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Monday, October 3, 2016

Even in The Valley, the Lord's glory can be revealed

The valleys
The mountaintops
both necessary
for growth
but one is
over the other.

"(Yea, though) I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,"  - Psalm 23:4

compassion, understanding sought
encouragement desired
not to be torn down
with words that fill us
with fear and anger
for what we are not
or are not any longer
or at best, not today

"Why can't you be the way you were?"

"Why can't you love me for where I am (now or at this moment)?"

Why is our focus
on your problems
my problems
everyone else's problems

That is where Satan wants us -
focusing on anything and everything
except the Lord Jesus

Our focus belongs
totally on Him
His goodness
His truth
His way
His wisdom
His peace
His forgiveness
His vision, purpose
His witness
His love
His will

Our focus does not belong
on what we resent
nor on bitterness
nor depression
nor anxiety
nor fear
nor being defensive
nor negative comments spoken or thought

Satan grabs a foothold and never lets loose
Deception is his game
He deceives and infiltrates our minds
so we believe lie upon lie

The Lord tells us not to stray

"Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. ... Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord and He will lift you up." - James 4:8, 10

Stay away from mindless thinking connected to our old nature. Focus on the Lord and His goodness.

"And do not be conformed (molded) to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God." - Romans 12:2

Yet we do ... stray.

Who makes you better
Did God
Are perceptions
of your troubles
less than mine
Does that make you
less imperfect

Are you too in a

"You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You." - Isaiah 26:3

"Yea, though I (you, we) walk through the valley of the shadow of death" 

The valley
The shadows speak
Is the noise booming louder
Is that why
we struggle
we can't hear
and when we can hear
the words are jumbled
out of order
senseless words
running together
We don't understand
the question
or the answer
Our brain fails to comprehend
Too much! Too much!
Too much noise

"We cannot hear the still small voice of our Savior whispering to us because we are overcome with unbearable noise." - CMOL

If God is for us,
WHAT can stand against?!
reminds us
since God is for us
there is no one thing
that can be against us.

But we forget

We do not rise up,
rise above worldly thinking
and focus our entire being
on the Lord Jesus.

We do not trust Him
in every step taken.
we respond naturally;
we drift downward
and negativity
becomes our answer
every time in the face
of every difficulty
real and perceived.

The Valley
Every burdensome stone
and is thrown
again and again

The light
is with us

We follow
the light


The Valley
a place

Have we forgotten
His Presence
shields us
enfolds us
"I have lifted you out of darkness into My marvelous light." - 1 Peter 2:9
We are sinners
saved by grace
we go our own way
following a path
not His desire

His displeasure
brings us
The Valley,
His Voice,
however faint and far away,
is heard.
"He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone ... first." - John 8:7b

"Whatever God asks you to be, He enables you to be!" - Anne Ortlund

The Lord Jesus asks us to follow Him - to show His Way, His Truth, His Life. He does not ask us to be less - to follow those who love the world and the things in it.

He does not ask us to destroy another's ideas and hopes and dreams, to speak evil, to be selfish, to complain, to be defensive, to be bitter, to lie or tell half truths, to be deceitful, to be proud, to be discontented, to put another down, to pity ourselves.

"Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world - the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life - is not of the Father but is of the world." - 1 John 2:15-16

The Lord asks us to be loving and to pursue love
to be patient and pursue patience
to be kind and pursue kindness
to be good and pursue goodness
to be faithful and pursue faithfulness
to be gentle and pursue gentleness
to be trusting and pursue trust
to be an encourager and pursue encouragement
to be compassionate and pursue tenderness
to be hopeful and pursue hope

Even in the valley
we can be raised up
The crooked places can be made straight
The rough places smooth
Even in the valley
The glory of the Lord
seen on the mountaintop
can be revealed.

"Every valley shall be exalted and every mountain and hill brought low
The crooked places shall be made straight and the rough places smooth;
The glory of the Lord shall be revealed ..."
- Isaiah 40:4-5a

(c) Cathy Orrick Luders
Sept. 28 - Oct. 3, 2016

Monday, September 19, 2016

Satan does not tempt us to sin

Satan does not tempt us to sin.

Wow! Quite an eye-opener, is it not?

Satan tempts us to think differently -- to think that what God has given us with our rebirth / regeneration, we will lose.

Satan tempts us to change our point of view.

When we are saved, we believe we are a child of God. We are valued by Him.

But Satan seeks to control our mind, our every thought. He makes us doubt our value, our worth before God.

Because we feel worthless, it must be so. Afterall, Satan said so.

But we have forgotten. We are children of God, not of Satan.

We must repent, turn back to our First Love -- The Lord Jesus Christ. He is where our true allegiance lies.

We must turn away from mindless thinking, groping in the dark, and reach for the Light -- the Light of Jesus, who cleanses us from all unrighteousness, all wrongdoings, all sin.

"...I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Remember therefore from where you have fallen, repent and do the first works..." - Revelation 2:4-5

(c) Cathy Orrick Luders

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Taking control of our every thought

Thoughts --

Where do they take you?

Is it down back alleyways of despair and discouragement, fear and anger?


Is it through avenues of encouragement and hope, always a brighter tomorrow?

I'm betting on a combination. We want good thoughts, but sometimes in the midst of whatever is going on in our lives, our good thoughts seem to run away and our bad thoughts take over.

God tells us to Trust Him for everything every time, to Thank Him for whatever comes our way, good and bad, so we can become a better person through Him. God says to reject the negative or sinful thoughts and confess them to Him.

