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.

Strong

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I woke up thinking about some people I know. They have their trials, we all do. But they are STRONG in the LORD.

The phrase I woke with was STRONG in the LORD and in HIS Mighty POWER. That is found in Ephesians 6:10 but there are many places where we are reminded that when we ARE weak, and we often are, then we are also STRONG in/because of the LORD.

James 1:2-4 says: 2 Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, 3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

These particular ladies have lived that way and are living that way.
Then I went on to think of others, probably all who are reading this, who are STRONG even when they feel very weak and overwhelmed.
Life can be overwhelming and that is OK because Jesus said, “When (not if) your heart is overwhelmed come to the Rock.” (Psalm 61:2)

Verses to Ponder:
Eph 6:10 be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.

2 Timothy 2:1 You therefore, my child, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.

Psalm 138:3 In the day when I cried you answered me, and strengthened me with strength in my soul.

Psalm 63:7-8 For You are my help; I will sing for joy in the shadow of Your wings. I cling to you; your right hand upholds me.
2 Cor. 12:9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
Ephesians 3:16 I pray that out of the riches of His glory He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being,
Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.
Isaiah 41:10 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.

Safe in/with Abba’s Love

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I was working on some couplets I got from a little book by Sylvia Gunter called Nuggets from Revealing The Treasures.
One of them was: He is everlasting. Isaiah 40:28
I am eternally safe. Philippians 1:6

He is everlasting. Isaiah 40:28 Have you not known? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable.

Dodi Note: God is everlasting, eternal, forever. God created the earth and all else that exists. God does not get tired, and even better his UNDERSTANDING is unsearchable.

Think about it. God formed us in our mother’s womb. But even before that God ordained all the days of our life for us before even one of them came to be. We are enscribed on the very palm of His hand and kept as the apple of his eye. Do you think he cares about us? Intimately? Does he understand why we do the silly things we do? I believe he does. And that is why he loves us. When a small child is tired and cranky a good parent tends to the child’s true need. They do not discipline the child for being tired and cranky. (Well some parents do, but a wise loving parent would not). I beleive God is the same with our pecularities or even our tantrums. He knows what wounded us. He knows what areas of our heart, mind, soul, body need healing. So he acts vs reacts when we have a melt down or even make a very poor choice.

Formed us in the womb: Jer. 1:5a “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
All days ordained for me: Psalm 139:16 Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.
Engraved us in the palm of His hand: Isaiah 49:16
Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are continually before me.
Holds us as the “apple of his eye”. That phrase refers to being very close to someone and being so close you can see your reflection in the pupil of their eye. WoW! Right? God is really up close, personal and hence available to us.
Psalm 17:8 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
Deuteronomy 32:10
“He found him in a desert land, And in the howling waste of a wilderness; He encircled him, He cared for him, He guarded him as the pupil of His eye.
And just because I love it: Psalm 36:7
How precious is Your lovingkindness, O God! And the children of men take refuge in the shadow of Your wings.

 

Peace/Rest/Shalom

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From The Heart of Abba Today
 
Beloved,
Peace is a state of mind that arises from a heart at rest.
Rest is a way of life.
 
Peace, Rest, Shalom does not require an absence of problems,
It does require an intentional choice,
To trust lean and rely on Me.
 
I told you that in this world you will have tribulation…troubles…trials.
But I also said that you can take heart (courage) because I have OVERcome the world.
 
When your heart is troubled,
Or your mind begins to race,
When your spirit is disquieted,
Come apart to simply be with Me.
 
Rest secure in my love.
Calm and quiet your soul
By coming to Me
Then lingering in My presence,
As long as it takes.
 
Rest is not the absence of troubles.
Rest is trusting God in the midst of them.
 
We ARE the Beloved of the LORD, therefore we can REST secure in His love…no matter what life brings today.
 
Deut 33:12b “Let the beloved of the LORD rest secure in him, for he shields him all day long, and the one the LORD loves rests between his shoulders.”
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.
John 16:33 I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

Awaken My Heart To Shalom

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From The Heart of Abba

Awaken, My heart, To Shalom

Shalom Shalom
Shalom my heart
Awaken to Shalom

Shalom Shalom
Shalom my heart
Awakened by Shalom

Shalom Shalom
Shalom my heart
Awaken in Shalom

The peace of God,
Gentle love filled peace,
Awakens my heart
To Shalom.

(We were created by Shalom,
To live in Shalom.
Shalom of body, soul, mind.)

Note:  Biblical meaning of Shalom: a Hebrew word meaning peace, harmony, wholeness, completeness, prosperity, welfare and tranquility and can be used idiomatically to mean both hello and goodbye.

 

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”.