Take the Honey

My name is Jeannie which means gracious gift of God but after reading in 1Samuel 14, I wouldn’t mind being called Jonathan!

I could relate to Jonathan.  He wasn’t afraid to step out from among the crowd and be different.  It’s not that I am fearless when it comes to stepping out from the crowd or that I glory in my uniqueness, but I have learned what God has gifted me in and that I embrace.  Despite the fact, my legs may shake at the podium and words may seem to elude me.  I am His vessel and He will fill me.

Jonathan was a friend who was willing to step away from the crowd and peruse the troop’s enemies from a different perspective.   He was a leader in his own right.  I want to be a friend like that who is willing to lay down my life for a friend, to do something for the greater good of my friends, for His body…Continue Reading

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Just to tell You I love You

Probably the most important discipline I have learned as a believer and follower and lover of Jesus, is to pray His word. When we hide His word in our hearts, we have something of substance to chew and stand on in time of trouble.

Instead of letting worry and fear rile up our insides and give us stomach aches, if we choose to meditate on His word, our heart and soul will know peace.  Great peace even in the midst of great trouble.  I don’t think I’m wrong to believe that great peace is something we all hope for in this day and age.

The hiding, meditating and speaking of the Word takes practise, it is a choice we make moment by moment.  After time, after experiencing the ways God moves on our behalf,  it becomes a discipline of much joy as we realize we reap many benefits of the promises of God’s word. 

The Hebrew alphabet at the beginning of Psalm 119:161-168 is “Shin”. It represents a chewing tooth  or teeth that consume and destroy.  Meditating on and speaking out His word is part and parcel of what a ‘chewing tooth’ does.  The lies of the enemy of our soul are brought to light and the Word of God consumes and destroys the work of the evil one. 

I have been working through the Bible study in Beckoned by the King for the last year and a half.  Reading and rereading Psalm 119, longing to have a deeper understanding of how the truths in it can be applied to and lived out in our everyday lives.  I can tell you in all sincerity and honesty – my heart has changed so much, its hard to recognize it as mine!  The fears, doubts and worries I had have all been swallowed up by the beautiful, life changing word of God.  I stand amazed at the work God has done in my heart and soul.  I am so thankful for the absoluteness of the confidence I have in Him and in His word. 

The NIV Study Bible says this about Psalm 119:  “The author of Psalm 119 had a theme that filled his soul, a theme as big as life that ranged the length and breadth and height and depth of a person’s walk with God.  Nothing less than the use of the full power of the language would suffice, and of that the Hebrew alphabet was a most apt symbol.” 

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The Circle of His Embrace

Its been a rough few  weeks, no getting around that, life cannot always be smooth sailing or else we would never grow and mature in our walk with God.  At times it felt like I would lose hope…but you know, I remembered Who lives on the inside of me…Jesus. The hope of the world, your hope, my hope.
I am putting all I have learned into practise and am listening for His Voice to lead and guide me in a way I do not know. And it seems like He has been taking me into the wilderness, a land of unknowns and giants, but there in that place He speaks words of tenderness to the heart.
Words to direct the heart into peace.
He says, find rest for your soul, everything is in My control. When you allow yourself to lean on and trust in Me, you are allowing Me to bind you with cords of love to keep you bound to Myself. Being stayed on Me, you are set in place. To rest in and trust in Me.
The picture He placed in my heart was of the old-fashioned corsets women used to wear. The stays of the corset held everything in place. It held the body tight and that is how He holds us. He holds us tight against His heart and He is not going to allow any circumstance to move us because we are set in place against Him. We are set against Him to trust in and lean on Him

I am singing, ‘my hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness. on Christ the solid rock I stand all other ground is sinking sand.’ And then I speak to myself telling myself what the power of the shed blood of Jesus has accomplished. This is what your prayers are accomplishing.

When I look at where I left off in the Beckoned by the King Bible study, my heart just turns to mush.  Look at the last sentence in the chapter: “Can you hear Him as He whispers words of tenderness to you as He gently wipes the tears from your eyes?”

In our world filled with noises, if we listen we will hear Him.  We will hear the rustle of His garments as He walks beside us and our ears will be tuned in to the frequency of the sound of His voice.

This sound…this sound reverberates joy as He delights in our presence.  His sound is one of welcome and words of love.  The Bridegroom is calling out to His Bride…can you hear Him?  Will you respond?

Will you let your heart keep His commands?  His words are written on our hearts and they are near us, even in our mouths.

He says, let those words become the joy and rejoicing of your heart.  You will want and desire to be with Me for the fullness of joy promised in relationship with Me.

His promise and reward for keeping and guarding the treasure of His word within our heart is rich with hope.

Tranquil hearts in the midst of turmoil and fearful circumstances will add length to our days and make our years worth living.

Being in right relationship with our Bridegroom King will fill our hearts with joy unceasing.  The beauty radiating from us will be the unfading beauty of His glory carried in our earthen vessels.  Though we be weak and full of frailties and foibles, we carry the amazing, eternal treasure of God’s glory within us.

