secret surrender

Secret- something that is kept or meant to be unknown by others. Surrender- to submit to authority. Isn’t it strange how the application of words can define situations. For most people thanksgiving preparation can be daunting, can you imagine the stress level when your oven goes out in the middle of your mac & cheese cooking. There is no one in the management office, the phone mailbox is full and you don’t know the emergency maintenance number. You begin to consider your options, although you wanted a nice family dinner at home; surrendering to circumstances you can’t control becomes the option to take.

We often find ourselves in situations which require us to surrender, for instance we do it to settle disagreements by changing our position. Adam and Eve had no idea they were surrendering humankind to the hidden secret of the enemy, his deception lead man into a world of decay and disobedience seeking to be greater than their Creator. In secret they surrendered to the wrong power; blinded by the lie they strayed from divine love and truth. The curse of their fall is still a plague on mankind today. Each act of hatred we silently surrender to the enemy; through greed, unkindness, selfishness, envy, murder, lying and unforgiveness we surrender to the wrong power.

This power is loveless, self seeking, and it’s only goal is the destruction of man. For more than 2000 years he has roamed the earth, decay following every footstep; binding up the souls of the deceived. He implies there is no hope of freedom from the chains of sin he has bound his captives with. In secret Love and Truth met with Grace and Mercy, they refused to remain hidden; enclosed in flesh they came into the world of decay and suffering seeking to save the lost; bringing redemption and restoration. The enemy began a furious attack, but; Grace and Mercy showed its strength on behalf of man. AS Love hang bleeding on the tree He silently surrendered to Gods will and the fate of the enemy was finally sealed.

Man’s freedom was purchased, the price paid; Love won the war, eternity assured when He rose from the grave for all willing to surrender ALL to Love.

My revelation as I sit by the pool of grace

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the question

The twilight of life is drawing near, the years pass quickly; as memories fade with time. Faces, cherished experiences and places float away from the mind like leaves on the wind. The question is asked ” what are you grateful for?” The mind comes alive as the bells of thought ring summoning the answers to attention. Life, the breath of God in the body; the first bell to ring, for it is written with His hands He formed man from the dust of the ground and breathe into his nostrils the breath of life and man became a living soul. Choice, the second bell to ring; He didn’t want to control mankind as robotic beings, but; to share His love with those who would love Him back freely and unconditionally.

To have the opportunity to decide for ones self the direction to go whether it is right or wrong, the consequences good or bad and to know it is always possible to start over again. Sacrifice, the third bell to ring; the story of a man whos life paved the way for redemption to all who lost their way and separated themselves from the heart of love. As He walked among men He reminded us that self is most important when it caters to the needs of others, love is the greatest gift we can give and no sacrifice should be to great for those you love; death being the ultimate gift. Time, the fourth bell to ring, no one can say how long or short the life journey will be, however; each day brings a new chance to change what we did wrong the day before. To say “I’m sorry” for things done or said that hurt the heart.

To rethink our actions in the clear light of a new morning, to realize no tomorrow is promised and value the opportunity each day brings. Family, the fifth bell to ring; many pearls tied together on one string, the foundation for life’s journey. Every foundation different and unique, many branches on a tree firmly planted in fertile ground. As branches break away the tree continues to grow, strengthening the branches that remain. Recognizing the traits of the ancestors in each generation that follows, allowing love for each member to overcome any difficulties or misunderstandings that come to divide and conquer or separate one from the other. The sixth bell was Truth, to know the truth as it is in Jesus the Christ who alone can set one free. Through the mirror of Christ we see ourselves as we truly are; covered in filthy rags, selfish and self centered, envious, and deceived.

The true reflection of our character causes us to seek redemption and transformation which is only found when we submit our will to the will of Jesus our redeemer. The final bell that rang was Joy, my heart began to smile as thoughts of joy filled every cavity within it. The song of birds, the brilliance of the sunshine, the fragrance of flowers and the smell of the air after a spring shower. A baby’s first smile, first words and first steps. The very first time the words “I love you” are said and when the words “forgive me” heal a wounded heart. I’m over come with joy and my thoughts begin to recapture memories lost with time. I have found that joy centered in Jesus, the question I pose to you is “what are you grateful for?”

