Archive | September, 2019

What Is Joy

21 Sep

What Is Joy…

Joy is a choice, a deliberate, conscious choice. That choice is available to us each day. Our joy isn’t controlled by others or by outward circumstances. Joy comes from a deeper place, a place of security deep inside ourselves.

Joy is the settled assurance that God is in control of all the details of my life, the quiet confidence that ultimately everything is going to be all right, and the determined choice to praise God in all things.

Joy comes from the inner-self of a person, and is connecting with the source of life within you. It is caused by something really exceptional and satisfying. The source of joy is something or someone greatly appreciated or valued, and it is not only about oneself, but also about the contentment of those people whom you value the most.

There’s a difference between joy and happiness. But what that difference is, is difficult to definitively define. For every person who says joy is an underlying truth that good or bad circumstances can’t dictate, and happiness is rooted in circumstance, there will be others who think the opposite.

Despite the different perspectives, the idea that holds greater sway today is that happiness depends on external factors to exist. Happiness happens to us. Even though we may seek it, desire it, pursue it, etc., feeling happiness is not a choice we make.

Joy, on the other hand, is a choice purposefully made. Joy is an attitude of the heart and spirit, present inside of us as an untapped reservoir of potential.

It’s possible to feel joy in difficult times. Joy doesn’t need a smile in order to exist, although it does feels better with one. Joy can share its space with other emotions – sadness, shame or anger. Happiness can’t.

Happiness is not present in darkness and difficulty. Joy never leaves it. Joy undergirds our spirits; it brings to life peace and contentment.

Joy requires a connection. Often the connection is with other people, but it can also be with pets, creation, creativity, etc. Joy is present. In the moment. Happiness mostly just passes through.

A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. Proverbs 17:22

It’s an attitude, not a passing emotion. Remember to be kind. Remember to be loving, but most of all remember to be happy.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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The Message

20 Sep

The Message…

Every happening, great and small, is a parable whereby God speaks to us, and the art of life is to get the message.

Life is a message and very choreographed path we are lead down throughout. Most of us don’t realize the why’s and wherefore’s of our life, we just live it day to day.

Over the years I’ve searched within, explored and came up with quite a few one-liners of what my message might be:

“Pursue truths and lead others into all truths.”

“There’s no better time than to come alive now. Wake up from sleepwalking through life.”

“Life’s too short to waste it by living someone else’s dreams.”

“Get out of your own way to be who you really are, who you’re purposed to be.”

“Be the inspiring and authentic genius that I am, who loves deeply and acts with courage and conviction.”

“Help people see the masterpiece in themselves, and see the Master.”

“In the end, only Love matters, only Love remains.”

Those were just a few of them. I was exploring on the messages that were burning inside me and what I want everyone to know. Maybe at the end of my life when all is said and done, there will be just ONE overarching message over everything else. And maybe that’s for others to tell, not me.

These days, my message theme focuses more on the word freedom to free myself and set others free.

In my pursuit of wisdom and truths, I’ve learned that there’s so much ‘unlearning’ and unloading that needs to happen for us to reclaim our clarity and innate well-being that are already ours, but buried under many man-made ‘weights’ that pull us down. In our misunderstanding of the nature of who we are and how things work, we have put on more and more ‘weights’ thinking they will help us in many challenges (all of them are thoughts) in life.

I believe we’re meant to travel light. We already have all that we need. We can be free.

So, back to you. If your life is your message, what would your message be? What’s your story about?

Today is a good time for you to ponder. Just explore by writing down the thoughts that come to mind. Journal them. Be inspired by your inner wisdom and dreams. Don’t give up dreaming!

Life ends when you stop dreaming, hope ends when you stop believing and love ends when you stop caring. So dream hope and love…Makes Life Beautiful!

Give it some thought and send me your thoughts on what life means to you. I may use your comments as an idea for another post.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

Center Your Steps

20 Sep

Center Your Steps…

There are two ways of looking at a giant wave. If you’re in front of it and stationary, then the giant wave is dangerous. But to a surfer, a giant wave isn’t a problem but an opportunity, even a blessing. The big wave gives the surfer momentum. If the surfer stays in the center of that wave, then he becomes unstoppable and all the energy contained in that wave is given to him – so, too, with the will of God.

To sin, to go against the will of God is a dangerous thing – because, in the end, nothing can stand against it. But it’s much wiser to never go against the will of God, but like the surfer, get on top of it, and in the center of it.

