Thoughts From the Marsh

Thoughts From the Marsh

The Marsh is a beautiful place.
Home for many creatures.

It is a wild untamed place which brings JOY to our hearts.

The Marsh teems with life, abundant life.

Seasons come and go, the tide ebbs and flows.
It is an ever-changing landscape.

There are places within the Marsh that appear solid but are really miry muck.

People who live on or beside the Marsh need a way to navigate.
Sometimes they build docks or boardwalks or use boats or other machines.

Isn’t life like that?
Circumstances of our lives will ebb and flow.
Seasons will come and go.
There is one unchanging surety and that is the LOVE of GOD.
When we are “in Christ”, we have access to a secure and solid “path” of life.

Palm of His Hand

Palm of His Hand

Sometimes, in truth at some point during most days, I want to stand and scream or fall in a toddler melt down ball and scream, ” I can’t do this anymore. I am NOT good at this. It’s way too hard.”

Maybe I SHOULD actually do that, but with Abba. Maybe we all should. But only with God or a trusted friend and then we will have brought our inability and ineptness into the light.

No doubt at that point, God will say with total love and gentleness something like, “I know. Lean on Me, Rest in Me, My strength is sufficient as is My grace.”

Oh that’s right he has ALREADY said that to us.

Look closely at the picture… that little bit of coquina stone appears to be held in the palm of a hand. If that stone could talk, it would probably have said similar to what I feel at times during the days of this season of life. Coquina is a sedimentary rock that is composed either wholly or almost entirely of the transported, abraded, and mechanically sorted fragments of the shells of either molluscs, trilobites, brachiopods, or other invertebrates.

Wonder if the original organisms would like to choose to have become coquina? Wonder if the bit of coquina wanted to be tossed in the waves?
Of course that is silly in a way because they can’t talk and they have no choice.

We can talk and we do have a choice, but don’t we sometimes feel like coquina? But isn’t coquina the prettiest thing? I was so happy to find it.

Travel Light

rejoiceFrom the HEART of ABBA Today
Travel Light

This is a day to choose to travel light.
Light hearted.

There is NO NEED to carry any heavy burden in your heart.
Any hidden or old ones can be released to Me.
That is forgiveness.

Bitterness is the heaviest burden My children can carry.
It ruins days and nights and lives.
Bitterness robs your heart of joy and peace and hope.
As soon as you see even a tinge of it,
Pack it up, wrap it in forgiveness and send it to Me.

The other burdens that try to slip in during the day or night,
Disguised as worry, fear, or any other negative emotion,
Simply pass them over to Me.
In the exact moment of recognition,
Choose to literally hand them off.
Much like the children’s game of “Hot Potato”.

I am walking with you today,
And every day.
You NEVER walk alone.

As we walk,
Choose to converse (with Me)
Reverse any hidden thing,
Release immediately all new baggage,

This how you REJOICE in THIS DAY which I have GIVEN you.

Grace and Peace

Grace and Peace

Grace…..and Peace……from God
Not something to dredge up,
A gift from God,
For us to receive,
To trust, lean and rely on.
The fact is that there IS
Grace and Peace
Available for us from God.

Where do you need to receive Grace?
Where or to whom do you need to gift Grace?
Does it have to be deserved?
Can it even BE deserved?
If it was deserved or earned,
Then it would NOT be Grace,
Would it?

Peace…from God.
Or a gift?

Be blessed this day in the Grace and Peace of GOD.


quietnessFrom The Heart of ABBA

In quietness I speak
Directly to your heart

Do not fear or avoid the quietness
Instead, seek after times of quietness

Invite Me to reveal
Whatever is hidden

I never reveal in order to condemn
Only to heal and restore

Come before Me,
Come into My presence

Come in quiet confidence
In sure expectation
That My desire is to BE WITH you

Remember, nothing is hidden from Me
And nothing can destroy My love for you.
Come expecting to be met.
Trust Me with your heart.
I am waiting.

Psalm 139:23 Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.

Rest Is Shalom

Rest Is Shalom

Rest is not just a state of mind.
Rest is not just a place.
Although rest is both a place AND a
State of mind.

Rest is neither active, nor inactive.
It is BOTH active and inactive.

Rest is found in RELATIONSHIP
With the PERSON of JESUS.
We enter rest in order TO rest.

The invitation is to cease from striving,
And to enter the Rest of God.
We do that by choosing to do so.
We remain there by choosing to trust.

For each of us,
There are places that invite us
To enter into the Peace and Rest,
Of God.

Consider asking God to show you,
This very day,
How to enter a place of Resting
Every care, every sorrow,
Every “I wish” as well as
Every regret,
In and on Him.

Matthew 11:28 ISV “Come to me, all of you who are weary and loaded down with burdens, and I will give you rest.

Search Me

Search Me

From the Heart of Abba Today:

My heart is attuned with yours.
Will you invite Me to tune yours to mine?

Your heart sings a song.
What sort of song would you like to sing?
Hope, Joy, Peace or something less?

Each morning and each evening,
As well as during every single moment,
Of every single day,
I am attuned to your heart.
And you have an opportunity
To invite Me to give yours a tune up.

Just as cars need maintenance,
In order to run efficiently,
So also does your heart.

There are seasons and times,
During which a great deal of time,
Needs to be spent simply being with Me,
In order to have your heart aligned with Truth.

Everything your heart feels is not true.
Circumstances lie and speak untruth,
Into your heart.

I on the other hand
Know and speak truth.

Will you choose,
Each time and every time,
Your heart (as reflected in your emotions/thoughts) feels unsettled
to simply come and REST in ME?

As you come and rest,
I will align your heart

Psalm 139:23Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my anxious thoughts; 24And see if there be any hurtful way in me, And lead me in the everlasting way.

Matthew 13:15
For this people’s heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.

Elohei Kedem

Elohei Kedem

From the Heart of Abba Today:
Fear not I am with you.
Nothing can separate you,
From My LOVE.
My LOVE is an ENDURING love.
I am Eternal God,
Elohei Kedem
It never ends.
My love endures forever.
You actions as well as the actions of others,
Can NEVER separate you from My love.
Doubt can not separate you.
Nothing CAN SEPARATE you
From My love.

Verses to contemplate: Elohei Kedem God of the beginning; eternal God dt 33:27
27 The eternal God is your refuge,
and underneath are the everlasting arms.
He will drive out your enemies before you,
saying, ‘Destroy them!’

Wow…he will DRIVE out our ENEMIES…
Even when we are our own worse enemy.
Even when doubt assails us.
All we have to do is return to His
He is our ROCK and REFUGE.

Rom 8:38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.