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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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.

Falling Apart Seasons

When your world is falling apart,
Or has already fallen apart,
And you don’t think you know the way,
Remember, “I AM” is THE Way.

Beloved “I AM” is with you.
I have promised never to leave you,
Or forsake you.

My presence with you,
Is not contingent on your ability,
To perceive or be aware of Me,
In any given moment.

I have said that “I AM” is Emmanuel.
(I AM is all you need and
Emmaneul is literally God With Us).

When you feel alone,
Even abandoned,
Lost or floundering,
And you do not know,
The next step much less
“The way”,
Remember one thing.
You ARE loved by “I AM”.

Life may not feel OK,
YOU may not feel OK,
In fact, in truth,
Many things may not be OK,
In your life.

But “I AM”, who is God With You,
Has told you that,
In all things you are more than a conqueror
In Christ Jesus.

And Beloved, that remains true,
Even when it seems not so.
Even when you can not sleep.
Even when you feel desperately alone,
Or lost or floundering in your faith.

Rest yourself,
All that is you,
In All that is “I AM”.
Including your inability
TO rest.
Aug 4 2018

The photo is of a dock near my house which was destroyed during a hurricane 2 years ago. Other places have been restored but this one has not been yet. Often events happen and our lives are forever changed. But restoration will come. Not to how things were but perhaps to something even better in it’s own way.

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Broken Places (Leading into Life)

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Broken Places (Leading into Life)
 
Broken Hearts
Lives Shattered
and
Torn Asunder
 
Meeting Other Hearts
(Also Wounded)
Along this Path
Called “Life”
 
Touching For a
Brief moment
Heart to Heart
Mind to Mind
Spirit to Spirit
 
United/Being Touched
Together by/with/in
The LOVE of Jesus
 
Going Forth Stronger
To Join
For Another
Brief moment
The Ones
God Places
Along the Way.
 
 
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.
2 Corinthians 1:3-4

 

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”.

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.

Enough For All We Need

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From the Heart of Abba Today:
Beloved
I AM is with you
In sorrowful times,
I am “I AM”.
 
In joyful times,
I am “ I AM”.
 
In every season of life,
I am “I AM”.
 
Rest in the “I AMness” of God.
 
You are safe because,
I am “I AM”.
No matter what.
( A lot of people I know are going through difficult times, this is a good reminder that God said he is “I AM” and “I AM” is enough.