Monthly Archives: May 2015

Focus

Focus.

Is vital to contentment, I’m learning. Slowly learning. And even more slowly practicing.

The finished product. 

Focusing on being done with this, I’m finding, breeds frustrated rushing. 

In early 2014 a wise woman told me, via her writings, full attention to the moment slows time down. [source]

So here I am chiding myself for failing to quickly learn to slow down. 🙂

She says:

Life is not an emergency. 

And this, this is the only way to slow down time:

When I fully enter into the current moment with the weight of all my attention, I slow the torrent with the weight of me all here.
Ann Voskamp 

Welcoming Tuesday, Day 146 of 2015 
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Kathie

Like It or Not

24 and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed. 2 Peter 2:24 [source]

Yes. Same verse. Second day. Focus today: He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross,

The filth of our sins poured into Him. He who NEVER committed even one of them experienced the filth of each of them. And not just the deadly feeling of the filth but the actual legal guilt of our sins were imposed on Him, personally in His own body! 

What sins? 

Lets review just a few.

  1. You shall have no other gods before me.
  2. You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.
  3. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain,
  4. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
  5. Honor your father and your mother,
  6. You shall not murder. (Matthew 15:19, Matthew 5:21-22)
  7. You shall not commit adultery. (Matthew 5:28 – applies male and female)
  8. You shall not steal.
  9. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
  10. You shall not covet
    [source]

So which one have we NOT done?  For many of us when we consider the passages in Matthew, perhaps we have done them all.  Sobering? 

So. How grateful am I that He bore my sins in His body on the cross? (Like it or not) My behavior surely shows how grateful I am! 

Day 141 of 2015 ~ ~ Repentance. Perhaps our greatest need  ~~~ Kathie
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Why Don’t I?

A later posting than my usual and if as anticipated – short. 

24 “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.” [source] I Peter 2:24


My focus this morning: so that we might die to sins. Since He died. And it was a cruel death. A substitutionary death. Since He died so I COULD die to sins, why don’t I? At least more than I do? 

Day 140 of 2015 ~ ~ Repentance. Perhaps our greatest need  ~~~ Kathie
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Imperative First

As I sit to write it is late Sunday evening, looking toward the morning to come. What will the morning light bring? And what will mid of day and evening’s last beams shine across our path?  

Whatever comes this is strength:

20 always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father; [source] Ephesians 5:20

Perhaps we should add the preceding verses for practical steps to verse 20. 

15 Therefore, pay careful attention to how you conduct your life — live wisely, not unwisely. 16 Use your time well, for these are evil days. 17 So don’t be foolish, but try to understand what the will of the Lord is.
18 Don’t get drunk with wine, because it makes you lose control. Instead, keep on being filled with the Spirit — 19 sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs to each other; sing to the Lord and make music in your heart to him; [source]

The giving of thanks in all things is preceded by careful attention to my conduct, your conduct, yielding to the Holy Spirit moment by moment; choosing to praise (I don’t do this well consistently yet). I am often reminded lately our praying may need to change. Often now when I hear the admonishment to ask GOD to move among us, to plead with Him to take control of our lives, to do a great work among us, I believe I hear Him saying You don’t have to convince Me to work My Little One, what is needed is for you to stop resisting ME; do what you have learned already and dig in for more, then you will see ME. 

ABBA, I pray for the will to stop resisting You; the will to choose to praise You in all ways and on all days; to yield to Your Filling, to yield and obey The WORD I know and be open for more learning. Thank You for repeated opportunities, as many as we need to do this life on purpose and on course, not attending the urgent primarily day after day but rather the important, the imperative first. Help me to be yielding and planning and then planning and yielding. I get that, ABBA. Please don’t let me forget. And, ABBA, for every Reader that will say Amen, I ask this for them too, in JESUS Holy Name. 

Day 138 of 2015 ~ ~ Repentance. Perhaps our greatest need  ~~~ Kathie
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