Lent 39: Ripples

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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].’

Lenten Memories Day 7&8

Lenten Memories Day 7:

We all go through moments and seasons that cause us to need help of some sort. 

Several people I know are dealing with difficult situations this week. I woke up remembering  that verse that says “God is near to the brokenhearted.” I had to search for where it was. One place is Psalm 34 which has several great reminders in it. 

Therefore today there are two pictures. 

May our hearts be drawn close to the One who is El Roi and indeed does see, and care what we are going through. May we “taste” of His goodness today and receive the comfort He has for each of us. 

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

The Sun Always Rises

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The sun always rises and brings a fresh day.
It has done so every single day every since God created it and placed it in the heavens.
Even on the darkest most dreary day, we have evidence that the sun is there.

God said his mercies are new every morning. One of His names is Faithful and True.

The waves on the shore ebb and flow. They have every single day since God spoke the seas into being.

The sound, sight and smell of the beach brings comfort to our soul and our heart and awakens our spirit to peace.

Another of God’s names is Sar Shalom, Prince of Peace.

God’s Word is eternal. It delights our soul and brings peace. The truth and comfort found there is eternal.

Psalm 84:11
For the Lord God is a sun and shield: the Lord will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.

Isaiah 9:6
“For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us;
And the government will rest on His shoulders;
And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Eternal Father, Prince of Peace”

Lamentations 3:22-23
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;[a]
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.

Revelation 19:11
Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war.

Psalm 94:19
When anxiety abounds within me, Your comforts delight my soul.

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.