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Seeking God
“Blame…..a way to discharge pain and discomfort.” – Brene’ Brown

It’s just a phrase but we all do it…we feel uncomfortable so we discharge our blame on whomever. How do we, I, charge through life when blame, anger, injustice, hurt and hate deep loathing exists in our own homes? How do we come to this objective discourse?

In human terms – I had a raging argument with a close family member today. It was horrible. The searing madness of my anger, blood boiling and heart pounding emotions churned out the hateful words – “Get out of my face” – soon turned to feelings of guilt and shame, “Where is your grace, Lord?”

I was already feeling upset about another situation from earlier in the day – that I couldn’t jump into the issue at hand – I passed the buck or maybe I didn’t. I don’t know. How do I seek peace and true joy in the midst of chaotic madness – which I have only fueled with my own short comings? I have not acted in love –

Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. Romans 13:8

It is so hard to be authentic – when there is so much blame, anger and judgement.

Seeking the Lord’s peace and certainty,
Shariorng

daily god book So in my quest/decision to choose a new devotional for 2014 – I didn’t need to choose – it was gifted. Yes, a Christmas gift. So I thought,  awesome!!  I love all devotionals that read like Sarah Young’s Jesus Calling books. I was almost tempted to buy another Bible – a One Year Bible this month but I am glad I didn’t.

This devotional – The Daily God Book: A Year of Listening for God by Erin Keeley Marshall – is set up a bit differently; there is a Bible passage to look up (so you must keep the “good book” close by), there is a theme – a message – and finally a prayer called ‘Talk to HIM’ and a thought challenge to carry with you all day long. I just love the set up. But more than that I love how the entire year of the devotional walks through the Bible. It is awesome to see a devotional incorporate the WORD into daily devotions – not just a verse but passages of Scripture. It is so important to rely on the Word of God to meet your daily, monthly and yearly needs. And so perfect for morning, evening or morning & evening devotions. I am so excited to walk this year through the Word, with the help of this devotional.

the-storycvr Also on my list of books to read – this month – is The Story: The Bible as One Continuing Story of God and His People foreward by Max Lucado and Randy Frazee. This was a Christmas present last year and I was hoping to delve into it but better late than never and what a great read to start the year. I hope to be completed by the end of January. So, with all that I have chosen to take on this year – I know God is right behind (beside, before and around) me – I know that He knew that I was hungry to experience and understand more of His WORD, His truth, His Promises – HIS STORY!

I am all set to start 2014 – with gusto and true passion for the Word of God – I am amazed at what the Lord does with productive choices and longings. I know this year will be filled with ups and downs, I know the struggles will come and I know the doubt will creep in – BUT – I am determined to cling to His promises and HIS WORD that I may see the truth I craved last year and beginning this year afresh with the choice to make the Lord the focus of my every day – through this year of walking through the words of truth and grace – I will truly see where I belong, where my place is in His Story as long as I listen to His voice.

I pray this year that I hear Him and hear Him clearly – that I may see the path that He has set for me…
The path of life leads upward for the wise; they leave the grave behind. Proverbs 15:24

“Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. “For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it. Matthew 7:13-14.

Grace and Peace be with you today and throughout this year!
Many Blessings,

Shari

Life is like a beach…caotic and stressful, strewn with litter – emotional baggage, heartache, sin, stress, pride, anger – it is so overwhelming.

With schedules and bills, appointments and jobs, school and careers life seems like it would be fulfilling. But instead is messy and stressful there is too much trying to distract us from finding the purpose that God has planned for us. We get too bogged down with the world’s wants and needs and we struggle to fit God into our lives.

My life was like that beach – strewn with litter after the summer season – I was weary and worn to the core. I needed the comfort of my God, to calm my anxiety and stress. My Redeemer sent His Waves of Grace to cleanse my beach.

No, I am not out of season, holiday or time. I know it is not Valentine’s Day – nor any other holiday – well besides July 4th. For many Americans this is an important holiday. And I am not still eating stale conversation hearts.

No I’m talking about a love story – there are many but this is no ordinary love story. It is special, it is never-ending, never-failing and true – sounds like 1 Corinthians 13. You would be very close in the nature of this – very close.

