"I am guiding you in the way of wisdom, and I am leading you on the right path." proverbs 4:11

Anchored by Hope

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Published on December 8th, 2012 @ 02:47:00 pm , using 335 words, 1385 views

 I said, "Let me walk in the field."
God said, "No, walk in the town."
I said, "There are no flowers there."
He said, "No flowers, but a crown."

I said, "But the sky is black,
There is nothing but noise and din.
"He wept as He sent me back,
"There is more," He said, "there is sin."

I said, "But the air is thick
And fogs are veiling the sun."
He answered, "But souls are sick,
Souls in the darkness undone."

I said, "I will miss the light,
And my friends will miss me, they say."
He answered, "Choose tonight,
If I am to miss you, or they."

I pleaded for time to be given.
He said, "Is it hard to decide?
It will not seem hard in heaven
To have followed the steps of your Guide."

I cast one look at the field,
Then set my face to the town.
He said, "My child, do you yield?
Will you leave the flowers for a crown?"

Then into His hand went mine,
And into my heart came He.
Now I walk with a light Divine,
The path I had feared to see.

(George MacDonald)

 

 

17 Accordingly God also, in His desire to show more convincingly and beyond doubt to those who were to inherit the promise the unchangeableness of His purpose and plan, intervened (mediated) with an oath.

 18 This was so that, by two unchangeable things [His promise and His oath] in which it is impossible for God ever to prove false or deceive us, we who have fled [to Him] for refuge might have mighty indwelling strength and strong encouragement to grasp and hold fast the hope appointed for us and set before [us].

 19 [Now] we have this [hope] as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul [it cannot slip and it cannot break down under whoever steps out upon it?a hope] that reaches farther and enters into [the very certainty of the Presence] within the veil,

 20 Where Jesus has entered in for us [in advance], a Forerunner having become a High Priest forever after the order (with the rank) of Melchizedek.

 Hebrews 6:17-20  (AMP)

Let us be Thankful...

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Published on November 22nd, 2012 @ 12:31:00 pm , using 211 words, 1283 views

(5 Finally these men said, ?We will never find any basis for charges against this man Daniel unless it has something to do with the law of his God.?

So the administrators and the satraps went as a group to the king and said: ?O King Darius, live forever! The royal administrators, prefects, satraps, advisers and governors have all agreed that the king should issue an edict and enforce the decree that anyone who prays to any god or man during the next thirty days, except to you, O king, shall be thrown into the lions? den.Now, O king, issue the decree and put it in writing so that it cannot be altered?in accordance with the laws of the Medes and Persians, which cannot be repealed.? So King Darius put the decree in writing.)

10 Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before. Daniel 6:5-10

28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, 29 for our ?God is a consuming fire.?  Hebrews 12:28-29

The Year of 40

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Published on November 20th, 2012 @ 12:56:00 pm , using 845 words, 763 views

The summer before my daughter turned 10 I heard someone share a family tradition.  I internalized it and adjusted it and implemented it for her that year-her 10th birthday.  We called it "10-the year of happiness!"  We got empty capsules from the drug store, wrote on little pieces of paper 12 activities or gifts for her and stuffed them in the capsules.  So on her birthday she received this little jar of these ?pills? with a note indicating that every month on the anniversary of her birthday she would open and redeem another one.  The boys can?t wait for their turn!

 Last week i turned 40.  i am delighted about it.  Yes i am reflective and introspective (when am i not?) 

i am delighted to have grown.
i am delighted to have been redeemed-it?s not quite for half of my life yet, but getting closer
i am delighted for those on my journey to this stop in the road who have made it possible that i am here...and not somewhere else. 
i am deeply aware of the turns my life could have taken.  the misery i could still be in.  had Jesus not rescued me, and key people not counseled and befriended and discipled me. 
i am delighted to be delighted!

 And i am thankful.  so so very thankful.  yes i am keeping track of all the ways He loves me-my heavenly Father whom i get to call da-da (English for abba)

 For a month now i?ve been planning in my head a special party.  where these key folks would be invited.  where i would present them with a gift and words of blessing and thanksgiving for them and their specific gift of influence to me.

 it stayed there in my head.

 i even made up a couple of invitations-picked out a potential date.  i made a couple of the gifts (journals for giving thanks, recording joy-thanks Ann) the date came and went, invitations not sent.  my birthday coming closer and then passing-the party not happening.

 the day of my birthday i went to lunch-and gave out two of the gifts-with a had written note as best i could scratch out in a moment how dear that person was.  i gave my husband and children gifts.  When everyone balked; ?what!  you can?t do that-it?s your birthday.?  i declared 40 is the year of opposites.  where did that come from??? i?ve no idea. 

but the thought has lingered.  the failure of my initial plan need not discourage-as in every other instance in my life (and there have been MANY);  a failed plan is an opportunity for a new one to emerge.  it?s usually a better one in the long run. 

