A People Without Division

 I wonder, at this beginning of summer, halfway through the Beckoned by the King Bible study; would you allocate some time to just come away and be with your Beloved?

 Would you let Him calm your heart and breathe fresh life into your soul?  pure love

Will you trust Him right now, with whatever concerns you, with whatever is trying to cause division within you?

You are beautiful, beloved and He is bounding towards you with love beyond your imagination.  Will you greet Him with open arms?

Lamed – the Hebrew alphabet letter belonging to Psalm 119:89-96 refers to a goad used for prodding.

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The Gentle Hand of God

Psalm 119:18 Open my eyes Lord that I might see wondrous things from Your Word.

It truly is wonderful to know that when we talk to the Lord He hears us and answers us.  We can share the most intimate secrets of our hearts with Him and He never turns His back on us, He never ignores our heart cry. He does not have an attitude of superiority even though He is holy and pure, true and altogether lovely, completely without sin…and expects us to be the same.

He is amazing the way He takes our lives and creates something of great beauty.  He never leaves us alone while we go through our fiery trials, He is right there in the fire with us and His gentle hand is refining us, shaping us, and perfecting us that we might reflect the fullness of the Image of the Son.  He is with us in the fire.  He is with us and turns us at just the right moment when it feels like the fire is too hot.

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The Power of Open Hands

It seems every season holds its own share of sorrow, joy, change, insecurity and pain.

We go through times and seasons filled with circumstances we just cannot understand, but

through it all, through it ALL:

Blessed be the Lord who daily loads us with benefits. Blessed is the God of our salvation. Psalm 68:19

Did you catch it? Blessed is the Lord who daily loads us with Benefits and Blessings! The benefits and blessings belong to us not the load of cares!

Somehow, this verse from Psalm 68 is so fitting for this last post for Psalm 119:81-88; that begins with the Hebrew letter ‘Kaph’.   This letter is a picture of an open hand or the hollow of a hand.

An open hand, just like an open heart, gives.  And isn’t it true that what we receive we just have to give away, freely and without conditions?

I’m so glad to be able to count on the Lord to refresh my soul when I am weary; or when, as the Psalmist puts it ‘my soul languishes for Your salvation’.  When we choose to go to the Word in our times of sorrow or hardship, He will be faithful to give us the emotional help we need.  We can count on God to comfort us in our hour and season of need.

Two weeks ago when Sasha hurt her leg, I felt like all our dreams for the future just seemed to teeter in the balance. 2013-10-18 14.06.11 The thought of her being hurt and not be able to enjoy the long walks along the beaches and trails we imagined walking with her when we move to Ontario just seemed to crush my heart. 2013-10-18 14.07.51

I was loaded down.  My heart was so heavy and even though I wanted to put a good face forward at church, my eyes kept filling with tears and I could hardly swallow or speak for the lump in my throat.

I know, this is all over a ‘dog’, but I love her dearly and she has been instrumental in helping our Shadow regain his strength after his two leg surgeries and most important, Sasha has been an incredible source of joy and comfort for Bruce as he has walked through his journey with C.2014-06-11 05.06.39

May I share with you the power of an open hand?   As I said, my eyes were red and teary, the lump in my throat seemed to forbid words, and near to where Bruce and I were standing at the back of the church, I could see a sister looking at me quizzically.  There was part of me that just wanted to ignore her and ‘the look’ but another part of me felt drawn to her.  I followed that leading and in a few steps, we were face to face.

What happens when we go to hug someone?  Our hands are open, right?

Hands we have held up in worship and praise to God, receive.  When we reach out to others with an open hand, we are ready to give the blessings of heaven.

However, I was not prepared for the power in the receiving!   May I just tell you… the power in that embrace…well, all the pain, sorrow, grief and fear I have felt over the past two years, it all just seemed to well up in me.  Even though I felt like my heart was being ripped apart and a horrendous sob was about to break out; God in fact was bringing a healing.

As her arms wrapped around me, every unshed tear from the past few years threatened to overflow. I could barely choke out that Sasha was the reason for my tears.  She caught the gist of it though and wrapped her arms around me tighter.

I am so thankful someone cared enough for me to reach out with an open hand.

In the midst of grief and pain, uncertainty and fear, God gave to me, through the open hands of another, all my soul longed for and had need of.

I was able to trade my sorrows and receive the load of benefits and blessing He wanted to give.

As I glance at the pages of Beckoned by the King, open to this meditation of this portion of the Psalm, I see clearly how this experience has shown me that I truly am kept and cared for in the palm of His hand.  When we reach out to Him, He will bring others alongside us who have hands filled with exactly what we need for breakthrough.

I pray each one of us will be willing to let God use us as a conduit of His grace and love.  May we be able to grasp the power of the love we carry and transmit through the laying on of our hands by the act of one. single. touch.

Thank you Father, for how you have filled the hearts of my brothers and sisters with your powerful love.  I thank you for how you transmit the power of your love to us through the open hands of another.  Thank you for using my sister Laura, through the simple power of a hug to bring release to my heart and soul.

Will you look to see where you can reach out with filled hands and meet the unspoken needs of another?

