Will We Bear One Another’s Burdens

At this time of writing we have only five days left.  Five days to finish emptying a house of all that made it home.  The new owners will take up residence in a home they love never knowing of all the burdens that have been shared within the walls of this home.

Our pastor and dear friends have sat on the couch with us as we wallowed in the shock of our sons suicide, the news of cancer in my husband.  Friends have gathered here in our living room and prayed and been willing to bear our burdens so we could walk on the high places and see those mountains come crashing down. 

We have been encouraged by those willing to bear our burdens, those willing to carry us in prayer and friendship until the battle was won.  

I really want to tell you though about one friend here who has impacted my life by her love almost as much as Jesus.

 Maybe that is because she has displayed and lived the Jesus kind of love we see too infrequently.  She was willing to lay down her own life for her friend.  Jesus said there is no greater love than this.

Paulette has given up the last six months of her life to walk a journey few would dare.  Her friend, roommate, adopted Japanese sister was diagnosed with cancer when she was away on a very brief holiday.  No sooner had Paulette returned from her holiday than she was right back on the plane with her friend to hospital in another city and was by her side when she heard the news her cancer was terminal.

Praying for them both everyday seemed so tame, lame and just not enough given the magnitude of the journey.  But we know, don’t we that God gives strength for the walk of faith He calls us to when we ask.  My friend carried the burden for her friend, we here at home carried and bore her burden, lifting her to Jesus, interceding for them constantly.

On Tuesday morning, our dear sweet Yuka was ushered into the presence of the King.  On Monday night, a quiet whisper I heard, deep in my spirit, a whisper I wanted to ignore.  “I am preparing to receive her“, were the words I heard, so Tuesday morning I waited with baited breath for the news.  

Tears flow and hearts ache for the home going of Yuka.  Her servant heart and child like faith and deep love for Jesus, the beauty of her soul, this precious young woman who was so deeply loved will be so deeply missed and mourned.

But it is for Paulette now that my heart aches.  She is waiting for Yuka’s sister to arrive from Japan and they will fly up here together to begin the achingly hard task of going through Yuka’s earthly possessions.  We have to leave before Paulette comes home and I won’t be able to wrap my arms around her, won’t be able to give her my shoulder or be available to sit long with her and listen to her grieving heart.

I want to know that the prayers I pray will bear her burden, will carry her to the arms of Jesus so she can find rest in the midst of the hard and painful.

I have to trust they will because the God I love, believe and trust CAN.

My grief is part of the grief we share as a body, as the church and I pray the church and most especially, Yuka’s adopted Canadian family, will know the deep and tender comfort and consolation of our Lord.  He weeps with us even as He rejoices over Yuka and dances with her in the courts of heaven.

May we, the church, the hands and feet and heart of Jesus be willing to bear the burdens of another, to carry those who are in hard and seemingly insurmountable places so they can rise up with wings as eagles and not grow weary.  May our faith and prayers bring sustenance and strength to their hearts.  

May our prayers bear the burdens of those we love and carry them all the way home.



But God is Here and His Word is in My Heart

We are living some pretty crazy days engrossed in our current season of having our house for sale.   My days feel frazzled and full of frustration and worry as I prepare our home everyday for showings, only to be disappointed that no offer was forthcoming.

I am writing to find hope and encouragement from God’s Word.  Even in this I want to know why and how God’s Word is Greater than Gold.  (Psalm 119:72)

The two words I desperately need to remember are

“But God!”  

But God, He sees the way that each one of us take and has never left our side or wandered off somewhere else even for a moment.
He is with us as we make our plans and He busies Himself with our every step, all the while rejoicing over us.

Isn’t that just a precious thought! His love for us is so absolute and the shed blood of Jesus has completely washed away all our sin that the Father looks at us and just plain grins as He watches over His beloved.

I imagine Jesus lifting up the hem of His garment as He twirls in glee at the joy He feels as He looks at us.

I imagine Him reaching out His arms to us, that we might take His mighty right hand and dance with Him.

When we feel stressed, one of the best things to do is rejoice and laugh for a merry heart doeth good like medicine, Proverbs says.
Instead of hanging out on the sidelines we need to engage with Jesus and join Him in the song He is singing over us. We need to be exuberant about taking His hand and dancing with Him for He loves it when we rejoice too and live out the joy and peace He has given us.

