A Lamp to our Feet

Memories of summers past fill my thoughts these days as I near the last year of my fifties.  I am older than my parents were when they owned property on an island in Howe Sound, BC, a beautiful getaway where for years we tented, hiked, picked huckleberries, swam in the unpolluted salt-water, lanterns shone across the picnic table and flashlights were used if we were going out on the trail in the dark.  There was nothing and nobody on the island to hurt us but it was always scary for me if we visited friends around the bay and had to walk  ‘home’ in the dark.

The twinkling stars and moonlight interrupted the dark as my sisters and brother and I hiked the trails we knew by heart.   One of us girls (usually) had a flashlight and it was comforting to know we could switch it on if the darkness was too thick.  The pools of light would be in circles at our feet and the trees and bushes were just shadowy shapes outside the circle.  When we shone the flashlight outside of our immediate circle, always we would see sets of two lights scattered among the trees.  The eyes of the deer were reflecting the light back to us and even though sometimes I was scared, they were gentle, harmless creatures who knew we would do them no harm.

God’s word is a lamp for our feet, giving light on our path so we know where and how to walk.  Just as a flashlight illuminated our trail in the dark, as we declare and vocalize His words over our circumstances, His word of power will have an effect.  His word will break open the darkness and He will show us the snares the enemy has set, enlarge our path so our feet do not slip and most of all, He will fill our hearts with courage to follow Him.  He will mold and shape our hearts so they become soft, pliable and completely yielded to Him.

At His side, we will stay, intent and listening for His heart to speak.

The lamp of His word gives light to our feet in our present, right where we are path.  Would you like to walk in concert with Him and nevermore stray?

“There is a time of transitioning ourselves from the broad way to the Highway, a time of putting away the nature and desires of the old man and learning to become skilled in the putting on of the new man, walking adeptly with the full armor of God and clear focus.

Having learned the ways of God, let us determine in our hearts that we will keep them.  There is One who walks forever with us, sticking closer than a brother, continually interceding for us and holding out to us the Lamp of Truth.

It is truly liberating when we no longer cry out for grace and mercy to cover us but, instead, live out of the fullness of the Holy Spirit within us.  Purity then brings forth unity as we have learned to live being empowered and emboldened by the Spirit’s holiness.

We flow with Him with grace and beauty, doing His bidding, answering His beckoning.  We have reckoned ourselves dead to sin and fully alive in Christ.  Childish ways are put behind us; we step up to the plate of maturity, recognizing our places as sons and daughters in the Kingdom of God.  We think, speak and act differently than before.  We are clothed in love and humility and everything about us filters and flows through them.

Our flesh and our souls harmonize with our spirits and this unity serves as our protection.  We have been consistent in our concentration to be fully persuaded by the precepts of our Father.

As we run our race, pressing on and pressing in, we begin, through perseverance, to lay hold of the eternal things that Christ Jesus has already attained for us.  We run the race, not having eyes flitting about and arms flailing, but rather, with tunnel vision, keeping our eyes on the goal and knowing that gaining the prize will cost us discomfort to our flesh.

Maturity and fruitfulness walk together, having had as constant companions Grace and Knowledge.  Grace enables us when we need to experience the sufficiency of the Almighty, and Knowledge is the foundation Wisdom and Righteousness build upon.  The one who is all-knowing has prepared and established a path for us and shown us how walk upon it.

Allow His word to be the bait that captures you, His love be the hook upon which your life is held.  Learn to walk in Hs ways.  Learn to trust Him.  Learn to lean into Him and feel the weightiness of His presence.  Let Him set you as a precious jewel as in the breastplate of the High Priest.  Forever He holds you close to His heart; forever He is reminded of you as His shoulders bear your weight.

Can You Hear Him?

In your times of darkness, recount how the word of God has been a light to your feet and caused you to see the path you were to walk.

Has it been hard for you to consistently observe and do the word of God in the face of rivalry?  Have you been aware of any differences when you make the decision to speak the Word only and begin to offer your sacrifices of praise?

Do you find that when you are consistently spending time in the word of God that the snares of the enemy become visible?  Why do you think that is?