For the one who stands and moves in the center of God’s will, will not only not be destroyed and not fall, but will be given energy, speed, power, and momentum – just as the first disciples were given on the day of Pentecost. So depart from any sin, and get out your spiritual surfboard, and catch that wave!
Jesus answered, “My teaching is not my own. It comes from the one who sent me. Anyone who chooses to do the will of God will find out whether my teaching comes from God or whether I speak on my own. John 7:16-17

Get into the center of God’s will and allow His Spirit to give you power and momentum to share the Good News.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

Wherever You Go

19 Sep

Wherever You Go…

God gave Joshua an amazing promise. He told him that wherever the soles of his feet would tread, that land would be given to him. What an amazing word. Wherever Joshua would go, it would be given to him. But there’s a flip side – wherever the soles of your feet don’t tread, that land won’t be given to you. In other words, “you’ll have as far as you can go.”

You can take that from the Lord; it’s not only to Joshua but to you. The Lord gives many promises in His Word. But those promises are for the one who goes with them, who walks out on them. If the blind man had not gone and washed in the pool of Siloam, he never would have been able to see.

Who knows all the miracles and blessings God has for your life? God does, and all you have to know are His Word and His promises. But knowing them, you need to step out on them. For all the promises of God are good, and they will be given to the one whose feet tread upon their blessings.

He remembers his covenant forever, the promise he made, for a thousand generations… Psalm 105:8

Go with the promises that you know God has given you in His Word – walk out on them.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

The Bible

18 Sep

The Bible…

Unless you can read the story of Adam and Eve, of Abraham and Sarah, of David and Bathsheba, as your own story, you have not really understood it.

The Bible is a book finally about ourselves, our own apostasies, our own battles and blessings. When you read the Bible, look beyond the words on the pages and realize it is a book about the basics of living a good life.

Grandfather taught me that the words are only half of what is in the Bible, we are the in between the lines. When we insert ourselves into the words the Bible takes on life, our life, and as we start living what is in the Bible our lives take on a new meaning. The love we share, the hope we bring and the light we shine seems so much brighter.

The Bible is the story of our life, the history of our world and our pathway to the future. It is a living instrument that guides us through life and is always there with a ready answer.

Grandfather said that if you have a problem or question you just can’t seem to find an answer to flip through the Bible and let it open. Then read the passages on the pages in front of you and your answer will be there. I’ve tried it many times and found it always seems to show me a way to solve my problem or answer my question.

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. 1 Cor 13:4-8

Insert yourself into the Bible and let it become alive in you. Be the light that leads others to Him. Remember, you just may be to only Bible some people see.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

The Assent

18 Sep

The Assent…

The early Israelites were called to make a journey to Jerusalem, three times a year, first in spring for the Passover, second in early summer for Shavuot or Pentecost, and lastly in the autumn for Sukkot, the Feast of Tabernacles. In other words, the people of God were called to journey to Jerusalem in every season of the sacred year – at all times. And no matter where you lived, in order to journey to Jerusalem, you had to go up.

Thus the journey was called “the Aliyah” or “the assent.” You, too, are called to “go up.” But not just once when you come to the Lord, and not just occasionally when you make big decisions for the Lord, but in all seasons.

The Lord calls you to journey upward at all times, in every season of your life and walk, and in every circumstance. Thus, make it your commitment every day to go up and always choose the higher path. In doing that, your life will be headed only for glory – for you are called to make assent in every season.

Many peoples will come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the temple of the God of Jacob. He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths.” The law will go out from Zion, the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. Isaiah 2:3

Today, choose the path and step that will take you upward to higher ground.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

The Plow

17 Sep

The Plow…

No one likes their life to be shaken up. No one likes crises, turmoil, confusion, problems, dislocation, and chaos. But pretend for a moment that your life was represented by a plot of soil that was meant to produce a great harvest.

If that soil was never touched and just laid still it would likely get settled and hardened. So how do you get that soil to bear much fruit? You plow it. The plow will upset the soil, turn it upside down, and make a mess of it. Only by shaking it up, by turning it over, and by causing some chaos, can the soil become loose, open, oxygenated, and ready to bear life and become fruitful.

So don’t panic when you encounter crises, problems, turmoil, or you’re your life gets shaken up. It’s all the plowing of the Spirit. God is allowing your life to be turned over, not because He doesn’t have a good purpose, but because He does. So rejoice and open yourself up, for every life that is plowed by Him, will also be sown, and will overflow with His fruitfulness.

Sow righteousness for yourselves,
reap the fruit of unfailing love,
and break up your unplowed ground; for it is time to seek the Lord, until he comes and showers his righteousness on you. Hosea 10:12

If there’s any turmoil in your life, see it as the plowing of God’s Spirit and look for the good purpose God will use it for.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed