County Dock

 

County Dock is BEAUTIFUL.
I have been twice since it reopened and every time there are people out enjoying the lovliness of it.

The dock is made out of individual boards.
Each board is unique in grain and pattern. Due to our individual differences we might think the pattern on one board is better than another.
All based on individual perception and preference.

But together the boards comprise this BEAUTIFUL dock, which everyone loves.

Are we like that?
Each of us different.
We all have different gifts and talents. We all look different.
And yet, when we join our hearts together….just imagine what we can do to make life better for one person at a time.

Somehow the dock reminded me of 1 Cor. 12. Especially verse 26 If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.
I wonder what the world would be like if instead of bickering we simply got along with one another?

Embrace The Moments

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From the Heart of Abba Today
(Christmas may be a time of total JOY but it can also be a time of deep longing.)
 
Beloved,
When your heart longs,
For those no longer in your life,
For whatever reason,
Remember.
 
Remember good times and happy times.
But also remember who you are and
Who is ALWAYS delighted to be with you.
 
During this season, remember that “I AM” is Emmanuel.
Today,
Yesterday,
Tomorrow and,
Forever.
 
When you see the lights,
Remember “The Light”.
And remember that you are truly,
Never alone.
Even when you feel alone and lonely.
 
Embrace the moments,
The joy moments,
The longing moments,
The sad moments,
From within your place as “Beloved”.
 
“May the beloved of the LORD rest secure in Him; God shields him all day long, and upon His shoulders he rests.” Deut. 33:12b

Gratitude

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From The Heart of Abba Today:

Beloved,
Gratitude is the key that unlocks awareness of My eternal-ongoing-everlasting Presence WITH you.

It opens the floodgates of tangible awareness of “I AM” as Emmanuel in any given circumstance.

Try it during the day and see for yourself what your heart already knows.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name!
Psalm 100:4
Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:5-7

Rest

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REST in My love.
 
RETREAT from the cares of life and from living out of your mind. Instead of drawing away from your heart, your feeing and emotions.
Open yourself and your heart and all it contains to My love.
 
REFRESH your mind, your heart, all that is uniquely you, in that moment of coming, by inviting Living Water to pour forth.
Sometimes, when feeling overwhelmed, just pausing to come to Me, even if you can only remain connected for a brief moment, will achieve as much in your heart and mind as pushing the refresh button on your computer.
 
RENEW your mind by revealing or allowing Me to reveal your heart.
 
RESTORE, or restoration, happens only when you are intentional about coming.
A table will not be restored by sitting alone in a dark garage or attic. Likewise your heart will not be restored if you are hiding it away and separating yourself from it.
 
REDEFINE, or invite Me to redefine, the parameters of what is and is not like the true you I created.
Each time the overwhelmed feeling or state of being arises, use it as a clue that either your heart or mind, usually your perception of your heart (which is directed by your mind) needs a bit of HS defining, refining, and definition.
 
REFUEL simply by drawing apart to be with Me, even if that entails laying in the hammock or going to the pool. Or simply sitting quietly somewhere.
Relax in all that I am.
Bring all that is you to “I Am”.
 
Then…
 
Rest in My Love.

Near to the Brokenhearted

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Beloved,
I am near to the brokenhearted.
I hear the silent cries.
I see the unshed tears.
Be comforted in/by My love.

Remember this Precious Child,
No sorrow is wasted.
I am He Who Redeems,
Who Restorers,
Who causes the sorrow to joy exchange.

I am He Who Sees,
Who Knows,
Who Loves,
Who Cares and
Who Walks Beside.

Come to Me.
Anytime.
All the time.
From within any time.

You will find rest for your heart.

originally written Oct. 2013

Refreshment

If you look at the photo, you see rocks. There are sea creatures who dwell in the rocks. They NEED the ocean to come and cover them or they would die. For a time, during low tide they are ok, but if the ocean ceased to exist it’s ebb and flow they also would cease to exist.

There is a yearning
A longing
A drawing
That only LOVE can satisfy

There is a place
A deep deep place
Deeper than the deepest reservoir
A heart place created to be filled
Only by Jesus

His invitation stands open
He beckons us to come
To come closer
And deeper than ever before

His love is everlasting
Eternal
Rich and fulfilling
His love satisfies our heart
And fills that deep place

But His love NEVER quenches
The longing
And the drawing
We were created to LONG for intimacy
With Jesus

The world can’t fill us
People can’t fix us

We truly NEED intimacy
Daily and moment by moment
Awareness of our connection
To and with Yeshua.