Things and difficult circumstances can easily crowd out the glory.   The word ‘things’ in some literary circles is considered to be lame and a word not to be used since there is the opportunity to describe the word and make the sentence more poetic, more creative and imaginative.  But the other morning the word ‘ things’ was loud in my head so I asked and inquired of the Lord asking Him ‘what ‘things’ Lord?”

His answer? These ‘things’ taking place, these light, momentary afflictions, those things causing you a slight distress are working in you, preparing, producing and achieving for you an everlasting weight of glory. The weight of glory will be beyond all measure, excessively surpassing all comparisons and all calculations, a vast and transcendent glory and blessedness never to cease. So look not to the things which are seen but to the things that are unseen; for the things that are visible are temporal, brief and fleeting, but the things that are invisible are deathless and everlasting.

…to be continued … but please read Psalm 119:137-144  The Hebrew alphabet letter for this section is Tsadhe.  It resembles a scythe, reaping hook or sickle which are main instruments used to harvest.

Two questions I leave with you till next time when I share the words of the Lord heard in the circle of His embrace.

1.  Are you consistently choosing obedience to the Scriptures and allowing the power in them to cut away those ‘things’ in your life and in you that are not pleasing to God?

2. Are you experiencing the fruit of joy as you delight in the word of God?

With you in His palm,

Jeannie

linking up with Dawn at Random Journal Day…a wee bit late and minus a picture of my journal, but these were the words I wrote that day.  link here for more peeks into the journals of other…treasures await  http://enthusiasticallydawn.com/random-journal-day

linking up at Missional Women Faith Filled Friday

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How Do We Reveal the Heart Jesus Redeemed

 God’s plan is to reveal the power and beauty of Jesus through our lives.  The message in Galatians 2 is all about living the resurrected life, but how do we do this? 

How do we live in a way that reveals His heart?  How do we express our lives with the heart Jesus redeemed for us?

I have been learning to say ‘no’ to those things contrary to His word and instead run to His word and drink from the fountain of living water.  When I am filling my heart full with His words, my mouth, which so often gets in the way, will begin to speak words in agreement with God’s word.

The last question in the chapter, “Ayin” (in Hebrew this alphabet letter is likened to a fountain of water) in Beckoned by the King ended with this: “Can you hear Him as He teaches you to speak right things only so that your speech lines up with His word?”

I sure have been able to hear Him!  He let me know my word for the month of November is ‘no’, and of course it fits right in with what He has been teaching me and what He wants me to learn.  I am not surprised that the word is a perfect fit for the next chapter in Beckoned by the King, which is ‘Pe’.  The Hebrew meaning for this alphabet letter is ‘open mouth’. 

Pe  Psalm 119:129-136

129 Your statutes are wonderful; therefore, my soul observes them. 

130 The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple. 

131 I open my mouth and pant, longing for your commands.

 132 Turn to me and have mercy on me, as you always do to those who love your name.

 133 Establish my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me.

 134 Redeem me from the oppression of men, that I may obey your precepts. 

135 Make your face shine upon your servant and teach me your decrees.

 136 Streams of tears flow from my eyes, for your law is not obeyed.

One of the most important lessons I have learned in my walk with God is the absolute need to be faithful with the time I spend reading God’s word.  I am lost without it.  My husband always knows if I have been slack in my word time because I get cranky and aggravated…quickly. 

I have needed to trust Him to firmly establish me in His word so sin does not take priority and dominion in my life.  Trusting involves knowing He will complete the good work He began in me but I need to do my part.  I need to read the word of God, practice listening for His voice and be faithful to obey His written and spoken words. Continue Reading

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A Word in Season

Do you ever feel you have wandered off course only to hear the Lord let you know you are really right on track, right where He wants you to be?  That’s how it is for me today as I settle down to answer a few of the Bible study questions in Beckoned by the King.

The chapter I am currently working on is Psalm 119:121-128 – the Hebrew alphabet at the beginning of these stanzas is ‘Ayin’ and it is likened to a fountain of water.

In September He inspired me to ask Him for a word for each month that would cause growth in my character and walk with Him.  September 2014-09-24 13.07.08was peace and October2014-10-01 11.47.44 was gladness.  I wasn’t sure about November, I thought maybe rest but that’s not it.

He has given me the word ‘no’.  And it fits so incredibly well with the chapter and the questions ‘Would you say you are becoming more sensitive to the working of Holy Spirit in your life?’ and

‘Has your soul learned how to submit to the word of God in a quicker fashion than before you began this study?’

No to negative self talk

No to fear, doubt and worry

No to impatience

No to words not spoken in love

No to all those niggling qualities that take away from the best me.  The me God planned and created me to be.

He planned for me to trust Him.  He reveals His character and nature to me throughout the Bible. 

Will I take the time to prioritize and make reading His love story to me the most important part of my day?

He planned for me to love Him.  He reveals the strength of His love throughout the Bible. 

Will I let Him whisper love words to my heart? 

Will I silence the other voices clamoring to be heard and just lean in against His breast and listen?

He planned for me to be like Him.  He created me in His image. 

Will I allow Him to continue to mold and shape me and fashion me with His glory?

This is how my soul learns to submit to the word of God.

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