And just between you and me, I will tell you that living like that has been hard for me this summer. I have desperately wanted to enjoy our last summer season here in the Northeast BC. The Father knows the transition into retirement we are making.  After all He helped us make those same plans and opened doors for us that no man could have opened.2013-10-18 14.07.51

We have known His guidance, followed His leading and we have confidence that our plans and timing are in alignment with His. But this part of our journey has been so hard I can’t even begin to find the words.  I feel like I am in a brick box and the Lord cannot hear my prayers and is deaf to my cries.

He has been teaching me how important it is to trust Him wholeheartedly and over the summer He has been graciously revealing to me, all the things I have been trusting in other than Him!

Ouch! But we need to know those things! We need to be aware of what the truth is about our hearts so He can do a new thing.
 We are to trust in the Lord with all our hearts and lean not upon our own understanding, in all our ways acknowledge Him and He will direct our paths.  (Proverbs 3:6)

So often, we don’t know what peripheral things we are trusting in and do not realize we are leaning on our own understanding.

You see, we need to get that first part right so we can walk confidently in the second half of the verse.  The stripping and baring of the heart is painful but it is a good first step towards purity.  Oh, how I long to have a pure heart.

I pray that as you seek His face, He will give you ears to hear and you will hear Him gently speak to your heart and show you the adjustments He would like to make. I pray that this summer season will be fruitful for you and you can enjoy the harvest that is to come.

In the meantime let’s continue to believe God for His victory and matchless, unbroken companionship, His favor, His love and His peace as we keep on waiting on Him and looking to Him.  May He have mercy on us and show us His loving kindness.  (Isaiah 30:18)

With much love as I seek the King,                              





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Beyond the Silence is the Sound of Heaven


Are you familiar with the feelings of silence from Heaven, that Your Father is busy doing something else and not paying attention to you?

Listen and hear what is beyond the silence, hear what He is speaking to your heart into the fabric of your days….Hear the sound of Heaven…

I walk with you in companionship.  Good friends do not always need to communicate with words, the strength of their friendship lies in the comfort of their periods of silence.  

They are so in tune with one another they know each other’s thoughts, they feel one another’s pain and share in each other’s joy!

Friends walk united; they walk as one, not needing the flow of words between them.  So it is My child, with you and Me.

I know you completely and walk with you in the intimacy of that knowledge.

 I am loving you and I am pleased with you.  I love the way you love and desire to walk in step with Me, wanting to catch every Word My lips may form. You come so close that you hear the beating of My heart.  You hear the sound of Heaven in My comforting and familiar Voice.

I will help you find comfort in the knowledge that in the place close to My heart words are not always necessary.  In that place is deep and abiding trust and friendship, a place of perfect peace and comfortable companionship.  When you are snuggled up next to My heart, all striving ceases and you enter into My rest.

I was silent with Abraham for fourteen years and I called Abraham the friend of God.  I was silent and in that silence, keen hearing was developed.  You too can hear what is beyond the silence.

Because of the Cross, things are different now and My Spirit dwells within you, you are My resting place, your heart is where I have chosen to dwell.

The instruments in the Temple were overlaid with refined, pure gold.  

Living in you, I overlay you.  I make you to be a child who is purified and refined and the glory of My life within you causes you to shine and be radiant, pure and holy.

You and I working together as one because you have chosen to allow yourself to be a vessel of honor for glorious purposes.  It is also your choices and desires that set the pace of our walk.

 I am always right here with you and I am always forging the life within you even as iron sharpens iron.

I walk with you in companionship.  I love you, I affectionately fashioned you with My very own hands!  I am not trying to make you into someone else nor do I want  you to be like any of My other children, save for My character and nature being manifested through your life.

 Each of you is unique and special to Me.  Though some of your giftings may be the same, the way you move in them are unique to each person.

The yielded heart of love and surrender attracts Me to your side.  The yielded heart of love and surrender is what I see in you.

If you all operated the same way, your giftings would create a cacophony of noise to Me.   Each of you is an instrument in My symphony, each of you, when yielded to Me allow Me to produce the music.

There are periods of rest in music, enjoy those times, enjoy the stillness within My Presence for there you shall know I AM.  I AM yours completely in the silence.

There is nothing I withhold from you.  I am building your walls of precious stones, I am building you and pouring into you so there will be no cracks.  I am fitting you into the specific places I want you to be.  Yes, I have specific places for you to be, do not look around dissatisfied wanting the set of a jewel elsewhere.

