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4 posts from September 2007

September 26, 2007

A Door of Hope...


Hello, Dear Friends!
Susie Larson here...

And to those visiting, I say welcome!

I post a devotional blog every Wednesday and my purpose is to nourish your soul and encourage you along the way.

This morning I talked on the phone with one of my mentors about some recurring health issues I've been battling. I was blessed to be on the receiving end of one of her powerful prayers.

She prayed something to this effect: "Dear Lord, May the power of Susie's past be broken that it may not affect her future. May she be delivered from all of the effects of past sin, sickness, and wrong beliefs. And may her todays and tomorrows be marked only by Your promises."

Is that not a powerful prayer?

A writer from the 1800's (so sorry, can't remember his name) wrote, "Our past is forgiven. Our future is bright with hope. Our present is filled with power."

Psalm 103:1-5 tells us that God forgives, heals, ransoms, crowns, satisfies, and renews us. If we've taken our sin to the Cross, God has forgiven our past. He wants to heal and restore us. And yet we often drag our baggage with us. We hang on to old fears, age-old debts, and paper thin opinions others have of us.

We can look at those things, we can continue to walk forward while looking over our shoulder, but eventually, we'll fall on our faces. Which isn't such a bad place to be if it makes us remember the Cross once again.

At some point, though, we have to look up. We have to look forward. We have to shake the dust off our past - all of the bad stuff that is - and dare to place our feet on the next place of promise.

Not that our past is a waste. It isn't. On the contrary, when we give our ashes to the Lord, He forms them into jewels fit for a crown.

How do we diminish the negative effects of the past, that we might embrace God's mighty power for our future?

Read on...

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September 19, 2007

Precious Jesus...


Hello, Everyone...
Susie Larson here...

I pray this note finds you well.

I'm writing today's post from my hotel room. As I reflect back over the past several days, I am once again reminded of how sweet and sincere and kind our God really is.

Last weekend I spoke a retreat in Murietta Hot Springs. God showed up and we were blessed. These women showed up with expectancy to encounter the living God and I'll tell you, He did not disappoint.

In the Gospel of Luke, chapter 8, we read about the time when Jesus delivered a man from a legion of demons. When the townspeople rushed to see this man sitting calmly in his right mind, they begged Jesus to leave. After this miracle, they begged Him to leave.

On the other side of the lake, the Bible says they received Jesus with open arms because they had been waiting for him.

The same Jesus, two different responses.

Even today people perceive Jesus in different ways.

But for those of us who love Him, we know Him to be kind, and wonderful, and true...

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September 12, 2007

Sorry, Folks!


Hello, Everyone!

Susie Larson here...

You regular visitors know that I am pretty consistent with my weekly posts. Well, today I must ask for some grace. My day is bursting at the seams with two radio interviews and back to back meetings. I am also prepping for an out-of-state retreat and racing toward a book deadline.

I've been meaning to get my blog post done but I just don't have it to give today.

In fact, I really covet your prayers during this marathon month.

I hope and pray this note finds you well and walking in the grace of Jesus!

I thank God for your faithful visits to this site!

Next week I'll be writing from California.

Be blessed, my friend.

September 05, 2007

Listen and Do...


Hello, Dear Friends!

Susie Larson Here...

And to those visiting, I say welcome! I post every Wednesday and my purpose is to bless you and nourish your soul along the way.

My son Luke was home visiting from college this weekend. He filled the entry way with his dirty laundry, backpack full of books, and music equipment (guitar, amplifier, speaker, sound board, etc.).

I love having him home even though he brings all of his belongings with him every time he comes home for a visit. I love all of who he is, the musician, the son, the computer techie, and the follower of Jesus. I treasure this boy.

Slowly but surely Luke carried all of his equipment up to his room and the entry way looked somewhat normal again.

The next day was a writing day for me (because I am racing towards a deadline). "Luke," I asked, "would you please unload the dishwasher for me?" He kindly and happily said, "Sure."

I went back to work and spent the next six hours writing.

When I came up for air I noticed that Luke not only unloaded the dishwasher, he loaded the dirty dishes, he washed the big pans and bowls, and he wiped down the counter.

My heart did a little flip inside. He not only listened to my words, he responded sweetly. And he not only responded sweetly, he did what I asked. And he not only did what I asked, he went above and beyond my request.

I wanted to give him money, bake him cookies, and wrap him in a big bear hug.

When we listen to God and do what He says, His heart swells with excitement over our obedience. And though this isn't our motivation, when we do what He says, He pours out His blessing on us!

This morning I read this verse in James, "Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says."

Just how do we listen to the word, and then deceive ourselves?

Read on...

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