able to focus and choose what is important.

Just as time with my sons is precious to me, God treasures the time His children spend with Him. Just as I delight in listening to my children, so He delights in listening to us. Look at Mary and Martha. What did Jesus say to Martha when Mary chose to sit at his feet while Martha fretted about everything that needed to be done? He said “Martha, Martha. You are worried and upset about many things, but Mary has chosen what is best.” (Luke 10:41-42).

Today will you choose to spend time with the Lord? What distractions are worrying you and making you upset? Let’s choose to be more like Mary and cast our cares on Him, for He cares for us.

Getting Away From It All

Last night, I returned from a week’s vacation to the Caribbean. The pace of life slowed down tremendendously. No one was in a rush to do anything. The taxi lady kept us waiting 30 minutes while she waited for more passengers. The smoothie attendant wasn’t even at the stand for ten minutes and then casually sauntered up to her post. As my son put it, “They are on Caribbean time”.

My life here, however, is hectic and busy. It seems no matter how hard I try to slow down and simplify, the busyness of life creeps back up on me and before I know it activities, distractions and responsibilities overwhelm me.

What to do?

I think the answer is to be found by looking at Jesus once again. What did he do when the people crowded upon him, demanding healing, help, and clamoring for his attention? He departed to a place of solitude, usually early in the morning to spend time with the Father.

Time alone with God refreshes, restores, and renews my energy. The busier I am, the more time I need alone with God. I am able to clear my mind of all the clutter and noise and just be. I am able to focus and choose what is important.

Just as time with my sons is precious to me, God treasures the time His children spend with Him. Just as I delight in listening to my children, so He delights in listening to us. Look at Mary and Martha. What did Jesus say to Martha when Mary chose to sit at his feet while Martha fretted about everything that needed to be done? He said “Martha, Martha. You are worried and upset about many things, but Mary has chosen what is best.” (Luke 10:41-42).

Today will you choose to spend time with the Lord? What distractions are worrying you and making you upset? Let’s choose to be more like Mary and cast our cares on Him, for He cares for us.

Our Temptations

Have you been tempted lately? By what? How did you react or respond?

I have been sorely tempted recently. It was a scary situation, to be honest. The enemy wanted to ensare me. He knows our weaknesses and our vulnerabilities, and plans his attack directly on that area of our life.

Just as Lazarus needed the people to untie him from the bondage of his bandages, so we need others to help us to set us free, for we cannot help ourselves sometimes.

Dr. Tony Evans spoke about being free and our right to be free tonight on his program. He shared how the Israelites kept wanting to go back to Egypt. Isn’t that exactly what we do sometimes? We are drawn back to oppression; whether it be overeating, drug or alcohol abuse, or an unhealthy relationship.

When are we going to appreciate the freedom that Jesus died for us to live in? Jesus said that He came to set the captives free. What are you captive to, dear one? What is there in your life that is trying to ensnare you?

Jesus conquered the enemy and so can we, through His power. We are more than conquerers and we can overcome any temptation, just as Jesus did. Make no mistake, the enemy will never stop trying, but we have a power greater than he within us. “Greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world.” (1 John 4:4). Be encouraged today, and fight the enemy and he will flee, and while you’re at it, help set someone else free today too!