Gift of God

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From The Heart of Abba Today:

I had been remembering how much I loved day lilies in my early adulthood.

On an emotionally difficult day, while exercising in the pool, I looked and God had sent me a blooming day lily right in my flowerbed.

He was gracious enough to draw my attention to it.

You know a day lily only blooms for ONE day.
So in order for me to experience it, Abba arranged a whole bunch of things.

Surely He is El Roi. God who sees and cares and knows.

What is your Abba sending your way today? May we all have eyes to see…

Happy Blessed Mother’s Day

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From The Heart of Abba

For those without a mother,
For those whose children are far away,
Or those who have no children,
For those who long or longed for a child,
For those who are in sorrow for a mother
Who has gone before, or
Even worse a child who has died,
For those who are separated from family,
For those who may feel lost or forlorn,
For those for whom this weekend may be hard,

May the LORD,
Who is the GOD of ALL COMFORT,
Draw your heart close to his.

May the God of ALL PEACE gather you under His Wings.

May the Spirit,
Who continually flows to you and through you,
Touch you with healing,
To restore to you,
ALL that is missing,
Or feels like it is missing in your life.

God has promised to meet all our needs.
This weekend may be hard for you,
In small ways or what feels like insurmountable ways.
But God….
Has also promised to make all things work to our good.

So for the lost,
The lonely,
The grieving ones,

Or any hidden areas where we feel that way
In our own heart for whatever reason,

May this be a weekend where your heart,
Your mind,
Your body,
Your soul and
Your spirit have a FRESH encounter with LOVE aka Jesus.

Faith

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I heard this statement at a meeting I was attending and LOVED it because it is so TRUE: Faith sustains us in the midst of pain BUT faith does not remove our pain (or grief). We need to go through the grief.
 
Saturday a friend and I were out and about and took this photo of the beach at North Beach. It is still banged up from the hurricane, but in a sense even more enthrallingly beautiful. There was a dark shadow of a truck parked there which we both thought marred the shot…in retrospect even the shadow adds depth to the meaning.
 
For those who follow the Way of Jesus, broken leads to beautiful.
 
Jesus was BROKEN for us and that was beautiful. Isaiah says he was a man of sorrow…in order to bear our sorrow/grief.
 
Fun to ponder. Brokenness leads to wholeness which is even more whole than before broken.
 
Isaiah 53:3-5 He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.

When Your Heart Screams, “I Can’t”

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My heart screams, “I can’t”
My emotions swirl.
My mind does not know or understand.
 
And yet,
Deeper than any of that,
I know,
Emmanuel is and will be
With me.
 
Life IS too much at times.
No!
A certain situation is too much,
All the time.
 
But we all will have those times,
The Instruction Book,
Tells us what to do.
Call on the LORD.
 
He, Who hears our heart’s cry,
Even when we have no words,
Hears and comes with healing,
Comfort,
Love and
Presence.
 
Psalm 18:6 In my distress I called upon the LORD; to my God I cried for help. From his temple he heard my voice, and my cry to him reached his ears.
Isaiah 65:24 Before they call I will answer; while they are yet speaking I will hear.
Psalm 61:2 From the end of the earth I call to You when my heart is faint; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.

Light

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From The Heart of Abba

I am your Father.
I am Elohim, who created you
I am Emmanuel, God with you 
I am walking with you and I will walk with you.
You may at times feel unseen and
like you do not matter.
Not so.
I am El Roi, your God who sees, cares and is with you in all times and for all time.

Yesterday at church. I think the reading was Isaiah 43 and the phrase from it was….forget the former things…I am not sure what the reading was but Isaiah 43:18 does say, “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.” Verse 19a says, “See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?”

I like the photo for the names of God. It is dark in places and at the top left there is one of those prism sort of rainbow things but on the bottom right there is LIGHT and the light causes the other parts. If there was no light the dark would just be black and kind of invisible. If there was no light that prism would not be there. Same for us. Same for me. Yes there are difficult things but the LIGHT is there and often others can see the Light of Christ shining in us even when we can’t.

