One big pile of limbs and what it means for us
What debris is in our lives?
Just yesterday a tree trimmer took a huge crane and cut off a big bunch of limbs … I mean a BIG bunch of limbs. They very carefully cut them up into smaller pieces and placed them on the road, ready for the next crew to pick up the huge load.
As I looked at that huge pile of limbs, I thought about the things we sometimes let into our lives, the stuff that just keeps accumulating for days and weeks and years. What limbs? What debris? What excess?
Self is probably at the core of it – fear, selfishness, greed, pride, control, looking to things to comfort us instead of God. We (I) pile up the approval of others to sustain me instead of seeking God’s approval. I also look to food for comfort, which caused me to gain three pounds this week. Not good. Some of that I had no control over, but some of it … Of course, I could also put all the focus on that and get my mind off of walking with the Lord, one day at a time, by faith, walking in His grace and love.
We can accumulate things, people, control, feelings, positions of power and leadership, pride, knowledge, or any number of things that we just don’t need … but to what end? No, instead we need to just settle in to a deep, quiet relationship with Jesus – one where we sit down at His feet. I don’t think we can get too much of that.
If you are in the trimming / pruning stage of life, rest assured that the end of the pruning is a vessel thats fit for growth and for bearing fruit. May that be true for all of us.
Is it time for a trim?
Jesus said, “I go to prepare a place for you.” (What that means to you and me.)
Prepare the way
In John 14:2-4, Jesus is talking to His disciples. He tells them
If you are reading this, then you are not at that place yet, but if you are a believer, you will be. You are included in this promise. If you belong to Jesus, then eternal life in Heaven belongs to you. It is God’s gift to you in Jesus.
In Heaven, there will be no east and west, there will be no north or south.
No mean words will be heard when we are there, no bitterness or sin from the mouth.
Surrounded by love that will never end; that is the life we will be know.
In God’s kingdom of Heaven all sorrows will end as onward through glory we go.
What do we do when we are waiting for something to happen at some future time? Maybe it will happen? When will it happen? What will it look like? Will it be the way we think it will be? What do you do when you don’t know? Sometimes we just don’t have access to the playbook.
Here are some scriptures that talk about waiting:
Psalms 130:5-6 “I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in his word I hope; my soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning, more than watchmen for the morning.”
Psalms 27:13-14 I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living! Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD!
Psalms 37:34 Wait for the LORD and keep his way, and he will exalt you to inherit the land; you will look on when the wicked are cut off.
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
Isaiah 30:18 Therefore the LORD waits to be gracious to you, and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you. For the LORD is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for him.
Dealing with a tough subject – Suicide prevention and resources
This is national suicide prevention week. With that in mind, here is a list of resources to prevent this tragedy. These can be found at the link below from the Facebook page for “For Like Minds”
“Please share this page using the links on the left hand side.”
This writer would like to acknowledge the following:
Jesus / Us / Eternity
Jesus is Lord
Jesus is the Savior of all who believe
Jesus died for my sins, and the sins of the whole world
We are not God. We are humans – frail, fallible, needing a Savior
We need Jesus all the time, and He is always there. Always.
We are forgiven, clean, redeemed, bought with the precious blood of our savior, Jesus Christ.
Eternity with Jesus will be worth the wait. No more pain. No more tears.
Eternity has been bought and paid for by Jesus at the cross.
Eternity is assured for those who are in Christ.
Thank you, Jesus, for dying for our sins, so we could be with You forever.
The scripture says to encourage one another, but how?
Below is a link to an article I wrote on how to be encouraged and encourage one another. I hope you find it encouraging as well (notice a theme here? 🙂 )
One person’s difficult journey toward recovery from psychosis and anorexia
green, blue, pink colors on a face screaming. Red color in the background.
I cannot imagine the journey this lady in the article below has been through. She kept resisting treatment and kept searching for the right combination that would take her from mental chaos to peace. Click the link below to get the full story.
Overcoming psychosis and anorexia
OCD is not a joke and it is for real. This is one person’s story of their OCD.
One person’s journey with OCD
broken people living among broken people. Only god can heal us. When He does broken becomes beautiful.
Mental health series, part 2 – What it is like to have psychosis
Here is a big question for you: “What is it like to have psychosis?” I pray that you and I never find out. I know has got to be scary. I would ask that we join together to pray for those with mental illness. May they come to know the love, grace, security, and peace of Christ, and may they find help for their illness.
Follow the link below for the full article. It is very informative and well worth your time.
What it is like to have psychosis