In this secret, quiet place, I search for the lost fragments of myself. Those defining moments that have shaped and colored my soul. Moments filled with dreams that somehow get lost in life’s maze of repetitive routine. The soothing hush of solitude frees me from the shackles of man’s busyness; if only for a moment. It is in this undisturbed sanctuary where one can feel God’s presence. Sip from His cool well-spring and find rest. As I lay on carpets of velvet moss, a parade of ever-changing clouds drift by. A soft breeze kisses my cheeks as it filters through a lace canopy of emerald leaves. I stare in wonder at the synchronized dance of nature and feel connected. It is through the eyes of solitude’s honesty and purity where the mysteries of God are unveiled. Where the rhythm of nature’s heartbeats, echo against the Creator’s glorious backdrop. Some would argue that solitude gives birth to loneliness and isolation. How tragic they never respond to her invitation. For looking at the beauty of nature’s tapestry through the lens of solitude, leaves one breathless! “It is in this secret, quiet place named solitude, where poets, and artists alike, reclaim their dreams.” -Lois Macdonald
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Anger bubbles and brews until it finally erupts, refusing to be contained any longer. It is a powerful emotion with the capability of destroying whatever or whoever gets in its way. Self-righteousness is the voice of a narrow mind demanding justice for its own name’s sake. The sickening stench of its aftermath often replaces any sweet notion of justification. This, my friend, is the stench of Satan. Once the appetite for our “self-righteous indignation” has been fed, doubt and regret usually follow leaving a sour after-taste. Whenever our need for justification holds more value than extending Christ-like love, we can be confident it is not producing the kind of righteousness God desires. However, conflict does need resolution before we can move forward with our lives. Ephesians 4:26 warns us about the urgency of extinguishing anger’s flame before it causes us to sin and rots our soul. “Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.” Now is the time for fervent prayer. Anger is not sinning until it becomes a weapon meant to hurt another. Remember, our God is no stranger to anger. Psalm 7:11 tells us that,“God is angry with the wicked every day.” “…the Lord hates…A proud look, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that are swift in running to evil, a false witness who speaks lies, and one who sows discord among brethren.” Proverbs 6:16-19. We should be mindful every day that God chose love, grace, and mercy over anger, even though we don’t deserve such love. He made a way to remove the guilt and penalty of our sin, through Christ’s atoning sacrifice. God’s love never fails or disappoints, so reach out to Him when anger is festering and brewing.
Self-righteousness is the voice of a narrow mind demanding justice for its own name’s sake. Godly-righteousness is a bold voice. One empowered by the Holy Spirit to speak on behalf of those with no voice. Our poor and destitute. All-the-while bringing Glory to the Name of God in the Highest.” -Lois Macdonald.
“Let today be the day you stop being haunted by the ghost of yesterday. Holding a grudge & harboring anger/resentment is poison to the soul. Get even with people…but not those who have hurt us, forget them, instead get even with those who have helped us.” -Steve Maraboli.
“Hope lifts the disheartened into the “Son Light,” and a brighter tomorrow.” When all seemed lost, and death was near, Jesus heard the cry of a sinner and showed him mercy. In that moment of truth, the theft hanging on the cross next to Him, surrendered his wretched life over to hope. Hope in the healing power of God’s Grace. Hope in a brighter tomorrow. He did not argue or try to justify his life of sin or that of the other theft. Instead, with a heart of repentance, he confessed his transgressions. “We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve.” Luke 23:41. There as he was anointed in the Son Light, this outcast from society, experienced God’s, unconditional love. Perhaps the only love he had ever known. “Hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit” Romans 5:5 NIV. His final words to his Saviour were not words of hopelessness, but rather of faith. Faith in Christ’s resurrection. This thief’s conversion became a witness for all of mankind, as he uttered these final words. “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” Luke 23:42 NIV.
Hope is much more than a feeling. For feelings can change with the wind, where hope is steadfast. A shield that covers us with courage and marches us forward when fear would send us fleeing. Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6.
Can any sinner, no matter how terrible their sin, be saved? Yes.
“He gave himself for us to set us free from every kind of lawlessness…” Titus 2:14.
“Hope lifts the disheartened into the “Son Light,” and a brighter tomorrow.” By Lois Macdonald
“Jesus, remember me when you. Come into your kingdom.” Jesus answered him by saying, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.” Luke23:42-43.