                          

  Linking up here today:  http://countingmyblessings.com, http://www.missionalwomen.com/faith-filled-friday-blog-link-up/faith-filled-friday-running-to-serve-repost

Reaching out with you,

with you in His palm

When Dreams Linger His Word Rises Higher

Do you ever have those dreams that linger… you sense they are a ‘God dream’ and the images linger, the feelings and smells  still palpable?  I had one this morning that I am sensing I need to write out so I don’t forget it. If you have any insights, I welcome you to please share them with me.  And if you think I’m ‘weird’ for writing out a dream, that’s ok!  You can tell me that too!

Bruce has been leaving for work at six am. these mornings, and since Sasha hurt her leg, she and Shadow are in the pen down here in the living room. After Bruce leaves, I don’t want her to feel alone so I grab my pillow off the bed and lay on the couch where she can see me.  Somehow I think my presence is comforting to her.

I didn’t actually expect to sleep, but my sleep was so sound I didn’t wake up till the phone rang at 9:40!  I missed the call, but the dream was so vivid in my mind I cannot settle this morning until I write down the dream that begs to be remembered by the writing out of it.

Bruce and I are walking…into what looks like a war zone.  Soldiers all around our feet are kneeling over and protecting other soldiers huddled on the ground.

As we walked through their presence on the sidewalk the smell of death and decay was pungent in my nostrils.  We had to be careful where we planted our feet.

Over on the right, it was obvious enemy forces had amassed, but soldiers using corpses as a cover, jumped up, yelling, surprising the enemy as they let off a ‘rocket’.  We saw the ‘rocket’ as a soaring light in the sky; there was a sense that we ‘had cover’ and  it did not come down and we only ‘saw’ it in the overhead sky.

We were not afraid when we passed by the soldiers and corpses in the street.  The stench of death and… was prevalent as we picked our steps amongst them. The soldiers round about our feet were allies, the ones way off in the distance were the enemy and they could not get close to us.  The soldiers were wise and cunning as they warded off the enemy and we could see the light of wisdom and compassion in their eyes.

We only ‘saw’ the overhead ‘rocket’ as a soaring light in the sky, it did not land and was devoid of its ability to harm.  The skirmishes did not affect us and we walked freely.

We ‘saw’ the thousands of soldiers on our right side, we saw many at our side, but it seemed we were only observers as we picked our steps through their midst.

Psalm 91 Promises:

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.  I will say, I do say and make it my declaration, that the Lord is my refuge and my fortress, He is my God in whom I  trust.

The Lord my God has promised to deliver me from the snare of the trapper and from the deadly pestilence.  Even though I may see this round about me, He has covered me with His pinions and under His wings I seek constant, daily refuge.

The Lord my God is true and faithful and His faithfulness is like a physical shield and bulwark. Terror stalks in at night time but I am not afraid.  Arrows fly in the day, trying to pierce the armor over my heart, but fear does not penetrate.  Fear does not penetrate the shield of God’s faithfulness.

I am aware of the pestilence that stalks and creeps in under the cover of darkness, but the Lord my God is my Light, and reveals to me exactly where to step and how to walk.

The Lord my God is a canopy round about me.  His tent is where I love to dwell.  It is off limits to the enemy even though he tries to land the darts he throws in darkness.  My life is hidden with Christ in God and the Lord my God is my eternal dwelling place, He is my refuge, my fortress, my stronghold.

His promises are all yes and amen in Christ.  We can count on God to keep His promises to us and He has promised that He has given His angels charge concerning us.  They are charged with our protection, they have access to all of His provision.  They bear us up, holding onto us so we do not trip on a stone cunningly placed by the enemy.  Even though that which is exceeding fearful, is round about us, the angels are bearing us up in their hands.

These are the Lord’s thoughts as He watches us pick our way through the devastation round about us: 

Because she loves Me, I will deliver her.  I will set her securely on a high place of victory so she can proclaim My Name, Jehovah Nissi!

When she calls out My Name in a time of trouble, I will not hesitate to answer her.  I will reveal Myself to her in her time of trouble and even though she may be a bit afraid, I will strengthen her heart to trust Me completely. 

She knows I have good plans for her and she trusts Me even in the times when life seems confusing and her dreams seem like they are dying.  She knows I will rescue her, she has yet to understand how I will honor her but knows I will fully satisfy her with long life that is brimming over with the fullness of My complete salvation.

Listening for His heart,

with you in His palm

 

When God Lays the Stones in Our Hearts

When our hearts are full of stones God has laid in them, it is then a stony heart is good!

As I was preparing my heart to share my testimony last week, the Lord began speaking new things to my heart, showing me Scriptures in a light I have never seen before.  I knew He was calling me to speak a ‘new, fresh word’ from Him and not rely on anything I had written or prepared earlier! 

A testimony is recalling the work of the Lord in our lives.  Our story is what has happened to us and sometimes we can get so caught up in our story, we become fearful.

To inspire us with courage for the journey the Lord wants us to pay attention to the Ebenezer stones that ‘mark our path indicating how far the Lord has led us’. When we become fearful, He wants us to recall, bring to the forefront of our memories our testimonies of faith!  He wants us to declare to others, this is what God has done!

