Quiet Centers In A Noisy World

“Falling in love consists merely in uncorking the imagination and bottling the common sense.”~~Helen Rowland
(BrainyQuote)

Today’s word of the day, from Dictionary.com, is raconteuse, “a woman who is skilled in relating stories and anecdotes interestingly.” Adrienne Morris is a “raconteuse.”

Today is Draw A Picture of A Bird Day. You do that. I’ll watch. I don’t draw. Well, I suppose everyone draws, at some point. I just don’t do it well.

Well, it’s Friday. That’s always a good thing. The Rangers bullpen lost another game, last night. Derek Holland started the game, but only pitched five innings against the Angels, playing on the west coast. Already. I’m really starting to dislike whoever is making the baseball schedules, these days. The seem devoid of reason and logic. Anyway, once again, the Rangers were tied going into the bottom of the ninth, and lost the game. Sam Dyson was credited for the loss, but it was the “closer” Shawn Tolleson who gave up the run. Rangers are 1-3 on the season, and the “1” was certainly not earned. It’s early yet. The Red Sox/Indians game got postponed because of rain. That’s two of four dates that were postponed in Cleveland. They play the Blue Jays in Toronto tonight. Not much chance of that being postponed, as Toronto has a dome.

We’ll be going to Mineral Wells to see my mother tomorrow, if the Lord says so, too. Because today is her birthday! (I almost forgot!) It is bittersweet, however, as it was a year ago today that my dad fell. If you are one who prays, please lift her up over the next couple weeks.

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL

(From Praying With the Psalms)

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah.
There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High.
God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved; God will help her when morning dawns.
The nations rage, the kingdoms totter; he utters his voice, the earth melts.
The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah.
Come, behold the works of the LORD, how he has brought desolations on the earth.
He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; he breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the chariots with fire.
“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”
The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah.

Psalm 46

The things that we think of as “solid” in this world, from mountains to communities, are truly flimsy. “We need (and get) something more substantial than either nature or civilization can provide–a secure habitation in God.”

“O God, let my moments of prayer be quiet centers in a noisy world–times when I am conscious of your eternal ways and know the strength of your presence with me in Jesus Christ. Amen.”

(From My Utmost For His Highest)

“His Resurrection Destiny”

Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?
Luke 24:26

“Our Lord’s Cross is the gateway into his life: His Resurrection means that He has power now to convey His life to me.” One reason for the “Resurrection destiny” of Christ was to bring “many sons unto glory.” When he fulfilled his destiny, he obtained the “right to make us sons and daughters of God.” Now here, Chambers makes a very important statement. “When Our Lord rose from the dead, He rose to an absolutely new life, to a life He did not live before He was incarnate. He rose to a a life that had never been before; and His resurrection means for us that we are raised to His risen life, not to our old life.”

That is most definitely worthy of meditating upon for a while. Have we ever truly considered the truth of that? First, that the resurrected life of Christ was something that had never existed before; and, second, that when we are raised with him, our life should be completely brand new. Sure, we quote 2 Corinthians 5:17 all the time: Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. But do we really believe it?? Do we live it?

“The Holy Spirit is the Deity in proceeding power Who applies the Atonement in our experience. Thank God it is gloriously and majestically true that the Holy Ghost can work in us the very nature of Jesus if we will obey Him.”

Father, help me to be obedient, and thus have the Holy Spirit work the life and nature of Jesus Christ into my life. Help me to know and experience this new life (I believe that it is in there, and has been for many years); help me to allow it to work its way out into the outward, physical part of my life. The resurrected life of Christ was something totally new; let it be so in my life, as well.

Come, Lord Jesus!

Grace and peace, friends.

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