Does it fill your heart with joy to realize that nothing can steal the word from your heart – do you understand that they are your inheritance and belong to you?

Have you been learning to flow with the Holy Spirit and develop a keener awareness of Him speaking to you?  Are you applying yourself to listen for His Voice?

Can you hear Him as He stamps your heart with the imprint of His love and the truth of His Word?”  Excerpt from Beckoned by the King, Psalm 119:105-112 where the Hebrew alphabet for this section of Scripture is ‘Nun’ which is likened to concentration.

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Jesus is Our Light

As we walk along our roads in life, no matter when the shadows of darkness fall, one thing is certain.

Jesus is our Light. He is the Light of our world.  He brings Light to our weary, worried  hearts and speaks peace and comfort to our souls.

O Lord, how great You are!

Fear is like a shadow.  It lurks and hides around the corners, it wants to rob us of our joy today.

O Lord, You are our everlasting light.

You reveal where the enemy has encamped around us.  Though I feel hemmed in and unsure of the direction You want me to take, one thing is certain.

O Lord, how great You are!  Your voice is like the sound of many rushing waters.  I can hear Your voice above the pounding in my ears.

O Lord how great You are.

The one thing I have desired most in all my life I will continue to seek. Your face O God.  Your beautiful face.  I will feel the breath of Your words upon my cheeks, I will be close to You and hear Your spoken words to me.

I can hear You whisper to my heart…

Child, you are fully known to Me and yet still I search your heart.  You sit quietly in My presence and I love it so.  Some days you rise too hurriedly, I know your agitation and long to hold you still.

I know why you think the way you do.  I am your Creator and Father.  My hands formed and fashioned you and fitted you with certain and unique giftings and characteristics.  I understand you like no other can.

I search out the path for you to walk and I search out the path as you walk it creating opportunities for you to use the gifts and talents I have placed within you.

I make sure there are still waters, lush green meadows where you can lie down, safe and secure in My presence.

I am thoroughly acquainted with you, understanding your motives and reasonings of your heart.  I have created special places on your path where you will spend time and become intimately acquainted with Me.  You will hear My voice in the sound of the still waters as they splash and bubble over the rocks.  You will revel in My fragrance as you lie down in rich meadows.

Oh, child, you shall drink in My presence and be satisfied by nothing other than the fullness of My presence within you.  You need not speak a word for I know the words you will speak even while they are yet a thought.

I hover over you, I overshadow you with light and completely cover you.  You are hidden in Me and My hand holds, covers and protects you.

I am your Abba Father and I love you.

Thank you Father, you are mine and I am yours forever.  Your word is greater than gold, sweeter than honey.  I will listen, consent and submit to your word and apply my mind to knowledge.  Your promise is that it will be pleasant if we keep them in our mind, believing them so that our lips will be accustomed to confessing your promises.  As we do so, our trust, belief, reliance, support and confidence in You our Lord grows and steadfastly rests in You.  Proverbs 22:17-19

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He Speaks Peace

Hiding God’s word in our hearts keeps us from sin.  Sounds cut and dry, a good reason if we are living to proclaim the blessing of purity in our lives. It is also a good reason because sin has tentacles that are vast and many. We never know when sin might trip us up and we fall into the trap the enemy has set for us.

I am not going to fall into the trap; I see it and name it as worry and fear. Today I have learned another reason and if this had been the only reason the Bible mentioned, it would be worth it.

When I hide God’s word in my heart, in my times of travail and difficulty, when I get myself quieted, the Holy Spirit will bring to my mind those verses I have hidden in my heart.

“My soul, wait silently for God alone, for my expectation is from Him.” Psalm 62:5

I am expecting, I am silent, my soul feels anguished.  Today I am hearing, “He never gives us more than we can bear”… “I am with you”… “I am the God who heals, I am Faithful”…

Today my heart is hurting.  I wonder, how do I be strong for my husband?  He chuckles when he tells the story of me breaking down and bursting into tears at the information stand at the Cross (cancer clinic).  He tells, with a big smile of how when he was registering the sobering news the Dr. was relating, he didn’t realize I was close to fainting until the Dr. left us for a moment and only then did he see my sweat covered face…

My mother was still alive when we found out about Bruce and I didn’t tell her anything about the diagnosis. I did tell her though about Bruce’s son committing suicide and shared my faith with her - I shared Jesus with her – I shared Jesus sensing urgency in my spirit to do so - phone lines were even ground.  She never wanted me to talk about Him in her own home and I had to respect and honor her no matter how hard it was to keep silent.  In her home, the door was closed to the Greatest Love of our lives.

