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?

Rest

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REST in My love.
 
RETREAT from the cares of life and from living out of your mind. Instead of drawing away from your heart, your feeing and emotions.
Open yourself and your heart and all it contains to My love.
 
REFRESH your mind, your heart, all that is uniquely you, in that moment of coming, by inviting Living Water to pour forth.
Sometimes, when feeling overwhelmed, just pausing to come to Me, even if you can only remain connected for a brief moment, will achieve as much in your heart and mind as pushing the refresh button on your computer.
 
RENEW your mind by revealing or allowing Me to reveal your heart.
 
RESTORE, or restoration, happens only when you are intentional about coming.
A table will not be restored by sitting alone in a dark garage or attic. Likewise your heart will not be restored if you are hiding it away and separating yourself from it.
 
REDEFINE, or invite Me to redefine, the parameters of what is and is not like the true you I created.
Each time the overwhelmed feeling or state of being arises, use it as a clue that either your heart or mind, usually your perception of your heart (which is directed by your mind) needs a bit of HS defining, refining, and definition.
 
REFUEL simply by drawing apart to be with Me, even if that entails laying in the hammock or going to the pool. Or simply sitting quietly somewhere.
Relax in all that I am.
Bring all that is you to “I Am”.
 
Then…
 
Rest in My Love.

Refreshment

If you look at the photo, you see rocks. There are sea creatures who dwell in the rocks. They NEED the ocean to come and cover them or they would die. For a time, during low tide they are ok, but if the ocean ceased to exist it’s ebb and flow they also would cease to exist.

There is a yearning
A longing
A drawing
That only LOVE can satisfy

There is a place
A deep deep place
Deeper than the deepest reservoir
A heart place created to be filled
Only by Jesus

His invitation stands open
He beckons us to come
To come closer
And deeper than ever before

His love is everlasting
Eternal
Rich and fulfilling
His love satisfies our heart
And fills that deep place

But His love NEVER quenches
The longing
And the drawing
We were created to LONG for intimacy
With Jesus

The world can’t fill us
People can’t fix us

We truly NEED intimacy
Daily and moment by moment
Awareness of our connection
To and with Yeshua.

Everything else is parody,
A mirage,
A shadow
Of the “real thing”
Jesus

When it says…”But His love NEVER quenches” that simply means that we NEED daily and moment by moment to be in connection and awareness of Him. It is not a one time filling of the reservoir but an ongoing thing.
I think in part that is because as His sons and daughter, we are to be giving forth of that which he has given us. We were created for relationship and one meeting is not relationship.1382183_490081894420640_771425234_n

Shalom

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Where faithfulness and trust abound, there is heart peace.
Heart peace comes from relationship with Me.
When you have spend time with Me,
Beginning your day in recognition of Me,
Emmanuel, God with you,
Then there will be fruit.

You can not “be” present with Me,
Without there being fruit.

The first fruit is heart peace.
A calm heart-knowing that you ARE loved,
As well as accepted and cherished.

Then from the position of “knowing” that,
Peace will be the center of your heart.

You will always go forth,
From time spent with Me,
In My presence,
With shalom.

So Beloved, be faithful in your coming.
Place your trust in and on Me each day.
Then go forth, living, moving and having your being,
Encased in my Love and Peace.

Regardless of what the day brings,
I am eternally your Abba and your Emmanuel.
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Psalm 37:3 Trust (lean on, rely on, and be confident) in the Lord and do good; so shall you dwell in the land and feed surely on His faithfulness, and truly you shall be fed.
Psalm 91:4
[Then] He will cover you with His pinions, and under His wings shall you trust and find refuge; His truth and His faithfulness are a shield and a buckler.
Numbers 6:26
The Lord lift up His [approving] countenance upon you and give you peace (tranquility of heart and life continually).
John 14:27
Peace I leave with you; My [own] peace I now give and bequeath to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. [Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled.]
Matthew 1:23
Behold, the virgin shall become pregnant and give birth to a Son, and they shall call His name Emmanuel–which, when translated, means, God with us.

Kason and God

Kason is my grandchild. He is 7 now. When he was about 6 months old I wrote what follows. God has done this for me and God can do this for you as well. Living safe in the love of God can become our daily reality.

Kason likes me. 
Kason knows my voice now. 
If Kason is waking up and crying in his bed and I call his name from another room and start talking to him, he quiets. He does not have to see me in order to quiet because he knows I am coming to be with him. He has always known his mommy’s voice and his daddy’s voice and responded to them because they talked to him and loved him while he was still in the womb. But experience and time has taught him to know my voice in a different way. I am just a caregiver who comes in and out of his life, but he has come to recognize my voice.

Kason knows some of the songs I sing to him. I can tell because when I sing them at the part he likes you can see the anticipation.

Abba sings over us. We can anticipate his songs, if/when we learn to listen to them. The songs Abba sings also have a theme. The bible says, “my sheep know my voice”. I woke today thinking about all this.

