Alabaster Box… A lesson of faith, mercy, humility, grace and forgiveness

Photo: The Alabaster Box Company

Photo: The Alabaster Box Company

I’ve been pondering lately scripture about the woman and the alabaster box. Little did I know Cece Winans also has a song about it… I’ve posted a link below. 

This also brings to mind the following scripture:

“But he who did not know, yet committed things deserving of stripes, shall be beaten with few. For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask the more.” ~Luke 12:48

In the keeping with scripture and gifts, blessings

“To whom much is given (mercy [or fill in with what you’ve been given]) from him much will be required (more mercy). To go deeper still, if I’ve been shown Mercy, then I’ve also received forgiveness (of course upon asking) so if I’ve been forgiven, I must also forgive in greater measure than the forgiveness I’ve been given and give mercy in greater measure than that which I’ve received. God operates, not in addition, but multiplication… as in the verse “21 Then Peter came to Him and said, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?”
22 Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.” ~Mathew 18:21-22

Then grace, which is of God, bringing humility.

“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” ~Ephesians 2:8-9

“For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.” ~John 1:17
“And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” ~2 Corinthians 12:9

A Sinful Woman Is Forgiven

36 Then one of the Pharisees asked Him to eat with him. And He went to the Pharisee’s house, and sat down to eat. 37 And behold, a woman in the city who was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at the table in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster flask of fragrant oil, 38 and stood at His feet behind Him weeping; and she began to wash His feet with her tears, and wiped them with the hair of her head; and she kissed His feet and anointed them with the fragrant oil. 39 Now when the Pharisee who had invited Him saw this, he spoke to himself, saying, “This Man, if He were a prophet would know who and what manner of woman this is who is touching Him, for she is a sinner.”
40 And Jesus answered and said to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.”
So he said, “Teacher, say it.”
41 “There was a certain creditor who had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. 42 And when they had nothing with which to repay, he freely forgave them both. Tell Me, therefore, which of them will love him more?”
43 Simon answered and said, “I suppose the one whom he forgave more.”
And He said to him, “You have rightly judged.” 44 Then He turned to the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave Me no water for My feet, but she has washed My feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head. 45 You gave Me no kiss, but this woman has not ceased to kiss My feet since the time I came in. 46 You did not anoint My head with oil, but this woman has anointed My feet with fragrant oil. 47 Therefore I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little.”
48 Then He said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”
49 And those who sat at the table with Him began to say to themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?”
50 Then He said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you. Go in peace.” ~Luke 7:36-50

Opened Alabaster BoxThis caption from The Alabaster Box Company was with the Alabaster box photos on this post. 

‘The Alabaster Box has become a symbol of surrender and devotion to God.  It symbolizes this through the testimony of Mary’s offering of her alabaster box of ointment to the Lord Jesus, when she anointed His feet before His death. Matt 26:7 “There came unto him a woman having an alabaster box of very precious ointment, and poured it on his head, as he sat at meat.” (KJV)

In ancient times it was not uncommon for a young woman to acquire an alabaster box filled with precious perfumed ointment.  This precious gift would often be presented to the young girls husband as a token of her commitment to him.  This custom has been lost for hundreds of years, but can easily be taught to young people today.  Young ladies again can display and take part in this beautiful picture of commitment to purity and devotion to God. 

This can be illustrated beautifully by making the presentation of the alabaster box with its precious ointment during the wedding ceremony.  Like the original alabaster boxes, the alabaster box is designed to be opened only once, this is done by breaking the seal that holds the lid on.  Unlike a white wedding dress that is rarely seen before or after the wedding ceremony, the alabaster box can be given years in advance, using it to encourage young people to a higher standard.  After the wedding it can be displayed as a reminder of the commitment that has been made, as well as a testimony to the next generation.’

Divine appointments

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Amazing how God works. The way He suddenly shows up, romances you and invites you to dance. A dance, He lovingly, gently takes the lead showing one step and then the next. Not like a journey, though it is part of that, but often a journey is associated with a specific task or destination. A dance is a time of bonding. God sends the invitation to not just walk with Him, but be led by Him. There is some conversation, but there is more flow, like a melody. Your eyes are fixed on Him, you trust His lead and follow. The lights are dim, focusing your every move on His. You don’t look at where you’re going, you follow. It’s a time of spiritual growth and increased trust. It’s a time of change in the natural, but in the spiritual, there is peace, flow, and a feeling of holding on to the eternal. Some may call it a season, or a change of season. Right now, I simply choose to enjoy the dance.

 

 

The Struggle

We are opposites in basic ways, Jesus and I, yet by giving my life over to Him, we become one. I don’t mean opposite as in “opposed” or deliberately rebellious.

8 For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord.  “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9

He goes on to say:

10 “For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven,
And do not return there,
But water the earth,
And make it bring forth and bud,
That it may give seed to the sower
And bread to the eater

He plants a seed that flourishes in obedience. He “feeds” us on these words through study and obedience.

See, Jesus is the Son of God, with perfect righteous blood. He now sits at the right hand of the Father. It also seems a paradox to me that we come to Him broken in so many ways, yet, He was whole and made broken. He suffered immeasurably for our sin. We suffer because of sin. He came to resolve the issue of sin and heal our wounds. “But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.” – Isaiah 53:5 “who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed.” – 1 Peter 2:24

He came in the flesh for many reasons; most of them are difficult to “wrap our minds around.”  The law could give us the way to live, but couldn’t rescue us. The law gave us rules, but we needed an example. Our disconnect with God left us with a longing to get closer to Him. The list is infinite; our needs couldn’t be met unless or until He came to bridge us with His Father, that we might also call Him FATHER. The scripture reads, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life”. -John 3:16

See Jesus was born Holy, but because He was flesh as we are, He was tempted as we are. If Jesus needed alone-time with God to communicate and live obediently, how much more do we need to be in constant prayer. Jesus was born whole, wholly of God and wholly flesh. He needed guidance from the Holy Spirit as we do, “Then Jesus, being filled with the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness”, – Luke 4:1  “Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.”  -Mathew 4:1 also, “And He was there in the wilderness forty days,tempted by Satan, and was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered to Him. -Mark 1:13 during this time he fasted, “And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry.” – Mathew 4:2 Jesus answered every temptation with scripture, “But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’” – Mathew 4:4. When the disciples asked how they should pray, he answered, “

In this manner, therefore, pray:

Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
10 Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors.
13 And do not lead us into temptation,
But deliver us from the evil one.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen. – Mathew 6:9-13

He led by example. He experienced temptation and hardship as we do. His response to it makes the difference. He died a horrific, painful, shameful death, that we might live. he was tormented physically, that we might be made whole spiritually (and physically). “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” – John 10:10

A current personal struggle opened my eyes to a barrier, or wall I’ve been carrying that is interfering in my obedient walk with God. This causes anxiety and discomfort. I want to obey, and I could not understand, KNOWING He means well with me, why I was struggling so much with this. I finally realized that there is a deep wound there. Obeying in this area means some level of “discomfort”, venturing into unfamiliar territory. The discomfort of disobedience, however is worse. I don’t want the anxiety or internal wall that is truly like spiritual indigestion. We also can’t grow in disobedience. It hinders our walk with God. I now realize that this “wound” has festered and was “improperly bandaged”; it’s a heart issue. Taking that “bandage” off means pain. It means I have to deal with junk I’d rather not face. It means I have to be “real” and to some extent public about my struggle. The issue is that apparent to others. There isn’t one simple quick fix. My comfort in this is that I have an example, the scriptures previously mentioned show me, He went before me and continues to do so. He will make my paths straight as I deal with this issue. I will trust Him more than ever as I go through this. I will be refined through the fire. “I will bring the one–third through the fire, Will refine them as silver is refined, And test them as gold is tested. They will call on My name, And I will answer them. I will say, ‘This is My people’; And each one will say, ‘The Lord is my God.’” – Zechariah 13:9

“I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see. – Revelation 3:18

**All scripture is from the NKJV

 

I am the door

When you feel like no one understands what you’re going through or knows your situation… or feel alone and no one cares, there is one who does and is always with you regardless of your mistakes, shortcomings or circumstances. He went through it before us and for us so that we may have life and have it more abundantly  and as an example how to live. “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” John 10:10 NKJV His name is Jesus. The most amazing thing is His love is perfect, eternal and present regardless what we believe or how we behave.  “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit” 1 Peter 3:18 NKJV

This is not an excuse or permission to continue living the way we want, rather an invitation to learn His ways and follow Him. He came as our perfect example, not that we become perfection as He is, but that we love as He does, perfecting our love for ourselves and each other. He lives for everyone, “that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.” Mathew 5:45 NKJV

“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8 NKJV

He loves you where you are, wherever you are, but He doesn’t want to leave us there. The gift of grace is available to all. You only have to accept it. He will meet you there, and from there take you places you could only dream of. Letting Him in is the first step.  “I am the door of the sheep.” John 10:7 NKJV

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How is God like the wind?

spiritThe wind is a powerful, yet sometimes elusive thing. Unlike God, it is not always constant. He is with us, whether we always feel it or not. Ever had that whimsical distant feeling from a close friend? We all have. Why shouldn’t our feelings play the same tricks on our hearts and minds when it comes to God? Sometimes we feel like God isn’t there,  or doesn’t care, but He is and He does. I can’t see the wind, except evidenced by leaves blowing across the ground or swaying the trees in its wake, or ripples and waves on a body of water. If you’re not looking, you don’t see it. At the same time, we certainly are capable of feeling God’s presence. Like being isolated in a building, if we don’t open the curtains and windows of our souls and let Him in, we are in darkness. By the same token we need to step outside our comfort zone sometimes to greet Him. God likes to speak in whispers most of the time, a gentle breeze on a sunny day. Sometimes, however, He shouts to us. He wants to bless us, whether we deserve it or not. His grace is sufficient.

9 And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. ~ 2 Chorinthians 12:9 NKJV

8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast. ~ Ephesians 2: 8-9

See, there isn’t anything we can do in our own power to truly please God. But, things happen when we surrender ourselves in repentance, glorify Him in all things and seek first His kingdom. What I’m getting at is that works, good deeds, being a good person, even good character isn’t enough. We need a savior to rescue us from our wickedness. He is so Holy, Good, Sovereign… He is Love. We will never attain or come close to that good. Nothing we do will ever come close to His greatness.  Our works will never suffice.

6 But we are all like an unclean thing, And all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags; We all fade as a leaf, And our iniquities, like the wind, Have taken us away. ~ Isaiah 64:6 NKJV

The only way to please God is by faith. Submission to Him as all powerful, all knowing, and loving regardless of our circumstances.

6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. ~ Hebrews 11:6 NKJV

He blesses all of us, the rain falls on the just and the unjust, but we are tested in our faith. When things look the darkest, most bleak, for those with faith, who don’t lose their faith, God blesses abundantly. As Hebrews 11:6 states, “He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. Why is it so hard for people to find God? Simply, many of us throw in the towel too soon. We don’t forgive our neighbor (spouse, family, friends, acquaintances), we write off blessings to our own strengths (who, do you think gave you that strength?), we see the world as the world wants us to see things. Many believe there is no God because bad things happen to good people. But, we are not to conform to this world.

2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. ~Romans 12:2

We renew our minds by studying His word and seeking His presence. If we had the slightest notion of how much He truly loves us, we couldn’t help but love Him back. So many refuse to see His goodness, His purity, or Holiness. That is tragic at best. He sends people to minister to us, He knows you by name, has numbered the hairs on your head, but, because life is messy, we assume He doesn’t. It’s not He who takes the bumps out of the road, but gives us comfort during those hard knocks and difficult times. He gives us hope. We have an enemy, that, when you know God, becomes just as visible as the wind. Not always transparent, but visible. When you feel at your worst, and everything is coming down around you, open the curtains, let the light in and feel the gentle love of God pour out on you as you open the window. Only you can open it. He’s waiting on the other side. Honestly, what is there to loose?

“He is a great gentleman. He will not push us to go deeper when we’re not ready. He patiently waits to be desired.”

1/18/2014 Entry 2 am

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God, thank you, NO… I mean it! Not just for your blessings but for who you are. This is my desire; to seek you daily. In the small things. Like the petals of a flower. Tell me again Lord the story of how you rescued me. As I count the petals of the flower… “He loves me”, “He loves me”, “He loves me”… DAILY: He loved me first so I can love Him to the last. Not just through the good times, but through all times.

Relationships are messy. Sometimes we want to give up. Throw in the towel. Not God. Just when you thought you were ready to give up give in, or sell out… a new bouquet (almost looks like  beaucoup! A bouquet of  beaucoup blessings! More petals… are there thorns in those roses? Who cares? When the fragrance hits us. Twofold… our sins is repugnation to God our sincere praise, worship and prayer on the other hand are incense or a perfume to His nostrils. Childbirth – painful? YES. But one look, that first look into your child’s eyes, is it not worth all of it? OH! So there you are, this blessing I have carried, nourished and toiled over for 9 1/2 months. Did it come quickly Was it overnight? NO.

Blessings come in the strangest wrappings, but they are sometimes birthed through trial and error.

The Seed:
The seed has been planted, but only a GOOD seed (the ones that come from the heart) will reap a harvest. See, if your heart isn’t in it, you can’t make the distance. A good seed is only as good as the farmer. In other words, good seed will only harvest through nurture. It must be watered in prayer – DAILY. God doesn’t need to be reminded of our seed does He? After all, He is sovereign, all knowing, WHY  then should we remind Him? To show Him WE care! He loves us, true. This is a RELATIONSHIP, a deep bonding. If we don’t communicate DAILY, it will begin to whither. See, you can walk out on God. He will still bless you, because He loves you. YOU, on the other hand, will miss the bouquet. Name your seed. Today, I plant a rose. … Shakespeare. 

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” – William Shakespeare

NO. There is one God. His name is Yaweh, His Son is Jesus and the Holy Spirit goes before Him.

(We have hardships in life because we have an enemy!A blessing blocker.) The Holy Spirit woos you, Jesus saves you and God loves you… before you were born.

“You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb.” —Psalms 139:13 NLT

See, YOU, yes, YOU were created with a purpose. A divine assignment The enemy loves to hold us in bondage, to sin, to poverty, to leave us longing…

Brings to mind A Knight’s Tale quote:
“You have been weighed, you have been measured, and you have been found wanting. In what world could you possibly beat me?”

The enemy wants us to feel defeated before we’ve even begun. We long for deep intimacy, but in man this is flawed. We are to seek God above all else. When we fill our hearts desires with things of this world, we are left wanting. Wanting more of something that is ever elusive. What we end up with is sin and a jumbled mess inside.

We long for more, more sin more possessions, more success (or failure), more money, more control, more power over our lives. You have a vice – the enemy gifted that to you and I promise – the wrapper was irresistible – at first. Then you were hooked – well there is an escape.

“Stop loving this evil world and all that it offers you, for when you love the world, you show that you do not have the love of the Father in you”. – 1 John 2:15 NLT

We were destined for more! Wealth you ask? Yes. Abundance? Yes. Success? Yes. R-E-S-P-O-N-S-I-B-I-L-I-T-Y? Buckle up – OH YES!!! YES! YES! YES!

Is there something you hate? I mean absolutely despise? Poverty? Children starving? Porn? – Child exploitation? Drugs maybe? The destruction left in its wake? Ignorance? The woes of a lack of education? Gambling? self destruction? Pick your poison. There are many to choose from.

“The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give life in all its fullness.” —John 10:10 NLT

Do not be deceived, Jesus came so that we may have life and have it more abundantly.

Pick one, this will be your flower, your seed. YOUR BURDEN!

You wonder what God was thinking when He created you? Well, WORLD-CHANGER for starters. See His desire is to reach ALL the world – YES, YOU – EVERY ONE, your family, friends…the list goes on, WHY? HE LOVES YOU!

See, by seeking Him first you change, your heart changes. Your world view changes. YOU begin to make a difference. Small and incremental, maybe like a seed, you grow. Your burden grows! You want to make a difference. It’s NO LONGER about YOU. It’s about HIM. See, when you put Him first BIG things happen; first in you, then around you.

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God begins a work in you the moment you believe and ask sincere forgiveness.

You aren’t the same on the inside. Did you know you get a new name? A name from God. You have a new identity It is something you will GROW into. God thinks BIG. Look at the universe. Do we have one or two stars? No Billions on billions. Same for your identity in Him. You are HIS child. He is KING. What does that make you? OH YES! Not just His child, but a Princess, a Prince! You are an heir/heiress. NOT by entitlement, but by HIS Grace. You are forgiven of your sins not by your works,or overcoming temptation (Satan’s seed for sin) BUT through HIS MERCY.

God doesn’t give us more than we can bear… REALLY? I give my life to God and poof! I have no worries? Oh, NO, you become more aware that you have an enemy to fight! (Remember your burden?) Yes, now you are to go to battle for His kingdom.

“For we are not fighting against people made of flesh and blood, but against the evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against those mighty powers of darkness who rule this world, and against wicked spirits in the heavenly realms.” – Ephesians 6:12 NLT

I hear you, ‘WAIT! What happened to the heir/heiress thing? PRINCE, PRINCESS?” Well, you’re born again into His kingdom but you must fight in defense for that kingdom. We are His hands and feet by the words of our testimony. We are not entitled to anything. We are born with an enemy He knows you have destiny. The more he distracts you with YOUR desires in THIS world, the less effective you become in God’s kingdom.