Keep on allowing Me to hold you in My hand, turning you over so that you sparkle with the radiance of My love and care and know that the setting I place you in is perfect.  There you will lack nothing.

Each of you will be continually enhancing the beauty of the other.

I know the plans and purposes I have for you.  Continue yielding yourselves and at the appointed times I will bring to pass those plans.  Know that until those plans come to pass, you are, right now, where I have purposed.  You are in the place I have prepared for you.  Rest in Me.

Look at Me fully in the now of your moments. Walk in full assurance of My companionship. The sound of My Voice is what you will hear beyond the silence.

With a humble heart of love, I thank you Jesus for sharing words to encourage our hearts.

Beckoned by the King, I am Yours,                       




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For those Days When Trust is Hard

Every single one of us go through experiences that cause us to make choices one way or another for God.  His Word tells us that each day is one that He has made and that it is a day to rejoice.

He causes each sunset to give way to a new sunrise that brings us fresh opportunities for obedience in areas both small and large. The choice of attitude we adopt is always up to us.

Surrendering to love, surrendering to trust in the Father’s plan and purpose for our lives will give us joy we never dreamed existed!

Obedience borne of love will see us in an attitude of praise, gratitude and trust regardless of our circumstances.  We will choose to rejoice.   The Word we have hidden in our hearts is to rule our emotions; without questioning the relevance or reasons we are simply to rejoice.

However, when the days in our lives come that threaten to topple the tranquility of the life we enjoy what gives us balance and stabilizes our hearts?

Nothing will stabilize us, bring peace to our souls and quiet our racing hearts but the Word of God that we have hidden in our heart.  Hiding the Word in our hearts is a discipline and a choice and it isn’t the easiest and most pleasurable pastime but it works and is effective!

The Word of God will rise to quiet the straying thoughts in our heads that threaten to take us way off course.

Rejoice and be exceedingly glad is what the apostle Peter tells us when we face trials and hardships.  Our hearts will be able to rejoice when we make the choice to worship our unchanging God of mercy and might, compassion and companionship.

His friendship, His loving touch, His spoken words, His whispered encouragement and comfort all come to mean so much more than anything outside of Him can bring to us.

He is worthy of our praise and adoration, worthy of our worship and exultation regardless and in spite of anything we see in the natural areas of our life.

Repeatedly His word proclaims that He has goodness stored up for those who love and trust Him.

God has such a precious steadfast love for us, He takes great pleasure in the prosperity of His children and we are prosperous when we wait for Him and hope in His mercy and unfailing loving kindness.

The deepest core of our being waits earnestly and expectantly for the Lord for He has promised to be our Help and our Shield.  We can rejoice because we are one with Him.  But it is hard, so very hard sometimes to wait with patience.

Let us never grow weary in waiting upon Him, for His mercy and loving kindness is upon us in proportion to our waiting and hoping for Him.  We can rejoice in our afflictions for it is in the afflictions that we have cause to look for, hope for and wait upon our God.

Today I am calling out for His mercy. I need Him to undertake for us like never before.  I have neither strength nor ability to deal with the situation of today.  I need Him.  I need Him to release a buyer for our home.  I need Him to encourage us and show us His mercy by showing us how He has been busying Himself with our every step.

Psalm 37:23  The steps of  a righteous man are directed and established by the Lord when He delights in his way and He busies Himself with his every step.

We might lament and say, oh, what if He does not delight in me, what if I am not considered righteous?  Read on…

Zephaniah 3:17  The Lord your God is in the midst of you, a Mighty One, a Saviour who saves!  He will rejoice over you with joy; He will rest in silent satisfaction and in His love He will be silent and make no mention of past sins or even recall them; He will exult over you with singing.

2 Corinthians 5:21  For our sake, He made Christ to be sin so that in and through Him we become righteous.

Proverbs 16:9  A man’s mind plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps and makes them sure.

2Corinthians 5 establishes for us that we are the ‘good man’, because He has made us to be the righteousness of God in Christ.  This is His Word and it is forever settled in heaven.  Selah.

Proverbs confirms the Lord is directing our steps, has directed them in the past and continues moment by moment to direct and establish our steps.

And Zephaniah? He confirms the joyous fact that the Lord rejoices over us and delights in us.  God is in our midst, loving us, pleased with us.

