Safety in Resting

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This flower is kind of scraggly. It dwells as a beacon of beauty surrounded by not-so-beautiful things. And yet there is a sort of beauty and serenity in this setting too.

From The Heart of Abba Today

Beloved,
As you come to Me and continue to come, you will find REST for your soul.
Your heart will find a place of peace.

The turmoil of the outer world will no longer impact your inner world or your outer world.

There is great freedom and great peace in realizing how little control you actually have.

You DO have control, one choice at a time, over your thought life.
Your internal thought life has great impact on your external choices.

The world is not as you would like it to be.
Chaff if being shaken and blown away.

Look to Me.
I am the Source of Life.
I am Hope, and Joy, and Peace, and Love.

And YOU are MY Beloved.

Verses to ponder:
Deut 33:12 Of Benjamin he said, “The beloved of the LORD dwells in safety. The High God surrounds him all day long, and dwells between his shoulders.”

Psalm 131
O Lord, my heart is not lifted up;
my eyes are not raised too high;
I do not occupy myself with things
too great and too marvelous for me.
2 But I have calmed and quieted my soul,
like a weaned child with its mother;
like a weaned child is my soul within me.
3 O Israel, hope in the Lord
from this time forth and forevermore.

Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.

Psalm 39:7 And now, O Lord, for what do I wait? My hope is in you.

Psalm 119:114 You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in your word.

Matthew 11
At that time Jesus declared, “I praise You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because You have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this was well-pleasing in Your sight.

All things have been entrusted to Me by My Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal Him.

Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

 

What a Season

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From the Heart of Abba
 
Beloved, when the world around you is unstable remember that “I AM” is your stability.
 
Remember that “I AM” is your Refuge,
your Defender, your Hope and your Shelter.
 
When storms of life come, be they natural or spiritual, know that “I AM” is always and forever Emmanuel.
 
When your heart, or your mind, or your emotions are becoming overwhelmed, draw near to Me and you will find all you need.
 
“I AM” is all you need, past, present and future.
Verses to ponder:
Psalm 18:2
The LORD is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer. My God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
 
Deuteronomy 4:29
But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.
 
Psalm 61:1-4
Hear my cry, O God;
Attend to my prayer.
 
From the end of the earth I will cry to You,
When my heart is overwhelmed;
Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
 
For You have been a shelter for me,
A strong tower from the enemy.
I will abide in Your tabernacle forever;
I will trust in the shelter of Your wings. Selah

Oasis

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Oasis
Beloved I am refuge,
But I am also oasis.

When you go into your chamber or house,
And close the door,
I am Oasis and I provide a time of oasis.

An oasis is a place of refreshing in the desert.
Often there are life giving springs,
As well as trees for shade.

Your hearts may be dry,
Your heart and mind may be weary.
Life is not as it was.

I am with you.
I am indeed your oasis.

Come to me for times of refreshing,
For hope to be renewed,
For a time, which is made up of many moments,
Of rest and respite.

Allow My love, My presence
To fill every dry or weary or fearful place.

Psalm 107:35

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?