The lower portion of Deception Falls, WA
If you have never stopped at Deception Falls, while traversing Stevens Pass, you are missing a beautiful spot. Now about my personal deception falls.
Create in me a pure heart, O God,
and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Psalm 51:10
When I make a sinful choice, I often place the blame on someone else, or point to the circumstances of life as the reason for my relapse into wrong (I can always find an excuse). This lets me think of myself as the victim and not the perpetrator. Unfortunately, this rationalization only takes me further from what I really need––forgiveness and the Holy Spirit’s help. So, I mope around enslaved to this subtle self-deception missing out on God’s joy. The good news is I am just a humble confession away from a pure heart and a renewed spirit. God’s grace to wash away my deception and renew the joy of my salvation
You don’t want to miss sunrise
When I am in a grumpy mood,
I miss out on goodness.
When I am angry,
I miss out on love.
When I covet and filled with discontent,
I miss out on all the gifts I have been given.
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Psalm 51:10
For only when I am right with God can I enjoy all his blessings.
Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit. Psalm 51:11-12
How good is God that he wants to clean us up that we might enjoy life.
Sunrise of a new day
“If only I had been more loving … spent more time.” These are words I have heard over and over from people grieving over the death of someone in their family. It is especially difficult when the death was self-inflicted. We all wish at times to be able to go back and change something we said or did. But, unfortunately, erasing and changing the past is not possible … or is it? The key to this miracle is found in the word forgiveness.
Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death. 2 Corinthians 7:10
This verse is about confessing our wrongs before God and receiving forgiveness.
How can God’s forgiveness leave no regret, especially when the person we have wronged is gone? Because the grace of God brings with it the “hope of the glory of God.”
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Romans 5:1-2
In other words, in the end the glory of God wins. It wins over our regrets, our shame, our sins — it wins out over death. God’s grace replaces all our regrets with peace and hope in Him. I still struggle with my feelings of regret; constantly reminding myself that I stand covered by God’s grace. How God resolves all the messes in life is His miracle not mine. I just know that through forgiveness and following Jesus, I will someday see the glory of God cover the land … like the sunrise of a new day.
The joy of flying
Anger consumes my mind letting nothing else in.
Holding a grudge takes over allowing only thoughts of getting back.
Wanting to see someone hurt because I have been hurt, only keeps the wound open.
My life crippled from pain, yet I want to cause more pain.
Like a cancer, anger spreads and takes over.
It destroys joy. It gives me a heart of stone. It slowly strangles life.
Thank you, Lord, for forgiveness.
When I forgive, it lets me move on, it lets me fly again.
And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. (Matthew 6:12-13)
The merciful man does himself good,
But the cruel man does himself harm. (Proverbs 11:17)