Reflection, Elba Ramirez

“DO NOT BE DISCOURAGED by the difficulty of keeping your focus on Me.  I know that your heart’s desire is to be aware of My Presence continually.  This is a lofty goal; you aim toward it but never fully achieve it in this life.  Don’t let feelings of failure weigh you down.  Instead, try to see your self as I see you.  First of all, I am delighted by your deep desire to walk closely with Me through your life.  I’m pleased each time you initiate communication with Me. In addition, I notice the progress you have made since you first resolved to live in My Presence” from Jesus Calling by Sarah Young.  This devotional gives me so much peace and joy because as much as I try to keep my focus on Jesus, the distractions of this world pressures me and I tend to wander.  However, God’s unconditional love for me reminds me, “Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us”. Romans 8:33-34

Reflection, Jim Owens

A few weeks ago at Shelter Rock we were treated to a sneak preview of the Global Leadership Summit by hearing a talk by Danielle Strickland.  It is a tremendous sermon and if you have not heard it, I encourage you to go to our website to listen to it. Two of the phrases that Danielle repeated were “it’s not too late” and “it’s not too hard”. There are some situations in life that feel like “it’s too late” or “it’s too hard”. It is tempting for me to think that my weaknesses, temptations and blind spots will never go away. When I encounter situations in my own life or with other people I am tempted to think – too late, too hard. Danielle told stories about how with God gives us the courage, strategy and tools to take action to “do good” in the world around us even when it seems impossible. I would add that in our own struggle to become humble, loving followers of Jesus that we have hope that “it’s not too late” and “it’s not too hard” to become conformed into the image of Jesus. Where does God want to transform you or your relationships?