Advent

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For many of us, the church season leading up to Christmas is called “Advent”. It is a time to remember not just the first Coming of Jesus but also that He is God. He has come, He will come and He is continually coming (present).
In the beginning Elohim, created the heavens and the earth. But the beginning was not really the beginning for “I AM” aka God has always been.

The basic meaning behind the name Elohim is one of strength or power of effect. Elohim is the infinite, all-powerful God who shows by His works that He is the creator, sustainer, and supreme judge of the world. “Bring to an end the violence of the wicked and make the righteous secure—you, the righteous [Elohim] who probes minds and hearts” (Psalm 7:9). (Gotquestions.com)

I love remembering that God, (Elohim, “I AM”) came as Emmanuel, a baby to grow and then to die in order that we could have his very present help during every single time of need. “I AM” is ALL we need and not only that He is also Emmanuel, God With Us.

In church Sunday we were singing a song with Keep Watch, Take Heart and I knew I would make this poster. And that since I am very blessed to live in Florida, it would have the beach as a background.
Remember God said to the sea, “This far and no further”? (Job 38:11). That difficult thing in our life has been told, “this far and NO further” too. And we also have Emmanuel with us.

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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.

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.

 

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.

When You Know and When You Don’t

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From The Heart of Abba

From The Heart of Abba
Beloved,
When you don’t know what to do,
Come to Me.

When you do know (or think you do),
Come to Me.

From within any circumstance of life
Come to Me.

When you do,
Each time you do,
You will find peace,
As well as the ability to make wise choices.

I care for you.
I am your Father.
My desire is to lead you,
In the way you are to go.

Each person is unique,
Every season is different.
But I am constant, unchanging,
And always on your side.

When the way is steep and difficult,
Come to Me.

When the way is smooth and easy,
Come to Me.

In all your ways (time),
Acknowledge (come to) Me,
And I will direct your path.

Verses to ponder:
Proverbs 3:5-6 5Trust in the LORD with all your heart; and lean not to your own understanding.
Philippians 4:66In all your ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct your paths.
Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
Proverbs 16:3
Commit your works to the LORD, and your thoughts shall be established.
Isaiah 30:21
And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, This is the way, walk you in it, when you turn to the right hand, and when you turn to the left.
James 1:5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that gives to all men liberally, and upbraides not; and it shall be given him.

Seasons of Time

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From the Heart of Abba this day:
Beloved,
There are times,
And seasons of times,
There are moments of time,
As well as moments in time.

I am LORD of all time and in all times.
However, I do not hold Myself aloof.
I am ALWAYS available with you and to you.
There is no time, or season of time,
Where I will not provide ALL you need.

From within any moment of time,
As well as during any season of time,
Pause and look for Me.
Each time you make a conscious choice to seek Me,
You WILL find that I am with you.

It may not look or feel the same each time.
Sometimes I will draw your focus to some object of beauty.
Other times I will prompt you to go here, or do this or that.
Often I will illuminate someone in your path,
That could be someone to minister TO you,
But as often as not, it will be some for You to minister to.

Beloved, be attuned to Me and tuned in to Me.
You are safe, in every way and the way to “know” it,
Is to tune in and be attuned.

Shalom

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From The Heart of Abba Today:

Beloved,
This is a new day,
A brand new day,
A fresh day.

It is good to begin a new day,
In My presence,
In My Word.

“I AM” is the comfort your soul/heart longs for.
“I AM” is all you need.
“I AM” is always with you,
Loving you,
Leading you.

There is NO circumstance of your life,
Outside My will for you.

Come to Me.
Rejoice in My presence with you.

My Presence is Shalom,
Enfolding,
All encompassing,
Peace filled
Hopeful,
Shalom.

 

Hope

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From The Heart of Abba Today

Beloved,
Never despair.

Even when you feel hopeless,
There is hope,
Because I am your Hope.

No situation or circumstance of life,
Is ever devoid of hope because I am your Hope.

I have promised never to leave you nor forsake you,
Therefore, you always have hope.

Remember you do not live by sight alone,
But by ever Word that proceeds from Me.

When hopeless despair threatens you,
Be it for a moment or a season,
Run to Me.

If you can not Run to Me,
Then fall in a helpless clump,
And I will come and rescue you.

Verses to ponder:
Isaiah 35:4 Say to those who have an anxious heart, “Be strong; fear not! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God. He will come and save you.”
Heb. 6:19 We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain,
Matthew 4:4 But he answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
2 Cor. 5:7 for we walk by faith, not by sight.
Deu. 31:8 It is the LORD who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”

Whispers of Rest

I am reading a book by Bonnie Gray called Whispers of Rest. It is really good. She has been challenging us to rediscover our dreams and/or begin to dream. At this season of life, which is very new and fragile in a way, I am learning to live again.

From the Heart of Abba Today:

 

This is the dream for now.
To REST in Me,
To come and continue to come to Me
From within every single moment of life.
To live as Beloved.
No need to measure up, get it right or figure “it” out.
Safe and secure.
To simply “be”,
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Rest vs Frazzled

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From The Heart of Abba:

We were at worship Sunday and singing this song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFByOX8Fb0M and the Lord began to remind my heart:

When you are tired of/from standing,
Weary from the race,
That is not a bad thing,
Or an indication that you have been bad.

It is rather an invitation to lay down and enter My rest.
Literally lay down,
Or choose a place to sit that creates rest in your spirit.

It is simply time to hide all that is you, in the shelter of the Most High, under the shelter of My wings.

Verses to Ponder:
In Luke 10:41-42 Martha is harried and worried from doing and Jesus speaks to her, I think cutting right to her true heart need and says, “But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”
And that one thing is to simply “be” with Jesus, resting all that we are in all that He is.

Psalm 91:4 He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.

Matthew 11:28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

Exodus 33:14 14 The LORD replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”

Psalm 46:10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”