By controlling our thoughts this way, negative turns to positive. Our minds are kept on the Lord Jesus, we are abiding in His Presence and He will guide us along the path best for each of us.

I John 1:5b-10 ...
"...God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sin and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have no sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us." 

Luke 1:79 ...
"To give light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death. To guide our feet into the way of peace."

Saturday, May 14, 2016

God wants us to stay connected to Him

God tells us not to fear our limitations - whatever they may be, and not to measure what we have to get done for the day against our own strength.

God wants us to stay connected to Him - through prayer, through His word - to trust Him for everything, to depend on Him for His limitless resources.

We cannot handle every difficulty that comes our way. We think we can.

Without God, there is nothing. We are nothing. We can do nothing. We think we have untold strength, but we do not. We are powerless alone.

It is only God that equips us to handle the difficulty we travel through. He is STRONG. It is His STRENGTH that we must rely on to accomplish all of our difficulties in every part of life.

"For with God nothing will be impossible."  
 Luke 1:37

"My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness."    
 II Corinthians 12:9

Saturday, May 7, 2016

"Be a glimmer"

I was writing in my journal, "The Race," this morning. Generally when I write there, it makes it way to the blog of the same name. "The Race" was begun in 2015 when my husband, Jim, was diagnosed with esophageal cancer. But this morning, as I kept writing, I realized this wasn't so much for "The Race" as it was for the "Journeys" blog. 

The Scripture for "The Race" was taken from Hebrews 12:1-2a, which says, "Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith." 

I was thinking about The Race To Run With Endurance. 

It's not just about health, but also our whole life is a race. Keep going. Persevere. Push past every pain, every struggle.

God set us apart to be different, to show the world His Way, His Truth, His Life. 

If we're not showing His Way and delivering His Truth, then we most certainly are not living as He. 

We have succumbed to a lower power to whom we have bestowed more greatness than the God of the universe and The Son who died to set us all free. We have given Satan free reign over our lives and he will never bring us to gloryland. He will control us. We will hear and believe every negative. We will live and die in bondage. We will forget to whom we truly belong. We will think the lust of the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of our thoughts and wants and desires are what is important; are all that matters. 

Satan is the destroyer - one person at a time. He has destroyed many. 

Will he, is he destroying you too? 

God allows events to unfold. God gives us each free will. The choices we make now will determine the outcome of future events. 

Remember His love
Turn Back - Turn Around
Before the hour gets later
Before there is no time

Don't be a statistic ... 

Be a glimmer
a glimmer of light amidst the darkness

"To give light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, to guide our feet unto the way of peace." ~ Luke 1:79 NKJV 

Friday, May 6, 2016

Thoughts to Think About

  • Have you stepped away from God
  • Have you stopped believing in Him and His Word?
  • Does the life path you follow lead to fulfillment or destruction?
  • Have you placed the Lord on a back burner instead of at the center of your life?
  • Where is your love placed - is it upon your wants or God's desires?

Thursday, April 21, 2016

He delivers, He commands, ... but we?

Based on Psalm 116 

What do you give to the Lord?
He delivers your soul from death
He hears your voice
You find trouble and sorrow
You cry out to the Lord, "I beg You, deliver my soul!"
The Lord - He is gracious and righteous and merciful
He has delivered your soul from death,
your eyes from tears
your feet from falling
You say, "I will walk before the Lord in the land of the living."
You say, "I will offer to You the sacrifice of thanksgiving."
You say, "I will pay my vows to the Lord." 

But do you walk (live) with the Lord?
Are you thankful for the Lord's blessings?
Have you obeyed the Lord's commandments?


Based on Genesis 2-4

In the beginning
God made man
and from him, woman
and they joined together,
united as one

In the midst of the Garden of Eden -
a place of continuous delight,
fellowship with God
and human companionship -
sin called

Sin gave rise to the thought
that if something was desirable and pleasant,
what was wrong with possessing it? 

The ways of the serpent,
who represents Satan / Sin,
are cunning.
Did God really say no?
Will you really die?

That which you don't have
you see as good and pleasant and desirable
and you must have it

So what is not yours to have, you take.

God has said, "Of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat,
for in the day that you eat it you shall surely die." (Gen. 2:17)

And so you disobey. You die - spiritually. You no longer have fellowship with the one who created you. You are separated from Him. He who gave you life, love, fellowship, companionship, wasn't enough. You wanted what He said was forbidden. 

You want more and more, all of everything. Your mindset is not on the good, you are not satisfied with what you have. You are focused on what you don't have ... you give in to temptation. You see only what is wrong with life and life situations. You are outside the boundaries laid by God.  You care only about yourself. 

Just as Cain, son of Adam and Eve, said to the Lord about his brother, Abel (whom he had killed), "Am I my brother's keeper?" (Genesis 4:9b)

You are filled with shame and guilt. You want to hide - yourself and what you have done. But in your sin responsibility for it rolls off your back and onto another. All that is wrong is of no consequence. You will do what you want and blame your faults on another.

You live in a darkened world not of God's making.

"The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend." (John 1:5)


G O D ' S  W I L L 

G God is for us
O Obedience His desire
D Daily coming into His presence
S Salvation His eternal gift

W Walking (living) in faith with the Lord
I Iniquity brings pain
L Longsuffering (patience) perseveres
L Love overcomes

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and He will direct your paths." - Proverbs 3:5-6