That Friday was the last time I ever spoke with her.  In her diary, I read on that day she wrote, “I am glad they find so much comfort in their faith.”  How my heart ached when I read that entry wishing with all my heart she too could have had a faith in God to find comfort in.

God does amazing things though doesn’t He?  He uses circumstances, hard circumstances to bring people to Himself.  A few weeks ago, I woke up from the most alive dream that was about my mother.  I hadn’t dreamt of her yet and this one – well let me tell you…

“Bruce and I were in the house and I looked out the window and saw my mum walking down the street and I knew I had to go out and help her.  I ran out and there was a curb I had to help her over so she could get to the other side.  We then looked up and I pointed to a huge brick mansion a way far off and I said, “see, your room is just up there, you can just about make out your window.”  The next thing I knew we were there.  People were milling about and the atmosphere had a sense of excitement and anticipation. There was a clear partition and on the other side, angelic beings were performing a type of CPR on people.  CPR was so fast you could barely see the hands moving, the peoples’ heads were far back, and their mouths had wide grins.  Out of them flowed joy and laughter. The transition was instantaneous and joyful. It seemed like a wonderful place to be but I had to leave and felt great peace about Mum remaining there.”  Then I woke up.

We have Bruce’s radiation schedule as of this morning and I have been feeling – well, just nervous about the unknown of this next step.  All day I have had this crazy feeling of wishing I could talk to my mum  even though I didn’t plan on telling her about Bruce’s diagnosis for as long as possible, if at all.  It is such a crazy feeling because there was so much I didn’t tell my mum simply because it was Jesus based.  I did tell her that Friday about doing the radio interview (with Anchored in Christ Ministries and Shane Davis) and she shocked me when she half groaned and said, “I wish you’d tell me these things.” I should have known she would have been proud of me even though she didn’t understand my love for God and His greater love for her.

There will be jewels in this journey that we are walking one step at a time.  I remember that the Lord said His word would be a light unto our path and a lamp unto our feet.  I just need to move my feet so He can shine His light.

Romans 8:31-32 What then shall we say to these things?  If God is for us, who can be against us?  He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?

Psalm 84:11-12 For the Lord our God is a sun and shield; the Lord will give grace and glory; No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly. O Lord of hosts, blessed is the man who trusts in You!”

If you, my family in Christ would keep us in prayer I would deeply appreciate it.  We need housing for October and as far into November, peace for our puppies while we are gone, radiation kill all cancer and only cancer and that we know and exhibit the joy of the Lord throughout these days.

Today, Grace and Glory are leading me on the path of peace that leads right into His throne room.

Holding their hands, I bend low and bless you in the Name of Jesus.

