When Joy Gets Kicked to the Side

My word to meditate on through the month of July has been Joy.  I looked forward to a happy month, especially after the deep sadness of losing our little Shadow in May. 2014-06-10 23.23.26

But wouldn’t you know it! Joy got kicked to the side the very first week of the month! I was completely broadsided and blindsided. The only way Joy has been able to rise is to wait upon Him.DSC_0144

There are opportunities for every single one of us to be hurt or offended, confused by a person’s words or actions towards us.  We second guess our relationship, and more often than not, it is simple oversight on the behalf of the other party.

But it is also something more…

A friend recently shared these words with me, “we need to ask ourselves what meaning or judgment do we attach to the particular hurt or offense.  What is the story we tell ourselves based on our own issues? When we can identify with that, we can work towards becoming unoffendable.”

Her words become life changers when we realize none of the names we call ourselves is found in the Beloved. We are His Beloved, no longer rejected and cast aside. We are sons and daughters of the King of Glory and when we choose to hide and find ourselves in Him, reminding ourselves of Whose we are, Joy once again takes the front seat.

I am completely accepted and wholly loved and it matters not what may or may not have been said behind my back. We are His completely, one with Him, united with Him because we are reconciled with Him.

The glory of the Lord is our Rear Guard and because our lives are in Him, the pain of (possible) hurtful words and actions first must go through Him. He has given to us the ministry of reconciliation and instead of opting to go with our feelings, how much better it would be if we stood in our calling and worked towards reconciliation. 

United, one with Him = no divisions.

And Him? He has already forgiven the (perceived) offending party and so must we.

So, rather than only the one word “Joy”, I hold in my heart these days, a prayer asking God to create in me a clean heart and to renew a right spirit within me.

I’m asking for a heart that has been cleansed of all pain, offense, hurt, anger, bitterness, rejection and most of all to keep me from striking back or initiating a conversation while I am still hurt and angry.

I long for my spirit to bear no bruises and to only bear the mark of love. Blood stained and washed whiter than snow I am able to hold my peace and allow the Lord to work behind the scenes and in the depths of my heart.

In the waiting He is revealing truth and wise strategies as well as giving me the perseverance to be patient as I wait for the right time to initiate a difficult conversation by planting seeds of love.

Peace is one of the few things the Lord has said we are to “hold or keep”.  Jesus has told us that if we want to save our lives we must lose them and somehow in that mess of emotions He wants us to be still and hold our peace.

The reason is because He wants to fight for us and show Himself strong on our behalf.

When we run into the High Tower, we run to Jehovah Shalom and He envelopes us in Peace, in Himself.

I choose to submit to Him as an act of worship, as an act of my will despite the fact that my flesh wants to go after retribution. I must continue to hold my peace and I am strengthened and encouraged by the promise of God going to bat for me.

Joy doesn’t have to be kicked to the side when a hurtful situation arises if we choose obedience to the Lord.

In His hands are power and might; In His hands it is to make great and to give strength to all and I thank Him and praise Him for His glorious Name and all the attributes which that Name denotes. I am safe in Him, strengthened and upheld by His grace.

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When God Scribes Your Heart with His Word

Here I am sitting at the computer this morning looking at the blank screen before me upon which I have not written words for nearly half a year. Its a little bit scary to be here in this quiet spot.

Quiet, because no words have been recorded for so long and quiet because it is quiet here at home…alone. A rarity it is to have a few hours of alone time before me!

But God…God has been faithful to scribe my heart with His word and I have been learning to hear His Voice in the busy and oh, so different life He has ushered me into.

Faith takes different twists and turns in the King’s River. The River moves and flows and is full of currents and eddies and for those on shore watching, the “River people” are never in the same place. If I were to be doing everything the same here and now as I was when my circumstances were different then I need to question whether or not I am lead by the whisper of the Holy Spirit.

I loved when I blogged and wrote regularly, sharing all the Lord was revealing and teaching me, and yes, I have missed my time here. But…but God has me in His River and I cannot stay in the same place. His words continue to pour into my heart and while I don’t seem to have had the time to write them down, the Lord has given me people who I can share face to face, heart to heart with. No words have been wasted, they have just taken on a different venue as God scribes His word on my heart and then gives opportunity for me to speak them.

He is fully acquainted with every area of our lives and knows the deepest desires of our hearts. There is no good thing He will withhold from us and when we learn to yield, surrender and abandon ourselves to Him, He strengthens us with nothing less than His own mighty strength. Our hearts are prepared for the dwelling of the Son-King and the life of Christ will be evident through our own as we walk and live by faith in the power of God.

