One is Enough

2 Questions:
1. Would you rather have one penny, or 1000 pennies?
2. Would you rather have one dollar, or 1000 dollars?

Silly, right? In this day and age, we know that a penny buys you… nothing. But a thousand pennies equals $10, which buys you a couple of fancy coffees or lunch. Even one dollar isn’t worth much today. But $1000 is significant. I’d certainly be happy with that!

Or, would I?

In today’s world, we think more is better. One dollar – or a thousand dollars? The majority of us would probably choose the latter. But having faith in Jesus means we have a much different perspective, don’t we?

This morning I was reading Psalm 84:10-11

“Better is ONE day in Your courts
than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked. For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor; no good thing does He withhold from those whose walk is blameless.”

In this case – ONE IS MORE.

One is – enough.

It’s all we should long for. Merely one day in the presence of Jesus our precious Savior, is better than a thousand apart from Him.

Psalm 84:1-2 –

How lovely is Your dwelling place,
O Lord Almighty.
My soul yearns,
even faints for the courts of the Lord;
my heart and my flesh cry out
for the LIVING GOD!

Just ONE day. It makes a huge difference. January 12th, my wonderful, Godly father was airlifted to a hospital having a massive heart attack. ONE day changed his life, and all of our lives forever. That day could’ve ended very differently. Thank You, Lord that he survived it, and is getting better every day. One day – makes a difference.

Today, I just pray that we may be filled with the awe of knowing without a shadow of a doubt that WE are chosen by Him. We have been chosen to live and dwell with Him. To grapple with questions, and worries – and bring all of it to Him. To trust in His wisdom, and Spirit to lead and guide us. To give us peace and understanding. To see our world through His eyes, and not our own. To rest in the knowledge that just ONE day – today – is better with HIM than a thousand anywhere else without Him.

And then… do it again tomorrow. One day at a time. May each morning bring refreshing, knowing that we have yet one more day to walk with Him. To do the beautiful dance of life with Him. Not apart from Him.

Psalm 143_8 - Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life.

God bless you – God be with you – may His joy be complete in each of you today, and every single day!

 Allison

Getting Down to Business

Yesterday, I was blessed to have lunch with a dear, sweet friend. Whenever I get together with her, we cut through the ‘small talk’ pretty quickly and – get down to the business of the deeper stuff.

Our conversation yesterday led to some painful territory of reflecting on some very specific moments in both of our pasts that were very low. Very dark. How freeing to talk so transparently with someone who understands. Who has been there in her own way.

Have you ever had a moment in your day where something randomly reminds you of a very specific MOMENT in time that is so painful your heart aches, skips a beat, and your chest literally feels tight? If you answered “yes” to that question, rest easy, you are not alone. I promise.

There are specific moments from my past that keep rearing their ugliness in my mind. Just a handful of them. But they’re there. And when they come, the feelings of pain, regret, guilt, and shame accompany them. They hitch a ride on those memories and hang on for dear life.

I know {intellectually} that God does not want us to dwell there. He created us to live in the freedom and restorative power of our Risen Savior, Jesus. NOT in those feelings of defeat and failure. His good and perfect will for our lives is that we live in the 100% satisfaction guaranteed promises of Jesus. Who went to the cross for each of our failures, and sins? He did.

There are times where my intellect, and my heart fall out of sync. When I dwell in the dark places of my past, the only way to come out of that darkness is through PRAYER and through DIVING into His WORD.

These are the only things that help restore, and remind me of who I am IN HIM. Not who I am apart from Him. By diving in, by going to Him in prayer – the times of chest tightening aching become fewer and farther between. But, they do still exist. It’s a battle. But, I know I will get there…

They say, “time is a healer”. I would add that time heals – ONLY through Christ and His promises!

Susie Larson is one of my favorite authors. I read her ‘blessings’ daily, and listen to her podcasts often. She speaks to this issue of dwelling in our past so simply, and beautifully:

“May you rest assured that God has used all of your past experiences to prepare for this particular season of life. You’re not who you once were. You’re stronger than you know. You’ll have what you need in the days ahead. Jesus has your back and He’s gone before you. Don’t spend too much time pondering the pain of the past. You’re still standing. The devil didn’t win. Get excited about the Promised Land before you. Yes, there’ll be giants in the land. But it’s a good land. Go take it, by faith. And rejoice along the way. Have a great day.”

I couldn’t agree more.

Philippians 3:13-14 – … But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

Press on, live in the LIGHT of His presence and grace dear ones!!