"I remember the days of old; I meditate on all thy works; I muse on the work of thy hands." - Psalm 143:5

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Plus…a Beach Reflection

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“Let Your hand be on the Man of Your right hand, on the Son of man whom You have made strong for Yourself.” Psalm 80:17

Maybe it’s the amount of snow we have gotten the past three storms or maybe just because I love the ocean so. Today I longed for sand underneath my feet and the sound of crashing waves. So I took a look into my beach journal and found something as warm as a day at the beach…it was His word for me.

Many of you have chosen a word for the year and I think that is really cool but I roll a little different. Every morning I ask Father to speak to me the word for today…through that exploration I discover more about His heart towards me. The word for that day at the beach was…


The beach and the ocean of Hatteras remind me of change. For the 20 (plus years) I have been coming to this majestic place I have seen many changes. The Island has changed, the dunes have changed, the people have changed.

I have changed.

I first came as a young husband, barely recognizable as a man, and morphed into a 54-year-old father of seven. How did that happen?

I’m guessing it has something to do with the word “plus”…that’s the word the Father gave me this morning. At first I didn’t understand what it meant for me but it reminded me of another description for this place. It’s the word…discovery…that’s the fun part. The Scripture in Psalms 80 reads this way in the CEV translation (Contemporary English Version).

“But help the one who sits at your right side, the one you raised to
be your own.”

He has raised me to be His own…that’s the powerful change that has made my life what it is…blessed. My life “plus” His has relationally changed me forever.

That is a good word.


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