In the midst of our journey through our valleys of the shadow, Bruce and I have experienced the goodness of God, and our hearts have experienced a growth so they are not in the same place we were last year. 

 (entering the new things)…

The Lord says in Isaiah 54:11 that He will lay our stones…He will cause us to experience Him in such a way that that place of trial will forever be a place of worship and praise.

When we give testimony, we are pointing to the Ebenezer stones He lays in the house!

When we look at these stones and recall what God has done, it increases our faith in that it causes a synchronization of our spirit, soul and body.

God is all about building a glorious home where He lives

The house is the house of the Lord within our hearts..

That house where instead of the walls being made of fear, doubt, insecurity, feelings of insignifigance…

The Master Builder Himself builds your house.

He lays your foundations with sapphires, your pillars of rubies and your gates of crystal.  All the walls in your house shall be of precious stones.

His promise to you is that Christ in you is the hope of glory.  Glory dwells in a place of unity.

2Chronicles 5 refers to a time when the trumpeters and singers, being as one, made one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the Lord. 

With one voice they cried out, “For He is good and His mercy endures forever’

and in this place of love, worship and praise, the glory of God came and rested. 

I want my house to be a place where the glory of God comes…rests and abides.

The mercy and loving kindness of God endure forever.  God is always good.

We must settle this in our hearts so we build on a good foundation.

He looks at you and sees His beautiful one.  He sees sons and daughters of the King dressed royally and all glorious within.

He doesn’t see or even acknowledge some of those names you call yourself.

He calls you Cherished, Beloved, Treasure of His Heart, and Pearl of Great Price.

He calls you Faith, Patience, Chastity, Joy, Grace, Gloria.Photo: "He calls you...Cherished...Beloved...Treasure of His Heart...</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
<p>and Pearl of Great Price...He calls you Faith...Patience...Chastity...Joy... </p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
<p>Grace...Gloria...Can you hear Him...as He whispers your name?</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
<p>Can you hear His sound as He walks beside you?</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
<p>Do you recognize that little nudging you sense as being Him wanting to lead along the path He has prepared for you?</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
<p>The sound of the Lord...maybe the gentle flapping of His garments as He walks beside you.</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
<p>It maybe the swoosh of the wind of the Holy Spirit as He rushes to your aid.<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
Above all...<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
The sound of the Lord is the sound of His Voice as He speaks to you and me. </p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
<p>As He speaks that still small voice, the Voice of the Word made flesh into your heart, have you become so familiar with His Word, that you recognize His Voice?" ~ Jeannie Pallett

photo courtesy of Karen Martin-Coutryer

Can you hear Him as He whispers your name?

Can you hear His sound as He walks beside you?

Do you recognize that little nudging you sense as being Him wanting to lead you along the path He has prepared for you?

The sound of the Lord may be the gentle flapping of His garments as He walks beside you.

It may be the swoosh of the wind of the Holy Spirit as He rushes to your aid.

Above all…

The sound of the Lord is the sound of His Voice as He speaks to you and me.

As He speaks with that still, quiet voice, the Voice of the Word made flesh into your heart, have you become so familiar with His Word, that you recognize His Voice?

In the natural, I don’t hear so well, but my inner ear is tuned in to His frequency and I receive and hear clearly with the ears of my spirit.

When we learn to recognize His Voice in the tempest as clearly as in our times of peace, our house will no longer be fragmented and His glory will rest, remain, and shine through us.

Our spirit, soul and body will be in unison

So often, our spirits want to bless the Lord, but our souls, our minds, will and emotions are too busy stewing and fretting over issues and problems, we could have surrendered to Jesus. 

And our bodies?  Well they are beset with headaches, stomachaches and the last things our bodies want to do is rise up and bless His Name through the simple act of lifting up of our hands in worship to our Lord.

We are fragmented. 

We receive His promise of Christ in us the hope of glory by obeying His Word. 

The very first commandment is that we would love the Lord our God, with ALL of our heart, soul, mind and strength!!

This is so exciting to me because glory dwells in a place of unity! When our spirits, souls and bodies are in agreement, His glory will come and abide in our hearthouse.

Obeying the Word is a choice my friends, a sheer act of surrendered will but the result is the receiving of His promises in our lives.

When we choose to submit our wills to His Word, we are changing our perspective by what we choose to focus on.

Will we tuck His Word away in our hearts so that when that tempest bursts forth, we have surplus from which to draw?  Our well will not run dry when we keep drinking of the Living water.

Isaiah 54:11-12 The Father addresses us as storm tossed afflicted one, tossed around in the tempest and not comforted.

We are afflicted because we are not in peace.  We aren’t sure if the house in our hearts will withstand the storm.

The Father is promising us if we yield to the working of His hands, He will build our house with precious stones.  There will be no wood, hay or stubble that will burn. There will not be ‘stuff’ to fill the gaps because His workmanship is perfect and complete and we will lack no good thing.

Yes indeed,  when our hearts are full of stones He has laid in them, it is then a stony heart is good!

Listening for His sound with you.  Lifting up holy hands beside you in the Spirit, blessing His Holy Name.                                                                                      

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