Being Fully “You”

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From The Heart of Abba Today:

Beloved, laugh, cry, rejoice.

Embrace the moments,
Whatever they bring.

Don’t simply endure,
Embrace them.

There is a vast difference in enduring and embracing.
When you embrace a moment, whatever it holds,
You are being fully alive,
Fully you.
You are being who I crafted and designed you to be.

Embracing the moments, the ability and desire to live fully alive,
Begins with embracing the truth that I AM is with you,
Caring for you, carrying, and sustaining you,
During all the moments of your life.

Verses to Ponder:
1 Thess. 5:16-18
Rejoice always,
pray without ceasing,
give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

Romans 12:15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.

Isaiah 46:4 NLT I will be your God throughout your lifetime–until your hair is white with age. I made you, and I will care for you. I will carry you along and save you.

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After the Storm

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From the Heart of Abba Today:

For the weary ones;
The ones who are overwhelmed;
Those who have lost a sense of purpose or hope:

Simply come to Me,
Just as you are,
Feeling however you feel,
In order to receive from Me
All that you need to take the next step.

Beloved, sometimes the next step,
Is simply admitting that you are
In GREAT need,
Of a touch from Me.

I offer rest for the weary ones,
Hope and strength for those who are overwhelmed,
(As well as rest and respite),
And fresh hope for the hopeless.

We have just come through the second hurricane in a year. For some of us the damage was much less than for others. For some the damage was intense and right now they are facing huge issues. All of us know people who are still without electricity or have damaged property.

Others who do not live in the path of Harvey or Irma, have probably seen photos on TV.
Still others have emotional or physical storms which have ravaged their lives. Or know others who are going through difficult seasons.

I was driving home the other night and the timing was perfect for me to experience sunset all during the drive. This one is the steeple of a church on Baymeadows.

For all of us, the Source and the Help is found in the One who came to carry our burdens for us, to comfort us, to restore us.

Consider pausing a moment to invite God to draw your attention to something lovely this day. God bless each of us and those we love as we, in Florida, continue to recover. And as each of us, wherever we live and dwell and have our being, continue to “draw near to Abba”.

Our Work

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From The Heart Of Abba Today:

Beloved,
All I ask of you…remember?,
Is to TRUST the One I sent.

Life is often messy,
It is not always neat and orderly.
Unexpected events, both good and difficult, occur.

When/if/as you choose to trust Me,
You will be able and enabled to make it through whatever happens.

You may not, in fact for major events, you will not be the same on the other side.
But you WILL be being transformed to My original design for you.

You are never alone.
Nothing is ever going to happen, or has ever happened which is outside of the awareness of El Roi.
I do see, know, and care.
I AM is always with you.
Therefore you, the core essence of who-you-are is always safe.

When you feel alone, fearful, unable to cope with life,
Simply STOP,
Drop in Prayer,
Listen and Remember,
And then either rest and wait, or go forth.

Cited By Our Reciting

via Daily Prompt: Recite

Re-cite the Goodness of God.

Re-cite the Joys of Life.

Re-cite the things to be remembered.

Do NOT re-cite hurts and wounds instead choose to remember the positive about the person who hurt you…

When you recite positive, you build joy, but when you recite negative you build sorrow.

Remember to RECITE but be careful what you do recite. 🙂

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Changing the “W” in we to “M” in Me

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I became a widow about 10 months ago after a time of caregiving. It has been a process of changing from being a “we” to being a “me.

Sometimes I have felt very alone but the one constant has been God. He has led me step by step into a new season of life. This is for anyone who has lost a spouse, a parent, a child, a sibling. In that relationship, the “we” is gone but we cling to the ONE “we” that will never end. God is our forever present Emmanuel.

Since this is a different post, I want to say thank you to my brothers and their wives who have helped me in ways they don’t know and also some dear friends who have walked with me. And my sons, their wives and grandsons.

God is GOOD and I have decided to look forward to whatever good gifts He will send my way during this season of my life.

 

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.

 

The Way Of Shalom

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From The Heart of Abba Today:
Beloved,
There is no time,
No season or moment,
Even those when you,
Are not aware of Me,
When I am not walking with you.
I was with you in the womb.
I am with you in this very moment.
I will continue to be with you,
In EVERY moment.
For my children,
That is a great consolation,
Unless they desire to,
Hide something from Me.
Consider this, Beloved,
Even when you think you want,
To hide from Me,
Perhaps to participate in something,
Outside of My will for you,
Is that the true you acting?
It is not!
Therefore do you really,
Want to be in those moments?
Do you want to make those choices?
Or do you want Me,
Do you want to choose to INVITE Me,
Into even “those” moments?
So that I can lead you and guide you,
Into the way you should go instead?
Into the good and spacious way?
The fruitful way?
The way that leads to shalom.
Verses to Ponder:
John 14:27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.
Isaiah 30:15 For thus said the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel, “In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.” But you were unwilling,
Jeremiah 6:16 Thus says the Lord: “Stand by the roads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is; and walk in it, and find rest for your souls. But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.’
Isaiah 30:21 1 And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left.
Psalm 116:7 Return, O my soul, to your rest; for the LORD has dealt bountifully with you.
James 4:8a Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.
Psalm 18:19 He brought me out to a spacious place; he delivered me, for in me he takes delight.
Psalm 139:23-24 Search me, O God, and know my heart!
    Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!

Free To Grieve

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From the Heart of Abba
 
Freedom,
Beloved, there is great freedom,
In knowing who you are.
Even greater freedom arises from
Knowing who I am.
 
I am your Abba Father.
Because I love you,
I created you.
You were created for JOY and LOVE.
You are FREE to BE,
Who I created you to be.
 
Free to grieve.
Free to rejoice.
Free to rejoice in the midst of grief.
 
Free to need and receive comfort.
Free to be needy.
Free to meet the needs of others.
Free to create boundaries.
 
Thus far and no farther I say to the sea.
Thus far and not one bit farther.
“Life” will come thus far and no farther.
You may feel like you will drown,
But you shall not.
 
You are FREE to LIVE
Free to CHOOSE life
Abundant life too
Because I am “I AM” and you are mine.

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.”

Rest In His Love

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From The Heart of Abba Today:

Beloved
See those rocks?
The water is washing them.
The water is revealing their hidden beauty.
The water is changing them over time,
Smoothing and polishing them.

I am like that beautiful, dangerous, flowing mountain water.
You are like a rock.

As you submit to My love,
You will be changed, restored, polished,
Both by and in My love.

Just like those rocks remain both changed and unchanged,
So also does the “you” I created become both changed and remain true during your life.

You are uniquely created and designed by Me.
The external will change. Your perception will change. But you, the you I created, will always remain.

Sometimes that process may seem difficult.

In a mountain stream the water level sometimes rises and simply covers the rocks. From the surface all appears gentle and smooth.

Other times, when the water level is just right, one can see white water—even rapids.

At times a portion of the rock is out of the water.

It is always the same rock.

Life in Me is similar. I am Living Water. I control the depth.
All that I do is part of My Love for I am LOVE.

You are being changed and restored.
All of life is being used by Me to reveal the true you.
The one I created.

Beloved, REST in My LOVE.