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

A love supreme

When you think about the greatest expression of love, what comes to mind? For some it’s their families; parents and children, others their spouse or some material things. Love is viewed from many different perspectives; the artist paints a picture, the poet pens a poem, the musician writes a symphony and for some the grandeur of the world that surrounds them equates to love.

Love is such a simple word, yet; the intricacy of it is unfathomable. So many people love on the surface, they are present as long as nothing is required of them. Some will partially commit themselves to love as long as they don’t have to give to much. To say we love is as easy as opening the mouth and allowing the words to escape, but; when the heart is not the motivator the words are void of life.

Love is an action that is expressed by doing, it is easily recognized when displayed. It doesn’t wait to be called upon, it sees the need and responds; it gives without expectation of reward and it will sacrifice for others. It was the Love of God that created the worlds, it was a perfect love; a love supreme. Love that never gets tired, constantly forgives, is always ready to rescue those who lose their way and willing to sacrifice.

This is a love that never stops loving, even when it is rejected it continues to love; Gods heart was broken when His greatest creation was marred by disobedience and sin began, His love for man so strong He wrapped Himself in flesh and came to redeem mankind; He gave His life an expression of love so mankind could be free of sin, recreating His love in them again. For love no sacrifice is to great, in love there is life and that eternal.

My revelation as I sit by the pool of grace

While we wait

He considered it an emergency, after all he was hurting for two weeks, yet; here he is sitting in the waiting room. She needed that job, any job like yesterday; time was running out on her finances, soon they would be gone. She had placed applications all over the place, but; she still waited on a response. There are times in life when all hope is gone, friends are unable to help, resources seem non existent and you find yourself at the end of your rope. I heard a saying once about this very situation, “when you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hold on.”

Sounds simple, right; the answer is on the way, just wait. The messenger came to Him saying” Master the one that you love is sick”, yet; He stayed where He was for three more days. On the fourth day He said to His companions “let us go to Lazarus for he sleepiest and I go to wake him.” While the sisters of Lazarus waited for their friend to come, he died; four days had passed and it was believed his body had began to decompose. When they sent the message they were sure He would come and save their brother, can you imagine how they felt as they waited.

Can you imagine the questions they might have had when Lazarus died, after all they had heard how He gave sight to the blind, healed the lame, cleansed the lepers and cast out demons; surely He would heal their brother and His good friend. How disappointed they must have been when He didn’t come immediately to their brothers bed side. When He arrived the grief of the sisters weighed heavily on His heart, where have you laid him; He asked? Come and see was the response, it was a cave with a great stone covering the entrance.

Remove the stone was His instructions, but; Lord by this time he stink. Once the stone was removed He lifted His eyes to the heavens and with a resounding voice said ” Lazarus come forth”. To the amazement of all who stood by, there in the entrance wrapped in grave clothes stood Lazarus; lose him and let him go the Master said. At the voice of the Master even death must obey, it could no longer hold him that was set free. The sisters received their brother alive again, their waiting was not in vain. We must always remember no matter the circumstances God is still in control; His time is not our time and His ways are not our ways.

When we find ourselves in the waiting room of life, while we wait we must trust God will work everything out for our good. Through His son Jesus the Christ we are given the privilege to take all our burdens to Him. As He resurrected him who was dead, He can also bring back to life whatever has died or is dying in our lives, we just have to trust Him and wait.

My revelation as I sit by the pool of grace

thunder in a distance

Nature is an aphrodisiac, it touches us in the very core of our being. Many of us live such fast pace lives consumed by the hustle and bustle we fail to experience the beauty of our world. What we see in nature is God’s smile on the world He created. When we take the time to step aside from the busyness of life and seclude ourselves we can hear natures voice speaking to us. Long walks in the woods surrounded by trees standing tall, their branches reaching to the heavens quiets our spirits; peace and calm invade, sunlight touching our skin awakens every fiber of our being.

Have you every wondered how some people can sit on the bank of the river, stream or even a pond pole in hand quietly contemplating life all day whether there is a catch or not? To some this is a waste of time, yet; to others this is when in the solitude of nature they experience the presence of the Master. Maybe it’s at the top of a mountain top covered in snow, isolated from the clamor of the world; it could be just sitting on your porch listening to the rain gently falling from the sky. Whatever path we choose to connect with the beauty of the world that surrounds us, Gods handprint is evident.

Unfortunately, there is another side to nature; sin has caused destruction and devastation through nature. Typhoons, tornadoes, hurricanes, and tsunami plague our world, many souls lost. Thunder can be heard in a distance announcing the coming storm, lighting flashes as it draws nearer. It is at the first warning we should be preparing for the siege. We must seek our anchor before we find our selves in the middle of the storm fighting for survival. The anchor must be steadfast and immovable; strong enough to withstand the turbulence. Jesus the Christ is that anchor, in Him we can rest assured that He can calm the storm; remove the dark clouds and restore peace to our water of life.

When we are connected to the one who created nature, we don’t need to fear when we hear thunder in a distance, we just have to remember who’s sleeping in our boat.

My revelation as I sit by the pool of grace

the band played on

The melody of our lives is given to us when our light springs forth from the void of darkness. It is the rhythm by which we grow, become acquainted with our deepest desire, and attain knowledge of our connection to every other created thing. Hearts that reach out to hear the melody of other hearts as their life song plays. Some connections last unbroken by time or distance, some only last for a season, and some are instantly repelled because their melodies don’t blend together.

All creation has a song to sing, when we tune in we can hear the wind as it whispers to the trees, the stars and moon as they salute the night sky, and the streams as they gently kissing the shore. Have you ever wondered why you can hear a melody or song that no matter how much time has passed since you first heard it, it remains somewhere locked in your mind until you hear the beginning of it’s melody and like an old friend it rises from the ashes of memory to cause your heart to rejoice.

