Advent

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For many of us, the church season leading up to Christmas is called “Advent”. It is a time to remember not just the first Coming of Jesus but also that He is God. He has come, He will come and He is continually coming (present).
In the beginning Elohim, created the heavens and the earth. But the beginning was not really the beginning for “I AM” aka God has always been.

The basic meaning behind the name Elohim is one of strength or power of effect. Elohim is the infinite, all-powerful God who shows by His works that He is the creator, sustainer, and supreme judge of the world. “Bring to an end the violence of the wicked and make the righteous secure—you, the righteous [Elohim] who probes minds and hearts” (Psalm 7:9). (Gotquestions.com)

I love remembering that God, (Elohim, “I AM”) came as Emmanuel, a baby to grow and then to die in order that we could have his very present help during every single time of need. “I AM” is ALL we need and not only that He is also Emmanuel, God With Us.

In church Sunday we were singing a song with Keep Watch, Take Heart and I knew I would make this poster. And that since I am very blessed to live in Florida, it would have the beach as a background.
Remember God said to the sea, “This far and no further”? (Job 38:11). That difficult thing in our life has been told, “this far and NO further” too. And we also have Emmanuel with us.

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Steadfast

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From the Heart of God:
Beloved,
The tide comes in.
The tide goes out.
The sun rises.
The sun sets.

People enter and exit your life.
Day follows day.
And through it all,
I remain steadfast.

My love for you never waxes or wanes.
It is constant and unchanging.

When everything is right in your life,
I am there.
When nothing is right,
I am still there.

Before time was, I AM.
I am the same, yesterday-today-and-tomorrow.
You can count on Me.

In a world where so much is unstable
I truly am both your Anchor and your Rock.

This was written originally 4 years ago.

I have seen, walked with my husband during his dying season (which began around the time of this “word” and continued for 3 years.) Day did follow day. He did die. Things went from hard to so hard and yet the LORD did remain STEADFAST. He was there when nothing (or almost nothing) felt right in my life. The world around us is still unstable (even more so). Just glance at the news.

But we can be sure that our GOD is going to remain the same, yesterday today and tomorrow. Forever STEADFAST.

As We Age (SMILE)

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One of the poignant things about aging is realizing those heart longings for what was and/or what never may be.

Perhaps it begins at birth, with a longing for the weightlessness  and provision of the womb.
That I don’t know.
The next could be finding out Santa isn’t real. What a shock that is.
Or perhaps it occurs when a little child enters school and no longer drifts through each day in a sort of seamless timelessness.
I don’t know.

This year it becomes so very real to me once again that people are only for a season.
Looking back through the years to remember those who once lived here on earth with us and were a part of our lives.
Remembering traditions that once were and no longer exist because seasons have changed.
So many people out there feeling alone during the time that begins with Thanksgiving and ends after the New Year.

There is a verse I love. Isaiah 46:4:
even to your old age I am he,
and to gray hairs I will carry you.
I have made, and I will bear;
I will carry and will save.

One thing is sure for those of us who belong to Jesus.
We know the One who knit us in the womb.
Who created us because He desires us and had good plans for us.
The One who will never forsake us.
And the One who will greet us with open arms when our time on earth is done.

Cherish those you love. They may no longer be part of your life one day. We never know if “this moment” will be our (or their) last moment.

It could be as simple the last sticky little boy hug calling you Daddy before he grows up and Daddy becomes Dad. Or the last snuggle in the couch before he becomes too old.
Or as complex as death or a graduation or a cross country move.

God is always and forever “I AM” and Emmanuel.

Psalm 139:13& 16 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Deuteronomy 31:8 The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”
John 14:2-3 2 My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.

 

God Cares

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This is amazing. Four years ago I wrote this and made this poster. That was when my husband was becoming so ill and I was so overwhelmed. God did do everything He said he would do. I did learn to “cast my cares”. Now these pop up in my news feed as we do this Bible study.
From the Heart of ABBA:

Beloved,
Each of your days,
Every day of your life,
You ARE held in the palm of My hand.

Nothing can happen that is devoid of My love.
You are an overcomer,
Not by your strength,
But by My power
Because you ARE mine.

When thoughts come,
Filter them through My Word,
My very Person.
See if they line up with TRUTH.
If they do dwell on them,
If they do not CAST them aside.

I am GOOD.
I am LOVE.
I am PROVISION.
All you need,
All you ever needed and all you ever will need,
Is yours because you are MINE.

When You Know and When You Don’t

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From The Heart of Abba

From The Heart of Abba
Beloved,
When you don’t know what to do,
Come to Me.

When you do know (or think you do),
Come to Me.

From within any circumstance of life
Come to Me.

When you do,
Each time you do,
You will find peace,
As well as the ability to make wise choices.

I care for you.
I am your Father.
My desire is to lead you,
In the way you are to go.

Each person is unique,
Every season is different.
But I am constant, unchanging,
And always on your side.

