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From the Heart of Abba: 

Beloved,
Do you believe Me,
When I say ALL things work for good?
Do you trust Me,
When I ask you to praise Me,
In ALL circumstances?

Do you remember My LOVE?
That I am the giver of GOOD gifts?
That anything I allow will benefit you and others?

I carry your heart in the palm of My hand.
I knew ahead of time as I always do,
What each moment of every day will bring.

Your heart is safe in My love.
Your tears are precious.
Because YOU are precious.
Do not fear the arrows that come your way.
They are but vapors in the mist.

I send the wind,
I am Life and Hope and Peace and JOY,
No matter what.
Come to Me and see.

11-14-13 This was written 6 years ago. God was faithful and he was with me and therefore he will always be with each of us as well.

Joyful Hope

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One way to define JOY is also a description of what brings joy. Joy is knowing someone is GLAD to be with us, no matter how our heart is feeling. That is also a gift, the Gift of Presence we can give to others.
Ultimately there is One who is always glad to be with us and always available.

From the Heart of Abba Today:
When you look at this photograph, you know that behind that fence and over that dune there is beauty as well as sights and sounds which bring joy to your heart.

You can not see them, in fact at first glance it appears to be a dry and barren place.

But because you have experienced this place and others like it you know what is just out of sight.

Beloved, every desert moment is just like that for Me.
I KNOW what is just ahead.
And I know also that the final destination is vastly more lovely and heart pleasing than even the beach is.

When you choose to trust, lean and rely on Me, especially when life looks bleak, then you can be joyful in hope , patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.

Your hope is in the sure and certain knowing that “I AM” is always Emmanuel.

You can be patient in affliction because in prayer you can always heart connect to Me…and every single time you acknowledge Me you ARE heart connected even if you do not “feel” My presence in a tangible way.
I know what is just over the horizon and I AM all you need and will be walking with you.

Looking at the photograph you can also remember that going up that hill, you might see only one set of footprints because I will carry you as needed.

Hope

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HOPE

Hope that makes no sense.
Hope when circumstances of life make no sense.
Hope when in the natural all is dark, gray, devoid of life or hope.
Hope that springs up like a bulb from deep within the soil.
Hope that simply “is “because you “know”.
HOPE in the person of GOD, Himself.

Elohim…Gen. 1:1 “in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”
Elohim who is all we need. Elohim who has always been. God. God, who made all things, including you and me. Gen 1:26 “Then God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.'”

He is El Shaddai, the all sufficient one. He is all we need. All we ever needed and all we ever will need.

He is Sar Shalom, our Prince of Peace. Isa 9:6

When the tide of hopelessness threatens to wash over us, all we need to do is stop, pause and remember Who He Is.

What name, attribute of GOD do you need this very day? What name of God would awaken hope to arise in your heart?

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.

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.

Kason and God

Kason is my grandchild. He is 7 now. When he was about 6 months old I wrote what follows. God has done this for me and God can do this for you as well. Living safe in the love of God can become our daily reality.

Kason likes me. 
Kason knows my voice now. 
If Kason is waking up and crying in his bed and I call his name from another room and start talking to him, he quiets. He does not have to see me in order to quiet because he knows I am coming to be with him. He has always known his mommy’s voice and his daddy’s voice and responded to them because they talked to him and loved him while he was still in the womb. But experience and time has taught him to know my voice in a different way. I am just a caregiver who comes in and out of his life, but he has come to recognize my voice.

Kason knows some of the songs I sing to him. I can tell because when I sing them at the part he likes you can see the anticipation.

Abba sings over us. We can anticipate his songs, if/when we learn to listen to them. The songs Abba sings also have a theme. The bible says, “my sheep know my voice”. I woke today thinking about all this.

