Lent 26: Heart

Psalm 34-18a

Lent 26
From the Heart of Abba

Hear the hearts.
Listen beyond the words,
And hear….. truly hear,
The hearts.

See the hearts.
Look past the exterior,
And see …..truly see,
The hearts.

Smell and taste the aroma,
Of “Christ in me”,
Open your senses to go past the exterior,
To the hidden hearts.

Speak truth with love,
To love the hearts,
Seeing Me within each one,
For I created each heart

Touch each heart,
With the touch of My Love,
So the hearts will open,
To receive Life.

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A Reminder For Those Who Sorrow@ Thanksgiving

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For: The Sisterhood of Widowhood or anyone else who has sorrow of any sort.

No matter how far out we are from our big life change, one thing remains constant.

It is our identity, that is, who we really are. We are Daughters of the King. “Child of God” is our true identity.

Thanksgiving and other “special” events will always evoke memories of what once was. We can rejoice in the happy ones and choose to forgive and be healed from the others.

So however we find our heart today….and that very well may flip-flop all season long…. let’s remember who we really are. We ARE daughters of the King and precious children of the Living God.

God’s love surely does not flip or flop. So today afresh we choose JOY!
No matter what.

To Ponder:
Nehemiah 8:10 Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”

This is an interesting verse. It happens in the story of the rebuilding of the Wall. The people are celebrating and listening to the Word of Moses after a time of famine (from the Word) and sorrow. They have returned to the love of the Lord in a sense. I think we, especially the new widows among us, can be set free to enjoy the “feast” we are celebrating, that of Thanksgiving and then next month Christmas.

Thanksgiving was originally instituted as a day to give thanks to God for all the good things He has given. The Pilgrims met and feasted to give thanks to God for bringing them through a very difficult year. That year included deaths of many loved ones and many other hardships as well.

They were in a “new land” with a “new life” and it had not been easy.
But they were alive and choosing LIFE and GRATITUDE to God.

When we became widows, our lives changed. We in a very real sense entered a new land and a new life too. It is not easy. But as Nehemiah reminds us, the JOY we find in the LORD is our strength.

Another verse I love is..Isaiah 46:4
Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.
That would be me and maybe you too. God has promised to sustain us. He created us and he will carry, rescue and sustain us even as we age.

Trees and Storms

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Memories on FB showed me something I wrote after the hurricane in 2016. That was also just a few weeks before Don died. Little did I know that in the next two years I would have to apply that “thinking” in my own life.

I decided to create a visual. The trees in this picture have withstood not just the hurricane in 2016 but another in 2017. They are still there today.

Death is a different sort of storm. It is, as I said in the original writing a season of drought and wind and storms.

Just like in a hurricane, it causes change in everyone around you. The roles of the relationship cease. Life is vastly different. Dynamics of family and friends change. Our very identity changes. Death is much bigger and more far reaching than the loss of a person.

BUT if we are like a tree planted by streams of Living Water, we will endure and not just endure, we can flourish. Just like these trees at Mandarin Park.

ORIGINAL THINKING: Thinking….
We had the hurricane. Seemingly healthy and sturdy trees were simply uprooted. People are helping others too.
Then reading today in Jer 17:8 They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”
We can not tell by looking at a person how they really are. How deep their “roots” go. Sometimes we do have deep roots and then such a huge storm comes that we need to be “shorn up” by others too.
How does a tree get deep roots? By going through times of “drought” in part. By facing “winds” and “storms”.
The notion came to me that one reason we are instructed to “Pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18) could be because just like the trees in my town, we NEED strong roots in God. Every trial, every struggle, every “drought, storm, wind” we face could be something that is sending our roots deeper and deeper into the bedrock/cornerstone which is faith in Jesus.
Be blessed in the Lord this day,
Joan

Moments

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Moments

Moments in time.
Moments outside of time.

Moments of beauty and joy.
Moments of sorrow and pain.

Each moment unique.
Each moment only for a moment.

Each moment offers a choice,
Remain in it or move forward from it.

The good thing is that,
No person needs be stuck,
Within any moment.

Will you embrace it with God?
Or will you stumble though without God?

Every moment of every day,
God is I AM and Emmanuel.

Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

 

Note: In my town recently a mother and father were killed in a tragic accident leaving behind 6 little boys. A friend suddenly joined the Widow’s Club. A horrible hurricane ravished North Carolina and South Carolina. Life is just full of difficult things. Things we simply can not make sense of. But there is always a choice…we choose our moments. We choose what we think about.

Falling Apart Seasons

When your world is falling apart,
Or has already fallen apart,
And you don’t think you know the way,
Remember, “I AM” is THE Way.

Beloved “I AM” is with you.
I have promised never to leave you,
Or forsake you.

My presence with you,
Is not contingent on your ability,
To perceive or be aware of Me,
In any given moment.

I have said that “I AM” is Emmanuel.
(I AM is all you need and
Emmaneul is literally God With Us).

When you feel alone,
Even abandoned,
Lost or floundering,
And you do not know,
The next step much less
“The way”,
Remember one thing.
You ARE loved by “I AM”.

Life may not feel OK,
YOU may not feel OK,
In fact, in truth,
Many things may not be OK,
In your life.

But “I AM”, who is God With You,
Has told you that,
In all things you are more than a conqueror
In Christ Jesus.

And Beloved, that remains true,
Even when it seems not so.
Even when you can not sleep.
Even when you feel desperately alone,
Or lost or floundering in your faith.

Rest yourself,
All that is you,
In All that is “I AM”.
Including your inability
TO rest.
Aug 4 2018

The photo is of a dock near my house which was destroyed during a hurricane 2 years ago. Other places have been restored but this one has not been yet. Often events happen and our lives are forever changed. But restoration will come. Not to how things were but perhaps to something even better in it’s own way.

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Broken Places (Leading into Life)

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Broken Places (Leading into Life)
 
Broken Hearts
Lives Shattered
and
Torn Asunder
 
Meeting Other Hearts
(Also Wounded)
Along this Path
Called “Life”
 
Touching For a
Brief moment
Heart to Heart
Mind to Mind
Spirit to Spirit
 
United/Being Touched
Together by/with/in
The LOVE of Jesus
 
Going Forth Stronger
To Join
For Another
Brief moment
The Ones
God Places
Along the Way.
 
 
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.
2 Corinthians 1:3-4

 

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.

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.

Being Fully “You”

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From The Heart of Abba Today:

Beloved, laugh, cry, rejoice.

Embrace the moments,
Whatever they bring.

Don’t simply endure,
Embrace them.

There is a vast difference in enduring and embracing.
When you embrace a moment, whatever it holds,
You are being fully alive,
Fully you.
You are being who I crafted and designed you to be.

Embracing the moments, the ability and desire to live fully alive,
Begins with embracing the truth that I AM is with you,
Caring for you, carrying, and sustaining you,
During all the moments of your life.

Verses to Ponder:
1 Thess. 5:16-18
Rejoice always,
pray without ceasing,
give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

Romans 12:15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.

Isaiah 46:4 NLT I will be your God throughout your lifetime–until your hair is white with age. I made you, and I will care for you. I will carry you along and save you.

After the Storm

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From the Heart of Abba Today:

For the weary ones;
The ones who are overwhelmed;
Those who have lost a sense of purpose or hope:

Simply come to Me,
Just as you are,
Feeling however you feel,
In order to receive from Me
All that you need to take the next step.

Beloved, sometimes the next step,
Is simply admitting that you are
In GREAT need,
Of a touch from Me.

I offer rest for the weary ones,
Hope and strength for those who are overwhelmed,
(As well as rest and respite),
And fresh hope for the hopeless.

We have just come through the second hurricane in a year. For some of us the damage was much less than for others. For some the damage was intense and right now they are facing huge issues. All of us know people who are still without electricity or have damaged property.

Others who do not live in the path of Harvey or Irma, have probably seen photos on TV.
Still others have emotional or physical storms which have ravaged their lives. Or know others who are going through difficult seasons.

I was driving home the other night and the timing was perfect for me to experience sunset all during the drive. This one is the steeple of a church on Baymeadows.

For all of us, the Source and the Help is found in the One who came to carry our burdens for us, to comfort us, to restore us.

Consider pausing a moment to invite God to draw your attention to something lovely this day. God bless each of us and those we love as we, in Florida, continue to recover. And as each of us, wherever we live and dwell and have our being, continue to “draw near to Abba”.