When we Need to Maintain Peace

2014-09-24 13.07.08  This is the last day of September, the last day of focusing on ‘peace’ in my journal.  I have many words unshared, many treasures from His word uncovered.

The most important and life changing thing I have learned in this one week is the difference between happiness and gladness.  This might be old hat to many of you, but for me?  Can’t even begin to describe the rush of joy that fills my heart!

I love how He shared with me that happiness is an orphan, a worldly imposter and stealer of joy and gladness.

‘Happy’ doesn’t want us to rejoice in the Lord, or delight and gladden ourselves in Him.  When we are delighting ourselves in Him, we are drinking from the Rivers of Living Water, from the well that never runs dry!

To maintain peace, maintain your focus on Me.  To run your race efficiently and well, you must maintain what your soul feeds upon so fear does not settle in your heart.

Maintain a life filled with seeking out the treasures in My word.  Allow the oil of Holy Spirit to flow in the ‘creaky, stiff places’.

I am good.  I am your strength and stronghold in the day of trouble.  I know you, I see you, I recognize you in your time of trouble and need and I wrap My arms of comfort and strength roundabout you as you take refuge in Me and trust Me.

Peace shall be yours without end as you recognize and acknowledge that My word is truth, a law of unending righteousness and love.

I will not hide My face from you, nor turn away in anger from My beloved.

I will help you and teach you My way and I will lead you in plain and even paths.  I will have compassion on you.

I will teach you and strengthen you as you wait and hope for Me.  You shall be brave and of good courage ~ your soul will be stayed on peace and bravery and courage are born.

Bravery and courage are a result of peace.  A result of trusting Me, of waiting upon Me and keeping your heart stirred by hope.

Hope endures the wait.  Hope builds tenacity, stoutness within the heart.

Hope gives hearts a mandate ‘to declare Your truth and faithfulness to men’.

If you give up hoping, you miss the blessing of My faithfulness.  You miss the truth of My promises fulfilled in your life.

…so I wait Father.  I wait for You with hope and expectation.  I wait trusting.  I wait knowing I can rely on You.  I wait with confidence knowing You are the Keeper of Promises.  I wait leaning hard into You, Jesus.  I wait with thanksgiving in my heart, with glad words on my lips as I experience the WOW!! of being encompassed about with Mercy and Loving Kindness.

How GREAT is Your goodness, Lord!  You continually inspire me to live in greater measures of peace.  Unmoved, feet planted deep upon the Rock of Ages.

I will rejoice and be glad in You!

With you in His palm,

Jeannie

The entrance and unfolding of His words give light.  Their unfolding gives understanding, discernment and comprehension to us.  What word is God unfolding in your heart and soul to bring about a deeper walk with Him?

A Heart Response to His Words

I was asked the other day what my secret place looks like.  Others had shared how they met with him by the waters, in green, grassy meadows or on long walks in the woods.  I wanted to have a place of beauty to describe too…but I couldn’t. 

Not because I don’t have a secret place, but rather that ‘place’ has been used for storage during house renos and a ‘room’ just doesn’t conjure up lovely images of walking hand in hand with Jesus and leaning against his breast in the cool of the day…

But truthfully, my secret place is at my desk with a pen and paper…and truthfully some more…years ago I used to have a fountain pen and I would write, filling journals with beautifully written words straight from the heart of my Father.  Many read them and confirmed these were not just ‘my’ words.  Blessings were given and received … at a low point in life I doubted these words and threw my journals away… yes  I did. 

And I haven’t picked up a fountain pen since… because I was scared… …I know I have words to share but not in the popular form of ‘well written personal stories’… and I have struggled to find my place and of course wonder if there is interest in what the Lord has put on my heart to share.  Many times discouragement comes and I have put my pen down.  But I feel called, compelled. Even now something is burning in my heart and of course that unending question ‘but will anyone really care?’ makes itself heard… I picked up the fountain pen Tuesday, September 23, 2014.  2014-09-24 13.08.26 2014-09-24 13.07.08

Words flowed, unbidden.  He is leading me beside the still waters, He is preparing my heart to teach me something new!

 

 

 

In the absence of fear there is total, absolute peace.  Fear still raises its ugly head and I must fight through the darkness, finding peace in the presence of the Prince of Peace. In looking back over the years, I know I have learned some important lessons.  

