Focused On Jesus Not Juice

John 2:1‭-‬11 ESV:

On the third day there was a wedding at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there.

Jesus also was invited to the wedding with his disciples.

When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does this have to do with me? My hour has not yet come.”

His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”

Now there were six stone water jars there for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons.

Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim.

And he said to them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the feast.”

So they took it. When the master of the feast tasted the water now become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom and said to him, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and when people have drunk freely, then the poor wine. But you have kept the good wine until now.”

This, the first of his signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and manifested his glory. And his disciples believed in him.
John 2:1‭-‬11 ESV
https://bible.com/bible/59/jhn.2.1-11.ESV

I’ve read this account several times before; but today here is what stood out to me.

My focus was not on the
Miracle; no, it was on The Master who did the miracle.

My mind zeroed in not on the thought of how tasty that beverage must have been; no, I didn’t think so much about the wine, rather, I thought more about the worker who was able to complete this impossible task.

Over all my mind was set not on the juice; but more so, set on Jesus, who saves the best for last.

In Him, beetle

Feeling Washed Up, Worn Out?

As I watched the progressive rock band “Flying Colors” sing their song You Are Not Alone (Official Music Video)” on YouTube it was a great reminder that regardless of the aged and stages we’ve been through in life we are not alone.

I hope this music speaks to your soul too.

It is progressive rock but it is also a ballad so those with a bit softer taste in music, you won’t cringe.

We’re in this thing together and above it all, God is bigger than it all; and yet, He desires a personal relationship with each of us.

He’ll see us through.

In Him, beetle

Musical Prayer

But he’s already made it plain how to live, what to do, what God is looking for in men and women.

It’s quite simple:

Do what is fair and just to your neighbor, be compassionate and loyal in your love, And don’t take yourself too seriously— take God seriously.
Micah 6:8 MSG

Think it over but don’t over think it. Don’t get caught up in philosophy and religion.

Go with God directly.

It’s all right there in black & white & red letters.

Don’t wait for the movie. Read the book.

You can also check out this song, based on “Micah 6:8” by Phil Keaggy on Amazon Music
https://music.amazon.com/albums/B0040G5Y4M?trackAsin=B0040G5YBA&ref=dm_sh_d8ULGERk9eHUp7ywtRvgu6BFr

Fully & Forever

Constantly thinking about what it means to F.R.O.G.

Fully or FOREVER

Rely

On

God

Today I read day 5 of the @YouVersion plan ‘Finding Peace’. (Check it out here:
http://bible.com/r/3Uy)

Our thought life can affects our peace, our piece of mind.

If we’re being honest with ourselves, most of us aren’t who or what we think we are. Our thinking is marred at best, off-track, and in most cases, needs to be changed.

This is no big revelation or surprise.

God’s Word calls us to a “renewal” of our minds.

That means trading in our old perceptions, opinions, ideas, beliefs, and self-centered attitudes for a new set of perceptions, opinions, ideas, beliefs, and attitudes that God develops in us as we allow Him to do so.

These godly responses are nurtured by regular reading of Scripture and meditating on what’s been read in the Bible.

Christ’s followers are urged to avoid being “conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove (MAKE US LIVING PROOF) what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God” (Rom. 12:2).

Out of a renewal of our thinking comes a change in our speech patterns and our behaviors.

As our speech and behavior become renewed, our relationships with others become renewed. And as our relationships become renewed, our immediate world is renewed as well.

It all begins in the mind with what we choose to think and what we choose to dwell upon.

You have the ability to determine what you’ll think. At any time, you can refocus your mind to a new topic, task, or problem to solve instead of negative thinking that will steal your peace and/or cause you to venture into rebellion or sin.

You have the ability to say, “I choose to trust God,” in any situation you face or thought you have, FULLY RELY ON HIM and FOREVER RELY ON HIM.

Furthermore, any child of God who takes a willful stand against thought patterns that clearly are harmful is going to be provided a way of escape from that circumstance.

God will help you focus your mind on something other than your problem or bad thought pattern if you will make the initial step in His direction.

When you guard your mind, you guard your peace. When you offer prayers to God with faith and thanksgiving—no matter what trials you face—He assures you inner peace (Phil. 4:6-7). And when you focus your thinking on what’s true, noble, virtuous, lovely, pure, and praiseworthy, you rely upon God with increasing faith and trust.

You can never fully exhaust your ability to think about the goodness and greatness of God.

Choose to respond to life the way Jesus responded.

Guard your prayer life. Guard your thought life. Seek the Father and all that’s godly.

His Word promises that when you fill your mind with what is virtuous and praiseworthy, “the God of peace will be with you” (Phil. 4:9).