The Word says…in Zep 3:17 The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.” NIV)
The songs Abba sings to my heart say, “I love you. You are My beloved. You are safe in My love. I will never leave you or forsake you.”
Maybe He sings the same songs to your heart, or maybe you get different ones. But this I know, God IS singing over each of us.
The more time we spend with Him, in His Word, in worship, in prayer the more readily we will be able to tune into his voice.

I love Kason. When he is upset, I do my very best to quiet him with my love. If he is really really upset and nothing works to quiet him in that moment, I simply hold him and rock him and continue to sing over him with love.
If I am sinful person can do that because I love little Kason, how much more does our Abba do the same for each of us?

Will you join me today and spend a little time tuning into the voice of our Abba rejoicing over us with singing?

Additional verses to ponder: John 10:27 God’s Word version My sheep respond to my voice, and I know who they are. They follow me.

405205_10150925289452134_1314788272_nJohn 10:14 NIV “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me—
Barnes: Know my sheep – Know my people, or my church. The word “know” here is used in the sense of affectionate regard or love. It implies such a knowledge of their wants, their dangers, and their characters, as to result in a deep interest in their welfare. Thus the word “knoweth,” in John 10:15, is in John 10:17explained by the word “loveth.” Jesus knows the hearts, the dangers, and the wants of his people, and his kindness as their shepherd prompts him to defend and aid them.


Am known of mine – That is, he is known and loved as their Saviour and Friend. They have seen their sins, and dangers: and wants; they have felt their need of a Saviour; they have come to him, and they have found him and his doctrines to be such as they need, and they have loved him. And as a flock follows and obeys its kind shepherd, so they follow and obey him who leads them beside the still waters, and makes them to lie down in green pastures.

Shalom

From The Heart of Abba Today:
Beloved,

Embracing Me,
Resting in My love,
In the midst of life,
Which includes:
What is,
What isn’t,
What may never be,
Is the path to shalom.

Shalom is not the absence of longings,
Unfulfilled heart longings,
Nor is it the absence of problems of life.

Shalom is resting in/on Me.

Choosing Joy and Trust and Hope,
Which are a way of “putting on Christ”,
From within the messes and messiness of life.

It is knowing you are not alone,
Even in the moments of crushing aloneness.

It is knowing you are safe and loved,
Not because of what you do,
But because of who I am,
And who you are in Me.

 

Lent Day 11 Serenity

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Lent 11
From The Heart of Abba Today:

Beloved
When your I can’t feels bigger
Than your capacity to cope
That is a place where I
Enter and enable.

The embracing of My embrace
Enables My children to endure
That which in the natural is
Unendurable.

Enter and remain in My love
It is the sure and certain reality
In a world that is chock full
Of insecurity and false reality.

Someone prayed Isaiah 41:10 for me today. Or someone mentioned it and I looked it up. It seemed to fit with this Word as well. When we remember the Truth, as described in this passage we will discover a serenity that does not depend on outward circumstances of life.

Isa 41:10 Don’t panic. I’m with you.
There’s no need to fear for I’m your God.
I’ll give you strength. I’ll help you.
I’ll hold you steady, keep a firm grip on you.
The Message
NIV
So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
AMP
‘Do not fear [anything], for I am with you;
Do not be afraid, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you, be assured I will help you;
I will certainly take hold of you with My righteous right hand [a hand of justice, of power, of victory, of salvation].’

Lenten Thoughts Day 5

Lenten Memories: (Memories I am making for Lent, smile).
Someone said yesterday they were reminded of “be still”. So today I decided to use “be still”. Thank you, Violet.

We all know this. God told us in His Word to “be still”. That is harder for some of us than others and more difficult at different seasons of life or if we are hit by a sudden (or ongoing) event that is upsetting.

It reminds me of “shalom” which is defined as “Peace”. According to Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance, shalom means “completeness, soundness, welfare, peace.” Another place it is described as, “a Hebrew word meaning peace, harmony, wholeness, completeness, prosperity, welfare and tranquility”.

When I think of being still, I imagine that weaned child at his mother’s breast described in Psalm 131:2 But I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child is my soul within me. (ESV)

Did you know that being still might not need to be sitting in a chair not moving? It might be swinging in a hammock, or a child’s swing at a park, it might be walking by the ocean or our in nature. It could even happen weeding your flower bed if you like to do such a thing. For each of us “being still” and thinking about the goodness and provision of God could look different. But for all of us when we pause our racing mind or hurting heart and do just that we can as Barbara White said, “Remember what we know but are fogetting.”

Cease striving, stop fighting, calm down, be in awe, stop striving, return, Let go of our concerns, let be, desist, BE STILL and KNOW. He is God. He has “it” and He has us. We can REST in His loving provision. No matter what!

For fun I looked up some different translations.
NASB: “Cease striving and know that I am God…”
CSB: “Stop your fighting, and know that I am God…”
CEV: Our God says, “Calm down, and learn that I am God!”
ISV: “Be in awe and know that I am God.”
NET: “Stop your striving and recognize that I am God!”
Aramaic: “Return and know that I AM GOD.”
God’s Word: “Let go [of your concerns]! Then you will know that I am God.”
JPS Tanakh: “Let be, and know that I am God..”
Youngs’s Literal: “Desist, and know that I am God..”Psalm46-10