I have grown in my knowledge of God. I have grown closer to the Lord.  In that growing closer I am entering into the full, personal and intimate, precise and correct knowledge of God and of Jesus my Lord.

And Grace is being multiplied back to me. 

But what is Grace?  What kind of power does it have in our lives?

Grace is God’s favor and peace.  Grace works in us the state of perfect well being in our heart and soul.  Grace helps us to understand we have already received all necessary good, all we need for a life of godliness.  Grace helps us to walk in the spiritual prosperity that is God’s dream for us. Grace empowers us to live our lives with complete freedom from all fears, agitating passions and moral conflicts.  Grace is Peace.

As I grow in the knowledge of God, the promises of Grace are multiplied back to me.  Reason to rejoice! Reason to give thanks! My heart must give a response to his words of peace.

Father, thank you for the fulfillment and promise in your word.  You alone give us complete satisfaction, you alone we can trust to keep your word of promise.

You hold me by your mighty right hand and because you do I walk in peace.  I walk side by side with you, the Prince of Peace, the King of Righteousness, the Lord of Glory!

I trust you wholeheartedly, my heart is content to trust you! My heart is giddy with new found Gladness ~ busting out with joy it is in the knowledge you have shared with me.  You have set my heart free to love and praise your name forever!

I am yours, your Beloved, and you are mine and your banner over me is love, love, love. A life filled to overflowing with your blessings is a wonderful promise to hold onto, to hold out for.  You always keep your promises, you are so unlike us in that regard.  Thank you.

To have that overflowing life we must first step into the Ocean of your Love.  It begins as we stand upon the banks of your River of Delight.

Reveling in your word, loving time spent with you. Coming away with you to learn from you. 

To lend our hearts, eyes and ears for the filling of knowledge of the Holy One.  Forever I am changed.

You promise us a rich, full personal knowledge as you reveal yourself to us.  We are called to take part of your glory and excellence and your divine power works in us and moves us into a place where we receive all we need to live a life that brings you glory and pleasure.

Knowing who you are makes all the difference in how we choose to live.  You are the soon coming King, the King who chose to wear a crown of thorns, to shed your blood so that my voice of praise and thanksgiving could be heard in your courts.

The whole purpose of your promises is so I might become a sharer, partaker in your Divine Nature. Truly, there is nothing too hard for you!

How is God working in your heart to bring all of who you are into a place of union with Him?  I know He is working and drawing you closer to His heart, know He is creating in you a heart of love and obedience, yielded to his every word.  will you share in the comments?

With you in his palm,

Jeannie

 

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Words of Peace for your Soul

Are you thankful for the comfort His word gives you?  Those words resting in your soul and you aren’t even fully aware of the strength, power and peace they bring?

Are you thankful for the Life, the full, rich life that His word is brimming with, actively giving you peace?

Will you receive His peace?  Right now, will you accept the activity of the working of His word in your heart and soul?

There is a Voice crying louder than the shouts of fear clamoring to be heard.

There is a Voice of Encouragement, Help and Wisdom crying out.

Strengthen those hands that are weak, make firm your feeble knees.

Using these words, speak out to those who are fearful-hearted:

Be strong!  Be courageous!

Do not fear!  Keep your eyes focused on the Lord your God

Behold your King!

He comes with vengeance and with the passion of Love

He will come and save you!

Fear not, fear not, fear not!

Be strengthened by these words of truth and exhortation.

Your knees shall not be weakened by fear.

Your eyes shall be opened to behold your King.

Your ears shall be opened wide to hear My slightest whisper.

You shall no more have lameness in your knees, you shall leap like a deer upon the hard and difficult places.

Oh, and you shall sing, sing, sing!

The rivers of Living Waters shall burst forth out of your belly

Streams of Living Water shall flow on the dry and weary land of your heart.

Your heart shall become a pool of Living Water

chasing out the lying jackals.

Fresh, green grass suitable for grazing, resting with your Shepherd, your heart shall be adorned with.

And I, the Holy One, the King your eyes fully behold shall make a way for you.

I shall take you by the hand

fears calmed, worries ceased and lead you by a way you have not known.