GOD’S WORD SAYS,

“Do not become like the people who belong to this world. But let God completely change the way that you think, so that you live differently. Then you will understand what God wants you to do. You will know what is good. You will know what pleases God. You will know what is completely right.
Romans 12:2 EASY

https://bible.com/bible/2079/rom.12.2.EASY

Remember what I have taught you. Remember the message that you heard from me. Remember what you saw when I lived among you. You also must do those same things. God is the one who gives us peace in our minds. He will be with you.
Philippians 4:9 EASY
https://bible.com/bible/2079/php.4.9.EASY

This is from day 5 of the @YouVersion plan ‘Finding Peace’. I hope this part I’m sharing with you was a blessing.

Check out the entire short reading plan here:
http://bible.com/r/3Uy

Light Keeper

As I read this devoted thought from

The Lighthouse • Devotional
https://bible.com/reading-plans/16801/day/4?segment=0

I thought about how the keeper (maintenance person) of the lighthouse doesn’t go out into the rough seas with a lantern. No, they stay on the shore made of rock that stands against the waves. They take care to keep the fire burning, keep the light shinning , show where the safe harbor is for any ships that are out there in the thick of it. They also make others aware of the rocks just off shore hidden under the waves that can cause great damage.

Here is the reading that charged me, stoked the flame within:

The Lighthouse • Devotional
https://bible.com/reading-plans/16801/day/4?segment=0

Light Keeper: You found the light… now what?

Yesterday (day 3 of reading) we talked about navigating in the darkness and as a Christian you have a special light that will guide you.

But what do you do now that you found the light?

You guard your light.

You are now the light keeper for Christ, but don’t let the name fool you.

You are not “keeping” anything “tucked away.” As a light keeper for Christ you are to shine the light into all the world (as we will talk about in day 5) but you must also guard your light to keep it safe.

See, the light keeper is the resident of the lighthouse who makes sure that the light continually shines no matter what.

Whether there are rough seas, blizzards, or hurricanes the light keeper cares for the light to make sure it continuously shines.

How do we do this in our Christian life?

By living out Proverbs 4:23 and Philippians 4:8.

Guard your heart for everything flows from it, and keep your thoughts on whatever is…. true, noble, right, pure, lovely and admirable.

We guard our time and look at what we spend it doing.

One needs to ask, Are you spending more time on video games and Facebook, or in prayer and reading God’s word?

I’m not going to lie to you. This is hard to balance, even for someone who has been a Christian for many years. We have so many distractions coming at us that want to extinguish our light for God. But we must battle the elements just as the lighthouse keeper did—to protect the light that emanates from within us.

Full of What?

I’ve met plenty of people in my life. Some were full of, well let’s just say, “hot air”. They floated in their lofty ego like a balloon with a basket full of themselves.

Thank God I’ve met others who filled themselves with God’s love, mercy, and grace.

Here is what God’s word says to us,

Once your minds were completely in the dark. But now you belong to the Lord. As a result, you have become full of light. So, now you must live as people who belong to the light. The light helps you to live in a way that is good, right and true.
Ephesians 5:8‭-‬9 EASY
https://bible.com/bible/2079/eph.5.8-9.EASY

Remember that I have told you to do this. So be strong and do not be afraid. Do not be weak but be brave. I, the Lord your God, will be with you, everywhere that you go.’
Joshua 1:9 EASY
https://bible.com/bible/2079/jos.1.9.EASY

So many things in life are a matter of perspective, perception, and priorities.

In His Care, beetle

Light of Life

Day 2 of the @YouVersion plan ‘The Lighthouse‘. Inspired the following.

In John chapter 10:10 NIV, Jesus says this, “The thief (satan) comes to steal and kill and destroy – But I (Jesus Christ) come so that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” Jesus said to the disciples, “These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation but take courage; I have overcome the world.”

As sure as there are stars in the sky and wind that blows throughout the year, there will be troubles…there will be temptations and trials. Yet, just as the oceans span miles upon miles, beyond the distance that eyes can see; the Father’s love for you spans beyond that for His children!

He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to be the way, the truth, and the life.

He was sent to save the children of God.

In His role as The Way, Jesus shines brightly as our Beacon of Hope, like a lighthouse in a safe harbor, while we are amid these troubled waters.

He is shining Light upon the path that we are to follow, directing us home every step of the way.

So, how does one find the Beacon? We must choose in our hearts to seek God first and accept the salvation that Jesus Christ provides us through His sacrifice.

We must choose to turn away from all temptations in full repentance of any and all sins given into and with a submissive and sorrowful heart.

Draw near to God and He will draw near tp you.

We ask for His forgiveness in Jesus Christ, our Beacon.

Then, we choose to follow the Beacon, daily choosing (sometimes moment by moment) to seek God and His cleansing and renewing Light.

That Light is shining as a Beacon before us while we also reject evil and abhor that which is sinful and of this world that lurks in the dark waters.

We are slaves to sin, no more, through the blood of Jesus Christ.

In Him, we have Hope.

In Him, we find His strength to overcome.

In Him, we are a new creation. The old things have passed away – Behold the new has come!

In Him, we find the Light of life!