Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. (James 4:8)

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Somebody Is Watching You

Nosey Neighbors

“Nosey Neighbors” photo by James Ellsworth on Flickr.

By Lisa Nordell-Detres

Did you panic just a little when the news came out recently about the extent to which our government has been spying on American citizens? We value our freedoms and rights, including the right of privacy. The Fourth Amendment to the US Constitution spells it out: “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

Having learned from personal experience, I often say that one should never enter anything into electronic form that he/she would not want shouted from the rooftops. That becomes clearer every time we hear about some embarrassing e-mail or social media post that is publicized. Most of us feel that we have nothing to hide, but how our personal information might be used is of concern should that information fall into the wrong hands.

What are we to do, then? I have spoken with people who won’t even use a computer for fear that their personal information may be compromised. While it is possible for a few people to live “off the grid,” that option is not practical for those of us who work in normal jobs and raise families. It may be an infraction of our civil liberties, but the fact is that much of our information is already in a database somewhere and there isn’t much we can do about that. There is a greater concern about our personal lives, anyway.

Proverbs 15:3 says that “The eyes of the Lord are everywhere, keeping watch on the wicked and the good.” (NIV) Not only can God see what we are doing when nobody else is around, He also knows our thoughts and deepest desires, whether good or evil. David advised his son, King Solomon in his coronation speech, “And you, my son Solomon, acknowledge the God of your father, and serve him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind, for the Lord searches every heart and understands every desire and every thought. If you seek him, he will be found by you; but if you forsake him, he will reject you forever.” (NIV)

This advice is just as relevant for us today. We need to acknowledge God and serve Him wholeheartedly with a willing mind. If we truly live our lives to please our Heavenly Father, we will not need to fear anything the world may throw at us or mine from our personal data.

Lisa Nordell-Detres is a mother of four, grandma to two boys with a third on the way (!), a pastor’s wife and has worked in the garment and customer service industries in southern California. Besides writing, Lisa enjoys cooking, sewing, organic gardening, hiking, skiing and doing most anything outside.

Lisa was born and raised in Denver, Colorado, holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Fashion Design from Woodbury University and an MBA from California State University at Northridge. Lisa, her husband and their youngest child now live in central Oregon.

Truth

By Lisa Nordell-Detres

There is a notion in our culture that there is no absolute truth. My first question in response is, “Do you know that to be absolutely true (that there is no absolute truth)?” My second question follows, “Is there a possibility that you could be wrong, thus allowing for the possibility that there is an absolute truth?” Once you wrap your head around this concept, the door is now open to introduce you to God, whose Word is truth (John 17:17).

People often speak of the truth when it benefits them, but try to hide from the truth when it hurts or puts them into uncomfortable situations. The interesting thing about the truth is that living a life of truth and honesty is so much freer than constantly trying to remember what lies you told and coming up with new lies to paper over the old stories.

Jesus told His followers in John 8:32, “You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.” Who doesn’t want to be free? Most of us think that we are already free, but the freedom that comes when the heart and mind are opened up to the things of God is really quite remarkable.

The Bible says that we were all created with a purpose by a loving God (Psalm 139:13-16). That frees us from wondering where we came from and why we are here. The Bible says that even though we are imperfect and have done wrong in our lives, Jesus still chose to save us (Romans 5:8). If we verbally acknowledge Jesus and believe that God raised Him from the dead, we will be saved (Romans 10:9). This frees us from needing to figure out how to redeem ourselves, and frees us to live out a life of love and goodness for the sake of Jesus Christ. “If the Son (Jesus) makes you free, you shall be free indeed (John 8:36).”

Now, go out and enjoy your new found freedom!

Lisa Nordell-Detres is a mother of four, grandma to two boys, a pastor’s wife and has worked in the garment and customer service industries in southern California. Besides writing, Lisa enjoys cooking, sewing, organic gardening, hiking, skiing and doing most anything outside.

Lisa was born and raised in Denver, Colorado, holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Fashion Design from Woodbury University and an MBA from California State University at Northridge. Lisa, her husband and their youngest child now live in central Oregon.

“I Am Who I Am”

By Lisa Nordell-Detres

When God showed Himself to Moses for the first time, this is how He explained Himself to Moses, “I am who I am.” This is a profound declaration of who God is: eternal and never changing, YHWH (Yahweh), LORD, Jehovah, the Great “I Am.” We humans live in a linear world, with a definite beginning at birth and an assumed end at death.  God, on the other hand, has no beginning or end, which may be hard for us to understand, but is essential to creation and eternity.

It is kind of mind-blowing to realize that this God who appeared to Moses in a burning bush, who declared “I am who I am,” who miraculously led the Children of Israel out of Egypt and sustained them in the desert for 40 years, is the very same God who reveals Himself to us through His Word, His people and nature. He wants to miraculously lead us out of our bondage of addictions, guilt, anger, hatred, fear, and all other kinds of personal shortcomings to which we are enslaved. He wants to sustain us, make us His people and be our loving God forever.

We live in a temporal world, so we tend to forget or not believe that God created us to live forever. Although our physical bodies will age and eventually die, our souls will live forever either in God’s presence or separated from Him, depending on the choices we make now. We have been given a few short years on this earth with a specific purpose from God, which we need to live to the fullest with an eternal perspective. What is that purpose? To use your talents and skills to love and serve God and others. This will make your corner of the world a better place!

Lisa Nordell-Detres is a mother or four, pastor’s wife and has worked in the garment and customer service industries in southern California. Besides writing, Lisa enjoys cooking, sewing, organic gardening, hiking, skiing and doing most anything outside.

Lisa was born and raised in Denver, Colorado, holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Fashion Design from Woodbury University and an MBA from California State University at Northridge. Lisa, her husband and their youngest child now live in central Oregon.

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