My revelation as I sit by the pool of grace

prayer of thanksgiving

Thank you for the bloody tree on which you gave your life for me. So unworthy of the grace you gave to set my sinful soul free, I was hopeless and lost in sins misery. I can’t imagine where I would be if your love had not rescued me. Now with clear eyes a new world I see, full of splendor and majesty. Nature sings your song, my heart rejoices at it’s melody. Thank you for each new day no matter what may come my way.

You’re ever present to hold my hand when I feel weak and cannot stand. Thank you for every tear cried, for pain, laughter, family and friends; for lessons learned through the years. For every new branch on the family tree and all the love showered on me. Thank you for your spirit to guide me along the way, strengthen me against temptation; that I will no stray. To develop my character with each new day, teaching me how to love the agape way. Thank you for the unconditional love that covers all my faults, for redeeming me back to the Father; so I won’t be lost, but by your grace and mercy I shall stand upon the Heavenly sea of glass.

I thank you with all I am and ever hope to be, Thank you Jesus for loving me

My revelation as I sit by the pool of grace

forever grateful

Lost in the dark night, no light in sight

could not see the path that lay before me

The road rocky beneath my feet I stumbled and

fell upon my knees, crying out in the darkness; help please

Unseen hands lifted me peace I couldn’t understand assured me I

would master the path. Guided step by step as if someone was holding

my hand I found myself on smoother land. The night had ended on the

horizon I can see light. The sun has risen in me, no darkness in sight.

The joy of the Lord has filled my soul, finally I have been made whole.

I am forever grateful

My revelation as I sit by the pool of grace

the prince of darkness

On October 31 in various places many will celebrate what is commonly known as Halloween, all saints day, or day of the dead. This is mostly a pagan practice which dates back centuries. It’s history is shadowed by things associated with darkness, however; today it is celebrated as a time for children to dress up in costume and go from house to house requesting candy or treats. If by chance you have no candy or treats, you just might get a trick played on you. Everyday in someway we are being desensitized to the darkness which is consuming our lives.

It is said the greatest deception perpetrated on mankind is believing the evil one (Satan) does not exist. My question to you is, if you can believe in ultimate good, why is it so hard to believe in ultimate evil? Through the many avenues of media we have turned off our senses to the world we live in which is rapidly changing into a very dark place. The prince of darkness has staked his claim and is capturing the hearts of many through tv we watch, books we read, and laws that govern us.

Violence is rampant, we are losing our humanity; no value for life, we so easily take that which we have no power to give. Our children have become prey, spaces that were once considered zones of safety for them are disappearing. Every mother worries when her child leaves home if this will be the last hug or goodbye. The beauty of our world is being hidden under a basket, seldom do we hear the news of love and kindness being shown, we are being force feed; greed, popularity, selfishness, violence and destructive lifestyles as a normal way of life.

Mankind fell with the deception of our first parents, today our world is beginning to resemble the world in the days of Noah, Sodom & Gomorrah and Nineveh; all which were destroyed for their wickedness. We were warned to not fall prey to the prince of darkness, 1Peter 5:8 says” Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour”. Jesus tells us “I saw Satan fall like lightening from Heaven”. It is time to awake from sleep, take the blinders off; guard our eyes, ears, hearts and minds for the devil is real; not a figment of the imagination.

The enemy is always looking for his next victim to infect with evil and turn them from the love of the Father, don’t let it be you// We are told to resist the devil and he will flee from you, Jesus is our helper and will give us strength to stand against the temper; we can be victorious through Him.