Jeannie

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Beautiful

Waiting for the lightIsaiah 45:9b  “Shall the clay say to him who forms it, “What are you making?” or shall your handiwork say, ” he has no hands?”                  
              Waiting for the filling of light
I think we can all relate to this verse when we consider the various creative projects each of us have put our hands to.  I have enjoyed creating hand sewn lamp shades over the years and each one begins with a shade design and fabric and trim. And an idea of what it will look like when finished. I don’t know why it is that always the end result has been completely different to how I envisioned it at the beginning. The amazing thing is that they are beautiful.  And they are just right for the particular purpose and environment they are in…
If it were possible, my handiwork would likely find a voice and question what I was making ~ it doesn’t know that finished it really will be lovely and unique, a one of a kind treasure.  The creation is beautiful because the fabric has yielded to the cut of the scissors and to the pull of needle and thread.
I too have been created but unlike me, my Creator makes no mistakes in His creation. He has expressed His creativity freely and flawlessly ~ our lives being the end result.  You are beautiful and don’t even know it because you can’t see yourself the way someone else can.
Isn’t that amazing to really consider ~ I am beautiful.  Read this with yourself in mind.  I am beautiful.  Look in the mirror and say it again, I am beautiful, I am a masterpiece, I am unique and I am valuable because of my uniqueness.  I am beautiful.  I Am lives within me and His beauty also radiates within me and around me and I am beautiful.
The Potter, the Master Creator is absolutely flawless, without error of any kind ~ His judgement is perfect ~ He asks us to yield, to willingly give ourselves over to the finishing work of His hands.  He asks us to be willing to be shaped and molded, stretched and fine tuned so that we bear the image of the fullness of the Son.  No matter how deeply we have dug ourselves into a pit, there is no place too deep for the Finishing Carpenter to shine His light on and then go to work perfecting and finishing.
He has the tools, His hand is skilled, using the tools well and wisely.  We may be in the Refiner’s Fire and feeling the heat, feeling the pressure but His hand is on the the kiln’s temperature gauge maintaining the perfect heat.
In yielding to the Lord we do truly come to a place in time where we no longer have to ask why. Our trust in Him gives us rest.  We have learned that God is a gentle and wise Craftsman, He stills us with His peace. He gives us confidence in Him and simple trust begins to override that place of questioning.    The answer to all of my whys is because!
Because He is the Creator and has the perfected, finished treasure in His mind.  Because He wants me to be like Him sharing His holiness.  Because He loves me.  Because His mercy, tenderness and compassion are all an expression of what He feels for me.  Because He yearns for me to know and understand that His tenderness for me makes Him so approachable.  Just think about the magnitude of these few words, they can forever change your heart….
Because He knows the deep and hidden things in my heart and even the most hurtful, most uncomfortable, awful secret I may try to conceal ~ He knows.  The Carpenter knows.  He wants it exposed to the Light and while it may look ugly and garish alongside the beauty He has created, the Light is a healing balm.
And so ~ I come to Him, seeking wholeness, receiving forgiveness, being honest and trusting His love.
Because unlike me, He knows exactly what He is doing all the way through the fashioning of this life of mine.  This life of yours.
He is the Alpha and Omega. He is amazing and you are beautiful.

 Psalm 119: 105     Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path

Psalm 119:105 Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path

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Breathe Deep

Have you heard it so often, that the Lord has plans and purposes for your life, that it has become something so much a part of you that you really don’t pay a lot of attention to the words anymore?

As much I desire and endeavour to press in close to Him and walk with Him, it seems at times, too often it seems, that there is a chasm between where my feet are today and where He would like them to be.

Psalm119:133  Direct my steps by Your Word and let no iniquity have dominion over me.

Lord! With open mouth I call upon You, Your light, Your truth, Your joy, Your Word!

These are the things I long to be diligent and disciplined in keeping, in living out in my everyday life.

How do we do that in the midst of the busyness of doing life?  How do we live life with the fullness of joy Jesus promised when it seems we are so far apart in what we are doing compared to what the Father has planned for us?  How do we embrace His light?

Psalm 119:130  The entrance of Your Word gives light, it gives understanding to the simple.

I choose today to be simple in order that I may see.

I see that there are several things we must do.  We must speak out and breathe in the Word of God.

Direct my steps, Father.  I declare that no weakness of my flesh (iniquity) shall have dominion over my desire to be filled with Your Word, let no weakness overtake and have dominion over my choice of obedience to You.

I see that as I speak out these words, I also breathe them in, they are what make up the atmospheric pressure in the place where I dwell.

I breathe, I breathe deep in the Word and in my core a glimmer of light begins to shine.

It shines softly, burns evenly.

Breathe more, breathe deeper.

A firelight is glowing within my heart.

The fire burns higher with every breath for it is in His Name that I live and breathe and have my being.  It is His Word that is on my lips and my heart burns like fire within.

Jeremiah 15:16 His words were found and I ate them. And Your Word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart; for I am called by Your Name O Lord God of hosts.

Breathe.

Breathe deep, let your heart rejoice for God is doing a good and perfect work in each one of us and He will complete and perfect it.

“Pey” is the name of the Hebrew alphabet letter found in Psalm 119:129-136.  It means with open mouth.


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