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.

Rhythms of Grace….Abiding

From The Heart of Abba:

There is a space,
A place,
A time,
Where the “not-yet”,
Is becoming real.

It can be a turbulent place,
Or a gentle place.

You may want to rush through it,
Go around it,
Or even avoid it entirely.

But if you stop,
Pause,
Breathe,
And linger,
With God,
You will discover that the “not quite yet” ,
Is a holy place.

The invitation is to abide,
In the presence of God,
While He orders,
And re-orders,
The circumstances of our lives.

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!

Whispers of Rest

I am reading a book by Bonnie Gray called Whispers of Rest. It is really good. She has been challenging us to rediscover our dreams and/or begin to dream. At this season of life, which is very new and fragile in a way, I am learning to live again.

From the Heart of Abba Today:

 

This is the dream for now.
To REST in Me,
To come and continue to come to Me
From within every single moment of life.
To live as Beloved.
No need to measure up, get it right or figure “it” out.
Safe and secure.
To simply “be”,
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Alignment

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From The Heart of Abba

When your heart is in alignment with mine,
Then your world is peace and joy…
Peace of heart, mind, body and spirit,
Because “I AM” is your
SHALOM.

JOY
Because when you are in tune with,
And tuned into My heart
There is a Light that drowns out
All other thoughts.

Thoughts:
When we are aligned in the vertical,
Then the horizontal can and will fall into place.

If we are NOT in vertical alignment with Abba Father,
Then the horizontal is way off plumb.
And that is when
Vain imaginations enter the equation called life,
And even gentle things are distorted.

So in order to LIVE abundant life,
We align with Him vertically –
Then the horizontal should also balance out.
We experience peace, hope, joy and love,
Which is our birthright as children of the King.
We must rest into vertical alignment.

Verses to ponder:
2 Cor 10:9 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

Romans 1:21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.

Isa 30:21 21 Your ears will hear a word behind you, “This is the way, walk in it,” whenever you turn to the right or to the left.

Jer 6:16 Thus says the Lord, “Stand by the roads and look; ask for the ancient paths, Where the good way is; then walk in it, And you will find rest for your souls. But they said, ‘We will not walk in it!’

Isaiah 28:16 Therefore the Lord God says this, “Listen carefully, I am laying in Zion a Stone, a tested Stone, A precious Cornerstone for the [secure] foundation, firmly placed. He who believes [who trusts in, relies on, and adheres to that Stone] will not be disturbed or give way [in sudden panic].

Matthew 21:42 Jesus asked them, “Have you never read in the Scriptures: ‘The [very] Stone which the builders rejected and threw away, Has become the chief Cornerstone; This is the Lord’s doing, And it is marvelous and wonderful in our eyes’?

Mark 12:10 Have you not even read this Scripture: ‘The stone which the builders regarded as unworthy and rejected, This [very stone] has become the chief Cornerstone

Luke 20:17 But Jesus looked at them and said, “What then is [the meaning of] this that is written: ‘The [very] Stone which the builders rejected, this became the chief Cornerstone’?

Acts 4:11 This Jesus is the stone which was despised and rejected by you, the builders, but which became the chief Cornerstone.

1 Peter 2:6 For this is contained in Scripture: “Behold, I am laying in Zion a chosen stone, a precious (honored) Cornerstone, And he who believes in Him [whoever adheres to, trusts in, and relies on Him] will never be disappointed [in his expectations].”

Eph 2:20 having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus Himself as the [chief] Cornerstone,

1 Peter 2:7 This precious value, then, is for you who believe [in Him as God’s only Son—the Source of salvation]; but for those who disbelieve, “The [very] stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief Cornerstone,”

No Need to “get it right”….

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From The Heart Of Abba
 
You do not have to measure up or get it right for me to love you.
 
When I stand at the door and knock I offer to you a full measure of My love.
Love so rich so do deep so full that it will overshadow and meet every need you have.
Every longing of your heart will be satisfied in the ocean and by the ocean of My love.
 
