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Reflections

I’ve been spending some time reflecting on the headlines pertaining to current events.

As I’ve noted in previous posts on this blog, we have a choice about what we not only spend our time on, but also how we allow those things to engage with our hearts.

I’ve decided to give a little insight on this post, just how I’ve been approaching them.

Approaching them with a heart to not let them take over.

Hopefully, you will find this a helpful idea.

If your idea is different than mine, feel free to message me, or share in the comments.

My approach is by using scripture, God’s promise to me, to keep my heart in a place that is peaceful.

This is not to say that I am not disturbed by what I’m reflecting on, it is to say that my heart can be at rest in spite of it all.

It is the only thing I’ve tried that actually works.

The issues;

Sickness. Politics. Social unrest. Child pornography. Sex trafficking. Too many more to even comprehend.

When I think of SICKNESS; I reflect on 3 John 2 (NKJV) Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.

When I think of the current state of POLITICS; I reflect on 1 Timothy 2:1-2 which tells us to Pray for All People – First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.

When I think of the SOCIAL UNREST all around us; I reflect on 1 John 2:15-17 which tells us not to love the world; Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever. Loving the world more than God can only cause discord.

When I think of CHILD PORNOGRAPHY; I reflect on Luke 17:2 It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck and he were cast into the sea than that he should cause one of these little ones to sin.

When I think of SEX TRAFFICKING; I reflect on Psalm 82:3 that says to defend the cause of the weak and fatherless; maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed.

When I think of many other things disturbing the world we live in, too numerous to name; I reflect on Psalm 19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. Looking at His creation I can see His glory. This gives me hope everyday.

My approach is simple, and yet not always easy.

Sometimes this approach goes against the way we are wired.

This is where the decision making comes in.

I must decide if I want to be laden down with care and frustration, or filled with joy, and yes, even hope.

Maybe this post will help you to make some decisions for yourself?

Until next time …

Fullness of Joy – Now?

During these days of isolation; some are doing well.

Others, not so much.

Even those of us who enjoy the solitary space are beginning to get a little edgy.

In the Old Testament during the times of David, he similarly had feelings of being left alone in a difficult spot.

It was then that he cried out to God.

Maybe you have cried out something like this yourself.

How Long, O Lord?

13 How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever?
    How long will you hide your face from me?
How long must I take counsel in my soul
    and have sorrow in my heart all the day?
How long shall my enemy be exalted over me?

Consider and answer me, O Lord my God;
    light up my eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death,
lest my enemy say, “I have prevailed over him,”
    lest my foes rejoice because I am shaken.

5 But I have trusted in your steadfast love;
    my heart shall rejoice in your salvation.
I will sing to the Lord,
    because he has dealt bountifully with me.

Psalm 13 (ESV)

David took on a course of action.

He made some choices.

He prayed yet again;

You Will Not Abandon My Soul

16 Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge.
I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord;
    I have no good apart from you.”

As for the saints in the land, they are the excellent ones,
    in whom is all my delight.

The sorrows of those who run after another god shall multiply;
    their drink offerings of blood I will not pour out
    or take their names on my lips.

The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup;
    you hold my lot.
The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
    indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.

7 I bless the Lord who gives me counsel;
    in the night also my heart instructs me.
I have set the Lord always before me;
    because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.

Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices;
    my flesh also dwells secure.
10 For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol,
    or let your holy one see corruption.

11 You make known to me the path of life;
    in your presence there is fullness of joy;
    at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

Psalm 16 (ESV)

Regardless of our circumstances we can make decisions that will cause are hearts to be glad, even when times are difficult.

In HIS presence is fullness of joy.

And that’s a promise!

Until next time …