“I WANT THE TRUTH,” demanded the prosecutor from the movie “A Few Good Men.” From the beginning of time, men and women have searched for truth. About the meaning of life. Whether there is life after death. How the world was made. In this quest for enlightenment, why do we avoid reading God’s Word? Could the main reason be that our Creator never sugar-coats the truth? Or, as Jack Nicholson (Colonel Jessep) put it so rudely, because “YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE TRUTH?” One of the most significant dilemmas we are facing in North America is that 4,200 world religions have slowly filtered into our neighborhoods and are vying for our attention. When President Eisenhower inserted “In God, we trust” into the pledge of allegiance, no one would have ever dreamed a day would come when our courtrooms would be filled with cases of Christians fighting to uphold that law. God, our Father, gave His answer about including other religions, 3500 years ago. “I am the Lord your God, … You shall have NO other gods before me. Exodus 20:2-3 (NIV). “But, we argue, surely that verse is not relevant today?” Learning to respect our similarities and our differences as a multicultural society is a good thing. However, ethnic equality is challenging to define. In the midst of this confusion, we seem to be ordering from take-out menus of religious flavors, which defies God’s Law. Being an entitled generation, we do not respond well to tough love, so have chosen to ignore the wisdom found in Scripture. Perhaps Colonel Jessep is accurate. “WE CAN’T HANDLE THE TRUTH?” Meanwhile, violence is escalating in our schools as we break these commandments one after the other. At this rate, no-soul doctrine and reincarnation will be added to our children’s school curriculum! This dilemma is not new to history. The Apostle Paul warned the Corinthians about falling away from the fundamental Christian doctrine. He reproaches them saying, “I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel…there are some who …want to distort the gospel of Christ…seeking the approval of man…If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.” Galatians 1:6-10 ESV. The prosecuting attorney demands. “I WANT THE TRUTH!” “YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE TRUTH!” Colonel Jessep bellowed, back. Jessep’s last defense is. “I run my unit how I run my unit. You want to investigate me, roll the dice and take your chances.” Will this be your final defense on Judgment Day, as you kneel before God? Will you sheepishly say, “I couldn’t handle the truth!” -by Lois Macdonald
When Christians weather seasons of trials and tribulations, they often find themselves asking God, “Is this life worth living?”
Like a tree that bears no fruit, she stands alone, feeling worthless. Her meager harvest after the storm is a dozen bitter lemons laying pitifully at her feet. With all the faith she can muster, she carefully chooses the best of the lot and offers them to God. Searching deep into her heart, He examines her motive, and finds only the purest of intentions. Void of any pride, she asks for nothing in return. Her only desire is to show her love for Him, by offering her best. Believing He can turn even bitter lemons, into sweet lemonade.
Before the Apostle Paul’s conversion; the day he encountered the resurrected Messiah on the road to Damascus; his life was fruitless. As an arch-enemy of Christ, no one other than God himself could have foreseen how Paul’s ministry would change the course of Christianity and the Church in such a mighty way. His dramatic transformation from persecutor to apostle of Christ is living proof that any life, no matter how misguided, can someday bear fruit. Although the apostle weathered many seasons of trials, he managed to write these words of encouragement from his prison cell. “Therefore, we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, and who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28. I believe his voice calls out from the grave shouting, “Go and make disciples of all the nations!” Paul, a man who once stood alone bearing nothing but bitter lemons now stands tall and produces the sweetest of lemonade.
To endure the cross is not a tragedy; it is the suffering which is the fruit of an exclusive allegiance to Jesus Christ. Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Where does one go after having stood on mountaintops? After the fluttering of angel wings have kissed their dreams. And visions have unraveled their secrets in the solitude of the subconscious. For I Lord, have felt You orchestrate my every move since I was a child. Your Shield has faithfully covered me, and You my Protector, have directed my every footstep. Leading me boldly this way, then that way. Lifting me higher and higher on Your shoulders, until I could barely breathe for the wonder of it all. Resting peacefully in Your arms as You lowered nighttime over my days. Your soothing voice lulled me to sleep while celestial notes echoed through the chambers of my heart. Entrusting me at daybreak to rise and put each song, to pen and paper. Prophetic lyrics flowed through my veins and lodged themselves in the very depths of my soul. Afterward, as the salty mist of dawn carefully bathed each mountain peak, I would marvel that life carried on as if it was just another ordinary day. Surely, my transformation was noticeable? Could those who knew me well not see by my demeanor that I was reborn? Perhaps not, for, after all, the face of youth is by its very nature, innocent. Sometimes we must fall into the valley below to discover what is most precious.
Yourlove Yahweh is far-reaching yet never holds its beloved prisoner. In Your Wisdom, you offer us the freedom of choice. I chose to follow the honeyed voice that lured me to the edge of the mountaintop and said I could fly. I wonder if anyone truly understands God’s Grace without spending time in the valley? You could have left me in the valley and forgotten my name. Instead, You did the unimaginable. You shone a Light into the darkness. He is the Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ, who searches for Your lost lambs. When He found me, I was covered with shame and remorse. Still, He held me tenderly as though I was a rare rose from his garden. When the clouds lifted off the mountaintops that morning, I stood in awe, for I was home. And life carried on as if it was just another ordinary day.
The greatest lesson I learned while in the valley was this. May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. Galatians 6:14 NIV.