My love it’s never stingy.
I offer a full measure.
It cannot be earned.
It can only be received.
 
In the fullness of time I went to the cross.
 
“It” was finished before creation began.
I knew that there would be a cross.
A cross for you in order that you might receive the fullness of My love.
When I say come to Me all you who are burdened and heavy laden,
I am inviting you to come and lift up that basket full of too much stuff, too many attempts to “get it right”, or do it on your own.
I am inviting you to pour that out and hold up an empty basket to be filled with the fullness of Who I am.
 
Note: when we do that in part we get HOPE and PEACE as well as JOY and LOVE. Forever, unconditionally.
 
Verses to ponder: Matthew 11:28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
John 1:12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God–
Romans 15:29 I know that when I come to you, I will come in the full measure of the blessing of Christ.
John 17:13 “I am coming to you now, but I say these things while I am still in the world, so that they may have the full measure of my joy within them.
John 19:13 When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Covered

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“Covered”
COVERED:
By Grace,
By mercy,
In love, 
Because of the blood shed for us.

INVITED:
To enter absolute shalom/peace,
To step out from under every false cover,
And to be hidden in the shelter of El Shaddai.

RESTING THERE:
Lingering in the presence of Unconditional Love.
Discovering that everything past, present, and future is covered by Love.

As you remain in/under his covering,
Every hurt, sorrow, wound, sin is
Covered by his presence,
Which is his love.
Beautiful as new fallen snow,
Warm and secure like a weighted blanket.

BECOMING:
Free to be unencumbered by the “what if”,
Both the past and the future.
Able to rest in “this moment”
Which is an unending next moment with Abba.

Notes:
Grace is God’s cover.

Cover the negative (thoughts, beliefs) with positive and the negative will die.
Just like nothing can live under the sea except that which is designed to thrive in that environment,
negative thoughts and habits will be extinguished
because they cannot exist under pure and holy Light which is Truth .

Sin cannot thrive and will eventually die under the cover of Grace.
Grace is love.
Love casts out fear and brings to death all that is not viable under love/grace.

We are covered and swaddled in his love.

Taking every thought captive in part means bringing them under cover.
A covert operation is often under cover, hidden in plain sight like snow covers debris.

The ocean covers everything on the bottom of the sea .
Clothes cover us.
We are clothed in the righteousness of God

Philippians 4:8 8 Finally, believers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable and worthy of respect, whatever is right and confirmed by God’s word, whatever is pure and wholesome, whatever is lovely and brings peace, whatever is admirable and of good repute; if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think continually on these things [center your mind on them, and implant them in your heart].
Psalm 91:4 KJV He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
NLT He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection.
NHEB (New Heart English) He will cover you with his feathers. Under his wings you will take refuge. His faithfulness is a shield and a wall

Habakkuk 2:14 NJV For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.

Rev 21:6 ESV And he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment.

Perception and Alignment

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Do You See It???? Look up in the tree tops…..
a perfect circle..

Perception is how we understand things.
But our perception is not always correct.
Sometimes our alignment is messed up and we perceive falsely or we miss what is right there in front of us….a GIFT from GOD.

Yesterday I was walking on this dock and suddenly I saw this perfect circle in the tree line. It is so pretty.
I snapped a picture of it to ponder.

When I went back to look again, it was not there. Actually it SEEMED not to be there, until I walked a little further down.

In order for that beautiful circle to be seen, everything had to be in alignment. Perfect alignment.

Have you ever pondered “alignment”? We are told to align with God’s word. God’s Word is our cornerstone and foundation. Without a perfect cornerstone and a solid foundation, a building will not be stable.

In Psalm 23 we are told that the LORD is our Shepard, he LEADS us beside still waters, he GUIDES us to green pastures, he RESTORES our soul, etc. But if we do not choose to follow Him, then in a sense we are not aligned WITH him and will miss the still waters, the green pastures and the restoration.

There is so much about alignment. To ponder.