Today with Kara

Don’t Pull The Plug September 22, 2017

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Last Halloween, we hosted a giant party for friends and family. (I am not on Team Devil, I am on Team Cooperate-With-Your-Boss) 😉 Most of the decorations were homemade and very cute. One particular area was that of lizards, frogs, and snakes in jars. We used those soak-and-grow toys which get much bigger when they sit in water.

Today, my mind is grabbing that concept to work out something that the Holy Spirit is teaching me. These toys represent us. The children of God. We soak freely in His presence, and we are filled with Him. The longer we spend time with Jesus, the more we are saturated with His nature and goodness.

The drain on the tub is covered by a stopper called “Grace”. When negativity, complaining, whining, and criticism try to pull out our plug, we simply must keep a tight seal on the basin with the grace of God.NewChic.comNewChic.com

Eventually, we become so swollen with the Holy Spirit, that we can be placed in any situation and be squeezed tightly. Whatever we have filled ourselves with is what will flow out to the world around us. Jesus. Even if we are knocked around and handled wrongly, the Kingdom comes out everywhere we go. It really is a beautiful and wonderful thing to be filled with Him!

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Eventually, however, we need to get back in the tub and rest. Soak. Be still and know. Ask God to pour out His Spirit and fill you to overflowing. This is the rest of God for His children.

Be blessed. Rest in Him. Jesus loves you so.

 

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Courtney Reid – “Glory Bound” July 19, 2014

 

Glory Bound

As I lay me down to sleep
On the lonely ground beneath my feet
Does anyone know, does anyone care
I’m sinking deep.

I’ve almost taken life from me
Like living in a cold dark angry sea
Feel like giving up, giving in
What will be will be, but I remember

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You said, you said, I’m a priest in the kingdom at heavens sound
You said, you said, I’m heir to the throne and I’m glory bound
You’re always giving love to me

Something pulled me up to breathe
Like a life boat sent to rescue me
You never give up, you’re always lettin me in
Loose the chains I’m free.

My heart ache beats all night long
Your voice rings out redemption song
I hear it load and clear I’m outa here
I’m moving on.

 

Hillsong – You’ll Come May 19, 2014

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Beautiful – MercyMe March 7, 2013

You are treasured, you are sacred, you are HIS.

 

Desires

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What if? March 6, 2013

What if prayer stopped being a daily “To Do” list for God and became a renewal of surrender and availability to that for which God has for US to do?  I’ve heard thousands of people pray (myself included), and I can’t help but wonder if it is annoying at best and even nauseating to God for us to give him our fleshly lists of instructions, recommendations, reminders, demands and suggestions.

Lord, just bless us.  Lord, just protect us.  Lord, just lead us.  Lord, just heal us.  Lord, just provide for us.  Lord, just make our team win.  Lord, just prosper our journey.  Lord, just give me the job I applied for.  Lord, just make her fall in love with me.  Lord, just make my neighbor stop being so loud.  Lord, just give me an A on my test.  Lord, just do what I say, really, just do it.

What happened to “Thy will be done”?  Where is the “Here am I, Lord, send me”?  Why don’t we ask God, “What do YOU want me to do today”?  Would it be so terrible to surrender control of the day to the One who created it and has a perfect plan for every one of us?

The paradoxical reality is that His way is always, always better than ours.  We can’t see this for a variety of reasons, but the fact remains true, nonetheless.  Not only is he worthy of our surrender, but completely trust-worthy.  I have yet to hear someone declare that trusting and obeying God ended in destruction.  It always leads to blessings in abundance.

If we are honest with ourselves, we can certainly admit that God is wiser, stronger and more able than we treat Him.  He has more resources than we count on and more options than that of which we are aware.  Than why do we begin the day with a barrage of commands to our God and King?

I would dare say it would make more sense and absolutely behoove us to kneel at His feet, empty ourselves of any agenda, and humbly ask him to use us in his eternal kingdom.  I am by no means an expert on prayer, nor do I have the Christian life mastered to any extent.  However, I can only imagine there is more to a relationship with God than a constant string of cryptic instructions and annoyed reminders of what He is “supposed” to be doing for us.

This is for me, but you’re welcome to read it.

Love.

 

1 Peter 5:10 March 5, 2013

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