Music Monday: Let it flow

Refreshing water
Do we take it for granted
Running thru the pipes

Refreshing water
Running thru our very soul
Always there inside

I want a fresh drink
A drink for body and soul
He provides them both

37 Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “[a]If anyone is thirsty, [b]let him come to Me and drink. 38 He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From [c]his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’” 39 But this He spoke of the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were to receive; for the Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified. – John 7:37-39

Sowing into Freedom…Please Join Me!

I’ve been thinking a lot about freedom lately….on many fronts.  I think it is something everyone longs for whether they realize it or not.  I think it is something that those of us living in a country built on freedom take for granted.  I think sometimes we forget the cost of freedom, especially when we have so much of it at our fingertips.  I have to admit that I have taken freedom for granted many times.

I’ve got a dear friend who decided to embark on a challenge to do something for a group of people who aren’t free and are defenseless  to protect themselves or set themselves free.  The challenge has been weighing on my heart because of the freedom that I enjoy.  It has begun to weigh on my heart because I have two girls that enjoy their freedom.  I think of the girls their age and younger who live a life of fear and unimaginable things and I thank God for His grace and mercy towards me and my family.  I can’t read too many of their stories…it’s not good for my heart…it produces fear.  Then I think about the girls who are living in it and I realize they have no choice.  They can’t hide from the atrocity by simply turning off the television or computer.  They are not simply characters in a blockbuster movie that get to go home at the end of the day.  These are real girls living a life they were never intended to live.

I have the opportunity to be a part of something bigger than me.  I have the opportunity to sow into freedom.  If we reap what we sow, I want to sow into freedom.  Freedom is something that I long for in my life and in those around me.  Physical freedom and spiritual freedom.  Freedom from fear.  Freedom from worry.  Freedom to love and laugh and just enjoy life on this planet and the one to come.  I serve the One who made the ultimate sacrifice and paid the ultimate price for freedom.  I am thankful to live in a place and time where I am able to love and serve Him freely.  He put the longing in our hearts to be free.  I pray that I will always be able to enjoy that freedom.  I pray those I love will never experience slavery.  I pray they will embrace the freedom that He offers…which is even more precious that our physical freedoms.

If sowing is where we reap the harvest, then I want to be about sowing.

Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. As it is written:

“They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor;
    their righteousness endures forever.”

10 Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. 11 You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.

12 This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. 13 Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, others will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else. 14 And in their prayers for you their hearts will go out to you, because of the surpassing grace God has given you. 15 Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift! – 2 Corinthians 9:6-15

I’ve mentioned my friends challenge before.  I want to share it with you again in hopes that you would join me in sowing into the freedom of others.  Please check out International Justice Mission and Project Jubilee and see how you might be able to help provide freedom for a group of people who desperately need our help.  Project Jubilee has just a few months left, but the funds raised will reap a lasting harvest.

 

Politics and Religion….I’ll Pass!

Politics and Religion…those two taboo subjects…yet they are all over Facebook right now.  I’ve tried to avoid any real conversation in the political realm this season.  I do have some opinions, but none that will change the political climate one way or the other.  They would only serve to create a space for arguments and discord and, frankly, I’m not interested in that.  Life creates enough space for those things without adding in something that I personally have zero control over.  I love talking about spiritual things with peeps that enjoy the same.  I love learning more about Him through my peeps, but the ones who teach me the most about Him don’t typically engage in religious discussions.  Somehow religious discussions never end with a greater awareness of who God is…at least none that I’ve ever been a part of.  They usually just point to differences and opinions and who thinks they have a better grasp of “the truth.”

We live in a country that professes separation of Church and State yet it seems that one or the other is always bowing down and compromising to the other to fit some agenda.  They want to remain separate until election time rolls around and then politics wants to use religion to buy votes and religion wants to use politics to create a platform for some agenda….and nothing ever changes….not really…not significantly.  No one’s life is transformed by it.

I read an article yesterday that touted one of the candidates as the hope for America…who is the hope for the earth.  Really?  I love this country.  I am happy to be an American, but that is an awfully tall order for one candidate and one country.  The hope of the earth?  Sounds a bit conceited to me.  Sounds like placing all of your eggs in one basket.   Sounds like misplaced faith.  I only know of One who is the hope for the earth and I’m pretty sure in the end He really isn’t concerned about how the “earth” comes out.  If I’m not mistaken, this earth doesn’t fair too well in the end.

I do want hope and change for the people of this world, I just don’t think you will find it on a ballot or sitting around discussing doctrine.  I am pretty sure He is doing much more important things right now like…oh…setting people free.