Storms of Life

So this bird lives in the Keys. He is comfortable when a storm is coming and when it is bright and sunny or clear and dark. We saw a water sprout just before a storm. The bird was unconcerned.

From The Heart of Abba
Peace:
From the storm,
Within the storm,
Through the storm.

You are anchored,
Held safe,
Secure,
No matter what is swirling around you.

In my mind, I saw a picture of a storm path in a very poor area. Most houses were destroyed but one stood. Then began to “hear” this reminder.

Just as during a hurricane one house stands and another falls,
So also is it with my people.

Those who stand,
Both buildings and people,
Have a strong foundation.

I am your bedrock,
Your foundation,
And your cornerstone .

And beloved.
You see my smile.
(As I remind you of a deeper truth).

Even when a house is destroyed
Or my children falter,
I am He who rebuilds and restores.

Matthew 7:24-27 New Living Translation (NLT)
Building on a Solid Foundation
24 “Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. 25 Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock. 26 But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. 27 When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash.”

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1Peter 5:10 10 And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.

Morning Mercies

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Lamentations 3:22-23

22 Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed,

Because His compassions fail not.

23 They are new every morning;

Great is Your faithfulness.

Dodi Note: Isn’t it GOOD and comforting to remember this? God’s mercy and his compassion are NEW every morning. Every single day we awake, we awaken with the Lord. When we slept, the Lord indeed did sustain us as it says he does in Psalm 3:5 I lay down and slept; I woke again, for the LORD sustained me.

No matter what, Paul reminds us in Romans 14:8 For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s.

And the last statement is something to remember and remind ourselves often. “Great is Your faithfulness.” 

God is faithful. God sustains us. God is always with us. Yesterday, today, tomorrow and all the moments of this difficult and uncertain season.

County Dock

 

County Dock is BEAUTIFUL.
I have been twice since it reopened and every time there are people out enjoying the lovliness of it.

The dock is made out of individual boards.
Each board is unique in grain and pattern. Due to our individual differences we might think the pattern on one board is better than another.
All based on individual perception and preference.

But together the boards comprise this BEAUTIFUL dock, which everyone loves.

Are we like that?
Each of us different.
We all have different gifts and talents. We all look different.
And yet, when we join our hearts together….just imagine what we can do to make life better for one person at a time.

Somehow the dock reminded me of 1 Cor. 12. Especially verse 26 If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.
I wonder what the world would be like if instead of bickering we simply got along with one another?

Embrace The Moments

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From the Heart of Abba Today
(Christmas may be a time of total JOY but it can also be a time of deep longing.)
 
Beloved,
When your heart longs,
For those no longer in your life,
For whatever reason,
Remember.
 
Remember good times and happy times.
But also remember who you are and
Who is ALWAYS delighted to be with you.
 
During this season, remember that “I AM” is Emmanuel.
Today,
Yesterday,
Tomorrow and,
Forever.
 
When you see the lights,
Remember “The Light”.
And remember that you are truly,
Never alone.
Even when you feel alone and lonely.
 
Embrace the moments,
The joy moments,
The longing moments,
The sad moments,
From within your place as “Beloved”.
 
“May the beloved of the LORD rest secure in Him; God shields him all day long, and upon His shoulders he rests.” Deut. 33:12b

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From the Heart of Abba: 

Beloved,
Do you believe Me,
When I say ALL things work for good?
Do you trust Me,
When I ask you to praise Me,
In ALL circumstances?

Do you remember My LOVE?
That I am the giver of GOOD gifts?
That anything I allow will benefit you and others?

I carry your heart in the palm of My hand.
I knew ahead of time as I always do,
What each moment of every day will bring.

Your heart is safe in My love.
Your tears are precious.
Because YOU are precious.
Do not fear the arrows that come your way.
They are but vapors in the mist.

I send the wind,
I am Life and Hope and Peace and JOY,
No matter what.
Come to Me and see.

11-14-13 This was written 6 years ago. God was faithful and he was with me and therefore he will always be with each of us as well.

Joyful Hope

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One way to define JOY is also a description of what brings joy. Joy is knowing someone is GLAD to be with us, no matter how our heart is feeling. That is also a gift, the Gift of Presence we can give to others.
Ultimately there is One who is always glad to be with us and always available.

From the Heart of Abba Today:
When you look at this photograph, you know that behind that fence and over that dune there is beauty as well as sights and sounds which bring joy to your heart.

You can not see them, in fact at first glance it appears to be a dry and barren place.

But because you have experienced this place and others like it you know what is just out of sight.

Beloved, every desert moment is just like that for Me.
I KNOW what is just ahead.
And I know also that the final destination is vastly more lovely and heart pleasing than even the beach is.