My revelation as I sit by the pool of grace

trash dump

It was a dream coming true, they had longed for a home of their own for some time; finally keys in hand their new life could begin. Everyone wanted to love in this community; it had good schools, greenery lined streets, and a park was directly across from their new home; who could ask for more. In front of the garage set two very large shining trash containers reflecting the sunlight. As time passed those shiny cans began to dull, stains began to accumulate on every surface.

There were times the trash just would not stay in them, it would be all over the sides and the surrounding ground. Each week the cans would be set at the end of the driveway and emptied by a city refuse worker, sometimes the cans would get banged up and dented by mistreatment. Have you ever given any thought to what happens to all the trash collected? Where do they take it? How do they get rid of it? Do we ever think of cleaning the trash cans, restoring them to the shiny cans they were in the beginning .

We are just like those shiny new cans, we are born into this sin stained world seeing it through eyes of amazement and hope. We were each created uniquely wonderful with an appointed road to travel, a road that would eventually lead us to our greatest love and purpose. Unfortunately, in this life we have all made choices that cause us to change our direction and walk a different path. I’m sure you’ve heard the old saying “all that glitters ain’t gold”.

Along this path we begin to collect trash; our eyes collect trash from the movies we watch, books we read, social media we indulge in and copying the trends in fashion we see. Our ears collect trash from the things we hear and our mouths repeat or speak trash we have accumulated as we walk the path, we become trash dumps; not realizing we have assimilated the sinful world in which we live. Our hearts have become completely contaminated by sin.

How do we get back on track? Where can we empty the trash in our lives? How can we clean away all the stains of sin? It’s sad to say, but; we are just like those cans setting at the end of the driveway, we can’t empty ourselves. We need the loving hands of the Ultimate Refuse worker, He is not afraid to get dirty; He will do whatever it takes to empty out the trash and restore us to a shining reflection of Himself. Jesus is His name, ONLY He can cleanse the heart and renew in us the right spirit.

My revelation as I sit by the pool of grace

The greatest need

If asked “what is your greatest need”, what would your response be? How long would you think about the question before you could answer it? We all at one time or another think our problems could be solved by having more material possessions. In our world we see money and power as most essential in meeting our desires; whatever we can’t obtain with power, money will buy for us. Yet, there are so many things we fail to recognize as necessary to life money nor power can control.

The air we breathe, the sunlight, rain, fresh water from a spring, the peace we find in nature, the melody of birds singing, the beauty of spring flowers and the relief found in forgiveness. All necessary, all free; all available to everyone. Throughout history man has struggled to fill the emptiness in his life with things, only to find they are not enough to satisfy his longing for completeness; which is the greatest need. We are fractured people living in a fractured world, looking for love in all the wrong places.

We travel down one road after another all of them leading to dead ends. ONLY when we realize what we are missing in our lives is the connection to our Creator which was lost when man fell can the voids in our lives be filled. The Father through the Son has made the path clear that we can find the way home and reconnect. Connection to the Son, Jesus the Christ is mankind’s greatest need; receiving Him in the heart opens the door to Heavens storehouse. All that we need can be found in Him.

Thank you Father that your love for us would not leave us in our sinful condition, disconnected from true love and lost in darkness. Jesus so willingly gave of Himself that we could find completeness in Him and connect once again with the Father who can fill all the voids in the life of man.

My revelation as I sit by the pool of grace

Mirror of life

Looking through the lens of a camera you see the image of real life, when the picture is snapped the image can be reflected on paper; if properly cared for the picture can last a very long time. When we look into the mirror of life what is reflected is what we have been taught by example or experience. I’m sure you’ve heard the expression,” that’s the way mommy did it and papa did it , so that’s the way I do it”.

Some reflect joy and compassion when looking in the mirror, while; others reflect sadness and hostility. In some cases the mirror will crack and in others it will be shattered into pieces. It is said the eyes are the window to the soul, they capture what we think we are hiding on the inside, but; the pain of a dying soul is reflected from the eyes. The happy mask we wear can be deceptive, yet; the eyes don’t lie, the truth is reveled through them.