You shall walk the Highway of Holiness.  It is a high road, raised up over the boardwalks of the world.

Fear not! I have you by the hand.

You have been washed in My blood.  This Highway is the blood stained way.  There shall be none that are unclean found on it.  You shall not waver or falter in your walk.

There shall be none on the Highway to deceive you, there shall be no lion of pretense.

Your eyes behold your King!

On the Highway of Holiness you shall walk with the Redeemed.

Your voices shall ring out across the land singing songs of praise and victory.

I have crowned you with everlasting joy!

Deep, deep in your heart, joy has settled.  Gladness floods your soul!

Sorrow and sighing flees for everlasting joy fills your heart.

Happiness is fleeting, it is an imposter and has been called out by name.

Happiness, the imposter is gone!

Gladness has come!  Gladness is yours!

Joy and Gladness are yours to delight in!

Thank you Father, for giving me eyes to see Truth.  Thank you for ears to hear your every word and for a heart and soul illuminated by the Light of your Glory.

You are glorious Lord!  Gloriously beautiful!  and I am Yours

engraved is my name in the palm of the Hand of God!

You are my God and King and I will declare:  Fear not, fear not, fear not!  When the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will raise up a standard against him.

With you beloved,

in His palm,

Jeannie

 

When Needing Peace in the Midst of Trouble

Life is full of trouble these days and peace feels far.  I don’t think I am alone in these feelings.  But, there is hope!   There are words we can speak with power to change the way we feel as we walk through these dark times.

Peace comes as we remember the word of God, remember … my times are in His hands

God has already given us all things pertaining to life and godliness

He has promised to meet my every need

Abundant peace belongs to those who love His word.

Child, I love you with an everlasting love.  I am drawing you nearer and nearer to Me and all the while I Am pouring out My loving-kindness upon you.  I Am drawing you and will always show you how faithful I Am.  As far as the east is from the west, so far have I removed your transgressions from you.  You ask me to forgive you for specific things ~ I do, I have and I cleanse you from all unrighteousness.  You stand before Me, Child, pure and white as snow.

Lord, I see myself covered in fresh fallen snow.  The heat of my flesh causes the snow to melt, but oh, God I am sorry and I ask for Your forgiveness.

And your blood drips red

covering my sin and washing away

all unrighteousness

my sin is swept away

and the white snow is stained

blood red.

And joy fills my heart, gladness floods my soul!

Lord, it is taking me my whole life of time to figure You out.  I behold You in Your glory.

I take hold of grace.

You have loved me with an everlasting love.  Your love has known no bounds.

When I look at me all I see is failure.  L. Loser and I am stuck in the pit.  I am not alone.  Your blood has spilled.  You have cast all my sin behind Your back.  My sin is flung as far and wide as the east is from the west.

When You lift my head, when I look at You, when I behold and see who You really are, I see only light.

Light spilling from Your glory

the beauty of Your love

You are radiant with glory God light

bursting with love.

You are my King, I am redeemed.

I am set free to live daily in Your courts.  My freedom gives vision to my eyes, I behold who You are.  I am undone.

But I stand.  Redeemed, forgiven, chosen one.  In your courts my voice of praise reaches Your heart.

I have loved you with an everlasting love Child.  My love cannot be quenched for you are altogether beautiful to Me.  I have gone to the depths of hell to secure My love.  I see too, the snow stained red.  Forever.

I AM generous, forgiving, compassionate, healer.  I AM your King and your Redeemer.

Father, Papa King, I stand in awe of You.  You are wise beyond measure, righteous and just in all You do.  You have shown me mercy and promise to show mercy to a thousand generations.  You are gracious, forgiving.  You reveal Your heart of love and kindness to me even as I see You alone are Ruler, All Powerful and Eternal.  My only boast in life is that my heart is committed to understanding and knowing You.

The godly, reverent fear of You, leads to life and in that fear, I rest content, untouched by trouble.  I have perfect peace because I know as Your beloved, I rest secure in You.  I am shielded by You, my shield of favor all the day long.  As troubles press in Your favor presses in closer.  The glory of Your love dominates me.  I am so loved and it makes me glad to know you delight in carrying me upon Your shoulders.

