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.
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,