When you choose to trust, lean and rely on Me, especially when life looks bleak, then you can be joyful in hope , patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.

Your hope is in the sure and certain knowing that “I AM” is always Emmanuel.

You can be patient in affliction because in prayer you can always heart connect to Me…and every single time you acknowledge Me you ARE heart connected even if you do not “feel” My presence in a tangible way.
I know what is just over the horizon and I AM all you need and will be walking with you.

Looking at the photograph you can also remember that going up that hill, you might see only one set of footprints because I will carry you as needed.

Gratitude

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From The Heart of Abba Today:

Beloved,
Gratitude is the key that unlocks awareness of My eternal-ongoing-everlasting Presence WITH you.

It opens the floodgates of tangible awareness of “I AM” as Emmanuel in any given circumstance.

Try it during the day and see for yourself what your heart already knows.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name!
Psalm 100:4
Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:5-7

Hope

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HOPE

Hope that makes no sense.
Hope when circumstances of life make no sense.
Hope when in the natural all is dark, gray, devoid of life or hope.
Hope that springs up like a bulb from deep within the soil.
Hope that simply “is “because you “know”.
HOPE in the person of GOD, Himself.

Elohim…Gen. 1:1 “in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”
Elohim who is all we need. Elohim who has always been. God. God, who made all things, including you and me. Gen 1:26 “Then God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.'”

He is El Shaddai, the all sufficient one. He is all we need. All we ever needed and all we ever will need.

He is Sar Shalom, our Prince of Peace. Isa 9:6

When the tide of hopelessness threatens to wash over us, all we need to do is stop, pause and remember Who He Is.

What name, attribute of GOD do you need this very day? What name of God would awaken hope to arise in your heart?

Rest

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REST in My love.
 
RETREAT from the cares of life and from living out of your mind. Instead of drawing away from your heart, your feeing and emotions.
Open yourself and your heart and all it contains to My love.
 
REFRESH your mind, your heart, all that is uniquely you, in that moment of coming, by inviting Living Water to pour forth.
Sometimes, when feeling overwhelmed, just pausing to come to Me, even if you can only remain connected for a brief moment, will achieve as much in your heart and mind as pushing the refresh button on your computer.
 
RENEW your mind by revealing or allowing Me to reveal your heart.
 
RESTORE, or restoration, happens only when you are intentional about coming.
A table will not be restored by sitting alone in a dark garage or attic. Likewise your heart will not be restored if you are hiding it away and separating yourself from it.
 
REDEFINE, or invite Me to redefine, the parameters of what is and is not like the true you I created.
Each time the overwhelmed feeling or state of being arises, use it as a clue that either your heart or mind, usually your perception of your heart (which is directed by your mind) needs a bit of HS defining, refining, and definition.
 
REFUEL simply by drawing apart to be with Me, even if that entails laying in the hammock or going to the pool. Or simply sitting quietly somewhere.
Relax in all that I am.
Bring all that is you to “I Am”.
 
Then…
 
Rest in My Love.

Near to the Brokenhearted

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Beloved,
I am near to the brokenhearted.
I hear the silent cries.
I see the unshed tears.
Be comforted in/by My love.

Remember this Precious Child,
No sorrow is wasted.
I am He Who Redeems,
Who Restorers,
Who causes the sorrow to joy exchange.

I am He Who Sees,
Who Knows,
Who Loves,
Who Cares and
Who Walks Beside.

Come to Me.
Anytime.
All the time.
From within any time.

You will find rest for your heart.

originally written Oct. 2013

Refreshment

If you look at the photo, you see rocks. There are sea creatures who dwell in the rocks. They NEED the ocean to come and cover them or they would die. For a time, during low tide they are ok, but if the ocean ceased to exist it’s ebb and flow they also would cease to exist.

There is a yearning
A longing
A drawing
That only LOVE can satisfy

There is a place
A deep deep place
Deeper than the deepest reservoir
A heart place created to be filled
Only by Jesus

His invitation stands open
He beckons us to come
To come closer
And deeper than ever before

His love is everlasting
Eternal
Rich and fulfilling
His love satisfies our heart
And fills that deep place

But His love NEVER quenches
The longing
And the drawing
We were created to LONG for intimacy
With Jesus

The world can’t fill us
People can’t fix us

We truly NEED intimacy
Daily and moment by moment
Awareness of our connection
To and with Yeshua.

Everything else is parody,
A mirage,
A shadow
Of the “real thing”
Jesus

When it says…”But His love NEVER quenches” that simply means that we NEED daily and moment by moment to be in connection and awareness of Him. It is not a one time filling of the reservoir but an ongoing thing.
I think in part that is because as His sons and daughter, we are to be giving forth of that which he has given us. We were created for relationship and one meeting is not relationship.1382183_490081894420640_771425234_n