Think about love as it applies to you. Think about all of the times that you have heard the word love. Love, love, love, love, love….after hearing it so many times its just noise, words, sounds, lost meaning (and frankly trying to type it three or four times it was getting misspelled). Just like that love becomes just another four letter word.

What do you think about when you think about love? Do you see hearts and rose petals. Shades of red and pink. Heart shaped pillows and charm bracelets?  Do you think about long walks, long talks, meaningful content? Of is it all just fluff and celebration?

Love, however commercialized, is powerful, meaningful and deep. The lengths of love go much deeper than four letters and three words; I love you

When one is in love or feels love there are many more emotions that come along; vulnerability, fear, anger, pain, acceptance, joy, hope, peace, patience, comfort, rest, reassurance.  Ask anyone – all anyone really ever wants is to be loved, appreciated, cherished, forgiven and accepted.     

When I think about love as a child it was so simple. You loved everyone, accepted everyone and were nice to everyone. Then as the world became clear you realized that things weren’t so simple – they were more than hard. They were more than complicated they were complex. Intertwined, weaved into the very heart and soul love’s roots were deeply embedded. Why? I often ask myself that question. Why? Is this really love that I am feeling? (I think that was a song by Whitesnake in like 1984). 

As a teenager, ‘love- like’ things crossed my paths and came and went. The tears flowed and went. The hormones came and went. The emotions eventually matured and true love’s meaning entered my being and clung to my chest, like a clenched fist. Sounds scary?! Well, its feels scarier.

Yes, deeply rooted within me (and many of you) is the presence of a hope, a faith – a love so powerful that you can’t chase it away. If you think you have scared off the love of your life – you haven’t. No, surprisingly enough the Creator of the Universe, Creator of Humankind – God – loves us. Yes, he loves you and I. Surprised? I was too.

But I have known for a long time that you can’t run away from a love like God’s. It is true, it is magnificent, it is pure, it is deep, it is powerful, it is peaceful, it is so much more than any love one person could show to another. When the love of the Creator flows through you the love you have for others deepens. It’s meaning has new purpose and it never fades. It no longer becomes some toss away emotion or some lost four letter word. No, the love story that you have with God the Father, the Creator of heaven and earth, you and I is true, life changing and never-ending.


I chose this video because the slide show was created by junior high students.

I heard this song after a long standing, absence from church – it reminded me that although we sometimes forget or try to forget, God never forgets about us. God never stops loving us no matter how unloved we feel.

 He Loves Us by John Mark McMillan/David Crowder Band

This poem was originally published February 24th,2010 on Associtated Content. A special Saint Patrick’s Day poem to start the month and prepare for Easter. As the slow months of February and March continue on, so does the “days of our lives”. I know it sounds so cliche, but it is true and we long for that warmth of the spring sun and the fresh breeze of the tepid air . It reminds us that faith is not gone and life is still renewed each spring.  Spring and Easter are  just around the corner so don’t fret and the Lord is still keeping us safe and hearing our prayers. He is still sending us those symbols to remind us of His ever constant grace. So Happy Saint Patrick’s Day. As March enters like a lion still, remember that the Lamb of God is there to save us from the storms of life.

Faith and Shamrocks

The winter snow has gone away,
It’s warmer in the air today!

 The sun is bright, warm and beautiful,
 Trees are blooming, so very colorful.
 
The Valentines and hearts have faded past.
Holidays always come and go too fast.

 Tricks and treats, gifts and eats
Snow and ice, hearts and treats.

 The grass is green, the flowers bright.
Amongst the blades there is quite a sight.

 I see a shamrock, with three hearts, not four.
Don’t scoff and say, “What do you want that for?”

 For in it a message, a gift of luck for you and me.
A faith filled blessing for Saint Patrick’s Day. See?

Three hearts – the trinity, a gift from heaven above,
From the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, with love.

With the trinity of faith who needs any thing more?
Than the grace of the Savior, Christ Jesus our Lord!

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day and blessings to you,
From the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, too!

 © 2010 /set/Shari E. Transue
www.sharietransue.com