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Keawala'i Congregational Church, Maui

Keawala’i Congregational Church, Maui

My Dear Child~

Every mistake you have ever made or ever will make has been taken care of by My Son.  (2 Corinthians 5:21) There is no reason to be sad about anything that you have done because you are free from your past! (John 8:36) You are a new creation! (2 Corinthians 5:17)

You can live joyfully in the present because Jesus came to give you a full and abundant life. (John 10:10) All you need to do is believe and you will live forever. (John 3:16)

Will you accept this gift? The cost to you is nothing because Jesus paid the price. I am waiting for you with wide open arms, so come!! (Luke 15:11-24) Come and dance through life with Me!

 

 

 

 

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Take Care of My Sheep Whispers From the Father

Take Care of My Sheep
Whispers From the Father

When Jesus and the disciples had finished eating, Jesus spoke to Simon Peter. He asked, “Simon, son of John, do you really love me more than these others do?”

“Yes, Lord,” he answered. “You know that I love you.”

Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.”

Again Jesus asked, “Simon, son of John, do you really love me?”

He answered, “Yes, Lord. You know that I love you.”

Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.”

Jesus spoke to him a third time. He asked, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?”

Peter felt bad because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He answered, “Lord, you know all things. You know that I love you.”

Jesus said, “Feed my sheep.”     John 21:15-17

To feed God’s sheep; to take care of others,  to look after them….that is what God asks us to do.

“But,” we respond, “helping others is inconvenient.”  We would rather not interrupt our schedule. (See Luke 10:25-37   especially verses 30-32)

“Helping others is uncomfortable, ” we add. Walking down a long hallway to talk to an inmate via telephone behind glass windows is out of our comfort zone . Stepping into a kitchen that is not ours to prepare meals for the homeless can be awkward (how DOES this stove work?) It is easier to ignore the person on the side of the road holding a sign than it is to reach out to them. Going to a another country on a mission trip exposes you to different food, different customs, different diseases and different bathroom facilities (if you are lucky enough to have a bathroom at all).

“Do you love Me?” Jesus asks.

“Take care of My sheep.”

I ask myself: “Am I caring for His sheep? In the way He wants me to? Using the gifts He has graced me with?”

As I ponder those questions, and the answers, I am certain I can do better than I am.

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O Come Let Us Adore Him Whispers From the Father

O Come Let Us Adore Him
Whispers From the Father

While singing the words “O Come Let Us Adore Him” these bible verses came to mind:

Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light. (Matthew 11:28-30)

I love it that our God invites us to come to Him. Not so we can adore Him. That will come later. He wants us to come to Him so He can love us and restore our broken lives.  (Luke 15:11-32) He wants us just as we are. Messy. Confused. Broken. Overburdened. Harried. Worried. Proud. Selfish. Ashamed. Not having our lives even close to together.

And in spite of all our mistakes, He loves us. When we realize that….when we truly realize that He loved us enough to wrap Himself in human flesh and enter our world….and He now invites us to come to Him so He can love us, restore us, and give us eternal life……when that sinks in to our being, we will adore Him.

Listen carefully. I hear him whispering “Come.” Do you hear it too? Let us go to Him for He is waiting with His arms open wide.

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Whispers From the Father

During this Thanksgiving season, I have reflected on a story in the Bible where Jesus heals ten men of a skin disease. Only one man turns around, goes back to Him and says “Thank You.” Jesus is surprised that only one out of the ten takes the time to express his gratitude. (Luke 17:11-19)

I wonder……do I take time to thank God for what He has done for me? Or am I like the nine men who walk away and never say thank you?  Do I only thank God for one out of ten of my blessings? Do only one out of ten people thank God for what He has done? Is God surprised by our lack of thanksgiving towards Him?

In all honesty, while I think about God a lot, I don’t thank Him nearly enough. I want that to change. I need to habitually thank God for all He does for me.

How about you? Is there something (or if you are like me, many things) you should thank God for? I think He would like to hear from us; and not just during this Thanksgiving season! 😉

May you have a blessed and thankful Thanksgiving!

Psalm 136:1-9

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Whispers From the Father

Whispers From the Father

My Dear Child~

I ask you, are there idols in your life?  Idols can take many forms: status, money, power, sex, cars, jewelry, houses, vacations, hobbies, technology or a person. It’s fine, My Child, if you want some of these things. But if your desire for them consumes you or pushes Me or others out of your life, then that isn’t good.

Take a moment and assess your life.  If you feel there is something that is taking your time away from that which is most important (loving Me and loving others)  then it’s time to make some changes. I can help you.

You see, I want you to have an abundant life, and I came to give you that. (John 10:10) Only I can satisfy you and fulfill your needs. Things will never satisfy you. (Isaiah 58:11) That is why I want you to think about what you are pursuing and why.

When you turn towards Me and seek Me, you will always find Me. (Deuteronomy 4:29) Because, believe it or not, I am always seeking you.  (Luke 15)

Turn from the idols in your life to Me and keep My commandments (which by the way can be condensed down to Love Me and Love Others). (Matthew 22:34-40)

When you turn to Me, I will shower you with love…..a love that goes on forever. (Deuteronomy 5:10) And that is much better than what any idol can ever give you!

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While on a family vacation this summer, our son Matt was the DJ in our car, playing songs from his iPod for our enjoyment. One song became my favorite:  Live Like That  by the Sidewalk Prophets.  (Click on the words to listen to the song…it is well worth your time!)

This devotion came from that song.

My Child~

How are you living your life?