Jesus lifts up the hem of His garment, rises and dances because of His great joy and love for us!

One of my favorite verses is Isaiah 30:18  - and therefore the Lord earnestly waits, expecting, looking, and longing to be gracious to you; and therefore He lifts Himself up, that He may have mercy on you and show loving -kindness to you.  For the Lord is a God of justice, blessed, happy fortunate, to be envied are all those who earnestly wait for Him, who expect and look and long for Him, for His victory, His favor, His love, His peace, His joy, and His matchless, unbroken companionship.  - from the Amplified version

Where do you need a touch from God, what are you believing God for in your days?  I pray these words will bless your heart and inspire faith and trust in the One who loves you more than we can ever imagine.

Oh, and if you want more words to inspire your heart to deep intimacy with Jesus, grab a copy of my book Beckoned by the King at this link: http://jeanniepallett.com/beckoned-by-the-king.  I know you will love it!

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Gracing His Table

This past week has been a busy one, full of stress, relief and excitement all at the same time!  Thoughts have galloped like wild, fear crazed animals across my mind and peace and calm just as suddenly have descended upon my heart and mind.

And we have all been there haven’t we!  Facing a myriad of circumstances, we experience a myriad of feelings and emotions.  We can know with complete confidence the Lord has guided our footsteps and walked us into the place He purposes for us, and somewhere in the time between places, our minds just play havoc with us, even when we are faithful to the Word of God.

Part of being faithful to His Word is to lasso all those crazy thoughts and pull them in so they are in alignment with the Word of God.  Once in alignment, the Word can take over and we can practise keeping His Word so it keeps us in perfect peace.  It takes focus and discipline to do this but it is so worth learning!

We are confident that the good work the Lord began in us, He will complete, finish and perfect.  We have just returned from an out of town specialist appointment and Bruce has received a clean bill of health ~ big relief!  Big praises to God!

On the wall behind our kitchen nook we have a picture of a barren tree in winter with the caption;

“For everything there is a season and a time for everything under heaven.”  Ecc.3:1

The verse and picture is a constant reminder to my heart of just that!  That every millisecond of our times is in God’s hands and He knows how to manifest exactly what we need at just the right time.

My in-between times are in His hands and He holds me close.  I am not far from His heart at all for His thoughts towards each one of us are innumerable, way past our ability to count!

And, look what else He says about us from Hebrews 1:3

Jesus is the sole expression of the glory of God (and He dwells within us expressing the glory of God), Jesus is the Light-being, the out-raying or radiance of the Divine, and He is the perfect imprint and very image of God’s nature, upholding and maintaining and guiding and propelling the universe by His mighty word of power.

He is upholding you and me, maintaining us, giving us what we need, looking after us so we are in mint condition and He is propelling us by His mighty word of power!  That is a promise worth being excited about!

We are all so different and yet He knows every hair on our head, He doesn’t lose track as our hair thins and falls out with age.  He looks at each one of us and calls us Beautiful, Exquisite One, Rare Beauty, and Treasured Possession.

Today, a Facebook friend commented on a picture of my teacups and it made think about the day when we will be gracing His banqueting table.    2015-02-26 11.53.05

I imagine Him gazing long at each one of us, marvelling at our differences, thrilling at how exquisitely beautiful to Him we are and He will think how He just couldn’t do without us, gracing His table with our radiant and wondrous beauty!

His heart will be bursting with the fullness of His love for us.

So maybe, instead of letting wild thoughts race through our minds, perhaps we could try focusing on the Beauty of the Lord and the perfectly exquisite love He has for each one of us. 

When ‘those days’ come and we feel stressed, let us remember and recall that it is because of our dear Lord’s mercy and loving kindness that He reaches out His arms to us and lifts us out of the miry clay and sets our feet upon the Rock!

May we remember that each new morning His mercies are new and the stability the Lord can bring us is abundant and great for He is a faithful God and we can fully trust Him.  Let us continue to hope in Him and wait for Him and be expectant in our waiting.  (I think that is why I am feeling so stressed about this house selling- I am expectant and I keep expecting!)

The Lord promises to be good to those who wait for Him with hope and expectation. 

Are you waiting on the Lord with hope and expectation for the meeting of your needs?  Is there anything I can pray with you about and believe God for with you?

Beckoned by the King,                                                   

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