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

Lenten Thoughts Day 4

This bird was just sitting in that tree overlooking that pond. The other birds were walking about on the grass or hunting food in the water. This one felt no need to be like any other bird in this moment. It was content to simply “be” still and quiet in the tree.

I wonder how often we scurry about to “do” this and “do” that to meet some external criteria we have imposed upon ourselves? When in fact God has uniquely designed and created us to just “be” who He created us to be and “do” what He desires us to do.

Sometimes that may very well include being and doing life in a different way than our friends. And remembering there is no external or even internal “standard” for us to measure up to because God has already declared us free of condemnation.

(This passage is actually referring to the law. And living by the Spirit vs the law.)romans 8-1.jpg

When Life Is Difficult

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When Life Is Difficult
 
Your heart cries out, “I am not enough.”
He says, “I know Beloved One, but I am more than enough.”
 
Your heart cries out, “I can’t fix anything, even myself.”
My Beloved says, “I know, Precious One but I am the One who touches, heals and restores any and every thing.”
 
Your heart cries out, “I am so alone!”
He responds, “In a sense you truly are alone. And yet, in Truth, you never are alone. For I have promised never to abandon or forsake you.”
 
Your heart cries out, “I can’t do this.”
And He reminds you, “In Me….and you are in Me…you have all you need for every moment.”
 
Philippians 4:19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

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.

REST For Your Soul

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Pondering and From The Heart of Abba

When you see life (or events of life) with spiritual eyes,
Then you are seeing with the eyes of your heart,
That Jesus gave you or awakened in you.

You can only do that to the extent that your heart is surrendered to and enmeshed with/in Jesus.
Holy Spirit awakens the spiritual which then takes the natural and integrates it (both you as a person and the natural gifts) into a spiritual dimension/reality.

Often we do not “see” or understand what on earth is going on around us. We can not see how any possible goodness could come out of it. But God has promised good to those who love Him and are called according to His name. (Romans 8:28)
So Lord, help us to see the bigger picture and not become bogged down in “stuff”. Help us to remember “perspective” how things look bigger when we are close to them, that even an ant can appear huge if it is fills our line of vision. Help us to see with eyes of hope.

Jeremiah 31:25
for I will refresh the weary soul and replenish all who are weak.”
Matthew 11:28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
Isaiah 26:3 You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.

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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Aloneness

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Beloved
Aloneness is a feeling,
And a condition.

In truth at the deepest core
All My children are alone.

Except for one thing,
Those who ARE My children,
Are never really alone.

I come,
My Spirit dwells,
Within that place of aloneness.

It is a holy place,
Where, when opened to Me
Your heart receives,
The deepest acceptance,
Love and,
Belonging,
That is possible to man.

I am with you in the alone times,
In the alone feeling,
And in the place of “aloneness”.

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.

 

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.”

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.