Saturday, June 28, 2008

Funny How Un-Discipline can lead to Blessing

Hm... I find it funny how being 'un-disciplined' at times can lead to blessing. Yesterday, I WAS suppose to be studying prayer, but got extravagantly sidetracked, onto the path of JOY. I do believe I NEEDED a joy booster. Admittedly so, I am in the 'process' of restoring joy, I would even venture to say 're-creating' joy.

I learned yesterday and this morning, it may be in the journey of JOY that we gain the most pleasure, the repaving if you will of the path of gladness. The Holy Spirit lovingly took my face in His hands and whispered this in my heart:

There is:

Promise of joy ~ joy COMETH ... (Ps. 30:5)
Pursuit of joy ~ MAKE ME to hear joy ... (Ps. 51:8)
Proclamation of joy ~ I WILL rejoice in the Lord ... (Hab. 3:18)
Process of joy ~ RESTORE to me the joy ... (Ps. 51:12)
Procession of joy ~ you shall GO OUT with joy and be lead forth w/ peace (Is. 55:12)
Presence of joy ~ You will fill me with joy in Your PRESENCE ..." (P.16:11)

and lastly ...
Personal-ness of joy ~ a man finds joy in GIVING an apt reply, how good is a timely word (Prov. 15:23)

Joy found in the blessing of un-discipline study. (smile)

~ DeDe

Friday, June 27, 2008

There is JOY

This morning, I am looking into 'prayer', and why it is so important to incorporate it in our study time, (for next Wednesdays class) "You have not, because you ask not ..." (James) or "Come boldly before the throne of grace that we may receive..." (Heb.) If we REALLY want to learn of God, then we go to Him FIRST, invite Him to share Himself with us through His word. One point God showed me: The same Holy Spirit that was present when the word was penned (hovered in a sense over the authors) is present when it is read (He hovers over us too).

James also says, "If any of you lacks wisdom, ASK of God, who gives generously ..." Who couldn't use more practical application of God in our lives!!!

But then...

Jesus says in John 16:24 "Until now you have not asked for anything in My name. ASK and you will receive and your joy will be complete."

Psalm 16:11 "You (God) have made known to me the path of life - You will fill me with JOY in Your presence, with eternal pleasures at Your right hand."

Joy is listed among the Fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5. It bears a wide range of expression, from calm delight to gladness of heart to EXUBERANT joy! How fun is THAT.

There is JOY being in His presence, JOY in learning of Him, JOY allowing Him to move in and through us. And wisdom, to know HOW to walk out what we learn of HIM!

Go GOD!

Just a little excited about JOY!

~ DeDe

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Searching


Searching... I am pausing to write this while I am preparing for class tomorrow. I am fascinated by the idea that even as I seek - search even pursue after God, He is doing the same for ME! (my soul is quieted by this)

God says, "Seek Me, with all your heart, and you will find Me." David says of God, "You have searched me, and You know me." There is something so mysterious about humanity seeking the Divine, while the Holy One is turning His face towards us and wanting the same. I am awe struck.
Proverbs 25:2 "It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, to search out a matter is the glory of kings." God's word is FULL of places to explore, investigate and uncover. God's character and finger print on every page. Many think that the Bible is the history of mankind, true, however it is indeed the story of God. His love and pursuit of man. He wants to be found. It wasn't necessarily the story of Abe, it was the story of God developing a relationship with Abe, then Moses, David on.. and on... to US!

What strikes me most is ~ WHY don't we take this more seriously. WHY aren't we RUNNING to God. Instead we stay, we wait, we linger.

To search for God means to examine intimately. To study Him, means purposeful learning of Him.
O that I would run HARD after my God! Learn of Him, and KNOW Him intimately. (Yes, I am sure a devotion will come of this)
~ DeDe

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

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Monday, June 9, 2008

Save Change

I saw this and HAD to post it.
YES! Save change, archive the change and delete all other data! Insert memory stick and download to be uploaded on ALL devices.
~ DeDe

Sunday, June 8, 2008

More Psalm 1

O this is getting GOOD. Sure, easy for this geeky Lexicon under the arm gal to state. BUT so true! Yes, I am STILL in Psalm 1 verses 1-2 and probably will be for a few more days. I am like a child at a carnival, hopping from one exhibit to the other.

My pages of notes are increasing and I have so many windows open on my laptop I am confident the poor machine will soon scream for help. As I mechanically highlight verses and statements made in commentaries, I take a step back, it looks like a modern artist ran through the screen with their various colored paint brushes. But again, this is SO good.

I have looked at the word 'blessed', finding it is plural and connotes forward movement. One blessedness leads to the next. All found in the favor of God bestowed on the one who finds delight in HIM.

Here's something fascinating: the phrase "sit in the seat of mockers". By design the Psalmist is saying that one takes on the 'language' of the mocker. What is the language? Boasting, hauty, proudful laughter (as in contempt), to mimic. Yet, there is MORE conveyed in the Hebrew language, the word picture is this: as the words are being said, formed in ones mouth (per say) it is as to make an effort to pronounce a foreign language.

This is what I feel the Holy Spirit whispered in my ear: "The boasting and laughing going on is NOT comfortable, it is forced and foreign! THAT is how it is to feel in our mouth as we take part in the ungodly conversations and attitudes around us."

O this is getting GOOD! God's word is so exciting.

more to come ... (hopefully soon)

~ DeDe

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Psalm 1

I have been studying Psalm 1. So far just wading through the first 2 verses.

"Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on His law he meditates day and night."

At a quick glance, no problem, this dude has it happening, he's happy. Here is an observation: look at the progression he is to avoid. Happy is the man that does not WALK ~~~> STAND ~~~> and SIT in and with the ungodly. The word picture is that of the progression of intimate knowledge of ungodly things.

First the man is merely walking, and listening to what is said to him, then he stops and stands toe to toe, as if to give full attention to what is being said. NOW (the poor dude) slides in and takes a seat, shoulder to shoulder with the yuck of the world.

The Psalmist clearly states HAPPY is the man that does NOT participate in the progression. He avoids it completely, because he delights in the God stuff, God's word, God Himself. The blessed man is focused on walking, standing and sitting ONLY where God and His word is. Go Dude!

"Lord, keep my feet in the right direction. And not stop where I am to 'go on' (don't even pause for that matter) and for the love of YOU, may I NOT take the time to slide in and take a seat where there is NO rest! "

You and Your word are my delight!

Devotion to come ... (of course)

~ DeDe