Lent 27: Loved By God

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Lent 27

YOU (we) are LOVED by God.
There is a PEACE that is found only in Messiah Jesus.

It can be our WAY of life.
Walking through life,
Covered in,
Washed in,
Aware of,
The LOVE of God.

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Lent Day 10: Hope

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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].’

Lent Day 9

Exodus 33-14

Lent day 9
Exodus 33:14 My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.

God was giving Moses directions on where he was to go and what he was to tell the people. No one was actually happy or excited including Moses. In fact they were mourning they were so upset.

Don’t we all at times have situations that don’t go as we wish they would? We know God is able. We know God could fix things for us in the exact way we want Him to fix them.
But sometimes, quite often in my own life and probably in yours as well, God has a different plan.

But there is one thing we can count on….it is the same promise God gave Moses and the Hebrew people….God and His Presence WILL GO WITH US and if we can access it, He will also send moments of REST.

The verse in Amplified version says, “And the Lord said, “My presence shall go with you, and I will give you rest [by bringing you and the people into the promised land].”

What is our eternal Promised Land? We all know, we who believe in Jesus, where we will end up there. But sometimes, the journey is difficult.

Be at/in Peace today. The Prince of Peace is our Shalom and He is Emmanuel, God with us. Now and forever.

Lent Day 6

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Sometimes life or at least moments of life are difficult. Often we are tempted to wonder, “why?”. The only thing we can do is to CHOOSE to TRUST that God, who is both “I AM” and Emmanuel loves us and has a reason. 

There is a hauntingly  lovely portion of Scripture found in Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;  time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; a time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace.

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

Lenten Thoughts Day 4

This bird was just sitting in that tree overlooking that pond. The other birds were walking about on the grass or hunting food in the water. This one felt no need to be like any other bird in this moment. It was content to simply “be” still and quiet in the tree.

I wonder how often we scurry about to “do” this and “do” that to meet some external criteria we have imposed upon ourselves? When in fact God has uniquely designed and created us to just “be” who He created us to be and “do” what He desires us to do.

Sometimes that may very well include being and doing life in a different way than our friends. And remembering there is no external or even internal “standard” for us to measure up to because God has already declared us free of condemnation.

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