Category Archives: Relationship

Joy and Strength

Souza flower 4I am your joy and your strength. They come from knowing Me and being in fellowship, a deep communion, with Me. I invite you to know Me more intimately, to know My heart, to understand My ways. To know who you are through My eyes, to see yourself as I do – through my eyes of love for you. You were not just an afterthought or mistake, but one I thought extensively about before your being was formed; I took delight in you then and I still do today. You were no accident, I desired you and planned for you and wanted to have a relationship with you, then and now; come – let knowing Me and My love for you be your source of joy and strength.

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Sit with Me

garden bench-onlineIt is special to Me when you take the time to sit with Me, to have fellowship. It is what I desired from the beginning of creation, for My children to willingly come and spend time with Me, not to get but just to be with Me as the One they love, to have a heart to heart time with.

Dive Deep

whales tail -onlinePosturing yourself to hear Me is a good thing, the proud and haughty typically do not receive My invitation to talk, yet those who are meek and humble wait in anticipation desiring to hear, desiring to dialogue with Me; to them I am their strength, their guide, their hope, their love, and their God. They recognize their need for a relationship with Me. They know where their help comes from and seeks my counsel and wisdom. Not all who claim to be Mine truly know Me; to some I am simply fire insurance, to others I am life – present and eternal. Each of their own free will chooses, some ignore Me declining my invitation – ignoring My knock or tug on their hearts, while some open but remain superficial – only allowing Me just inside; still others dive deep – surrendering all and find the abundant life in Me which is far more precious than silver or gold. Ah, that all would dive in deep; what about you, what will you do? Come taste and see that I am good, find the joys of a life surrendered to Me.

A Letter to Papa

Minolta DSCPrecious Heavenly Father,

As we celebrate Father’s Day I wanted to take a moment to thank you for giving me life, for desiring me and planning for me from the beginning of time. I was not an accident or a chance encounter of sperm and egg; you planned for me. You thought so much of me that you personally knit me together. You even chose my parents, and…I even thank you for them, though at times I would have liked a different pair, I recognize I would not be who I am today if it had not in part been for them. I may not like certain things about my features but you say I am perfect – so I take your word for it.

 Thank you for wanting me when no one else did, for accepting me just as I am; weaknesses, faults and all. You saw the good in me when I didn’t even see it myself. You valued me when the world tossed me aside; they did not recognize that I was created in your image and could do all things through Christ who strengthened me. And what wonderful plans, purpose, and destiny, you had for me.

When I strayed you searched for me and brought me back into the fold. You fought for me when I did not have the strength to fight; all I had to do was be still and let you. You have spared and rescued me more times than I can count or will ever know. Thank you for being my refuge and all the times you sheltered me under your wings, near to your heart.

In this topsy-turvy crazy mixed up world, you give me strength equal to each day. I am thankful you are beside me and let me lean on you. And all these heavy burdens that come up in life – you let me hand them over to you and you fill me with peace. You give me hope when life has seems hopeless.

How can I even begin to thank you for everything in life; for all the blessings, joys, family, friends and the like? You have extended mercy and grace beyond measure. You have mentored me, allowed me to know your presence, to see the heart of a good Father, and to know you as friend. You let me know and experience your vast unconditional love, a love I could not begin to describe – nor ever earn; yet you freely give to me, simply because you love me.

Papa, I adore you so, you mean the world to me. Your truly are wonderful. You are the reason I can joyfully face each day and rest secure in the night. I love you not because I have to, but because I get to; you wooed me to yourself with your love and goodness. There is none that compares to you, my heart is forever yours.

Lovingly,

Your Adoring Child

Mosaic of Life

mosaic flower - onlineListen to My heart, it calls to you, the one I love, the one I adore and cherish. You are special to Me, I rejoiced the day you came forth and took your first breath. I have watched over you in the joyful and difficult times of your life. I have been there rejoicing with you, as well as encouraging you to go on. It may be hard to believe My plans are for your good in the midst of a struggle, hold on to faith that I can work all things for good. One day you will see the mosaic of your life and notice the hard times are some of the most beautiful parts of the completed picture. Rejoice in this day for I am with you, nothing is escaping My attention.

Forgiveness

sunset silhouette-online   Forgiveness, what a strong and powerful thing it is; it sets captives free. Perhaps not the one who did the offense but the offended one, the one who was wronged, that was hurt; the one who is carrying an unpaid IOU because the offender never came forth to apologize, to make restitution, or even acknowledge they did wrong; perhaps they’re not even aware they caused hurt to another.
   I, as I’m certain many others have, at times innocently said or did something never realizing others were hurt or offended. Likewise, we have also been the recipient of someone’s remark or action that hurt us, whether innocently or with malice.
   Whether actions against us are intentional or unintentional a wound may occur, which when left unaddressed can fester causing an infection of anger, resentment, and bitterness. Unforgiveness is a poison to our spirit and soul leading us to wanting revenge, to hurt as we were hurt, and can even cause hardness of heart. The poison begins to sinisterly fill us and come out in our relationships, words, thoughts, and actions; it affects our attitude, erodes trust, and casts a dark shadow over us. It holds us captive, robs our joy, steals peace, clouds vision, chips away at our patience, raises blood pressure, hinders our relationship with the Lord, and allows the adversary a foothold into our lives; once in he goes to work to bring destruction wherever he can.
   I recently found myself going from being considered a wonderful person, helpful and appreciated, to being reviled by the very same person. Further it was for something they thought they knew about someone else without having all the facts; my guilt was that I knew the other individual. My attempt to speak with them about this and the actions they were taking against me and family members, met with a rage I have never experienced before. I was in shock, hurt further, and even became fearful of their potential actions.
   My heart was certainly not at peace; I found myself being adversely affected mentally and emotionally; which I didn’t like.
   What’s a cure?
   Forgiveness, what a strong and powerful vaccine it is. It may be a hard pill to swallow, but once done heartfelt, its effects are amazing. The individual who harmed me may never apologize or ask forgiveness; nor the relationship be mended. In extending forgiveness for their actions it does not mean they were right, that I am pretending it did not happen, or that they are getting off the hook. It means I turned over the right to collect the debt myself to the Lord, who is the just Judge, to deal with them and bring justice. I chose to do this even if the Lord in His mercy were to grant them forgiveness of their sins – as they come to Him; just as He, in his mercy, forgave me my wrongs.
   Forgiving benefits the forgiver; my heart is at peace, my joy restored.