Example: The more I spend on MY wants, not NEEDS, the less I have for God’s kingdom. Sound crazy? It’s not. See everything has a price. Sin cost Jesus His life. NOT HIS sin, but sin. He died so we can be closer to God. He is NOT a “get out of hell free” card. How much does it cost to feed a soul? Clothe a soul? How much did someone invest to reach you? A church pew, chair, building, time, effort? You have questions that demand answers. It costs someone something to answer you. It comes back to your burden and your seed. How much of yourself, money, time and effort can you give?… to reach someone in the trenches? … for eternal life, and a life of abundance. Sometimes we get more than we can bear, though that is not a bad thing. The enemy will attack, there are hardships in life. BUT, when we lean on Him and Godly council, we will get through it. He is waiting on the other side of it. He sends His angels to us for protection, guidance and comfort. Why? Because life is full of hardships.

“And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor,  who will never leave you.” —–John 14:16 NLT (Other translations refer to Counselor as Comforter – meaning the Holy Spirit)

He knows this. He gave His only Son for us. Jesus suffered for us. For YOU more specifically. It’s simple. The enemy has one primary goal – to STOP you. And we let him, we get weak, we fall, in short we fail God, BUT, we also GET BACK UP! When we repent (sincerely apologize) we GET BACK UP! and, guess what? eventually we get back up and stand we STAND TALL. It’s not the falling down that God counts, it’s the standing up. “I don’t get this walking thing, I give up!” – said no one —- EVER. We were born to walk upright. Those who truly can NOT long for it. Find your burden, find your identity in Christ.

My personal reflection, I choose to strive for a Godly life so

1) I can have an intimate relationship with Christ.

2) I can reach someone struggling.

—That is my burden.

How can I help someone get through something I haven’t been delivered from? Being a Christian is not a destination, it is a journey. A relationship – eternal relationship.

When you are saved, the angels in heaven rejoice! Your eternal friendship – no deeper than that relationship with God has begun. Jesus suffered in this world so we don’t have to suffer eternally. We will have hardships, but WITH God, we can endure and overcome them. When your sacrifice is greater than your burden, MIRACLES happen.

When you get closer to God, you….

1) Have a burden for the lost.

2)Have a burden for your own vices. – OVERCOMER

3) You look OUT, not IN

4) You grow into your identity with Christ.

5) You find peace and joy in your circumstance.

6) You fight for God. – this is crucial. You are willing to endure whatever the enemy throwns your way to be closer to God. KNOWLEDGE of God turned to action changes your heart. Heart knowledge = COMPASSION.

1/22/14 Date with God

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Date with God

Does this sound absurd? What? Date God? Yes. We are to pray without ceasing, which means communicate with Him all day, about everything and anything. I’m no expert on relationships, but we generally make time for what’s important. What I’m getting at is that any intimate relationship requires alone time. A special time set aside just to be together. One-on-one away from the busy-ness of life. A time to get to know each other on a deeper level. God calls us to this time. We should do it daily. God loves early mornings. You see, the day is young and it is like tithing the first part of your day. I would think from God’s perspective – it’s His gift. Just as children on Christmas morning, anxiously awaiting presents under the tee. His presence is a gift in itself. When you give a gift, you’re anxious. You can’t wait to see their expression. Will they like it? Will they pass it on? Will they return it? Sometimes we second-guess ourselves. Not God. He knows what the day holds – the good, the bad, the ugly. He wants to be a part of it. Yet, he gives us this day to try again to “get it right”. He waits patiently. OH! But when we thank Him and greet Him in return, what a beautiful day indeed! When we are mindful of Him, our decisions improve. We can’t change the past, but the future is an open door. When we open our lives to Him, and our minds, our future becomes brighter than our past. Okay, you say, but my kids are out of control, the boss is difficult, and life is a bit disheveled. Try it! Get God’s perspective first. BASK in His presence. Once there, time has no beginning or end, you don’t want to go back to the busy-ness of the world. Linger is the only word i can find, you just want to linger in His presence. Yet, we rob God, and ourselves of these precious moments. Seek and ye shall find. Seek. Seek Him with your heart and what you find may surprise you. This doesn’t mean things will be easy, or God will give in to every whim. After all He is God, not us. Date God, make time for Him daily. Allow Him into every detail of your life. That “thing” someone did that hurt so deeply – take it to Him, love Him, spend time. Nothing is too small for God. You’ll find healing there. When you are blessed, give some away; share it. Let His love for you be passed on to someone else. We are a light, don’t hide it or let it be dimmed.