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With True Patience Comes Humility

Jesus my  Lord and Savior

Anastasia Diamond – © 2011 

Galatians 5:22-23 tells us there are nine ‘Fruits of the Spirit’:

Love, Joy, Peace, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, Self-controland Patience.

Most of us expect patience from family, friends, God, and others. However, we usually do not go out of our way to pray patience for ourselves.

Though we often lament in frustrated desperation, ‘Lord, give me patience’, we tend to seek and cherish the other eight fruits on that spiritual tree far more than we do patience.

So…why do we dread receiving this precious Fruit called patience?

Some how, we inherently know that patience takes time and comes with a price that will mold, shape, stretch, and grow us. Though we truly appreciate and desire the ultimate end product, we are often fearful of the process.

Our human nature functions in the instant gratification of now. However, God designed our spiritual nature to function in patience. The old English word for patience is ‘longsuffering’, which is a scary proposition for most of us. Did Jesus endure long-suffering? Indeed, in Him patience had its perfect work!

God is patient with us because He loves us, and fully knows us just as we are, flawed and imperfect. He has purposefully chosen to offer us the blessed Fruit of patience that we can be more fully like Him; more fully know Him, and more fully love Him. We can then more fully know and love others and ourselves…with His precious Fruit of patience.

With true patience comes humility…and submission to God’s perfect will for our life.

 

 

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Reflections on the Gift of a ‘Snow Day’

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The High Desert and many surrounding areas of Southern California were blanketed with snow last night. And, I  was totally blessed with a no-work snow day today.

Just the thought of a ‘snow day’ feels like a delightful gift that brings out the little girl in me…saying, ‘Yay’!

Being a New Englander, I remember when the first days of a snow storm usually meant no school…sledding, building snowmen and igloos, snowball fights, and making snow angels.

God’s Surprise Gifts…found right outside my front door

I was awestruck by the magnificent treasure of these red berries dripping with crystal icicles in the morning sun. Today they remind me of my God’s Son; Jesus Christ, and the gift of His blood in sacrifice for my sins.

Sheltered in the Snow

Frozen little berries sheltered in a cave-like covering of pure white snow. Today they remind me of His death and resurrection…and my renewal in Him. Today they remind me of my sins washed white as snow by the precious anointed healing blood of the Lamb, Jesus Christ.

He Walks with Me

My footprints in the snow. Today they remind my that I am never truly alone…for He is with me always.

We Bow Down…and Worship You Lord

These Oleanders usually stand majestic, at attention along the wall of my backyard.

In summer and early fall they bloom in shades of red, pink and white. In spring they are pruned to cut away the dead, dry, brittle and broken branches to allow new strength and growth.

Today, these Oleanders bow to the ground; overpowered in submission to the weight of the snow. Today, they remind me to always submit my will to His divine will. To trust Him always; that He will always make something beautiful of my humble life when I give my all to Him to mold, shape, guide and direct in His perfect time and will.

Today, they remind me that spring will come, and I will be strengthened and grow from and through my Creator pruning my life…so I will have more of Him…and less of me in all I think, say and do.

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New York Times

A MOMENT in TIME

World-Wide Photo Submission

I participated. Did you?

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My great little digital camera and I went for a 10 minute ride this morning…to take a picture at 8:00 A.M. P.S.T. and participate in the New York Times’ A MOMENT in TIME world-wide photo submission.

The idea, as I understand it, was for people all over the globe to take a photograph at the same moment in time; then submit to the New York Times for publication…to create a mosaic capturing that one specific ‘moment in time’.

While waiting for that eight o’clock hour, I watched crows playing in the breeze, listened to birds singing their morning melody, and watched in amazement as a coyote meandered by…appearing far too focused on his search for a morning meal to be concerned about me.

I submitted this photo in the Nature and the Environment category

My photo is of a local grove of uniquely beautiful Joshua trees, shot against the clear blue Antelope Valley morning sky in the Mojave Desert of Southern California. Oh, and by the way, I did not color-enhance this photo. The westward facing morning sky really is that blue!

Some interesting facts about the Joshua tree…

Joshua trees only grow on the Mojave Desert; they are the largest of the yuccas,  a member of the lily family, and flower about every two years with lovely, large creamy white blooms…that look much prettier than they smell.

Joshuas are a hardy breed that can live about two hundred years, with some species living to an astounding one thousand years. They have a double root system; one deep and one shallow, which enables them to thrive and survive in the high and dry desert with elevations of  2,000 to 6,000 feet.