When the way is steep and difficult,
Come to Me.

When the way is smooth and easy,
Come to Me.

In all your ways (time),
Acknowledge (come to) Me,
And I will direct your path.

Verses to ponder:
Proverbs 3:5-6 5Trust in the LORD with all your heart; and lean not to your own understanding.
Philippians 4:66In all your ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct your paths.
Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
Proverbs 16:3
Commit your works to the LORD, and your thoughts shall be established.
Isaiah 30:21
And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, This is the way, walk you in it, when you turn to the right hand, and when you turn to the left.
James 1:5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that gives to all men liberally, and upbraides not; and it shall be given him.

Simmer…One Word Prompt

via Daily Prompt: Simmer

 

Simmer
We simmer soup in a pot.
We simmer thoughts in our mind.
 
When a pot is simmering, it is not quite boiling,
Things are being bounced around a bit.
 
When our mind is simmering,
Thoughts are being bounced around a bit.
But they have not YET boiled up and spilled over.
 
Therefore we still have time to,
“Capture” the thoughts.
To take control of them,
So that they do NOT boil over
And burn others.
 
When you find yourself,
A simmering pot,
Pause,
Step away,
Calm and still your mind,
(Turn down the heat).
Then your words will,
Be a fragrant offering,
As well as food for the heart,
Of another.
Colossians 4:6 Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.

He Will Carry You

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From the Heart of Abba

I will both carry you AND walk beside you.
When the way/day is hard,
Or the path is too rocky,
Lift up your arms,
Lift up your heart,
Lift up your eyes
I will carry you.

Sometimes I will encourage you
To take one more step and then another
Even though you think, your perception tells you,
That you can’t.

Trust me Precious Child
I am “taller” and I see further
I know when you need to be carried,
As well as when you need to walk

I am your Abba,
Your friend,
Your brother.
I am ALL you need,
I provide all you need.

Will you choose this day,
To trust My love?
My care?
My provision?

It is enough.

 

Seasons of Time

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From the Heart of Abba this day:
Beloved,
There are times,
And seasons of times,
There are moments of time,
As well as moments in time.

I am LORD of all time and in all times.
However, I do not hold Myself aloof.
I am ALWAYS available with you and to you.
There is no time, or season of time,
Where I will not provide ALL you need.

From within any moment of time,
As well as during any season of time,
Pause and look for Me.
Each time you make a conscious choice to seek Me,
You WILL find that I am with you.

It may not look or feel the same each time.
Sometimes I will draw your focus to some object of beauty.
Other times I will prompt you to go here, or do this or that.
Often I will illuminate someone in your path,
That could be someone to minister TO you,
But as often as not, it will be some for You to minister to.

Beloved, be attuned to Me and tuned in to Me.
You are safe, in every way and the way to “know” it,
Is to tune in and be attuned.

…..Peace…..

Phillippians 4-6-7

From the Heart of Abba Today:

There is a time to go through,
A time to step over.

A time to linger,
And a time to hasten.

A time to embrace a season
As well as a time to end a season.

There are times to carry,
Times to be carried.

Times to offer comfort
And times to receive comfort.

I am He who orders your steps and directs your way.
Come to Me.
Rest in Me.
Place your cares on Me.

Do not be afraid to go through, or step over.
Do not hesitate to linger, nor to hasten.

Embrace that which you need to embrace.
Release that which it is time to release.

Carry that which is yours to carry.
Remember to allow Me to carry you at times.

Receive the comfort that I offer.
Share the comfort you receive with others.

Live in “this moment” fully alive.
Knowing that the “next moment” will come.

Trusting that “I AM” is Emmanuel,
In every moment of your life.

Verses to Ponder:
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
To Everything There is a Season
1To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
2A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
3A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
4A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
5A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
6A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
7A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
8A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

Isaiah 40:31
But those who wait on the Lord
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.

Psalm 30:5b
Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning

2 Corinthians 1:3-4
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort,
who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.

Deuteronomy 31:6&8
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”

Psalm 139:16 Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.

Proverbs 16:9
The mind of man plans his way, But the LORD directs his steps.

Philippians 4:6-7
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Come As A Child

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From The Heart of Abba Today:

Beloved,
It is I who issue the call to come as a child.

Children get tired.
When they are tired they rest.

Children need comfort.
When they need comfort they will seek out a safe adult.

When you need comfort, especially when your heart is oh so weary,
Pause in that moment.
Still your environment as much as you can,
Then come to Me.

Rest lean on/into My presence.
Remain in that state of surrendered rest as long as necessary.

Linger in My love.
Allow My presence to wash over you,
And to wash from you,
Those cares and burdens you really cannot carry indefinitely.

Tarry with Me as long as you are able.
Do not fear or restrict the emotions that arise.

Verses to Ponder:
Mark 10:15 Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.”

Matthew 18:2-4 2 And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 19:14 but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.”