Do you help others and show love when everyone else walks away? (Luke 10:25-37)

Are you taking time to help the least fortunate of My Children? Those without food, clothes, water, or shelter? The lonely? The unwed mother? The drug addict? Those who are sick? Those in prison?  (Matthew 25:31-40)

Do you take time to sit with Me, feel My love, learn from Me and worship Me? (Luke 10:38-42)

When people see you do they see Me? (John 14:9-11)

Do you long for the world to know My love? (Ephesians 3:17-19)

Do you love Me and others with everything you have? (Mark 12:30-31)

Does everything that you say and do point to Me?  (2 Corinthians 5:20)

Are you living your life to the full with excitement and enthusiasm? (John 10:10)

Are you living like that My Child? I hope so! I want you to!

Others need to know Me and My love and they are looking to you for answers. If you Live Like That, you will be pointing them to Me, which is good, for I am the answer to all their questions.

As you go out into the world, remember that you are My ambassador and I am always with you! (2 Corinthians 5:20Psalm 46:7)

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My Child~

The recent tornadoes in Oklahoma and Texas have caused much destruction and suffering.

The world I created was perfect, without natural disasters. But, sin has corrupted not only men (as can be seen in their behavior at times) but also this world, resulting in something I hate, suffering. Natural disasters are not “Acts of God” but are a result of a world gone wrong.

Some day, there will be a new heaven and a new earth and there will be no more disasters that claim lives and maim people.  (Revelation 21:1-7)

Until that time, you, My Dear Child, can extend help to those who are in need. You can reach out and share My love with the hurting. Give money, time, shelter, or a shoulder to cry on. Do something to show your love.  (Luke 10:25-37)

Love triumphs.  It always has, and it always will. (1 Corinthians 13:7-8) So, in this time of heartache, show some love. It will make a world of difference to the hurting.

For suggestions on how to help see: Helping with Disaster in the Heartland 

 

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My Dear Child~

You witnessed the horrible, premeditated bombings at the Boston Marathon recently…..that is hate in action. You saw people rush forward to help the injured, in spite of the danger they might encounter….this is love in action.

Hate destroys. Love helps and heals.

Those who hate have not been able to receive love….love from others or from Me. They are not whole, healthy people for you cannot be whole and healthy without love.

Love builds up, supports and if needed, heals the recipient. The recipient in turn shares that love with others for it is impossible to keep love to oneself. Unfortunately, it is also impossible to keep hate to oneself. (Luke 6:43-45)

It grieves Me to see My Children consumed by hate. It grieves Me to see their hate hurt others.

I will never stop seeking after My lost Children. (Luke 19:10, Luke 15) I want My Children to come to Me and have life; not be destroyed by hate.  (Proverbs 8:35-36)

If you or your loved ones have been hurt by hate, either by these bombings or other acts of hate, then come to Me and allow My Love to heal your wounds. (Psalm 147:3)

If you are whole, healthy and have love to share, then share it. By loving others you can help them and heal them. And maybe, just maybe, you will be the one person who will be instrumental in preventing further acts of violence.

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A Light for Your Path

My Child~

I see that you are worried, concerned and confused.  You are wondering what is the best path to take; what is the best decision to make.

First, stop fretting and quiet yourself.  Sit still and think about the fact that I am the God of the universe and I am willing to help you. (Psalm 46:10)

Next, spend some time in My Word for it contains much wisdom. Read it and meditate on what it says during the day and think about it as you go to sleep at night.  Be diligent to do what it says, and you will be successful…..even prosperous! (Joshua 1:8)

Have courage! Try new things and step out of your comfort zone! Do not be afraid of what lies in front of you and do not be dismayed if situations don’t turn out exactly as you desire. Remember,  I am with you wherever you go. (Joshua 1:9)

If what concerns you isn’t directly addressed in My Word, then ask Me and I will guide you. (James 1:5-6) My Spirit lives within you and is always available to help you. (John 14:16-17)

What parent would leave their child without guidance? What parent would allow their child to run into the street? Fear not, for you are My Child. I am watching you and I will look out for you. If you are seeking Me and My ways, you won’t go wrong. I will always guide you and bring you back to the correct path if you make a detour. (Luke 15:3-6)

Bring Me your decisions, concerns and requests. Ask of Me and I will help you, guide you, and give you the comfort that you need.

Come now, it is time to move forward. I am shining the light on your path. Do you see it? (Psalm 119:105)

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While pondering what God thinks of our blunders, I heard the song En La Cruz. The words of the song spoke to me. “Senor conoces mi corazon. Aun cuando te fallo, se que me amas.”   (Lord, you know my heart. Even when I fail you, I know you love me.) Here is the English version of the song.  I hope you enjoy listening to the song and reading the devotion.

My Child~

I see what’s in your heart and I know all about you. (Psalm 139:1) I know that your intentions were good and you tried to do what was right, but it didn’t quite turn out the best. I understand and I love you even when you mess up.  Please don’t dwell on those mistakes. I know you were caught off-guard by the circumstances. Come to Me and let Me help you learn from the situation so you can move forward.  Lean into Me the next time you find yourself in an awkward place and I will hold you close and  guide you. (Psalm 139:7-10)

I already paid for your mistakes.  I “tore the veil.”  (Matthew 27:45-54) I made a way and now nothing can separate you from My love. Nothing. (Romans 8:38-39)  Even when your intentions are not the best, and you deliberately choose to walk away from My ways, I am seeking after you. (Luke 15)

Let’s move forward and leave the blunders behind. And while we are at it, let’s leave other’s blunders behind too.  (Proverbs 17:9)

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