Stay With Me

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When your heart is longing for (you know not what),
When life is simply too big for you to bear,
When all that is “you”, 
Cries out to All He is (El Shaddai)
“I can’t”,
He understands.
He has done the same.

When Jesus was in the Garden and asked them to stay with him,
His plea to His disciples was simply “stay here….with me”. We see that in Matthew 26:38. Some versions say tarry, or keep watch but he is asking for and needing human companionship. Sometimes life is just too much for us to go through alone. We need someone to “stay with me” or “keep watch with me” or “tarry with me”.
Of course God does that always but sometimes a person is nice too.

“My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow
to the point of death.
‘Stay here…with me.'”
Jesus in Matthew 26:38
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Sometimes when our hearts are overwhelmed it is hard to even remain in a place of connection to our own heart or the heart of God. It is hard to “stay with” another during those times too. But that is such a gift.

God’s Love For Us

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From The Heart of Abba Today:

Beloved,

Where ever you go,
I am already there.
 
When you forget that I AM is with you,
Pause and ask for Me,
To reveal Myself to you.
 
In the very act of pausing,
Your heart will remember,
That I AM is Immanuel.
God With You.
All the time,
Within all times,
For all time.
 
Nothing can separate you,
From My love.
I love you with an eternal love.
My love is not contingent,
Upon any action or inaction,
On your part.
 
Your ability to perceive and receive,
My love will wax and wane.
My love is steady and unchanging,
Just because you are,
My child.

Quieted In and By His LOVE

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Quiet, Beloved. 
Quietness, Beloved.
Peace and Oasis.
Knowing that “I AM”,
Is with you,
In EVERY moment.
 
My desire is to quiet you
With and in My love.
When you become unsettled,
Draw apart and receive My love.
Invite and allow Me to quiet you,
With My love.
 
To come and be quieted, 
Does not require a literal,
Coming away.
I can do it in a moment,
While externally you continue,
To do what must be done.
 
There do need to be times,
Other times, daily and first thing,
Where you are choosing to  be intentional
About “be”ing with and allowing Me,
To quiet you with My Love.
 
As you do that, 
It will become natural,
To pause during any moment,
Of the day and simply receive My Love,
Afresh and be quieted in your innermost heart.
 
Be quiet, My Love, 
Be still, My Love,
You are safe,
All that is you is safe,
In My LOVE.
A never ending,
Quiet and gentle, 
Love.

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As We Enter 2016

As you enter 2016

Prepare for the new year by searching your heart and releasing any and all offenses, oughts or should haves.

Then purpose, in your heart, to fully trust, lean and rely on Me no matter how any circumstance of life appears.
You will encounter events this year which in the natural are impossible.
That is because in the natural they ARE impossible.
But remember, Beloved, you are not restricted to or bound by the natural.
In some ways you are, you are limited to time and space. Things will occur over which you have no control.
But that, the natural physical world, is not where the true “you” resides.
It is in Me that you LIVE and MOVE and have your BEING.
I am Immanuel, God With You, in EVERY circumstance of life.
I am your Peace.
I am your Resting Place.
I am your Rock.
Your Shield.
Your Strong Defense.
Your Refuge.
Whenever your heart is overwhelmed,
At the first hint that you are becoming overwhelmed,
Draw near to Me.
Make a conscious effort to pause, admit, and receive ALL you need in that moment.
For that moment.
For however long that moment lasts.
The key to abundant life is to be aware of My Presence with you.
No matter what.
No matter who.
And no matter the questions or even doubts that arises in that moment.
The Word for this year is STEADFAST. To be steadfast in seeking Me. To be steadfast in knowing I AM is Immanuel. To be steadfast in drawing near to Me when your heart is overwhelmed.
It is going to be a year of DEEPER. Deeper in love, deeper in hope, deeper in joy and deeper in trust.
I love you.
You are Mine.
We enter 2016 together.
Isa 26:3
You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.
Psalm 61:1-4
Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer.
From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy.
I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever: I will trust in the covert of thy wings. Selah.