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 causes the sorrow to joy exchange.
I am He Who Sees,
Who Cares and
Who Walks Beside.
Come to Me.
All the time.
From within any time.
You will find rest for your heart.
originally written Oct. 2013
From the Heart of Abba
Hear the hearts.
Listen beyond the words,
And hear….. truly hear,
See the hearts.
Look past the exterior,
And see …..truly see,
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.
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.
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.
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,
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.
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,
Lost or floundering,
And you do not know,
The next step much less
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.
All that is you,
In All that is “I AM”.
Including your inability
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.
From the Heart of God:
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.
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:
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.