That’s the magic our song of life has, it can lift us when our hearts are heavy; when trouble blocks our pathway and we feel hopeless. Even when tragedy assails us the band plays on, the music never stops; just for a moment we may not hear it, but; the Great Conductor of life continues to direct the heart to sing. He lifts His baton, all nature responds; joining in with our melody of love strengthening the song. The rhythm may change, as long as time remains; the Conductor will stay the same and the band will play on as our hearts sing their songs.

My revelation as I sit by the pool of grace

study guide

I have no doubt that at one time or another in your life you have been a student, education is very important to our growth in becoming productive in our families, our communities, and our world. I’m sure during your experience in your institute of learning you received from the instructor a study guide, most study guides give you insight into materials on which you will be tested. You could say they are a refresher of information you should know.

While they only give an overview, it is enough to expose your weak areas letting you know what you should give extra attention. How you use the study guide will impact the outcome of the test when taken. Some students see this as an opportunity to excel, others may feel it’s just another piece of paper to deal with, they are confident in their mastery of the information. The guide can also be a way to clarify instructions, point out details and key points.

A blueprint can be a form of study guide; it gives all the pertinent information needed to build a structure or correct a mistake in the building of something. As human beings we too have been given a blueprint or study guide for life. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God John1:1. All things were made by Him; and without Him was not anything made that was made John 1:3. And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory as the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth John 1:14

The life of Jesus the Christ, the only begotten son of the Most High is our study guide for life. Through Him we are shown what our lives should be; compassionate, loving, forgiving, thoughtful, helpful and in constant communication with the Most High. In His written instructions, the bible; we see the love and faithfulness of the Father as well as His sacrifice for our redemption. He has given each of us the choice to serve or not to serve Him.

It was through the life and death of His son, Jesus the Christ God’s love for mankind was expressed. We must seek to emulate the character of Jesus in our lives. In Him can be found unconditional love, joy, peace, redemption and salvation. He lights our path to eternal life with the Father, unfortunately; some will not see the beauty in the example given, their rejection of the example will impact their lives when the last test is given, this test will determine their destiny; salvation or destruction.

Only when we fully commit to total submission to Jesus, follow His example and exhibit His character will we have life more abundantly here and in the world to come live in the presence of the Son and the Father.

My revelation as I sit by the pool of grace

the last battle

Conflict among men has been a constant in every generation, a dark shadow has covered creation since the first act of disobedience by man. The spirit of greed has been the destruction for many, the spirit of power takes captive those who are weak, and leaders and kings live lavishly as there people suffer the tragic results of their wars. Loss of life, generations to come that will never be; scares that will last a lifetimes for those who survive, families robbed of fathers, mothers, sisters and brother.

Many left without homes wander aimlessly in war torn streets; orphaned children searching the rubbish for food to eat. It seems so abstract to some, they just see the destruction as being in far away countries; not near their homes. They empathize as they watch the news on tv, saying to themselves; I feel sorry for you, but; I’m glad it’s not me. Yet, are we safe from the destruction of war? 1Thessalonia 5:3 tells us “for when they shall say peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.”

Through out earths history a war has been raging for the souls of mankind. Unseen demonic forces seek to win the allegiance of man, turning him away from his Creator. They are lead by a satanic being who was banished from the Heavenly court, pride told him he could be greater than his Creator; causing great rebellion. The greatest deception he has played on mankind was to make him believe he doesn’t exist. The goal is to destroy the earth and the Father Creators children with it.

The last battle is approaching, time for man to decide what side of the battle he will fight on. Time is winding down and soon the sign of Christ return will appear in the clouds, Revelations 1:7 says “behold He is coming with the clouds, and every eye shall see Him, even those who pierced Him; and all the nations of the earth will mourn over Him.” While it will be to late , man will realize his sins and guilt and will anticipate the wrath of God.

The Redeemer is making a loving plea to all entangled in satan’s web who wish to be free. Please don’t wait, seek the face of Jesus the Christ before it’s to late. The last battle will come, satan and all who follow him will be destroyed; God will erase all sin and the earth will be made new again. A gift to all who believe on His Son, they will be His people and He will be their God.

My revelation as i sit by the pool of grace

not just another day

The summer sun had not reached its full strength, the promise of wonder lingered on the breeze as nature began to sing its melody of life. Quiet ripples in the stream, the fragrance of flowers filling the air, birds and butterflies playing in the wind. What a beginning, a day that has never been before, not just another day; but, a perfect day.

Can’t say whether it was morning or evening; sunny or raining, but it was a happy day for all present to witness the blessed event. On loves whisper I arrived, breathing life for the very first time; tiny hands reaching out to grasp the face of love. It was your face my eyes gazed upon at their first opening, your smile that embraced me gently.

Memories of my life invade my mind as I look back over the years, days filled with joy, laughter, some pain and some tears; traces of faces no longer remembered. Time has a way of stealing our youthful dreams as youths folly fades into adulthood and the responsibilities of life surrounds one. Relationships come and go, children leave the nest, and you begin to feel the affects of aging; you don’t move like you once did.

So many years have passed; as I sit now considering your grace extended to me, my heart is over joyed with gratefulness. Through every life experience you have been present shining your love upon me, leading me in the direction I should go, and redirecting me when I strayed from the path. My journey in the wilderness was interrupted when your love found me, leading me to the light. Basking in the light of that love has chased away the darkness that was invading my life.

As I sit gazing through my window watching the sunlight dance in and out of the trees, the fluffy white clouds drift lazily across the sky; I left my eyes to the heavens to say thank you to my Heavenly Father, it is not just another day, but; the day You whispered my name into existence. To Him I give glory and honor and praise, He gave me a birthday.

My revelation as i sit by the pool of grace