The majestic and fascinating Joshua tree got its name from Mormon pioneers as they crossed the Mojave Desert. The Joshua’s unique reaching branches reminded them of the Biblical old testament prophet, Joshua, reaching his hands in prayer…waving them on to the Promised Land.

I enjoyed participating in this historic and fun project. Thank you, New York Times!

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Let HIS Holiness Reign in You

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“Be holy, because I am holy.” (1 Peter 1:13-16)

Temptation surrounds us at every turn!

In these days of brazen exclamations promoting political and moral freedom of choice, we are continually enticed to lose touch with the blessings of purity and holiness. Unholiness and impurity manifests in every possible way in this prideful ‘Me-first’ world.

Our passion nature is the connecting tie to all unholy manifestations.

Indeed, the biggest life struggle each of us has is between our passion nature (what we want – even to our detriment) and our spiritual nature (following God’s will for us). Therefore, anything we desire more than our relationship with Jesus Christ can draw us into an unholy and unbalanced alliance. Anything? Yes, anything: power, perfection, food, money, shopping, sex, drugs, alcohol, relationships, career, love, family, position, beauty, possessions, fame…etc, etc, etc.

God bestowed the uniqueness of personal free will upon each of us to set us apart from all of the rest of His creations. Thus, allowing us the option to choose Him, over anything the world can offer. Now, that is truly moral freedom of choice.

We are our heavenly Father’s blood-bought children.

His call is for all of His children to be pure and holy. He set a family standard for us to live up to in all areas of our life. Opportunities to turn from His standard surround us. The unbalanced nature of impurity and unholiness starts in our heart, flows to our mind, grows in our imagination, alters our surroundings, and changes our speech…then manifests in our actions.

If God set a standard, He must have also provided a way to attain and maintain it.

The Bible reminds us that we have not because we ask not. We often do not ask because we choose to hold onto the things and habits that bind us. To balance your passion nature with your spiritual nature, be honest before God.

Ask Him for His mercy. Ask Him to show you what has drawn you away from Him, how it has manifested…and what you must do to change. Ask Him to cleanse you from anything that draws you away from your walk with Him.

Ask God, who is holy, to purify your heart…to make you holy as He is holy.

Make it part of your daily prayer that you will become holy and pure, as He is – in the thoughts of your mind, the words of your mouth, and the actions of your body. Believe in your heart that through the process of sanctification, He will purify you in all things; for this is His will for you.

You may think a pure and holy life is boring and not worth the effort.

Fortunately, you are wrong. Living life as our Creator intended actually brings balance, joy, harmony, and abundant life to our passion nature and the chaos of our daily existence. This allows us the ability to prioritize our life with God at the head of every compartment, which in turn, brings everything in our life under submission to His perfect will for all of His children. In doing so, the fruits of our passion nature glorify God, while we experience the blessing of being in His will, and walking a closer walk with Him.

Is it easy to submit our passion nature to God, in an effort to become holy, as He is holy? No…not hardly. If it were, everyone would be walking this narrower spiritual road. However, it is wisdom for every Christ-follower to seek to submit ourselves to His divine will for guidance on the path toward holiness in all things.

“Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed. As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.” (1 Peter 1:13-16)

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Walk into the Deep of HIS Sacrificial Service

We all have opportunities to serve in His name

Within the process of sanctification, while traveling on the narrower road, we are given opportunities to wash another’s feet in sacrificial service. Opportunities to offer our service in submission to God’s will; opportunities to unleash His power, through us, to others.

Opportunities for more of Him and less of us in every thing we think, say, and do. Opportunities for Him to be glorified, and for us to be humble, obedient, yielding servants in His name.


God has called  you to serve Him in miraculous ways


Sacrificial service is a gesture, a statement, or action that you normally would not choose to say or do. It may even put you in peril. It requires that you go above and beyond what is expected or comfortable, in love, and in reverence to the Lord. God has called missionaries, ministers, martyrs – and you, to serve Him in miraculous ways.


Look for opportunities to serve Him


We never know when we will be placed in a situation where God is proving the metal of our serviceability. Be looking for opportunities to present your body to God, a living sacrifice; in joy, and to His glory.


Look outside of your comfort zone to serve others in the name, and nature, of Jesus Christ. Seek out service, without compensation. Sacrificial service does not expect reward or personal gain. Assist in another’s mental, emotional, physical, or spiritual restoration. Look for opportunities to be used in sacrificial service to the good of others, and to His glory.


What are you willing to do in His name?


Step-up! Relinquish your will, in service to Him. Do a good deed in His name, offer a helping hand, extend a kindness, go without…or do without…to His glory. Jesus demonstrated the ultimate sacrificial service. He died for you, that you may live. What are you willing to do for others in His name?

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