Lent 40 JoY

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Lent 40 JoY
One of my favorite verses is found in Hebrews 12. It says, “for the JOY set before Him, He endured the cross.”

The entire portion says: Hebrews 12:1-2 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross,despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

Sometimes there are things we simply have to endure. Jesus endured the cross for us. He asked 3 times for that “cup” to be removed and yet added, “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” (Luke 22).

We sure can ask not to need to endure but if we must then somehow we can also do it with JOY. Not giddy-excited-happy-clappy joy but a quiet enduring joy that comes from a heart that KNOWS that no matter WHAT God is WITH us.

As we remember…and look forward to Resurrection Sunday, Lord help us to endure and also teach us what true JOY is. We find JOY when we know that somewhere someone is GLAD to be with us. No matter what.
And help us be that someone for another at times.

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Lent 39: Ripples

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Lent 37 TRUST

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Lent 37
 
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be FRIGHTENED, and do not be DiSMAYED, for the Lord your God is WITH you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9
 
Wherever we go…everywhere we go…every moment of every season….including whatever “moments” this day brings us. Happy moments, Joy moments and scary or sad ones as well.
 
We, me and the Littles, were playing here the other day. Looking for a thought for today I saw this picture and remembered Joshua 1:9

Lent 36 No Need to Fear

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Lent 36
The photos are the exact same place on the exact same day. But in one there are waves and in the other calm.
 
Calm is the natural state of that water.
Peace is our natural state too.
We were created to live in joy and shalom.
 
I had the Littles with me yesterday.
A rather large boat went past way out in the water.
 
Suddenly to their delight, waves appeared.
Both boys were delighted and full of joy.
 
After the waves passed I asked the older one (7) what caused the waves?
He was completely befuddled. So I asked him, what happened just before the waves?
Still mystified.
I said, “Remember that BIG boat? It caused the waves.”
We were intentional to see the wake and waves from the next boat that came along. It was much smaller.
 
Sometimes, isn’t life like that for us? We are going along and life is calm. Then suddenly with no warning life is full of waves. Sometimes we delight in the good surprise but other times, not so much. Thank goodness we have a God who is always with us and so we do not need to fear.
 
The river returned to peace and calm. Kason learned a new fact. I think I learned a lesson too.

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.

Lent Day 10: Hope

romans 15-13

Lent Day 10

Sometimes in the natural a situation may be devoid of hope. Or we feel like it is and we can lose hope or become hopeless. Or we THINK we are or it is.

But the truth is Hope is found in the person of Jesus the Messiah. The One who knew us before we were formed in our mother’s womb AND the One who has been and will be with us all the days of our lives.

And our life does not only consist of our time on earth. We are eternal and will simply pass from this life to the final eternal place. Kind of like a little baby leaving the womb.

Hope is a PERSON. He will NEVER abandon us, not for a single second.
Be encouraged this day in/through/by the LOVE of God.

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].’