Involve Me

  helping-online  How often do we rush right into our day, or projects, never giving the Lord a second thought or asking Him what He thinks about what we are planning to do; after all – we planned it so well? Do we ever feel that nudging nagging feeling inside – not knowing what it’s about; or have a fleeting thought that perhaps we should do something different but don’t want to entertain a change to our plans; and then trivialize or dismiss the feelings – only later to have regrets at not paying attention to the inner voice?                                    

     What if we were given the following challenge, would we accept it?

     “Seek Me first in all you do; bring each task of your day before Me.  Invite Me to give you fresh insights, to show you the best way to go about it, to move on your behalf, to give you favor before others. As you involve Me, be open to change your plans for I know better ways; sometimes it may mean abandoning your plan altogether when I know it will not be for your good. Learn to trust Me, that I have your best interest at heart, and know the will of the Father for your life. What may appear good, innocent, and acceptable, might just cause you to pull away from Me or get you so involved in other activities that you are not free, or able, to do those things that have far greater value and lasting eternal impact. Know that I see the big picture, not simply this moment in time. There are many things that captivate your heart and delight your senses, yet not all will truly satisfy; I know the differences and desire to guide you down the path to the ones that will deeply satisfy you. Nothing is too trivial to involve Me in, or too complicated for me to understand. Why not give it a try for 30 days, involve Me in everything, I’m certain you will be amazed.”

 

Not Done

forest-of-light-1502863-639x852I’m not done with you yet! I’ve been waiting for the moment to speak, when you are silent and ready to listen. I will not compete with all you let occupy your mind. I whisper gently calling to you, waiting for you to hear and turn your attention towards me. Now that I have it let me tell you how much I love you, how you are my heart’s desire. I long to be with you every moment of the day; you are my first thought – I long to be yours. I invite you to sit with me awhile. I have plans for you to know about, you still have a future, one with hope. It doesn’t matter what has happened to you or your errors, I am bigger than them all. I can use them and you for my glory, if you will allow me to. Hear my words precious one, let me love you and make myself known to you in new way; let me revive you – body, soul, and spirit; let me breathe fresh life into you.

Gift of Giving

Gift - onlineDecember is here, heralding a traditional season of giving and merriment, it also signals the closing out of the year. We could not think of a better way to end the year than celebrating the birth and life of Jesus, and to reflect on what he has done this year and what he is calling us into in the next year.
   So, what’s God doing? What is He whispering in the listening ears? Is He calling us to something new or encouraging us to stay the course? Whatever it is let us consider it all joy and do it for His glory alone, that others may see our good works and glorify our Father which is in heaven.
   Not all things we are called to do will be displayed in lights or written about in newspapers for posterity. Most of the mighty men and women of God have faithfully given and humbly served in the trenches, doing so in silence, drawing no attention to themselves.
   Likewise a widow gave her two mites with no fanfare, but was seen by Jesus, her act is now a lesson in humbleness, sacrifice and giving for us all. It is not the amount, the fame, or worldly gain that catches His eye, it is the heart and spirit with which we do all things. Jesus tells us he did not come to be served but to serve; he is the perfect example of serving and giving.
   Heavens value system is contrary to our world where having more is the sign of success; in heaven it’s who gives more with the right heart attitude, and it’s not just about giving money. The Lord loves a cheerful giver in whatever we set our heart to give to honor Him, whether in time, money or serving. Do we have joy in our giving and serving? Even in a job where we’re paid to do, we can do it as a service, with excellence, not just the minimal required. What we do is a self-portrait; should we not desire to sign it with excellence.
   As we joyfully give gifts to others let’s consider a precious gift for ourselves, in this season and throughout the year, the gift of time at the Master’s feet. Just being in His presence, is a gift with uncountable value. A place we can hear what He is whispering into our listening ears, be it how much he loves and cares for us; has been there in difficult times when we didn’t think He was even aware; or calling us to something new, higher, deeper; or His encouragement to stay the course.
   So, what’s God doing? Or, perhaps better asked, what are we doing, what are we giving?

Trust

baby-face-onlineI am there in the storm, in the middle of the night, at noon day so bright. You may not know or sense Me but I am there, just a whisper away. You can call on Me at any time and be assured I hear you. In my sovereignty I may not answer when and how you want, just hold on, keep your faith and hope, my ways and plans are perfect. You may not understand here and now why I did not seem to answer, yet one day you will see how my hand was in it, and the bigger plan. Faith, Hope and Love – never let them depart from you.