Come As A Child

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From The Heart of Abba Today:

Beloved,
It is I who issue the call to come as a child.

Children get tired.
When they are tired they rest.

Children need comfort.
When they need comfort they will seek out a safe adult.

When you need comfort, especially when your heart is oh so weary,
Pause in that moment.
Still your environment as much as you can,
Then come to Me.

Rest lean on/into My presence.
Remain in that state of surrendered rest as long as necessary.

Linger in My love.
Allow My presence to wash over you,
And to wash from you,
Those cares and burdens you really cannot carry indefinitely.

Tarry with Me as long as you are able.
Do not fear or restrict the emotions that arise.

Verses to Ponder:
Mark 10:15 Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.”

Matthew 18:2-4 2 And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 19:14 but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.”

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REST

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From The Heart of Abba Today:

In quietness, in confidence, in returning and in REST is our strength.

But sometimes, sadly, we do not remember to live that way.

Then when we do live that way, we feel unproductive.
When actually we are called by God to do every single thing from a position of REST.
Having FIRST rested in/on Him.
Resting ourselves….
Who we are….
The circumstances of our life (good and hard)….
The details of the moments of our days….
ALL that “is” us….
Firmly and securely at rest in ALL that is HIM.

Strangely enough, that REST is both an action and an intentional choice.
When we truly commit to live and move and have our being in Him,
Then we will learn to “practice His Presence” within all those moments of our lives…
By first having come TO HIM,
And resting all that is us, the good, the bad and even the ugly, in/on Him

Isaiah 30:15 ESV 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,

To Ponder:

See that log?

The waves would come get it… it would be rolled over and over, out to sea and back to shore.

At times it was stationary on the shore and appeared a nice place to sit and rest BUT then the surf rose again and it became a dangerous thing to be near.

Deception sometimes offers us what appears to be a safe place to rest, but ONLY Jesus is truly safe…

And from the log’s perspective, it had no choice, none whatsoever about what happened to it but eventually it will be at rest.

Interestingly, it remained a log through it all.

(Ha ha)

Once I imagine it was part of a dock or deck, only a few weeks ago. If it could think (which of course logs can’t but we can), I doubt it would have chosen to be torn apart from all it knew. One day, who know what that log will become. Could be a resting place for barnacles or other sea creatures or taken to someone’s home or perhaps a place along the shore for a weary one to sit.

But it will always be a log.

For us, sometimes, life happens. All we knew or thought we knew changes suddenly. If we can just remember to REST we will remember that we are going to be “OK”.

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.

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.