The Word says…in Zep 3:17 The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.” NIV)
The songs Abba sings to my heart say, “I love you. You are My beloved. You are safe in My love. I will never leave you or forsake you.”
Maybe He sings the same songs to your heart, or maybe you get different ones. But this I know, God IS singing over each of us.
The more time we spend with Him, in His Word, in worship, in prayer the more readily we will be able to tune into his voice.

I love Kason. When he is upset, I do my very best to quiet him with my love. If he is really really upset and nothing works to quiet him in that moment, I simply hold him and rock him and continue to sing over him with love.
If I am sinful person can do that because I love little Kason, how much more does our Abba do the same for each of us?

Will you join me today and spend a little time tuning into the voice of our Abba rejoicing over us with singing?

Additional verses to ponder: John 10:27 God’s Word version My sheep respond to my voice, and I know who they are. They follow me.

405205_10150925289452134_1314788272_nJohn 10:14 NIV “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me—
Barnes: Know my sheep – Know my people, or my church. The word “know” here is used in the sense of affectionate regard or love. It implies such a knowledge of their wants, their dangers, and their characters, as to result in a deep interest in their welfare. Thus the word “knoweth,” in John 10:15, is in John 10:17explained by the word “loveth.” Jesus knows the hearts, the dangers, and the wants of his people, and his kindness as their shepherd prompts him to defend and aid them.


Am known of mine – That is, he is known and loved as their Saviour and Friend. They have seen their sins, and dangers: and wants; they have felt their need of a Saviour; they have come to him, and they have found him and his doctrines to be such as they need, and they have loved him. And as a flock follows and obeys its kind shepherd, so they follow and obey him who leads them beside the still waters, and makes them to lie down in green pastures.

Lent 40 JoY

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Lent 40 JoY
One of my favorite verses is found in Hebrews 12. It says, “for the JOY set before Him, He endured the cross.”

The entire portion says: Hebrews 12:1-2 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross,despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

Sometimes there are things we simply have to endure. Jesus endured the cross for us. He asked 3 times for that “cup” to be removed and yet added, “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” (Luke 22).

We sure can ask not to need to endure but if we must then somehow we can also do it with JOY. Not giddy-excited-happy-clappy joy but a quiet enduring joy that comes from a heart that KNOWS that no matter WHAT God is WITH us.

As we remember…and look forward to Resurrection Sunday, Lord help us to endure and also teach us what true JOY is. We find JOY when we know that somewhere someone is GLAD to be with us. No matter what.
And help us be that someone for another at times.

Lent 36 No Need to Fear

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Lent 36
The photos are the exact same place on the exact same day. But in one there are waves and in the other calm.
 
Calm is the natural state of that water.
Peace is our natural state too.
We were created to live in joy and shalom.
 
I had the Littles with me yesterday.
A rather large boat went past way out in the water.
 
Suddenly to their delight, waves appeared.
Both boys were delighted and full of joy.
 
After the waves passed I asked the older one (7) what caused the waves?
He was completely befuddled. So I asked him, what happened just before the waves?
Still mystified.
I said, “Remember that BIG boat? It caused the waves.”
We were intentional to see the wake and waves from the next boat that came along. It was much smaller.
 
Sometimes, isn’t life like that for us? We are going along and life is calm. Then suddenly with no warning life is full of waves. Sometimes we delight in the good surprise but other times, not so much. Thank goodness we have a God who is always with us and so we do not need to fear.
 
The river returned to peace and calm. Kason learned a new fact. I think I learned a lesson too.

Lent 35 Compassion of God

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Lent 35

Have you experienced the compassion of God? Do you NEED to experience His loving compassion?

He is compassionate. Slow to anger and abounding in grace. And because he is, especially once we have experienced God as El Rachum, we then will find it normal to show compassion to others. Not always easy but the norm.

Exodus 33:19 And the LORD said, “I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the LORD, in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.

Isaiah 54:10 For the mountains may depart and the hills be removed, but my steadfast love shall not depart from you, and my covenant of peace shall not be removed,” says the LORD, who has compassion on you.

Colossians 3:12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.