Whether your life mirror is cracked or shattered, there is hope; the same loving hands that created the worlds wants to re-create you; to gently collect your broken pieces putting them together again more beautiful than before. He will smooth all the ruff edges, clean away the dirt and debris and polish your mirror until it beams with pure light. The light that only pure love can give.

His love will be reflected from your mirror of life, it’s glow drawing others to His love through your daily walk with Him. Souls seeking repair will be captivated by the joy of restoration emanating from your eyes. There are no cracked or shattered mirrors that are excluded, none are beyond repair; the cost of restoration has been paid in full for all who wish to be renewed.

If for any reason you feel you are unrepairable, just remember the Potter wants to put you back together again, His love will reach you wherever you are; none will He turn away who seeks His love and restoration; He has said “when you seek Him you will find Him”.

My revelation as I sit by the pool of grace

Be assurred

How often do you wish you had a guarantee of success when you begin a task? You want to be sure it will be successful, failure is not an option. Unfortunately, life holds no guarantees; success can be a long arduous process. Often we look at others and think their success came overnight not realizing the sacrifice and rejections they endured before they were graced with reward.

Can you think of anything in life you can be assurred of? I have ponder this question, the following is what was revealed to me; we can be assured the sun will rise and set, the seasons will change, flowers will bloom then wither away, life will give way to death, the moon and stars will light up the night sky and the most important of all is God will always love us.

I know some don’t feel they are loved, life has presented to them a hopeless picture; sorrow is their constant companion and joy eludes them. Nothing they do seems to turn out beneficial, It is to those who think this way I bring this message of assurance; no matter the circumstances you may find yourself in, God loves you and has a plan for your life. Jeremiah 31:3 tells us by faith in Jesus the Christ, we are now loved by God in the same way that the Father loves His Son.

It is a everlasting love that has always been and will always be, He has promised never to leave or forsake us; nothing we do will seperate us from His love. We can be assured if we call on Him He will answer. No pit is to deep He can’t reach us, no mountain to high or river to wide; there are no circumstances He can’t change. When we allow the light of His love shining through Jesus the Christ to change our hearts we become a new creation in Him.

Because we live in a fractured world we will experience trials from time to time, but; we can be assured that Jesus the Christ will be with us through them all. His love is faithful, unchangeable, and forgiving. If we believe He was born, died on a hilltop, and was resurrected from death; we have the blest assurance we will be saved and live eternally with Him.

My revelation as I sit by the pool of grace.

Glorious Day

The day began like so many before it, yet; there was a unexplainable essence that seemed to hover around them that announced this one would be different. It was not unusual for the teacher to spend His time in solitude and prayer, but; this time it had been all night. As daylight dawned the twelve saw their master returning from the hillside, none of them could have imagined what new journey was about to unfold for them. Each day had brought new revelations of the man they so willingly followed.

Although they didn’t fully understand all His teachings, they knew He was special and His doctrines were in such contrast to those taught by the leaders of their time. They experienced the blind being healed, the lame walking, the dead raise to life again and the multitudes being feed with meager provisions. With all this there was still great opposition against Him who so freely gave of Himself, love emanated from every fiber of His being. Little did they know mankind was on the brink of doom.

His mission had come to it’s time of completion, soon their master, teacher, and friend would no longer walk with them; His time to rescue mankind from destruction had come. On more than one occasion He had tried to prepare them for this days coming, but; they couldn’t comprehend with clarity His message. A glorious day had begun, mans freedom from sin would be won, the price paid in blood from God’s ONLY Son. Redemptions story has been told from generation to generation.

A warning to all who would hear, to be prepared as another glorious day draws near. Each must decide what their fate will be, before the Master again appears in His Glory for all to see. There will be no place to run and no place to hide, it will be much to late to decide, a new glorious day begins wiping away all evil and sin. Make haste and seek the Saviors face, ask for His forgiveness and His grace. Please don’t continue to waste precious time, the Father wants no one left behind.

My revelation as I sit by the pool of grace