I love You, Papa King,

with you in His palm

When a Life is Hanging in the Balance

‘Her life is hanging in the balance, it’s uncertain if she has a future.

I’m sorry but we aren’t sure we can do anything to help your daughter without putting her at very high risk.  She is just three pounds.  Open-heart surgery is usually done on bigger babies.  Do you really want to put her through all this?  Maybe you should just think about keeping her comfortable.  Her C02 levels are too high at 75.  Without intervention she dies, the C02 levels will put her to sleep.’

These are the words my friend, Anna heard from her doctor about the life of her now three-pound preemie, Sabreena.

Her life is hanging in the balance.

Her Mama knows this well. I cannot imagine the dunamos power of God at work in her life, enabling and empowering her to get through the days, fraught with tension and still have a smile on her beautiful face.  She walks with grace, beauty and balance, trusting in her God.

But Mama Anna, when she gets discouraged and tired, she reads the word, prays the word over Baby Sabreena; cancels the assignment of the devourer and asks God what He wants her to do.

He reminds her of what He has recently shown her in His word. About Jude, and contending earnestly for the faith which was once and for all given to the saints.  He reminds her of when reading in Romans about the obedience of faith; she sensed God was telling her, her obedience was to have faith.

The longevity and intensity of this trial is wearing on her…while the life of her daughter hangs in the balance.

She holds her beloved, the little one awake, reaching up to touch her Mama’s face.

Mama speaks, choking out her words of love…and then the dunamos power from on high comes…

She commands, she speaks with the authority of a Daughter of the Most High God. She speaks to the C02 levels and commands them to go down in Jesus name.

The Word of God is the ‘Samech’, the balance point. Speak the Word only and my daughter shall be healed…and she was, that very same hour.

Morning breaks with news the C02 levels have gone down to 69. Trusting God to work the miraculous, no decisions regarding surgery are made.

The Lord is at work in Mama’s life too. He shows her how the spirit of fear is trying to dominate her.

The Lord is her strength and high tower, her source of peace and in Him she chooses to find rest.

From that place of quietness and resting confidence in the Lord her God, she focuses on the goodness of God.

He will not fail her.

She speaks again. She calls those things that are not as though they were.  She speaks to the ‘issue’.  She declares to her daughter that her C02 levels are going way down.

She spoke and it was as her words of faith declared. With no medical intervention, the upward trend breaks in the Name of Jesus.  Sabreena’s C02 levels are at 61!

Each answer to prayer is like a leverage point in Anna’s heart.  As she relays the events concerning her daughter, the story of God’s faithfulness will rise high above the retelling.

The Word of God is Anna’s place to stand where she finds balance for her reeling emotions. The word is the balance and we need to know we can stand on it with unswerving trust.  Because we never know whose life hangs in the balance and when our words make the difference between life and death.

Mama Anna, her faith is activated now to believe for the VSD hole in Sabreena’s heart to close so she can breathe on her own. The doctors have been surprised by Sabreena and are happy with her growth and Anna knows it is because the hand of God has touched her.

Family of God, would you stand with Anna and me and believe God to close the VSD hole so she need not undergo open-heart surgery? Will you join me in prayer?

“Father, we thank You for all the days of life that are written in Your book about Sabreena. We thank You for knowing everything about her because You formed and fashioned her in her mama’s womb.  Lord, You say we have not because we ask not, and so right now in Jesus name we are asking You for a touch from Your hand.

We speak to Sabreena’s VSD hole and we say close in Jesus name.

We declare that she will live and not die and all the days of her life, she will sing and speak of the glory of God. We thank You Father for the work You have begun in her life and we thank You for the perfect and complete work You are doing.  We bless You and declare Your goodness over our land.

Thank You for infusing Anna with strength for the battle and for the victories won and the victories yet to be won.  We thank You that in this time she is more than a conqueror and no good thing will You withhold from her.  Thank You for a good report.”

Can You Hear Him?

  1. When you are waiting for His word to give you direction or insight, what is your attitude in the waiting period and why?
  2. When a day of trouble comes upon each one of us, where do the Scriptures tell us is the safest place to be?

 

Can you hear Him as He speaks words of sustenance to your soul?

With you in His palm,                                           

Jeannie                                                                                      

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