We are one with Him. Jesus has filled us with the fullness of Himself and we lack nothing. We have been made full having come to fullness of life in Christ. We are filled with the fullness of the complete Godhead and nothing is missing or lacking in our growth.

Because we have been made full, there are no empty spaces.

Are we living with eyes wide open so we see and know with the eyes of our heart, the immeasurable, unlimited and surpassing greatness of His power IN and FOR us who believe?

The lives we live, day in and day out, yielded to the Spirit of God will express and reflect the fullness of the Godhead through our broken but surrendered vessels.

We are whole and complete in Him and our true lives are found in Him.

Our true life is Him!

Are you learning to lose your life only to find everything you need is (in) Him?

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You Are the Beloved of the Lord

You, dear one are the beloved of the Lord and He whispers to your heart all the day long. 

Can you hear Him, Beloved?  You are so loved. Oh, how He wants you to be confident in His love for you.

Beloved of the Lord…you don’t have to wait to be loved. 

You are to Him, His Beloved, His Precious Possession, one He has redeemed by His blood.  He calls to you and hopes you will come and dwell in safety by Him. He wants you to be His dwelling place and thinks of you as His place of holy habitation.

He is calling you to a place of rest and He longs to shelter you all the day long beneath the hiding place of His wings. In that place of sheltered rest He will speak of His love for you and teach you how to live in a way that reveals the image of His nature.  Rise above our circumstances

He is for you Beloved.  He adores you and loves you fully and freely.

You don’t need to be afraid or cower behind in shame.  His love covers you, He builds you up with His lovewords  and He will hold you there in that special dwelling place between His shoulders. He will help you to see from a higher perspective and His love will enable you to see others as He sees them.  Trust Him beloved.

Trusting Him as Abba Father ~ trust His love, His ability to provide and take you to the places He would have you go.  In the times of difficulty you will still be in that special spot as He carries you on His shoulders. Can you hear Him as He calls you to rest in comfort and peace in His Presence?

There is no one like our God.  There is no one else who has promised to ride the heavens to help you. No one else who promises that we would see His excellency and majesty on the clouds.

 He carries you and in the carrying He is and ever shall be your refuge.

Beloved underneath you are His everlasting arms and He will never let go.  You don’t need to ‘hang in there’, you only need to rest in the promises He has made you and know that He will fulfill His word.  It is not by your might and power that anything is accomplished, the forming of the eternal fruit of your life is accomplished as a result of the working of the Spirit of God in you.  Learn to yield to the workings of the Holy Spirit so His work is not hindered. 

He has said if you would prepare your heart and stretch out your hands toward Him, He will receive you.  When you put iniquity behind you, walk away from it and pursue Him with your whole heart, then, truly, with the utmost confidence you can lift up your face to Him being without spot, blemish or wrinkle.

He has promised you steadfastness of heart. A heart free from fear, full of His love.  His promise is sure, your times of misery will be forgotten in the light of His glorious grace.  The past has been washed away by the blood of Jesus, it has been washed away as the the fresh tidal waters cleanse the sands of a beach.  Beloved, in spite of what you may have done, His blood has made you pure, whole and clean.

Your life holds the sure promise of God, held carefully and cherished within your heart.

The promises of God are sure, they are yes and amen in Christ Jesus the Lord. Your Lord.  He has birthed His hope within your heart and since all of your hope and expectation is in Him, you can expect that He will cause your life to shine brighter than the noonday sun. You can expect that the light and glory of God will fill, surround and shine through you because it is His promise.

You shall rest and be secure, beloved because you have hope borne of faith.  Your hope and faith work together and His promise is sure that His mercies and love will never fail.  

He is gracious and compassionate.  Toward you.  Towards all.

Give thanks beloved of the Lord. Give thanks with a grateful heart, sing praise to Him and remember, there is hope; there is always hope for the Beloved of the Lord.

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I Believe Your Word

Psalm 94:19 In the multitude of my anxieties within me, Your comforts delight my soul.

Lord, I come away
Come away from all distractions, cares and concerns.
Here I am, setting myself apart from all the worries of life.
Here I am, Lord anchoring the trust of my soul and heart to You, Jesus.
Anchoring myself to all You have accomplished for us by the shedding of Your blood.
I bind myself to Your word, O God
In the Name of Jesus, I rebuke fear and the borrowing of trouble.
I cast them far aside and I lift up the shield of faith over our lives.
I lift up the shield of faith, the shield of Your favour that says HEALED, SOLD, FORGIVEN, REDEEMED, SET FREE, PROVIDED FOR, BELOVED.Continue Reading

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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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