 So I have self declared that i will finish the rest of those gifts and i will deliver them-this year.  for me that?s the opposite of my normal not following through with what the Spirit has prompted me (dare i trust that is what it is??)  When visiting with another friend a different day-i shared this continual need for courage to share what is going on in my head.  her words to me; ?Share it!  you are withholding blessing from people if you don?t.  By all means, share!?

 so as one who over-analyzes; over-introspects; talks myself OUT of things all the time.  This year of being 40 is self-declared the year of opposites.  i will seek courage to share-when it seems foolish; to act when i?m thinking ?oh-just forget it, it was a silly idea anyway? give gifts when it?s my turn to receive.  Really it?s a year of thinking less of myself-and acting on that thought. 

 instead of the year of acting...-or not- based on fear.
i will act-or not.... based on courage????

 this is not a self-declared year of having a different personality.  i have fought that battle and lost time and time and time again.  it seems that the 20?s were figuring out who i am, and the 30?s growing to accept and work with who i am-the 40?s need not be;  ok, now let?s change who i am.  no, it?s more about letting who i am out more.  no, not even that type of pulling up my bootstraps.  its moving into a deeper trust in God with what He has declared about me and allowing Him to move me out in public as is.  it?s that showing up thing.  Receiving courage from Him to show up....and then maybe to open my mouth....and to let what happens next just be.  just let it be.  talk with Him about it-let Him assure me of Himself.  Quit over-analyzing how i could have been better, or how i should not have been. 

 we?ll see how it plays out-but the next step is to finish those gifts and begin making plans to deliver them.  journeys of 1000 miles do begin right here from this place of stillness-taking just the first step!

 For He has said; ?I am guiding you in the way of wisdom, and I am leading you on the right path.? 

my choice is to actually believe Him....

 and it will be a delightful year of being 40!

Applying Asaph's psalm {see yesterday's post}

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Published on November 8th, 2012 @ 01:01:00 pm , using 177 words, 631 views

spent

failure

spread so thin

longing to just know the balance

relationahips struggling w/ so little or no communication happenning

no one really understands the details.

no one but You, my Adonai

i sing the hymn "Speak Lord in the stillness"

am i spent because i am in Your will?
or am i spent because i am our of Your will?

everyone has an opinion, in my mind i play those tapes.

Oh my Lord, it's not the strangers voices that seem to be tripping me up-its the familiar ones....have the strangers become all too familiar?

pause....selah....sigh

i.  need.  You.  just You.

oh eyes, fix on Jesus, the Author and Perfector of my Faith.

i am senseless and ignorant before you.

YET

yet You guide me-You take my hand.
Oh and the best part is-

Afterward

after all. this. stuff.

You will take me into glory

You are the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

i am learning to desire nothing else but You-Jesus.

nothing else.

just Jesus.

and His rest for my weary and burdened soul.

Asaph's Psalm

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Published on November 7th, 2012 @ 11:05:00 am , using 326 words, 431 views

Psalm 73  God?s Ways Vindicated

God is indeed good to Israel,
to the pure in heart.
But as for me, my feet almost slipped;
my steps nearly went astray.
For I envied the arrogant;
I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

They have an easy time until they die,
and their bodies are well fed.
They are not in trouble like others;
they are not afflicted like most people.
Therefore, pride is their necklace,
and violence covers them like a garment.
Their eyes bulge out from fatness;
the imaginations of their hearts run wild.
They mock, and they speak maliciously;
they arrogantly threaten oppression.
They set their mouths against heaven,
and their tongues strut across the earth.
10 Therefore His people turn to them
and drink in their overflowing words.
11 The wicked say, ?How can God know?
Does the Most High know everything??
12 Look at them?the wicked!
They are always at ease,
and they increase their wealth.

13 Did I purify my heart
and wash my hands in innocence for nothing?
14 For I am afflicted all day long
and punished every morning.
15 If I had decided to say these things aloud,
I would have betrayed Your people.

16 When I tried to understand all this,
it seemed hopeless
17 until I entered God?s sanctuary.

Then I understood their destiny.
18 Indeed, You put them in slippery places;
You make them fall into ruin.
19 How suddenly they become a desolation!
They come to an end, swept away by terrors.
20 Like one waking from a dream,
Lord, when arising, You will despise their image.

21 When I became embittered
and my innermost being was wounded,
22 I was stupid and didn?t understand;
I was an unthinking animal toward You.


23 Yet I am always with You;
You hold my right hand.
24 You guide me with Your counsel,
and afterward You will take me up in glory.
25 Who do I have in heaven but You?
And I desire nothing on earth but You.
26 My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart,
my portion forever.
27 Those far from You will certainly perish;
You destroy all who are unfaithful to You.
28 But as for me, God?s presence is my good.
I have made the Lord God my refuge,
so I can tell about all You do

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