Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Hope . . .

Today, Lord, I am in need of hope. So many situations around me look hopeless. I woke up today with the weight of worry on my shoulders. I worry about the living situations of my pregnant friend who is bi-polar and on no medication right now: I worry also for her unborn baby. I worry for the man at church who had a stroke, and they cannot stop the bleeding in his brain. I worry about his wonderful wife too. I worry that I hear you right and I make the right decisions in my life. But . . . I know You tell me not to worry Lord, so right now, I place these weights and worries at Your feet.

"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In His great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, " Peter 1:3

Our hope is not for someday, far away in eternity,
it is a HOPE for the LIVING for TODAY!

Forgive me Jesus for my unbelief.

I stand in belief and prayer for myself and every one of my family and friends who today, are facing hard, hurtful, fearful, and unbelievable things.

We look past the impossible to believe God for the POSSIBLE!

"Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

The view from my beach chair . . .

Just thought I would share a small glimpse of my beautiful weekend away. With the sound of the oceans roar behind me, I actually had a moment all to myself (which is rare with three small children). Good thing I packed my pencils and pad at the last minute. Not great by any means, but FUN for me as I realized once again how much I love to draw.

Monday, March 26, 2007

A refreshing ocean breeze . . .

This weekend I had been given a wonderful gift of a trip to the coast with my friend. I love the coast because it holds many, many great memories from my life of fun times spent with my family and friends. But even more than that, to just sit and gaze upon the greatness of the ocean makes me even more in awe of God.

To try to imagine with my eyes the great expanse of the sea, my mind cannot fathom. I look and look, and soon I realize how small I really am, and how great and mighty is our God. To watch the waves break, I am reassured of His love. To look upon the sand is to stand in amazement that He knows the number of grains of sand. And to watch the sunrise, and the sunset, day after day, is to know that God is faithful; He never changes; He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. As I am caught in the moment of the greatness of God, how He is so mighty, yet knows every part of the smallest corner of my heart, I fall in love with Him all over again.

He knows me, really knows me. And, He loves me . . . more than I can even imagine.

And the same is true, not just for me, but all of us!

The God who made the vast expanse of the sea, and also knows the number of hairs on your head, longs for an intimate friendship with you! He sees you, He knows you, He made you, and best of all, HE LOVES YOU!

Do you hear Him today, calling your name . . . lovingly, over and over again.

Run to Him today, His arms are open wide, waiting for you . . . with a smile on His face.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

What's in a name?

As a family, and in homeschool, we are studying the names of God. I have been changed as I come face to face daily with knowing that God IS who He says He is. Today we learned about Jehovah-Ahavah, "God Is Love".

"It is God’s nature to love (1 John 4:16). He keeps His covenant of love for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments (Deuteronomy 7:9). In Love, God reveals Himself to us and seeks fellowship with us. Love is a basic attribute of God’s nature. He is the perfect expression of true love.
In all their affliction He was afflicted, and the Angel of His Presence saved them; in His love and in His pity He redeemed them; and He bore them and carried them all the days of old.” Isaiah 63:9 "

from the book 'I AM: Inheriting the Fullness of God's Names' by John Paul Jackson

Knowing that God is the perfect expression of true love; then I believe You God, Jehovah-Ahavah, and I ask You today to come and ravish my heart with Your passionate love. Replace my heart with Your heart, so I may love like You love. Replace my eyes with Your eyes, Jesus, so I can see others as You do.

The greatest thing you'll ever learn Is to love and be loved in return. ~ From "Unforgettable with Love" by Natalie Cole

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Increase my faith . . .

Last night I had the privilege of attending a Lamaze class with a single friend of mine who is having a baby in June. That's me, the labor coach. It is our third class, and last night we watched the birthing video. I am so overwhelmed and amazed all over again at how wonderful our Creator is. He designed everything so perfectly . . . birth IS a miracle. And then I am left wondering with all the whys? Why God do you allow some people to have children, and leave some women barren? Why God do you allow children to be born in severe poverty, and leave well-to-do families childless? Why God does thing called abortion exist when there are endless numbers of couples waiting with open arms for a child to love? Why God . . . my mind cannot understand. Today Lord, my heart breaks for the unborn. Will they make it to birth? Will they survive the birth process? Will they have a safe and loving home once they get here? Lord, increase my faith today, because even when I can't understand . . . my heart always trusts You. You are Jehovah, Elohim, El Shaddai . . . Almighty God, Our Creator . . .the I AM. Forgive me Lord, for my unbelief.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Encouragement I received for today . . .

I thank you Lord today for those that you have placed in and around my life. We all need each other . . . forgive me Lord for the times when I think I can do it on my own. I was greatly encouraged by this word from John Paul Jackson.

Out of all the prophetic men and women in Scripture, only two are described as being gifted to understand dreams and visions: Daniel and Joseph. There are many prophetic people in the Bible, but only two who were gifted like this. In other words, we shouldn't be shocked or downhearted when we don't understand all of our dreams, visions or experiences. All of us aren't going to understand our dark knowings, the deep things the Lord has called us to do--the deep things He has told us about. We have to depend on other people to help us.

You Will Always Need Other People

As simple as it sounds, this creates incredible tension. We have a gift--we're supposed to be the ones with the revelation! If we depend on others, what if they see us as weak? Well, I'm the one with the gift, we think. If I don't know, who's gonna know?
Yet we often don't know, and the not knowing forces us to go one way or the other: We can choose God and His "family plan," or we can choose to become orphans who have to survive on our own. We are part of the body, and we cannot exist solo, no matter how gifted we are.

Walking in Faith

God will make us walk through life in faith so that we can understand how other people walk through life in faith. Walking in faith involves believing that what God has said about us is true. It means we take Him at His word--which takes a lot of courage, depending on our personality type and our fears. We accept the fact that He did not create us to be loners who know everything. In fact, even though we can prophetically see for others, often we can't see worth a flip for ourselves. If we didn't have to walk in faith, we would have absolutely no comprehension or understanding of the divine dynamic tension that everybody else has to walk under. In essence, God tells us, "I'm going to let you see for everybody else but you. Very seldom will I let you see for yourself. I am going to have others come to you and tell you, 'This is what's going to happen,' so that you have to walk by faith just like they do. You will know, then, how it feels when you go and tell that to them."

All of Us Equal

As we go through this maturing process, we realize that comforting others as we ourselves have been comforted (2 Corinthians 1:4) doesn't just apply to helping others through their pain. It is also a general statement of how God created us to live with one another whether there's pain involved or not. We are not separate from one another. What one goes through, we all experience; and so, we learn to live in deep compassion and humility, realizing that God created all of us as the apple of His eye. All of us are equal in His sight, even if one gifting seems to be spotlighted more than another. His affection does not pertain to gifting. It does not pertain to accomplishments. It pertains to His heart. He has chosen us to be recipients of His compassion. When we realize this, loving people becomes a little easier. Their destiny is just as important as ours, and we cannot make it to ours if they cannot make it to theirs.

by John Paul Jackson
Streams Ministries

Monday, March 19, 2007

Life . . .

True life, as I have discovered, is found only in Jesus. And there is where I shall dwell . . . because in that place I find all I need to not just survive, but to REALLY live.

Hebrews 8:35 -39 says "Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean He no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? . . .”No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.
And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord."

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