A Clean Heart When I Didn’t Know Mine was Dirty

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Psalms51:10

Gosh darn-it, I didn’t even know it was there! I’m right on the brink of a huge new exciting step and it crawls out of the murky depths, all slimy and what not and is staring me down. I’m jaw dropped startled, shocked, and completely lost about what the heck to do about it.

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“Where is your God?”

“My tears have been my food day and night, while men say to me all day long, ‘Where is your God?’ These things I remember as I pour out my soul: how I used to go with the multitude, leading the procession to the house of God, with shouts of joy and thanksgiving among the festive throng. Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God” (Psalm 42:3–5).

Ever hear, “If God really is love, how can people be starving in 3rd world countries? How can it be ok that ‘blank’ lost his job and ultimately his home? ‘Such and such’ died and left ‘so and so’ alone?”

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Elusive Peace

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27

Have you ever needed something, known exactly where to find it but when you get there it’s juuust beyond reach?

I go to where it is, stand on the ends of my toes, convinced that, though it’s at a distance, I can reach it. I stretch and can feel it with the tips of my fingers. I scratch at it, hoping to snag a seam or a piece of the item and draw it back to myself but, alas, it remains exactly where it is (or I accidentally push it further away). So it often is with me and peace or is that trust? Eh, I’ve heard it both ways.

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The Annoying Box—or is It?

Isaiah 32:17 And the effect of righteousness will be peace, and the result of righteousness, quietness and trust forever.

I have a box. It goes with me every where, every moment of everyday. In it is a filter that sifts sights, sounds, events, and happenings for righteousness. When unrighteousness falls out the bottom, whistles, bells, and alarms go off in my head, my stomach hurts, I get an instant hot flash and feel flushed. All this happens in 5 seconds or less.

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