Everything else is parody,
A mirage,
A shadow
Of the “real thing”
Jesus

When it says…”But His love NEVER quenches” that simply means that we NEED daily and moment by moment to be in connection and awareness of Him. It is not a one time filling of the reservoir but an ongoing thing.
I think in part that is because as His sons and daughter, we are to be giving forth of that which he has given us. We were created for relationship and one meeting is not relationship.1382183_490081894420640_771425234_n

Shalom

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Where faithfulness and trust abound, there is heart peace.
Heart peace comes from relationship with Me.
When you have spend time with Me,
Beginning your day in recognition of Me,
Emmanuel, God with you,
Then there will be fruit.

You can not “be” present with Me,
Without there being fruit.

The first fruit is heart peace.
A calm heart-knowing that you ARE loved,
As well as accepted and cherished.

Then from the position of “knowing” that,
Peace will be the center of your heart.

You will always go forth,
From time spent with Me,
In My presence,
With shalom.

So Beloved, be faithful in your coming.
Place your trust in and on Me each day.
Then go forth, living, moving and having your being,
Encased in my Love and Peace.

Regardless of what the day brings,
I am eternally your Abba and your Emmanuel.
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Psalm 37:3 Trust (lean on, rely on, and be confident) in the Lord and do good; so shall you dwell in the land and feed surely on His faithfulness, and truly you shall be fed.
Psalm 91:4
[Then] He will cover you with His pinions, and under His wings shall you trust and find refuge; His truth and His faithfulness are a shield and a buckler.
Numbers 6:26
The Lord lift up His [approving] countenance upon you and give you peace (tranquility of heart and life continually).
John 14:27
Peace I leave with you; My [own] peace I now give and bequeath to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. [Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled.]
Matthew 1:23
Behold, the virgin shall become pregnant and give birth to a Son, and they shall call His name Emmanuel–which, when translated, means, God with us.

Storms of Life

So this bird lives in the Keys. He is comfortable when a storm is coming and when it is bright and sunny or clear and dark. We saw a water sprout just before a storm. The bird was unconcerned.

From The Heart of Abba
Peace:
From the storm,
Within the storm,
Through the storm.

You are anchored,
Held safe,
Secure,
No matter what is swirling around you.

In my mind, I saw a picture of a storm path in a very poor area. Most houses were destroyed but one stood. Then began to “hear” this reminder.

Just as during a hurricane one house stands and another falls,
So also is it with my people.

Those who stand,
Both buildings and people,
Have a strong foundation.

I am your bedrock,
Your foundation,
And your cornerstone .

And beloved.
You see my smile.
(As I remind you of a deeper truth).

Even when a house is destroyed
Or my children falter,
I am He who rebuilds and restores.

Matthew 7:24-27 New Living Translation (NLT)
Building on a Solid Foundation
24 “Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. 25 Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock. 26 But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. 27 When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash.”

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1Peter 5:10 10 And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.

Continually Safe

Psalm 73-23

From the Heart of Abba

Beloved,
When the way is unknown
And life is unsure

When suddenly it seems
Everything has shifted

And there is no certainity

Remember this:
I AM is also God With You.

When life is familiar outwardly
Yet forever shifted once again

Your Rock, your Shelter
Has never changed.

“I AM” is your GPS,

My LOVE will guide you
Keep you safe
Then draw you home.

You know the Way home.

The Way is Jesus who is
All you need
Now, tomorrow and Forever.

Rest secure in My love
Which is never angry or unforgiving
Or unacceping of you.

Come just as you are
In any given moment

To receive ALL you need
For every single
Next moment of life.

JOY

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Joy is our natural state. If you don’t believe that, or it feels untrue, consider a toddler. When they are sad they are really sad. When they are angry, they are really angry. But the very next moment, often with no perceivable impetus, they are abounding in JOY. Often with the remnants of the sorrow or anger still there.

We need to REMEMBER to CHOOSE to EMBRACE and ABIDE in JOY.

For a little while on Saturday and Sunday night, I and some friends enJOYed watching the moon rise. Often it is the little pleasures which bring forth JOY.